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UNLEASHED Confirmed For Germany's PARTY.SAN OPEN AIR FESTIVAL

Swedish death metal legends UNLEASHED have been confirmed as one of the headliners of the Party.San Open Air Festival, set to take place Aug. 12-14 in Bad Berka, Germany. The group will perform on Aug. 13. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): CARPATHIAN ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY To Issue 2-CD Collection Of Rarities

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY will celebrate their 15th birthday by releasing a double CD featuring rare and previously unreleased material. A May 31 release through Century Media Records is expected. "For many years, we've received lots of questions regarding the possibility of our pre-album material ever being released on CD, and we're very happy to provide ...

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CRISIS Announce East Coast Dates

CRISIS, the reformed group which up until early 2003 performed and recorded in Los Angeles under the name SKULLSICK NATION, have lined up the following East Coast dates in April: Apr. 02 – The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY (w/ ALL OUT WAR, SKINLESS) Apr. 03 – Valentine's – Albany, NY (w/ ALL OUT WAR, MISERY ...

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KATAKLYSM: Touring Plans Announced

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have decided to postpone their South African, Russian and Baltic states tour, originally scheduled for May to a later time this year. Instead, the band will be touring North America throughout the spring & summer, beginning April 30 at the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival. The tour, dubbed "No More ...

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THE HAUNTED Win Swedish 'Grammy' For 'Best Hard Rock'

THE HAUNTED have won a Swedish "Grammy" award in the "Best Hard Rock" category for their 2003 release "One Kill Wonder". The highly acclaimed thrashers, who were recently rejoined by original vocalist Peter Dolving, beat out the likes of OPETH, MUSTASCH, EVERGREY and BACKYARD BABIES to win the award, which was presented to the group ...

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ROSTOK VAMPIRES To Release New Album In April

Reunited '90s German punk/thrash outfit ROSTOK VAMPIRES, one of the first acts to get signed to then-freshly-launched Nuclear Blast Records, are presently recording a new studio album, tentatively due in April. No further information is currently available. ROSTOK VAMPIRES' 2003 four-song demo, titled "In The Pitch", is still available for download from the band's official ...

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KATAKLYSM Singer To DEZ FAFARA: 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is'

KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono has issued a response to DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara's assertion that Iocono "should shut the fuck up and take a listen to DEVILDRIVER" before passing judgment on the group. In a press statement issued in December, Iacono voiced his frustration over the fact that DEVILDRIVER were chosen over KATAKLYSM to be ...

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Review: LINKIN PARK Not Yet A Headliner

Chris Riemenschneider of Minneapolis' Star Tribune reviewed LINKIN PARK's concert at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Saturday night (Jan. 31). "The Southern California sextet is not yet a convincing arena-rock headliner," he wrote. "Even at a short 90 minutes, its set was still only about half-great. For every one of the group's ...

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MISERY SIGNALS Full-Length Debut To Be Produced By DEVIN TOWNSEND

Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based metalcore band MISERY SIGNALS have just arrived in Vancouver, Canada to start work on their debut full-length CD with producer Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, LAMB OF GOD, DECEMBER, THE HEAVILS) and engineer Shaun Thingvold. An autumn release through Ferret Records is expected. MISERY SIGNALS issued a self-titled five-song EP through State of ...

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SATARIEL To Enter Studio In March

Swedish metallers SATARIEL will enter Dug Out studios in Uppsala, Sweden on March 29 with producers Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, STUCK MOJO) and Örjan Örnkloo (MISERY LOVES CO.) to begin recording their third album, "Hydra", tentatively due in June/July through Greece's Black Lotus Records. SATARIEL's sophomore CD, "Phobos & Deimos", was released in 2002 ...

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HYPOCRISY Film Video For 'Eraser'

Long-running Swedish metal act HYPOCRISY, led by acclaimed producer/PAIN frontman Peter Tägtgren, have finished filming a video for the track "Eraser", taken from the group's upcoming album, "The Arrival". "The video contains some science fiction, some naked ladies and then some," Tägtgren writes on the band's web site. As previously reported, "The Arrival" is scheduled ...

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FORCE OF EVIL Debut To Receive U.S. Release

FORCE OF EVIL, the new Danish all-star band featuring guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND), drummer Bjarne Holm (MERCYFUL FATE), and vocalist Martin Steene (IRONFIRE), will release their debut album on January 26 through Escapi Music in coordination with Navarre Distribution. "Compared to my previous projects, ...

