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DESPISED ICON Prepares To Record New Album

Guitarist Eric Jarrin of the Montreal-based deathcore six-piece DESPISED ICON has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "We've been taking some time off to finish writing new songs, things are looking good for 2007, with a new album around April/May, and, of course, some good tours to promote this new release. ...

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HIMSA Signs Worldwide Deal With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

Century Media Records has announced the signing of HIMSA. The Seattle-based metal quintet’s ferocious blend of melodic, unrelenting thrash speed mixed with old-school influences resulted in a savage, unique and uncompromising sound that was welcome, refreshing and undeniable. The group continued to carve out their own unique niche in the scene through relentless touring alongside ...

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THE ACCURSED: New Live Dates Announced

New Bedford, Massachusetts melodic thrash metallers THE ACCURSED have lined up the following dates: Dec. 26 - The Skybar - Somerville, MA Jan. 27 - Rocks - Richmond, VA (TBC) Feb. 02 - Rox's Rock House - Oxford, MA Feb. 23 - The Skybar - Somerville, MA THE ACCURSED released its full-length debut, "Seasons of ...

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DARK FUNERAL, KATAKLYSM, BEHEMOTH Confirmed For Germany's HELLRAISER OPEN AIR

DARK FUNERAL, KATAKLYSM and BEHEMOTH are among the confirmed acts for the Hellraiser Open Air festival, set to take place May 25-27 at Mark Schönstädt in Wurzen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): BEHEMOTH BETRAYER DARK FUNERAL DAWN OF FATE DEMONIZER DISILLUSION ELUVEITIE EMINENZ ENDSTILLE ENSIFERUM GRAVEWORM ICONOCLASM KATAKLYSM ...

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MOONSPELL: Animated 'Luna' Video Available

Portuguese metallers MOONSPELL have posted the animated video for their song "Luna" at this location. MOONSPELL was named "Best Portuguese Act" at MTV's 13th annual Europe Music Awards, which were held on Nov. 2 in Copenhagen, Denmark. This is the first time ever a metal band has won that particular award in Europe. ...

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BLACK FUNERAL Completes Work On New Album

U.S. black metal outfit BLACK FUNERAL has completed work on its seventh album, "Waters of Weeping", due in early 2007 via Behemoth Productions. The CD is described in a press release as "an apocalyptic black metal exploration of the 10 spheres of the inverse sephiroth, the tree of death from ancient cabalistic writings. BLACK FUNERAL ...

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MOONSPELL: More Festival Appearances Announced

Portuguese metal band MOONSPELL has been added to the X-Mas Festivals bill at the 013 in Tilburg, Holland on December 17. Other bands on the bill include GOREFEST, TRAIL OF TEARS, BELPHEGOR, DARZAMAT, HEVEIN, HEIDEVOLK, THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT and DEVIOUS. MOONSPELL has also been confirmed for the Winternoise Festival at the Georgsmarienhütte Event Center in ...

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MOONSPELL: Tour Diary Available

Portugal's MOONSPELL is keeping an online tour diary from its U.S. trek with KATATONIA and DAYLIGHT DIES. Check it out at the group's official forum. MOONSPELL will team up with NAPALM DEATH, BEHEMOTH and DEW-SCENTED for a European tour in March/April. A list of tour dates can be found at this ...

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BULLDOZER Discography To Be Reissued Through METAL MIND

Metal Mind Productions will on November 27 release the complete discography from BULLDOZER — one of the oldest and most respected thrash metal bands from Italy. "Regenerated in the Grave" CD book box, released with the band's full cooperation, consists of the following albums: "The Day of Wrath", "The Final Separation", "IX", "Neurodeliri" and "Alive ...

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MOONSPELL Working On More European Tour Dates

According to a posting on MOONSPELL's official web site, the Portuguese metal band is currently working on arranging dates in Poland, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Greece and Israel. More details will be announced soon. MOONSPELL will team up with NAPALM DEATH, BEHEMOTH and DEW-SCENTED for a European tour in March/April. A list of tour dates can ...

