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METALLICA Frontman Wishes 'St. Anger' Songs Were Shorter

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has told Launch Radio Networks that the past 16 months playing songs from the group's latest album, 2003's "St. Anger", has allowed him to gain some perspective on the effort, though he said his opinion of "St. Anger" hasn't changed much, and that he has mixed feelings about it. "Well, my ...

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SLAYER Forced To Cut Munich Show Short After TOM ARAYA Loses Voice

SLAYER were forced to cut their set short in Munich, Germany Monday night (Sept. 27) after frontman Tom Araya lost his voice mid-performance. The following report was e-mailed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET by a web site visitor in Munich: "[The show] started quite good with a lively HATEBREED performance. SLIPKNOT doing a nice show as well. And ...

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ANTHRAX Give The Power To The People On 'The Greater of Two Evils'

ANTHRAX's upcoming collection of Joey Belladonna/Neil Turbin-era songs performed by the band's current lineup, entitled "The Greater of Two Evils", is scheduled for release in the U.S. on November 23 via Sanctuary. The complete track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Deathrider 02. Metal Thrashing Mad 03. Caught In A Mosh 04. A.I.R. ...

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ARCTURUS, ENSLAVED, RED HARVEST Confirmed For U.K.'s INFERNO METAL FESTIVAL

ARCTURUS, ENSLAVED, RED HARVEST, GRIMFIST and MADDER MORTEM are the first confirmed bands for the U.K. edition of the Inferno Metal Festival, set to be held on Thursday, January 27, 2005 at The Underworld in Camden. Commented the festival's organizers, "Inferno Metal Festival's arrangers realize that the international interest has increased with staggering speed and ...

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NOTRE DAME, DESTINY To Team Up For Sweden's HALLOWEEN METAL FEST

NOTRE DAME, the Swedish band featuring drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, DREAM EVIL), will be teaming with long-running Swedish metallers DESTINY for Halloween Metal Fest on November 6 at Musikenhus in Gothenburg, Sweden. Support will come from SIN SISTER and an as-yet-unannounced fourth act. Anders Iwers of TIAMAT will be the ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE: JAMES HETFIELD Is Jealous Of Me

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has spoken to Canada's Chart Attack about the inclusion of a scene in METALLICA's "Some Kind of Monster" documentary in which METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich sits down with Mustaine for a one-on-one therapy session. "Everyone says how the part with me [in the movie] is the most intense. Yeah, ...

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SYMPHONY X: New Merchandise Available

Prog-metallers SYMPHONY X have made available a new shirt with the "Divine Wings of Tragedy" artwork. The shirt is available in sizes S, M, L, XL, 2X, and 3X. You can find this shirt and many more in the band's merchandise section of their webpage. As previously reported, SYMPHONY X are continuing to ...

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SLIPKNOT To Launch Two-Pronged Radio Campaign

SLIPKNOT have announced plans to follow up a Top 5 single, entitled "Duality", with their own brand of duality: a radio campaign that takes two versions, "Vermilion" and "Vermilion Pt. 2", to SLIPKNOT fans simultaneously. The two versions of "Vermilion" are songs that represent the expression of the myriad of artistic and technical strengths this ...

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MADDER MORTEM Finish Mixing New Album

Norway's MADDER MORTEM have finished mixing their new album at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden and at Space Valley Studios. "Right now we're mastering at Strype Audio in Oslo," the band write on their web site. "It's been a long process, but the result will definitely be worth it! The release date has not yet ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Singer: New Songs Are Completely Different To Anything Done In The Past

QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate recently spoke to Greece's Metal-Temple.com webzine about the group's past recorded output and their forthcoming CD, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". Several excerpts from the interview follow: Metal-Temple.com: Though I know you said you don't care about other ...

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NOTRE DAME Announce New Drummer

NOTRE DAME, the Swedish band featuring drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, DREAM EVIL), have announced the permanent addition of drummer Daniel "M" Moilanen (RELEVANT FEW, RUNEMAGICK, FUNERAL ORCHESTRA) to the group's ranks. Moilanen had previously performed with NOTRE DAME at this past summer's festivals as a temporary replacement for original drummer ...

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BLACK SABBATH: 'The Complete Recording History' Book Due Next Year

Rockdetector.com executive editor Garry Sharpe-Young has been working on a leviathan account of BLACK SABBATH's complete recording history, from the earliest demos through to the "Reunion" album and, possibly, beyond. Already having two highly praised SABBATH-related titles under his belt, "The Story of the Ozzy Osbourne Band" and "Black Sabbath – Never Say Die", Garry ...

