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VISIONS OF ATLANTIS: New Song Sample Available

Austrian symphonic metallers VISIONS OF ATLANTIS will release their fourth album, "Delta", on February 25, 2011 via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded Dreamscape Studios in Munich, Germany and marks the debut of the band's new singer, Maxi Nil, who joined the group last year. Working songtitles set to appear on the album include "Aeon", ...

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SODOM Announces New Drummer

German thrash metal veterans SODOM have announced the addition of drummer Markus "Makka" Freiwald to the group's ranks. Freiwald previously played for the German bands DESPAIR and FLAMING ANGER and was involved with the VOODOOCULT project. In addition, he played percussion as a session musician on the MOONSPELL album "Irreligious" and is featured on the ...

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SODOM Parts Ways With Drummer

German thrash metal veterans SODOM have released the following statement: "After personal and private problems between Tom [bassist/vocalist Thomas 'Angelripper' Such] and Bobby [Schottkowski; drums], it was decided, by mutual agreement, to end the cooperation between SODOM and the drummer Bobby Schottkowski. Tom and Bernemann [guitar] will announce as soon as possible a replacement drummer. ...

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MEKONG DELTA Drummer Comments On STRATOVARIUS Gig

Alex Landenburg (pictured below; AT VANCE, ANNIHILATOR, MEKONG DELTA) has commented on his new gig as the stand-in drummer for STRATOVARIUS after the band's regular drummer, Jörg Michael, was diagnosed with cancer and had his entire thyroid removed. "I will be stepping in for Jörg Michael on the first part of the upcoming tour with ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE, SCORPIONS, OPETH, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Confirmed For France's HELLFEST

OZZY OSBOURNE, SCORPIONS, OPETH, ANATHEMA, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and KREATOR are among the newly confirmed bands for next year's edition of Hellfest, set to take place June 17-19, 2010 in Clisson, France. Latest additions : OZZY OSBOURNE SCORPIONS OPETH ANATHEMA BLACK LABEL SOCIETY KREATOR BOLT THROWER 1349 ANCESTORS ARKONA ARMA GATHAS ATHEIST AUDREY HORNE THE ...

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STRATOVARIUS Drummer Diagnosed With Cancer

Swedish keyboardist Jens Johansson of multi-national melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS has issued the following update: "Dear STRATOVARIUS fans, I am afraid we have some quite terrible news. News of the worst imaginable kind. It's about our friend and [German] drummer Jörg Michael [STRATOVARIUS]. "Jörg has cancer. "He recently discovered a lump on his neck, went to ...

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SODOM: 'In War And Pieces' Vinyl Version Detailed

The first photo of the vinyl version of "In War And Pieces", the new album from German thrash metal veterans SODOM, can be seen below. It features the following: * Two LPs on blood-red vinyl * Printed innersleeves * Double gatefold packaging * One bonus track: "Murder One" "In War And Pieces" will be released ...

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SODOM: 'In War And Pieces' Digipack Version Detailed

The first photo of the digipack version of "In War And Pieces", the new album from German thrash metal veterans SODOM, can be seen below. It features the following: * CD 1: the studio album * CD 2: bonus live CD (Wacken 2007) * 16-page booklet "In War And Pieces" will be released in North ...

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SODOM: New Song Available For Streaming

"In War And Pieces", the title track of the new album from German thrash metal veterans SODOM, is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The CD will be released in North America on January 11, 2011 and in Europe on November 22, 2010 via SPV/Steamhammer. "In War And Pieces" track listing: ...

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AEROSMITH Guitarist BRAD WHITFORD To Perform At REEL BLUES FEST

In honor of his 2010 Lifetime Achievement Grammy, the Reel Blues Fest presents a special tribute to legendary Delta blues guitarist David "Honeyboy" Edwards on Friday, October 8 at the House Of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts. Edwards will be joined on stage by AEROSMITH's Brad Whitford, hip hop sensation Sammy Adams, the JAMES MONTGOMERY BAND ...

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SODOM: New Album Track Listing Revealed

For bassist/vocalist Thomas "Angelripper" Such, his thrash metal band SODOM is a perfect vehicle to bluntly take a stand. Like few other musicians on this scene, he personifies — along with down-to-earthiness and honesty — a healthily critical position on political authorities and decision-makers from finance and industry. On their latest album, "In War And ...

