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VREID To Enter Studio In September

VREID, the new Norwegian band formed by former WINDIR members Hváll (bass), Steingrim (drums) and Sture (vocals, guitar), will enter Hváll's Studio 1184 in September to begin recording their second album, tentatively due in March 2006 via Tabu Recordings. VREID recently recorded a cover of the IMMORTAL classic "As the Eternity Opens" from the legendary ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND To Enter Studio In August

DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND, the Vancouver-based band led by STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mastermind Devin Townsend, will enter the studio on August 10 to begin recording their new album, "Synchestra", tentatively due in early 2006. The follow-up to 2003's "Accelerated Evolution" will feature the same lineup as its predecessor: Dave Young on keyboards, Mike Young on bass, ...

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LALU To Release 'Temporal' In Early 2006

LALU, the new heavy/progressive project featuring French composer Vivien Lalu alongside drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen (DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND) and bassist Russell Bergquist (ex-ANNIHILATOR), will release their new album, "Temporal", in early 2006 through the Finnish label Lion Music. Two tracks on the CD will feature Virgil Donati (PLANET X, SOUL SIRKUS) on drums and Gary ...

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IMMORTAL Tribute Album: More Details Revealed

More details have been revealed about the upcoming IMMORTAL tribute album, "Epimythion - Tribute to Immortal", tentatively due this fall via Greece's Townsend Avalanche Music. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows: TRAGEDY BEGINS - "The Sun No Longer Rises" BEYOND DAWN - "Storming Through Red Clouds And Holocaust Winds" ENDWARFMENT - ...

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Undoing Ruin - DARKEST HOUR

I like what DARKEST HOUR has done on "Undoing Ruin", the follow-up to the excellent "Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation". The band has not abandoned its Americanized AT THE GATES-style melodic thrash 'n bash, yet there are more colors and accents in the songs, more melody as well. A slight smoothing of the jagged ...

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THE ETERNAL Name New Album

Australian melodic doom metal band THE ETERNAL (formerly CRYPTAL DARKNESS) have set "Sleep of Reason" as the title of their forthcoming second album, due late September via Firebox Records. The follow-up to last year's "The Sombre Light of Isolation" was recorded at Palm Studios in Melbourne and is currently being mastered by Mika Jussila (AMORPHIS, ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND: 'Synchestra' Due In Early 2006

Drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen (DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND) has posted the following message on his official web site: "Hey, everybody! Well, I'm still keeping very busy with the different albums I'm working on. Here's some updates on what's happening... "Devin Townsend just recently got back from tour with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, they are supporting their 'Alien' ...

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KEEP OF KALESSIN Added To IMMORTAL Tribute Album

Norwegian black metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN, featuring Obsidian C. (a.k.a. Arnt Grønbech, also a touring guitarist for SATYRICON) on guitars/bass/synth, have reportedly been confirmed for the upcoming IMMORTAL tribute album, "Epimythion - Tribute to Immortal", tentatively due this fall via Greece's Townsend Avalanche Music. KEEP OF KALESSIN have yet to announce which IMMORTAL track they ...

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SMAXONE: MNEMIC Side-Project To Release Debut Album In August

SMAXONE, the new Danish band featuring Michael Bøgballe (vocals) and Brian "Brylle" Rasmussen (drums) from MNEMIC and Casper Skafte (guitar) and Claus Lillelund (vocals) from ELOPA, have inked a deal with Scarlet Records. The group's debut album, "Regression", is scheduled for release in August. Commented Casper: "We have known Scarlet Records for a long time ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Wrap Up Successful Headlining U.S. Tour, Guest On 'Headbanger's Ball'

Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD recently completed a highly successful headlining U.S. tour with THE AGONY SCENE, MISERY SIGNALS and REFLUX in the support slots and are now preparing for the massive Sounds of The Underground Tour this summer. The group’s genre-defying, breakthrough new album, "Alien", has been met with tons of mainstream acclaim and ...

