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BATHORY Tribute Album Changes Name

Germany's Black Goat Productions have changed the projected title of the upcoming BATHORY tribute album to "A Tribute from the Hordes to Bathory" from the previously announced "Twilight of the Goats". "After talking to [BATHORY's record label] Black Mark I had to change the name of the 'Twilight of the Goats - A Tribute to ...

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ARCH ENEMY To Release New EP

Sweden's ARCH ENEMY will issue a new EP, "Dead Eyes See No Future", through Century Media Records on November 15 in Europe and November 30 in North America. This record, a mixture of live tracks and cover versions, was initially released in Japan only while the band were touring there a few months ago, and ...

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MYSTIC PROPHECY Complete 'Burning Bridges' Video

MYSTIC PROPHECY, the melodic power metal band consisting of VALLEY'S EVE vocalist Roberto Dimitri Liapakis, ex-STORMWITCH bassist Martin Albrecht, RAISE HELL drummer Dennis Ekdahl, and FIREWIND/ex-DREAM EVIL guitarist Gus G., have finished filming a video for the track "Burning Bridges" with director Ioannis Nikolaidis (TORI AMOS). "Burning Bridges" comes off the group's third album, "Never-Ending", ...

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SAVATAGE, SEVEN WITCHES, JAG PANZER Members To Share Thoughts And Experiences Online

Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Jack Frost (SEVEN WITCHES) and Mark Briody (JAG PANZER) have been appointed "very special editors" of Greece's Metal-Temple.com webzine. Caffery, Frost and Briody will be "sharing their very own thoughts with everybody!" reads a Metal-Temple.com press release. "All this will be happening right in our magazine's forum, free ...

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HAMMERFALL: New Album Track Listing Revealed

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "I'm pleased to see the studio diary I have been writing is to everyone's liking! That makes it much more fun to continue, even though I most likely would have done it anyway. These records are a ton of fun ...

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GREAT WHITE: Southern California Tour Dates Announced

Southern California rockers GREAT WHITE have announced more tour dates to benefit the victims and survivors of The Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island. Proceeds go directly to The Station Family Fund. The dates are as follows: Oct. 08 - Ventura Theatre – Ventura, CA Oct. 09 - Murphy's Grill - Simi Valley, CA Oct. ...

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SLAYER's DAVE LOMBARDO Recording With DRUMS OF DEATH

According to RollingStone.com, SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo is in the studio with DJ SPOOKY recording under the name DRUMS OF DEATH. MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO's Jack Dangers is producing the project, due early next year, and guitarist Vernon Reid (LIVING COLOUR) will guest. No further information is currently available. ...

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VELVET REVOLVER's Appetite For Distraction

The New York Post has published an article about Snitch, the new "rock-friendly" venue in New York City co-owned by Scott Weiland and Duff McKagan of VELVET REVOLVER. McKagan, for one, plans to stop in frequently. "It's cool to have a home base in New York," he said. If and when VELVET REVOLVER guitarist, Slash, ...

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LORDS OF THUNDER: AMORPHIS Members' Cover Band To Embark On Finnish Tour

LORDS OF THUNDER, the Finnish heavy metal/hard rock cover band featuring members of AMORPHIS and SUBURBAN TRIBE, will be embarking on a tour of Finland in late September. The group, which performs songs from such acts as WHITESNAKE, IRON MAIDEN and W.A.S.P., consists of the following musicians: Janne Joutsenniemi (SUBURBAN TRIBE) Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS) Santeri ...

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VAN HALEN Bassist's Hot Sauce Burning Up The Competition

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony's tongue-sizzling brand of hot sauce, Mad Anthony's Hot Sauce, recently burned up the competition at the 2005 Chile Pepper Magazine Fiery Food Challenge when it took second place in the "Hot Sauce - General" category, which has the most entries in the entire challenge. In addition, the as-yet-unannounced Mad Anthony's ...

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NASUM: Live Performance To Be Webcast

Swedish grindcore merchants NASUM's performance at the Popstad 2004 event in Huskvarna, Sweden, recorded in February 2004, will be broadcast on the "P3 Live" radio show on Thursday night (Sept. 16). The show will start at 9:00 p.m. (Swedish time) and will kick off with a half hour of COUNTERBLAST, taped the same night, followed ...

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WIDOW: New Album Nearing Completion

Raleigh, NC-based melodic thrashers WIDOW are putting the finishing touches on their new album, "On Fire". "There have been some changes since [the debut album] 'Midnight Strikes'", stated lead guitarist Cristof. "We are pushing the boundaries of traditional metal! And we are drinking a whole lot!" WIDOW have added drummer Marc Anthony from North Carolina ...

