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NILE Confirmed For Japan's BEAST FEAST 2002 Festival

NILE are the latest act to have been confirmed for Beast Feast 2002, a two-day festival set to take place on December 14-15 at Makuhari Messe Event Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The full list of artists currently scheduled to perform at the event is as follows: SLAYER SOULFLY MOTÖRHEAD DOWN HATEBREED ARCH ENEMY CONVERGE NILE ...

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HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH Reform, Plan New CD

HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH, once described as Australia's answer to SLAYER, have reformed under the leadership of guitarist/vocalist Peter Hobbs and are said to be writing material for the follow-up to the group's 1996 Inheritance CD, due sometime in 2003. The band, who recently supported MAYHEM on their Australian tour, are believed to be currently ...

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HENRY ROLLINS Speaks Out On WEST MEMPHIS 3 Benefit CD

"One of the highest compliments I've ever been paid is that these people have all said yes to be on this album," punk icon Henry Rollins recently told Chart Attack about his West Memphis Three benefit compilation Rise Above for the three young men — Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin — who were ...

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SYSTEMATIC Recruit Former ECHO 3/MAXIMUM PENALTY Bassist

San Francisco Bay Area's SYSTEMATIC have reportedly recruited former ECHO 3/MAXIMUM PENALTY bassist John Mark Bechtel (a.k.a. Johnny Chow) to replace Nick St. Denis, who left the group earlier in the year (he has since joined PRIMATE as that band's second guitarist). As previously reported, SYSTEMATIC will begin recording their much-anticipated sophomore release on September ...

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HIBERNUS MORTIS Sign With HORNS UP RECORDS

Florida's HIBERNUS MORTIS have inked a deal with Horns Up Records. The band's debut album, The Existing Realms Of Perpetual Sorrow, will be released in the spring of 2003. HIBERNUS MORTIS recently pressed a limited number of copies of The Existing Realms Of Perpetual Sorrow on their own. The Horns Up Records release will feature ...

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SKINLESS Part With Drummer, Seek Replacement

New York-based death metallers SKINLESS have parted ways with drummer George Torres, who left the group "due to personal reasons," according to the band's official web site. "Bob Beaulac will continue to fulfill obligations of the band until a replacement is found. We thank Bob for always being there for SKINLESS and consistently demonstrating his ...

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DREAM EVIL Commence Songwriting Sessions For Sophomore CD

Sweden's DREAM EVIL, featuring acclaimed producer Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, etc.) and drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME), have commenced the songwriting sessions for their sophomore CD, due sometime in 2003. According to the group's official web site, "the early demos show that the new ...

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PUSHED To Support ASESINO, SKINLAB

Southern California's PUSHED, featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, will support ASESINO at The Scene in San Diego, California on Saturday, September 21st. The group are also scheduled to open for SKINLAB at Brick By Brick in San Diego on Sunday, September 22nd. ...

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Former VOIVOD Bassist To Perform In All-Star Thrash Metal Tribute Band

Ex-VOIVOD bassist Jean-Yves Thériault (a.k.a. Blacky) has teamed up with former and current members of OBLIVEON, CRYPTOPSY, MARTYR and GHOULUNATICS in an all-star thrash metal tribute band called BLACK CLOUD. The five-piece group is scheduled to make its live debut on November 9th at Le Medley in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. "My first manager, Maurice Richard, ...

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SYSTEMATIC To Begin Recording Sophomore CD, Former Bassist Not A Member Of DOPESICK

SYSTEMATIC will begin recording their much-anticipated sophomore release on September 23rd in Los Angeles, according to the group's official web site. The album — the group's first to feature former SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph — will be produced by Howard Benson, who had previously worked with P.O.D., MOTÖRHEAD, SEPULTURA and CRAZY TOWN, among others. An ...

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HALCYON Seek Guitarist/Vocalist

HALCYON, Wisconsin's self-proclaimed "kings of melodic, ferocious, technical death metal," are seeking a permanent guitarist/vocalist with great vocal AND lead guitar abilities. According to the band, "our music is fast, melodic and technical. Influences include EMPEROR, DIMMU BORGIR, OPETH, TESTAMENT, MY DYING BRIDE, IN FLAMES, SLAYER, DISINTER, DEATH and CRYPTOPSY." Interested parties can write to ...

