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METALLICA: The World's Smelliest Band?

METALLICA have been awarded the dubious title of the world's smelliest band by Swedish showbiz expert Mikael Jagerbrand. The Swedish tabloid writer ranked the top ten smelly stars for the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, basing it on interviews in the press where other celebrities talked about their co-stars' hygiene. METALLICA came in ninth overall, with Hollywood ...

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KEROZENE: The Birth Of A New Swedish Metal Monster

KEROZENE, the new Swedish band featuring guitarist Niclas Engelin (PASSENGER, ex-GARDENIAN, IN FLAMES), drummer Patrik J. Sten (PASSENGER, ex-TRANSPORT LEAGUE), bassist Robert Hakemo (ex-GARDENIAN, GOOSEFLESH) and newcomer vocalist Mikael Skager, have completed work on their debut album at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden for a tentative late 2004 release through an as-yet-undetermined label. Decribing KEROZENE ...

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CRYSTAL EYES: 'Vengeance Descending' To Receive U.S. Release

Sweden's CRYSTAL EYES will issue their third full-length album, "Vengeance Descending", in North America through Neoblast Records. The Canadian release is scheduled for the middle of the summer, with the U.S. release to follow about 4-6 weeks later. "Vengeance Descending" was produced and mixed by guitarist/vocalist Mikael Dahl and bassist Claes Wikander at Crystal Sounds ...

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AMARAN Announce New Drummer

Swedish progressive metallers AMARAN have announced the addition of drummer Pär Hjulström to the group's ranks. Hjulström joins AMARAN as a temporary replacement for Robin Bergh, who left the band in March for personal reasons. Pär will play with the band at the 2000 Decibel festival which takes place May 21-22 in Bengtsfors, Sweden. If ...

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PASSENGER, RELEVANT FEW Members Join Forces In KEROZENE

KEROZENE, a brand new Swedish group featuring guitarist Niclas Engelin (PASSENGER, ex-GARDENIAN, IN FLAMES), drummer Patrik J. Sten (PASSENGER, ex-TRANSPORT LEAGUE), bassist Robert Hakemo (ex-GARDENIAN, GOOSEFLESH) and newcomer vocalist Mikael Skager, have completed the recordings for their debut album and are currently mixing the effort at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg for a late 2004 release ...

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PETER TÄGTGREN Joins BLOODBATH

BLOODBATH, the Swedish death metal supergroup featuring Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström (KATATONIA, DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE, BEWITCHED), Jonas Renkse (KATATONIA, OCTOBER TIDE) and Dan Swanö (NIGHTINGALE, DAN SWANÖ, UNICORN, EDGE OF SANITY, INFESTDEAD, ODYSSEY, PAN-THY-MONIUM), have announced the details of their new lineup following the departure of OPETH singer Mike Åkerfeldt. Joining Nyström, Renkse and Swanö in the ...

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TENEBRE Part Ways With Singer

Sweden's TENEBRE have parted ways with vocalist Victor Fradera. Or so it would appear. "As of today, Victor sings no more in TENEBRE," the band write in a March 24 post on their web site. "After becoming a born-again Christian, Victor has decided not to spread the gospel of Darkness but instead singing in a ...

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KING DIAMOND Drummer Records Track For DEATH Tribute CD

KING DIAMOND drummer Matt Thompson has recorded a guest appearance for the upcoming DEATH tribute CD, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner". Thompson is featured on a cover version of the track "Spirit Crusher", which originally appeared on the final DEATH studio album, "Sound Of Perseverance", released in ...

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CHIMAIRA Book Studio Time For DEATH Tribute

CHIMAIRA will be entering Spider Studios on March 22 to record some music from the DEATH albums "Symbolic" and "Human" for the upcoming tribute CD "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner". Legendary guitarist James Murphy (TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) will be handling the production duties alongside CHIMAIRA. Commented CHIMAIRA ...

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BLOODBATH: MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Out, New Album On The Way

BLOODBATH, the Swedish death metal supergroup featuring Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström (KATATONIA, DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE, BEWITCHED), Jonas Renkse (KATATONIA, OCTOBER TIDE) and Dan Swanö (NIGHTINGALE, DAN SWANÖ, UNICORN, EDGE OF SANITY, INFESTDEAD, ODYSSEY, PAN-THY-MONIUM), have announced plans to enter the studio in the spring to record their sophomore album, tentatively due late summer through Century Media Records. ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY Check In From Recording Studio

DARK TRANQUILLITY vocalist Mikael Stanne has posted the following studio report on the group's official web site: "Just wanted to stop by and give you guys an update on what's going on in the studio: "We are nearing the completion of this our seventh album. Anders [Jivarp, drums] has been true to form and blasted ...

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DEATH Tribute Album Update: CHIMAIRA Added, Web Site Launched

Former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy has issued the following update regarding his upcoming DEATH tribute project, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner", tentatively due in June through Holland's Mascot Records: "This past Saturday, February 28th, the first recording session for the 'Within The Mind' project was completed at ...

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JAMES MURPHY: DEATH Tribute Album Update

Former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy has issued the following update regarding his upcoming DEATH tribute project, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner" (web site), tentatively due in June through Holland's Mascot Records: "This past Saturday [Feb. 21] I traveled to Orlando to Richard Christy's [ICED EARTH, ...

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AYREON: 'The Human Equation' Cast Of Characters Revealed

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), have revealed the cast of characters included in the storyline on the group's forthcoming CD, "Ayreon: The Human Equation", and the singers performing them. They are as follows: James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER): "Me" Marcela Bovio (ELFONÍA): His "Wife" Arjen Lucassen: His "Best Friend" