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MORGION Sign With DARK SYMPHONIES RECORDS

Californian death-doomsters MORGION have inked a deal with Dark Symphonies Records. The group will enter the studio on July 18 with producer Mathias Schneeberger to begin recording their third full-length album, "Cloaked By Ages, Crowned In Earth", for a tentative early 2004 release. "Cloaked By Ages, Crowned In Earth" will mark the band's debut release ...

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TIWANAKU Completing Work On Debut Demo

TIWANAKU, the new band featuring former CRIMSON GLORY/SEVEN WITCHES vocalist Wade Black, ex-NOCTURNUS bassist Emo Mowery and ICED EARTH/ex-DEATH drummer Richard Christy, are putting the finishing touches on a four-song demo at a studio in Florida. "It is about 90% done," Mowery told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "It has taken longer than expected due to our crazy, music, ...

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NY Times: METALLICA Thrashes Back to 80's Angst

Jon Pareles of The New York Times reports that METALLICA brought along a fan club for its Summer Sanitarium tour: the other four hard-rock bands on the bill at Giants Stadium Tuesday night (July 8) . One by one they gave testimonials to METALLICA's influence. MUDVAYNE's lead singer, Chad Gray, wore a METALLICA T-shirt. Chino ...

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KELLY OSBOURNE Lands Part In 'Live Freaky! Die Freaky!'

Kelly Osbourne is the latest cast addition to the forthcoming animated/puppetry film "Live Freaky! Die Freaky!", according to the film's official web site (www.livefreakydiefreaky.com). The Hellcat Pictures production was written and directed by independent filmmaker John Roecker and produced by RANCID/TRANSPLANTS guitarist/vocalist Tim Armstrong. Described as "an epic motion picture of puppet proportions," the film ...

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SEPULTURA Cancel Wolverhampton Show

SEPULTURA have been forced to cancel their date at Wolverhampton Civic Hall in Wolverhampron, U.K. on July 16. This is because of logistical problems arising out of the band's commitment to headline a festival in Portugal on July 18. As previously reported, SEPULTURA have officially inked a North American and Australian deal with SPV/Steamhammer Records. ...

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Of Which They Bleed - WITHERED EARTH

It doesn't suffice to be a plain old death metal band these days. By their spidery logo alone, it would suggest that New York's WITHERED EARTH are entirely and wholeheartedly clinging to the malevolent horns of MORBID ANGEL et al. But peel back the layers of blood-spattered graphics and mummified ghouls and you'll find a ...

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A PERFECT CIRCLE: New Single Named

A PERFECT CIRCLE have reportedly set "The Outsider" as the first single from their forthcoming sophomore album, tentatively due on August 19. In related news, A PERFECT CIRCLE bassist Jeordie White (a.k.a. Twiggy Ramirez) is slated to lend his voice to the forthcoming animated/puppetry (a la "The Nightmare Before Christmas") film "Live Freaky! Die Freaky!", ...

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SEPULTURA Sign North American Deal With SPV RECORDS

SEPULTURA have officially inked a North American and Australian deal with SPV/Steamhammer Records. The Brazilian metallers, who were previously signed to SPV only for the European continent, are expected to release their new album, "Roorback", in the U.S. later in the summer. The follow-up to 2001's "Nation" was recorded and mixed by producer Steve Evetts ...

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BLACK CROWES Singer Expecting First Child

BLACK CROWES singer Chris Robinson and wife/actress Kate Hudson ("Almost Famous") announced Thursday they are expecting their first child. The couple has been married since December 2000. The child is due sometime early next year, according to the couple's publicist, Brad Cafarelli. He refused to say how far along the pregnancy is. Hudson, 24, currently ...

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ROTTING CHRIST, ONKEL TOM Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR

ROTTING CHRIST and ONKEL TOM are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to appear the event is as follows: ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CARPATHIAN FOREST CIRCLE ...

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AGENT STEEL Finish Recording Bonus Tracks

AGENT STEEL have finished recording three live tracks of older material to be included as bonus tracks on their upcoming 12" limited picture disc. "The performances to the live songs were totally brutal and metal with surgical precision!" the band said in an official statement. The single, which will also be available on CD, will ...

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DEADSY Name New Album

DEADSY, the Los Angeles-based band featuring frontman P. Exeter Blue I (a.k.a. Elijah Blue, son of actress/singer Cher and Gregg Allman), have reportedly set "Phantasmagore" as the title for their sophomore album, tentatively due in late 2003/early 2004 through Dreamworks Records. Among the tracks set to appear on the CD are the following: 01. Comforter ...

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SKEW SISKIN Announce New Drummer

Germany's SKEW SISKIN have acquired a new drummer by the name of Damien. "He's a real crazy bird and we feel that we made an excellent choice," the band said in an official statement. "His drum skills match what SKEW SISKIN's rhythms are about: Keith Moon meets Phil Rudd! A steady 4/4 rhythm with a ...

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DARK FUNERAL Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany. DARK FUNERAL will perform a one-hour set on the festival's "Blackstage" on Saturday, Aug. 2 beginning at 7:15 p.m. The complete ...

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RAG MEN To Play In Yonkers

RAG MEN, the New York-based band featuring frontman Jorge Rosado (MERAUDER, GOD IS I), guitarist Mitts (SKARHEAD, CROWN OF THORNZ), bassist Ian "Bulldog" Edwards (FREYA, ex-EARTH CRISIS), and drummer Rigg Ross (SKARHEAD, ex-HATEBREED), will be playing at Krush in Yonkers, New York on Friday, June 13. Also set to appear on the bill are SUBZERO ...

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SEPULTURA: New KISSER Audio Interview Posted Online

A 10-minute audio interview with SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser, conducted earlier this month by Norway's Metal Express, can be heard at this location. SEPULTURA have yet to announce a North American release date for their new album, "Roorback". The follow-up to 2001's "Nation", which was recorded and mixed by producer Steve Evetts (SNAPCASE, ...

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Former DEATH Guitarist Joins ICED EARTH

Former DEATH touring guitarist and current MILLENIUM axeman Ralph Santolla has officially joined ICED EARTH as the group's second guitarist. Santolla replaces Larry Tarnowski, who left the group earlier in the year in order to continue his studies. Santolla reportedly plans to keep working on new MILLENIUM material and has recently welcomed singer Todd Plant ...

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SEVENTH ONE Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Swedish power metallers SEVENTH ONE are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival. The event, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany, will include performances from the following artists (in alphabetical order): ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CARPATHIAN FOREST CIRCLE ...

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FORCE OF EVIL: MP3 Clips Posted Online

FORCE OF EVIL, the new Danish all-star band featuring guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND), drummer Bjarne Holm (MERCYFUL FATE), and vocalist Martin Steene (IRONFIRE), have posted two MP3 clips for download via the official MERCYFUL FATE/KING DIAMOND web site. Check them out: 01.

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SEPULTURA: DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL Photos Posted Online

SEPULTURA played a half-hour set at the Download music festival in Derbyshire, England on Saturday (May 31). Check out pictures of the group's performance at their official web site. SEPULTURA have yet to announce a North American release date for their new album, "Roorback". The follow-up to 2001's "Nation", which was recorded and ...

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CARPATHIAN FOREST Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

CARPATHIAN FOREST are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival. The event, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany, will include performances from the following artists (in alphabetical order): ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CARPATHIAN FOREST CIRCLE II CIRCLE DARK ...

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