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MINISTRY: New Studio Photos Posted Online

Industrial rock pioneers MINISTRY are at Sonic Ranch studio in Tornillo, Texas the studio recording the follow-up to 2003's "Animositisomina". Entitled "Houses of the Molé", the album is tentatively scheduled for release in the spring through Sanctuary Records. Check out a few pictures from the studio at this location. MINISTRY frontman Al Jourgensen ...

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MINISTRY To Release New Album In The Spring

Originators of industrial rock MINISTRY are in the studio recording their follow-up to 2003's "Animositisomina". Straight from the success of this year's highly acclaimed American and European Fornica-Tour, the band have returned to Sonic Ranch deep in the heart of Texas to record. "Houses of the Molé" is slated for release on Sanctuary Records in ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY Confirmed For Finland's TUSKA Festival

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have been confirmed for the next installment of the Tuska festival, which will take place next summer in Helsinki, Finland. More details will be announced soon. Tuska 2003 took place July 11-13 in the Kaisaniemi park in the center of Helsinki and featured appearances by TYPE O NEGATIVE, THE HAUNTED, STRATOVARIUS, SENTENCED, ...

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CENTURY MEDIA Brings Metal To The Masses

On November 18, the Century Family brings the metal back to the masses with a specially priced double-disc set. This compilation, "Metal For The Masses Volume II", is exclusively available at all Hot Topic retail outlets nationwide and features one 20-track disc clocking in over 75 minutes with new tracks from such groundbreaking and up ...

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STRYPER Frontman: 'We Want To Be In God's Will'

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet recently spoke to The Kansas City Star about the band's decision to embark on their first-ever reunion tour — the Christian hard rock band's first nationwide performance junket in more than 12 years. "This is a celebration of the ministry STRYPER did," Sweet said. "We're not concerned about the numbers. I ...

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FIREBALL MINISTRY To Support URIAH HEEP, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT In Germany

Los Angeles-based heavy hitters FIREBALL MINISTRY will be supporting URIAH HEEP and BLUE ÖYSTER CULT on a German tour in December. FIREBALL MINISTRY's new album, "The Second Great Awakening", is due on November 3 through Nuclear Blast Records. "The Second Great Awakening" was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, MARILYN MANSON, VELVET REVOLVER, DANZIG) and ...

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MINISTRY To Begin Recording In November

MINISTRY are set to begin recording their new album on November 1. As a result, they will not be able to attend the Chicago Heros Awards ceremony next month honoring the group with a "Lifetime Achievement Award". Because MINISTRY cannot attend the event, the Chicago Heros Awards have decided to present the award to MINISTRY ...

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LINKIN PARK Show Will Erode Morals, Claims Malaysia's PAS YOUTH

Parti Islam se-Malaysia (PAS) Youth has voiced its objection to the LINKIN PARK concert on October 15, claiming that the show will erode the morals of the young as the audience will comprise males and females, reports Malaysia's The Star Online. Youth chief Salahuddin Ayub said the concert would lead to zina (illicit sex), kissing, ...

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LINKIN PARK Get OK For Malaysia Concert

LINKIN PARK have received the government's permission to perform next month in Malaysia — but they won't be allowed to scream, jump around or wear shorts onstage, according to the Associated Press. The Ministry of Culture and Arts said Wednesday it has approved plans for the band to hold a concert on Oct. 15 at ...

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Taiwanese Black Metal Band CHTHONIC Put Spin On The Country's Past

The controversial Taiwanese black metal band CHTHONIC have been criticized for mixing politics and music, and have even been prevented from performing in China after being labeled as "pro-independence musicians." They extolled the virtues of Na Tao Ji, a tragic heroine of Taiwanese folklore, by singing her story in front of the Presidential Office on ...

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FU MANCHU To Record New Material For Possible EP

FU MANCHU will enter the studio shortly to record "5 or 6 new songs," according to the latest online post by singer/guitarist Scott Hill. "3 or 4 [of the tracks] and maybe a cover song will be released soon. We want to release a few new songs before we sign to a new record label. ...

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MINISTRY Frontman To Remix EMINENCE Track

MINISTRY frontman Al Jourgensen is set to do a remix of the track "Citizen Zero" from Brazilian extreme metallers EMINENCE (featuring former SEPULTURA guitarist Jairo Guedz on bass). The song comes off EMINENCE's forthcoming CD, "Humanology", due in November through Switzerland's Timeless Productions. "Humanology", the follow-up to 1999's "Chaotic System", is currently being recorded at ...

