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EPHEL DUATH: First Studio Webisode Available

EPHEL DUATH, the formerly Italian, currently U.S.-based band which is known as a modern mixture of avant-garde metal and progressive rock with jazz-fusion and hardcore punk elements, has entered Sharkbyte Studios (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, HIGH ON FIRE) in Oakland, California to begin recording its new EP for a spring release via Agonia Records. The effort ...

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SYLENCER Signs With dPulse Recordings/Ovrtone Music Group

SYLENCER (formerly ASYLUM), the Illinois-based project featuring Markus Johansson (lead vocals, lead guitar) and Johnny Rox (bass), has inked a deal with dPulse Recordings/Ovrtone Music Group, Inc. for the release of its as-yet-untitled debut album (formerly "A Lethal Dose Of Truth"). Due in early summer, the CD features vocal production by Christian Olde Wolbers (ARKAEA, ...

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PESTILENCE Announces New Bassist And Drummer

Guitarist/vocalist Patrick Mameli of the resurrected late '80s/early '90s death metal outfit PESTILENCE has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "Recently, bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (NUFUTIC, OBSCURA) and drummer Yuma van Eekelen (EXIVIOUS, THE NEW DOMINION) have decided to work more intensively on their main projects.Therefore, bassist Stephan Fimmers (NECROPHAGIST) and drummer Tim Yeung (MORBID ...

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DEADBORN Featuring Ex-NECROPHAGIST Members: New Song Available For Streaming

German death metallers DEADBORN, who feature in their ranks former members of NECROPHAGIST and JACK SLATER, have inked a deal with Apostasy Records. The band's sophomore album, "Mayhem Maniac Machine", will be released on April 20. The nine-song CD was again recorded at Iguana Studios (NECROPHAGIST) with producer Christoph Brandes. "Mayhem Maniac Machine" track listing: ...

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SANGRE ETERNA's 'Asphyxia' Due In February

"Asphyxia", the second album from Serbian melodic death metallers SANGRE ETERNA, will receive a worldwide release on February 17, 2012 via the Canadian label Maple Metal Records. The CD features guest appearances by Aleksi Sihvonen (NORTHER), Tapio Wilska (ex-FINNTROLL, NIGHTWISH), Juha Kylmänen (FOR MY PAIN), Jarmo Kylmänen (ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) and Jovana Karajanov (TALES ...

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MARCO MINEMANN, STEVE DIGIORGIO, KARYN CRISIS To Appear On New EPHEL DUATH EP

Steve DiGiorgio (DEATH, TESTAMENT, SADUS, OBSCURA), Karyn Crisis (CRISIS) and Marco Minemann (PAUL GILBERT, NECROPHAGIST, KREATOR, TONY MACALPINE) will appear on the forthcoming EP from EPHEL DUATH, the formerly Italian, currently U.S.-based band which is known as a modern mixture of avant-garde metal and progressive rock with jazz-fusion and hardcore punk elements. Due in the ...

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NECROPHAGIST Drummer, SADIST Vocalist Join NUFUTIC

Drummer Romain Goulon (NECROPHAGIST) and vocalist Trevor Sadist (SADIST) have joined NUFUTIC, the fusion-metal project founded by Dutch bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (PESTILENCE, ex-OBSCURA) and Italian guitarist/keyboardist Tommy Talamanca (SADIST). "Despite great feedback to our drummer auditions, it was far from easy to find the right match," says Thesseling. "However, when we talked with Romain, ...

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TONY MACALPINE To Release New Self-Titled Solo Album Next Month

Legendary guitar and piano/keyboard virtuoso Tony MacAlpine's new self- titled album, to be released June 21 on Favored Nations, marks a highly-anticipated return to solo work after a prolific decade of output with his bands, including prog-metal-fusion trio PLANET X; Grammy-nominated jazz fusion outfit CAB; power metallers RING OF FIRE; as well as performing keyboard ...

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It's Official: MIKE MANGINI Is New DREAM THEATER Drummer

Mike Mangini, the 48-year-old session artist who has played for ANNIHILATOR, EXTREME, JAMES LABRIE and STEVE VAI, has officially joined DREAM THEATER as the replacement for the recently departed Mike Portnoy. Commented Mangini: "The day that I got the phone call to be in DREAM THEATER, it took my brain a minute to assemble what ...

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THE FACELESS Re-Signs With SUMERIAN RECORDS

Los Angeles- based progressive death metal titans THE FACELESS have re-signed with Sumerian Records. The band will enter guitarist's Michael Keene's studio in March to begin recording its third album for a summer release. Commented Sumerian Records founder Ash Avildsen: "Of every signing in the history of Sumerian Records, I feel the re-signing of THE ...

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MARCO MINNEMANN Is Not DREAM THEATER's New Drummer

Despite rumors to the contrary, BLABBERMOUTH.NET has learned that 40-year-old international drumming sensation Marco Minnemann (KREATOR, NECROPHAGIST) **has NOT** joined DREAM THEATER as the replacement for the recently departed Mike Portnoy. DREAM THEATER has yet to officially announce its new drummer despite the fact that the band has been rehearsing with one candidate exclusively since ...

