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EARTHRIDE Team With CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's MIKE DEAN for Upcoming CD

Maryland-based doom rockers EARTHRIDE entered Sonic Wave Studios in Raleigh, N.C. over Labor Day weekend with producer producer/engineer Mike Dean (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY bassist) to begin recording their second release for L.A.'s Southern Lord Records. "It's a good relationship," said EARTHRIDE vocalist Dave Sherman (WRETCHED, SPIRIT CARAVAN) of working with Dean. "We have a good ...

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THROES OF DAWN: 'Vertigo' Video Posted Online

Finland's THROES OF DAWN have uplaoded their video for the song "Vertigo" to their official web site. "Vertigo" comes off the group's latest album, "Quicksilver Clouds", available now on Avantgarde/Wounded Love Records. The follow-up to 2000's "Binding of the Spirit" was recorded and mixed in three separate sessions between August and November 2003 ...

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SHADOWS FALL, DAMAGEPLAN Comment On Upcoming Tour

SHADOWS FALL are set to embark on a massive co-headlining U.S. tour with DAMAGEPLAN this fall. The trek, scheduled to begin on October 27 and run through December 9, covers major markets and will see both SHADOWS FALL and DAMAGEPLAN swapping the closing spot each night, which will also feature THE HAUNTED in the support ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM Film New Video

Finnish melo-death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM have shot a video for the track "The Fall Went Right Through Here" with directors Lowlifemedia Productions (PRIMAL FEAR, EXODUS, ABORTED, IMMOLATION, OCCULT). "The Fall Went Right Through Here" comes off the group's upcoming sophomore album, "Years In Waste", due on November 9 through Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to ...

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IMPALED NAZARENE To Record Live Album In Italy

Finland's IMPALED NAZARENE will record a live album in Italy between September 17 and September 19. The group will record three shows (Milan, Catania, Ascoli) with their sound engineer Tapio Pennanen and his assistant, Erkki Saviharju. "We are celebrating 15 years as a band next year so it is about fucking time to do a ...

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THUNDERSTONE: In Writing Mode

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE are currently writing songs for their third album, tentatively due next spring through Nuclear Blast Records. The band recently entered Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki to record three new songs as part of the pre-production process for the new CD. The actual recording sessions for the follow-up to this year's ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Finnish melo-death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's sophomore album, "Years In Waste", is scheduled for release on November 9. The follow-up to last year's highly acclaimed "Spirits and August Light", "Years In Waste" was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland with producer Nino Laurenne and ...

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DIVERCIA Set Release Date For New Album

Finnish melodic heavy rockers DIVERCIA have completed work on their second album, "Cycle of Zero", due on September 20 through Holland's Karmageddon Media. "Cycle of Zero" was recorded and mixed at Sonic Pump and D studios in Finland and was mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox. Cover artwork was once again created by Kristian Jokela. ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO Cover JUDAS PRIEST, DIO On New CD

ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, the jazz ensemble led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, will release their new album, "Transformation", on September 14 through Magna Carta's offshoot label Magnatude Records. Original compositions , which fill just over half the album, are accompanied by new arrangements of tunes by JUDAS PRIEST, DIO, DEEP PURPLE, and more. There ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM Change Title Of New Album, Negotiate New Record Deal

Finnish melo-death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM have changed the projected title of their sophomore album to "Years In Waste" from the previously announced "Fall Grave Silence". The follow-up to last year's highly acclaimed "Spirits and August Light" was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland with producer Nino Laurenne and engineer Teemu Aalto. The mastering ...

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AMORAL Complete Work On Bonus Track

Finnish melodic death metallers AMORAL have recorded a bonus track for the upcoming Spikefarm Records release of the group's debut album, "Wound Creations". "The label asked for something extra, so we thought we'd finally do 'Metamorphosis' justice and record it properly for once and for all," the band write on their web site, referring to ...

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NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE Joined By Ex-SOLUTION 13 Singer

Reunited Finnish speed/thrash metal pioneers NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE have announced the addition of singer Ilkka Järvenpää (ex-SOLUTION 13) to the group's ranks. The band are currently in the studio finalizing demos for the new album. NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE wish "to thank Altti Veteläinen (FOR MY PAIN) and Aki Häkkinen (PERFECT CHAOS, GRINISTER) for their help ...