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THE ACCURSED To Release 'Seasons Of The Scythe' On Halloween

It's very fitting that the extreme metal quintet THE ACCURSED should release their full-length debut, "Seasons of the Scythe", on Halloween. After all, this is a band that signed their recording contract in blood — their own blood. "They really did sign in their own blood," admits Screaming Ferret Wreckords founder Timothy A. Koukos. "I ...

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IMMORTAL RITES Completes Work On New Album

German melodic death metal band IMMORTAL RITES has finished recording its second full-length album, "Source Code @ Converter's Day", at Audiospezialist Studios in Germany with producer Martin Schmidt (ex-ATROCITY/LEAVES' EYES drummer). The mastering took place at Unisound Studios in Sweden by EDGE OF SANITY mastermind Dan Swanö. Commented the band: "Expect the new material to ...

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Ex-OLYMPIC RECORDINGS Founder Starts New Company

Former Olympic Recordings (GORGUTS, VITAL REMAINS, BEHEMOTH, IMMOLATION) owner/founder Martti Payne has started a new company called Index Entertainment. Based in Austin, Texas, Index will be a multifaceted company with dealings in record, DVD and broadcast entertainment. Joining Payne is longtime associate Tammy Crutchfield, one-time publicist of Pavement Music and most recently a local television ...

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KRISIUN: Never-Ending Metal Assault

Brazilian death metallers KRISIUN have issued the following update: "KRISIUN just finished another part of the infamous AssassiNation World Tour in support for the highly acclaimed new album 'Assassination'. The band would like to thank everyone which supported this 'Monsters of Death Tour' which happened in September/October 2006 alongside SIX FEET UNDER, DECAPITATED and ABYSMAL ...

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BEHEMOTH Frontman Auctioning Seven-String Axe

BEHEMOTH mainman Negal is auctioning his seven-string Flame "axe" on eBay. The custom-made model was produced by Flame/Mayones in Poland and was originally used during the recordings of BEHEMOTH's last album "Demigod". Commented Nergal: "Since I moved to ESP guitars a while ago, I decided to sell some of the items I'm not using anymore. ...

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Rat Age [Sworn Kinds Final Verses] - THY DISEASE

Poland continues to prove to the world the fertility of its metal underground; LOST SOUL, BEHEMOTH, VADER, and HATE just a few of the many that define that distinctive death metal sound. On "Rat Age [Sworn Kinds Final Verses]", THY DISEASE sounds like a band that can rightfully lay claim to its place among Poland's ...

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ANGTORIA: E-Card Available

An e-card for the new ANGTORIA album, "God Has a Plan for Us All", can be accessed at this location. The CD is scheduled for release in the U.S. on October 17 via Listenable Records through KOCH Entertainment distribution. Two full-length songs from the CD — "Do You See Me Now" and "Six ...

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DARK FUNERAL Working On 'Atrum Regina' Live Video

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have issued the following update: "We are currently editing a live video for our song 'Atrum Regina'. The material that we're using was filmed in Paris on March 17th, 2006 at La Locomotive (during our most recent European tour). We hope to have it finished and ready to air before ...

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ANGTORIA: Debut Album To Receive U.S. Release In October

ANGTORIA, the new Swedish/British orchestral/metal band featuring female singer Sarah Jezebel Deva (CRADLE OF FILTH, THERION, MORTIIS), composer Chris Rehn (ABYSSOS), CRADLE OF FILTH bassist Dave Pybus and Tommy Rehn (MOAHNI MOAHNA), will release its debut album, "God Has a Plan for Us All", in the U.S. on October 17 via Listenable Records through KOCH ...

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DESPISED ICON: New Album To Be Mixed By ANDY SNEAP

Guitarist Eric Jarrin of the Montreal-based deathcore six-piece DESPISED ICON has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "We are more than happy to announce that our next album will be mixed and mastered by none other than Andy Sneap! Being fans of all his studio works, we are entering studio next ...

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