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OPETH: New U.S. Tour Dates Announced

Sweden's OPETH will embark on a U.S. headlining tour beginning on February 15, 2006 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Feb. 15 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre Feb. 16 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva Feb. 17 - Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre Feb. 18 - Millvale, PA @ ...

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DESTRUCTION: No German Shows Planned In 2006

According to a posting on DESTRUCTION's official web site, a trailer airing on the Swiss TV station DRS for the upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs will feature the heavy riffs of the DESTRUCTION song "Soul Collector", taken from the band's latest album, "Inventor of Evil". No further information is currently available. In other news, DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist ...

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CLOUDSCAPE Announce New Album Title

Swedish metallers CLOUDSCAPE have set "Crimson Skies" as the title of their sophomore album, tentatively due in Europe in June 2006 via Metal Heaven. A spring 2006 Asian release via Marquee/Avalon is expected. Artwork will be handled by Mattias Norén. CLOUDSCAPE will enter RoastingHouse studio in Malmö, Sweden on December 26 with producers Anders "Theo" ...

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More Musicians Pick Best Albums Of 2005

Roadrunner Records has posted a list of some of their artists' picks for the best albums of 2005. Check it out below: Acey Slade (MURDERDOLLS): 01. CHELSEA SMILES - Easy Ride EP 02. LARS FREDERICKSON AND THE BASTARDS - Viking 03. TURBONEGRO - Party Animals 04. SOCIAL DISTORTION - Sex, Love and Rock n' Roll ...

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OPETH, CANDLEMASS, MESHUGGAH, HAMMERFALL Nominated For Swedish GRAMMY

OPETH have once again been nominated for a Swedish Grammy for their "Ghost Reveries" release. This is the band's fourth nomination since 2001 and the group's "Blackwater Park" CD. OPETH also picked up the award for 2003's "Deliverance". Other nominees this year are CANDLEMASS ("Candlemass"), HAMMERFALL ("Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken"), HARDCORE SUPERSTAR ("Hardcore Superstar") ...

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IN FLAMES, SEPULTURA, MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY Members Reveal Their Favorite Albums Of 2005

In the December/January issue of the Swedish magazine Close-Up, a number of heavy metal/hard rock musicians list their favorite albums of 2005. Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA): BIOHAZARD – "Means to an End" CLAUSTROPHOBIA – "Fulminant" EXODUS – "Shovel Headed Kill Machine" Anders Fridén (IN FLAMES): NINE INCH NAILS - "With teeth" 10 YEARS – "The Autumn ...

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CANDLEMASS Guitarist Forced To Leave Tour 'For Family Reasons'; Band Play As Four-Piece

According to an online posting by CANDLEMASS mainman/bassist Leif Edling, the group were forced to play the last three shows (Göteborg, Malmö and Osnabrück) on their current European tour with German thrashers DESTRUCTION as a four-piece after guitarist Mats "Mappe" Björkman went back home to Stockholm, Sweden "for family reasons." Says Leif: "[Playing as a ...

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CLOUDSCAPE To Enter Studio In December

Swedish metallers CLOUDSCAPE will enter RoastingHouse studio in Malmö, Sweden on December 26 with producers Anders "Theo" Theander and Pontus Lindmark to begin recording their sophomore album, tentatively due in Europe in June 2006 via Metal Heaven. A spring 2006 Asian release is expected. Artwork will be handled by Mattias Norén. In related news, CLOUDSCAPE ...

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CANDLEMASS: Photos From DESTRUCTION Tour Posted Online

Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have uploaded a number of photos from their current European tour with German thrashers DESTRUCTION. Check them out at this location. CANDLEMASS's latest album, simply titled "Candlemass", was released earlier this year via Nuclear Blast. Six back-catalog items from the group — "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus", "Ancient Dreams", "Doomed for Live", ...

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Creozoth - CREOZOTH

Stockholm, Sweden's CREOZOTH is a minor super group of sorts consisting of guitarist Lars Johansson and drummer Jan Lindh of CANDLEMASS, vocalist Michael Storck (X-PLODE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), and bassist Tobbe Moen (ex-REDFUN, OZ). On the group's self-titled debut album, the music created is unpretentious heavy metal with faint touches of modern power metal that emphasizes ...

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CANDLEMASS Bassist Checks In From The Road

CANDLEMASS mainman/bassist Leif Edling has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "We still live and breathe after a week on the road [with German thrashers DESTRUCTION]. It's been good and a bit bad too. "The bad things first: Had to cancel two shows: Oslo (Norway) and Oulu (Finland). Oslo because of ...

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Inventor Of Evil - DESTRUCTION

Fourth post-reunion album from these German thrash heroes, and all eyes are on the "We Are the World"-esque "The Alliance of Hellhoundz" — the track (yet another paean to how much metal rocks) boasts a slew of guest vocalists. Doro Pesch, Paul Di'Anno, "Speed" Strid" of SOILWORK, Peter Tägtgren, Biff Byford (SAXON), Shagrath (DIMMU BORGIR), ...

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GRAVE Finish Writing Seven New Songs For Upcoming CD

Legendary Swedish death metallers GRAVE have posted the following message on their official web site: "GRAVE will perform at this year's Arnhem Metal Meeting [in Holland]. Sharing the stage with DISMEMBER, DESTRUCTION and CANDLEMASS will be a night to remember. Also added are the dates for the upcoming European 'The Domination Tour 2006'. Be sure ...

