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HEAVENLY: New Song Posted Online

A HEAVENLY E-card containing a preview of the group's new song "Evil", taken from their forthcoming album, "Dust To Dust", has been posted online at the Noise Records web site at this location. As previously reported, "Dust To Dust" (view cover here) is due on January 12 through Sanctuary/Noise Records. The ...

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H.I.M. To Release U.K. Single In January

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. will release their new single, "Funeral of Hearts", in the U.K. on January 12, 2004. The single, which comes off the group's "Love Metal" CD, will be available in three stunning formats. The full formats and track listing are as follows: Vol 1. - DVD Maxi Single 01. Funeral Of Hearts (Video) ...

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HEAVENLY Announce One-Off U.K. Gig

France's HEAVENLY will play their first show in support of third album, "Dust To Dust", on February 13 at the Underworld in London as special guests of DRAGONFORCE. "We previously played at the Underworld on the tour with EDGUY (GAMMA RAY were also there), so we'll be delighted to come back and kick some British ...

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OPETH: No Perth Date On Australian Tour

Sweden's OPETH have released the following statement regarding their upcoming Australian tour: "Whilst there has been a lot of demand to play Perth on the forthcoming Damnation tour, despite a great gig there on the Deliverance tour, it will not be possible to play Perth this time round because it is not financially viable. As ...

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OPETH Set Release Date For DVD

OPETH have set "Lamentations - Live At Shepherds Bush Empire" as the title for their forthcoming live DVD, due on November 24 through Music For Nations. As previously reported, the disc, which was recorded September 25 in London, will contain both the mellow and heavy set with a running time of approximately an hour each, ...

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OPETH Hard At Work On Live DVD

OPETH have spent the weekend supervising the pre-mix of the live tracks recorded on September 25 in London. "Deliverance" mixer and co-producer Andy Sneap will take care of the final mix. The as-yet-untitled DVD will contain both the mellow and heavy set with a running time of approximately an hour each, as well as a ...

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HEAVENLY: Third Album To Surface In January

France's HEAVENLY have set "Dust To Dust" as the title for their third album, due on January 12 through Sanctuary/Noise Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Sign Of The Winner", which is being described by the band as "more heavy metal and more symphonic" than the group's previous efforts, is currently being mixed by Sascha Paeth ...

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Band Vows to Defy Assisted Suicide Law

Mitch Stacy of The Associated Press reports that the leader of the rock group HELL ON EARTH said an onstage suicide will happen during a private St. Petersburg concert this weekend in defiance of a new city law designed to stop it. "The show will go on," Billy Tourtelot said Monday. "It will be available ...

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OPETH To Play Jordan In November

Sweden's OPETH have been invited to perform in Jordan in November. If the gig goes ahead, it will mark the first time a metal band has played in Jordan. In other news, Dan Swanö's NIGHTINGALE will support OPETH at several dates on their upcoming Scandinavian tour. Norwegian tech-death metal band EXTOL will provide additional support ...

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PYREXIA Announce New Drummer

Reunited Long Island, New York-based death metallers PYREXIA, who recently signed an exclusive distribution deal with Crash Music, have added drummer Justin Dipinto to the group's lineup. "Justin is best known for his recent work behind the kit on MALEVOLENT CREATION's 'The Will To Kill' [album] and is a welcome addition to the group, solidifying ...

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OPETH Withdraw From Finnish Festivals

Sweden's OPETH have been forced to cancel their previously announced appearances at Finland's Tuska and Illosaarirock festivals, scheduled to take place July 11 and July 12, respectively. The following is an official statement on the matter from OPETH's manager, Andy Farrow of Northern Music Co.: "It is with regret that OPETH will have to withdraw ...

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PYREXIA Sign Distribution Deal With CRASH MUSIC

Reunited Long Island, New York-based death metallers PYREXIA have officially signed an exclusive distribution deal with Crash Music. The group's next release will be an album titled "Deliverance", containing eight of the band's favorite songs from their back catalog plus three brand-new cuts to tide the fans over until the next full-length studio album is ...

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L.A. Hard Rockers FIREBALL MINISTRY Sign To NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Los Angeles-based heavy hitters FIREBALL MINISTRY have signed an exclusive worldwide contract with Nuclear Blast Records. Alumni of MTV's "You Hear It First" program, the band made the news official by announcing it on last week's edition of MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball". MTV's resident hard rock supporter Iann Robinson had this to say about FIREBALL MINISTRY: ...

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OPETH Recruit SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Keyboardist For Upcoming Tour

OPETH have recruited SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Hammond organ/keyboard "legend" Per Wiberg to handle the keyboard duties during their upcoming U.S. tour with PORCUPINE TREE. The gigs, which will not feature any of the heavier material that OPETH is most famous for, will focus primarily on the band's "more mellow" opuses, including a version of the "Morningrise" ...

