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Sudden Death Syndrome - BILOCATE

You'll find quality metal in the most unlikely of places if you look hard enough. Jordanian band BILOCATE is the proof in the pudding with an excellent collection of majestic doom/death songs called "Sudden Death Syndrome". It is a classic European-style doom effort with dark melodies, lush atmospherics, and hints of Middle Eastern mystic sounds, ...

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THE EXALTED PILEDRIVER: 'Metal Manifesto' Artwork Unveiled; Audio Samples Available

Canadian cult metal band THE EXALTED PILEDRIVER (a.k.a. PILEDRIVER) has unveiled the cover artwork (see below) for its upcoming album "Metal Manifesto", which will be released on October 31 through Northern Storm Records. The band's first album in 22 years, "Metal Manifesto" was mixed by veteran Neil Kernon (CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE) and it follows up ...

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OPETH To Guest On This Week's 'Hard Files'

This week's edition of "Hard Files" on Sirius Satellite Radio's Hard Attack will feature special guests Mikael Åkerfeldt (vocals, guitar) and Fredrik Åkesson (guitar) of the Swedish progressive metal band OPETH. Mikael and Fredrik open up about their 18 years in progressive metal, and discuss everything from their latest release, "Watershed", family life to the ...

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HEARSE Completes Recording New Album

HEARSE, the Swedish "death 'n' roll" band featuring former ARCH ENEMY singer Johan Liiva and ex-FURBOWL drummer Max Thornell, has finished recording its fifth album for an early 2009 release via Vic Records. Commented Thornell: "Goddammit, I guess we all began to doubt whether there'd be a new album or not. There's been so much ...

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KATATONIA Hard At Work On New Material

Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström of the Swedish metal band KATATONIA has issued the following update: "We can hear many questions…. 'Why is there no new KATATONIA album out by now???' And you might rightfully think so, our eighth album (and the last in the contract with Peaceville) should have been done and put out 'ages ago' ...

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BLOODBATH Auctioning Stage Clothes

Swedish death metal "supergroup" BLOODBATH has issued the following update: "As the two only live apperances for 2008 are done, we’ve decided to put up some of the more 'laundry unfriendly' stage oufits for auction. If you want to own a piece of death metal history and collectibles exclusively made only for this occassion, now ...

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BATTLELORE To Hold Listening Session For New Album In Finland

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE will hold a listening session for its fifth album, "The Last Alliance", prior to the group's September 4 concert at Wiltsu in Lappeenranta, Finland. BATTLELORE has posted an audio file containing snippets of all the songs that will appear on "The Last Alliance". Check it out on the BATTLELORE

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MEMFIS Completes Work On New Album

Swedish progressive metal band MEMFIS has issued the following update: "What's up in the MEMFIS camp? Maybe there's no one who gives a damn besides our friends, but since there hasn't been so much activity from us on the live front or the World Wide Web, I feel obligated to share some info about what ...

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BATTLELORE: New Album Samples Available

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE has posted an audio file containing snippets of all the songs that will appear on the group's fifth album, "The Last Alliance". Check it out on the BATTLELORE MySpace page. "The Last Alliance" will be released via Napalm Records on the following dates: September 24: Finland September 26: ...

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HEARSE Signs With VIC RECORDS

HEARSE, the Swedish "death 'n' roll" band featuring former ARCH ENEMY singer Johan Liiva and ex-FURBOWL drummer Max Thornell, has inked a deal with Vic Records. Commented Max: "It feels just great! Vic is a cool label and there are a lot of cool bands on the label. Getting mails from the label boss saying ...

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HEARSE: New Album Update

HEARSE, the Swedish "death 'n' roll" band featuring former ARCH ENEMY singer Johan Liiva and ex-FURBOWL drummer Max Thornell, has issued the following update: "Album No. 5 is very much in the making right now. The drums were re-recorded in The Black Chapel in March (first recording got fucked-up) and guitars and bass have been ...

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BLOODBATH: New Album Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

Swedish death metal "supergroup" BLOODBATH will release its new studio album, "The Fathomless Mastery", on October 6 via Peaceville Records. The band described the upcoming CD as representing "nothing but hateful brutality." Promising its "most crushing production yet," the group's lineup on "The Fathomless Mastery" is the same as that on BLOODBATH's "Unblessing the Purity" ...

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BATTLELORE: 'The Last Alliance' Release Dates, Track Listing Revealed

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE will release its fifth album, titled "The Last Alliance", via Napalm Records on the following dates: September 24: Finland September 26: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Benelux, Italy, France September 29: Rest of Europe October 7: USA/Canada According to the band, "The album consists of big, epic and atmospheric songs full ...

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BATTLELORE: New Album Artwork Revealed

The cover artwork for Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE's forthcoming fifth album, titled "The Last Alliance", can be viewed below. Due this fall via Napalm Records, the CD was recorded at Sound Supreme Studios in Hämeenlinna, Finland, with producer Janne Saksa and was mixed and mastered by the Swedish multi-instrumentalist and producer Dan Swanö (EDGE ...

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MISERATION Signs With LIFEFORCE RECORDS

Sweden's MISERATION — the collaboration between SCAR SYMMETRY vocalist Christian Älvestam and Jani Stefanovic (ESSENCE OF SORROW, DIVINEFIRE) — has inked a deal with Lifeforce Records. The group's debut album, "Your Demons, Their Angels", will be released in Europe on September 15 and the U.S. on October 28. Christian Älvestam comments: "After a few months ...

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BLOODBATH: New Album Title, Release Date Revealed

Swedish death metal "supergroup" BLOODBATH will release its new studio album, "The Fathomless Mastery", on October 6 via Peaceville Records. The band described the upcoming CD as representing "nothing but hateful brutality." Promising its "most crushing production yet," the group's lineup on "The Fathomless Mastery" is the same as that on BLOODBATH's "Unblessing the Purity" ...

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BILOCATE: 'Sudden Death Syndrome' Release Date Announced

Jordanian dark oriental metallers BILOCATE will release their new album, "Sudden Death Syndrome", on July 6 in the United Arab Emirates. Release dates for other territories will follow soon. The cover artwork for "Sudden Death Syndrome" (see below) was designed by Dennis Sibeijn, who has previously worked with such bands as DRACONIAN, CHIMAIRA and ABORTED. ...

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