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AGENT STEEL To Enter Studio Later This Month

California-based metallers AGENT STEEL will enter the studio on October 17 with producer Bill Metoyer to begin recording their new album for an early 2006 release. The band debuted five new songs ("Hail to the Chief", "Wash the Planet Clean", "Liberty Lying Bleeding", "Fashioned from Dust" and "Fire Dragon") during their recent shows in San ...

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CENTINEX Confirmed For Sweden's MOTALA METAL FESTIVAL

Sweden's CENTINEX have been confirmed for the Motala Metal Festival, set to take place November 19 at Folkets Park in Motala, Sweden. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: DARK TRANQUILLITY NOCTURNAL RITES GRAVEWORM ELIXIR WARRANT ISOLE CENTINEX STEEL ATTACK DAWN OF SILENCE For more information, click here. As previously reported, CENTINEX's ...

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KATAGORY V Sign With NIGHTMARE RECORDS

Utah-based progressive/power metallers KATAGORY V have announced that their latest album, "The Rising Anger", will be released through Nightmare Records this spring. Commented bassist Dustin Mitchell: "We have spent the last few months making some minor adjustments and negotiations on the album, and we can now see light at the end of the tunnel. We ...

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MACHINE HEAD: Offically In Writing Mode

MACHINE HEAD drummer Dave McClain has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "What's up, everybody? Just getting back from doing some running, doing four miles every other day and starting five next week. I'm trying to get in shape for a half-marathon next year, maybe the Rock 'n Roll Marathon in ...

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METALLICA Guitarist Performs On New SANTANA Album: Audio Available

As most METALLICA fans have heard by now, the group's lead guitarist, Kirk Hammett, was asked by legendary guitarist Carlos Santana to contribute to the multi-Grammy-winning artist's upcoming release, "All That I Am". The CD, which features Kirk on the track the instrumental track "Trinity", will be in stores on November 1. In the meantime, ...

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COUNT RAVEN: Re-Releases On The Way!

Swedish doom masters COUNT RAVEN will have all four of their albums remastered and re-released through the German label Cyclone Empire before the end of the year. The first two releases — "Storm Warning" and "Destruction of the Void" — will arrive on October 14, to be followed by "High on Infinity" and "Messiah of ...

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THOR Struck By Lightning!

After conquering over 40 cities and towns in as many days, THOR "The Mighty Rock Warrior" was struck down by an unimaginably powerful bolt of lightning! This unthinkable event took place in Portland where he was performing for dazzled audiences. As he placed the steel bar to his lips in order to bend it in ...

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HELSTAR And AGENT STEEL To Team Up For 'Majestic Power Metal Assault'

Progressive power metal outfits HELSTAR and AGENT STEEL will burn across the skies of Southern California and Texas for a limited number of performances. Word has spread like a wildfire throughout the metal community that singer James Rivera (HELSTAR, ex-SEVEN WITCHES) and guitarist Juan Garcia (AGENT STEEL) have joined forces, along with bassist David Ellefson ...

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MY RUIN: More 'Double Shot Of Rock' Tour Dates Announced

MY RUIN, the Los Angeles-based band fronted by ex-TURA SATANA singer Tairrie B., are preparing to head out on the road in support of their upcoming Rovena Recordings release, "The Brutal Language" (September 27). Rovena Recordings is the band's own label, which is marketed and distributed by 33rd Street Records/Bayside Entertainment Distribution. After a successful ...

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MY DARKEST HATE Announce New Album Title

MY DARKEST HATE, the German death metal band featuring former PRIMAL FEAR drummer Klaus Sperling and members of SACRED STEEL, have set "Combat Area" as the title of their fourth album, tentatively due in early 2006 via Massacre Records. The band will enter Stage One studios in Borgentreich, Germany in Ocober with producer Andy Classen ...

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BEWITCHED: New Song Available For Download

Swedish black metallers BEWITCHED have uploaded a rough-mix version of a new track, entitled "Glorious are the Ways of Death", at this location (.ZIP file containing MP3 and lyrics). "Glorious are the Ways of Death" comes off the group's upcoming album, "Spiritual Warfare", tentatively due before the end of the year via Regain ...

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HOLY TERROR Announce New Vocalist

Guitarist Kurt Colfelt (a.k.a. Kurt Kilfelt; ex-AGENT STEEL) of the reformed Seattle-based speed metal band HOLY TERROR has sent the following message to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the group's recent vocalist search: "So the search for the singer has ended as quickly as it began. Man, we got responses from all over the place. It was kinda ...

