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ANDREW LILES Joins MANIAC's SEHNSUCHT

Andrew Liles (NURSE WITH WOUND, THE VORTEX VAULT, CURRENT 93), one of the world's most respected experimental musicians, is collaborating with Maniac (SKITLIV, BOMBEROS, ex-MAYHEM), one of the icons of black metal, to on SEHNSUCHT, the ambient/noise project launched by the vocalist following his departure from MAYHEM. Originally a three-piece — comprising Maniac's fiancée, GALLHAMMER's ...

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SHINING Returns To The Studio

Swedish black metallers SHINING have issued the following update: "SHINING has once again entered the Slaughterhouse [studios] to begin work on 'Shining VII'. The seventh album will take a different direction from that taken on the sixth (which incidentally we have been told will be released on the June 30th unless there are any other ...

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SHINING Signs With INDIE RECORDINGS

Swedish black metallers SHINING have inked a deal with Norway's Indie Recordings for the release of two full-length albums and the first-ever DVD from the band. Commented SHINING frontman and creator Niklas Kvarforth: "SHINING has reached a stage now where we have a considerable following that is growing rapidly all the time, and I believe ...

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SAVIOURS Begins Recording New Album

Rampaging Oakland, California metal quartet SAVIOURS has entered San Francisco's Lucky Cat Recording Studios with producer Phil Manley (of TRANS AM/THE FUCKING CHAMPS) to begin work on the follow-up to its critically acclaimed sophomore LP, "Into Abaddon". Set for an October 13, 2009 release, the as-yet-untitled SAVIOURS album is said to feature "insanely dynamic" songs ...

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Bloodstained Endurance - TRAIL OF TEARS

Another hard-driving, bombastic effort from TRAIL OF TEARS, "Bloodstained Endurance" features the return of soprano vocalist Cathrine Paulsen whose sonorous voice lifts those beautiful melodies to the heavens and provides a perfect contrast to the melo-death muscle and Ronny Thorsen's growls. The release of 2007's superb "Existentia" demonstrated the band's place as one of Napalm's ...

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GOREAPHOBIA Added To MASTER Tour

Due to a recent turn of events, reunited cult favorites GOREAPHOBIA will be replacing PATHOLOGY on this summer's Slaves to Society U.S. tour featuring death metal legends MASTER and Ibex Moon Records labelmates DREAMING DEAD. This trek across the States, the band's first in over 17 years, will be more than just an opportunity to ...

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STRATOVARIUS: 'Polaris' First-Week Sales Revealed

"Polaris", the new album from Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS, sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (Note: Internet/digital sales **ARE** included in the SoundScan totals.) The CD landed at position No. 57 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling ...

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STRATOVARIUS' 'Polaris' Lands On Finnish, German Charts

"Polaris", the new album from Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS, entered the official chart in the band's home country at position No. 2 and has moved down to No. 4 in the CD's second week of release. The album also debuted on the German Media Control chart at No. 55. "Polaris" was released in the U.S. ...

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BRUJERIA Replaces DAATH At Germany's PARTY.SAN OPEN AIR Festival

Extreme metallers BRUJERIA — whose current touring lineup includes CARCASS frontman Jeff Walker (a.k.a. El Cynico) on bass, ex-CRADLE OF FILTH drummer Adrian Erdlandsson (a.k.a. El Podrido), and NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury (a.k.a. Hongo) on guitar — have replaced DAATH on the billing of this year's edition of the Party.San Open Air festival, set ...

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STRATOVARIUS: Footage From The Road Posted Online

Bassist Lauri Porra of Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS has uploaded a six-minute video clip (see below) featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the first three days of the band's current European tour, which kicked off on May 15, 2009 in Wolverhampton, U.K. STRATOVARIUS' new studio album, "Polaris", will be made available in Europe on May 21 via ...

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GORGOROTH, GOD SEED To Perform At Czech Republic's UNHOLY FEST

GOD SEED, the new Norwegian band featuring former GORGOROTH members King (bass; real name: Tom Cato Visnes) and Gaahl (vocals; real name: Kristian Espedal), and the new GORGOROTH lineup will both perform at the 2009 edition of the Unholy Fest, set to take place July 23-25 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The festival billing is shaping ...

