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Founding NIHILIST Guitarist Passes Away

According to Tartarean Desire, former NIHILIST guitarist Leif "Leffe" Cuzner recently passed away in Montreal, Canada. Leif was one of the founding members of NIHILIST, the legendary Swedish death metal act he formed in 1987 together with Alex Hellid (ENTOMBED) and Nicke Andersson (THE HELLACOPTERS, ex-ENTOMBED). NIHILIST more or less evolved into ENTOMBED ...

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THE HELLACOPTERS To Release 'Best Of' Collection

Sweden's THE HELLACOPTERS, who feature in their ranks former ENTOMBED drummer Nicke Andersson on guitar/vocals, have posted the following message on their official web site: "It comes a time when a band decides to release a 'greatest hits'. Why? To mark the end of an era? To keep the record company happy? Or just for ...

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KORN, DEFTONES, ROB ZOMBIE, SEVENDUST Concert Attendance Figures Revealed

The following are a few select recent heavy metal/hard rock concert attendance figures, as reported by Billboard magazine: Artist/Event: KORN, MUDVAYNE, 10 YEARS Venue: Cricket Arena City/State: Charlotte, N.C. Date: March 22, 2006 Gross Sales: $236,131 Attendance: 6,596 Capacity: 6,596 Artist/Event: KORN, MUDVAYNE, 10 YEARS Venue: Veterans Memorial Arena City/State: Jacksonville, Fla. Date: March 21, ...

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Live Live in Paris - BACKYARD BABIES

Is it finally time for the BACKYARD BABIES to conquer their last frontier? They've toured with AC/DC, SOCIAL DISTORTION and VELVET REVOLVER, and they pre-date THE HELLACOPTERS. They've collaborated in various side projects with everyone from members of ENTOMBED to MICHAEL friggin' MONROE. Yet here in the States, they make DANKO JONES look popular and ...

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BACKYARD BABIES: More European Tour Dates Announced

Sweden's BACKYARD BABIES have lined up the following European dates during the coming months: Apr. 12 - Helsinki, FIN @ Noustori Apr. 13 - Helsinki, FIN @ Tavastia Apr. 14 - Tampere, FIN @ Pakkahuunhe Apr. 15 - Eskilstuna, SWE @ Kåren Apr. 16 - Gävle, SWE @ Sin City Apr. 17 - Åre, SWE ...

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The Chuck Norris... - THE CHUCK NORRIS EXPERIMENT

There is something to be said about back-to-basic, riff-heavy rock and roll, but it may not always be said in glowing terms. Featuring members of RICKSHAW, TIAMAT, and TAURUS, Sweden's THE CHUCK NORRIS EXPERIMENT [Insert lame and beat-to-death Chuck Norris joke here] have not made an awful retro rock; they just have not made a ...

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DEATH BREATH Featuring Former ENTOMBED, GRAVE Members: Audio Available

DEATH BREATH, the new Swedish old-school death metal project featuring former ENTOMBED drummer and main songwriter Nicke Andersson (currently the frontman of his rock 'n' roll band THE HELLACOPTERS) and vocalist Jörgen Sandström (who had previously fronted the Swedish death metallers GRAVE), have uploaded an unmixed preview of a song to be featured on their ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE, MOTÖRHEAD, IN FLAMES, DREAM THEATER Concert Attendance Figures Revealed

The following are a few select recent heavy metal/hard rock concert attendance figures, as reported by Billboard magazine: Artist/Event: MOTÖRHEAD, MELDRUM, MANNTIS Venue: House of Blues City/State: Las Vegas, Nev. Date: March 11, 2006 Gross Sales: $17,612 Attendance: 650 Capacity: 1,800 Artist/Event: MOTÖRHEAD, MY RUIN, MELDRUM Venue: House of Blues City/State: San Diego, Calif. Date: ...

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BACKYARD BABIES: New Album Title, Release Date Announced

Sweden's BACKYARD BABIES have set "People Like People Like People Like Us" as the title of their new studio album, due on April 12 via Sony BMG. The follow-up to 2003's "Stockholm Syndrome" was produced by THE HELLACOPTERS frontman/ex-ENTOMBED drummer Nicke Andersson, whose "genius arrangements have raised the bar musically," according to a press release. ...

