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OPETH Frontman: 'New Album Is Going To Really KILL!'

Roadrunner Records has officially announced the signing of OPETH. With a release planned for late summer 2005 — following a spate of international touring that includes the much-anticipated "Sounds of the Underground" run in the U.S. — OPETH has never been busier or more excited about the prospect of things. "The combination of a strong ...

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OPETH: New Album Due Late August/Early September

Sweden's OPETH have posted the following message on their official web site: "We can now officially announce that OPETH has signed a worldwide contract with Roadrunner records. The rumours were true! The new album is set to be released sometime in the late August or early September of 2005. "OPETH has cancelled their Vienna/Austria Aerodrome ...

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OPETH And SKINDRED Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

OPETH and SKINDRED have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Summer Breeze festival, set to be held August 18-20 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. The complete list of artists currently confirmed to appear at the festival is as follows: AMON AMARTH ANOREXIA NERVOSA ATROCITY BARCODE BEHEMOTH BORN FROM PAIN CALIBAN DARK TRANQUILLITY DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER ...

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It's Official: OPETH Sign With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported on April 18, OPETH mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt has now officially confirmed to MTV.com that the band have finalized a deal with New York's Roadrunner Records, bolstering an imposing roster that already includes KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SLIPKNOT, OBITUARY and CRADLE OF FILTH. Åkerfeldt disclosed several details about the band's ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD's 'Alien' To Be Released On Vinyl

Hot on the heels of Deepsend Records signing an exclusive distribution deal with CM Distro (a division of Century Media), the label has also secured the licensing rights to press all future Century Media releases on vinyl. The label will start this vinyl deal off with a limited-edition pressing of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD's "Alien" on ...

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LACUNA COIL: Back Catalog To Be Reissued In July

Century Media Records will be re-releasing LACUNA COIL's back catalog this July (July 25 in Europe; the North American release date has yet to confirmed). Included in the reissues will be the band's first two full-length albums, "In a Reverie" (1999) and "Unleashed Memories" (2001), plus a combined release of the band's two EPs, "Lacuna ...

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NEVERMORE: Release Date Set For 'This Godless Endeavor'

Century Media Records has set a July 26 release date for the new NEVERMORE album, entitled "This Godless Endeavor". Creating metal's most progressively innovative, insidiously addictive, and blazingly entangled music, mesmerizing vocalist Warrel Dane, backed by guitar virtuoso Jeff Loomis and the jackhammer rhythms of bassist Jim Sheppard and drummer Van Williams are now joined ...

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OPETH: Keyboardist PER WIBERG Officially Joins The Band

Sweden's OPETH have posted the following update on their official web site: "Per Wiberg [keyboards] has now officially joined OPETH as a permanent member of the band. As most of you know he's been touring with OPETH since their 'Damnation' record. SPIRITUAL BEGGARS fans should not despair as he will continue playing and recording with ...

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36 CRAZYFISTS: Back In Writing Mode

36 CRAZYFISTS have posted the following message on their official web site: "Hey, all, we are back from our European tour and let me tell you, IT WAS AMAZING!!!! Thanks to everyone who came out and sang the songs with us, you all rule!!! "Well, it looks like the beginning of summer and we have ...

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OPETH Close To Signing With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

Sweden's OPETH are on the verge of inking a new record deal with Roadrunner Records, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The band, who were previously signed to the now-defunct British label Music For Nations Records, recently entered Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden to begin recording their eight album, tentatively due later in the year. ...

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CONTRIVE: New Album Mixed By Acclaimed Producer FREDRIK NORDSTRÖM

Australian metal trio CONTRIVE have just completed mixing their debut album, "The Meaning Unseen", with famed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg. Nordström, who is known for delivering some amazing sounds from top metal acts such as DIMMU BORGIR, OPETH, ARCH ENEMY and THE HAUNTED, to name a few, took great attention ...

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NEVERMORE Complete Recording Process For 'This Godless Endeavor'

The Seattle-based quintet NEVERMORE recently completed the recording process for their highly anticipated new album, "This Godless Endeavor", at Backstage Studios in England with legendary producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, OPETH). The highly anticipated new offering is currently set for a summer release. This will mark the group’s first recording with guitarist Steve ...

