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Former BROKEN HOPE Vocalist Dead At 37

Joe Ptacek, former vocalist of the long-defunct 1990s Illinois death metal band BROKEN HOPE, died last night (Wednesday, January 20) of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 37 years old. Former BROKEN HOPE guitarist Jeremy Wagner has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding Ptacek's passing: "It's with profound sadness and ...

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KKOAGULAA Signs With AURAL MUSIC

KKOAGULAA, the multimedia, multidimensional project formed by Ccernn (a.k.a. Tor-Helge Skei, a.k.a. Cernunus) after his departure from MANES, has inked a deal with Aural Music. The group's full-length debut, "Aurum Nostrum Non Est Aurum Vulgi", will be released in late February and will be preceded by a digital-only EP in late January. According to a ...

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HOUR OF PENANCE: New Album Title, Release Date Revealed

Italian death metallers HOUR OF PENANCE have set "Paradogma" as title of their fourth album, due on March 2 via Unique Leader Records. The CD cover art is being created by Gyula Havancsàk, who has previously worked with such acts as ANNIHILATOR and DESTRUCTION. "Paradogma" was recorded at 16th Cellar studios in Rome with producer ...

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MNEMIC: 'Diesel Uterus' Lyrics Released

Danish modern metallers MNEMIC have released the lyrics to their new song "Diesel Uterus", which is available for streaming below. The track comes off the band's fourth studio album, "Sons Of The System", due in Europe on January 15, 2010 and in North America on January 26, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was ...

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THANATOSCHIZO: Interview, Performance Footage From ILHA DO ERMAL Festival Posted Online

Riff Magazine has uploaded video footage of THANATOSCHIZO's performance at this year's Ilha do Ermal festival, which was held August 28-30 in Vieira do Minho, Portugal. The nine-minute clip, which can be viewed below, also includes a Portuguese-language interview with the band's guitarist, Guilhermino Martins. THANATOSCHIZO is currently recording a new, semi-acoustic album for an ...

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HOUR OF PENANCE Putting Finishing Touches On New Album Recordings

Italian death metallers HOUR OF PENANCE recently entered 16th Cellar studio in Rome with engineer Stefano Morabito to begin recording their as-yet-untitled fourth album for an early 2010 release via Unique Leader Records. Commented guitarist Guilio Moschini: "We've finally finished tracking all the instruments for the new album and we will start mixing it at ...

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MNEMIC: New Song Available For Streaming

"Diesel Uterus", a brand new song from Danish modern metallers MNEMIC, is available for streaming at Metal-Hammer.de. The track comes off the band's fourth studio album, "Sons Of The System", which will be released in Europe on January 15, 2010 and in North America on January 26, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The ...

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MNEMIC Reveals More 'Sons Of The System' Bonus Track Details

Danish modern metallers MNEMIC will release their fourth studio album, "Sons Of The System", in Europe on January 15, 2010 and in North America on January 26, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at MNEMIC's own studio and at the Antfarm facility in Aarhus, Denmark with Danish producer Tue Madsen (HALFORD, BEHEMOTH, ...

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MNEMIC: 'Sons Of The System' Bonus Tracks Detailed

Danish modern metallers MNEMIC will release their fourth studio album, "Sons Of The System", in Europe on January 15, 2010 and in North America on January 26, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at MNEMIC's own studio and at the Antfarm facility in Aarhus, Denmark with Danish producer Tue Madsen (HALFORD, BEHEMOTH, ...

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MNEMIC: 'Sons Of The System' Track Listing, Release Date Revealed

Danish modern metallers MNEMIC will release their fourth studio album, "Sons Of The System", on January 15, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at MNEMIC's own studio and at the Antfarm facility in Aarhus, Denmark with Danish producer Tue Madsen (HALFORD, BEHEMOTH, KATAKLYSM, THE HAUNTED), who previously helmed the group's "Mechanical Spin ...

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THANATOSCHIZO: More Video Footage From The Studio Posted Online

Portuguese avant-garde maniacs THANATOSCHIZO have uploaded the second in a series of video reports from the recording sessions for the band's new, semi-acoustic album. The band chose "RAWoid" (a theme that merges "RAW" from the group's first album, "Schizo Level", and "Void" from their third effort, "Turbulence") as the song which will be gradually portrayed ...

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Australia's TEMPLESTOWE To Release Debut In October

Australian metal band TEMPLESTOWE will release its debut album, "Cimmerian", on October 10. The effort, which will be made available independently in both CD and digital format, was recorded with engineer/mixer Scott Carter (AEON OF HORUS) at Dark Corpse Studio in Canberra, Australia. The LP also features additional engineering by Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA ...

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THANATOSCHIZO: Video Footage From The Studio Posted Online

Portuguese avant-garde maniacs THANATOSCHIZO have uploaded the first in a series of video reports from the recording sessions for the band's new, semi-acoustic album. The band chose "RAWoid" (a theme that merges "RAW" from the group's first album, "Schizo Level", and "Void" from their third effort, "Turbulence") as the song which will be gradually portrayed ...

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HOUR OF PENANCE To Enter Studio This Month

Italian death metallers HOUR OF PENANCE will enter 16th Cellar studio in Rome on August 27 with engineer Stefano Morabito to begin recording their as-yet-untitled fourth album. Commented guitarist Giulio Moschini: "After less than a year of songwriting, we're finally ready to hit the studio and record the new album. We're very satisfied with the ...

