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Metal News for June 25, 2007

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24 news articles posted on this day.

AOL Music Posts Korn Features, Bad Brains Album

AOL Music has posted an AIM interview with Korn frontman Jonathan Davis (in which he announced he's writing an Opera). They have also launched an all-Korn station, which I know you'll all enjoy.

Finally, not exactly metal (but there is some cross-over appeal), they have a full CD stream of Bad Brains' "Build A Nation".

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Stinking Lizaveta To Take A Break, Play Few Dates

Stinking Lizaveta has literally been on the road for the last 3 months supporting their latest "Scream of the Iron Iconoclast". They are finally going to take a little breather and rest up but will still be making appearances at the Paul Green School of Rock Music Festival (along with Bad Brains, SOR All Stars [Vernon Reid, Jello Biafra], Bouncing Souls), Foo Fest, along with several one off dates. Here are those tour dates and appearances:

Weds .July 11th Long Branch NJ @ Brighton Bar
Thurs. July 12th Portland ME @ Geno's w/Conifer
Fri. July 13th Albany NY @ Red Square
Sat. July 14th Providence RI @ AS220 (as part of Foo Fest)

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Brian Daniloski Scores Compositions For Macbeth

Brian Daniloski of Darsombra has been asked to score original compositions for the Tragedy of Macbeth at the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival this July.

The following dates are not Darsombra performing live - they are the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival performing the play of The Tragedy of Macbeth to Darsombra's score (all dates at Outdoors in the Meadow at the Evergreen House :

Thurs. July 5th Baltimore, MD (Note- Free pre-opening Night Show)
Fri. July 6th Baltimore, MD
Sat. July 7th Baltimore, MD
Sun. July 8th Baltimore, MD
Thurs. July 12th Baltimore, MD
Fri. July 13th Baltimore, MD
Sat. July 14th Baltimore, MD
Sun. July 15th Baltimore, MD
Thurs. July 19th Baltimore, MD
Fri. July 20th Baltimore, MD
Sat. July 21st Baltimore, MD
Sun. July 22nd Baltimore, MD

The following date is Darsombra live:

Friday July 27th Washington, D.C. @ Velvet Lounge w/ Rwake and Wooly Mammoth

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Baroness, Unpersons Split CD Coming Soon

The long awaited Baroness / Unpersons split full length "A Grey Sigh In A Flower Husk" is available on CD on June 26th in the U.S. and July 2nd in the UK / Europe. All material will be exclusive to this release. This will be the last recording of Baroness material featuring long time member Tim Loose.

Here is the track listing and running time:

BARONESS
1.teiresias - 6:21
2.cavite - 12:10

UNPERSONS
1. un cerceuil flottant - black finnegan - 3:04
2. number - 2:57
3. dry hand - 3:31
4. a small gesture, a thousand small happy gestures [shone in the dust] - 6:31 More...

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Atilla Records Guest Vocals On Skitliv Track

In a move that will surprise many who bought into the rumours that there is no love lost between the two, current MAYHEM vocalist Attila Csihar has joined former MAYHEM vocalist Maniac to record vocals for a track on the debut album from Maniac's new band SKITLIV. Commented Maniac: "Contrary to what a lot of people either say or believe, Attila and I are actually very good friends, and always find rumours about how we are supposed to resent each other quite amusing."

The track, entitled "Amfetamin", also has SHINING's Niklas Kvarforth on guitar. Kvarforth, a close friend of both vocalists, recently joined SKITLIV as recording guitarist. About the track, Maniac said: "'Amfetamin' started life as a pretty disturbing piece of music to begin with. Once Niklas joined in it became even more so, and now that Attila has added his vocals, it's taken on yet another dimension; his voice is used almost as an instrument."

SKITLIV will be touring with Japanese all-girl band GALLHAMMER in the autumn, with dates already confirmed in Norway, Denmark, Germany and Belgium. A new raw, un-mastered version of "Amfetamin", with Atilla's vocals added can be heard on the official SKTILIV MySpace page.

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Confessor Parts w/ Guitarist, Former One Rejoins

CONFESSOR vocalist Scott Jeffreys has recently made the following announcement:

"We are proud to announce the addition of Chris Nolan as lead guitarist of CONFESSOR. Shawn McCoy decided to pursue other interests and has left the band on good terms. We are very excited to have Chris rejoin the band. For those of you who did not know, Chris is the guitarist who stepped in, back in the day, when Ivan decided to leave the band to go back to school. Soon after Chris joined Scott also decided to leave the band to go back to school. So Chris, unfortunately, was not in CONFESSOR for long before the breakup. At that time Chris went on to continue to play with Steve, Cary and Brian in their new band FLY MACHINE. We are all very happy to have Chris in the band and look forward to recording the next album with him."

