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DRAGONLAND: Japanese Version Of "Starfall' To Include Bonus Track

DRAGONLAND, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based melodic metal sextet, have secured a Japanese licensing deal with King Records for the release of their third album, "Starfall". The CD will be issued in Japan on October 27 and will include a bonus track, a cover of X-JAPAN's "Rusty Nail". The follow-up to 2002's "Holy War", "Starfall" was recorded ...

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GRAVE DIGGER Announce New Album Title, Track Listing

German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER have set "The Last Supper" as the title of their new album, due on January 17, 2005 through Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to last year's "Rheingold" is being recorded at Principal studio in Münster, Germany and will feature feature "classical heavy metal" material "in the tradition of GRAVE DIGGER," ...

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SLAYER's Next Studio Album To Land On INTERSCOPE?

Rick Rubin's American Recordings label — home to veteran Los Angeles thrashers SLAYER — is making the move from Island Def Jam to the Interscope side, according to Hits Daily Double. SLAYER had previously announced that they were putting the recording sessions for their new album on hold while Rubin began negotiating a new deal ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN, JAMES MURPHY To Guest On New FIREWIND Album

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and ex-TESTAMENT/DEATH axeman James Murphy have contributed guest solos to the upcoming FIREWIND CD, tentatively titled "Forged By Fire". The disc, due before the end of the year through Leviathan Records, features lead vocals by Chity Somapala (ex-AVALON, FARO), who replaced Stephen Fredrick in February. Band leader/guitarist Gus G. is ...

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THE DARKNESS Writing Songs For Second Album

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that members of THE DARKNESS have begun writing songs for their next album, but singer Justin Hawkins recently said that — although the creative process is moving along — the group could have been a lot further along if they had not had some missteps along the way. "We've got ...

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9MM SOLUTION Sign With STATUE RECORDS

9MM SOLUTION, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based band featuring ex-MORTA SKULD members Dave Gregor, Jason Hellman, Ed Wallner, along with singer Hobbes Caltous, have inked a worldwide licensing, manufacturing, retail distribution and commercial radio promo deal with Los Angeles/Hollywood-based Statue Records. Statue Records will be releasing 9MM SOLUTION's most recent CD, "The Trial", and providing retail store ...

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AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT Announce Toronto Show

AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT, the solo project of former KITTIE guitarist Fallon Bowman, will be performing at The Vatikan in Toronto, Canada on Saturday, August 21. Also appearing on the bill will be DELICA and PULSE PLANT. AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT released their self-financed debut album, "District 6", in May 2003. The group's sound is being described as a ...

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ZARAZA Reissue Debut Demo

Belgian doom metal label NULLL Records has reissued the long out-of-print debut 1995 demo, "Life is Death Postponed", by Canadian industrial doom/death metal mongrels ZARAZA. Back in 1995, Dead Angel 'zine described this demo as "This is bizarre. Brilliant, but bizarre nonetheless. Imagine industrial death metal with disemboweled gutter-stench vocals, crazed industrial percussion and assorted ...

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SALEM, ORPHANED LAND Confirmed For Israel's METALIST FESTIVAL

SALEM and ORPHANED LAND are among the latest bands confirmed for have been confirmed for the second annual Metalist Festival, set to be held August 26, 2004 at the Hangar 11 venue in Tel-aviv, Israel. The complete list of bands confirmed for the festival is as follows: BEHEMOTH EVERGREY SALEM ORPHANED LAND ARMILOS DISTORTED DAMNNATION ...

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Former KITTIE Members To Collaborate On New Material

Former KITTIE members Fallon Bowman (guitar) and Talena Atfield (bass) will be collaborating on new material for Bowman's solo project AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT, according to a posting on Fallon's web site. "I think it will be good," she writes. "I go through these times where riffs just happen. Other times, nothing. I'm sure every musician knows ...

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AUDIOSLAVE, TOOL Members Land Acting Parts In Murder-Mystery

AUDIOSLAVE drummer Brad Wilk and TOOL/A PERFECT CIRCLE frontman Maynard James Keenan have landed acting parts in burgeoning screenwriter Chumahan Bowen's 20-minute short film, "Sleeping Dogs Lie", according to MTV.com. Wilk reportedly plays a Cincinnati native who believes he's stumbled upon clues to a 30-year-old murder mystery in tiny Texas town, while Keenan has a ...