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THANATOSCHIZO Preparing To Enter Studio

Portuguese avant-garde maniacs THANATOSCHIZO will enter the studio on July 22 to begin recording their fifth full-length album. This time, the band will work in two different facilities: Teatro de Vila Real in their hometown, Vila Real; and the group's own Blind & Lost Studios in Santa Marta de Penaguião, Portugal. For the first time, ...

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HOUR OF PENANCE Rejoined By Guitarist

Italian death metallers HOUR OF PENANCE have issued the following update: "After an almost three-year-long hiatus, HOUR OF PENANCE welcomes back the former guitarist and founder Enrico, who apparently got tired of the cold and dark Norwegian life... The band is now back as a quintet and will perform for the first time with the ...

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MONSTER MAGNET Confirmed For U.K.'s HARD ROCK HELL Festival

MONSTER MAGNET will headline the first night of this year's Hard Rock Hell festival, set to take place December 4-5, 2009 at Pontins in Prestatyn Sands. North Wales, United Kingdom. Hard Rock Hell booker Seven Webster says: "The response to this year's event has been our best yet, with tickets selling at record speed, and ...

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BURNING HUMAN: 'Resurrection Through Fire' First-Week Sales Revealed

"Resurrection Through Fire", the long-awaited debut album from BURNING HUMAN, the resurrected death metal band featuring SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner, sold around 190 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Resurrection Through Fire", came out on April 21 through E1 Music (formerly Koch Records). The CD ...

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SHADOWS FALL Drummer's BURNING HUMAN: Debut CD Artwork Unveiled, Shows Announced

BURNING HUMAN, the resurrected death metal band featuring SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner, will release its long-awaited debut album, "Resurrection Through Fire", on April 21 through E1 Music (formerly Koch Records). The CD was produced and mixed by James Murphy (DEATH, OBITUARY, TESTAMENT) in his SafeHouse Productions studio in central Florida. "Resurrection Through Fire" final ...

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THANATOSCHIZO Signs To MAJOR LABEL INDUSTRIES

Portuguese avant-garde maniacs THANATOSCHIZO have inked a deal with Major Label Industries for the release of a semi-acoustic CD, due later in the year. The record is expected to include reworked songs from all THANATOSCHIZO albums — "Schizo Level", "InsomniousNightLift", "Turbulence" and "Zoom Code" — featuring an even more avant-garde approach, with ethnical and progressive ...

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THANATOSCHIZO To Play 'Semi-Acoustic' Hometown Show

Portuguese avant-garde maniacs THANATOSCHIZO will play a "semi-acoustic" gig in their hometown of Vila Real on Saturday, February 28. The band is preparing a special set with special guests and acoustic, ethnic and electronic remakes of songs from its four albums. The local theater will host THANATOSCHIZO's comeback gig in the city nine years after ...

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AUGURY Announces New Drummer

Canadian progressive death metal band AUGURY has announced the addition of drummer Antoine Baril to the group's ranks. The group says, "Originating from Quebec City area, Antoine got known with the excellent tribute to DEATH, SYMBOLIC, as well as MAG project, SIGNS OF FATE and many others. An accomplished mutli-instrumentalist and producer of several local ...

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NO CONSEQUENCE Signs With BASICK RECORDS

U.K. technical death metallers NO CONSEQUENCE have inked a deal with Basick Records. The band's debut album, "In The Shadow Of Gods", will be released in August. Commented vocalist Phil Winterbottom: "Having watched Basick grow as a label since its conception we cannot think of a better label to release our debut album through. We're ...

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STREET LEGAL: New Album Details Revealed

Frontiers Records will release the comeback album from Norwegian rockers STREET LEGAL, "Bite The Bullet", in Europe on March 13. Sound-wise, STREET LEGAL has been often compared to THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE and BLUE MURDER. "Classic rock with a strong blues foundation, still very harmony-driven," bass player and singer Bjorn Boge states when asked to describe ...

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SHADOWS FALL Drummer's BURNING HUMAN Signs With KOCH RECORDS

BURNING HUMAN, the resurrected death metal band featuring SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner, has inked a deal with Koch Records for the release of the group's long-awaited debut album, "Resurrection Through Fire". Due on April 21, the CD was produced and mixed by James Murphy (DEATH, OBITUARY, TESTAMENT) in his SafeHouse Productions studio in central ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE Bassist Reveals Favorite Albums Of 2008

Bassist Alex Webster of Florida-based death metal veterans CANNIBAL CORPSE recently spoke to Roadie Crew magazine's Thiago Sarkis about Webster's favorite albums of 2008. Alex's choices for the best albums of the year, along with his comments, follow below. * MESHUGGAH's "ObZen": Alex Webster: "This album really shows how a band can have extremely unusual ...

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AXL ROSE Takes Part In Another Online Chat, Says There Are 'No Plans' For GN'R Tour Right Now

Reclusive GUNS N' ROSES singer Axl Rose took part in yet another online chat Friday night (December 12), this time via the GUNS N' ROSES fan community ChineseDemocracy.com. BLABBERMOUTH.NET has compiled the most interesting bits from the question-and-answer session and is re-posting them here for your reading enjoyment. (Note: Some of Axl's responses ...

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