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Former FIREWIND, HAMMERFALL Members Join Forces In THE SIGN

THE SIGN is a new multinational rock band formed by Swedish virtuoso bassist Magnus Rosén (ex-HAMMERFALL, BILLIONAIRES BOYS CLUB) and Sri Lankan-born veteran vocalist Chitral "Chity" Somapala (RED CIRCUIT, ex-AVALON, FIREWIND), with the lineup completed by Rosén's fellow countryman, the versatile session guitarist Jörgen Alnevall. Influenced by '70s classic rock bands such as BAD COMPANY, ...

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HAMMERFALL Guitarist Says New Album 'Dominion' 'Feels Very Energized'

HAMMERFALL vocalist Joacim Cans and guitarist Oscar Dronjak recently spoke with Janne Vuorela. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the band's recently released single, "(We Make) Sweden Rock", which pays tribute to notable hard rock and metal bands: Oscar: "I remember Joacim sent me something ...

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Wolf God - GRAND MAGUS

Sweden is a hotbed of all things metal—from djent progenitors MESHUGGAH and prog inclined wizards OPETH, all the way over to the nation's signature death, black and melodeath scenes. In recent years, the likes of GHOST, SABATON and AMARANTHE have churned out catchy, classic metal—or metal inspired—songs delivered with a modern twist, gaining commercial acclaim ...

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SABATON Announces Fall 2019 North American Tour With HAMMERFALL; BLABBERMOUTH.NET Presale Available

Swedish heavy metal heroes SABATON will make their triumphant return to North American this fall for "The Great Tour". The headline excursion will feature support from special guest HAMMERFALL, and will begin in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on October 4 and will end in Silver Spring, Maryland on November 3. Says SABATON: "'The Great Tour' begins! ...

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MANOWAR Recruits Former HAMMERFALL Drummer ANDERS JOHANSSON

MANOWAR has recruited Anders Johansson as the band's new drummer. The Swedish musician made his live debut with MANOWAR on March 25 in Brno, Czech Republic. Johansson can be heard on MANOWAR's new EP, "The Final Battle I", which will be made available on Friday, March 29 in an exclusive pre-sale at the merchandise booth ...

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LION'S SHARE Releases New Single And Lyric Video, 'Chain Child'

Swedish heavy metal band LION'S SHARE has made a new song, "Chain Child", available on streaming services and digital service providers. LION'S SHARE singer Nils Patrik Johansson states: "The new single, 'Chain Child', is about futuristic cyber violence. It's an old-school style rocker with a modern touch. It's our way to honor our heroes and ...

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM: Lyric Video For New Song 'Control'

The official lyric video for the song "Control" from Arizona metal veterans FLOTSAM AND JETSAM can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming 14th album, "The End Of Chaos", which will be released on January 18 via AFM Records. The album will be available as a digipak, on clear orange, gatefold ...

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HAMMERFALL To Release 'Dominion' Album In August

Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL will enter the studio on January 7, 2019 to begin recording their new album. Titled "Dominion", the disc will be released on August 16, 2019 via Napalm Records. HAMMERFALL's last album, "Built To Last", was released in November 2016 via Napalm Records. Last year, drummer David Wallin returned to HAMMERFALL — nine ...

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Video Premiere: FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's 'Demolition Man'

"Demolition Man", the new video from Arizona metal veterans FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's upcoming 14th album, "The End Of Chaos", which will be released on January 18, 2019 via AFM Records. The album will be available as a digipak, on clear orange, gatefold vinyl (limited ...

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LION'S SHARE's Complete Catalog Available Digitally For First Time

Swedish heavy metal band LION'S SHARE is making its first five albums available on streaming services and digital service providers today, November 14. The albums "Lion's Share" (1995), "Two" (1997), "Fall From Grace" (1999), "Entrance" (2001) and "Emotional Coma" (2007) have all been remastered by Mike Lind, giving them a new life. These new releases ...

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Listen To New FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Song 'Recover'

Arizona metal veterans FLOTSAM AND JETSAM have released a new song called "Recover". The track is taken from the band's 14th album, "The End Of Chaos", due on January 18, 2019 via AFM Records. The album will be available as digipak, clear orange, gatefold vinyl (limited to 450 units), black gatefold vinyl (limited to 450 ...

