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SLEEP's 'Dopesmoker' Delayed

Due to unspecified "logistical" problems, Tee Pee Records have pushed back the official release date of SLEEP's long-awaited "Dopesmoker" CD to May 20. With producer Billy Anderson out on the road with BLESSING THE HOGS and Matt Pike piloting the HIGH ON FIRE juggernaut, the decision was made to delay the street date so that ...

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SUPERFIX: Working Hard To Live Up To Fans' Expectations

SUPERFIX — the Los Angeles-based act featuring former DRAIN STH members Martina Axen (vocals) and Anna Kjellberg (bass), alongside ex-SINISSTAR guitarist China and drummer/programmer Sid Riggs — are holed up in their Hollywood rehearsal studio writing and demoing material for the group's long-awaited debut album, due in late 2003/early 2004. Among the new songs the ...

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POWERMAN 5000 Frontman Discusses New Album, Absence Of Spacesuits

POWERMAN 5000's forthcoming album, "Transform", will include a bonus Enhanced CD portion containing videos for the tracks "Free" and "Action", as well as other undisclosed extras. "Transform", due on May 20 through DreamWorks Records, is the fourth album from the platinum Los Angeles-based quintet. Its arrival finds frontman Spider One characteristically reflective, in this case ...

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CRUACHAN Name New CD

Ireland's CRUACHAN have set "Pagan" as the title for their forthcoming album, tentatively due in the fall through Hammerheart Records. The follow-up to last year's "Folk-Lore" will be recorded and mixed at Sonic studios in Dublin between March 29 and May 11. ...

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Former HELMET Leader Addresses Reunion Rumors

Ex-HELMET and current GANDHI mainman Page Hamilton has sent a lengthy e-mail to the unofficial HELMET site HelmetBand.com clarifying a comment made during a GANDHI show last summer/fall in which he referred to his former bandmates as "assholes" and addressing the persistent rumors of a HELMET reunion at some point in the not-too-distant future. Hamilton's ...

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A Flame To The Ground Beneath - LOST HORIZON

"Under a prodigious influence of the same, shared flame, baptized in metal and the restored will, they (LOST HORIZON) interlace their faiths and conclude their goals." Yeah, thanks. Is there really any need, you ask yourself? MANOWAR ceased to raise a chuckle with all this Shakespearian guff some time ago, and by hamming it up ...

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LED ZEPPELIN: The Mother Lode Of Live Recordings On The Way

Atlantic Records has announced the forthcoming release of the mother lode of LED ZEPPELIN live recordings. Slated for a simultaneous May 27 release are "Led Zeppelin DVD", a two-disc set, and "How The West Was Won", a three-CD set. Long sought-after by ZEPPELIN devotees and collectors, this marks the first-ever official release of these rare ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN Singer, AUDIOSLAVE Guitarist Launch Radio Show

SYSTEM OF A DOWN's Serj Tankian and AUDIOSLAVE's Tom Morello, who joined forces to form the socio-political organization Axis Of Justice, have launched their radio show, which they hope to broadcast nationally. Tankian, who co-hosts the show with Morello, spoke about it in a recent interview. "We are actually going to launch our first radio ...

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ALTARIA Set European Release Date For 'Invitation'

Finnish melodic metal band ALTARIA, featuring SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen, have set an April 28 European release date through AOR Heaven sub-label Metal Heaven Records for their debut album, "Invitation". The CD, which was mixed at Helsinki's Sonic Pump studios by Nino Laurenne, will contain the following track listing: 01. Ravenwing 02. Innocent 03. ...

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NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE Reform, Prepare To Record

Finnish speed/thrash metal legends NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE have reformed and are set to enter the studio next month to begin work on a new album. The group's current lineup includes the original guitar duo — J. Kyrö and M. Jokikokko — who were responsible for composing all of the group's early material, plus former ETERNAL ...

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EXODUS Reunite With ZETRO SOUZA, Prepare To Record New Album

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have been rejoined by vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza and are preparing to enter the studio with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, STUCK MOJO, SKINLAB) to record their first studio album in 11 years. "[Zetro and the rest of the band] had some great talks [over the course of ...

