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Ex-DIMMU BORGIR Guitarist Joins STRONGER THAN HATE

Former DIMMU BORGIR and current INFERNAL METHOD axeman Astennu has joined Australian metalcore act STRONGER THAN HATE as the group's second guitarist. Also filling in on drums for STRONGER THAN HATE is Astennu's INFERNAL METHOD bandmate Grahame Goode. Astennu produced STRONGER THAN HATE's debut album "Between Bay And Darkness" (Resist Records/MGM) and joined the band ...

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DIMMU BORGIR: European Festival Appearances Announced

Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR have lined up the following European festival appearances this summer: Jun. 05 - Dynamo – Nijmegen, NETH Jun. 27 – Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel, BEL Jul. 03 - With Full Force – Roitzschjora, GER As previously reported, DIMMU BORGIR have been confirmed as one of the main-stage performers ...

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KAMELOT: Studio Update

Florida-based power metallers KAMELOT will shortly enter the studio to begin recording the follow-up to last year's "Epica", tentatively due in September/October through SPV Records. "Casey [Grillo] will probably record the drums at his studio Above the C and the remainder will be done in Wolfsburg [Germany]," guitarist Thomas Youngblood wrote in a recent online ...

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CANDLELIGHT Signs North American Licensing Deal With TABU RECORDINGS

Candlelight Records has inked a North American licensing deal for all Tabu Recordings titles. The new partnership will see the U.S. and Canadian release of all new and reissued catalog titles from the growing Norwegian record label through Candlelight's stateside operation. The first scheduled release will be the new album from Norway's SUSPERIA. Titled "Unlimited", ...

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THE GREAT DECEIVER Set U.S. Release Date For 'Terra Incognito'

THE GREAT DECEIVER, the Swedish band featuring former AT THE GATES/THE CROWN frontman Tomas Lindberg, have set a May 11 U.S. release date through Peaceville Records for their second album, titled "Terra Incognito". Recorded during the summer of 2003, the follow-up to 2002's "A Venom Well Designed" was produced by Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, ...

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NIGHTWISH Confirmed For Holland's DYNAMO OPEN AIR Festival

Finland's NIGHTWISH is the latest band confirmed for Dynamo Open Air, a one-day Dutch heavy metal festival scheduled to be held Saturday, June 5 in the Goffertpark in Nijmegen, Holland. Also scheduled to appear are headlinders SLAYER, plus LIFE OF AGONY, DIMMU BORGIR and CHILDREN OF BODOM. There will be a total of 14 bands ...

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ANCIENT Complete Work On 'Night Visit'

Norwegian cult extreme metal band ANCIENT have completed work on their sixth album, "Night Visit", tentatively due on June 1 through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Proxima Centauri" was recorded at Mirage and Alpha-Omega studios and was mixed at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, ...

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OZZFEST 2004: The Official Press Release

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 20, 2004--"The day OZZfest comes to town is the best day of summer for hardcore fans of hard rock and metal music. They know they're getting value beyond what they paid for." So says OZZfest founder Sharon Osbourne. "The music starts at 9:30 a.m. and doesn't stop until Ozzy leaves the stage ...

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OZZFEST 2004: Lineup, Tour Dates Announced!

The organizers of the annual Ozzfest announced the details of this year's festival at a press conference held this morning at Avalon in Hollywood, California. The lineup is as follows: Main Stage: OZZY OSBOURNE JUDAS PRIEST SLAYER DIMMU BORGIR SUPERJOINT RITUAL BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Second Stage: SLIPKNOT HATEBREED LAMB OF GOD Rotating: ATREYU ...

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DIMMU BORGIR Singer To Guest On Norwegian Talk Show

DIMMU BORGIR vocalist Shagrath will be a featured guest on Norway's most popular talk show, "Først & Sist". The show had previously aired interviews with such celebrities as Robbie Williams, Paul McCartney and Nicole Kidman. In addition, DIMMU BORGIR were recently featured in the biggest Norwegian newspaper with a two-page article. As previously reported, DIMMU ...

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IN FLAMES: 'The Quiet Place' Video Posted Online

The official German IN FLAMES fan site In-Flames.de has posted the video for the group's new single, "The Quiet Place". Download it here (.mpg, file size: 33.9 MB). Also available for download from the same site is a partial recording of IN FLAMES' appearance at Popstad 2004, taped this past Friday (Feb. 13) ...

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OZZFEST Press Conference Pushed Back A Day

The press conference to announce the exact lineup for this year's Ozzfest will now take place one day later than originally announced — on Friday, February 20. The venue for the press conference will remain the same: Avalon (web site, 1735 N. Vine Street) in Hollywood, California. The following bands are believed to ...

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THE DARKNESS Set For OZZFEST's Main Stage

British rock sensation THE DARKNESS have secured a slot at this year's Ozzfest, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. They will join OZZY OSBOURNE, JUDAS PRIEST and SLAYER on the main stage at the festival, which is set to kick off in early July. As previously reported, SLIPKNOT and HATEBREED are expected to co-headline Ozzfest 2004's ...

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DIMMU BORGIR For OZZFEST 2004?

Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR are "90% confirmed" for the main stage at Ozzfest 2004, an informed source has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. As previously reported, JUDAS PRIEST and SLAYER are also said to be in talks to play the main stage at the annual traveling festival, which will once again be headlined by OZZY OSBOURNE. ...

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Exclusive: NICK BARKER Discusses His Departure From DIMMU BORGIR

Former DIMMU BORGIR drummer Nick Barker has spoken exclusively to BLABBERMOUTH.NET about his surprising departure from the group. Barker, a former member of CRADLE OF FILTH, joined DIMMU BORGIR in 1999 as a replacement for original drummer Tjodalv (a.k.a. Kenneth Åkesson). He has since appeared on two full-length studio albums with the band: "Puritanical Euphoric ...

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ANCIENT Set Title, Release Date For New Album

Norwegian cult extreme metal band ANCIENT have set "Night Visit" as the title of their sixth album, due on June 1 through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Proxima Centauri" was recorded at Mirage and Alpha-Omega studios and is currently being mixed at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN ...

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HYPOCRISY's TÄGTGREN Talks About New CD, Drummer

HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren recently spoke to Denmark's Metal Reference about the band's new CD, "The Arrival", and the addition of drummer Horgh (ex-IMMORTAL) to the group's ranks. The following are some of the highlights of the interview: Metal Reference: [I understand that] "The Arrival" was remastered and remixed because you were unsatisfied ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Comment On ICED EARTH Tour

Finnish melodic thrash quintet CHILDREN OF BODOM have issued the following statement regarding their upcoming North American tour with ICED EARTH: "We finished our first American tour in late December with a very satisfied feeling. We had really no expectations when we got on the road, and the response from audience, and especially from our ...

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IN FLAMES: 'The Quiet Place' Video Completed

Revolver Film Company's (www.revolver.se) acclaimed director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, MNEMIC, LACUNA COIL, WITHIN TEMPTATION, PASSENGER) has completed work on the new IN FLAMES video, "The Quiet Place". The video was shot at The Revolver Ranch and at different locations/sets in Gothenburg, Sweden. Pick-up shots were made in New York. The clip will ...

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GOATWHORE Part Ways With Drummer, Seek Replacement

According to a posting on GOATWHORE's web site, drummer Zak Nolan has left the band. "Nothing really crazy about his departure, just some internal differences with touring and decisions as to what we all wanted out of the band," the group write. "He is an excellent drummer and we wish the very best for him ...

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THE GREAT DECEIVER Complete Work On New Video

THE GREAT DECEIVER, the Swedish band featuring former AT THE GATES/THE CROWN frontman Tomas Lindberg, have completed work on a video for the track "Lake of Sulphur" with director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, IN FLAMES, LACUNA COIL, WITHIN TEMPTATION) of Revolver Film Company. The clip, which was shot in the Arizona dessert and at The ...

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DIMMU BORGIR Confirm Drummer's Departure, Vow To Carry On

Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR have issued an official statement confirming the departure of drummer Nick Barker (as exclusively reported here yesterday). Their statement reads as follows: "Nicholas has been removed from the line up of DIMMU BORGIR. A session drummer will be used in the future. Don't waste your time speculating ...

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DIMMU BORGIR Part Ways With Drummer NICK BARKER

Norwegian black metallers DIMMU BORGIR are strongly rumored to have parted ways with drummer Nick Barker (ex-CRADLE OF FILTH, LOCK UP). The group, who recently cancelled their Japanese/Australian tour, have yet to officially comment on the matter. Barker joined DIMMU BORGIR in 1999 as a replacement for original drummer Tjodalv (a.k.a. Kenneth Åkesson). He has ...

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DARK FUNERAL Added To ZYKLON's Japanese Tour

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL will join ZYKLON on their upcoming Japanese tour after original headliners DIMMU BORGIR cancelled their participation in the trek. Also appearing on the bill with the two co-headliners will be GOATWHORE. The dates are as follows: Feb. 03 - Shibuya Club Quattro – Tokyo, JAP Feb. 04 - ...

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DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL Confirmed For Germany's ZILLO Festival

DIMMU BORGIR and LACUNA COIL have been officially confirmed for the 2004 edition of Zillo Festival, set to take place July 16-18 in St. Goarshausen, Germany. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: DIMMU BORGIR IN EXTREMO L'AME IMMORTELLE LAIBACH BLUTENGEL DAS ICH SCHANDMAUL LACUNA COIL (Thanks: ...

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ZYKLON To Headline Japanese Dates After DIMMU BORGIR Cancel

ZYKLON, the Norwegian band featuring former EMPEROR members Samoth (guitar) and Trym (drums), will headline all previously announced Japanese tour dates following the cancellation of the tour's original headliners, DIMMU BORGIR (as reported here on January 8). Commented Samoth: "Needless to say we are very excited about Japan. We never even got to ...

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STORMLORD Complete Work On New CD

Italian "extreme epic metal" act STORMLORD have completed work on their third album, "The Gorgon Cult", at The Outer Sound Studios in Rome with engineer Giuseppe Orlando (NOVEMBRE, NECRODEATH, DGM, THY MAJESTIE). The follow-up to 2001's "At The Gates Of Utopia" was recorded and mixed over a two-month period and was mastered at the The ...

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