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Relationship Between Heavy Metal And Spirituality Examined In New Book

Editor Justin St. Vincent has released a new book entitled "The Spiritual Significance of Music: Metal Edition" which "provides an exciting exploration of how music powerfully impacts spirituality, and why spirituality influences music," according to a press release. "Readers will discover sincere expressions of spiritual beliefs from the world of metal music." This portfolio includes ...

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VITAL REMAINS, DEBAUCHERY, WOLFCHANT Confirmed For Germany's WALPURGIS METAL DAYS IX Festival

VITAL REMAINS, DEBAUCHERY and WOLFCHANT have been confirmed for next year's Walpurgis Metal Days IX festival, set to take place May 1-2, 2009 at Festplatz in Hauzenberg, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: ARTAS DEBAUCHERY DISBELIEF DORNENREICH ENTHRONED FJOERGYN FLESHLESS GRAILKNIGHTS GRAVE IN SLUMBER POPPY SEED GRINDER RAVENLORE SCARECROW NWA SINISTER TANKARD ...

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TANKARD, FJOERGYN Confirmed For Germany's WALPURGIS METAL DAYS IX Festival

TANKARD and FJOERGYN have been confirmed for next year's Walpurgis Metal Days IX festival, set to take place May 1-2, 2009 at Festplatz in Hauzenberg, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: ARTAS GRAVE DISBELIEF DORNENREICH ENTHRONED FLESHLESS FJOERGYN GRAILKNIGHTS IN SLUMBER POPPY SEED GRINDER SINISTER SCARECROW NWA TANKARD TAXIDERMIST VADER For more ...

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VADER Confirmed For Germany's WALPURGIS METAL DAYS IX

Polish extreme metal veterans VADER have been confirmed for the Walpurgis Metal Days IX festival, set to take place May 1-2 at Festplatz in Hauzenberg, Germany. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: ARTAS GRAVE DISBELIEF DORNENREICH ENTHRONED FLESHLESS GRAILKNIGHTS POPPY SEED GRINDER SINISTER IN SLUMBER SCARECROW NWA TAXIDERMIST For more information, visit ...

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The Man Behind The Black/Death Metal Logo

Vice magazine recently conducted an interview with Christophe Szpajdel who in the last 20 years has drawn more than 7,000 logos, mostly for black and death metal bands from all over the world, including EMPEROR, MOONSPELL, NACHTMYSTIUM and ENTHRONED. A couple of excerpts from the question-and-answer session follow below. Vice: So, Christophe Szpajdel, ...

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GRAVE, GRAILKNIGHTS Confirmed For Germany's WALPURGIS METAL DAYS IX Festival

GRAVE and GRAILKNIGHTS have been confirmed for the Walpurgis Metal Days IX festival, set to take place May 1-2 at Festplatz in Hauzenberg, Germany. Meanwhile, GOD DETHRONED has cancelled its participation in the event. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: DISBELIEF DORNENREICH ENTHRONED FLESHLESS GRAILKNIGHTS GRAVE IN SLUMBER POPPY SEED GRINDER SINISTER ...

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ABSU: New Member Announced

Texas-based mythological occult metal outfit ABSU has announced the addition of bassist/co-vocalist Ezezu (ex-PANZRAM) to the group's ranks. This is the first time the band is experiencing a permanent quartet-type lineup since its debut album, "Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L." Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor says of the latest addition, "We are very proud to welcome Ezezu as the newest member ...

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ENTHRONED Frontman Undergoes Back Surgery

Belgian black metal band ENTHRONED has issued the following brief update: "After the triumphant tour in Brazil [with SADUS and SEVERE TORTURE], ENTHRONED would like to thank all the fans that supported us and made this trip a hell of a massacre! In the meantime, Nornagest (guitar, vocals) had to be taken to the hospital ...

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ENTHRONED: Moscow Show Postponed

Belgian black metal band ENTHRONED has announced that its previously announced November 22 concert in Moscow, Russia has been postponed to early 2009 "due to some circumstances beyond the promoter's control." Upcoming ENTHRONED shows: Nov. 01 - Volkshaus, Germany - Weimar Nov. 08 - JC Togenblik, Belgium - Beveren Waas ENTHRONED is working on material ...

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NECROPHAGIA Frontman Checks In

NECROPHAGIA frontman Frank "Killjoy" Pucci has issued the following update: "There have been countless mails asking when NECROPHAGIA will release a new CD. The answer is that I don't know. Motivation is such a key factor, and without it, I am just empty, devoid of creativity!!! Reasons for this depend on who you ask. Too ...

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ENTHRONED Hard At Work On New Material

Belgian black metal band ENTHRONED is working on material for the follow-up to 2007's "Tetra Karcist". According to a posting on the group's web site, "The composition is still in the early stages of the writing process but already shows how that next full-length will be a hell of a pure piece of occult work!" ...

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NECROPHAGIA Working On New Release And Tour For 2009

According to a posting on the MySpace page of the long-running horror-inspired metallers NECROPHAGIA, a new release and tour is in the works for mid-2009. No further details are currently available. NECROPHAGIA was recently rejoined by Opal Enthroned. She was a member of the band during the period when her now ex-husband Philip Anselmo (PANTERA, ...

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UK's HARD ROCK HELL II Festival: More Bands Announced

More bands have been confirmed for this year's Hard Rock Hell II festival, set to take place December 5-7, 2008 at Prestatyn Sands, North Wales, UK. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: Friday, December 5: Classic Rock Stage: LITMUS GLYDER BENEDICTUM BUDGIE THIN LIZZY DORO TIGERTAILZ Metal Hammer/Radio 1 Stage: HEXES CRY ...

