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Drummer ADAM SAGAN Quits INTO ETERNITY

Drummer Adam Sagan has officially left Saskatchewan-based progressive metallers INTO ETERNITY. Sagan's statement on the matter reads as follows: "I'm very sad to announce to all of you that I am no longer a member of INTO ETERNITY. This is not what I wanted, but the simple truth is, for personal and professional reasons, I ...

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KATAKLYSM To Film 'Crippled & Broken' Video Next Week

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have abandoned their plans of shooting their video for the song "Crippled & Broken" in Amsterdam this April, and will instead film the clip next week in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with Maurice Swinkel of Lowlife Media. "Although some of the shots and story plot have already been filmed over last weekend ...

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DEATHSTARS To Support LACUNA COIL In London

Sweden's DEATHSTARS have been confirmed as the support act for LACUNA COIL on March 5 at the Forum in London, England. DEATHSTARS's video for the track "Cyanide" has been posted online at this location. The song comes off the group's sophomore album, "Termination Bliss", which was released in Europe on January 27 via ...

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FINNTROLL Comment On Split With Singer

Finland's FINNTROLL have issued a statement regarding their recent split with frontman Tapio Wilska (SETHIAN, ex-WIZZARD, former session vocalist for NIGHTWISH). The statement reads as follows: "We have reached a situation in which we find it impossible to continue FINNTROLL with our singer Wilska. This decision was very hard to make, but after long talks ...

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Former CRADLE OF FILTH Bassist To Tour With GRIMFIST

Robin Eaglestone (ex-CRADLE OF FILTH, CRIMINAL) will be playing bass for GRIMFIST on their upcoming No Mercy Festivals European tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE, KATAKLYSM, FINNTROLL and LEGION OF THE DAMNED. "I have only played a few shows with GRIMFIST to date so understandably I am pleased to hear that I am to do this tour," ...

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FINNTROLL Fire Lead Singer TAPIO WILSKA

Finland's FINNTROLL have parted ways with singer Tapio Wilska (SETHIAN, ex-WIZZARD, former session vocalist for NIGHTWISH). Wilska's official statement on the matter reads as follows: "With a heavy heart I bring you the following news: In a band meeting one hour ago I was fired as a singer of FINNTROLL. Reasons are many and for ...

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NIFELHEIM Reveal More Details About Upcoming Split Seven-Inch

Sweden's NIFELHEIM have agreed to share a 7" vinyl with Brazil's legendary VULCANO, to be released via Sweden's I Hate Records. The pressing will be in a limited edition of 1,000 copies — 900 regular singles and 100 copies with as-yet-undetermined special features. Both bands will be contributing new material to this release. Expect this ...

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WASTEFORM Split With XTREEM MUSIC, Seek New Label Home

New York metal act WASTEFORM have amicably parted ways with Xtreem Music (Spain). "We're currently looking for a label to support us 100% on our future endeavors which include extensive touring throughout the U.S and Europe and a brand new album," stated vocalist and co-founder Greg Kennedy. With newly acquired guitarist Justin Knipper (MUCOPUS), WASTEFORM ...

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METAL CRUSADERS Organizers Deny Giving False Information About NUCLEAR ASSAULT's Cancellation

Dan Rozenblum of Thunderdome Touring has released a statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET rejecting Maximus Entertainment's assertion that Thunderdome was engaging in "attempted fraud" by giving "false information regarding the Metal Crusaders Tour to try to profit and steal commissions and take advantage of every act involved in this tour." His statement reads as follows: ...

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Manager Confirms DESTRUCTION's Participation In METAL CRUSADERS TOUR

Bottom Row Promotion, the management company that handles the German thrashers DESTRUCTION, has released a statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET refuting Maximus Entertainment's assertion that DESTRUCTION have not been officially confirmed for the upcoming Metal Crusaders Tour, also featuring VADER, KATAKLYSM, SPEED\KILL/HATE, GRAVEWORM and THE ABSENCE. The statement reads as follows: "In regards to the

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NUCLEAR ASSAULT's Agent Alleges 'Attempted Fraud' In Connection With METAL CRUSADERS TOUR

Robert Devine, CEO of the Maximus Entertainment booking agency (web site) (which handles such artists as TESTAMENT, NUCLEAR ASSAULT and DESTRUCTION), has released a statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET accusing the Thunderdome Booking Agency of "attempted fraud" in connection with the upcoming Metal Crusaders Tour (which is currently being advertised as featuring headliners VADER alongside ...