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KOLDBRANN Parts Ways With Drummer, Guitarist

Norwegian black metallers KOLDBRANN have issued the following update: "KOLDBRANN has chosen to end the collaboration with its drummer through seven years, Fordervelse, due to internal disagreements. Fordervelse has played drums on all of KOLDBRANN's releases and concerts to this date, and had a significant impact on the development of the band. "Shortly after this ...

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SHINING's KVARFORTH Launches KATASTROPHY RECORDS

Niklas Kvarforth, leader of Sweden's SHINING, has launched his own record label, Katastrophy Records. The actual pressing and distribution will be handled through Avantgarde, while the frontman himself will be responsible for promotion and all decisions regarding signings. Kvarforth stated, "Over the years, I've been involved in many bands, and a lot of them ended ...

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SHINING's 'VI / Klagopsalmer' Due In June

"VI / Klagopsalmer", the sixth studio album from Swedish black metallers SHINING, will be released on June 15 via Osmose Productions. It will be made available on CD, gatefold double LP, limited colored LP and picture disc LP. The effort was recorded at The Slaughterhouse studios with producer Rickard Bengtsson. "VI / Klagopsalmer" track listing: ...

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Turkey's SARCOPHAGUS To Release New Single Via OSMOSE

Turkish black metallers SARCOPHAGUS have inked a deal with Osmose Productions for the release of a seven-inch single, "Hate Cult", featuring two songs with a guest appearance by Niklas "Kvarforth" Olsson of Sweden's SHINING. A full-length album, "Towards The Eternal Chaos", will follow later in the year. The CD was recorded at Midasin Kulakliklari studios ...

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SHINING: Two New Songs Available For Streaming

Swedish black metallers SHINING are streaming two new songs — "Vilseledda Barnasjälars Hemvist" and "Plågoande O'Helga Plågoande" — on their MySpace page. The tracks are taken from the band's sixth studio album, "VI / Klagopsalmer", tentatively due before the end of the year via Indie Recordings. The CD was recorded at The Slaughterhouse ...

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THE LEGION: Another New Song Posted Online

Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, who feature in their ranks former MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have issued the following update: "As of April 27, [the third THE LEGION album] 'A Bliss to Suffer' is finally out on Listenable Records! We have decided to celebrate this event by uploading yet another song for streaming listening. 'The ...

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U.K.'s INFERNAL DAMNATION FESTIVAL VI: Complete Billing Revealed

SHINING, HATE and FOSCOR are among the confirmed bands for the Infernal Damnation Festival VI, set to take place May 9 at the Camden Underworld in London, England. The festival billing is as follows: SHINING HATE FOSCOR EASTERN FRONT SPEARHEAD INFESTATION SEVERED HEAVEN NECROSADISTIC GOAT TORTURE TRACES Doors open at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are £12.50 ...

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KOLDBRANN With SHINING's KVARFORTH: Footage From INFERNO Festival Available

Fan-filmed video footage of Norwegian black metallers KOLDBRANN perfoming the song "Inkvisitor Renegat", with a special guest appearance by vocalist Niklas "Kvarforth" Olsson of Swedish black metallers SHINING, at this year's Inferno festival on April 11, 2009 in Oslo, Norway can be viewed below. KOLDBRANN released a mini-CD, "Stigma: På Kant Med Livet", on August ...

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STRATOVARIUS: 'Deep Unknown' Video Available

"Deep Unknown", the new video from Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS, can be viewed below. Also available is behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot. The clip was directed by Owe Lingvall for Village Road Film. "Deep Unknown" comes off STRATOVARIUS' forthcoming studio album, "Polaris", which will be made available in Europe on May 21 via the ...

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ABIGOR Mainman Issues Update

Mainman Peter Kubik of reunited Austrian black metallers ABIGOR has issued the following update: "Before we unleash the split project with BLACKLODGE, which took larger and more monumental forms than we first conceived (and, how could it be possible NOT to expand and delay something true to its infinitely flowing, fluctuating and interlocking concept of ...

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Orcustus - ORCUSTUS

Danger is omnipresent on this mean little bitch; a menacing hooded figure around every corner and the smell of rotting flesh inflaming the nostrils. ORCUSTUS' self-titled effort is morbid, lethal, and black as pitch, just what a black metal album should be, especially a Norwegian black metal album. Vocalist/guitarist Taipan wrote the music between 2003 ...

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