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EMPEROR To Return To America

After triumphantly headlining the annual Wacken Open Air festival in Germany and four capacity performances in America last summer, Norwegian black metal pioneers EMPEROR have announced their return to the United States for three encore appearances this spring. "We have made a decision to return to the U.S. for a few additional shows," notes guitarist ...

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CHUCK SCHULDINER's Sister: CONTROL DENIED's Second Album Will be Released This Year

Beth Schuldiner, sister of late DEATH/CONTROL DENIED mastermind Chuck Schuldiner, has issued a response to statements and accusations made by Guido Heijnens, owner of the now-defunct Dutch record label Hammerheart Records (which was "resurrected" for a short while under the Karmageddon Media banner) regarding the fate of the unreleased second CONTROL DENIED album and Hammerheart/Karmageddon ...

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Former CONTROL DENIED Singer, Ex-HAMMERHEART Label Owner Engage In Public War Of Words

Guido Heijnens, owner of the now-defunct Dutch record label Hammerheart Records (which was "resurrected" for a short while under the Karmageddon Media banner), has responded to accusations by former CONTROL DENIED singer Tim Aymar that Hammerheart/Karamageddon "cashed in" on late DEATH/CONTROL DENIED mainman Chuck Schuldiner's death by releasing a couple of compilation albums in the ...

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'2007 Girls Of Metal Calendar' To Honor CHUCK SCHULDINER's Memory

DEATH's official web site is currently offering the 2007 Girls of Metal Calendar, with proceeds going to the American Brain Tumor Association in memory of late DEATH/CONTROL DENIED mastermind Chuck Schuldiner. The calendar includes monthly metal facts and trivia, two photos and a bio of each girl every month. More information is available at

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GOD AMONG INSECTS Announces Swedish Dates

GOD AMONG INSECTS, the Swedish "old-school" death metal band featuring vocalist Emperor Magus Caligula (DARK FUNERAL), guitarist Lord K (a.k.a. Kenth Philipson) (THE PROJECT HATE), bassist Tomas Elofsson (SANCTIFICATION) and drummer Tobias Gustafsson (VOMITORY), has scheduled three shows in Sweden in late February/early March. Tentative dates are as follows: Feb. 24 - Alingsås, SWE @ ...

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Former DEATH Bandmates, Other Musicians Remember CHUCK SCHULDINER

The latest issue of the Greek edition of Rock Hard magazine features a tribute to late DEATH mainman Chuck Schuldiner, including statements and stories from many of the people that played with Chuck — such as Kam Lee, Chris Reifert, Terry Butler, Steve DiGiorgio, Richard Christy and Paul Masvidal — music industry notables who dealt ...

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LOST AT LAST To Release 'In Darkness' In January

Norwegian heavy metal act LOST AT LAST has completed work on its new album, "In Darkness", due on January 15 in the Nordic countries via Bonnier Amigo Music. The CD was recorded this past spring/summer at Tinnitus Recording with producer/engieneer Kjetil Aabø (ENSLAVED, ANNIE). It is the first recording to feature new drummer Metal Jack ...

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BLACK SABBATH In The U.K.'s SUN Tabloid

In an almost unprecedented move for a tabloid newspaper, the Sun — the world's biggest-selling English-language newspaper, with over eight million readers a day — has acknowledged the world of heavy metal by reviewing a BLACK SABBATH biography in glowing terms. "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath", the new SABBATH biography by Joel McIver — a writer for ...

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ZYKLON Confirmed For Austria's KALTENBACH OPEN AIR Festival

ZYKLON, the Norwegian band featuring EMPEROR members Samoth (guitar) and Trym (drums), has been confirmed for the Kaltenbach Open Air festival, set to take place July 13-14, 2007 in Spital Am Semmering, Austria. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AETERNUS (NOR) BELPHEGOR (AUT) CALLENISH CIRCLE (NETH) DARK FORTRESS (GER) DARK ...

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DOMINE To Release 'Ancient Spirit Rising' In January

Italian "epic power metal" band DOMINE will release its fifth album, "Ancient Spirit Rising", on January 24. The track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. The Messenger 02. Tempest Calling 03. The Lady of Shalott 04. I Stand Alone 05. Ancient Spirit Rising 06. On the Wings of the Firebird 07. Another Time, ...

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DARK MOOR To Film New Video This Month

Madrid, Spain-based power metallers DARK MOOR will film a video for the first single off their new album, "Tarot", at the end of December with producer Dividi2. The clip will be available in January/February 2007. DARK MOOR recently signed a deal with Italy's Scarlet Records. The group's new album, "Tarot", is said to be "an ...