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Layers of Lies - DARKANE

Sure, we're all a little weary of Swedish thrash at this point, thanks to the legions of pretenders and Johnsson-come-latelies of the scene (and their sometimes identical "New Wave of American Metal" counterparts). And it's easy to overlook DARKANE if you're not careful — they rarely tour, and it's been a long three years since ...

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IMMORTAL Tribute Album Due In The Fall

Townsend Avalanche Music will be releasing an IMMORTAL tribute album this fall. Entitled "Epimythion - Tribute to Immortal", the collection will feature the following track listing: SUNN O))) – "Cursed Realms Of The Winterdemons" BEYOND DAWN - "Storming Through Red Clouds And Holocaust Winds" VREID - "As The Eternity Opens" OCD+BRAINCONTROLLER - "Pure Holocaust" ENDWARFMENT ...

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WICKED WISDOM Confirmed For OZZFEST's Second Stage

According to Ozzfest.com, WICKED WISDOM — the five-piece band featuring actress Jada Pinkett Smith (wife of Will Smith) — has been confirmed as the final "mystery act" on the second stage of this year's Ozzfest. The band, which includes "Pocket" on guitar, "Rio" on bass, Cameron Graves on keys, Satnam Ramgotra on drums, and Jada ...

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DARKEST HOUR To Film 'Convalescence' Video Next Week

DARKEST HOUR will be shooting a video for the song "Convalescence" with director Dale Resteghini (HATEBREED, TRIVIUM, UNEARTH, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN) on May 18 in New York City. "Convalescence" comes off DARKEST HOUR upcoming album, "Undoing Ruin", due on June 28 via Victory Records. A preview of "Undoing Ruin" is available online at the ...

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DARKANE Guitarist Begins Work On Solo Project

Guitarist Christofer Malmström of the Swedish thrashers DARKANE has posted the following update on his official web site: "I have finally started to record my solo project NON-HUMAN LEVEL. Ryan van Poederooyen [DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND] has sent me the drum files from Vancouver and they sound incredible! So far I have recorded the rythm guitars ...

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AFTER FOREVER Keyboardist To Guest On SAGITTA Debut

AFTER FOREVER keyboardist Joost Van Den Broek will be making a guest appearance on the debut album from Brazilian metallers SAGITTA, entitled "Ohm". A former member of SUN CAGED, Joost had previously worked with Arjen Lucassen in the projects AYREON and STAR ONE. Citing such influences as Derek Sherinian, Steve Vai, MUSE, JAMIROQUAI and Devin ...

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Paradigm In Entropy - BLEED THE SKY

This one surprised me. I was expecting the latest bland metalcore signing to capitalize on the genre's popularity. Well, it's not bland anyway. "Paradigm in Entropy" is a hard smack in the mouth. I suppose you can call it metalcore, but as far as I'm concerned, it's just modern extreme metal. The sound falls somewhere ...

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DARKEST HOUR: 'Undoing Ruin' Track Listing Revealed

DARKEST HOUR have set the tentative track listing for their new album, "Undoing Ruin", due on June 28 via Victory. The follow-up to 2003's "Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation", "Undoing Ruin" was produced by STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mastermind Devin Townsend and will reportedly feature artwork by Chris Taylor of PG. 99. "Undoing Ruin" track ...

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DARKEST HOUR Announce New Album Title, Release Date

DARKEST HOUR have posted the following message on their official web site: "So another day closer to the end of the record and another day closer to the end of the world. DARKEST HOUR's new record will no longer be called 'TBA', 'Untitled', 'Dude We Don't Know Yet', 'Dudes get Brutal', 'Tito's is Mike DH's ...

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Ohmwork - GZR

Even the gods can fuck up. Tony Iommi released the truly execrable "Forbidden" under the BLACK SABBATH name shortly before reuniting with the band's original lineup. Ozzy has those Bea Arthur stage outfits from the early 1980s to live down (not to mention — cue the hate mail — the steaming pile of AOR cack ...

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