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HAMMERFALL: First In-Studio Fan Chat Now Online

Vocalist Joacim Cans and guitarist Oscar Dronjak of Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL took part in a live, in-studio chat with their fans this past Saturday, January 22. They discussed the band's "refreshed sound," favorite memories of Ronnie James Dio, musical influences, working with producer James Michael (MÖTLEY CRÜE, SCORPIONS, MEAT LOAF, SIXX: A.M.), and a ...

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HAMMERFALL To Take Part In Online Chat

Vocalist Joacim Cans and guitarist Oscar Dronjak of Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL will take part in a live, in-studio chat with their fans on Saturday, January 22 beginning at 9 a.m. PST / 12 p.m. (noon) EST / 6 p.m CET. The online event will take place at the Nuclear Blast streaming room at

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DEATHENING To Release 'Open Up And Swallow' This Month

Swedish death metallers DEATHENING will release their debut album, "Open Up And Swallow", on January 28 via Rakamarow Records. The CD contains "ten tracks [of] powerful, fast-paced technical riffs as well as shuffle-oriented death, tied together by melodic leads and brutal vocals," according to a press release. Based in Malmö and Gothenburg, Sweden, DEATHENING comprises ...

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POWERWOLF Confirmed For Germany's ROCKHARZ Festival

Multinational metalheads POWERWOLF have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Rockharz Open Air festival, set to take place July 7-9, 2011 at Airport Ballenstedt in Harz, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AMORPHIS CALIBAN EMIL BULLS END OF GREEN FEUERSCHWANZ FREI.WILD GRAND MAGUS HACKNEYED HAIL OF BULLETS ...

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Denver Thrashers HAVOK Return With Their Second Studio Offering

On their 2009 Candlelight debut, "Burn", Denver-based metallers HAVOK quickly proved that they were far more than your average fly-by-night thrash act. Even FEAR FACTORY's Gene Hoglan took note of the young band saying, "HAVOK lays it down old-school heavy like a sharp stick in the eye." "Time Is Up", the band's follow-up to "Burn", ...

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HAMMERFALL Invites Fans To Submit In-Studio Questions

With the launch of their video blog site, Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL invite fans from around the world to submit questions for their weekly video blog. What are working titles for the new songs? What will producer James Michael (MÖTLEY CRÜE, SCORPIONS, MEAT LOAF) do with lead singer Joacim Cans' used spit screens? Did guitarist ...

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HAMMERFALL: More Footage From The Studio Posted Online

Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL recently entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to 2009's "No Sacrifice, No Victory". Producing the effort is James Michael, who recently worked with MÖTLEY CRÜE, SCORPIONS, MEAT LOAF and others. The as-yet-untitled CD will be made available in Europe on May 20 via Nuclear Blast Records. A summer release ...

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POWERWOLF Begins Recording New Album; Photos Available

Multinational metalheads POWERWOLF entered the studio last week to begin recording their new album for a 2011 release via Metal Blade Records. The first photos and video footage from the studio can be viewed below. POWERWOLF organist Falk Maria Schlegel recently stated about the group's new material, "We spent the last three months in the ...

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SEPULTURA Confirmed For Germany's ROCKHARZ Festival

Brazilian/American thrashers SEPULTURA have been confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Rockharz Open Air festival, set to take place July 7-9 at Airport Ballenstedt in Harz, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AMORPHIS CALIBAN EMIL BULLS END OF GREEN FEUERSCHWANZ FREI.WILD GRAND MAGUS HACKNEYED HAIL OF BULLETS HAMMERFALL ...

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FULLFORCE: New Song Posted Online

A rough-mix version of "None Of Your Concern", a brand new song from FULLFORCE — the new Swedish melodic metal project featuring Mike Andersson (CLOUDSCAPE, SILENT MEMORIAL, PLANET ALLIANCE) on vocals, Stefan Elmgren (HAMMERFALL) on guitar, Anders Johansson (HAMMERFALL, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) on drums, Carl-Johan Grimmark (NARNIA) on guitar, and Tommy Larsson (HEED) on bass — ...

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THE POODLES: New Album Title, Track Listing Revealed

Swedish hard rockers THE POODLES have completed work on their fourth album, "Performocracy", for an April 15, 2011 release via Frontiers Records. The CD was produced by Mats Valentin and was mixed by Tobias Lindell (EUROPE, MUSTASCH). "Performocracy" track listing: 01. I Want It All 02. Until Our Kingdom Falls 03. Father To A Son ...

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TARJA TURUNEN, TURISAS, FREI.WILD, LETZTE INSTANZ Confirmed For Germany's ROCKHARZ Festival

TARJA TURUNEN, TURISAS, FREI.WILD and LETZTE INSTANZ have been confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Rockharz Open Air festival, set to take place July 7-9 at Airport Ballenstedt in Harz, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AMORPHIS CALIBAN EMIL BULLS END OF GREEN FEUERSCHWANZ FREI.WILD GRAND MAGUS HACKNEYED ...