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ANACRUSIS Frontman Interviewed On Swiss Radio; Audio Available

In June 2010, Switzerland's "Metal X" show, which airs on Radio X Basel, conducted an interview with vocalist/guitarist Kenn Nardi of reunited St. Louis, Missouri-based progressive/melodic thrash metallers ANACRUSIS. You can now listen to the chat in two parts below. Video footage of ANACRUSIS performing at this year's Keep It True XIII festival, which was ...

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ANACRUSIS At Germany's KEEP IT TRUE Festival; Video Available

Video footage of reunited St. Louis, Missouri-based progressive/melodic thrash metallers ANACRUSIS performing at this year's Keep It True XIII festival, which was held April 23-24 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany, can be viewed below. ANACRUSIS recently spent time in the studio putting the finishing touches on a "new" album, entitled "Hindsight: Suffering Hour & Reason ...

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MEKONG DELTA: New Album Artwork, Release Date Revealed

AAARRG Records has set a June 10 release date for "Wanderer On The Edge Of Time", the new album from the legendary German progressive thrash outfit MEKONG DELTA. According to a posting on the band's web site, "It has become clear that the story that began with one song ('Shades Of Doom'), followed by half ...

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BRAIN DRILL: 'Beyond Bludgeoned' Video Available

"Beyond Bludgeoned", the new video from Santa Cruz, California technical death metalers BRAIN DRILL, can be viewed below. The clip was filmed in the middle of nowhere near Birds Landing close to the San Joaquin Delta/Rio Vista, California and was directed by Nikko DeLuna and shot by Justin Potter. "Beyond Bludgeoned" comes off BRAIN DRILL's ...

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Reunited ANACRUSIS: Rehearsal Footage Posted Online

Video footage of the reunited St. Louis, Missouri-based progressive/melodic thrash metal act ANACRUSIS playing the song "Present Tense" at rehearsal on March 24, 2010 at Utopia Studios in St. Louis can be viewed below. ANACRUSIS recently spent time in the studio putting the finishing touches on a "new" album, entitled "Hindsight: Suffering Hour & Reason ...

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ANACRUSIS: Two Newly Re-Recorded Tracks Available For Streaming

Reunited St. Louis-based progressive/melodic thrash metal act ANACRUSIS recently spent time in the studio putting the finishing touches on a "new" album, entitled "Hindsight: Suffering Hour & Reason Revisited". According to the band, the two-CD set will feature both ANACRUSIS' debut album, "Suffering Hour", and its second release, "Reason", along with the classic ANACRUSIS demo ...

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LEATHERWOLF Frontman Schedules CD-Release Show

LEATHERWOLF vocalist/guitarist Michael Olivieri has booked a CD-release party for his newly released solo album, "Goodbye Rain", at the Galaxy theatre in Santa Ana, California on May 7. Joining him on stage will be THE M.O.B., a 10-piece band featuring the following musicians: * Michael Olivieri (LEATHERWOLF, HAIL MARY, SOULSIGN) - Vocals, guitars, Keyboards * ...

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BRAIN DRILL: 'Quantum Catastrophe' Track Listing Revealed

Santa Cruz, California technical death metalers BRAIN DRILL will release their sophomore album, "Quantum Catastrophe", on May 11 via Metal Blade Records. The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Obliteration Untold 02. Beyond Bludgeoned 03. Awaiting Imminent Destruction 04. Nemesis of Neglect 05. Entity of Extinction 06. Mercy to None 07. Monumental ...

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MEKONG DELTA Completes Recording New Album

Legendary German progressive thrash outfit MEKONG DELTA has completed recording its new album, "Wanderer On The Edge Of Time", for a tentative late spring/early summer release. According to a posting on the band's web site, "It has become clear that the story that began with one song ('Shades Of Doom'), followed by half an album ...

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Reunited ANACRUSIS To Play Free Show In Missouri

Reunited St. Louis-based progressive/melodic thrash metal act ANACRUSIS will play a a free, all-ages show with all four original members — the first one in over twenty years — on April 18 at T. Billy Buffett's (9004 Overland Plaza; 314-427-1616) in Overland, Missouri. This will serve as the warm-up concert for the group's appearance at ...

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