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WRUST Finalize Track Listing For Debut Album

Botswana's WRUST, the only known all-black extreme/death metal band in Africa, have confirmed the track listing for their as-yet-untitled debut album, scheduled for release later this year through Witchdoctor Records. The group will enter the studio in October to begin recording the effort, which will be available via mailorder at WitchdoctorRecords.com. The tentative track listing ...

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EIDOLON Sign With ESCAPI

Toronto, Canada's EIDOLON have inked a new record deal with Escapi. The CD/DVD agreement, which was made possible with the help of manager Ole Bang (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, FORCE OF EVIL), "is a worldwide deal, so finally our music will be released in proper fashion in America, which has always been a problem in ...

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DARKTHRONE's FENRIZ Presents 'The Best Of Old School Black Metal'

Snapper Music has set a September 20 release date for "The Best Of Old School Black Metal", a compilation consisting of "the most influential and most unholy sounding tracks" of the black metal genre as selected by DARKTHRONE's Fenriz. "Cult heroes such as SARCOFAGO and TORMENTOR lurk amongst tracks from originators VENOM and BATHORY," according ...

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NOTRE DAME: 'Munsters!' Video Posted Online

NOTRE DAME, the Swedish band featuring drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, DREAM EVIL), have posted their video for the track "Munsters!" at this location. Described by Snowy as "a bunch of live clips that we filmed during the last couple of shows," the video was directed by Patric Ullaeus ...

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Rock Fans Come Together To Help Those In Need

On February 20, 2003 the Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island burned to the ground in less then three minutes. The tragedy was the fourth largest nightclub fire and the largest music related tragedy of all time. The tragedy that killed 100 people and severely injured 200 others leaves many survivors and family members ...

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DEVILDRIVER Miss OZZFEST Appearance

DEVILDRIVER, the new band fronted by former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, were forced to miss their Ozzfest 2004 appearance at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA on Thursday (July 29). "The band's bus broke down somewhere in Oregon about 24 hours ago, and is still un-operable," according to a July 29 posting on ...

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NOTRE DAME Working On DVD

Following the completion of a video for the song "Munsters", NOTRE DAME mainman Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI) is currently working on a DVD to accompany the group's live album, "Creepshow, Freekshow, Peepshow". In an interview with Rockers Digest, which covers his bands NOTRE DAME, DREAM EVIL and K2, Snowy said, "The ...

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HELLWITCH Schedule First Live Gig In Six Years

Legendary death/thrash metal band HELLWITCH will play their first live gig in six years at the Culture Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Saturday, July 24. Also set to perform are MALEVOLENT CREATION and DIVINE EMPIRE. HELLWITCH's current lineup includes original member Pat Ranieri (guitar/vocals), Joe Schnessel (drums; he started playing in the band in ...

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POISON Singer: 'Every Rose' Is The 'Freebird' Of Our Generation

Jeff Vrabel of the Chicago Sun-Times writes: "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", POISON's quintessential breakup song of the glitzy '80s — that lighter-waving weeper, occasional prom theme and karaoke nightmare — is the Godzilla of the monster ballads, demolishing all others in its path (In the interest of fairness, we'll call BON JOVI's "I'll Be ...

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AMON AMARTH Finalize Track Listing, Release Date For New Album

Sweden's AMON AMARTH have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Fate of Norns", due on September 6 through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to last year's "Versus The World", "Fate of Norns" (which refers to the three Norns — or "godesses of fate" — Urd, Skuld and Verdandi, who, in Scandinavian mythology, sit ...

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DECEIVER To Release Debut Mini-CD

DECEIVER, the Swedish metal band featuring former members of MAZE OF TORMENT and XENOFANES, will release their self-titled debut mini-CD in the middle of July through the newly launched, Gothenburg-based label Iron Fist Productions. The album, which features five songs recorded at the Abyss studio with producer Tommy Tägtgren, is sure to appeal to "fans ...

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NOTRE DAME Filming Video For 'Munsters!'

