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EVOCATION Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD Festival

Swedish death metal band EVOCATION has been confirmed for next year's installment of the Rock Hard festival, set to take place May 29-31, 2009 at the Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: ANGEL WITCH AUDREY HORNE BULLET CHILDREN OF BODOM DESTRÖYER 666 DRAGONFORCE EVOCATION FIREWIND FORBIDDEN GRAND MAGUS HAIL ...

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AFTER ALL: New Album Title, Artwork Unveiled

Belgian metallers AFTER ALL have set "Cult Of Sin" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in early March 2009 via Dockyard 1 in Europe (Locomotive Records in the U.S.). Commented the band: "We can already reveal Gabriel Bueno's amazing artwork [see below] for the new album. Gabriel has been designing some very ...

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THANATOS Signs With DEITY DOWN RECORDS

Dutch death/thrash metal pioneers THANATOS will release their fifth full-length album, "Justified Genocide", in the first quarter of 2009 through Deity Down Records. The CD was recorded at Excess studios in Rotterdam, Netherlands and mixed by Dan Swanö (NIGHTINGALE, EDGE OF SANITY and BLOODBATH fame) at Unisound in Sweden. In 2009 THANATOS will celebrate its ...

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The Fathomless Mastery - BLOODBATH

Swedish "superstar" death metallers BLOODBATH have been the critical darlings of extreme metal for quite some time now, even more so since the release of the "Unblessing the Purity" EP and the "The Wacken Carnage" CD/DVD. At least some of that has to do with the now widely accepted role of OPETH's Mikael Åkerfeldt as ...

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HEARSE: In Mixing Mode

HEARSE, the Swedish "death 'n' roll" band featuring former ARCH ENEMY singer Johan Liiva and ex-FURBOWL drummer Max Thornell, is currently mixing its fifth album for an early 2009 release via Vic Records. Commented Thornell: "Yup, as told the new album is recorded. Time for mixing and time for Dan Swanö to take care of ...

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OPETH Tops CLOSE-UP Magazine's Top 20 Albums Of 2008

Sweden's Close-Up magazine has published its list of the top 20 albums of 2008 based on individual selections from 32 of its writers. It is as follows: 01. OPETH - Watershed 02. CULT OF LUNA - Eternal Kingdom 03. THE HAUNTED - Versus 04. AMON AMARTH - Twilight Of The Thunder God 05. SATYRICON - ...

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KATATONIA Announces Dates In Cyprus, Russia

Swedish metallers KATATONIA have added dates in Cyprus and Russia to their schedule. Guitarist Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström comments, "Our last trip, with gigs in St Petersburg and Moscow, marked a live highlight for the band in 2005. With the KATATONIA season in full bloom, we can't think of anything better than coming back to Moscow ...

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KATATONIA Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

Sweden's KATATONIA has been confirmed for next year's installment of the Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 13-15, 2009 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: AMON AMARTH BRAINSTORM CALLEJON CATARACT CORVUS CORAX EPICA EVOCATION HATE ETERNAL J.B.O. KATATONIA KATRA LEGION OF THE DAMNED SCHANDMAUL THE HAUNTED UNHEILIG VOLBEAT ...

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BLOODBATH: 'Mock The Cross' Shirt Controversy

Swedish death metal "supergroup" BLOODBATH has issued the following update: "We have just learned that our latest shirt design [see images below] has run into some controversy. Actually, it's been a bit of a rocky road from the start with this one. Back at the sketch board, some of our art direction ideas were met ...

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EVOCATION, KATRA Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

Swedish death metal band EVOCATION and Finland's KATRA (the gothic metal band named after its charismatric frontwoman Katra Solopuro) have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 13-15, 2009 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: AMON AMARTH BRAINSTORM CORVUS CORAX EVOCATION ...

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BATTLELORE: Porto Footage Available

Fan-filmed video footage of BATTLELORE's November 24, 2008 concert in Porto, Portugal can be viewed below (clips uploaded by "OfDreamAndDrama"). BATTLELORE is currently taking part in the "Finnish Fire" European tour — featuring headliners KORPIKLAANI alongside KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI and FALCHIO. BATTLELORE's fifth album, "The Last Alliance", recently entered the official chart in Finland at position ...

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THE EXALTED PILEDRIVER: Footage From The Studio Posted Online

Canadian cult metal band THE EXALTED PILEDRIVER (a.k.a. PILEDRIVER) has posted several short video clips that were filmed late last year during the recording sessions for the group's first album in 22 years, "Metal Manifesto". Check them out below. Released on November 18, "Metal Manifesto" was mixed by veteran Neil Kernon (CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE) and ...

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BLOODBATH Bassist: 'I Could Never Ever Drop KATATONIA For BLOODBATH'

Swedish death metallers BLOODBATH are featured on the cover of the December 2008 issue of Metal Maniacs. In an interview, bassist Jonas Renkse discusses how BLOODBATH relates to his main outfit, KATATONIA. Excerpts follow below. Metal Maniacs: Do you feel that BLOODBATH has a "stand-alone" identity now? That you can now simply mention the name ...

