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BEHOLDER To Release 'The Order Of Chaos' In February

British heavy metal flag-bearers BEHOLDER will release their new album, "The Order Of Chaos", in February. Produced by frontman Simon Hall in conjunction with Simon Cliffe, the CD contains "twelve tracks of uncompromising metal fuelled and driven by Hall's signature roar," according to a press release. "Fiercely proud to be British yet disillusioned with much ...

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VISIONS OF ATLANTIS Putting Finishing Touches On New Album

Austrian symphonic metallers VISIONS OF ATLANTIS have issued the following update: "The year 2012 slowly draws to a close and we are very happy that our upcoming album, 'Ethera', is finally also very very close to be finished! Almost one year of writing and another year of recording, improving, re-recording and more will soon turn ...

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Switzerland's THIS MISERY GARDEN Signs With SEASON OF MIST

Season Of Mist has announced the signing of Swiss metallers THIS MISERY GARDEN. Formed in Geneva in 2005, THIS MISERY GARDEN is a dark rock/metal act influenced by such bands as KATATONIA, TOOL and A PERFECT CIRCLE, delivering genuinely intense music. Melancholy and hope, anger defying serenity, love and death, all of those blend together ...

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SULLY ERNA Says GODSMACK Will Take 2013 Off

ARTISTdirect.com editor-in-chief Rick Florino recently conducted an interview with GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. ARTISTdirect.com: Do you feel like the "Avalon" box set is the best gateway into and overview of your world? Sully: Yeah, I'm really happy with it. We all just stumbled onto ...

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NOTHNEGAL Begins Recording New Album

Maldives-based death/black metallers NOTHNEGAL have entered Vakaruge Studio in Malé to begin recording their as-yet-untitled second album. The follow-up to 2012's "Decadence" is being produced by Matt Hyde (SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, AS I LAY DYING), with vocal production by Paul Reeve, who co-produced five tracks on MUSE's acclaimed debut album, "Showbiz". Additional production/engineering will be ...

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SERENITY Keyboardist Quits

Austrian symphonic melodic metallers SERENITY have released the following statement: "With great mourning we have to tell you all that [Mario Hirzinger], our dear friend, keyboardist, song and lyrics writer as well as founder of SERENITY leaves the band as of now... "We already knew his decision for quite some time and fully understand Mario's ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist: 'Blackoustic' Lands On Finnish Chart

"Blackoustic", the first-ever acoustic album by Finnish heavy metal singer Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS, CAIN'S OFFERING, KOTIPELTO) and guitarist Jani Liimatainen (CAIN'S OFFERING, ex-SONATA ARCTICA), has entered the official chart in their home country at position No. 13. The CD will be released on October 19 via earMUSIC. The duo has been working together and playing ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist: 'Blackoustic' Track-By-Track Breakdown

A track-by-track breakdown of "Blackoustic", the first-ever acoustic album by Finnish heavy metal singer Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS, CAIN'S OFFERING, KOTIPELTO) and guitarist Jani Liimatainen (CAIN'S OFFERING, ex-SONATA ARCTICA), can be seen below. The CD will be released on October 19 via earMUSIC. The duo has been working together and playing acoustic shows for a while, ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist: 'Blackoustic' Audio Samples Available

earMUSIC has set an October 19 release date for "Blackoustic", the first-ever acoustic album by Finnish heavy metal singer Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS, CAIN'S OFFERING, KOTIPELTO) and guitarist Jani Liimatainen (CAIN'S OFFERING, ex-SONATA ARCTICA). The duo has been working together and playing acoustic shows for a while, and the idea of recording an acoustic album came ...

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SERENITY Cancels Dutch Shows

Austrian symphonic melodic metallers SERENITY have released the following statement: "SERENITY wants to inform you that we had to cancel all shows for November/December 2012 in the Netherlands as support to the dutch band DELAIN. "Please believe us that this was a really hard decision for all of us as there is no worse case ...

