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THE AGONY SCENE Sign With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

Tulsa, OK-based band THE AGONY SCENE have inked a deal with Roadrunner Records. The band, who are said to combine American metal influences (think PANTERA's "Far Beyond Driven") with European extreme metal overtones (i.e. IN FLAMES, THE HAUNTED, CRADLE OF FILTH), are best known for the dark imagery and sonics of 2003's Solid State Records ...

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OMISSA EP Produced By Former SYSTEMATIC Guitarist: Audio Available

Oakland, California-based quintet OMISSA (formerly HAPPY ENDING) have uploaded two new tracks which were recorded and produced at Pro View studios by former SYSTEMATIC guitarist Adam Ruppel. The songs "In Your Eyes" and "Peace and Balance", which will appear on the band's new EP (due this summer), are available for download at the group's official ...

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UNEARTH To Film Video, Extras Needed

Massachusetts-based metallers UNEARTH will be shooting a video with acclaimed director Dale "Rage" Resteghini on Friday, May 21. To be in the video, contact Jen Price at Raging Nation Films by calling (212) 252-2372 and leave your name, your number and speak clearly. You must be available for at least 8 hours to be involved ...

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The End Of Heartache - KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

When KILLSWITCH ENGAGE burst onto the scene in 2002, they lived up to the promise of New England scene legends OVERCAST (from which they had descended) with a sound that defied the nu-metal trends of the moment and went for something a little more traditional, yet still modern enough to sound fresh. A potential setback ...

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PROBOT Video To Be Shown On 'ER' Season Finale

PROBOT's video for "Shake Your Blood", featuring Lemmy (MOTÖRHEAD) on bass/vocals, Wino (THE HIDDEN HAND, ST. VITUS, THE OBSESSED, SPIRIT CARAVAN, PLACE OF SKULLS) on guitar, and Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, ex-NIRVANA) on drums, can be seen on the season finale of the TV show "ER". The episode is scheduled to air May 13, 2004. ...

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SKINLAB: Ex-Guitarist Says STEEV Has No Appreciation For Musicians Who Bleed For His Band

Former SKINLAB guitarist Scott Sargeant has slammed SKINLAB frontman Steev Esquivel over Steev's recent comments regarding Sargeant's departure from the group, stating that Esquivel has "once again disrespected and belittled the people who wrote the songs to get him where he is today." In a written statement sent exclusively to BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Sargeant said, ...

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SYSTEMATIC Split Up

San Francisco Bay Area metallers SYSTEMATIC, one of the first groups signed to Lars Ulrich's now-defunct imprint The Music Company (distributed through Elektra Records), have broken up following an April 9 show in Livermore, California. Guitarist Adam Ruppel and drummer Shaun Bannon are expected to start a new project together. No information is currently available ...

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Former ICED EARTH Members Join Forces In UNEARTHED

Former ICED EARTH members Gene Adam (vocals), Dave Abell (bass), and Mark Prator (drums), along with Bill Owen (guitar) of the pre-ICED EARTH band PURGATORY, have formed a brand-new project tentatively dubbed UNEARTHED. The group have just completed a two-song demo containing the tracks "Fire In the Sky" and "Unearthed" and are preparing to begin ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: Preview Entire New Album Online

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's entire new CD, "The End of Heartache", can be previewed online via the newly launched KILLSWITCH ENGAGE E-Card. Check it out here. The follow-up to 2002's "Alive or Just Breathing", "The End of Heartache" was produced by guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and was mixed at Backstage Studios in Ripley, Yorkshire with Andy ...

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TOOL Drummer: New Album Will Be Heavier Than 'Lateralus'

TOOL drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones and bassist Justin Chancellor have been jamming together for the past few months and they've already got the framework for 10 to 12 new songs, according to MTV.com. "They're very much in the infant stage, where we have all these different jams and we start piecing them together," ...

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WITHOUT END: Former BLOOD FEAST Guitarist To Release New CD

WITHOUT END, the new band featuring former BLOOD FEAST guitarist Adam Tranquilli, will be releasing a full-length album, entitled "Disease Is Man", on May 17 though Pseudopalsma Records. After hearing WITHOUT END, fans will be able to "tell who in BLOOD FEAST was the [musical] driving force," according to the group's press release. Check out ...

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ARCH ENEMY to Release Mini-DVD: Producer

Metal producer extraordinaire Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, OPETH, MACHINE HEAD, SKINLAB) has posted the following update on his web site: "New studio is working out great, things have been pretty constant and just finished new KILLSWITCH ENGAGE album. Did the new BLAZE album at the start of the year, first project at the new ...

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AVIDOST Recording Debut Album With Veteran Producer NEIL KERNON

Veteran producer Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE, QUEENSRŸCHE) is currently working with an unsigned, female-fronted band called AVIDOST. Based out of Chicago, Illinois, the five-piece group "has a lot of different flavors to their music, from black metal, to progressive metal to well — lots of their own styles too," according to Kernon. Consisting ...

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MORTIFICATION: New Album Cover Posted Online

Australian Christian metallers MORTIFICATION have posted the cover artwork for their twelfth studio album, "Brain Cleaner", at this location. The follow-up to 2002's "Relentless", out now through the Rowe Productions label, is said to be "the heaviest project the band has recorded in 10 years" and is being described as "a lot more ...

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UNEARTH Name New Album

Massachusetts-based metallers UNEARTH have set "The Oncoming Storm" as the title of their new album, due on June 29 through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2001's "The Stings Of Conscience" is being produced by Adam Dutkiewicz of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE fame. UNEARTH will embark on the "Headbanger's Ball Tour" with HATEBREED, DAMAGEPLAN and DROWNING POOL ...

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MORTIFICATION: New Album Delayed

Due to "artwork delays," Australian Christian metallers MORTIFICATION have been forced to postpone the release of their twelfth studio album, "Brain Cleaner", to March. The follow-up to 2002's "Relentless", which will surface on the Rowe Productions label, is said to be "the heaviest project the band has recorded in 10 years" and is being described ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: Video Message Posted Online

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz has posted a video message from Backstage Studios in Ripley, Yorkshire, England, where he is currently mixing the group's new album, "The End of Heartache", with Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, SKINLAB). Check it out here. Additional studio photos can be viewed at this ...

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OZZY Says That He Is Afraid Of Drug Addiction Relapse

Adam Buckman of the New York Post reports that Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that his near-fatal accident last December has left him fearful of becoming dependent on painkillers and wondering if he'll ever perform again. "I'm really frightened," Osbourne tells Diane Sawyer tonight on "Primetime Thursday" (10 p.m. on ABC), "because music is the love ...

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