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MADDER MORTEM Finish Recording New Album

Norway's MADDER MORTEM have finished recording their new album at Space Valley Studios and are scheduled to mix the effort in late August at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. 12 songs were reportedly recorded for the CD, which is being described as "pretty creepy and dark," with "more experimental and crazy ideas" than its predecessor. ...

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GODDESS OF DESIRE Complete Pre-Production For New CD: Samples Available Online

Dutch heavy/traditional metal band GODDESS OF DESIRE will enter the studio later this year to record their fourth album, entitled "Awaken Pagan Gods", tentatively due late 2004/early 2005 through an as-yet-undetermined label. The band's pre-production recordings for the new album, which were completed at former HAMMERHAWK guitarist Paul van Rijswijk's studio in IJmuiden, the Netherlands, ...

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DRAGONLAND Complete Work On 'Starfall'

DRAGONLAND, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based melodic metal sextet, have finished recording and mixing their third album, "Starfall", tentatively due in October through Century Media Records. Commented guitarist Olof Mörck: "Of course, it's our best album so far, haha. Well, I really think the cliché is true this time, yet it is not in our hands to ...

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EDENBRIDGE: Live Album Track Listing Revealed

Austrian "angelic bombast metal" act EDENBRIDGE have finalized the track listing for their live album, "A Livetime in Eden", due on August 30. The album will contain a bonus DVD with live recordings from the last few tours. "A Livetime in Eden" track listing: 01. Intro 02. The Undiscovered Land 03. Skyward 04. Holy Fire ...

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Israel's THE KNELL Reform, Begin Work On New Material

THE KNELL, an Israeli doom/death metal band in the vein of early ANATHEMA and MY DYING BRIDE, have reformed. Formed in 1998, the group decided separate ways just a day before a scheduled concert with ORPHANED LAND. A few weeks ago, THE KNELL decided to resume activity, and are currently working on new material. For ...

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KALEDON Enter Studio To Record New Album

Italian symphonic power metallers KALEDON will enter Alpha & Omega studios in Como, Italy on Wednesday (July 7) to begin recording their third full-length album, "The Way of the Light", for a January 2005 release through SteelBorn Records. The follow-up to 2003's "The King's Rescue" will feature guest appearances by STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael and ...

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Australian Metal Compilation To Be Unleashed This Week

An Australian metal compilation, featuring 26 "hordes from under the southern skies," many presenting new and exclusive tracks, will be unleashed July 1 via Blacktalon Media. Titled "Legions – Opening Of The Southern Gate", the two-disc collection will feature the following track listing: Disc One: 01. SADISTIK EXEKUTION - Homicidal Suicide 02. ASTRIAAL - Ritual ...

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AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT: Ex-KITTIE Guitarist's New Band To Make Live Debut

AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT, the solo project of former KITTIE guitarist Fallon Bowman, will make their live debut on July 17 at The Vatikan in Toronto, Canada. Says Bowman: "I'm actually really excited. REALLY excited. EVERYBODY SHOULD GO. EVERYONE. It's really a release party for PERDITION, a Toronto-based industrial/gothmetal band." AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT released their self-financed debut album, ...

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Brazilian FAITH NO MORE Tribute Available For Free Download

27 bands have recorded versions of FAITH NO MORE songs for a tribute called "Brazilian Sabor" (Brazilian Flavor) spearheaded by FNM fans who run a discussion list. The bands are, for the most part, new and independent, but some major Brazilian acts like PITTY and AMBERVISIONS have also revisited FNM classics. All the songs are ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK's THE SKOL TRIO Land U.K. Distribution Deal

THE SKOL TRIO, the band led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE axeman Alex Skolnick, have secured a U.K. distribution deal for their latest CD, "Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation". The album, which is said to consist of classic hard rock tunes from the '70s and '80s rearranged "with rich harmonies and pulsating grooves of ...

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TURISAS: New Song Posted Online

Finnish "pagan battle metal" act TURISAS have set a July 26 release date through Century Media Records for their debut album, "Battle Metal". "Battle Metal" was produced by Terje Refsnes (TRISTANIA, MORGUL) at Sound Suite Studios in Marseiile, France, and "offers the most precious ingredients of epic viking metal, almost sounding like a mixture of ...

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