NOTRE DAME, the Swedish band featuring drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, DREAM EVIL), are currently filming a video for the track "Munsters!" with director Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Films (DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, CHILDREN OF BODOM). "Munsters!" comes off the group's latest CD, "Demi Monde Bizarros", available now through Osmose Productions. ...

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SOIL Recording Acoustic Tracks With DAMAGEPLAN's VINNIE PAUL

SOIL are currently at Chasin Jason studio (owned by Dimebag Darrell of DAMAGEPLAN) in Dallas, Texas recording a few acoustic tracks with producer Vinnie Paul (DAMAGEPLAN) during two days off from the SHINEDOWN/SOIL tour. Sterling Winfield (PANTERA, MERCYFUL FATE, DAMAGEPLAN) is engineering the sessions. More details will be made available soon. ...

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The Book Of Heavy Metal - DREAM EVIL

Judging by the vibe surrounding this third DREAM EVIL album, big things are expected. And from the fact that these Swedes scream "Metal!" at every given opportunity and willfully admit to rifling the riff chests of every heads-down-no-nonsense act known to man — JUDAS PRIEST, ACCEPT and DIO are apparently their three main victims — ...

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AMON AMARTH Complete Work On New CD

Sweden's AMON AMARTH have completed work on their new album, "Fate of Norns", according to an online posting by the band's vocalist Johan Hegg. "Currently we're preparing for the upcoming Rock The Nations Festival in Istanbul on July 3rd-4th. After that we'll take a well-deserved vacation from the music before we start preparing for Wacken ...

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MANMADEGOD Change Name To SPIRALARMS

San Francisco Bay Area's MANMADEGOD, now featuring former SYSTEMATIC frontman Tim Narducci, have officially changed their name to SPIRALARMS. "We changed our name due a number of reasons, mostly political, but most importantly the sound," said Narducci in on online posting. "It's much different then what those guys [MANMADEGOD] were doing before and much different ...

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MELECHESH: Limited-Edition Vinyl To Be Released

In conjunction with MELECHESH's headlining performance at the Northern Lights Festival in Toronto, Canada on June 26, Profound Lore Records, with the express permission of Osmose Productions, will release a limited-edition collector's item MELECHESH 10" vinyl EP, entitled "The Ziggurat Scrolls". The EP, which will first be made available at the festival, will contain the ...

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DREAM EVIL: 'Book Of Heavy Metal' Catches On

DREAM EVIL — the Swedish band featuring acclaimed producer Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, etc.), drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME), and guitarist Gus G. (MYSTIC PROPHECY, NIGHTRAGE) — have entered the Swedish and Japanese album charts at positions No. 45 and No. 47, respectively, with ...

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AMON AMARTH Complete Drum Tracks For New CD

Sweden's AMON AMARTH have finished recording the drums for their upcoming album, "Fate of Norns", "and at the moment the guitars are being put on tape," according to a posting by vocalist Johan Hegg on the group's web site. "Next week we'll start recording the bass and vocals. Everything is running according to plan, and ...

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METALLICA: More LARS ULRICH Biography Details Revealed

METALLICA's web site has released more information about the upcoming official biography of drummer Lars Ulrich. The book (view cover here), which is due in stores in Denmark on June 1, will detail Lars' life growing up in Denmark through the current "Madly in Anger" tour, and will include interviews with Lars' close ...

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NAPALM DEATH: CENTURY MEDIA Deal Officially Confirmed

As BLABBERMOUTH.NET exclusively revealed on May 6, Century Media Records have now officially announced that they have signed British extreme metal legends NAPALM DEATH to a worldwide deal (excluding Japan). The first release under the new alliance will be the follow-up album to the "Leaders Not Followers" EP, the long-awaited collection of covers, ...

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DREAM EVIL Drummer: Don't Call Us Power Metal

DREAM EVIL drummer Showy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME) recently spoke to RevelationZ Magazine about the Swedish group's upcoming third album, "The Book Of Heavy Metal". Asked if he feels they have become more rock-oriented in their sound on the new CD, Snowy replied, "Heavy rock! Yes, indeed, we were reluctantly ...

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