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CLAWFINGER Preparing To Hit The Road

Frontman Zak Tell of the Swedish rap/metal combo CLAWFINGER has issued the following update: "We've been practicing for the upcoming Jägermeister tour [of Germany, which is scheduled to kick off early February], so far we've managed to drink eight bottles between the five of us within three hours but we're going to try and manage ...

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CLAWFINGER: In Songwriting Mode

Frontman Zak Tell of the Swedish rap/metal combo CLAWFINGER has issued the following update on the writing/ recording sessions for the group's new studio album: "So Bård [Torstensen, guitar] is in town since Sunday evening [Nov. 19] and we've started another round of writing and recording. So far, so good, so what, as MEGADETH entitled ...

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CLAWFINGER To Take Part In JÄGERMEISTER ROCK:LIGA

Swedish rap-metal combo CLAWFINGER has been confirmed to take part in the Jägermeister Rock:Liga along with bands like BLOODHOUND GANG, LENINGRAD COWBOYS, WE and DEICHKIND. For those of you who don't know what exactly the Rock:Liga is, a short introduction: Twelve bands compete against each other, split into four groups of three teams. Each group ...

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CONSTRUCDEAD Prepares To Record New Album

CONSTRUCDEAD, the Swedish band featuring TERROR 2000 drummer Erik Thyselius, will enter studio Cosmos on December 2 with producer Jocke Skog (CLAWFINGER) to begin recording its new album, tentatively due in early 2007. "I'd say that 90% of the pre-production is done, all of the riffing is done, just some of the vocals and perhaps ...

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CONSTRUCDEAD: In Pre-Production Mode

CONSTRUCDEAD, the Swedish band featuring TERROR 2000 drummer Erik Thyselius, has issued the following update: "We've been kinda busy recording pre-production songs for the upcoming album. Most of the songs are finished. Now we just need to get them to Jocke Skog (producer) and make sure he likes them, otherwise we'll just re-arrange them in ...

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CELLOUT: Promotional CD Posted Online

Unsigned Swedish band CELLOUT has uploaded four tracks from its new promotional CD, "World in My Eyes", to its MySpace page. In January 2006, CELLOUT landed the support slot for ILL NINO's one three dates in Sweden. They also supported CLAWFINGER and MNEMIC earlier in the year. CELLOUT is: Percy Mejhagen - Lead ...

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CLAWFINGER Prepares To Write New Material

CLAWFINGER frontman Zak Tell has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Our new studio/demo recording/songwriting room is now ready, everything neccessary to make new music is now in place and finally we can get down to business! The plan is simply to write songs until we have enough material for a ...

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FACE DOWN: In Serious Writing Mode

FACE DOWN, the reunited Swedish outfit featuring former THE HAUNTED singer Marco Aro, have posted the following update on their official web site: "We're currently in serious writing mode, working on new songs for the next album. Depending on schedules, we hope to record it this autumn at Fear and Loathing Studio [co-owned by MESHUGGAH ...

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CELLOUT: New Song Available For Download

Unsigned Swedish band CELLOUT have uploaded a new demo song, enitled "Breathe", at their official web site (MP3, 5 MB). CELLOUT, who supported CLAWFINGER at their May 15 show in Stockholm, are currently in the studio working on material for a future promotional CD. The band's four-track promotional disc, "Sublow 3.0", is available ...

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SHELTER Confirmed For Germany's WITH FULL FORCE Festival

SHELTER have been confirmed for this year's installment of the With Full Force festival, set to take place June 30 – July 2 at Flugplatz Roitzschjora in Löbnitz, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): A.O.K. AGNOSTIC FRONT AMORPHIS ARCH ENEMY BLEED THE SKY BLOODSIMPLE BORN FROM PAIN BOYSETSFIRE BULLET ...

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FACE DOWN Part Ways With Drummer, Announce Replacement

FACE DOWN, the reunited Swedish outfit featuring former THE HAUNTED singer Marco Aro, have parted ways with drummer Erik Thyselius. "There's no hard feelings and he will continue to keep playing with CONSTRUCDEAD and TERROR 2000," the band write in a statement. "We wish him the best of luck with all his future endeavors and ...

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Hate Yourself With Style - CLAWFINGER

Zak Tell is the undisputed star of the show here — his voice is front-and-center, the music constructed around his vocal lines, and his overbearing assault on controversial topics is what gives CLAWFINGER their unique identity. Whether he's castigating rapists ("Right to Rape") or accusing homophobes of being secretly queer ("The Faggot In You"), he ...

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SOULFLY, OPETH Confirmed For Germany's WITH FULL FORCE FESTIVAL

SOULFLY, OPETH, BOYSETSFIRE and DEADLINE have been confirmed for this year's installment of the With Full Force Festival, set to take place June 30 – July 2 at Flugplatz Roitzschjora in Löbnitz, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): A.O.K. AMORPHIS BLEED THE SKY BORN FROM PAIN BOYSETSFIRE CELTIC FROST ...

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SOUNDSCAN Report: WHITESNAKE, HIMSA, DIMMU BORGIR, MASTODON

The following are notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending February 12, 2006, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (all figures are rounded to the nearest thousand, except numbers under 1,000, which are rounded to the nearest hundred): WHITESNAKE – "The Definitive Collection: 4,000 HIMSA – "Hail Horror": 3,000 DIMMU BORGIR - ...

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GRAVEWORM Confirmed For Germany's WITH FULL FORCE Festival

Italian gothic black metal band GRAVEWORM have been confirmed for this year's installment of the With Full Force Festival, set to take place June 30 – July 2 at Flugplatz Roitzschjora in Löbnitz, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: KORN CELTIC FROST KREATOR IN EXTREMO CLAWFINGER A.O.K. AMORPHIS BLEED THE SKY BORN ...

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FACE DOWN: Tour Dates Announced

FACE DOWN, the reunited Swedish outfit featuring former THE HAUNTED singer Marco Aro, have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Feb. 04 - Helsinki, FIN @ Gloria (Night öv Metalmördör: Part II) Apr. 27 - Stockholm, SWE @ Klubb Kol Jul. 14 - Arvika, SWE @ Arvikafestivalen As previously reported, FACE DOWN ...

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CLAWFINGER: European Support Acts Announced

CLAWFINGER frontman Zak Tell has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "We have yet to rehearse or decide which songs we will be playing [on the upcoming European headlining tour] but obviously we'll be playing quite a few from the new album ['Hate Yourself with Style'], at least six tracks or ...

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