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THE POODLES: New Album Title, Track Listing Revealed

Swedish hard rockers THE POODLES have completed work on their fourth album, "Performocracy", for an April 15, 2011 release via Frontiers Records. The CD was produced by Mats Valentin and was mixed by Tobias Lindell (EUROPE, MUSTASCH). "Performocracy" track listing: 01. I Want It All 02. Until Our Kingdom Falls 03. Father To A Son ...

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TARJA TURUNEN, TURISAS, FREI.WILD, LETZTE INSTANZ Confirmed For Germany's ROCKHARZ Festival

TARJA TURUNEN, TURISAS, FREI.WILD and LETZTE INSTANZ have been confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Rockharz Open Air festival, set to take place July 7-9 at Airport Ballenstedt in Harz, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AMORPHIS CALIBAN EMIL BULLS END OF GREEN FEUERSCHWANZ FREI.WILD GRAND MAGUS HACKNEYED ...

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HAMMERFALL Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 18-20, 2011 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): ARCH ENEMY BOLT THROWER CALIBAN CORVUS CORAX FARMER BOYS HAIL OF BULLETS J.B.O. KALMAH KVELERTAK PRIMORDIAL SALTATIO MORTIS ...

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HAMMERFALL: Video Footage From The Studio Posted Online

Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL have entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to 2009's "No Sacrifice, No Victory". Producing the effort will be James Michael, who recently worked with MÖTLEY CRÜE, SCORPIONS, MEAT LOAF and others. Video footage from the studio can be viewed below. HAMMERFALL decided to work with a new producer on ...

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BUMBLEFOOT Drummer DENNIS LEEFLANG Joins TED POLEY's Solo Band

Drummer Dennis Leeflang has joined vocalist Ted Poley's (DANGER DANGER) solo touring band. Leeflang most recently toured with the '80s hard rock queen, Lita Ford, in the summer and fall of 2009 all over Europe and the United States, playing such prestigious events such as the Bang Your Head!!! and Gods Of Metal festivals, and ...

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POWERWOLF To Enter Studio In December

Multinational metalheads POWERWOLF will enter the studio in December to begin recording their new album for a 2011 release via Metal Blade Records. Commented POWERWOLF comments organist Falk Maria Schlegel: "We spent the last three months in the rehearsal room working out stuff for the new album. Even though it's still in the making, we ...

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STRATOVARIUS Drummer Diagnosed With Cancer

Swedish keyboardist Jens Johansson of multi-national melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS has issued the following update: "Dear STRATOVARIUS fans, I am afraid we have some quite terrible news. News of the worst imaginable kind. It's about our friend and [German] drummer Jörg Michael [STRATOVARIUS]. "Jörg has cancer. "He recently discovered a lump on his neck, went to ...

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Former HAMMERFALL Bassist Collaborates With Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra On 'Past Future'

After 30 albums, touring the world for ten years with the heavy metal band HAMMERFALL, gold records, cultural awards and Grammis nominations, Swedish bassist Magnus Rosén (REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, HAMMERFALL, X-WORLD/5, FULLFORCE) has collaborated with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra on his latest release, "Past Future". The CD, which is said to be "the first album in ...

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HAMMERFALL Confirmed For Germany's ROCKHARZ Festival

Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL have been confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Rockharz Open Air festival, set to take place July 7-9 at Airport Ballenstedt in Harz, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: CALIBAN END OF GREEN FEUERSCHWANZ GRAND MAGUS HAIL OF BULLETS HAMMERFALL HYPOCRISY PAUL DI'ANNO SALTATIO MORTIS STAHLMANN THE ...

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RAGE Guitarist Schedules Bochum Workshop

After a successful two-week workshop tour through the Czech Republic and Slovakia, RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski will present his new program on December 5 at the Matrix club in Bochum, Germany. For more information (in German), go to this location. RAGE's latest album, "Strings To A Web", entered the German Media Control chart ...

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HAMMERFALL Taps Producer JAMES MICHAEL For New Album

In just two weeks, Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL will enter the studio to record the follow-up to 2009's "No Sacrifice, No Victory". The songwriting is almost finished, and guitarist Oscar Dronjak reveals: "The new material contains a lot of fresh ways to look at the musical ideas, we're trying to preserve the essence of what ...

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DEATHDESTRUCTION: New Rehearsal Footage

Brand new rehearsal footage of DEATHDESTRUCTION — the new Swedish metal "supergroup" featuring members of EVERGREY, HAMMERFALL and DEAD BY APRIL — can be viewed below. DEATHDESTRUCTION recently finished recording its debut album at IN FLAMES' IF Studios with producer Roberto Laghi (IN FLAMES, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, LOK, SONIC SYNDICATE). A release date for the effort ...

