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ANNIHILATOR Signs Japanese Deal For 'Metal' CD

Canadian metallers ANNIHILATOR have inked a deal with King Records for the Japanese release of their new album, "Metal". An April 11 release is expected. Commented King Records A&R rep Kaz Nakatsuka: "ANNIHILATOR's legendary mixing of thrash and melodic metal styles has given many years of quality and honest metal music to the fans, here ...

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New EXCITER Frontman: 'I Am Metal'

Canadian thrash metal pioneers EXCITER recently announced the addition of Brooklyn, New York-based singer Kenny "Metal Mouth" Winter to the group's ranks. "After holding auditions this past summer, the band was blown away with Kenny's three-and-a-half-octave range, delivered with tremendous intensity and conviction," the band said in a statement. Kenny "Metal Mouth" Winter has issued ...

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EXCITER: New Album Title Announced

Canadian thrash metal pioneers EXCITER have set "Thrash Speed Burn" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in early 2007 via France's Osmose Productions. EXCITER recently announced the addition of Brooklyn, New York-based singer Kenny "Metal Mouth" Winter to the group's ranks. "After holding auditions this past summer, the band was blown away ...

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EXCITER Announces New Singer

Canadian thrash metal pioneers EXCITER have announced the addition of Brooklyn, New York-based singer Kenny "Metal Mouth" Winter to the group's ranks. "We're gearing up to record the next CD at the end of November, then it'll be gigging time!!!!" says the band's bassist, Clammy. "We're fucking PUMPED and looking forward to seeing all our ...

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Original FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Drummer Recounts Band's History

On October 31, Metal Blade Records will re-issue one of THE classic albums of its catalogue — FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's mighty "Doomsday for the Deceiver". The album will be re-released as a three-disc-set — two CDs and one DVD. It includes the original version, a remixed version (by the album's original producer, Bill Metoyer), demo ...

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HELSTAR Replace EXCITER At MINNEAPOLIS MAYHEM 3 Festival

HELSTAR have replaced EXCITER on the billing of the Minneapolis Mayhem 3 festival, set to take place August 25-26 at the Star Central in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The lineup for the festival is now shaping up as follows: TANKARD HIRAX RAVEN HELSTAR JAG PANZER OMEN STEEL ATTACK DIVISION USURPER AVENGER OF BLOOD IMAGIKA GAIA EPICUS NOCTUARY ...

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Vocalist JACQUES BELANGER Quits EXCITER (Again)

For the third time in 10 years, vocalist Jacques Belanger has left the Canadian thrash metal pioneers EXCITER. "Due to 'differences of opinion' on many issues between Jacques and the rest of the band, he felt he could no longer continue as vocalist for EXCITER," reads a statement from the group. "We are currently exploring ...

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RAVEN Confirmed For MINNEAPOLIS MAYHEM 3 Festival

RAVEN have been confirmed for the Minneapolis Mayhem 3 festival, set to take place August 25-26 at the Star Central in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: TANKARD HIRAX RAVEN EXCITER JAG PANZER OMEN STEEL ATTACK DIVISION USURPER AVENGER OF BLOOD IMAGIKA GAIA EPICUS NOCTUARY UNDER EDEN COLD COLOURS HEAD ...

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STEEL ATTACK: New Album Samples Posted Online

Swedish metallers STEEL ATTACK have uploaded several audio samples from their fifth full-length album, "Diabolic Symphony", on their official web site, including a full-length version of the track "Embraced by Fear". Check them out at www.steelattack.com. As previously reported, STEEL ATTACK recently finished filming a video for the song "Diabolic Symphony" with director ...

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STEEL ATTACK Complete Work On 'Diabolic Symphony' Video

Swedish metallers STEEL ATTACK have finished filming a video for the song "Diabolic Symphony" with director Owe Lingvall (NOCTURNAL RITES drummer). The clip will be included as a bonus feature on the band's fifth full-length album, "Diabolic Symphony", due on April 21 via Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Enslaved" was recorded at Black Lounge ...

