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Inventor Of Evil - DESTRUCTION

Fourth post-reunion album from these German thrash heroes, and all eyes are on the "We Are the World"-esque "The Alliance of Hellhoundz" — the track (yet another paean to how much metal rocks) boasts a slew of guest vocalists. Doro Pesch, Paul Di'Anno, "Speed" Strid" of SOILWORK, Peter Tägtgren, Biff Byford (SAXON), Shagrath (DIMMU BORGIR), ...

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Satire: Metal Council Convenes To Discuss 'Metal Hand Sign' Abuse

The Onion, the satirical publication that bills itself as "America's Finest News Source," has published an article on the "metal hand sign" abuse. An excerpt from the report follows: VATNAJÖKULL GLACIER, ICELAND—In an emergency session Tuesday, members of the Supreme Metal Council strongly condemned the increasing use of the metal hand sign in lay society, ...

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Former BLACK SABBATH Singer TONY MARTIN Discusses New Solo Album

Former BLACK SABBATH frontman Tony Martin will release his second solo album, "Scream", on November 18 via MTM Music. "Scream" features legendary drummer Cozy Powell (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, WHITESNAKE) on "Raising Hell" as well as songwriting contributions by another SABBATH member, Geoff Nicholls. Martin recently offered the following update on the new album to

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AMEN Frontman: Convicted Murderer FAUST Is 'The Nicest Man'

In a recent interview with Britain's Rock Sound magazine, AMEN frontman Casey Chaos spoke about his SCUM project, which also features in its ranks Samoth (ZYKLON, EMPEROR), Bård G. Eithun (a.k.a. Faust) (ex-EMPEROR), Happy Tom (TURBONEGRO), and Cosmocrator (MINDGRINDER). Asked if he ever addressed Faust's past with him (the drummer was jailed in 1994 for ...

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Outstay - THIRD DEGREE

If you like your grind simple, stripped down to the bare steel beams, festooned with thrash beats and seething slow parts, and delivered with clinical precision, THIRD DEGREE is your next essential purchase, easily slotted in with NASUM and those pissed-off recent NAPALM DEATH albums. On the chopping block is a quick half-hour of vein-bursting ...

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POWER OF OMENS Call It A Day

San Antonio-based progressive metallers POWER OF OMENS have split up. An official statement on the matter by the group's guitarist, David Gallegos, reads as follows: "To all of our devoted fans… It comes with great sorrow the news I'm about to bring you. "For almost 12 years, this band has consistently found ways to be ...

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CELLADOR Sign With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of CELLADOR, a melodic speed/power metal band from Omaha, NE. Originally formed in summer 2004 by guitarist Chris Petersen, CELLADOR was founded with the purpose of introducing aggressive European-style melodic speed/power metal to the Midwest USA, where the style is completely nonexistent and virtually unknown. CELLADOR spent the ...

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Chimaira - CHIMAIRA

Whatever else you can say about CHIMAIRA, you can't accuse them of taking the easy way out. After the success of their big-label debut, "The Impossibility of Reason", it would have been unsurprising — indeed, almost expected — for their next record to be a bit more accessible, edging closer to radio-friendly turf, with a ...

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SEVENDUST To Release New Album Via Band's Own Label Imprint

SEVENDUST are teaming up with innovative record label WineDark Records, which is distributed in the U.S. by Fontana Distribution, a division of Universal Music and Video Distribution (UMVD), for the upcoming release of their latest record, "Next". SEVENDUST are the Atlanta, GA-based rock group who clawed their way through the late 1990s and early 2000s ...

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MEGADETH: 'Greatest Hits' Package Essay Posted Online

MEGADETH's publicists, The Mitch Schneider Organization (MSO), have posted the "package essay" written by the director of "The Decline of Western Civilization" documentary series, Penelope Spheeris, for the group's upcoming "Greatest Hits: Back to the Start" collection, due on June 28. It reads as follows: "MEGADETH was always on the forefront of innovation, always challenging ...

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SLAYER: H'arpeggione Version Of 'Reign In Blood' Released by Georgia Composer

Erik Hinds, an Athens, Georgia-based composer and performer, has just released his solo H'arpeggione version of SLAYER's classic "Reign In Blood" album on Solponticello Records. Audio samples from the CD can be heard at CDBaby.com. Hinds plays quartertone electric guitar and the H'arpeggione, an upright acoustic instrument with 12 sympathetic strings. Erik focuses ...

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HIMSA Part Ways With Guitarist, Announce Replacement

Seatle's HIMSA have parted ways with guitarist Matt Wicklund and have replaced him with returning axeman Sammi Curr. Curr, a key member of the band for a number of years through the release of 2003's "Courting Tragedy and Disaster" album, will be back touring with the band on their Dirty Black Summer Tour beginning today ...

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HIMSA Finish Recording New Album

Seatle's HIMSA have returned home from a month in Denmark at Antfarm Studios, where the band recorded their new album, "Hail Horror", with producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, HEAVEN SHALL BURN). Artwork is being done by Stephen Kasner (INTEGRITY, TREPHINE) and is expected to be finalized this week. Songtitles include include "I, Possession", "They Speak ...

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Undoing Ruin - DARKEST HOUR

I like what DARKEST HOUR has done on "Undoing Ruin", the follow-up to the excellent "Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation". The band has not abandoned its Americanized AT THE GATES-style melodic thrash 'n bash, yet there are more colors and accents in the songs, more melody as well. A slight smoothing of the jagged ...

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To Walk a Middle Course - KYLESA

Much ballyhooed for their ability to mix crust, hardcore and metal, and for having three vocalists, KYLESA are all about throwing murky riffs, bottom-of-a-well screams, and lugubrious rhythms into a dour punk stew that name-checks everyone from old NEUROSIS to AMEBIX to EYEHATEGOD to UNSANE as it burbles and clatters downhill. After a few tracks, ...

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HIMSA Enter Studio, Line Up Headline Tour

HIMSA have entered AntFarm Studios in Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, HEAVEN SHALL BURN) to record "Hail Horror", the follow-up to their thrashterpiece, "Courting Tragedy and Disaster". Titles include "I, Possession", "They Speak In Swarms", "Wolf Child", "Seminal", "Calling In Silent", "Sleaze Evil" and "The Destroyer", which has recently been a mainstay at ...

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The Fall of Rome - WINTER SOLSTICE

With a riff straight out of the AT THE GATES reject pile, Virginia's WINTER SOLSTICE doggedly, dogmatically trudge through forty minutes of well-executed, but utterly unoriginal, Swedish-derived thrash. Between these guys and DARKEST HOUR plundering their national treasures, it's a wonder the government in Stockholm doesn't sue for war reparations! Admittedly, these guys can pull ...

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