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GRENDEL To Release Debut Album In December

GRENDEL, the melancholic metal band from Finland, will release its debut album, "Lost Beyond Retrieval", on December 13. The group was formed in 1999 and has so far released two self-financed EPs and three promotional CDs. "Lost Beyond Retrieval" was recorded and mixed by Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki bewteen June and ...

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BATTERED: New Songs Are Starting To Take Shape

BATTERED, the new Norwegian band featuring former EINHERJER members Frode Glesnes (a.k.a. Grimar, vocals/guitar), Aksel Herløe (guitar) and Gerhard Storesund (a.k.a. Vivar, drums), has posted the following update on its official web site: "We started out 2006 with a bang, with excellent album reviews, and fantastic live reviews including KKKK in Kerrang! and being referred ...

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SONIC SYNDICATE To Enter Studio This Month

Swedish metal band SONIC SYNDICATE will enter Black Lounge Studios in Avesta, Sweden on November 20 with producer Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY guitarist) to begin recording its second album, tentatively due in April 2007 on Nuclear Blast Records. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Psychic Suicide", "Blue Eyed Fiend", "Callous" and "Presence of ...

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ENSIFERUM: New Album Title Revealed

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM entered Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki last week with producer Janne Joutsenniemi to begin recording its third album, "Victory Songs", for a February 21 release via Spinefarm. A CD single will precede the album on February 7. ENSIFERUM earlier in the year entered the Music DVD chart in ...

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STRATOVARIUS: Proposed 'Anthology' Release Shelved

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS have issued the following update: "[The proposed STRATOVARIUS anthology] album has been shelved for now for the undetermined time. We were never supporting this idea of Sanctuary [record label] and finally after long discussions, they are not releasing it, at least for now. We just didnt feel right about releasing another ...

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THUNDERSTONE To Compete To Represent Finland In Next Year's EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE are one of a dozen acts that will compete to represent Finland in next year's Eurovision Song Contest, set to take place May 2007 in Helsinki. The artists are, in alphabetical order (record label in brackets): BEATS AND STYLES (AJ Records Finland) HANNA PAKARINEN (Sony-BMG Music Entertainment Finland) HUMANE (Edel ...

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FINNTROLL And MARDUK To Team Up For EARTHSHAKER ROADSHOCK 2007

FINNTROLL and MARDUK will reportedly team up for the European Earthshaker Roadshock 2007 tour, set to take place May 2007. More bands will be added to the package soon. FINNTROLL is currently putting the finishing touches to its fifth, as-yet-untitled album, at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki for a tentative March 2007 release via Spinefarm. ...

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STRATOVARIUS: Drums For New Demo Completed

STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki (guitar) has issued the following update: "Just got back from Germany and we recorded the drums for 11 songs in a demo studio close to Jörg's [Michael, drums] rehearsal room.I think it was called Sounds of Steel, although I don't know how the steel sounds actually. "There was a 'small' problem, ...

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FINNTROLL Putting Finishing Touches On New Album

FINNTROLL is currently putting the finishing touches to its fifth, as-yet-untitled album, at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki for a tentative March 2007 release via Spinefarm. This will be the group's first release with new vocalist Mathias Lillmåns (a.k.a. Vreth; TWILIGHT MOON) following the departure of Tapio Wilska (SETHIAN, ex-WIZZARD, former session vocalist for NIGHTWISH) ...

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SON OF SCIENCE Seeks Second Guitarist

U.K.-based technical metal band SON OF SCIENCE, which features former DRAGONFORCE bassist Adrian Lambert, is seeking a second guitarist. "The role will mainly be rhythm playing but there are harmony solos which require good lead ability," the group writes in a press release. "The successful guitarist will be able to rehearse frequently in Brighton and ...

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ELVENKING To Enter Studio Next Week

Guitarist Aydan of the Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "We're ready to enter the studios [to record the fourth ELVENKING album]. On Friday next week we will fly to Germany to Gernhart studios and record the drums with Mr. Superhero himself Martin Buchwalter. Yesterday ...

