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Vocalist HENRIETTE BORDVIK Quits SIRENIA

Vocalist Henriette Bordvik has announced her departure from SIRENIA, the Norwegian gothic metal band featuring former TRISTANIA guitarist/vocalist Morten Veland. Her official statement on the matter reads as follows: "It's a difficult call this one, but it has now come down to me leaving SIRENIA. Seeing how the band is working full-time on the new ...

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EVERGREY, TRISTANIA Confirmed For Norway's KARMØYGEDDON ARTIC Festival

EVERGREY, TRISTANIA, TØMMERMENN, RAM ZET and MINDGRINDER have been confirmed for the Karmøygeddon Artic festival, set to take place November 12 at Byscenen in Haugesund, Norway. Meanwhile, the next edition of the Karmøygeddon Metal Festival will be held on May 5-6, 2006. More details will be made available soon. For further information (in Norwegian), and ...

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NIGHTMARE Film Video For 'A Taste Of Armageddon'

French power metallers NIGHTMARE shot a video for the track "A Taste of Armageddon" last weekend with director Johann Porcher (KAIZEN). "A Taste of Armageddon" comes off the band's upcoming album, "The Dominion Gate", due this fall via Sweden's Regain Records. The CD was recorded during April-May, 2005 at Soundsuite Studio with Norwegian producer Terje ...

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GAIA EPICUS Film 'Hand Of Fate' Video

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS have posted the following message on their official web site: "GAIA EPICUS did a video shoot for the song 'Hand of Fate' last Saturday, and the video was made outdoors in the forest. On this video the band hired Robert Myrhaug (MEMORIZED DREAMS) to play the drums. Robert will also ...

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GAIA EPICUS Working On New Material

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS have posted the following message on their official web site: "In February, Thomas [Christian Hansen, guitar/vocals] started to make new songs for the third album, and by middle of April, he had made 11 tracks for the next album. A demo for these songs [was] made and as it seems ...

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NIGHTMARE: 'The Dominion Gate' Track Listing Revealed

French power metallers NIGHTMARE have revealed the complete track listing for their new album, "The Dominion Gate", due this fall via Sweden's Regain Records. The album was recorded during April-May, 2005 at Soundsuite Studio with Norwegian producer Terje Refsnes (TRISTANIA, SIRENIA, GREEN CARNATION). The CD includes special guest appearances by AFTER FOREVER's Floor Jansen and ...

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BATTLELORE Schedule CD-Release Party

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE will celebrate the release of their new album, "Third Age of the Sun", by giving a concert in Lappeenranta on Friday, August 5. "The local 'Linnoituksen Yö' festival has been around for years and we all remember how great it was to have something like this in our hometown," the ...

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NIGHTMARE Confirmed For France's VIBES IN PARIS FESTIVAL

French power metallers NIGHTMARE have been confirmed for the Vibes In Paris Festival, set to take place November 20 at La Loco in Paris, France. Also scheduled to appear at the festival are AFTER FOREVER, MAGICA, MALEDICTION and DORNFALL. As previously reported, NIGHTMARE have scheduled a CD-release party for their fifth album, "The Dominion Gate", ...

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MACBETH To Tour Mexico

Italian female-fronted gothic metallers MACBETH have lined up a Mexican tour in support of their third album, "Malae Artes". Confirmed dates are as follows: Jul. 29 - León, Guanajuato @ La Guarida del Evangelio Jul. 30 - Guadalajara, Jal. @ Hardrock Live Jul. 31 - Ciudad de México @ Circo Volador Aug. 02 - Morelia, ...

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NIGHTMARE Schedule 'The Dominion Gate' Release Party

French power metallers NIGHTMARE have announced a CD-release party for their fifth album, "The Dominion Gate", on Friday, September 9 at L’Art-scène in St. Martin D'Hères, France. "The Dominion Gate" is scheduled for release this fall via Regain Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Silent Room", "The Dominion Gate" was recorded at Soundsuite Studio with Norwegian ...

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BATTLELORE Complete Work On 'Storm Of The Blades' Video

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE have completed work on a video for the track "Storm of the Blades". "Storm of the Blades" comes off the group's new album, "Third Age of the Sun", due in Europe on July 25 via Napalm Records (late August in North America). Audio samples of four tracks from "Third Age ...

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GAIA EPICUS Announce New Bassist

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS have announced the addition of bassist Hans Aage Holmen (ex-ENSLAVEMENT OF BEAUTY) to the group's ranks. "This guy is a wizard on his six-string bass guitar, and he can play fast as hell with his fingers," the band write on their web site. GAIA EPICUS, who are currently seeking a ...

