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ARTHEMESIA Sign With HAMMERHEART RECORDS

Finnish black metallers ARTHEMESIA have inked a deal with Holland's Hammerheart Records. The group, whose style is being described in an official press release as "an extremely powerful hybrid of black metal and death/thrash/heavy metal with a touch of classical and dark ambient music," will record and mix their upcoming album, "ShamaNatahS - II Describe ...

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BLOOD AND TIME Recording Debut Album

BLOOD AND TIME, the new band featuring NEUROSIS members Scott Kelly (guitars and lead vocals) and Noah Landis (keyboards, atmosphere, and backing vocals), are in the studio completing their debut release for Neurot Recordings entitled "At The Foot Of The Garden". The recording is comprised of several of the songs performed by Kelly during his ...

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IGGY & THE STOOGES To Play Detroit In August

A reunited IGGY POP & THE STOOGES will play the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on Aug. 14, according to the Detroit Free Press. Tickets are expected to run from $22 for lawn seats to $48 for pavilion seats. Sale info is not yet available. Also scheduled for the bill: New York noise-rock ...

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L.A. Hard Rockers FIREBALL MINISTRY Sign To NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Los Angeles-based heavy hitters FIREBALL MINISTRY have signed an exclusive worldwide contract with Nuclear Blast Records. Alumni of MTV's "You Hear It First" program, the band made the news official by announcing it on last week's edition of MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball". MTV's resident hard rock supporter Iann Robinson had this to say about FIREBALL MINISTRY: ...

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THUNDERSTONE Recording Sophomore Album

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE are recording their sophomore album at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to last year's "Thunderstone" is tentatively due in late 2003 through Nuclear Blast Records. ...

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COAL CHAMBER Finalize Track Listing For 'Giving The Devil His Due'

COAL CHAMBER have finalized the track listing for their upcoming B-sides/rarities album, "Giving The Devil His Due", due on July 29 through Roadrunner Records. According to an official statement from Roadrunner, "Giving The Devil His Due" is "not a traditional "B-sides album", but rather "a collection of songs that traces the sonic growth and breadth ...

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Helvete - NASUM

Difficult third album? Pah! You might get some bands laboring under the pretension that they've matured into proper "artistes" and can dispense with everything that made them attractive in the first place. But NASUM, that six-legged battering ram from Sweden who've pumped fetid new life into the grindcore scene… think long and hard about that ...

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DIABOLIC Name New CD

Florida death metallers DIABOLIC have set "Infinity Through Purification" as the title for their fourth full-length album, tentatively due in October through Century Media/Olympic Records. The album, which is being described by the band as "the most evolved and interesting DIABOLIC record yet, with complex song structures and tempos among the most brutal in the ...

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New CROWBAR Album To Be Produced By PANTERA Bassist

New Orleans sludge-meisters CROWBAR, the long-running band founded by DOWN guitarist Kirk Windstein, have set "You Don't Need An Enemy To Have A War" as the tentative title for their seventh studio album, tentatively due at the end of the year. "It's a title I've had for years," Windstein explained in a recent online posting. ...

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ELENIUM Name Debut Album

Finnish "progressive death" metallers ELENIUM have set "For Giving - For Getting" as the tentative title for their upcoming full-length debut, due in late 2003 through England's Rage Of Achilles Records. The CD, which is scheduled to be recorded in July at Sonic Pump studios, will contain the following tracks: 01. Up The Long Ladder ...

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IMAGIKA Prepare To Record New CD

San Francisco power/thrash metallers IMAGIKA will enter Sonic Ranch studios (formerly Village Productions) in Tornillo, Texas next month with producer Neil Kernon (CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE, QUEENSRŸCHE) to begin recording their fourth album, tentatively titled "FallenGod", for a late 2003 release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. "We are very excited about the opportunity to work with Neil, ...

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NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE Complete Work On New Promo CD

Reunited Finnish speed/thrash metal masters NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE have completed work on a new four-track promo CD at the new Tonebox studio in Oulu. The band, who are currently unsigned, feature in their ranks the original guitar duo — Markku Jokikokko and Jukka Kyrö (BURNING POINT) — who were responsible for composing all of the ...

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CRUACHAN Rejoined By Flutist

Ireland's CRUACHAN have been rejoined by flutist John O' Fathaigh. John, who left the band last summer for personal reasons, "has sorted his life out" and is once more a member of the group, according to their official web site. CRUACHAN are currently hard at work on their new album, "Pagan", tentatively due in the ...

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FU MANCHU Working On New Material

FU MANCHU drummer Scott Reeder has posted the following message to the band's official web site: "The band has been working the past two and half weeks doing some pre-production on new songs with the man behind the sonic assault of our live album, Mr. Brian J. Dobbs. He is a veteran of the mix ...

