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KITTIE's MORGAN LANDER Joins Montreal's KARKAOS

KITTIE frontwoman Morgan Lander has joined the Quebec metal band KARKAOS as its new lead singer. Says Lander: "Joining KARKAOS has been a true honor for me. It feels so incredibly good to be back in the metal game after a number of years away, and I cannot wait to step on the stage once ...

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CLÉMENTINE DELAUNEY Says VISIONS OF ATLANTIS Wants To 'Redefine The Borders' Of Symphonic Metal

Led by NIGHTWISH and with EPICA, DELAIN and WITHIN TEMPTATION also making headway, symphonic metal is often pigeonholed because of the bombastic traits so intrinsic to its sound. The style's formula is often duplicated by bands from all corners of the globe presenting lineups similar in formation, usually with a lone female frontwoman joined by ...

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DELAIN's Next Album Will Be 'Really Big And Bombastic'

DELAIN frontwoman Charlotte Wessels spoke to U.K.'s Ticketmaster about the musical direction of the band's next album, tentatively due in early 2020. She said (see video below): "The music on the new album is going to be really big and bombastic. I think it's going to be more symphonic as a whole and more uptempo ...

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DELAIN Is Three-Quarters Done Recording New Album

DELAIN frontwoman Charlotte Wessels has confirmed that the band is putting the finishing touches on its new album for an early 2020 release. "We are recording," she told Metal Wani at the U.K.'s Download festival (hear audio below). "This whole [summer] festival season for us is recording, performing, recording, performing, recording, performing. And it's kind ...

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Guitarist MEREL BECHTOLD Quits DELAIN

Guitarist Merel Bechtold has decided to leave Dutch heavy rockers DELAIN and focus on different musical ambitions. Her final performance with DELAIN will take place on June 23 at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium. Says the band: "We are aware this is very short notice, and this we regret for those of you ...

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Video Premiere: AMARANTHE's 'Dream'

Swedish melodic metallers AMARANTHE have released the official music video for the song "Dream". The track is taken from the band's fifth album "Helix", which was released in October through Spinefarm Records. The disc was recorded at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, EPICA, DELAIN). The follow-up to 2016's "Maximalism" marks ...

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DELAIN To Release 'Hunter's Moon' In February

Dutch metallers DELAIN will release "Hunter's Moon" on February 22, 2019 via Napalm Records. The effort consists of exciting new studio tracks accompanied by a live Blu-ray from the band's sold-out "Danse Macabre" 2017 European tour. "Hunter's Moon" is the final in the trilogy, and follows on from DELAIN's EP "Lunar Prelude" and the full-length ...

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AMARANTHE's ELIZE RYD: 'It Felt Natural To Me To Listen To Metal'

France's United Rock Nations recently conducted an interview with frontwoman Elize Ryd of Swedish melodic metallers AMARANTHE. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether she thinks AMARANTHE has created a new style of metal by combining dance, techno and traditional metal elements: Elize: "I have that ...

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Listen To New AMARANTHE Song 'Inferno'

Swedish melodic metallers AMARANTHE have released the song "Inferno". The track is taken from the band's upcoming fifth album "Helix", due out October 19 through Spinefarm Records. The disc was recorded at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, EPICA, DELAIN). The follow-up to 2016's "Maximalism" marks the band's first release with ...

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Video Premiere: AMARANTHE's 'Countdown'

Swedish melodic metallers AMARANTHE have released the official music video for the song "Countdown". The track is taken from the band's upcoming fifth album "Helix", due out October 19 through Spinefarm Records. The disc was recorded at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, EPICA, DELAIN). The follow-up to 2016's "Maximalism" marks ...

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AMARANTHE's OLOF MÖRCK: 'The Metal Genre Has Gotten A Little More Conservative Than It Used To Be'

Chris Peters of Australia's Heavy magazine conducted an interview with guitarist Olof Mörck of Swedish melodic metallers AMARANTHE about their forthcoming "Helix" studio album. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what to expect from "Helix": Olof: "From my perspective, it's sort of like a resume ...

