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CROWBAR: New Album Delayed Until 2005?

CROWBAR frontman Kirk Windstein has told Germany's Metal-Inside.de that the group's long-awaited new album, "Life's Blood For The Downtrodden", will be mixed after the band return from their German tour in August and is unlikely to surface before early 2005. The follow-up to 2001's "Sonic Excess In Its Purest Form", "Life's Blood For ...

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ZOMBI Sign With RELAPSE RECORDS

Pittsburgh, PA multi-instrumental duo ZOMBI have signed to Relapse Records. The progressive group will release their new full-length CD, "Cosmos", in August. ZOMBI (bassist/multi-instrumentalist Steve Moore and drummer/multi-instrumentalist A.E. Paterra) create boundless, leering soundscapes inspired by filmmakers such as Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci and the musical scores of John Carpenter and GOBLIN. The duo ...

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Ep. 2: In Search of The Little Prince - GENIUS

After the star-studded AYREON project overseen by Dutchman Arjen Lucassen, rock operas now seem to becoming de rigueur in the metal marketplace — and god only knows how, because they must be an absolute nightmare to assemble. In Daniele Liverani's case, he might only be a minor leaguer in his regular role as multi-instrumentalist with ...

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Vocalist TOBEY TORRES Leaves SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY

Vocalist Tobey Torres has left SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY and has reportedly been replaced by Martina Axen, formerly of DRAIN STH/SUPERFIX. "Tobey left SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY of her own will and was not kicked out," SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY mainman Jason Slater said in an online posting. "I am helping her with her solo project. I am ...

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SYBREED: Debut Album Due In September

Reality Entertainment will release the debut album from Swiss band SYBREED on September 7, 2004. Reality CEO, Warren Croyle, explains, "The current Eurometal scene is paving the way for the rest of the world in that genre. When I heard SYBREED, I was completely taken with these four very young musicians having such an innovative ...

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CROWBAR Announce First Hometown Show In Three Years

New Orleans sludge-meisters CROWBAR will make their first hometown live appearance in nearly three years on July 9 at the Howlin' Wolf. Support at the show will come from CRAWFISH FOSSIL and SUFFOCATING LINDSAY. Tickets are $8 and doors open at 8:30 p.m. As previously reported, CROWBAR's current touring lineup is as follows: Kirk Windstein ...

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CROWBAR: New Lineup Announced

New Orleans sludge-meisters CROWBAR have announced their lineup for their upcoming European tour and beyond. It is as follows: Kirk Windstein (DOWN) - Guitar and Vocals Patrick Bruders (GOATWHORE) - Bass Steve Gibb (ex-BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) - Guitar and Vocals Tommy Buckley (SOILENT GREEN) - Drums As previously reported, CROWBAR's forthcoming CD, tentatively titled "Life's ...

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MANITOU: Debut Album Samples Posted Online

MANITOU, the Finnish traditional/progressive heavy metal band who feature in their ranks members of OMNIUM GATHERUM, have released MP3 samples from their forthcoming debut album, "The Mad Moon Rising", on their official web site. The CD was recorded and mixed at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki and is scheduled for release on June ...

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GLORIA MORTI: Promotional CD Available For Download

Finnish black metallers GLORIA MORTI have uploaded two songs from their "Ephemeral Life Span" promotional CD at their official web site. Check them out: "The EnNightenment" (mp3), "Cliffs of Geburah" (mp3). As previously reported, GLORIA MORTI have finished recording their debut album, "Lifestream Corrosion", for an August release through Japan's World ...

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AMORAL Part Ways With MOONSORROW Bassist

Finnish melodic death metallers AMORAL have parted ways with bassist Ville Sorvali. "Ville is simply too busy with MOONSORROW, his work and studies, and can't give the 100% needed in this band anymore," the group write on their web site. "Ville told us about leaving already in the beginning of the year, but promised to ...

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CROWBAR, HATESPHERE To Team Up For European Tour

New Orleans sludge-meisters CROWBAR and Danish thrashers HATESPHERE will be teaming up for a European tour beginning in late June. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jun. 25 – Köln, GER - Underground Jun. 26 - Pressure Fest (no HATESPHERE) Jun. 27 – Tilburg, NETH – 013 Jun. 28 - Hamburg, GER – Knust Jun. 29 ...

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TOMAS LINDBERG Says He Had Nothing In Common With THE CROWN

In a recent interview with Holland's Lords of Metal, former AT THE GATES/current THE GREAT DECEIVER frontman Tomas Lindberg spoke very openly about his relatively brief tenure as the singer for the now-defunct Swedish thrashers THE CROWN. "They see life in a totally different way than I do," Lindberg said. "Totally opposite [to] how I ...