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Liquid Monster - BRAINSTORM

I remember giving BRAINSTORM's "Soul Temptation" one of those solid-but-mediocre tags in a review I did a couple of years ago, and I'm still not certain why, as it ended up growing on me. I now consider it to be a fine heavy metal album. That review has always bugged me. Needless to say, I ...

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DEVILDRIVER: New Album Artwork Posted Online

DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara (ex-COAL CHAMBER) has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Here's what's going on in DEVILDRIVER land: We've been rehearsing for our upcoming MACHINE HEAD / THE HAUNTED / IT DIES TODAY shows. The rehearsals have been going amazing, the band is a machine right now. We'll be ...

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The Pale Haunt Departure - NOVEMBERS DOOM

Being the best American doom metal band is sorta like being the best Italian chef in Des Moines. You may kick ass, but a lot of purists are gonna hold your address against you before they've sampled a bit of what you have to offer. NOVEMBERS DOOM has been dealing with this stigma since their ...

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Nightmares Made Flesh - BLOODBATH

My experience with death metal "supergroups" this past year has been 50/50: MURDER SQUAD's "Ravenous Murderous" rules, GOD AMONG INSECTS' "World Wide Death" blows. The winning percentage shoots up with BLOODBATH's "Nightmares Made Flesh". But then, did you really expect anything less from Dan Swanö's death metal juggernaut, a band that released the "Breeding Death" ...

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NEVERMORE Debut New Songs At London Concert

NEVERMORE debuted four new songs — "Born", "This Godless Endeavour", "Final Product" and "Bittersweet Feast" — during their exclusive one-off show in London at The Underworld on Friday (March 18). The group's complete setlist for last night's concert was as follows: 01. Narcosynthesis 02. The River Dragon Has Come 03. Never Purify 04. Engines Of ...

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NEVERMORE: Studio Update

According to an online posting by NEVERMORE frontman Warrel Dane, the singer completed "the main vocals [Friday night, March 11] for a song called 'Final Product'. All the drums and rhythm guitars are done, just doing vocals, bass, and acoustic guitars at the moment." NEVERMORE are currently at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, U.K. recording their ...

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Isa - ENSLAVED

Haunting, swirling, minimalist and somehow progressive at the same time, ENSLAVED have thrived since the original second wave of Norwegian black metal by following their own meandering muse. Even as far back as their "Hordane's Land" split with EMPEROR, they favored long songs, trance-inducing ambient repetitiveness, and a more grandiose vision than their more barbaric ...

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The Sense Apparatus - FRANTIC BLEEP

It wouldn't be a record from The End if it didn't have a slightly pompous avant-garde edge to it, would it? The label that unleashed ARCTURUS, LOVE HISTORY and MADDER MORTEM (not to be confused with NOKTURNAL MORTUM) remains America's go-to imprint for extreme music off the beaten path, artistic (or at least art-damaged) statements ...

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Burn the Flags - BY NIGHT

I was prepared to toss this one into the metalcore overflow bin, even though the press quote states: "Expect influences that range from EXTOL to MESHUGGAH, OPETH to ENTOMBED, and BREACH to BURST." One should always take such grandiose statements with a grain of salt anyway. In the case of "Burn the Flags" by Sweden's ...

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Producer ANDY SNEAP Offers NEVERMORE Recording Update

British producer extraordinaire Andy "Undie" Sneap has posted the following message on his official web site: "So we're a good few days into [the recording of the new NEVERMORE album]. We have seven full rhythms done (drums and guitar), titles include 'Jeff 1', 'Jeff 2' and 'Steve 3'....I feel Dane [Warrel, vocals] needs to get ...

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BLOODBATH To Film WACKEN Performance For Upcoming DVD

Swedish death metallers BLOODBATH have posted the following message on their official web site: "Since this year's appearance at Wacken might not only be the first, but also the last gig for BLOODBATH, we've decided it will be shot for a future dvd release. Through who and when it will be released has yet to ...

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