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POSSESSED Legend JEFF BECERRA 'Gravely Ill'

Sole remaining original member Jeff Becerra (vocals) of the reactivated California death metal pioneers POSSESSED became very ill while touring in Europe. The group, now featuring Becerra backed by members of California's SADISTIC INTENT, was playing shows on the European continent in preparation for Norway's Hole In The Sky festival, which took place August 27-30 ...

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A Conversation With CANNIBAL CORPSE's ALEX WEBSTER

By: Scott Alisoglu CANNIBAL CORPSE is a band of the people; well, the death metal people anyway. Since forming in 1987, the unit has always given the fans what they've wanted — consistently good albums, gore-drenched lyrics, and staggering levels of brutality. The quintet's dedication, work ethic, and business sense has turned them into one ...

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TEXTURES: Performance, Behind-The-Scenes Footage From LOWLANDS Festival Available

Professionally filmed video footage of Dutch progressive/extreme metallers TEXTURES performing the song "Regeniesis" at this year's Lowlands festival, which was held August 15-17 in Biddinghuizen, the Netherlands can be viewed at 3voor12. TEXTURES has posted the first episode of its podcast featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the Lowlands festival. Watch it below. TEXTURES will ...

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POSSESSED Pulls Out Of Norway's HOLE IN THE SKY Festival

Reactivated California death metal pioneers POSSESSED — featuring sole original member Jeff Becerra (vocals) backed by members of California's SADISTIC INTENT — have cancelled their appearance at the Hole in the Sky festival, set to take place August 27-30 in Bergen, Norway. The festival organizers explain in a statement, "Jeff Becerra is hospitalized with a ...

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CRADLE TO GRAVE Forced To Cancel U.S. Tour

CRADLE TO GRAVE, the Vancouver, British Columbia-based band featuring ex-AGGRESSION guitarist Denis "Sasquatch" Barthe, has been forced to cancel its recently announced tour of the West Coast after the group was detained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security "for suspicion of either sneaking drugs in or attempting to seek work illegally, despite the fact ...

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THE 69 EYES To Release 'Goth'N'Roll' Box Set

Finnish goth metallers THE 69 EYES will release a box set called "Goth'n'Roll" in Finland on Halloween. The box set will contain three CDs and one DVD. "Goth'N'Roll" documents THE 69 EYES' period from 1998 to 2003 when the band broke into the mainstream success in Finland and spread their Helsinki vampire bat wings over ...

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CRADLE TO GRAVE Announces West Coast Tour

CRADLE TO GRAVE, the Vancouver, British Columbia-based band featuring ex-AGGRESSION guitarist Denis "Sasquatch" Barthe, has announced the details of its upcoming West Coast North American tour. The band will be hitting markets on the coasts of Canada, US. and Mexico throughout the month of August. Commented Sasquatch: "This is the time of the year where ...

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INDIANAPOLIS METAL FEST: More Bands Announced

More bands have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Indianapolis Metal Fest, set to take place September 26-27 at Madame Walker Theater in Indianapolis, Indiana. The festival includes an assortment of headliner-status and personally chosen unsigned artists, including three bands that will be making their U.S. debuts. The festival billing is shaping up ...

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Parasite of Society - HEADHUNTER

As the story goes, vocalist/bassist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer left German thrash juggernaut DESTRUCTION after the decade of the 80s came to a close and formed HEADHUNTER, the music of which was more akin to power metal (albeit without the glitz and glam) than straight up thrash. The band released a few albums before Schmier rejoined ...

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DIMMU BORGIR Guitarist Discusses INSIDIOUS Project

DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Sven Atle Kopperud (a.k.a. Silenoz) recently spoke to UK's Terrorizer magazine about INSIDIOUS (formerly INSIDIOUS DISEASE), the international metal project featuring members of DIMMU BORGIR, NAPALM DEATH, OLD MAN'S CHILD and MORGOTH. Currently unsigned, INSIDIOUS (see band photo below) recently spent time at a studio in Norway recording 12 songs with Terje ...

