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CARPATHIAN FOREST To Issue 'Defending The Throne Of Evil' In March

Norwegian cult black metal band CARPATHIAN FOREST will release their new album, "Defending The Throne Of Evil", on Mar. 17, 2003. The CD, the group's first full-length collection of all-new material in over three years, was once again recorded at Sound Suite Studio in France with producer Terje Refsnes (who helmed the last DESTROYER 666 ...

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DESTROYER 666 Forced To Miss European Dates

Australia's DESTROYER 666 missed several shows on their current European tour with DIABOLIC and BEHEMOTH after drummer Mersus was forced to skip the dates due to "personal circumstances." The band rejoined the tour on Thursday, Nov. 7 in Zaandam, Netherlands, according to an official press release. ...

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DOPE, PRIMER 55, SKINLAB, SOCIETY 1 Dates Announced

The dates for the Jagermeister-sponsored $12 Riot tour, featuring DOPE, PRIMER 55, SKINLAB and SOCIETY 1 have been announced. They are as follows: Oct. 31 - Randolph, NJ @ Obsessions *Halloween Show* Nov. 01 - Brooklyn, NY @ L'Amour Nov. 03 - Springfield, VA @ JAXX Nov. 04 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Nov. 06 ...

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The Art Of Balance - SHADOWS FALL

At one time, a band like SHADOWS FALL would've provoked large scale head-scratching and people reaching for their "metal by genre" handbooks in a attempt to put a handle on SF's seemingly disparate elements. Sonically speaking, by era they are quite indicative of the San Francisco Bay Area circa 1982 (all chunking riffs and screaming ...

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SABATON Recruit Keyboardist

Sweden's SABATON have announced the addition of keyboardist Calle Sandlund to the group's ranks. Sandlund had handled the keys during the group's last two live performances, thereby giving frontman Joakim the opportunity to concentrate 100% on the vocals. As previously reported, SABATON will issue their new album, entitled Metalizer, via Underground Symphony Records later this ...

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INSISION, ANTAEUS, BLOOD RED THRONE Off DEICIDE European Tour!

INSISION, ANTAEUS and BLOOD RED THRONE have dropped off the upcoming DEICIDE European tour due to a "cancellation of tour support" on the part of the tour's organizers, Metallysée, according to Agonia Promotion. The dates are still going ahead, with CENTINEX and MYSTIC CIRCLE filling the sole two support slots. Nov. 06 - UK - ...

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JERRY CANTRELL To Reissue 'Degradation Trip' As Double Album

Former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell will reissue his latest CD, Degradation Trip, on November 19th as a double album — the way Cantrell originally intended. The new tracks featured on Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2 were recorded late last year during the same sessions as songs that made the first cut, and ...

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MORTICIAN Complete Work On 'Darkest Day Of Horror'

New York-based death metallers MORTICIAN have completed work on their new CD, entitled Darkest Day Of Horror, for an early 2003 release through Relapse Records. "[Bassist/vocalist] Will [Rahmer] and I wrote this album during the beginning of this year and finished the mastering about two weeks ago," wrote guitarist Roger J. Beaujard on the band's ...

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DIABOLIC Replace Singer, Commence Work On New CD

Florida death metallers DIABOLIC have amicably parted ways with vocalist Paul Ouellette and have replaced him with ex-COFFIN TEXTS frontman Robert Cardenas. The revamped outfit are currently writing material for their upcoming fourth release, due out in spring 2003. "The new material promises the unrelenting intensity and dynamics that DIABOLIC is known for," reads an ...

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SIX FEET UNDER/HATEBREED Dates Announced

SIX FEET UNDER will support HATEBREED at the following shows: Sep. 09 - Houston, TX @ Numbers Sep. 10 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues Sep. 12 - Tulsa, OK @ The Other Side Sep. 13 - Pittsburgh, KS @ Fox Town City Limits Sep. 14 - Clinton, IA @ Pig Pen Sep. ...

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EXODUS Guitarist, Manager Join Forces In DRUG PIG

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt and current EXODUS manager/former guitar tech Steve Warner have reportedly joined forced in a side project called DRUG PIG, which recently completed work on five songs and tentatively plans to issue a full-length album in 2003. Details are sketchy at the moment, but the duo have apparently set their sights on ...

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Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE Guitarist Announces US Dates

New York's ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, will embark on the first of several tours in support of their album, Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation in late August/early September. According to Skolnick, "this has been the subject of much planning and organizing which continues as we speak. ...

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SABATON To Issue "Metalizer" In The Fall

Sweden's SABATON will issue their new album, entitled Metalizer, via Underground Symphony Records later this fall. The album will feature eleven tracks in the standard issue, while the special digipak release will include a bonus track. The cover artwork for the album was conceived by world-famous artist Ken Kelly, who painted several classic album covers, ...

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DEICIDE European Tour Dates Unveiled

DEICIDE, MYSTIC CIRCLE, ANTAEUS, and CENTINEX will be teaming up for a European tour in November. Confirmed dates are as follows: Nov. 06 - UK Bradford, UK - Rio Nov. 07 - London, UK - Mean Fiddler Nov. 08 - Helmond, NETH - Plato Nov. 09 - Trier, GER - Exil * Nov. 10 - ...

