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AGENT STEEL Signs With MASCOT RECORDS

California-based metallers AGENT STEEL have inked a deal with Holland's Mascot Records. The band is currently recording its new album for a tentative early 2007 release. A European tour with labelmates VICIOUS RUMORS is expected to kick off in March. Commented guitarist Juan Garcia: "The recording of the new album is coming along great vocals ...

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USURPER To Enter Studio In Early 2007

Chicago's USURPER is currently preparing songs for their sixth full-length album, which they plan to record in early 2007 for a summer release through Earache Records. The album is currently untitled but some new songtitles include "Talons of Steel", "Planet of the Humans" and "Rebel Wolf". In other news, USURPER has posted photos of its ...

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HELSTAR To Headline CALIFORNIA BURNING STAR METAL FEST

The reunited HELSTAR has been confirmed as the headlining act for the 2006 California Burning Star Metal Fest, set to take place August 5-6 at The Jumping Turtle in San Marcos, CA. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: Saturday, August 5 (show starts at 1:00 p.m.): HELSTAR NEIL TURBIN'S DEATHRIDERS NIHILIST CAGE WITHER ...

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VANDEN PLAS Confirmed For U.K.'s BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL

VANDEN PLAS, SAVAGE CIRCUS and INSOMNIUM have been confirmed for the sixth annual Bloodstock Festival, set to be held September 29-30 at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, England. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: Friday, September 29: Main Hall: PRIMAL FEAR AXEL RUDI PELL SAVAGE CIRCUS MAJESTY MARSHALL LAW Darwin Suite: TO-MERA EDEN ...

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WEDNESDAY 13: 'Fang Bang' Track Listing Revealed

WEDNESDAY 13 (ex-MURDERDOLLS) has finalized the track listing for his sophomore solo album, "Fang Bang", due on September 12 via Restless Records/Rykodisc. The follow-up to 2005's "Transylvania 90210: Songs of Death, Dying and the Dead" was mixed by Bob Marlette, who has previously worked with such artists as BLACK SABBATH, ALICE COOPER and KISS. "Fang ...

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ORANGE GOBLIN Confirmed For U.K.'s HELLACAUST Festival

ORANGE GOBLIN and LUNARMILE (the British band featuring frontwoman Toni-Marie, daughter of BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi) have been confirmed for the Hellacaust indoor metal festival at The Sanctuary in Birmingham, England on Sunday, November 5. Other bands set to appear include MITHRAS, CONQUEST OF STEEL, SEASON'S END, EXPLODER, HEADLESS CROSS, and MUSTA TALVI. Tickets ...

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The Eagle Has Landed Pt. III - SAXON

Does anyone really need another SAXON live album? If you're a diehard fan, then the answer is a resounding "Yes!" Others may prefer 1982's "The Eagle Has Landed" for the early lineup and exclusively classic material or 1996's "The Eagle Has Landed Pt. II" for a relatively broad career retrospective. Still, each of the three ...

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SUFFOCATE FASTER Sign With 1981 RECORDS

Cincinnati Ohio's straight-edge hardcore heavyweights SUFFOCATE FASTER have inked a deal with 1981 Records. The group's new album, "Don't Kill The Messenger", is scheduled for release on September 19. Commented 1981 Records co-owner Cliff Wiener: "We're excited to be aligned with such hardworking musicians and look forward to destroying the world together!" The follow-up to ...

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DESTRUCTION, PARAGON Confirmed For Sweden's GATES OF METAL Festival

DESTRUCTION and PARAGON have been confirmed for the Gates of Metal festival, set to take place August 4-5 at at Folkets Park in Hultsfred, Sweden. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AMORPHIS DEATHSTARS DESTRUCTION DISMEMBER HAMMERFALL HELLOWEEN LUMSK MACHINE MEN MAYHEM MINISTRY NAGLFAR NARNIA ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD ...

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STIKKI FYKK: 'Cover' Of OBITUARY's 'Slowly We Rot' Posted Online

STIKKI FYKK, the long-running "nasty dirty glam thrash rock" from Germany featuring Dr. Vinnie Stikk (a.k.a. Andreas Preisig, owner of Battle Cry Records), Baron Carloz (a.k.a. Eren Eraslan, former guitar player of STORMRIDER), Sergeant Ryan Vixxen (a.k.a. Mathias Czop, former guitar player for STORMRIDER), Corporal Ver-Kehr (a.k.a. Kai Schindelar of LANFEAR and SACRED STEEL), Michael ...

