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BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE Taps Swedish Artist For 'Dichotomy' Cover

Atlanta, Georgia-based metallers BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE have tapped acclaimed artist Kristian Wahlin (AT THE GATES, AMORPHIS, BATHORY, DISSECTION, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, THERION, EVERGREY) to crate the artwork for the group's forthcoming third album, "Dichotomy". BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE recently posted the fifth in a series of webisodes (see below) covering the recording process for "Dichotomy". ...

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OPERA DIABOLICUS Mixing Session Delayed

OPERA DIABOLICUS, the Swedish doom rock-opera project featuring multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (THERION, DREAM EVIL, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME), was supposed to enter the last phase of its studio session at Andy La Rocque's (KING DIAMOND) Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden this week, but due to HAMMERFALL's extended use of the ...

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CRUCIFIED BARBARA: New Album, Single Pushed Back To Next Year

Swedish all-female rock/metal band CRUCIFIED BARBARA has pushed back the release date of its new single, "Sex Action" (originally scheduled for October 15) and second full-length album, "Til Death Do Us Party" (originally due on November 19) to early 2009. The exact release dates will be announced soon. "Til Death Do Us Party" was produced ...

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BEHEMOTH: 'Ezkaton' EP Detailed

Polish extreme metal veterans BEHEMOTH will release a new EP, "Ezkaton", in North America on November 11 through Metal Blade Records. The EP will feature seven tracks, one brand new song titled "Qadosh", a live recording as well as a new studio version of "Chant For Ezkaton 2000 e.v.". Also included are live versions of ...

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SNOWY SHAW's XXX: New Track Posted Online

XXX, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based glitter-rock trio featuring Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (THERION, DREAM EVIL, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME), has posted a new song, "Wall Of Fame", on its MySpace page. The track comes off the group's debut album, "Heaven, Hell or Hollywood?", which will be released in Japan on ...

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DIMMU BORGIR Frontman, NICOLAS CAGE's Ex-Girlfriend Postpone Wedding

DIMMU BORGIR frontman Stian Tomt Thoresen's (a.k.a. Shagrath) wedding to actor Nicolas Cage's 41-year-old ex-girlfriend Christina Fulton, which was scheduled to take place this Saturday (September 20) in a private sunset ceremony at the world-renowned Prekestolen in Norway, has been postponed indefinitely. "We both have very hectic schedules, with Christina's upcoming reality show and [DIMMU ...

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XXX Cancels Video Shoot

XXX, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based glitter-rock trio featuring Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (THERION, DREAM EVIL, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME), has cancelled its previously announced "Hello" video shoot, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 13 at Götaplatsen (a public square in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the southern end of Kungsportsavenyn [The ...

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CRUCIFIED BARBARA: New Single, Album Announced

Swedish all-female rock/metal band CRUCIFIED BARBARA will release a new single, "Sex Action", on October 15 via GMR Music. The group's second full-length album, "Til Death Do Us Party" will follow on November 19, 2008. The CD was produced by Mats Levén, who is better known as the vocalist for such acts as THERION, YNGWIE ...

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XXX: Debut Album Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

XXX, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based glitter-rock trio featuring Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (THERION, DREAM EVIL, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME), has unveiled the cover artwork and track listing for its debut album, "Heaven, Hell or Hollywood?", which will be released in Japan on October 22 through King Records. The band is currently in ...

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NARNIA Announces New Singer

Swedish epic/melodic metallers NARNIA — who recently parted ways with singer Christian Liljegren — have announced the addition of vocalist Germán Pascual (see photo below) to the group's ranks. The band says, "Germán truly shares our vision and has shown us that he can handle old NARNIA songs with finesse, but most importantly that he ...

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SNOWY SHAW To Guest On 'Uncensored Net Noise'

Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (THERION, DREAM EVIL, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME) will guest on "Uncensored Net Noise" on Friday, September 12 beginning at 9:30 p.m. EST. You can listen to the program live via the Internet at this location. XXX, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based glitter-rock trio featuring Snowy Shaw, will ...

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BEHEMOTH: Live Album Details Revealed

Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH will release their first live album, "At the Arena ov Aion – Live Apostasy", in October 2008 via Regain Records. The CD will be available as digibook (15 tracks) and metalbox (including a patch, a guitar pic and bonus songs). "At the Arena ov Aion – Live Apostasy" (see cover artwork ...

