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FOR TODAY: 'Agape' Video Available

"Agape", the new video from the Sioux City, Iowa band FOR TODAY, can be viewed below. The song comes off the group's debut full-length, "Ekklesia", which was released on April 1 via Facedown Records. The CD was produced by Jamie King (BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, THE HUMAN ABSTRACT). For two years, FOR TODAY has ...

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Domestic Violence - GRINDMINDED

Fairly rote death metal from the Netherlands, GRINDMINDED dishing up the kind of simple, third-tier grind CD destined to wind up in the $5 clearance box in your favorite metal distro in the back of a concert hall. Riffs are rudimentary, vocals unremarkable, and the songs differentiated only by what gear the drummer's in — ...

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COLISEUM Announces More Tour Dates

Lousiville, Kentucky's COLISEUM has announced more international tour plans in support of its recent release, "No Salvation". The band will join CONVERGE, THE RED CHORD, and GENGHIS TRON next week for the remainder of the "Lions For Lambs Tour". Immediately following, COLISEUM will head out on its first headlining run since "No Salvation"'s release last ...

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SMASHING PUMPKINS Sue VIRGIN RECORDS

The Associated Press reports that the SMASHING PUMPKINS are suing Virgin Records, saying the record label has illegally used their name and music in promotional deals that hurt the band's credibility with fans. In a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, the rockers said they have "worked hard for over ...

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The End is Begun (Special Edition) - THREE

Special editions of albums originally released not long before are always a specious proposition. In many cases, the bonus tracks and/or inclusion of a DVD are probably not worth it for all but the most dedicated fans. However, considering that the original version of THREE's "The End is Begun" was never reviewed here ("Wake Pig" ...

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VENOMOUS CONCEPT: 'Poisoned Apple' Details Revealed

Featuring such illustrious members as Shane Embury (guitar, NAPALM DEATH), Kevin Sharp (vocals, BRUTAL TRUTH), Danny Lilker (bass, BRUTAL TRUTH, NUCLEAR ASSAULT) and Danny Herrera (drums, NAPALM DEATH), VENOMOUS CONCEPT are about to deliver a furious old school hardcore/punk assault with their second effort, "Poisoned Apple". Here are the exact release dates: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, ...

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SABBAT Guitarist, Vocalist To Appear On New HELL Album

Guitarist Andy Sneap and vocalist Martin Walkyier of the British thrashers SABBAT will contribute to the new album from the reactivated early '80s Derbyshire, UK metallers HELL. Commented Andy: "Something I'm sure you've heard both myself and Martin mention in the past is the huge influence early '80s Derbyshire metallers HELL had on SABBAT. "Things ...

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CATARACT: New Album Preview Available

The European branch of Metal Blade Records has set up a preview MySpace page where you can listen to two new CATARACT songs — "The Separation Of Life And Time" and "Snake Skin" — taken from the Swiss group's self-titled fifth full-length album, which is scheduled for release in Europe on March 25 ...

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TEMPLE OF BAAL Signs With AGONIA RECORDS

French black metallers TEMPLE OF BAAL have inked a deal with Agonia Records. The group's third album, "Lightslaying Rituals", will be released before the end of the year. According to a press release, "when it comes to French black metal, TEMPLE OF BAAL is often mentioned as an example of integrity and excellence. Formed in ...

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ZIMMERS HOLE Films New Video

The legions of die-hard STRAPPING YOUNG LAD fans can rejoice because ZIMMERS HOLE has returned with a ferocious new album, "When You Were Shouting At the Devil, We Were In League With Satan", that is set for a March 11 release. The album's title track is currently streaming on the band's official MySpace ...

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REFLECTION Signs With CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC

Greek epic doom metallers REFLECTION have inked a deal with Italy's Cruz Del Sur Music. The group's new album, "When Shadows Fall", is scheduled for release in May. Comments guitarist Stathis Pavlantis: "After a long time of negotiations for the new long-awaited REFLECTION album, we finally reached the end! We are grateful to the labels ...

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CATARACT: New Song Available For Download

Swiss metalcore act CATARACT has made a new song, "The Separation Of Life And Time", available for download at this location. The track comes off the group's self-titled fifth full-length album, which is scheduled for release in Europe on March 25 via Metal Blade Records. According to a press release, this CD is ...

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Metal - ANNIHILATOR

When you play by your own rules and say what you think you're always going to cause some degree of controversy and piss a handful of people off in the process. The upside (and it's a big upside) is you keep your integrity intact and get the immense satisfaction of knowing that your creation is ...

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THE OCEAN Seeking Cello Player

Berlin's THE OCEAN has issued the following update: ”We are looking for a long-term live cello player for upcoming tours in Europe and the U.S. and possible future recording sessions. What we're looking for is a skilled musician with good intonation; someone who can read sheet music and has classical training but also the rock ...

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GORGOROTH Vs. GORGOROTH

The next issue of Sweden Rock — Scandinavia's self-proclaimed "biggest rock and metal magazine" — will include a four-page feature on the Norwegian black metal band GORGOROTH where both currently active versions of the group get a chance to be heard. In addition to conducting interviews with guitarist Infernus and bassist King ov Hell (who ...

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CATARACT Announces New Bassist

Swiss metalcore act CATARACT has announced the addition of bassist Nico Schläpfer (END OF SUFFERING, TIMOR) to the group's ranks. "We are confident that he will add a lot of new spirit and blood to the band," the group writes in a statement. CATARACT has a scheduled a CD-release and 10th-anniversary concert on March 20 ...

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Legendary Band BETTY BLOWTORCH Honored With Tribute/Benefit Album

The legendary Los Angeles-based, all-female rock/punk band BETTY BLOWTORCH is the subject of an upcoming tribute album that will benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Created in memory of late BETTY BLOWTORCH frontwoman Bianca "Butthole" Halstead, the collection will feature bands from around the globe celebrating Bianca's life and music for a worthy cause. BETTY ...

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CATARACT: New Album Details Revealed

2008 marks CATARACT's tenth year of existence, and it will also be the year in which the Swiss metalcore act releases its self-titled fifth full-length album. Since 1998, CATARACT has been evolving from a project band into one of Switzerland's premiere metal outfits. The last couple of years have brought a lot of changes for ...

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THE OCEAN Seeks New Bassist

Berlin's THE OCEAN has issued the following update: "It seems like this issue always comes back to us... Due to THE OCEAN's collective's current bass players' inability to cope with our heavy touring schedules, we need a new bass player for all our upcoming touring activities. What we're looking for is a nice, sociable guy ...

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ICED EARTH To Headline PROGPOWER USA Festival

ICED EARTH has been confirmed as the headliner of this year's ProgPower USA festival, set to be held September 26-27 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA. It will be a rare opportunity to see the band, now that they are restricted in the amount of touring they can undergo due to the return of vocalist ...

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ENDWELL: New Demo Track Posted Online

Queens, New York-based hardcore act ENDWELL has posted a new demo track, entitled "Revenge is a Healthy Motive", on its MySpace page. The song is the projected title cut of the band's forthcoming album, due later in the year via Victory Records. According to the group, "there is a whole lot more influence ...

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FOR TODAY Signs With FACEDOWN RECORDS

Facedown Records has announced the signing of Sioux City, Iowa band FOR TODAY. The group's debut full-length, "Ekklesia", produced by Jamie King (BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, THE HUMAN ABSTRACT), is scheduled for release on April 1. Says drummer David Morrison of the signing: "We couldn't be happier to have signed with Facedown Records! It's ...

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