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DARK FUNERAL Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 16-18, 2007 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Also scheduled to appear are AMON AMARTH, IN EXTREMO, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, MOONSORROW, L'ÂME IMMORTELLE and DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER. DARK FUNERAL will team up with ENSLAVED (Norway) ...

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DARK FUNERAL Confirmed For Norway's INFERNO FESTIVAL

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have been confirmed for the Inferno festival, set to take place April 5-7, 2007 at the Rockefeller Music Hall in Oslo, Norway. Headlining the event will be the reunited Norwegian black metallers IMMORTAL. Norway's DØDHEIMSGARD (DHG) is also slated to perform at the festival. The full lineup will be announced ...

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The Omega Rising - PROFUNDI

Canada's Profound Lore Records hits another homerun with PROFUNDI's "The Omega Rising". Following close on the heels of ASUNDER's "Works Will Come Undone", the label is blazing a trail of quality extreme music releases that any self-respecting fan should check out immediately. PROFUNDI is a one-man Swedish black metal project from Jens Ryden (ex-NAGLFAR), and ...

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DARK MOOR Parts Ways With Drummer, Announces Replacement

Madrid, Spain-based power metallers DARK MOOR have parted ways with drummer Andy C. due to "scheduling conflicts" with his other musical projects. His replacement, Roberto Cappa, is "an experienced live and studio performer" who previously played in the Spanish metal band ANIMA SOLA. DARK MOOR recently signed a deal with Italy's Scarlet Records. The group's ...

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PANTHEON I Begins Recording New Album

PANTHEON I, the Norwegian extreme metal band featuring vocalist/guitarist Andrè Kvebek (1349) and guitarist John Espen Sagstad (TROLLFEST, SARKOM), spent this past weekend at Nye Losjen studio in Sofiemyr, Norway recording drums for its upcoming CD. "The rest of the album will be recorded during the next couple of weeks," the group writes on its ...

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BATTERED: New Songs Are Starting To Take Shape

BATTERED, the new Norwegian band featuring former EINHERJER members Frode Glesnes (a.k.a. Grimar, vocals/guitar), Aksel Herløe (guitar) and Gerhard Storesund (a.k.a. Vivar, drums), has posted the following update on its official web site: "We started out 2006 with a bang, with excellent album reviews, and fantastic live reviews including KKKK in Kerrang! and being referred ...

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EMPEROR: Tab Book U.S. Release Date Confirmed

Candlelight Records has set a January 23 North American release date for EMPEROR's "Scattered Ashes: A Decade of Emperial Wrath" tab book. This 132-page oversized book featuring foreword and exclusive transcriptions by vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn includes original tabs for thirteen EMPEROR classics contained on the band's 2003 compilation of the same name. The limited-edition book additionally ...

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DARK MOOR Signs With SCARLET RECORDS

Spanish metal band DARK MOOR has signed a deal with Italy's Scarlet Records. With its previous five albums, the group established itself as one of today's leading classic/power metal acts, combining the European metal sound with a high-class symphonic approach, made possible by each member's astonishing technical skills. DARK MOOR's new album, "Tarot", is said ...

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WRITTEN IN TORMENT: Debut Mini-CD Out Now

"The Uncreation", the first release from U.K. black metal band WRITTEN IN TORMENT, has been made available via new Canadian label None More Black Records. Check out audio samples at this location. Composed and performed solely by WRITTEN IN TORMENT member The Leviathan and produced by Jonny Maudling of BAL-SAGOTH, the mini-CD comprises ...

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SATHANAS To Enter Studio In December

Long-running U.S.-based death/black metallers SATHANAS will enter Innertube studios in December to begin recording their next album, entitled "Crowned Infernal". Artwork will be handled by Necrolord, who previously worked with EMPEROR on their "In the Nightside Eclipse" LP and DARK FUNERAL on the "Secrets of the Black Arts" CD. An early 2007 release via Pulverised ...

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CHTHONIC Frontman To Speak At CMJ MUSIC MARATHON

MTV.com reports that Freddy, frontman for the Taiwanese black-metal band CHTHONIC, will make his U.S. public-speaking debut November 3 in New York at the CMJ Music Marathon panel "From Glam to Death: Metal Subgenre Feasts". He'll be plugging the band's first U.S. release, "Seediq Bale", which came out October 3. Influenced by EMPEROR and early ...

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PECCATUM's IHRIEL Collaborates With Japanese Author

Mnemosyne Productions, the company owned/operated by partners Ihsahn (EMPEROR frontman) and wife Heidi S. Tveitan (a.k.a. Ihriel) since 2003, has announced a collaboration between the Japanese author Kenji Siratori and Tveitan. Kenji Siratori has provided the lyrics and spoken words that Heidi's STAROFASH solo project has turned into music. The first song from this collaboration ...

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