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COCTOPUS, RAMMING SPEED Sign With TEENAGE DISCO BLOODBATH RECORDS

Teenage Disco Bloodbath records will release two records this summer from two of Boston's most raging party metal bands. When skate thrash titans BONES BRIGADE, and MISFITS-worshiping punks SHANGHAI VALENTINE broke up, something was already brewing in the steamy waters of Boston harbor. Two members from each band have come together to form COCTOPUS, a ...

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IRON FIRE: 'Blade Of Triumph' Track Listing Revealed

Danish metallers IRON FIRE, who are fronted by FORCE OF EVIL singer Martin Steene, will release fourth album, "Blade of Triumph", due on June 29 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and in the rest of Europe on July 2 via Napalm Records. A song from the new album, entitled "Bridges Will Burn", is available for ...

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BLOODBATH Seeks Artwork For New CD

Swedish death metal supergroup BLOODBATH has issued the following update: "We have chosen to let you, BLOODBATH fans, create the cover artwork for the new mini-CD. We don't doubt the talent lurking amongst all young souls out there. So, if you wanna have the honor to portray your art on the next official BLOODBATH release ...

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GWYNBLEIDD: New Album To Be Mixed By DAN SWANÖ

GWYNBLEIDD, a diverse death/black/folk metal project from Brooklyn, NY will once again enter DMD studios (Brooklyn) at the beginning of May 2007 to start recording its first full-length album. The band will record all drums and main guitar parts at DMD with assistance from engineer Thomas Gajewski, who recently performed sound engineering duties while touring ...

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BLOODBATH: Back With New Lineup, Mini-CD

Swedish death metal supergroup BLOODBATH has issued the following update: "BLOODBATH is finally back to put elite death metal on the map. The brand new line-up is shortly to be officially revealed, but has already paved way for a band hungrier than ever to bathe in the blood of a new recording. So in early ...

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NOVEMBERS DOOM: Tour Dates Announced

Chicago dark metal act NOVEMBERS DOOM has lined up the following dates: April 21 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room (Chicago Powerfest) April 24 - New York, NY @ Rebel (w/ SATURNUS, THURISAZ) April 25 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx (w/ SATURNUS, THURISAZ) June 16 - Chicago, IL @ The Double Door (w/ BIBLE ...

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March of the Parasite - LAETHORA

It's time for one of the year's first quality slab of old school Swedish melodic death metal, thanks to members of DARK TRANQUILLITY and THE PROVENANCE. LAETHORA's "March of the Parasite" succeeds smashingly by combining the classic Swedish style with modern sensibility and catchy songwriting, making it a genuine pleasure to experience for the entire ...

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Book Of Lyrics From NOVEMBERS DOOMS Frontman Available With New Album Pre-Order

Paul Kuhr, frontman for Chicago dark metal act NOVEMBERS DOOM, will be releasing a limited-edition book of lyrics, titled "The Wayfaring Chronicles" (300 copies), to accompany the pre-order of their forthcoming album, "The Novella Reservoir", out February 20 on The End Records. About the book of lyrics, Kuhr comments, "Having completed our sixth full-length release, ...

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OPETH Mainman Slams 'New Breed Of Idiot Fans' For Questioning His Judgment

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has slammed the "new breed of idiot OPETH 'fans'" for questioning the abilities of the group's current drummer, Martin Axenrot (BLOODBATH, WITCHERY, NIFELHEIM), when compared to that of Axenrot's predecessor, Martin Lopez. Lopez officially left OPETH in May 2006 after being plagued by illness and anxiety attacks, which forced him to ...

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THRESHOLD: Guitarist NICK MIDSON Takes A Break

U.K. progressive metallers THRESHOLD have announced that guitarist Nick Midson will be taking a break from the band. Commented guitarist Karl Groom: "Nick has been thinking about this for a while. It's largely driven by wanting a break from touring and promotional activities. I'm still in contact with him regularly and we live five minutes ...

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DAN SWANÖ Lays Down 'Brutal' Backing Vocals On New THRESHOLD Album

Swedish multi-instrumentalist/producer Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY, NIGHTINGALE, SECOND SKY, BLOODBATH) has laid down backing vocals on the new album from U.K. progressive metallers THRESHOLD, entitled "Dead Reckoning". Swanö guests on the CD's opening song, "Slipstream", and the third track, "Elusive". Commented Swanö: "My backing growls on the upcoming THRESHOLD album (and the upcoming WINDS ...

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NOVEMBERS DOOM: European Tour Diary Posted Online

Chicago dark metal act NOVEMBERS DOOM, who just returned home from a two-week tour of Europe with labelmates AGALLOCH, have posted a tour diary on their official MySpace page. Singer Paul Kuhr writes, "We've arrived back home in Chicago, after two weeks in Europe. This was simply an amazing time, and eye opening to say ...

