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MASTODON's 'Leviathan' Named KERRANG!'s 2004 'Album Of The Year'

MASTODON's latest release "Leviathan" has been named Kerrang! magazine's 2004 "Album of the Year". The year-end Kerrang! list was determined via a poll of the esteemed magazine's editors and contributing writers. "Leviathan" was released on August 31 in North America and September 13 in Europe to fan and critical acclaim. The follow up to the ...

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WEDNESDAY 13: Solo Album Mastered, E-Card Available

MURDERDOLLS frontman Wednesday 13 has issued the following update on his recent activities: "I just got back from NY visiting the fine people at Roadrunner Records to discuss the album and plans for the future. Everything is looking great and everyone seems to be on the same page as how to market and promote this ...

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PIG DESTROYER Complete Work On New Music Video

Virginia's extreme sound nihilists PIG DESTROYER have completed work on the first music video from their critically acclaimed new album, "Terrifyer". The video, for the album's roll out track "Gravedancer", was filmed on location in Brooklyn, NY with director Vladimir Lik and producer Dale Resteghini (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL) for Raging Nation ...

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GORGOROTH Explain Abbreviated Mexico City Performance

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH have issued the following report on their recent South American/Mexican tour: "The recent Central American tour was very well visited and the fans was truly dedicated. Especially in San Salvador and Guatemala city, although the security in the first mentioned city should have been better. Mexico was also great, at least ...

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KISS ARMY NORWAY To Release 'Historic' KISS Tribute Album Next Year

KISS Army Norway and Voices Music Entertainment will release a tribute album next year featuring chart-topping and award-winning bands from Norway performing their favourite KISS songs. Ken Kelly, who did the legendary paintings for the "Destroyer" and "Love Gun" albums, has painted his third KISS cover for this tribute CD. KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick salutes ...

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CLUTCH Release Double Live CD

CLUTCH have announced the release of "Clutch - Live in Flint, Michigan" through their own River Road Records. This is a double CD recording of CLUTCH's marathon "An Evening With" set from the Machine Shop in July 2004. Both CDs are enhanced with still photos and video. The track listing is as follows: Set One: ...

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PETER CRISS' Ex-Wife's Scrapbooks Sell For Over $10,000

Backstage Auctions has wrapped up its 2004 live auction schedule with the completion of the Lydia Criss auction. The auction, which featured personal and KISS-related items from her 12-year marriage to original KISS drummer Peter Criss as well as items from Lydia's years as a rock photographer, sold 84% of her collection. The biggest-selling items ...

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ISLE OF MAN Sign Licensing Deal With GARDEN OF EXILE RECORDS

Dutch death/grindcore band ISLE OF MAN have signed a distribution-and-promotion deal with Garden of Exile Records. The five tracks the band recorded last year will be released by the end of November 2004 under the title "Breathe Plastic". In addition to the five tracks, the disc will contain a video for the song "Pig Roast". ...

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GORGOROTH: Early Albums To Be Reissued

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH have inked a deal with the French label Season of Mist for the reissues of their first three albums: "Pentagram" (1994), "Antichrist" (1996) and "Under the Sign of Hell" (1997). All three will be re-released in January/February in a remastered, digipack version. It is not presently clear if Season of Mist ...

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MURDERDOLLS Frontman Signs Solo Deal With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

Wednesday 13, of MURDERDOLLS fame, has signed to Roadrunner Records as a solo artist and will be unleashing "Transylvania 90210 – Songs of Death, Dying and the Dead" on the label in early 2005. The band, currently comprised of Wednesday on vocals/guitar, Ghastly on drums, Kid Kid on bass and Pig on guitar, will begin ...

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TRAUMA FEST: Complete Billing Announced

The complete billing has been announced for the Trauma Fest, a two-day festival scheduled to take place January 7-8, 2005 at Sala Divino Aqualung in Madrid, Spain. The following groups are currently scheduled to appear at the festival: Friday, January 7, 2005: DISMEMBER (SWE) MACABRE (USA) EXTREME NOISE TERROR (UK) DEAD INFECTION (POL) STRONG INTENTION ...

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HANOI ROCKS Singer Slams MÖTLEY CRÜE, GENE SIMMONS

In a recent interview with RockUnited.com, HANOI ROCKS members Michael Monroe, Andy McCoy and new guitarist Stevie Klasson spoke about the group's latest single, upcoming album and other recent activities. Seveal excerpts from the interview follow: RockUnited.com: Michael, you recently did an interview with MetalSludge.com and it concerned a lot about (MÖTLEY CRÜE/BRIDES ...

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Author To Sign Copies Of Grindcore/Death Metal Book 'Choosing Death'

"Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore", written by longtime extreme metal journalist Albert Mudrian, is available in stores now. The long-awaited book, released via Feral House, revisits critical moments in the history of the grindcore and death metal genres. "Choosing Death", which features an introduction by internationally respected DJ John Peel, ...

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Former AMEN Guitarist Joins MURDERDOLLS Frontman's Solo Band

MURDERDOLLS frontman Wednesday 13 has secured the services of former AMEN guitarist Matt "Pig" Montgomery for the his "Look What The Bats Dragged In" November European solo tour. Commented Wednesday: " 'Pig' is the perfect guy for this. We're both horror movie junkies, and the whole reason we got into music in the first place ...

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MELIAH RAGE: Festival Appearances Announced

Reunited Boston-based metallers MELIAH RAGE are scheduled to appear at two upcoming New England area heavy metal music festivals that are doubling as CD release parties. Formed in Boston in 1986 (and featuring GODSMACK's Sully Erna on drums for the release of "Unfinished Business"), MELIAH RAGE recently returned after a 10-year absence from the studio ...

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PIG DESTROYER Announce U.K. Headlining Tour

Virginia's extreme sound nihilists PIG DESTROYER have announced their first tour of 2004 in support of their forthcoming album, "Terrifyer". PIG DESTROYER will kick off a week-long U.K. headlining tour beginning November 12 in Nottingham at the Old Angel. The tour will conclude on November 19 in London with a special PIG DESTROYER CD release ...

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MASTODON, PIG DESTROYER Among Revolver Magazine's 'Future Of American Metal' Bands

Relapse Records recording artists MASTODON and PIG DESTROYER have been named amongst Revolver magazine's 10 "Future of American Metal" bands. Revolver's 10 "Future of American Metal" acts were determined via a poll of the editors and contributing writers at the noted magazine. MASTODON and PIG DESTROYER join an impressive list of Revolver's fast-rising heavy music ...

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PIG DESTROYER: 'Piss Angel' Video To Premiere On 'Headbanger's Ball'

PIG DESTROYER's video for the song "Piss Angel" will premiere on this weekend's edition of "Headbangers Ball". "Headbanger's Ball" airs Saturdays from 10-12 p.m. EST on MTV2. Taken from the band's critically acclaimed album "Prowler in the Yard", the "Piss Angel" video was directed by Kenneth Thibault and Nathaniel Baruch. The video revolves around a ...

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DISMEMBER, REPULSION, PUNGENT STENCH Confirmed For Spain's TRAUMA FEST

DISMEMBER, REPULSION, PUNGENT STENCH and EXTREME NOISE TERROR are among the bands confirmed for the Trauma Fest, a two-day festival scheduled to take place January 7-8, 2005 at Sala Divino Aqualung in Madrid, Spain. The following groups are currently scheduled to appear at the festival: DISMEMBER (Sweden) REPULSION (USA) MACABRE (USA) EXTREME NOISE TERROR (UK) ...

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