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HAMMERFALL Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 18-20, 2011 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): ARCH ENEMY BOLT THROWER CALIBAN CORVUS CORAX FARMER BOYS HAIL OF BULLETS J.B.O. KALMAH KVELERTAK PRIMORDIAL SALTATIO MORTIS ...

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HAMMERFALL: Video Footage From The Studio Posted Online

Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL have entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to 2009's "No Sacrifice, No Victory". Producing the effort will be James Michael, who recently worked with MÖTLEY CRÜE, SCORPIONS, MEAT LOAF and others. Video footage from the studio can be viewed below. HAMMERFALL decided to work with a new producer on ...

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BUMBLEFOOT Drummer DENNIS LEEFLANG Joins TED POLEY's Solo Band

Drummer Dennis Leeflang has joined vocalist Ted Poley's (DANGER DANGER) solo touring band. Leeflang most recently toured with the '80s hard rock queen, Lita Ford, in the summer and fall of 2009 all over Europe and the United States, playing such prestigious events such as the Bang Your Head!!! and Gods Of Metal festivals, and ...

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POWERWOLF To Enter Studio In December

Multinational metalheads POWERWOLF will enter the studio in December to begin recording their new album for a 2011 release via Metal Blade Records. Commented POWERWOLF comments organist Falk Maria Schlegel: "We spent the last three months in the rehearsal room working out stuff for the new album. Even though it's still in the making, we ...

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STRATOVARIUS Drummer Diagnosed With Cancer

Swedish keyboardist Jens Johansson of multi-national melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS has issued the following update: "Dear STRATOVARIUS fans, I am afraid we have some quite terrible news. News of the worst imaginable kind. It's about our friend and [German] drummer Jörg Michael [STRATOVARIUS]. "Jörg has cancer. "He recently discovered a lump on his neck, went to ...

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Former HAMMERFALL Bassist Collaborates With Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra On 'Past Future'

After 30 albums, touring the world for ten years with the heavy metal band HAMMERFALL, gold records, cultural awards and Grammis nominations, Swedish bassist Magnus Rosén (REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, HAMMERFALL, X-WORLD/5, FULLFORCE) has collaborated with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra on his latest release, "Past Future". The CD, which is said to be "the first album in ...

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HAMMERFALL Confirmed For Germany's ROCKHARZ Festival

Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL have been confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Rockharz Open Air festival, set to take place July 7-9 at Airport Ballenstedt in Harz, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: CALIBAN END OF GREEN FEUERSCHWANZ GRAND MAGUS HAIL OF BULLETS HAMMERFALL HYPOCRISY PAUL DI'ANNO SALTATIO MORTIS STAHLMANN THE ...

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RAGE Guitarist Schedules Bochum Workshop

After a successful two-week workshop tour through the Czech Republic and Slovakia, RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski will present his new program on December 5 at the Matrix club in Bochum, Germany. For more information (in German), go to this location. RAGE's latest album, "Strings To A Web", entered the German Media Control chart ...

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HAMMERFALL Taps Producer JAMES MICHAEL For New Album

In just two weeks, Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL will enter the studio to record the follow-up to 2009's "No Sacrifice, No Victory". The songwriting is almost finished, and guitarist Oscar Dronjak reveals: "The new material contains a lot of fresh ways to look at the musical ideas, we're trying to preserve the essence of what ...

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DEATHDESTRUCTION: New Rehearsal Footage

Brand new rehearsal footage of DEATHDESTRUCTION — the new Swedish metal "supergroup" featuring members of EVERGREY, HAMMERFALL and DEAD BY APRIL — can be viewed below. DEATHDESTRUCTION recently finished recording its debut album at IN FLAMES' IF Studios with producer Roberto Laghi (IN FLAMES, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, LOK, SONIC SYNDICATE). A release date for the effort ...

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THERION: Groningen Footage Available

Fan-filmed video footage of THERION's October 30, 2010 concert at De Oosterpoort in Groningen, Holland can be viewed at this location. A couple of the clips are available below. "Sitra Ahra", the new album from THERION, sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed ...

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THERION: 'Sitra Ahra' First-Week Sales Revealed

"Sitra Ahra", the new album from Swedish progressive/experimental metallers THERION, sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 44 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never ...

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DARKWATER: 'Breathe' Video Released

"Breathe", the new video from the Swedish progressive metal band DARKWATER, can be viewed below. The clip was directed by Radionika AB, Dino Medanhodzic and Joacim Hammarström. The girl in the video is played by Angelica Lewenhagen. "Breathe" comes off DARKWATER's new album, "Where Stories End", which will be released on November 12 in Europe ...

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