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DAVE GROHL Explains TOM ARAYA's Absence From PROBOT CD

FOO FIGHTERS frontman/ex-NIRVANA drummer Dave Grohl recently spoke to Metal Edge magazine about his "metal" side-project PROBOT project and the reason SLAYER vocalist Tom Araya ended up not contributing to the final CD. "I tried to get Tom on the record — he was the last piece of the puzzle," Grohl said. "The list of ...

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DECEIVER To Record Debut Mini-CD In May

DECEIVER, the Swedish metal band featuring members of MAZE OF TORMENT and SERPENT OBSCENE, will enter The Abyss studio in May with producer Tommy Tägtgren for the recording of their debut mini-CD. The as-yet-untitled effort will be released through the Singaporean label Konqueror Records in August. The band's music is being described as "the hard ...

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NOTRE DAME: New Album To Surface In February

NOTRE DAME, the Swedish band featuring drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, DREAM EVIL), will release their new album, "Demi Monde Bizarros", in February and not on April 1, as erroneously posted on the web site of the group's label, Osmose Productions. According to Shaw, the forthcoming CD features songs "about sex, ...

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DREAM EVIL Name New Album

DREAM EVIL, the Swedish band featuring acclaimed producer Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, etc.) and drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME), have set "The Book of Heavy Metal" as the title of their upcoming third album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Century Media Records. The ...

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CANDLEMASS, TROUBLE In Stockholm: A Wicked Night Of Doom!

Swedish doom masters CANDLEMASS have posted the following report from their Nov. 29 Stockholm gig with TROUBLE and FORCE OF EVIL: "Both TROUBLE and FORCE OF EVIL arrived to Stockholm on the Friday. FORCE OF EVIL got in late and chose to have an early night after some pasta, while TROUBLE and CANDLEMASS had loads ...

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DREAM EVIL To Begin Recording Third Album

Sweden's DREAM EVIL, the band featuring acclaimed producer Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, etc.) and drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME), will enter Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden on December 15 to begin recording their third album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Century Media Records. ...

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CANDLEMASS To Premiere New Song During Hometown Gig

Reformed Swedish doom legends CANDLEMASS will premiere a brand new song, called "Witches", during their performance at Klubben in Stockholm this weekend. The track — which is described by songwriter/bassist Leif Edling as following "the true CANDLEMASS style, with both heavy and hard passages, lots of negative riffing, melody and slow doomy choruses" — is ...

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PROBOT: Photo Session Posted Online

Several pictures from a brand-new PROBOT photo session, featuring the project's mastermind Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, ex-NIRVANA) alongside special guests Lemmy (MOTÖRHEAD) and Wino (ST. VITUS, THE OBSESSED, SPIRIT CARAVAN, PLACE OF SKULLS), have been posted online at this location (Wire Image). As previously reported, PROBOT's much-anticipated self-titled debut album will be released ...

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Label: PROBOT Debut To Surface In February, Not May

Contrary to a report (since corrected) posted on the MTV.com web site, PROBOT's much-anticipated debut album will surface on its originally announced release date of February 10, 2004 and not in May of next year, a spokesperson for Southern Lord Records has informed BLABBERMOUTH.NET. A two-track 7" single, limited to 6,666 copies, will ...

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PROBOT: Photos From 'Shake Your Blood' Video Shoot Posted Online

PROBOT, the much-anticipated metal side project of FOO FIGHTERS frontman/former NIRVANA drummer Dave Grohl, will release their self-titled debut album on February 10, 2004 through Southern Lord Recordings. A two-track 7" single, limited to 6,666 copies, will precede the album release and will contain the cuts "Centuries Of Sin" (featuring Cronos of VENOM) and "Emerald ...

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DEEP PURPLE's Tribute To Victims Of SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA Tragedy

The instrumental song "Contact Lost", the bittersweet finale of DEEP PURPLE's new album "Bananas", was inspired by the tragic loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia. It was written by guitarist Steve Morse. Columbia broke up over Texas upon re-entry on February 1, 2003, after a successful 16-day scientific research mission. The accident claimed the lives ...

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DREAM EVIL To Perform 'Unplugged' Set On Swedish Radio

Sweden's DREAM EVIL, the band featuring acclaimed producer Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, etc.) and drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME), will perform an "unplugged" set on the Stockholm-based radio station Rockklassiker 106.7 on Friday, October 31 between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. You can listen to ...

