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EMPIRE Finishes Recording New Album

EMPIRE, the brainchild of German guitarist Rolf Munkes (MAJESTY, RAZORBACK, VANIZE), has finished recording its fourth album for a November release via Metal Heaven/Soulfood. More details will be made available soon. EMPIRE's third CD, "Raven Ride", was released in May 2006. The follow-up to 2003's "Trading Souls" (Lion Music) featured guest appearances by singer Tony ...

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DIAMOND HEAD Confirmed For U.K.'s HARD ROCK HELL Festival

NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD have been confirmed for the Hard Rock Hell festival, set to take place November 9-11 at Butlins in Minehead, U.K. (Somerset). The festival billing is as follows: 3 INCHES OF BLOOD AMENTI BEYOND THE GRAVE CHTHONIC CRADLE OF FILTH CRUCIFIED BARBARA DIAMOND HEAD FASTWAY FINNTROLL GIRLSCHOOL GMT GRAND MAGUS LAUREN HARRIS ...

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MINISTRY: 'End Of Days Countdown Video #2' Posted Online

MINISTRY has posted the "End of Days Countdown Video #2" on its YouTube channel. Watch the clip below. MINISTRY mastermind Al Jourgensen has revealed the band's lineup for its final tour, which is expected to kick off early next year. It is as follows: Al Jourgensen - Vocals Jimmy DeGrasso (MEGADETH, Y&T, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) - ...

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Speed Kills… Again - Various Artists

Just in case you missed the whiff of stale beer in denim and heard the sound of creaking leathers, the Heavy Artillery label is reminding you with all the subtlety of a boot to a poseur's face that thrash is back. Rising up from the American underground (particularly in the Latino community, for some reason), ...

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Classic Live DEATH Videos Available For Download

MetalKult.com has posted rare live videos from a 1988 performance by DEATH. The videos were shot on October 23, 1988, at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia, during a show with RAVEN, DARK ANGEL, FAITH OR FEAR and FORBIDDEN (which was recorded/filmed and later released as part of the "Ultimate Revenge II" video on the Combat ...

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MANIMALS, SOULLESS, LICK THE BLADE Confirmed For 'Metal On Metal 25th Anniversary Concert'

MANIMALS, SOULLESS and LICK THE BLADE have been confirmed for the "Metal On Metal 25th Anniversary Concert", set to take place Saturday, September 15 at The Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio. Headlining the event will be RAVEN (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends), ANVIL (Canadian metal veterans and Cleveland favorites who released the classic ...

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MINISTRY: New Song Available For Download

After 27 years, 11 studio albums, four Grammy nominations, and plenty of pain, MINISTRY mastermind and industrial metal pioneer Al Jourgensen will lay his longtime band to rest. Indeed, September 18's "The Last Sucker" will be MINISTRY's final all-new studio release and will be followed by a 2008 farewell tour, and plenty of free time ...

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MINISTRY's Final Release Will Be An All-Covers Record

MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen has revealed to Germany's Metal Hammer magazine that the group's previously announced "final" album, "The Last Sucker", will be followed by an all-covers release, tentatively due in 2008. According to Jourgensen, the as-yet-untitled effort will contain "a lot of different cover songs from various bands," some of which have ...

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QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Tour Unaffected By HOMME's Surgery

Despite rumors that QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE frontman Josh Homme was going to have to take time off for surgery, the redheaded singer's knee injury won't be affecting their latest upcoming tour. "He had surgery [Wednesday] and I haven't talked to him since," guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen tells Spinner during a brief respite, at ...

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FROSTMOON ECLIPSE Guitarist Releases First STROSZEK Album

Claudio Alcara, guitarist and founder member of black metallers FROSTMOON ECLIPSE has finished work on "Songs of Remorse", the first album from his own band STROSZEK. Due for release shortly on the God is Myth label, the CD's recording lineup includes Alcara on vocals and guitars, Richard on drums and Davide on bass. "Songs of ...

