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Exclusive: New DIMMU BORGIR Drummer Speaks Out!

DIMMU BORGIR's session drummer Reno Kiilerich has spoken exclusively to BLABBERMOUTH.NET about landing a job with what is arguably the most commercially successful black metal band in the world. Kiilerich, who hails from Denmark, was previously a member of several acclaimed death metal groups, including PANZERCHRIST, EXMORTEM and VILE. His first rehearsal session with DIMMU ...

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PETER TÄGTGREN Joins BLOODBATH

BLOODBATH, the Swedish death metal supergroup featuring Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström (KATATONIA, DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE, BEWITCHED), Jonas Renkse (KATATONIA, OCTOBER TIDE) and Dan Swanö (NIGHTINGALE, DAN SWANÖ, UNICORN, EDGE OF SANITY, INFESTDEAD, ODYSSEY, PAN-THY-MONIUM), have announced the details of their new lineup following the departure of OPETH singer Mike Åkerfeldt. Joining Nyström, Renkse and Swanö in the ...

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CARPATHIAN FOREST Singer Suffers Injury, Band To Perform Instrumental Set At NO MERCY FESTIVALS

Tour manager Joey Severance has issued a statement regarding CARPATHIAN FOREST's participation in this year's No Mercy Festivals European tour, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday (March 30) in Osnabrück, Germany. Says Severance: "Several days ago, [CARPATHIAN FOREST] vocalist Nattefrost was involved in an accident and suffered torn muscles and a fracture of his collar ...

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It's Official: NEVERMORE Re-Sign With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

As exclusively predicted here on February 27, the Seattle-based band NEVERMORE have officially re-signed with Century Media Records worldwide and are now preparing for a slew of activity in support of "Enemies of Reality", their latest effort. The dynamic quartet will embark on a headlining U.S. tour this summer with support acts to ...

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KING DIAMOND Drummer Records Track For DEATH Tribute CD

KING DIAMOND drummer Matt Thompson has recorded a guest appearance for the upcoming DEATH tribute CD, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner". Thompson is featured on a cover version of the track "Spirit Crusher", which originally appeared on the final DEATH studio album, "Sound Of Perseverance", released in ...

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CHIMAIRA Book Studio Time For DEATH Tribute

CHIMAIRA will be entering Spider Studios on March 22 to record some music from the DEATH albums "Symbolic" and "Human" for the upcoming tribute CD "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner". Legendary guitarist James Murphy (TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) will be handling the production duties alongside CHIMAIRA. Commented CHIMAIRA ...

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DEATH Tribute Album Update: CHIMAIRA Added, Web Site Launched

Former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy has issued the following update regarding his upcoming DEATH tribute project, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner", tentatively due in June through Holland's Mascot Records: "This past Saturday, February 28th, the first recording session for the 'Within The Mind' project was completed at ...

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HYPOCRISY: 'Eraser' Video Posted Online

HYPOCRISY's video for the track "Eraser" has been posted online at this location (Real Media) "Eraser" comes off the group's brand-new CD, "The Arrival", available now through Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Catch-22" was recorded at Tägtgren's Abyss studios and features "a wide variety of songs" that "have the same kind ...

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ENDSTILLE, NEGATOR Confirmed For Germany's PARTY.SAN OPEN AIR Festival

ENDSTILLE and NEGATOR are the latest two bands confirmed for the Party.San Open Air Festival, set to take place Aug. 12-14 in Bad Berka, Germany. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): CARPATHIAN FOREST CRYPTIC WINTERMOON DISFEAR DISMEMBER ENDSTILLE ENSIFERUM GOLEM GOREROTTED GRAVEWORM HAEMORRHAGE ...

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JAMES MURPHY: DEATH Tribute Album Update

Former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy has issued the following update regarding his upcoming DEATH tribute project, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner" (web site), tentatively due in June through Holland's Mascot Records: "This past Saturday [Feb. 21] I traveled to Orlando to Richard Christy's [ICED EARTH, ...

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UNLEASHED Confirmed For Germany's PARTY.SAN OPEN AIR FESTIVAL

Swedish death metal legends UNLEASHED have been confirmed as one of the headliners of the Party.San Open Air Festival, set to take place Aug. 12-14 in Bad Berka, Germany. The group will perform on Aug. 13. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): CARPATHIAN ...

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Finland: The Most 'Heavy Metal' Country In The World?

Heavy metal/hard rock music continues to thrive in Finland, where bands like CHILDREN OF BODOM regularly top the chart with their single and full-length releases. Here is how the metal/hard rock genre fared on the Finnish Pop Album (Top 120) chart for the week ending February 21, 2004: 04. EVANESCENCE – "Fallen" 12. DIABLO – ...

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WOLF Sign European Deal With MASSACRE RECORDS

Swedish metallers WOLF have signed a European deal with Germany's Massacre Records. The group's third full-length album, "Evil Star", will be released on April 26 and will include two bonus tracks. A U.S. release through Prosthetic Records is expected on April 27. The follow-up to 2002's "Black Wings" was produced by Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN) ...

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GRIFFIN Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Norwegian metallers GRIFFIN have been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: AFTER FOREVER AMON AMARTH ANTHRAX ARCH ENEMY BAL-SAGOTH BRAINSTORM BÖHSE ONKELZ CANNIBAL CORPSE CATHEDRAL CHILDREN OF BODOM DEATH ...

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PREJUDICE Drop Off 'No Mercy Festivals' European Tour

Belgian death metallers PREJUDICE have been forced to drop off the upcoming "No Mercy Festivals" European tour following an apparent disagreement with their record company. "It's NOT the fault from us but our label Painkiller that we can't do this festival!" the band write on their web site. "Also PREJUDICE is not dealing anymore with ...

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WOLF: New Music Available For Download

Swedish metallers WOLF have posted two MP3 samples from their third full-length album, "Evil Star", at their official web site: "Evil Star" (mp3), "Black Wing Rider" (mp3). "Evil Star" will be released in Scandinavia on February 25 through MNW/No Fashion Records. A U.S. release through Prosthetic Records is expected at a ...

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SENTENCED Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

Finland's SENTENCED are the latest band 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): BESEECH BRAINSTORM BUSTA HOOTA CRIMINAL DEADSOUL TRIBE DIE HAPPY DISILLUSION ENSIFERUM EVERGREY FLESHCRAWL FRAGMENTS ...

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KATAKLYSM, Ex-PESTILENCE, GORGUTS Members Confirmed For DEATH Tribute

Jean-Francois Dagenais (KATAKLYSM), Patrick Mameli (ex-PESTILENCE), and Luc Lemay (GORGUTS) and are he latest musicians confirmed to appear on the upcoming DEATH tribute project, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner", tentatively due in June through Holland's Mascot Records. As previously reported, the project, which was conceived by CKY ...

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