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ENTOMBED Performs As Five-Piece In Stockholm; Video Available

Swedish metallers ENTOMBED performed as a five-piece for the first time in years on October 17, 2009 at Arenan in Stockholm, Sweden, with the band's bassist Nico Elgstrand playing second guitar for this one gig only. Handling the bass duties for the Stockholm show and the rest of ENTOMBED's current tour with AMON AMARTH was ...

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AMON AMARTH: Quality Gothenburg Footage Available

Quality video footage of AMON AMARTH's October 13, 2009 performance at Trädgårn in Gothenburg, Sweden can be viewed below (courtesy of "framednoise"). During the show, AMON AMARTH front man, Johan Hegg, dedicated the song "The Fate Of Norns" to EVILE bass player Mike Alexander, who passed away on October 5 in the middle of a ...

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SYN:DROM Begins Recording Debut Album

Swedish death metallers SYN:DROM (formerly BLACKBREATH) have just entered Nevo studios in Sundsvall, Sweden to begin recording their debut album. The CD, which will be engineered and mixed by the bandmembers themselves, is tentatively due in February 2010 via ViciSolum Productions. Two songs from SYN:DROM can be heard using the MyFlashFetish.com player below. The band ...

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SYBREED Added To IN FLAMES Dates

Swiss metallers SYBREED will support IN FLAMES on the following European dates: Nov. 16 - Amsterdam, NETH - Melkweg Nov. 18 - Zurich, SWI - Volkshaus Nov. 19 - Milan, ITA - Live Club Nov. 20 - Strasbourg, FRA - La Laiterie Nov. 22 - Lille, FRA - L'Aéronef Nov. 23 - Luxembourg, LUX - ...

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MAYHEM: Swedish Dates Added

Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM have scheduled the following dates: Nov. 20 - Helsinki, FIN @ Nosturi * Nov. 21 - Turku, FIN @ Klubi * Nov. 22 - Tampere, FIN @ Klubi * Nov. 25 - Göteborg, SWE @ Musikens hus ** Nov. 27 - Stockholm, SWE @ Klubben ** Nov. 28 - Östersund, SWE ...

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DRAGONLAND: New Demo Track Posted Online

A high quality pre-production version of a new DRAGONLAND song, "The Shadow of the Mithril Mountains", has been posted on the band's MySpace page. The song is expected to appear on the Swedish metal group's forthcoming album, tentatively due in early 2010. Commented guitarist Olof Mörck: "It has been a couple of years ...

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SYBREED: Two New Songs Posted Online

Swiss metallers SYBREED have posted two new songs — "Doomsday Party" and "I Am Ultraviolence" — on their MySpace page. Both cuts come off the band's third album, "The Pulse of Awakening", which will be released via Listenable Records on the following dates: Nov. 16 - Switzerland, France, Benelux, UK Nov. 20 - ...

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AEON Joined By Former SATYRICON Bassist

Swedish death metallers AEON have parted ways with bassist Max Carlberg and replaced him with Victor Brandt (TOTALT JÄVLA MÖRKER, ex-SATYRICON) Commented the band: "First of all, we want to state that Max is a great bass player and a real nice person. Unfortunately, he couldn't handle the life on the road all that well. ...

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ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY Issues New Album Update

U.K. death metallers ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY have issued the following update: "Our new album, 'The Reign Of Darkness', is now fully recorded. During this month it is being mixed by a good friend of ours, the one and only Erik Rutan from HATE ETERNAL/ex-MORBID ANGEL. You may know his work as he has worked ...

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ACHERON's VINCENT CROWLEY To Guest On AFFLICTION GATE Album

French old-school death metallers AFFLICTION GATE entered the studio on August 13 to begin recording their debut album, "Aeon of Nox (From Darkness Comes Liberation)". The band recorded all instrumental and vocal parts during over a seven-day period and has booked additional time in the studio for the mix and mastering. The CD, which is ...

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SLUMBER: New Song Preview Available

Swedish melodic doom/death metallers SLUMBER have posted an audio preview of a new track called "Skylight", to be included on the band's forthcoming album, "Resonance". Check it out at this location. SLUMBER will record "Resonance" between October 5 and November 15 at Panic Room Studios in Skara. An early 2010 release is expected. ...

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Australia's TEMPLESTOWE To Release Debut In October

Australian metal band TEMPLESTOWE will release its debut album, "Cimmerian", on October 10. The effort, which will be made available independently in both CD and digital format, was recorded with engineer/mixer Scott Carter (AEON OF HORUS) at Dark Corpse Studio in Canberra, Australia. The LP also features additional engineering by Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA ...

