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IMPERANON Finish Writing Four New Songs

Finnish melodic thrash/death metallers IMPERANON have finished writing four new songs for their sophomore album, tentatively due late next year through Nuclear Blast Records. The upcoming CD will be the follow-up to the group's debut, "Stained", which was released in May through Nuclear Blast. That CD was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios with engineer Nino ...

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THUNDERSTONE Begin Recording New Album

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have commenced work on their third album at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki for an April 2005 release through Nuclear Blast Records. Recording sessions for the follow-up to this year's "The Burning" will last until the end of the year, while the mixing process will take place in early 2005. ...

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Size Matters - HELMET

When listening to early HELMET, I always got this feeling of a massive wall of concrete rumbling across and flattening everything in its path. The band sounded so tight, so heavy, and so monolithic that it always generated a feeling of massive, controlled power. Frontman Page Hamilton's vocals veered effectively between a raging howl and ...

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OVERLORDE: New Album Due In December

Sonic Age Records has set a December 17, 2004 release date for the new album from American power metallers OVERLORDE, entitled "Return of the Snow Giant". The CD was recorded and mixed at Trax East studios in South River, NJ by Eric Kvortek and Eric Rachel, respectively. "Return of the Snow Giant" (view cover

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NIRVANA: Original 'In Bloom' Video To Re-Surface

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that the original video for NIRVANA's "In Bloom" will re-surface the week of November 8, two weeks before the band's long-awaited box set, titled "With the Lights Out", hits stores on November 23. The most striking difference between the old clip and the one most of us are familiar with ...

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IMPERANON Guitarist Collaborates With Keyboardist RISTO KUPIAINEN: Audio Available

Guitarist Aleksi Sihvonen of Finnish melodic thrash/death metallers IMPERANON recently recorded a song called "Pentatonic School" with a young and talented keyboardist by the name of Risto Kupiainen. You can download the track here. For more information about Risto, visit www.speedpianosoolo.cjb.net. As previously reported, IMPERANON recently parted ways with guitarist Lauri ...

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ANTHRAX Guitarist Talks Politics, Touring With DIO

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted another installment of his regular online column, dubbed "Alpha Mail". A couple of excerpts follow: On upcoming presidential elections: "There have been three televised debates between Kerry and Bush and Kerry has won all three. And don't just think I'm being partisan; I saw polls on Fox News say ...

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DOORS OF THE 21ST CENTURY Prepping Live DVD

THE DOORS OF THE 21ST CENTURY, featuring former THE CULT singer Ian Astbury, are prepping a live DVD, according to Launch Radio Networks. It was recorded in Japan when the band played there in early August of 2003, and it was originally shown on MTV there. The group performed in Osaka one day and Tokyo ...

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Former TESTAMENT Guitarist To Tour With TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick will be performing with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA (East) at the following dates in November/December: Nov. 11 - Charleston WV @ Municipal Aud Theater Nov. 12 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theater Nov. 13 - Ft Wayne IN @ Allen County War Memorial Nov. 14 – Akron, OH @ Akron Civic Center ...

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CROWBAR: In Mixing Mode

New Orleans sludge-meisters CROWBAR are currently mixing their new album, "Life's Blood For The Downtrodden", in Miami, FL for a February 8, 2005 Stateside release through Candlelight Records. "Life's Blood For The Downtrodden" was produced by the working team of Warren Riker (DOWN) and Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN). Brown also handled the bass duties on ...

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HEVEIN To Enter Studio In February

Finnish melodic thrashers HEVEIN will enter the studio in February 2005 to record a new single. The recording sessions for the band's new album will commence in the spring. As previously reported, HEVEIN recently inked a deal with Spinefarm Records. The group were signed on the strength of their "Break Out the Hammers" EP, which ...

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HEVEIN Sign With SPINEFARM RECORDS

Finnish melodic thrashers HEVEIN have inked a deal with Spinefarm Records. The group were signed on the strength of their "Break Out the Hammers" EP, which was mixed earlier this year at Sonic Pump studios by Nino Laurenne and mastered at Finnvox studios by Minerva Pappi. A full-length MP3 of the EP's title track can ...

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GOD.FEAR.NONE To Release Debut Album Next Spring

GOD.FEAR.NONE, the new Greek melodic death metal band formed by ex-SADWINGS members Jim Voutsas (guitar) and Chronis (vocals), are scheduled to release their debut album next spring via Sonic Age Records. GOD.FEAR.NONE, as SADWINGS, have supported NEVERMORE in the past, and are said to be "definitely one of the most promising European metal groups in ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Bassist Checks In From The Road

GUNS N' ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson has posted the following message on his web site: "Spent my B-day in Brussells. Got a lot of love from the people at the show. Thank you Brussells. In Copenhagen today. First time here. What a beautiful place! Been cruising around looking for an Internet Cafe seeing the sites ...

