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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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SOLEMNITY Set Release Date For 'King Of Dreams'

Germany's SOLEMNITY will release their second album, "King Of Dreams", on Apr. 30, 2003 through Remedy Records. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Fire in Mainstreamland 02. Kill The Majesty 03. The Ninth Gate 04. King Of Dreams 05. Vampire's Dance (feat. Steve Sylvester of DEATH SS) 06. Spirits Of ...

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KILLING JOKE Complete Comeback CD, Prepare To Hit The Road

The reunited KILLING JOKE — featuring vocalist Jaz Coleman, guitarist Geordie, bassist Paul Raven (ex-PRONG), and drummer Ted Parsons (ex-GODFLESH/PRONG) — have set "The Death & Resurrection Show" as the title for their new album, which was recently tracked in London and Los Angeles with producer Andy Gill for an early 2003 release. The track ...

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RAVEN's JOHN GALLAGHER Offers Update On Brother's Medical Condition

RAVEN bassist/vocalist John Gallagher has posted the following update via the band's official web site: "[Guitarist/brother] Mark [Gallagher] had arthroscopic surgery on his knee last week [as part of the treatment for the leg injuries he sustained when a 20-foot wall fell on him in early November], and is already being tortured by his physiotherapist ...

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THERION To Issue Live Album

Sweden's THERION will issue a live CD, entitled Live In Midgard, on September 30th through Nuclear Blast Records. Recorded at shows in Colombia, Hungary and Germany, Live In Midgard was laid down "totally live without any overdubs not to destroy the live feeling at all," according to an official press release. The full track listing ...

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Demonstrations In Chaos - WATCHTOWER

If you've anxiously clicked into this review hoping for some information on the long-awaited third full-length from the Texas tech-metal quartet, you'll be disappointed. That record (Mathematics — a working title for some 12 years now!) is still in the making. But if you can't find the band's Energetic Disassembly debut anywhere (you're in the ...

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DIAMOND REXX Return With 'The Evil'

DIAMOND REXX are back and have a new album hitting stores via Phoenix, Arizona's Crash Music. The group, whose roots go back to the metal days of the early 90's and who once packed venues around the country, reformed in 2001 and have spent the last several months writing and recording what has become The ...

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KILLING JOKE Reunite, Commence Work On 'Most Violent' Opus To Date

The reunited KILLING JOKE — featuring vocalist Jaz Coleman, guitarist Geordie, bassist Paul Raven (ex-PRONG), and drummer Ted Parsons (ex-GODFLESH/PRONG) — are reportedly tracking their new album in London and Los Angeles with producer Andy Gill for an early 2003 release. According to sources, the forthcoming CD will be the group's "most violent" opus to ...

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