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THERION To Tour North America For First Time In 18 Years

THERION mainman Christofer Johnsson has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "So, after 18 years of playing with THERION, I'm finally making it to you guys in USA and Canada. It's been some extremely stressy days preparing everything before this trip, but now there's just one more day before we fly. ...

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THERION: More North American Tour Dates Announced

Sweden's THERION have announced the following dates as part of their first North American tour: Aug. 29 - Meow Meow - Portland, OR Aug. 30 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA Aug. 31 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC - CANADA Sep. 02 - Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB - CANADA Sep. 03 - Warehouse ...

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NARNIA Part Ways With Keyboardist, Continue Work On New Album

Swedish neo-classical metallers NARNIA have announced the departure of keyboardist Linus Kåse. "For different reasons we have decided to go separate ways and we wish Linus all the best with his music and projects," the band write on their web site. "Andreas Lindahl, who played keyboards with us at Flevo, will also play at Metalfest ...

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ANGTORIA Sign Management Deal

ANGTORIA, the new Swedish/British orchestral/metal band formed by female singer Sarah Jezebel Deva (CRADLE OF FILTH, THERION, MORTIIS), composer Chris Rehn (ABYSSOS) and Tommy Rehn (MOAHNI MOAHNA), have signed a three-month management deal with Fortress Music and Artist Development. To further enhance this development, a completely new cover design for their demo has been made, ...

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CELTIC FROST: Forging Friendships That Defy Any Description

CELTIC FROST frontman Tom Gabriel Fischer has posted the following message on his official blog: "What a most peculiar few days, the culmination of which was a shared meal last night at a very exceptional and yet equally peculiar restaurant to celebrate the birthdays of Martin [Ain, bass] and me which are only one day ...

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MANTICORA: '8 Deadly Sins' To Receive South American Release

Danish power metallers MANTICORA have inked a deal with Hellion Records for the South American release of their latest CD, "8 Deadly Sins". MANTICORA's fourth CD, "8 Deadly Sins", is available now on Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Hyperion" (Scarlet Records) was recorded at Jailhouse studios in Horsens, Denmark and features artwork by Mattias ...

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ALTARIA Announce New Guitarist

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA have announced the addition of guitarist J-P Alanen to the group's ranks. "During the past winter J-P has been jamming and writing songs together with Marko [Pukkila, bass] and Tony [Smedjebacka, drums] and therefore felt like a natural choice," the band write on their web site. "Earlier the young and talented ...

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PAGAN'S MIND Confirmed For PROGPOWER U.K.

Norwegian metallers PAGAN'S MIND have been confirmed for the U.K. edition of the ProgPower festival, set to take place March 25, 2006 at The Centaur in Cheltenham. Other groups scheduled to perform at the festival are THERION, THRESHOLD, FREEDOM CALL, ORPHANED LAND and FIREWIND. One more band has yet to be confirmed for what is ...

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ALTARIA Part Ways With Guitarist JANI LIIMATAINEN

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA have parted ways with guitarist Jani Liimatainen. "During the preproduction sessions of the upcoming album it became obvious to everybody including himself that things had developed to the point where it was impossible for him to combine ALTARIA's increasing demand for attention with the busy schedule of SONATA ARCTICA," the band ...

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2000 DECIBEL R.I.P.: Organizers Put Swedish Festival To Rest

Lennart Larsson, the organizer of Sweden's 2000 Decibel festival, has issued the following press release: "Today, Sunday the 5th June, we the organizers behind the 2000 Decibel festival in Bengtsfors, Sweden have, after six years, decided to put the festival to rest. "We now hope that someone else with the same burning passion for Swedish ...

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THE ETERNAL Name New Album

Australian melodic doom metal band THE ETERNAL (formerly CRYPTAL DARKNESS) have set "Sleep of Reason" as the title of their forthcoming second album, due late September via Firebox Records. The follow-up to last year's "The Sombre Light of Isolation" was recorded at Palm Studios in Melbourne and is currently being mastered by Mika Jussila (AMORPHIS, ...

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BEYOND THE EMBRACE Pull Out Of M.O.D./CRISIS Tour

New Bedford, Massachusetts-based sextet BEYOND THE EMBRACE have dropped off the M.O.D./CRISIS tour this June "due to bandmember personal issues," according to an official press release. "We apologize to all of our fans that were planning to come and support us at the shows. We'll be back out hopefully to the West Coast/Midwest before the ...

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ALTARIA Begin Recording New CD

DrummerTony Smedjebacka of the Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "ALTARIA have during the spring been pre-producing material for the yet untitled third album. The release has been pushed forward to early 2006 instead of autumn 2005 as earlier reported. Drums and bass for some songs ...

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OPETH And SKINDRED Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

OPETH and SKINDRED have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Summer Breeze festival, set to be held August 18-20 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. The complete list of artists currently confirmed to appear at the festival is as follows: AMON AMARTH ANOREXIA NERVOSA ATROCITY BARCODE BEHEMOTH BORN FROM PAIN CALIBAN DARK TRANQUILLITY DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER ...

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ANGTORIA: Full-Length Demo Track Available For Download

A full-length MP3 of the ANGTORIA demo track "Six Feet Under's Not Deep Enough" has been made available for download at Angtoria.com. ANGTORIA, the new Swedish/British orchestral/metal band formed by female singer Sarah Jezebel Deva (CRADLE OF FILTH, THERION, MORTIIS), composer Chris Rehn (ABYSSOS) and Tommy Rehn (MOAHNI MOAHNA), recently won the "Sunshine ...

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MIND'S EYE Hard At Work On New Album

MIND'S EYE, the Swedish progressive rock/metal band featuring members of THERION, SECRET SPHERE and NOVAK, are currently in the studio recording of their fourth album. The band had previously released three well-received CDs: "Into the Unknown" (1998), "…Waiting for the Tide" (2000) and "A Work of Art" (2002). With a new label, Lion Music, now ...

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CELTIC FROST Complete Work On New Demo

CELTIC FROST frontman Tom Gabriel Fischer has posted the following message on his official blog: "We finished the demonstration songs yesterday. They will be used for various industry purposes. We focused entirely on heavy material, and these songs are a clear indication of what the album is going to be like, they are dark, ferocious, ...

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STROMMOUSSHELD To Enter Studio In July

Polish experimental black metallers STROMMOUSSHELD have issued the following update on their current activities: "Right now we're about to start arranging the new songs and developing our vision of the next album. We're preparing to enter the studio in July to begin the recordings. We'll keep you informed about the progress of our works." STROMMOUSSHELD ...

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THERION Seek 'Secret Of The Runes' Tour Bootleg Recordings

THERION mainman Christofer Johnsson has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "I would need some help from you guys! The DVD is just about ready but there's just one thing we're missing. You see, there will be (among many other things) a historical section with some bootleg songs from each era ...

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