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Former MAYHEM Frontman, SHINING Mainman Interviewed At INFERNO Festival; Video Available

Part 3 of the Contraband Candy's three-part Inferno festival special features an interview with the legendary MAYHEM frontman Maniac, guitarist Niklas Kvarforth and bass player Spacebrain about their new blackened doom/punk project SKITLIV (literally "Shit life"). There's grim talk of illness and manipulation from the ever-controversial Kvarforth and his main band SHINING, and ...

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Be Gone - PHARAOH

In an interview I conducted with PHARAOH guitarist Matt Johnsen a couple of months ago, I was discussing the fact that I still preferred 2006's "The Longest Night" to new album "Be Gone", though not by a wide margin. It is one of those instances where the follow-up to an album that you adored (it ...

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DREAM THEATER: Vancouver Concert Filmed For Upcoming DVD

DREAM THEATER last week kicked off the Progressive Nation 2008 tour, also featuring OPETH, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and 3. DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has posted the following update on the Progressive Nation web site: "Welly, welly, welly, my fellow prog fans... Progressive Nation 2008 is finally underway and rocking its way across ...

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Black Metallers FOSCOR Launch New Video

"I Torn de les Cendres", the new video from black metallers FOSCOR, can be viewed below. Taken from the group's latest album "The Smile of the Sad Ones", the clip was directed and edited by guitarist and founding member Falke, and was shot at the Balneari de la Puda, an old abandoned spa hotel in ...

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GORY BLISTER: Italian Dates Announced

Long-running Italian technical death metallers GORY BLISTER have scheduled the following dates in their home country: Jul 12 - Wall out festival - Cittadella - PD Jul 19 - Rivalta in Rock 2008 - Rivalta Bormida - AL GORY BLISTER recently completed work on its new album, "Graveyard of Angels", due later in the year ...

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Norway's INFERNO Festival: Special Trailer Available

Contraband Candy's Inferno festival trailer featuring interviews with King of GORGOROTH and SAHG, Nergal of BEHEMOTH, Maniac, once of MAYHEM and now with blackened doom-punks SKITLIV, the outrageous and controversial Kvarforth of SHINING and loads more can be viewed below. Inferno festival was held March 19-22, 2008 at the Rockefeller and John Dee venues in ...

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SPAWN OF POSSESSION Announces New Drummer

Swedish technical death metal outfit SPAWN OF POSSESSION has issued the following update: "After some successful rehearsals with the drummer Richard Schill (SHINING, VILE SCAR, LEVEL ABOVE HUMAN), he performed songs like 'Church of Deviance', 'Swarm of Formless', parts from 'Noctambulant' and new songs flawless. He is now confirmed as a permanent member of SPAWN ...

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Sculptor And SKITLIV Bass Player SPACEBRAIN Reveals His 'Space Bass'

Sculptor Spacebrain (Rene Hamel), who extends his artistic career to playing bass for SKITLIV, the black/doom/noise project of former MAYHEM vocalist Maniac, has used his sculpting skills to design and build his own extraordinary bass guitar. Making its debut at Norway's Inferno festival recently, the "Space Bass" is decorated with Spacebrain's trademark style of metallic ...

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SLAYER, VENOM, CANDLEMASS, ROTTING CHRIST, KRISIUN Confirmed For France's HELLFEST

SLAYER, VENOM, CANDLEMASS, DANKO JONES, ROTTING CHRIST, KRISIUN, SHAI HULUD, BLEEDING THROUGH, THROWDOWN, DISFEAR, BLACK TIDE and PUNISH YOURSELF have been confirmed for this year's Hellfest festival, set to take place June 20-22, 2008 at Clisson, France. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: SLAYER MOTRHEAD VENOM CAVALERA CONSPIRACY NOFX IN FLAMES DIMMU BORGIR ...

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SHINING Parts Ways With Drummer, Announces Replacement

Swedish black metallers SHINING have issued the following update: "Due to [drummer] Jarle Byberg's current situation, we have decided that we cannot go ahead with merely him in our ranks. This has nothing to do with him leaving URGEHAL last week or anything like that, but he simply hasn't got time enough to tour as ...

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SHINING Taps GORGOROTH's KING For Forthcoming Album

Swedish black metallers SHINING have tapped GORGOROTH's King Ov Hell (real name: Tom Cato Visnes) to play bass on their upcoming sixth studio album, entitled "Tillbaka P Ruta Ett" (Back to Square One). The CD will be recorded at The Slaughterhouse studios with producer Rickard Bengtsson beginning on April 28. "Tillbaka P Ruta Ett" is ...

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SHINING: New CD Producer Named

Swedish black metallers SHINING have issued the following update: "SHINING are once again entering The Slaughterhouse on the 28th of April to start recording their sixth studio album. Rickard Bengtsson will once again produce now when his and Kvarforth's [SHINING mainman Niklas Kvarforth] differences have been laid aside for professional reasons. "In other news, no ...

