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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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DARK TRANQUILLITY Frontman Interviewed By PEEK FROM THE PIT (Video)

Nick Azinas of Peek From The Pit conducted an interview with vocalist Mikael Stanne of Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY before the band's November 7 concert at The Garage in London, England. You can now watch the chat below. DARK TRANQUILLITY's tenth studio album, "Construct", was released on May 27 via Century Media Records. ...

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OPETH Mainman MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Speaks To FIGHT NETWORK (Video)

Earlier in the year, Fight Network's Fight + Music conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH. You can now watch the chat below. OPETH is spending the remaining months of 2013 putting the finishing touches on the writing and recording process for its next studio effort, which will be released ...

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FINNTROLL Interviewed By BillZebub.com (Video)

BillZebub.com recently conducted an interview with guitarist Mikael "Routa" Karlbom and vocalist Mathias "Vreth" Lillmåns of Finnish folk metallers FINNTROLL. You can now watch the chat below. FINNTROLL's sixth album, "Blodsvept", was released on April 2 via Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2010's "Nifelvind" was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki ...

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BLOOD EAGLE: 'Kill Your Tyrants' Video Released

"Kill Your Tyrants", the first 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 consists of a mixture of studio and rehearsal footage filmed throughout 2013. Commented the band: "As you can see and hear, [the video is] straight ...

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SCORPIONS To Release 'MTV Unplugged' In November

The greatest delight for the SCORPIONS fans, of which there are several million throughout the world, is the fact that there is no end in sight for the farewell world tour, even though this has been continuing for three years now. SCORPIONS still are Germany's internationally most popular rock band ever in the history of ...

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HYPOCRISY Interviewed BY Moshpit.ru (Video)

Peter Tägtgren and Mikael Hedlund of Swedish death metallers HYPOCRISY were interviewed by Moshpit.ru when the band performed in Kiev, Ukraine on September 19. You can now watch the chat below. HYPOCRISY was forced to cancel its previously announced North American tour earlier in the year due to reasons beyond the group's control. The bandmembers ...

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Former ROADRUNNER A&R Guru Discusses 'XXX: Three Decades Of Roadrunner Records' Box Set (Audio)

On September 27, Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas conducted an interview with former Roadrunner Records A&R chief and current Nuclear Blast Entertainment president Monte Conner for the "Metal Hammer" radio show on TeamRock Radio. You can listen to the chat using the SoundCloud player below. Roadrunner Records celebrates its three-decades-plus legacy as one of the ...

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Dethroned & Uncrowned - KATATONIA

KATATONIA and OPETH have historically been muttered in the same breath as fellow impresarios of fugue metal, even if the former hasn't been anything remotely close to metal in quite some time. Of course, the bands shared Mikael Åkerfeldt through the Nineties, so they were bound to share the spotlight as well. Over the years, ...

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DEGRADEAD: More 'The Monster Within' Studio Footage Posted Online

More behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "The Monster Within", the fourth album from Stockholm, Sweden-based melodic death metallers DEGRADEAD, can be seen below. Released on August 23 via Metalville, the CD was recorded between January 14 and February 2 at Panic Room studios in Skara with producer Thomas "Plec" Johansson and marks the group's ...

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CRYSTAL EYES Completes Work On New Album

Swedish metallers CRYSTAL EYES have completed work on their new album, "Killer". Songtitles set to appear on the CD (in no particular order): * Killer * Hail The Fallen * Warrior * Forgotten Realms * The Lord Of Chaos * Solar Mariner * Dreamers On Trial * Spotlight Rebel * Dogs On Holy Ground The ...

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OPETH Mainman Says Next Album Will Have 'More Sinister-Sounding Riffs'

This coming Friday, September 6, Swedish progressive metallers OPETH will set sail on Melloboat 2013, a two-day cruise between Stockholm, Sweden and Riga, Latvia featuring performances by a number of progressive cult bands and heavy hitters, including Morgan Ågren (featuring a guest appearance by Devin Townsend), SAGA (Sweden), CRESSIDA, ICECROSS, TRETTIOÅRIGA KRIGET, ÄNGLAGÅRD, PANTA REI ...

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DEGRADEAD: 'The Monster Within' Studio Footage Posted Online

Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "The Monster Within", the fourth album from Stockholm, Sweden-based melodic death metallers DEGRADEAD, can be seen below. Released on August 23 via Metalville, the CD was recorded between January 14 and February 2 at Panic Room studios in Skara with producer Thomas "Plec" Johansson and marks the group's first ...

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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT To Curate 2014 ROADBURN Festival

Guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH has agreed to curate Roadburn Festival 2014 on Friday, April 11 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. As curator, Mikael will personally select the bands for his special event, and play a headline show with OPETH, too! OPETH's body of work is highly respected by ...

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SCORPIONS Guitarist In GIBSON's 'Artist Spotlight' (Video)

Rudolf Schenker, guitarist and founding member of German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS, recently spoke to Gibson about the strangest shows his band has ever had. Check out the chat below. On September 11, September 12 and September 14, SCORPIONS will play three concerts in Athens, Greece under the banner "MTV Unplugged - Scorpions Live In ...

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'XXX: Three Decades Of Roadrunner Records' Box Coming In October

Roadrunner Records celebrates its three-decades-plus legacy as one of the most highly regarded labels in heavy metal and hard rock history by releasing a four-CD boxed set covering a broad spectrum of heavy music with tracks from dozens of the world's most legendary artists. The set, due for release on October 1, includes 54 tracks ...

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DEGRADEAD: 'The Monster Within' Cover Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

Stockholm, Sweden-based melodic death metallers DEGRADEAD will release their fourth album, "The Monster Within", on August 23 via Metalville. The CD was recorded between January 14 and February 2 at Panic Room studios in Skara with producer Thomas "Plec" Johansson and marks the group's first release with new drummer Amit Mohla. According to the band, ...

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