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NAPALM DEATH Frontman Slams GEORGE W. BUSH: 'The Whole System Needs An Overhaul'

Birmingham's fathers of grindcore NAPALM DEATH kick off their 36-date North American tour tonight with their headlining show in Toronto, Canada. The first eight dates the band performs with MISERY INDEX, and the remaining dates take the band across the U.S. with CANNIBAL CORPSE, KATAKLYSM and GOATWHORE. Always outspoken about politics, NAPALM DEATH vocalist Barney ...

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DRACONIAN Complete Work On 'Arcane Rain Fell'

Swedish gothic doom metal band DRACONIAN have completed work on their sophomore album, "Arcane Rain Fell", tentatively due in December 2004/January 2005 through Napalm Records. The follow-up to last year's "Where Lovers Mourn" was recorded at Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden and contains "more than 60 minutes of music," according to a posting on the ...

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EXMORTEM Sign With WICKED WORLD RECORDS

Danish death metallers EXMORTEM have signed a new deal with Earache Records subsidiary Wicked World. The group's fifth album, "Nihilistic Contentment", was recorded at Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, HATESPHERE, MNEMIC) and is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2005. Ten songs were recorded and mixed during the four-week ...

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TROUBLE: Negotiating With Record Labels

According to a posting on the group's official web site, reunited Chicago doomsters TROUBLE are currently in negotiations with three different labels about the release of the band's recently completed uplugged CD, "Simple Mind Condition", as well as the upcoming full-length album, "Seven". "That is playing a big role in why the CD is not ...

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MISERY INDEX, NEURAXIS To Team Up For Canadian Tour

MISERY INDEX and NEURAXIS will be teaming up for a short Canadian tour beginning in late October. Confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 28 - Rimouski, QC @ Pavillon agricole Oct. 29 - New Richmond, QC @ Salle de l'âge d'or Oct. 30 - Campbelton, NB @ Paramount , Oct. 31 - Halifax, NS @ ...

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HANOI ROCKS Singer Slams MÖTLEY CRÜE, GENE SIMMONS

In a recent interview with RockUnited.com, HANOI ROCKS members Michael Monroe, Andy McCoy and new guitarist Stevie Klasson spoke about the group's latest single, upcoming album and other recent activities. Seveal excerpts from the interview follow: RockUnited.com: Michael, you recently did an interview with MetalSludge.com and it concerned a lot about (MÖTLEY CRÜE/BRIDES ...

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GF93 Complete Work On New Album: Audio Samples Available

Italian "alternative metal" band GF93 have completed work on their new album, entitled "OSR", with producer Alessandro Paolucci. Mixing duties were handled by Martin Barbour and Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE). An October release via Incendiary Records is expected. Three cuts ("Enter the Cult", "Le Sive" and "25 Times Fire Devastates") from the forthcoming CD have been ...

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MISERY INDEX Seek Second Guitarist

MISERY INDEX, the Baltimore, Maryland-based band featuring Jason Netherton (bass/vocals, ex-DYING FETUS) and Sparky Voyles (guitar, ex-DYING FETUS, M.O.D.), are looking for a second guitarist to join the group on tour next year. "Ability to play all metal-related styles (death, grind, black, thrash, etc.), and availability to tour at any time are essential," reads a ...

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Revolution - CREMATORY

Gothic metal has undoubtedly experienced an upsurge in popularity over the last few years, but on the fringes it retains a discernible love-hate status. Given the likes of MY DYING BRIDE and, to a slightly less gloomy extent, DARK TRANQUILLITY, many listeners either revel casually in the moroseness of it, or wish that the miserable ...

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IMPERIOUS Undergo Lineup Changes

Swedish brutal death metallers IMPERIOUS have replaced Emil Fredenmark (guitars, vocals) with Adam Skogvard (MYNJUN, PHANINDRA, ex-SLODUST, BOOK OF HOURS). The band have also found a new bassist in Rickard Thulin (MYNJUN, COERCION). IMPERIOUS are currently writing material for the follow-up to 2003's "In Splendour" (Retribute Records), tentatively due in 2005. Songtitles set to appear ...

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DAATH: New Album To Be Mixed By Former DEATH Guitarist

Atlanta-based technical death metallers DAATH have recruited former DEATH/TESTAMENT guitarist James Murphy to mix their second album, tentatively titled "The Hinderers". "We are currently in pre-production and expect to start tracking in November," the band write on their web site. "We're going to slow down on booking gigs in order to allow more time for ...

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MALEVOLENT CREATION: Live Album Details Revealed

Arctic Music Group has set a September 21 release date for the MALEVOLENT CREATION live album, "Conquering South America". It was over ten years ago that the metal world first lay witness to the now genre-shaping "The Ten Commandments" by then-little-known band MALEVOLENT CREATION. Eight albums later, MALEVOLENT CREATION have sold hundreds of thousands of ...

