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CANDLEMASS Joined By OPETH, Ex-BLACK SABBATH Members At Anniversary Gig; Video Available

Legendary Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS celebrated their 20th anniversary with a huge party at Stockholm's Kolingsborg last night (Saturday, March 31). CANDLEMASS performed with no less than seven (!) different vocalists — including the band's former singers Johan Langquist and Tomas Vikström, plus the group's latest addition, Robert Lowe of SOLITUDE AETURNUS. The complete list of ...

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WOLF Cancels Dates With CELTIC FROST, KREATOR

Sweden's WOLF has issued the following statement: "WOLF are sorry to anounce that [we] have to cancel the dates with CELTIC FROST and KREATOR March 31 - April 3. Niklas Stålvind has got an infection on the vocal chords and must keep quiet for at least a few weeks to avoid serious damage to his ...

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WOLF: Live Video Posted Online

Sweden's WOLF has posted a live clip recorded during the band's appearance at the Keep It True festival on November 4, 2006 at Sporthalle in Dittigheim, Germany. Watch a video of the song "Venom" from the group's 2002 release "Black Wings" at this location. WOLF's latest album, "The Black Flame", will be released ...

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GENERAL SURGERY, FACE DOWN Members Join Forces In NICE IDIOT

NICE IDIOT, the Stockholm, Sweden-based hardcore punk band featuring members of GENERAL SURGERY and FACE DOWN, has just finished its first seven original songs at Studio Garaget with just vocals and solos overdubbed. According to a press release, "the music is in the vein of early '80s hardcore punk bands, such as MINOR THREAT, BAD ...

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WOLF Added To THE HAUNTED's Dutch, U.K. Tour Dates

Swedish heavy metal band WOLF has been added to the Dutch and English leg of THE HAUNTED's European tour. Also appearing on the bill is MUNICIPAL WASTE. The dates featuring WOLF are as follows: Apr. 25 - Tilburg (NL) 013 Apr. 26 - Deventer (NL) Burgerweeshuis Apr. 27 - Groningen (NL) Vera Apr. 28 - ...

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TORN APART Signs With PATHOLOGICALLY EXPLICIT RECORDINGS

Swedish death metallers TORN APART have inked a deal with the Spanish label Pathologically Explicit Recordings, a sub-label of Grotesque Productions. Pathologically Explicit will release the band's mini-CD, entitled "Craving Pale Flesh". A release date is not offically announced but the label has stated that they hope to issue it in April. TORN APART was ...

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WOLF To Release 'The Black Flame' On Vinyl

WOLF's latest album, "The Black Flame", will be released on vinyl. The Swedish underground label Blackcave Records, under license from Century Media, will put out a limited edition of 500 copies through the Blackcave mailorder. The LP will be signed and numbered by the band. No release date is set at the moment but will ...

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THE HAUNTED, DARK TRANQUILLITY Members Comment On Upcoming Tour

This spring marks the Century Family's inaugural Metal For The Masses tour, which will be co-headlined by Swedish titans THE HAUNTED and DARK TRANQUILLITY, with INTO ETERNITY and SCAR SYMMETRY rounding out the stellar bill. The trek will be sponsored by Decibel magazine, Draven and Lambgoat.com, and the tour's moniker is derived from The Century ...

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WOLF To Support KREATOR, CELTIC FROST In Scandinavia

Sweden's WOLF will support KREATOR and CELTIC FROST on the following dates: Mar. 31 - (NOR) Oslo, Betong Apr. 01 - (S) Gothenburg, Trädtgarn Apr. 02 - (S) Malmö, KB Apr. 03 - (S) Stockholm, Arenan As previously reported, WOLF has been confirmed for the the 2007 edition of the Headbangers Open Air festival, set ...

