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AMON AMARTH Announce New Album Title

Sweden's AMON AMARTH have set "Fate of Norns" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in late 2004 through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to last year's "Versus The World" will be recorded at Berno studio in Malmö, Sweden beginning on Monday, May 17. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "An ...

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NAPALM DEATH Sign With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

British extreme metal pioneers NAPALM DEATH have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records, BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal. The group's first release through the label is expected to be the long-completed collection of covers, entitled "Leaders Not Followers 2". Commented NAPALM DEATH vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway: "I'm very happy to announce that NAPALM DEATH ...

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FEAR FACTORY Singer: Making The New Album Was Therapeutic

FEAR FACTORY vocalist Burton C. Bell has told Canada's Chart magazine that the group's new album, "Archetype", "basically wrote itself" once they worked through the emotional and financial turmoil that followed the departure of a founding member (Dino Cazares) and split with longtime record label (Roadrunner). "It was a therapeutic album for us, ...

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Force Of Evil - FORCE OF EVIL

He's been mocked to within an inch of his dignity down the years, but one thing that King Diamond has is presence — loads of it, from his window-shattering, off-the-scale vocals, to that fucking big crucifix of bones that seems to travel everywhere with him. What's more, for as many as there that scoff at ...

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BESEECH Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

Swedish "gothic metallers" BESEECH have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ...

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DREAM EVIL Set U.S. Release Date For 'The Book Of Heavy Metal'

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 set a July 13 U.S. release date through Century Media Records for their third album, "The ...

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SWEDEN ROCK Festival: SKID ROW Out, Y&T In

SKID ROW have cancelled their previously announced appearance at this year's Sweden Rock festival and have been replaced on the bill by Y&T. SKID ROW's decision to pull out of the festival is being blamed on "the fact that [SKID ROW guitarist] Snake decided to bring his wife to be to the altar and other ...

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SWEDEN ROCK Festival Nearing Sell-Out

Last year, Sweden Rock festival sold out all the 15,000 two-day tickets two days before the first band took the stage. That was actually the first time ever the festival was sold out. This year the tickets will sell out much earlier. As of today, more than 13,000 of the 16,000 three-day tickets have been ...

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Ex-SYSTEMATIC Frontman To Form New Project With Members Of MANMADEGOD

According to a posting at SMNNews.com, former SYSTEMATIC frontman Tim Narducci is set to hook up with the remnants of the San Francisco Bay Area's MANMADEGOD (guitarist Craig Locicero, drummer Steve Jacobs, and bassist James Walker) in an as-yet-unnamed new project. SYSTEMATIC, one of the first groups signed to Lars Ulrich's now-defunct imprint The Music ...

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FOREFATHER: New Song Posted Online

England's FOREFATHER have posted a reduced-quality MP3 preview of a brand-new track, titled "The Shield-Wall", at this location. "The Shield-Wall" comes off the group's fourth album, "Ours Is The Kingdom", due on May 31 through Holland's Karmageddon Media. "Ours Is The Kingdom" was recorded at The Croft Recording Studio in England and features ...

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FOREFATHER Set Release Date For 'Ours Is The Kingdom'

England's FOREFATHER have set a May 31 release date through Holland's Karmageddon Media for their for their fourth album, "Ours Is The Kingdom". "Ours Is The Kingdom" was recorded at The Croft Recording Studio in England and features artwork by C.A. Interactive (MORIFADE, SKYFIRE). Commented Wulfstan (guitar, bass & vocals): "With 'Ours is the Kingdom' ...

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DREAM EVIL: 'The Book Of Heavy Metal' Release Date Pushed Forward

DREAM EVIL's third album, "The Book Of Heavy Metal", will be issued on May 24 — one week ahead of its previously announced May 31 release date. The follow-up to last year's "Evilized", "The Book Of Heavy Metal" was recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden and features special guest appearances by ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist ...

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MONTROSE, TNT, NIFELHEIM Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

MONTROSE, TNT, DANGER DANGER, NIFELHEIM, CRAZY LED and MARYSLIM are the latest confirmations for this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: JUDAS PRIEST EUROPE SCORPIONS UFO MONSTER MAGNET NIGHTWISH HELLOWEEN HEART ...

