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The Devil's Fractal - AVICHI

Andrew Markuszewski (NACHTMYSTIUM, LORD MANTIS) was really onto something big with 2007 AVICHI release "The Divine Tragedy". Atmospheric, yet muscular, and progressively mind, the black metal he created captivated on levels both musical and lyrical without abandoning the fundamentals that make the style coarse and threatening. Four years later, the man has fully realized his ...

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BLACK VEIL BRIDES Frontman: I Believe I Can Fly

Vocalist Andy Biersack of Los Angeles theatrical rockers BLACK VEIL BRIDES spoke to AltPress.com about the incident last Saturday (June 18) when he shattered three ribs while attempting to jump from one pillar to another during the band's album release-show at the Hollywood & Highland Center Hot Topic in California. (See video footage ...

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SOILWORK Frontman Joins THREAT SIGNAL On Stage In Hamilton (Video)

SOILWORK frontman Bjrn "Speed" Strid joined Canadian metallers THREAT SIGNAL on stage this past Saturday, May 7 at The Underground in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to perform the SOILWORK song "Stabbing The Drama". Fan-filmed video footage of Strid's appearance can be viewed below. THREAT SIGNAL is currently writing material for the follow-up to its 2009 album, ...

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BACKYARD BURIAL Singer Murdered

Stuff.co.nz reports that the lead singer of one of New Zealand's longest-running death metal bands, BACKYARD BURIAL, was murdered earlier this week. Matthew John Hall, 35, who went by the stage name "Blaps Warmonger", was found dead with multiple stab wounds by his roommate at his Wellington apartment on Tuesday. According to the ...

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In War and Pieces - SODOM

It is pretty rare that a new SODOM album doesn't get at least some consideration by critics for year-end top albums lists, at least by the thrash-oriented writers. It is only January, but "In War and Pieces" should be no different. The formula is tweaked from time to time and the Teutonic trio occasionally unveils ...

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In Dreams - AFTER THE BURIAL

It is no secret that a number of bands on the Sumerian roster have been largely responsible for the ascendance of the label's status from "just under the radar" to "gold standard for new school tech-metal" (or thereabouts); THE FACELESS, BORN OF OSIRIS, and VEIL OF MAYA, to name three of the biggies. Leaving AFTER ...

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The Panic Broadcast - SOILWORK

SOILWORK has been used as a reference for so many years now when critics describe the oodles of often generic metalcore and melodic death metal bands that base their songs on aggressive verses and cleanly sung choruses that one almost forgets that the Swedes are the stalwarts of the style, not the also-rans. In other ...

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SOILWORK To Release 'Best-Of' Collection In Japan

Swedish metallers SOILWORK will release a "best-of" collection entitled "The Sledgehammer Files" on June 30 in Japan via Marquee/Avalon Records. Commented the band: "We're proud and stoked to unleash the first-ever official collection of classic SOILWORK tunes! "The only way we could imagine our 'best-of' album was as a complete chronological retrospective, and that's exactly ...

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TRISTANIA Completes Recording New Album

Bassist Ole Vistnes of Norwegian metallers TRISTANIA has issued the following update: "As you maybe know (Twitter, anyone?), we have been busy in the studio, and we are now hours away from being finished with the recording of the new album. "We started out six weeks ago in Oslo. Me and Anders [Høyvik Hidle, guitar/vocals] ...

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THIS IS HELL Recording PANTERA Cover For METAL HAMMER's DIMEBAG Tribute

Long Island-based hardcore/metal band THIS IS HELL has recorded a cover version of an as-yet-undisclosed PANTERA song for the forthcoming "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN) tribute album. The collection, which is being put together by U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine for a special issue that will coincide with the five-year anniversary of Dimebag's passing, is expected ...

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ZAKK WYLDE Recording Cover Of PANTERA's 'Suicide Note' For Upcoming DIMEBAG Tribute

Zakk Wylde is recording a version of PANTERA's "Suicide Note Pt. 1" for the forthcoming "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN) tribute album. The collection, which is being put together by U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine for a special issue that will coincide with the five-year anniversary of Dimebag's passing, is expected to include the following cuts, ...

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TOTAL DEVASTATION To Perform At Finnish Film Festival

Finnish death metallers TOTAL DEVASTATION will play on May 15 at a film festival held in the band's hometown, Karhula. A movie filmed in the 50s about an old factory, Sunila, wll be shown on a a screen in the background while the band performs some of its brand new material. May 15 show times ...

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SOILWORK: Montreal Footage Available

Fan-filmed video footage of SOILWORK's February 16, 2009 concert at Foufounes Électriques in Montreal, Quebec, Canada can be viewed below (courtesy of Yanick a.k.a. klimbo666). SOILWORK guitarist Peter Wichers recently told Christopher Porter of Express Night Out that the band will focus on writing material for its next album following the completion of ...

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SOILWORK Pays Tribute To The City Of Pittsburgh

Swedish metallers SOILWORK played the song "The Pittsburgh Syndrome" exclusively at the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania stop on the band's current North American headlining tour on February 18, 2009 at the Rex Theater. Watch fan-filmed video footage of the performance below (courtesy of "trollsmetal"). In a 2007 interview with Metal Maniacs magazine, SOILWORK frontman Björn "Speed" Strid ...

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SOILWORK: Results Of North American Tour Setlist Poll Revealed

Swedish metallers SOILWORK have issued the following update: "Finally, here are the results you've all been waiting for! Below you can discover the top 10 songs as selected by YOU during our exclusive setlist poll!!! "We will perform these songs every night on our upcoming North American headlining tour starting January 30, 2009: * Stabbing ...

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