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Vocalist LANCE KING Parts Ways With PYRAMAZE

Due to "irreconcilable differences," Lance King will no longer be singing with PYRAMAZE. Commented Lance: "I would like to thank the PYRAMAZE guys for many wonderful memories. I'm very proud of the music we created together! I wish each and every member of the band success in their careers and personal lives, as well as ...

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Subliminal Genocide - XASTHUR

It seemed a tad strange to find that the new 71-minute full-length from Malefic's XASTHUR was being released on Hydra Head. That is, until one considers that the lo-fi black metal atmospheres and dread-drenched trance of "Subliminal Genocide" is the kind of expansive, heady, and off-the-beaten path album in which the label specializes. Of course, ...

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Man of Straw - VIKING

With this, their second release, the Lost and Found label is quickly becoming a benchmark for how these limited reissues should be done. The second effort from Los Angeles cult favorites VIKING is the latest album to come down off the high-priced eBay auction block, available again for all who missed it the first time, ...

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Desperate Man's Diary - GLASS CASKET

GLASS CASKET's debut album, "We Are Gathered Here Today", made some waves in the metal world for its technical blend of thrash and death metal, set against a metalcore backdrop. Counting a couple of BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME members in its ranks (guitarist Waring and drummer Blake Richardson) didn't exactly hurt the publicity effort. ...

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RUSH Drummer Checks In With Songwriting Update

RUSH drummer Neil Peart has posted a lengthy update at his official web site. An excerpt from message follows: "My bandmates and I had decided to spend May working together in a Toronto studio, to refine some of the songs we had worked on long-distance over the winter, and hopefully to write some new ones. ...

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SHINING Begin Recording New Album

Mastering Kvarforth of the reactivated Swedish black metallers SHINING has issued the following update: "We have just returned from the Razors Across Europe tour we made throughout Europe. The ten ceremonies and three emergency hospital visits, were more or less successful and we will soon return better and even more determined of your demise soon. ...

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Another Perfect Day - MOTÖRHEAD

Lemmy may be God, but you get past "Iron Fist" in MOTÖRHEAD's storied discography, and the blasphemers start crawling out from under rocks and taking potshots at 'im. (Say it to his warts, poseurs!) Some weak-kneed, genitally inferior types even call "Another Perfect Day" the band's downfall, when guitarist "Fast Eddie" Clarke split the scene, ...

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Sterling Black Icon - FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING

I recall applauding Germany's FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING in a review of the band's Metal Blade debut (and sophomore release) "Skywards/Chapter II: A Sylphe's Ascension". In said review I acknowledged the band's unabashed love of the Swedish melodic death metal style, but still found the album to be finely crafted and genuinely entertaining. "Sterling Black Icon ...

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SAXON: 'The Eagle Has Landed Pt. III' Details Revealed

Every truly great act in the history of rock music has had two distinctive traits: a sure hand for hit-worthy compositions, but also the skill and that inner fire to translate these compositions just as hauntingly in their shows. SAXON certainly have both characteristics: having composed countless metal classics, they are also indisputably at home ...

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Sinner's Intuition - ENFORSAKEN

I'll not beat around the bush. "Sinner's Intuition" by Chicago's ENFORSAKEN is one of the best examples of melodic death metal that I have heard in quite some time. Bold words, I know, but ENFORSAKEN gets everything right with the Gothenburg-infused style heard on its third full-length release (and first for Crash Music). It is ...

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EYES OF FIRE Frontman Talks About New Video

EYES OF FIRE frontman Dan Kaufman recently spoke to MTV.com about the making of the band's new video, "It All Dies Today" — the first single off the Orange County ambient-metal quintet's sophomore disc, "Prisons". "I'm just glad there's not a whole lot of us in it," he joked. "You can see we're ...

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TAROT Remastered Reissues To Include Bonus Tracks

Finland's TAROT, the group led by NIGHTWISH/ex-SINERGY bassist Marco Hietala, will be issuing remastered versions of their first five studio albums along with the "To Live Again" live album previously released in Japan. Each CD will include special bonus track(s). A March 1 release via Bluelight Records is expected. The following albums are being reissued: ...

