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CANDLEMASS: New Studio Photos Posted Online

Legendary Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have uploaded several photos from their recent recording sessions at Stockholm's Polar Studios. Check them out at Candlemass.se. As previously reported, CANDLEMASS frontman Messiah Marcolin contacted BLABBERMOUTH.NET on April 28, 2006 to reveal that he has parted ways with the group and that it's 100 percent definite ...

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CANDLEMASS Continue Work On New Album

Legendary Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have posted the following message on their official web site: "Hello doomlovers!! Not everything is clouded in the C-MASS camp. The band is currently recording the new album with full force, again in Stockholm's Polar Studios — the new place. Ten killer doom metal tracks are being put on tape (actually ...

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CLOUDSCAPE: New Song Posted Online

A brand new CLOUDSCAPE track, entitled "Shapeshifter", has been posted online at this location. The song comes off the Swedish metallers' sophomore album, "Crimson Skies", due in Europe on June 3 via Metal Heaven. Japanese and U.S. release dates for the CD have yet to be announced. Check out the album artwork at ...

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SWALLOW THE SUN Sign With SPINEFARM RECORDS

Finnish melodic death/doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN have signed a new deal with Spinefarm Records. "[Spinefarm] being one of the most respected metal labels in Finland, we are looking forward to working with them," the band write on their web site. SWALLOW THE SUN's second album, "Ghosts of Loss", was released last summer via Firebox ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS Mixing New Album

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have posted the following message on their official web site: "Congratulations to Larry Howe [VICIOUS RUMORS drummer] who has been asked to play drums for W.A.S.P. on their U.S. and European tours this summer! And also to Carl Albert's [late VR singer] son, Keven Albert, guitarist for ...

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CANDLEMASS Bassist Says Singer MESSIAH Is Suffering From 'Severe Pre-Recording Psychosis'

CANDLEMASS bassist/songwriter Leif Edling has released a statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding singer Messiah Marcolin's announcement that he was leaving the band. As previously reported, Marcolin contacted BLABBERMOUTH.NET earlier today (April 28) to reveal that he has parted ways with the Swedish doomsters and that it's 100 percent definite that he will not return. ...

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Exclusive: CANDLEMASS Frontman MESSIAH Quits Band

CANDLEMASS vocalist Messiah Marcolin contacted BLABBERMOUTH.NET today (April 28) to reveal that he has left the Swedish doomsters and that it's 100 percent definite that he will not return. "We could not agree on how to do the new album," he said, but would not further elaborate on his sudden departure. Marcolin spent the early ...

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CLOUDSCAPE Set Release Date For Sophomore Album

Swedish metallers CLOUDSCAPE will release their sophomore album, "Crimson Skies", in Europe on June 3 via Metal Heaven. Japanese and U.S. release dates for the CD have yet to be announced. "Crimson Skies" was recorded at RoastingHouse studio in Malmö with producers Anders "Theo" Theander and Pontus Lindmark. Artwork for the album is being handled ...

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SATARIEL Sign With PULVERIZED RECORDS For New EP Release

Swedish metallers SATARIEL have inked a deal with Pulverized Records to release a mini-CD containing four brand new tracks. The recordings for the effort will begin on February 16. More details will be made available soon. SATARIEL's third album, "Hydra", has just received its long-awaited U.S. release via Candlelight Records. The group, whose music is ...

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CANDLEMASS Win Swedish 'GRAMMY' Award For 'Best Hard Rock' Album

CANDLEMASS won a Swedish "Grammy" award in the "Best Hard Rock" category, beating out the likes of HAMMERFALL, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, MESHUGGAH and OPETH. The Swedish doom legends were honored for their self-titled 2005 opus, which is available on Nuclear Blast Records. EVERGREY were nominated in the "Best Music DVD" category their "A Night to Remember" ...

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CLOUDSCAPE: 'Almost' Done Recording Sophomore Album

Swedish metallers CLOUDSCAPE entered RoastingHouse studio in Malmö, in late December with producers Anders "Theo" Theander and Pontus Lindmark to begin recording their sophomore album, "Crimson Skies", tentatively due in Europe in June 2006 via Metal Heaven. Artwork will be handled by Mattias Norén. "There's only guitar solos left to record," the band write on ...

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MASTER Confirmed For Germany's HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR Festival

MASTER have been confirmed this year's installment of the Headbangers Open Air festival, set to take place July 14-15 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany. Meanwhile, KORPIKLAANI were forced to cancel their appearance at the event, reportedly due to an exclusivity clause in connection with their performance at this year's Wacken Open Air festival. The festival billing is ...

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CANDLEMASS To Tour South America In March

Legendary Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have announced the following South American dates in March: Mar. 24 – Santiago, CHL – Venue TBC Mar. 25 - Sao Paulo, BRA – Venue TBC Mar. 26 - Porto Alegre, BRA – Venue TBC CANDLEMASS's latest album, simply titled "Candlemass", was released in May 2005 via Nuclear Blast. Six back-catalog ...

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SWALLOW THE SUN Frontman Joins ALGHAZANTH

SWALLOW THE SUN frontman Mikko Kotamäki has joined ALGHAZANTH as their new vocalist. Kotamäki's involvement with ALGHAZANTH will nto affect his status in SWALLOW THE SUN, which remains his priority. In other news, SWALLOW THE SUN's debut album, "The Morning Never Came", has been released on vinyl by Imperium Productions/Firebox Records. "The LP is a ...

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PRAYING MANTIS, HOLY MOSES Confirmed For Germany's HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR Festival

PRAYING MANTIS and HOLY MOSES are the latest confirmed acts for this year's installment of the Headbangers Open Air festival, set to take place July 14-15 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): BLITZKRIEG CANDLEMASS GIRLSCHOOL GOATHORN ICARUS WITCH IVORY TOWER MARTYR METAL INQUISITOR MILES BEYOND OCTOBER 31 ...

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AFTER ALL To Support KING DIAMOND In Holland

Belgium's AFTER ALL have been confirmed as the support act for KING DIAMOND on two Dutch dates in early June. Also appearing on the bill are Denmark's MERCENARY. The details are as follows: Jun. 10 - De Lantaarn - Hellendoorn (NL) Jun. 11 - 013 The Choice - Tilburg (NL) In other news, a diary ...

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MESHUGGAH Extend Publishing Deal

10 years after inking their first deal with the publishing company Warner/Chappell Music Scandinavia, Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH extended their cooperation with the company in December 2005, according to Tartarean Desire. As previously reported, MESHUGGAH's latest album, "Catch Thirty Three", has been nominated for a Swedish Grammy in the "Best Hard Rock" ...

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HARDCORE SUPERSTAR: Gothenburg Show To Be Filmed For Upcoming DVD

Swedish sleaze rockers HARDCORE SUPERSTAR will play two shows at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg, Sweden on March 25. The first performance, which will have no age limit, will be filmed for the band's upcoming DVD. As previously reported, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR's video for their new single, "We Don't Celebrate Sundays", has been posted online at

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Veteran Metal Producer ANDY SNEAP Reflects On Past Year

British producer extraordinaire (and former SABBAT guitarist) Andy "I Pissed On Colin Richardson's Hotel Room Desk" Sneap has posted the following message on his official web site: "Well, it's come to the end of the year and 2005 has been nothing but a blast. Great fun, good times and some killer albums made. AS I ...

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