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DEICIDE: Korean Tour Report

DEICIDE guitarist Ralph Santolla (ex-SEBASTIAN BACH, DEATH) has submitted the following Korean tour report exclusively to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "We want to thank everybody that helped us out on the trip to the Busan Rock Festival, especially Kevin from Dope Records, and our translator, 'Korean Glen'. "We left Tampa at 9 a.m. on Thursday [August 4], and ...

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CELTIC FROST Mainman: This Is 'The Strongest We Have Ever Been'

CELTIC FROST frontman Tom Gabriel Fischer has posted the following message on his official blog: "The experience of darkness within my mind, incited by the events sustained while others smile. The cycles around me, the events, my obscurantist. How consummate these depths can be. Mine. "The day we step outside after 13 years. The album ...

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CELTIC FROST: New Album To Surface In Early 2006

Seminal avant-garde metal pioneers CELTIC FROST have announced the completion of their new studio album, tentatively titled "Dark Matter Manifest", their first in 13 years and the culmination of some three and a half years of songwriting and recording work. Although the album was largely produced by the band themselves and financed by their own ...

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Reformed BLACK SYMPHONY Schedule Co-Headlining Show With GREAT WHITE

BLACK SYMPHONY, the reformed Southern California-based band featuring bassist Rev Jones (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP), have announced a co-headlining show with GREAT WHITE on August 26 at Mr. Cues in Lancaster, California. "The official BLACK SYMPHONY lineup has not been released as of yet, but should be announced sometime next week along with new album info ...

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM To Film 'Straight To Hell' Video

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM will shoot a video for the track "Straight to Hell" on August 14 in Phoenix, Arizona. The clip is expected to be finished late August and ready for national and regional video outlets by September 1. "Straight to Hell" comes off the group's latest album, "Dreams of Death" (Crash Music, Inc.), which ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE To Guest On 'ESPN Hollywood'

According to Reuters, Ozzy Osbourne will make an appearance later this month on a new ESPN2 weeknight program dedicated to "examining the junction between sports and entertainment." Osbourne will appear on "ESPN Hollywood", backstage after a concert for a one-on-one "hookup" with one of his biggest fans, Philadelphia Eagles fullback Jon Ritchie. The half-hour show ...

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ROADRUNNER UNITED: 'The All-Star Sessions' To Surface In October

Roadrunner Records has put together a groundbreaking record to mark the label’s 25th Anniversary. The group is called ROADRUNNER UNITED and the album titled "The All-Star Sessions". This full-length release, in stores on October 11, 2005, is a "master class" in hard rock/metal. Boasting 57 artists from 45 of Roadrunner's past and present bands, the ...

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THINE EYES BLEED Drop Off MORTICIAN Tour

Canadian thrash/metalcore act THINE EYES BLEED, featuring former KITTIE guitarist/technician Jeff Phillips and bassist John Araya (brother of SLAYER's Tom Araya), have dropped off the upcoming MORTICIAN tour that was scheduled to kick off August 12. Earlier this week, the other act on the tour, Oakland, California's IMPALED, decided to drop off the trek, citing ...

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THINE EYES BLEED Added To INTERNATIONAL EXTREME MUSIC FESTIVAL Tour

Canadian thrash/metalcore act THINE EYES BLEED, featuring former KITTIE guitarist/technician Jeff Phillips and bassist John Araya (brother of SLAYER's Tom Araya), have been added to the 2005 installment of the International Extreme Music Festival. The tour – which features such diverse acts as GOD DETHRONED, BYZANTINE, NIGHTRAGE, HELL WITHIN, EPOCH OF UNLIGHT and LILITU — ...

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MORTIIS Announces Final European Shows Of 2005

MORTIIS have announced details of what is likely to be the band's last live European appearances before 2006. They will perform at the Malmöfestivalen in Malmö, Sweden on Monday, August 22 (other bands appearing include LAIBACH, ENTOMBED and SUSPERIA) and at the John Dee in Oslo, Norway on Friday, September 16. All other previously announced ...

