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OZZFEST 2005: Offical Press Conference To Be Held Mid-March

An Ozzfest representative has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the lineup and schedule for this year's travelling festival will be announced at a press conference "mid-March." Although there has been no official confirmation on the matter, the 10th edition of Ozzfest is expected to be headlined by BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN. Also believed to be in ...

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Former MUSHROOMHEAD Singer Explains His Departure

Former MUSHROOMHEAD frontman J. Mann (a.k.a. Jason Popson) recently spoke to DomainCleveland.com about his departure from the group, about his Fractured Transmitter record label and his other projects. Several excerpts from the interview follow: DomainCleveland.com: I'll just cut right to the chase, First and foremost, many MUSHROOMHEAD fans have been asking, Why, J. ...

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SOILENT GREEN Complete Work On New Album

SOILENT GREEN have completed work on their long-awaited new album. The follow up to the band's 2001 release, "A Deleted Symphony for the Beaten Down", the as-yet-untitled new SOILENT GREEN album was recorded at Mana Studios in Tampa, Florida by producer/engineer Erik Rutan (PREMONITIONS OF WAR, HATE ETERNAL). Mastering duties are currently underway courtesy of ...

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ANIMOSITY Sign With BLACK MARKET ACTIVITIES

San Francisco-based death metal/hardcore band ANIMOSITY have inked a deal with Black Market Activities. The band will enter Castle Ultimate Studios on March 6 with engineer Zach Ohren to begin recording their new full-length album, "Empires". Artwork will be handled by Paul Romano (MASTODON, NASUM). According to the group, "Empires" is a natural and interesting ...

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YAKUZA To Enter Studio This Week

Chicago's experimental hardcore/metal band YAKUZA will enter Volume studios (PELICAN, VENOMOUS CONCEPT) in Chicago this week with producer Matt Bayles (ISIS, MASTODON, PEARL JAM) to begin recording the follow-up to 2002's critically acclaimed CD "Way of the Dead" (Century Media). 10 new songs, as well as a few longer, improvisational pieces, will be recorded during ...

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EYES OF FIRE Embark On DANZIG Tour; Complete New Album

Orange County-based quintet EYES OF FIRE will embark on a U.S. tour alongside DANZIG, KATAKLYSM and TRIVIUM this week. The trek, which kicks off on Feb. 18 and runs through March 15, is the group's first official U.S. tour in support of "Ashes To Embers", their critically acclaimed debut album. EYES OF FIRE also just ...

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TURMOIL Announce Reunion Show

Philadelphia hardcore legends TURMOIL have announced a reunion show on April 15 at The First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut Steet) in Philadelphia, PA. Also appearing on the bill will be THE PROMISE, NINE, ALL ELSE FAILED and ONE DEAD THREE WOUNDED. The show will be the first of many that will take TURMOIL across the ...

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TURMOIL To Enter Studio In March

According to Lambgoat, reunited Philadelphia hardcore legends TURMOIL will be entering the studio in mid-March to record new material for their upcoming retrospective release. Tracking had been slated for January, but scheduling conflicts have delayed plans, so recording will now take place March 18-20 at Water Studios with Ted Young at the helm. ...

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MASTODON To Grace Cover Of KERRANG! Magazine

MASTODON will grace the cover of the February 12, 2005 issue of Britain's Kerrang! magazine. The Atlanta quartet appear as the cover feature of Kerrang! 1043 ("MASTODON - Meet the Best Band on the Planet"). A sneak peak at the issue's cover can be viewed at this location. MASTODON, whose latest album, "Leviathan", ...

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Chronoclast - BURIED INSIDE

What's with Canadians and drum wizardry? First we have KATAKLYSM's marching-band "hyperblast," and now Ottawa youngin's BURIED INSIDE are pulling off some kind of similar rat-a-tat-tat that turns their "blast beat" sections into a friggin' avalanche of sound. Meanwhile, they're shifting from these utter obliteration parts to quasi-melodic noodling that's somewhere between metalcore and MASTODON, ...

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BURST To Support MASTODON And DOZER In The U.K.