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STEEL ATTACK: New Album Track Listing Revealed

Swedish metallers STEEL ATTACK have finalized the track listing for their fifth full-length album, "Diabolic Symphony", due on April 21 via Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Enslaved" was recorded at Black Lounge Studio in Sweden with engineer Jonas Kjellgren and features "hard riffs combined with rich melodies and brilliant metal," according to guitarist Johan ...

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HALLOWS EVE: 'History Of Terror' Box Set Details Revealed

Metal Blade Records will release a deluxe box set by the acclaimed '80s Atlanta thrashers HALLOWS EVE, entitled "History of Terror", on March 10. This box set includes all three of the group's Metal Blade albums (all remastered!), piles of bonus material and a bonus DVD (with a playing time of 200-plus minutes!). Liner notes ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: 'Essential' Two-CD Collection To Arrive In April

Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings will release the two-CD set "The Essential Judas Priest" on April 4. JUDAS PRIEST rocketed out of the tough steel town of Birmingham, England, more than three decades ago, and the 34 songs collected here form nothing less than the very backbone — the pure essence — of heavy metal. This uncompromising ...

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Reunited GRIM REAPER Schedule Greek Date

Reunited classic British heavy metallers GRIM REAPER wil be performing at the Underworld Club in Athens, Greece on April 15. Support at the show wille come from DREAM WEAVER and BLOODSTAINED. As previously reported, GRIM REAPER have been confirmed for this year's Keep It True VI festival, set to take place April 8 at Tauberfrankenhalle ...

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STEEL ATTACK: 'Diabolic Symphony' Due In April

Massacre Records has set an April 21 release date for the fifth full-length album from Swedish metallers STEEL ATTACK, entitled "Diabolic Symphony". The follow-up to 2004's "Enslaved" was recorded at Black Lounge Studio in Sweden with engineer Jonas Kjellgren and will feature "hard riffs combined with rich melodies and brilliant metal," according to guitarist Johan ...

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DREAM THEATER's MIKE PORTNOY: Early Recordings Unearthed!

It's no secret that before DREAM THEATER there was MAJESTY. But before MAJESTY, drummer Mike Portnoy (mis)spent some time of his youth recording with S.A. ADAMS. The then-18-year-old Portnoy did quite a few day and evening sessions with ADAMS working on what became the foundation of Adams' body of work. "I never hid the fact ...

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Seattle's MIDNIGHT IDÖLS Get Back To Their Metal Roots

Seattle-based NWOBHM-influenced band the MIDNIGHT IDÖLS have just released their self-produced debut album "We Rule The Night", on their own label. The group started with ex-members of Seattle hardcore bands such as OFFICER DOWN, LAST GASP, and the VACCINES getting back to their metal roots. The result is a "full-on blast back to the metal ...

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ASSASSIN To Co-Headline KEEP IT TRUE VI Warm-Up Show

Reformed German thrashers ASSASSIN have been confirmed as the co-headliners of the Keep It True VI warm-up show, dubbed "Metal Knights", set to take place on April 7, 2006 at Sporthalle in Dittigheim, Germany. Other groups scheduled to perform at the warm-up show are DRIFTER and DANTESCO. One more headliner will be announced soon. The ...

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HIRAX Pulled From KEEP IT TRUE Warm-Up Show

Los Angeles thrashers HIRAX have been thrown off the billing of the the Keep It True VI warm-up show, dubbed "Metal Knights", set to take place on April 7, 2006 at Sporthalle in Dittigheim, Germany. According to the festival organizers, the entire HIRAX band — with the exception of singer Katon W. De Pena — ...

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STEEL ATTACK Sign With MASSACRE RECORDS

Swedish metallers STEEL ATTACK have inked a deal with Germany's Massacre Records. Commented guitarist John Allan: "Our long search for the perfect record company has ended. We finally were lucky to find the ultimate home and I have to say that it feels really good and it is a great relief." STEEL ATTACK entered Black ...

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STEEL ATTACK Begin Recording New Album

Swedish metallers STEEL ATTACK entered Black Lounge Studio in Sweden on December 12 with engineer Jonas Kjellgren to record the follow-up to 2004's "Enslaved". "The last three weeks we have been rehearsing the new material very intense pace," guitarist Johan Jalonen Penn writes on the band's web site. "We have done 12 tracks since the ...

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