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NON-DIVINE Confirmed For Poland's METALMANIA Festival

Dutch metal band NON-DIVINE has been confirmed for the 2008 installment of the Metalmania festival. The 22nd edition of the festival — the biggest metal event in Central-Eastern Europe — will take place on March 8, 2008 at Spodek Hall in Katowice, Poland. The billing is shaping up as follows: MEGADETH THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN ...

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SATURNUS Parts Ways With Bassist, Announces Replacement

Denmark's melodic doom metal masters SATURNUS have issued the following update: "After releasing 'Veronika Decides To Die' in 2006 and touring the States, Russia and parts of Europe, SATURNUS and bass player Lennart Jacobsen has decided to go our separate ways. No hard feelings involved and we wish him the best of luck with his ...

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VADER Preparing For 'XXV Anniversary Tour 2008'

Veteran Polish death metallers VADER have issued the following update: "In 2008 VADER will celebrate their XXV anniversary. To add more splendor to it, the main Polish death metal force will appear on their headlining 'XXV Anniversary Tour 2008'. "It's going to be a very special tour! Exclusively for that occasion the band will prepare ...

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EXMORTUS Signs With HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS

Southern California's EXMORTUS has inked a deal with New York's Heavy Artillery Records. The group's debut album, "In Hatred's Flame", is tentatively scheduled for release in April 2008. From humble beginnings in a dusty Southeast L.A. garage in 2002, EXMORTUS have risen to become one of Southern California's top metal headliners. From clubs to backyards ...

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ALEX VAN HALEN Gives Exclusive Interview To MODERN DRUMMER Magazine

VAN HALEN's explosive drummer Alex Van Halen gave an exclusive interview to Modern Drummer magazine about helming the heavy artillery in the iconic band. The extensive 21-page story hits newsstands on February 5. "As the pounding, aggressive heartbeat of one of the greatest bands in rock history, Alex Van Halen has inspired drummers the world ...

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AVENGER OF BLOOD: New Album Samples Available

With the release of AVENGER OF BLOOD's "Death Brigade" just around the corner, Heavy Artillery Records is previewing two songs from the forthcoming album on its MySpace page. The tracks "Sadistic Inquisitor" and "Poserslaughter" give a small glimpse of the full-blown thrash metal assault that is "Death Brigade". The Las Vegas-based AVENGER OF ...

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AVENGER OF BLOOD: Release Date Announced For New Album

Heavy Artillery Records has set a December 25, 2007 release date for the new AVENGER OF BLOOD album, entitled "Death Brigade". Gracing the front cover will be the magnificent artistry of Joe Petagno. The Las Vegas-based band has been busy making its mark on the metal underground since 2003 with relentless local and regional gigging ...

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, GIRLSCHOOL, TOKYO BLADE Confirmed For KEEP IT TRUE 11 Festival

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, GIRLSCHOOL, TOKYO BLADE and ARTILLERY are among the confirmed bands for the Keep It True 11 festival, set to take place November 15, 2008 at Soundpark-Ost (ex-Rockpalast) in Würzburg, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: FLOTSAM AND JETSAM GIRLSCHOOL TOKYO BLADE ARTILLERY FORTE EVIL BLASPHEME FAITH FACTOR HELLHOUND Ticket ...

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MERCILESS DEATH: 'Evil In The Night' Picture Disc Available Now

Los Angeles headbangers MERCILESS DEATH have just returned home from a month-long slaying of American metal fans, unleashing the thrash metal fury captured on their critically acclaimed debut "Evil in the Night". MERCILESS DEATH stormed through town after town, winning over audiences with their raucous thrash metal attack. Tentative plans for another two-week coast-to-coast stint ...

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VINNY And CARMINE APPICE Battle It Out On 'Drum Wars' DVD

On the "Drum Wars: The Ultimate Battle" DVD (cover), legendary drummer brothers Vinny Appice (DIO, HEAVEN AND HELL, BLACK SABBATH, 3 LEGGED DOGG) and Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE, OZZY OSBOURNE, BLUE MURDER) break out the heavy artillery in an entertaining no-holds barred battle of the brothers. ABC's Francesca Cappucci serves as host and ...

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ENFORCER Signs With HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS

Heavy Artillery Records has announced the signing of Swedish speed metal powerhouse ENFORCER. Regarded highly within the thriving international metal community, ENFORCER have carved their niche with a unique combination of sounds from New Wave of British Heavy Metal and the manic riffing of early American speed metal. The three ENFORCER tracks featured on the ...

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Second 'Get Thrashed' Screening Added To Slipped Disc Festival

After selling out the 8:00 p.m. screening, a second showing of "Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal" has been added to the Slipped Disc Records Film Festival. The extra screening will be at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 25 and seating is limited. Heavy Artillery Records recording artists MERCILESS DEATH will make an in-store ...

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Speed Kills… Again - Various Artists

Just in case you missed the whiff of stale beer in denim and heard the sound of creaking leathers, the Heavy Artillery label is reminding you with all the subtlety of a boot to a poseur's face that thrash is back. Rising up from the American underground (particularly in the Latino community, for some reason), ...

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MERCILESS DEATH: Tour Dates Announced

Hot off the heels of their critically acclaimed debut album "Evil in the Night", New York thrashers MERCILESS DEATH have announced dates for their upcoming US tour. MERCILESS DEATH has injected metal with a vigor that hasn’t been seen since the golden age of thrash metal when then young bands like SLAYER and EXODUS were ...

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'Get Thrashed' Documentary: Long Island Screening Announced

"Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal", the much-anticipated documentary profiling the thrash metal scene of the early Eighties and its impact on the music scene, will be screened at the Slipped Disc Film Festival on Saturday, August 25 at 68 Rockaway Ave in Valley Stream, New York. The screening will include a special appearance ...

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RAMMER: New Song Posted Online

Toronto-based thrashers RAMMER posted a track from their forthcoming "Siege of Madness" album, entitled "Obliteration: WWIV", on their MySpace page. According to the band, track is "just a taste of the wild mayhem and sheer brain pulverizing thrash anthems coming your way." In other news, the group has issued the following update: "We ...

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'Thrash Metal' Book Due In September

Garry Sharpe–Young's latest book "Thrash Metal" is being readied for publication this September. In addition, Zonda Books will publish Garry's "Death Metal", "Black Metal" and "Power Metal", all before the end of the year. These titles replace the 2001 editions, which have consistently ranked No. 1 on their Amazon.com searches for five years and more. ...

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