Sweden's BURST will be joining MASTODON and DOZER for a string of U.K. shows in February. Confirmed dates are as follows: Feb. 09 - Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse Feb. 10 - Northumbria, UK @ Northumbria University Feb. 11 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy 2 Feb. 12 - Manchester, UK @ Academy 3 Feb. 14 - ...

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EXTOL To Support MASTODON And DOZER In Europe

Norwegian progressive thrash/death metallers EXTOL have been confirmed as the opening act for MASTODON and DOZER on their joint European tour beginning on February 19 in Hamburg, Germany. EXTOL recently finished filming a video for the song "Pearl" off their forthcoming fourth full-length album, "Blueprint" (short for "The Blueprint Dives"). "Blueprint" is scheduled for release ...

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ISIS: 'In Fiction' Video Posted Online

ISIS' video for the track "In Fiction" has been posted online at Launch.com. "In Fiction" comes off the group's third full-length album, "Panopticon", released last October through Ipecac Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Oceanic", "Panopticon" was produced by Matt Bayles (MASTODON, PEARL JAM) and features a guest appearance on the track "Altered Course" ...

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DOZER Recording Covers

Swedish "stoner" rockers DOZER are currently in the studio recording two cover songs. First off is DEVO's classic track "Mongoloid", which will be featured on the upcoming "Sucking The '70s Vol. II" compilation, to be released later this year on Small Stone Records. The second track, "Vinegar Fly" from DOZER's good friends SUNRIDE, will appear ...

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ISIS Confirmed For Norway's QUART Festival

According to HeavyMetal.no, indie-metal behemoths ISIS have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Quart festival, set to be held July 5-9 in Kristiansand, Norway. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include FOO FIGHTERS, GREEN DAY, MADDER MORTEM and MANES. ISIS are currently touring in support of their third full-length ...

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DOZER To Suport MASTODON In Europe

Swedish "stoner" rockers DOZER have been confirmed as main support on MASTODON's upcoming European tour beginning in early February. DOZER are continuing to tour in support of their third album, "Call It Conspiracy", which was released last year via Molten Universe. The album was recorded at Music-A-Matic Studio in Gothenburg and Polar and Nord Studios ...

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MASTODON's 'Leviathan' Named KERRANG!'s 2004 'Album Of The Year'

MASTODON's latest release "Leviathan" has been named Kerrang! magazine's 2004 "Album of the Year". The year-end Kerrang! list was determined via a poll of the esteemed magazine's editors and contributing writers. "Leviathan" was released on August 31 in North America and September 13 in Europe to fan and critical acclaim. The follow up to the ...

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AGENT STEEL: Complete Songwriting For New CD

AGENT STEEL singer Bruce Hall has issued the following update on the band's current activities: "The new AGENT STEEL album is finished being written as of December 18, 2004. We have some fine-tuning to do and I have to write keeper lyrics for a couple songs, but otherwise it's finished. "We'll be giving you 11 ...

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ISIS To Tour Australia For First Time

Indie-metal behemoths ISIS will be touring Australia for the first time in early Febrary. Support at the dates will come from THE STOCKHOLM SYNDROME. The details are as follows: Feb. 10 - Brisbane, AUS @ The Rev Feb. 11 - Sydney, AUS @ Annandale Hotel Feb. 12 – St. Kilda, AUS @ Gershwin Room ISIS ...

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MASTODON To Tour Europe In February/March

MASTODON have lined up the following European dates during February/March: Feb. 09 - Glasgow, SCO - Cathouse/The Garage Feb. 10 - Northumbria, UK @ Northumbria University Feb. 11 - Birmingham, UK @ Acadamy 2 Feb. 12 - Manchester, UK @ Acadamy 3 Feb. 14 - Sheffield, UK @ Corporation Feb. 15 - Oxford, UK @ ...

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TRIVIUM: New Album To Surface In March

Roadrunner Records has set a March 1, 2005 relase date for TRIVIUM's "Ascendancy". Featuring the talents of Matt Heafy on guitars/vocals, Travis Smith on drums, Corey Beaulieu on guitar and Paolo Gregoletto on bass, TRIVIUM is a band whose youth (Heafy is 18, the oldest member is 22) belies their sound. Currently, TRIVIUM are on ...

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