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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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IRON MAIDEN Producer Defends 'Dance Of Death' Sound

IRON MAIDEN producer Kevin Shirley, who has worked with the group on their last two studio releases as well as the live album "Rock In Rio", has taken the unusual step of publicly defending the production on MAIDEN's latest CD, "Dance Of Death", calling it a perfect replica of the band's live sound. Writing to ...

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MANITOU To Begin Recording Debut Album

Finnish prog-metallers MANITOU will enter Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki at the end of the month to begin recording their debut full-length album, entitled "Mad Moon Rising". Mixing will be done by Nino Laurenne of THUNDERSTONE fame. The album will be released in the spring through the British label Rage Of Achilles. The tentative track ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE Name New Album

Long-running death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE have set "The Wretched Spawn" as the title for their forthcoming album, due in February through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Gore Obsessed" is currently being recorded at Sonic Ranch studios in Tornillo, Texas with producer Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, JUDAS PRIEST). The complete track listing for "The Wretched ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE: 1,000,000 Records Sold

Veteran death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE recently reached the one-million mark for combined sales of all their albums. Bandmembers Alex Webster, Pat O'Brien, George Fisher and Jack Owen commemorated the occasion with Metal Blade Records owner/CEO Brian Slagel at Sonic Ranch studios in El Paso, Texas. where the band are currently recording the follow-up to 2002's ...

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IMPERANON Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Finland's IMPERANON have signed a multi-album deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group, whose members range in age from 17 to 24, are described in an official press release as "the future metal band from Finland! Fans [of] CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH and SONATA ARCTICA will very soon add [IMPERANON] to their list of favorite ...

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Review: 'LED ZEPPELIN' Rock Akron Crowd

Malcolm X Abram of the Cleveland Beacon Journal reports that "the Akron Symphony Orchestra collectively loosened its tie Sunday night with 'The Music of Led Zeppelin: A Rock Symphony' (see previous story) and was rewarded with rock-star treatment from an enthusiastic audience. "For two-plus hours, E.J. Thomas Hall was transformed into a rock ...

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CROWBAR Change Album Title, Set Tentative Track Listing

New Orleans-based sludge-meisters CROWBAR have changed the working title of their forthcoming CD to "Life's Blood For The Downtrodden" from the previously announced "You Don't Need An Enemy To Have A War". The follow-up to 2001's "Sonic Excess In Its Purest Form" was recorded in Louisiana with producers Warren Riker (DOWN) and Rex Brown (PANTERA, ...

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PINK CREAM 69 Set Release Date For New Album

Germany's PINK CREAM 69 have completed work on the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2001's "Endangered", due on January 26 through SPV Records. The album was recorded and mixed at House Of Audio studio in Karlsdorf, Germany and was produced by PINK CREAM 69 bassist Dennis Ward. According to the band's official web site, the upcoming CD ...

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AC/DC: London Show Confirmed

To celebrate the re-launch of the Carling Apollo Hammersmith in London, England, an extremely rare and exclusive appearance will take place by one of the greatest and most influential rock bands in the world: AC/DC. For ONE night only, on Tuesday 21st October, Carling will bring Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson, Phil Rudd and ...

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Money Talks - CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER

Following the reissue of the Californian speedcore merchants benchmark debut album "Convicted", there is some debate over whether that or follow-up "Money Talks" is the better of the two. Beyond the sonic rage factor to be taken into consideration, the artwork is certainly superior on 1987's "Money Talks". Drawn by Jeff Harp from the equally ...

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ARTHEMESIA Part Ways With Drummer, Postpone Album Recordings

Finnish black metallers ARTHEMESIA have parted ways with drummer Mor Vethor. "Mor Vethor had to leave the band, because his skills didn't match the requirements of our music, thus all recordings [for our new album] are now cancelled," the band write on their official web site. "We will restart the recording sessions again in the ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE To Enter Studio Next Week

Veteran death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE will be heading back to the studio on September 15 to start the recording process for the follow-up to last year's "Gore Obsessed", due in early 2004 through Metal Blade Records. The band will once again record at Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, Texas with producer Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, JUDAS ...