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POSSESSED's JEFF BECERRA Gives Revealing Interview

In the October 2008 issue of Guitar World magazine, which is on sale now, POSSESSED frontman Jeff Becerra talks candidly about the 1989 shooting that left him paralyzed from the chest down, his battle with drugs and alcohol, the early days of the Bay Area thrash metal scene and his future as a wheelchair-bound frontman ...

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TEXTURES Pulls Out Of Slovenia's METALCAMP Festival

Dutch progressive/extreme metallers TEXTURES have been forced to cancel their previously announced July 6 appearance at the Metalcamp festival in Tolmin, Slovenia due to the fact that Eric Kalsbeek (vocals) is suffering from "throat problems." "After having his throat examined at the hospital, doctors found out that Eric had an abnormal reaction to allergies which ...

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Ex-THE GATHERING Singer Performs With MOONSPELL At Belgium's GRASPOP; Photos Available

Former THE GATHERING singer Anneke van Giersbergen (who now fronts AGUA DE ANNIQUE) joined Portuguese metallers MOONSPELL earlier today (Friday, June 27) for their appearance at the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium. She sang the song "Scorpion Flower" as a duet with MOONSPELL frontman Fernando Ribeiro. Check out pictures of the performance at ...

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PHAZM To Release New Album In September

French metallers PHAZM who are fronted by former SCARVE singer Pierrick Valence will release their third album, "Cornerstone Of The Macabre", mid-September via Osmose Productions. The CD was recorded at Sainte-Marthe Studio with producer Francis Caste (HANGMAN'S CHAIR, ARKHON INFAUSTUS, EIBON, ZULL FX). "Cornerstone Of The Macabre" track listing: 01. Love Me Rotten (Love Me ...

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MEGADETH: Mexico City Photos Available

Mexico's Search & Destroy webzine has posted photos of MEGADETH's June 18 concert at Vive Cuervo Salon in Mexico City. Check them out at this location. The group's setlist was as follows: 01. Sleepwalker 02. Wake Up Dead 03. Take No Prisoners 04. Skin O My Teeth 05. Washington Is Next 06. Kick ...

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OPETH Mainman Issues Post-U.S. Tour Update

OPETH mainman Mikael kerfeldt has posted the following message on his MySpace page: "We made it! First tour in support of 'Watershed' nailed down! We really enjoyed the Progressive Nation tour, all of us. It was one of the smoothest and quickest runs we've ever done. Great company too! All the guys from DREAM THEATER ...

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MOONSPELL: Pro-Shot Footage From ROCK IN RIO Festival Available

Professionally filmed footage of MOONSPELL's June 5, 2008 peformance at the Rock in Rio festival in Lisbon, Portugal can be viewed below. MOONSPELL's new album, "Night Eternal", entered the national chart in Portugal at No. 3 and in Germany at No. 62. The follow-up to 2006's "Memorial" was recorded at Antfarm studios in Denmark with ...

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MOONSPELL: First 'Night Eternal' Chart Positions Revealed

MOONSPELL's new album, "Night Eternal", has registered the following first-week chart positions: Portugal: #3 Germany: #62 The follow-up to 2006's "Memorial" was recorded at Antfarm studios in Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, DARK TRANQUILLITY, HALFORD). Two editions of the record were made available: A limited double digipack with different artwork, one bonus track ...

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CANCER BATS To Release 'Hail Destroyer' Next Month

Toronto's CANCER BATS will release its much-anticipated sophomore full-length album, "Hail Destroyer", on June 24 via Black Market Activities. According to a press release, "Hail Destroyer" sees CANCER BATS "mature sonically and evolving as they incorporate the past, present of hardcore while they pave out its future." In a February 2008 interview with ChartAttack.com, CANCER ...

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