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MOTHRA: New Song Posted Online

MOTHRA, the new project featuring guitarist Mikey Doling (ex-SNOT, SOULFLY), bassist Tumor (ex-SNOT, AMEN), drummer Roy Mayorga (SOULFLY), guitarist Levon Sultanian (ONESIDEZERO), and vocalist Jason Radford (ONESIDEZERO), have posted an MP3 of an instrumental track called "Sonic" at this location. MOTHRA will spend the summer writing and rehearsing material for their upcoming debut ...

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EXODUS Prepare To Record 'Tempo Of The Damned'

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have set "Tempo Of The Damned" as the title for their upcoming CD, tentatively due to be recorded during May/June at Sonic Ranch studios (formerly Village Productions) in Tornillo, Texas. The follow-up to 1992's "Force Of Habit", which is scheduled to be produced by Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, ...

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CRUACHAN To Support THE GATHERING In Ireland

Ireland's CRUACHAN are scheduled to support THE GATHERING on June 27 at The Village in Dublin. They will also perform at the Vikedal Roots Music Festival in Norway in early July. CRUACHAN are currently hard at work on their new album, "Pagan", tentatively due in the fall through Hammerheart Records. The follow-up to last year's ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH Debut in Billboard Top 200!

British black metallers CRADLE OF FILTH have achieved a new milestone in their relentless mission to infect America with sonic decadence. The band's Red Ink/Epic debut, "Damnation and a Day", has landed at #140 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart in its first week in release. It also appeared at #3 on the New Artist ...

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SLEEP's 'Dopesmoker' Delayed

Due to unspecified "logistical" problems, Tee Pee Records have pushed back the official release date of SLEEP's long-awaited "Dopesmoker" CD to May 20. With producer Billy Anderson out on the road with BLESSING THE HOGS and Matt Pike piloting the HIGH ON FIRE juggernaut, the decision was made to delay the street date so that ...

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SUPERFIX: Working Hard To Live Up To Fans' Expectations

SUPERFIX — the Los Angeles-based act featuring former DRAIN STH members Martina Axen (vocals) and Anna Kjellberg (bass), alongside ex-SINISSTAR guitarist China and drummer/programmer Sid Riggs — are holed up in their Hollywood rehearsal studio writing and demoing material for the group's long-awaited debut album, due in late 2003/early 2004. Among the new songs the ...

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POWERMAN 5000 Frontman Discusses New Album, Absence Of Spacesuits

POWERMAN 5000's forthcoming album, "Transform", will include a bonus Enhanced CD portion containing videos for the tracks "Free" and "Action", as well as other undisclosed extras. "Transform", due on May 20 through DreamWorks Records, is the fourth album from the platinum Los Angeles-based quintet. Its arrival finds frontman Spider One characteristically reflective, in this case ...

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CRUACHAN Name New CD

Ireland's CRUACHAN have set "Pagan" as the title for their forthcoming album, tentatively due in the fall through Hammerheart Records. The follow-up to last year's "Folk-Lore" will be recorded and mixed at Sonic studios in Dublin between March 29 and May 11. ...

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Former HELMET Leader Addresses Reunion Rumors

Ex-HELMET and current GANDHI mainman Page Hamilton has sent a lengthy e-mail to the unofficial HELMET site HelmetBand.com clarifying a comment made during a GANDHI show last summer/fall in which he referred to his former bandmates as "assholes" and addressing the persistent rumors of a HELMET reunion at some point in the not-too-distant future. Hamilton's ...

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A Flame To The Ground Beneath - LOST HORIZON

"Under a prodigious influence of the same, shared flame, baptized in metal and the restored will, they (LOST HORIZON) interlace their faiths and conclude their goals." Yeah, thanks. Is there really any need, you ask yourself? MANOWAR ceased to raise a chuckle with all this Shakespearian guff some time ago, and by hamming it up ...

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LED ZEPPELIN: The Mother Lode Of Live Recordings On The Way

Atlantic Records has announced the forthcoming release of the mother lode of LED ZEPPELIN live recordings. Slated for a simultaneous May 27 release are "Led Zeppelin DVD", a two-disc set, and "How The West Was Won", a three-CD set. Long sought-after by ZEPPELIN devotees and collectors, this marks the first-ever official release of these rare ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN Singer, AUDIOSLAVE Guitarist Launch Radio Show

SYSTEM OF A DOWN's Serj Tankian and AUDIOSLAVE's Tom Morello, who joined forces to form the socio-political organization Axis Of Justice, have launched their radio show, which they hope to broadcast nationally. Tankian, who co-hosts the show with Morello, spoke about it in a recent interview. "We are actually going to launch our first radio ...

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