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AZRAEL'S BANE Sign With CHAVIS RECORDS

AZRAEL'S BANE, the Houston, Texas-based metal band featuring former DISTANT THUNDER drummer Rick Ward, have inked a two-album deal with Chavis Records. Chavis will reissue the band's debut CD, "Wings of Innocence", featuring the bonus track "Diary of a Madman", along with modified artwork. In addition the band will head into the studio later this ...

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DREAM EVIL: New Music Coming Soon

DREAM EVIL drummer Snowy Shaw (MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE) has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "First of all: we're awfully sorry for the last months' inactivity. As you all know, due to Niklas' [Isfeldt, vocals] throat problems we've been forced to postpone the recordings of our ...

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SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL 2005 Photos Posted Online

A number of high-quality photos from this weekend's Sweden Rock festival have been posted at the web site of the Swedish daily newspaper Aftonbladet. Check them out: Thursday, June 9 (first day) photos: ACCEPT, ANTHRAX, MEGADETH, MOTÖRHEAD, NAPALM DEATH, SAXON, STYX Friday, June 10 (second day) photos: OVERKILL, DREAM THEATER, ...

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NAGLFAR Complete Work On New Video

Swedish black metal titans NAGLFAR have finished shooting a video for an as-yet-undisclosed new track with director Roger Johansson (DARK TRANQUILLITY, NAPALM DEATH, SAMAEL, HAMMERFALL, THE HAUNTED). The clip will be available at the end of June. NAGLFAR will release their new album, "Pariah", in the U.S. on July 12 via Century Media Records (June ...

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INTO ETERNITY, JAG PANZER Conquer Mexico

Having performed in over 20 countries across North America and Europe supporting their album "Buried In Oblivion", Canadian progressive death metal band INTO ETERNITY just added a new country to their resume: Mexico. Guitarist/growler Tim Roth returned from the Monterrey Metal Fest last week with the highest praise: "The festival was a complete success. We ...

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STRATOVARIUS/HAMMERFALL: More European Tour Dates Announced

STRATOVARIUS have updated the itinerary for their upcoming European co-headlining tour with HAMMERFALL. Confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 26 - (FIN) Helsinki @ Kulttuuritalo Oct. 28 - (FIN) Tampere @ Pakkahuone Oct. 29 - (FIN) Turku @ Caribia Oct. 30 - (S) Umea @ Skycom Arena Nov. 01 - (N) Oslo @ Rockefeller Nov. ...

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PAGAN'S MIND Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

According to Limb Music Products, Norwegian progressive power metallers PAGAN'S MIND have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 9-11 in Sölvesborg. This will be the band's second appearance at the festival. PAGAN'S MIND's third full-length album, "Enigmatic: Calling", was mixed by Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, DIMMU ...

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KING'S X Sign Worldwide Deal With INSIDEOUT MUSIC

KING'S X have inked a new worldwide deal with InsideOut Music. The group's recently completed new studio album is scheduled for release on September 27. The CD was produced by veteran metal producer Michael Wagener (SKID ROW, WARRANT, ACCEPT, HAMMERFALL) and is set to include the following tracks (in no particular order): 01. Bam 02. ...

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STRATOVARIUS To Team Up With HAMMERFALL For European Tour

STRATOVARIUS will be teaming up with HAMMERFALL for a European co-headlining tour beginning in late October. STRATOVARIUS's itinerary is now shaping up as follows: Sep. 17 – Atlanta, GA @ ProgPower Sep. 19 - Springfield @ Jaxx Sep. 20 - Philadelphia @ Trocadero Sep. 21 - New York @ B.B. King´S Sep. 23 - Montreal ...

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RAMMSTEIN, APOCALYPTICA, HAMMERFALL Confirmed For Sweden's METALTOWN Festival

RAMMSTEIN, APOCALYPTICA, DARK TRANQUILLITY, NINE, HAMMERFALL and BESEECH are the confirmed acts for this year's Metaltown festival, set to take palce July 30 at Frihamnen in Gothenburg, Sweden. Last year's Metaltown festival included appearances by ALICE COOPER, DIMMU BORGIR, TURBONEGRO, IN FLAMES, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION and MUSTASCH. For more information, visit www.metaltown.se. ...

