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THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL To Release New Album In October

U.K. black metallers THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL will release their new album, "The Mill Hill Sessions", in October through Godreah Records. The CD, which contains two sessions recorded earlier this year at Mill Hill studio, features guest appearances by HAWKWIND's Alan Davey and Huw Lloyd Langton on bass and lead guitar, respectively. The album "airs ...

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ANVIL: 'Back To Basics' Gets A U.S. Release Date

Screaming Ferret Wreckords has set an August 24 U.S. release date for the new ANVIL album, "Back to Basics". The follow-up to 2002's "Still Going Strong", "Back To Basics" was recorded with producer Pierre Rémillard at his studio in Quebec and features artwork by Christoph Schinzel (a.k.a. Stripe) of ARTWÖRKS – GraphikDesignLayout. The initial run ...

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STEEL ATTACK To Release Fourth Album In October

Swedish heavy metal act STEEL ATTACK will release their fourth album, entitled "Enslaved", in October through Arise Records. The follow-up to last year's "Predator of the Empire" was recorded at Black Lounge Studios and mastered by Peter In de Betou. "Enslaved" track listing : 01. Gates Of Heaven 02. Out Of The Flames 03. Forsaken ...

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MONSTER MAGNET: More U.S. Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been announced for MONSTER MAGNET's upcoming U.S. tour. Here is how the group's schedule is shaping up so far: Aug. 27 - Seaside, NJ @ Green Room Aug. 28 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx Nightclub Aug. 29 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Aug. 31 – Chicago, IL @ Double ...

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Warkult - MALEVOLENT CREATION

The desire, enthusiasm and dedication of MALEVOLENT CREATION mastermind Phil Fasciana toward all things extreme metal cannot be faulted. After thirteen years of managing to squeeze albums out amidst label uncertainty and friction with assorted band members, it appears there might be some prolonged stability in the ranks. And how fitting it would be for ...

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STORMWITCH Confirmed For Germany's KEEP IT TRUE III Festival

Classic German power metallers STORMWITCH will play a very special "old-school" show concentrating mainly on the group's earlier albums during their appearance at Germany's Keep It True III festival, set to be held November 6 in Lauda-Königshofen. In addition, the band will also have a similar stage show to the one they had in the ...

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PARAGON To Enter Studio This Weekend

German power metallers PARAGON will enter Eike Studio (owned by Eike Freese of DARK AGE) this weekend to record their contributions to the upcoming SAXON and RUNNING WILD tribute albums, to be released later in the year through Remedy Records. "From SAXON we will cover '20,000 Feet' [and] from RUNNING WILD we will NOT cover ...

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MARDUK Pull Out Of Turkey's ROCK THE NATIONS Festival

Swedish black metallers MARDUK have cancelled their previously announced appearance at the Rock the Nations festival in Istanbul, Turkey "due to [the] incompetence of the organizer," according to a posting on the group's web site. "The band was stranded on the airport in Sweden trying to pick up tickets that the organizer hadn't booked," the ...

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UNEARTHED: Former ICED EARTH Members Speak Out

UNEARTHED, the new band formed by former ICED EARTH members Gene Adam (vocals), Dave Abell (guitar), and Mark Prator (drums), along with Bill Owen (guitar) of the pre-ICED EARTH band PURGATORY and NASTY SAVAGE/ex-AGENT STEEL bassist Richard Bateman, recently did an interview with the Chilean "heavy & power metal webzine" Powermetal.cl. The following ...

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GREEN CARNATION Confirmed For Slovenia's METAL CAMP Festival

GREEN CARNATION, the Norwegian band featuring Tchort (a.k.a. Terje Vik Schei, ex-EMPEROR, SATYRICON, EINHERJER), are the latest band confirmed for the first installment of the Metal Camp festival, a two-day event set to take place August 20-21 in Tolbin, Slovenia. GREEN CARNATION will play the main stage on August 21. The festival is being co-produced ...

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Judge: No Disciplinary Action Against GUNS N' ROSES Riot Cops

CBC Online reports: Two Vancouver Police officers did not use excessive force at the GUNS N' ROSES riot in November 2002, says the retired judge who chaired a Police Complaints Commission hearing into the incident. Adjudicator Ross Collver has found Const. Reginald Forster did not use excessive force against concert-goer Robert Parent. Parent was struck ...

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APOCALYPTICA Confirmed For Slovenia's METAL CAMP Festival

Finnish string combo APOCALYPTICA are the latest band confirmed for the first installment of the Metal Camp festival, a two-day event set to take place August 20-21 in Tolbin, Slovenia. The festival is being co-produced by Austrian and Slovenian booking agencies and will take place at a "very beautiful location" which can host up to ...

