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STORMLORD Filming New Video

Italian "extreme epic metal" act STORMLORD are currently filming a video for the track "Under The Boards (195, M.A.)" with director Brigida Costa. "The story will speak about a psycho/medical serial killer who come out at night to stalk his victims and then trap them in his clinic of horror," the band write on their ...

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OPETH 'Dropped' By ZOMBA, Seek New Label Home

Sweden's OPETH are officially free agents as a result of having been dropped by BMG/Zomba after their previous label, Music For Nations, was folded into parent company Zomba Records Group (the world's largest independent music group). The band are looking through new offers at the moment. As previously reported, OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has started ...

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36 CRAZYFISTS Film 'Bloodwork' Video

Alaska's 36 CRAZYFISTS shot a video for the track "Bloodwork" on July 6 in New York City's Chinatown district. Check put pictures from the video shoot: Photo#1, Photo#2. The video is expected to be completed by the end of August. "Bloodwork" comes off 36 CRAZYFISTS' sophomore album, "A Snow Capped Romance", ...

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LACUNA COIL's 'Comalies' Passes 100,000 SoundScan Mark In The U.S.

LACUNA COIL's third album, "Comalies", has officially passed the 100,000 SoundScan mark in the United States. This is a landmark achievement for both the band — who are performing on Ozzfest's second stage throughout the summer — and their label, the Los Angeles-based independent Century Media Records. LACUNA COIL are now believed to be the ...

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SHADOWS FALL: 'The Art of Balance' Passes 100,000 Sales Mark

SHADOWS FALL have achieved another great milestone in their already illustrious career, as their latest album, "The Art of Balance", has officially surpassed the 100,000 mark, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is a huge accomplishment not only for the band, but also for Century Media, who have both grown considerably over the past few years. ...

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OPETH Begin Work On New Material

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has started writing material for the group's next album, tentatively scheduled to be recorded sometime in the early spring of 2005. In other news, Åkerfeldt recently visited No Man Studios in Hemel Hampstead, U.K. to lay down some guitars and backing vocals for the next, as-yet-untitled PORCUPINE TREE record. Mikael plays ...

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Legendary Record Label MUSIC FOR NATIONS Closes Its Doors

Legendary U.K. record label Music For Nations — current home of OPETH and ANATHEMA and past home of METALLICA, CRADLE OF FILTH, TESTAMENT and countless other metal bands — has officially closed its doors. The company's catalog — which has previously included titles from artists as varied as LOST HORIZON and FRANK ZAPPA — will ...

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CANDLEMASS Split Up — Again

Legendary Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have officially split up — seemingly for the last time. "We are truly sorry to inform you that CANDLEMASS have disbanded!" reads a posting on the group's web site. "This is sad news for us and everybody else that love this fantastic band. There will be no more gigs, no new ...

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EVERGREY Guitarist: Don't Call Us A Progressive Metal Band

EVERGREY guitarist Henrick Danhage recently spoke to KaffeineBuzz.com about the group's new CD, "The Inner Circle", and their current North American tour with ICED EARTH and CHILDREN OF BODOM, among other topics. Asked if they are trying to come across as "a more emotional power metal band instead of having a science fiction backdrop," Henrick ...

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BESEECH Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

Swedish "gothic metallers" BESEECH have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ...

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SWEDEN ROCK Festival: SKID ROW Out, Y&T In

SKID ROW have cancelled their previously announced appearance at this year's Sweden Rock festival and have been replaced on the bill by Y&T. SKID ROW's decision to pull out of the festival is being blamed on "the fact that [SKID ROW guitarist] Snake decided to bring his wife to be to the altar and other ...

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SWEDEN ROCK Festival Nearing Sell-Out

Last year, Sweden Rock festival sold out all the 15,000 two-day tickets two days before the first band took the stage. That was actually the first time ever the festival was sold out. This year the tickets will sell out much earlier. As of today, more than 13,000 of the 16,000 three-day tickets have been ...

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OPETH Seek Fan Drawings

Sweden's OPETH have posted the following message on their official web site: "OPETH just returned home from Australia where the band undertook their last tour in support of 'Deliverance' and 'Damnation'. All 6 concerts were fantastic and the support from the crowd was overwhelming! Almost 1800 people came to the Sydney show at the Enmore ...

