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GOTHIC METAL PALACE Festival Organizers Explain Cancellation

The Gothic Metal Palace festival, which was scheduled to take place June 20-21 in Zuidlaren, The Netherlands, has been officially cancelled. The organizers' statement regarding the cancellation reads as follows: "In spite of all our efforts to make this festival happen we simply cannot go through with it. We tried everything we could with many ...

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SIRENIA Adds Session Bassist

Norwegian gothic metal band SIRENIA has issued the following update: "For the first time in SIRENIA's career, we have decided to work with a bass player for our live shows. From now on, Kristian Olav Torp will work with SIRENIA as a session bass player for our upcoming gigs. We are happy to expand our ...

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ARTIFACT To Release Debut Album Next Week

ARTIFACT, the Norwegian band featuring former SIRENIA guitarist Bjrnar Landa, will release its debut album, "The Only Salvation", on June 10 via Spiralchords. According to a press release, "The Only Salvation" is "a multifaceted adventure that blends dark rock, metal and industrial elements in a remarkably strong way. Juicy riffs, crunchy synths and huge choruses ...

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New SIRENIA Singer Covering NIGHTWISH; Audio Available

An audio recording of the new SIRENIA frontwoman 25-year-old Spanish vocalist Ailyn (born: Pilar Gimnez Garca) covering a part of the NIGHTWISH track "The Poet And The Pendulum" can be streamed below. Ailyn joined SIRENIA as the replacement for Monika Pedersen, who left the group last fall after only one album due to "musical differences." ...

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SIRENIA Parts Ways With Guitarist, Announces Replacement

Norwegian gothic metal band SIRENIA has issued the following update: "After almost four years of co-operation, guitar player Bjrnar Landa has decided to part ways with SIRENIA in order to have more time for his family and studies. We end the co-operation as great friends, just as we started it it. The band would like ...

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SIRENIA: New Singer's Live Debut Announced

Norwegian gothic metal band SIRENIA has scheduled the following dates June 13 - Hjrnet - Kristiansand, Norway June 21 - Gothic Metal Palace - Zuidlaren, Holland July 10 - Masters Of Rock - Vizovice, Czech Republic SIRENIA recently recruited 25-year-old Spanish singer Ailyn (photo; born: Pilar Gimnez Garca) as the replacement for Monika ...

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SIRENIA Enlists 'X Factor' Singer From Spain

Norwegian gothic metal band SIRENIA has recruited 25-year-old Spanish singer Ailyn (photo; born: Pilar Gimnez Garca) as the replacement for Monika Pedersen, who left the group last fall after only one album due to "musical differences." Ailyn is best known as a member of the young team in the Spanish version of "The ...

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SIRENIA: 'The Search For A New Singer Is Finally Over'

Norwegian gothic metal band SIRENIA which parted ways with Danish singer Monika Pedersen last fall after only one album due to "musical differences" has issued the following update: "After several months of searching and auditioning, the search for a new singer is finally over. It has been a busy period for us with more than ...

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'Beautiful Voices Vol. 3' DVD+CD Due In April

The German branch of Nuclear Blast Records has set an April 11 release date for the "Beautiful Voices Vol. 3" DVD+CD combo featuring female-fronted rock and metal bands. It is the follow-up to the successful first and second parts in the series. The "Vol. 3" details are as follows: DVD track listing: 01. NIGHTWISH - ...

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ANNIHILATOR Confirmed For Czech Republic's MASTERS OF ROCK Festival

Canadian metallers ANNIHILATOR have been confirmed for the Masters of Rock festival, set to take place July 10-13 in Vizovice, Czech Republic. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: AVANTASIA (International) APOCALYPTICA (FIN) MINISTRY (USA) WITHIN TEMPTATION (NL) ANNIHILATOR (CAN) SONATA ARCTICA (FIN) AMON AMARTH (SWE) MOONSPELL (POR) GOTTHARD (SWI) DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER (GER) ...

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Greece's NWOBHM Festivals I and II Cancelled

BLABBERMOUTH.NET has received the following statement from the Greek concert promotion agenecy Sold Out Promotion Live The Live Experience: "Due to the outcome of the Deutsche Assault Festival that took place on January 12th in Athens, Sold Out Promotion Live The Live Experience is sad to announce that all upcoming shows are cancelled, and the ...

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SIRENIA: Festival Appearances Announced

Norwegian gothic metal band SIRENIA has confirmed two festival appearances for 2008: Jun. 21 - Gothic Metal Palace - Zuidlaren, Holland Jul. 10-13 - Masters Of Rock - Vizovice, Czech Republic SIRENIA has launched a vocalist search following the recent departure of Danish singer Monika Pedersen due to "musical differences." "We are looking for a ...

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SINPHONIA Working On New Material

SINPHONIA, the Danish dark melodic metal band featuring ex-SIRENIA singer Monika Pedersen, HATESPHERE drummer Dennis Buhl, CHAOSWAVE guitarist Henrik "Guf" Rangstrup, and newly added bassist Leif N (JANUARY JAUNT), has commenced work on new material. The group — which has released two full-length albums so far (2000's "When the Tide Breaks" and 2001's "The Divine ...

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'20 Years Of Nuclear Blast' DVD Trailer Available

A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips ...

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SIRENIA Launches Vocalist Search

Norwegian gothic metal band SIRENIA has launched a vocalist search following the recent departure of Danish singer Monika Pedersen due to "musical differences." "We are looking for a talented singer with experience, a cool image and a strong passion for music," the group says in a statement. "Someone who is willing to give the band ...

