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BATTLELORE Announce New Album Title

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE have set "Third Age of the Sun" as the title of their third album, tentatively due this summer via Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Sword's Song" is being recorded at SoundSuite Studio in Marseille, France with producer Terje Refsnes (TRISTANIA, MORGUL, TURISAS). The band's studio report is currently available ...

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TURISAS Confirmed For Germany's EARTHSHAKER FEST

Finnish "pagan battle metal" act TURISAS have been confirmed for Earthshaker Fest 2005, a two-day event set to take place July 22-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows: AFTER FOREVER BLUDGEON CAGE CHILDREN OF BODOM DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER DISBELIEF EVIDENCE ONE EXILIA FEINSTEIN GRAVE DIGGER GRAVEWORM HYPOCRISY J.B.O. ...

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MACHINE MEN Sign With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

Finnish melodic metal act MACHINE MEN have inked a deal with Century Media Records. Earning a reputation as an excellent live band, these young musicians (in their early 20s) created quite a buzz in the realm of melodic metal with their self-titled MCD (2002) and their debut album, "Scars & Wounds", which was released in ...

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TRISTANIA To Film 'Libre' Video

Norwegian metal band TRISTANIA will shoot a video for the song "Libre", the opening track on their new album, "Ashes", in late May, in Stockholm, Sweden. Mats Lundberg, who previously directed the group's video for "Heretique" as a "pet project," will helm the new clip. Commented the group, "Expect a blood-sodden, torn and holey, rotten-through-the-core ...

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ORPHANED LAND To Support PARADISE LOST In Europe

After just returning from two shows in Mexico, there's killer news for the progressive outfit ORPHANED LAND from Israel: They will be direct support to PARADISE LOST on their forthcoming European tour. Bandleader and frontman Kobi Farhi comments: "Hello to all the Orphans out there, we just got back from two killer shows we did ...

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TRISTANIA:'Equilibrium' Video Posted Online

TRISTANIA's video for the track "Equilibrium" has been posted online at iFilm.com. Director Ralf Strathmann was flown in from Los Angeles to work on this project, which was completed in the old Tou Brewery in Stavanger, Norway. "Equilibrium" comes off TRISTANIA's new album, "Ashes", available now on SPV Records. ...

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GAIA EPICUS 'Break' Contract With SOUND RIOT RECORDS

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS have posted the following message on their official web site: "GAIA EPICUS has broken the contract with Sound Riot Records. After this last episode with the label we have decided to end the contract with them. SR has broken too many parts of the contract and we can't except it ...

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WITHIN TEMPTATION And DRAGONFORCE Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

WITHIN TEMPTATION and DRAGONFORCE have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL BLOODBATH CANDLEMASS CORVUS CORAX COUNT RAVEN DISSECTION DRAGONFORCE EDGUY ENDHAMMER ...

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NIGHTMARE Sign With REGAIN RECORDS

French power metallers NIGHTMARE have inked a deal with Regain Records. The band, who were recently joined by 23-year-old, ex-DARK LIGHT guitar virtuoso Franck Milleliri (who replaces co-founding member, Nicolas De Dominicis), will enter Soundsuite Studio with Norwegian producer Terje Refsnes (TRISTANIA, SIRENIA) on April 11 to begin recording their fifth studio album, tentatively titled ...

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MORTIIS Confirmed For Germany's WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN Festival

Norway's legendary eccentric artist MORTIIS has been confirmed for the Wave Gotik Treffen festival, set to take place May 13-16 in Leipzig, Germany. Other bands scheduled to perform at the festival include TIAMAT, ATROCITY, TRISTANIA, BESEECH, DIE KRUPPS, DARKWELL, MORTIIS, ZEROMANCER, FLOWING TEARS, APOPTYGMA BERZERK, MIDNATTSOL, TANZWUT, DARZAMAT, SUBWAY TO SALLY and VISIONS OF ATLANTIS. ...

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SIRENIA Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

SIRENIA, the Norwegian gothic metal band featuring former TRISTANIA guitarist/vocalist Morten Veland, have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. Having been a staple in the gothic/metal/rock scene for years, SIRENIA have released two successful albums to date ("At Sixes And Sevens" and "An Elixir For Existence") and recently toured Europe with TIAMAT, PAIN and ...

