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BEHEMOTH: 'Demigod' Cover Posted Online

Polish black metallers BEHEMOTH have posted the cover artwork for their new album, "Demigod", at this location. "Demigod" was mixed by BEHEMOTH frontman Nergal and producer Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES) at Dug-Out studios in Uppsala, Sweden, while mastering duties were handled at the Cutting Room studios in Stockholm. A guest appearance by ...

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MUSHROOMHEAD Vocalist JASON MANN Quits The Band

MUSHROOMHEAD vocalist Jason Mann has left the band, a source close to the group has informed PITRIFF.com. MUSHROOMHEAD recently toured with INSANE CLOWN POSSE following a split with their record company, Universal Records (which issued the band's "XX" and "XIII" albums). Mann's own record label, dubbed Fractured Transmitter Records, has just released the ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD: Studio Report

Maniacal Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have just entered Armoury Studios in Vancouver to record the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2002 release, "SYL". Devin Townsend (vocals, guitars) checks in with the following studio update. "Here's a heads up from the Dev, speaking on behalf of the STRAPPING camp. We recently put in a long ...

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MATS/MORGAN BAND: FREDRIK THORDENDAL Collaborators To Tour The U.S.

MATS/MORGAN BAND, the Swedish progressive fusion/avant-garde group featuring drummer Morgan Ågren and keyboardist Mats Öberg (both of whom played on MESHUGGAH guitarist Fredrik Thordendal's 1997 solo album "Sol Niger Within"), will be embarking on a short U.S. tour in September. The dates are as follows: Sep. 05 - Progday Festival - Chappel Hill, NC Sep. ...

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BEHEMOTH Complete Work On 'Demigod', New Music Available For Download

Polish black metal outfit BEHEMOTH have completed work on their new album, "Demigod", for a fall release. The group's frontman Nergal has just finished mixing the album at Dug-Out studios in Uppsala, Sweden with Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES). Mastering duties were handled at the Cutting Room studios in Stockholm. Commented Nergal: "Working with Daniel ...

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SCARVE: Debut Album Reissue To Include Bonus DVD

France's SCARVE will have their debut album, "Translucence" (originally released in 2000), reissued in 2005 with a bonus DVD. The band, who released their third album, "Irradiant", earlier in the year through Listenable Records, are presently in negotiations for a European tour. No further information is currently available. In related news, SCARVE's Dirk Verbeuren has ...

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RAM-ZET Prepare To Record New Album

Norwegian "black psychotic power metal" act RAM-ZET will enter the studio in early September to record their new album, tentatively due in early 2005. Mixing duties will be handled by Daniel Bergstrand (IN FLAMES, MESHUGGAH) in early November. Several MP3 clips from the group's 2003 demo are still available for download at their official web ...

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GATES OF METAL Festival: Photos Posted Online

Around 100 photos taken at this year's Gates of Metal festival on July 31 in Hultsfred, Sweden have been posted online at the MetalHeart.se web site. Among the bands that performed at the festival were MORBID ANGEL, WITHIN TEMPTATION, FINNTROLL, STRATOVARIUS, SODOM, MESHUGGAH, SONATA ARCTICA and DRAGONFORCE. To view all the photos, click

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DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND Drummer To Record Solo Album

DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen has posted the following message on his web site: "Since I recently left my band of 8 years, GOD AWAKENS PETRIFIED, I've decided to do a solo album with all the idea's and riffs I never ended up using with GOD AWAKENS PETRIFIED or outside of GOD AWAKENS ...

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BODYBAG Drummer Forms New Project

BODYBAG drummer Jimmy Littlefield is currently singing for a new Portland, OR-based project called KAPUDA and is going to be holding open auditions for a drummer soon. Influences include MESHUGGAH, SOULFLY and FAITH NO MORE. Interested parties can call (503) 975-1224 or e-mail [email protected] "We are very open-minded and professional about this," says Littlefield. "We ...

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SHADOWS FALL: 'The Art of Balance' Passes 100,000 Sales Mark

SHADOWS FALL have achieved another great milestone in their already illustrious career, as their latest album, "The Art of Balance", has officially surpassed the 100,000 mark, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is a huge accomplishment not only for the band, but also for Century Media, who have both grown considerably over the past few years. ...

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BEHEMOTH: New Album Nearing Completion

Polish black metal outfit BEHEMOTH are putting the finishing touches on their much-anticipated new record, "Demigod", tentatively scheduled for an October release. Frontman Nergal checked in with the following update: "Hi all out there! Guess some of you are hungry for news. First of all, the whole recording process takes more time than we have ...

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TEXTURES Named 'Most Promising Act'

Dutch progressive metallers TEXTURES (Listenable Records) have won the Essent Award for "most promising act". As a result of this recognition, the band will be granted a considerable promotional budget and will perform at the Netherlands' largest festival, Lowlands (August 20-22). This show will be broadcast on MTV Netherlands in the first week of September. ...

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STRATOVARIUS Replace RUNNING WILD At Sweden's GATES OF METAL Festival

STRATOVARIUS will replace RUNNING WILD on the bill of this year's Gates of Metal festival, set to be held July 31 in Hultsfred, Sweden. Other bands scheduled to appear include MORBID ANGEL, WITHIN TEMPTATION, MESHUGGAH, SONATA ARCTICA, SODOM, SENTENCED, FINNTROLL, THE STORYTELLER, DRAGONFORCE, PAGAN'S MIND, ARISE and FACEBREAKER. The festival organizers commented on STRATOVARIUS' addition ...

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TEXTURES Announce '7 Days Of Insomnia' Tour Dates

Dutch progressive thrash metal outfit TEXTURES have announced their "7 Days Of Insomnia" tour. In seven days, the band will play with three bands that are a major influence on them, as well as perform at this year's Fury Fest in Le Mans, France. Later this year, TEXTURES will embark on a full European tour ...

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MESHUGGAH: Mind-Bending Aural Assault Scheduled For July

Fractured Transmitter Records, the label formed by MUSHROOMHEAD vocalist Jason Mann, has confirmed a July 13 U.S. release date for the new EP from Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH. Titled "I", the one-song CD is being described as a 21-minute "mind-bending aural assault … [that] is sure to send shock waves throughout the metal community." ...

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SOILWORK To Film Video For 'Departure Plan'

Swedish melodic death thrashers SOILWORK will be filming a video for the track "Departure Plan" later in the month. "Departure Plan" comes off the group's most recent album, "Figure Number Five" (2003), which was recorded primarily at Queenstreet Recording (THE DEFACED) in SOILWORK's hometown of Helsingborg with producer Fredrik Nordström (THE HAUNTED, DARK TRANQUILLITY). Drums ...

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SOILWORK To Enter Studio In September

Swedish melodic death thrashers SOILWORK will enter Studio Kuling in Örebro, Sweden on September 13 with producer Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) to begin recording their sixth album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Nuclear Blast Records. "The new material sounds very promising," SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid writes on the group's ...

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