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DIAMOND DAWN To Release 'Overdrive' In February

Frontiers Records will release DIAMOND DAWN's debut album, "Overdrive", on February 22 in Europe and February 26 in North America. Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, DIAMOND DAWN are easily one of the most promising melodic rock bands to come out of the Scandinavian underground scene. They came to the attention of the fans thanks to the ...

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HAMMERFALL's 'Gates Of Dalhalla' DVD Cracks Swedish Top 5

"Gates Of Dalhalla", the new DVD from Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL, has entered the Swedish "Music DVD" chart at position No. 4. As previously reported, the set also landed on the German "Music DVD" chart at No. 6. "Gates Of Dalhalla" was released as a DVD+2CD and Blu-ray+2CD on November 30 via Nuclear Blast. The ...

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Inner Monster Out - SHADOWSIDE

If you're not familiar with Brazil's SHADOWSIDE, the temptation upon greeting is to lump them in league with LACUNA COIL. A fireball frontwoman are about all they have in common. There are a few pop metal songs on SHADOWSIDE's third album, "Inner Monster Out", but there's little else to bridge this group to LACUNA COIL, ...

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HAMMERFALL's 'Gates Of Dalhalla' Lands On German 'Music DVD' Chart

"Gates Of Dalhalla", the new DVD from Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL, has entered the German "Music DVD" chart at position No. 6. "Gates Of Dalhalla" was released as a DVD+2CD and Blu-ray+2CD on November 30 via Nuclear Blast. The set will feature the band's extraordinary 135-minute 15th-anniversary show that took place on July 28 on ...

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SOLUTION .45 Parts Ways With Bassist

SOLUTION .45 — the Swedish/Finnish progressive metal "supergroup" which features in its ranks former SCAR SYMMETRY vocalist Christian Älvestam — has parted ways with bassist Anders Edlund. According to the band, "This is very much a mutual split, based on a mutual understanding. With that said, we'd like to thank Anders for his contributions and ...

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OPETH Mainman Describes First Two Songs Written For Next Studio Album

Abed Loutfi and Fredrik Molin of Uppsala Student Radio 98.9 spoke to guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH on Friday, November 30 during the band's "Swedish Heritage Tour 2012". Asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for OPETH's follow-up to 2011's "Heritage" album, Mikael said (see video below): "I have one new ...

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OPETH's ÅKERFELDT, ÅKESSON Talk MARSHALL In New Video Interview

Marshall Amplification caught up with Mikael Åkerfeldt and Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH on November 11 at Nottingham Rock City during their recent U.K. tour and chatted about all things Marshall. Check out the footage below. OPETH performed a special "unplugged" show on November 16 at the Union Chapel in London, England. OPETH's ...

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SHADOWSIDE To Support HELLOWEEN And GAMMA RAY In Europe

Brazilian female-fronted metallers SHADOWSIDE will support legendary German bands HELLOWEEN and GAMMA RAY on the "Hellish Rock Tour Pt. II". The 37-date trek will kick off on February 28 in Barcelona, Spain and will make stops in Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, France, Belgium and ...

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OPETH Plays Special 'Unplugged' Show In London; Video Available

Swedish progressive metallers OPETH performed a special "unplugged" show this past Friday , November 16 at the Union Chapel in London, England. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Heritage 02. Credence 03. In My Time Of Need 04. Häxprocess 05. Var Kommer Barnen In? (HANSSON DE WOLFE UNITED cover) 06. Solitude (BLACK SABBATH cover) ...

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OPETH: Quality Dublin Fan-Filmed Video Footage

Quality fan-filmed video footage of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH performing the song "Ghost Of Perdition" on November 14 at Vicar Street in Dublin, Ireland can be seen below. OPETH's new album, "Heritage", sold 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 ...

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HAMMERFALL: 'Hammerfall' Performance Clip From 'Gates Of Dalhalla' DVD

Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL will release a concert DVD+2CD and Blu-ray+2CD, "Gates Of Dalhalla", on November 30 via Nuclear Blast. The set will feature the band's extraordinary 135-minute 15th-anniversary show that took place on July 28 on the historic open-air stage Dalhalla, built in an old quarry near the small Swedish village Rättvik. The footage ...

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Former NIGHTWISH Singer ANETTE OLZON Featured On SAPPHIRE EYES Debut

SAPPHIRE EYES — featuring ALYSON AVENUE's Niclas Olsson and lead singer Thomas Bursell — will release its self-titled debut album on November 30 via Avenue Of Allies. Niclas and Thomas, who recorded the vocals for seven album tracks, are joined by two other male Swedish singers: Mikael Erlandsson (LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM, SALUTE), who sings lead ...

