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DEATHSTARS Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Sweden's DEATHSTARS have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's debut album, "Synthetic Generation" — originally issued in Sweden in March 2002 via the Universal affiliate LED Recordings — will be released through Nuclear Blast on November 10. DEATHSTARS, in existence since January 2000, were previously known as SWORDMASTER and feature in their ...

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RAMMSTEIN Get 'Calm' In Russian

RAMMSTEIN vocalist Till Lindemann and guitarist Richard Kruspe have reportedly collaborated on cover of the track "Shtil" ("Calm") by the Russian band ARIA. The song, which is sung in Russian, was recently broadcast on Russian radio and a 40-second sample was posted online at this location. No further information about the recording is ...

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RAMMSTEIN To Issue DVD In The Summer

German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN will release a DVD of their videos and concert footage this summer. Included on the disc will be "Links 2-3-4", "Du Hast", "Ich Will", "Feuer Frei" from the "XXX" soundtrack, their cover of DEPECHE MODE's "Stripped" and "Rammstein" from the "Lost Highway" soundtrack. ...

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RAMMSTEIN: We Are Not Breaking Up!

Despite rumors to the contrary, German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN have no intention of breaking up. RAMMSTEIN keyboardist Christian "Flake" Lorenz recently posted a logbook entry to the "Fan Area" section on the official site addressing the recent rumors and assuring the fans that the band would carry on. Here is what he wrote: ...

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RAMMSTEIN To Remix MARILYN MANSON

German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN have been asked to remix a track from the new MARILYN MANSON album, "Golden Age Of The Grotesque". A fan asked Manson via the Oracle section on his official web site, www.marilynmanson.com, "With the German influence on the new album are you considering touring with a German band i.e. ...

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RAMMSTEIN To Split Up?

German supergroup RAMMSTEIN are on the verge of splitting up, according to Britain's Metal Hammer magazine. A source close to the band says that "they feel as though they have taken their music/stage show as far as it can go" and are now "looking to pursue other musical projects." Guitarist Richard Kruspe-Bernstein is currently demoing ...

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ARCH ENEMY Play The Name Game

Sweden's ARCH ENEMY have whittled down possible album titles for their forthcoming full-length effort to the following two choices: "DehumaniZation" (with a capital Z) and "Anthems of Aggression", BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal. The group, who have yet to decide on the final album title, are hoping to release the CD worldwide in late July. Among ...

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C.R.A.N.K.: MP3 Samples Posted Online

C.R.A.N.K., the Stockholm-based project featuring CANDLEMASS guitarist Mats "Mappe" Björkman, singer Alex Swerdh, guitarist Ulf Larsson (of the KISS cover band KYSS), and ex-LIONS SHARE members Johan Koleberg (drums) and Pontus Egberg (bass), have posted MP3 clips of four cuts from their recently-recorded five-song demo via the group's official web site at this ...

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C.R.A.N.K. Launch Official Web Site

C.R.A.N.K., the Stockholm-based project featuring CANDLEMASS guitarist Mats "Mappe" Björkman, singer Alex Swerdh, guitarist Ulf Larsson (of the KISS cover band KYSS), and ex-LIONS SHARE members Johan Koleberg (drums) and Pontus Egberg (bass), have launched their official web site at this location. As previously reported, C.R.A.N.K. — whose musical direction is described as ...

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RAMMSTEIN To Issue New Single

RAMMSTEIN will be releasing a new single, "Feuer Frei!" , to coincide with the German theatrical release of XXX, the new film from director Rob Cohen in which the industrial rockers perform the track during the movie's opening scene. Due on October 14th, the single contains exclusive bonus tracks, including a remix by Junkie XL ...

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CLAWFINGER Finish Recording Drums For New Album

Swedish rap-metallers CLAWFINGER have finished tracking the drums for their fifth full-length CD at Stockholm's Polar Studios and will spend the next few weeks completing the recordings with a view towards releasing the as-yet-untitled effort in early 2003, according to the latest online posting from frontman Zak Tell. "We have been writing and recording demo ...

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Germany's OFF LIMITS Festival Cancelled!

Germany's Off Limits festival, which was set to be held at the Leipziger Messehalle on August 31st and Dortmunder Westfalenhalle on September 1st, has been officially cancelled. RAMMSTEIN, ANDREW WK and CLAWFINGER were due to take part in the festivities, which were originally supposed to be held outdoors at Festwiese in Leipzig and at Georg-Melches-Stadion ...

