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DOOMSWORD Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Italian epic doom metallers DOOMSWORD are the latest act confirmed for this year's Rock Hard Festival, a two-day event set to take place May 29-30, 2004 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Also set to appear are STRATOVARIUS, RAGE, DESASTER and DEAD SOUL TRIBE, among others. Tickets to the festival, which will mark STRATOVARIUS' only German ...

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IN BATTLE Name New Album, Set Release Date

Sundsvall, Sweden-based death metallers IN BATTLE have set "Welcome To The Battlefield" as the title of their upcoming album, tentatively due on August 4 through Cold/Metal Blade Records. The CD, which will contain 10 songs (plus one bonus track on the Japanese release), will be mixed at Mana studio in Florida with producer Erik Rutan ...

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ZUUL FX Complete Work On Debut Demo

ZUUL FX, the French band featuring former NO RETURN singer Steeve "Zuul" Petit, have completed work on their debut three-song demo at Soul Sol studios in Paris with producer Francis Caste (DYSFUNCTIONAL BY CHOICE drummer). The track listing for the demo is as follows: 01. Behind The Light (Quicktime clip) 02. Devil Star ...

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ATTACKER: New Music Available For Download

Reunited New Jersey metal legends ATTACKER have posted two MP3s from their forthcoming album, "Soul Taker", to be released on Iron Glory Records on January 26, 2004. The two songs "Sleepy Hollow" and "Tortured Existence", can be downloaded at this location. ATTACKER's return performance at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ on December 13, 2003 ...

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AYREON: More Guest Musicians Announced

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), have invited the following guest instrumentalists to contribute to the group's new album, "The Human Equation", due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label: Oliver Wakeman on keyboards: "Arjen has played guitar on some of Oliver's work, and they've been good friends ever since," reads ...

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DISINCARNATE, NAILBOMB Albums To Be Reissued

DISINCARNATE and NAILBOMB's classic debuts will be issued in new "remastered" editions, featuring bonus material, including rare b-sides and demo tracks, as well as brand new artwork and liner notes. Due in late February through Roadrunner Records, DISINCARNATE's "Dreams Of The Carrion Kind" (featuring former DEATH/TESTAMENT guitarist James Murphy) will contain the following track listing: ...

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STRATOVARIUS, RAGE Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

STRATOVARIUS, RAGE, DESASTER and DEAD SOUL TRIBE are the first four bands confirmed for next year's Rock Hard Festival, a two-day event set to take place May 29-30, 2004 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Tickets to the festival, which will mark STRATOVARIUS' only German festival appearance of 2004, will cost 50 euros (including one parking ...

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RAG MEN Finalize Track Listing For Full-Length Debut

RAG MEN, the New York-based band featuring frontman Jorge Rosado (MERAUDER, GOD IS I), guitarist Mitts (SKARHEAD, CROWN OF THORNZ), bassist Ian "Bulldog" Edwards (FREYA, ex-EARTH CRISIS), and drummer Rigg Ross (SKARHEAD, ex-HATEBREED), have finalized the track listing for their self-titled debut album, due on February 17, 2004 through Eulogy Records. The CD, which will ...

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RAM-ZET: New Demo Clips Posted Online

Norwegian "black psychotic power metal" act RAM-ZET have posted four MP3 clips from their recently completed demo at their official web site. The tracks available for download are as follows (all clips approximately one minute each in length): 01. …And Innocence (mp3) 02. Asylum (mp3) 03. Damnation Dance (mp3) ...

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UNHOLY GHOST Complete Work On Debut Album

UNHOLY GHOST, the new band featuring DIABOLIC founding members Aantar Lee Coates (drums), Paul Ouellette (vocals/bass), and Jerry Mortellaro (guitar), have finalized the track listing for their debut album, "Torrential Reign", due in early 2004 through Olympic/Century Media Records. "Torrential Reign" was recorded at D.O.W. (Diet Of Worms) studios in Seffner, Florida with producer Juan ...

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LIFE OF AGONY Premiere New Song At Long Island Shows

LIFE OF AGONY premiered a new song entitled "Love To Let U Down" during their two sold-out headlining shows at The Downtown in Farmingdale, New York earlier this week. The track, which marks the first song written by the group's original line-up since their sophomore album, "Ugly" (1995), will be included on LIFE OF AGONY's ...

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SOULFLY Name New Album, Finalize Track Listing

SOULFLY have set "Prophecy" as the title for their fourth full-length album, tentatively due in the spring through Roadrunner Records. The tentative track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Prophecy 02. Living Sacrifice 03. Execution Style 04. Defeat U 05. Mars 06. I Believe 07. Moses 08. Born Again Anarchist 09. Porrada 10. ...

