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GAIA EPICUS Announce New Drummer

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS have announced the addition of drummer Ole A. Myrholt (ARCHON, DIABOLICAL, BREED, ENSLAVEMENT OF BEAUTY, I WAS FLESH ONCE, VALE, THE WHIPCORDS) to the group's ranks. "Myrholt is no stranger to the music industry as he has been in many bands," the group write on their web site. "Now he ...

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GAIA EPICUS Frontman To Guest On Norwegian TV Show

GAIA EPICUS guitarist/vocalist Thomas Christian Hansen will be a guest on the Norwegian interactive metal TV chat show "Metal Svisj" on November 1. The show airs at 12:40 a.m. and can be seen on the Norwegian channel NRK2. As previously reported, GAIA EPICUS have uploaded their video for the track "Hands of Fate" at

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VINTERSORG Explores 'Progressive Rock' With WATERFIELD

BORKNAGAR/VINTERSORG frontman Andreas Hedlund (a.k.a. Vintersorg) has announced plans to release a "progressive rock" album under the WATERFIELD band moniker. An excerpt from the WATERFIELD biography follows: "The project started out as an experiment and a location for relaxation, without any pressure or profound goal. Mr. V (VINTERSORG, BORKNAGAR, FISSION…) has been in love with ...

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GAIA EPICUS Film 'Hand Of Fate' Video

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS have posted the following message on their official web site: "GAIA EPICUS did a video shoot for the song 'Hand of Fate' last Saturday, and the video was made outdoors in the forest. On this video the band hired Robert Myrhaug (MEMORIZED DREAMS) to play the drums. Robert will also ...

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GAIA EPICUS Working On New Material

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS have posted the following message on their official web site: "In February, Thomas [Christian Hansen, guitar/vocals] started to make new songs for the third album, and by middle of April, he had made 11 tracks for the next album. A demo for these songs [was] made and as it seems ...

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GAIA EPICUS Announce New Bassist

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS have announced the addition of bassist Hans Aage Holmen (ex-ENSLAVEMENT OF BEAUTY) to the group's ranks. "This guy is a wizard on his six-string bass guitar, and he can play fast as hell with his fingers," the band write on their web site. GAIA EPICUS, who are currently seeking a ...

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GAIA EPICUS: New Album To Be Released In July

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS have posted the following update regarding their dispute with Sound Riot Records over the release of their new album, "Symphony of Glory": "Now it seems that Sound Riot has agreed to all our demands, and they will sign a contract for this in a few days time. This means that ...

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GAIA EPICUS: Live Videos Posted Online

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS have uploaded several live video clips from 2004 and 2003 at their official web site. Check them out at this location. In other news, the band have posted the following message on their official web site: "This is the situation: As you all know we have been in ...

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SADUS To Film MINNEAPOLIS MAYHEM 2 Appearance For Upcoming DVD

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers SADUS will be filming this weekend's (May 6-7) appearance at the Minneapolis Mayhem 2 festival at Star Central in Columbia Heights, Minnesota for their upcoming DVD. The DVD will be issued to coincide with the release of the group's new album, which SADUS have just finished recording at Trident ...

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SADUS Begin Recording New Album

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers SADUS have entered Trident Studios in Pacheco, California to record their fifth, as-yet-untitled album for a late summer release via Mascot Records. The band are currently working at Trident with producer Børge Finstad (MAYHEM, BORKNAGAR, VINTERSORG, EXTOL), engineer Juan Urteaga and manager Rob Lewis. The follow-up to 1997's "Elements ...

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GAIA EPICUS 'Break' Contract With SOUND RIOT RECORDS

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS have posted the following message on their official web site: "GAIA EPICUS has broken the contract with Sound Riot Records. After this last episode with the label we have decided to end the contract with them. SR has broken too many parts of the contract and we can't except it ...

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GAIA EPICUS Bassist Killed In Car Crash

Bassist Yngve Hanssen of Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS was killed in a car accident on March 2. "The message came as a shock on all of us and it's such a tragic and sad day," the band write on their web site. "Yngve only became 29 years old, and he will be missed as ...

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GAIA EPICUS Part Ways With Drummer, Seek Replacement

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS have parted ways with drummer Mikael Duna. "He will put the drumsticks away for good!" the band write on their web site. "He has made this decision because he just didn't feel like playing anymore. GAIA EPICUS says thanks for all the good times and good drumming that he did ...

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GAIA EPICUS: New Album To Be Mastered Next Week

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS will have their second album, "Symphony of Glory", mastered on or around January 10 at Bazement Studios (MOB RULES, VANDEN PLAS, SYMPHONY X) in Germany. "Symphony of Glory" is scheduled for release in February/March via Sound Riot Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Satrap" was recorded and mixed over a five-week ...