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THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Announce U.S. Tour

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN have announced their second headlining tour of 2004 in support of their new album, "Miss Machine". Hot off the conclusion of their highly successful "F$#king With The Lights On" tour, DILLINGER will kick off a five week U.S. tour on September 29 in New Haven, CT. The tour is expected to ...

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BLOOD RED THRONE Commence Work On New Album

Norwegian death metallers BLOOD RED THRONE have finally commenced work on the new album, "Altered Genesis", after a series of drummers failed to deliver the quality the band were looking for. With original drummer Espen Antonsen fired early on in the original recording, the band had to endure two more failed attempts to get the ...

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TROUBLE: More Delays For 'Unplugged' CD

Reunited doom legends TROUBLE have posted the following message on their web site: "The new TROUBLE unplugged CD 'Simple Mind Condition' has turned out to be anything but SIMPLE. Computer crashes, lost files, and anything else that can stand in the way has (it’s almost as if something is trying to keep it from coming ...

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DAATH Begin Pre-Production On Sophomore Album

Atlanta-based technical death metallers DAATH have begun pre-production on their second album, to be titled "The Hinderers". The follow-up to this year's "Futility" is tentatively scheduled for release in the winter. In other news, DAATH are still looking for a bassist and keyboard player. "We need you to be able to travel, be into the ...

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CHIMAIRA Blame 'Visa' Issues For Drummer's Departure

CHIMAIRA have issued a short statement confirming their split with former SOILWORK drummer Richard Evensand and the addition of ex-MISERY INDEX skinsman Kevin Talley to the group's ranks. "There are many reasons for the split, most of which have to do with visa issues," the band write on their web site. "CHIMAIRA kick off the ...

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CHIMAIRA's Record Label Confirms Drummer Switch

CHIMAIRA's record label, Roadrunner Records, has issued a statement confirming that the band have parted ways with former SOILWORK drummer Richard Evensand and replaced him with Kevin Talley, formerly of MISERY INDEX. Recommended to the band by SLAYER's Kerry King, Kevin will be behind the kit for CHIMAIRA's co-headline run with MACHINE HEAD on the ...

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MISERY INDEX Drummer Joins CHIMAIRA, Replacement Named

MISERY INDEX drummer Kevin Talley (drums, ex-DYING FETUS, SUFFOCATION, M.O.D.) has quit the band and has joined CHIMAIRA. Filling his shoes in MISERY INDEX is Adam Jarvis from the band ALL WILL FALL from St. Louis, MO. "Adam had sent in a audition video many months ago and has been in the band's favor ever ...

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DRACONIAN Name New Album

Swedish gothic doom metal band DRACONIAN have set "Arcane Rain Fell" as the title of their sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Napalm Records. The follow-up to last year's "Where Lovers Mourn" will be recorded at Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden during September and will contain "nine tracks of dark, atmospheric metal," according ...

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BONGZILLA Announce U.S. Tour With MONSTER MAGNET

Relapse Records recording artists BONGZILLA have announced their first tour of 2004 in support of their recently released album, "Apogee". BONGZILLA will team up with MONSTER MAGNET for a four-week trek beginning September 9 in Hollywood, CA. The tour will be sponsored by long-running web portal StonerRock.com and is scheduled to conclude October 1 with ...

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CODE BLACK To Release New Album Next Week

Burlington, VT-based CODE BLACK will release their new album, "Penetration", on July 27 through Arctic Music Group. Recorded at Studio Victor in Montreal with producer Jean-Francois Dagenais (KATAKLYSM, MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX), "Penetration" pairs "the precision of metal with the aggression of modern hardcore," according to a press release. Artwork duties were executed by Travis ...

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SIX FEET UNDER, INTERNAL BLEEDING To Team Up For U.S. Tour

SIX FEET UNDER and INTERNAL BLEEDING will be teaming up for a U.S. tour in August/September. The trek will mark INTERNAL BLEEDING's first outing in almost a decade INTERNAL BLEEDING's new album, "Onward to Mecca", is scheduled for release on September 7 through Olympic Recordings. The group's first studio release in five years was recorded ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE, IMPALED NAZARENE Confirmed For Czech Republic's BRUTAL ASSAULT Festival

CANNIBAL CORPSE, IMPALED NAZARENE, MISERY INDEX and GRAVEWORM are among the bands confirmed for the Brutal Assault festival, a three-day event set to take place August 5-7, 2004 in Hvozd u Konice, Czech Republic. The complete lineup for the festival is as follows: CANNIBAL CORPSE (USA) IMPALED NAZARENE (Finland) MISERY INDEX (USA) GRAVEWORM (Italy) SEAR ...

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