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SIRENIA Parts Ways With Singer, Seeks Replacement

Norwegian gothic metal band SIRENIA has parted ways with Danish singer Monika Pedersen due to "musical differences." Commented Monika: "After much consideration I have chosen to leave SIRENIA, but I will continue with music. The reason is that we have too many musical differences, and I don't feel like it's the right band for me. ...

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SIRENIA Pulls Out Of THERION's European Tour

According to a posting on THERION's web site, Norwegian/Danish gothic metal band SIRENIA has cancelled its participation in THERION's upcoming European headlining tour "due to lineup problems." THERION added, "As we're on tour and time is short, we won't replace them. THERION will be playing 2.5 hours with a break in between and there will ...

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EERIE Seeking Female Vocalist

VANMAKT's Gorgoth (a.k.a. Tais) has issued the following update on his Swedish gothic/doom metal project EERIE: "Since EERIE has taken a little turn in the musical deparment we have decided that we need a female vocalist that can sing at side of Tais. The new song is a little less doom and more classical goth/metal ...

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SIRENIA: Concert Footage From Turkey's ROCK STATION FESTIVAL Available

Fan-filmed video footage of SIRENIA's September 9, 2007 performance at the Rock Station Festival in Ankara, Turkey can be viewed below. As previously reported, SIRENIA was forced to cancel its appearance at the Godzzfest in Kolding, Denmark on September 28 due to transportation problems. SIRENIA's new album, "Nine Destinies and a Downfall", entered the German ...

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SOILWORK, TRAIL OF TEARS Confirmed For Norway's SCREAMFEST

SOILWORK and TRAIL OF TEARS are among the latest confirmed bands for the first annual Screamfest, set to take place November 2-3 at Betong in Oslo, Norway. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: Friday, November 2: Small Stage: SOUL SCARRED 19:00-19:30 GROUND ZERO SYSTEM 20:00-20:30 THRONE OF KATARSIS 21:10-21:40 TRIOSPHERE 22:20-23:00 BREED 00:00-00:40 ...

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SIRENIA Forced To Cancel GODZZFEST Appearance

Norwegian/Danish gothic metal band SIRENIA has issued the following update: "It is with a great deal of frustration and disappointment that we announce that our scheduled show at Godzzfest [taking place September 28-29 at Godset in Kolding, Denmark] will not happen. Due to storms and bad weather in the south of Norway and north of ...

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OCTAVIA SPERATI Confirmed For Norway's SCREAMFEST

Norwegian metal band OCTAVIA SPERATI have been confirmed for the first annual Screamfest, set to take place November 2-3 at Betong in Oslo, Norway. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: AFTER FOREVER AUDREY HORNE BLOOD RED THRONE BREED DIAMONDOG FUNERAL GOTHMINISTER GROUND ZERO SYSTEM KATATONIA OCTAVIA SPERATI SAHG SAMAEL SIRENIA THRONE OF KATARSIS ...

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THORIUM: 'Feral Creation' E-Card Available

Danish metal band THORIUM will release its "comeback" album, entitled "Feral Creation", in January/February 2008 via Mighty Music. The CD was recorded at the Berno Studio (THE HAUNTED, VOMITORY, DERANGED) in Sweden and was mixed with Jacob Hansen (ABORTED, MERCENARY, VOLBEAT) at Hansen Studios. The cover artwork for the album was created by legendary artist ...

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THRONE OF KATARSIS Confirmed For Norway's SCREAMFEST

Norwegian black metallers THRONE OF KATARSIS have been confirmed for the first annual Screamfest, set to take place November 2-3 at Betong in Oslo, Norway. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: AFTER FOREVER AUDREY HORNE BLOOD RED THRONE BREED DIAMONDOG FUNERAL GOTHMINISTER GROUND ZERO SYSTEM KATATONIA SAHG SAMAEL SIRENIA THRONE OF KATARSIS TRIOSPHERE ...

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THERION: Setlist Revealed For Upcoming 'Adulruna Tour'

Swedish metallers THERION have revealed the songs that were recently voted for by fans that will be played on their upcoming "Adulruna Tour". The following are listed in random order, not the order they will be performed: 01. Adulruna Rediviva 02. Wisdom and the Cage 03. Summernight City 04. Rise of Sodom and Gomorrah 05. ...

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FLOWING TEARS: More 'Invanity - Live In Berlin' Details Revealed

German female-fronted gothic metallers FLOWING TEARS have issued the following update: "It's time to reveal some more details about the upcoming live album. 'Invanity - Live in Berlin' will be released on October 29 and will contain the following tracks: 01. Swallow 02. Undying 03. Portsall (Departure Song) 04. Lovesong For A Dead Child 05. ...

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THERION: 'Son Of The Staves Of Time' Video Posted Online

THERION's video for the song "Son of the Staves of Time" has been released and can be viewed below. The track comes off the Swedish band's latest studio album, the dual-disc "Gothic Kaballah", which was released in North America on February 6 via Nuclear Blast Records. THERION, THE VISION BLEAK and SIRENIA will team up ...

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AFTER FOREVER, SAMAEL, KATATONIA Confirmed For Norway's SCREAMFEST

AFTER FOREVER, SAMAEL, KATATONIA and BLOOD RED THRONE are among the confirmed bands for the first annual Screamfest, set to take place November 2-3 at Betong in Oslo, Norway. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: AFTER FOREVER AUDREY HORNE BLOOD RED THRONE BREED DIAMONDOG FUNERAL GOTHMINISTER GROUND ZERO SYSTEM KATATONIA SAHG SAMAEL SIRENIA ...

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