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Schizo Deluxe - ANNIHILATOR

Now THIS is what I like to hear from an ANNIHILATOR album! I generally avoid repeating the press-sheet hyperbole in reviews, but master shredder Jeff Waters was not kidding when he hyped "Schizo Deluxe" as follows: "This time around I went right for the throat: 100% thrash metal with an attitude. No ballads. No breaks ...

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Zeroland - ANTIGAMA

The crux of this review is that "Zeroland" by Poland's ANTIGAMA is a quality slab of Relapse-style schizoid-grind, as was the case with "Discomfort". But first I've got to pitch a bitch about the band's third "full-length" release. Given that "full-length" has been placed inside quotation marks, you have probably figured out that my beef ...

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ILLDISPOSED Begin Recording New Album

Danish metallers ILLDISPOSED have entered Combi Sound Studio in Aarhus, Denmark with producer Ziggy to begin recording the follow-up to last year's "1-800 Vindication", tentatively due in Europe in early 2006 via Roadrunner Records. A U.S. release has yet to be confirmed. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Case of the Late Pig", ...

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GORGOROTH To Record Live Album

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH wil record several shows on their current European tour with 1349 for an upcoming live album, entitled "True Norwegian Black Metal". Scheduled for a late autumn release in 2007, it will mark and celebrate GORGOROTH's 15-year anniversary. GORGOROTH's new album, "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam", is tentatively scheduled for release early next ...

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3 Sign With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of the Woodstock, NY-based band 3. According to a press release, "3 is a band apart: Dark yet uplifting, spiritual without any connection to religion — theirs is a sound that transcends the genre conformity of modern pop culture. Rapid-fire acoustic guitar infused with dynamic percussion, animated drumming ...

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MORTAL SIN To Record New Single

Reactivated Australian thrashers MORTAL SIN will enter Megaphon Studios on October 29 with producer Phil McKellar to record a new song, entitled "Out of the Darkness". The track will be released as a CD single, also containing a recently shot video plus live tracks taken from the band's Australian tour with ANTHRAX. In other news, ...

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NEURAXIS: New Album To Receive European Release In December

Montreal-based NEURAXIS will have their new album, "Trilateral Progression", released in Europe on December 5 through Earache Records. A European tour is planned for early 2006. "Trilateral Progression" was released in the U.S. last month via Willowtip Records. The album was engineered by Yannick St-Amand (DESPISED ICON) and was mixed by Jason Suecof (CAPHARNAUM). The ...

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VISCERAL BLEEDING To Support NILE In Sweden

Swedish death metallers VISCERAL BLEEDING have been confirmed as the support act for NILE at two Swedish shows: Friday, October 7 at Skylten in Linköping and Saturday, October 8 at Musikens Hus in Gothenburg. The band will also play a one-off headlining gig at Kino in Karlskrona on Thursday, October 13. VISCERAL BLEEDING's debut album, ...

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MACHINE HEAD: Offically In Writing Mode

MACHINE HEAD drummer Dave McClain has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "What's up, everybody? Just getting back from doing some running, doing four miles every other day and starting five next week. I'm trying to get in shape for a half-marathon next year, maybe the Rock 'n Roll Marathon in ...

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KISS Tribute CD Breaks Norwegian Top 15

KISS Army Norway's Norwegian KISS tribute album, "Gods of Thunder – A Norwegian Tribute to KISS", has entered the Norwegian national album charts at position No. 13. By comparison, "Alive III" peaked at No. 15, and as odd as it might seem, albums like "Creatures of the Night", "Smashes Thrashes and Hits", "Animalize" and "Carnival ...

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Alaska - BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME

When "The Silent Circus" came out, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME took a sophomore effort and turned it into a career statement, one that would put heavy music fans on notice of great things to come. That great thing has arrived in the form of "Alaska", an album that is every bit the style blender ...

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GENE SIMMONS: 'Nothing Is More Important Than Touring With KISS'

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently took out to answer a couple of fans' questions via the band's official web site, KissOnline.com. Read on: Q: With all the classic KISS costumes through the years, what's your favorite era of Gene Simmons? Gene Simmons: "I never considered anything we wore 'costumes'... I wore outfits. An outfit is ...

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Former GORGOROTH Drummer To Publish First Novel

Former GORGOROTH drummer Erlend Erichsen (who played on the "Incipit Satan" album) has finished work on his debut novel, entitled "Nasjonalsatanisten", which is scheduled to be released in October via Damm Forlag (major Norwegian publisher). The story of the novel is set in the early/mid-Nineties, when Norwegian black metal started to expand. Although the story ...

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SIRIUS Hard Attack Beams VOIVOD's PIGGY Into Space

The "Bloody Roots" metal history show on Sirius Satellite Radio's Hard Attack channel will honor VOIVOD guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour on Tuesday (Aug. 30 at 9:00 p.m. EST) and Friday (Sept. 2 at 1:00 p.m. EST), playing a full hour of classic VOIVOD songs, plus VOIVOD covers by DECEASED and DAHLIA SEED. Also included will ...

