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Label Rep: New OPETH Album Is 'Crushing'

Roadrunner Records A&R rep Mike Gitter was in the studio with OPETH early last week checking out the progress of the recording sessions for the band's new album, "Ghost Reveries", due late summer via Roadrunner. Gitter had the following to say about what he's heard: "Heard four songs and was blown away....basically, they encompass all ...

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OPETH Frontman: 'New Album Is Going To Really KILL!'

Roadrunner Records has officially announced the signing of OPETH. With a release planned for late summer 2005 — following a spate of international touring that includes the much-anticipated "Sounds of the Underground" run in the U.S. — OPETH has never been busier or more excited about the prospect of things. "The combination of a strong ...

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It's Official: OPETH Sign With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported on April 18, OPETH mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt has now officially confirmed to MTV.com that the band have finalized a deal with New York's Roadrunner Records, bolstering an imposing roster that already includes KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SLIPKNOT, OBITUARY and CRADLE OF FILTH. Åkerfeldt disclosed several details about the band's ...

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AOR HEAVEN Inks European Deal With RIVEL RECORDS

AOR Heaven/Metal Heaven have struck up a deal with the Swedish label Rivel Records to handle all of Rivel's upcoming releases for the European territory. First up will be new editions of the spring's best-sellers AUDIOVISION and DIVINEFIRE, both of which are expected on July 18. AUDIOVISION are a melodic hard rock/metal band which was ...

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ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET To Enter Studio In August

Former THE CROWN vocalist Johan Lindstrand has posted the following message on the web site of his current project, ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET: "I guess you all wondering what happens in the 'ARMY' camp these days cause lack of updates… "Well, we`re at the moment finishing off the songwriting process for the ...

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WORLD BELOW: 'Maelstrom' Track Listing Revealed

WORLD BELOW, the new band featuring CARNAL FORGE/CENTINEX guitarist Jonas Kjellgren, ex-SIDEBURNERS bassist/vocalist Mikael Danielsson, and CENTINEX drummer Ronnie Bergerståhl, have finalized the track listing for their sophomore album, "Maelstrom", due mid-April via Austria's Psychedoomelic Records. The group, who were previously signed to Doom Symphony Records (a division of Italy's Underground Symphony), recorded the CD ...

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WORLD BELOW: 'Maelstrom' Cover Artwork Posted Online

WORLD BELOW, the new band featuring CARNAL FORGE/CENTINEX guitarist Jonas Kjellgren, ex-SIDEBURNERS bassist/vocalist Mikael Danielsson, and CENTINEX drummer Ronnie Bergerståhl, have posted the cover artwork for their sophomore album, entitled "Maelstrom", at this location (artwork created by Twilight 13 Design). WORLD BELOW recently inked a deal with Austria's Psychedoomelic Records. The group, who ...

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Nightmares Made Flesh - BLOODBATH

My experience with death metal "supergroups" this past year has been 50/50: MURDER SQUAD's "Ravenous Murderous" rules, GOD AMONG INSECTS' "World Wide Death" blows. The winning percentage shoots up with BLOODBATH's "Nightmares Made Flesh". But then, did you really expect anything less from Dan Swanö's death metal juggernaut, a band that released the "Breeding Death" ...

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Descent into Chaos - NIGHTRAGE

If you can set aside your AT THE GATES worship for just a moment, you'll be able to recognize NIGHTRAGE's "Descent into Chaos" for what it really is: Dependable Swedish melodic death metal. Don't get starry-eyed over the fact that it's Gus G who is laying down the meaty guitar parts and solos or that ...

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THE PROJECT HATE: Creating A 'Masterpiece'

THE PROJECT HATE, the Swedish band featuring Jörgen Sandström of ENTOMBED/GRAVE fame on lead vocals, are currently recording their new album with producer Dan Swanö at several studios in Örebro, Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden. The band have posted the following studio update on their official web site: "So... Mr. Sandström nailed all of his vocals ...

