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DARK TRANQUILLITY: Studio Update

Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY have issued the following update: "Just a quick update on the studio progress. We're now roughly three weeks into the recording of our 8th (or is it 9th? Depends on how you count...) full-length offering, and everything has more or less proceeded according to the plans. "Drums were brutally ...

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Poland's METAL MIND Signs Licensing Deal With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

Poland's Metal Mind Productions has signed a multi-record licensing deal with Roadrunner Records for the RR back-catalogue. MMP will re-issue over 25 albums from the late '80s/early '90s, taken from the wide Roadrunner Records archives. The selection of bands includes SOLITUDE AETURNUS, CRIMSON GLORY, ATROPHY, HEATHEN, REALM, XENTRIX, DISINCARNATE, PESTILENCE, LAST CRACK, ZNOWHITE, SADUS, TOXIK, ...

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The Toxic Touch - GOD DETHRONED

Holland's GOD DETHRONED have been on a roll these past several years, even with a lineup change that saw the group losing half its membership prior to the release of 2004's stupendous "The Lair of the White Worm". The quintet, led by mastermind and vocalist/guitarist Henri Sattler, progressed into a decidedly more melodic death metal ...

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It's Official: CYNIC To Reunite For European Festival Appearances, Possible U.S. Dates

Long-defunct Florida-based band CYNIC, whose 1993 album "Focus" is regarded as a landmark release in the field of technical/progressive metal, has confirmed plans to embark a reunion tour in the spring/summer of 2007, beginning with possible U.S. warm-up performances and culminating in a number of festival appearances across Europe (as BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported ...

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GOD DETHRONED: Greek Dates Announced

Dutch death metallers GOD DETHRONED have lined up the following Greek dates in December: Dec. 09 – Athens, GRE @ An Club Dec. 10 - Thessaloniki, GRE @ Milos Club Commented the band: "GOD DETHRONED hasn't played Greece that often in the past, and these shows will be the first we'll play with the new ...

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GOD DETHRONED: 'The Toxic Touch' Bonus Disc Details Revealed

Metal Blade Records has revealed the details of the material that will be featured on the bonus disc that will be included with the upcoming GOD DETHRONED album, "The Toxic Touch". The DVD will contain the band's entire Summer Breeze 2005 festival performance filmed with seven cameras. The track listing for the DVD is as ...

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CYNIC To Reunite For European Festival Appearances, Possible U.S. Dates

Long-defunct Florida-based band CYNIC, whose 1993 album "Focus" is regarded as a landmark release in the field of technical/progressive metal, is rumored to be planning a reunion tour in the spring/summer of 2007, beginning with possible U.S. warm-up performances and culminating in a number of festival appearances across Europe. Although there has been no official ...

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UNGODLY To Open For SLAYER In Brazil

Brazilian death/black metallers UNGODLY have been confirmed as the opening act for SLAYER in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro on Sep. 1-2 and Sep. 6, respectively. UNGODLY was added to the bill as the replacement for Canada's THINE EYES BLEED (featuring bassist Johnny Araya; brother of SLAYER's Tom Araya), who dropped off the gigs ...

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Christ Illusion - SLAYER

Everyone's known it for years: while SLAYER is widely considered one of the greatest live metal acts of all time, the band has not made an equally great album since 1990's "Seasons in the Abyss". That record brought together the speed and fury of "Reign in Blood" (1986) with the experimental nature of "South of ...

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GOD DETHRONED: New Album Details Revealed

Dutch death metallers GOD DETHRONED will release their new album, "The Toxic Touch", on October 23 in Europe (except Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where it will arrive on October 20) via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded at Soundlodge Studios in Germany with producer Joerg Uken. Mastering was handled at Wisseloord Studios in Holland. ...

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CIVILIZATION ONE To Enter Studio This Summer

CIVILIZATION ONE, the new "atmospheric, bone-crushing power metal" band featuring Chitral "Chity" Somapala (vocals; AVALON, FIREWIND, FARO, RED CIRCUIT), Aldo Lanobile (guitar; SECRET SPHERE), Luca Cartasegna (drums; ex-SECRET SPHERE, MORTUARY DRAPE), Vivian Lalu (keyboards; LALU, SHADRANE), and Pierre-Emmanuel Pélisson (bass; ex-HEAVENLY, MALADAPTIVE), will enter the studio this summer to begin recording their debut album, "Revolution ...

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NATRON: 'More Evil, Brutal And Damn Groovy Than Ever Before!'

Drummer Max Marzocca of the Italian death metallers NATRON has issued the following update: "Yes, we know it! Someone already started to think we disappeared because we didn't update [the web site] for a while but the reason of this three-month-long silence was that we preferred to wait a little while before to communicate to ...