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TESTAMENT Guitarist's DRAGONLORD: Making Of 'Dominion' Album Part Three (Video)

The third in a three-part series of videos featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "Dominion", the upcoming third album from DRAGONLORD, the California-based black metal band led by TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson, can be seen below. The disc, which is due on September 21 via Spinefarm Records, will feature eight tracks of devastatingly unrelenting ...

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TESTAMENT Guitarist's DRAGONLORD: 'Northlanders' Video

"Northlanders", the new video from DRAGONLORD, the California-based black metal band led by TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson, can be seen below. The song is taken from DRAGONLORD's third album, "Dominion", which will be released on September 21 via Spinefarm Records. The disc features eight tracks of devastatingly unrelenting black and death metal assault. The album ...

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AMARANTHE's New Album, 'Helix', Was Written In Just Two Months

Swedish melodic metallers AMARANTHE have revealed that their upcoming fifth album, "Helix", was completed in under five months. "We actually wrote it in two months and we recorded it in two months," singer Elize Ryd told Radio Q at this year's Wacken Open Air festival (see video below). "I know we're crazy, but that's what ...

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AMARANTHE Releases Music Video For New Single '365'

"365", the new video from Swedish melodic metallers AMARANTHE, can be seen 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 and KAMELOT, among others. "365" is the first single from AMARANTHE's fifth album, which will be released later ...

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STRIKER To Release 'Play To Win' Album In October

Champions in blending classic heavy metal, hard rock, and '80s hair metal, Canadian shredders STRIKER will release their sixth studio album, "Play To Win", on October 26 via their independent label Record Breaking Records. The LP features 10 fist-pounding shredtacular anthems produced by the band, with mixing and mastering by Hendrik Udd (FIREWIND, POWERWOLF, HAMMERFALL, ...

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LEAH's 'The Quest' Album To Feature Guest Appearances By NIGHTWISH, DELAIN, ORPHANED LAND Members

The Celtic metal songstress Leah will release her new album, "The Quest", on October 5 in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings. The disc, which was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, AMARANTHE, EVERGREY), features guest appearances by Troy Donockley (NIGHTWISH), Timo Somers (DELAIN), Chen Balbus (ORPHANED LAND), Barend Courbois (BLIND GUARDIAN) ...

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Video Premiere: PRIMAL FEAR's 'The Ritual'

"The Ritual", the new video from Germany's PRIMAL FEAR, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new album, "Apocalypse", which will be released on August 10 via Frontiers Music Srl. "Apocalypse" will be available in the following formats: * CD * CD/DVD * Box set (includes CD/DVD + T-shirt) [T-shirt size ...

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DELAIN Performs At Hungary's FEZEN Festival (Video)

Fan-filmed video footage of DELAIN's July 25 performance at Hungary's Fezen festival can be seen below. DELAIN will issue a new EP in the fall via Napalm Records. The Dutch symphonic metal band will promote the EP's release by playing two intimate headlining shows on in October. As previously reported, DELAIN is working on material ...

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TESTAMENT Guitarist's DRAGONLORD: Making Of 'Dominion' Album Part Two (Video)

The second in a three-part series of videos featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "Dominion", the upcoming third album from DRAGONLORD, the California-based black metal band led by TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson, can be seen below. The disc, which is due on September 21 via Spinefarm Records, will feature eight tracks of devastatingly unrelenting ...

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TESTAMENT Guitarist's DRAGONLORD: Making Of 'Dominion' Album Part One (Video)

The first in a three-part series of videos featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "Dominion", the upcoming third album from DRAGONLORD, the California-based black metal band led by TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson, can be seen below. The disc, which is due on September 21 via Spinefarm Records, will feature eight tracks of devastatingly unrelenting ...

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Video Premiere: PRIMAL FEAR's 'King Of Madness'

"King Of Madness", the new video from Germany's PRIMAL FEAR, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new album, "Apocalypse", which will be released on August 10 via Frontiers Music Srl. "Apocalypse" will be available in the following formats: * CD * CD/DVD * Box set (includes CD/DVD + T-shirt) [T-shirt ...

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