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DARK FUNERAL's LORD AHRIMAN On Passing Of DAVID PARLAND: 'You Will Be Missed Deeply!'

Guitarist Lord Ahriman (real name: Mikael Svanberg) of Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL has posted the following message regarding the passing of his former bandmate, Swedish guitarist David Parland (pictured below; NECROPHOBIC, DARK FUNERAL, INFERNAL): "A couple of days ago I was reached by the terrible news that my old brother David 'Blackmoon' Parland had ...

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DEGRADEAD To Release 'The Monster Within' In August

Stockholm, Sweden-based melodic death metallers DEGRADEAD, whose singer, Mikael Sehlin, recently joined fellow Swedes ENGEL as their new frontman, will release their fourth album, "The Monster Within", on August 23. 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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OPETH Mainman Can't Understand Why METALLICA Doesn't Perform More New Songs Live

A new audio interview with guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH conducted by Andrew Haug, the former host of Triple J Australia's "The Racket" radio show (originally "Full Metal Racket"; 2001-2011), air on Australia's recently launched first-ever dedicated 24/7 rock and metal online radio station, AndrewHaug.com. You can now listen to ...

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OPETH Frontman: 'New Extreme Metal, I Think It's Dull, I Think It's S**t'

A new audio interview with guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH conducted by Andrew Haug, the former host of Triple J Australia's "The Racket" radio show (originally "Full Metal Racket"; 2001-2011), will air on Australia's recently launched first-ever dedicated 24/7 rock and metal online radio station, AndrewHaug.com, today (Thursday, March 7) ...

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THYRFING: 'De Ödeslösa' Trailer Available

Swedish viking/black metallers THYRFING will release their new album, "De Ödeslösa" (English translation: "The Fateless") on March 1 via NoiseArt Records. The band's first CD since 2008's critically acclaimed "Hels Vite" was recorded at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden with producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, WITCHCRAFT). "De Ödeslösa" track listing: 01. Mot Helgrind ...

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ENGEL: Rehearsal Footage With New Singer Posted Online

Video footage of Swedish metallers ENGEL rehearsing for the first time with their new singer Mikael Sehlin (DEGRADEAD) in early January can be seen below. Sehlin made his live debut with ENGEL on January 4 at the Gothenburg Sound Festival at Trädgårn in Gothenburg, Sweden. ENGEL parted ways with singer Magnus "Mangan" Klavborn in November ...

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THYRFING: Another New Song Available For Streaming

Swedish viking/black metallers THYRFING will release their new album, "De Ödeslösa" (English translation: "The Fateless") on March 1 via NoiseArt Records. The band's first CD since 2008's critically acclaimed "Hels Vite" was recorded at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden with producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, WITCHCRAFT). "De Ödeslösa" track listing: 01. Mot Helgrind ...

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FINNTROLL Guitarist Discusses 'Blodsvept' Album In New Audio Interview

The Age Of Metal recently conducted an interview with guitarist Mikael "Routa" Karlbom of Finnish metal marauders FINNTROLL. You can now listen to the chat using the Mixcloud player below. FINNTROLL's sixth album, "Blodsvept", will be released via Century Media Records on the following dates: * Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway: Friday, March 22 * ...

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THYRFING: New Song Available For Streaming

Swedish viking/black metallers THYRFING will release their new album, "De Ödeslösa" (English translation: "The Fateless") on March 1 via NoiseArt Records. The band's first CD since 2008's critically acclaimed "Hels Vite" was recorded at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden with producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, WITCHCRAFT). "De Ödeslösa" track listing: 01. Mot Helgrind ...

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OPETH: Guitar 'Masterclass' With FREDRIK ÅKESSON (Video)

GuitarMessenger.com has uploaded a "masterclass" video featuring guitarist Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH. Check it out below. OPETH will return to North America in support of their most recent studio album, "Heritage". Released September 20, 2011, it garnered rave reviews from everyone from Rolling Stone who called the album "a career record that ...

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5TH SONIC BRIGADE To Release 'Teacher' Single

Stockholm, Sweden-based rock band 5TH SONIC BRIGADE will release a brand new single titled "Teacher" on February 20 via OMM/SPD. The group has also begun writing material for its next full-length album, to be released in the fall. The cover artwork for the "Teacher" single was created by Carlos Del Olmo Holmberg (ex-SOILWORK) and can ...

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OPETH: Video Interview With FREDRIK ÅKESSON

GuitarMessenger.com recently conducted an interview with Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH. You can now watch the chat below. OPETH will return to North America in support of their most recent studio album, "Heritage". Released September 20, 2011, it garnered rave reviews from everyone from Rolling Stone who called the album "a career record ...

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0XÍST Parts Ways With Guitarist

Finnish doomy dark metal band 0XÍST has parted ways with guitarist Henrik Hajanti. The group, which will embark on its first European tour in March, has yet to announce a replacement. 0XÍST's debut album, "Nil", was released last year as a joint effort by French labels Ostra Records and Cold Void Emanations. The CD was ...

