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ELVENKING: Studio Diary Posted Online

Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING have launched a studio diary for their third album at their official web site. Check it out at this location. The follow-up to 2004's "Wyrd" is being recorded at the group's own Sherpa Studios while the mixing will take place at Sonic Pump studios in Finland with Nino ...

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ELVENKING Begin Recording New Album

Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING have officially commenced the recording sessions for their third album. "After the successful release of previous albums 'Heathenreel' (2001) and 'Wyrd' (2004), ELVENKING are ready to return with new songs and new line-up," reads a posting on the group's web site. "With singer Damangoras back in the band and the ...

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ROAD RAGE 2005 To Celebrate ROADRUNNER's 25th Anniversary

In celebration of Roadrunner Records' 25th anniversary, the 2005 Road Rage tour will feature Roadrunner's rising metal stars, TRIVIUM, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, THE AGONY SCENE and STILL REMAINS. These acts represent the future of the metal genre. A name that millions of people around the world have grown to trust, Roadrunner Records developed the ...

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HEVEIN Enter Studio To Record New Single

Finnish melodic thrashers HEVEIN entered Sonic Pump studios on February 5 with Nino Laurenne at the helm to begin recording their new single, entitled "iOta". The single will consist of the title cut and "Worth Fighting For" and will be mixed by Mikko Karmila at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki. An April 11 release via Spinefarm ...

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SOULFLY Guitarist Inks Solo Deal With SHRAPNEL RECORDS

Guitarist Marc Rizzo (SOULFLY, COMMITTEE OF THIRTEEN, ILL NINO) recently inked a three-record deal with Shrapnel Records. Rizzo's solo album, which was originally issued on the Phlamencore label in Febuary of 2004, will be re-released this summer. Included on the CD will be four completely new, intricate instrumental metal-shred-type songs and new artwork. ...

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ILL NINO: New Music Is 'Sweeter Than Your Sister's Ass'

ILL NINO have posted the following message on their official web site: "We've been in the studio for the last 35 days, freezing our balls off, writing some heavy fuckin' shit, jamming all day, eating rice and beans and busting each other's balls. The new music is coming out sweeter than your sister's ass, everything ...

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THUNDERSTONE: Tour Dates Announced

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Mar. 25 - Tampere, FIN @ Pakkahuone/Tulliklubi w/ HAMMERFALL, LORDI, FIREWIND: Apr. 21 - Pratteln, SWI @ Z 7 Apr. 22 - Filderstadt, GER @ Filharmonie Apr. 23 - Lichtenfels, GER @ Stadthalle Apr. 24 - Oberhausen, GER @ Turbinenhalle ...

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THUNDERSTONE: New Album Details Revealed

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have set "Tools of Destruction" as the title of their third full-length album, tentatively due in Europe on April 18 via Nuclear Blast Records. Release dates for the USA and Japan will be announced soon. "Tools of Destruction" was mixed at Timo Tolkki's (STRATOVARIUS) Goldenworks studio with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne. ...

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THUNDERSTONE: In Mixing Mode

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have commenced the mixing process for their third album at Timo Tolkki's (STRATOVARIUS) Goldenworks studio with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne. 11 songs are being finalized, with the track listing, album title and release date soon to be announced. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Tool of the Devil", "Welcome ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM: In Cover Mode

Finnish death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM have just finished recording cover versions of MEGADETH's "Hangar 18" and DEATH's "Suicide Machine" at the Woodbine Garden Studio for use as bonus tracks on upcoming releases. OMNIUM GATHERUM's sophomore album, "Years in Waste", was released last month via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Spirits and August Light" ...

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HEVEIN To Record Pre-Production Demo In January

Finnish melodic thrashers HEVEIN will enter the studio in February 2005 to record a new single. The recording sessions for the band's new album will commence in the spring. An update from the band's official web site on the songwriting sessions for the upcoming CD follows: "January 15th will be the date when we enter ...

