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RAVENCULT Signs With DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

Greek black metal band RAVENCULT has inked a deal with Dark Essence Records. The group's debut album, "Temples of Torment", will contain "wicked, raw, grim and cold black metal," according to a posting on the Dark Essence web site. The cover artwork was handled by Stephen O'Malley (SUNN O))), KHANATE). A March 26 release is ...

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ONSLAUGHT Guitarist Talks About Reunion Album

Back in action after 15 years of silence, U.K. thrash metal legends ONSLAUGHT have just recorded the album of their lives. Brutal, infectious and brimming with energy, "Killing Peace" is set to blow every other thrash album of the last two decades out of the water, as original members Nige Rockett (guitars) and Steve Grice ...

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ONSLAUGHT: New Album Samples Available

The reformed lineup of the classic U.K. thrash outfit ONSLAUGHT has uploaded two audio samples from its upcoming album, "Killing Peace", at its MySpace page. Check out the tracks "Burn" and "Shock and Awe" at this location. Due on March 5, 2007 via Candlelight Records, "Killing Peace" was recorded at Backstage studio in ...

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BACKMASK Releases Debut Album, Seeks Permanent Drummer

Santa Barbara, California-based melodic death metal group BACKMASK has just released its debut album, "Dark Fiber". With their heavily Scandinavian-influenced sound, BACKMASK has secured a loyal following in their home state since their inception. BACKMASK began in 2001 when vocalist/guitarist Shane McFee (son of longtime/current DOOBIE BROTHERS guitarist and famous studio multi-instrumentalist John McFee) recruited ...

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DREAM EVIL's 'United' Sees Chart Action

DREAM EVIL's "United" album has hit the Swedish official album charts at position #24, the Swedish metal charts at #3 as well as the Greek album charts at position #41 (now up to #28). On December 13, Sweden's DREAM EVIL will make its U.S. live debut when it headlines the Century Family's third annual Christmas ...

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TNT Vocalist TONY MILLS Signs New Deal With Z RECORDS

Vocalist Tony Mills (TNT, ex-SHY) has signed a new deal with Z Records. Tony's new album will be a total AOR project which will please fans of his former band SHY and JOURNEY. Tony, who is currently in pre-production with TNT, commented: "Having worked with many writers this year, I have co-written many songs that ...

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DREAM EVIL Announces First U.S. Performance

On December 13, Sweden's DREAM EVIL will make its U.S. live debut when it headlines the Century Family's third annual Christmas Balls show at The Key Club in Hollywood. Tickets are on sale now. More performances will be announced in the coming weeks. Commented Peter Stalfors (bass): "Ever since we released our first album, 'DragonSlayer', ...

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ONSLAUGHT: New Album Tracks To Be Aired At Birmingham Gig

Vocalist Sy Keeler of the reformed lineup of the classic U.K. thrash outfit ONSLAUGHT has sent the following update to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "Following the ONSLAUGHT live set at the Halloween special, the Barfly, Birmingham this coming Monday, 30th October, Sy Keeler will be taking over the decks, and playing selections from the now-finished [new ONSLAUGHT album] ...

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Rare ONSLAUGHT Record For Sale

Thrashing Rage Productions has made three copies of an extremely limited release by U.K. thrash titans ONSLAUGHT available for purchase via eBay. Part of a total run of ten, the white-label 10" single contains the "Power From Hell/Angels Of Death" medley and was recorded from the soundboard live at Colston Hall in 1987. Approved by ...

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ONSLAUGHT: Better Than SLAYER At Their Best?

Drummer Steve Grice of the reformed lineup of the classic U.K. thrash outfit ONSLAUGHT has sent the following update to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "ONSLAUGHT have now completed the recording of their new studio album 'Killing Peace', which is due for release in February [via Candlelight Records]. The album is an uncompromising mixture of true thrash tunes which ...

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ONSLAUGHT Putting Finishing Touches On New Album

Vocalist Sy Keeler of the reformed lineup of the classic U.K. thrash outfit ONSLAUGHT has sent the following update to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "ONSLAUGHT are back in Backstage studios [in Derbyshire, England] with Mr. Sneap [producer Andy Sneap] (on Monday 16th October) to put finishing touches to the Sneapmeister's already humungous mix of 'Killing Peace' [the new ...

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ONSLAUGHT: 'In Search Of Sanity' Reissue Now Available

ONSLAUGHT's classic "In Search of Sanity" album, which entered the U.K. national charts at No. 36 upon its release in the spring of 1989, is being reissued through Plastic Head. Drawing heavily on early-day METALLICA, with former GRIM REAPER singer Steve Grimmett at the mic, ONSLAUGHT's "In Search of Sanity" opens with the haunting strains ...