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Light from Above - BLACK TIDE

It is heartening to see America's budding metal musicians taking their creative cues from the ranks of traditional metal icons rather than the newer school populated by the likes of DISTURBED or CHEVELLE. That's not to say that the teenagers of BLACK TIDE are playing retro thrash or pure NWOBHM, but the influences are clearly ...

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Killing Season - DEATH ANGEL

Four-year wait between albums. Terrible album cover. Generic album title. A song called "Sonic Beatdown". Is it any wonder I was nervous about giving this one a spin? I shoulda known better — DEATH ANGEL are doing things on their own terms these days, for the right reasons, and they'll release another album of their ...

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SHINING: New Album Title Revealed

Swedish black metallers SHINING will enter the studio on April 28 to begin recording their new album, "Tillbaka P Ruta Ett" (Back to Square One), for a late 2008 release via Osmose Productions. The LP will contain six songs and will feature "six different vocalists," according to a press release. SHINING recently parted ways with ...

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MOONLYGHT: 'Shining' Release Date Announced

Quebec City's dark metallers MOONLYGHT will release their long-awaited sophomore album soon on March 25 via Mankind's Demise Records (with Galy distribution). According to a press release, "the ten-track monster called 'Shining' is the epitaph of MOONLYGHT, as the band calls it quits following the [December 2007] departure of Roby [guitarist/vocalist Sébastien Robitaille]. Their musical ...

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MEGADETH Is 'Tops' In Japan

According to a posting on MEGADETH's official web site, Dave Mustaine and the rest of the band took five top spots in Japan's Burrn! magazine's Readers' Poll for the year of 2007 in the following categories: * Best Live Performance In Japan (MEGADETH) * Shining Star (Dave Mustaine) * Best Album Cover ("United Abominations") * ...

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MOTÖRHEAD, ROSE TATTOO, ICED EARTH, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY Confirmed For France's HELLFEST

MOTÖRHEAD, ROSE TATTOO, ICED EARTH, AIRBOURNE, HELLOWEEN, GAMMA RAY, APOCALYPTICA, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, PORCUPINE TREE, KATATONIA, MORBID ANGEL, KRISIUN and DEATH ANGEL are among the newly confirmed bands for this year's Hellfest festival, set to take place June 20-22, 2008 in Clisson, France. More than 60 groups will perform on two stages. The festival billing is ...

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Christian Metallers SHINING FORCE Hard At Work On New Album

Pasadena, Texas-based Christian metal band SHINING FORCE has entered the studio with producer Mike Heald (of WARTORN and HELSTAR) to begin recording its new album, entitled "By the Blood". The group is currently in talks with several labels about releasing the CD, which promises to take SHINING FORCE "to a whole new level," according to ...

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MANES Parts Ways With CANDLELIGHT RECORDS

MANES, the Norwegian band featuring members of THIRD AND THE MORTAL, ATROX and CHTON, has parted ways with Candlelight Records. The group says, "We'll probably use this 'window of opportunity' to do various stuff, so, expect a frenzy of 'free,' 'open' and 'experimental' activity (not just music) for a while before we start hunting for ...

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SHINING To Headline Germany's DEVIL'S REVENGE Festival

Swedish black metallers SHINING will headline this year's edition of the Devil's Revenge festival which will be held on October 3 at Alte Rohrmeisterei in Schwerte, Germany. Also scheduled to appear are EISREGEN and SAMSAS TRAUM, among others. SHINING recently parted ways with bassist Phil A. Cirone and is currently seeking a replacement. The band's ...

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SHINING Parts Ways With Bassist, Seeks Replacement

Swedish black metallers SHINING have issued the following update; "Phil A. Cirone [bass] has decided to once again leave SHINING. There is absolutely no bad blood him and the band inbetween. SHINING thank him eternally for his years of dedication and death! This will not effect our coming ceremonies as Phil will remain a live ...

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MEGADETH Tops BURRN! Magazine's Readers' Poll

According to Megadeth.com, MEGADETH has topped the Readers' Poll in Japan's Burrn! magazine for the year 2007 in the following categories: * Best Live In Japan (2007 Japan tour) * Shining Star (Dave Mustaine) * Best Tune ("Washinton Is Next!") The results of the poll are published in the March 2008 issue of Burrn! A ...

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SKITLIV Replaces OM At Holland's ROADBURN Festival

SKITLIV, the band featuring former MAYHEM vocalist Maniac and SHINING's Niklas Kvarforth on guitar, will replace OM at the David Tibet Curates Roadside 2008 event, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 20 at the 013 Club in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Also scheduled to perform are ÆTHENOR, BABY DEE, CURRENT 93, and RICKIE ...

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Into Oblivion - GUILD OF DESTRUCTION

All hail Australian extreme metal! So many of the black, death, and grindcore bands in that country make some of the most blasphemous, blast beaten, drunk-ass metal anywhere in the world. DESTROYER 666, ABOMINATOR, you name it, the flames dance high in the night sky and ears bleed profusely. Now, seemingly out of nowhere, come ...

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