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RAVEN: Studio Update

Legendary British/American heavy metal trio RAVEN has returned to Assembly Line Studios with engineer/mixer Kevin 131 (PROJECT: FAILING FLESH, DECEASED, DYSRYTHMIA, GARDEN OF SHADOWS) to resume recording its new album, tentatively titled "Walk through Fire". Commented Kevin 131: "We have been working round the clock and everyone is fried. Thank goodness I started drinking coffee ...

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ZODIAC MINDWARP Confirmed For U.K.'s HARD ROCK HELL Festival

ZODIAC MINDWARP has been confirmed for the Hard Rock Hell festival, set to take place from November 9-11 at Butlins in Minehead, U.K. (Somerset). The festival billing is shaping up as follows: 3 INCHES OF BLOOD AMENTI BEYOND THE GRAVE CHTHONIC CRADLE OF FILTH CRUCIFIED BARBARA FASTWAY FINNTROLL GIRLSCHOOL GMT GRAND MAGUS LAUREN HARRIS MCQUEEN ...

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RAVEN: Working Title For New Album Revealed

Legendary British/American heavy metal trio RAVEN has set "Walk through Fire" as the tentative title of its new album. The band is scheduled to return to the studio on July 9 to resume recording the CD, which is expected in late 2007/early 2008. RAVEN last year recorded four new tracks — "Against The Grain", "Running ...

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RAVEN, ANVIL, PILEDRIVER, DESTRUCTOR Confirmed For Cleveland's 'Metal On Metal' Concert

The Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio will host a "Metal On Metal 25th Anniversary Concert" on Saturday, September 15. Featured bands include RAVEN (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends), ANVIL (Canadian metal veterans and Cleveland favorites who released the classic "Metal On Metal" album in 1982), PILEDRIVER (the "Metal Inquisition" rides again... Canada's '80s ...

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MINISTRY: 'The Last Sucker' Album Details Revealed

What do MINISTRY's Al Jourgensen and President George W. Bush have in common? Besides not a whole heck of a lot, both will soon be moving on from their current gigs. Yes, the last-ever MINISTRY studio album, "The Last Sucker", will be released on September 18 (13th Planet/Megaforce) followed by a world tour in 2008, ...

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RAVEN To Resume Recording Next Week

Legendary British/American heavy metal trio RAVEN will return to the studio on July 9 to resume recording material for its new album, tentatively due late 2007/early 2008. The band last year recorded four new tracks — "Against The Grain", "Running Around In Circles", "Breaking You Down" and "Necessary Evil" — at Assembly Line Studios with ...

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GRIM REAPER Replaces MALICE At Germany's HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR Festival

STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER has replaced MALICE on the billing of the Headbangers Open Air festival, set to take place July 12-14 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany. The running order for the event is as follows: Thursday, July 12: SIXTH ALLOY (GER) 18.00-18.45 SILVER FIST (ESP) 19.00-19.50 INTENSE (UK) 20.05-20.55 STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER (UK) 21.15-22.20 WOLF ...

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RAVEN To Return To Studio In July

Legendary British/American heavy metal trio RAVEN will return to the studio in July to resume recording material for its new album, tentatively due late 2007/early July 2008. The band last year recorded four new tracks — "Against The Grain", "Running Around In Circles", "Breaking You Down" and "Necessary Evil" — at Assembly Line Studios with ...

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SHAPE OF DESPAIR, MONOLITHE Featured On SKEPTICISM Tribute CD

A tribute album dedicated to the Finnish "funeral doom" band SKEPTICISM, entitled "Entering the Levitation: a Tribute to Skepticism", has just been released via Red Stream and Oak Knoll. The track listing for the set is as follows: CD1: 01. NEST - The Gallant Crow (13:49) 02. SHROUD OF BEREAVEMENT - Forge (7:36) 03. SHAPE ...

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