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DEVILDRIVER Offered OPETH North American Tour

DEVILDRIVER, the new band fronted by ex-COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, have been offered a rotating support slot with Portugal's MOONSPELL on the upcoming OPETH North American tour, a spokesperson for OPETH's management (the U.K.-based Northern Music) has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. If DEVILDRIVER turn down the offer, Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM will end up opening the ...

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CANDLELIGHT RECORDS Inks North American Licensing Deal With KARMAGEDDON MEDIA

Candlelight Records has secured the North American licensing rights to all Karmageddon Media recordings. The new partnership will see the U.S. and Canadian release of all new and reissued catalog titles from the newly formed Dutch record label through Candlelight's stateside operation. Starting in early 2004, Candlelight will coordinate release and promotion of new albums ...

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BEHEMOTH Extend Contract With OLYMPIC RECORDINGS

Polish black/death metallers BEHEMOTH have extended their contract with Olympic Recordings. The group have already commenced the songwriting process for their highly anticipated new album and will enter the studio in early spring with hopes for a late 2004 release. This has been a breakthrough year for BEHEMOTH, who made their U.S. live debut at ...

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It's Official: JUDAS PRIEST To Headline SWEDEN ROCK Festival!

JUDAS PRIEST have been officially confirmed to headline next year's installment of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12, 2004 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. This is the first word of any live dates from the British heavy metal band since they announced their reunion with vocalist Rob Halford in July after more than ...

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OPETH: Jordan Gig Cancelled!

OPETH have been forced to cancel their previously announced gig in Jordan due to sickness. The following is OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt's official statement on the matter: "It's seem to be a dark spell upon OPETH at this moment. First Chile and now Jordan. I'm in a terrible state myself right now but will try ...

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OPETH Explain Chilean Concert Cancellations

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has issued the following explanation for the group's cancelled concerts in Santiago, Chile: "We are very sorry for this, but I want to stress out that situation was out of our hands. We went to Mexico in order to do that gig + go to Santiago for another two. We we're ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND To Guest On New AYREON CD

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mastermind Devin Townsend has been confirmed as one of the guest performers on the new AYREON CD, "The Human Equation", tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. As previously reported, other vocalists set to appear on the album include Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH), James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER) Devon Graves (a.k.a. Buddy ...

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OPETH Singer To Guest On New AYREON CD

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has been officially confirmed as one of the guest performers on the new AYREON CD, "The Human Equation", tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. According to a posting on AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen's (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) web site, "fans and journalists alike kept telling Arjen to check out Mikael ...

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LACUNA COIL To Embark On National U.S. Headlining Tour

As the buzz surrounding the Italian sextet LACUNA COIL's latest single "Heaven's A Lie" continues to build at commercial radio, the group prepares to make their much anticipated return to the U.S. After developing a rabid following throughout this past year relentlessly touring with the likes of ANTHRAX, OPETH and TYPE O NEGATIVE, they are ...

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OPETH Postpone Australian Tour

OPETH have had to reschedule their previously announced Australian tour, originally slated to take place in December, because the price of flights to Australia were "ridiculously expensive" due to the time of year, making the tour uneconomical. The dates will be re scheduled for the last week of March 2004. Dates will be announced shortly. ...

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OPETH: No Perth Date On Australian Tour

Sweden's OPETH have released the following statement regarding their upcoming Australian tour: "Whilst there has been a lot of demand to play Perth on the forthcoming Damnation tour, despite a great gig there on the Deliverance tour, it will not be possible to play Perth this time round because it is not financially viable. As ...

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OPETH Set Release Date For DVD

OPETH have set "Lamentations - Live At Shepherds Bush Empire" as the title for their forthcoming live DVD, due on November 24 through Music For Nations. As previously reported, the disc, which was recorded September 25 in London, will contain both the mellow and heavy set with a running time of approximately an hour each, ...

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OPETH's HULTSFRED Performance To Be Broadcast On Swedish Radio

Swedish national radio P3 will be broadcasting OPETH's entire live performance from this year's Hultsfred Festival on November 20 at 9:03 p.m. CET. To listen to the broadcast in streaming audio, click here. Hultsfred, the self-styled "Sweden's largest outdoor festival," took place June 12-14 in Hultsfred, Sweden and featured additional performances from such ...

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OPETH Hard At Work On Live DVD

OPETH have spent the weekend supervising the pre-mix of the live tracks recorded on September 25 in London. "Deliverance" mixer and co-producer Andy Sneap will take care of the final mix. The as-yet-untitled DVD will contain both the mellow and heavy set with a running time of approximately an hour each, as well as a ...