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KISS To Issue "The Very Best Of..." In August

KISS will be issuing a "greatest hits"-style compilation CD, entitled The Very Best Of KISS, via Mercury/UTV Records on August 27th. The album, which "collects the original versions of all of their biggest hits on one 21-track album," will contain the following track listing: 01. Strutter (original version from Kiss, 1974) 02. Deuce (from Kiss, ...

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UPDATE: PRONG To Rejoin DANZIG Tour In Cincinnati

Despite previous reports to the contrary, PRONG will be finishing off the remainder of the DANZIG North American tour beginning with tomorrow night's performance at Bogart's in Cincinnati, Ohio, the band's manager, Paul D. Spriggs of Novi Entertainment L.L.C., has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Although PRONG had taken several days off following Friday night's show in ...

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CATTLE DECAPITATION's Debut Album Banned In Germany!

San Diego extreme metallers CATTLE DECAPITATION have reportedly had their debut album, To Serve Man, banned in Germany before the album has even been released. German Metal Blade Records distributor SPV is said to have refused to put the album in stores due to the brutal artwork, forcing the label to make the album available ...

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KULT OV AZAZEL Acquire Second Guitarist, Record BEHERIT Cover

South Florida black metallers KULT OV AZAZEL have added guitarist Nocturath to the group's line-up. The band, who are currently working on the material their next studio opus, entitled Occulus Infernum, for a late 2002/early 2003 release through Arctic Music, recently finished recording a cover of BEHERIT's "Black Arts" for an upcoming BEHERIT tribute CD ...

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SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR Unmasked In SLITHERYN's "Lost" Video

SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor appears sans his trademark mask in the video for the track "Lost" from the Chicago quintet SLITHERYN, whose four-track EP Taylor produced at the end of last year. The video for the song, which features Corey's distinctive vocals during the chorus, can be viewed via SLITHERYN's official web site at

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SHADOWS FALL Complete Work On "The Art Of Balance"

Massachusetts-based quintet SHADOWS FALL, featuring new drummer Jason Bittner (formerly of STIGMATA and CRISIS), have completed work on their third full-length album, entitled The Art Of Balance, for a September 17th release through Century Media Records. Recorded at Planet Z studios with producer Zeuss (i.e. GOD FORBID, HATEBREED), The Art Of Balance will contain the ...

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SCAR CULTURE Line Up Dates With MORTICIAN

SCAR CULTURE have lined up the following gigs with MORTICIAN during September/October: Sep. 18 - The Spotlight – Woodbridge, VA Sep. 19 - Hoopla – Virginia Beach, VA Sep. 20 - Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC Sep. 21 - Brass Mug – Tampa, FL Sep. 30 - Big Fish Pub – Tempe, AZ Oct. 01 ...

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INFERNAL To Record Mini-CD, Prepare Full-Length Album

Sweden's INFERNAL, featuring former DARK FUNERAL guitarist Blackmoon, will enter the studio in late May to record a mini-CD entitled Summon Forth The Beast. Among the cuts set to be included on the CD are an as-yet-undisclosed album track, an exclusive non-album track and the covers "Bleed For The Devil" (MORBID ANGEL) and "Of Doom" ...

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MALEVOLENCE Hard At Work On Third Album

Portugal's extreme metal blasters MALEVOLENCE are currently in pre-production for their as-yet-untitled third album, which is expected to surface through Maquiavel Music Entertainment later in the year. Among the tracks set to appear on the forthcoming CD are "Angel Deconstruction", "Disobedience" and "Flesh Destroyer". ...

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EMINENCE In Pre-Production For "Humanology"

Brazil's EMINENCE, featuring former SEPULTURA guitarist Jairo Guedz on bass, are currently in pre-production for their forthcoming CD, entitled Humanology, which is scheduled to be recorded shortly with veteran producer Neil Kernon (i.e. NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE) at the helm. Among the cuts set to appear on the upcoming album are the following: 01. Overload 02. ...

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ARCH ENEMY Confirmed For Holland's WALDROCK Festival

ARCH ENEMY are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Waldrock festival, which is scheduled to take place in Burgum, Holland on Saturday, June 22nd. The complete list of artists currently set to appear at the event is as follows: MOTÖRHEAD KREATOR OVERKILL ARCH ENEMY WITHIN TEMPTATION D.R.I. AGNOSTIC FRONT DESTROYER 666 ...

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GRAVES To Issue Debut CD, Embark On US Tour

GRAVES, the new band of former MISFITS vocalist Michale Graves, drummer Dr. Chud, guitarist Tom Logan, and ex-FAST TIMES bassist Graham Westfield, will issue their full-length debut, entitled The Web Of Dharma, on May 15th. The full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. One Million Light Years From Her 02. So Don't ...

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OVERKILL Confirmed For Holland's WALDROCK Festival

OVERKILL are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Waldrock festival, which is scheduled to take place in Burgum, Holland on Saturday, June 22nd. Also set to appear at the event are MOTÖRHEAD, WITHIN TEMPTATION, D.R.I., AGNOSTIC FRONT, DESTROYER 666, TRISTANIA and IMMORTAL. More acts will be announced shortly. (Thanks:

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