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SIX FEET UNDER Singer CHRIS BARNES: 'Life Is Too Short'

SIX FEET UNDER frontman Chris Barnes has issued the following statement in memory of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott: "Life is too short, my friends ... life is too short. "I was lucky enough to meet Dime a few years back when I was in Dallas for a tattoo convention and getting some work done ...

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HELSTAR To Play At Houston Hispanic Rock Showcase

Reformed cult U.S. metal act HELSTAR will be performing at Vara's Sports Bar in Houston, Texas on Saturday, December 11. Also appearing on the bill will be CREMATOR, FUNERAL RITES, SOUL REMOVED and DARK FLAME. "This unique celebration has been organized by the owner of Vara's Sports Bar, in collaboration with a small committee from ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY: Early Album Reissues Detailed

DARK TRANQUILLITY's "Lost to Apathy" EP has entered the Swedish single chart at position No. 47. View the whole chart here. "We didn't expect to hit the charts with a fast-paced thrash fest with screaming vocals, so this is definately good news," the band write on their web site. In other news, DARK ...

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Producer NEIL KERNON Offers Update On Recent And Upcoming Projects

Acclaimed metal producer Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, QUEENSRŸCHE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE) has posted the following update on the Perpetual Motion message board: "I've been really busy of late, getting stuck into work after moving for the second time in 6 months. After fighting my way through walls of boxes and home remodelling, I'm now finally back ...

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TWISTED TOWER DIRE Hard At Work On New Album

Virginia's "classic metal" act TWISTED TOWER DIRE are currently at Killabrew Studios in Annandale, VA with producer Matt Crooks (DIVISION) recording their fourth album, "Netherworlds", for Germany's Remedy Records. The track listing for the CD includes: 01. Starshine 02. Netherworlds 03. Fortress 04. Casualty of Cruel Times 05. Tales of Submission 06. The Killing Kind ...

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THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL Outline Upcoming Activities

U.K. black metallers THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL have posted the following update on their official web site: "'The Mill Hill Sessions' CD is now out on Godreah Records. This airs the band in a raw environment with guitars taking over the main sound, leaving the keyboards at a bare minimum. HAWKWIND's Alan Davey and Huw ...

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SOILWORK: Limited-Edition Version Of New Album To Include Bonus Track

Sweden's SOILWORK have confirmed via their official web site that the limited-edition European/U.S. version of their upcoming album, "Stabbing the Drama", will include a bonus track, entitled "Wherever Thorns May Grow". The Japanese edition will feature "Wherever Thorns May Grow" and an additional bonus cut by the name of "Killed by Ignition". The follow-up to ...

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FORCE OF EVIL Announce New Album Title

FORCE OF EVIL, the new Danish 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 (ex-IRONFIRE), have set "Black Empire" as the title of their sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Escapi. 12 new songs were ...

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NOTRE DAME Split Up, Final Gig To Be Released On DVD/CD

Drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, DREAM EVIL) has announced that NOTRE DAME's Halloween show in Gothenburg, Sweden on November 6, 2004 was the band's final gig. The show, which coincided with the group's six-year anniversary, was recorded and filmed, and parts of it will be included on the band's posthumous DVD ...

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EDGUY: 'Hall Of Flames' Track Listing Revealed

German power metallers EDGUY will be issuing a "best of" collection, entitled "Hall of Flames", on December 6 via AFM Records. The double album contains all of the group's "hits," chosen personally by the band, and digitally remastered (CD 1), as well as lots of rare and previously unreleased material (CD 2). Additionally, there will ...

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MY FATE Name New Album, Announce Track Listing

Finnish metallers MY FATE have set "Kill the Light" as the title of their sophomore album, tentatively due in Finland sometime next spring. A worldwide release will follow a short time later. MY FATE will enter the studio on November 8 to begin recording the CD, which will be "massive-sounding, diverse, dark and heavy as ...

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MY FATE To Begin Recording Second Album

Finnish metallers MY FATE will enter the studio on November 8 to begin recording their sophomore album, tentatively due in Finland sometime next spring. A worldwide release will follow a short time later. "Needless to say, the new songs are fucking great!" the band write on their web site. "The album will be massive-sounding, diverse, ...

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HAWTHORN Confirmed For Sweden's HALLOWEEN METAL FEST

Swedish death metallers HAWTHORN have been confirmed for Halloween Metal Fest on November 6 at Musikenhus in Gothenburg, Sweden. Headlining the event will be NOTRE DAME, the Swedish band featuring drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, DREAM EVIL), and long-running Swedish metallers DESTINY. Additional support will come from SIN SISTER. Anders Iwers ...

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GAIA EPICUS Hard At Work On Sophomore Album

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS are currently recording their second album, "Symphony of Glory", at Top Room Studios (TRISTANIA, VINTERSORG, BORKNAGAR) with producer Børge Finstad. The follow-up to 2003's "Satrap" is being recorded and mixed over a five-week period, and will feature artwork by Michael A. Mueller (MEGADETH). A December 7 release through Sound Riot ...

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DARKWELL Finalize Track Listing For 'Metat[r]on'

Austrian "gothic metal" band DARKWELL, featuring ex-ABIGOR and current SHADOWCAST drummer Moritz Neuner, have finalized the track listing for their second full-length album, "Metat[r]on", due on November 22 via Napalm Records. The follow-up to the "Conflict Of Interest" EP (2002), "Metat[r]on" was recorded at Mirror Production Studios in Innsbruck and marks the group's first recording ...

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NOTRE DAME, DESTINY To Team Up For Sweden's HALLOWEEN METAL FEST

NOTRE DAME, the Swedish band featuring drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, DREAM EVIL), will be teaming with long-running Swedish metallers DESTINY for Halloween Metal Fest on November 6 at Musikenhus in Gothenburg, Sweden. Support will come from SIN SISTER and an as-yet-unannounced fourth act. Anders Iwers of TIAMAT will be the ...

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BLACKEST OF THE BLACK Tour Cancelled

The much-anticipated "Blackest of the Black" U.S. Tour, which was set to feature headliners DANZIG alongside DOYLE (ex-MISFITS), MAYHEM, DEATH ANGEL, DEVILDRIVER and EYES OF FIRE, has been cancelled. "We are extremely upset by this news as the band has prepared for months and are in top shape to conquer the country!" MAYHEM guitarist Blasphemer ...

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AMON AMARTH Break German Top 40

AMON AMARTH's latest CD, "Fate Of Norns", has entered the German Media Control Top 100 chart at position No. 31 and Austria's Media Control album chart at No. 56. The German debut marks the highest chart entry in Germany to date for the group's label, Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to last year's "Versus the ...

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NOTRE DAME Announce New Drummer

NOTRE DAME, the Swedish band featuring drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, DREAM EVIL), have announced the permanent addition of drummer Daniel "M" Moilanen (RELEVANT FEW, RUNEMAGICK, FUNERAL ORCHESTRA) to the group's ranks. Moilanen had previously performed with NOTRE DAME at this past summer's festivals as a temporary replacement for original drummer ...

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FORCE OF EVIL To Enter Studio In September

FORCE OF EVIL, the new Danish 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 (ex-IRONFIRE), will enter Jailhouse studio in Horsens, Denmark on September 6 with producer Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, PRETTY MAIDS) to begin recording their sophomore ...

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