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SLOWMOTION APOCALYPSE Guitarist Diagnosed With Leukemia

Italian metallers SLOWMOTION APOCALYPSE have issued the following update: "Unfortunately, this time we're writing for giving you bad news. "Only few days ago we discovered Nicolas [Milanese, guitar] suffers from leukemia. He will have to go through a rather long period of therapy and this won't allow him to give his contribution to the life ...

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KONGH Signs With SEVENTH RULE RECORDINGS

Seventh Rule Recordings has announced the signing of Scandinavian doom lords KONGH. Hailing from Sweden, KONGH churns out doom metal with a progressive melting pot of ideas whose origins stem from the spirit of their godfathers — MELVINS, YOB, and CANDLEMASS. The follow-up to their critically acclaimed "Counting Heartbeats" debut, "Shadows of the Shapeless" will ...

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SHRINEBUILDER Live In West Hollywood; Video Available

Video footage of SHRINEBUILDER — the project that features in its ranks Scott "Wino" Weinrich (ST. VITUS, THE HIDDEN HAND), Scott Kelly (NEUROSIS), Al Cisneros (OM, SLEEP), and Dale Crover (MELVINS) — performing a couple of songs (including a cover of JOY DIVISION's "24 Hours") on November 11, 2009 at the Viper Room in West ...

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Drummer BOBBY JARZOMBEK Teams Up With PLATINUM SAMPLES

Platinum Samples has posted a promotional video (see below) of drummer Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, RIOT, FATES WARNING, SEBASTIAN BACH) playing "Platinum Samples Joe Barresi Evil Drums for BFD" on a Yamaha DTXtreme III Special electronic drumkit. "Bobby Jarzombek Metal Grooves MIDI Pack", co-produced with Rail Jon Rogut at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, California, ...

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SERPENTCULT: New Album Title Announced

SERPENTCULT, the Belgian band featuring former members of THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN and WELKIN, has set "Raised By Wolves" as the title of its second album, tentatively due in the spring of 2010 on Rise Above Records. The CD will once again be recorded at Priory Studios in Birmingham, England with producer Greg Chandler (of ...

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EARLY GRAVES Preparing To Enter Studio

San Francisco's EARLY GRAVES (formerly APIARY) will enter Louder Studios (MELVINS, HANK III, SAVIOURS, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM) on October 28 with engineer/producer Tim Green (THE FUCKING CHAMPS, NATION OF ULYSSES) to begin recording the band's new album, "Goner", for an early 2010 release via Ironclad Recordings/Metal Blade Records. Songtitles set to appear on ...

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SHRINEBUILDER Confirmed For Holland's ROADBURN Festival

SHRINEBUILDER, the project that features in its ranks Scott "Wino" Weinrich (ST. VITUS, THE HIDDEN HAND), Scott Kelly (NEUROSIS), Al Cisneros (OM, SLEEP), and Dale Crover (MELVINS), has been confirmed for next year's Roadburn festival, set to take place from Thursday, April 15 to Saturday, April 17 at the 013 and Midi Theatre venues in ...

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ZOROASTER Signs To E1 MUSIC

Atlanta-based psych metal band ZOROASTER has signed a worldwide recording deal with E1 Music. The avant-garde trio will enter the studio early next year with producer Sanford Parker (THE GATES OF SLUMBER, PELICAN) to record the follow-up to 2009's "Voice of Saturn" for a summer 2010 release. "The first time I saw ZOROASTER live, I ...

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SHRINEBUILDER: First Song Posted Online

SHRINEBUILDER, the project that features in its ranks Scott "Wino" Weinrich (ST. VITUS, THE HIDDEN HAND), Scott Kelly (NEUROSIS), Al Cisneros (OM, SLEEP), and Dale Crover (MELVINS), is streaming the song "Pyramid Of The Moon" on the band's MySpace page. The track comes off the group's self-titled debut album. which is scheduled for ...

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ANCESTORS: New Song Posted Online

Los Angeles-based psychedelic doom metallers ANCESTORS have completed work on their sophomore album, "Of Sound Mind", for an October 6 release via Tee Pee Records. A taste of what "Of Sound Mind" holds in store can be sampled now as the new ANCESTORS song "Bounty of Age" premieres today via Stereogum. Check it out now ...

