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OPETH Hopes To Release New Studio Album In June

Swedish progressive metallers OPETH have completed work on their 11th studio album for a tentative June release via Roadrunner Records. The last OPETH album, 2011's "Heritage", received mixed reactions, with some fans claiming that the group had detached itself from its death metal past and gone for a more experimental approach, changing its sound in ...

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PORTRAIT To Release 'Crossroads' In April

Swedish heavy metal act PORTRAIT will release its new album, "Crossroads", on April 25 in Europe and April 29 in North America via Metal Blade Records. The first single from the record, "In Time", can be streamed below. PORTRAIT comments: "'Crossroads' is a sevenfold blessing and curse upon a dying music scene, an album imbued ...

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SHEAR: New Song 'Hollow, Black & Cold' Available For Streaming

Finnish metal/rock act SHEAR will release its second album, "Katharsis", on March 24 in Europe and on April 1 in North America via Lifeforce Records. The artwork for the CD was created by TEXTURES bassist Remko Tielemans. Another song, "Hollow, Black & Cold", from "Katharsis" can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. "Katharsis" was ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY's MIKAEL STANNE Speaks To SPIRIT OF METAL (Video)

Spirit Of Metal conducted an interview with vocalist Mikael Stanne of Swedish death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY when they played West Hollywood, California on February 22. You can now watch the chat below. On its North American tour, DARK TRANQUILLITY sold a seven-inch EP entitled "A Memory Construct", which will also be released digitally in the ...

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SCORPIONS To Perform At Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix

German hard rock legends SCORPIONS will perform at the 2014 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix on April. 5. The concert is one of several events which will highlight the spectacular off-track celebrations that will mark Bahrain International Circuit's (BIC) 10th anniversary. "It is an absolute delight to have rock legends like the SCORPIONS ...

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DYNAZTY To Release 'Renatus' In March

Stockholm, Sweden-based rockers DYNAZTY will release their fourth studio album, "Renatus", on March 31 via Spinefarm Records. The CD's first single, "Starlight", is now available on iTunes. Says DYNAZTY guitarist Love Magnusson: "From the get-go, 'Starlight' felt like a quintessential heavy metal single. The idea was to create a heavy and fast-paced melodic bomb!" As ...

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SHEAR: New Song 'Last Warning' Available For Streaming

Finnish metal/rock act SHEAR will release its second album, "Katharsis", on March 24 in Europe and on April 1 in North America via Lifeforce Records. The artwork for the CD was created by TEXTURES bassist Remko Tielemans. The song "Last Warning" from "Katharsis" can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. "Katharsis" was recorded between ...

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Former ENGEL Singer MAGNUS KLAVBORN Joins Reactivated THE DUSKFALL

Swedish metallers THE DUSKFALL have returned after an eight-year absence. The band, which features in its ranks former ENGEL singer Magnus Klavborn, is currently working on material for its fifth album. The CD will contain "11 tracks of old-school, melodic metal," according to a press release, and will be made available through pledges from the ...

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AZORIA To Release 'Seasons Change' Next Month

Swedish heavy/power metal band AZORIA will release its debut album, "Seasons Change", on February 5 in Japan and February 28 in the rest of the world. AZORIA was founded in early 2013 by the band leader and lead guitarist Alexander Oriz. Oriz has spent the last few years working as a producer, songwriter, guitarist and ...

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SCORPIONS: 'Holiday' Unplugged Performance Clip

SCORPIONS fans worldwide can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the brand new live performance video for "Holiday" on USAToday.com. The never-before-seen (or heard) video is taken from the beautifully orchestrated stripped-down concerts that became the SCORPIONS' forthcoming CD/DVD and Blu-ray release, "MTV Unplugged", but does not appear on ...

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SHEAR To Release 'Katharsis' In March

Finnish metal/rock act SHEAR will release its second album, "Katharsis", on March 24 in Europe and on April 1 in North America via Lifeforce Records. The artwork for the CD was created by TEXTURES bassist Remko Tielemans. "Katharsis" was recorded between April and October 2013 at Sound Supreme Studio and and 5by5 Studio, where the ...

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SCORPIONS' RUDOLF SCHENKER, KLAUS MEINE Interviewed On France's 'Metal XS' (Video)

French webmagazine Hard Force's "Metal XS" recently conducted an interview with guitarist Rudolf Schenker and vocalist Klaus Meine of German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS. You can now watch the chat below. Due in North America on January 21, 2014 via Sony International, material for SCORPIONS' "MTV Unplugged" is taken from the band's first-ever "MTV Unplugged" ...

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OPETH Mainman On Next Album: 'It's A Metal Record And A Progressive Record And Something Else Too'

Guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH spoke to U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to 2011's "Heritage". "I have eight songs written and the direction is going straight into the territory of 'all over the place!'" he laughed. "I think that's our strength, that ...

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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT On Next Album: It's Time To Go 'All In' With String Instrumentation

Guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH spoke to Decibel magazine about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to 2011's "Heritage". "I have about six songs done and another two or three just started," he said, "plus a million ideas that I haven't processed yet. Some songs are simple and ...

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SCORPIONS' KLAUS MEINE Interviewed On Greece's 'Rock Show' (Audio)

Vocalist Klaus Meine of German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS was interviewed on the December 16 edition of the "Rock Show" radio program from Greece , hosted by John Vardakis. The full two-hour broadcast, including the Meine interview, plus an extended presentation of SCORPIONS' "MTV Unplugged" album, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. Due ...

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SCORPIONS Interviewed By France's TV ROCK LIVE (Video)

On December 9, 2013, guitarists Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs of German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS spoke to the France's TV Rock Live about the band's forthcoming offering "MTV Unplugged". You can now watch video footage of the chat below. Due in North America on January 21, 2014 via Sony International, material for "MTV Unplugged" ...

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SCORPIONS Talk To France's RTL2 About 'MTV Unplugged' (Video)

German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS recently spoke to the French radio station RTL2 about their forthcoming offering "MTV Unplugged". You can now watch video footage of the chat below. Due in North America on January 21, 2014 via Sony International, material for "MTV Unplugged" is taken from the SCORPIONS' first-ever "MTV Unplugged" show and features ...

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KAROSS: 'Two' Album Out Now

Skövde, Sweden-based stoner metal band KAROSS released its second studio album, "Two", on December 10 via Skulls And Flames Recordings, with physical distribution in Europe through DFR. The CD is available in all major stores, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and 600 different download/stream service. A North American release of the album is planned for January 2014 ...

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IHSAHN: 'I Underestimated My Listeners'

We Love Metal recently conducted an interview with EMPEROR frontman Ihsahn (real name: Vegard Sverre Tveitan). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. We Love Metal: This album ["Das Seelenbrechen"] was much more progressive than the last album. What were some of your inspirations for that? Ihsahn: Well, I've been wanting ...

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DEGRADEAD: 'Scars Of Misery' Video Released

"Scars Of Misery", the new video from Stockholm, Sweden-based melodic death metallers DEGRADEAD, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's fourth album, "The Monster Within", which was released on August 23 via Metalville. The CD was recorded between January 14 and February 2 at Panic Room studios in Skara with producer ...

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