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IN FLAMES: Swedish Dates Announced

Sweden's IN FLAMES have lined up the following gigs during the coming weeks: Feb. 13 - Jönköping, SWE - Popstad 2004 Apr. 16 - Göteborg, SWE - Lisebergshallen Apr. 18 - Stockholm, SWE – Arenan IN FLAMES will release their new album, "Soundtrack To Your Escape", on March 29. The follow-up to 2002's "Reroute To ...

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KATAKLYSM Confirm Record-Launch Showcases

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have confirmed two record-launch showcases for the new album "Serenity in Fire" in late March. The details are as follows: Mar. 25 - Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge (w/ DYING FETUS) Mar. 27 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda (w/ MARTYR, LIVA) KATAKLYSM's new album, "Serenity In Fire", is due ...

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DIMEBAG, VINNIE PAUL: 'Dope-Fucked' PHILIP ANSELMO Can't Keep His Story Straight

Former PANTERA members Dimebag Darrell (guitar) and Vinnie Paul (drums) have slammed ex-bandmate Philip Anselmo over his assertions that he "wasn't the one" who wanted to end PANTERA, calling his claims "bullshit" and implying in no uncertain terms that Anselmo's alleged drug problem is largely to blame for the singer's often-bizarre public statements. During an ...

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NIKKI SIXX: 'MÖTLEY CRÜE Is A Dysfunctional Band'

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION bassist Nikki Sixx (of MÖTLEY CRÜE) fame and guitarist Tracii Guns recently spoke to Pitriff.com about the much-rumored CRÜE reunion/farewell tour and the early lineup changes that plagued BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION before the group settled into their current four-man format. Regarding the possibility of a MÖTLEY CRÜE tour in light ...

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MISERY INDEX To Film New Video

MISERY INDEX, the Baltimore, Maryland-based band featuring Jason Netherton (bass/vocals, ex-DYING FETUS), Sparky Voyles (guitar, ex-DYING FETUS, M.O.D.), Matt Byers (drums) and Bruce Greig (guitar, ex-DYING FETUS, NEXT STEP UP), will be filming a video for the track "The Great Depression" on January 31 at the Ottobar in Baltimore, according to a posting on the ...

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AMON AMARTH To Begin Recording In May

Sweden's AMON AMARTH will enter Berno studio in Malmö in mid-May to record the follow-up to last year's "Versus The World", tentatively due in late 2004 through Metal Blade Records. No further information is available at this time. AMON AMARTH recently teamed up with DESTRUCTION, DEICIDE, NILE, DEW-SCENTED, GRAVEWORM and MISERY INDEX for the X-Mass ...

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MISERY INDEX: Live Video Posted Online

A video of MISERY INDEX performing the track "Manufacturing Greed" live in Ludwigsburg, Germany on December 17, 2003 has been posted online in Windows Media format at this location (scroll down, file size: 7.86 MB). Based out of Baltimore, Maryland, MISERY INDEX feature in their ranks Jason Netherton (bass/vocals, ex-DYING FETUS), Sparky Voyles ...

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PAIN Seek New Label, Delay Fourth Album

PAIN mainman Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY) has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Hello everybody! "As most of you know, I've been out with my other band HYPOCRISY from Sept.-Dec. and had no time to finish up the new PAIN CD, so I will start after the New Year and change label ...

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THULSA DOOM Nominated For A Norwegian GRAMMY!

THULSA DOOM's second album, "...And Then Take You To A Place Where Jars Are Kept", has been nominated for a Norwegian Grammy in the "Best Metal Album" category alongside DIMMU BORGIR's "Death Cult Aramageddon", EL CACO's "Solid Rest", ENSLAVED's "Below the Lights" and THULSA DOOM mainman El Doom's "fuck-metal" side-project THE CUMSHOTS' new CD, "Norwegian ...

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GOD FORBID Prepare To Release New Album

The New Jersey quintet GOD FORBID have just released a new low-priced EP entitled "Better Days". The EP features the new track, "Better Days" from the group's highly anticipated new effort, "Gone Forever", along with an exclusive new song only available on this disc. The set also contains a demo version of "Wicked", which appeared ...

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MALEVOLENT CREATION Name New Album

Florida death metal veterans MALEVOLENT CREATION have set "Warkult" as the title for their ninth full-length album, tentatively due in June 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2002's "The Will To Kill" will be recorded in February with producer Jean-Francois Degenais (KATAKLYSM, MISERY INDEX) and will coincide with the band's planned European summer ...

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