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METAL INSURGENCE TOUR Schedules Hurricane Relief Concert

The Metal Insurgence Tour, featuring JON OLIVA'S PAIN (led by SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva), CHRIS CAFFERY'S FACES (solo project of SAVATAGE/TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist Chris Caffery), and BEYOND FEAR (fronted by former JUDAS PRIEST and current ICED EARTH vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens), will perform a "lo-dough" show at the Rex Theatre on Carson Street, Pittsburgh PA ...

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MYTHIASIN Announce New Bassist, Prepare To Record Debut Album

Guitarist Mark Coglan of MYTHIASIN — the band fronted by former STEEL PROPHET vocalist Rick Mythiasin — has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "We are VERY happy to announce our new bassist, Doug Truman. Doug played with Dave [Bellomo, drums], Star [Coglan, guitar] and I in a death/thrash band about ...

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AGENT STEEL To Begin Recording New Album In October

California-based metallers AGENT STEEL have issued the following update: "We've been rehearsing NEW material ONLY and things have been going well. We have a couple of West Coast shows coming up with HELSTAR (September 23-24 at the Brick by Brick in San Diego, and The Jumping Turtle in San Marcos, CA); we’ll be performing mainly ...

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Black Thunder - DOOMRIDERS

DOOMRIDERS is a project consisting of Nate Newton (CONVERGE, OLD MAN GLOOM), Jebb Riley (THERE WERE WIRES, DISAPPEARER), Chris Pupecki (CAST IRON HIKE), and Chris Bevalaqua (HALLRAKER). You're probably thinking to yourself, "just what we need, a hardcore/noisecore super group". Well, guess again because "Black Thunder" is diesel-fueled hard rock and metal for long-haired, whiskey ...

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REQUIEM Complete Work On New Album

Finnish melodic metallers REQUIEM have completed work on their third album, "Requiem Forever", for an October 24 release via Scarlet Records. The CD was mastered at Chartmakers studios in Helsinki, Finland, by Svante Forsbäck (STRATOVARIUS, RAMMSTEIN) and will feature artwork by Carlos Del Olmo (SOILWORK, TERROR 2000, AGENT STEEL, THE DEFACED). "Requiem Forever" track listing: ...

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Guitarist ALLEN WEST Quits OBITUARY

Guitarist Allen West has announced his departure from OBITUARY. West's exit from the group comes on the eve of OBITUARY's U.S. tour with NAPALM DEATH and Allen feels that the fans deserve no surprises when they don't see the band that they were expecting. Allen will concentrate fully on LOWBROW, whose revamped lineup consists of ...

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Reformed HOLY TERROR Seek Vocalist

Recenly reformed Seattle-based speed metal band HOLY TERROR are currently searching for a singer. Commented guitarist Kurt Colfelt (a.k.a. Kurt Kilfelt; ex-AGENT STEEL), "We attempted to get in touch with our original singer, Keith Deen, and I'm taking the lack of any response as a 'No.' We did what we could, and so as of ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist JEFF YOUNG's 'Deth And Life Experiences

During the late eighties at the tender age of 21, classically trained guitarist Jeff Young stepped into the metal world as lead guitarist for the legendary band MEGADETH. Jeff's highlight performances on the group's 1987 "So Far, So Good... So What!" album and tours astounded MEGA-fans and guitar aficionados alike. Fueled by an infamous cover ...

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ALTARIA Announce New Album Title

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA have set "The Fallen Empire" as the title of their thid album, tentatively due in early 2006. "The Fallen Empire" will be mixed and mastered during October at Black Lounge Studios in Sweden by Jonas Kjellgren (KATATONIA, STEEL ATTACK, SCAR SYMMETRY). The track listing and artwork will be revealed at a ...

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Heavy Metal Real Estate

CAGE vocalist Sean Peck and master shredder from AGENT STEEL, Juan Garcia, have joined forces to start a full-service real estate company aimed at getting metalheads their first home purchase or home loan refinance. "I have been in real estate for 20 years now and Juan came to me with this idea to market to ...

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SKYCLAD To Headline U.K.'s DOMINION Festival

Pagan folk metallers SKYCLAD will headline their only U.K. gig this year at the first Dominion festival, set to take place October 2 at the Piper in Hull. The festival, organised by PMUK promotions, boasts a lineup of 11 bands in 12 hours Tickets are available from Ticket Line (www.ticketline.co.uk) or from the PMUK web ...

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HOLY TERROR: New Lineup Revealed

More information has surfaced about the newly reformed Los Angeles thrashers HOLY TERROR, who have set "Stillborn" as the title of their upcoming CD box set, tentatively due in early 2006 on Candlelight Records. As previously reported, the set will feature never-before-heard remixes, outtakes, live stuff and video footage. In addition to guitarist Kurt Colfelt ...

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