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EVOCATION: 'Angel Of Torment' Video Available

"Angel Of Torment", the new video from the Swedish death metal band EVOCATION, can be viewed below. According to the band, the clip "features footage with us taken from the recording sessions along with guest artist Anders Björler from AT THE GATES / THE HAUNTED as well as a bunch of friends from the early ...

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BATTLELORE: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From The Road Posted Online

Behind-the-scenes footage from Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE's recent concerts (September-October) in the group's home country can be viewed in three parts below (in Finnish, with English subtitles). BATTLELORE is currently taking part in the "Finnish Fire" European tour — featuring headliners KORPIKLAANI alongside KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI and FALCHIO. BATTLELORE's fifth album, "The Last Alliance", recently ...

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Banished from Inferno - BANISHED FROM INFERNO

This is a short 'n sweet blast of old-school Swedish style death metal. All wrapped up in bullet belts and stinking of stale beer, BANISHED FROM INFERNO offers a 23-minute EP of fundamentally arranged death metal with groove and just the right amount of tunefulness, much like one would expect from an Ibex Moon release. ...

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BATTLELORE: Glauchau Show Cancelled

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE has been forced to cancel tonight's (Friday, November 14) appearance in Glauchau, Germany as part of the "Finnish Fire" European tour — featuring headliners KORPIKLAANI alongside KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI and FALCHIO — due to an illness in the band. BATTLELORE hopes to be able to make tomorrow night's scheduled gig in ...

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LAY DOWN ROTTEN To Enter Studio In December

German death metal warriors LAY DOWN ROTTEN have finished the pre-production for their new album. Commented guitarist Daniel Jakobi: "We just finished the pre-production for the successor of our Metal Blade debut 'Reconquering The Pit'. We are really happy about the result and actually can't wait for early December to come to enter the Desert ...

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BLOODBATH: 'The Fathomless Mastery' First-Week Sales Revealed

"The Fathomless Mastery", the new studio album from the Swedish death metal "supergroup" BLOODBATH, sold around 1,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD debuted at No. 45 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing ...

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Death Metallers DECREPITUS Release First Album

Death metallers DECREPITUS celebrated the November 1 release of "Break-The-Code" with a Halloween launch concert at the Ungdommens Hus in their hometown of Mo I Rana in northern Norway. The six-track album is the first release from the young Norwegian band and appears on the newly formed Decrepitus Records label. "Break-The-Code" track listing: 01. Where ...

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THE EXALTED PILEDRIVER: New Album Delayed Due To Manufacturing Snafu

"Metal Manifesto", the new album from the Canadian cult metal band THE EXALTED PILEDRIVER (a.k.a. PILEDRIVER), has had its release date pushed back to November 18 from the previously announced October 31 "due to problems encountered in the manufacturing process." Anyone that had pre-ordered the CD format of the album before October 31 will also ...

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ANOTHER LIFE: 'The End Of Days' Video Available

Swedish progressive metal outfit ANOTHER LIFE, the brainchild of RIBSPREADER/PAGANIZER guitar player Andreas "Dea" Karlsson, will release its debut album, "Memories from Nothing", on November 10 via Vic Records. "Memories from Nothing" was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound Records. Morevoer, all synth parts were written and recorded by ex-member Dan Swanö (BLOODBATH, ...

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AFTER ALL Completes Recording New Album

Belgian metallers AFTER ALL have issued the following update: "Last month we completed the songs we started recording earlier this year. What a trip it's been. We recorded nine brand new slabs of molten metal, next to a nice little intro, a short instrumental piece and an über-heavy metal classic from the 1980s. "The new ...

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SOULDRAINER: 'Fed By Fire' Video Posted Online

Swedish death metallers SOULDRAINER have uploaded a teaser video of another new demo track entitled "Fed By Fire". Check it out below. According to the band, "Dan Swanö [BLOODBATH, EDGE OF SANITY] — the grand master himself — made this mix and it kicks ass! This song is one of the songs from 'Garage Demo ...

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BATTLELORE: 'Third Immortal' Video Posted Online

"Third Immortal", the new video from the Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE, can be viewed below. The song comes off the group's fifth album, "The Last Alliance", which recently entered the official chart in Finland at position No. 26. "The Last Alliance" was released in North America on October 7 via Napalm Records. The CD ...

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EVOCATION Schedules CD-Release Party

Swedish death metallers EVOCATION have scheduled a CD-release party for their new album, "Dead Calm Chaos", on Friday, November 7 at Swing in Borås, Sweden. The schedule for the "poser-free" event is as follows: 8 p.m. - The gates open and the ritual begins 9 p.m. - Official listening session of "Dead Calm Chaos" 10 ...

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