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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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BATTLELORE: Limited Version Of 'The Last Alliance' To Include Bonus DVD

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE recently entered Sound Supreme Studios in Hmeenlinna, Finland, with producer Janne Saksa to begin recording its fifth album, tentatively titled "The Last Alliance". The CD is currently being mixed and mastered by the Swedish multi-instrumentalist and producer Dan Swan (EDGE OF SANITY, NIGHTINGALE, ex-BLOODBATH). Songtitles set to appear on the ...

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JAMES MURPHY Completes Guitar Solo For OBLITERHATE Debut

Guitarist-extraordinaire-turned-producer James Murphy (TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) has completed a guest guitar solo on the song "Dawn Of Extermination", which will open the forthcoming debut album from OBLITERHATE. OBLITERHATE is the brainchild of guitarist Calvin Chiang of the Singaporean death thrash metal band RASPATUL. The project, which is said to follow a "more brutal and intricate ...

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BATTLELORE: More Dates Announced

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE has scheduled the following dates: Jun. 12 - Jyvskyl, Finland - Sataman Y Jun. 27 - Helsinki, Finland - Nosturi Aug. 02 - Kuusankoski, Finland - Joenrantarock Sep. 11 - Lappeenranta, Finland - Wiltsu Sep. 12 - Kuopio, Finland Henry's Pub Sep. 19 - Kajaani, Finland - Balls Sep. 20 ...

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BILOCATE Signs Distribution Deal For Middle East

Jordanian dark oriental metallers BILOCATE have inked a distribution deal with Daxar Multimedia Ltd. for the Middle East region for the band's upcoming album, "Sudden Death Syndrome". The CD will be made available on the shelves of Virgin Megastores showrooms in UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan and Bahrain in addition to the airports and free ...

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BLOODBATH: 'The Wacken Carnage' Mini-Site Launched

Swedish death metal "supergroup" BLOODBATH will release a live CD/DVD digipack entitled "The Wacken Carnage" on June 2 in Europe and June 24 in the U.S. via Peaceville. The package contains footage of the band's appearance at the 2005 edition of the Wacken Open Air festival. Commented the group: "Almost three years have passed since ...

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BILOCATE: 'Sudden Death Syndrome' Artwork Unveiled

Jordanian dark oriental metallers BILOCATE have unveiled the cover artwork for their forthcoming album, "Sudden Death Syndrome", at this location. The artwork was designed by Dennis Sibeijn, who has previously worked with such bands as DRACONIAN, CHIMAIRA and ABORTED. Commented vocalist Ramzi Essayed: "During the mixing stage, we were working in parallel together ...

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