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SACRED STEEL Set Release Date For New Album

German metallers SACRED STEEL have set a November 10 release date via Massacre Records for their sixth album. The band will enter the Spiderhouse studio in Berlin on July 10 with legendary producer Harris Johns (VOIVOD, HELLOWEEN, ST. VITUS, DEPRESSIVE AGE, SODOM, KREATOR) to begin recording the effort. Mixing will take place at the Music ...

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STIKKI FYKK Featuring Members Of LANFEAR, SACRED STEEL, IVANHOE: New CD Due In July

STIKKI FYKK, the long-running "nasty dirty glam thrash rock" from Germany featuring Dr. Vinnie Stikk (a.k.a. Andreas Preisig, owner of Battle Cry Records), Baron Carloz (a.k.a. Eren Eraslan, former guitar player of STORMRIDER), Sergeant Ryan Vixxen (a.k.a. Mathias Czop, former guitar player for STORMRIDER), Corporal Ver-Kehr (a.k.a. Kai Schindelar of LANFEAR and SACRED STEEL), Michael ...

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REVEREND Announce New Singer

The surviving members of REVEREND, the band which had previously featured the late frontman David Wayne (ex-METAL CHURCH), have announced the addition of singer Michael Lance to the group's ranks. Michael Lance is no stranger to the metal scene. Raised in San Antonio Texas, Michael began his vocal career in 1984 fronting for the band ...

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THY MAJESTIE Complete Work On Five 'Killer' New Songs

Italy's THY MAJESTIE have posted the following message on their official web site: "Just a quick note to inform you that THY MAJESTIE have composed five new songs for the new album. Five killer songs, maybe the best stuff we have ever composed. At the moment, we don't know which record label will release the ...

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AGENT STEEL: New Audio Sample Posted Online

California-based metallers AGENT STEEL have revealed the tentative track listing for their as-yet-untitled new album, due in early 2007. The songtitles are as follows: 01. Wash The Planet Clean 02. Fashioned From Dust 03. Hail To The Chief 04. Wormwood 05. Liberty Lying Bleeding 06. Tiamat's Fall 07. Lamb To The Slaughter 08. Cold Blood ...

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NOCTURNAL RITES, EASY ACTION Confirmed For SWEDISH METAL EXPO

NOCTURNAL RITES and EASY ACTION are the top names currently confirmed for the Swedish Metal Expo, set to take place September 1-2 at Fryshuset in Stockholm. Also scheduled to appear are BULLET, HELL N' DIESEL, LOCH VOSTOCK, PAPERBACK FREUD, SONIC SYNDICATE, STEEL ATTACK, STREET LEGAL and SUPERGROUPIES. Tickets cost 120 SEK per day or 150 ...

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ZONARIA Finish Mixing New Single

Swedish melodic death metal band ZONARIA — who recently completed a European tour with IMPALED NAZARENE — have posted the following message on their official web site: "This is what has happened since [the last update]: Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY, CENTINEX, CARNAL FORGE, STEEL ATTACK, INCAPACITY, ALTARIA) is finished with the mixing of the [new ...

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MARDUK Confirmed For Germany's HELLFLAME Festival

Swedish black metallers MARDUK have been confirmed for the Hellflame festival, set to take place September 2 at Eventcenter B51 in Osnabrück, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): 1349 ADVERSUS CEPHALIC CARNAGE GOD DETHRONED GOREFEST MARDUK UNLEASHED WINTERSUN As previously reported, limited-edition CD/DVD boxsets of MARDUK's classic "La Grande ...

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DAVID LEE ROTH Says Country Music Is A Natural Fit For Him

Launch Radio Networks reports: It should come as no surprise that David Lee Roth is featured on the new VAN HALEN bluegrass tribute album called "Strummin' With The Devil", which comes out today (Tuesday, June 6) — well, according to Roth, anyway. The original VAN HALEN frontman has been out of the band for more ...

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