"Despite some rumours, our label, Season of Mist is very supportive and anxious for a new record. We are pleased to report that the writing process for the new album is coming along quite well and we look to do some pre-production recording in the next few months."

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Textures Plans UK Tour w/ Romeo Must Die

TEXTURES will be supporting their latest release, "Drawing Circles" with Romeo Must Die and The Mirimar Disaster on an upcoming tour through the United Kingdom. Here are the tour dates so far:

17.05.2007 BRIGHTON (UK), THE GREAT ESCAPE @ Engine Rooms w/ Architect, Ghost of a Thousand

28.06.2007 SOUTHAMPTON (UK) The Joiners
29.06.2007 LUTON (UK) Student Union
30.06.2007 LONDON (UK) The Underworld
01.07.2007 SHEFFIELD (UK) The Corporation
02.07.2007 MANCHESTER (UK) The Music Box
03.07.2007 GLASGOW (UK) The Barfly
05.07.2007 MILTON KEYNES (UK), The Pitz Club

TEXTURES' second album 'Drawing Circles' was released officially in the U.S. in November, 2006 after being available for some time previously throughout Europe.

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Live To Die Announces New Singer

Unsigned metal band Live to Die has finally settled with a new singer - Brian Neal (Benemortasia/ Ex- A False hope) from Brunswick, MD. "He is a great match in our eyes and ears and we're very happy to welcome him in as part of the band," the band commented. "We've been working very hard to help him with learning the material and becoming more familiar with the music we play. Neal's first live performance with Live to Die will be August 4th at a local park building in Brunswick. A new recording is also in the works and we're hoping to get the vocals done sometime before August 4th. Overall, we're very happy to have him in the band and we're ready to get back to rockin' the fuck out!"

Here are Live to Die's current upcoming shows:

August 4th- Brunswick City Park, Brunswick, MD
August 26th- Recher Theatre, Baltimore, MD

More dates coming soon.

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Breaking News

Led Zeppelin Reuniting For One-Off Show

Rock legends Led Zeppelin will reportedly reunite for a one-off memorial concert in honor of their late record boss.

If true, it would mark the third time that the '70s legends have played since disbanding. The band has only performed a handful of concerts, including Live Aid in 1985, since their split in 1980 following the death of drummer John Bonham. But singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones will re-group alongside Bonham's son Jason for a special concert in memory of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun in London.

A source says, "Page, Plant and Jones spoke and agreed to do the memorial concert. They are waiting for a definite date."

"And no one can quite believe it, but during discussions about the concert they all gave the green light to a tour if it all does well and they don't all fall out."

"It has been hoped for and denied for years. But this is the closest they have ever come to a reunion tour. The feeling is that this is going to happen next year."

Ertegun died in December after seven weeks in a coma following a fall at a Rolling Stones concert. The likes of Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Stevie Nicks, and Crosby, Stills & Nash all played his New York memorial in April of this year.

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Seether Post Studio Update, Seven Songs Complete

Seether has been in the studio recording their follow up to "Karma and Effect" and third studio album which is tentatively due out in August. The album is being produced by Howard Benson (Flyleaf, Adema). Here's what frontman Shaun Morgan had to say about the recording progress:

"Things are going really well in studio, and the tracks are sounding badass, musically anyway. We have completed 7 songs, without vocals, and have 8 to go. We have been blown away by the support we've been getting, and the positive responses to "Like Suicide" have been amazing. This album is going to be slightly different than it's predecessors, and whilst we have retained the heaviness, there are the usual suspects for fans of the old stuff. Don't worry, it's not in any way a "I've been to rehab, found Jesus, and now I'm happy" kind of album at all. While there is nothing wrong with any of those things, they don't apply here."

"We will continue to post videos, and answer questions as much as possible, and do whatever we can to whet your collective appetites!"

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AHC Release Free 30 Minutes of Film Online

American Head Charge released the 70 minute film "Can't Stop The Machine" this year to overwhelming response from fans. Nitrus Records and the AHC Death Squad (fan group) have just posted the first quarter of the film on Youtube, with more to come across the next three weeks.

Cutting edge electronic and metal label Nitrus Records have authorized the release of the clips. The film is enthralling, taking a Behind The Music approach to the legendary band, artfully edited with ten full length performances.