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NORTHTALE Releases First Song, 'Shape Your Reality'

NORTHTALE, the newly formed Swedish/American melodic power metal band, has made its first track, "Shape Your Reality", available for streaming. NORTHTALE was born out of the desire of three world-class musicians to work with each other in creating a new band, one that blends melodic, anthemic choruses with fast-paced rhythm section and technically challenging and ...

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STRIKER To Release 'Play To Win' Album In October

Champions in blending classic heavy metal, hard rock, and '80s hair metal, Canadian shredders STRIKER will release their sixth studio album, "Play To Win", on October 26 via their independent label Record Breaking Records. The LP features 10 fist-pounding shredtacular anthems produced by the band, with mixing and mastering by Hendrik Udd (FIREWIND, POWERWOLF, HAMMERFALL, ...

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Guitarist Says Forthcoming Album 'The Age Of Chaos' Is 'Heavier,' 'More Melodic' Than Self-Titled 2016 Release

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM vocalist Eric "A.K." Knutson and guitarist Michael Gilbert spoke with Capital Chaos TV prior to the band's June 12 performance in Sacramento, California. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On touring with HAMMERFALL: Eric: "Before this tour, I had no idea ...

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DESTRUCTION's SCHMIER Quits PÄNZER: 'It Is Time For Me To Move On'

DESTRUCTION frontman Schmier has exited PÄNZER, the heavy metal "supergroup" featuring Pontus Norgren (HAMMERFALL) and V.O. Pulver (G.U.R.D., POLTERGEIST) on guitar and Stefan Schwarzmann (ACCEPT, ex-RUNNING WILD) on drums. Schmier said in a statement: "I had some great fun with PÄNZER the last years, but now it is time for me to move on! Yes, ...

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's ERIK KNUTSON Decries Use Of 'Cookie Monster' Vocals In Thrash: 'That's Not A Complete Band To Me. That's Being Lazy'

Jimmy Kay of Canada's The Metal Voice conducted an interview with vocalist Erik "A.K." Knutson and guitarist Michael Gilbert of veteran Arizona metallers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM prior to their May 28 concert at Les Foufounes Électriques in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as the support act for HAMMERFALL. You can watch the entire chat below. ...

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RIOT V Releases 'Angel's Thunder, Devil's Reign' Lyric Video

The official lyric video for the song "Angel's Thunder, Devil's Reign" from RIOT V, the band featuring members of legendary metal pioneers RIOT, can be seen below. The track is taken from RIOT V's new album, "Armor Of Light", which is being released today (Friday, April 27) via Nuclear Blast. The disc was produced by ...

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Officially Confirms KEN MARY As New Drummer

Veteran Arizona metallers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM have officially welcomed Ken Mary (ALICE COOPER, ACCEPT) as their permanent drummer. Mary, who began touring with the group last year after Jason Bittner was invited to join OVERKILL, will join the band on all of their upcoming tour dates, including a short run of European shows that kicks ...

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RIOT V Releases 'Messiah' Lyric Video

The official lyric video for the song "Messiah" from RIOT V, the band featuring members of legendary metal pioneers RIOT, can be seen below. The track is taken from RIOT V's upcoming album, "Armor Of Light", which will be released on April 27 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier ...

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Conqueror's Oath - VISIGOTH

Someone apparently needs to claim MANOWAR's torch following that band's "Final Battle" farewell pillage. IRON FIRE is one contender, PRIMAL FEAR and ANGEL DUST are others. 3 INCHES OF BLOOD had its chance. HAMMERFALL is the most logical successor to the leftover vacancy in sword and sorcery-themed power metal, but don't tell VISIGOTH that. History ...

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RIOT V Releases 'Heart Of A Lion' Music Video

The official video for "Heart Of A Lion", a new song from RIOT V, the band featuring members of legendary metal pioneers RIOT, can be seen below. The track is taken from RIOT V's upcoming album, "Armor Of Light", which will be released on April 27 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was produced by Chris ...

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RIOT V: Second Trailer For 'Armor Of Light' Album

The second trailer for "Armor Of Light", the new album from RIOT V, the band featuring members of legendary metal pioneers RIOT, can be seen below. Due on April 27 via Nuclear Blast, the disc was produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier (METAL CHURCH, FLOTSAM & JETSAM, SLIPKNOT, KORN), while the cover artwork was created ...

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