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OBITUARY Singer: New Songs Are 'Very Heavy'

OBITUARY frontman John Tardy has provided BLABBERMOUTH.NET with an exclusive update on the songwriting sessions for the group's first collection of new material since 1997's "Back From the Dead", tentatively due in early 2005 through an as-yet-undetermined label (most likely Roadrunner). Read on: On the new songs: John Tardy: "We are busy writing new material ...

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DAMAGEPLAN's DIMEBAG Talks Guitar

DAMAGEPLAN guitarist Dimebag Darrell (ex-PANTERA) recently spoke to Guitar.com about his current guitar set-up and the recording process for the band's debut album, "New Found Power". The following are some of the highlights of that interview: Guitar.com: So tell me about your latest guitar arsenal. Do you have any new gear? Dimebag: "We're ...

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RED TIDE Sign With NEOBLAST RECORDS

Edmonton, Alberta-based progressive death metal doomsters RED TIDE have inked a deal with Neoblast Records for the release of their second album. "Para Bellum" will be made available worldwide in September 2004. The complete track listing for the 27-minute CD is as follows: 01. Pact Of Steel 02. Insurrection 03. Prussian Blue 04. Infallible (

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BLACK CROWES Guitarist To Release Solo Album

BLACK CROWES guitarist Rich Robinson will release his first solo album, "Paper", on August 24 through his own Key Hole Records label. Robinson sings, plays guitar, bass, keyboards on percussion on the CD, which features contributing musicians, former BLACK CROWES keyboardist Eddie Harsch and BR5-49's Donnie Herron on fiddle and pedal steel. Robinson produced the ...

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Lawyer: GUNS N' ROSES Riot Cops Went Overboard

The Province reports: A lawyer for Vancouver B.C.'s Police Complaints Commission says the actions of two Vancouver police officers during the GUNS N' ROSES riot in 2002 were unreasonable and unnecessary. Dana Urban told a public hearing that to simply accept the word of the two officers that their actions were justified would ...

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FLESH MADE SIN: Debut Album Due In September

Dutch thrashers FLESH MADE SIN will enter Harrow studio later this month with producer Marc ter Braak to begin recording their full-length debut, entitled "Dawn of the Stillborn". Cover artwork will be handled by Manuel Tinnemans (PENTACLE, NECROPHAGIA). A September release through an as-yet-undetermined label is expected. "Dawn of the Stillborn" track listing: 01. Crowned ...

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AGENT STEEL: 'Kicking It' In Amsterdam

AGENT STEEL guitarist Juan Garcia has issued the following update: "Greetings metalheads? Juan from AGENT STEEL here kickin' it in my second fave city in the world Amsterdam of course. I attended the Rock Hard Festival this past weekend and let me tell you MACHINE HEAD kicked some serious ass....good to see Phil Demmel from ...

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STEEL PROPHET Complete Work On 'Beware'

STEEL PROPHET guitarist Steve Kachinsky has issued the following update on the recording sessions for the group's new album, entitled "Beware": "Hey All Steelheads, The album is finally finished! Begun on March 5th, and completed May 18th, 2004. Cover art should be posted soon on our web site, which is www.steelprophet.com! "It's going to be ...

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DISPATCHED: New Album Produced By IN FLAMES Frontman

Swedish death metal act DISPATCHED have signed a three-album worldwide recording deal with Rising Realm Records. The first release under the new contract will be the band's sophomore album "Terrorizer", due in Japan on July 21 through Soundholic Co. Ltd and rest of the world in November-December. The follow-up to "Motherwar" (Music For Nations) was ...

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ENTOMBED: U.S. Edition Of 'Inferno' To Include Bonus Disc

ENTOMBED's latest CD, "Inferno", will receive its long-awaited U.S. release on August 10 through Candlelight Records. The special U.S. edition of "Inferno" will include a bonus disc, "Averno", featuring two previously unreleased songs from the "Inferno" sessions as well as the song "When Humanity's Gone" that was previously released on the "Inferno" vinyl. In addition, ...

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DISTANT THUNDER Confirmed For Germany's KEEP IT TRUE III Festival

DISTANT THUNDER, the new band featuring former HELSTAR/DESTINY'S END and current SEVEN WITCHES frontman James Rivera, have been confirmed for Germany's Keep It True III festival, set to be held November 6 in Lauda-Königshofen. In addition to performing several brand-new DISTANT THUNDER originals, the band will play a special HELSTAR set as the event's headliners. ...

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THE PROPHECY, THE BELONGING: European Dates Announced

The U.K.'s THE PROPHECY, last seen on tour with MY DYING BRIDE, will be wooing European audiences with their melodic doom metal epics at the end of this month. Joining them on the bill will be THE BELONGING and CONQUEST OF STEEL. Confirmed dates are as follows: May 29 - The Cave – Amsterdam, NETH ...

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