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CROWBAR Sign With CANDLELIGHT RECORDS

New Orleans sludge-meisters CROWBAR have signed a worldwide deal with Candlelight Records. The group's new album, "Life's Blood For The Downtrodden", is expected to see a February 8, 2005 Stateside release date. Final studio work on the album, produced by the working team of Warren Riker (DOWN) and Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN), is planned in ...

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DARKTHRONE Launch Record Label

DARKTHRONE members Nocturno Culto and Fenriz have teamed up with the U.K.'s Peaceville Records to form their own label, dubbed Tyrant Syndicate Productions. Commented Nocturno Culto: "Tyrant Syndicate Productions is a result of a collaboration with Peaceville on the one hand and Fenriz and myself on the other. The general running of the label has ...

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AMORAL Sign New Record Deal

Finnish melodic death metallers AMORAL have signed a new deal with Spikefarm Records following their split with the U.K.'s Rage of Achilles "due to financial problems," according to a posting on the group's web site. "Both the label and the band agreed that Rage of Achilles didn't have the resources to take AMORAL to the ...

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DRAGONFORCE To Play Swedish Festival Without Guitarist HERMAN LI

London-based "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE will perform without their guitarist Herman Li at this year's Gates of Metal festival, set to be held Saturday (July 31) in Hultsfred, Sweden. "Unfortunately, DRAGONFORCE guitarist Herman Li has missed his flight to the Gates of Metal show in Sweden!" reads a posting on the group's web site. ...

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SHADOWS FALL: Fan Death At Florida Concert?

SHADOWS FALL singer Brian Fair reportedly revealed at the group's New Orleans show on Thursday (July 29) that a fan passed away at the St. Petersburg concert the night before. The band dedicated the song "The Art of Balance" to him and his family. No further information is currently available. SHADOWS FALL's new album, "The ...

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Aren't You Dead Yet? - CARNAL FORGE

Aren't you dead yet? Surely the exact question that the more cynical of scene observers might put to CARNAL FORGE, given the fact that they've made five albums and have yet to leave too many scars of recognition on the public conscience. This isn't for wont of trying, though, and when you strip away the ...

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Former BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Members Join Forces In VIOLENT STORM

VIOLENT STORM is the name of a new band founded by world-renowned bassist Mick Cervino (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT). Described as "a sonic barrage of stunning vocals, ripping guitars, relentless bass, and pounding drums, anchored around solid songwriting you won't soon forget," VIOLENT STORM's current lineup is completed by vocalist Yves Seguin (ex-LAST CALL, DRAGON ...

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BALLISTIC: In Writing Mode

BALLISTIC mainman Tom Gattis (ex-DEUCE, TENSION, WARDOG) has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Well, we're in writing mode big time, got a song called 'Sonic Massacre' that will hit harder and faster than Blaze Bailey's well deserved black eye. The children are turning out heavier and darker than the last ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM Complete Work On New Album

Finnish melo-death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM have completed work on their sophomore album, "Fall Grave Silence", tentatively due in October/Novemeber through Rage Of Achilles Records. The follow-up to last year's highly acclaimed "Spirits and August Light" was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland with producer Nino Laurenne and engineer Teemu Aalto. The mastering sessions ...

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MINISTRY: Fall Tour Dates Announced

The first dates have been announced for MINISTRY's fall 2004 headlining tour. They are as follows: Sep. 14 – Meridian - Houston, TX Sep. 17 - Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO Sep. 21 - 4th and B - San Diego, CA Sep. 22 - House of Blues Anaheim - Anaheim, CA Sep. 24 - House ...

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GLORIA MORTI Bassist Joins IRON MAIDEN Tribute Band

Jukka Salonen, bassist for Finnish black metallers GLORIA MORTI, has joined the ranks of MAIDEN HELL, a Finnish IRON MAIDEN tribute band. For more information, visit www.maidenhell.com. GLORIA MORTI's debut album, "Lifestream Corrosion", is scheduled for release in August through Japan's World Chaos Productions. A Scandinavian release through Firebox Records will follow in ...

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SHADOWS FALL: New Song Available For Download

A brand-new SHADOWS FALL song, entitled "What Drives the Weak", has been posted online at this location [UPDATE: File has since been removed]. "What Drives the Weak" comes off the group's new album, "The War Within", due on September 21 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to the band's critically acclaimed disc, "The Art of ...

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