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VALKIJA To Release Debut Album In November

Italian power metallers VALKIJA will release their debut album, entitled "Avengers of Steel", on November 26 though Sonic Age Records. The CD was recorded June 10-22, 2004 at Versus Studios in Athens, Greece and features nine "power metal dynamites sung by the divine voice of female singer Zoraija, [who] brings back the golden days of ...

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SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY: New Song Available For Download

A rough-mix version of a brand-new SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY track, entitled "Methlehem", has been posted online at this location (MP3, 5.4 MB). "Methlehem" is expected to be included on SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY's long-awaited sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2005 through an as-yet-undisclosed label. The follow-up to 2000's "Sonic Jihad" will mark the ...

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OMEGA TRIBE To Begin Recording Third Album In November

Bristol, Tennessee's hardcore metallers OMEGA TRIBE will enter Sonic Designs studio in Bristol with producer Mike Stephenson in November to begin recording their third album, tentatively titled "III". Songtitles set to appear on the album include "War Inside", "Callous", "Bottom Feeder", "Man-Ape", "Night Terror", "Godless", "Under One Sun", "Charmed", "No Love Lost" and "No End". ...

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DOOM SYNDICATE Set Release Date For New Album

Roanoke, VA-based metallers DOOM SYNDICATE will release their new album, "Beyond Salvation", on October 12 via Rotting Corpse Records. "Tracks such as '324', 'Sever the Leech', as well as the title track, are some of DOOM SYNDICATE's finest recordings to date," reads an official press release. "The label has spared no expense in its design ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM: First Album, Mini-CD To Be Reissued

Finnish melo-death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM will have their "Spirits and August Light" album and "Steal the Light" mini-CD reissued on one CD with "reconstructed" artwork and a new layout on November 9 via Nuclear Blast Records. On the same day, Nuclear Blast will release the band's sophomore album, "Years In Waste". The follow-up to "Spirits ...

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PRONG Drummer To Guest In SUBSONIC Video

PRONG drummer Dan Laudo will make an appearance behind the drum kit during the video shoot for "Dream American", the new single from SUBSONIC, the solo project of former CELTIC FROST guitarist Ron Marks. The video is scheduled to be shot next month in Chicago. "Dream American" comes off SUBSONIC's sophomore album, "No Such Soul", ...

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SUBSONIC Complete Work On Sophomore CD

SUBSONIC, the solo project of former CELTIC FROST guitarist Ron Marks, has completed work on its sophomore album, "No Such Soul", scheduled for release before the end of the year through Sonic Wave America. The follow-up to 2002's "Super-Vel" (Outlaw Entertainment) will be available worldwide at such stores as Best Buy, Tower, Borders, Wherehouse, FYE, ...

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JELLO BIAFRA To Perform With MINISTRY

DEAD KENNEDYS legend Jello Biafra will be joining MINISTRY on stage to perform several LARD songs at MINISTRY's upcoming gigs in Los Angeles (only on Sept. 24), San Francisco (Sept. 26), Portland (Sept. 28), Seattle (Sept. 29) and Vancouver (Sept. 30). MINISTRY are touring in support of their latest CD, "Houses of the Molé", available ...

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JIGSORE TERROR: New Song Posted Online

A brand-new JIGSORE TERROR track, entitled "Gorging on Exposed Arteries", is available for download at this location. "Gorging on Exposed Arteries" comes off the Swedish grindcore act's debut album, "World End Carnage", due on October 11 via Listenable Records. "World End Carnage" was recorded at Soundlab studio in Örebro, Sweden with engineer Mieszko ...

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SHADOWS FALL: New Album Streamed Online

SHADOWS FALL's brand-new CD, "The War Within", will be streamed on MTV.com in its entirety leading up to the album's release on September 21. Fans now have less than a week to preview the album at this location. SHADOWS FALL will be the featured guests on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" this Saturday night, Sept. ...

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Florida Death Metallers DIABOLIC Split Up

Florida death metallers DIABOLIC have officially split up. Due to a recent "business development," founding member Brian Malone has decided to end DIABOLIC's seven-year existence, according to a posting on the group's web site. "This decision in no way reflects upon the professionalism and personalities of the current members of DIABOLIC (Eric Hersemann – guitars, ...

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GLUECIFER: DVD Release Date, Title Announced

Norwegian rock 'n' rollers GLUECIFER have set a November 15 release date for their DVD, entitled "Royally Stuffed". The disc will feature "almost three hours of GLUECIFER stuff, including concert, big interview, all videos, GLUECIFER's own tour video plus plus plus," according to a posting on the group's web site. In other news, GLUECIFER have ...

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