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THUNDERSTONE Begin Mixing Sophomore Album

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have commenced the mixing process for their sophomore album, "The Burning", at Finnvox Studios with Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM). The follow-up to last year's "Thunderstone" was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne and will include the following cuts, among others: 01. Until We ...

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KATAKLYSM: More North American Dates Announced

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have announced more dates as part of their "From Shadows to Dust" North American tour. Confirmed dates are as follows: Sep. 11 - Calgary, AB @ The Machine * Sep. 12 - Edmonton, AB @ Stars * Sep. 13 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange * Sep. 16 - Thunder Bay, ...

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CRUACHAN Recruit Guest Musician

Ireland's CRUACHAN have recruited bassist John Clohessy's brother Dennis as a guest musician for touring. "Dennis is a classically trained musician and writes music for TV," according to a post on the band's web site. CRUACHAN are currently hard at work on their new album, "Pagan", tentatively due in early 2004 through Karmageddon Media (formerly ...

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MINISTRY Frontman To Remix EMINENCE Track

MINISTRY frontman Al Jourgensen is set to do a remix of the track "Citizen Zero" from Brazilian extreme metallers EMINENCE (featuring former SEPULTURA guitarist Jairo Guedz on bass). The song comes off EMINENCE's forthcoming CD, "Humanology", due in November through Switzerland's Timeless Productions. "Humanology", the follow-up to 1999's "Chaotic System", is currently being recorded at ...

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Review: OZZFEST About 'Approved' Craziness

Charles Passy of the Palm Beach Post reports that for most of Ozzfest 2003's 14-hour duration, bands encourage concertgoers to engage in all sorts of mayhem. "Let's get bleeping crazy," is the day's common refrain. "So what happened at the Sound Advice Amphitheatre [in West Palm Beach, Florida] on Thursday [August 28] when Ozzfest arrived ...

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ELENIUM Set Release Date For Full-Length Debut

Finnish "progressive death" metallers ELENIUM have set a November 10 release date through England's Rage Of Achilles Records for their full-length debut, "For Giving - For Getting". The CD was recorded in July at Sonic Pump studios and will be mastered on August 28 at Finnvox studios by Mika Jussila. The complete track listing for ...

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CROWBAR: New Studio Photos Available Online

A bunch more photos of the new CROWBAR lineup — guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein (DOWN), bassist Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN) and drummer Craig Nunenmacher (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) — recording their new album, tentatively titled "You Don't Need An Enemy To Have A War", have been posted online at this location. As previously reported, CROWBAR ...

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SPEEDEALER: New Album Details Revealed

The reformed SPEEDEALER have pushed back the release date of their new album, "Bleed", to November 25 through Dead Teenager Records. Distribution will be handled by Nail/Allegro. "Bleed" was recorded June 10-11, 2003 at Top Hat studios in Austin, Texas. "We think 'Bleed' sounds, for better or worse, how a SPEEDEALER record should [sound] — ...

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SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY Completing Work On Sophomore Album

SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY, who recently replaced Bobby Hewitt (ex-ORGY) with original the group's drummer Neil Taylor, are currently recording their sophomore album, which they expect to complete by the end of the month. The band are still seeking a record deal following their split with Reprise Records in 2001. Among the tracks tentatively set to ...

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CRUACHAN Part Ways With Flutist (Again)

Ireland's CRUACHAN have once again parted ways with flutist John O' Fathaigh. John, who left the band last summer for personal reasons, had "sorted his life out" earlier in the year and was once again named a member of the group. However, the pairing didn't last long, according to a post on the band's official ...

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CROWBAR: More Studio Photos Posted Online

A bunch of photos of the new CROWBAR lineup — guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein (DOWN), bassist Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN) and drummer Craig Nunenmacher (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) — rehearsing for and recording their upcoming album, tentatively titled "You Don't Need An Enemy To Have A War", have been posted online at this location. As ...

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THROES OF DAWN To Begin Recording Fourth Album

Finland's THROES OF DAWN are set to enter Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki on August 17 for five days to record the drums and bass for their fourth full-length album. According to the band's official web site, "10 new brilliant songs will be recorded in three parts," with guitars and synths scheduled to be tracked ...

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