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PUSHED Nearly Done With EP, Line Up Invite-Only NAMM Appearance

Southern California's PUSHED, featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, are in the process of finishing work on their four-song EP at Global Artists studios (formerly Goldentrack studios) in Escondido, California. In other news, PUSHED are apparently set to perform at a special event at the NAMM headquarters in Carlsbad, California ...

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LIMP BIZKIT Hire RICK RUBIN To Produce 'Less Is More'

LIMP BIZKIT have finally confirmed what has been rumored for weeks — they have hired American Recordings founder Rick Rubin to produce their new album, tentatively titled Less Is More. As the group's fans may recall, Rubin — whose past production credits include albums by RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, SLAYER, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, and ...

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PUSHED, PAIN Among Acts To Be Included On Promotional CD

Southern California's PUSHED (featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian) and Sweden's PAIN (led by HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren) are two of the 20 bands featured on a double promotional CD currently being compiled by Thermal Breakdown Entertainment, a division of DK Entertainment, LLC. Among the other bands currently set to ...

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Nothing - MESHUGGAH

While MESHUGGAH have morphed from angular, frenetic death metal to something a more polyrhythmic, less chaotic sort of death metal band, they've picked up a lot of fans along the way. History has borne out that Sweden has one of the most prolific music scenes out there (helped, in no small part, by governmental support ...

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SLAYER, (HED)P.E. Management Company To Be Sold?

Rick Sales is rumored to be selling his management company—which represents the likes of SLAYER, (HED)P.E. and SYSTEMATIC, among others—to Sanctuary Management (i.e. IRON MAIDEN, GUNS N' ROSES) for an undisclosed sum, according to Hits Daily Double. No further information is available at this time. ...

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In Their Darkened Shrines - NILE

NILE are one of those bands who are immediately impressive. Whether they move you or not, their technical prowess cannot be disputed. The lengths to which they take their Egyptian concept are unbelievable. Their recordings are always the state-of-the-art in brutal death. The performances are exhausting workouts, from the blur of the strings to the ...

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PUSHED Record New Material, Plan West Coast Tour

Southern California's PUSHED, featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, are in the process of recording three new songs at Global Artists studios (formerly Goldentrack studios) in Escondido, California for an upcoming EP release, which will also include a remixed version of the track "Surface" from the band's last two-song demo. ...

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SLIPKNOT's JOEY JORDISON: New Stuff Is "Pretty Fucking Brutal"

SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison recently spoke to Rolling Stone magazine about the group's forthcoming third full-length album, which the band will begin work on early next year for a late 2003 release through Roadrunner Records. According to Jordinson, SLIPKNOT have amassed material left over from the Iowa sessions as well as a host of new ...

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BLAZE To Appear At UK's METAL MANIA Festival

Britain's BLAZE, featuring former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley, have reportedly been confirmed for the Metal Mania festival, which is scheduled to take place at the Newcastle University on Saturday, September 7th. Other artists scheduled to appear at the event include TYGERS OF PAN TANG, BLITZKRIEG, EARTHROD, NUFUTURECOWBOYS, ALIVE UNDEAD (tribute to SLAYER's Reign In ...

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MESHUGGAH Guitarist Speaks Out On OZZFEST 2002 Experience

MESHUGGAH guitarist Mårten Hagström recently spoke to MTV.com about the experience of playing the second stage at this year's Ozzfest and the unusual amount of support the band have received from other artists and musicians—a list that includes TOOL, SLAYER and SYSTEM OF A DOWN, among others. "I heard that Jack Osbourne really wanted us ...

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Former SLAYER Drummer Loses "Dear Friend"

Former SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph's drum tech Chris Lagerborg reportedly passed away last week due to an undisclosed ailment. "I and a lot of other people lost a very dear friend this week," Bostaph wrote on the official web site of his current band, SYSTEMATIC. "Chris Lagerborg was my drum tech. Not only did he ...

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WEST MEMPHIS THREE Benefit Album: Complete Track Listing Announced

SLAYER's Tom Araya, SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor, MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister and CLUTCH's Neil Fallon are the among the artists confirmed to appear on Rise Above, an album benefiting the convicted killers known as the West Memphis Three. Due on October 8th through Henry Rollins' 2.13.61 label via Sanctuary Records, the LP was spearheaded by Rollins and ...

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