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SATARIEL Confirm North American Release Date For 'Hydra'

SATARIEL's third album, "Hydra", will receive its long-awaited U.S. release on February 7, 2006, according to a posting on the band's web site. The group, whose music is being described as "a mix between CANDLEMASS and early IN FLAMES," recorded the CD at Dug-Out studios in Uppsala, Sweden with producers Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, ...

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CANDLEMASS Catalog To Be Released Via CANDLELIGHT

Candlelight Records has confirmed the U.S. license for six back-catalog titles from Swedish doom legends CANDLEMASS. Set for release in February, the titles include four currently unavailable albums, a live record and the band's CD/DVD collection. Due February 7, "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" stands as one of doom metal's true milestone recordings. Originally released in 1986, ...

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CANDLEMASS: No Confirmed South American Tour Dates

Despite published reports to the contrary, CANDLEMASS have not made definite plans to tour the Latin American continent. "Some fake tour dates are being advertised in South America at the moment," the band write on their web site. "Please notice that the only official and confirmed CANDLEMASS shows are taking place in Europe in November/December. ...

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TALISMAN Mastermind Featured On Several New Albums

TALISMAN bassist Marcel Jacob (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, EUROPE, JOHN NORUM) has been updated with the following message: "There are three releases with Marcel on them coming out in the future: 1) LOCOMOTIVE BREATH, 2) SPEEDY GONZALES with Tommy Denander and Thomas Vikström [ex-CANDLEMASS], which I have a feeling is a good one, and the third... LAST ...

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CANDLEMASS Confirmed For Germany's HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR Festival

Swedish doom legends CANDLEMASS are the latest confirmed act for next year's installment of the Headbangers Open Air festival, set to take place July 14-15, 2006 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: BLITZKRIEG CANDLEMASS GIRLSCHOOL GOATHORN ICARUS WITCH IVORY TOWER MARTYR METAL INQUISITOR MILES BEYOND OCTOBER 31 ORDER OF ...

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WORLD BELOW Part Ways With Frontman, Cancel Tour

WORLD BELOW, the Swedish band featuring CARNAL FORGE/CENTINEX guitarist Jonas Kjellgren and CENTINEX drummer Ronnie Bergerståhl, have parted ways with bassist/vocalist Mikael Danielsson (ex-SIDEBURNERS). As a result, the group's previously announced tour with ISOLE has been cancelled. Commented Kjellgren: "Sad but true — Mikael Danielsson has left the band today. Why? I don't really know, ...

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CREOZOTH: CANDLEMASS Side Project To Release Debut This Month

Escapi Music has set an October 25 North American release date for the debut album from CREOZOTH, the new band featuring CANDLEMASS members Lars Johansson (guitar) and Jan Lindh (drums) alongside vocalist Michael Storck (X-PLODE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and bassist Tobbe Moen (ex-REDFUN, OZ). According to Lars, the term "Creozoth" has a fictional origin: "It is ...

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ARCH ENEMY: Back Home For Two Days

ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Back home for two days in Sweden, re-packing my bags for the next wo months on the road… Some of the guys opted for a couple of days off in Copenhagen, Denmark. The European tour we just did was ...

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KRUX Featuring CANDLEMASS, ARCH ENEMY, ENTOMBED Members: Demoing New Material

KRUX, the Swedish band featuring CANDLEMASS mainman/bassist Leif Edling, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Mats Levén, ENTOMBED drummer Peter Stjärnvind, guitarist Jörgen Sandstrom (also in THE PROJECT HATE, ex-ENTOMBED/GRAVE), and current ARCH ENEMY guitarist Fredrik Åkesson, recently entered Studioland studio in Upplands Väsby, Sweden to record a three-song demo of material to be included on the band's ...

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CLOUDSCAPE Frontman To Guest On SILENT MEMORIAL's New Album

CLOUDSCAPE frontman Mike Andersson will handle all vocals on the Swiss project-band SILENT MEMORIAL's second album. The CD will most likely surface next year. SILENT MEMORIAL released their debut album in 1998 in Asia with Thomas Vikstrom (STORMWIND, BRAZEN ABBOT, ex-CANDLEMASS) on vocals. Mike is also handling the lead vocals on one song on the ...

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Stratovarius - STRATOVARIUS

"This year has been a nightmare," sings Timo Kotipelto in the first line of the first song of "Stratovarius". He's not kidding — mainman Timo Tolkki's very public mental health issues, the band's disintegration, keyboardist Jens Johanssen literally pissing on Tolkki on stage — the fact that this album even exists is miraculous. The fact ...

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DEATHCHAIN: New Album Samples Available For Download

Finnish death/thrash metal act DEATHCHAIN have uploaded several audio samples from their upcoming sophomore album, "Deathrash Assault", at their official web site. The follow-up to 2004's "Deadmeat Disciples" is scheduled for release on October 12 in Finland and October 31 in the rest of the world. "Deathrash Assault" track listing: 01. Return of the Nemesis ...

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DESTRUCTION Frontman Slams BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Says ANNIHILATOR Was '99% Confirmed' For Tour

DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer has slammed BLABBERMOUTH.NET and ANNIHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters over ANNIHILATOR's alleged cancellation of the two groups' plans to embark on a joint European tour (ANNIHILATOR has since been "replaced" on the billing by Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS). In an "open letter" to Schmier sent earlier today, Waters claimed that ...

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