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AT THE GATES, SKITSYSTEM Members Join Forces In VRAK

VRAK is an up-and-coming Swedish band featuring the inimitable vocalist Josefin Finér (BURNING KITCHEN, SJU SVÅRA Å) alongside a bunch of well-known players: guitarist Mikael Kjellman (MARTYRDÖD, SKITSYSTEM), bassist Martin Larsson (AT THE GATES, UNDERACHIEVER) and drummer Anton Grönholm (ACURSED, SANCTUARY IN BLASPHEMY). VRAK's four-song EP, "I Dream", can be streamed using the widget below. ...

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DEGRADEAD To Enter Studio On Monday

Stockholm, Sweden-based melodic death metallers DEGRADEAD, whose singer, Mikael Sehlin, recently joined fellow Swedes ENGEL as their new frontman, will enter the studio on Monday, January 14 to begin recording their fourth album. Regarding what impact Sehlin's addition to ENGEL will have on his status in DEGRADEAD, DEGRADEAD said: "Mikael is still our vocalist and ...

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OPETH Mainman Comments On Upcoming North American Tour

Swedish progressive metallers OPETH will return to North America in support of their most recent studio album, "Heritage". Released September 20, 2011, it garnered rave reviews from everyone from Rolling Stone who called the album "a career record that reimagines prog as actual rock 'n' roll" to Pitchfork saying "a pretty, well thought out collection” ...

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OPETH, KATATONIA: Complete North American Tour Details Revealed

Swedish progressive metallers OPETH will return to North America in support of their most recent studio album, "Heritage". Released September 20, 2011, it garnered rave reviews from everyone from Rolling Stone who called the album "a career record that reimagines prog as actual rock 'n' roll" to Pitchfork saying "a pretty, well thought out collection” ...

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OPETH And KATATONIA To Join Forces For North American Tour

As expected, progressive metallers OPETH will join forces with fellow Swedes KATATONIA for a North American tour this spring. So far, only one date has been leaked: May 10 at The Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan. The complete itinerary will be revealed this week. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 11 at 10 a.m. In ...

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THYRFING: New Album Release Date, Track Listing Revealed

Swedish viking/black metallers THYRFING will release their new album, "De Ödeslösa" (English translation: "The Fateless") on March 1 via NoiseArt Records. The band's first CD since 2008's critically acclaimed "Hels Vite" was recorded at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden with producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, WITCHCRAFT). "De Ödeslösa" track listing: 01. Mot Helgrind ...

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ENGEL Recruits DEGRADEAD Singer

Swedish metallers ENGEL have recruited Mikael Sehlin (DEGRADEAD) as their new singer. Sehlin (pictured below) made his live debut with ENGEL earlier tonight (Friday, January 4) at the Gothenburg Sound Festival at Trädgårn in Gothenburg, Sweden. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below. ENGEL parted ways with singer Magnus "Mangan" Klavborn in ...

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THYRFING: New Album Cover Artwork Unveiled

Swedish viking/black metallers THYRFING have completed work on their new album, "De Ödeslösa" (English translation: "The Fateless") at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden with producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, WITCHCRAFT). The band's first CD since 2008's critically acclaimed "Hels Vite" will be released in the spring via NoiseArt Records. The cover artwork for ...

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SHEAR: Video Footage Of Helsinki Acoustic Performance

Video footage of Helsinki, Finland-based female-fronted metallers SHEAR performing an acoustic set on December 26, 2012 at On The Rocks in their hometown can be seen below. SHEAR last year parted ways with bassist Eerik Purdon and replaced him with Silver Ots (DEAD SHAPE FIGURE, THE NIBIRUAN, AMORAL). SHEAR released its full-length debut, "Breaking The ...

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THYRFING: New Album Title Revealed

Swedish viking/black metallers THYRFING have completed work on their new album, "De Ödeslösa" (English translation: "The Fateless") at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden with producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, WITCHCRAFT). The band's first CD since 2008's critically acclaimed "Hels Vite" will be released in the spring via NoiseArt Records. After 17 years in ...

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OPETH: Teaser For North American Tour Announcement Posted Online

Roadrunner Records has uploaded a 30-second video teaser for what appears to be an imminent North American tour announcement from Swedish progressive metallers OPETH. The trek is expected to take place in the spring. In a November 2012 interview with Roadrunner, OPETH guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt spoke about the band's 2013 plans. "We still have a ...

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HYPOCRISY: New Album Title Revealed

Swedish death metallers HYPOCRISY are putting the finishing touches on their new album, "End Of Disclosure", for a late March release via Nuclear Blast Records. Commented HYPOCRISY leader Peter Tägtgren: "We're still in the studio working hard to finalize the album. Horgh just layed down the drums, and let me tell you, it sounds awesome!!! ...

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