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KALMAH: Studio Update

Finland's KALMAH have entered the studio to begin recording their fourth album, tentatively due early next year via Spikefarm Records. The following update has been posted at the band's official web site: "So, this is our third day in Swamphell (read studio) now. Everything has gone well so far, we've had our drummer Janne [Kusmin] ...

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ENSIFERUM To Film 10-Year Anniversary Show For Upcoming DVD

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM, now featuring in its ranks NORTHER frontman Petri Lindroos, will film their New Year's Eve 10-year anniversary concert at the Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland for an upcoming DVD. ENSIFERUM, who recently parted ways with drummer Oliver Fokin and replaced him with Janne Parviainen, will enter Sonic Pump studios ...

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ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW To Release New Album In March/April

Reactivated Finnish melodic extreme metal band ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW are continuing work on their as-yet-untitled fifth album for a tentative March/April 2006 release via Spinefarm Records. According to the band, "The material for the fifth album is heavier, much more diverse and more guitar-orientated compared to the fourth album 'A Virgin and a Whore' ...

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BLACK SABBATH Drummer Previews Upcoming 'Rock 50' Radio Shows

BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has issued the following update on his monthly "Rock 50" radio show, which airs on WPMD, a college radio station at Cerritos College in California: "I wanted to drop in a brief message about what's in store for our November 19th and December 10th radio shows. "First, I'm still celebrating/acknowledging ...

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ENDSTAND Sign With LIFEFORCE RECORDS

Finnish powerhouse ENDSTAND have inked a multi-album deal with Lifeforce Records. The group's as-yet-unitled Lifeforce debut is scheduled for release in March 2006. Stefan Luedicke, Lifeforce CEO and president commented: "I'm very happy to welcome (back) ENDSTAND to the family, a band I started my work in the music business with seven years ago on ...

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KALMAH To Enter Studio Next Week

Finland's KALMAH have posted the following message on their official web site: "As you might not know, we will enter studio next week to record the next KALMAH album. [The as-]yet-untitled album will contain 10 brand new KALMAH 'hits.' "The process before this album has been quite long. That is because this time we didn't ...

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BURST Finish Filming New Video

Sweden's BURST have finsihed shooting a video for "Where the Wave Broke", the lead-off track from the bands new record "Origo". Drummer Patrik Hultin comments, "The video shoot for 'Where the Wave Broke' was all in all a great experience. To have someone outside the band visualize our music was a new experience for us. ...

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HEVEIN Announce New Bassist

Finnish melodic thrashers HEVEIN have announced the addition of bassist Janne Jaakkola to the group's ranks. "As trial by fire, he'll be playing a couple of gigs, starting next Friday at Tullikamarin klubi (Tampere) where HEVEIN will perform [with] STRATOVARIUS and HAMMERFALL," the band write on their web site. HEVEIN's debut album, "Sound Over Matter" ...

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STRATOVARIUS Bassist LAURI PORRA To Release Solo CD

The long-awaited debut solo album from STRATOVARIUS/SINERGY bassist Lauri Porra will be released on October 26. The CD features some of the most respected musicians in Finland, including Jussi Lehtonen, Tuomo Prättälä, Mikko Kaakkuriniemi, Timo Kämäräinen, Alexi Laiho, Janne Huttunen, Jukka Uljas, Jay Kortehisto, Emma Salokoski and Tero Lindberg. Gulfam Sabri (from India) plays tabla ...

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TOTAL DEVASTATION: 'Murderous' Video Posted Online

TOTAL DEVASTATION's video for the track "Murderous", taken from their "Reclusion" album, has been posted online at this location. The Finnish death metallers' sophomore album, "Reclusion" was released in February via Firebox Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Roadmap of Pain" was recorded at Sound Supreme studio with producer Janne Saksa and was mastered ...

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TOTAL DEVASTATION: 'Murderous' Video To Premiere This Weekend

TOTAL DEVASTATION's video for the track "Murderous", taken from their "Reclusion" album, will premiere Saturday, September 24 during the Musaexpo event held at Nuorisotalo in Kotka, Finland. The video display will start around 12:45 p.m. The band will be there "selling some TOTAL DEVASTATION-related stuff," according to a posting on the group's web site. The ...

