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Rock Solid.

Byline: By Simon Rushworth

Belo Horizonte may be more famous as a football hotbed, but the Brazilian town's finest musical export makes a welcome comeback tomorrow when seminal thrashers Sepultura unleash their latest album on metal's heaving masses.

Roorback sees Andreas Kisser, Derrick Green and Co deliver a trademark collection of no-frills, angst-fuelled rock following three sell-out gigs at London's Camden Underworld earlier this year.

Such was the frenzied interest in a band which burst on the scene 19 years ago that club bosses were forced to turn away hundreds of disappointed fans desperate to get a glimpse of the group responsible for 1989's classic Beneath The Remains.

Roorback should satisfy the thrash and grab merchants until the Seps hit the Scuzz stage at Saturday's Download Festival and the boys return to these shores for a four-date UK tour in July (Manchester or Glasgow look the best bet for North-East noise addicts).

With a ninth studio album under their belts, a band famous for fusing metal, hardcore, thrash, punk and tribal appear stronger than ever and old boy Max Cavalera must be wondering why he chose to quit.

TYNESIDE four-piece Baby Rattlesnakes appear to be strengthening their grip on the region's rock scene, judging by last Tuesday's truncated gig at Newcastle's Cluny.

A tight (and often tear-jerking) set featuring their melodic favourites brought the curtain down on a night of multi-act action, with guitarist Mik the pick of a pretty sweaty bunch.

If you missed the 'Snakes last week, then don't despair.

Voodookid and the crew are on at 2pm as part of today's Mill House Rock Fest at Washington's Mill House pub and play Newcastle's Head of Steam on June 9.

ROCK @ The Arena is one of the nation's premier noise nights but the team which brought a bouncy castle to the party are ready to reinvent the rock club again.

July sees the long-awaited introduction of live acts to kick off your Saturday entertainment, with tribute band Maiden England, local punksters CS Gas and traditional rockers CrashBurn Molly ready to roll.

Fans of Newcastle's classic rock shindig include The Darkness, Kill II This and Breed 77.

Rock @ The Arena is every Saturday from 9.30pm-2am with July's band nights bursting into life from 9pm.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 26, 2003
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