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SCARS Announces New Album Title

Brazilian thrashers SCARS have set "Devilgod Alliance" as the title of their new album, tentatively due next spring. The CD will contain 11 tracks and will be recorded in January. According to the group, the album's lyrical concept will be based on ageless literature masterpieces that portray evil as a character (i.e.: "Masque of the ...

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MINISTRY Mainman's Christmas Poem

MINISTRY mainman Al "Alien" Jourgensen has penned a special Christmas poem entitled "T'was The Night Before Impeachment". It goes like this: T'was 2007 and all through the year Not a creature was buying this climate of fear The stockings were hung in a foreclosure scare In hopes that the Banks would forget we were there! ...

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Forever In Leather - DESTRUCTOR

Old-school metal bands don't get much more authentic than Cleveland, Ohio working-class bruisers DESTRUCTOR. After a well-received 1985 debut, the band signed to Island Records and was hard at work on their major-label debut when their longtime friend and bassist was murdered. The stunned group went into hiatus for years, reforming earlier in this decade ...

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MINISTRY: Four Dates Added To 'C U LaTouR'

MINISTRY has added four more dates to the North American leg of its "C U LaTouR". The trek — which also features special guests MESHUGGAH and opening act HEMLOCK — will now kick off on March 26 in Calgary, Alberta, and then play Vancouver (which is just about sold out) on March 28 as previously ...

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ANGER AS ART Confirmed For Holland's DOKK'EM Festival

ANGER AS ART, the Los Angeles-based thrash metal band featuring Steve Gaines (ABATTOIR, BLOODLUST, PAGAN WAR MACHINE, DREAMS OF DAMNATION), has been confirmed for the Dokk'em open-air festival, set to take place August 9, 2008 near Leeuwarden, Netherlands. Also appearing on the bill are DIAMOND HEAD, TRAIL OF TEARS and VENGEANCE. Commented ANGER AS ART ...

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RAVEN: Footage From MARIO'S METAL MEETING Posted Online

Fan-filmed video footage of the legendary British/American heavy metal trio RAVEN performing at the first edition of Mario's Metal Meeting on November 11, 2007 at 013 in Tilburg, the Netherlands can be viewed below. RAVEN is putting the finishing touches on its new album, "Walk through Fire", at Assembly Line Studios with engineer/mixer Kevin 131 ...

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RAVEN Plays 'Blinder' At UK's HARD ROCK HELL

RAVEN bassist/vocalist John Gallagher has issued the following update: "Recovering from the lunacy of the last week — no sleep 'til bedtime!!! And bedtime never freekin shows up! "The Hard Rock Hell gig [in the UK] was excellent — a great set-up at a holiday camp at Minehead in South West England — right on ...

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MINISTRY, MESHUGGAH, HEMLOCK: Complete Tour Details Revealed

On the heels of their final studio release, "The Last Sucker", released September 18, 2007, MINISTRY has announced their final world tour, "C U LaTouR", with special guests MESHUGGAH and opening act HEMLOCK. MINISTRY kicks off the North American leg of "C U LaTouR" in Vancouver on March 28, 2008, stopping in a limited engagement ...

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AMEN Cancels Remainder Of European Tour

California's AMEN has issued the following statement: "It is with regret that we must announce the passing of AMEN bassist John 'Tumor' Fahnestock's grandmother. As a result, John has flown home today to fulfill his funeral obligation and carry his grandmother's casket in the ceremony. The funeral is to be held in his homestate of ...

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PRONG Mainman To Guest On 'The CMS Xtreme'

PRONG, the pioneering New York City underground act (since relocated to Los Angeles) that saw success in the '80s and '90s with classics like "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" and "Whose Fist Is It Anyway?", will be featured on a special edition of "The CMS Xtreme" program. The show fill feature classic PRONG cuts, ...

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Influential Metal Journalist BOB MULDOWNEY Dies At 44

Influential heavy metal journalist Bob Muldowney died Monday, November 5 after a long battle with cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease). He was 44 years old. Muldowney was best known for his fanzine/magazine Kick*Ass which helped expose, support and feature such bands as RAVEN, MOTÖRHEAD, VENOM, THE RODS, TANK, EXCITER and RIOT as well as burgeoning underground ...

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PAUL RAVEN's Funeral Services Scheduled For Tomorrow

A service in the memory of legendary bassist Paul Raven (MINISTRY, PRONG, SOCIETY 1, KILLING JOKE, GODFLESH, MOB RESEARCH) will be held on October 31, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. in the Southeastern French city of Annecy, which lies approximately 30 kilometers from Geneva airport. A wake at L'Usine (the factory) in Geneva will follow tomorrow ...

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DRACONIAN: New Album Title Announced

Swedish doom metal band DRACONIAN have issued the following update: "DRACONIAN's fourth album is now completed. It was born in Fascination Street studio (OPETH, KATATONIA) in Örebro, Sweden, during September. For this recording the band invited U.S. NOVEMBERS DOOM vocalist Paul Kuhr for the narrative parts of the album. The album, which will be entitled ...

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TORCH Pulls Out Of MARIO'S METAL MEETING; RAM Steps In

Reactivated Swedish metallers TORCH have cancelled their appearance at the first edition of Mario's Metal Meeting, set to take place November 11, 2007 at 013 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Replacing them on the bill will be fellow Swedes RAM. The lineup for the festival is now as follows: RAVEN (UK/USA) RAM (Sweden) DIVINE RUINS (USA) ...

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PRO TONE PEDALS Comments On PAUL RAVEN's Passing

Dennis Mollan of Pro Tone Pedals has issued the following statement regarding the passing of legendary bassist Paul Raven (MINISTRY, PRONG, SOCIETY 1, KILLING JOKE, GODFLESH, MOB RESEARCH): "When we heard the news of Paul Raven's passing this weekend, it was as if all of us had been kicked in the gut. I personally was ...

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SOCIETY 1 Frontman Comments On PAUL RAVEN's Passing

SOCIETY 1 frontman Matt Zane has issued the following statement regarding the passing of legendary bassist Paul Raven (MINISTRY, PRONG, SOCIETY 1, KILLING JOKE, GODFLESH, MOB RESEARCH): "Paul Raven was the most stand-up guy I ever had the pleasure to work with. The thing about Raven is that after working together he made an effort ...

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EPISODE 13 To Release 'Pitch Black' In November

Raven Records will release the second album from the Turkish black metal band EPISODE 13 in November. The follow-up to 2005's "Tabula Rasa", "Pitch Black" will feature artwork by the Spanish artist Namtaru. The CD will be distributed by Infernus Rex in Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Germany and Switzerland. "Pitch Black" track listing: 01. Misanthropy ...

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Drummer TED PARSONS Comments On PAUL RAVEN's Passing

Drummer Ted Parsons (PRONG, SWANS, GODFLESH, JESU) — who has spent the past few days in a Swiss studio collaborating with French recording artists TREPONEM PAL on their new release — has released the following statement regarding legendary bassist Paul Raven's (MINISTRY, KILLING JOKE) passing: "It deeply saddens me to tell you that legendary bass ...

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MINISTRY/KILLING JOKE Bassist PAUL RAVEN Dead At 46

MINISTRY bassist Paul Raven was found dead yesterday (Saturday, October 20) in a private home in a small French village on the Swiss border after suffering an apparent heart attack. Raven (who is also known for his work with KILLING JOKE and PRONG) was in Geneva working with French recording artists TREPONEM PAL on their ...

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