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KAMELOT To Record New Album This Summer

American/Norwegian melodic metallers KAMELOT have posted the following message on their official web site: "We are pleased to announce that KAMELOT will be returning to Norway for the Ragnarock Festival (web site) in August 2006. "Work continues on KAMELOT's first DVD, 'One Cold Winter's Night'. The [disc] is tentatively [slated] for a fall/winter ...

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ELDRITCH: Hometown Showcase Announced

Italian progressive-aggressive metal band ELDRITCH have posted the following message on their official web site: "The official release date for [ELDRITCH's sixth album] 'Neighbourhell' will be February 24th in Europe and March 14th in U.S.A. For the other countries like Asia, South America, Australia and the other planets, we'll let you guys know... "Another big ...

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SAVAGE CIRCUS, EPICA Confirmed For PROGPOWER USA VII Festival

German power metal band SAVAGE CIRCUS (featuring former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch and IRON SAVIOR vocalist/guitarist Piet Sielck) and Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA have been confirmed to make their debut U.S. appearances at ProgPower USA VII festival on September 15 and 16 Earthlink Live in Atlanta. "We are glad to be playing SAVAGE ...

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Trilateral Progression - NEURAXIS

NEURAXIS' "Trilateral Progression" is one impressive death metal album. On its fourth full-length release, the Montreal tech-death squad has accomplished what so many of its brethren have failed to do: adroitly combine technicality, brutality, and melody. Is there a death metal training facility in Montreal that has been secretly financed by the Canadian government? I ...

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KAMELOT To Film Live DVD In Norway

American/Norwegian melodic metallers KAMELOT will be filming their first live DVD on February 11, 2006 at the Rockefeller Music Hall in Oslo, Norway. The shoot will be handled by acclaimed Swedish director Patric Ulleaus (DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL) and promises to be full of surprises for all the fans. "This has been in the works ...

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Consign To Oblivion - EPICA

The obvious comparisons to WITHIN TEMPTATION, NIGHTWISH, or even EVANESCENCE will have to be made here, of course. After all, EPICA is a symphonic metal band with a mezzo-soprano female vocalist (though guitarist Mark Jansen does throw in the occasional death growls), augmented by a string section and choir. However familiar EPICA's sound may be ...

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KAMELOT Mainman Checks In From Brazil

KAMELOT mainman Thomas Youngblood (guitar) has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "We are coming off two amazing shows here in Brazil. The fans here deserve their reputation of being the loudest and craziest in the world. Over 3,000 fans at the Via Funchal in Sao Paulo sang along with us ...

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EPICA: Amsterdam Show To Be Filmed For Upcoming DVD

EPICA's performance at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, Holland on May 4, 2006 will be filmed for an upcoming DVD. Only 1,450 tickets are available and will go on sale December 3 through Ticketservice or www.ticketservice.nl. Support acts and other details will be announced soon. In other news, Brazil's Whiplash! magazine recently conducted an ...

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KAMELOT Prepare To Hit The Road

KAMELOT mainman Thomas Youngblood has posted the following message on the group's web site: "Today we begin the rehearsals for the second round of tour dates for 'The Black Halo'. New keyboardist Oliver arrives tonight in Tampa and we will have Khan [vocals] here on next week. We will add some new songs that we ...

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KAMELOT Announce First-Ever Norwegian Show

American/Norwegian band KAMELOT have announced their first-ever appearance in Norway. The concert will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2006 at Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway. "This will be a very special evening for all KAMELOT fans in Norway!" the band write in a statement. "KAMELOT's 'March of Mephisto' video has been the #1 requested on ...

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EPICA: Rescheduled Dutch Dates Announced

Dutch female-fronted metallers EPICA have rescheduled their previously cancelled dates in Holland after their singer, Simone Simons, was taken ill. The new dates are as follows: Jan. 05 - Eindhoven, NETH @ Effenaar Jan. 06 - Arnhem, NETH @ Willemeen Jan. 07 – Utrecht, NETH @ Helling Jan. 08 – Rotterdam, NETH @ Nighttown EPICA's ...

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EPICA Cancel Dutch Dates

Dutch female-fronted metallers EPICA were forced to cancel all previously announced dates for this weekend after their singer, Simone Simons, was taken ill. The affected shows are as follows: Oct. 13 - Eindhoven, NETH @ Effenaar Oct. 14 - Arnhem, NETH @ Willemeen Oct. 15 – Utrecht, NETH @ Helling Oct. 16 – Rotterdam, NETH ...

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KAMELOT Add Keyboardist OLIVER PALOTAI As Permanent Member

American/Norwegian power metal act KAMELOT have announced the addition of German keyboardist/guitarist Oliver Palotai (DORO, ULI JON ROTH) as the new and permanent member of the band. "We have been very fortunate to work with great keyboardists from around the world," stated KAMELOT guitarist/founder Thomas Youngblood. "After the first 'Black Halo' tour earlier this year, ...

