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OPETH: Interview With Keyboardist PER WIBERG To Air Tonight

An interview with OPETH keyboardist Per Wiberg will air tonight on University Radio York 1350AM in York, England. In the interview, Per discusses his time in the band, the stories behind recording of albums such as "Ghost Reveries", "Deliverance" and "Damnation", tour stories and the band's decision to sign with Roadrunner Records in 2005. The ...

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ENTER MY SILENCE Announce Title, Track Listing For New Album

Finnish melodic deathsters ENTER MY SILENCE have set "Coordinate: D1SA5T3R" as the title of their sophomore album, due on February 27, 2006 through JMT-Music via Plastic Head Music Distribution Ltd. and its partners worldwide. ENTER MY SILENCE's debut CD, "Remotecontrolled Scythe", was released in 2001 through Mighty Music, but their cooperation ended just days before ...

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DREAM THEATER Members Featured On New NEAL MORSE Album

DREAM THEATER's Mike Portnoy (drums) and Jordan Rudess (keyboards) are among the guest musicians on former SPOCK'S BEARD/TRANSATLANTIC frontman Neal Morse's new progressive rock masterpiece, "?" (The Question Mark Album). The album will be released in the U.S. on November 1 through Metal Blade Records and in Europe on October 24 through InsideOut Music. Other ...

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NOCTURNAL RITES: Live Video Posted Online

Swedish power metallers NOCTURNAL RITES have uploaded a live performance video of the track "Deliverance" from the group's show at Sky Com Arena in Umeå, Sweden at this location (.MPG, 59 MB). NOCTURNAL RITES' latest album, "Grand Illusion", was released this past week via Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2004's "New World ...

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SKYCLAD To Headline U.K.'s DOMINION Festival

Pagan folk metallers SKYCLAD will headline their only U.K. gig this year at the first Dominion festival, set to take place October 2 at the Piper in Hull. The festival, organised by PMUK promotions, boasts a lineup of 11 bands in 12 hours Tickets are available from Ticket Line (www.ticketline.co.uk) or from the PMUK web ...

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PROUDFLESH Hard At Work On New Album

PROUDFLESH, the San Francisco-based band featuring Sothira (ex-CRUCIFIX), Erik Lannon (ex-MORDRED, AMERICAN HEARTBREAK) and Jimmy Crucifix (RESISTOLEROS, FANG, ex-CRUCIFIX) have completed the basic tracks for their upcoming album, "Deliverance". Produced by Bart Thurber at House of Faith Studios in Oakland, the 10-song CD is slated for an early fall release. The tentative track listing for ...

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NOCTURNAL RITES To Support GAMMA RAY On European Tour

Swedish power metallers NOCTURNAL RITES will be supporting GAMMA RAY on their upcoming European tour. Confirmed dates are as follows: Sep. 27 - Pilzen, CZR @ KD-Club Seoikova Sep. 29 - Budapest, HUN @ Petöfi Hall Sep. 30 - Zlin, CZR @ Golem Oct. 01 - Zvolen, SLO @ City Sports Hall Website Oct. 03 ...

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California's BEYOND THE MOUNTAIN Festival Cancelled

The Beyond the Mountain festival, which was slated to take place on August 27-28 at the Roosevelt Bowl at Perris Hills Park in San Bernadino, California, has been cancelled "due to financial restraints," according to a posting on the web site of Columbus, Ohio's JACOBS DREAM (one of the scheduled performers at the event). "The ...

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NOCTURNAL RITES: New Album Details Revealed

Swedish power metallers NOCTURNAL RITES have set "Grand Illusion" as the title of their new album, due in Europe on September 19 via Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2004's "New World Messiah" was recorded and mixed at Toontrack Studioin Umeå, Sweden and features guest appearances by Stefan Elmgren (HAMMERFALL), Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS), Henrik Danhage ...

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TOURNIQUET Confirmed For California's BEYOND THE MOUNTAIN Festival

Christian thrash metallers TOURNIQUET have been confirmed for the Beyond the Mountain festival, set to take place on August 27-28 in San Bernadino, California. The band is scheduled to perform on Saturday, August 27 between 9:45 and 11:15 p.m. Other acts scheduled to appear at the festival include HOLY SOLDIER, WHITECROSS, GUARDIAN, DELIVERANCE, BARREN CROSS, ...

