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SALEM Schedule Tel Aviv In-Store

Israeli death metallers SALEM will sign copies of their DVD, "Live Demise", and meet with fans on on Thursday, February 5 at the Metal Shop (42nd Frishman street) in Tel Aviv, between 8:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. According to a posting on the group's official web site, the disc is available through Blockbuster, Tower Records ...

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RAVEN To Play SUN N' STEEL, MARCH METAL MELTDOWN Festivals

According to RAVEN bassist/vocalist John Gallagher, RAVEN are "99% certain" to play the Sun n' Steel festival March 6-7 in Tampa, Florida and the March Metal Meltdown VI festival March 12-13 in Irvington, New Jersey. In other news, RAVEN are continuing to compile footage for their first-ever DVD, tentatively due later in the year. "We ...

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SALEM: DVD To Receive Release Next Week

Israeli death metallers SALEM will release their DVD, "Live Demise", in their home country on Wednesday, January 28. According to a posting on the group's official web site, the disc will be available through Blockbuster, Tower Records and Raven Music. The suggested retail price is 79 Shekels. A European distribution deal is currently in the ...

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THE CROWN Confirmed For Sweden's 2000 DECIBEL Festival

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN are the latest band confirmed for the fifth edition of the 2000 Decibel festival, which is scheduled to take place on May 21-22 in Bengtsfors, Sweden (180 km north of Gothenburg). It is the first time the festival will be a two-day event. Thirty-five bands will play on three different stages. ...

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GOD AMONG INSECTS Confirmed For Sweden's 2000 DECIBEL Festival

GOD AMONG INSECTS, the Swedish "old-school" death metal band featuring vocalist Emperor Magus Caligula (DARK FUNERAL), guitarist Lord K (a.k.a. Kenth Philipson) (THE PROJECT HATE), bassist Tomas Elofsson (SANCTIFICATION) and drummer Tobias Gustafsson (VOMITORY), are the latest band confirmed for the fifth edition of the 2000 Decibel festival, which is scheduled to take place on ...

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'Monsters Of Metal Vol. 1' DVD To Arrive Later This Month

Nuclear Blast Records USA will be releasing the "Monsters Of Metal Vol. 1" DVD on January 27. Described as the "ultimate metal DVD compilation," the two-disc set will contain the following track listing: DVD 1: 01. MANOWAR - "Warriors Of The World United" 02. HAMMERFALL - "Hearts On Fire" 03. HELLOWEEN - "Just A Little ...

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AXAMENTA Record New Promo CD

Belgium's AXAMENTA, the former band of current EPICA bassist Yves Huts, spent time in the recording studio this past weekend recording three songs for a promo release, which the band describe as "16 minutes of neo-classical horror-metal." The effort, which is scheduled to be mixed and mastered within the next few weeks, will be "unlike ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH Sign With ROADRUNNER RECORDS!

British extreme metal outfit CRADLE OF FILTH have signed a deal with Roadrunner Records. The band, second-stage headliners of this year's Ozzfest and recently on tour in America supported by TYPE O NEGATIVE and MOONSPELL, are delighted by the recent turn of events. Dani Filth, the group's often outspoken vocalist had this to say about ...

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LACUNA COIL To Embark On National U.S. Headlining Tour

As the buzz surrounding the Italian sextet LACUNA COIL's latest single "Heaven's A Lie" continues to build at commercial radio, the group prepares to make their much anticipated return to the U.S. After developing a rabid following throughout this past year relentlessly touring with the likes of ANTHRAX, OPETH and TYPE O NEGATIVE, they are ...

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MARDUK Set Release Date For DVD

Swedish black metallers MARDUK have set a January 19, 2004 release date for their much-anticipated DVD, titled "Funeral Marches And Warsongs". The long-delayed disc will tentatively include, among other features, a live show recorded in Paris on the European leg of the World Funeral tour as well as footage of the band's reunion with former ...

