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SOULFORGE Finalize Track Listing For 'Re-Activate'; Audio Available

Montreal-based band SOULFORGE have announced the track listing for their fourthcoming sophomore album, "Re-Activate". The guitar and bass recording was overseen by Jean-François Dagenais (KATAKLYSM, MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX) while the entire album was produced and mixed by Fred Maloney. The cover artwork was handled by acclaimed artist Travis Smith (OPETH, KATATONIA, ICED ...

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MACABRE Confirmed For Chicago's WINDY CITY INVITATIONAL Festival

Chicago "murder metal" legends MACABRE have been confirmed for the Windy City Invitational, set to take place Saturday, October 1 at the Metro in Chicago, Illinois. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: KITTIE MACABRE BURY YOUR DEAD KATAKLYSM GOD DETHRONED MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD ACUMEN NATION LEAVES EYES ATROCITY MANNTIS HELL WITHIN NIGHTRAGE EPOCH ...

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KATAKLYSM: New Album To Be Mixed By TUE MADSEN

Guitarist/producer Jean-François Dagenais of the Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM has issued the following update: "As must of you know, the recording sessions for the new KATAKLYSM album are done, so this time around I wanna try something different and get another producer involved with the album other then myself (I have produced/mixed the last five ...

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MALEVOLENT CREATION: In Writing Mode

Long-running Florida-based death metallers MALEVOLENT CREATION are currently writing the music for their tenth studio album, to be released sometime in the spring/summer of 2006. "This is a landmark for the band and we really want this release to be something special for everyone," the group write in a press release. In other news, MALEVOLENT ...

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EYES OF FIRE Embark On Tour With APOCALYPTICA; Shoot New Video

Orange County-based quintet EYES OF FIRE will embark on a U.S. tour with APOCALYPTICA today in anticipation of "Prisons", their eagerly awaited sophomore release. The trek will lead the two genre-defying artists cross-country over the course of only two weeks. The group just wrapped up a national U.S. tour alongside labelmates MANNTIS after completing highly ...

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VORTEX Sign With GALY RECORDS

VORTEX, the new Rimouski, Quebec-based band featuring current and former members of JERKS, MENTAL DISORDER, ASTRAL GATES and FOOT CLAN, have inked a deal with Galy Records. The group, who are influenced by such acts as HATEBREED, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, OBITUARY, SLAYER and GOD FORBID, recorded their new album with producer Jean-Francois Dagenais (KATAKLYSM, MISERY ...

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INFERNAL MAJESTY: New Album Details Revealed

Long-running Canadian metallers INFERNAL MAJESTY have set "Systematical Extermination" as the title of their new album, tentatively due before the end of the year via Greece's Black Lotus Records. The follow-up to 2004's "One Who Points To Death" is being produced by Jean-François Dagenais (KATAKLYSM, MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX) and marks the recording debut with ...

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KATAKLYSM Announce Winner Of Artwork Contest

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have announced the winner of their artwork contest. Tony from Los Angeles beat the competition with a majority vote of 31.28 percent and will have his artwork featured on the next KATAKLYSM album, "In The Arms of Devastation", on merchandise and posters and will also have the whole line of products ...

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KITTIE Announce First Hometown Appearance In Three Years

Canadian metal band KITTIE have added a London, Ontario date to their schedule as a warm-up concert before their Windy City Invitational appearance. The show will take place at Call the Office on September 29, and will mark KITTIE's first hometown appearance in three years. Also performing on the bill will be UNEVER and NOTHING ...

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KATAKLYSM Complete Work On 'In The Arms Of Devastation'

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have completed work on their eighth studio album, "In the Arms of Devastation", for a February 20, 2006 release through Nuclear Blast Records. Commented guitarist/producer Jean-François Dagenais: "After having spent two months behind the production helm for the new KATAKLYSM album, we have now achieved what we wanted from A to ...

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DESPISED ICON: 'The Healing Process' To Be Released On Vinyl

Montreal-based deathcore six-piece DESPISED ICON will have their latest album, "The Healing Process", released on LP via Goodfellow Records. The CD version of this album was released on Century Media earlier this year. The vinyl version will be in North American record stores in mid-September but Goodfellow are selling copies of it through mailorder now. ...

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KATAKLYSM: PIGGY Was 'The Nicest Guy You Could Meet'

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have issued the following statement regarding the passing of VOIVOD guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour: "It's with great sadness that we have learned today that Denis (a.k.a. 'Piggy') has passed away. The impact of his guitar influence was felt worldwide. His work in VOIVOD opened the doors to many metal bands in ...

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INTO ETERNITY Members To Guest On New KATAKLYSM CD

Canada's INTO ETERNITY are currently on the road, their third tour of 2005, opening for traditional heavy metal warriors HAMMERFALL and EDGUY. Supporting their album "Buried In Oblivion", the band is in great spirits and ripping up the stage every night. Tim Roth (guitar, vocals) sent this message to fans: "Hello everyone!! The HAMMERFALL/ EDGUY/ ...

