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TRISTANIA Complete Work On New Album

Norwegian symphonic metal band TRISTANIA have issued the following update: "We are eager to announce that the new album is completely finished. We are all delighted with our latest creation, which has been named 'Illumination'. The planned release is in September. Some titles from the album are 'Sanguine Sky', 'Open Ground', 'Lotus', 'Down' and 'Mercyside', ...

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TRISTANIA Part Ways With Male Singer

Norwegian symphonic metal band TRISTANIA have parted ways with vocalist Kjetil Ingebrethsen. Commented Kjetil: "After four amazing years, I have decided to leave TRISTANIA. There is no bad blood between us at all, and we are still good friends. This is a choice I had to make, just for my own part, and it was ...

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GREEN CARNATION Confirmed For France's RAISMESFEST

Norway's prog-metal masters GREEN CARNATION have been confirmed for the Raismesfest 2006, set to take place September 9-10 in Raismes, France. Also scheduled to appear are FREAK KITCHEN, ADAGIO, ANDROMEDA and WATCHA. Commented GREEN CARNATION drummer Tommy Jackson in a statement: "We have been waiting a long time to play in France, and we're delighted ...

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GREEN CARNATION Added To TRISTANIA's European Tour

Norway's prog-metal masters GREEN CARNATION have been added to European Harvest Festival tour, set to take place in September. This will be GREEN CARNATION's first European tour since 2003. Also appearing on the bill are headliners TRISTANIA, plus additional support acts MORGANA LEFAY, DERANGED, MACHINE MEN and one more as-yet-unannouned band. The dates are as ...

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THERION: 'Celebrators Of Becoming' DVD/CD Details Revealed

Sweden's THERION will be issuing a six-disc DVD/CD set, entitled "Celebrators of Becoming", on May 5. The package will include four DVDs and two audio discs. It will be available in two versions, one luxury digipak version in a slip case and one cheaper version, but both will contain all discs. The idea is that ...

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TRISTANIA: European Support Acts Announced

Norwegian symphonic metal band TRISTANIA will be support by MACHINE MEN, TURISAS, DERANGED and MORGANA LEFAY on their upcoming European headlining tour, which is scheduled to kick off in early September. Sep. 10 - Paris, FRA @ TBA Sep. 11 - Essen, GER @ TBA Sep. 12 - Berlin, GER @ TBA Sep. 13 - ...

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TRISTANIA Begin Recording New Album, Schedule Headlining Tour

Norwegian symphonic metal band TRISTANIA have entered Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany with producer Waldemar Sorychta (LACUNA COIL, MOONSPELL, SAMAEL) to begin recording their new album, tentatively due late August via SPV Records. A headlining tour will follow in September. Tentative dates are as follows: Sep. 10 - Paris, FRA @ TBA Sep. 11 - ...

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GAIA EPICUS Slam Former Record Label, Send Warning To Other Bands

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS have gone public with their feud with their former record label, Portugal's Sound Riot Records, over the company's alleged unprofessional and dishonest treatment of their acts. A special section on the GAIA EPICUS web site features first-hand accounts from other band that are/were signed to the company regarding their dealings ...

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ELDRITCH Confirmed For Italy's EVOLUTION FESTIVAL

Italian melodic power thrashers ELDRITCH have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Evolution Festival, set to take place July 15-16, 2006 at Toscolano Maderno Campo Sportivo in Brescia, Italy. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AMON AMARTH (SWE) ANNIHILATOR (CAN) ARTHEMIS (ITA) ATHEIST (USA) CRADLE OF FILTH (UK) ...

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LEAVES' EYES Frontwoman LIV KRISTINE Confirmed For Germany's M'ERA LUNA FESTIVAL

LEAVES' EYES/ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY frontwoman Liv Kristine has been confirmed for the M'era Luna Festival, set to take place August 12-13 in Hildesheim, Germany. Other acts scheduled to appear at the festival include APOPTYGMA BERZERK, DEATHSTARS, DIE KRUPPS, DOPE STARS INC., ELIS, EPICA, FRONTLINE ASSEMBLY, GOTHMINISTER, IN EXTREMO, MINISTRY, THE GATHERING, TRISTANIA and WITHIN TEMPTATION. ...

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NIGHTMARE Confirmed For Italy's EVOLUTION FESTIVAL

French power metallers NIGHTMARE have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Evolution Festival, set to take place July 15-16, 2006 at Toscolano Maderno Campo Sportivo in Brescia, Italy. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): ARTHEMIS ATHEIST DESTRUCTION FINNTROLL THE GATHERING HAGGARD KAYSER KORPIKLAANI MOONSPELL NIGHTMARE SECRET SPHERE TESTAMENT ...