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XXX Seeking 'Hot' Extras For Gothenburg Video Shoot

XXX, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based glitter-rock trio featuring multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (THERION, DREAM EVIL, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME), will film a video for the song "Hello" on Saturday, September 13 at Götaplatsen (a public square in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the southern end of Kungsportsavenyn [The King's Gate Avenue], the city's main street) ...

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PRODIGAL EARTH To Release Debut In October

Cyprus-based metal act PRODIGAL EARTH will release its debut album, "Zenith II Zero", in October via Pitch Black Records. According to a press release, the CD "includes 12 melodic heavy/power compositions characterized by an overall fresh sound as well as Nicholas Leptos' (DIPHTHERIA, ARRYAN PATH) charismatic voice. The album's cover and inlay artwork have been ...

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Sweden's OPERA DIABOLICUS 'Fixing The Flaws' On Self-Titled Debut

OPERA DIABOLICUS, the Swedish doom rock-opera project featuring multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (THERION, DREAM EVIL, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME), has returned to the studio to "fix the flaws" on its self-titled debut album. According to a press release, "This decision was made in agreement between their future record companies and the band ...

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XXX Featuring SNOWY SHAW To Release Debut In October

XXX, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based glitter-rock trio featuring multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (THERION, DREAM EVIL, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME), will have its debut album, "Heaven, Hell or Hollywood?", released in Japan in October through King Records. The band is currently in the early stages of negotiating deals with several labels for the rest ...

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AESMA DAEVA Schedules Minneapolis, Brooklyn Shows

Minneapolis symphonic metal band AESMA DAEVA has scheduled two shows in August and September in honor of its guitarist Earl Root, who passed away on May 23 due to complications from Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a cancer he had been battling for over 10 years: Aug. 29 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN (Earl Root Benefit) Sep. ...

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THERION, MAYHEM Members To Guest On EYES OF NOCTUM Debut

Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (THERION, DREAM EVIL, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME) has just finished laying down the drum tracks for the debut album from EYES OF NOCTUM, the California-based band fronted by actor Nicolas Cage's 17-year-old son Weston (MySpace page). The CD recordings are currently proceeding at Studio Fredman ...

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AMASEFFER To Attend 'Altalena' Premiere At JERUSALEM FILM FESTIVAL

Israel's "holy project" AMASEFFER has composed the original soundtrack for the Israeli film "Altalena". The film's premiere will take place on July 14 at the Jerusalem Film Festival. All three members of AMASEFFER will attend the screening, meet the press and talk about their work on the score. Visit the "Altalena" page at official festival ...

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THERION: Trailer For 'Live Gothic' DVD Available

A trailer for "Live Gothic", the forthcoming DVD from Sweden's THERION, can be viewed below. With the success of 2007's "Gothic Kaballah" and 2004's "Lemuria/Sirius B", Sweden's THERION brought its enchanting and majestic live show throughout the world with stops in the U.S., many successful European festival gigs and a full European tour, including a ...

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THERION/Ex-CANDLEMASS Singer To Perform With ETHERNA In Argentina

Argentine gothic metal band ETHERNA will be joined by singer Thomas Vikstrm (THERION, CANDLEMASS, TALK OF THE TOWN, MEHIDA) for its August 8 concert at Acatraz in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They will play new songs as well as tracks from ETHERNA's 2006 EP and from Vikstrm's bands. ETHERNA and Thomas Vikstrom previously collaborated on the ...

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OPETH Mainman Issues Post-U.S. Tour Update

OPETH mainman Mikael kerfeldt has posted the following message on his MySpace page: "We made it! First tour in support of 'Watershed' nailed down! We really enjoyed the Progressive Nation tour, all of us. It was one of the smoothest and quickest runs we've ever done. Great company too! All the guys from DREAM THEATER ...

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THERION: 'Live Gothic' DVD Preview Available

With the success of 2007's "Gothic Kaballah" and 2004's "Lemuria/Sirius B", Sweden's THERION brought its enchanting and majestic live show throughout the world with stops in the U.S., many successful European festival gigs and a full European tour, including a concert in Poland which was professionally filmed for the "Live Gothic" DVD. Due in the ...

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DISTORTED: More Video Footage From 'Voices From Within' Recording Sessions Posted Online

Female-fronted Israeli metal stalwarts DISTORTED in April released their second full-length album, "Voices from Within", via Candlelight Records. The follow-up to 2006's "Memorial" was recorded at Underground Studios with producer Pelle Seather and it features guest appearances by Thomas Vikstrm (THERION, ex-CANDLEMASS), Lisa Johansson (DRACONIAN) and Sven De Caluwe (ABORTED). Sven also created the

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