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CATHEDRAL Confirmed For Japan's LOUD PARK 06 Festival

According to a posting on CATHEDRAL's official web site, the veteran British doom/stoner band has been confirmed for the Loud Park 06 festival, set to take place October 14-15, 2006 at the Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Halls 9-11 in Tokyo, Japan. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: Saturday, October 14: MEGADETH MINISTRY ...

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NEUROSIS To Enter Studio In December

Long-running Oakland, California-based band NEUROSIS will enter the studio in December to record their next album. Once again they will be returning to Electrical Audio in Chicago with engineer Steve Albini. "The sounds emanating from the rehearsal room are frighteningly strange and not very nice," reads a posting on the group's web site. In other ...

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METALLICA, TOOL, NIRVANA Rocking Babies To Sleep

The Associated Press reports: If you know nothing about METALLICA, "Enter Sandman" does sound like it could be the title of a lullaby. A company called Baby Rock Records has created lullaby versions of songs by METALLICA, COLDPLAY and RADIOHEAD. Executive producer Valerie Aiello said her company did the lullaby tributes because they love the ...

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ANVIL Confirmed For Japan's LOUD PARK 06 Festival

According to a posting on ANVIL's official web site, the veteran Canadian metal band has been confirmed for the Loud Park 06 festival, set to take place October 14-15, 2006 at the Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Halls 9-11 in Tokyo, Japan. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: Saturday, October 14: MEGADETH MINISTRY ...

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DANAVA Completes Work On Debut Album

Psychedelic sci-fi hard rockers DANAVA have completed work on their highly anticipated debut. The fast-rising Portland, OR quartet, known for their exceedingly powerful live performances, spellbinding song craft and unequalled blend of sound that combines metal's power with experimental / prog-rock's kaleidoscopic avant-garde, will unleash "Danava" on October 31. DANAVA (pronounced Don-Uh-Vuh) have been assaulting ...

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GIANT SQUID Announces Lineup Changes

Austin, Texas-based eclectic doom rock act GIANT SQUID have issued the following update: "GIANT SQUID recently completed a quick jaunt across the U.S., including select dates with new labelmates STOLEN BABIES, as well as meeting up with The End Records veterans AGALLOCH for their CD release show in Portland, OR. Unfortunately the band couldn't come ...

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FATAL SMILE To Support WINGER On European Tour

According to a posting on FATAL SMILE's official web site, the Swedish "traditional" heard rock/heavy metal band will support WINGER on its European tour this fall. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. FATAL SMILE released their sophomore album, "Neo Natural Freaks", in February via GMR Music. The follow-up to 2002's "Beyond Reality" was ...

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STOLEN BABIES Sign With THE END RECORDS

The End Records has signed extravagant gothic/industrial/carnival/rock ensemble STOLEN BABIES. STOLEN BABIES are a unique band in their own right, a talented act that has amassed a following with their energetic and freakish live shows. The band's musical style is a cauldron of ideas that serves up a wonderful variety of vibrant styles meshed together ...

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GENERAL SURGERY Announce New Bassist, Rejoin Forces With Vocalist MCWILLIAMS

Legendary Swedish grindcore merchants GENERAL SURGERY have announced the addition of bassist Dr. Van Touminen (FINGERSPITZENGEFÜHL, THE GROKENBERGERS) to the group's ranks. Touminen will be taking over the bass duties once the group's current four-stringer Glenn Sykes moves back to the U.S. in the fall (after the band's upcoming Japanese tour). "Dr. Van Tuominen will ...

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RAUNCHY To Embark On Danish Tour In October/November

Danish modern metallers RAUNCHY will be embarking on a five-date tour of Denmark in October/November. Upcoming RAUNCHY dates now include the following: Jun. 19 - Pumpehuset – Copenhagen, DEN (w/ HATEBREED, Cry Babies) Jul. 01 - With Full Force Festival - Flugplatz/Roitzschjora, GER Jul. 15 - Bloodstock Festival, Catton Hall, Birmingham, UK Aug. 03 - ...

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MARYLAND DEATHFEST: First-Day Photos Posted Online

Return to the Pit has uploaded several hundred photos from the first day of the Maryland Deathfest, which kicked off Saturday night (May 27) at at the Sonar in Baltimore. Included in the batch are pictures from the following artists: ALARUM (49 pics) ANATA (65 pics) BUTCHER ABC (73 pics) CATHETER (50 pics) CENOTAPH (59 ...

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CHRIS CAFFERY Comments On Possible Folding Of BLACK LOTUS RECORDS

Guitarist Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, DOCTOR BUTCHER) — who is currently in the studio mixing his new solo album, entitled "Pins and Needles" — has released the following statement regarding the possible folding of his record label, the Greece-based Black Lotus Records: "The music business has not been the healthiest ever over the past ...

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CHRIS CAFFERY: 'Half Way' Done Mixing New Solo Album

Guitarist Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, DOCTOR BUTCHER) is currently in the studio mixing his new solo album, entitled "Pins and Needles". Caffery has posted the following update on his official web site: "OK... Four days in and we are about half way through with the mixing. 'Pins', 'Sad', 'Crossed', 'Torment', 'Time', 'Worms', 'YGBFKM'...these are ...

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SATYRICON, KHOMA Confirmed For U.K.'s DOWNLOAD Festival

SATYRICON, HENRY ROLLINS (spoken word) and KHOMA are among the latest acts confirmed for Download festival, set to take place at Castle Donington, Leicestershire, over the weekend of June 9-11 June. Download 2006 will go something like this: Friday, June 9: Main Stage: TOOL DEFTONES FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND COHEED & CAMBRIA SOULFLY STRAPPING YOUNG ...

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BENEDICTION Pull Out Of Germany's F*CK THE COMMERCE Festival, Prepare To Record New Album

Long-running U.K. extreme metallers BENEDICTION have released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "BENEDICTION will not be appearing at this year's Fuck The Commerce festival [taking place May 25-27 at MZA (Mehrzweckhalle) in Luckau, Germany]. The reasons for this are personal between the band and promoters Bruchstein Booking and will remain private unless Bruchstein wish to ...

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ENSLAVED Plan 15th Anniversary Celebration

Norwegian extreme metallers ENSLAVED will hold a joint celebration for the release of their new album, "Ruun", and their 15th anniversary, at a party to be held on Saturday, May 13 at Garage in their hometown of Bergen. Doors will open 7:00 p.m., and ENSLAVED will be on stage 9:00 p.m. sharp. The band will ...

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