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DRAGONFORCE Announce Festival Appearances With IRON MAIDEN

London-based "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE have announced the first of their major summer live appearances with IRON MAIDEN. The dates are as follows: May 29 - Mystic Festival @ Stadium Slaski - Chorzow, POL Jun. 11 - Gods Of Metal Festival @ Parco Nord Open Air Arena - Bologna, ITA Jun. 21 - Terra ...

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THUNDERSTONE: Tour Dates Announced

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Mar. 25 - Tampere, FIN @ Pakkahuone/Tulliklubi w/ HAMMERFALL, LORDI, FIREWIND: Apr. 21 - Pratteln, SWI @ Z 7 Apr. 22 - Filderstadt, GER @ Filharmonie Apr. 23 - Lichtenfels, GER @ Stadthalle Apr. 24 - Oberhausen, GER @ Turbinenhalle ...

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DEVILDRIVER Finish Recording New Album

DEVILDRIVER, the Santa Barbara, California-based band featuring former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, have posted the following message on their official web site: "This past Sunday (Jan. 30), tracking on the upcoming DEVILDRIVER CD, 'The Fury of Our Maker's Hand', officially concluded. In fact, the last track to have vocals laid down was the title ...

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THUNDERSTONE: New Album Details Revealed

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have set "Tools of Destruction" as the title of their third full-length album, tentatively due in Europe on April 18 via Nuclear Blast Records. Release dates for the USA and Japan will be announced soon. "Tools of Destruction" was mixed at Timo Tolkki's (STRATOVARIUS) Goldenworks studio with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne. ...

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ZAKK WYLDE Hits Studio To Record LYNYRD SKYNYRD Cover

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY/OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Zakk Wylde went into the studio on Tuesday, January 24 to lay down his version of a LYNYRD SKYNYRD classic for the upcoming tribute album, "Heavy Helping", due later in the year via Sanctuary Records. Other artists that have reportedly contributed to the CD include METALLICA, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, SEBASTIAN ...

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CROWBAR: New Song Available For Download

A brand new CROWBAR track, entitled "Dead Sun", has been made available for download at this location. "Dead Sun" comes off the group's new album, "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden", due on February 8 via Candlelight Records. The band will kick off their first tour in support of the record, alongside labelmates ENTOMBED, PRO-PAIN ...

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CROWBAR: New MP3 To Be Available Online This Weekend

Candlelight Records has announced the worldwide premiere of "Dead Sun" from CROWBAR's soon-to-be-released new album, "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden". Candlelight will premiere the song, also the album's lead video, beginning at 9:00 a.m. EST on Saturday, January 22. Bring your browser to the label's recently launched U.S. site at this location to download ...

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PENETRATOR Sign With SONIC AGE RECORDS

PENETRATOR, the Toronto-based power metal band featuring "Bulldog" Bess Ross, Tony Iommi's personal guitar tech during BLACK SABBATH's "Never Say Die" tour, have inked a deal with Greece's Sonic Age Records. The group's self-titled debut contains nine songs of "U.S.-type power metal with outstanding 'macho' vocals, reminding [the listener] of acts like JUDAS PRIEST ('Painkiller' ...

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DIRTY AMERICANS Sign North American Deal With LIQUOR AND POKER MUSIC

After receiving extensive international acclaim, "Strange Generation", the debut album from the Michigan-based quartet DIRTY AMERICANS, will receive a long-overdue domestic release by Liquor and Poker Music on March 22. The 13-track recording, produced by Paul Ebersold (3 DOORS DOWN, SALIVA), was initially released by Roadrunner Records last March in Europe and Japan, where it ...

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DEVILDRIVER Singer On New Album: 'Expect Brutality'

DEVILDRIVER, the Santa Barbara, California-based band featuring former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, will release their sophomore album, "The Fury of Our Maker's Hand" on Roadrunner Records this coming spring. The follow-up to DEVILDRIVER's 2002 critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album, "The Fury of Our Maker's Hand" will be "a much more brutal, metal release" for the ...

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Former MORGION Members Launch New Band

According to a posting at Doom-Metal.com, former MORGION members Rhett Davis and Justin Christain have joined forces with NEPENTHEAN founder Ron Slater in a new band called KEEN OF THE CROW. Songs have been crafted and recording and touring are planned for the relatively near future. Musically speaking, the sonic output from KEEN ...

