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WOLF 'Looking Forward' To Recording New Album

Sweden's WOLF have posted the following message on their official web site: "Nick [Niklas Olsson, guitar/vocals] is playing the evil priest 'Hannias' in 'Jesus Christ Superstar' in Stockholm right now. He's getting some great reviews, and the show seems to be a huge success. Very cool, and we are proud of him. His new vocal ...

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Roadrunner United: The All-Star Sessions - VARIOUS ARTISTS

You have to give a project like this credit for sheer balls alone, not to mention the amount of frequent-flyer miles annihilated in the name of tribute. Four "team captains" — ex-FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares, MACHINE HEAD mainman Robert Flynn, SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison and TRIVIUM frontman Matthew K. Heafy — assembled core bands ...

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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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OPETH To Guest On INDIE 103.1 FM

OPETH guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt and guitarist Peter Lindgren will be interviewed on "Chaos" on Indie 103.1 FM (KDLD) tonight (Oct. 19) between 10:00 p.m. and midnight PST. The show can be streamed online at www.indie1031.com. OPETH are touring in support of their new album, "Ghost Reveries". Opening the shows are FIREBALL MINISTRY (Oct. ...

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OPETH Reschedule San Francisco, Los Angeles Dates

Swedish rock innovators OPETH were set to hit the US shores on October 9th in Tempe when the band's plans were derailed by unforeseen circumstances; unfortunately, along with Tempe's gig went Los Angeles at House Of Blues (Oct. 10 and Fillmore theater in San Francisco on Oct. 11). FEAR NOT! OPETH are rerouting their tour ...

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NECROPHOBIC Music To Be Featured In New Swedish TV Series

Swedish death metallers NECROPHOBIC have posted the following message on their official web site: "As mentioned earlier here on the website, NECROPHOBIC will have a small piece of soundtrack in a new criminal series, 'Medicinmannen' (The Medicine Man), on national Swedish television (TV4) which [started on Sunday, Sept. 25] at 21:00, Swedish time (CET+1). The ...

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BLOODBATH Launch Vocalist Search

Swedish death metal supergroup BLOODBATH are looking for a new singer to replace Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN), who left the band in February due to "conflicting schedules." The following message was posted on BLOODBATH's web site: "BLOODBATH is looking for a new singer that will equal or outdo the two former singers. Yes, you read ...

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WITHIN Y Finish Recording Drums For New Album

WITHIN Y, the Swedish melodic death metal band featuring former GARDENIAN drummer Thim Blom, have finished laying down the drum tracks for their sophomore album at GBG Sound studio. "Thim has done an amazing job, finished all drum recordings in just two days," the band write on their web site. "Today we started recording Mikael's ...

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Ex-IRON MAIDEN Singer PAUL DI'ANNO: Greek Dates Announced

Former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno has confimerd four Greek dates on his "25 Years of Bestiality" European tour. Di'Anno will be backed by a Swedish "all-star" band featuring Mikael Fässberg (guitar, BURNING ENGINES), Staffan Österlind (guitar, BURNING ENGINES), Johan Helgesson (drums, DEBASE), and Andreas Grufstedt (bass, JET BLACK COMBO). The Greek dates are as ...

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Ghost Reveries - OPETH

There's a danger in taking OPETH for granted, now that we've been graced with a staggering seven albums' worth of progressive metal brilliance from them. They have their own sound, with instantly-identifiable elements, and you can only hear them "for the first time" once. That makes it easy to say they peaked when you were ...

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FROM BEHIND To Enter Studio In February

FROM BEHIND, the new band featuring ex-SAMSON/MAMMOTH singer Nicky Moore and former NAZARETH guitarist Manny Charlton, will enter the studio in February 2006 to begin recording their debut album, tentatively titled "Size Doesn't Matter", for a late spring release via Lion Music. FROM BEHIND play "blues-based, hard rockin', beer-drenched rock 'n' roll with a metal ...

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OPETH: More First-Week Chart Positions Revealed

OPETH's official web site has been updated with the following first-week national chart positions for the group's new album, "Ghost Reveries": #4: Sweden (midweek chart; after two days of sales) #11: Finland #21: Norway #35: Australia #38: Netherlands #39: Germany #62: United Kingdom #64: USA #72: France #84: Denmark OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt had the ...

