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PAIN: New Album Delayed Until 2004

Sweden's PAIN, the band led by acclaimed metal producer and HYPOCRISY frontman Peter Tägtgren, have pushed back the projected release date of their fourth full-length album to early 2004 through Stockholm Records. Among the tracks tentatively set to appear on the follow-up to 2002's "Nothing Remains The Same" are: 01. Tear It Up 02. Don't ...

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SIX FEET UNDER Singer Addresses Social Issues With 'Bringer Of Blood'

September 23 will see the release of SIX FEET UNDER's most ambitious release to date, the ferocious "Bringer Of Blood" (through Metal Blade Records). The disc, rampant with an infectious blend of jackhammer grooves and pure aggressive immensity, fuses the band's attraction to dark fantasy as well as significant social commentary. Vocalist Chris Barnes expresses ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Hire SINERGY Axeman For Upcoming Tour

Finland's CHILDREN OF BODOM have recruited SINERGY/ex-STONE axeman Roope Latvala as the session guitarist for the remainder of their world tour in support of their latest CD, "Hate Crew Deathroll". "When [former guitarist] Alexander ["Aku" Kuoppala] left the band we were left in a difficult situation: how to keep on going [without a second guitarist]," ...

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SPAWN OF POSSESSION Added To NO MERCY FESTIVALS 2004 Tour

Swedish death metallers SPAWN OF POSSESSION are the latest band to be confirmed for the upcoming No Mercy Festivals 2004 European tour, which is scheduled to take place between March 29 and April 12. Exact cities and dates for the trek — which will include additional appearances by CANNIBAL CORPSE, HYPOCRISY, KATAKLYSM, CARPATHIAN FOREST, VOMITORY, ...

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GRIMFIST: MP3 Clips Available For Download

GRIMFIST, the Norwegian band featuring ex-IMMORTAL drummer Horgh, have posted one-minute MP3 samples of all 10 tracks from their forthcoming debut album, "Ghouls of Grandeur", at this location. "Ghouls of Grandeur", due in the U.S. on September 23 through Candlelight Records, was recorded at Sweden's Abyss Studios with producer Peter Tägtgren (MARDUK, HYPOCRISY, ...

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HATE ETERNAL: Rescheduled European Tour Dates Announced

HATE ETERNAL's rescheduled European tour will tentatively kick off on January 10 in Trier, Germany and will conclude in early February. Also appearing on the bill will be DYING FETUS, DEEDS OF FLESH and PREJUDICE. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Jan. 10 - Trier, GER @ Exil Jan. 11 - Paris, FRA @ ...

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NEVERMORE Enter Indie Album Chart At No. 19

NEVERMORE's latest CD, "Enemies Of Reality", has entered Billboard's "Top Independent Albums" chart at No. 19. "Top Independent Albums" are current titles that are sold via independent distribution, including those which are fulfilled via major branch distributors. View the whole chart here. In addition, the album has entered the "Top Heatseekers" chart at ...

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NEVERMORE Conquer European Charts

NEVERMORE's latest CD, "Enemies Of Reality", appears poised to become the band's most successful offering to date, according to the European chart rankings released by the band's label, Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2000's "Dead Heart In A Dead World", which was recorded at a Seattle studio with producer Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE, SLAVE TO ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Set Release Date, Title For 'Best Of' Compilation

Finland's CHILDREN OF BODOM have set a September 3 release date for their forthcoming "Best Of " album, titled "Bestbreeder (1997-2000)", to be released exclusively in Japan through Toy's Factory Records. As an added bonus, the album will include the group's cover of BILLY IDOL's "Rebel Yell", recorded during a recent session at keyboardist Janne ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM To Release 'Best Of' CD In Japan

Finland's CHILDREN OF BODOM recently entered keyboardist Janne Warman's Beyond Abilities studio to record a bonus track for the forthcoming "Best Of " album, to be released exclusively in Japan through Toy's Factory Records. "The Japanese record label, for the first three [CHILDREN OF BODOM] albums, wanted to come out with a special album due ...

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More Bands Rumored For NEW JERSEY METAL AND HARDCORE FEST

CHILDREN OF BODOM, DIMMU BORGIR, NILE, HYPOCRISY, DEICIDE, NEVERMORE, CATTLE DECAPITATION, KRISIUN, HATE ETERNAL, ENTOMBED and KING DIAMOND have reportedly been tapped to perform at New Jersey Metal And Hardcore Fest, a two-day event set to be held at Asbury Park's Convention Hall complex on Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15. The complete lineup ...

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IMMORTAL Side Project GRIMFIST To Release Debut In September

GRIMFIST, the Norwegian band featuring IMMORTAL drummer Horgh and ex-IMMORTAL bassist Iscariah, will release their debut album, "Ghouls of Grandeur", in the U.S. on September 23 through Candlelight Records. Together only a short while, GRIMFIST played part to a label bidding match before settling on Candlelight as their official home in late 2002. "Ghouls of ...

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HYPOCRISY To Enter Studio In August

Long-running Swedish metal act HYPOCRISY, led by acclaimed producer/PAIN frontman Peter Tägtgren, will enter the studio on August 1 to begin recording their next album, tentatively titled "The Arrival". "We have no titles yet because we will write while recording, so we have no clue how many songs we will have in the end," Peter ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH Sign American Deals With CENTURY MEDIA

Following a fierce label bidding war, Finnish melodic thrash titans CHILDREN OF BODOM have officially signed a U.S. deal for their upcoming album "Hate Crew Deathroll" with Century Media Records. The label has also secured North American licensing rights for the "Century Child" album by Finnish neo-classical operatic goth sensations NIGHTWISH. Both albums are scheduled ...