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BEHOLDER Prepare To Record New Album

Italian metallers BEHOLDER are about to enter New Sin studios to begin recording their third full-length album, titled "Lethal Injection". The follow-up to 2002's "Wish For Destruction" is due in early 2004 through Dragonheart Records. "Lethal Injection" will mark the recording debut with the group of new bassist Ace Raven. BEHOLDER's lineup is competed by ...

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COUNT RAVEN Confirmed For Germany's DOOM SHALL RISE II Festival

Reformed Swedish doom legends COUNT RAVEN have been confirmed for the only European two-day doom metal festival, dubbed Doom Shall Rise II, to be held April 2-3, 2004 in Göppingen, Germany. The compete lineup for the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): COUNT RAVEN (Sweden) DRECKSAU (Germany) MOURNING BELOVETH (Ireland) NORTHWINDS (France) ORODRUIN (USA) ...

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MARDUK Side Project To Appear On Horror-Punk Compilation

DEVILS WHOREHOUSE, the side project of MARDUK guitarist Morgan Håkansson and bassist B. War, will participate in a compilation CD entitled "This Is Horror Punk". The album will be a limited-edition release through Fiendforce Records and is expected to be issued on Halloween (October 31). Other groups set to appear on the album include THE ...

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TERRA FIRMA Call It A Day

TERRA FIRMA, the Swedish band headed by UNLEASHED guitarist "Fast" Freddie Eugene and former ST. VITUS/COUNT RAVEN vocalist Lord Chritus, have decided to disband, according to Stoner Rock. Freddie is said to be in the process of launching a new project with TERRA FIRMA drummer Izmo which will reportedly head in a direction similar to ...

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DEF LEPPARD Percussionist Leads Drum Circle In Thousand Oaks

Sue Davis of InsideVC.com reports that DEF LEPPARD drummer "Rick Allen knows the healing power of drums and came to share it in Conejo Valley on Sunday afternoon [September 7]. "Allen's nonprofit organization, Raven Drum Foundation, sponsored a drum circle at Chumash Interpretive Center in Thousand Oaks that was attended by about 70 people. "The ...

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DEF LEPPARD Fan Convention To Be Held In The Spring

A DEF LEPPARD Fan Convention, dubbed Lepcon, will be held in the spring of 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lepcon is a non-profit event with all proceeds directly benefiting the Raven Drum Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen. Among the activities planned are fan meet-and-greets, raffles, silent auctions, prize giveaways, ...

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DARKANE To Play Israel In September

Sweden's DARKANE will perform a show in Tel-Aviv, Israel on September 25. The gig has been arranged to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Israeli label-distribution-booking agency Raven Music. More information will be made available soon. DARKANE guitarist Christofer Malmström and drummer Peter Wildoer have finished writing almost a half album's worth of new material, ...

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DAVE GROHL Lays Down Drums For New KILLING JOKE Album

FOO FIGHTERS frontman/ex-NIRVANA drummer Dave Grohl has laid down the drum tracks for the new KILLING JOKE album, tentatively titled "Axis of Evil", according to Billboard. The project, which will be out in June on Sony worldwide, was produced by GANG OF FOUR's Andy Gill and is the veteran U.K. rock act's first since 1996's ...

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ANCIENT Hard At Work On New Album

Norwegian black metallers ANCIENT have returned from a very successful tour in Mexico with MAYHEM and SINISTER and are back in Italy working on their new album, tentatively due before the end of the year through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Proxima Centauri" will be recorded at Denmark's Hansen Studios with producer Jacob ...

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DEF LEPPARD Drummer Organizes Benefit In L.A.

DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen and the staff of his Raven Drum Foundation have organized a special event called "Soul Of The Drum" on Saturday, March 15 in North Hollywood, California. According to LEPPARD's official web site, "Soul Of The Drum" is a workshop, ceremony, benefit show and celebration, all in one event that combines ...

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