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ABATTOIR: New Album Update, Special Anniversary Concert Planned

Los Angeles-based thrash metal legends ABATTOIR will release their long-awaited new album in late 2004 or early 2005 through Artillery Music. "If you didn't know, we had a recording snafu in which all of the tracks were lost when we only had a rough mix completed," ABATTOIR frontman Steve Gaines writes in an online posting ...

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DREAM EVIL Part Ways With Guitarist, Announce Replacement

Guitarist Gus G. has left Swedish melodic metallers DREAM EVIL in order to focus on his own band, FIREWIND. His official statement on the matter is as follows: "Hello my friends! Hope this message finds u well. I would like to announce to you, that I've decided to leave DREAM EVIL for different reasons, mainly ...

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CROOKED Enter Studio To Record Full-Length Album

San Francisco Bay Area's CROOKED (formerly NMSO4) will be entering a Des Moines, Iowa-based studio this week to record a full-length album with producer Tom Tatman (STONE SOUR). Additional production and engineering will come from Dave Dominguez (STAIND, PAPA ROACH, POWERMAN 5000, ORGY, GUNS 'N ROSES). 13 songs are expected to be included, including three ...

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DEVILDRIVER Miss OZZFEST Appearance

DEVILDRIVER, the new band fronted by former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, were forced to miss their Ozzfest 2004 appearance at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA on Thursday (July 29). "The band's bus broke down somewhere in Oregon about 24 hours ago, and is still un-operable," according to a July 29 posting on ...

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DREAM EVIL, CHINCHILLA To Support SAXON In Europe

Sweden's DREAM EVIL and Germany's CHINCHILLA have been confirmed to support long-running British heavy metal legends SAXON on their upcoming European tour. DREAM EVIL will occupy one of the support slots between September 22 and October 21 while CHINCHILLA will appear on the entire trek. The dates are as follows: Sep. 22 - Kiel Halle ...

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IMAGIKA Complete Work On New Album

San Francisco power/thrash metallers IMAGIKA have finished mixing their fourth full-length album, "Devils on Both Sides", tentatively due later in the year through an as-yet-undetermined label. "Juan Urteaga (VILE, SKINLAB) handled the job at his Trident Studios compound and between his shootin' coal and us drinkin' beer the thing turned out pretty fuckin' good," the ...

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HELLWITCH Schedule First Live Gig In Six Years

Legendary death/thrash metal band HELLWITCH will play their first live gig in six years at the Culture Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Saturday, July 24. Also set to perform are MALEVOLENT CREATION and DIVINE EMPIRE. HELLWITCH's current lineup includes original member Pat Ranieri (guitar/vocals), Joe Schnessel (drums; he started playing in the band in ...

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JUDAS PRIEST-Inspired Art Exhibit Opens In Toronto

Mike Doherty of The Globe and Mail reports that an Ontario-based artist has opened a gallery in Toronto dedicated to the work of JUDAS PRIEST. The show "Electric Eye", a fundraiser for Toronto's Sis Boom Bah gallery, features 49 works in various media by 49 artists, each of whom was assigned a song by Birmingham's ...

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DEVILDRIVER To Film New Video

DEVILDRIVER, the new band fronted by former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, will be filming a video for "Nothing's Wrong?" on June 27. The video will be shot in the group's rehearsal space in Santa Barbara, "so people can get a feel of what the band does on a daily basis," according to a posting ...

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NECROPHAGIA Axeman Opens The SEVEN GATES OF HELL

NECROPHAGIA axeman Frediablo has finished recording a seven-song demo with his latest musical offering, SEVEN GATES OF HELL. Described as an intense hybrid of death, hardcore and modern metal, SEVEN GATES OF HELL have launched the search for a record label "to help support this new monster," according to an official press release. The track ...

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CARNIVAL IN COAL Sign With ELITIST RECORDS

French duo CARNIVAL IN COAL have inked a multi-album deal with Earache/Elitist Records. With three albums under their belt so far ("Viva La Vida", "French Cancan" and "Fear Not" — all released by Kodiak/Season Of Mist), the band have already built a large following of like-minded weirdos. Fans are hooked on their scatlogical lyrics and ...

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VINDIKATION Finalize Track Listing For Debut CD, Full Song Available For Download

VINDIKATION, the new band featuring former STEEL PROPHET members Jim Williams (guitar) and Karl Rosqvist (drums), vocalist Jason McCrarey (SANCTUS) and keyboardist Rob Rampley (WINDS DIED DOWN), have finished mixing and mastering their debut release, "Chamber of Discontent", with engineer Erik Norlander (AYREON, LANA LANE). The recording features "a unique combination of progressive metal music, ...

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VINDIKATION Finish Mixing Debut CD

VINDIKATION, the new band featuring former STEEL PROPHET members Jim Williams (guitar) and Karl Rosqvist (drums), vocalist Jason McCrarey (SANCTUS) and keyboardist Rob Rampley (WINDS DIED DOWN), have finished mixing their debut CD, "Chamber of Discontent" for a summer release. The recording contains 10 tracks with a running time of 45 minutes. Mastering for the ...

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SAXON Begin Recording New Album

SAXON are presently holed up at Gems studio in Lincolnshire, U.K. recording tracks for their as-yet-untitled new CD. Photos from the recording sessions have been posted online at this location. SAXON are also planning on releasing another DVD, the content of which is currently a closely guarded secret, but which will include some ...

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Report: Polish Heavy Metal Underground Makes Its Presence Felt

The U.K.'s The Observer reports: "It can't get much more heavy metal than this: the all-day Mega Metal Mania festival in Katowice, Poland, kernel of central Europe's heavy industrial core. All around is the charismatic, perverse beauty of pit-heads - turning cogwheels and slag heaps — the dancing flames of steelworks, cloudy plumes of power ...

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TRIVIUM Sign With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

Orlando, Florida's TRIVIUM have inked a deal with Roadrunner Records. The band — Matthew Heafy (lead vocals, guitar), Cory Beaulieu (guitar), Brent Young (bass) and Travis Smith (drums) — released their debut album, "Ember To Inferno", on Germany's Lifeforce Records last year and caught Roadrunner's attention with their "larger than life, unrestrained rock sound," according ...

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VINDIKATION: Former STEEL PROPHET Members Launch New Project

VINDIKATION, the new band featuring former STEEL PROPHET members Jim Williams (guitar) and Karl Rosqvist (drums), vocalist Jason McCrarey (SANCTUS) and keyboardist Rob Rampley (WINDS DIED DOWN), have completed tracking their debut CD, "Chamber of Discontent". The recording sessions were engineered by Erik Norlander, with final mix and mastering scheduled for mid-April. The release date ...

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DEVILDRIVER Secure Second-Stage Slot At OZZFEST 2004

DEVILDRIVER, the California-based band fronted by former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, have secured a slot on the second stage of this year's Ozzfest, according to a posting at the Roadrunner Records web site. Other bands that have landed a rotating second-stage slot at Ozzfest 2004 include ATREYU, BLEEDING THROUGH, LACUNA COIL, EVERY ...

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DEVILDRIVER To Film Video For 'Nothing's Wrong?'

DEVILDRIVER, the new band fronted by former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, will be filming a video for the track "Nothing's Wrong?" in late March/early April at Velvet Jones in the group's hometown of Santa Barbara. DEVILDRIVER's first video, for the track "I Could Care Less", was directed by P.R. Brown (JERRY CANTRELL, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) ...

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