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NIGHTMARE To Enter Studio In April

French power metallers NIGHTMARE will enter the studio on April 11 to begin recording their seventh album, tentatively due late summer/early fall through an as-yet-undetermined label. NIGHTMARE's most recent studio album, "Silent Room", was released in October 2003 through the group's previous label, Napalm Records. "Silent Room" was produced by Terje Refsnes (TRISTANIA, SIRENIA) at ...

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DIMMU BORGIR Confirmed For Germany's ZILLO Festival

Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Zillo festival, set to be held July 22-24 in Loreley, Germany. Also scheduled to perform at the festival are TRISTANIA, ASP and THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE. More confirmations will be announced soon. As previously reported, DIMMU BORGIR vocalist Shagrath and guitarist ...

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BATTLELORE Announce New Bassist, Vocalist

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE have announced the departure of bassist/founding member Miika Kokkola due to "personal reasons." Replacing him in the group's lineup will be Timo Honkanen, who has already toured with the group as Kokkola's temporary replacement on their "Atlantis Lovelorn" tour with ATROCITY and LEAVES' EYES late last year. In addition, the ...

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TRISTANIA Complete 'Equilibrium' Video

Norwegian metal band TRISTANIA have finished filming a video for the track "Equilibrium". 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. The material is currently in post-production and the video should be available by the end of January. ...

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GAIA EPICUS Part Ways With Drummer, Seek Replacement

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS have parted ways with drummer Mikael Duna. "He will put the drumsticks away for good!" the band write on their web site. "He has made this decision because he just didn't feel like playing anymore. GAIA EPICUS says thanks for all the good times and good drumming that he did ...

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GAIA EPICUS: New Album To Be Mastered Next Week

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS will have their second album, "Symphony of Glory", mastered on or around January 10 at Bazement Studios (MOB RULES, VANDEN PLAS, SYMPHONY X) in Germany. "Symphony of Glory" is scheduled for release in February/March via Sound Riot Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Satrap" was recorded and mixed over a five-week ...

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MACBETH To Release Third Album In Early 2005

Italian female-fronted gothic metallers MACBETH will release their long-awaited third album, "Malae Artes", in early 2005. The follow-up to 2000's "Vanitas" (Dragonheart Records) will feature "10 new tracks in the vein of LACUNA COIL, NIGHTWISH and TRISTANIA," according to a press release. For more information, visit www.macbeth.it. ...

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TRISTANIA Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

Norwegian metal band TRISTANIA are the latest act confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Summer Breeze festival, set to be held August 18-20 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. Also set to appear at the festival are IMPIOUS, KRISIUN, THE VISION BLEAK, SUIDAKRA, EKTOMORF, AMON AMARTH, MAROON, SYMPHORCE, BORN FROM PAIN, ENDSTILLE, LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, ...

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TRISTANIA: New Audio Samples Posted Online

Norwegian symphonic metal band TRISTANIA have uploaded audio samples from their new album, "Ashes" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in January 2005 through SPV Records. Check them out at this location. The follow-up to 2001's "World of Glass", "Ashes" was recorded at Toproom studios in Oslo with producer Børge ...

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SIRENIA Drummer Forced To Sit Out Tour, Replacement Named

SIRENIA drummer Jonathan Perez will be forced to sit out the band's European tour with TIAMAT, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY and PAIN. According to a posting on the group's web site, "Jonathan does not have the possibility to join the up-coming European tour, but everyone can be assured that there is absolutely no need to worry. ...

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SIRENIA Announce Session Guitarist For Upcoming Tour

SIRENIA, the Norwegian gothic metal band featuring former TRISTANIA guitarist/vocalist Morten Veland, have announced the addition of session guitarist Bjørnar Landa for their upcoming European tour with TIAMAT, PAIN and THEATRE OF TRAGEDY. Landa joins the group as the temporary replacemen for guitarist/"clean" vocalist Kristian Gundersen, who left the band this past summer due to ...