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CANDLEMASS, LIONS SHARE Members Join Forces In C.R.A.N.K.

C.R.A.N.K. is the name of a brand new Stockholm "supergroup" consisting of CANDLEMASS guitarist Mats "Mappe" Björkman, LIONS SHARE members Johan Koleberg (drums) and Pontus Egberg (bass), as well as singer Alex Swerdh and guitarist Ulf Larsson (of the KISS cover band KYSS). Described as a cross between MARILYN MANSON, RAMMSTEIN and PAIN, the quintet ...

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SLIPKNOT Pull Out Of Germany's OFF LIMITS Festival

SLIPKNOT have cancelled their appearance at Germany's Off Limits festival after city officials in the town of Leipzig expressed concern about the potentially high noise level of the "open air" event, which was previously due to be held on August 31st at Festwiese in Leipzig and on September 1st at Georg-Melches-Stadion in Essen. RAMMSTEIN, ANDREW ...

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BLOOD RED THRONE Complete Work On "Affiliated With The Suffering"

Norway's BLOOD RED THRONE, featuring former EMPEROR / SATYRICON / EINHERJER bassist-turned-guitarist Tchort, have nearly completed work on their second full-length album, entitled Affiliated With The Suffering, at Dub Studios for an October 7th release through Hammerheart/The Plague Records. The full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. A Dream of Death 02. ...

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RAMMSTEIN Cancel Shows After Keyboard Player Falls Ill

RAMMSTEIN were forced to cancel last weekend's scheduled live appearances after keyboard player Flake Lorenz was struck by an acute case of food poisoning, for which he had since received treatment in an inpatient hospital ward. Lorenz is expected to recover fully in time to join RAMMSTEIN at their planned appearance at the Hultsfred Festival ...

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SATYRICON Confirmed For Norway's QUART Festival

Norway's SATYRICON have been confirmed for this year's Quart Festival, which is scheduled to take place between July 2nd and 4th in Kristiansand, Norway. SATYRICON will appear together with RAMMSTEIN at Idrettsplassen on July 4th. Also set to appear at the festival are HOOBASTANK, HUNDRED REASONS and MILLENCOLIN, among others. ...

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ARCH ENEMY Confirmed For Sweden's HULTSFRED Festival

ARCH ENEMY have been confirmed for this year's Hultsfred festival, which is scheduled to take place on June 13-15 in Hultsfred, Sweden. The group's performance at Hutsfred will mark their first live appearance in Sweden since the Stigmata tour in 1998. Other artists set to perform at Hultsfred include RAMMSTEIN, SLAYER, TURBONEGRO, H.I.M., MILLENCOLIN, ENTOMBED, ...

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HAMMERFALL Outline Recording Schedule For Fourth CD

Sweden's HAMMERFALL are scheduled to enter Holland's Wisseloord studios with producer Charlie Bauernfeind (i.e. BLIND GUARDIAN, GAMMA RAY, RAGE) in early May to begin recording their as-yet-untitled fourth full-length album for a late 2002 release through Nuclear Blast Records. According to guitarist Oscar Dronjak, we will record the drums in Holland, bass in Germany and ...

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SLAYER Confirmed For ROSKILDE FESTIVAL

SLAYER have been confirmed for this year's Roskilde Festival, which is scheduled to take place in Roskilde, Denmark between June 27th and June 30th. Also set to appear at the event are RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, GARBAGE, H.I.M., RAMMSTEIN, SATYRICON and MILLENCOLIN, among others. ...

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RAMMSTEIN Headlining Festival Appearances Announced

RAMMSTEIN have been confirmed as the headliners of the following European festivals in late spring/early summer: May 20 Landgraaf, NETH @ Pinkpop May 24 Madrid, SPA @ Festimad Jun. 08 Milan, ITA @ Gods of Metal Jun. 13 Hultsfred, SWE @ Hultsfred Festival Jun. 15 Seinjoki, FIN @ Provinsirock Jun. 27 Roskilde, DEN @ Roskilde ...

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RAMMSTEIN Drop Off "Pledge Of Allegiance" CD

RAMMSTEIN have been dropped from the Pledge Of Allegiance live album, a documentation of last year's Pledge Of Allegiance tour co-headlined BY SYSTEM OF A DOWN and SLIPKNOT that is due to be released through Columbia Records on March 26th. The German act was to have been featured by way of the songs "Links 2 ...

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