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PICOROCO RECORDS Founder Passes Away

Eduardo "Picoroco" Navarrete, who is said to have been one of the most important figures in the South American metal music scene, was found dead in the bathroom of his mother's apartment Monday evening (May 23). The cause of death is presently unclear but it is presumed to be a heart attack. Picoroco had been ...

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PLACE OF SKULLS Sign With EXILE ON MAINSTREAM RECORDS

PLACE OF SKULLS, the Knoxville, Tennessee-based band featuring former PENTAGRAM guitarist Victor Griffin, have posted the following message on their official web site: "After all the speculation, uncertainty, and instability in the early weeks of 2005, we're pleased to announce that things have settled on a positive note since our recent return from Europe. We're ...

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VALKYRIE To Release Full-Length CD In August

VALKYRIE, the Virginia-based psychedelic stoner doomsters, will be releasing a full-length CD in late August via Twin Earth Records. The album will be engineered and produced at the Polar Bear Lair in Maryland by Chris Kozlowski, who has produced records for PENTAGRAM, SPIRIT CARAVAN, INTERNAL VOID, EARTHRIDE, PENANCE and PALE DIVINE, among others. VALKYRIE recently ...

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EXHUMED Part Ways With Guitarist, Announce Replacement

Californian gore-metallers EXHUMED have parted ways with longtime guitarist Mike Beams. "Mike felt that he had burnt himself out on EXHUMED through all the touring and everything and just wasn't really motivated to continue on and give 110 percent the way that he had in the past," stated band founder Matt Harvey. Beams' decision to ...

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WITCHCRAFT Discuss Upcoming Album

Fresh from their recent Terrorizer readers' poll triumph, Swedish retro-merchants WITCHCRAFT found themselves in the U.K. again recently for another well-received live outing. Terrorizer caught up with the band backstage to get the lowdown on their keenly anticipated sophomore album. Terrorizer: Do you have a name for the new record yet? Magnus [Pelander, ...

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GORGOROTH: More Tour Dates Announced

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH have lined up the following dates during the coming months: May 14 - C4 - Islikon, SWI May 16 - Hulen - Bergen, NOR Jul. 02 - With Full Force Festival - Leipzig, GER Aug. 13 - Underworld - London, UK GORGOROTH recently spent time in the studio recording their new ...

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PENTAGRAM/PLACE OF SKULLS Guitarist's Solo Album To Be Released On CD

Legendary doom metal guitarist/vocalist Victor Griffin (PENTAGRAM, DEATH ROW, PLACE OF SKULLS) will have his "Late for an Early Grave" solo album issued on CD via Outlaw Recordings. A collection of previously unreleased demos, including original songs (some featuring THE OBSESSED/ST. VITUS' Wino), PENTAGRAM classics, as well as a few covers by MOTĂ–RHEAD and the ...

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CRIMINAL Announce New Album Title

Anglo-Chilean thrash extremsits CRIMINAL, featuring former PENTAGRAM frontman Anton Reisenegger, have set "Sicario" as the title of their new album, to be released in September by Metal Blade Records Europe. Sicario is a Spanish word for assassin and is most commonly associated with the hired killers of the South American mafias and drug cartels. "Sicario" ...

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PLACE OF SKULLS Confirmed For Germany's DOOM SHALL RISE 3 Festival

PLACE OF SKULLS, the Knoxville, Tennessee-based band featuring former PENTAGRAM guitarist Victor Griffin, have been confirmed for the Doom Shall Rise 3 festival, set to take place April 15-16 in Göppingen, Germany. Doom Shall Rise is the world's biggest festival exclusively dedicated to doom metal. The complete billing for the event is as follows: BEYOND ...

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PLACE OF SKULLS May Not Be Dead After All

PLACE OF SKULLS guitarist Victor Griffin (ex-PENTAGRAM) has posted the following message on the group's official forum: "So there's some understandable confusion about what's goin' on. Did you disband or not? "Well, it's definitely an awkward situation. As I tried to explain in my last journal posting, after everything was said and done and certain ...

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PLACE OF SKULLS To Release New CD

Despite the fact that PLACE OF SKULLS played what was billed as their "farewell" show on February 18 at The Pilot Light in Knoxville (the group's hometown), a brand new posting on the band's web site indicates that "preparation continues for an eventual new release [from the group] while in negotiation with several labels." The ...

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EXHUMED Film Los Angeles Shows For Upcoming DVD

Californian gore-metallers EXHUMED have just completed filming two shows in Los Angeles at the Alterknit Lounge room of the Knitting Factory. "Both shows were oversold, and all the necromaniacs and slaughtercultists in attendance made it truly a weekend well worth filming," the group write on their web site. "The band is currently compiling in-depth interviews ...

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GORGOROTH To Resume Recording New Album

According to a posting on the group's official web site, Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH will soon be entering the studio to record the bass and guitars for their new album, "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam", due in late spring/early summer via Sweden's Regain Records. GORGOROTH were most recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records, who released the ...

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Doom Legends DREAM DEATH To Release Collection Of Rare Demos

Pittsburgh, PA's DREAM DEATH, who gained popularity among the metal underground in the Eighties, have returned to release "Back from the Dead" on Psychodoomelic Records. "Back from the Dead", compiled and produced by Mike Smail (currently in PENANCE, INTERNAL VOID and PENTAGRAM) is the official release of the three DREAM DEATH demos recorded in the ...

