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OPETH Frontman Talks Label Search, New Studio Album

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt recently spoke to Australia's HailMetal.com about the group's current search for a new label home and the band's songwriting process, among other topics. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: HailMetal.com: Recently your label Music for Nations closed down, leaving OPETH stranded. How has the search for a ...

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS: New Studio Album, DVD Update

Sweden's SPIRITUAL BEGGARS have set "Demons" as the title of their new album, due in Japan on February 23, 2005 via Toy's Factory Records. The first Japanese pressing will come with a bonus disc of live material recorded last year in Tokyo. No release date has yet been announced for the U.S. and Europe. In ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY Frontman Talks About New Album, Touring Plans

DARK TRANQUILLITY vocalist Mikael Stanne recently spoke to Antenna webzine about the group's new album, "Character", touring, entering the Swedish single charts and loads more. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: Antenna: Please explain what people can expect from the new album, "Character"? Mikael Stanne: "'Character' is more extreme and faster. ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY: New Song Posted Online

A brand new DARK TRANQUILLITY track, entitled "Through Smudged Lenses", has been posted online at this location (Real Media). "Through Smudged Lenses" comes off the group's upcoming album, "Character", due in Europe on January 24 and North America on January 25 via Century Media Records. The band recently released an EP, entitled "Lost ...

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WORLD BELOW Part Ways With Drummer, Announce Replacement

WORLD BELOW, the new band consisting of CARNAL FORGE/CENTINEX guitarist Jonas Kjellgren and ex-SIDEBURNERS bassist/vocalist Mikael Danielsson, have replaced drummer Stefan Westerberg (CARNAL FORGE, ex-IN THY DREAMS) with Ronnie Bergerståhl (CENTINEX). "We wanna thank Stefan for the years and wish him all the best for the future," the band write on their web site. WORLD ...

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CRASHDÏET: New Single Teaser Posted Online

Swedish "sleaze" rockers CRASHDÏET have uploaded a "teaser" of their new single, "Riot in Everyone", at this location. CRASHDÏET recently shot a video for "Riot in Everyone" with director Mikeadelica (a.k.a. Mikael Gustafsson) (PAIN, A-TEENS, PETTER, ROBYN). The video is currently in the editing stage and is set to be released during the ...

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WORLD BELOW Sign With PSYCHEDOOMELIC RECORDS

WORLD BELOW, the new band consisting of CARNAL FORGE/CENTINEX guitarist Jonas Kjellgren, CARNAL FORGE/ex-IN THY DREAMS drummer Stefan Westerberg, and ex-SIDEBURNERS bassist/vocalist Mikael Danielsson, have inked a deal with Austria's Psychedoomelic Records. The group, who were previously signed to Doom Symphony Records (a division of Italy's Underground Symphony), will enter Jonas' Black Lounge studios in ...

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TALISMAN Bassist: New Album To Surface Next Year?

Swedish bassist extraordinaire Marcel Jacob (TALISMAN, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JOHN NORUM) has posted the following message on his official web site: "2004 has seen some activity...the releases of 'the remasters' has continued, with 'Humanimal', 'Life+ 5 Out of 5', 'Truth+Live at Sweden Rock 2001', and finally the rerelease of the first HUMAN CLAY album on 'Closing ...

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CRASHDÏET Film Video For 'Riot In Everyone'

Swedish "sleaze" rockers CRASHDÏET have shot a video for their track "Riot in Everyone" with director Mikeadelica (a.k.a. Mikael Gustafsson) (PAIN, A-TEENS, PETTER, ROBYN). The video is currently in the editing stage and is set to be released within the next two or three weeks. Photos from the video shoot can be found at

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WORLD BELOW To Record New Album In January

WORLD BELOW, the new band consisting of CARNAL FORGE/CENTINEX guitarist Jonas Kjellgren, CARNAL FORGE/ex-IN THY DREAMS drummer Stefan Westerberg, and ex-SIDEBURNERS bassist/vocalist Mikael Danielsson, will enter Jonas' Black Lounge studios in January to record their as-yet-untitled sophomore album. Dreamtide Music Management are said to be in the final stages of securing a new record deal ...

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Guitarist/Main Songwriter KARI KAINULAINEN Quits AMARAN

Guitarist/main songwriter Kari Kainulainen has left the Swedish progressive metallers AMARAN. "I have decided to leave AMARAN to devote my energy to my new band, SIBLIANCE," Kainulainen writes on the band's web site. "I not not leaving AMARAN because of any personal indifferences... AMARAN has just been working poorly lately, which has made me frustrated. ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY: 'Character' Track Listing, Artwork Revealed

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have revealed the track listing and artwork for their new album, "Character", due in Europe on January 24 and North America on January 25 via Century Media Records. The band recently released an EP, entitled "Lost to Apathy", as a teaser for the upcoming full-length. It includes four songs, a video-clip (for ...

