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SUNRIDE: European Tour Dates Announced

Finland's SUNRIDE have lined up the following dates in early 2004: Jan. 09 – Semifinal - Helsinki, FIN Jan. 17 – Lutakko - Jyväskylä, FIN (w/ DISFEAR) Feb. 05 - Eldorado/Alcazar - Stockholm, SWE w/ GOOD WITCH OF THE SOUTH: Feb. 06 – Westwerk - Osnabrück, GER Feb. 07 - White Pig - Bad Frankenhausen, ...

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MINISTRY To Release New Album In The Spring

Originators of industrial rock MINISTRY are in the studio recording their follow-up to 2003's "Animositisomina". Straight from the success of this year's highly acclaimed American and European Fornica-Tour, the band have returned to Sonic Ranch deep in the heart of Texas to record. "Houses of the Molé" is slated for release on Sanctuary Records in ...

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Finland's TURISAS Ink Deal With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

Finnish "pagan battle metal" act TURISAS have signed a long-term deal with Century Media Records. The band (named after an ancient Finnish war god) were originally formed in 1997 by Mathias Nygård (vocals) and Jussi Wickström (guitar). Over the years Tuomas Lehtonen (drums), Georg Laakso (guitar), Antti Ventola (keyboards) and Mikko Törmokoski (bass) were added ...

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ROLLING STONE Magazine Publishes 'Greatest Albums Of All Time' List

The editors at Rolling Stone magazine recently polled an array of musicians, critics, and influential industry figures to come up with these 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. Nearly 300 such music experts (including METALLICA's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, BLACK SABBATH's Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, ANTHRAX's Scott Ian, IRON MAIDEN's Bruce Dickinson, THIN ...

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SAURON Sign With NEUROTIC RECORDS

Dutch black metallers SAURON have signed with Neurotic Records for the release of their as-yet-untitled sophomore full-length album, tentatively due in late 2004. The band have written around seven new tracks so far for the follow-up to their debut, "Universe Of Filth", which saw light of day through Dark Horizon Records. According to the group, ...

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PIG DESTROYER To Release EP Through ROBOTIC EMPIRE

On January 27, 2004, Robotic Empire Records will issue a PIG DESTROYER collection CD, entitled "Splits", containing material from the band's split CDs with BENUMB and GNOB. This hard-to-find material has been completely remastered by PIG DESTROYER's own Scott Hull (NILE, DYING FETUS, VOIVOD) at Visceral Sound, along with all new artwork by the skilled ...

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ANAL CUNT Added To SUPERJOINT RITUAL Show In Massachusetts

ANAL CUNT have been added to the November 7 SUPERJOINT RITUAL show in Worcester, Massachusetts. This will be the band's first gig since reforming a couple months ago. They are also playing a headlining show on November 10 at Bill's Bar in Boston. ANAL CUNT will be playing a lot of material they haven't performed ...

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Updated: BURZUM Leader Fails To Return After Short Leave From Prison

The Norwegian media is reporting that BURZUM mastermind Varg "Greven" Vikernes (a.k.a. Count Grishnack) failed to return after a short leave from his prison in Vestfold, Norway, where the black metal musician is serving a 21-year sentence for the August 1993 murder of MAYHEM guitarist Oystein Aarseth (a.k.a. Euronymous), the burning of three churches, and ...

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FEAR FACTORY To Contribute New Song To 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Soundtrack

More information has surfaced about "Archetype", FEAR FACTORY's contribution to the forthcoming "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" soundtrack, due on November 4 through Nitrus Records. The track, which was composed by the group's bassist-turned-guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers and drummer Raymond Herrera and features lyrics written by frontman Burton C. Bell, was self-produced at the band's own recording ...

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DESTROYER 666 To Tour Australia For First Time In Three Years

Australia's DESTROYER 666, who are currently based in Holland, will be returning to Australian shores in December/January for their first national tour in three years. The band's "The Wolves Return" tour will see the band appearing at the Metal For The Brain Festival in December before performing in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth for the ...

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PANTERA, FEAR FACTORY, STATIC-X Among Artists Featured On 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Soundtrack

PANTERA, FEAR FACTORY, STATIC-X and SOIL are among the artists featured on "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Album", the soundtrack to the upcoming remake of the classic '70s horror flick. Based loosely on true events that inspired the original "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", the new film centers around a group of friends whose free-spirited roadtrip ...

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STUCK MOJO Memorabilia To Be Auctioned Off

Several pieces of STUCK MOJO memorabilia have been put up for auction on eBay. Interested parties can currently bid on the following items: 01. The "HVY1" Case — the case that was featured on the cover of the group's live album (auction site) 02. The "Pigwalk" head (a metal pig's head that was ...

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'MTV2 Headbanger's Ball' CD Track Listing Announced

The complete track listing has been announced for the first-ever "MTV2 Headbanger's Ball" album, due on October 7 through Roadrunner Records. The "MTV2 Headbanger's Ball" album will feature 40 tracks on 2 CDs for the cost of just one. The first disc will feature "unit movers" from the hard rock scene, the big names who've ...