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TURISAS: Live Video Posted Online

A video clip of the Finnish "pagan battle metal" act TURISAS performing the song "Battle Metal" live at the Tuska Festival 2004 in Helsinki, Finland has been posted online at the German Metal Hammer web site. Check it out at this location. TURISAS' debut album, "Battle Metal", was released in July through Century ...

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SIRENIA: New Audio Sample Posted Online

SIRENIA, the Norwegian gothic metal band featuring former TRISTANIA guitarist/vocalist Morten Veland, have posted an audio sample of the title track of their new EP, entitled "Sirenian Shores" (Napalm), at this location. SIRENIA, who recently parted ways with guitarist/"clean" vocalist Kristian Gundersen due to his commitments to his other groups, NEW BREED and ...

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TIAMAT, PAIN, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY, SIRENIA To Team Up For European Tour

According to a posting on SIRENIA's official web site, SIRENIA will tour Europe together with TIAMAT, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY and PAIN. The tour will take place in December and January. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. SIRENIA, the Norwegian band featuring former TRISTANIA guitarist/vocalist Morten Veland, recently parted ways with guitarist/"clean" vocalist Kristian ...

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TRAIL OF TEARS Explain Album Delay

Norway's TRAIL OF TEARS have posted the following message on their official web site: "After a torturous and extremely challenging studio experience we are now happy to tell you all that the album has been completed! Being struck by everything from illness to complete and utter computer crashes we sit back with a feeling of ...

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GAIA EPICUS Hard At Work On Sophomore Album

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS are currently recording their second album, "Symphony of Glory", at Top Room Studios (TRISTANIA, VINTERSORG, BORKNAGAR) with producer Børge Finstad. The follow-up to 2003's "Satrap" is being recorded and mixed over a five-week period, and will feature artwork by Michael A. Mueller (MEGADETH). A December 7 release through Sound Riot ...

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TRISTANIA Name New Album

Norwegian symphonic metal band TRISTANIA have set "Ashes" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in January 2005 through SPV Records. The follow-up to 2001's "World of Glass" was recorded at Toproom studios in Oslo with producer Børge Finstad and will feature artwork by Christian Ruud. Songtitles set to appear on the CD ...

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SIRENIA Part Ways With Guitarist, Seek Replacement

SIRENIA, the Norwegian band featuring former TRISTANIA guitarist/vocalist Morten Veland, have parted ways with guitarist/"clean" vocalist Kristian Gundersen due to his commitments to his other groups, NEW BREED and ELUSIVE. The gothic metal band, who released their sophomore album, "An Elixir for Existence", in February through Austria's Napalm Records, are currently seeking a replacement. Interested ...

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TRAIL OF TEARS Finalize Title, Track Listing For New Album

Norway's TRAIL OF TEARS have set "Free Fall Into Fear" as the title of their fourth album, due in October through Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2002's "A New Dimension of Might" was recorded at Dub Studio with producer Endre Kirkesola (GREEN CARNATION, BLOOD RED THRONE). The complete track listing for the CD is as ...

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NIGHTMARE Split With NAPALM RECORDS

French power metallers NIGHTMARE have parted ways with Napalm Records. "We will never forget what this label has done for us so far, giving us the breath for a second birth in 1999," the band write on their web site. "[Being that] Napalm Records [are] focusing [on] a completely different music style from what we ...

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TRISTANIA To Tour Europe With THERION

Norway's TRISTANIA will be touring with THERION this autumn, visiting Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Holland, Austria, Slovenia, Hungaria, Italy, Switzerland, England and Spain. TRAIL OF TEARS will be the support band on the tour. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. In other news, TRISTANIA will be performing at the Seelenschmerz Festival ...

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TURISAS Guitarist Stabbed, In 'Stable' Condition

TURISAS guitarist Georg Laakso was stabbed several times in the group's hometown of Hämeenlinna, Finland over the weekend, according to a posting on the "pagan battle metal" act's web site. His condition is stable at the moment, but he is still hospitalized and under observation. No further details have been made available. TURISAS' debut album, ...

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