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REQUIEM Sign With MASSACRE RECORDS

Swiss death metallers REQUIEM have inked a five-album deal with Massacre Records. The group's new CD, "Government Denies Knowledge", was recorded by Dede Felix at Dedx Studios in Wil, Switzerland and was mixed by Jean-François Dagenais (KATAKLYSM) at JFD Studio in Laval, Québec, Canada. The complete track listing for the album is as follows: 01. ...

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KATAKLYSM Singer Finishes Laying Down Vocals For New Album

KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono has issued the following update: "The artwork contest [for the upcoming KATAKLYSM album] is now over. We would like to thank everyone from our fans to artists from the four corners of the world that have sent in their visions. The response was great!! Now we've got to go through all ...

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ONSLAUGHT: New Lineup Revealed

More information has surfaced about the reformed lineup of the classic U.K. thrash outfit ONSLAUGHT, which will be teaming up with EXODUS, OCCULT, KATAKLYSM, UNLEASHED, BEHEMOTH, and PRIMORDIAL for the X-Mass Festivals 2005 European tour in December. Joining guitarist Nige Rockett, drummer Steve Grice, vocalist Sy Keeler and bassist Jim Hinder will be the group's ...

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KATAKLYSM: More Guest Appearances Announced

KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono has issued the following update: "I received a call today from our producer/guitarist J-F [Dagenais], informing me that the drums are almost all done and they sound monstrous!! Max once again has done a killer job and put a lot of feel into the songs. We're going less mechanical and more ...

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BLOODSHOTEYE To Enter Studio In September

Canadian female-fronted "deathmetalcore" band BLOODSHOTEYE will be entering a Montreal studio in September with producer Jean-François Dagenais (KATAKLYSM, MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX) to begin recording their sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2006. Mastering duties will be handled by Alan Douches (SHADOWS FALL, UNEARTH, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN). "We've been working hard on the new ...

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INFERNAL MAJESTY: New Live Photos Posted Online

Metal-Rules.com has uploaded a new gig review of veteran thrashers INFERNAL MAJESTY (and fellow Canadians MEATLOCKER SEVEN and ANTIQUUS) performing at The Brickyard in Vancouver on May 21. The concert marked INFERNAL MAJESTY's live debut with new singer Brian Langley. The band also played a new song ("Burnt Beyond Recognition") from their upcoming ...

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KATAKLYSM To Headline Quebec's EXTREME DISTORTION FESTIVAL

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM will be headlining the Extreme Distortion Festival on July 22 in Laval, Quebec. A possibility exists that a few more Canadian dates will be added for August. In the meantime, don't miss the worlwide live premiere of the song "Crippled & Broken", from the forthcoming album "In the Arms of Devastation", ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Wrap Up Successful Headlining U.S. Tour, Guest On 'Headbanger's Ball'

Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD recently completed a highly successful headlining U.S. tour with THE AGONY SCENE, MISERY SIGNALS and REFLUX in the support slots and are now preparing for the massive Sounds of The Underground Tour this summer. The group’s genre-defying, breakthrough new album, "Alien", has been met with tons of mainstream acclaim and ...

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KATAKLYSM To Enter Studio In July

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM will enter the studio on July 10 to begin recording their new album, "In the Arms of Devastation", tentatively due before the end of the year via Nuclear Blast Records. "The writing of the album is almost complete and things are going very well with this album dont expect any fashion ...

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SOULFORGE: In Mixing Mode

Montreal-based band SOULFORGE are currently mixing their second album with Fred Maloney for a late 2005 release. The album was recorded with producer Jean-François Dagenais (KATAKLYSM, MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX) and will feature artwork by acclaimed artist Travis Smith (ICED EARTH, KATATONIA, NEVERMORE). On May 21, SOULFORGE will play at the Capital of Metal fest ...

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DESPISED ICON To Embark On Inaugural U.S. Tour Supporting DEICIDE

Montreal-based deathcore six-piece DESPISED ICON recently completed a massive Canadian tour alongside ION DISSONANCE in support of "The Healing Process", their highly acclaimed new album. The band will make their first appearance in the U.S. at the Maryland Deathfest late May leading them directly into their first national U.S. tour alongside DEICIDE, IMMOLATION, SKINLESS and ...

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INFERNAL MAJESTY To Enter Studio In June

Canadian metallers INFERNAL MAJESTY will enter the studio in early June to begin recording their next album for Greece's Black Lotus Records. Jean-François Dagenais (KATAKLYSM, MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX) will produce the effort, which will be recorded in Vancouver, B.C. and mixed in Montreal, Quebec. An October release is expected. INFERNAL MAJESTY will be showcasing ...

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MELECHESH Confirmed For France's METAL THERAPY FESTIVAL

Mesopotamian black thrash metal pioneers MELECHESH have replaced IN EXTREMO on the billing of the 2005 edition of France's Metal Therapy Festival, set to take place Saturday, April 16 at Salle Saint-Exupéry in Woippy (160 km from Strasbourg, 70 km from Luxembourg, 100 km from Trier). Also scheduled to perform at the festival are THERION, ...

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