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FIREWIND To Enter Studio In The Fall

FIREWIND guitarist Gus G. has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Gus G. here, we"re back from the European tour now. All shows went great and were sold out!! Unbelievable! It was so nice to meet many of you after the shows and hang out and I hope we"ve made some ...

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EDGUY Hard At Work On New EP

German melodic metallers EDGUY are hard at work on their new EP, "Superheroes", tentatively due in September via Nuclear Blast Records. Producing the effort is Sascha Paeth (KAMELOT, AINA, RHAPSODY) at the Gate Studio in Wolfsburg. Apart from the mid-tempo title track none of the featured songs will be found on the forthcoming album, according ...

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NARNIA Finish Recording Drums For New Album

Swedish neo-classical metallers NARNIA are continuing work on their fifth full-length album, tentatively due before the end of the year. "All the drums are done!" the band write on their web site. "Carl-Johan [Grimmark] is now working on the guitars and the next step will be recording the bass. We are all very excited by ...

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HAMMERFALL Guitarist: Gothenburg Show Was 'A Huge Success'

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Japan and South America await in the next weeks, and we can't wait to get back to these territories! There have been some changes to the Mexican, Chilean and Brazailian shows, so please check out the tour section for further ...

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THE HAUNTED Complete Work On 'No Compromise' Video

Swedish thrashers THE HAUNTED have completed work on a new video clip for the track "No Compromise" with acclaimed director Roger Johansson (DARK TRANQUILLITY, NAPALM DEATH, SAMAEL, HAMMERFALL). The video is expected to begin airing in June. "No Compromise" comes off THE HAUNTED's fourth album, "rEVOLVEr", which entered the Swedish album chart at position No. ...

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KING'S X Frontman To Issue Solo Album In July; Cover Art Revealed

KING'S X frontman Doug Pinnick's third solo album, "Emotional Animal", will be relased on July 19 via Magna Carta Records. While Pinnick's previous solo outings were credited to POUNDHOUND, this will be the first to feature solely Pinnick's name (or a slight variation thereof: DUG PINNICK). He described the album to Billboard.com as mostly rock-based ...

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MUDVAYNE Confirmed For Italy's GODS OF METAL Festival

MUDVAYNE have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 11-12 at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy. The complete festival billing is as follows: Saturday, June 11: IRON MAIDEN SLAYER LACUNA COIL OBITUARY STRAPPING YOUNG LAD DRAGONFORCE MASTODON MUDVAYNE EVERGREY Sunday, June 12: MÖTLEY CRÜE ...

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HAMMERFALL Confirm Plans To Tour U.S. With EDGUY

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Next week will see the first full-blown production gigs with HAMMERFALL in two years, and it all happens in Switzerland and Germany. Be sure to give going to the gig some serious thought if you have the chance to, because ...

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INTO ETERNITY Confirmed For Mexico's MONTERREY METAL FEST

Canada's INTO ETERNITY have been confirmed for the 2005 Monterrey Metal Fest, set to be held on Saturday, May 28 at the Auditorio Coca Cola in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: Main Stage: MOTÖRHEAD (Headliner) DANZIG (Co-Headliner) MAGO DE OZ W.A.S.P. HAMMERFALL INTO ETERNITY METAL CHURCH Second Stage: ...

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SOUNDSCAN REPORT: C.O.C., ADEMA, FANTOMAS And HAMMERFALL

The following are notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending April 12, 2005, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (The Billboard 200 chart position included, where applicable): CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – "In the Arms of God": 8,967 (#108) ADEMA – "Planets": 6,701 (#152) FANTOMAS – "Suspended Animation": 6,447 (#158) HAMMERFALL – "Chapter ...

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HAMMERFALL: Japanese, Mexican, South American Tour Dates Announced

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "The tour premiere in Helsinki (and Jyväskylä), Finland, last week went remarkably well! The audience was absolutely crazy, which always helps ;-), and we were all very pleased with this outing. I certainly hope we can come back to Finland ...

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