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NEVERMORE: Hard At Work On 'This Godless Endeavor'

NEVERMORE have set "This Godless Endeavor" as the title of their next studio album, tentatively due this summer via Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Enemies of Reality" is being recorded at Backstage Studios in England with legendary producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, OPETH) and marks the group's first recording with guitarist ...

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DEVILDRIVER Working On Artwork For New Album

DEVILDRIVER, the Santa Barbara, California-based band featuring former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, have posted the following message on their official web site: "Our bass player Miller is flying in tomorrow from Boston, and Monday morning (Feb. 21) we are all going down to L.A. to shoot pics for the new record. Also, been working ...

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OPETH To Enter Studio In March

Sweden's OPETH have posted the following message at their official web site: "Mikael Åkerfeldt has been confirmed as the vocalist for the first and last BLOODBATH gig. This will take place at Germany's famous Wacken Open Air festival on the 4th of August. The band will perform songs from all three albums including the non-Åkerfeldt ...

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CANDLELIGHT And REGAIN RECORDS Confirm Agreement For The Americas

Candlelight Records has announced a North American agreement with Sweden's Regain Records. The new partnership will see the marketing and distribution of all new and reissued catalog titles through Candlelight's growing stateside operation. The first scheduled release will be the new album from Sweden's MARDUK. The album, titled "Plague Angel", will see its awaited stateside ...

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Inheritance - ESQARIAL

Is a classic album still a classic if no one hears it? Is there a certain minimum amount of public awareness that must be generated before something can be even a cult favorite? "Inheritance" has been out for a few months now in the USA, generating next to no interest or publicity. It was apparently ...

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PORCUPINE TREE: New Single Available For Download

PORCUPINE TREE's first single from their forthcoming "Deadwing" album, "Shallow", will be formally issued to Clear Channel radio stations nationwide on February 21. However, it is currently available for download from the following online vendors: Sony Connect, BuyMusic and Napster. "Shallow" should be available on iTunes in the coming days. "Deadwing" will be released in ...

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MYNJUN: New Demo In The Works, Debut Release Available For Download

MYNJUN, the Stockholm, Sweden-based death metal band featuring former and current members of such acts as CENTINEX, IMPERIOUS, COERCION, WORLD BELOW, AMARAN and BOOK OF HOURS, are putting the finishing touches on their second demo, "Receding Strengths", tentatively due in late February/early March. Described as a mixture of MORBID ANGEL, SATYRICON, OPETH and early KATATONIA, ...

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APHELION Announce New Singer

APHELION (formerly MANDYLION), the Oslo, Norway-based group featuring former members of SACRALIS, OLD MAN'S CHILD, PECCATUM and DIMENSION F3H, have announced the addition of singer Cecile Langlie to the group's ranks. "We hope to start recording the new vocals [for the full-length debut] shortly and get the album out as soon as possible." APHELION released ...

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NEVERMORE To Record New Album In February

The Seattle-based quintet NEVERMORE are currently wrapping up the songwriting process for their highly anticipated new album, set for a summer release. In February, the group will head to Backstage Studios in England to begin recording with legendary producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, OPETH). This will mark the group's first recording with guitarist ...

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DEVILDRIVER Singer On New Album: 'Expect Brutality'

DEVILDRIVER, the Santa Barbara, California-based band featuring former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, will release their sophomore album, "The Fury of Our Maker's Hand" on Roadrunner Records this coming spring. The follow-up to DEVILDRIVER's 2002 critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album, "The Fury of Our Maker's Hand" will be "a much more brutal, metal release" for the ...

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BIOMECHANICAL: New Album To Be Mixed By ANDY SNEAP

U.K. progressive epic thrash metallers BIOMECHANICAL have confirmed that legendary knob-tweaker Andy Sneap (EXODUS, OPETH, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) will be mixing the group's sophomore album, "Empires of the World". "He was the band's first choice and luckily, Andy, having an unexpected gap in his schedule, allowed this to happen," the group write in a press ...

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OPETH Frontman Talks Label Search, New Studio Album

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt recently spoke to Australia's HailMetal.com about the group's current search for a new label home and the band's songwriting process, among other topics. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: HailMetal.com: Recently your label Music for Nations closed down, leaving OPETH stranded. How has the search for a ...

