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THE DEFACED To Film Video

Sweden's THE DEFACED, featuring DARKANE guitarist Klas Ideberg and SOILWORK drummer Henry Ranta, will film a video on Dec. 22 for one of the songs off their recently-completed new album, "Karma in Black". "The video is going to be shot by the same crew that made DARKANE's video for 'Innocence Gone'," guitarist Mattias Svensson wrote ...

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SOILWORK To Commence Recording New CD

Sweden's SOILWORK will enter Helsingborg's Queenstreet Recording studios on Dec. 16 to begin recording their as-yet-untitled fifth full-length album, due in late spring via Nuclear Blast Records. The band will track all guitars and keyboards at Queenstreet with producer Fredrik Nordström before moving over to Uppsala's Dug-Out Recording to record the drums under the watchful ...

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IN FLAMES: Taiwanese Gig Cancelled

Sweden's IN FLAMES have announced the cancellation of their planned concert at Live Zeit Geist in Taipei, Taiwan on Dec. 12. No reason was given for the cancellation. "Now the European leg of the tour is over, and it's been the most successful, most fun tour we've done so far," the band wrote on their ...

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THE DEFACED Reveal Track Listing For 'Karma In Black'

Sweden's THE DEFACED, featuring DARKANE guitarist Klas Ideberg and SOILWORK drummer Henry Ranta, have completed work on their sophomore effort, "Karma In Black", for an early 2003 release through Italy's Scarlet Records. Commented guitarist Mattias Svensson: "The mixing of 'Karma in Black' is done and the result totally speaks for itself. We believe that we ...

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LION'S SHARE Part With Bassist And Drummer, Pursue Outside Projects

Acclaimed Swedish melodic metal act LION'S SHARE have parted ways with Pontus Egberg (bass) and Johan Koleberg (drums) due to personal differences. Lars Chriss (guitar) and Tony Niva (vocals) will continue writing and demoing material for the group's fifth studio album, to be released sometime in late 2003 or early 2004. More information, including samples ...

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THE DEFACED Complete Recordings For 'Karma In Black'

Sweden's THE DEFACED, featuring DARKANE guitarist Klas Ideberg and SOILWORK drummer Henry Ranta, have completed the recordings for their sophomore effort, Karma In Black, and are preparing to begin mixing the effort for a late 2002/early 2003 release through Italy's Scarlet Records. According to guitarist Mattias Svensson, "I can easily say that we've all done ...

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CONSTRUCDEAD Part Ways With Vocalist

Sweden's CONSTRUCDEAD, featuring TERROR 2000 drummer Erik Thyselius, have amicably parted ways with vocalist Jonas Sandberg and are currently seeking a replacement. "There's no bad blood between us," reads a statement on the band's official web site. "We wish Jonas all the best and good luck in the future!! Feel free to mail him at: ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Enter Studio To Record Third CD

Innovative cult metallers STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have entered Armoury Studios (FEAR FACTORY, KISS, MÖTLEY CRÜE, VAN HALEN) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to record their third full-length studio album — their first since 1997's wildly-received City. Devin Townsend, SYL mastermind and guitarist, enthusiastically states: "I often have heard about people wanting a new dominating metal ...

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RAUNCHY Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

Denmark's RAUNCHY have been confirmed to appear at the Summer Breeze Open Air 2002 festival, which is scheduled to take place on August 22-24 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. RAUNCHY will be performing on the "Pain" stage on Saturday, August 24th beginning at 2:30 PM. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event ...

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Reroute To Remain - IN FLAMES

Quite remarkable how far this band has come from their ever-so-humble beginnings on a small Swedish death metal label to their internationally successful status of today, having inspired not only a great deal of metal bands in the process, but whose melodic twin guitar attack has already seen its influence seep into the hardcore scene ...

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Storm Before Calm - PRIMORDIAL

Apart from their generally convincing and captivating sound, the great thing about PRIMORDIAL's music is the way it morphs from album to album, each one stronger than the next. There has always been a distinct PRIMORDIAL sound, a hybrid of the best elements of black metal, epic doom metal and a sort of nebulous progressive ...

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THE DEFACED Set Album Title, Commence Recording Process

Sweden's THE DEFACED, featuring DARKANE guitarist Klas Ideberg and SOILWORK drummer Henry Ranta, have set Karma In Black as the title of their forthcoming sophomore effort, which is currently being produced by Ideberg and Rickard Larsson at Queenstreet Recording studios. 11 songs will be recorded for the CD, including a bonus track for the Japanese ...