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THERION: Groningen Footage Available

Fan-filmed video footage of THERION's October 30, 2010 concert at De Oosterpoort in Groningen, Holland can be viewed at this location. A couple of the clips are available below. "Sitra Ahra", the new album from THERION, sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed ...

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THERION: 'Sitra Ahra' First-Week Sales Revealed

"Sitra Ahra", the new album from Swedish progressive/experimental metallers THERION, sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 44 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never ...

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DARKWATER: 'Breathe' Video Released

"Breathe", the new video from the Swedish progressive metal band DARKWATER, can be viewed below. The clip was directed by Radionika AB, Dino Medanhodzic and Joacim Hammarström. The girl in the video is played by Angelica Lewenhagen. "Breathe" comes off DARKWATER's new album, "Where Stories End", which will be released on November 12 in Europe ...

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DARKWATER: 'Where Stories End' Trailer Available

A promotional trailer for "Where Stories End", the new album from the Swedish progressive metal band DARKWATER, can be viewed below. The CD will be released on November 12 in Europe through Ulterium Records and November 23 in North America via Nightmare Records. The follow-up to 2007's "Calling The Earth To Witness" was mixed by ...

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KING DIAMOND, Ex-HAMMERFALL, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Members Join Forces In New Project

Current/former members of KING DIAMOND, HAMMERFALL and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN have joined forces in a brand new, as-yet-unnamed Swedish "supergroup." The lineup for the band is as follows: * Magnus Rosén (ex-HAMMERFALL) - Bass * Andy La Rocque (KING DIAMOND) - Guitar * Anders Johansson (HAMMERFALL, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) - Drums * Mats Olausson (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) - ...

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THERION: 'Sitra Ahra' Video Contest Winner Announced

The THERION video contest for the track "Sitra Ahra" is now over — and THERION mastermind Christofer Johnsson has picked a lucky winner. His name is Fredrik Mattson, and he's from Sweden. The lucky man won a meet-and-greet with the band plus a massive voucher for the Nuclear Blast shop. Commented Johnsson: "It was really ...

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DARKWATER: New Song Posted Online

Swedish progressive metal band DARKWATER will release its new album, "Where Stories End", on November 12 in Europe through Ulterium Records and November 23 in North America via Nightmare Records. The follow-up to 2007's "Calling The Earth To Witness" was mixed by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, HAMMERFALL). ...

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POWERGLOVE: New Song Available For Streaming

The song "Transformers" from video game metal masters POWERGLOVE is available for streaming in the YouTube clip below. The track comes off the band's new album, "Saturday Morning Apocalypse", which is being released to day (Tuesday, September 28) via eOne Music. "'Saturday Morning Apocalypse' came out brighter and darker, faster and slower than our previous ...

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DREAM EVIL: 'The Ballad' Video Released

"The Ballad", the new video from Swedish metallers DREAM EVIL, can be viewed below. The clip was once again directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among many others. Ullaeus has been responsible for all of DREAM EVIL's visual ...

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CRYSTAL VIPER: 'Legends' Trailer Available

Polish female-fronted traditional heavy metal act CRYSTAL VIPER will release its brand new studio album titled "Legends" on October 22 via AFM Records. As the title suggests, all the lyrics on the CD are based on the original Polish legends from the middle ages. The effort was recorded and mixed at the MP Studio in ...

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Ex-HAMMERFALL Bassist Playing Three Solo Concerts In Svalbard

Swedish bassist Magnus Rosén (REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, HAMMERFALL, X-WORLD/5, FULLFORCE) has just embarked on his second tour performing a one-man solo bass show. This time it's off to Svalbard in the northernmost part of Norway (about midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole) where Magnus is playing three concerts. "To have this wonderful opportunity to ...

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FULLFORCE Putting Finishing Touches On Debut Album

FULLFORCE — the new Swedish melodic metal project featuring Mike Andersson (CLOUDSCAPE, SILENT MEMORIAL, PLANET ALLIANCE) on vocals, Stefan Elmgren (HAMMERFALL) on guitar, Anders Johansson (HAMMERFALL, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) on drums, Carl-Johan Grimmark (NARNIA) on guitar, and Tommy Larsson (HEED) on bass — is putting the finishing touches on its debut album, tentatively due in early ...

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PATHOSRAY Parts Ways With Guitarist, Announces Replacement

Italian progressive metal band PATHOSRAY has parted ways with guitarist Alessio Velliscig due to "artistic differences" and has replaced him with Antonio Petris. Commented the group: "Antonio has been working with PATHOSRAY's basisst, Fabio D'Amore, for a few years now on several projects. "The band found he brought a level of energy and artistic contribution ...

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