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DRAGONFORCE To Support ANGRA In Greece

Britain's "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE will make their debut appearance in Greece as the special guest of ANGRA in February this year. The confirmed shows are as follow: Feb. 25 – Thessaloniki, GRE @ Hydrogios Club Feb. 26 – Athens, GRE @ Rodon Club These two shows follow DRAGONFORCE's one-off London headline show (Feb. ...

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CROWBAR's WINDSTEIN Auctioning Custom Guitar

CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein is auctioning a Les Paul custom guitar on eBay. "I just struck a deal with ESP and I'll be using them primarily," he writes on the group's web site. "I used this guitar for the drop B songs ('Bury Me In Smoke' and 'Eyes Of The South') on most ...

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METALLICA, SEBASTIAN BACH, ZAKK WYLDE To Appear On LYNYRD SKYNYRD Tribute CD

METALLICA, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, SEBASTIAN BACH, KID ROCK, SALIVA, Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) and Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER) are among the many artists that have reportedly contributed LYNYRD SKYNYRD tunes to an upcoming tribute album, "Heavy Helping", due later in the year via Sanctuary Records. C.O.C.'s contribution reportedly comes in the shape ...

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THUNDERSTONE: In Mixing Mode

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have commenced the mixing process for their third album at Timo Tolkki's (STRATOVARIUS) Goldenworks studio with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne. 11 songs are being finalized, with the track listing, album title and release date soon to be announced. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Tool of the Devil", "Welcome ...

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CROWBAR To Support HATEBREED In U.K.

New Orleans-based sludge-meisters CROWBAR will be supporting HATEBREED on a U.K. tour beginning in early March. Confirmed dates are as follows: Mar. 05 - Leeds, UK @ Cockpit Mar. 06 - Sheffield, UK @ Corporation Mar. 07 - Glasgow, UK @ Garage Mar. 08 - Newcastle, UK @ Northumbria Uni Mar. 09 - Manchester, UK ...

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VIOLENT STORM Sign Japanese Record Deal

VIOLENT STORM, the new band formed by ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/BLACKMORE'S NIGHT bassist Mick Cervino, have inked a deal with a deal with King Records in Japan and Watanabe Music Publishing Japan. The group, whose sound is described as "a sonic barrage of stunning vocals, ripping guitars, relentless bass, and pounding drums, anchored around solid songwriting you ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM: In Cover Mode

Finnish death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM have just finished recording cover versions of MEGADETH's "Hangar 18" and DEATH's "Suicide Machine" at the Woodbine Garden Studio for use as bonus tracks on upcoming releases. OMNIUM GATHERUM's sophomore album, "Years in Waste", was released last month via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Spirits and August Light" ...

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HEVEIN To Record Pre-Production Demo In January

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. An update from the band's official web site on the songwriting sessions for the upcoming CD follows: "January 15th will be the date when we enter ...

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AMORAL Added To FINNTROLL/GRAVEWORM European Tour

Finnish melodic death metallers AMORAL have been added to the forthcoming European tour featuring FINNTROLL and GRAVEWORM. A complete list of currently confirmed tour dates can be found at this location. As previously reported, AMORAL signed a deal with Spikefarm in July following their split with the U.K.'s Rage of Achilles. The group's ...

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DRAGONFORCE: Live Video Posted Online

Britain's "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE have uploaded a a live video clip of the song "Black Fire", taken from the "Sonic Firestorm" U.K. headline tour. The video was recorded at the London Mean Fiddler, while the audio was taken from the Nottingham Rock City show. Check it out at this location. DRAGONFORCE's ...

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CROWBAR: New Album Artwork Posted Online

The cover art for CROWBAR's new album, "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden", has been posted online at Nodferatu's Lair. The follow-up to 2001's "Sonic Excess In Its Purest Form", "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden" is scheduled for release on February 8 through Candlelight Records. "Lifesblood For The Downtrodden" was produced by the working team of ...

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DEVILDRIVER Begin Tracking Vocals For New Album

DEVILDRIVER, the Santa Barbara, California-based band featuring former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, have begun recording their sophomore album at Sonic Ranch studio in Tornillo, Texas. A studio update from Fafara follows: "Here's what's happening at the studio: 14 songs done on drums, 10 songs done on guitar, four songs done on bass, and I ...

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