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POISONBLACK Completes Work On New Five-Song Demo

POISONBLACK — the Finnish band featuring former SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala — has finished recording a five-song pre-production demo for the group's upcoming album. Ville said, "I am happy about the way they are starting to build up." POISONBLACK will enter Antfarm Studio in Århus, Denmark in January 2011 with producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, ...

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THE MAN-EATING TREE: 'Amended' Video Released

"Amended", the new video from THE MAN-EATING TREE — the atmospheric metal band featuring former SENTENCED drummer Vesa Ranta alongside current/former members of POISONBLACK, REFLEXION and EMBRAZE — can be viewed below. The song comes off the group's debut album, "Vine", which was released in Finland on September 22 via Cobra Records and in other ...

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POISONBLACK Taps TUE MADSEN For New Album Production

POISONBLACK — the Finnish band featuring former SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala — will enter Antfarm Studio in Århus, Denmark in January 2011 with producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MOONSPELL, DARK TRANQUILLITY, GOREFEST) to begin recording its new album, tentatively titled "Lead & Roll Vol. 5". A late spring/early summer release is expected. Madsen previously mixed ...

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POISONBLACK: Working Album Title Revealed

POISONBLACK — the Finnish band featuring former SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala — has set "Lead & Roll Vol. 5" as the working title of its next album. As previously reported, guitarist Antti Leiviskä (MARY, BRYSSEL KAUPALLINEN, SICKNOTE) will fill in for POISONBLACK's Janne Markus at all upcoming shows. "Of Rust And Bones", the fourth album ...

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AMORPHIS Begins Recording New Album

Finnish metallers AMORPHIS have entered Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki to begin recording their tenth studio album, to be released in early 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. A short video clip from some of the early studio sessions can be viewed at this location (MP4 file). On September 17, AMORPHIS celebrated its 20th ...

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THE MAN-EATING TREE: First Part Of Video Interview Posted Online

The first part of a new video interview with THE MAN-EATING TREE — the atmospheric metal band featuring former SENTENCED drummer Vesa Ranta alongside current/former members of POISONBLACK, REFLEXION and EMBRAZE — can be viewed below. The second part of the chat will be posted online next week. THE MAN-EATING TREE's debut album, "Vine", will ...

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BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE To Enter Studio Next Month

Atlanta, Georgia-based metallers BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE will enter the studio on October 10 with producer Matt Goldman (UNDEROATH, THE CHARIOT, COPELAND) to begin recording their fourth album for an early 2011 release via Solid State Records. "Dichotomy", the third album from BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE, sold around 2,300 copies in the United States in its first ...

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MONSTER MAGNET, NAPALM DEATH, PESTILENCE, KATATONIA Confirmed For AALBORG METAL FESTIVAL

MONSTER MAGNET, NAPALM DEATH, PESTILENCE, KATATONIA, IMMOLATION, AMORPHIS, ILLDISPOSED, MACABRE and STUCK MOJO are among the confirmed bands for this year's Aalborg Metal Festival, set to take place November 5-6, 2010 at Studenterhuset in Aalborg, Denmark. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: 100 KNIFES INSIDE AMORPHIS BY THE PATIENT CHAINFIST CROCELL DAWN OF ...

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ABRAXAS Completes Work On Debut Album

ABRAXAS, the new death metal band featuring Makoto Mizoguchi (PYREXIA, INTERNAL SUFFERING, HATE ETERNAL) on guitar and bass, Mike Hrubovcak (MONSTROSITY, VILE, DIVINE RAPTURE, I.C.E., AZURE EMOTE) on vocals and Lance Wright (VILE, QUINTA ESSENTIA, TEMPLE OF BLOOD) on drums, has completed work on its debut album, "Damnation", due later in the year. The track ...

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ENSIFERUM To Tour South Africa For First Time

Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM will embark on their first-ever tour of South Africa at the end of October. Main support on the trek will come from the South African melodic death metal outfit RIDDARE AV KODEN. Each show will also feature a number of local support acts, including WARTHANE, AGRO, PLEDGE DEFIANCE and HAGGIS & ...