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MONTROSE, TNT, NIFELHEIM Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

MONTROSE, TNT, DANGER DANGER, NIFELHEIM, CRAZY LED and MARYSLIM are the latest confirmations for this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: JUDAS PRIEST EUROPE SCORPIONS UFO MONSTER MAGNET NIGHTWISH HELLOWEEN HEART ...

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EVERGREY Frontman Talks About New Album, Upcoming Tour

Swedish melodic metal outfit EVERGREY will release their new album, "The Inner Circle", on April 27 through InsideOut Music America. The follow-up to 2003's "Recreation Day", "The Inner Circle" sees EVERGREY intensifying their musical ability with the utilization of a string quartet, courtesy of the Gothenburg Symphonic Orchestra, as well as handling all of the ...

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ARCH ENEMY to Release Mini-DVD: Producer

Metal producer extraordinaire Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, OPETH, MACHINE HEAD, SKINLAB) has posted the following update on his web site: "New studio is working out great, things have been pretty constant and just finished new KILLSWITCH ENGAGE album. Did the new BLAZE album at the start of the year, first project at the new ...

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PETER TÄGTGREN Joins BLOODBATH

BLOODBATH, the Swedish death metal supergroup featuring Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström (KATATONIA, DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE, BEWITCHED), Jonas Renkse (KATATONIA, OCTOBER TIDE) and Dan Swanö (NIGHTINGALE, DAN SWANÖ, UNICORN, EDGE OF SANITY, INFESTDEAD, ODYSSEY, PAN-THY-MONIUM), have announced the details of their new lineup following the departure of OPETH singer Mike Åkerfeldt. Joining Nyström, Renkse and Swanö in the ...

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36 CRAZYFISTS Added To MACHINE HEAD U.S. Tour

36 CRAZYFISTS have landed the opening slot on the upcoming "Weapons of Mass Destruction" tour, featuring headliners MACHINE HEAD with additional support from ARCH ENEMY and GOD FORBID. The trek is tentatively set to kick off on April 28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 36 CRAZYFISTS' sophomore album, "A Snow Capped Romance", sold 4,094 copies during its ...

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D.A.D., PINK CREAM 69 Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

D.A.D., PINK CREAM 69 and RITUAL are the latest bands confirmed to appear at this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: JUDAS PRIEST EUROPE SCORPIONS UFO MONSTER MAGNET NIGHTWISH HELLOWEEN HEART ...

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DUNGEON Hard At Work Recording Two Albums

Australian melodic power metal band DUNGEON are currently at R&R Recordings Studio working on two full-length albums: the follow-up to last year's "A Rise To Power" album, entitled "One Step Beyond", and a re-recording of their 1999 Australian debut, "Resurrection". A short sound clip of the demo version of the new track "Against the Wind" ...

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STORMLORD: New Song Available For Download

Italian "extreme epic metal" act STORMLORD have posted a full-length MP3 of their new track "Under the Boards" at this location. "Under the Boards" comes off the group's third album, "The Gorgon Cult", due in Italy on March 22 and in Europe/America in April through Scarlet Records. The follow-up to 2001's "At The ...

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BLOODBATH: MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Out, New Album On The Way

BLOODBATH, the Swedish death metal supergroup featuring Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström (KATATONIA, DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE, BEWITCHED), Jonas Renkse (KATATONIA, OCTOBER TIDE) and Dan Swanö (NIGHTINGALE, DAN SWANÖ, UNICORN, EDGE OF SANITY, INFESTDEAD, ODYSSEY, PAN-THY-MONIUM), have announced plans to enter the studio in the spring to record their sophomore album, tentatively due late summer through Century Media Records. ...

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CANDLELIGHT Signs North American Licensing Deal With TABU RECORDINGS

Candlelight Records has inked a North American licensing deal for all Tabu Recordings titles. The new partnership will see the U.S. and Canadian release of all new and reissued catalog titles from the growing Norwegian record label through Candlelight's stateside operation. The first scheduled release will be the new album from Norway's SUSPERIA. Titled "Unlimited", ...

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