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Former MACHINE HEAD Guitarist Joins ILL NINO!

Former MACHINE HEAD guitarist Ahrue Luster has officially joined ILL NINO as the replacement for recently departed axeman guitarist Marc Rizzo. Also newly appointed in the ILL NINO camp is percussionist Danny Couto (ex-POINT4HOPE/GOD IS I), who replaces Roger Vasquez. ILL NINO are currently mixing their sophomore release, "Confession", with Michael Barbiero (METALLICA, GUNS N' ...

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THUNDERSTONE Recording Sophomore Album

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE are recording their sophomore album at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to last year's "Thunderstone" is tentatively due in late 2003 through Nuclear Blast Records. ...

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FUELED II FIRE Line Up Shows In Texas

FUELED II FIRE, the new band featuring former PISSING RAZORS members Cesar Soto (guitar), Joe Rodriguez (vocals) and Mat Lynch (guitar), have lined up the following dates during June: Jun. 28 – El Paso, TX @ Nakyes Stadium (Battle of the Bands) Jun. 30 - El Paso, TX @ Bombardiers (w/ KRIMSON, RED EYE FACTOR) ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH: European Chart Domination

CRADLE OF FILTH's major label debut, "Damnation And A Day" (Sony), has scored the following first-week European chart entries: 15 - Germany 30 - Sweden 37 - France 44 - U.K. 44 - Austria 48 - Belgium 51 - Holland 81 – Switzerland CRADLE OF FILTH's "Damnation And A Day" will receive a U.S. release ...

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ALTARIA Set European Release Date For 'Invitation'

Finnish melodic metal band ALTARIA, featuring SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen, have set an April 28 European release date through AOR Heaven sub-label Metal Heaven Records for their debut album, "Invitation". The CD, which was mixed at Helsinki's Sonic Pump studios by Nino Laurenne, will contain the following track listing: 01. Ravenwing 02. Innocent 03. ...

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FUELED II FIRE: New MP3 Posted Online

FUELED II FIRE, the new band featuring former PISSING RAZORS members Cesar Soto (guitar), Joe Rodriguez (vocals) and Mat Lynch (guitar), have posted another full-length MP3 via their official web site at this location. "A Fate Unfortunate" comes off a four-song demo that was recently completed with producer/engineer Ben Vallejo (SPARTA, ILL NINO, ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH Ready To Unleash 'Damnation And A Day'

CRADLE OF FILTH's brand new CD, "Damnation And A Day", will receive a U.S. release on March 25 through the Red Ink/Epic label, it was announced today. It is slated for release in Europe on March 10 through Sony Music. Produced by Doug Cook (ANATHEMA, CATHEDRAL) and mixed by Rob Caggiano (DRY KILL LOGIC, ILL ...

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FUELED II FIRE: Demo Available For Download

FUELED II FIRE, the new band featuring former PISSING RAZORS members Cesar Soto (guitar), Joe Rodriguez (vocals) and Mat Lynch (guitar), have posted two demo tracks via their official web site at this location. The tracks — "Colossal" and "Taboo" — come off a four-song demo that was recently completed with producer/engineer Ben ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM To Film Video

Finland's OMNIUM GATHERUM will film a video for the track "Writhen" at the end of this month. "Writhen" comes off the group's upcoming full-length debut, "Spirits and August Light", due in March through England's Rage Of Achilles Records. It was recorded and mixed at Sonic Pump studios by Nino Laurenne and mastered at Finnvox studios ...

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FUELED II FIRE Complete Work On Demo

FUELED II FIRE, the new band featuring former PISSING RAZORS members Cesar Soto (guitar), Joe Rodriguez (vocals) and Mat Lynch (guitar), have completed work on a four-song demo with producer/engineer Ben Vallejo (SPARTA, ILL NINO, PRO-PAIN). The currently-unsigned group have lined up the following dates in March: Mar. 06 - Clovis, NM @ TBA (w/ ...