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SHADOWS FALL Prepare To 'Take Action'

Massachusetts-based thrash metal quintet SHADOWS FALL, arguably this year's breakthrough Ozzfest artist, are gearing up for a full slate this fall. The group, who constantly sold more albums than any other second stage artist for over five weeks in a row, proved that audiences want to hear real metal bands that are not afraid to ...

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MINISTRY Frontman To Remix EMINENCE Track

MINISTRY frontman Al Jourgensen is set to do a remix of the track "Citizen Zero" from Brazilian extreme metallers EMINENCE (featuring former SEPULTURA guitarist Jairo Guedz on bass). The song comes off EMINENCE's forthcoming CD, "Humanology", due in November through Switzerland's Timeless Productions. "Humanology", the follow-up to 1999's "Chaotic System", is currently being recorded at ...

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KISS: Top-Charting Albums Ordered By Peak Position

Billboard magazine has published a list a the 20 top-charting albums from KISS spanning a 24-year period — from their 1975 self-titled release, which peaked at No. 87, to 1998's "Psycho Circus", which peaked at No. 3 (the chart was compiled prior to the release of "Kiss Symphony: Alive IV"). Titles on this chart are ...

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The Early Years - POISON IDEA

"This one's about all you masculine punks out there," snorts frontman Jerry A before a characteristically off-the-rails live rendition of their song "Typical". In that one announcement, everything that was so perversely lovable about the enduring Portland punks shines through. Despite the general perception that their world was viewed exclusively through the bottom of a ...

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MASTODON Announce U.S. Tour With CLUTCH

Relapse Records recording artists MASTODON have announced their fourth U.S. tour in support of their latest album, "Remission". MASTODON will team up with CLUTCH for two-week span beginning August 29 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The tour is scheduled to conclude September 14 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with additional dates pending. MASTODON, fresh off their ...

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EMINENCE Finalize Track Listing For 'Humanology'

EMINENCE, the Brazilian band that features in its ranks former SEPULTURA guitarist Jairo Guedz on bass, have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Humanology", due in November through Switzerland's Timeless Productions. The follow-up to 1999's "Chaotic System" will be recorded during August at Sonic Ranch studios in Tornillo, Texas with veteran producer Neil ...

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ANAL CUNT Reform

ANAL CUNT have reformed and have announced a live show at Bill's Bar in Boston, Massachusetts on November 10. The following is the official statement on the group's reformation from the band's vocalist Seth Putnam: "Well, I guess the biggest news to start off with is that ANAL CUNT are back together. You might think ...

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KISS: Special Display Available At Seattle's EMP

This summer, Experience Music Project (EMP) presents a unique new display dedicated to the infamous band KISS, opening June 13 and running through early Fall, 2003. Visitors and fans can get a close-up look at some of KISS' most well-known memorabilia, including stage costumes worn by Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss ...

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COAL CHAMBER Finalize Track Listing For 'Giving The Devil His Due'

COAL CHAMBER have finalized the track listing for their upcoming B-sides/rarities album, "Giving The Devil His Due", due on July 29 through Roadrunner Records. According to an official statement from Roadrunner, "Giving The Devil His Due" is "not a traditional "B-sides album", but rather "a collection of songs that traces the sonic growth and breadth ...

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NAPALM DEATH Line Up European Dates

Legendary British grindcore band NAPALM DEATH have lined up the following European dates during the coming months: Jun. 12 – Bielefeld, GER @ Hechelei Jun. 13 - Rathenow, GER @ Musikbrauerei Jun. 14 - Coburg, GER @ Blind Guardian OA Jul. 04 - Roitzschjora, GER @ With Full Force Aug. 08 - Höchstenbach, GER @ ...

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ROB HALFORD Not 'TWO' Metal For REZNOR-Era Material

In a recent interview with Electricbasement.com, Rob Halford spoke of the possibility of incorporating some of his controversial "non-metal" TWO material into future set lists (TWO's "Voyeurs" CD was produced by Trent Reznor of NINE INCH NAILS fame), "I have to stop avoiding that because I still love that record," Rob said. "It was definitely ...

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'Headbanger's Ball' Comes Back To Life

The premiere edition of the resurrected "Headbanger's Ball" aired Saturday night (May 10) on MTV2. The first week's show was hosted by METALLICA and featured videos by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, GODSMACK, SUPERJOINT RITUAL and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, among others. The complete playlist for last night's "Headbanger's Ball" was as follows: Hour 1: 01. METALLICA - One 02. ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH's DANI: I Can't Handle MARILYN MANSON's Fakeness

CRADLE OF FILTH singer Dani Filth has slammed MARILYN MANSON as "fake" and recounted an incident a couple of years back where the two parties came face-to-face — a meeting that ended with less than spectacular results. When asked by Britain's Metal Hammer magazine if he is interested in the kind of all-encompassing, multi-faceted career ...

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NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE FESTIVAL: Lineup Announced!

SUPERJOINT RITUAL, MESHUGGAH, THE HAUNTED, SUFFOCATION and LAMB OF GOD are among the artists scheduled to appear at this year's New England Metal And Hardcore Festival, set to take place on May 16-17 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. The compete lineup for the fesatival is as follows: Friday, May 16 (3:00 p.m. doors): OPETH ...

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