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The Crusade - TRIVIUM

TRIVIUM blasts back onto the scene with a third effort that is one of the best metal releases of 2006 and quite possibly the heavy music album of the year. "The Crusade" sounds like the record that METALLICA could have made during the height of its early years, and while some may be uncomfortable with ...

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RAMMER And TOXIC HOLOCAUST To Team Up For Canadian Tour

Toronto, Canada's RAMMER and Boston's TOXIC HOLOCAUST will join forces this week for a 17-date tour of Canada, dubbed Incineratour 2006. The details are as follows: Oct. 05 - Sherbrooke, QC @ Bar le Magog Oct. 06 - Montreal, QC @ Saphir (w/ INEPSY) Oct. 07 - Quebec City, QC @ L'arlequin (w/ INEPSY) Oct. ...

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ONSLAUGHT To Team Up With NAPALM DEATH For Greek Dates

ONSLAUGHT will team up with NAPALM DEATH for two shows in Greece in January. The dates are as follows: Jan. 27 - Thessaloniki, GRE - Hydrogios Jan. 28 - Athens, GRE - An Club ONSLAUGHT is scheduled to perform at the Bloodstock festival in the U.K. this weekend (Sept. 30), to be followed by an ...

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TV Funnyman Mark Benton Supports BLOODSTOCK Heavy Metal Festival

Mark Benton, one of British televisions most loved characters, famed for starring roles in "Booze Cruise", "Northern Lights" and most recently the brilliantly funny Nationwide Building Society adverts, regularly attends the annual Derby, U.K.-based Bloodstock metal festival. "I've been to Bloodstock now for the past three years and it is such a great festival for ...

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VENOM Pulls Out Of Japan's THRASH DOMINATION FEST

British black metal pioneers VENOM have cancelled their appearance at this year's Thrash Domination Fest 2006, which was scheduled to take place this weekend (September 16-17) in Kanagawa, Japan. According to posting on the band's web site, VENOM frontman Conrad "Cronos" Lant was "taken ill and is under his doctor's orders to rest." In addition ...

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ESTUARY To Enter Studio This Weekend

Ohio death-thrashers ESTUARY will enter the studio this weekend to begin recording their sophomore release, to be titled "The Craft of Contradiction". The album will be tracked and mixed in Cincinnati at Audioasis Studios and is due for release January 23 through Ibex Moon Records. "The Craft of Contradiction" will feature an onslaught of thrash-tinged ...

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DRAGONLORD: New Tour Dates Announced

DRAGONLORD — the San Francisco-based black metal band featuring Eric Peterson (guitar, vocals; TESTAMENT), Gian Pyres (guitar; ex-CRADLE OF FILTH), Derrick Ramirez (bass), Lyle Livingston (keys) and Jon Allen (drums; SADUS, ex-TESTAMENT) — has lined up the following dates: Sep. 06 - Bourbon Street Bar & Grill - Concord, CA Sep. 07 - Kennel Club ...

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'Gigantour' 2-CD Set To Receive European Release In October

SPV/Steamhammer has set an October 2 European release date (September 29 in Germany) for the "Gigantour" deluxe 2-CD set. The set captures 2005's heavy metal onslaught that was hailed as the best metal bill of the year, with Revolver magazine calling it "the mother of all shred fests." Organized by MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine as ...

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DEATH ANGEL Schedules One-Off Show In San Jose

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL have scheduled a one-off show on September 9 at The Blank Club in San Jose, California. As previously reported, DEATH ANGEL will take part in the Thrash Domination 2006 on September 16-17 at Club Citta in Kawasaki, Japan alongside VENOM, SODOM, ONSLAUGHT and DRAGONLORD. DEATH ANGEL's latest ...

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ONSLAUGHT: New Album Pushed Back To February

Drummer Steve Grice of the reformed lineup of the classic U.K. thrash outfit ONSLAUGHT has sent the following update to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "ONSLAUGHT are off to Japan with VENOM, DEATH ANGEL and SODOM in September to play Thrash Domination 06 Festival in Tokyo and would like to announce a warm-up date at Finns Bar Weymouth on ...

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'Gigantour' CD Audio Samples Available

Audio samples from the upcoming Gigantour deluxe 2-CD set have been made available at Amazon.com. The 2-CD and 2-DVD sets, due on August 22 and September 5, respectively, via Image Entertainment, capture 2005's heavy metal onslaught that was hailed as the best metal bill of the year, with Revolver magazine calling it "the ...

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