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SLOWMOTION APOCALYPSE Signs With SCARLET RECORDS

Italian metallers SLOWMOTION APOCALYPSE will release their third album, "Mothra", this fall via Scarlet Records. The CD was recorded at Planet Red Studios in Richmond, Virginia with producer Andreas Magnusson (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, THE AGONY SCENE, SCARLET, DUFRESNE, BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE, SPITFIRE, TWELVE TRIBES) and features a guest appearances by Myke Terry from BURY ...

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SHRINEBUILDER: Debut Album Details Revealed

SHRINEBUILDER, the project that features in its ranks Scott "Wino" Weinrich (ST. VITUS, THE HIDDEN HAND), Scott Kelly (NEUROSIS), Al Cisneros (OM, SLEEP), and Dale Crover (MELVINS), will release its self-titled debut album in October via Neurot Recordings. According to a press release, the CD is "a powerful culmination of its members' distinct styles that ...

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SERPENTCULT: New Video Interview Posted Online

HardTimes.ca conducted an interview with SERPENTCULT when the band played in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on August 5, 2009. Watch the 25-minute chat below. SERPENTCULT is the Belgian band featuring former members of THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN and WELKIN. The group's full-length debut, "Weight of Light", came out will in North America on January ...

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CORMORANT: 'Metazoa' Artwork, Release Date Revealed

San Francisco Bay Area progressive extreme metallers CORMORANT have unveiled the stunning artwork for their upcoming full-length album, "Metazoa", which is due out on September 22, 2009 . The CD will initially be released as a six panel digipack by Saturnine Media, while a vinyl version will be made available in the coming months. CORMORANT ...

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DOWN Bassist REX BROWN To Sit Out North American Tour

DOWN/ex-PANTERA bassist Rex Brown has released the following statement: "It is with my deepest apologies to let you know that I will not be joining [DOWN] on the first leg of the forthcoming U.S./Canada tour. It has been mutually agreed upon between myself and the guys that I take this time to address some personal ...

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16 Parts Ways With Drummer, Announces Replacement

Los Angeles, California's 16 has issued the following update: "After his second and most recent stint behind the drum kit for 16, Jason Corley has announced he's moving on to explore other opportunities. We wish him luck. Filling Jason's shoes is none other than Mateo Pinkerton. You may have seen him as a touring member ...

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DOWN Guitarist On Next Album: 'It'll Be Like The First Record'

DOWN — the acclaimed New Orleans band featuring CORROSION OF CONFORMITY guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan, drummer Jimmy Bower (EYEHATEGOD, SUPERJOINT RITUAL guitarist), bassist Rex Brown (ex-PANTERA), guitarist Kirk Windstein (CROWBAR), and vocalist Philip Anselmo (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ex-PANTERA) — is planning on releasing its new full-length studio album by the middle of next year. "I'd say probably ...

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DOWN: Audio Interview With KIRK WINDSTEIN Available

Wrexham, Wales-based "Metalheadz" show conducted an interview with guitarist Kirk Windstein of DOWN at this year's Download festival, which was held June 12-14 at Donington Park, United Kingdom. You can now listen to the chat using the player below. In a recent interview with Holland's FaceCulture, DOWN/ex-PANTERA bassist Rex Brown stated about DOWN's ...

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MIKE PATTON, SERJ TANKIAN, MELVINS Featured In 'Sound Levels' Book

Noted music journalist Phil Freeman has assembled "Sound Levels: Profiles in American Music, 2002-2009", a collection of in-depth profiles of some of the most interesting artists in contemporary rock and jazz. Among these stories, which were originally published in magazines like The Wire, Signal to Noise, Global Rhythm and Metal Edge, are pieces on Mike ...

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WEEDEATER To Support DOWN On North American Tour

North Carolina's sludge pillagers WEEDEATER will support DOWN on their North American tour. The lineup changes throughout the routing; The Canadian dates feature secondary support from VOIVOD, while the bulk of the American dates feature the MELVINS. Other opening support for the tour will be DANAVA for the first half and EVIL ARMY for the ...

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