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SWALLOW THE SUN Commence Work On Full-Length Debut

Finnish melodic death/doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN, who feature several members of FUNERIS NOCTURNUM, have entered Sam's Workshop with producer Sami Kokko to begin recording their debut album, due in November through Firebox Records. The as-yet-untitled effort will contain the following tracks: 01...
August 6, 2003
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ENTOMBED's 'Inferno' To Receive U.S. Release In Early 2004

ENTOMBED have set an August 6 European release date through Music For Nations Records for their eighth full-length album, "Inferno". The follow-up to 2001's "Morning Star" was released in the U.S. in late June through Koch International, but was pulled from the shelves after it was determined that t...
August 1, 2003
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Enemies Of Reality

Both hail from the state that gave us the space needle, an exceptionally high suicide rate and the origins of a threadbare pullover-sporting, poodle rocker-scorning musical movement (grunge) — but Seattle citizens NEVERMORE and QUEENSRŸCHE would not have been mentioned in the same breath a few years...
July 31, 2003
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OZZY OSBOURNE's Tour Manager Passes Away At OZZFEST Stop

Robert "Bobby" Thomson, longtime tour manager for Ozzy Osbourne, passed away in his sleep and was discovered Thursday morning (July 24) in his Detroit hotel room. He was in Detroit with Ozzfest. Thomson, 50, had been battling throat cancer for the last 18 months. Born in Wallyford, Scotland, Thomson...
July 25, 2003
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Australian TV Show Puts The Heavy Metal Influence To The Test

Frances Grant of the New Zealand Herald reports that "some of society's assumptions don't stand up to rigorous scrutiny. It's easy, for example, to lay the blame for youth suicides on heavy metal rock lyrics. But do Ozzy Osbourne and the like really have the morbid effect on young people that some b...
July 22, 2003
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PURE SWEET HELL: Album Cuts Posted Online

PURE SWEET HELL, the two-man project featuring NEVERMORE drummer Van Williams and multi-instrumentalist Christ Eichhorn, have posted four cuts from their forthcoming full-length debut, "The Voyeurs of Utter Destruction As Beauty", at their official web site. The songs available for download are as f...
July 21, 2003
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Minneapolis Star Tribune: OZZFEST 2003 Is As Predictable As A Rerun Of 'THE OSBOURNES'

Chris Riemenschneider of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune reviewed the Ozzfest 2003 tour when it came through town Saturday (July 19). "As unchanging and unkillable as its namesake headliner, OZZY OSBOURNE's eighth annual Ozzfest concert at Float-Rite Park loaded up on shock value but ultimatel...
July 20, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: 'It May Be Time For OZZY To Retire From Performance'

Brian Q. Newcomb of St. Louis Post-Dispatch reviewed the Ozzfest 2003 tour when it came through town Thursday (July 17). "[Ozzy] Osbourne's importance in the genre is unquestioned, but with the doddering, 55-year-old Ozzy a likely candidate for a 'this is your brain on drugs' public-service announce...
July 18, 2003
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JAG PANZER To Release Re-Recordings Of Early Classics: Details Unveiled

Veteran Colorado power metallers JAG PANZER have set "Decade of the Nail Spiked Bat" as the title for their forthcoming 2-CD set, due in the fall through Century Media Records. "Decade of the Nail Spiked Bat" features the best tracks from the group's pre-Century Media releases ("Tyrants" EP, "Ample...
July 18, 2003
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SHADOWS FALL Confirmed For TAKE ACTION TOUR 2003

Massachusetts-based thrash metal quintet SHADOWS FALL have just been added to the fourth annual Take Action Tour 2003 that launches September 11 in Minneapolis and wraps October 12 in Seattle. Confirmed artists on this year's tour include POISON THE WELL, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, FURTHER SEEMS FOREVER...
July 17, 2003
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GAMMA RAY: 'Skeletons In The Closet' Track Listing Revealed

German power metallers GAMMA RAY have finalized the track listing for their new live album, "Skeletons In The Closet", due on August 25 through Metal-Is/Sanctuary Records. The final track listing, which was voted on by the band's fans on the Internet, is as follows: CD 1: 01. Welcome (1:06) 02. Gard...
July 17, 2003
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DAVE MUSTAINE: 'I Am And Always Will Be MEGADETH'

Former MEGADETH guitarist Dave Mustaine has broken his silence regarding the group's breakup and his plans for a solo project, saying that "the music that I'm writing right now is as good as anything I've ever written." In a lengthy interview with Guitar World magazine published in the August 2003 i...
July 12, 2003
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DEICIDE, BRUJERIA, KING DIAMOND, LIFE OF AGONY 'Best Of' Albums On The Way

Roadrunner Records is pleased to announce the launch of an ongoing series of CD releases, henceforth dubbed "The Roots Of Roadrunner". On September 22, 2003, the initial SEVEN CDs will hit stores near you, each with introductory liner notes by a fellow musician fan of the band. Without further ado:...
July 12, 2003
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SLAYER: 'War At The Warfield' DVD Preview Posted Online!

SLAYER have posted the track "Raining Blood", taken from their forthcoming DVD, "War At the Warfield", in Windows Media format at their official web site. Check it out: High-Speed, Low-Speed. "War At The Warfield" (view cover here),due on July 29 through UMVD (Universal Music & Video Distributi...
July 12, 2003
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SOULFLY Cancel Russian Tour

SOULFLY have been forced to postpone their previously announced tour of Russia due to last weekend's suicide bombing at a rock concert in Moscow that resulted in the deaths of 14 people. A letter from the Russian police to the tour's organizers requesting the cancellation of the dates reads as follo...
July 8, 2003