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KREATOR Working On 'Enemy Of God' DVD

German thrashers KREATOR have just returned from Morocco, where they performed a 90-minute set in front of an audience of 20,000 people as the first metal band that has ever played the country. Commented frontman Mille Petrozza: "For the first time since January, we have three weeks off! Time to rest a little bit and ...

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GAIA EPICUS: New Album To Be Released In July

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS have posted the following update regarding their dispute with Sound Riot Records over the release of their new album, "Symphony of Glory": "Now it seems that Sound Riot has agreed to all our demands, and they will sign a contract for this in a few days time. This means that ...

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TRISTANIA Announce New Guitarist

Norwegian metal band TRISTANIA have announced the addition of guitarist Svein Terje Solvang to the group's ranks. Solvang, who has played with the band as a session live guitarist on all TRISTANIA tours this year, is "welcomed as a permanent band member," according to a posting on the group's web site. TRISTANIA had previously announced ...

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TURISAS: In Songwriting Mode

Finnish "pagan battle metal" act TURISAS have posted the following update on their official web site: "Things are moving along in the TURISAS camp. We have moved on to a more intensive songwriting phase: new material is shaping up and we are looking forward to start out recording the first demos of new songs this ...

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OPETH And SKINDRED Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

OPETH and SKINDRED have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Summer Breeze festival, set to be held August 18-20 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. The complete list of artists currently confirmed to appear at the festival is as follows: AMON AMARTH ANOREXIA NERVOSA ATROCITY BARCODE BEHEMOTH BORN FROM PAIN CALIBAN DARK TRANQUILLITY DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER ...

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AFTER FOREVER Members To Guest On New NIGHTMARE CD

AFTER FOREVER singer Floor Jansen and vocalist/guitarist Sanders Gommans have recorded guest appearances on the new album from the French power metallers NIGHTMARE, entitled "The Dominion Gate". The CD is tentatively due in October via Regain Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Silent Room", "The Dominion Gate" is being recorded at Soundsuite Studio with Norwegian producer ...

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BATTLELORE: New Album Release Date Pushed Back

Napalm Records has pushed back the projected release date of the new BATTLELORE album, "Third Age of the Sun", to July 25 from the previously announced July 4. In addition the track listing of the album has been changed slightly. The new track listing is as follows: 01. Usvainen Rhûn 02. Storm of the Blades ...

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GAIA EPICUS: Live Videos Posted Online

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS have uploaded several live video clips from 2004 and 2003 at their official web site. Check them out at this location. In other news, the band have posted the following message on their official web site: "This is the situation: As you all know we have been in ...

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BATTLELORE: New Album Samples Posted Online

Audio samples of four tracks from the forthcoming BATTLELORE album, "Third Age of the Sun", have been posted online at the group's official web site. Check out the songs "Storm of the Blades", "Ghân of the Woods", "Trollshaws", and "Elessar's Call" at Battlelore.net. BATTLELORE will release their new album, "Third Age of the ...

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BATTLELORE Set Release Date For New Album

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE will release their new album, "Third Age of the Sun", on July 4 via Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Sword's Song" was recorded at SoundSuite Studio in Marseille, France with producer Terje Refsnes (TRISTANIA, MORGUL, TURISAS). Mastering duties were handled at Finnvox studios in Helsinki. "Third Age of the ...

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BATTLELORE Announce Track Listing For 'Third Age Of The Sun'

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Third Age of the Sun", tentatively due in June via Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Sword's Song" was recorded at SoundSuite Studio in Marseille, France with producer Terje Refsnes (TRISTANIA, MORGUL, TURISAS). Mastering duties were handled at Finnvox studios in ...

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BATTLELORE Complete Work On New CD

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE have completed work on their third album, "Third Age of the Sun", tentatively due in June via Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Sword's Song" was recorded at SoundSuite Studio in Marseille, France with producer Terje Refsnes (TRISTANIA, MORGUL, TURISAS). Mastering duties were handled at Finnvox studios in Helsinki. BATTLELORE ...

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Ashes - TRISTANIA

With the success of EVANESCENCE, NIGHTWISH and LACUNA COIL, pretty much any band with some Eurotrash tendencies and a sultry chick in a flowing dress is gonna get a second look from the world at large. But give TRISTANIA some credit — they've been at this for a while, back when this sub-genre of goth-metal ...

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NIGHTMARE: New Album Update

French power metallers NIGHTMARE have issued the following update on the recording sessions for their fifth album, "The Dominion Gate", tentatively due in October via Regain Records. "We've just finished all the recordings of the drums and everything is fine so far... We will start guitars and bass next week and this evening, we will ...

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