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VINTERSORG To Record New Album Next Year

VINTERSORG mainman Andreas Hedlund (a.k.a. Vintersorg) has issued the following update regarding the group's current activities: "We're working hard on the new material. The songs feel very artistic, some progressive elements are of course there, but it's taken a more symphonic approach. The recording of the piece will take place next year and we're really ...

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PAINMUSEUM To Tape Commemorative DVD At CD Release Party

PAINMUSEUM, the new band formed by the former HALFORD duo of "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (guitar, also in TESTAMENT) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums, also in ICED EARTH), will celebrate the release of their debut album, "Metal For Life", at the Cup Complex (1140 E. Elizabeth Ave) in Linden, NJ. The party, which is scheduled to take ...

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PAINMUSEUM Sign European/Japanese Deal With DEMOLITION RECORDS

PAINMUSEUM, the new band featuring guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (TESTAMENT, ex-HALFORD), drummer Bobby Jarzombek (ICED EARTH, ex-HALFORD, RIOT), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, SADUS, DEATH, VINTERSORG) and newcomer singer Tim Clayborne (HATRED), have signed a long-term deal for Europe and Japan with the U.K. independent label Demolition Records. The Demolition press office comments: "We've been admirers ...

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PAINMUSEUM: 'Metal For Life' U.S. Release Date Confirmed

November 16, 2004 has been confirmed as the official U.S. release date for the long-awaited "Metal For Life" album from guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak's (TESTAMENT, ex-HALFORD) PAINMUSEUM. "Metal For Life" features Chlasciak, Bobby Jarzombek (ICED EARTH, ex-HALFORD, RIOT) on drums, Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, SADUS, DEATH, VINTERSORG) on bass and newcomer Tim Clayborne (HATRED) on vocals. ...

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GAIA EPICUS Hard At Work On Sophomore Album

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS are currently recording their second album, "Symphony of Glory", at Top Room Studios (TRISTANIA, VINTERSORG, BORKNAGAR) with producer Børge Finstad. The follow-up to 2003's "Satrap" is being recorded and mixed over a five-week period, and will feature artwork by Michael A. Mueller (MEGADETH). A December 7 release through Sound Riot ...

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IN FLAMES And THE HAUNTED To Headline Swedish Benefit Show

IN FLAMES, THE HAUNTED, HYPOCRISY, LOST HORIZON and NIFELHEIM will join forces for a special benefit show, 200 000 Decibel, at Trägårn in Gothenburg, Sweden on September 2. The objective is to raise 200 000 SEK (approximately $27,000) in order to help the founder of the Swedish festival 2000 Decibel. For the past five years, ...

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VINTERSORG's FISSION: Music Available For Download

Napalm Records has set an August 23 release date for the debut album from FISSION, the collaboration between BORKNAGAR/VINTERSORG frontman Andreas Hedlund (a.k.a. Vintersorg) and VINTERSORG live session drummer Benny "Hägge" Hägglund. According to Hedlund, FISSION's musical style can be described as "harsh and razor-sharp thrash metal, with a lot of melody and atmosphere. Some ...

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GREEN CARNATION Confirmed For Slovenia's METAL CAMP Festival

GREEN CARNATION, the Norwegian band featuring Tchort (a.k.a. Terje Vik Schei, ex-EMPEROR, SATYRICON, EINHERJER), are the latest band confirmed for the first installment of the Metal Camp festival, a two-day event set to take place August 20-21 in Tolbin, Slovenia. GREEN CARNATION will play the main stage on August 21. The festival is being co-produced ...

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Epic - BORKNAGAR

It's a brave move to title an album like so with all the connotations that word has in the realms of metal. From DREAM THEATER to CANDLEMASS to MAYHEM and countless other less notables, many have strived to attain it and achieved it to varying degrees, whilst others have slopped forth a real mess of ...

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APOCALYPTICA Confirmed For Slovenia's METAL CAMP Festival

Finnish string combo APOCALYPTICA are the latest band confirmed for the first installment of the Metal Camp festival, a two-day event set to take place August 20-21 in Tolbin, Slovenia. The festival is being co-produced by Austrian and Slovenian booking agencies and will take place at a "very beautiful location" which can host up to ...

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LEAVES' EYES, IMMORTAL RITES, MENTAL AMPUTATION Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

LEAVES' EYES, IMMORTAL RITES and MENTAL AMPUTATION are the latest bands confirmed for this year's Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 19-21, 2004 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. The complete list of acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): ALEV BESEECH BRAINSTORM BUSTA HOOTA CATARACT CREMATORY CRIMINAL DEADSOUL ...

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