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MEMFIS Honored With 'Rookies Of The Year' Award

Swedish progressive metal band MEMFIS has been honored with the "Rookies of the Year" award by Sweden's rock radio station P4 Dist. The group's prize package includes a slot at next year's Sweden Rock festival, set to take place June 6-9, 2007 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. As previously reported, MEMFIS has posted its video for the ...

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BLOODBATH: 'Breeding Death' Reissue Now Available

BLOODBATH's out-of-print mini-CD "Breeding Death" from 1999 has been re-released and comes with a revamped layout, previously unreleased lyrics to all songs, plus two demo recordings of the tracks "Breeding Death" and "Omnious Bloodvomit". BLOODBATH lineup on "Breeding Death": Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH) - Vocals Anders Nyström (KATATONIA) - Guitars/Backing Vocals Dan Swanö (ex-EDGE OF SANITY, ...

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NOVEMBERS DOOM: European Tour Dates Finalized

Chicago dark metal act NOVEMBERS DOOM have finalized the dates for their upcoming tour of Europe with labelmates AGALLOCH that begins on November 17 in The Netherlands. They are as follows: Nov. 17 - Plato - Helmond, Netherlands (w/ AGALLOCH, SATURNUS AND THURISAZ) Nov. 18 - Biebob - Vosselaar, Belgium (w/ AGALLOCH, SATURNUS & THURISAZ) ...

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MEMFIS To Support SATYRICON In Scandinavia

Swedish progressive metal band MEMFIS will support SATYRICON on the following Scandinavian dates: Nov. 19 - Kåren - Gothenburg, Sweden Nov. 21 - Klubben - Stockholm, Sweden Nov. 22 - Prisma - Västerås, Sweden Nov. 23 - KB - Malmö, Sweden Nov. 24 - Voxhall - Århus, Denmark Nov. 25 - The Rock - Copenhagen, ...

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NOVEMBERS DOOM: New Album Artwork, Release Date, Music Revealed

Chicago dark metal act NOVEMBERS DOOM has set a February 20, 2007 release date for its new album, "The Novella Reservoir" (The End Records). The album artwork and an MP3 of the song "Drown the Inland Mere" can be found at www.thenovellareservoir.com. The follow-up to 2005's "The Pale Haunt Departure", "The Novella Reservoir" was recorded ...

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MEMFIS: 'The Wind-Up' Video Available

Swedish progressive metal band MEMFIS has posted its video for the song "The Wind-Up" at this location. The track is the title cut of the band's debut CD, which recently entered the Swedish album chart at position No. 20. MEMFIS was founded in the spring 2003 in Kristinehamn, Sweden. Two demos were recorded ...

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HAMMERFALL, LIZZY BORDEN, ANDROMEDA Members To Guest On MOUNTAIN OF POWER CD

Swedish guitarist Janne Stark (OVERDRIVE, LOCOMOTIVE BREATH) has released more information about his MOUNTAIN OF POWER project, featuring guest appearances by current and/or former members of HAMMERFALL, LIZZY BORDEN, ANDROMEDA and TREAT, among many others. Says Janne: "The project is basically me with a lot of guests. It was initiated by Joe Romagnola at Grooveyard ...

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Progressive Metallers MEMFIS Enter Swedish Chart At No. 20

Swedish progressive metal band MEMFIS has entered the official album chart in its home country at position No. 20 with its debut album, "The Wind-Up". MEMFIS was founded in the spring 2003 in Kristinehamn, Sweden. Two demos were recorded in 2004 and resulted in top-rated reviews and a co-operation with Dental Records. In a recent ...

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HEARSE Signs With DENTAL RECORDS; New Album Due In October

Swedish "death 'n' roll" band HEARSE, featuring former ARCH ENEMY singer Johan Liiva and ex-FURBOWL drummer Max Thornell, has inked a new deal with Dental Records. The group's fourth album, "In These Veins", was recorded and mixed by Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY, BLOODBATH) and is tentatively scheduled for release in October. Commented the band: ...

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DAN SWANÖ Comments On Passing Of DISSECTION Frontman

Swedish producer/multi-instrumentalist Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY, NIGHTINGALE, SECOND SKY, BLOODBATH) has commented on the passing of DISSECTION frontman Jon Nödtveidt. Nödtveidt, 31, was found dead on Wednesday, August 16 at his apartment in Hässelby, a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden, the apparent victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Commented Swanö: "Jon was always nice to ...

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DAN SWANÖ: 'I Was NOT Trying To Pussify BLOODBATH'

Swedish producer/multi-instrumentalist Dan Swanö has commented on his departure from BLOODBATH. In a statement released earlier today by the other members of the band, BLOODBATH attributed Swanö's exit to "restrictions on his behalf to devote more time and effort to the future of this project that it would require by taking things to the next ...

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