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SKRAPE Added To LIFE OF AGONY U.S. Tour

SKRAPE will be filling the opening slot on the upcoming LIFE OF AGONY/FLAW U.S. tour, which is slated to kick off in late January. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Jan. 20 - Northern Lights - Albany, NY Jan. 21 - Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA Jan. 23 - Palladium - Worcester, MA Jan. 24 ...

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Through The Ashes Of Empires - MACHINE HEAD

MACHINE HEAD's fifth studio album, "Through The Ashes Of Empires", is the band's most brutally heavy effort since the one-two punch of their 1994 debut, "Burn My Eyes", and its '97 follow-up, "The More Things Change…". Parts of this album rank right up there as classic MACHINE HEAD moments in terms of sheer aggressiveness, yet ...

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ATTACKER: Original Lineup To Perform In New Jersey

New Jersey metal legends ATTACKER have announced their return performance with the original lineup at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ on Saturday, December 13, 2003. Special guests OCTOBER 31 will also be performing. Maxwell's is located at 1039 Washington St in Hoboken, NJ. Tel.: (201) 653-1703. Doors at 7:00 p.m., ATTACKER go on at 11:00 p.m. ...

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MAYHEM Announce Release Date For 'Chimera'

Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM have set a March 29, 2004 release date through Season Of Mist Records for their new full-length CD, "Chimera". The album, which is currently being recorded at a mobile studio in the mountains of Norway, will feature a musical direction that is being described by the band as "much more back ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND To Guest On New AYREON CD

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mastermind Devin Townsend has been confirmed as one of the guest performers on the new AYREON CD, "The Human Equation", tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. As previously reported, other vocalists set to appear on the album include Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH), James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER) Devon Graves (a.k.a. Buddy ...

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IN BATTLE Ink New Deal, Prepare To Record

Sundsvall, Sweden-based death metallers IN BATTLE have signed a deal with Cold/Metal Blade Records, according to a post on the group's official web site. The band's forthcoming album will be recorded in March/April 2004 at Mana studio in Florida with producer Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL/ex-MORBID ANGEL). A summer 2004 release is expected. IN BATTLE's recently ...

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OPETH Singer To Guest On New AYREON CD

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has been officially confirmed as one of the guest performers on the new AYREON CD, "The Human Equation", tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. According to a posting on AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen's (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) web site, "fans and journalists alike kept telling Arjen to check out Mikael ...

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AYREON Name New CD

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) has set "Ayreon: The Human Equation" as the title for the group's forthcoming CD, tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. Among the guest vocalists scheduled to appear on the album are James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER), Devon Graves (a.k.a. Buddy Lackey, DEAD SOUL TRIBE, ex-PSYCHOTIC WALTZ), Magnus ...

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DAMAGEPLAN: Debut Album Delayed, New Bassist Announced

DAMAGEPLAN, the new band featuring former PANTERA members Dimebag Darrell (guitar) and Vinnie Paul (drums), have pushed back the release date of their debut album, "New Found Power", to February 10 through Elektra Records. The group, who have just announced the addition of bassist Bobzilla to their ranks, are fronted by Patrick Lachman, who used ...

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DIONYSUS Added To SAXON/DORO European Tour

DIONYSUS, the Swedish/German melodic power metal act featuring the voice behind guitarist Luca Turilli's solo work, Olaf Hayer, and ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz, have been added to the upcoming SAXON/DORO/CIRCLE II CIRCLE European tour. Confirmed dates are as follows: Nov. 29 - Murcia, SPA - Sala Gamma (w/out CIRCLE II CIRCLE) Nov. 30 - Bergara, ...

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LIFE OF AGONY: New European Photos Posted Online

Reunited New York metallers LIFE OF AGONY have posted several live photos from their current European tour at their official web site. Check them out here. As previously reported, LIFE OF AGONY recently announced plans to record a new studio album, tentatively due in late 2004. The as-yet-untitled effort will mark the group's ...

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SCARVE Set Release Date For New Album

France's SCARVE have set a January 26, 2004 release date through Listenable Records for their third album, "Irradiant". As previously reported, the CD will be issued in a special, limited-edition digipak version, featuring loads of bonus stuff, including the video for "Emulate The Soul". The follow-up to 2002's "Luminiferous" was recorded at Dug-Out Studio in ...

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DREAM THEATER Singer To Guest On New AYREON CD

DREAM THEATER singer James LaBrie has been officially confirmed as one of the guest performers on the new AYREON CD, tentatively due early next year through an as-yet-undetermined label. "LaBrie has known AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen's (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) music for a long time and did not hide the fact that he would love to be ...

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AYREON: Guest Singers Announced

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), are currently recording their sixth studio album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Transmission Records. Among the guest vocalists set to appear on the album are the following: Devon Graves (DEAD SOUL TRIBE) Magnus Ekwall (THE QUILL) Heather Findlay (MOSTLY AUTUMN) Eric Clayton (SAVIOUR MACHINE) ...

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