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SOILWORK Join IN FLAMES/PAIN European Tour

SOILWORK have apparently replaced BLACKSHINE on the upcoming IN FLAMES/PAIN European tour, which is scheduled to kick off on October 7th in Hamburg, Germany and conclude on November 4th in Helsinki, Finland. Confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 07 - Hamburg, GER @ Docks Oct. 08 - Halle, GER @ Easy Schorre Oct. 09 - ...

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THE DEFACED Prepare To Record Sophomore CD

Sweden's THE DEFACED, featuring DARKANE guitarist Klas Ideberg and SOILWORK drummer Henry Ranta, have completed the pre-production process for their sophomore effort and will enter the studio in early August to begin recording the album for a late 2002/early 2003 release through Italy's Scarlet Records. According to the group's official web site, "the [new] material ...

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Faster Disaster - TERROR 2000

Like other underground hopefuls, TERROR 2000—the side project of SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid and DARKANE guitarist Klas Ideberg—is a band designed to take the formula perfected by the likes of AT THE GATES (circa their classic Slaughter Of The Soul CD) and push the envelope even further, with nary a trace of melody to ...

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Hell's Unleashed - UNLEASHED

Never known as one of the genre's more inventive outfits, Swedish death metallers UNLEASHED established a niche over the course of their previous five full-length albums that has ensured the group a die-hard and loyal following while simultaneously rendering much of their output virtually interchangeable. Despite a five-year break that followed the release of the ...

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COSMIC SPHERE: The New Scandinavian Metal Sensation

COSMIC SPHERE is the name of a new Finnish/Swedish metal act featuring guitarist Lars Chriss (LION'S SHARE), guitarist Antti Wirman (WARMEN, CRAYDAWN), bassist Tapio Oksanen (CRAYDAWN) and drummer Kristian Enqvist (ex-RISING FAITH). Playing a musical style described as "heavy, energetic and melodic metal in the vein of IN FLAMES/SOILWORK," the band are currently writing songs ...

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SCAR CULTURE Find Replacement Drummer For North American Tour

SCAR CULTURE have lined up drummer Alpheus Underhill to replace Duke Borisov on their upcoming North American tour with HYPOCRISY, SOILWORK and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. Borisov, the band's original drummer, was forced to take a hiatus from the group last month. A resident of Los Angeles, Underhill jumped at the opportunity to fly out New York ...

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SINGLE BULLET THEORY Join HYPOCRISY, SOILWORK Touring Package

SINGLE BULLET THEORY will be supporting HYPOCRISY, SOILWORK, and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE during their upcoming US tour, which is scheduled to kick off on May 12th in St. Paul, Minnesota. It is not presently clear if SINGLE BULLET THEORY will be making an appearance on the bill in addition to the previously-announced SCAR CULTURE, or if ...

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Metal/Hard Rock Album Sales In The US As Reported By SoundScan

Here are the latest sales figures for various current and catalog metal/hard rock releases in the US (in total units sold to date since the albums were issued), as reported by SoundScan for the week ending April 21st, 2002: KORN Issues: 3,047,076 KORN Follow The Leader: 3,414,717 LIMP BIZKIT Chocolate Starfish: 6,259,073 LIMP BIZKIT Significant ...

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SCAR CULTURE Seek Fill-In Drummer For Upcoming Tour

Due to a family emergency, SCAR CULTURE drummer Duke Borisov has been forced to take a temporary hiatus from the band. As a result, the Brooklyn, New York-based group are currently on a frantic search for a fill-in drummer for their upcoming North American tour with HYPOCRISY, SOILWORK and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. Interested parties should e-mail ...

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HYPOCRISY, SOILWORK Initial Dates Released

Ticketmaster is currently selling tickets to the following dates on the forthcoming North American tour featuring HYPOCRISY, SOILWORK, SCAR CULTURE, and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: May 13 – Pops - Sauget, IL May 15 - Metro - Chicago, IL May 22 - Jaxx Nightclub - W. Springfield, VA May 26 - Krome - South Amboy, NJ A ...

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THE MUSHROOM RIVER BAND Confirmed For Sweden's 2000 DECIBEL FESTIVAL

Sweden's THE MUSHROOM RIVER BAND, featuring former SPIRITUAL BEGGARS bassist/vocalist Christian “Spice” Sjöstrand, have been tapped to replace Spice's previous group, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, as one of the headliners of this year's 2000 Decibel festival, which is scheduled to be held on May 18th in Bengtsfors, Sweden (180 km north of Gothenburg). The full list of ...

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