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SERENITY: New Video Interview Posted Online

The Age Of Metal conducted an interview with Austrian symphonic melodic metallers SERENITY before their September 14 performance at the ProgPower USA XIII festival in Atlanta, Georgia. You can now watch the chat below. SERENITY's third album, "Death & Legacy", was released in February 2011 via Napalm Records. The CD was produced by Oliver Philipps, ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist: 'Blackoustic' Album Trailer Available

earMUSIC has set an October 19 release date for "Blackoustic", the first-ever acoustic album by Finnish heavy metal singer Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS, CAIN'S OFFERING, KOTIPELTO) and guitarist Jani Liimatainen (CAIN'S OFFERING, ex-SONATA ARCTICA). The duo has been working together and playing acoustic shows for a while, and the idea of recording an acoustic album came ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist To Release 'Blackoustic' Album

earMUSIC has set an October 19 release date for "Blackoustic", the first-ever acoustic album by Finnish heavy metal singer Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS, CAIN'S OFFERING, KOTIPELTO) and guitarist Jani Liimatainen (CAIN'S OFFERING, ex-SONATA ARCTICA). The duo has been working together and playing acoustic shows for a while, and the idea of recording an acoustic album came ...

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UNSHINE Signs With MASSACRE RECORDS

Finnish gothic metallers UNSHINE have inked a deal with Massacre Records. The band's third album, "Dark Days Rising", will be released in February 2013. The artwork for the CD was created by Jan Yrlund at Darkgrove Design (KORPLIKAANI, EDGE OF SERENITY, TÝR, IMPERIA). Songtitles set to appear on the effort include "The Oath To Wilderness ...

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EDGE OF SERENITY: New Single Title, Artwork Revealed

Dutch female-fronted black-death metal band EDGE OF SERENITY will release a new single, "The Royal Hunt", later in the year. The effort marks the recording debut of the group's new vocalist Nanette V. and includes a guest appearance by Swedish drummer Adrian Erlandsson (PARADISE LOST, AT THE GATES, NEMHAIN, VALLENFYRE, ex-CRADLE OF FILTH). EDGE OF ...

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BLOOD FOR BLOOD Postpones Boston, New York City Shows

Reactivated Boston-based hardcore/punk band BLOOD FOR BLOOD has been forced to reschedule this coming weekend's "Wasted Nights" shows in Boston and New York City. Guitarist/vocalist Rob Lind and bassist Ian McFarland have issued the following statement: "We regret to inform you, due to a situation that has arisen involving [vocalist] Buddha, it has become impossible ...

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AFTER OBLIVION Signs With METAL ON METAL RECORDS

AFTER OBLIVION is the the first death metal band to be signed by Metal On Metal Records. Label owner Jowita Kaminska-Peruzzi states: "We are not much into death metal. We like some classic and even contemporary bands, but really very few, so obviously we are extremely picky as fans when it comes to this genre. ...

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KATAKLYSM: 'Iron Will' Lyric Video Released

Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based extreme metallers KATAKLYSM will release a multidisc DVD entitled "The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined" on July 3 via Nuclear Blast. The set, which will feature a documentary and bonus CD materials, will depict the ups and downs of the band's long, turbulent career, as well as footage of KATAKLYSM's performance at ...

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FOREVER IT SHALL BE Is Back

Braunschweig, Germany-based metal/hardcore act FOREVER IT SHALL BE has released the following statement: "It's been over 1.5 years since we've split up, about enough time to realize that we really miss the band and we've made a wrong decision. So we got together some time ago to decide if we should continue or not... This ...

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GODSMACK: 'Live & Inspired' First-Week Sales Revealed

GODSMACK's first-ever live album, "Live & Inspired", sold around 16,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on May 15 via Universal Republic Records, "Live & Inspired" features fierce and furious live renditions of numerous hits from the Massachusetts ...

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