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Former IRON MAIDEN Singer To Be Backed By Swedish Band On European Tour

Former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno will embark on a European tour in late September. Di'Anno will be backed by a Swedish "all-star" band featuring Mikael Fässberg (guitar, BURNING ENGINES), Staffan Österlind (guitar, BURNING ENGINES), Johan Helgesson (drums, DEBASE), and Andreas Grufstedt (bass, JET BLACK COMBO). Di'Anno's "25 Years of Bestiality" tour dates: Sep. 26 ...

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OPETH Mainman: 'VOIVOD Was One Of My Absolute Favourite Bands'

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has issued the following statement regarding the passing of VOIVOD guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour: "The members of OPETH send their condolences to the family and friends of the recently deceased Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour, guitarist of classic Canadian band VOIVOD. R.I.P! "As I was getting into real heavy music in the '80s, ...

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CRYSTAL EYES Part Ways With Singer, Seek Replacement

Sweden's CRYSTAL EYES have posted the following message on their official web site: "Daniel Heiman will not be singing with CRYSTAL EYES in the future. Daniel's full attention has now for some time been on his own band HEED, and writing and recording their debut album. Of course we hoped to make more than one ...

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WORLD BELOW: More Tour Dates Announced

WORLD BELOW, the Swedish band featuring CARNAL FORGE/CENTINEX guitarist Jonas Kjellgren, ex-SIDEBURNERS bassist/vocalist Mikael Danielsson, and CENTINEX drummer Ronnie Bergerståhl, have lined up the following dates during the coming weeks: w/ CENTINEX: Sep. 30 - Turku, FIN - Klubi Oct. 01 - Helsinki, FIN - tba w/ ISOLE: Nov. 11 - Dresden, GER - Club ...

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BLOODBATH: WACKEN Report Posted Online

BLOODBATH guitarist Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström (KATATONIA, DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE, BEWITCHED) has posted a lengthy report on the band's appearance at the Wacken Open Air festival, which took place this past weekend in Wacken, Germany. Read it at this location. BLOODBATH's lineup for Wacken Open Air festival was as follows: Mike Åkerfeldt (OPETH) - Vocals ...

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ROADRUNNER UNITED: 'The All-Star Sessions' To Surface In October

Roadrunner Records has put together a groundbreaking record to mark the label’s 25th Anniversary. The group is called ROADRUNNER UNITED and the album titled "The All-Star Sessions". This full-length release, in stores on October 11, 2005, is a "master class" in hard rock/metal. Boasting 57 artists from 45 of Roadrunner's past and present bands, the ...

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AMARAN Part Ways With Singer

Vocalist Johanna De Pierre has officially left Swedish progressive metallers AMARAN. Her official statement reads as follows: "Unfortunately, I have some bad news for you. I have decided to leave the band. The reason for this is that I have lost the commitment and ambition that it takes to drive a band forwards and me ...

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HYPOCRISY Announce New Album Title

Swedish metallers HYPOCRISY have set "Virus" as the title of their new album, due on September 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. "Last week we did the video shooting for the song 'Scrutinized'," the group's bassist, Mikael Hedlund, writes on their web site. "We had a great time doing it and hope you gonna enjoy it ...

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WORLD BELOW: New Album Track Available For Download

A WORLD BELOW track, entitled "The Dissection of an Evil Mind", has been made available for download from this location. "The Dissection of an Evil Mind" comes off the group's recently released sophomore album, "Maelstrom", available on Austria's Psychedoomelic Records. The group, who were previously signed to Doom Symphony Records (a division of ...

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DISRUPTION: Debut Album Out Now

Swedish death/thrash band DISRUPTION have just released their debut album, entitled "Face the Wall", through Copro Records. The album contains 14 cuts of "aggresive melodic, in-your-face metal," and was recorded late 2004 at Pama Studios with producer Magnus Sedenberg (CRUCIFIED BARBARA, THE BONES, SILVER SERAPH). The band have been active since 1998, although this is ...

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