Can't Stop The Machine also includes all of the band's music videos. "All Wrapped Up" in particular is long-sought-after. MTV banned the video for being "too graphic". The video features Michael Rooker, star of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, the all-time favorite movie of Head Charge frontman Martin Cock.

The DVD also includes a full length CD of rarities, unreleased material, live tracks, and re-mastered songs from the band's impossible-to-find first album "Trepanation".

"Can't Stop The Machine" is in stores now in the USA and UK, and available worldwide by mail order on the band's MySpace page.

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Fire On The Horizon Signs To Forgotten Empire

UK experimental rock/metal band Fire On The Horizon has signed a record deal with Forgotten Empire Records. The band is currently working on there upcoming album, and a planned release is scheduled later this year.

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Evile Post 3 'Enter The Grave' Tracks Online

UK thrash-metallers Evile have posted 3 exclusive tracks from their upcoming release 'Enter The Grave' on their MySpace page, ahead of its August 27th release in UK/Europe. You can listen to the tracks 'Schizophrenia', 'Enter The Grave' and 'Armoured Assault' at their myspace page and get a sneak preview of the blistering sound of Evile's hotly anticipated debut album, produced by the legendary producer Flemming Rassmussen (Metallica, Morbid Angel).

The full tracklisting for 'Enter The Grave' is as follows:

1. Enter the Grave
2. Thrasher
3. First Blood
4. Man Against Machine
5. Burned Alive
6. Killer from the Deep
7. We Who Are About to Die
8. Schizophrenia
9. Bathe in Blood
10. Armoured Assault

You can also get a glimpse of the album's artwork by heading over to www.myspace.com/evileenterthegrave

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Benediction Cancel US Tour

According to the website of the Virginia-based venue, Jaxx, Benediction have cancelled their U.S tour due to immigration problems. Though the U.S tour has been cancelled, Benediction will be performing at some festivals in Europe, they are as follows:

6/30 With Full Force in Roitzschjora, Germany
8/6 Metalheads Mission in Gmünd, Germany
8/25 Up from the Ground in Evapatoriya, Ukraine
9/8 Hellflame Fest in Osnabrück, Germany
9/9 Caos Emergente in Oporto, Portugal
9/18 Bloodstock OA in Derby, UK
9/22 Hellflame South in Lichtenfels, Germany

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Decrepit Birth Post New Album Cover

Decrepit Birth have posted the cover art for their upcoming new album, "Diminishing Between Worlds", on their myspace where you can also hear some their death metal stylings. The link is as follows: http://www.myspace.com/decrepitbirth. "Diminishing Between Worlds" will be released later this year through Unique Leaders records.

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Freedom Call Announce More European Tour Dates

FREEDOM CALL have updated their European tour schedule. They have added three shows to their upcoming tour with PINK CREAM 69 and announced a string of dates with NIGHTMARE through France and Belgium. Their schedule is now as follows:

July
19-21 - Kreuth, Germany - Eathshaker Festival

September (with NOCTURNAL RITES)
5 - Stockholm, Sweden - Klubben
6 - Malmö, Sweden - KB
7 - Göteborg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers
8 - Kristianstad, Sweden - Scala
9 - Gävle, Sweden - Wasteland

October (with PINK CREAM 69)
3 - Bochum, Germany - Zeche
4 - Memmingen. Germany - Kaminwerk
5 - Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos-Saal
6 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Gaswerk
7 - Nürnberg, Germany - Hirsch
8 - Fulda, Germany - Kreuz
9 - Bratislava, Slovakia - venue tba
10 - Kosice, Slovakia - venue tba
11 - Zlin, Czech Republic - venue tba

November (with NIGHTMARE)
9 - Nancy, France - L'Autre Canal / Club
10 - Opwijk, Belgium - Sint Pauluszaal
11 - Mulhouse, France - Noumatrouff
12 - Paris, France - La Locomotive / Main Hall
13 - Nantes, France Industrya
14 - Pau, France - Parc Expos
15 - Toulouse, Frabce - Havana-Café
16 - Marseille, France / Luynes Le Korigan
17 - Lyon, France - CCO De Villleurbanne

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Chimaira Announce US Tour Dates

Chimaira have already played a couple of festival shows in Europe and some UK club dates as well, including shows with Machine Head and Lamb of God. They will return to the US on July 7th for an extensive set of dates. Performing their new songs from the current album "Resurrection," the band punches in your face with a killer and intense live performance, so don't miss this one.