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THE HELLACOPTERS Announce First U.S. Tour In Four Years

Sweden's THE HELLACOPTERS, who feature in their ranks former ENTOMBED drummer Nicke Andersson on guitar/vocals, have announced a three-week U.S. tour in March. "This will be our sixth U.S. tour since 1998 and the first one in almost four years," the band write on their web site. The dates are as follows: Mar. 06 - ...

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BURST Albums To Be Released On Deluxe Double LP

BURST's "Origo" and "Prey On Life" albums will be released on a deluxe double LP by Holland's Garden of Exile Records. Garden of Exile previously released an extremely limited BURST split 7" with THE OCEAN. As previously reported, BURST have been honored with the prestigious "P3 Guld" award for their critically acclaimed album "Origo" in ...

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BURST Comment On 'P3 Guld' Award Win

Sweden's BURST have commented on their surprising win in the "Best Rock/Metal Album Of The Year" category (for their criticially acclaimed "Origo" release) at the prestigious "P3 Guld" awards, which were held in Gothenburg, Sweden on Saturday (Jan. 21). Also nominated in this category were OPETH (who many believed were a virtual shoo-in ...

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Rock and Roll Is Dead - THE HELLACOPTERS

Mondo rock stars everywhere else, club-touring indie hopefuls here in the land that birthed rock and roll and then let it crawl out of its cradle like an unwanted bastard and immigrate. What's wrong with this country? At least we've finally got "Rock and Roll Is Dead" coming out domestically, albeit a million years after ...

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Mr. Right Hand Man - BABYRUTH

Time for a little Pavlovian experiment. THE HELLACOPTERS. TURBONEGRO. THE BLACK HALOS. BACKYARD BABIES. GLUECIFER. Are you drooling yet? If so, do what you have to do to get a copy of this Italian rock combo's tasty slab of snotty Swederock abandon. Hell, based on song titles alone, it's hard to understand how a label ...

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OPETH, BURST, THE HELLACOPTERS Among 'P3 Guld' Nominees

OPETH, BURST and THE HELLACOPTERS are among the nominated artists for the "P3 Guld" award from Swedish radio station P3 in the "Best Rock/Metal Album Of The Year" category. The winners will be announced on January 21, 2006 during a live awards ceremony broadcast from Storan in Gothenburg, Sweden. The event will feature a live ...

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IN FLAMES, SEPULTURA, MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY Members Reveal Their Favorite Albums Of 2005

In the December/January issue of the Swedish magazine Close-Up, a number of heavy metal/hard rock musicians list their favorite albums of 2005. Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA): BIOHAZARD – "Means to an End" CLAUSTROPHOBIA – "Fulminant" EXODUS – "Shovel Headed Kill Machine" Anders Fridén (IN FLAMES): NINE INCH NAILS - "With teeth" 10 YEARS – "The Autumn ...

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BACKYARD BABIES: New Album To Be Produced By HELLACOPTERS' ANDERSSON

Sweden's BACKYARD BABIES have tapped THE HELLACOPTERS frontman/ex-ENTOMBED drummer Nicke Andersson to produce their upcoming CD, tentatively due late spring 2006 via BMG. The upcoming collaboration will mark the first time that BACKYARD BABIES guitarist Dregen and Andersson have worked together since THE HELLACOPTERS' "Payin' the Dues" CD in 1997. BACKYARD BABIES' most recent full-length ...

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Give Me the Fear - TOKYO DRAGONS

Produced by the same guy who brought you THE DARKNESS, and already hyped to the rafters by the ever-fickle U.K. press, London denimboys TOKYO DRAGONS are yet another band pulling the mirrored shades, leather vests, and moustaches so ironic they hurt, all in the name of "real rock and roll". The thing these would-be saviors ...

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THE CENTURY FAMILY Releases 'Metal For The Masses Volume Four'

Continuing the highly successful "Metal for the Masses" series, the Century Family unseals "Metal for the Masses Volume Four", once again exclusive to Hot Topic locations nationwide. The two-disc compilation contains 40 tracks totaling over two hours of music. The artwork for "Volume Four" incorporates the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to stunning effect and ...

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ENTOMBED Announce New Album Title

Swedish metallers ENTOMBED have set "Serpent Saints" as the title of their new album, due on June 6, 2006 via Threeman Recordings. The upcoming CD will be the group's first without the contributions of guitarist Uffe Cederlund, who left the band in September. Speaking to Sweden's Close-Up magazine, ENTOMBED guitarist Alex Hellid had the following ...

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