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OBITUARY, HOLY MOSES, AVATAR: European Tour Dates Revealed

Legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY will team up with long-running German thrashers HOLY MOSES for a European tour in January 2008. Also appearing on the bill are Swedish metallers AVATAR. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jan. 03 - Holland Zwolle - Hedon Jan. 04 - Holland Tilburg - O 13 Jan. 05 - Germany Osnabrueck ...

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AVATAR To Resume Recording Second Album

Up-and-coming Swedish metal band AVATAR recently entered the studio to record its second album, due later in the year through Gain Records. "We're finally sober enough to do the final recording sessions for the album," the group writes on its web site. "The first date is set to be May 21. The album will come ...

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SAVATAGE: 1993 Video Footage From Italy Posted Online

Video footage of SAVATAGE performing the song "Degrees of Sanity" on the "Edge of Thorns" tour in Milan, Italy on June 8, 1993 with guitarist founding guitarist Criss Oliva has been posted online at YouTube. Professionally shot video footage of SAVATAGE performing the song "Dead Winter Dead" at the Dynamo Open Air festival ...

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CHIMAIRA Confirmed For Sweden's HULTSFRED Festival

Cleveland's CHIMAIRA has been confirmed for this year's Hultsfred festival, which is scheduled to take place June 14-16 in Hultsfred, Sweden (CHIMAIRA will perform on June 14). The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): 50 CENT [US] AIDEN [US] AMY WINEHOUSE [UK] ANNA TERNHEIM [S] ASHA ALI [S] AVATAR [S] BLACK ...

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METAL BLADE RECORDS' 25th Anniversary Celebration Detailed

In 1982, Metal Blade Records began operating in a young Heavy Metal fan's mom's garage in suburban Los Angeles. The result of that metal fan's enthusiasm was the first Metal Blade Records release, "Metal Massacre", a local band compilation that included METALLICA's first recorded release, BLACK N BLUE, MALICE, CIRITH UNGOL, DEMON FLIGHT, BITCH, AVATAR, ...

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AVATAR To Support IN FLAMES In Norway, Sweden

Up-and-coming Swedish metal band AVATAR will support IN FLAMES on their upcoming tour of Sweden and Norway. The dates are as follows: Mar. 16 - Trondheim (NO), Samfundet Mar. 17 - Haugesund (NO), Byscenen Mar. 18 - Bergen (NO), Verftet Mar. 19 - Stavanger (NO), Folken Mar. 22 - Karlskrona (SE), Kino Mar. 23 - ...

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AVATAR Back In The Studio

The young, up-and-coming Swedish metal band AVATAR has entered the studio to record its second album. The first single will be released at the end of May through Gain Records, to be followed by the full-length CD in September. "So far everything is going as planned," drummer John Alfredsson writes in a press release. "The ...

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DREAM THEATER Signs With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

Roadrunner Records has announced the signing of progressive metal pioneers DREAM THEATER. A new studio album, "Systematic Chaos", is due in June. DREAM THEATER will hit the road in support of the album for a world tour, including major festival appearances in Europe. Since their first studio release in 1989, this U.S.-based five-piece has notched ...

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EVERGREY To Embark On First-Ever Eastern European Tour

Swedish metallers EVERGREY will embark on their first Eastern European tour in January. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jan. 11 - Nitra, SK - Stara Pekaren Jan. 12 - Budapest, HUN - Kultiplex Jan. 14 - Larissa, GRE - Live Music House Jan. 15 - Plovdiv, BUL - Geo Milev Hall Jan. 17 - Sofia, ...

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EVERGREY Begins Work On New Album

Swedish metallers EVERGREY have returned to their rehearsal studios to prepare their next studio album. The band is tentatively scheduled to begin recording the follow-up to this year's "Monday Morning Apocalypse" in February for a May 2007 release. Commented guitarist/vocalist Tom S. Englund, "So far the material sounds about the heaviest and darkest we have ...

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GODHEAD Confirms U.K. Dates With SOIL

Returning from a holiday season break following completion of the thunderous "Congress of Corruption" fall U.S. tour with new Cement Shoes Records (Fontana/Universal) labelmates ILL NINO and RA, post-industrial glam slammers GODHEAD are set to go back on the road and take their riveting live show overseas in January as the main support on SOIL's ...

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SAMAEL To Play Romania For First Time

Switzerland's SAMAEL will make is first-ever appearance in Romania on December 2, 2006 at Agronomia Sports Hall in Bucharest. Support at the show will come from AVATAR (Craiova) and DIES IRAE (Bucharest). For more information, visit www.samael.metalfan.ro. As previously reported, SAMAEL's September 29, 2006 show in Lausanne was broadcast live via the Internet. ...

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EVERGREY: European Tour Dates Announced

Swedish metallers EVERGREY have lined up the following European tour dates with up-and-coming melodic death metal band AVATAR as support: Oct. 24 - München (DE), Metropolis Oct. 25 - Milano (ITA), Rainbow Oct. 27 - Madrid (ESP), Caracol Oct. 28 - Bilbao (ESP), Kafe Antzoki Oct. 29 - Barcelona (ESP), Apolo Oct. 30 - Lyon ...

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CARNIVAL IN COAL: Second And Third Albums Reissued On Single CD

After having re-released the cult debut effort "Vivalavida" (with previously unreleased "Sramik" demo as bonus) from French experimentalists CARNIVAL IN COAL at the end of 2005, Equilibre Music has now reissued on one single CD the second and the third albums from the duo. CARNIVAL IN COAL's "French Cancan" (1999) displays some of the most ...

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Unhealthy Opera - YYRKOON

I think I still prefer 2003's "Occult Medicine" to YYRKOON's soon-to-be-released (in North America) "Unhealthy Opera", but the latter continues to grow on me. Fortunately, fans of "Occult Medicine" will not be let down with "Unhealthy Opera", as the French band follows up a strong death/thrash album with another strong death/thrash album. Those unfamiliar with ...

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BAL-SAGOTH: New Song Posted Online

A brand new BAL-SAGOTH track, entitled "The Hammer of the Emperor", has been posted online at the band's MySpace.com page. The song comes off the group's recently completed long-awaited sixth album, "The Chthonic Chronicles", due later in the year via Nuclear Blast Records. "The Chthonic Chronicles" (view cover here) track listing: ...

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SONIC SYNDICATE Part Ways With Drummer, Announce Replacement

Swedish metal band SONIC SYNDICATE have parted ways with drummer Kristoffer Bäcklund. "This decision was very hard to make, ultimately came about due to lack of enthusiasm and motivation on his side," explained the band's guitarist and songwriter Roger Sjunnesson. "We came to the conclusion that if we were to continue SONIC SYNDICATE as a ...

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