SATYRICON Frontman Comments On QUORTHON's Passing

SATYRICON frontman Satyr has issued the following statement regarding the passing of BATHORY legend Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg (as exclusively reported here on June 8): "Hearing about Quorthon's death was just sad. 39 years old you know... BATHORY made a huge impact on Frost and myself and it was the first Black Metal band ...

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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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FACE DOWN: New Lineup Revealed

More information has surfaced about the reunion of ex-THE HAUNTED singer Marco Aro's early band, FACE DOWN. Joining Aro in the new lineup are original members, bassist Joakim (Harju) Hedestedt (ex-CONSTRUCDEAD) and guitarist Joacim Carlsson (GENERAL SURGERY), plus new drummer Erik Thyselius (CONSTRUCDEAD, TERROR 2000). FACE DOWN's forthcoming album, due in early 2005 through Sweden's ...

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AYREON: New Single To Arrive In July

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), will be releasing an alternative version of the song "Day Sixteen: Loser", simply called "Loser", as the next single from their "Ayreon: The Human Equation" CD. "In this version Joost van den Broek (ex-SUN CAGED, AFTER FOREVER) and Arjen Lucassen battle it out in a ...

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SENTENCED Select Producer For New Album

Finland's SENTENCED will once again be utilizing the services of producer Hiili Hiilesmaa during the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2002's "The Cold White Light", tentatively due in early 2005 through Century Media Records. "We are working with new material and band will enter studios in the beginning of autumn," the group write on ...

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