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NUCLEAR ASSAULT Drop Off METAL CRUSADERS Tour, DESTRUCTION Step In

Due to an "urgent immediate family situation of one of its band members," NUCLEAR ASSAULT have been forced to drop off the upcoming Metal Crusaders tour. Replacing the band on the bill will be German thrash veterans DESTRUCTION. Metal Crusaders Tour 2006 featuring VADER, KATAKLYSM, DESTRUCTION, SPEED\KILL/HATE, GRAVEWORM, THE ABSENCE: May 26 - Montreal, QC ...

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HYPOCRISY, DESTRÖYER 666, TURISAS Confirmed For Germany's PARTY.SAN OPEN AIR Festival

HYPOCRISY, DESTRÖYER 666 and TURISAS have been confirmed for the 2006 installment of the Party.San Open Air festival, set to take place August 10-12 in Bad Berka, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AKRIVAL DESTRÖYER 666 ENSLAVED HELRUNAR HYPOCRISY ILLDISPOSED KATAKLYSM NIFELHEIM ROTTEN SOUND SEVERE TORTURE TURISAS WATAIN ...

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GRIMFIST Added To NO MERCY FESTIVALS European Tour

Norway's GRIMFIST have been added to the No Mercy Festivals European tour, set to take place in April. Also appearing on the bill are CANNIBAL CORPSE, KATAKLYSM, FINNTROLL and LEGION OF THE DAMNED. Confirmed dates are as follows: Apr. 04 - Essen, GER @ Zeche Carl Apr. 05 - Ludwigsburg, GER @ Rockfabrik Apr. 06 ...

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BLOODSHOTEYE Finish Recording 'An Unrelenting Assault'

Canadian metallers BLOODSHOTEYE have finished recording their sophomore album, entitled "An Unrelenting Assault", with producer JF Dagenais (KATAKLYSM, MISERY INDEX, MALEVOLENT CREATION). The vocal production was handled by D. Randall Blythe (LAMB OF GOD), with guest vocalist Alex Erian (DESPISED ICON) appearing on a track titled "The Last Laugh". The CD will be mastered early ...

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GRAVEWORM Added To 'Metal Crusaders' North American Tour

Italian gothic black metal band GRAVEWORM have been added to the "Metal Crusaders" North American tour, set to take place in May/June next year. Also appearing on the bill will be KATAKLYSM, VADER, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, SPEED\KILL/HATE and THE ABSENCE. The first confirmed date is May 26, 2006 at le Medley in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. All ...

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VADER Confirmed For 'Metal Crusaders' North American Tour

Polish death metal veterans VADER will headline the American portion of the "Metal Crusaders Tour" in May/June 2006, teaming up with bands like KATAKLYSM (headliner of the Canadian leg of the tour), NUCLEAR ASSAULT, SPEED\KILL/HATE (featuring members of OVERKILL) and THE ABSENCE. As previously reported, Candlelight Records USA has set a January 24, 2006 release ...

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ABYSMAL DAWN Complete Work On Debut Album

ABYSMAL DAWN, the Los Angeles-based extreme metal band featuring former members of RISE and INHUMAN VISION, have put the finishing touches on their debut release, entitled "From Ashes". The CD was engineered, mixed and mastered by John Haddad (EYES OF FIRE, PHOBIA, INTRONAUT) at Shiva Industries in Santa Ana, CA. "We have to say it ...

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INTO ETERNITY Return Home After 2005's Fifth North American Tour

Canada's INTO ETERNITY have wrapped up a solid year of touring North America. Covering metals musical spectrum, the band have had the honor of sharing the stage with several of the genre's top heavyweight bands. Talking about the band's year, mainman Tim Roth said, "Our touring cycle for 'Buried In Oblivion' has finally come to ...

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KATAKLYSM Announce Final Shows Of 2005

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have lined up the following shows in December: Dec. 15 - Quebec City, QUE @ Kashmir Dec. 16 - Toronto, ONT @ The Marquee Dec. 17 - Trois-Rivieres, QUE @ The Manchester KATAKLYSM singer Maurizio Iacono announced on the band's official forum that the first MP3 from the group's upcoming album, ...

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MALEVOLENT CREATION Part Ways With Guitarist, Bassist

Long-running Floridian death metallers MALEVOLENT CREATION have reportedly parted ways with guitarist Rob Barret and bassist Gordon Simms. Replacing them in the group's latest incarnation are returning members John Rubin (guitar) and Jason Blachowicz (bass, also in DIVINE EMPIRE). MALEVOLENT CREATION are currently writing the music for their tenth studio album, to be released sometime ...

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