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SYN:DROM: Video Footage From Debut Album Pre-Production Posted Online

Swedish death metallers SYN:DROM (formerly BLACKBREATH) have posted a video clip (see below) featuring footage from the pre-production sessions for their forthcoming debut album, tentatively due in February 2010 via ViciSolum Productions. Two songs from SYN:DROM can be heard using the MyFlashFetish.com player below. The band describes its musical direction as "high-quality death metal in ...

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SYBREED's U.S. Visa Issues Resolved

Swiss metallers SYBREED have resolved their visa issues and will travel to the U.S. tomorrow (Wednesday, July 22) to join the in-progress U.S. tour featuring THREAT SIGNAL, THE AUTUMN OFFERING and THE AGONIST. The band says in a statement, "We would like also to present our excuses to the American fans who wanted to see ...

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SYBREED's U.S. Visa Problems

Swiss metallers SYBREED have issued the following update regarding their upcoming U.S. tour with THREAT SIGNAL, THE AUTUMN OFFERING and THE AGONIST: "Unfortunately, even if being on the starting block for the tour in the U.S., it seems that we are now facing problems with the issuance of the necessary P-1 visa that would allow ...

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SYBREED To Release Digital EP

Swiss self-proclaimed "death wave kings" SYBREED are touring the U.S. with THREAT SIGNAL, THE AUTUMN OFFERING and THE AGONIST. The band's new album, "The Pulse of Awakening", is currently being mixed and mastered by Rhys Fulber (FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, FEAR FACTORY, PARADISE LOST), and it is said to sound IMMENSE! Prior to the full-length CD ...

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ABSENCE OF THE SACRED Recording New Album

Frontman Mike Priest of Singapore-based death/thrash metallers ABSENCE OF THE SACRED has issued the following update: "[DAATH drummer] Kevin Talley — who has previously recorded and/or toured with DYING FETUS, CHIMAIRA, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, THE RED CHORD, HATE ETERNAL, M.O.D., MISERY INDEX and SUFFOCATION — has finished tracking the drums in the U.S. for ...

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SLUMBER: New Lineup Announced

Swedish melodic doom/death metallers SLUMBER have issued the following update: "The recording of [the new SLUMBER album] 'Resonance' has been re-set to October 5 - November 15. It will be recorded at the isolated sphere of Panic Room Studios in Skara as the last album. This time though, we have twice the time and much ...

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FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING Signs With CYCLONE EMPIRE RECORDS

German death metallers FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING have inked a deal with Cyclone Empire Records. The band's long-awaited fourth album, "The Everhaunting Past / Chapter IV - A Splendid Retrospection", is tentatively due late summer/early fall. Commented the band: "It's time for another big step in the history of FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING that will take us ...

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NECROPHAGIST, SUFFOCATION, SUICIDE SILENCE Pull Out Of Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

NECROPHAGIST, SUFFOCATION, SUICIDE SILENCE, THE FACELESS and DAATH have cancelled their participation in this year's installment of the Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 13-15, 2009 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Commented the festival organizers: "DAATH have cancelled all European shows for the month of August, including their Summer Breeze appearance. Secondly, the entire Summer ...

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BLACK SUN AEON Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

BLACK SUN AEON — the new "dark, death, doom" project from Tuomas Saukkonen (BEFORE THE DAWN, THE FINAL HARVEST, DAWN OF SOLACE) — has been confirmed for this year's installment of the Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 13-15, 2009 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: AMON AMARTH ...

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CYNIC's PAUL MASVIDAL: 'I Don't Think I'm Capable Of Writing Really Simple, Simple Music'

Christopher Porter of Washington Post Express recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal of the reunited progressive rock/metal band CYNIC. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Washington Post Express: Where did your interest in chromaticism come from? Masvidal: I don't know. I think it's just listening to different kinds ...

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SYN:DROM Issues Album Update

Swedish death metallers SYN:DROM (formerly BLACKBREATH) have issued the following update: "Most of the songs for the [debut SYN:DROM] album are done and pre-recorded. We will write about 3-4 more songs in addition to the ones that are done! The album will definitely contain the most brutal and intense material that we have ever created! ...

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SLUMBER To Enter Studio In September

Swedish melodic doom/death metallers SLUMBER have issued the following update: "Recording of the album 'Resonance' will begin September 1. Four weeks recording is scheduled. "We are proud beyond words of what we have achieved during these four years of hard struggle to make this HUGE voyager album. "The album consists of 10-12 songs, approximately 50 ...

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SYN:DROM Signs With VICISOLUM PRODUCTIONS

Swedish death metallers SYN:DROM (formerly BLACKBREATH) have inked a two-album deal with ViciSolum Productions. The band's as-yet-untitled debut will be released in the winter. The group says, "About half of the songs for the album are done and [we] will finish the writing process during spring/early summer." Two songs from SYN:DROM can be heard using ...

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