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THUNDERSTONE: Finnish Tour Dates Announced

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have announced the following dates in March: Mar. 03 - On The Rocks – Helsinki, FIN Mar. 05 – Loop - Oulu, FIN Mar. 06 – Lutakko - Jyväskylä, FIN As previously reported, THUNDERSTONE's sophomore album, "The Burning", entered the Finnish Album chart at position No. 17 upon its release ...

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DRAGONFORCE To Stage One-Off Show In Thailand

London-based "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE will play a one-off headline show on January 29 in Bangkok, Thailand before kicking off their Japanese tour with HELLOWEEN on January 31. Here are the details of the venue and contact address for Thailand: The Rock Pub 93/26-28 Payathai Road, Rachtaevee Bangkok 10400 Tel : +(66)-2208-9664 Other shows: ...

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THROES OF DAWN Name New Album

Finland's THROES OF DAWN have set "Quicksilver Clouds" as the title of their fourth full-length album, tentatively due in the spring through Avantgarde/Wounded Love Records. The follow-up to 2000's "Binding of the Spirit" was recorded and mixed in three separate sessions between August and November at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki. THROES OF DAWN recently ...

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DRAGONFORCE Set Title, Release Date For Sophomore Album

London-based power metallers DRAGONFORCE have set "Sonic Firestorm" as the title of their sophomore album, due on April 19 through Noise Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Valley Of The Damned" was recorded primarily at Thin Ice Studios, Virginia Water, Surrey, England with producer Karl Groom, while all the guitars were recorded at guitarist Herman Li's ...

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NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE Sign With POISON ARROW RECORDS

Reunited Finnish speed/thrash metal masters NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE have inked a deal with Poison Arrow Records. The group, who feature in their ranks the original guitar duo — Markku Jokikokko and Jukka Kyrö (BURNING POINT) — responsible for composing all of the group's early material, plus former ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW/current FOR MY PAIN vocalist ...

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THUNDERSTONE: New Video To Premiere On Finnish TV

THUNDERSTONE's video for the track "Until We Touch The Burning Sun" will receive its world premiere on Finnish TV1 on Friday, January 23 at 6:36 p.m. local time as part of the "Top 40" show. "Until We Touch The Burning Sun" comes off THUNDERSTONE's sophomore album, "The Burning", which entered the Finnish Album chart at ...

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Former M.O.D./MINDFUNK Bassist Joins MINISTRY

John Monte (M.O.D., MINDFUNK, DRAGPIPE) has joined MINISTRY as the group's new bassist/guitarist. Monte is currently with the band at Sonic Ranch studio in Tornillo, Texas recording the follow-up to 2003's "Animositisomina", entitled "Houses of the Molé". A spring release through Sanctuary Records is expected. ...

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DEICIDE: DVD Preview Posted Online

Earache Records has posted a preview of the upcoming DEICIDE DVD, "Behind the Scars - Under The Skin Of Deicide", to be released with the special edition of the group's new album, "Scars Of The Crucifix". Check it out here (Quicktime required). "Scars Of The Crucifix" was recorded at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, ...

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IMPERANON Begin Mixing Debut Album

Finland's IMPERANON have finished recording their debut album at Sonic Pump Studios with engineer Nino Laurenne and producer Titus Hjelm and are currently mixing the effort at Finnvox studios with Mikko Karmila. "Everything went quite nicely despite our very limited studio time," the band write on their web site. "We had fun working with Nino ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE: New Song Available For Download

A brand new CANNIBAL CORPSE track, titled "Cyanide Assassin", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. "Cyanide Assassin" comes off CANNIBAL CORPSE's forthcoming CD, "The Wretched Spawn", due on February 24 through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Gore Obsessed", "The Wretched Spawn" was recorded at Sonic Ranch studios ...

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VELVET REVOLVER: Bringing Chaos Back Into The Rock World

VELVET REVOLVER's official biography, written by David Wild and provided by the group's record label, RCA/BMG Records, includes additional information about the band's formation and their forthcoming debut CD, "Contraband", due on May 11 (postponed from the previously announced April 27 date). Here it is in its entirety: VELVET REVOLVER is everything the band's name ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE To Film Video For 'Decency Defiled'

Veteran death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE will shortly begin filming a video for the track "Decency Defiled" off their forthcoming CD, "The Wretched Spawn", due on February 24 through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Gore Obsessed", "The Wretched Spawn" was recorded at Sonic Ranch studios in Tornillo, Texas with producer Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, JUDAS ...

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MINISTRY: New Studio Photos Posted Online

Industrial rock pioneers MINISTRY are at Sonic Ranch studio in Tornillo, Texas the studio recording the follow-up to 2003's "Animositisomina". Entitled "Houses of the Molé", the album is tentatively scheduled for release in the spring through Sanctuary Records. Check out a few pictures from the studio at this location. MINISTRY frontman Al Jourgensen ...

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DEICIDE Complete First-Ever Video

After 15 years in the business as one of the reigning heavyweight champs of death metal, Florida's legendary DEICIDE have shot their very first music video. For this historic occasion, the band chose to immortalize the title track off their forthcoming Earache Records debut, "Scars Of The Crucifix" — a song which brutally sums up ...

