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ATHEIST Launch Official Web Site

Long-defunct seminal technical metal pioneers ATHEIST have launched an official web site for fans to interact and comment on the much-anticipated reissues of the group's three full-length albums. 1988's "Piece of Time" will be following 1993's "Elements", and 1991's "Unquestionable Presence" which were released this week. Additionally, "Unquestionable Presence" will be featured in ...

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MASTERPLAN To Open Bulgaria's BLACK SEA FESTIVITIES

According to BNN (Bulgarian News Network), MASTERPLAN will open the Black Sea Festivities – Kavarna 2005 Saturday at the Kaliakra stadium in the Black Sea town of Kavarna. The world-renowned German guitar player AXEL RUDI PELL will play immediately after the German/Norwegian band. The world professional boxing champion of Bulgarian origin, Daisy Lang ...

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ALLELE: Former COLD Guitarist Resurfaces With New Music

ALLELE, the new project featuring Kelly Hayes (ex-COLD) and Lane Maverick (ex-OTEP), have posted an MP3 of their first single, "Closer to Habit", on their MySpace.com page. The unmastered track is the first glimpse of the band's Ben Schigel-produced (CHIMAIRA, DROWNING POOL, SWITCHED) debut album, "Point of Origin", due in stores on October ...

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Reformed DIM MAK Sign With WILLOWTIP RECORDS

Newly reformed New Jersey band DIM MAK, featuring former members of the legendary RIPPING CORPSE and drummer extraordinaire John Longstreth (ex-ORIGIN, THE RED CHORD, ANGELCORPSE, SKINLESS), have inked a deal with Willowtip Records. The band will enter Sound Spa studios in September to record their Willowtip debut, tentatively due in early 2006. Guitarist Shaune Kelley ...

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MILWAUKEE METALFEST XIX Postponed

Milwaukee Metalfest XIX, which was originally set to take place July 29-30, 2005 at Modjeska Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been postponed until December 2-3, 2005. No reason was given for the postponement. Among the bands that were previously scheduled to perform at the festival were MALEVOLENT CREATION, NECROPHAGIA, MACABRE, INTERNAL BLEEDING and ORIGIN. ...

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MARILYN MANSON Making Movies

MARILYN MANSON recently told RollingStone.com that he will be releasing a set of four short films, entitled "Fantasma Gloria", through his web site. "It's the visions of Lewis Caroll — in fact I'm playing Carroll," he said. In Installment One, Manson explores the origin of "Alice in Wonderland"'s Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. ...

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Echoes of Decimation - ORIGIN

In order to properly record a band playing at the kind of velocity ORIGIN favors, certain compromises must be made. Low end just muddies things up, real drums are hard to hit consistently with enough force to sound good, and vocals and guitar riffs have to stay in a tight, compressed little sonic box, because ...

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SIN ORIGIN Finalize Track Listing For Debut Album

U.S. black metallers SIN ORIGIN have finalized the track listing for their debut album, "In the Presence of a Dread Magician", due in early June on Cybertzara/Blackmetal.com Records. 65 minutes in duration, "In the Presence of a Dread Magician" (view cover here) will contain the following tracks: 01. Unaccountable Masses (Of Shades and ...

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URKRAFT: Live Video Posted Online

A live video of URKRAFT performing the track "Blessed be the Human Beast" at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark back in January 2005 has been posted online at this location (Windows Media). As previously reported, URKRAFT recently inked a multi-album, worldwide deal with Earache Records. The band will enter Antfarm studio with Tue ...

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MIND'S EYE Hard At Work On New Album

MIND'S EYE, the Swedish progressive rock/metal band featuring members of THERION, SECRET SPHERE and NOVAK, are currently in the studio recording of their fourth album. The band had previously released three well-received CDs: "Into the Unknown" (1998), "…Waiting for the Tide" (2000) and "A Work of Art" (2002). With a new label, Lion Music, now ...

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URKRAFT Sign With EARACHE RECORDS

Danish thrash/death metallers URKRAFT have inked a multi-album, worldwide deal with Earache Records. Formed in the small Danish provincial town of Svendborg and now residing in Copenhagen, the five piece released their debut album, "Eternal Cosmic Slaughter", in March 2004. Blending an unnerving sense of aggression, speed and flesh-peeling vocals, URKRAFT also expertly incorporate the ...

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ORIGIN To Headline OHIO DEATHFEST

ORIGIN have been confirmed as the headliners of the Ohio Deathfest 2005, a two-day event set to take place June 24-25 at Phantasy Concert Club in Lakewood, Ohio (a suburb of Cleveland). Other acts slated to appear at the festival include SUMMON (who are fresh from a European Tour with GOD DETHRONED), New York’s PYREXIA, ...

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URKRAFT To Ink New Record Deal, Begin Work On Sophomore Album

Danish thrash/death metallers URKRAFT have posted the following message on their official web site: "We have been working hard through the last six months trying to come up with some new material for our next album. So far we have finished 10 tracks of very hard-hitting and more old-school metal. Expect somewhat the same style ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE To Enter Studio In October

CANNIBAL CORPSE are scheduled to enter Mana Studios in Tampa, Florida in October with producer Erik Rutan (MORBID ANGEL, HATE ETERNAL) to begin recording their new album, tentatively due in early 2006 via Metal Blade Records. "We have only one upcoming concert, and that is the Party.San Open Air festival in Germany on August 13," ...

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MUCOPUS Part Ways With Singer, Complete Work On Full-Length Debut

New York-based old-school death metallers MUCOPUS have parted ways with frontman Rich Manzillo. Current SKINLESS singer Jason Keyser will be handling the vocal duties for MUCOPUS' appearance at the Tokyo Deathfest in Japan, while former SKINLESS vocalist Sherwood Webber will be joining MUCOPUS for a special one-off performance on May 8 at the Hudson Duster ...

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BLACK SABBATH Top British Rock Album Poll

BLACK SABBATH have topped a list of the 100 best British rock albums of all time, according to Sun Online. The band's self-titled debut won a poll voted for by readers of Kerrang! magazine, with follow-up "Paranoid" finishing fifth. Ozzy appears in the list six times, more than any other artist. Four BLACK SABBATH albums ...

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ORIGIN: New Music Available For Download

Two songs from ORIGIN's upcoming album, "Echoes of Decomation", have been posted online at Relapse.com: "Staring From the Abyss" (mp3) and "The Burner" (mp3). The Topeka, Kansas-based death metallers third full-length CD, "Echoes of Decomation" is scheduled for release on March 15 via Relapse Records. The band's last album, "Informis Infinitas ...

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THEATRE OF TRAGEDY Guitarist Welcomes Addition To Family

Congratulations are in order for THEATRE OF TRAGEDY guitarist Frank Claussen and his wife Tone, who welcomed "a healthy and wholesome baby girl" on Thursday, January 13, according to a posting on the group's web site. "Her name shall be Hanne, a name of Hebrew origin meaning 'full of grace'," the posting adds. "The rest ...

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ORIGIN: New Album Cover Artwork Posted Online

The cover artwork for ORIGIN's upcoming third album, "Echoes of Decomation", has been posted online at Relapse.com. The Topeka, Kansas-based death metallers third full-length CD, "Echoes of Decomation" is scheduled for release on March 15 via Relapse Records. The band's last album, "Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas", came out in 2002. Former ORIGIN guitarist Jeremy ...

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EPICA: In Mixing Mode

EPICA, the Dutch group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, have posted the following message on their official web site: "At this moment the new EPICA album is being mixed by Philip Colodetti and Sascha Paeth. You may already know Sascha from the work he did ...

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