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BLOTTED SCIENCE To Record New EP

Instrumental extreme metal triumvirate BLOTTED SCIENCE, featuring guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK, MARTY FRIEDMAN), bassist Alex Webster (CANNIBAL CORPSE, HATE ETERNAL) and drummer Hannes Grossmann (NECROPHAGIST, OBSCURA), is preparing to enter the studio to begin recording a new EP, "The Animation Of Entomology", for a tentative late 2011 release. Commented Jarzombek: "This concept started ...

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Drummer MARCO MINNEMANN To Play On PSYAXIS Debut

Up-and-coming progressive metal band PSYAXIS from Tampa will enter Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida on February 7 to begin recording its debut album. Sitting behind the drum kit during the sessions will be acclaimed drummer Marco Minnemann (KREATOR, NECROPHAGIST, EPHEL DUATH, JOE SATRIANI). German native Minnemann — who currently resides in San Diego, ...

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Drummer MARCO MINNEMANN To Guest On New POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER Album

Acclaimed drummer Marco Minnemann (KREATOR, NECROPHAGIST, EPHEL DUATH, JOE SATRIANI) has laid down the drum tracks for the third album from the Italian alternative/progressive metal band POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. Entitled "A Sense Of Decay", the CD is tentatively scheduled ror release in May 2011 via My Kingdom Music. According to a press release, "A Sense ...

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Drummer MARCO MINNEMANN Rumored To Have Joined DREAM THEATER

40-year-old international drumming sensation Marco Minnemann (KREATOR, NECROPHAGIST) is strongly rumored to have joined DREAM THEATER as the replacement for the recently departed Mike Portnoy. In a posting on his official web site, DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci stated about the group's drummer search, "Auditions went great and we do have someone but we are ...

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SPAWN OF POSSESSION Parts Ways With Drummer, Announces Replacement

Swedish technical death metallers SPAWN OF POSSESSION have issued the following update: "We regret to inform you that we have released Richard Schill of his drumming duties in SPAWN OF POSSESSION. Reason being is that Richard depends very much on actual band practice and with SPAWN OF POSSESSION members being scattered all over Sweden, Norway ...

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NECROPHAGIST Guitarist Launches RADIANCE

RADIANCE, the solo project of Sami Raatikainen (NECROPHAGIST, ex-CODEON), has released its debut album, "The Burning Sun". The conceptual effort consists of a single 49-minute song and features guest vocalists Mats Levén (KRUX, ex-THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and Noora Häkkinen (NORADRENALINE). The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Sami Raatikainen. The entire CD is available ...

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SPAWN OF POSSESSION Rejoined By Singer DENNIS RÖNDUM

Swedish technical death metallers SPAWN OF POSSESSION have parted ways with vocalist Matthew Chalk (PSYCROPTIC) and have been rejoined by Dennis Röndum. Commented the band: "Yes, Dennis is back in the band, where he belongs. "We would like to thank Chalky for the time he was a part of the band, He helped us bring ...

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Mexico's MEZCAL METAL FEST 2 Canceled

The previously announced Mezcal Metal Fest 2, which was scheduled to take place September 26 at World Trade Center in Mexico City, Mexico, has been canceled. The following acts were supposed to take part in the event: DEATH ANGEL DESTRUCTION EVILE GOD FORBID NECROPHAGIST OBSCURA OBITUARY ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET SPLIT HEAVEN ...

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GOD FORBID Confirmed For MEZCAL METAL FEST 2

New Jersey metal titans GOD FORBID have been confirmed for the Mezcal Metal Fest 2, set to take place September 26 at World Trade Center in Mexico City, Mexico. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: DEATH ANGEL DESTRUCTION EVILE GOD FORBID NECROPHAGIST OBSCURA OBITUARY ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET SPLIT HEAVEN ...

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THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, NECROPHAGIST Confirmed For Switzerland's MOUNTAINS OF DEATH

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, NECROPHAGIST, SUFFOCATION, MACABRE, DYING FETUS, DEVOURMENT, ORIGIN, INHERIT DISEASE, SAPROGENIC, DISAVOWED are among the confirmed bands for the tenth edition of Switzerland most extreme and biggest metal festival, Mountains Of Death, set to take place August 19 - 21, 2010 in Muotathal, Switzerland. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: ...

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BURNING THE MASSES To Release New Album In July

San Diego, California-based deathcore quintet BURNING THE MASSES will release its second album, "Offspring Of Time", on July 20 through Mediaskare Records. According to a press release, the CD "blends the best elements of BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, CANNIBAL CORPSE and NECROPHAGIST." A track from the album, entitlted "Resonance Of The Foul", is available ...

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NEURAXIS To Enter Studio In June

Montreal-based death metallers NEURAXIS will enter Wildsound Studio on June 3 with producer Chris Donaldson (CRYPTOPSY, THE LAST FELONY, THE AGONIST) to begin recording their sixth album for a fall release through Prosthetic Records. Commented vocalist Alex Leblanc: "Chris is an excellent producer. He's been a friend of mine for years, played in some bands ...

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