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WITHIN TEMPTATION Singer Says Newly Released Track Isn't Representative Of Forthcoming Album

Sharon Den Adel, vocalist of Dutch symphonic metallers WITHIN TEMPTATION, says that "Where Is The Edge", the new track which the band premiered just last week, doesn't showcase the full spectrum of the forthcoming concept album, "The Unforgiving", and promises fans a deeper look at what's to come. Commented Sharon: "Obviously, the discussions about the ...

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WITHIN TEMPTATION: 'Where Is The Edge' Song, Video Posted Online

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers WITHIN TEMPTATION have revealed the first song from their upcoming and long-awaited concept album, "The Unforgiving", which hits stores March 2011. The track, titled "Where Is The Edge", has been posted on the band's official web site and coincides with the launch of an accompanying music video. The clip, which can ...

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FRONTIERS RECORDS Gains New Grounds In The USA

Frontiers Records has announced that Derek Shulman and 2Plus Music Entertainment have agreed to oversee the label development and marketing over the North American market. After an internationally acknowledged career as singer for the progressive music band GENTLE GIANT, Derek Shulman became involved in the recording business in the early '80s. Starting as an A&R ...

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HORNED ALMIGHTY: 'Necro Spirituals' Details Revealed

Danish black metallers HORNED ALMIGHTY will release their new studio album, "Necro Spirituals", in Europe on October 25 via Candlelight Records. Recorded in May-June 2010 and mixed and mastered by Jacob Bredahl (HATESPHERE, KOLDBORN) at Dead Rat Studios, the CD is "comprised of the strongest and most fierce material written in the band's eight-year existence," ...

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GLENN HUGHES: 'The Life Of A Rock Star' EP Samples Available

Legendary singer and bassist Glenn Hughes (ex-DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) will release his autobiography, "The Life, Near Death, And Rebirth Of A Rock Star: Deep Purple And Beyond", later this year via Foruli Publications. The book, co-written with Joel McIver and featuring an introduction by METALLICA's Lars Ulrich, will appear in a luxury first edition ...

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JIMMY PAGE, BRIAN MAY Portraits On Sale

According to Gibson.com, portraits of Jimmy Page (LED ZEPPELIN) and Brian May (QUEEN) are now available to benefit the ABC Trust, the charity run by Page and his wife Jimena. Both rock stars are patrons of the charity. Brian May's portrait is a composite made up of a photo provided personally by the ...

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD Completes Recording New Album

Orange County, California's AVENGED SEVENFOLD has finished recording its fifth album for a late 2010 release. Guitarist Zacky Vengeance wrote on the band's official Twitter profile, "There are no words that will ever describe the feeling of listening to this album while driving home alone at 4 a.m." The group's manager, Larry Jacobson, added, [The ...

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KISKE/SOMERVILLE Project Films Two New Videos

KISKE/SOMERVILLE, the new project featuring former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske and American singer Amanda Somerville, filmed two videos — "Silence" and "If I Had A Wish" — this past Sunday and Monday in Nuremberg, Germany. Joining Kiske and Somerville for the shoot were bassist and main composer Mat Sinner (SINNER, PRIMAL FEAR), guitarist Sander Gommans ...

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Former PUNGENT STENCH Drummer Launches THE TEMPTER

Drummer Alex Wank (a.k.a. Rector Stench, Mr. Stench, Sex Slave) of the now-defunct Austrian extreme metal band PUNGENT STENCH has formed a brand new musical project called THE TEMPTER. The unsigned group has posted two songs — "Manifestation" and "Elyssa" — on its MySpace page. PUNGENT STENCH's last album, "Ampeauty", was issued in ...

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GODSMACK Frontman Talks To Winnipeg's POWER 97

On Wednesday, March 24, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada radio station Power 97 conducted an interview with GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna about the band's upcoming appearance at the MTS Rock on the Range Canada festival, set to take place Saturday, August 7 at Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The chat is now available for streaming using ...

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GAMMA RAY Guitarist/Keyboardist To Undergo Surgery

Due to a "retinal detachment," GAMMA RAY guitarist/keyboardist Henjo Richter has been hospitalized and will undergo surgery today (March 16). A retinal detachment is a disorder of the eye in which the retina peels away from its underlying layer of support tissue. In other news, the GAMMA RAY shows in Saarbrücken, Germany and Langen, Germany ...