25.06.2007 HAMBURG - Grünspan (DE) (Supporting Lamb of God)
27.06.2007 ARENDAL - Hove Festival (NO)
28.06.2007 COPENHAGEN - Pumpehuset (DK)
29.06.2007 TWISTRINGEN - Reload Festival (DE)
30.06.2007 MüNSTER - Vainstream (DE)
01.07.2007 ROITZSCHJORA - With Full Force (DE)
06.07.2007 DALLAS, TX - Palladium Ballroom (US)
07.07.2007 CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - Concrete St. Amphitheatre (US)
08.07.2007 HOUSTON, TX - Verizon Wireless Theatre (US)
10.07.2007 ORLANDO, FL - UCF Arena (US)
11.07.2007 MYRTLE BEACH, SC - House Of Blues (US)
13.07.2007 WORCESTER, MA - Palladium (US)
14.07.2007 SAYREVILLE, NJ - Starland Ballroom Outside (US)
15.07.2007 PHILADELPHIA, PA - Electric Factory (US)
16.07.2007 WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Millenium Center (US)
18.07.2007 TORONTO, ON - Koolhaus Complex (CA)
19.07.2007 DETROIT, MI - State Theatre (US)
20.07.2007 MILWAUKEE, WI - Eagles Ballroom (US)
21.07.2007 CLEVELAND, OH - Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre at Tower City (US)
22.07.2007 COLUMBUS, OH - Lifestyles Communities Pavilion (US)
23.07.2007 CHICAGO, IL - Congress Theatre (US)
24.07.2007 MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Myth (US)
27.07.2007 CALGARY, AB - Macewan Hall (US)
28.07.2007 EDMONTON, AB - Shaw Confernece Center (US)
30.07.2007 PORTLAND, OR - Expo Hall (US)
01.08.2007 SALT LAKE CITY, UT - Salt Air Pavilion (US)
03.08.2007 SAN JOSE, CA - Events Center@San Jose Univ. (US)
04.08.2007 IRVINE, CA - Irvine Meadows Side Stage (US)
05.08.2007 MESA, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre (US)
06.08.2007 LAS VEGAS, NV - House Of Blues (US)
08.08.2007 DENVER, CO - Fillmore (US)
10.08.2007 SAUGET, IL - Pop´s (US)
11.08.2007 LOUISVILLE, KY - Waverly Hills Sanatorium (US)

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Pyrexia Release More Tour Dates

More dates have been released for PYREXIA’s upcoming North American tours:

with INHERIT DISEASE:
July 11 - London, ON @ The Embassy
July 12 - Hamilton, ON @ Club Absinthe
July 13 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
July 14 - Peterborough, ON @ The Underdog
July 16 - Montreal, QC @ Club Saphir
July 17 - Quebec City, QC @ Velvet

with CREMATORIUM, INFERNAEON, SONS OF AZRAEL:
August 17 - Chicago, IL @ The Note
August 18 - St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
August 19 - Topeka, KS @ Static Bar
August 20 - Omaha, NE @ T.B.A.
August 21 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Union Station
August 23 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
August 24 - Portland, OR @ Ash Street Saloon
August 26 - Oakland, CA @ Uptown Nightclub
August 27 - Sacramento, CA @ On the Y
August 28 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
August 29 - Fresno, CA @ The Exit
August 30 - Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
August 31 - San Marcos, CA @ The Jumping Turtle
September 1 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Cheyenne Saloon
September 2 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
September 3 - Juarez, MEX @ The Cave Club
September 4 - Clovis, NM @ Absolute Zero
September 5 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
September 6 - San Antonio, TX @ Scooby’s
September 7 - Corpus Christi, TX @ The Compound
September 8 - McAllen, TX @ The Metro
September 9 - Baton Rouge, FL @ The Darkroom
September 10 - Orlando, FL @ The Haven
September 11 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
September 12 - Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug
September 13 - Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
September 15 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
September 17 - Bristol, PA @ Freddie’s Tavern
September 18 - Oakdale, NY @ Fin’s Pub
September 19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Europa
September 20 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 21 - Levittown, NY @ The Vintage Lounge
September 22 - Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall

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Grey Skies Fallen Go On Hiatus

New York progressive death metallers, Grey Skies Fallen, have posted the following update on their myspace page regarding their decision to go on hiatus:

"Dear friends,"

"This is a trying time for the band. The four of us have pretty much agreed to put Grey Skies Fallen on the back burner. It's been an up and down eleven years; mostly down."