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ENTHRONED Comments On Passing Of EVILWAR Drummer

Belgian black metallers ENTHRONED have commented on the passing of Ichtys Niger from the Brazilian black metal band EVILWAR. "We just heard, some month after his 'departure' that Ichtys Niger [drums], from Brazil's EVILWAR, took his life on January 7, 2008," ENTHRONED writes in a statement. "ENTHRONED toured with EVILWAR in South America in 2004 ...

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Reunited LIVING SACRIFICE: Orangevale Concert Footage Available

Capital Chaos has posted video footage of the reunited Little Rock, Arkansas-based Christian death/thrash/metalcore band LIVING SACRIFICE performing on May 29, 2008 at the Club Retro in Orangevale, California. Also on the bill were DEMON HUNTER, OH, SLEEPER, ADVENT and THE FAMINE. Watch the clip below. LIVING SACRIFICE is currently supporting DEMON HUNTER on the ...

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HECATE ENTHRONED Confirmed For UK's HARD ROCK HELL II Festival

British black metal veterans HECATE ENTHRONED have been confirmed for the Hard Rock Hell II festival, set to take place December 5-7, 2008 at Prestatyn Sands, North Wales, UK. The Hard Rock Hell II festival billing is shaping up as follows: BATTLELORE BEHOLDER BENEDICTUM BLACK LABEL SOCIETY BUDGIE CLUTCH DORO HAWKWIND HECATE ENTHRONED KORPIKLAANI MILLION$RELOAD ...

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ENTHRONED: German Dates Announced

Belgian black metal band ENTHRONED has scheduled the following German dates: May 23 - Ohrakel - Ingolstadt, Germany Jul. 18 - Hells Pleasure - Pneck, Germany Oct. 24 - Bastard Club - Osnabrck, Germany Oct. 25 - Turok - Essen, Germany Oct. 26 - Asgard - Nrnberg, Germany Nornagest (vocals, guitars) commented: "It's been a ...

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ENTOMBED To Headline Mexico's HEAVY METAL CIRCUS Festival

Swedish metallers ENTOMBED have been confirmed as the headliners of the second installment of the Heavy Metal Circus festival, set to take place September 6 at Circo Volador in Mexico City, Mexico. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: ENTOMBED GORGOROTH MARDUK NIFELHEIM CEPHALIC CARNAGE MOONSORROW DEVIL'S WHOREHOUSE Aside from live performances, the festival ...

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HECATE ENTHRONED Bassist Comments On New Material

British black metal veterans HECATE ENTHRONED are currently working on their seventh full-length album at an undisclosed location in Cheshire, UK. The group's first release since 2004's "Redimus" coincides with a major new publishing deal with former Warner Chapell Music publishing head Jana Yell as well as plans for a massive European and U.S. tour. ...

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NECROPHAGIA: European Tour Cancelled

Long-running horror-inspired metallers NECROPHAGIA have cancelled their previously announced European tour. Fans are advised to contact their local clubs for any issues regarding refund of advance paid tickets. This also includes any European festival appearances. NECROPHAGIA's Iscariah says: "We will return... Let it be known." NECROPHAGIA was recently rejoined by Opal Enthroned. She was a ...

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HECATE ENTHRONED Begins Recording New Album

British black metal veterans HECATE ENTHRONED are currently working on their seventh full-length album at an undisclosed location in Cheshire, UK. The group's first release since 2004's "Redimus" coincides with a major new publishing deal with former Warner Chapell Music publishing head Jana Yell as well as plans for a massive European and U.S. tour. ...

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ENTHRONED Begins Writing New Material

Vocalist Nornagest of the Belgian black metal band ENTHRONED has issued the following update: "The composition process for ENTHRONED's next album has started and we can confirm that the two tracks we are actually working on are taking ENTHRONED on another high level while remaining close to the style of our previous release 'Tetra Karcist'. ...

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LIVING SACRIFICE Announces Hometown Show

Reunited Little Rock, Arkansas-based Christian death/thrash/metalcore band LIVING SACRIFICE will play a special hometown show on April 5 at Vinos. Also scheduled to appear are Relapse recording artists RWAKE, Solid State Records' SOUL EMBRACED and local heroes ASHES OF AUGUSTINE. For more information, visit www.vinosbrewpub.com. LIVING SACRIFICE will team up with DEMON HUNTER ...

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ABSU Parts Ways With Guitarist (Again), Announces Replacement

Texas-based mythological occult metal outfit ABSU has announced the addition of guitarist/keyboardist Zawicizuz (ex-RAPE, PILLAGE & BURN, INFERNAL OAK) to the group's ranks. He replaces Vastator, who recently quit the band due to musical and personal differences. Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor says of the replacement, "We are very proud to welcome Zawicizuz as the newest musician of ...

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STORMLORD Signs With LOCOMOTIVE RECORDS

Italian "extreme epic metal" band STORMLORD has signed a deal with Locomotive Records (GRAVE DIGGER, ASTRAL DOORS, BENEDICTUM) for the release of its long-awaited fourth full-length album, titled "Mare Nostrum". Commented the group: "We are so excited about this new deal. Locomotive Records is one of the leading labels in metal scene and they will ...

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STORMLORD Begins Recording New Album

Italian "extreme epic metal" act STORMLORD has issued the following update: "The recording sessions of our fourth chapters have begun! We entered The Outer Sound Studios (NOVEMBRE, NECRODEATH, KLIMT 1918) one month ago together with the producer Giuseppe Orlando, as usual. We'll keep on working for about twenty days more. We decided not to give ...

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