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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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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Honored At SKAP's Annual Ceremony

Every year SKAP awards scholarships and prizes to celebrate Swedish creativity across all musical genres. The awards ceremony takes place in tandem with SKAP's annual spring party which is organized with the composers in mind and creativity as the main focus. This year Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH was awarded an exclusive scholarship ...

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AVATARIUM Singer: 'People Have This Preconception That Female Vocalists Only Use Opera-Styled Vocals In Metal'

Raymond Westland of The Midlands Rocks recently conducted an interview with AVATARIUM singer Jennie-Ann Smith. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. The Midlands Rocks: Can you start by telling how you become involved with AVATARIUM? Jennie-Ann Smith: AVATARIUM started out as a project from Leif Edling (CANDLEMASS) and Mikael Åkerfeldt ...

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HYPOCRISY Bassist Sitting Out European Tour

For "personal reasons," bassist Mikael Hedlund of Swedish death metallers HYPOCRISY is sitting out the band's current European tour with HEAVEN SHALL BURN. Filling in for him is André Skaug of CLAWFINGER. HYPOCRISY was forced to cancel its North American tour earlier in the year due to reasons beyond the group's control. The bandmembers had ...

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BLOOD EAGLE: 'Death Sub Zero' Video Released

"Death Sub Zero", the second music video from BLOOD EAGLE, the Danish death metal band featuring members of VOLBEAT, MNEMIC, HATESPHERE, ILLDISPOSED and RAUNCHY, can be seen below. The clip was filmed at the group's debut show at the 2013 edition of the Aalborg Metal Festival, which was held November 7-9 at Studenterhuset in Aalborg, ...

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SCORPIONS: 'MTV Unplugged' Trailer

Sony International has announced the release of SCORPIONS' new offering "MTV Unplugged". Due out in North America on January 21, 2014, material from "MTV Unplugged" is taken from the SCORPIONS' first-ever "MTV Unplugged" show and features new acoustic versions of best-loved classic hits, as well as five brand new songs. "MTV Unplugged" will be available ...

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SCORPIONS: 'MTV Unplugged' Track Listing Revealed

Sony International has announced the release of SCORPIONS' new offering "MTV Unplugged". Due out in North America on January 21, 2014, material from "MTV Unplugged" is taken from the SCORPIONS' first-ever "MTV Unplugged" show and features new acoustic versions of best-loved classic hits, as well as five brand new songs. "MTV Unplugged" will be available ...

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