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PRONG: HULTSFRED FESTIVAL Performance Posted Online

Hultsfred.tv has posted PRONG's entire live performances from this year's Hultsfred Festival in streaming Windows Media format. Check it out here. Hultsfred, the self-styled "Sweden's largest outdoor festival," took place June 12-14 in Hultsfred, Sweden and featured additional performances from such artists as IN FLAMES, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, THE HAUNTED, OPETH, AUDIOSLAVE, and ...

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THE CENTURY FAMILY Completes Worldwide Purchase of OLYMPIC RECORDINGS

The Los Angeles-based Century Family Inc., home to Century Media Records, has completed the worldwide purchase of Olympic Recordings, one of the world's leading underground metal labels. Established in Chicago in 1992, Olympic has built a solid catalog of releases and created brand loyalty within the extreme metal genre. During its decade of existence, the ...

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OPETH To Play Jordan In November

Sweden's OPETH have been invited to perform in Jordan in November. If the gig goes ahead, it will mark the first time a metal band has played in Jordan. In other news, Dan Swanö's NIGHTINGALE will support OPETH at several dates on their upcoming Scandinavian tour. Norwegian tech-death metal band EXTOL will provide additional support ...

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EXTOL To Support OPETH On Scandinavian Tour

Norwegian tech-death metal band EXTOL will support OPETH on their forthcoming Scandinavian tour in October and November 2003. Confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 15 - Helsinki, FIN - Nosturi Oct. 16 - Tampere, FIN - Pakkahuone Oct. 17 - Jyväskylä, FIN - Lutakko Oct. 19 - Stockholm, SWE - Klubben Oct. 21 - Malmö, ...

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CHARON's 'Religious/Delicious' Enters Finnish Single Chart At No. 8

CHARON's latest single, "Religious/Delicious", has entered the Finnish single chart at No. 8. "Religious/Delicious" is the second single off the Finnish group's forthcoming fourth full-length album, "The Dying Daylights", due on September 22 through Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to last year's "Downhearted" was recorded at BRR Studios in the group's hometown of Raahe and was ...

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OPETH To Film Live DVD In London

OPETH's gig at London's Shepherd Bush Empire on Saturday, September 25 will consist of two sets to be filmed for an upcoming DVD, tentatively due in early 2004. As previously reported, OPETH will embark on a European tour in September in support of their latest album, "Damnation". A Scandinavian tour will take place in October/November, ...

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SKINLAB Frontman Seeks Members For New Project

SKINLAB bassist/vocalist Steev Esquivel has officially left DEF:IGNITION, his short-lived collaboration with ex-UNDER/VICE guitarist Jack Cargile, former DEFIANCE/UNDER bassist Mike Kaufmann and ex-UNDER drummer Hugo. "This decision comes at a weird time in my life," Esquivel explained to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "Now that SKINLAB will be taking a break for awhile, my next musical step must be ...

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CHARON Re-Name New Album

Finland's CHARON have changed the title for their forthcoming fourth full-length album to "The Dying Daylights" from the originally announced "Dead Man Walking". The follow-up to last year's "Downhearted" is due on October 6 through Spinefarm Records. A new single containing the song "Religious/Delicious" and the non-album cut "The King Is Dead" will be released ...

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OPETH To Embark On European Tour In September

Sweden's OPETH will embark on a European tour in September in support of their latest album, "Damnation". A Scandinavian tour will take place in October/November, to be followed by an Australian trek in December. The band are currently enjoying their first proper time off since November 2002. Prior to returning to the road, frontman Mikael ...

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OPETH: 'My Arms Your Hearse' To Be Reissued With Bonus Tracks

OPETH's "My Arms Your Hearse" will be reissued in the U.S. on October 14 through Candlelight Records. Earlier this year, Candlelight welcomed the return of "Orchid" and "Morningrise" to its U.S. catalog (previously under U.S. license to Century Media). Now the final of the OPETH original release trilogy comes with added bonus tracks for the ...

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Synergy - EXTOL

Ask the guitarists within EXTOL to strum a powerchord, and the shocked response would probably be akin to someone being told they have six months to live. Such simplicities just aren't in the musical make-up of this Norwegian quintet. They twist you round and round the spectrum of discordance, then whip you back to again ...

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The Washington Post: OPETH Disappoint A Few Headbangers At Club Gig

Dan Campbell of The Washington Times is reporting that OPETH disappointed a few of the headbangers in the audience at a recent show at the 9:30 Club "by playing mostly mellow, semiacoustic numbers from the band's new 'Damnation' album, which [PORCUPINE TREE's Steven] Wilson produced. However, singer-guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt said the band needs to stretch ...

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