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ILL NINO Hard At Work On Sophomore CD

ILL NINO have penned roughly 15 "complete or partially complete" songs for their follow-up to 2001's "Revolution...Revolucion" and are beginning to talk to prospective producers and mixers about a possible collaboration on their as-yet-untitled second album, due before the end of the year. "We've been writing," bassist Laz Pina confirmed via a short interview posted ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM To Support CHILDREN OF BODOM In Finland

Finland's OMNIUM GATHERUM will support CHILDREN OF BODOM at the following dates: Mar. 27 – Lutakko – Jyväskylä, FIN Apr. 05 – Nosturi – Helsinki, FIN In other news, the band recently inked a licensing agreement with Hot Rockin' Records for the Japanese release of their full-length debut, "Spirits and August Light". The Japanese version ...

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IRON MAIDEN: Recording Update

IRON MAIDEN producer Kevin Shirley, who is currently working with the band at a London studio on their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2000's "Brave New World", has posted the following recording update via his official web site: "Today's MAIDEN diary update is care of Drew, my faithful and trusty engineer and side-kick! Brad looks like he's ...

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MERAUDER: New Song Available For Download

New York's MERAUDER have posted an MP3 of the track "No Warning" for download at this location. "No Warning" comes off the group's forthcoming third full-length album, "Bluetality", due on Jan. 28 through Century Media Records. "Bluetality" features a guest appearance from ILL NINO drummer Dave Chavarri and production from former S.O.D./current M.O.D. ...

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ALTARIA Finish Tracking Lead Vocals For Upcoming Debut

Finnish melodic metal band ALTARIA, featuring SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen, have completed the lead vocal tracks for their debut album, "Invitation", and will begin tracking backing and harmony vocals on Jan. 6. The album will then be mixed at Helsinki's Sonic Pump studios by Nino Laurenne for a tentative March release through AOR Heaven ...

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ILL NINO Cancel U.S. Tour

ILL NINO have cancelled the bulk of their previously-announced U.S. headlining dates in order to focus on the songwriting process for the band's sophomore CD, due sometime in late 2003. However, the group will still play the following gigs in December: Dec. 19 - NORVA - Norfolk, VA Dec. 20 - Tek World - Louisville, ...

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Metal Stars To Honor Late DROWNING POOL Singer On Upcoming DVD

A tribute DVD to late DROWNING POOL frontman Dave Williams, titled Sinema, is scheduled for release on November 19th through Wind-Up. Sinema combines a history of the band with personal accounts of the much-loved singer. It features uncensored, behind-the-scenes footage of the bandmembers on tour and hanging out in their hometown of Dallas, according to ...

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PITCHSHIFTER To Skip ILL NIÑO Tour, Record Live Album

PITCHSHIFTER have officially confirmed that they have dropped off the forthcoming European tour with ILL NIÑO. "PITCHSHIFTER are sad to announce that due to conflicting studio dates, they will no longer be able to go out with ILL NIÑO on the upcoming European tour," states a message on the group's official web site. "The band ...

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DOWN Punch Out ADEMA Guitarist Backstage at OZZFEST

Members of DOWN and ADEMA reportedly got into a scuffle backstage at the St. Louis stop of Ozzfest, where one of the guitarists for ADEMA got punched in the mouth while he was on DOWN's tour bus and it almost led to a showdown between Phil Anselmo and the DOWN boys and Jonathan Davis' little ...

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ILL NINO Line Up UK Tour

ILL NINO have lined up a UK tour during September/October. Confirmed dates are as follows: Sep. 27 - Glasgow, UK @ Garage Sep. 28 - Leeds, UK @ Cockpit Sep. 29 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City Oct. 01 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfrun Hall Oct. 02 - Bristol, UK @ Academy Oct. 03 - ...

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OZZFEST 2002 Live CD: Track Listing Revealed

The running order for the Ozzfest 2002 Live CD has been finalized and a release date has been set for September 3rd through Columbia Records. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. OZZY OSBOURNE - War Pigs (BLACK SABBATH cover) 02. SYSTEM OF A DOWN - Needles 03. ROB ZOMBIE - ...

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NEUROTICA Jump To OZZFEST 2002 Main Stage

Florida rockers NEUROTICA will move up to the main Ozzfest 2002 stage beginning with the August 3rd date at the Polaris Amphitheatre in Columbus, Ohio. The band will kick things off at 5:00 PM. Audience reaction to NEUROTICA's blistering set has been so intense that a few weeks ago tour organizers bumped up the band's ...

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