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AMORPHIS Schedules New Year's Eve Gig In Finland

Following their appearance at Helldone Festival on December 30 at Helsinki's Tavastia Club, AMORPHIS will head up north to Oulu, Finland for a New Year's Eve party at Club Teatria. Other bands scheduled to appear at Helldone include H.I.M., CATHEDRAL, ANATHEMA, DIABLO, KATATONIA, BLAKE, 45 DEGREE WOMAN and SARA. AMORPHIS has been confirmed for next ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman Issues Solo Album Update

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto entered Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland in August to begin recording his third solo album, tentatively due in early 2007 via his own label, High and Loud Records. He has since issued the following update on the album's recording sessions: "All the guitars, bass and drums are recorded. Some vocals ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS: New Video Interview Available

The members of the veteran San Francisco Bay Area metal band VICIOUS RUMORS were interviewed by Doug Troxell on October 21, 2006 at McLaren Park in San Francisco prior to their departure for their European tour. Interviewed were: Geoff Thorpe, Larry Howe, James Rivera, Thaen Rasmussen, and Stephen Goodwin. Watch the interview at

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STRATOVARIUS Mainman Completes 11 New Songs

STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki (guitar) has issued the following update: "I have written 11 new [STRATOVARIUS] songs and we are first going to demo them. This will be completed by the end of the year and we will enter the studio to record that actual album around February. [Timo Kotipelto, vocals] is releasing his third ...

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DEVILDRIVER To Enter Studio Next Month

DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara (ex-COAL CHAMBER) has issued the following update: "Fuck yea!!! Here's what's happening: We've been writing and have more than enough material to go in the studio. The band is going to Mike's [Spreitzer, guitar] today to lay the last song down on his computer so I can begin my writing on ...

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STRATOVARIUS Mainman To Produce New INFERNOISE Album

STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki (guitar) will produce the debut album from the Madrid, Spain-based metal band INFERNOISE between November and January 2007. The CD will be recorded in Madrid and mixed at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland. For more information on INFERNOISE, click here. Tolkki and STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael will soon ...

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SUBSONIC: 'Fix' Video Posted Online

SUBSONIC, the solo project of former CELTIC FROST guitarist Ron Marks, has uploaded its video for the song "Fix" at this location. The clip was shot in Chicago with director Jason Meudt. SUBSONIC's sophomore album, "No Such Soul", is available on Sonic Wave International. The follow-up to 2002's "Super-Vel" (Outlaw Entertainment) includes a ...

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THUNDERSTONE: More Studio Reports Posted Online

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE last month entered Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki to begin recording their fourth album. The band is currently working on 11 as-yet-untitled original tracks and two cover songs which will be included as bonus tracks on special-edition versions of the new album. You can read the band's studio diary and ...

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DISILLUSION, NEAERA Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

DISILLUSION and NEAERA have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AMORPHIS BELPHEGOR BLACK MAJESTY BLIND GUARDIAN CANNIBAL CORPSE COMMUNIC DISILLUSION ENSLAVED GRAVE DIGGER HAGGARD HEAVEN SHALL BURN IMMORTAL ...

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WINTERSUN To Mix New Album In May

Drummer Kai Hahto of WINTERSUN, the Finnish band led by former ENSIFERUM singer Jari Mäenpää, has issued the following update: "We have to inform you that the last three shows which were in Sweden and Norway are not going to happen in the upcoming European tour. AMON AMARTH are heading straight from Europe to support ...

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DEMON DOG SPERM Signs With OPEN GRAVE RECORDS

Open Grave Records has announced the signing of Allentown, PA-based band DEMON DOG SPERM. Formed in 2005 with the lineup of Sid (vocals), Deron Christman (guitar), Steve Lelong (bass) and Dennis Christman (drums) and later adding Chris Reinhart as a second guitarist, DEMON DOG SPERM (also known as D.D.S.) has shared the stage with acts ...

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SATAN'S HOST To Film 20th Anniversary DVD

Long-running Colorado metal band SATAN'S HOST, whose classic 1986 debut, "Metal from Hell", featured lead vocals by JAG PANZER's Harry Conklin, will shoot its 20-year anniversary live DVD on October 28 at Union Station in Colorado Springs, Colorado. SATAN'S HOST's new album, "Satanic Grimoire: A Greater Black Magick", which was originally self-released, has been picked ...

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DRAGONFORCE In GUITAR WORLD's Readers' Poll

DRAGONFORCE guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman are nominated in four categories in this year's Guitar World Readers' Poll. They are nominated in the categories "Best New Talent", "Best Metal", "Best Riff" and "Best Shredder". To place your vote, click here. In other news, the latest issue of Guitar World magazine comes with ...

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LETZTE INSTANZ Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

LETZTE INSTANZ, a German rock band particularly noted for its use of the violin and cello, has been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AMORPHIS BELPHEGOR BLACK MAJESTY BLIND ...

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