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ARTILLERY Schedule Copenhagen Concert

Legendary Danish thrashers ARTILLERY have announced a one-off performance at The Rock in Copenhagen on December 16. Joining guitarists Michael and Morten Stützer and vocalist Flemming Rönsdorf will be HATESPHERE drummer Anders Gyldenøhr and bassist Mikael Ehlert. In a recent interview with Denmark's Antenna webzine, Michael Stützer spoke about the group's current ...

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CRYSTAL EYES: Studio Update

Sweden's CRYSTAL EYES have posted several photos from the recording sessions for their fourth full-length album, "Confessions of the Maker", at their official web site. Check them out at this location. The follow-up to last year's "Vengeance Descending", "Confessions of the Maker" will be the group's first release to feature the full-time services ...

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HYPOCRISY Finish Laying Down Drums For New Album

Drummer Horgh (ex-IMMORTAL) of HYPOCRISY has posted the following update at the band's official web site: "I want to share some info about what's going on in the HYPOCRISY camp with you. As I write this, I have recorded the drums for the next HYPO album and I'm back in Bergen, Norway, where I live. ...

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NECROPHOBIC's Music Featured In Swedish TV Series

Swedish death metallers NECROPHOBIC have posted the following message on theie official web site: "It has come to our knowledgement that our music is featured in an upcoming big TV production. One of the bigger national TV stations in Sweden, TV4, is broadcasting a new series in 8 parts with [the fist episode set to ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY Singer Talks About New Album

DARK TRANQUILLITY singer Mikael Stanne recently spoke with Portugal's LOUD! magazine about the band's upcoming album, "Character", due in Europe on January 24 and North America on January 25 via Century Media Records. The Swedish band recently released an EP, entitled "Lost to Apathy", as a teaser for the upcoming full-length. It includes ...

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OPETH: 'Lamentations' DVD Reaches Gold Status In Canada

OPETH's live DVD, "Lamentations - Live At Shepherds Bush Empire", has reached gold status in Canada, according to a posting on the group's web site. As previously reported, OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has started writing material for the group's next album, tentatively scheduled to be recorded sometime in the early spring of 2005. The band ...

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BLOODBATH To Make Live Debut Next Year

KATATONIA frontman Jonas Renkse recently spoke to Denmark's Antenna webzine about the new album from his BLOODBATH side project, entitled "Nightmares Made Flesh". Several excerpts from the interview follow: Antenna: How did you hook up with (singer) Peter (Tägtgren, HYPOCRISY, PAIN) and was he the first choice [to replace previous vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt)? ...

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OPETH Frontman Becomes First-Time Dad

Congratulations are in order for OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt and his wife Anna, who became the parents of a baby daughter, Melinda, this past Monday (Sept. 13). It is the couple's first child. As previously reported, Åkerfeldt has started writing material for the group's next album, tentatively scheduled to be recorded sometime in the early ...

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AMARAN Cancel PROGPOWER FESTIVAL Appearance

Swedish progressive metallers AMARAN have posted the following message on their web site: "I'm sorry to say but we have bad news for you. Due to circumstances beyond our control (mainly economical) we are forced to cancel our performance at this year's ProgPower and the gig at Loppen (Den). When you put your faith in ...

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WORLD BELOW Set Release Date For Debut Album

WORLD BELOW, the new band consisting of CARNAL FORGE/CENTINEX guitarist Jonas Kjellgren, CARNAL FORGE/ex-IN THY DREAMS drummer Stefan Westerberg, and ex-SIDEBURNERS bassist/vocalist Mikael Danielsson, will release their debut album, "Sacrifices To The Moon", on August 16 through Doom Symphony Records, a division of Italy's Underground Symphony. According to a posting on the band's web site, ...

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OPETH 'Dropped' By ZOMBA, Seek New Label Home

Sweden's OPETH are officially free agents as a result of having been dropped by BMG/Zomba after their previous label, Music For Nations, was folded into parent company Zomba Records Group (the world's largest independent music group). The band are looking through new offers at the moment. As previously reported, OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has started ...

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Heavy Metal's Premier Guitarists Pick Their Dream G3 Lineups

Norway's Imhotep zine recently asked more than 100 guitarists to choose their own dream G3 lineups. "The respect that the guitar players have for Joe Satriani and Steve Vai is a proven fact," writes the magazine's Thiago Pinto Corrêa Sarkis (also of Brazil's Whiplash). "Anyway, talking with some musicians, I could realize that the G3 ...

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OPETH Begin Work On New Material

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has started writing material for the group's next album, tentatively scheduled to be recorded sometime in the early spring of 2005. In other news, Åkerfeldt recently visited No Man Studios in Hemel Hampstead, U.K. to lay down some guitars and backing vocals for the next, as-yet-untitled PORCUPINE TREE record. Mikael plays ...

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CRYSTAL EYES Set North American Release Date For 'Vengeance Descending'

Sweden's CRYSTAL EYES have set a July 7 North American release date through Neoblast Records for their third full-length album, "Vengeance Descending". Radio promotion will be handled by Freekshow Promotions beginning in mid-July. As previously reported, "Vengeance Descending" was produced and mixed by guitarist/vocalist Mikael Dahl and bassist Claes Wikander at Crystal Sounds studios and ...

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