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OBSCURA Guitarist CHRISTIAN MUENZNER Working On Instrumental Solo Album

Guitarist Christian Muenzner of German progressive death metallers OBSCURA is working on an instrumental guitar record for a tentative spring release. The album will feature Hannes Grossmann (OBSCURA, BLOTTED SCIENCE) on drums, Steve DiGiorgio (SADUS, DEATH, ICED EARTH) on bass and Daniel Galmarini (MERCURY FALLING) on keyboards, with guest appearances by Ryan Knight (THE BLACK ...

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SPAWN OF POSSESSION Parts Ways With Drummer, Announces Replacement

Swedish technical death metallers SPAWN OF POSSESSION have issued the following update: "We regret to inform you that we have released Richard Schill of his drumming duties in SPAWN OF POSSESSION. Reason being is that Richard depends very much on actual band practice and with SPAWN OF POSSESSION members being scattered all over Sweden, Norway ...

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SADIST Guitarist To Guest On OBSCURA Album

Tommy Talamanca, guitarist and keyboardist of the Italian prog/death band SADIST, will guest on OBSCURA's forthcoming album, "Omnivium". Tommy will contribute a guitar solo to the track "Euclidean Elements". Tommy recently inked a new endorsement deal with Vikguitars. He is currently working on the first model of the Tommy Talamanca signature seven-string guitar. "Omnivium" will ...

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OBSCURA Completes Work On New Album; Track Listing Revealed

Progressive death metal act OBSCURA will release its new album, "Omnivium", in March 2011 via Relapse Records. The nine-track CD was recorded and mixed at Woodshed Studio in southern Germany with engineer Victor Bullok (a.k.a. V. Santura) of TRIPTYKON and DARK FORTRESS. "Omnivium" track listing: 01. Septuagint 02. Vortex Omnivium 03. Ocean Gateways 04. Euclidean ...

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THULCANDRA To Enter Studio In December

THULCANDRA — the reactivated German black/death metal band featuring members of OBSCURA, DARK FORTRESS and HELFAHRT — has issued the following update: "We are very proud to announce that we have almost completed the songwriting process for our upcoming release, which will be entitled 'Under A Frozen Sun'. "With our second album, we are going ...

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OBSCURA: New Album Title Announced

Progressive death metal act OBSCURA has set "Omnivium" as the title of its new album, due in early 2011 via Relapse Records. The nine-track CD was recorded and is now being mixed at Woodshed Studio in southern Germany with engineer V. Santura (TRIPTYKON, DARK FORTRESS). Commented OBSCURA founder Steffen Kummerer: "Although we recorded again with ...

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SPAWN OF POSSESSION Rejoined By Singer DENNIS RÖNDUM

Swedish technical death metallers SPAWN OF POSSESSION have parted ways with vocalist Matthew Chalk (PSYCROPTIC) and have been rejoined by Dennis Röndum. Commented the band: "Yes, Dennis is back in the band, where he belongs. "We would like to thank Chalky for the time he was a part of the band, He helped us bring ...

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EPICA, Ex-AFTER FOREVER Members Launch MAYAN, Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST

The following update has been posted on the official web site of the Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA: "Although EPICA has been touring around the world for months, [guitarist/songwriter] Mark [Jansen] found the time to put another band together, which he takes very seriously: MAYAN. "Mark founded MAYAN together with Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) and ...

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Mexico's MEZCAL METAL FEST 2 Canceled

The previously announced Mezcal Metal Fest 2, which was scheduled to take place September 26 at World Trade Center in Mexico City, Mexico, has been canceled. The following acts were supposed to take part in the event: DEATH ANGEL DESTRUCTION EVILE GOD FORBID NECROPHAGIST OBSCURA OBITUARY ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET SPLIT HEAVEN ...

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WINTERHORDE: 'Hunting The Human' Video Released

"Hunting The Human", the new video from Israeli extreme metallers WINTERHORDE, can be viewed below. The clip was filmed in Tel Aviv-Jaffo with director Sergey Maydin and it features an appearance by renowned Israeli "underground" actress and model Angel Ogasta. "Hunting The Human" comes off WINTERHORDE's new album, "Underwatermoon", which was released on July 30 ...

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GOD FORBID Confirmed For MEZCAL METAL FEST 2

New Jersey metal titans GOD FORBID have been confirmed for the Mezcal Metal Fest 2, set to take place September 26 at World Trade Center in Mexico City, Mexico. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: DEATH ANGEL DESTRUCTION EVILE GOD FORBID NECROPHAGIST OBSCURA OBITUARY ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET SPLIT HEAVEN ...