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GORGOROTH Sign With REGAIN RECORDS

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH have signed a deal with Sweden's Regain Records. The group recently completed the drum tracks for their new album, "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam", at Lydriket Studios in Norway for a tentative late spring/early summer release. GORGOROTH were most recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records, who released the band's last three efforts: ...

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GORGOROTH Complete Drum Tracks For New Album

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH have completed the drum tracks for their new album, "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam", at Lydriket Studios in Norway. "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam" will contain eight tracks and is tentatively expected late spring/early summer through an as-yet-undisclosed label. GORGOROTH were most recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records, who released the band's last ...

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THE HIDDEN HAND Part Ways With Drummer, Announce Replacement

THE HIDDEN HAND, the band featuring hard rock guitar legend Scott "Wino" Weinrich (ST. VITUS, THE OBSESSED, SPIRIT CARAVAN), have parted ways with drummer Dave Hennesey. "The PENTAGRAM show was Dave's last show," Wino writes on the group's web site. "This was voluntary, amicable, and expected. "We love Dave, and he will be missed, but ...

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SEASON OF MIST Unable To Reach Agreement With GORGOROTH

The French record label Season of Mist has issued the following statement: "Despite negotiating for several months and despite all the rumors, Season of Mist and [Norwegian black metallers] GORGOROTH could not find a final agreement on their cooperation, both on a contractual and personal level. We nonetheless sincerely wish the band the best. "Season ...

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PENTAGRAM Frontman Hospitalized Following Aborted D.C. Concert

PENTAGRAM frontman Bobby Liebling was reportedly hospitalized Saturday night (Jan. 15) after failing to perform as scheduled at the band's show at the Black Cat club in Washington D.C. Also appearing on the bill were ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY and THE HIDDEN HAND. One person who attended the show, "supernerd23", has posted the following report on the ...

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GORGOROTH: New Album Recordings Delayed

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH have been forced to delay their recording plans due to a scheduling conflict at Grieghallen Studios. As a result, the band will now lay down drum tracks for their new album, "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam", at Lydriket Studios beginning on January 14. As previously reported, "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam" will contain ...

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PLACE OF SKULLS Split Up, Announce Farewell Gig

PLACE OF SKULLS, the Knoxville, Tennessee-based band featuring former PENTAGRAM guitarist Victor Griffin, have officially split up. The group's final show will take place on February 18 at The Pilot Light in Knoxville. More information will be made available soon. ...

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GORGOROTH To Headline Finland's SIRKKELIROCK METAL WEEKEND

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH will headline the Sirkkelirock Metal Weekend on Friday, January 7 at the Tavastia club in Helsinki, Finland. Also scheduled to appear on the bill are SOULGRIND, CARPATHIAN FOREST, BEHEXEN and HORNA. GORGOROTH entered Grieghallen studio on Wednesday (Jan. 5) to begin recording their new album, entitled "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam". The ...

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GORGOROTH To Enter Studio This Week

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH will enter Grieghallen studio on January 5 to begin recording their new album, entitled "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam". The CD will contain eight tracks and is tentatively expected late spring/early summer through an as-yet-undisclosed label. GORGOROTH were most recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records, who released the band's last three efforts: ...

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EXHUMED Ink Licensing Deal With LISTENABLE RECORDS

Californian gore-metallers EXHUMED will release their upcoming covers CD, now officially retitled "Garbage Daze Re-Regurgitated", in Europe via an exclusive licensing deal with Listenable Records. "A deal has been inked with Listenable to bombard all slaughtercultists across the pond with not only the 'Garbage Daze...' album, but also the band's DVD, which will be released ...

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THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN To Release Debut Album Early Next Year

Belgian doomsters THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN have entered the studio to record their debut album, "Primula Pestis", tentatively due in February/March 2005 via I Hate Records. THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN cite such influences as WINTER, CELTIC FROST, DREAM DEATH, SAINT VITUS, PENTAGRAM, MELVINS and GODFLESH, but claim to have "forged a unique sound which has ...

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GORGOROTH Explain Abbreviated Mexico City Performance

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH have issued the following report on their recent South American/Mexican tour: "The recent Central American tour was very well visited and the fans was truly dedicated. Especially in San Salvador and Guatemala city, although the security in the first mentioned city should have been better. Mexico was also great, at least ...

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EXHUMED Announce New Bassist, Reveal More Cover Album Details

Californian gore-metallers EXHUMED have revealed a partial list of songs that will appear on their upcomining covers CD, entitled "Regurgitated Requiems: Garbage Daze Re-Regurgitated". Recordings for the effort will begin the week after the Thanksgiving holiday, and will take place in Los Angeles, Canada, and the Bay Area. Songs set to appear on the album ...

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GORGOROTH: Early Albums To Be Reissued

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH have inked a deal with the French label Season of Mist for the reissues of their first three albums: "Pentagram" (1994), "Antichrist" (1996) and "Under the Sign of Hell" (1997). All three will be re-released in January/February in a remastered, digipack version. It is not presently clear if Season of Mist ...

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