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STARRATS Begin Recording Sophomore Album

Danish hard rockers STARRATS have entered Whitebranch studio in Hillerød, Denmark to begin recording their sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2005. Nine drum tracks have been recorded thus far, and four more songs, plus a couple of covers, will be tracked in the near future. The upcoming CD will be the follow-up to "Broken ...

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BLUDGEON Announce New Album Working Title

Chicago-based metallers BLUDGEON have set "Fuck My Wife Please" as the "working title" of their new album, tentatively due in late 2004/early 2005. The first signing to MANOWAR's Magic Circle Music, BLUDGEON had their debut album, "Crucify the Priest", produced by MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio. A live DVD/CD, entitled "Crucified Live", came out late last ...

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USURPER: 'Cryptobeast' Listening Party Announced

The new USURPER CD, entitled "Cryptobeast", won't be out on Earache Records until the early spring of 2005. While waiting for the pressing/layout/booklet and assorted necessities, the band wants to give some fans the chance to get an early preview. Here are the details. Saturday November 6, 2004 Delilah's 2771 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago IL ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Ringtones Now Available

According to a posting on the official JUDAS PRIEST web site, ringtones featuring several of the band's classic tracks are currently available from www.ringtones.com. The service is currently available only in the U.K. and each tone costs £3. The JUDAS PRIEST ringtones currently available for purchase are "Breaking the Law", "Living After Midnight", ...

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STEEL PROPHET: 'Leatherette' Video Posted Online

California-based power metallers STEEL PROPHET have uploaded the video for their track "Leatherette" at this location (Quicktime, 11 MB). "Leatherette" comes off the group's latest CD, "Beware", which was released in July through Nightmare Records in the U.S., Massacre Records in Europe, Canada and Australia, and Megahard Records in South America. STEEL PROPHET ...

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EXCITER: Early Albums To Be Remastered, Reissued

Original EXCITER members Dan Beehler (drums, vocals) and Allan Johnson (bass) have joined forces with Megaforce Records and ANNIHILATOR chief Jeff Waters to re-master and re-release the first six EXCITER releases. The new versions of the classic early EXCITER albums will be re-mastered by Waters and will contain "loads of bonus material, including videos, rare ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: New Album Release Pushed Back To January

JUDAS PRIEST have postponed the release date of their new studio album to January 4, 2005 from the previously announced December 28, 2004. The release date was moved the request of the band's record label, Sony/Epic Records, according to a posting on the group's official web site. As previously reported, the initial shipment of the ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH's 'Gilded Cunt' T-Shirt Banned

According to Roadrunner Records U.K., merchandise company Blue Grape have had their printing plant refuse to handle the proposed artwork for the new CRADLE OF FILTH T-Shirt. The factory (TOT Shirts Ltd.) have been forced to reject the order since staff literally downed tools in disgust. The proposed artwork (see it here) features ...

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Drummer BOBBY JARZOMBEK Talks About Landing ICED EARTH Gig

Former HALFORD and current ICED EARTH drummer Bobby Jarzombek recently spoke to Ferrante's Power Equipment about how he landed the ICED EARTH gig and his gear and technique. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Ferrante's Power Equipment: How did you get the Iced Earth gig? Did you have to audition? Bobby Jarzombek: "I got the ...

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Florida Death Metallers DIABOLIC Split Up

Florida death metallers DIABOLIC have officially split up. Due to a recent "business development," founding member Brian Malone has decided to end DIABOLIC's seven-year existence, according to a posting on the group's web site. "This decision in no way reflects upon the professionalism and personalities of the current members of DIABOLIC (Eric Hersemann – guitars, ...

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STARRATS: Debut Album Details Revealed

Danish hard rockers STARRATS will release their debut CD, "Broken Halo", on September 16 through Adrenaline Records. The complete track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Demon 02. Warrior Soul 03. Days of New Thunder 04. Open Wound, Closed Fist 05. Mountain of Disbelief 06. Stars and Lines 07. Losing All Is Freedom ...

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Former BLACK SABBATH, KROKUS Singers To Tour With WHOLE LOTTA METAL

Former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin, PHENOMENA frontman Matt Moreton and ex-KROKUS vocalist Carl Sentance will be touring with the U.K. rock show known as WHOLE LOTTA METAL beginning in early February 2005. The show, which toured early 2004 to "brilliant" reviews, reportedly features music from such bands as SABBATH, LED ZEPPELIN and JUDAS PRIEST. ...

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THE CLAN DESTINED: Debut Demo Details Revealed

THE CLAN DESTINED, the new project featuring vocalist Martin Walkyier (ex-SKYCLAD, SABBAT) and bassist Iscariah (ex-IMMORTAL), are preparing to enter the studio to record their first official demo, entitled "In The Big Ending…". This very limited-edition release, which will be made available solely via the group's official homepage, will contain the following cuts: 01. Swinging ...

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Ashes Of The Wake - LAMB OF GOD

LAMB OF GOD leads the pack in what some are already calling "the New Wave of American Heavy Metal." While we're not quick to start categorizing things again — after all, look what happened to the so-called "nu metal" movement — it seems clear that there's some sort of underground uprising that's been occurring, and ...

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THE CROWN To Release Posthumous Three-Disc DVD Set

Defunct Swedish thrashers THE CROWN have announced plans to issue a posthumous three-disc DVD set in the near future. According to a posting on the group's web site, the upcoming set will be "a colossal damage to head and eyes!! This magnificent hail to the fans will take you on a dangerous rollercoaster-ride deep within ...

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SHARON OSBOURNE Explains OZZY's Camden No-Show

Ozzy Osbourne's wife/manager Sharon Osbourne has issued the following statement regarding Ozzy's no-show at the Ozzfest stop in Camden, NJ on August 26: "To those who attended the Ozzfest show in Camden on August 26, "I would like to address the few complaints that have arisen from BLACK SABBATH’s performance with Rob Halford [JUDAS PRIEST] ...

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USURPER Complete Work On 'Cryptobeast'

Chicago death/thrash lords USURPER have completed work on their fifth full-length album, "Cryptobeast". Recorded at Chicago's Rax Trax Studios with producer Neil Kernon (JUDAS PRIEST, DEICIDE, CANNIBAL CORPSE), "Cryptobeast" marks the recording debut with the group of new singer Dan "Tyrantor" Lawson and the return of the band's original drummer, Joe "Apocalyptic" Warlord. Commented singer ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: Audio Interview Posted Online

A 55-minute audio interview with JUDAS PRIEST, recorded last month during the band's appearance on the "Friday Night Rocks" show on New York's Q104.3 FM, has been made available for download. Check it out: Part#1 (mp3, 8.9 MB), Part#2 (mp3, 10.9 MB). JUDAS PRIEST's much-anticipated new studio album is scheduled for ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Have Enough New Material For Two Albums

JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford has revealed to Revolver magazine that the band have recorded enough new material for two albums. The next step will be to decide which songs flow together best. "It's hard because we don't do anything that all threee of us [Halford and guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing] don't agree ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE 'Feeling Much Better', Will Sing At Pittsburgh OZZFEST

Ozzy Osbourne is "feeling much better" following his brief bout with bronchitis and will be rejoining his BLACK SABBATH bandmates for the remaining Ozzfest 2004 shows, including tomorrow night's (Aug. 28) gig at the Post Gazette Pavilion in Pittsburgh, PA, a spokesperson for the festival has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "Ozzy thanks [JUDAS PRIEST singer] Rob ...

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