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WARLORD To Perform At Germany's KEEP IT TRUE XVI Festival

Reunited '80s metallers WARLORD, featuring guitarist William J. Tsamis and drummer Mark S. Zonder (FATES WARNING) will perform at the Keep It True XVI festival, set to take place April 19-20, 2013 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Koenigshofen, Germany. This will mark the group's first appearance in eleven years — having last performed in 2002 in Itzehoe, ...

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RAVEN LORD Taps FREDRIK NORDSTRÖM For New Album Mix

Mulinational metallers RAVEN LORD have tapped Fredrik Nordström of Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden to mix their album. Nordström is a well-known producer and sound engineer who has previously worked with such acts as AT THE GATES, ARCH ENEMY, NIGHTRAGE, IN FLAMES, DREAM EVIL and OPETH. The CD mixdown will take place the last week ...

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DEATHDESTRUCTION Writing New Material

Swedish metallers DEATHDESTRUCTION have commenced the songwriting sessions for their sophomore album. A short video clip from the studio can be seen below. DEATHDESTRUCTION recently announced the addition of singer Tony Jelencovich to the group's ranks. Commented the band: "Tony is a friend to the band, and he has truly made a mark in the ...

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TALISMAN Albums To Be Reissued With Bonus Tracks, Photos

The first four albums from TALISMAN — the now-defunct Swedish-American melodic hard rock band featuring singer Jeff Scott Soto (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JOURNEY) and bassist Marcel Jacob (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) — will be re-released on September 12 in new digipak artwork design with exclusive booklets and previously unrelesed pictures and audio. Former TALISMAN members Fredrik Åkesson (now ...

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HAMMERFALL: New Video Interview Posted Online

German TV channel ZDF Kultur conducted an interview with Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL at this year's Wacken Open Air festival, which took place August 2-4 in Wacken, Germany. You can now watch the chat below. The members of HAMMERFALL announced in March that they were take an extended break immediately following their festival appearances this ...

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HAMMERFALL: Pro-Shot Footage Of WACKEN OPEN AIR Performance

Professionally filmed video footage of HAMMERFALL's August 3 performance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany can be seen below. The members of HAMMERFALL announced in March that they were take an extended break immediately following their festival appearances this summer. "It has been an unbelievable first 15 years, to say the least," ...

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RAVEN LORD Announces New Keyboardist And Drummer

Multinational metallers RAVEN LORD have announced the addition of keyboardist Pontus Larsson (VINDICTIV, FIRECRACKER) and drummer Henrik Hedman (CELESTIAL DECAY, LAST KINGDOM) to the group's ranks. RAVEN LORD is: * Csaba Zvekan (KILLING MACHINE, SARDONYX, EMERGENCY) - Vocals * Stefan Lindholm (VINDICTIV) - Lead Guitar * Jamie Mallender (TONY MARTIN) - Bass * Pontus Larsson ...

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DEATHDESTRUCTION Announces New Singer

Swedish metallers DEATHDESTRUCTION have announced the addition of singer Tony Jelencovich to the group's ranks. Commented the band: "Tony is a friend to the band, and he has truly made a mark in the Gothenburg scene with bands like B-THONG, TRANSPORT LEAGUE and MASSIVE AUDIO NERVE. He's also worked with bands like MNEMIC and the ...

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SHATTERED DESTINY: 'Epilogue' Video Released

"Epilogue", the new video from SHATTERED DESTINY, the progressive power/thrash band created by lead singer/songwriter JJ, can be seen below. The song comes off the group's "Fragments" EP, which was released in March through all digital music services. The effort was recorded in early 2012 at Rogue Studios by Martin Brändström (DARK TRANQUILLITY) under the ...

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HAMMERFALL Book On The Way

Niclas Müller-Hansen of Sweden's Metalshrine last month conducted an interview with guitarist Oscar Dronjak of Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Metalshrine: How long are you gonna keep touring for the latest album? Oscar: Including Metaltown [festival, where the interview was conducted], there are seven or ...