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OPETH Confirm North American Tour With PORCUPINE TREE

Sweden's OPETH have confirmed the dates for their upcoming "Damnation" Tour 2003 with PORCUPINE TREE. The details are as follows Jul. 15 – Toronto, ONT - Opera House Jul. 16 – Montreal, QUE - Medley Jul. 17 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza Jul. 18 – Boston. MA - Berkeley Performance Centre Jul. 19 ...

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THE CROWN Prepare To Mix 'Possessed 13'

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN, recently rejoined by original vocalist Johan Lindstrand, have completed the recordings for their new album, "Possessed 13", and are taking a three-week break before returning to Gothenburg's Studio Fredman in mid-June to mix the effort for a tentative September release. "It sounds very fuckin' great and we can't wait to release ...

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OPETH To Team Up With PORCUPINE TREE For North American Tour

OPETH will be teaming up with PORCUPINE TREE for a co-headlining North American tour beginning in early July. According to PORCUPINE TREE's official web site, "OPETH have recently been touring North America extensively to promote their 2002 album 'Deliverance', but on their tour with [PORCUPINE TREE] they will be focusing on their non-metal material for ...

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OPETH Mainman To Collaborate With PORCUPINE TREE Singer

OPETH mastermind Mikael Akerfeldt and PORCUPINE TREE frontman Steven Wilson will reportedly collaborate on a LINDA PERHACS cover for a tribute CD to the early '70s U.S. singer/songwriter, due later in the year. OPETH's new album, "Damnation", will be released in a limited-edition digipak version (around 20,000 copies) as well as a standard jewel-case edition. ...

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THE CROWN Set Tentative Track Listing For New CD

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN, recently rejoined by original vocalist Johan Lindstrand, have set the tentative track listing for their forthcoming album, tentatively due in early September through Metal Blade Records. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to last year's "Crowned In Terror", which will be recorded and mixed at Gotheburg's Studio Fredman between May 5 and June 15, ...

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OPETH Win Swedish GRAMMY!

OPETH have won a Swedish Grammy in the "Best Hard Rock" category for their "Deliverance" album at the 2003 Grammisgala, held last night (Feb. 18) in Stockholm, Sweden. Previous winners include THE HAUNTED (2000), BACKYARD BABIES (1998, 2001) and MISERY LOVES CO. (1997). The other nominees in the "Best Hard Rock" category were IN FLAMES, ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Reissues On The Way

Two decades after QUEENSRŸCHE released their self-titled 12-inch debut EP, EMI Records is celebrating the band's career by reissuing the disc and the six critically acclaimed albums that followed: "The Warning", "Rage For Order", "Operation: Mindcrime", "Empire", "Promised Land" and "Hear In The Now Frontier". Each of the seven QUEENSRŸCHE records has been repackaged with ...

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OPETH To Tour U.K. In March

Acclaimed Swedish metallers OPETH will embark on a U.K. tour in March. This trek will be the first of two U.K. tours planned for 2003, and is very specifically geared towards the heavier material featured on the group's recent "Deliverance" CD. The second, yet-to-be-scheduled tour is planned to show the "Damnation" side of OPETH — ...

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OPETH Finalize Track Listing For 'Damnation'

OPETH have finalized the track listing for their upcoming CD, "Damnation", which was recently mixed by PORCUPINE TREE frontman Steven Wilson for a tentative March/April release. The full track listing for the album is as follows: 1. Windowpane 2. In My Time Of Need 3. Death Whispered A Lullaby 4. Closure 5. Hope Leaves 6. ...

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OPETH, LACUNA COIL, PARADISE LOST: The Complete Itinerary

The complete itinerary for the "4 Absent Friends Tour", featuring OPETH, LACUNA COIL, PARADISE LOST and TAPPING THE VEIN, has been released. Presented by Guitar World, the trek — named after a track on OPETH's recent album "Deliverance" — will feature the Swedish band in the headlining slot, with main support coming from LACUNA COIL. ...

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CULT OF LUNA Set Release Date For 'The Beyond'

Swedish apocalyptic noisecore outfit CULT OF LUNA have set Feb. 10. 2003 as the release date through Earache Records for their sophomore album, "The Beyond". The CD, which was recorded and mixed at Tonteknik Studios (REFUSED, MESSHUGGAH, BREACH, THE HIVES), will contain the following track listing: 01. Inside Fort Meade 02. Receiver 03. Genesis 04. ...

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DUSKFALL: 'Frailty' Samples Posted Online

Luleå, Sweden-based DUSKFALL have posted three MP3 samples from their debut album, entitled "Frailty", via their official web site at this location. "Frailty", which includes guest appearances by ex-DARKANE/current SEETHINGS vocalist Lawrence Mackrory and "guitarist from hell" Magnus Olsson, was recorded at Uppsala's Dug-Out studios and contains the following track listing: 01. The ...

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