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WORLD BELOW To Support CENTINEX In Germany

WORLD BELOW, the new band featuring CARNAL FORGE/CENTINEX guitarist Jonas Kjellgren, ex-SIDEBURNERS bassist/vocalist Mikael Danielsson, and CENTINEX drummer Ronnie Bergerståhl, will play their first shows ever as the support band for CENTINEX (with Jonas and Ronnie doing double duty). The dates are as follows: Jun. 02 – Hannover, GER - Labor Jun. 04 - Stavenhagen, ...

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BLOODBATH To Film WACKEN Performance For Upcoming DVD

Swedish death metallers BLOODBATH have posted the following message on their official web site: "Since this year's appearance at Wacken might not only be the first, but also the last gig for BLOODBATH, we've decided it will be shot for a future dvd release. Through who and when it will be released has yet to ...

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FROM BEHIND To Record VENOM Cover

FROM BEHIND, the new band featuring ex-SAMSON/MAMMOTH singer Nicky Moore and LOCOMOTIVE BREATH/ex-OVERDRIVE guitarist Janne Stark, are negotiating a record contract with an as-yet-undisclosed label and will start recording their debut album in late March. Among the 13 tracks planned for inclusion on the CD, tentatively titled "Size Doesn't Matter", is a VENOM cover. The ...

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OPETH To Enter Studio In March

Sweden's OPETH have posted the following message at their official web site: "Mikael Åkerfeldt has been confirmed as the vocalist for the first and last BLOODBATH gig. This will take place at Germany's famous Wacken Open Air festival on the 4th of August. The band will perform songs from all three albums including the non-Åkerfeldt ...

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HYPOCRISY: New Album Due In September

HYPOCRISY bassist Mikael Hedlund has posed the following message on the group's official web site: "Here's a little update from us for everybody who's been wondering what's been going on in the HYPOCRISY studio. "Currently we are taking a break from the recording process since Peter [Tägtgren, frontman] is doing shows with PAIN. We will ...

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Character - DARK TRANQUILLITY

"Character" has been awaited obsessively by the self-appointed defenders of heavy, who've pinned their Swede-metal hopes on DARK TRANQUILLITY after lamenting loud and long the "selling out" of IN FLAMES, SOILWORK, et al. Good news — Mikael Stanne's much-maligned clean vocals are history, his emotive snarl capable of carrying rudimentary melody and, more importantly, expressing ...

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PORCUPINE TREE: New Single Available For Download

PORCUPINE TREE's first single from their forthcoming "Deadwing" album, "Shallow", will be formally issued to Clear Channel radio stations nationwide on February 21. However, it is currently available for download from the following online vendors: Sony Connect, BuyMusic and Napster. "Shallow" should be available on iTunes in the coming days. "Deadwing" will be released in ...

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Former SAMSON/MAMMOTH Singer Resurfaces In FROM BEHIND

FROM BEHIND, the new band featuring ex-SAMSON/MAMMOTH singer Nicky Moore and LOCOMOTIVE BREATH/ex-OVERDRIVE guitarist Janne Stark, have finalized eight tracks that will be used as a demo recording to procure a record deal before going back into the studio in March to record their debut album. The group, whose lineup is completed by Matthias Osbäck ...

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WORLD BELOW Announce New Guitarist

WORLD BELOW, the new band consisting of CARNAL FORGE/CENTINEX guitarist Jonas Kjellgren, ex-SIDEBURNERS bassist/vocalist Mikael Danielsson and CENTINEX drummer Ronnie Bergerståhl, have announced the addition of guitarist Per Nilsson (ALTERED AEON, SCAR SYMMETRY) to the group's ranks. "You will hear [Per's] incredible screaming axe on the upcoming album entitled: 'Maelstroem'," the band write on their ...

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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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CRASHDÏET: 'Riot In Everyone' Video Posted Online

Swedish "sleaze" rockers CRASHDÏET have uploaded their video for the song "Riot in Everyone" at this location. The "Riot in Everyone" clip was directed by Mikeadelica (a.k.a. Mikael Gustafsson), who has previously worked with PAIN, A-TEENS, PETTER and ROBYN, among others. CRASHDÏET recently signed a deal with Universal Music, Stockholm Records and Ten ...

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