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GRAND MAGUS To Support CATHEDRAL In London

GRAND MAGUS, the Swedish band featuring current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, will support CATHEDRAL in London on Saturday, October 14 at the Underworld. As previously reported, Swedish national radio P3 will broadcast a live performance by GRAND MAGUS from The Shrine in Stockholm, Sweden. It will air on October 13. The broadcast will also ...

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ENSIFERUM Part Ways With Drummer, Announce Replacement

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM, now featuring in its ranks NORTHER frontman Petri Lindroos, have officially parted ways with drummer Oliver Fokin. "As some of you may have already noticed, there's been a new man behind the drums at the live concerts during the past six months," the group write on their web ...

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GRAND MAGUS: Swedish Radio Broadcast Scheduled Next Month

Swedish national radio P3 will broadcast a live performance by GRAND MAGUS from The Shrine in Stockholm, Sweden. It will air on October 13. The broadcast will also feature a gig from THE QUILL. GRAND MAGUS' latest album, "Wolf's Return", is now available on vinyl. It is a limited edition that features a deluxe gatefold ...

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MANITOU To Enter Studio In November

MANITOU, the Finnish traditional/progressive heavy metal band who feature in their ranks members of OMNIUM GATHERUM, will enter Sound Supreme Studios in Hämeenlinna, Finland in late November with producer Janne Saksa to begin recording their as-yet-untitled second album, tentatively due in early 2006 visa Firebox Records. A single will precede the album a few weeks ...

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GRAND MAGUS Confirmed For ROCK AT SEA

GRAND MAGUS, the Swedish band featuring current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, have been confirmed to perform on the "Rock At Sea" boat on the Baltic Ocean on November 26. Other bands scheduled to appear include BUDGIE, SKY HIGH and CRUCIFIED BARBARA. GRAND MAGUS are continuing to promote their third album, "Wolf's Return", available now ...

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THE CROWN: Posthumous Triple-DVD Set Due In January

According to MTV.com, Swedish thrashers THE CROWN will release a posthumous triple-DVD set on January 10, 2006. The package will trace the band's history from their inception in 1990 to their breakup in March 2004. Vocalist Johan Lindstrand had previously stated about the set, "This will be the final goodbye to our true fans out ...

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CRISIS To Guest On FUSE TV's 'Metal Asylum'

Karyn Crisis and Jwyanza Hobson of CRISIS will be special guests on the Fuse TV's "Metal Asylum" with Juliya airing Friday, July 8. It will also be the "Metal Asylum" premiere of CRISIS' "Waking the Dead" video on Fuse. The "Waking The Dead" video was filmed at the site of an abandoned women's hospital in ...

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BURST Bassist Discusses Upcoming CD

Lambgoat recently conducted an interview with BURST bassist Jesper Liveröd about the group's upcoming CD, "Origo". A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: Lambgoat: What are some changes your fans should expect on "Origo"? Are you keeping the noisy/ambient passages of the other releases? Jesper Liveröd: "The differences…well, it's hard to say. ...

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WARMEN: New Album Details Revealed

According to a post at Scythes-Of-Bodom.com, WARMEN — the solo project of CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman — will release their third full-length album, "Accept the Fact", on July 6 via Spinefarm Records. A single, "Somebody's Watching Me", will precede the album on June 8 and will include a non-album cut, "Faithful ...

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TIMO KOTIPELTO To Begin Writing New Material

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has posted the following message on his official web site: "I am sorry that I haven't been updating the page lately. I've been busy/lazy... "We [the band KOTIPELTO] will do only one gig this summer and that will be Sauna Open Air in Tampere, Finland June 10th. "The European tour went ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM: 'Almost Done' Recording New Album

According to an online posting by CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman, CHILDREN OF BODOM are almost done recording their new album, "Are You Dead Yet?", for a September 19 release via Spinefarm Records. "We'll start on the keys [Thursday, May 12] and the vocals next week and start mixing maybe already end of next ...

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SENTENCED Frontman: 'POISONBLACK Is Not Dying Yet'

SENTENCED/POISONBLACK frontman Ville Laihiala has rejected Internet rumors that his POISONBLACK project is on the verge of splitting up after failing to complete work on the follow-up to their "Escapextacy" debut. Commented Laihiala: "POISONBLACK is not dying yet. The next album is allready recorded, but it needs a bit more work before the release, which ...

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