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GENE SIMMONS Co-Authors 'I Am Indy' Campaign Signature Song: Audio Available

The IndyCar Series has announced that it has forged a unique marketing alliance with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons and entertainment industry veteran Richard Abramson, principals in the Hollywood-based Simmons Abramson Marketing company. The broad-based agreement will see Simmons Abramson Marketing actively engaged in the league's marketing, event, public relations, sponsorship, merchandising and branding efforts — ...

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Deviant Current Signal - HACRIDE

It is not exactly shocking these days to run into a band that blends a variety of metal styles into its music. The odd MESHUGGAH time signatures and the schizophrenic pace-changes are staples of a seemingly ever-growing movement. France's HACRIDE have created an album in "Deviant Current Signal" that mixes Swedish melodic death and thrash ...

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SHINING: New Live Photos Posted Online

SHINING's official web site has been updated with 80 live photos from the band's October 28 live appearance at H62 in Stockholm, Sweden. Special guest Acerbus of ONDSKAPT joined Kvarforth on stage for a song. Even ex-SHINING bassist Phil A. Cirone attended the concert, as evidenced by the last two photos, where he's ...

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ORACLE SUN To Release Debut Album In January

ORACLE SUN, the new band featuring members of LABYRINTH, SIGMA, SHINING FURY, ANGEL GRACE and SEVEN GATES, will release their debut album, "Deep Inside", in January' via Scarlet Records. According to a press release, the CD will contain "nine songs of incredible prog-power metal based on a heavy-riffing session, dreamy solos and melodic singing that ...

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JAG PANZER: European Tour Dates Announced

Veteran Colorado power metallers JAG PANZER will play the following dates in early November: Nov. 03 - San Benedetto del Tronto, ITA @ Shining Club (w/ BATTLE RAM) Nov. 04 - Bergamo (Milan), ITA @ Keller Club Nov. 05 - Lauda-Königshofen, GER @ Tauberfrankenhalle (Keep It True V Festival) Nov. 06 – Athens, GRE @ ...

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Reactivated Swedish Black Metallers SHINING Announce Tour Dates

Reactivated Swedish black metallers SHINING are preparing to embark on a European tour, with the first dates now announced. More shows will be added as they get confimed. Enterpainment Booking have arranged three SHINING gigs in Germany that are to take place in January 2006. The band have, however, not been informed on the exact ...

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Reactivated Black Metallers SHINING To Hit The Road, Record New Album

Reactivated Swedish black metallers SHINING have returned! SHINING are now officially allied with the highly repected French record label Osmose Productions, who recently reissued SHINING's first two albums on digipack with bonus tracks. SHINING leader Kvarforth last year announced the death of the band due to many unpleasant circumstances which have been prominent the past ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Drummer GENE HOGLAN Checks In

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD drummer Gene Hoglan (DARK ANGEL, ex-DEATH) has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Hey everybody, it's your big buddy Gene here, here to give all of you a long-awaited update! An UPDATE, you say? On a STRAPPING site? Can you believe it? As of this writing, The Dev ...

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DESTRUCTION Frontman: PIGGY 'Will Stay In My Metal Heart Forever'

DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer has issued the following statement regarding the passing of VOIVOD guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour: "I feel really sad, empty and distraught about the too early loss of VOIVOD guitar player Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour! "Another pioneer of metal has left the stage but the legend of Piggy will live forever! "He ...

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SACRIFICE: 'Torment In Fire' Reissue With Bonus CD Now Available

Brazil's Marquee Records has jus re-released the debut album from legendary Canadian thrashers SACRIFICE, entitled "Torment in Fire". It comes as a double CD in a limited-edition hand-numbered slipcase and contains a massive booklet with liner notes by Laurent Ramadier, live pictures and personal comments by Joe Rico (guitar) and Rob Urbinati (guitar, vocals). The ...

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