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SLAYER's New Album To Surface Via AMERICAN/WARNER BROS. RECORDS

Warner Bros. Records has announced that American Recordings — headed by legendary hip-hop and rock producer Rick Rubin — has joined the Warner Bros. family of labels. The partnership entails that American Recordings will sign and provide creative services for artists, while Warner Bros. will handle promotion, publicity, sales, marketing, and distribution. Current American Recordings ...

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DISTURBED Frontman Gets 'Blessed'

DISTURBED frontman David Draiman is set to collaborate with BLESSED IN BLACK, a new hard rock group that features former members of NOTHINGFACE and SKRAPE. According to a posting on BLESSED IN BLACK's web site, Draiman will hit the studio in September to contribute to some songs slated for BIB's forthcoming debut album, ...

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OBITUARY: 'Frozen In Time' First-Week Sales Revealed

Legendary death metallers OBITUARY have sold around 2,500 copies of their latest CD, "Frozen in Time", in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group's first collection of new songs since 1997's "Back from the Dead", "Frozen in Time" was self-produced by the band, with Mark Prator and ...

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BALLISTIC Mainman: 'It's All In The Timing'

BALLISTIC mainman Tom Gattis (ex-DEUCE, TENSION, WARDOG) has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Well, it's all in the timing, I guess… We got the chance to play and entire month's worth of shows (30 total) with a major Japanese metal band here in the U.S. in the fall, but if ...

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CELTIC FROST: Preparing To Record New Album

CELTIC FROST frontman Tom Gabriel Fischer has posted the following message on his official blog: "Yes, I know, we're only making an album. It's not an earth-shattering event, and we never claimed it was (although, yes, this blog is quite pretentious at times). Nor will most people on this planet care. It's not even a ...

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CELTIC FROST: Forging Friendships That Defy Any Description

CELTIC FROST frontman Tom Gabriel Fischer has posted the following message on his official blog: "What a most peculiar few days, the culmination of which was a shared meal last night at a very exceptional and yet equally peculiar restaurant to celebrate the birthdays of Martin [Ain, bass] and me which are only one day ...

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SATELLITE PARTY: PERRY FARRELL's New Band Play First-Ever Show

According to MTV.com, fans packed West Hollywood's Key Club to capacity Monday night (July 18) to see Perry Farrell's (ex-JANE'S ADDICTION) new band, SATELLITE PARTY — which also includes NO DOUBT bassist Tony Kanal and ex-EXTREME guitarist Nuno Bettencourt — play their first-ever live show. Cheering on the band was Kanal's NO DOUBT bandmates Adrian ...

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OBITUARY: 'Insane' Video Posted Online

OBITUARY's video for the track "Insane" has been posted online at this location (Windows Media). "Insane" (mp3) comes off the group's new album, "Frozen In Time", which comes out today (July 19) via Roadrunner Records. The group's first collection of new songs since 1997's "Back from the Dead", "Frozen In Time" ...

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BALLISTIC Bassist To Undergo Surgery

BALLISTIC mainman Tom Gattis (ex-DEUCE, TENSION, WARDOG) has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "The blinding speed, complex runs, and most importantly the flawless-clean execution of Tim's [O'Connor, BALLISTIC bassist] bass parts are the foundation of the band's music. He sets the absolute highest standards for himself, and that necessitates that ...

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CELTIC FROST: Finalizing The Infrastructure Around New Album

CELTIC FROST frontman Tom Gabriel Fischer has posted the following message on his official blog: "As we approach the final, very intense stretch on the path to completion of this album, there are the CELTIC FROST-typical numerous and very vocal ponderings which center around assessments of music and progress, procedure, ideology, song selection, and so ...

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ROUGH SILK: In Songwriting Mode

Singer Ferdy Doernberg of the German epic/melodic metallers ROUGH SILK has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Not so much new in the ROUGH SILK headquarters. We're writing songs and also rehearsing more songs for the live set. "I'm busy producing the new album of the ska/punk-band BAD NENNDORF BOYS. I ...

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