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THUNDERBOLT Recording New Album

Norwegian melodic metallers THUNDERBOLT have entered the studio to begin recording their as-yet-untitled third CD for a late 2010 release. The band states, "Tony Johannessen is now putting on the vocal and we hope to mix the album late in April." The forthcoming THUNDERBOLT LP will feature the following tracks: 01. Majestic Travesty 02. Fight ...

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LEVI/WERSTLER: New Song Available For Streaming

DAATH's Eyal Levi and Emil Werstler will unleash their new collaboration, "Avalanche Of Worms", on April 20 via Magna Carta Records. Both accomplished guitarists, their interplay allows Levi's compositional style and Werstler' virtuosic guitar abilities to compliment each other fully; this unique alchemy prevents this album from being classified under any one genre. "We work ...

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DAATH, CYNIC Members Collaborate On LEVI/WERSTLER Debut; More Details Revealed

DAATH's Eyal Levi and Emil Werstler will unleash their new collaboration, "Avalanche Of Worms", on April 20 via Magna Carta Records. Both accomplished guitarists, their interplay allows Levi's compositional style and Werstler' virtuosic guitar abilities to compliment each other fully; this unique alchemy prevents this album from being classified under any one genre. "We work ...

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RAGE: 'Strings To A Web' Cracks German Top 30

"Strings To A Web", the new album from German metallers RAGE, entered the Media Control chart in the band's home country at position No. 27. Commented guitarist Victor Smolski: "Thanks to all former and new RAGE fans who showed interest and enabled to get 'Strings To A Web' in the charts! It's a great reward ...

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THE PROPHECY Invited To Perform At China's MIDI MUSIC FESTIVAL

Yorkshire doom death metallers THE PROPHECY have been officially invited to perform at Midi Music Festival 2010, China's biggest underground music festival, set to take place May 1-4 at Haidian Park, in Haidian District, Beijing. The band is now awaiting confirmation from the Chinese goverment that it will be allowed to perform. THE PROPHECY last ...

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RAGE To Support GAMMA RAY In Japan

German metallers RAGE will support GAMMA RAY on the following Japanese tour dates: April 13 - Osaka, Japan - Big Cat April 15 - Tokyo, Japan - Shibuya O-East April 16 - Tokyo, Japan - Shibuya O-East April 17 - Nagoya, Japan - Bottom Line RAGE's new album, "Strings To A Web", was released on ...

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THE OCEAN: New Album Samples Available

Audio samples of nine songs from THE OCEAN's upcoming album, "Heliocentric", are available for streaming at this location. The web site also contains what is believed to be songtitles and pieces of art that will be included in the forthcoming CD, although this has not yet been officially confirmed by the band. Possible ...

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HANK SHERMANN's DEMONICA: Debut Album Due In February

DEMONICA, the new project featuring MERCYFUL FATE guitarist Hank Shermann, will release its debut album, "Demonstrous", on February 26, 2010 via Massacre Records. The CD was mixed at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado with Dave Otero (CEPHALIC CARNAGE, MARTRIDEN, COBALT). "We are totally stoked how this turned out and can't wait to get it out ...

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220 VOLT's 'Heavy Christmas' Revisited

Swedish heavy metal band 220 VOLT has issued the following update: "25 years ago we were approached with the idea to record a Christmas song. We were already set in the studio for the 'Mind Over Muscle' sessions and a song was written in record time — 'Heavy Christmas'. It was primarily regarded as a ...

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KHAOZ: 'Twist The Knife A Little Deeper' EP Out Now

KHAOZ, the Dutch old-school death metal band featuring current/former members of SINISTER, PLEURISY, THE EMBODIMENT, HOUWITSER and DEAD HEAD, has released a five-song EP entitled "Twist The Knife A Little Deeper". The CD was recorded at Music Lab studios with producer Harris Johns (VOIVOD, SODOM, KREATOR, WHIPLASH). The track listing for the effort is as ...

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SEPTICFLESH's 'Communion' Released As Limited-Edition 12" LP/Box

Necroterror Records, the Cyprus-based underground record label and distributor which specializes in high-quality black metal releases mainly in the vinyl format, has released the 12" LP/box version of SEPTICFLESH's latest album, "Communion". Limited to 350 copies, this vinyl release features all-new alternative cover artwork (pictured below) and layout to the CD version, created by Seth ...

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KISKE/SOMERVILLE Debut Album Final Track Listing Revealed

Former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske is collaborating with American singer Amanda Somerville on a brand new melodic hard rock/metal project for Frontiers Records. Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER) and Magnus Karlsson (PLACE VENDOME, PRIMAL FEAR) are handling most of the songwriting for the CD, which is tentatively due in the spring/summer. According to the

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