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CRYSTAL EYES Rejoined By Guitarist NICLAS KARLSSON

Swedish metallers CRYSTAL EYES have issued the following update: "Paul [guitarist Pål Petterson] is out of the band and we're ready for another chapter. We're now extremely happy to welcome back Niclas Karlsson and are looking forward to once again share the path of heavy metal with this great guitarist. "If you know your CRYSTAL ...

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Vocalist JIMMIE STRIMELL Quits DEATHDESTRUCTION

Vocalist Jimmie Strimell has announced his departure from the Swedish metal band DEATHDESTRUCTION. Commented the remaining members of the group: "After several discussions about what we think is best for this band, and where we need to be going, the four of us decided that Jimmie should focus on his commitments with [his other band] ...

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THERION: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From Latin American Tour

Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (THERION, KING DIAMOND, DREAM EVIL, DIMMU BORGIR) has uploaded a 12-minute clip featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the Latin American leg of THERION's 25th-anniversary tour. Check it out below. THERION will celebrate their 25th anniversary by embarking on a European tour in the fall. The trek, aptly dubbed the "25th Anniversary Tour", ...

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CEREMONIAL OATH To Reunite For THE GOTHENBURG SOUND Festival

CEREMONIAL OATH, the late '80s/early '90s Swedish extreme metal band whose members went on to create or join such acclaimed acts as IN FLAMES, HAMMERFALL and TIAMAT, will reunite for an appearance at the inaugural edition of The Gothenburg Sound festival, set to take place January 5-6, 2013 at Trädgår'n in Gothenburg, Sweden. "We want ...

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HARTMANN: 'Balance' Trailer Available

HARTMANN, the band led by former AT VANCE singer Oliver Hartmann, released its long-awaited fourth album, "Balance", on June 1 via Avenue Of Allies. The CD was once again mixed by Sascha Paeth (AVANTASIA, EDGUY, EPICA, KAMELOT) at Gate Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany. A trailer for "Balance" can be seen below. According to a press ...

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U.D.O.: 'Celebrator' To Receive Vinyl Release

"Celebrator", a collection of rare tracks from U.D.O., the German metal band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, will be released on double vinyl on August 17 via High Roller Records. It is limited to 500 copies in three different colors: * 100 x white vinyl * 200 x yellow vinyl * 200 x ...

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GRAVEYARD Beer Can Now Be Yours

Gothenburg, Sweden-based psychedelic doom rock band GRAVEYARD has released its own beer, Hisingen Brew. According to the group, it is "made from special Cascade-hops that makes it taste even better lukewarm for your festival nights." Hisingen Brew is only available in Sweden (in an "ölflak") for the time being and it can be ordered from ...

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NEVERBORNE: Debut Album Out Now

U.K. metallers NEVERBORNE released their new album, "Self Destruct Syndrome", on April 30 via Glasstone Records. Formed in 2007, NEVERBORNE recorded its debut EP, "In Absence Of Fear", with producer Karl Groom (DRAGONFORCE, HAMMERFALL) for a November 2009 release. In 2010, again under producer Karl Groom's auspices, NEVERBORNE re-entered Thin Ice Studios to record 11 ...

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U.D.O.'s 'Celebrator' Lands On German Chart

"Celebrator", a collection of rare tracks from U.D.O., the German metal band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, has entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 73. "Celebrator" was made available on May 4 via AFM Records. The official trailer for "Celebrator" can be seen below. "Celebrator" track listing: CD 1: 01. ...

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U.D.O.: 'Celebrator' Trailer Available

U.D.O., the German metal band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, will release a "rare-tracks" album with some very special gems for the fans. Entitled "Celebrator", the effort will be made available on May 4 via AFM Records. The official trailer for "Celebrator" can be seen below. "Celebrator" track listing: CD 1: 01. Stormbreaker ...

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