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SOULFLY Guitarist Launches COMMITTEE OF THIRTEEN Side Project

SOULFLY/ex-ILL NINO guitarist Marc Rizzo recently released the debut album from his side band COMMITTEE OF THIRTEEN. The CD, which was issued Nov. 23 via Phlamencore Records, features all the songs originally intended for Rizzo's CORETEZ project that featured Roger Vasquez (ex-ILL NINO) on vocals. When Marc and Roger parted ways, Marc had already written ...

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TRIVIUM: New Album To Surface In March

Roadrunner Records has set a March 1, 2005 relase date for TRIVIUM's "Ascendancy". Featuring the talents of Matt Heafy on guitars/vocals, Travis Smith on drums, Corey Beaulieu on guitar and Paolo Gregoletto on bass, TRIVIUM is a band whose youth (Heafy is 18, the oldest member is 22) belies their sound. Currently, TRIVIUM are on ...

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ALSTON To Release Debut Album In February

ALSTON, the New York-based band featuring former PRIMER 55 bassist Kobie Jackson (on guitar and vocals), guitarist/vocalist Ron Paige, bassist Alex Cando, and drummer Woody Wurzburg, will release their debut album, "Voodoo For Fun And Profit", on February 1, 2005 via Repossession Records. The album contains eleven songs, including "Recon Seed", "Anna", "Rock Star", "Ordinary", ...

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IMPERANON Finish Writing Four New Songs

Finnish melodic thrash/death metallers IMPERANON have finished writing four new songs for their sophomore album, tentatively due late next year through Nuclear Blast Records. The upcoming CD will be the follow-up to the group's debut, "Stained", which was released in May through Nuclear Blast. That CD was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios with engineer Nino ...

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THUNDERSTONE Begin Recording New Album

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have commenced work on their third album at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki for an April 2005 release through Nuclear Blast Records. Recording sessions for the follow-up to this year's "The Burning" will last until the end of the year, while the mixing process will take place in early 2005. ...

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IMPERANON Guitarist Collaborates With Keyboardist RISTO KUPIAINEN: Audio Available

Guitarist Aleksi Sihvonen of Finnish melodic thrash/death metallers IMPERANON recently recorded a song called "Pentatonic School" with a young and talented keyboardist by the name of Risto Kupiainen. You can download the track here. For more information about Risto, visit www.speedpianosoolo.cjb.net. As previously reported, IMPERANON recently parted ways with guitarist Lauri ...

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ILL NINO Scrap Tour, Blame Promoters

ILL NINO have scrapped their previously announced "We Salute You Tour" with DROWNING POOL, FLAW, 40 BELOW SUMMER and CANDIRIA. "The tour was cancelled because of lack of securing the venues, and lack of proper advertising," reads a posting on ILL NINO's web site. "The promoters responsible for the tour, Nocturnal Productions, did a terrible ...

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HEVEIN To Enter Studio In February

Finnish melodic thrashers HEVEIN will enter the studio in February 2005 to record a new single. The recording sessions for the band's new album will commence in the spring. As previously reported, HEVEIN recently inked a deal with Spinefarm Records. The group were signed on the strength of their "Break Out the Hammers" EP, which ...

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ILL NINO To Tour With DROWNING POOL, FLAW, 40 BELOW SUMMER

ILL NINO have posted the following message on their official web site: "Hello everyone, weve been home for a couple of weeks now hanging with our families and friends, writing new material, finalizing the DVD, and getting ready to hit the road once again. The We Salute You Tour 2004 featuring ILL NINO, DROWNING POOL, ...

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VENOM Frontman: New Album Is 'A Musical El Nino'

British black metal pioneers VENOM caused a state of panic and mayhem during the recording of their latest tracks in their Newcastle, U.K. studio, according to a posting on the group's web site. While bassist/vocalist Conrad "Cronos" Lant was recording his bass, a crack appeared along the studio ceiling, covering the engineer, desk and other ...

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HEVEIN Sign With SPINEFARM RECORDS

Finnish melodic thrashers HEVEIN have inked a deal with Spinefarm Records. The group were signed on the strength of their "Break Out the Hammers" EP, which was mixed earlier this year at Sonic Pump studios by Nino Laurenne and mastered at Finnvox studios by Minerva Pappi. A full-length MP3 of the EP's title track can ...

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