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Prophets of Doom - PRO-PAIN

I appreciate PRO-PAIN for always delivering what I expect it too: hardcore-based metal that's a swift kick to the teeth. It's a double-edged sword for the band, as folks like myself enjoy the unbridled assault and battery, while others tend to criticize the quartet for keeping it predictable. As much as PRO-PAIN's music hits me ...

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END MY SORROW To Record New Demo In May

Danish goth-metal band END MY SORROW will be entering the studio May 25-29 to record their third demo. The upcoming recordings will be the group's first to feature new vocalist Liv Stikling, who replaced Heidi Sørensen last summer. According to the band, the new demo will be "a little bit heavier" than their 2004 effort, ...

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SAVAGE CIRCUS: Former BLIND GUARDIAN Drummer Joins Forces With PERSUADER Members

Former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch has teamed up with PERSUADER members Jens Karlsson (vocals, guitar) and Emil Norberg (lead guitar) in a new project called SAVAGE CIRCUS. This collaboration is not to be confused with Stauch's as-yet-unnamed band with SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid, which recently finished recording a full-length album. Stauch has issued ...

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QUICK CHANGE Recording New Album

Former Roadrunner Records recording artists QUICK CHANGE from Chicago, IL have begun laying down tracks for a new CD, tentatively due in August. The upcoming album will feature the group's new lineup, including ex-VIOLENT WISDOM drummer Craig Williamson, and promises to be "a throwback to the early days," according to a press release. "We wrote ...

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Lullabies to Paralyze - QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE

The fourth album from QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE finds the ever-changing group drifting further away from the sludgy stoner rock of its immediate predecessor, the legendary KYUSS. Heavy moments still stand out on this highly-anticipated release, but "Lullabies" is probably the collective's most diverse offering yet. Nevertheless, the band still retains an unpredictable, uncompromised ...

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Liquid Monster - BRAINSTORM

I remember giving BRAINSTORM's "Soul Temptation" one of those solid-but-mediocre tags in a review I did a couple of years ago, and I'm still not certain why, as it ended up growing on me. I now consider it to be a fine heavy metal album. That review has always bugged me. Needless to say, I ...

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PRONG: 'The Vault' DVD To Receive U.S. Release In May

PRONG are scheduled to release their first DVD, "The Vault", in the U.S. in May. The two-disc set was recently issued in Europe via Locomotive Music. "The Vault" track listing: DVD 1: Live At Melkweeg Netherlands 2002: 01. Dark Signs 02. Beg To Differ 03. Out Of This Misery 04. Close To The Door 05. ...

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Guitarist RALPH SANTOLLA Discusses Working With SEBASTIAN BACH

Guitarist extraordinaire Ralph Santolla (SEBASTIAN BACH, ex-DEATH, ICED EARTH) recently spoke to FourteenG.net about his influences, his experiences in the music industry and the recent SEBASTIAN BACH European tour, among other topics. Several excerpts from the interview follow: FourteenG.net: Like legendary greats as DEATH, CONTROL DENIED, EYEWITNESS, and MILLENIUM as well ICED EARTH. ...

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GAIA EPICUS 'Break' Contract With SOUND RIOT RECORDS

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS have posted the following message on their official web site: "GAIA EPICUS has broken the contract with Sound Riot Records. After this last episode with the label we have decided to end the contract with them. SR has broken too many parts of the contract and we can't except it ...

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NINE INCH NAILS' REZNOR Sells New Orleans Mansion

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that NINE INCH NAILS mastermind Trent Reznor has sold the New Orleans mansion that he lived in for 10 years for $1.8 million, according to the Associated Press. Reznor put the Garden District house up for sale last September and moved to Los Angeles after a contentious split with longtime ...

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ANVIL Announce Canadian Tour Dates

Veteran Canadian metallers ANVIL have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Apr. 15 - Quebec City, QUE @ TBA Apr. 16 – Montreal, QUE @ Foufounes Électriques Apr. 17 – Ottawa, ONT @ Mavericks Apr. 18 - Sudbury, ONT @ TBA Jun. 05 – Tradate, ITA @ Tradate Iron Fest As previously ...

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GORGOROTH Guitarist Discusses Controversial Polish Gig, Singer GAAHL's Prison Sentence

GORGOROTH founder/guitarist Infernus recently spoke to the Swedish webzine MetalHeart.se about a number of topics, including the controversial concert in Poland that resulted in the group being investigated for offending religious feelings, singer Gaahl's conviction for beating a 41-year-old man and threatening to drink his blood, and the group's upcoming studio album. Several ...

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Guitarist LISA MARX Quits KITTIE

Guitarist guitarist Lisa Marx (formerly of the Seattle hardcore band TO SEE YOU BROKEN) has officially quit KITTIE. In a posting on the group's official message board, Marx writes, "I quit the band in February. I was not given a press release for reasons I have no idea about. There was a post on here ...

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ION DISSONANCE Sign With ABACUS RECORDINGS

Montreal-based quintet ION DISSONANCE have inked a deal with Abacus Recordings. ION DISSONANCE have kept busy most of 2004 by relentlessly touring all over the U.S. and Canada in support of their debut record, "Breathing Is Irrelevant". The band's future plans are to tour and play as much as possible, with scheduled dates in Canada ...

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Win A Personalized DANGEROUS TOYS Gold Album

Perris Records has announced a giveaway of a DANGEROUS TOYS self-titled gold award commemorating 500,000 albums sold. The winner will also get his name on the award. The first 50 customers that buy the "Hollywood Hairspray" DVD from Perris will go into a drawing to win the gold record. The drawing will be held on ...

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Planets - ADEMA

ADEMA has survived blows that might have permanently crippled or killed many other bands. The group was dropped by its previous record label, Arista, after the disappointing sales of its second album, "Unstable". Then Mark Chavez, lead singer and half-brother of KORN's Jonathan Davis (a fact emphasized in the initial publicity campaigns for the group), ...

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LIFE OF AGONY: New Album Delayed

LIFE OF AGONY's new album, "Broken Valley" (view cover here), has had its release date pushed back to June 14 from the previously announced May 31. The delay is being attributed to "production issues," according to the group's management. As previously reported, LIFE OF AGONY's new single, "Love to Let You Down", has ...

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MURDERDOLLS Frontman Announces U.S. Tour

MURDERDOLLS frontman Wednesday 13 has announced his "From Here To Horrorwood" U.S. tour beginning on April 28. Support at all dates will come from DEAD STAR ASSEMBLY. Commented Wednesday: "I'm really looking forward to touring in the States since I never really got the chance to with MURDERDOLLS. The U.S. tour will be broken down ...

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