SONATA ARCTICA: 'Shamandalie' Single Enters Finnish Chart At No. 3

SONATA ARCTICA's new single, "Shamandalie", entered the Finnish single chart at position No. 3. View the whole chart here. "Shamandalie" comes off the Finnish melodic metallers' fourth studio album, "Reckoning Night", available now on Nuclear Blast Records. SONATA ARCTICA will be supporting NIGHTWISH on a North American tour beginning on April 18, 2005 ...

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OBITUARY: 10 Songs Completed For New Album

OBITUARY frontman John Tardy has revealed in a posting to the group's official web site that 10 songs have been completed for the band's much-anticipated new studio album, tentatively due next summer via Roadrunner Records. A DVD release is also expected sometime next year. OBITUARY's as-yet-untitled new CD will mark their first collection of new ...

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DOZER To Suport MASTODON In Europe

Swedish "stoner" rockers DOZER have been confirmed as main support on MASTODON's upcoming European tour beginning in early February. DOZER are continuing to tour in support of their third album, "Call It Conspiracy", which was released last year via Molten Universe. The album was recorded at Music-A-Matic Studio in Gothenburg and Polar and Nord Studios ...

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BEFORE THE DAWN: New Music Available For Download

Finnish dark-metallers BEFORE THE DAWN have posted demo versions of two new songs from their upcoming third album, "The Ghost", at their official web site. The tracks "Disappear" and "Enemy" were recorded and mixed by Juho Räihä at Pink Sound studio and feature clean vocals by the Norwegian Grammy award-winning singer Lars Eikind ...

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MANOWAR To Headline Germany's EARTHSHAKER FEST 2005

MANOWAR have been confirmed as the headliners of Earthshaker Fest 2005, a three-day event set to take place July 21-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. Legendary rock promoter/record producer Rainer Hansel brought MANOWAR and Earthshaker Fest together, knowing both were committed to presenting the highest quality production and creating the ultimate festival experience for fans. He was ...

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ENFORSAKEN To Record PANTERA Cover For DIMEBAG DARRELL Tribute CD

Arlington Heights, Illinois-based death metallers ENFORSAKEN will be contributing their cover of PANTERA's "Mouth For War" to an upcoming "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott tribute CD. More information will be made available soon. In other news, ENFORSAKEN are currently looking for a label to release their latest album, "The Forever Endeavor", on vinyl. "Century Media has given ...

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EXTOL Finish Filming 'Pearl' Video

Norwegian progressive thrash/death metallers EXTOL have finished filming a video for the song "Pearl" off their forthcoming fourth full-length album, "Blueprint" (short for "The Blueprint Dives"). Commented the band: It took us two days to get things right, and it was just like the '24' series! The guys in Helmet Productions didn't sleep for like ...

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VIOLENT STORM Sign Japanese Record Deal

VIOLENT STORM, the new band formed by ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/BLACKMORE'S NIGHT bassist Mick Cervino, have inked a deal with a deal with King Records in Japan and Watanabe Music Publishing Japan. The group, whose sound is described as "a sonic barrage of stunning vocals, ripping guitars, relentless bass, and pounding drums, anchored around solid songwriting you ...

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