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HOWLING SYN Sign With Sweden's ESCAPI

Canadian gothic metallers HOWLING SYN have inked a deal with Sweden's Escapi (CANDLEMASS, FORCE OF EVIL, TROUBLE). The group's first release for the label will be their sophomore album, "Devilries", due in the summer. The follow-up to 2002's "Forebearers of Dusk" (Galy Records) will contain "more heavy rock riffs & a lot of dark goth ...

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MAYHEM: 'Chimera' Track Listing Revealed

Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM have revealed the track listing for their new CD, "Chimera", due on March 29 in Europe and April 6 in the U.S. through Season Of Mist Records. The CD, which was recorded at a mobile studio in the mountains of Norway, reportedly features a musical direction that is being described by ...

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AYREON: 'The Human Equation' Cast Of Characters Revealed

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), have revealed the cast of characters included in the storyline on the group's forthcoming CD, "Ayreon: The Human Equation", and the singers performing them. They are as follows: James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER): "Me" Marcela Bovio (ELFONÍA): His "Wife" Arjen Lucassen: His "Best Friend" Mike Baker ...

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MAYHEM, DECAPITATED, DEFILED: Scandinavian Dates Announced

Norway's MAYHEM, Poland's DECAPITATED and Japan's DEFILED will be teaming up for a European tour beginning in early April. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Apr. 09 - Göteborg, SWE @ Musikens Hus Apr. 10 – Oslo, NOR @ Inferno Festival Apr. 11 - Stockholm, SWE @ Klubben MAYHEM's new full-length CD, "Chimera", is ...

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ATTACKER Video Posted Online

Reunited New Jersey metallers ATTACKER have posted a video for the track "The End" at this location (file size: 9.2 MB). The clip was shot last December at the band's return performance at Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey. "The End" comes off ATTACKER's new album, "Soul Taker", which was released last month through ...

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Probot - PROBOT

For three years, we've been hearing rumors that Dave Grohl — former drummer for NIRVANA, singer and guitarist for his own band, FOO FIGHTERS, as well as sometime drummer for QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE — one of the last standing heroes of alternative rock, was compiling an album of thrash metal tunes, with each ...

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New Found Power - DAMAGEPLAN

The fall of PANTERA could have been predicted by anyone keeping an eye on the band for the last few years. Increasingly erratic performances and behavior from singer Philip Anselmo, as well as his predilection for going off and attempting enough side projects to fill a record store, made it clear that the quartet was ...

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UNHOLY GHOST: Cover Artwork, MP3 Clip Posted Online

UNHOLY GHOST, the new band featuring DIABOLIC founding members Aantar Lee Coates (drums), Paul Ouellette (vocals/bass), and Jerry Mortellaro (guitar), along with original DIABOLIC guitarist and PESSIMIST founder Kelly McLauchlin, have posted the cover artwork for their debut album, "Torrential Reign", at this location (artwork and layout by Swedish artist Mattias Norén). In ...

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THE HELLACOPTERS Frontman Checks In With Latest Update

THE HELLACOPTERS guitarist/vocalist Nicke Andersson (ex-ENTOMBED drummer) has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Dear recipients of the rock, "I hope everyone is doing great and that 2004 has treated you good so far! I thought I'd let you know that there are no easychairs around here at camp Hellacopter even ...

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DAVE GROHL To Guest On New TROUBLE Album?

Former NIRVANA drummer (and current FOO FIGHTERS frontman) Dave Grohl will reportedly be making a guest appearance behind the kit on the forthcoming TROUBLE album, "Seven", tentatively due later in the year. Grohl, a longtime TROUBLE fan, will be returning the favor to TROUBLE frontman Eric Wagner, who recently recorded a guest appearance on one ...

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CORETEZ Part Ways With Guitarist, Seek Replacement

CORETEZ, the new group featuring former ILL NINO members Roger Vasquez (vocals) and Marc Rizzo (guitar, also in SOULFLY), have posted the following update on their official web site: "Wow, it's been a while since an update. Please forgive us. I know that a lot of you are wondering what the hell has been going ...

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RAG MEN: European Dates Announced

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), will be embarking on a European tour in late March. Prior to the European dates, RAG MEN will complete a short East ...

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NAGLFAR Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Swedish death/black metallers NAGLFAR 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. Other bands currently scheduled to appear are MACHINE HEAD, STRATOVARIUS, LACUNA COIL, RAGE, MALEVOLENT CREATION, IN EXTREMO, DOOMSWORD, DESASTER and DEAD SOUL TRIBE. Tickets to ...

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MALEVOLENT CREATION Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Florida-based death metallers MALEVOLENT CREATION 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. Other bands currently scheduled to appear are MACHINE HEAD, STRATOVARIUS, LACUNA COIL, RAGE, IN EXTREMO, DOOMSWORD, DESASTER and DEAD SOUL TRIBE. Tickets to the ...

