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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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U.D.O.: 'Celebrator' Audio Samples 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. "Celebrator" track listing: CD 1: 01. Stormbreaker ("Rev-Raptor" Japan BONUS) 02. Tallyman (Taken from the "Rev-Raptor" ...

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HARTMANN To Release 'Balance' In June

HARTMANN, the band led by former AT VANCE singer Oliver Hartmann, will release 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. According to a press release, "Balance" "once again offers melodic rock ...

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UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Talks Vocal Technique In New Video Interview

Marko Osterholz of Rockvoice HQ recently conducted an interview with former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider. You can now watch the chat below. U.D.O. 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. "Celebrator" track ...

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U.D.O.: 'Celebrator' Track Listing Revealed

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. "Celebrator" track listing: CD 1: 01. Stormbreaker ("Rev-Raptor" Japan BONUS) 02. Tallyman (Taken from the "Rev-Raptor" ...

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HAMMERFALL Taking Next Year Off

Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL have announced that they will take an extended break immediately following their festival appearances this summer. "It has been an unbelievable first 15 years, to say the least," says guitarist Oscar Dronjak, "and now we are taking a pause to ensure that we have another 15 years ahead of us." There ...

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TONY MARTIN'S HEADLESS CROSS Announces First Show

TONY MARTIN'S HEADLESS CROSS, the touring project led by former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin, will make its live debut on Friday, July 27 at The Asylum in Birmingham, England. Tickets are £10 in advance and £12 at the door. HEADLESS CROSS, whose live set celebrates the SABBATH album "Headless Cross", consists of the following ...

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SHATTERED DESTINY: Third 'Fragments' Studio Webisode Released

SHATTERED DESTINY, progressive power/thrash band created by lead singer/songwriter JJ, has released the third and final webisode featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the upcoming EP, "Fragments". Due on March 20 through all digital music services, the effort was recorded in early 2012 at Rogue Studios by Martin Brändström (DARK TRANQUILLITY) under the supervision ...

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TESTAMENT Guitarist's DRAGONLORD Signs With SPINEFARM RECORDS

DRAGONLORD, the California-based black metal band led by TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson, has inked a deal with Spinefarm Records for the release of its third album, tentatively due this fall. Peterson states, "This time around we've created some pretty mature-sounding symphonic blackened thrash. It will have more of a melodic touch to it and memorable ...

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RAGE: '21' First-Week Chart Positions Revealed

"21", the 21st studio album from German power metallers RAGE, has registered the following first-week chart positions so far: Germany: #27 Switzerland: #52 Austria: #62 Japan: #81 "21" was released on February 24 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Twilight Hall Studio in Grefrath, Germany with Charlie Bauerfeind, who has previously worked ...

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