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OPETH Mainman Slams 'New Breed Of Idiot Fans' For Questioning His Judgment

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has slammed the "new breed of idiot OPETH 'fans'" for questioning the abilities of the group's current drummer, Martin Axenrot (BLOODBATH, WITCHERY, NIFELHEIM), when compared to that of Axenrot's predecessor, Martin Lopez. Lopez officially left OPETH in May 2006 after being plagued by illness and anxiety attacks, which forced him to ...

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WOLF Confirmed For Germany's HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR Festival

Sweden's WOLF has been confirmed for the the 2007 edition of the Headbangers Open Air festival, set to take place July 12-14 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AVENGER BEYOND FALLEN THE BLACK BULLET HALLOWEEN HOLLOW GROUND KAOS KILLINGSWORTH KNIGHT ERRANT MARSHALL LAW MOONSORROW PARAGON RAGE RAVEN ...

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6TH AWAKENING Signs With APHOTIC RECORDS

Umeå, Sweden-based, female-fronted metal band 6TH AWAKENING has signed a deal with the Bainbridge Island, Washington label Aphotic Records. The group will enter the studio in early 2007 to begin recording its debut album for a tentative summer release. 6TH AWAKENING's most recent recording was a four-song demo/EP, entitled "Deadincide". All four cuts from the ...

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WOLF: 'What Happened In 06(66)????'

Sweden's WOLF has issued the following update: "We've had a great year. We started it by waking up early 2006 with a hangover and a new record deal. We spent the beginning of the year writing the songs for the album, which means fighting about riffs, lyrics, intros, titles, solos, kick-drums, if a heavy metal ...

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OPETH Mainman: 'I Will Practice My Playing Like An Idiot'

OPETH mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt has issued the following update: "OK, just a brief note to say thanks to everyone that came and saw us during the 'Ghost Reveries' world tour 2005/2006. 19 months of touring, pretty much. We're gonna post all the dates on Opeth.com soon and it will loook insane! What the hell are ...

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THE DUSKFALL Cancels German Dates, Books Studio Time

Swedish metallers THE DUSKFALL have issued the following update: "We are sad to inform you that we are forced to cancel the 2 shows in Germany in January 2007. Both K17 and Winternoise festival will be cancelled. The reason is Mike's [Mikael Sandorf, guitar] need of a time out from all music duties due to ...

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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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BLOODBATH: 'Breeding Death' Reissue Now Available

BLOODBATH's out-of-print mini-CD "Breeding Death" from 1999 has been re-released and comes with a revamped layout, previously unreleased lyrics to all songs, plus two demo recordings of the tracks "Breeding Death" and "Omnious Bloodvomit". BLOODBATH lineup on "Breeding Death": Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH) - Vocals Anders Nyström (KATATONIA) - Guitars/Backing Vocals Dan Swanö (ex-EDGE OF SANITY, ...

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WOLVERINE Begins Writing New Material

Vocalist Stefan Zell of the Swedish melodic/progressive metal band WOLVERINE has issued the following update: "Me, Mikael [Zell, guitar], Marcus [Losbjer, drums] and Per [Henriksson, keyboards] got together and jammed on some new stuff [last] weekend. After our short U.K. tour with ANATHEMA, we have been taking it real slow in terms of everything related ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY Finishes Recording New Album

Vocalist Mikael Stanne of the Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY has issued the following update: "I can't believe it... We made it! It's done and there is nothing I can do about it. "Just got back from the studio where everything is now shipped off to Denmark where Tue Madsen will perform his magicky ...

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AYREON: New Album In The Works

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), has posted the following message on its official web site: "Finally, we are able to bring you some news about Arjen's next recording project. "At the end of September 2006, Arjen's new studio was finished and ready to use. The very next day, Arjen went ...

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OPETH, LAMB OF GOD Interviewed On METAL INJECTION: Video Available

Metal Injection, the Internet's only all metal video-on-demand service, has just launched its Gigantour channel and Roadrunner Records is fully represented. There is a new interview with Mikael and Peter of OPETH where they discuss touring with MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine and OVERKILL, the road vs. staying at home and the October 31 release of "Ghost ...

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