"People in bands know the sacrifice that goes into it..the effort, and the emotional strain. I think all of that has caught up to us. We need to step back and take a breather."

"We have tried very hard to make good music for you guys to enjoy; we've even resorted to giving it away for free online. The reaction from that has been great. I am thrilled that our music has gotten out to many people that otherwise would have never heard us. However, real life takes precedence. We can't continue to spend money on the band like we did when we were 20, and with no outside support, (record labels, distro's) it's hard to continue." More...

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Coalesce Confirms Tour, New Release

As has been rumored, Coalesce will indeed be touring in August. Additionally, the group has also announced plans to release a new 7", titled "Salt and Passage," on September 11th. The current line-up of the band is: Jes Steineger, Nathan Richardson, Nathan Ellis, and Sean Ingram.

Regarding, their intentions, etc., the group comments: "Instead of looking at Coalesce as a second career or some ego-stroking project to prove something within modern music, it is being held closely and personally by the members as their time to put aside familial duties, work, school, or whatnot, and simply 'do it.' In short, we just want to hang out together again and play our shows out of a peculiar love for doing so (in all it's ugly purity)... Please let us make it very clear that this is not a 'reunion' tour in any way shape or form. Since it's simply the nature of coalesce to come and go as it pleases, terms like 'reunion' make no sense when applied to it."

The upcoming tour will feature support from Daughters, See You Next Tuesday (on the East Coast), and This Is My Condition (in the Midwest). Here are the tour dates:

8/15 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
8/16 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
8/17 New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
8/18 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
8/19 Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz
8/20 Pittsburgh, PA @ Lawrenceville Moose
8/21 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
8/22 Chicago, IL @ TBA
8/23 Iowa City, IA @ Picador
8/24 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
8/25 Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck

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Arise and Ruin Cancels Tour

Arise and Ruin has cancelled their U.S. dates with August Burns Red as the Canadian band was denied entry into the United States. Here's a message from the group:

"We couldn't be more bummed to miss out on this tour, everyone go out and pick up August Burns Red's new disc "'Messengers' on Tuesday and to anyone attending the shows, give everyone in ABR a big hug from us Canadians. We apologize and promise to make it down to PA as soon as humanly possible!"

As previously reported, Arise And Ruin recently inked a deal with Victory Records, though their album plans have yet to be revealed.

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Sonata Arctica Writes "Da Best Song Ever"

"The guys from SONATA ARCTICA have Sopranos fever, and nothing makes them happier than visiting New York City," writes Brian Stillman of Revolver magazine. And so starts the story of how two of Finland's favorite sons stopped in on the Revolver offices, stumbled over a portable recording unit, and recorded "Da Best Song Ever." To read the rest of the adventure, pick up the August 2007 issue and turn to Page 42.

You can check out some exclusive, behind-the-scenes shots of the SONATA ARCTICA recording session while at Revolver online. You can also listen to "Da Best Song Ever" at Revolver's site.

Sign up to win a CD-R of "Da Best Song Ever" and the one-of-a-kind autographed lyric sheet used in the 2-hour recording session here.

Recorded and mixed at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, SONATA ARCTICA's latest album, Unia, which has been available in North America since May 22nd, landed on the following international album charts: Finland - #1; Japan - #7; Sweden - #27; Germany - #35; Switzerland - #40; Austria - #62. The "Paid In Full" single (video available for viewing here) also secured the #1 Single slot in their native land.

SONATA's third North American tour begins September 12th in Fort Worth, Texas and includes a headlining performance at the ProgPower VIII Festival in Atlanta Georgia. Complete tour dates can be found here.

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Mayhem's Upcoming Shows Cancelled

As you've probably heard, MAYHEM drummer Hellhammer recently had his arm injured and won't be able to play for a few weeks. Consequently, the band has to cancel their appearances at this year's Hellfest - set to take place June 23-25 in Clisson, France, and With Full Force - set to take place June 29-July 1st in Löbnitz, Germany.

The scheduled US tour, due to happen in July, is postponed and will be rescheduled. We will let you know the new dates as soon as they are booked and confirmed.

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Maroon Post Studio Update, Finish Recording Guitar

Maroon has posted a second studio update on their MySpace page:

"We are still working on our new recordings. We entered the Rape of Harmonies Studios two weeks ago for recording the guitars, bass and vocals. We finished all the guitar stuff this week and now André has to suffer. We're working with Alex from Heaven Shall Burn and Patrick W. Engel, both are great producers. And prepare, this shit is heavier than everything we have done before!"

You can check out a few photos on the blog post as well.

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