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AKERCOCKE Complete Recordings For 'Choronzon'

The U.K. Satanic black/death metal band AKERCOCKE have finalized the track listing for their third album, "Choronzon", tentatively due in late spring. The band completed the recordings for the CD in late December and currently are in discussions with "numerous producers" about mixing the effort, which is being described as "faster, heavier, more disturbing and ...

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH: It's CRUNCH TIME Again!

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has posted the following update to the "Jump In The Studio" section of the band's official web site: "Not much to report today. Not much to report today??!! What the fuck kind of a site are we running here? Somebody give me some fucking information here. Oh..it is supposed to come ...

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CRUACHAN Announce Newest Member Addition

Ireland's CRUACHAN have announced the addition to the group's lineup of a new full-time band member, Ed Gilbert. "Ed, who has been playing with us for over a year now as our guest, has now become a full-time member of the band," the group said in an official statement. "A lot of you have probably ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM To Film Video

Finland's OMNIUM GATHERUM will film a video for the track "Writhen" at the end of this month. "Writhen" comes off the group's upcoming full-length debut, "Spirits and August Light", due in March through England's Rage Of Achilles Records. It was recorded and mixed at Sonic Pump studios by Nino Laurenne and mastered at Finnvox studios ...

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DOWN/CROWBAR Guitarist Joins VALUME NOB

DOWN/CROWBAR guitarist Kirk Windstein has joined New Orleans' VALUME NOB as the band's temporary bassist. Windstein, who recently commenced the songwriting process for the next CROWBAR album, made his live debut with the group on Friday (Jan. 17) at Dixie Taverne in New Orleans and will reportedly be appearing with the band at all of ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM To Support CHILDREN OF BODOM In Finland

Finland's OMNIUM GATHERUM will support CHILDREN OF BODOM at the following dates: Mar. 27 – Lutakko – Jyväskylä, FIN Apr. 05 – Nosturi – Helsinki, FIN In other news, the band recently inked a licensing agreement with Hot Rockin' Records for the Japanese release of their full-length debut, "Spirits and August Light". The Japanese version ...

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100 DEMONS Record New Material

Connecticut's 100 DEMONS, featuring new singer Pete Morcey (formerly of HIGHER FORCE/FORCED REALITY), recently demoed some new material at Planet Z studios with producer Zeuss (HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL). The group will be performing the following live dates during January/February: Jan. 31 - El N Gee - New London, CT (w/ HATEBREED) Feb. 07 - The ...

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CRUACHAN Book Studio Time

Ireland's CRUACHAN have booked Sonic studios in Dublin from March 29 to May 11 to record their next album, tentatively due in the fall through Hammerheart Records. The band's last album, "Folk-Lore", was released in 2002. ...

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SILVERGINGER 5 To Record New CD In March

SILVERGINGER 5, the band featuring THE WILDHEARTS frontman Ginger and former ELECTRIC BOYS guitarist/vocalist Conny Bloom, will record their new album in March. "Lots of melodies, riffs & sonic madness to look out for!" states Bloom via his official web site. ...

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THE WHO's PETE TOWNSHEND: 'I Am No Paedophile'

THE WHO guitarist Pete Townshend has admitted paying to download child porn from the internet. But the rock legend denied being a paedophile and claimed he only purchased the obscene material as research for a book. Townshend spoke out after reports said a rock star was at the center of an international probe into child ...

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ALTARIA Complete Recording, Begin Mixing Full-Length Debut

Finnish melodic metal band ALTARIA, featuring SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen, have completed the backing and harmony vocal tracks for their debut album, "Invitation", and are currently taking care of "additional recordings and other small details and minor fixes" before beginning to mix the effort at Helsinki's Sonic Pump studios on Jan. 21. Among the ...

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CROWBAR: New Studio Album On The Way

New Orleans sludge meisters CROWBAR, who feature in their ranks DOWN guitarist Kirk Windstein, have commenced the songwriting process for their seventh studio album, tentatively due at the end of the year. "[The album will be recorded] as soon as I write it," Windstein said in a posting on the official DOWN message board. "I'm ...

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Engineering The Dead - ABORTED

Belgium's ABORTED spit bile, other assorted bodily fluids and just about every murderously inhuman thought they can at the listener for the full thirty-eight minutes of their debut outing for France's Listenable Records. But you shouldn't be too intimidated by this, because when said sonic pretensions are set aside and dictionary-defying titles like "Nailed Through ...

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