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CRYSTAL EYES To Enter Studio In October

Sweden's CRYSTAL EYES have set "Confessions of the Maker" as the title of their fourth full-length album, tentatively due in January/February 2005. "All songs are written, arranged, rehearsed and ready to record," reads a posting on the group's web site. "The whole production phase of 'Vengeance Descending' took about seven months because the guys only ...

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EXODUS Guitarist: 'Fat-Ass' ZETRO SOUZA Is 'Human Crap'

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has slammed singer Steve "Zetro" Souza over the circumstances that led to his departure from the group (as exclusively reported by BLABBERMOUTH.NET earlier today), calling the singer "human crap" and vowing to carry on with a replacement vocalist. In a posting to the band's official forum, Holt writes, "Okay ...

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NASUM Confirm U.S. Release Date For New Album

Swedish grindcore merchants NASUM have set an October 26 U.S. release date through Relapse Records for their new album, "Shift". The album, which was recorded at Soundlab Studios in Örebro, Sweden, will be available in Europe on October 11 via Burning Heart Records. The vinyl version of the album, which is also expected in mid-October, ...

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THERAPY? Seek North American Record Deal

THERAPY? bassist Michael McKeegan has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Just to clear up what's going on with the release of [the new THERAPY? album] 'Never Apologise Never Explain' in North America. At this point in time Spitfire U.S. will NOT be releasing this album (no great loss as they ...

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AFTERSHOK Announce Joint Venture With AUBURN, Complete Work On New Album

AFTERSHOK, the classic hard rock/metal band fronted by SHOK PARIS lead vocalist Vic Hix, have announced their partnership with Cleveland-based independent label Auburn Records. AFTERSHOK's second CD, "Burning Chrome", will be released this fall under a joint venture between the band's own Aftershok Muzik label and Auburn. The band commented: "We handled sales and distribution ...

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH On Divorce, SLIPKNOT And Politics

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich recently spoke to DesMoinesRegister.com about the "Some Kind of Monster" documentary, the band's personal problems, plus politics. Several excerpts from the interview follow: On his recent divorce with wife of seven years, Skylar: Lars Ulrich: "I'm good. I'm getting used to single parenting, getting used to kind of a different way ...

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DOPE To Release New Album In February

DOPE are putting the finishing touches on their fourth album, "American Apathy", tentatively due in February 2005. A brief clip of the album's first single, "No Way Out", can currently be heard at the band's official web site, www.dopearmy.com. In other news, DOPE have officially announced the dates for their new tour, which ...

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MNEMIC: New Audio Samples Posted Online

Two audio samples from the sophomore MNEMIC album, "The Audio Injected Soul", have been posted online at the Nuclear Blast Records web site. "The Audio Injected Soul", due on September 27 through Nuclear Blast, was recorded at AntFarm Studios in Aarhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen and is said to be "much faster and more ...

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NASUM: New Song Posted Online

Swedish grindcore merchants NASUM have uploaded a new track, entitled "The Engine of Death", at this location (mp3, 2.92 MB). "The Engine of Death" comes off the group's upcoming CD, "Shift", due on October 11 through Burning Heart Records. The vinyl version of the album, which is also expected in mid-October, will be ...

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MYSTIC PROPHECY Set Release Date For 'Never-Ending'

MYSTIC PROPHECY, the band consisting of VALLEY'S EVE vocalist Roberto Dimitri Liapakis, ex-STORMWITCH bassist Martin Albrecht, RAISE HELL drummer Dennis Ekdahl, and DREAM EVIL/FIREWIND guitarist Gus G., have set an October 25 release date through Nuclear Blast Records for their third album, "Never-Ending". The follow-up to last year's "Regressus" will be issued in Japan in ...

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THUNDERSTONE: In Writing Mode

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE are currently writing songs for their third album, tentatively due next spring through Nuclear Blast Records. The band recently entered Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki to record three new songs as part of the pre-production process for the new CD. The actual recording sessions for the follow-up to this year's ...

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RIVERRED: 'Industry' Demo Available For Download

Pacific Northwest rock act RIVERRED have made available for download all five songs from their new industry demo, entitled "Agricultural Real Estate Purchase". Mixed and mastered by rock kingpin Jack Endino (NIRVANA, SOUNDGARDEN, GRUNTRUCK), the demo was produced by singer/guitarist James Francis and RIVERRED and engineered by Chris Hanson (VIO-LENCE, THE SERVANTS). The new demo ...

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