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IRON MAIDEN Drummer Schedules U.K. Drum Clinic

According to a posting at MaidenFans.com, IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain has scheduled a drum clinic on September 26 in Brighton, England. The event, which is being sponsored by GAK, will also include an appearance by RAGE drummer Mike Terrana. The clinic will take place at Komedia, Gardner Street, Brighton, BN11UN. Doors open ...

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The Dark Archives - CHARNEL VALLEY

"The Dark Archives" was "arranged, rehearsed and recorded in five days with two microphones and preserved with a cassette 8-track, to uphold the true spirit of analog." That quote from the CD sleeve should tell you about all you need to know about this trashcan black metal vanity project of metal journalist colleagues Marty "Worm ...

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NEURAXIS: Another New Song Available For Download

Montreal-based NEURAXIS have posted a second MP3 ("Shatter the Wisdom") from their upcoming fourth album, "Trilateral Progression". Download it at this location. "Trilateral Progression" is scheduled for release on September 13 via Willowtip Records. A European release will follow on Earache Records. The album was engineered by Yannick St-Amand (DESPISED ICON) and was ...

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IRON MAIDEN: 'The Trooper' To Land In U.K. Top 10?

According to Virgin.net, heavy metal veterans IRON MAIDEN are expected to land in the U.K. Top 10 next week with their latest single, "The Trooper" (currently No. 5 on the Midweek single chart). "The Trooper", taken from the classic IRON MAIDEN album "Piece of Mind", was originally released as a single in July 1983 and ...

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NEURAXIS Complete Work On New Album: Audio Available

Montreal-based NEURAXIS finished mixing and mastering their fourth album, "Trilateral Progression", for a September 13 release via Willowtip Records. A European release will follow on Earache Records. The album was engineered by Yannick St-Amand (DESPISED ICON) and was mixed by Jason Suecof (CAPHARNAUM). The mastering duties were handled by Scott Hull (PIG DESTROYER). A full-length ...

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NEURAXIS: Canadian Dates Announced

After completing work recording the follow-up to the recently repackaged 34-track "Truth Imagery Passage" European release, Montreal-based metallers NEURAXIS have announced the following dates in Canada: Aug. 25 - Riverview, NB @ O'Briens Aug. 26 - Fredericton, NB @ Capital Winters Club Aug. 27 - Halifax, NS @ The Pavillion Sep. 11 - Montreal, PQ ...

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3 - THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX

There was always a perception, due to his relative fame, that MONSTER MAGNET guitarist Ed Mundell was the brains and brawn behind Jersey power trio THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX. Well, he's out, ex-CORE frontman Finn Ryan is in on guit/vox, and the band is making it known in no uncertain terms that Mundell (and his main ...

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MY DYING BRIDE: 'Sinamorata' DVD Due In August

Peaceville has set an August 22 release date for the long-awaited second DVD longform from MY DYING BRIDE, entitled "Sinamorata". The disc is expected to include a video for the track "The Blue Lotus" (directed and conceived by David Palzer), live footage (12 songs) shot on November 2, 2003 in Antwerpen, Belgium, as well as ...

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IRON MAIDEN: More 'The Trooper' Single Details Revealed

IRON MAIDEN have confirmed they are to release their classic track "The Trooper" as a single to precede their hugely-anticipated headline appearances at the Reading and Leeds Festivals and their double live album "Death On The Road". The single will be released on August 15 as a maxi-CD, limited-edition blue 7" vinyl and 12" picture ...

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MELVINS Tribute Album: Final Track Listing Revealed

The final track listing has been announced for the MELVINS tribute album, "We Reach: The Music of the Melvins", due on August 23 via Fractured Transmitter Records. It is as follows: MARE – "Nightgoat" THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - "Honey Bucket" MASTODON - "The Bit" STRAPPING YOUNG LAD - "Zodiac" PIG DESTROYER - "Claude" HIGH ...

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HOLY MOSES: Early Albums To Be Reissued

German thrashers HOLY MOSES will have their early albums "Finished with the Dogs" (1987) and "The New Machine of Liechtenstein" (1989) reissued through Armageddon Music on August 8. The CDs were digitally re-mastered and will be released in the jewel-case format, with full booklets, lyrics, liner notes, modified artwork and never-before-seen photos of HOLY MOSES ...

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NEURAXIS: 'Trilateral Progression' Final Track Listing Revealed

Montreal-based metallers NEURAXIS have finalized the track listing for their fourth album, "Trilateral Progression", due on September 13 via Willowtip Records. A European release will follow on Earache Records. The album was engineered by Yannick St-Amand (DESPISED ICON) and was mixed is by Jason Suecof (CAPHARNAUM). The mastering duties will be handled by Scott Hull ...

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