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OBSCURA/PESTILENCE Bassist To Emigrate To Italy

Dutch bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (OBSCURA, PESTILENCE), known for his signature six-string fretless playing in progressive death metal, will emigrate from Holland to Italy (Rossiglione) due to "significant changes" in his private life. Thesseling, who currently resides in Amsterdam, emphasizes that his move will not affect his work with either OBSCURA or PESTILENCE and he's ...

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OBSCURA Begins Recording New Album

Progressive death metal act OBSCURA has entered Woodshed Studio in southern Germany with engineer V. Santura (TRIPTYKON, DARK FORTRESS) to begin recording its new album for an early 2011 release via Relapse Records. Commented OBSCURA founder Steffen Kummerer: "We are glad to work with our longtime friend V. Santura once again to record our new ...

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Former BLAZE BAYLEY Drummer Joins SINOCENCE

Former BLAZE BAYLEY drummer Larry Paterson has joined the Northern Ireland-based metal band SINOCENCE. The group is currently working on material for a new CD, tentatively due in 2011. Paterson states, "Expect a lot of touring — particularly once the album is out — bringing the noise to everywhere that we can." SINOCENCE's latest album, ...

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Fallen Angel's Dominion - THULCANDRA

Any sense of surprise felt by yours truly at the songwriting acumen displayed on "Fallen Angel's Dominion" by Germany's THULCANDRA dissipated immediately upon realizing that vocalist/guitarist Steffen Kummerer was involved. The man's immense talent was obvious from his work in OBSCURA, but this DISSECTION-inspired (literally) debut album leaves no doubt as to the vastness of ...

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WINTERHORDE Signs With TWILIGHT-VERTRIEB

Israeli melodic extreme metallers WINTERHORDE have inked a deal with Germany's Twilight-Vertrieb. The band's second album, "Underwatermoon", will be released in Europe on July 30. Commented bassist Sascha "Celestial" Latman: "We're happy to be a part of Twilight family. Those guys are hard-working bunch of professionals and I'm sure that this co-operation will be fruitful." ...

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PESTILENCE Bassist Comments On Lineup Changes, Upcoming Album

Bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (PESTILENCE, OBSCURA), who is known for his signature six-string fretless playing in progressive death metal, has commented on PESTILENCE's recent lineup changes. "Having played the first few shows with the new lineup now, I can only tell that we're very satisfied about the chemistry of this new team," he said. "Playing ...

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OBSCURA To Be Joined By Bassist STEVE DIGIORGIO For Japanese Dates

German technical death metallers OBSCURA will be joined by legendary bassist Steve DiGiorgio (SADUS, DEATH, CONTROL DENIED, TESTAMENT) for their upcoming Japanese tour as regular bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling fulfills touring commitments with PESTILENCE. OBSCURA will be touring Japan as part of Extreme The Dojo with NILE and Tom G. Warrior's TRIPTYKON. Commented OBSCURA's Steffen ...

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The Farthest Reaches - SON OF AURELIUS

So it looks like the next big thing in tech-death hail from Santa Cruz, California and go by the name of SON OF AURELIUS. For a group of dudes that got together with the intention of being a recording project barely a year ago and not rounding out the lineup until shortly before recording their ...

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THULCANDRA: New Album Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

THULCANDRA — the reactivated German black/death metal band featuring members of OBSCURA, DARK FORTRESS and HELFAHRT — will release its new album, "Fallen Angels Dominion", on June 2 in Europe and June 8 in North America via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded at Woodshed Studios with producers V. Santura and Steffen Kummerer and features ...

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WINTERHORDE: Two New Songs Posted Online

Israeli melodic extreme metal band WINTERHORDE has posted two brand new songs, "Tenth Wave" and "The Martyr and Deliverance", on the group's MySpace page. The tracks come off WINTERHORDE's sophomore full-length album, "Underwatermoon", which will be released later this year through an as-yet-undetermined label. "Underwatermoon", a conceptual album based on the story written ...

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OBSCURA Guitarist Says 80% Of New Album Is Already Written

Guitarist Christian Muenzner of the German extreme technical death metal act OBSCURA has issued the following update: "The tour is going great so far! Being halfway through now, we must say that we are overhelmed by the reactions of our American fans. It's a great pleasure to play for such dedicated groups of people every ...

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