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L.A. GUNS Begin Recording New Album

L.A. GUNS officially commenced the recording sessions for their new album on Monday (May 2), according to a post on the group's web site. "I'm told the new stuff is awesome and from the two songs I've personally hear (just demos mind you), I have to agree," the band's webmaster writes. "The new CD should ...

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BLITZKRIEG Announce New Album Title, Release Date

Legendary NWOBHM outfit BLITZKRIEG have announced that work on the follow-up to 2002's "Absolute Power" has now been completed and the CD is currently being mixed and mastered ready for a July 4 release via Metal Nation Records. Entitled "Sins and Greed", the new album features bass player Paul Brewis, who replaced Andy Galloway in ...

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Ex-YNGWIE Singer GÖRAN EDMAN To Guest On RICHARD ANDERSSON CD

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/GLORY vocalist Göran Edman will be the guest singer on the upcoming album from Richard Andersson, the Swedish keyboardist best known for his work with MAJESTIC, TIME REQUIEM and SPACE ODYSSEY. Entitled "The Ultimate Andersson collection", the upcoming CD will be a compilation of songs from three of Andersson's previous albums, re-recorded with ...

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In the Arms of God - CORROSION OF CONFORMITY

A blues beat and even bluesier guitar line leads into a classic COC riff stomp on "Stonebreaker". Once Pepper Keenan's vocals enter, you just know that this is the real COC. "In the Arms of God" takes much of the heaviness of "Wiseblood", even the dense feel of "Blind", while retaining some of the style ...

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PAUL STANLEY And TED NUGENT Makes Cameo Appearances In '2001 Maniacs'

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley and Ted Nugent make cameo appearances in Hollywood horror freshman Tim Sullivan's ("Detroit Rock City") directorial debut, "2001 Maniacs", due later in the year. The movie, which has "blood, guts, girls, and more blood," was scored by Matt Sorum (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) and Lanny Cordola. "Lin Shaye ('Detroit Rock ...

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OPETH Frontman Talks Label Search, New Studio Album

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt recently spoke to Australia's HailMetal.com about the group's current search for a new label home and the band's songwriting process, among other topics. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: HailMetal.com: Recently your label Music for Nations closed down, leaving OPETH stranded. How has the search for a ...

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Announce New Studio Album For 2005

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, the Grammy-nominated heavy rockers from North Carolina, will release an aggressive new studio album through Sanctuary Records in early 2005, to be followed by a worldwide tour. Tentatively titled "En los Brazos del Dios" (In the Arms of God), the upcoming album is among the band's heaviest in years. "We all have ...

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Finnish Death Metallers DEATH DU JOUR Complete Work On Debut Album

Finnish death metallers DEATH DU JOUR have completed work on their debut album, "Fragments of Perdition", due in September through Golden Lake Productions. The follow-up to the "Gamashinoch" EP was recorded at Pop-Studio with producer Mika Haapasalo. The complete track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Grace by Chalice of Anger 02. Fragments ...

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SAURON: New Song Available For Download

Dutch black metallers SAURON have posted a brand-new track, entitled "The Pestilencial March", at this location. "The Pestilencial March" comes off the band's upcoming second full-length album, "For A Dead Race", tentatively due on September 20 through Neurotic Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Universe Of Filth" was recorded at Double Noise Studio and ...

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SAURON Finish Recording New Album

Dutch black metallers SAURON have completed the recording sessions for their second full-length album, "For A Dead Race", tentatively due in September through Neurotic Records. Mixing and mastering sessions are scheduled to take place next week. The follow-up to 2003's "Universe Of Filth" was recorded at Double Noise Studio and is said to be "more ...

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OPETH Seek Fan Drawings

Sweden's OPETH have posted the following message on their official web site: "OPETH just returned home from Australia where the band undertook their last tour in support of 'Deliverance' and 'Damnation'. All 6 concerts were fantastic and the support from the crowd was overwhelming! Almost 1800 people came to the Sydney show at the Enmore ...

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THE HAUNTED Win Swedish 'Grammy' For 'Best Hard Rock'

THE HAUNTED have won a Swedish "Grammy" award in the "Best Hard Rock" category for their 2003 release "One Kill Wonder". The highly acclaimed thrashers, who were recently rejoined by original vocalist Peter Dolving, beat out the likes of OPETH, MUSTASCH, EVERGREY and BACKYARD BABIES to win the award, which was presented to the group ...

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