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KAMELOT: Session Musicians Announced For Upcoming Tour

German keyboardist Oliver Palotai (DORO, ULI JON ROTH) will join KAMELOT on their U.S./Canadian dates in November. Also planning to make the tour is soprano vocalist Mari. Mari appeared on both the "Epica" and "The Black Halo" albums and will be singing live with KAMELOT. In other news, Fear Dark recording artists ROYAL ANGUISH have ...

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KAMELOT Announce Exclusive Southeast U.S. Show

American/Norwegian power metal act KAMELOT and Anvil Productions have announced an exclusive Southeast U.S. concert on Veteran's Day (November 11, 2005). The show will take place at Boomerz's Boiler Room in Seminole, Florida and will mark KAMELOT's only appearance this year in the Southeast. Tickets will go on sale Friday, September 9. Tickets prices will ...

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KAMELOT: East Coast Dates Announced

On the heels of their "The Black Halo" release, American/Norwegian power metal act KAMELOT have announced some rare East Coast/Canadian shows. The band will be shooting footage for their upcoming DVD that will be released in mid-2006. Upcoming KAMELOT shows: Nov. 17 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx Nov. 19 – Toronto, ONT @ Lee's ...

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KAMELOT: New Tour Dates Announced

American/Norwegian power metal act KAMELOT have lined up the following dates during November/December: Nov. 20 - Quebec, Canada - International Metal Fest Dec. 03 - São Paulo, Brazil - Via Funchal (w/ EPICA) Dec. 04 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Circo Voador (w/ EPICA) Dec. 06 - Santiago, Chile – TBA Gigs in The ...

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KAMELOT Schedule Canadian Live Debut

American/Norwegian power metal act KAMELOT will make their Canadian live debut on November 20, 2005 as the headliners of Quebec's International Metal Fest at the Capitole Theater. Support bands have yet to be announced. KAMELOT are continuing to promote their latest album, "The Black Halo", released in March through SPV Records. The follow-up to 2003's ...

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CELTIC FROST Mainman Lays Down Vocals For New Song 'Obscured'

CELTIC FROST frontman Tom Gabriel Fischer has posted the following message on his official blog: "I amended, rehearsed and recorded lyrics and vocals for the radically new version of 'Obscured' this week. Although I have been singing various versions of this song for a couple of years now, it was quite a challenge. We will ...

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KAMELOT And EPICA To Team Up For Brazilian Tour

KAMELOT and EPICA will be teaming up for a Brazilian tour in December. So far, one date has been confirmed: December 4 at Via Funchal in São Paulo. More shows will be announced soon. KAMELOT are continuing to promote their latest album, "The Black Halo", released in March through SPV Records. The follow-up to 2003's ...

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CELTIC FROST Mainman: New Album 'Is Growing Nearer To Completion'

CELTIC FROST frontman Tom Gabriel Fischer has posted the following message on his official blog: "A truly astonishing week so far. I happened to come across, and rather unexpectedly so, the incredible and indescribable talents of TEAM SLEEP's Zach Hill. With all due (and sincere) respect to many other extraordinary drummers, Hill is simply the ...

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STORMLORD Part Ways With Keyboardist, Announce Replacement

Italian "extreme epic metal" act STORMLORD have parted ways with keyboardist Simone Scazzocchio. "There were no discussions or troubles with him, he was simply not interested in playing metal music anymore," the band write in a press release. "Our split has been friendly, we kept good relations and we wish him the best. "After some ...

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KAMELOT: More Touring, DVD Planned

KAMELOT's official web site, Kamelot.com, has posted a short interview with the group's guitarist/leader Thomas Youngblood. Read on: Q: How are things going with the band and the upcoming events? Thomas Youngblood: "We are taking a few weeks break since the European and Japanese tour. We have been working nine months straight since the writing ...

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KAMELOT: Working On New Dates For The Fall

KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "We are now back from our first part of the European Tour 2005. All I can say is WOOOA! What a great time we had with all of you that came to the shows. The turnouts in most of the ...

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BILLY SHEEHAN: 'The Lift' Video Posted Online

Bassist Billy Sheehan's (DAVID LEE ROTH, MR. BIG) video for the track "The Lift" has been posted online at this location. "The Lift" comes off Sheehan's second solo album, "Cosmic Troubadour", available now on Favored Nations. Produced by Pat Regan, "Cosmic Troubadour" again sees Sheehan handling multi-instrumental duties and writing all of the ...

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KAMELOT: 'The Haunting' Video Posted Online

KAMELOT's video for the track "The Haunting" has been posted online at this location. "The Haunting" clip was directed by Swedish director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES) of Revolver Films and and was shot in Sweden. Making guest appearances in the video are EPICA singer Simone Simons and Mari, who ...

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KAMELOT: 'March Of Mephisto' Video Posted Online

KAMELOT's video for the track "March of Mephisto", featuring a special appearance by DIMMU BORGIR frontman Shagrath, has been posted online at the group's official web site. The clip, the group's second off the group's upcoming album "The Black Halo", was shot by Swedish director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES) ...

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