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RHAPSODY: Setting New Standards In 'Film Score Metal'

Acclaimed actor Christopher Lee ("Star Wars - Episode 2: Attack of the Clones", "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring", "Gremlins II", "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow") will join the symphonic metal band RHAPSODY on their next CD. Mr. Lee is no stranger to music and recording studios as he is a ...

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CROWBAR Complete New CD, Seek Record Deal

CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Hey ya'll, Kirk here again. We just want to let ya'll know that things are moving along well, albeit, rather slowly with the new CROWBAR deal. We want to take our time and get the best deal for this new ...

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EXHUMED Added To CANNIBAL CORPSE/HYPOCRISY Tour

EXHUMED have been added to the forthcoming North American tour featuring headliners CANNIBAL CORPSE and special guests HYPOCRISY and VILE, according to an online posting by the CANNIBAL CORPSE webmaster. The tour — CANNIBAL CORPSE's first in support of their upcoming "The Wretched Spawn" CD — will kick off on February 14 and ...

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MINISTRY To Release New Album In The Spring

Originators of industrial rock MINISTRY are in the studio recording their follow-up to 2003's "Animositisomina". Straight from the success of this year's highly acclaimed American and European Fornica-Tour, the band have returned to Sonic Ranch deep in the heart of Texas to record. "Houses of the Molé" is slated for release on Sanctuary Records in ...

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THUNDERSTONE To Support ICED EARTH In Europe

Helsinki, Finland-based melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have been confirmed as the opening band for ICED EARTH on their upcoming European headlining tour. THUNDERSTONE's sophomore album, "The Burning" (listen to audio samples here) is due on January 12, 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to last year's "Thunderstone" was recorded at Sonic Pump ...

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SYMPHONY X Guitarist To Guest On THUNDERSTONE Album

SYMPHONY X guitarist Michael Romeo has recorded a guest solo in the track "Drawn To The Flame" for the forthcoming THUNDERSTONE album, "The Burning". The follow-up to last year's "Thunderstone" was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne and was mixed at Finnvox Studios with Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM). ...

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THUNDERSTONE: New Audio Clips Posted Online

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have posted a few audio clips from their sophomore album, "The Burning", at their official web site. Check them out here. The follow-up to last year's "Thunderstone" was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne and was mixed at Finnvox Studios with Mikko Karmila ...

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Mechanical Spin Phenomena - MNEMIC

Described liberally as "hybrid metal", or a disparate meshing of styles if you will, MNEMIC's debut effort reeks of stylistic, gritty appeal. This is a record that fully embraces every angle of aggressive music and, in an overpoweringly meticulous fashion, slots them all together seamlessly. There are moments here that bring FEAR FACTORY and their ...

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IMAGIKA To Enter Studio In January

San Francisco power/thrash metallers IMAGIKA will enter Prairie Sun studios in Cotati, California to finish tracking their fourth album, tentatively due in early 2004 through an as-yet-undisclosed label. "All new vocal tracks and bass will be laid down," reads a post on the band's web site. "There's also going to be some more guitar since ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM To Record In The Spring

Finnish "new wave" death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM are busy writing and demoing new material for their sophomore album, tentatively due next summer. The follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut, "Spirits and August Light", is scheduled to be recorded late spring 2004 with engineer Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland and will be ...

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DESTRUCTOR Continue Writing For New Album

DESTRUCTOR, Cleveland, Ohio's legendary power/thrash band, are hard at work writing and demoing new material for the follow-up to their very successful "Sonic Bullet" EP, released on Auburn Records earlier this year. New songs include "Skull Splitter", "Unleashed", "Immortal Metal", "Unearth The Earth", "We Are Ready", "Damage Control" and a reworked version of "Smash Your ...

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Review: Energy Lacking From DEFTONES' Performance In Montreal

Bernard Perusse of The Gazette reviewed the DEFTONES' show at the Verdun Auditorium Tuesday night (Nov. 25). "That cat-caught-in-a-breadmaker scream, which brings us most of the anger inherent in the DEFTONES' sound, will surely land vocalist-guitarist Chino Moreno in the hospital if he doesn't start pacing himself," he wrote. "And yet that element is not ...

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HANGAR 18 To Headline 1st Annual BORDERLAND METALFEST

HANGAR 18, the MEGADETH tribute band featuring formerNEW EDEN/SINERGY bassist Melanie Sisneros, will be performing at the 1st Annual Borderland Metalfest in El Paso, Texas on Saturday, November 22. The festival will be a "one-of-a-kind" event in the El Paso area. Co-headlining the Metalfest will be Southern California's DREAMS OF DAMNATION, featuring guitarist Jim Durkin, ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM: Video Posted Online

Finnish melo-death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM have uploaded their video for the song "Writhen" to their web site at this location. "Writhen" comes off the group's full-length debut, "Spirits and August Light", which was released earlier this year through England's Rage Of Achilles Records. The CD was recorded and mixed at Sonic Pump studios ...

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