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EDGE OF SANITY's DAN SWANÖ Checks In With Studio Update

Producer/musician/songwriter Dan Swanö is currently recording a new EDGE OF SANITY album, "Crimson II", tentatively on August 26 through Black Mark Records. The following is Swanö's latest studio update, as posted to his official forum: "The vocals have been recorded now and there's been some changes. Rogga is still here, Granvik too (doing some backing ...

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NECRODEATH Complete Work On Fifth Album

Italian black/thrash pioneers NECRODEATH have completed work on their fifth album, "Ton(e)s Of Hate", at Outer Sounds studios in Rome, Italy with producer Giuseppe Orlando (NOVEMBRE). The CD, which was mastered at Mastering Room in Sweden, sees the group adopting a "more complex and experimental [edge while] still keeping…the extreme razorblade approach of the last ...

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HYPOCRISY Added To Italy's GODS OF METAL Festival

Sweden's HYPOCRISY, the band led by acclaimed metal producer and PAIN frontman Peter Tägtgren, are the last-minute addition to this year's installment of Gods Of Metal festival, set to take place June 7-8 at the Mazda Palace in Milan, Italy. MARILYN MANSON will headline the festivities on Saturday, June 7 (under the banner "A Day ...

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Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival: Complete Schedule Announced

The complete schedule for this year's installment of Bang Your Head festival, set to take place Jun. 27-28 in Balingen, Germany, has been announced. It is as follows: Friday, June 27 DESTRUCTOR (opener) BITCH ROBROCK AMON AMARTH AXXIS T.N.T. ANNIHILATOR DOKKEN SODOM HAMMERFALL DIO (headliner) Saturday, June 28 HIRAX (opener) ANGELWITCH MASTERPLAN BRAINSTORM PINK CREAM ...

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HYPOCRISY Explain Decision To Withdraw From X-MASS FESTIVALS

Sweden's HYPOCRISY, the band led by acclaimed metal producer and PAIN frontman Peter Tägtgren, have issued a statement explaining their decision to withdraw from the the upcoming X-Mass Festivals European tour, set to kick off on Dec. 7 in London, U.K. The band's statement reads as follows: "We sincerely apologize for the cancellation of the ...

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HYPOCRISY Pull Out Of X-MASS FESTIVALS European Tour

Sweden's HYPOCRISY, the band led by acclaimed metal producer and PAIN frontman Peter Tägtgren, have pulled out of the upcoming X-Mass Festivals European tour, set to kick off on Dec. 7 in London, U.K. No reason was given for their cancellation. The full line-up for the festival is now as follows: DEICIDE DESTRUCTION AMON AMARTH ...

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PAIN To Get 'Harder' And 'Groovier' On Fourth Full-Length Album

Sweden's PAIN, the band led by acclaimed metal producer and HYPOCRISY frontman Peter Tägtgren, have finished recording all the music for their fourth full-length album, tentatively due in the fall through Stockholm Records. An as-yet-undetermined single will surface in August/September. Among the tracks set to appear on the follow-up to last year's "Nothing Remains The ...

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WOLF To Enter Studio In June

Sweden's WOLF will enter Abyss studio with producer Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN) on June 18 to begin recording their third album, tentatively due in early October through No Fashion Records. The follow-up to last year's "Black Wings" will feature artwork by Thomas Holm. More information will be made available soon. ...

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DIMMU BORGIR Set Release Date For 'Death Cult Armageddon'

DIMMU BORGIR have set a tentative September 8 European release date through Nuclear Blast Records for their new album, titled "Death Cult Armageddon". The CD, which is currently being mixed at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden, will contain the following tracks (in no particular order): 01. Allegiance 02. Blood Hunger Doctrine 03. For The World ...

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EDGE OF SANITY's SWANÖ To Use Guest Singers On Upcoming CD

Producer/musician/songwriter Dan Swanö has elaborated on his plans to record a new EDGE OF SANITY album, "Crimson II", which he hopes to issue on August 26 through Black Mark Records. According to Swanö, "I will not growl one second [on the upcoming album]. I would if I could, but I've tried and it sounds even ...

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HYPOCRISY To Begin Work On New Album

Long-running Swedish metal act HYPOCRISY, led by acclaimed producer/PAIN frontman Peter Tägtgren, have set "The Arrival" as the title for their next studio album, tentatively due at the end of the year through Nuclear Blast Records. "[We had a] band meeting today, it went well and we have a plan for the next release," Peter ...

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DARK ANGEL: We Are Not Playing Any X-MASS FESTIVALS Dates

DARK ANGEL's webmaster has refuted reports that the reunited Los Angeles thrashers have been added to the Antwerpen, Belgium (Dec. 20) and Tilburg, Holland (Dec. 21) stops of the upcoming X-Mass Festivals European tour (featuring HYPOCRISY, DESTRUCTION, NILE, VADER, DEW-SCENTED, DISBELIEF and MISERY INDEX, among others). "DARK ANGEL HAS NOT been added to this tour ...

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