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ENSLAVED Guitarist: '6.6.2006, The Metal Date Above All'

ENSLAVED guitarist Ivar Bjørson has written an article in Norwegian as a blog for the national newspaper Aftenposten. The English-language translation follows here: "6.6.2006, the metal date above all! I don't take it too seriously, but it is a good-looking number. It looks like there's a lot of celebration today, with numerous gigs here in ...

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GOD DETHRONED Announce New Album Title

Dutch death metallers GOD DETHRONED recently entered Soundlodge Studios in Germany to begin recording their new album, tentatively due before the end of the year. The band's frontman Henri Sattler has posted the following studio update on the band's official web site: "Tomorrow producer Jörg Uken will start on the mix of our new album ...

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Discordia - MISERY INDEX

Many extreme metal bands talk of combining grindcore and death metal with fragments of (old school) hardcore, but a paltry few do it better than MISERY INDEX. And we are not talking about metalcore by any stretch of the imagination. This is about death metal's technicality, grindcore's blinding brutality, and hardcore's unbridled aggression. It is ...

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MISERY INDEX To Support FEAR FACTORY In Germany

MISERY INDEX have been confirmed as the support act for FEAR FACTORY on the German leg of their upcoming European tour. The dates are as follows: Mar. 25 - Berlin, GER @ Columbia Club Mar. 26 - Köln, GER @ Live Music Hall Mar. 27 - Hamburg, GER @ Markthalle As previously reported, MISERY INDEX ...

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MISERY INDEX: New Album Title, Track Listing Revealed

MISERY INDEX has set "Discordia" as the title of their forthcoming Relapse Records debut. "Discordia" is scheduled for a May 16 release and will feature ten new tracks from the Baltimore-based quartet. The track listing is as follows: 01. Unmarked Graves 02. Conquistadores 03. Outsourcing Jehovah 04. Breathing Pestilence 05. Meet Reality 06. Sensory Deprivation ...

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CRYPTOPSY Drummer Lines Up More Clinics In Ontario

CRYPTOPSY drummer Flo Mounier has lined up the following drum clinics in Ontario, Canada in early March: Mississauga - Monday, March 6, 2006 Long & McQuade 900 Rathburn Road West (west of Mavis) Mississauga, ON 7:00PM Contact: (905) 273-3939 Price: Free!!! Barrie - Tuesday, March 7, 2006 56 Barrieview Dr. Barrie, ON 7:00PM Contact: (705) ...

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ENSEMBLE SALAZHAR Featuring Ex-PESTILENCE Bassist: 'Draft' Samples Available Online

ENSEMBLE SALAZHAR, the studio project founded by guitarist Ronald Bekking and former PESTILENCE bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling, have uploaded "draft samples" of the group's recent studio sessions at www.jeroenthesseling.com. Complete demo tracks will follow soon. ENSEMBLE SALAZHAR was formed "with the intent to bring world music into dialogue with other modern music styles," ...

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CRYPTOPSY Drummer Schedules Missisauga Clinic

CRYPTOPSY drummer Flo Mounier will conducting a drum clinic at the Long And McQuade's Missisauga, ON location (address: 900 Rathburn Road West; tel.: 905-273-3939) on Monday, March 6. Start time is 7:00 p.m. As previously reported, CRYPTOPSY have been nominated in the "Favorite Metal Artist/Group" category at The Indies, the 6th Annual Independent Music Awards, ...

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MISERY INDEX: More Tour Dates Announced

MISERY INDEX, the Baltimore-based quartet is comprised of founder Jason Netherton (bass, vocals), John "Sparky" Voyles (guitar), Adam Jarvis (drums) and Mark Kloeppel (guitar), have announced two shows in Puerto Rico in early March. The group's itinerary is shaping up as follows: Feb. 04 - Marietta, GA - The Darkside Feb. 05 - Baltimore, MD ...

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MISERY INDEX Sign With RELAPSE RECORDS

Relapse Records has announced the signing of MISERY INDEX. MISERY INDEX are currently recording their as-yet-untitled Relapse debut full-length in Atlanta, GA with producer/engineer Eyal Levi. Some early track titles include "Conquistadores", "Outsourcing Jehovah", "Breathing Pestilence", "Dystopian Nightmares" and "Meet Reality". A May 2006 release is expected. The Baltimore-based quartet is comprised of founder Jason ...

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Hail Horror - HIMSA

I guess I should have paid more attention to Seattle's HIMSA in the past, assuming that albums like 2003's "Courting Tragedy and Disaster" are as solid as "Hail Horror". I suppose one could make an argument for a vague metalcore sound on "Hail Horror", but most of what I am hearing is modern, Swedish-inflected American ...

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