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The Funeral March - GADGET

A funeral march? More like a poor group of mourners being made to do the Devil's war dance as the members of Sweden's GADGET fire automatic weapons at their feet. "The Funeral March" is a mostly solid piece of Swedish-style grindcore that (surprise, surprise) owes a debt to masters NASUM, even though songs like the ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN Raise Awareness Of Sudanese Genocide

SYSTEM OF A DOWN is committed to raising awareness of all human rights issues, including the current genocide crisis going on the Darfur region of Western Sudan. mtvU has launched a online campaign at www.darfurisdying.com to help spread information about the genocide. Through a partnership with the Reebok Human Rights Foundation and the International Crisis ...

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Metalmania 2005 - VARIOUS ARTISTS

In yet another example of Europe's festival organizing acumen, Poland's annual Metalmania festival continues to attract quality acts from a range of genres to the always-rabid Polish audience. The festival's main stage highlights have once again been captured on DVD, this time the 2005 extravaganza. The 205-minute two-disc set includes a professionally shot and mixed ...

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Memorial - MOONSPELL

Kudos to Portugal's MOONSPELL for creating goth with death metal propulsion that should have cross-genre appeal. You heard it on much of "The Antidote", but "Memorial" is a 59-minute gem of an album that manages to be very heavy without dispensing with that Vampire-esque gothic appeal. While I would not call it a masterpiece, "Memorial" ...

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POISON Frontman To Star In Film Based On His Life

Syndicated newspaper columnists Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are reporting that POISON lead singer Bret Michaels — who's gearing up to head out on the group's "20 Years of Rock Tour" next month — will go before the cameras by year's end in a film based on his own life if all goes as ...

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TRISTANIA Part Ways With Male Singer

Norwegian symphonic metal band TRISTANIA have parted ways with vocalist Kjetil Ingebrethsen. Commented Kjetil: "After four amazing years, I have decided to leave TRISTANIA. There is no bad blood between us at all, and we are still good friends. This is a choice I had to make, just for my own part, and it was ...

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Wicked Wisdom - WICKED WISDOM

I went into this review as skeptical as anyone and expected little from this debut album from the band fronted by actress Jada Pinkett-Smith. I came out of it with a healthy appreciation for the heavy rock/modern metal of WICKED WISDOM. Cutting to the chase, if your music of choice doesn't involve bands like OTEP ...

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In the Arms of Devastation - KATAKLYSM

It is about time I got around to reviewing a disc by Canada's northern hyper blasters, KATAKLYSM. After enjoying what I heard of the last several albums and suffering through the disappointment of two live performances, thanks to horrid sound mixes, I have now been able to spend a little quality time with "In the ...

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ENGEL Promise 'Groundbreaking' New Music

ENGEL, the new Gothenburg, Sweden-based quintet featuring guitarists Marcus Sunesson (ex-THE CROWN) and Niclas Engelin (PASSENGER, ex-GARDENIAN, IN FLAMES), drummer Mojjo (RELEVANT FEW, DRACENA), bassist Robert Hakemo (ex-GARDENIAN, GOOSEFLESH) and vocalist Mangan Klavborn, have issued the following update: "Though [there has been] some secrecy regarding this particular matter, the band has until now [been] conjured ...

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GAMMA RAY Add Minnesota Date To North American Tour

Hamburg, Germany-based GAMMA RAY, featuring Kai Hansen (formerly of HELLOWEEN) on lead vocals, will make their only Midwest/mid-country appearance at the Rock Nightclub in Maplewood, Minnesota, on Friday, May 12. This performance will be the closing date of their first-ever U.S. tour and the only performance that does not take place on either the East ...

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Injured GAMMA RAY Guitarist Offers Update On His Condition

GAMMA RAY guitarist/keyboardist Henjo Richter, who is recovering after suffering injuries in a fall he took on January 15 on a ferry boat between Stockholm and Helsinki, has issued the following update via the group's official web site: "I've been asked to say something about my injury 'cause I was still missing at the shows ...

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The Garden of Unearthly Delights - CATHEDRAL

Some things in life, you can depend on. A CATHEDRAL album is usually one of them. Dave Patchett art, Lee Dorrian's mad warble, delightfully silly movie samples, and most importantly, lurching, fetid SAB grooves grinding in first gear across the English countryside in varying degrees of doominess. Though they set an early benchmark for harrowing ...

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OVERKILL In Talks To Play GIGANTOUR

Greg Wilson of Doomsdaymusic.com recently conducted an interview with D.D. Verni of OVERKILL/THE BRONX CASKET CO. fame. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow: Doomsdaymusic.com: Now speaking of shows I know you guys [THE BRONX CASKET CO.] were supposed to have one in October but you basically had it taken away from ...

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MOTÖRHEAD's LEMMY: 'Damage Case' Anthology Due Next Month

Sanctuary Records has set a February 6 release date for "Damage Case: The Lemmy Anthology", a unique career overview of the MOTÖRHEAD mainman Ian Fraser Kilmister — otherwise known as Lemmy. The two-CD compilation pulls together a wild and oft-unlikely range of tracks from right across his recording pantheon, kicking off in the '60s with ...

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Former NINE INCH NAILS Drummer To Release NEARLY Debut

Jerome Dillon, best known for his work over the past six years as drummer and occasional guitarist with NINE INCH NAILS, will release "Reminder", the first album from his band NEARLY on April 11 via Kufala Recordings/La Cosa Nostra. "Reminder" was recorded in Los Angeles and features Dillon as the primary writer, producer, performer and ...

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Erased from the Memory of Man - WATCHMAKER

"The common denominator of the universe is not harmony; it's chaos, hostility, and murder. The quote taken from Werner Herzog's "Grizzly Man" that is listed in the liner notes of WATCHMAKER's "Erased from the Memory of Man" CD explains a lot about the grindcore razor fight that awaits the listener. There is grindcore that chips ...

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Breathe Fire - RAISE THE RED LANTERN

That drummer Joe of Chicago's RAISE THE RED LANTERN (RTRL) took over a house serving as residence for squatters and needle riders by writing a false eviction notice and turning it into band HQ and underground event venue makes sense when one hears the unhinged, post-hardcore-ish sounds of "Breathe Fire". The band's second release (after ...

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Come Clarity - IN FLAMES

After the musical brilliance and Swedish might of IN FLAMES' "Colony" and "Clayman", it would have been damn near impossible for future albums to measure up. Initially unsure of "Reroute to Remain", the infinitely more melodic follow-up to "Clayman" ultimately hooked me and I ended up enjoying it immensely. But "Soundtrack to Your Escape" lost ...

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