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EXSECRATUS Signs With VIOLENT JOURNEY RECORDS

Finnish metal band EXSECRATUS has inked a deal with Violent Journey Records. According to a press release, "These young masters of melodic metal combine influences from band like CHILDREN OF BODOM, SONATA ARCTICA, NIGHTWISH, DIMMU BORGIR and lots and lots of other big names. The male-female vocal combos work together like a machine, as well ...

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LILLIAN AXE: Tour Dates Announced

LILLIAN AXE has scheduled the following dates: Jul. 20 - The Parish - New Orleans, LA Sep. 04 - Smith's Olde Bar - Atlanta GA Sep. 05 - The Nick - Birmingham, AL Sep. 06 - Jesters Pub - Fayetteville, NC Sep. 07 - The Muse - Nashville, TN Sep. 08 - Jaxx Nightclub - ...

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RAGING SPEEDHORN Guitarist Issues Tour Recap

RAGING SPEEDHORN guitarist Gareth Smith has issued the following update: "We came home from our three week tour of Europe just yesterday. Today I'm trying to come to terms with 'normal life' again..a life of showers, sofas, good food and unfortunately… work. Gotta pay the bills until next time. "I just want to say first ...

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STILL REMAINS: New Song Posted Online

A brand new STILL REMAINS track, entitled "Aenima in Your Sheets", has been posted on the band's MySpace page. The song comes off the Michigan band's second studio album, "The Serpent", due on July 31 via Roadrunner Records. STILL REMAINS entered a Los Angeles studio on January 21 with acclaimed producer Steve Evetts ...

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QUEEN Guitarist BRIAN MAY Rules Out Reality TV Casting

QUEEN guitarist Brian May, a co-producer and musical supervisor on "We Will Rock You", fashioned around 31 of QUEEN's greatest hits, revealed in an interview with Whatsonstage.com that his team have been approached about doing a similar TV program for their musical, which celebrates its fifth birthday at the West End's Dominion Theatre (London) this ...

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Ixaxaar - NOX

Boasting former members of CENTURIAN and current members of SEVERE TORTURE in its ranks, The Netherlands' NOX comes with a teeth rattling debut alum called "Ixaxaar". Steeped in the occult and powered by a blackened death metal engine, "Ixaxaar" is not for the weak-willed or the physically meek. It is a blasting and calamitous whirlwind ...

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Swedish Pop Star CAROLA Wants To Sing With LORDI

According to ESTToday.com, Swedish singer and entertainer Carola (full name: Carola Maria Häggkvist) wants the chance to sing with Finnish monster rockers and 2006 Eurovision Song Contest victors LORDI, Aftonbladet has reported. Carola, who finished in fifth position at the Athens contest last year, explains that she is more than ready for the ...

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'Year Zero' Begins Today For NINE INCH NAILS

Launch Radio Networks reports: NINE INCH NAILS releases "Year Zero" today (Tuesday, April 17), the band's fifth album and first conceptual effort. The 16-track album takes place in the year 2022, when the U.S. has been taken over by a religious dictatorship that may be putting drugs in the nation's water supply while the world ...

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DESTRUCTION: More Tour Dates Announced

Long-running German thrashers DESTRUCTION have lined up the following dates: May 11 - Essen, Germany - Turock May 12 - Nancy, Pagney, France - Chez Paulette (with INSANE) May 14 - Toulouse, France - Havana Cafe (with SABATON, THUNDERBOLT) May 15 - Irun, Spain - Tunk May 16 - Vigo, Spain - Sala A May ...

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WINTERS BANE To Record Limited-Edition EP

Veteran heavy metal band WINTERS BANE will record an EP this month with its new lineup: Lou St. Paul - Guitars Jeff Sheeler - Vocals Jeff Curenton - Drums Bryan Morris - Bass The EP will feature four tracks, including a reworking of "Dark Paradise" from the band's "Girth" album, as well as three songs ...

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RIAA Goes After NINE INCH NAILS Fans Over Deliberate Leak Campaign

Launch Radio Networks reports: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which has become notorious for suing anyone from high school students to retirees for downloading music from the web, has gone after web sites such as Idolator that have posted leaked songs from the upcoming NINE INCH NAILS album, "Year Zero". The problem, however, ...

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Beautiful Tragedy - IN THIS MOMENT

MySpace strikes again! The buzz generated from over a million plays of IN THIS MOMENT's tunes on the popular Internet community apparently got the attention of the Century Media folks and the rest, as they say, is history. And surprisingly (at least to me), the hype over this band's melodic, Swedish-inflected metalcore is not overblown. ...

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LILLIAN AXE: 'Waters Rising' To Arrive In June

Opening for the likes of RATT, POISON, QUEENSRŸCHE, KROKUS, STRYPER and LITA FORD, working with some of rock's most respected producers and scoring several "Headbanger's Ball"-approved video clips, LILLIAN AXE certainly carved (or perhaps more appropriately, chopped) a niche for themselves with metalheads worldwide during the '80s and '90s. And now, after an extended hiatus, ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN Pens Japanese Pop Hit

According to a posting on former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman's official web site, Japanese pop superstar KOTOKO's new single, "Kirei na Senritsu" — which was written by Friedman and features a guest appearance by the guitarist — entered the Japanese pop chart at No. 18 this week. "Kirei na Senritsu" is also said to be ...

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GOD FORBID Completes DVD Shoot

New Jersey's GOD FORBID, currently touring the U.S. headlining their "Chains of Humanity" tour, filmed their live performance at the jam-packed Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ this past weekend for their upcoming DVD. Music video director David Brodsky (GWAR, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, THE RED CHORD) led off the production, with his crew at MyGoodEye manning ...

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IN THIS MOMENT, WOLF Audio Interviews Posted Online

TalkingMetal.com has posted episode 129 of their "Talking Metal" podcast. This episode features a debut song sample of the track "Beautiful Tragedy" from IN THIS MOMENT and interviews host John Ostronomy and Mark Strigl conducted with IN THIS MOMENT's Maria Brink and Chris Howorth as well as WOLF's Johannes "Axeman" Losbäck. IN THIS MOMENT interview ...

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STILL REMAINS: Studio Update

Michigan's STILL REMAINS are hard at work recording their second studio album, tentatively titled "The Serpent", in Los Angeles with producer Steve Evetts (SEPULTURA, STORY OF THE YEAR, HE IS LEGEND, SAVES THE DAY). Commented vocalist T.J. Miller: "OK...here is what's going on: I'm totally freaking out. Listening back to these songs right now is ...

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IN THIS MOMENT: Exclusive MySpace Video Debut

MySpace has exclusively debuted the new IN THIS MOMENT video, "Prayers", on its music videos page. Click here to check it out. The clip was shot by up-and-coming director Mike Wildt and is the group's first promotional video for their much anticipated debut album, "Beautiful Tragedy", which is set for a March 20 release. IN ...

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STILL REMAINS Sets Tentative Track Listing For 'The Serpent'

Michigan's STILL REMAINS entered a Los Angeles studio on January 21 with acclaimed producer Steve Evetts (STORY OF THE YEAR, HE IS LEGEND, SAVES THE DAY) to begin the recording process for their second album, entitled "The Serpent". The tentative track listing for the effort is as follows (in no particular order): 01. Anemia in ...

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