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BATTLELORE: Live Dates Announced

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Apr. 06 - London, UK @ Camden Underground (w/ TURISAS) Jun. 09 - Helsinki, FIN @ Senaatintori Aug. 3-5 - Wacken, Germany @ Wacken Open Air Aug. 13 - Imatra, FIN @ Rock To The River Festival BATTLELORE are currently ...

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HAGGARD Confirmed For Italy's EVOLUTION FESTIVAL

German orchestral metallers HAGGARD have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Evolution Festival, set to take place July 15-16, 2006 at Toscolano Maderno Campo Sportivo in Brescia, Italy. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): ARTHEMIS ATHEIST DESTRUCTION FINNTROLL HAGGARD KAYSER KORPIKLAANI MOONSPELL SECRET SPHERE SADIST THE GATHERING TRISTANIA ...

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TESTAMENT, MOONSPELL, WITHIN TEMPTATION Confirmed For Italy's EVOLUTION FESTIVAL

TESTAMENT, MOONSPELL and WITHIN TEMPTATION are among the newly confirmed bands for this year's edition of the Evolution Festival, set to take place July 15-16, 2006 at Toscolano Maderno Campo Sportivo in Brescia, Italy. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: ARTHEMIS ATHEIST DESTRUCTION FINNTROLL KAYSER KORPIKLAANI MOONSPELL SECRET SPHERE TESTAMENT THE GATHERING TRISTANIA ...

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BATTLELORE Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE have been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 3-5 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): ABORTED AMON AMARTH ATHEIST BATTLELORE BLOODTHORN BORN FROM PAIN CANNIBAL CORPSE CELTIC FROST CHILDREN OF BODOM DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER EKTOMORF ...

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BATTLELORE Announce German, Dutch Gig Cancellations

Guitarist Jyri Vahvanen of the Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE has posted the following message at the band's web site: "Gigs in Lübeck (Germany) on Jan. 27, Osnabrück (Germany) on Jan. 28 and Arnhem (Holland) on Jan. 29 are CANCELLED. We were really anxious for those gigs and more than ready to visit Middle Europe ...

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BATTLELORE To Release New Album Before End Of The Year

Guitarist Jyri Vahvanen of the Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE has posted the following message at the band's web site: "We are currently working with the new material and you are allowed to expect longer and more majestic songs than ever before. There's a lot of material where to choose the most efficient tracks for ...

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TRISTANIA Select Producer For New Album

Norwegian symphonic metal band TRISTANIA have posted the following message on their official web site: "The band feels it is about time to reveal some more details regarding the upcoming album. "It looks like it will be recorded in March, and they are happy to announce that it will be produced by Waldemar Sorychta [LACUNA ...

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TURISAS Guitarist In Critical Condition Following Traffic Accident

Finnish "pagan battle metal" act TURISAS have posted the following message on their official web site: "To prevent any more rumours spreading, we need to make the following statement. "Early Friday morning Georg [Laakso, guitar] was injured severely in a motor accident outside Hämeenlinna. Due to the unfortunate actions of the authorities, he was found ...

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GAIA EPICUS Announce New Drummer

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS have announced the addition of drummer Ole A. Myrholt (ARCHON, DIABOLICAL, BREED, ENSLAVEMENT OF BEAUTY, I WAS FLESH ONCE, VALE, THE WHIPCORDS) to the group's ranks. "Myrholt is no stranger to the music industry as he has been in many bands," the group write on their web site. "Now he ...

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GAIA EPICUS Frontman To Guest On Norwegian TV Show

GAIA EPICUS guitarist/vocalist Thomas Christian Hansen will be a guest on the Norwegian interactive metal TV chat show "Metal Svisj" on November 1. The show airs at 12:40 a.m. and can be seen on the Norwegian channel NRK2. As previously reported, GAIA EPICUS have uploaded their video for the track "Hands of Fate" at

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TRISTANIA To Record New Album In February

Norwegian symphonic metal band TRISTANIA have posted the following message on their official web site: "First of all we would like thank the ones that showed up and supported us on Wave Gotik Treffen, Summer Breeze and Wacken Open Air. We had a great time. "As most of you know by now; we're currently in ...

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NIGHTMARE: 'The Dominion Gate' Gets A Release Date

Regain Records has set a November 7 European release date for the new album from French power metallers NIGHTMARE, entitled "The Dominion Gate". The CD was recorded during April-May, 2005 at Soundsuite Studio with Norwegian producer Terje Refsnes (TRISTANIA, SIRENIA, GREEN CARNATION) and includes special guest appearances by AFTER FOREVER's Floor Jansen and Sander Gommans, ...

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