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AKERCOCKE Complete Recordings For 'Choronzon'

The U.K. Satanic black/death metal band AKERCOCKE have finalized the track listing for their third album, "Choronzon", tentatively due in late spring. The band completed the recordings for the CD in late December and currently are in discussions with "numerous producers" about mixing the effort, which is being described as "faster, heavier, more disturbing and ...

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH: It's CRUNCH TIME Again!

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has posted the following update to the "Jump In The Studio" section of the band's official web site: "Not much to report today. Not much to report today??!! What the fuck kind of a site are we running here? Somebody give me some fucking information here. Oh..it is supposed to come ...

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CRUACHAN Announce Newest Member Addition

Ireland's CRUACHAN have announced the addition to the group's lineup of a new full-time band member, Ed Gilbert. "Ed, who has been playing with us for over a year now as our guest, has now become a full-time member of the band," the group said in an official statement. "A lot of you have probably ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM To Film Video

Finland's OMNIUM GATHERUM will film a video for the track "Writhen" at the end of this month. "Writhen" comes off the group's upcoming full-length debut, "Spirits and August Light", due in March through England's Rage Of Achilles Records. It was recorded and mixed at Sonic Pump studios by Nino Laurenne and mastered at Finnvox studios ...

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DOWN/CROWBAR Guitarist Joins VALUME NOB

DOWN/CROWBAR guitarist Kirk Windstein has joined New Orleans' VALUME NOB as the band's temporary bassist. Windstein, who recently commenced the songwriting process for the next CROWBAR album, made his live debut with the group on Friday (Jan. 17) at Dixie Taverne in New Orleans and will reportedly be appearing with the band at all of ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM To Support CHILDREN OF BODOM In Finland

Finland's OMNIUM GATHERUM will support CHILDREN OF BODOM at the following dates: Mar. 27 – Lutakko – Jyväskylä, FIN Apr. 05 – Nosturi – Helsinki, FIN In other news, the band recently inked a licensing agreement with Hot Rockin' Records for the Japanese release of their full-length debut, "Spirits and August Light". The Japanese version ...

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100 DEMONS Record New Material

Connecticut's 100 DEMONS, featuring new singer Pete Morcey (formerly of HIGHER FORCE/FORCED REALITY), recently demoed some new material at Planet Z studios with producer Zeuss (HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL). The group will be performing the following live dates during January/February: Jan. 31 - El N Gee - New London, CT (w/ HATEBREED) Feb. 07 - The ...

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CRUACHAN Book Studio Time

Ireland's CRUACHAN have booked Sonic studios in Dublin from March 29 to May 11 to record their next album, tentatively due in the fall through Hammerheart Records. The band's last album, "Folk-Lore", was released in 2002. ...

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SILVERGINGER 5 To Record New CD In March

SILVERGINGER 5, the band featuring THE WILDHEARTS frontman Ginger and former ELECTRIC BOYS guitarist/vocalist Conny Bloom, will record their new album in March. "Lots of melodies, riffs & sonic madness to look out for!" states Bloom via his official web site. ...

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THE WHO's PETE TOWNSHEND: 'I Am No Paedophile'

THE WHO guitarist Pete Townshend has admitted paying to download child porn from the internet. But the rock legend denied being a paedophile and claimed he only purchased the obscene material as research for a book. Townshend spoke out after reports said a rock star was at the center of an international probe into child ...

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ALTARIA Complete Recording, Begin Mixing Full-Length Debut

Finnish melodic metal band ALTARIA, featuring SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen, have completed the backing and harmony vocal tracks for their debut album, "Invitation", and are currently taking care of "additional recordings and other small details and minor fixes" before beginning to mix the effort at Helsinki's Sonic Pump studios on Jan. 21. Among the ...

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CROWBAR: New Studio Album On The Way

New Orleans sludge meisters CROWBAR, who feature in their ranks DOWN guitarist Kirk Windstein, have commenced the songwriting process for their seventh studio album, tentatively due at the end of the year. "[The album will be recorded] as soon as I write it," Windstein said in a posting on the official DOWN message board. "I'm ...

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Engineering The Dead - ABORTED

Belgium's ABORTED spit bile, other assorted bodily fluids and just about every murderously inhuman thought they can at the listener for the full thirty-eight minutes of their debut outing for France's Listenable Records. But you shouldn't be too intimidated by this, because when said sonic pretensions are set aside and dictionary-defying titles like "Nailed Through ...

