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MOONSORROW Signs With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

Finnish crusaders of epic heathen metal MOONSORROW have inked a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The band comments, "MOONSORROW are thrilled to start working with Century Media, a label that is home to many fellow artists already! We never make our music half way or with compromises and we know our art is in ...

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ENSIFERUM: Seventh Studio Webisode Available

Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM recently entered the studio to begin recording their fifth album for a fall release via Spinefarm Records. The band states, "[We] started working at the famous Petrax studio (CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH) [in Hollola, Finland] last week with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, SENTENCED) who is also mixing the album. From Petrax ...

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BATTLE BEAST: First Tour Webisode Available

The first in a series of clips featuring behind-the-scenes footage from BATTLE BEAST's current European tour as the support act for NIGHTWISH can be seen below. BATTLE BEAST's debut album, "Steel" — which was originally released in Finland last year via Hype Records — was made available internationally on January 27 through Nuclear Blast Records. ...

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GRAND MAGUS Announces New Drummer

Due to family obligations and work commitments, drummer Sebastian "Seb" Sippola has left Swedish heavy rockers GRAND MAGUS. The new man behind the kit is Ludwig "Ludde" Witt (SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, FIREBIRD, SHINING). Commented Sebastian: "It took a load off my mind that Ludwig was chosen because he is a friend of mine. By the way, ...

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EVOCATION Begins Recording New Album

Swedish death metallers EVOCATION have entered IF Studios, the IN FLAMES-owned facility in Gothenburg, Sweden, with producer Roberto Laghi (IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR) to begin recording their fourth album for a late 2012 release via the band's new label home, Century Media Records. Commented the band: "Janne [K. Bodén, drums] has been extremely ...

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CATAMENIA Singer's ALL AGAINST Releases 'Blindness' EP

ALL AGAINST, the Finnish death/thrash metal band featuring singer Juha-Matti Perttunen (CATAMENIA), bassist Sami Knuutinen (QUAKE THE EARTH) and drummer Aleksi Heiskanen (QUAKE THE EARTH), has released the second in a series of video studio reports on the making of their newly released EP, "Blindness". It is a short documentary of ALL AGAINST's studio sessions ...

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GRAND MAGUS Answers Fan-Submitted Questions (Video)

Swedish heavy rockers GRAND MAGUS recently answered a number of questions submitted by fans via the Nuclear Blast Records Facebook page. You can now watch the question-and-answer session below. GRAND MAGUS will release its new album, "The Hunt", in Europe on May 25 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD's cover artwork was created by Arik ...

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RUINED SOUL One-Man Project Evolves Into A Full-Blown Band

Gothenburg, Sweden's RUINED SOUL, which was started by Johnny Johansson as a one-man metal project due to Johnny's focus on DISDAIN, has evolved into a full-blown band. Commented Johnny: "Yes, RUINED SOUL was supposed to be a solo project, but… no more! The urge of playing these songs live and spending more time on RUINED ...

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GRAND MAGUS: 'The Hunt' Cover Artwork Unveiled

Swedish heavy rockers GRAND MAGUS will release their new album, "The Hunt", in Europe on May 25 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD's cover artwork was created by Arik Roper (CATHEDRAL, HIGH ON FIRE, SLEEP), who also handled the art on GRAND MAGUS' "Iron Will" LP. Commented GRAND MAGUS frontman Janne "J.B." Christoffersson: "Arik Roper ...

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ENSIFERUM: Sixth Studio Webisode Available

Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM recently entered the studio to begin recording their fifth album for a fall release via Spinefarm Records. The band states, "[We] started working at the famous Petrax studio (CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH) [in Hollola, Finland] last week with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, SENTENCED) who is also mixing the album. From Petrax ...

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MAGENTA HARVEST: New Demo To Be Released This Week

MAGENTA HARVEST, the Finnish death metal band featuring current and former members of FINNTROLL, CHTHONIAN, MYGRAIN and ...AND OCEANS, will release its second demo, "Apparition Of Ending", on March 23. According to a press release, the new effort — which is available for streaming on MySpace — sees the group widening its soundscape ...

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ENSIFERUM: Fifth Studio Webisode Available

Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM recently entered the studio to begin recording their fifth album for a fall release via Spinefarm Records. The band states, "[We] started working at the famous Petrax studio (CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH) [in Hollola, Finland] last week with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, SENTENCED) who is also mixing the album. From Petrax ...

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AMORAL Interviewed On KVRX AUSTIN RADIO (Audio)

Laura of KVRX Austin Radio conducted an interview with Finnish metallers AMORAL on March 13 while the band was in Austin, Texas to perform at the SXSW (South By Southwest) festival. You can now listen to the chat below. AMORAL's fifth album, "Beneath", entered the official chart in Finland at position No. 30. Released on ...

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CATAMENIA Singer's ALL AGAINST Releases More Video Footage From Studio

ALL AGAINST, the Finnish death/thrash metal band featuring singer Juha-Matti Perttunen (CATAMENIA), bassist Sami Knuutinen (QUAKE THE EARTH) and drummer Aleksi Heiskanen (QUAKE THE EARTH), has released the second in a series of video studio reports on the making of their upcoming EP, "Blindness". It is a short documentary of ALL AGAINST's studio sessions at ...