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FINNTROLL: Performance Footage Of New Song Available

Fan-filmed video footage of Finnish metal marauders FINNTROLL performing a brand new song during their November 3 concert in Giessen, Germany as part of this year's Heidenfest tour can be seen below. Also available are clips of the "Trollhammaren" (featuring a guest appearance by former FINNTROLL singer former singer Tapio Wilska) and "Jaktens Tid" (featuring ...

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HAMMERFALL: 'Threshold' Performance Clip From 'Gates Of Dalhalla' DVD

Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL will release a concert DVD+2CD and Blu-ray+2CD, "Gates Of Dalhalla", on November 30 via Nuclear Blast. The set will feature the band's extraordinary 135-minute 15th-anniversary show that took place on July 28 on the historic open-air stage Dalhalla, built in an old quarry near the small Swedish village Rättvik. The footage ...

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HAMMERFALL: Second 'Gates Of Dalhalla' DVD Preview Teaser

Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL will release a concert DVD+2CD and Blu-ray+2CD, "Gates Of Dalhalla", on November 30 via Nuclear Blast. The set will feature the band's extraordinary 135-minute 15th-anniversary show that took place on July 28 on the historic open-air stage Dalhalla, built in an old quarry near the small Swedish village Rättvik. The footage ...

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'Metal Evolution' Creator Discusses Lost 'Extreme Metal' Episode With 'Radioactive Metal'

Canadian documentarian Sam Dunn of Banger Films ("Metal: A Headbangers Journey", "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage") was interviewed for the latest edition of "Radioactive Metal". You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. "Radioactive Metal" is broadcast on Pure Rock Radio Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. EST at www.purerockradio.net. ...

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'Metal Evolution' Creator Discusses Lost 'Extreme Metal' Episode With PureGrainAudio (Video)

In 2011, Banger Films released the biggest-ever series on the history of heavy metal and hard rock, "Metal Evolution". Based on Banger's groundbreaking "Heavy Metal Family Tree," the series explored over 40 years of metal history — from early metal and shock rock to thrash and nu metal. Following metalhead-turned-anthropologist Sam Dunn, "Metal Evolution" took ...

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OPETH Performs At Amusement Park In Stockholm (Video)

On September 14, Swedish progressive metallers OPETH played a special show at the Stockholm, Sweden amusement park Gröna Lund. The park invites bands to perform on a one-by-one basis — it's not a gig you can book like any other date on a tour. When the concert was originally announced earlier this year, OPETH frontman ...

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'Metal Evolution' Creator Discusses Lost 'Extreme Metal' Episode With THE AGE OF METAL (Audio)

In 2011, Banger Films released the biggest-ever series on the history of heavy metal and hard rock, "Metal Evolution". Based on Banger's groundbreaking "Heavy Metal Family Tree," the series explored over 40 years of metal history — from early metal and shock rock to thrash and nu metal. Following metalhead-turned-anthropologist Sam Dunn, "Metal Evolution" took ...

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'Metal Evolution' Creator Discusses Lost 'Extreme Metal' Episode On FULL METAL JACKIE's Show

In 2011, Banger Films released the biggest-ever series on the history of heavy metal and hard rock, "Metal Evolution". Based on Banger's groundbreaking "Heavy Metal Family Tree," the series explored over 40 years of metal history — from early metal and shock rock to thrash and nu metal. Following metalhead-turned-anthropologist Sam Dunn, "Metal Evolution" took ...

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HAMMERFALL: 'Gates Of Dalhalla' DVD Preview

Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL will release a concert DVD+2CD and Blu-ray+2CD, "Gates Of Dalhalla", on November 30 via Nuclear Blast. The set will feature the band's extraordinary 135-minute 15th-anniversary show that took place on July 28 on the historic open-air stage Dalhalla, built in an old quarry near the small Swedish village Rättvik. The footage ...

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'Metal Evolution' Creator Discusses Lost 'Extreme Metal' Episode (Audio)

In 2011, Banger Films released the biggest-ever series on the history of heavy metal and hard rock, "Metal Evolution". Based on Banger's groundbreaking "Heavy Metal Family Tree," the series explored over 40 years of metal history — from early metal and shock rock to thrash and nu metal. Following metalhead-turned-anthropologist Sam Dunn, "Metal Evolution" took ...

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OPETH Mainman Interviewed By U.K.'s PROG Magazine (Video)

In an exclusive video for Prog magazine, vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH explains where the idea of doing an acoustic show came from, why it appealed to him and why he chose ANATHEMA to support his band on their upcoming U.K. tour. Check out the video below. Prog magazine No.30 is published ...

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