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DREAM EVIL Set Release Date For 'The Book Of Heavy Metal'

DREAM EVIL, the Swedish band featuring acclaimed producer Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, etc.) and drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME), have set a May 31 European release date through Century Media Records for their third album, "The Book Of Heavy Metal". The follow-up to last ...

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MIA ZAPATA Murder Trial Goes To Jury

Jurors have begun deliberating the fate of the Miami man charged with the 1993 murder of Seattle punk-rock singer Mia Zapata of THE GITS, according to a post on the band's web site. Jesus C. Mezquia, a 49-year-old fisherman and laborer with a history of assaults on women and only a passing connection to Seattle, ...

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D.A.D., PINK CREAM 69 Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

D.A.D., PINK CREAM 69 and RITUAL are the latest bands confirmed to appear at this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: JUDAS PRIEST EUROPE SCORPIONS UFO MONSTER MAGNET NIGHTWISH HELLOWEEN HEART ...

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FOREFATHER Finalize Track Listing For 'Ours Is The Kingdom'

England's FOREFATHER have finalized the track listing for their fourth album, "Ours Is The Kingdom", due this spring/summer through Holland's Karmageddon Media (formerly Hammerheart Records). It is as follows: 01. The Shield-Wall 02. Ours is the Kingdom 03. Proud to be Proud 04. The Golden Dragon 05. Smashed by Fate 06. The Sea-Kings 07. To ...

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EXODUS: DNA Lounge Photos Posted Online

A bunch of photos taken at EXODUS' record-release show on March 11 at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, California have been posted at this location. Also available are pictures of opening act, MERCYFUL FATE tribute band HAIL SATAN, whose set included a guest appearance by MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel. EXODUS' new ...

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Devil's Ground - PRIMAL FEAR

Up until this point, Germany's PRIMAL FEAR have almost (but not quite) appeared as foolhardy and out-of-touch as fancy-dressing fellow countrymen RUNNING WILD — selling themselves on a truckload of pub metal riffs, with their sole redeeming factor standing tall at the front of the stage in the shape of former GAMMA RAY warbler Ralf ...

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WARMACHINE Debut Completed, Final Guest Appearances Revealed

WARMACHINE guitarist/vocalist Joe Di Taranto has posted the following update on the group's official web site: " 'The Beginning of the End' is now mixed, mastered and 100% complete...Finally!! The album turned out better than I ever expected. It was mixed and mastered by head producer Murray Daigle. He did an amazing job of making ...

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FINNTROLL Confirmed For Finland's SAUNA OPEN AIR Festival

FINNTROLL have been confirmed for this year's Sauna Open Air festival, set to take place on June 11-12 in Tampere, Finland. FINNTROLL will play at Ratinanniemi (the outdoor concert place) on Friday, June 11 alongside CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH, DIABLO and THUNDERSTONE. Other acts scheduled to perform during the weekend (including the post-festival party) include ...

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LULLACRY Record New Single/EP

Finland's LULLACRY have recorded several new tracks at Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland for inclusion on an upcoming single or EP, due later in the year through Spinefarm Records. Produced by Kippo and main songwriter Sami Vauhkonen, the recordings contain "some kick-ass rockin' heavy metal" and will be mixed at Finnvox Studios with Mikko Karmila. ...

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DAMAGEPLAN To 'Jam' With Their Fans

DAMAGEPLAN, the new band featuring former PANTERA members Dimebag Darrell (guitar) and Vinnie Paul (drums), ex-HALFORD/DIESEL MACHINE guitarist Patrick Lachman (on lead vocals), and bassist Bob Zilla, have posted the following message on their official web site: "The band's uncompromising commitment to their fans has been revealed with an ingenious 'plan' to include their fans ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Confirmed For WACKEN ROADSHOW

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have been confirmed to headline this year's Wacken Roadshow beginning in mid-April. Joining them on the tour will be FREEDOM CALL, METALIUM and DARK AGE. The tour dates are as follows: Apr. 20 - Gothenburg, SWE - Musikens Hus Apr. 21 - Stockholm, SWE - Klubben Apr. 22 - Malmö, ...

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