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DAMAGEPLAN: Debut Album Delayed, New Bassist Announced

DAMAGEPLAN, the new band featuring former PANTERA members Dimebag Darrell (guitar) and Vinnie Paul (drums), have pushed back the release date of their debut album, "New Found Power", to February 10 through Elektra Records. The group, who have just announced the addition of bassist Bobzilla to their ranks, are fronted by Patrick Lachman, who used ...

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PANTERA's New Found Power Has A Name: DAMAGEPLAN

PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul have officially named their new band DAMAGEPLAN. The group, whose debut album is due January 27 through Elektra Records, also features singer Patrick Lachman, who used to play guitar in HALFORD and DIESEL MACHINE. Former JERRY CANTRELL back-up guitarist Shawn Matthews, who played bass in an early ...

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VIRGIN STEELE To Play Greece In February

VIRGIN STEELE have announced the details of their upcoming mini-tour of Greece. Support at the dates will come from FORCE OF EVIL, the new Danish all-star band featuring guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND), drummer Bjarne Holm (MERCYFUL FATE), and vocalist Martin Steene (IRONFIRE). VIRGIN STEELE/FORCE ...

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FORCE OF EVIL: Debut CD To Receive South American Release In November

FORCE OF EVIL, the new Danish all-star band featuring guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND), drummer Bjarne Holm (MERCYFUL FATE), and vocalist Martin Steene (IRONFIRE), will release their self-titled debut in November in Argentina and Brazil. A worldwide release will follow in January. As previously reported, ...

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FORCE OF EVIL To Support VIRGIN STEELE In Greece

FORCE OF EVIL, the new Danish all-star band featuring guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND), drummer Bjarne Holm (MERCYFUL FATE), and vocalist Martin Steene (IRONFIRE), will support VIRGIN STEELE at two dates in Greece in February. They will play in Athens and Thessaloniki on February 14 ...

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SOILWORK To Release EP Of Rarities Through Original Label

Sweden's SOILWORK will be releasing a mini-CD next month through their original label Listenable Records. The five-song effort will include previously unreleased (in the U.S. and Europe) material from their "Steelbath Suicide" and "Chainheart Machine" periods. The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Burn (DEEP PURPLE cover) 02. Disentigrated Skies 03. Shadow ...

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TROUBLE To Film Live DVD At Swedish Gig

Reunited Chicago doomsters TROUBLE will be teaming up with CANDLEMASS and FORCE OF EVIL (featuring members of MERCYFUL FATE and KING DIAMOND) for a one-off gig in Sweden in late November. The show, the exact date for which has not yet been announced, will be recorded for a future DVD release through Escapi (CANDLEMASS, DISMEMBER, ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Change Album Title, Announce European Tour

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have changed the title of their forthcoming studio CD to "Devil's Ground" from the previously announced "In Metal". The band will enter the studio on Tuesday (September 30) to begin recording the effort for a February 23, 2004 release through Nuclear Blast Records (JVC/Victor in Japan). The tentative track listing ...

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NAPALM DEATH: Covers Album Pushed Back To Early 2004

NAPALM DEATH have pushed back the projected release date of their upcoming collection of covers, entitled "Leaders Not Followers 2", to early 2004 through the band's own Feto label. "[We're] finally gonna get the mixing underway next week which is a relief," writes bassist Shane Embury on the band's web site. As previously reported, "Leaders ...

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DREAM EVIL Announce Release Date For New Mini-CD

Sweden's DREAM EVIL, the band featuring acclaimed producer Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, etc.) and drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME), will release a new mini-CD, titled "Children Of The Night", on September 26 in Japan and October 20 in Europe. The disc will feature previously ...

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MEMORY GARDEN To Issue Limited-Edition Seven-Inch Single

Stockholm, Sweden's MEMORY GARDEN, the band featuring former ABSKTRAKT ALGEBRA guitarist Simon Johansson, are completing work on two songs that will be released on a seven-inch vinyl single in the fall. The single will be issued through the band's own Heathendoom Music label, and the total pressing will be limited to 500 copies. According to ...

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NAPALM DEATH: Audio History Posted Online

A 50-minute audio documentary of the history of NAPALM DEATH — as told in their own words by former drummer Mick Harris and bassist Shane Embury — has been posted online at this location. As previously reported, NAPALM DEATH's upcoming collection of covers, entitled "Leaders Not Followers 2", is due before the end ...

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MEMORY GARDEN Negotiating New Record Deal

Stockholm, Sweden's MEMORY GARDEN, the band featuring former ABSKTRAKT ALGEBRA guitarist Simon Johansson, are in talks with an as-yet-undisclosed label about a new record deal for the group. "It all seems very promising and we really hope it all will turn out well," Johansson writes on the band's web site. "We can't give you any ...

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