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Did EVANESCENCE's Success Open Doors For Bands Like LACUNA COIL And NIGHTWISH?

Freelance writer Bryan Reesman has submitted the following report to GRAMMY.com: If the multi-platinum success of EVANESCENCE proved to narrow-minded rock jocks that female-fronted metal bands were viable, a fresh wave of melodic European headbangers should cement that affirmation, with their distinct blend of heavy guitars, symphonic underpinnings and soaring female vocals. Thanks ...

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GAIA EPICUS Bassist Killed In Car Crash

Bassist Yngve Hanssen of Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS was killed in a car accident on March 2. "The message came as a shock on all of us and it's such a tragic and sad day," the band write on their web site. "Yngve only became 29 years old, and he will be missed as ...

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HANOI ROCKS Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Finnish rock 'n' roll legends HANOI ROCKS have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL BLOODBATH CANDLEMASS CORVUS CORAX COUNT RAVEN DISSECTION ...

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SIRENIA: In Writing Mode

SIRENIA, the Norwegian gothic metal band featuring former TRISTANIA guitarist/vocalist Morten Veland, have posted the following message on their official web site: "Lots of new material [is] in progress. The last couple of months have been spent on creating new songs alongside our touring activity. We have tons of ideas to pick from and will ...

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KREATOR Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Veteran German thrashers KREATOR have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL BLOODBATH CANDLEMASS CORVUS CORAX COUNT RAVEN DISSECTION EDGUY ENDHAMMER EISREGEN ...

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DARZAMAT Confirmed For Germany's WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN Festival

Poland's DARZAMAT have been confirmed for the Wave Gotik Treffen festival, set to take place May 13-16 in Leipzig, Germany. Other bands scheduled to perform at the festival include TIAMAT, ATROCITY, TRISTANIA, BESEECH, DIE KRUPPS, DARKWELL, MORTIIS, ZEROMANCER, FLOWING TEARS, APOPTYGMA BERZERK, MIDNATTSOL, TANZWUT, SUBWAY TO SALLY and VISIONS OF ATLANTIS. For more information, visit ...

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SIRENIA: Negotiating New Record Deal

SIRENIA, the Norwegian gothic metal band featuring former TRISTANIA guitarist/vocalist Morten Veland, have fulfilled their contractual obligations to the Napalm label and are currently in negotiations for a new record deal, according to a posting on the group's web site. SIRENIA's most recent release was the "Sirenian Shores" EP, available now on Napalm Records. The ...

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SENTENCED To Play Final German Show At WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Finnish metallers SENTENCED will perform their last-ever show in Germany at the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL BLOODBATH CORVUS CORAX COUNT RAVEN DISSECTION EDGUY ...

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MACABRE, POWERWOLF Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

MACABRE and POWERWOLF are the latest bands 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 ATROCITY BARCODE BEHEMOTH BORN FROM PAIN CALIBAN DARK TRANQUILLITY DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER ...

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ZYKLON Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

ZYKLON, the Norwegian band featuring former EMPEROR members Samoth (guitar) and Trym (drums), are the latest act to be confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA ...

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MORGANA LEFAY Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Swedish "heavy doom progressive" band MORGANA LEFAY are the latest act to be confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL BLOODBATH CORVUS CORAX ...

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SUCH A SURGE Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

Germany's leading crossover act SUCH A SURGE are the latest band 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 ATROCITY BARCODE BEHEMOTH BORN FROM PAIN CALIBAN DARK ...

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TRISTANIA Keyboardist To Assume New Role

TRISTANIA keyboardist/programmer Einar Moen has "decided to assume a new role with the band," according to a posting on the group's web site. "He will not be accompanying them on tour — but fear not — he is still an active member and will use this period to work on new material. Many factors influence ...

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COUNT RAVEN Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Swedish doom legends COUNT RAVEN have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL BLOODBATH CORVUS CORAX COUNT RAVEN DISSECTION EDGUY ENDHAMMER EISREGEN ...

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