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NAPALM DEATH Enter Studio To Record New Album

British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH are currently preparing to record their forthcoming studio album. Commenting on why the band chose to record in Wales, vocalist Barney Greenway had this to say: "The studio is called Foel Studios in the town of Foel, North Wales (PORCUPINE TREE, OZRIC TENTACLES), and is owned by the original bass ...

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CHAIN COLLECTOR Sign With SOUND RIOT RECORDS

CHAIN COLLECTOR, the Norwegian band featuring guitarist Gøran Bomann (CARPATHIAN FOREST), drummer Anders Kobro (CARPATHIAN, GREEN CARNATION, LAST CALL INC), guitarist Kjell Jacobsen (NEON GOD) and vocalist Kjetil Nordhus (TRAIL OF TEARS, GREEN CARNATION), have inked a two-album deal with the Portugese label Sound Riot. The group, who had previously recorded a four-song demo entitled ...

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SIRENIA Part Ways With Guitarist, Seek Replacement

SIRENIA, the Norwegian band featuring former TRISTANIA guitarist/vocalist Morten Veland, have parted ways with guitarist/"clean" vocalist Kristian Gundersen due to his commitments to his other groups, NEW BREED and ELUSIVE. The gothic metal band, who released their sophomore album, "An Elixir for Existence", in February through Austria's Napalm Records, are currently seeking a replacement. Interested ...

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Former HALFORD Axeman Announces Guitar Clinic

Former HALFORD and current TESTAMENT/PAINMUSEUM guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak will partake in a heavy metal guitar clinic presented by Jackson Guitars and M & M Music, Vineland, New Jersey. Metal Mike will perform live selections from his three solo instrumental albums, answer questions and talk in-depth about his first choice in guitars: Jackson Guitars. Concluding ...

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THE APPARATUS Sign With DREAM CATCHER RECORDS

Norwegian melodic death metalers THE APPARATUS have signed a deal with the British label Dream Catcher Records (NAPALM DEATH, CATHEDRAL, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN). The group's already-completed debut album, "Heathen Agenda", is scheduled for release in late October. "Heathen Agenda" was recorded at Godt Selskap Studio (NECROPHAGIA, MANIFEST) in Trondheim, Norway and is set to include 10 ...

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ROCK CITY MORGUE Perform Surprise Gig With MELISSA AUF DER MAUR

ROCK CITY MORGUE, the New Orleans, Louisiana-based band featuring former WHITE ZOMBIE bassist Sean Yseult and ex-MAN SCOUTS OF AMERICA frontman Rik Slave, played a surprise gig July 24 with fellow friend and musician Melissa Auf Der Maur (ex-SMASHING PUMPKINS, HOLE), just two days before their official debut as a quartet at Lounge Lizards. "Both ...

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DEF LEPPARD: VH1 Original Movie To Re-Air This Weekend

The VH1 original movie, "Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story", is scheduled to re-air August 14 at 12:00 1.m. EDT on VH1. The following is a brief synopsis of the movie: "The true story of one of the most successful pop-metal bands of the 80s. All born in England, the group first found success at home ...

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'West Memphis Three' Anthology: Launch Party Scheduled

Brett Alexander Savory and M. W. Anderson's West Memphis Three anthology, "Last Pentacle of the Sun: Writings in Support of the West Memphis Three", featuring a contribution by METALLICA frontman James Hetfield, will have its official launch concert/party on October 14 at Club Rockit in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A dealer will be set up at ...

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COMMUNIC Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Norwegian progressive metallers COMMUNIC have signed a six-album deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's debut album will be recorded in October at Hansen studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, ILLDISPOSED, ANCIENT, MANTICORA, MERCENARY). An early 2005 release is expected. COMMUNIC's most recent recording was a three-song demo entitled "Conspiracy In Mind". ...

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TRANSPORT LEAGUE To Record New Album In September

Sweden's TRANSPORT LEAGUE are planning to enter a studio in September to record an as-yet-untitled new album for U.S. release. More information will be made available soon. TRANSPORT LEAGUE recently announced the addition of guitarist Martin M to the group's ranks. Martin M joined the band as the replacement for Dan J, who left the ...

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ANKLA Recording With Producer BOB MARLETTE

ANKLA, the Los Angeles-based band featuring PUYA guitarist Ramon Ortiz, are currently holed up at Henson Recording (formerly known as A&M Studios) finishing up their new record with producer Bob Marlette (HALFORD, BLACK SABBATH, SALIVA, ALICE COOPER). "This record is going to kick some serious ass!" reads a posting on the group's web site. "The ...

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