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SHAPE OF DESPAIR: New Song Available For Streaming

Finnish doom/death metallers SHAPE OF DESPAIR, the band featuring ex-AMORPHIS/current AJATTARA singer Pasi Koskinen, will release a new EP, "Written In My Scars", on October 30 via Solarfall Records. The EP's title track is now available at this location. The CD cover artwork can be viewed below. SHAPE OF DESPAIR's self-titled album was ...

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WACKEN OPEN AIR 2010: Video Overview

PitCam Production has posted a four-minute video overview of this year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, which was held August 5-7, 2010 in Wacken, Germany. You can watch the clip below. A number of high-quality photos from this year's Wacken Open Air festival have been posted online at Metal-Experience.com. Included are ...

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AMORPHIS: 'Magic & Mayhem' Retrospective Detailed

On September 17, Finnish metallers AMORPHIS will celebrate their 20th anniversary by releasing a special retrospective, "Magic & Mayhem – Tales From The Early Years", featuring newly re-recorded versions of the songs from the band's first three albums (1992's "Karelian Isthmus", 1994's "Tales From The Thousand Lakes" and 1996's "Elegy") with slightly different arrangements, better ...

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SHAPE OF DESPAIR: 'Written In My Scars' EP Artwork Unveiled

Finnish doom/death metallers SHAPE OF DESPAIR, the band featuring ex-AMORPHIS/current AJATTARA singer Pasi Koskinen, will release a new EP, "Written In My Scars", in October/November via Solarfall Records. The CD cover artwork can be viewed below. SHAPE OF DESPAIR's self-titled album was released in August 2005 via Spinefarm Records. The low-priced CD contained rare and ...

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POISONBLACK: Back On The Road

POISONBLACK — the Finnish band featuring former SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala — has scheduled the following dates: Aug. 19 - Oulu, Finland - Juhlateltta Aug. 21 - Dinkelsbühl, Germany - Summer Breeze Sep. 09 - Pori, Finland - Bar Kino Sep. 10 - Turku, Finland - Klubi Sep. 11 - Kouvola, Finland - Rytmikatti Sep. ...

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ENSIFERUM Frontman Interviewed At Slovenia's METALCAMP Festival

The Croatian Metal And Rock portal conducted an interview with vocalist/guitarist Petri Lindroos of Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM at this year's installment of the Metalcamp festival, which was held July 5-11, 2010 in Tolmin, Slovenia. You can now watch the chat below. ENSIFERUM last year filmed a video for the song "Twilight Tavern" with director ...

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THE MAN-EATING TREE Pays Tribute To PETER STEELE

THE MAN-EATING TREE — the new atmospheric metal band featuring former SENTENCED drummer Vesa Ranta alongside current/former members of POISONBLACK, REFLEXION and EMBRAZE — paid tribute to late TYPE O NEGATIVE frontman Peter Steele by performing a cover version of TYPE O's "Everything Dies" on June 19, 2010 at Nuclear nightclub in Oulu, Finland. Fan-filmed ...

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TRAIL OF TEARS Parts Ways WIth Guitarist

Norway's TRAIL OF TEARS has issued the following lineup news: "Our guitarist, party-hat chief and beer drinker extraordinaire, Pål [Olsen], has informed the rest of us that he is leaving the band. His decision is based on lack of time and a general wish to concentrate on the band that he co-founded, GUARDIANS OF TIME. ...

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THE MAN-EATING TREE: New Clip Released

THE MAN-EATING TREE — the new atmospheric metal band featuring former SENTENCED drummer Vesa Ranta alongside current/former members of POISONBLACK, REFLEXION and EMBRAZE — will release its debut album, "Vine", in Finland on September 22 via Cobra Records and in other territories through Century Media Records. The CD was recorded at Mastervox Studio in Oulu, ...

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