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THE CROWN: New Album Update

Reactivated Swedish death/thrash metallers THE CROWN will play their first concert with returning vocalist Johan Lindstrand, on May 5 at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg, Sweden. This will mark the band's first appearance in Gothenburg in 12 years and will likely be the group's only show in Sweden this year. THE CROWN is currently writing material ...

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ENSIFERUM: Fourth Studio Webisode Available

Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM recently entered the studio to begin recording their fifth album for a fall release via Spinefarm Records. The band states, "[We] started working at the famous Petrax studio (CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH) [in Hollola, Finland] last week with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, SENTENCED) who is also mixing the album. From Petrax ...

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NIGHTWISH Designs Battery Energy Drink Can

Finland's most successful metal band NIGHTWISH has designed a can for the Finnish energy drink Battery Energy Drink. The NIGHTWISH Battery Energy Drink can was designed by NIGHTWISH's animator Janne Pitkänen in collaboration with NIGHTWISH mainman Tuomas Holopainen. This limited edition can holds the energy drink Battery Original and will be available in Finnish stores ...

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GRAND MAGUS Signs With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Swedish heavy rockers GRAND MAGUS have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band's new album, "The Hunt", will be released at the end of May. Commented GRAND MAGUS frontman Janne "J.B." Christoffersson: "GRAND MAGUS have finally found their hailing port — we've wrapped up a deal with the mighty heavy metal label Nuclear ...

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BARREN EARTH: New Song Available For Streaming

"As It Is Written", a brand new song from Finnish progressive death metallers BARREN EARTH, can be streamed using the player below. The track comes off the band's sophomore full-length album, "The Devil's Resolve", which will be released in North America on March 13 via Peaceville Records. The effort will be made available on CD ...

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RUINED SOUL To Film 'Rewind' Video

Gothenburg, Sweden-based one-man metal project RUINED SOUL will film a video for the song "Rewind" on March 16 with Greenworks. Backing RUINED SOUL guitarist/mastermind Johnny Johansson during the video shoot will be the following musicians: * Patrik Johansson (ARISE) - Vocals * Jonathan Thorpengberg (TRENCHES) - Guitar * Janne Jaloma (DEALS DEATH) - Drums * ...

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THERAPY? Drummer's Borken Finger Forces Concert Postponements

Irish rockers THERAPY? have been forced to postpone their Dublin and Cork shows — originally scheduled for this coming weekend — after drummer Neil Cooper "had an accident" and broke his finger (actually the knuckle on his "snare" hand middle finger). After a visit to a specialist, he has been advised to take minimum two ...

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ENSIFERUM: Third Studio Webisode Available

Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM recently entered the studio to begin recording their fifth album for a fall release via Spinefarm Records. The band states, "[We] started working at the famous Petrax studio (CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH) [in Hollola, Finland] last week with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, SENTENCED) who is also mixing the album. From Petrax ...

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BARREN EARTH: 'The Rains Begin' Video Released

"The Rains Begin", the new video from Finnish progressive death metallers BARREN EARTH, can be seen below. The song comes off the band's sophomore full-length album, "The Devil's Resolve", which will be released in North America on March 13 via Peaceville Records. The effort will be made available on CD and vinyl, with artwork provided ...

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ENSIFERUM: Second Studio Webisode Available

Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM recently entered the studio to begin recording their fifth album for a fall release via Spinefarm Records. The band states, "[We] started working at the famous Petrax studio (CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH) [in Hollola, Finland] last week with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, SENTENCED) who is also mixing the album. From Petrax ...

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MALFEITOR Completes Recording New Album

Swedish death metallers MALFEITOR have completed recording their new album, "Dum Morior Orior", for a spring release via Hellthrasher Productions (with the vinyl version to be made available through Chaos Records). The CD will feature the following track listing: 01. Conversation In Minor 02. Exile From Sanity 03. To Hell, Farewell 04. When Last Breath ...

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ENSIFERUM's New Album To Feature Guest Appearance By DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER Members

Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM recently entered the studio to begin recording their fifth album for a fall release via Spinefarm Records. The band states, "[We] started working at the famous Petrax studio (CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH) [in Hollola, Finland] last week with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, SENTENCED) who is also mixing the album. From Petrax ...

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ENSIFERUM Begins Recording New Album

Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM have entered the studio to begin recording their fifth album for a late spring/early summer release via Spinefarm Records. The drums, bass, grand piano and Hammond organ parts are being tracked at Petrax studio in Hollola, Finland while the rest will be laid down at Yellow House studio in Hämeenlinna, Finland ...

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CATAMENIA Singer's ALL AGAINST Releases Video Footage From Studio

ALL AGAINST, the Finnish death/thrash metal band featuring singer Juha-Matti Perttunen (CATAMENIA), bassist Sami Knuutinen (QUAKE THE EARTH) and drummer Aleksi Heiskanen (QUAKE THE EARTH), has released the first in a series of video studio reports on the making of their upcoming EP, "Blindness". It is a short documentary of ALL AGAINST's studio sessions at ...

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MAGENTA HARVEST: New Demo Available For Streaming

MAGENTA HARVEST, the Finnish death metal band featuring current and former members of FINNTROLL, CHTHONIAN, MYGRAIN and ...AND OCEANS, has made its second demo, "Apparition Of Ending", available for streaming on MySpace. According to a press release, the new effort sees the group widening its soundscape with the help of Aleksi Virta of ...

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