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ALTARIA Finish Tracking Lead Vocals For Upcoming Debut

Finnish melodic metal band ALTARIA, featuring SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen, have completed the lead vocal tracks for their debut album, "Invitation", and will begin tracking backing and harmony vocals on Jan. 6. The album will then be mixed at Helsinki's Sonic Pump studios by Nino Laurenne for a tentative March release through AOR Heaven ...

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WITHERING SURFACE Pursue Side Projects

Danish metallers WITHERING SURFACE are spending the down time during the songwriting process for their next album by actively pursuing side projects. Guitarist Jacob Krogholt and drummer Nikolaj Borg have teamed up with Jakob Albrechtslund to form THE SOUTHERN BONDAGE CORP., a "hard punky redneck blues" act that has just finished recording a promo CD ...

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EXODUS: Recording Plans Delayed Until Early 2003

Reunited Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have delayed the recording of their new studio album until early next year. The as-yet-untitled effort — the group's first studio CD since 1992's "Force of Habit" — was originally scheduled to be recorded during November at Sonic Ranch studios (formerly Village Productions) in Tornillo, Texas with producer Andy Sneap ...

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BOBBY HEWITT Leaves ORGY!

Drummer Bobby Hewitt has officially left ORGY to join SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY. The following is Hewitt's statement on the matter: "In the best interests of my family, and myself, I have chosen to leave the band ORGY, and have joined Toby and Jason, as well as my twin brother Fab in the band SNAKE RIVER ...

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ALTARIA Completes Drums, Bass For 'Invitation'

Finnish melodic metal band ALTARIA, featuring SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen, have completed the drum and bass tracks for their debut album, "Invitation", and are currently laying down guitars and keyboards at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki for a February/March 2003 release through AOR Heaven sub-label Metal Heaven. A Finnish tour will take place in ...

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ORGY Drummer Joins SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY

ORGY drummer Bobby Hewitt has joined SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY. He is expected to remain a member of ORGY, who are believed to be working on the material for their third full-length effort, due sometime in 2003. The following is an update from SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY mainman Jason Slater, as posted on the group's newly-relaunched official ...

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ACE FREHLEY To Take Part In KISS SYMPHONY Concert

Guitarist Ace Frehley is expected to complete the original KISS lineup at the Kiss Symphony concert, which will feature KISS hits performed with the 60-piece Melbourne Symphony. Frehley, who had touring commitments in America, was nowhere to be seen at a media conference to announce the event, which takes place at Melbourne, Australia's Telstra Dome ...

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It's Official: KISS To Perform With Australian Symphony

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: One of the world's greatest bands, KISS, today announced one of the most spectacular concert events Australia will ever see, Kiss Symphony. At a press conference in Melbourne, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss announced details of a one-off concert with the 60-piece Melbourne Symphony to be held at Telstra Dome ...

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SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY Split With Label, Shop New Demo

SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY have parted ways with Reprise Records following the disappointing sales performance of their full-length debut, Sonic Jihad (2000), and are currently seeking a new record deal. A three-song demo was recently recorded and is presently being shopped to interested labels with a view towards releasing the group's second album sometime in 2003. ...

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GOD FORBID Ready New Album, Announce Dates With ARCH ENEMY

New Jersey's GOD FORBID are taking a short break from the writing process to join label mates ARCH ENEMY as direct support on their upcoming Northeast tour. With nearly all of their new music completed, the band plans on debuting three new tracks on this upcoming jaunt. "ARCH ENEMY are one of our favorite bands ...

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SLIPKNOT DVD Artwork Posted Online

The cover image of SLIPKNOT's forthcoming DVD, Disasterpieces, has been posted online at this location. Recorded in February in front of 12,000 SLIPKNOT fans at England's London Arena, Disasterpieces facilitates the decision-making process by giving viewers the option to focus exclusively on one member and see things from his point of view, or ...

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Demonstrations In Chaos - WATCHTOWER

If you've anxiously clicked into this review hoping for some information on the long-awaited third full-length from the Texas tech-metal quartet, you'll be disappointed. That record (Mathematics — a working title for some 12 years now!) is still in the making. But if you can't find the band's Energetic Disassembly debut anywhere (you're in the ...

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