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BBC News: Rock Is Back!

Stephen Dowling of BBC News Online reports that "as THE DARKNESS, METALLICA and LINKIN PARK toast Kerrang! Awards success, rock music is enjoying rude health at the expense of pop and dance. What has happened to bring rock back into favour? "When clubbing became the musical culture of choice in the mid-90s, dance purists claimed ...

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Review: MARILYN MANSON's Absence Sparks Rants At Concert

Jeff Spevak of Democrat and Chronicle reports that The Darien Lake stop of Ozzfest 2003 on Monday (August 11), witnessed by 15,000, had the best controversy of the tour "when it was announced that the infamous, now slightly shopworn shock rocker MARILYN MANSON had been politely asked by the venue's management to skip this stop ...

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TUSKA FESTIVAL 2003: Photos Posted Online

Sonera Plaza has posted several photos of TYPE O NEGATIVE, THE HAUNTED, STRATOVARIUS and SENTENCED performing live at Finland's Tuska festival this past weekend. Check them out here. Tuska took place July 11-13 in the Kaisaniemi park in the center of Helsinki and featured additional appearances by AMORPHIS, ARCH ENEMY, CHILDREN OF BODOM, ...

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SENTENCED Added To Finland's TUSKA METAL FESTIVAL

SENTENCED have replaced OPETH at this year's edition of Finland's Tuska festival, set to take place July 11-13 in the Kaisaniemi park in the center of Helsinki. As previously reported, OPETH were forced to cancel their appearance at Tuska due to "logistical and financial" difficulties connected with the group's upcoming U.S. tour with PORCUPINE TREE, ...

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NASUM Replace MESHUGGAH At Sweden's ARVIKA FESTIVAL

Swedish grindcore merchants NASUM have replaced MESHUGGAH at this year's edition of Arvika Festival (Arvikafestivalen), set to take place July 10-12 in Arvika, Sweden. NASUM will hit the stage on Saturday, July 12 at 11:30 p.m. Other artists scheduled to appear at the event include MINISTRY, MOONSPELL, H.I.M., and SOULFLY. As previously reported, MESHUGGAH were ...

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ALICE COOPER, OZZY OSBOURNE: Servants Of The Devil?

Way of Life Literature, a 29-year-old Fundamental Baptist preaching and publishing ministry, has issued a challenge to ALICE COOPER and his rock and roll Christianity. Check it out here. Meanwhile, Dial-The-Truth Ministries — a self-proclaimed Christian resource ministry whose sole purpose is presenting the truth and exposing error with the light of the ...

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GODHEAD To Join MINISTRY Tour?

GODHEAD are strongly rumored to be one of the bands being considered for MINISTRY's upcoming festival tour, tentatively scheduled to kick off in late July. "I know MINISTRY is putting together this kind of outdoor festival thing with OGHR [featuring SKINNY PUPPY frontman Nivek Ogre, a.k.a. Kevin Ogilvie], THE REVOLTING COCKS, and JELLO BIAFRA, and ...

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L.A. Hard Rockers FIREBALL MINISTRY Sign To NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Los Angeles-based heavy hitters FIREBALL MINISTRY have signed an exclusive worldwide contract with Nuclear Blast Records. Alumni of MTV's "You Hear It First" program, the band made the news official by announcing it on last week's edition of MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball". MTV's resident hard rock supporter Iann Robinson had this to say about FIREBALL MINISTRY: ...

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1349 Confirmed For Germany's WITH FULL FORCE Festival

Norwegian black metallers 1349, featuring SATYRICON drummer Frost, are the latest act to have been confirmed for Germany's With Full Force 2003 festival, which is set to take place July 4-6 at airport Roitzschjora, Löbnitz near Leipzig. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: Friday, July 4: ...

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HYPOCRISY Added To Italy's GODS OF METAL Festival

Sweden's HYPOCRISY, the band led by acclaimed metal producer and PAIN frontman Peter Tägtgren, are the last-minute addition to this year's installment of Gods Of Metal festival, set to take place June 7-8 at the Mazda Palace in Milan, Italy. MARILYN MANSON will headline the festivities on Saturday, June 7 (under the banner "A Day ...

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RIGOR MORTIS Re-Launch Official Web Site

Reunited Texan thrashers RIGOR MORTIS have re-launched their official web site at www.rigormortis.com. The group's bassist/vocalist Casey Orr, who has spent the past few weeks playing with the reunited SPEEDEALER, has posted the following update on the band's activities: "A lot has been happening since this site went down for reconstructive surgery, so ...

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