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HORNA Part Ways With Guitarist

Finnish black metallers HORNA have parted ways with guitarist Aarni T. Otava. "The festival gig at Tuska [Festival this weekend] will be his farewell appearance in the band and after that we will begin a serious search for a new devoted soul," the band said in a statement. "Otava had begun to lose his dedication ...

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BRAINSTORM Enter German Chart At No. 73!

German power merchants BRAINSTORM have entered the German Media Control chart at No. 73 with their new album, "Soul Temptation". The follow-up to 2001's "Metus Mortis" was recorded at House of Music studios in Winterbach, Germany. BRAINSTORM will embark on a full-length European tour, dubbed "Tempting Europe", in the fall. ...

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SHARON OSBOURNE: 'OZZY Will Die A Tortured Soul'

Sharon Osbourne is featured on the cover of the August issue of Ladies' Home Journal, which hits newsstands tomorrow (July 9). In the accompanying interview, Sharon offers some interesting insights into husband Ozzy Osbourne. "As funny and robust and bat-biting as people may think he is, Ozzy has the lowest self-esteem you've ever seen, and ...

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REVEILLE Split Up: The Official Statement

Massachusetts-based REVEILLE have officially called it quits after releasing two full-length albums for the Elektra label (1999's "Laced" and 2001's "Bleed The Sky"). The group's official statement announcing the split reads as follows: "To all our true friends and fans, "We would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of you for the ...

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DEW-SCENTED Complete Work On 'Impact'

German thrashers DEW-SCENTED have set "Impact" as the title for their new album, due via Nuclear Blast Records in the G.A.S. countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) on August 25 and the rest of Europe on September 1. A North American release will follow on October 7. The regular version of the album will feature the following ...

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Former RATT Singer, CINDERELLA Drummer To Perform At Benefit Concert

Former RATT singer Stephen Pearcy and CINDERELLA drummer Fred Coury are among the artists lined up for Sunday's (June 29) Metal Health benefit concert for the victims of February's Rhode Island nightclub fire, according to Billboard.com. The show at the Webster Theatre in Hartford, Conn., will also feature DOUBLEDRIVE, 6 GIG, GARGANTUA SOUL and BRAND ...

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EVANESCENCE Singer: We Are Not A Christian Band

EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee has rejected recent media reports labelling the group a "Christian band". "We do have Christian imagery on our album, but the only song with a religious theme is Tourniquet'," she told Metal Hammer magazine. "It was originally written by our drummer, Rocky Gray, for his old band [SOUL EMBRACED], who were ...

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PROBOT: A Tribute To Underground Metal

Former NIRVANA drummer Dave Grohl has confirmed to MTV.com that his much-anticipated metal side project PROBOT will finally surface in early fall on Southern Lord Recordings. "It's not unlike [SANTANA's 'Supernatural'] record in that it really kick ass, but it's not the kind of thing that you'd expect," Grohl said of the album. "There's a ...

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MAYHEM: Raping Humanity With Pride

MAYHEM's forthcoming album, "Chimera", will be recorded at Puk Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark over a four-five week period beginning in November. Among the working titles set to appear on the CD are the following: 01. Rape Humanity With Pride 02. Chimera 03. Dark Night Of The Soul 04. Deathwhore The follow-up to 2000's "Grand Declaration ...

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BLOOD AND TIME Recording Debut Album

BLOOD AND TIME, the new band featuring NEUROSIS members Scott Kelly (guitars and lead vocals) and Noah Landis (keyboards, atmosphere, and backing vocals), are in the studio completing their debut release for Neurot Recordings entitled "At The Foot Of The Garden". The recording is comprised of several of the songs performed by Kelly during his ...

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TENET: Demo Recordings Posted Online!

Vancouver's TENET, the new band featuring STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD/ex-DEATH drummer Gene Hoglan, ex-FORBIDDEN/TESTAMENT guitarist Glen Alvelais, ex-GRIP INC. bassist Stuart Carruthers, and former SACRIFICE/current INTERZONE frontman Rob Urbinati, have posted three demo tracks at their official web site. The rough recordings, which are believed to feature only Simon and ...

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DIVINE:DECAY: New MP3 Samples Posted Online

Finnish thrash/speed rockers DIVINE:DECAY have posted several MP3 clips from their forthcoming "Maximize The Misery" CD at this location. "Maximize The Misery", due on Sept. 8 through Osmose Productions, was recorded and produced by Janne Joutsenniemi (of SUBURBANTRIBE fame) and it was mixed by Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, THERION). The ...

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DRAGONFORCE Split With Drummer, Announce Temporary Replacement

Drummer Didier Almouzni has officially left British melodic speed power metallers DRAGONFORCE. The group, who released their debut album, "Valley of the Damned", through Sanctuary/Noise Records earlier this year, will be utilizing the services of temporary replacement Christian Wirtl (of Swedish power metal band SOUL SOURCE) during their appearance at Sweden Rock festival this weekend. ...

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JIMI HENDRIX: Live Album, Tribute CD On The Way

An album of unreleased live JIMI HENDRIX music is set to hit stores this fall — nearly 33 years after his death in London. "It's a live concert — I can't tell you yet which concert it is," Janie HendrixJimi's sister and president and CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC, the Hendrix family company ...

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PROBOT Debut To Be Released Through SOUTHERN LORD RECORDS

PROBOT, the much-anticipated metal side project of former NIRVANA drummer and current FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl, will issue their long-awaited debut album in late summer/early fall through Southern Lord Records. The CD, which has been in the works for much of the past three years, will include a dozen-or-so tracks featuring some of metal's ...

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DIVINE:DECAY Set Release Date For 'Maximize The Misery'

Finnish thrash/speed rockers DIVINE:DECAY have set a Sept. 8 release date through Osmose Productions for their sophomore effort, "Maximize The Misery". The follow-up to "Songs Of The Damned" was recorded and produced by Janne Joutsenniemi (of SUBURBANTRIBE fame) and it was mixed by Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, THERION). The complete track listing ...

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IMAGIKA Prepare To Record New CD

San Francisco power/thrash metallers IMAGIKA will enter Sonic Ranch studios (formerly Village Productions) in Tornillo, Texas next month with producer Neil Kernon (CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE, QUEENSRŸCHE) to begin recording their fourth album, tentatively titled "FallenGod", for a late 2003 release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. "We are very excited about the opportunity to work with Neil, ...

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BRAINSTORM: New Song Available For Download

A brand new BRAINSTORM track, titled "Highs Without Lows", has been posted online at this location. "Highs Without Lows" comes off the group's forthcoming CD, "Soul Temptation", due on June 30 through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Metus Mortis" was recorded at House of Music studios in Winterbach, Germany. BRAINSTORM will ...

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MICHAEL KISKE: No Chance Of A Reunion With HELLOWEEN

Ex-HELLOWEEN and current SUPARED frontman Michael Kiske has once again dismissed the possibility of a future collaboration with his former bandmates, saying that a new HELLOWEEN album with his vocals "wouldn't have a real soul." "If I would get back to HELLOWEEN we would NEVER be able to do a really GOOD record because we ...

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