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MACHINE HEAD Confirmed To Headline Germany's ROCK HARD Festival

MACHINE HEAD have been confirmed as the first headliners of this year's Rock Hard Festival, a two-day event set to take place May 29-30, 2004 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Other bands currently scheduled to appear are STRATOVARIUS, LACUNA COIL, RAGE, IN EXTREMO, DOOMSWORD, DESASTER and DEAD SOUL TRIBE. Tickets to the festival cost 50 ...

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PROBOT To Perform Live At MTV Studios!

PROBOT, the metal side-project of former NIRVANA drummer/current FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl, will be taping a live performance at the MTV studios in New York City on Wednesday, January 28. Grohl will be joined for the occasion by a one-off band featuring Eric Wagner (TROUBLE), Wino (ex-THE OBSESSED, ST. VITUS, SPIRIT CARAVAN), Greg Anderson ...

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AYREON Sign With INSIDE OUT RECORDS

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), have inked a new deal with Inside Out Records. Lucassen's first release for Inside Out under the AYREON banner will be the band's much-anticipated new CD, "The Human Equation", tentatively due in May. In other news, URIAH HEEP's Ken Hensley and IQ keyboardist Martin Orford ...

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IN BATTLE Announce New Bassist

John Frölén, guitarist for the Sundsvall, Sweden-based death metallers IN BATTLE, has taken over the bass duties in the band. Session guitarist for the group going forward will be Daniel Dlimi (AEON, SOULDRAINER, STUM). As previously reported, IN BATTLE will issue their new album, "Welcome To The Battlefield", on August 4 through Cold/Metal Blade Records. ...

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DIONYSUS: Full Track Available For Download

DIONYSUS, the Swedish/German melodic power metal act featuring the voice behind guitarist Luca Turilli's (RHAPSODY) solo work, Olaf Hayer, and ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz, have posted a full-length MP3 of the title track of their sophomore album, "Anima Mundi", at this location (file size: 3.26 MB). Also available are MP3 clips of the ...

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DIMEBAG, VINNIE PAUL: 'Dope-Fucked' PHILIP ANSELMO Can't Keep His Story Straight

Former PANTERA members Dimebag Darrell (guitar) and Vinnie Paul (drums) have slammed ex-bandmate Philip Anselmo over his assertions that he "wasn't the one" who wanted to end PANTERA, calling his claims "bullshit" and implying in no uncertain terms that Anselmo's alleged drug problem is largely to blame for the singer's often-bizarre public statements. During an ...

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METALLICA's HETFIELD Talks About DAVE MUSTAINE, EXODUS And Follow-up To 'St. Anger'

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has spoken to The New Zealand Herald about his current relationship with former METALLICA guitarist Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH), the recent reformations of some of the thrash metal genre's pioneering bands, and METALLICA's next studio album. The following are some of the highlights of the interview: On his current relationship with Dave ...

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Spanish Black Metallers GODÜS To Release Debut Album In March

Spanish black metallers GODÜS have inked a deal with Xtreem Music. Formed in 2000 as a side-project of members of WORMED and NÜLL, GODÜS are said to play "raw, mystic and extreme black metal" with influences from bands like ISVIND, JUDAS ISCARIOT, DARKTHRONE and ZYKLON-B. After releasing their debut five-track demo in 2003, the band ...

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DIONYSUS: New Music Posted Online

A couple of short MP3 soundclips from DIONYSUS' forthcoming sophomore album, "Anima Mundi", have been posted online. Check them out: "March For Freedom" (mp3, 573 KB), "Anima Mundi" (mp3, 366 KB). As previously reported, "Anima Mundi" (Latin for "The Soul of the World") is scheduled for release on January 19 through ...

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ATTACKER Confirmed For Germany's KEEP IT TRUE II Festival

Reunited New Jersey metal legends ATTACKER have been confirmed for this year's Keep It True II festival, set to be held on April 10 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. The complete list of bands scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: MANILLA ROAD HALLOWEEN BLITZKRIEG CLOVEN HOOF ATTACKER WIZARD ELIXIR MAJESTY DARK QUARTERER ...

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IN EXTREMO Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD Festival

IN EXTREMO 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. Other bands currently scheduled to appear are STRATOVARIUS, LACUNA COIL, RAGE, DOOMSWORD, DESASTER and DEAD SOUL TRIBE. Tickets to the festival cost 50 euros (including one parking ...

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MNEMIC's Debut Wins 'Album of The Year' At DANISH METAL AWARDS 2003

Danish "hybrid metal" act MNEMIC, featuring former INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, were honored with a "Danish Metal Award 2003" in the category "Album of the Year". In addition, the group's bassist, Tomas "Obeast" Koefoed, won the award for "Best Bass Player". The top eight Danish metal albums, as ...

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DIONYSUS: New Album Details Revealed

DIONYSUS, the Swedish/German melodic power metal act featuring the voice behind guitarist Luca Turilli's (RHAPSODY) solo work, Olaf Hayer, and ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz, have revealed the details of their sophomore album, "Anima Mundi" (Latin for "The Soul of the World"), due on January 19 through AFM Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Sign Of Truth" ...

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