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UPDATED: Tributes From Metal Musicians Pour In For DIMEBAG DARRELL

A number of heavy metal musicians have paid tribute to Dimebag Darrell (DAMAGEPLAN, ex-PANTERA) who was tragically murdered last night. ------------------------------------------------- Ozzy Osbourne: "Dimebag was a dear friend of mine. I'm absolutely beside myself with grief. I can't for the life of me understand why someone would do this. PANTERA toured with me many, many ...

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DEVILDRIVER: Recording Update

DEVILDRIVER, the Santa Barbara, California-based band featuring former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, are currently at Sonic Ranch studio in Tornillo, Texas recording the follow-up to their self-titled debut, tentatively due in April/May 2005 via Roadrunner Records. Commented Fafara: "First of all, DEVILDRIVER would like to thank you all for a great year — anyone ...

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DARK SUNS Finalize Track Listing For Sophomore CD

German progressive dark metallers DARK SUNS have finalized the track listing for their sophomore album, "Existence", due in early 2005 via Prophecy Productions. The follow-up to 2002's "Swanlike" will "deal in depth with the very essence of human existence: its soul, its feelings and the conciousness about the fragility of its own being," according to ...

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36 CRAZYFISTS Drop Off NONPOINT/CANDIRIA Tour

Alaska's 36 CRAZYFISTS have dropped off their previously announced tour with NONPOINT, CANDIRIA and DRY KILL LOGIC. "The band will take the rest of the year off from touring and will begin writing their next record, which is tentatively scheduled for release in fall 2005 through Roadrunner Records," the group said in a statement. "Thanks ...

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FIREWIND To Headlne Norway's RJUKAN FESTIVAL

Greek melodic power metal band FIREWIND have been confirmed to headline Rjukan Festival in Norway on December 26. More information is available at this location. As previously reported, FIREWIND recently signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The group's third album, "Forged By Fire", is scheduled for release in Europe on January ...

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OPETH: 'Lamentations' DVD Reaches Gold Status In Canada

OPETH's live DVD, "Lamentations - Live At Shepherds Bush Empire", has reached gold status in Canada, according to a posting on the group's web site. As previously reported, OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has started writing material for the group's next album, tentatively scheduled to be recorded sometime in the early spring of 2005. The band ...

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FIREWIND Signs With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

Greek melodic power metal band FIREWIND have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. FIREWIND's third album, "Forged By Fire", is scheduled for release in Europe on January 24, 2005. The band's previous two albums, "Between Heaven And Hell" (2002) and "Burning Earth" (2003), were recorded for guitarist David T. Chastain's Leviathan label and ...

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CLASS OF ZERO Complete Work On Debut Album

Simi Valley's CLASS OF ZERO have completed work on their debut album, "Nothing Will Survive", due on November 1 throughout the U.K. through Blastwaves Records. The fruit of two years of writing, recording and touring, "Nothing Will Survive" will contain the following track listing: 01. Incomplete 02. Unreal As It Gets 03. Make Me Sick ...

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OPETH Guitarist Ties The Knot

OPETH guitarist Peter Lindgren married longtime girlfriend Jessica Svensson on August 21 at Gålögården outside Stockholm, Sweden. In other news, Peaceville Records reportedly have plans to release a 5.1 surround sound mix re-release of OPETH's fourth album, "Still Life". More information will be made available soon. Also on the OPETH-related front, OPETH session keyboardist Per ...

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OPETH Frontman Becomes First-Time Dad

Congratulations are in order for OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt and his wife Anna, who became the parents of a baby daughter, Melinda, this past Monday (Sept. 13). It is the couple's first child. As previously reported, Åkerfeldt has started writing material for the group's next album, tentatively scheduled to be recorded sometime in the early ...

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NOVEMBERS DOOM: New Album To Be Mixed By DAN SWANÖ

Chicago doomsters NOVEMBERS DOOM will be utilizing the services of multi-talented Swedish producer/musician Dan Swanö (BLOODBATH, EDGE OF SANITY, NIGHTINGALE) for the final mix of their fifth full-length album, "The Pale Haunt Departure". "Dan Swanö needs no introduction, but for those living under a rock for the past decade, Dan has been involved with some ...

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