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Former SLEEP Members Launch New Band

Former SLEEP members Al Cisneros (bass/vocals) and Chris Haikus (drums) have formed a brand-new two-piece band called OM, according to StonerRock.com. "The hallmarks of OM are mondo drums with the greatest sonic bass waves this side of the giant black hole drone found in our galaxy," according to a posting on the site. ...

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JIGSORE TERROR Sign With LISTENABLE RECORDS

Swedish grindcore act JIGSORE TERROR have inked a deal with France's Listenable Records. The band recently entered Soundlab studio in Sweden with engineer Mieszko Talarczyk (NASUM) to record an "essential piece of grind-crushing sonic tornado" entitled "World End Carnage". The CD, the musical direction of which is said to be "in the vein of TERRORIZER ...

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Ex-HEAVENLY Members Form New Band, Seek Singer

Former HEAVENLY members Frédéric Leclercq (guitar), Pierre-Emmanuel Pélisson (bass) and Maxence Pilo (drums) have announced plans to form a new band. "We are currently looking for a singer, influenced by Dio, [John] Corabi, [David] Coverdale, [Graham] Bonnet, that kind of guys," the group write in a statement. "You may ask yourself (and you're absolutely right), ...

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VELVET REVOLVER: 'Slither' Video Posted Online

VELVET REVOLVER's video for "Slither", the first single off their upcoming "Contraband" debut, is available for viewing on the MTV.com web site at this location. As previously reported, the "Slither" clip, which was directed by Kevin Kerslake (NIRVANA, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, SONIC YOUTH), follows club kids as they chase through underground tunnels ...

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Nerve Damage - SKINLAB

Despite having only three full albums in the can, these Bay Area die-hards have lovingly pieced together a two-disc celebration of their decade-long tenure, featuring demos, remixes, out-of-print EPs and all the kind of stuff lying around cassette drawers. Basically all the material you'd hope fans would go out and buy because they love you ...

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VELVET REVOLVER: 'Makes A Video' To Air This Weekend

VELVET REVOLVER's "Slither" video and the accompanying show "Velvet Revolver Makes A Video" will now air on MTV2 on Saturday, May 1 at midnight, immediately following "Headbanger's Ball", according to a posting on the group's official web site. The video has already started running on MTV2, and will begin airing on Fuse this weekend. As ...

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VELVET REVOLVER: 'Slither' Video Premiere Postponed

The world premiere of VELVET REVOLVER's "Slither" video has been rescheduled from its originally announced April 29 air date, according to a posting on the group's official web site. The clip and the accompanying MTV2 show "Velvet Revolver Makes A Video" will be shown at an as-yet-undisclosed later date. As previously reported, the "Slither" clip, ...

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VELVET REVOLVER: 'Slither' Video To Premiere On Thursday

VELVET REVOLVER's video for "Slither" will be the subject of the MTV2 show "Velvet Revolver Makes A Video" airing this Thursday, April 29 at 9:00 p.m. EST. The show will be followed by the world premiere of the "Slither" video. The clip, which was directed by Kevin Kerslake (NIRVANA, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, SONIC YOUTH), ...

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GLORIA MORTI: Debut Album Due In August

Finnish black metallers GLORIA MORTI have finished recording their debut album, "Lifestream Corrosion", for an August release through Japan's World Chaos Productions. Mixing sessions for the CD will take place between April 12 and 21 at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki. "Lifestream Corrosion" track listing: 01. Xanadu 02. Ephemeral Lifespan 03. The EnNightenment 04. The ...

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Sonic Firestorm - DRAGONFORCE

If you're big on impassioned warbling, fluttering keyboards and perma-galloping rhythms, the question is why go for DRAGONFORCE's second album specifically? Can it bring fresh joys to your record collection? The answer is, well, yes, although not — in the spirit of this breed of dramatic metal — a resounding yes to be trumpeted from ...

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CROWBAR: More European Tour Dates Announced

New Orleans sludge-meisters CROWBAR have announced more dates as part of their upcoming European tour. They are as follows: Jun. 25 – Koln, GER - Underground Jun. 26 – Herne, GER - Pressure Fest Jun. 27 – Tilburg, NETH - 013 Jun. 28 – Hamburg, GER - Knust Jun. 29 – Salzgitter, GER - Forellenhof ...

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Back To Times of Splendor - DISILLUSION

On the face of it, the industry-standard sleeve adorning "Back To Times of Splendor" (ghostly woman staring mournfully across arid landscape) does precious little to prepare you for the stupendously ambitious music that emanates from it. You also discover that the band is three essentially unknown guys from Germany attempting to piece together black, death, ...

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EVERGREY Frontman Talks About New Album, Upcoming Tour

Swedish melodic metal outfit EVERGREY will release their new album, "The Inner Circle", on April 27 through InsideOut Music America. The follow-up to 2003's "Recreation Day", "The Inner Circle" sees EVERGREY intensifying their musical ability with the utilization of a string quartet, courtesy of the Gothenburg Symphonic Orchestra, as well as handling all of the ...

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