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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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XANDRIA: New Video Interview With MANUELA KRALLER

HeavyWorlds.com recently conducted an interview with singer Manuela Kraller of German symphonic metallers XANDRIA. You can now watch the chat below. Bassist Nils Middelahauve is sitting out XANDRIA's current European tour with EPICA and STREAM OF PASSION after undergoing surgery. He is being temporarily replaced by SERENITY's Fabio D'Amore. XANDRIA's new album, "Neverworld's End", was ...

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GODSMACK: 'Live & Inspired' Track Listing Revealed

GODSMACK will unleash its first-ever live album, "Live & Inspired", on May 15 via Universal Republic Records. "Live & Inspired" features fierce and furious live renditions of numerous hits from the Massachusetts rockers' five studio albums. Their incendiary and infectious shows have become legendary in modern rock, and they continue to impress both critics and ...

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XANDRIA Bassist Forced To Sit Out European Tour

German female-fronted symphonic metallers XANDRIA have issued the following update: "Bad luck for our bass guitar player Nils [Middelahauve]. Whilst we were playing the most recent shows with EPICA, Nils severely hurt his right forefinger on stage which eventually led to a serious blood poisoning after the last show. Due to this sepsis, he had ...

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Reactivated BLOOD FOR BLOOD In Pre-Production For New Album

Reactivated Boston-based hardcore/punk band BLOOD FOR BLOOD is currently working on pre-production recordings at Mad Oak Studios for its seventh album, its first since 2004's "Serenity". A couple of photos from the studio can be seen below. After lying dormant for six years, BLOOD FOR BLOOD made its American return at last year's New England ...

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XANDRIA: 'Neverworld's End' Audio Samples Available

Audio samples of all the tracks that will appear on "Neverworld's End", the new album from German female-fronted symphonic metallers XANDRIA, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The CD will be released in North America on March 6 via Napalm Records. "Neverworld's End" track listing: 01. A Prophecy Of Worlds To Fall 02. ...

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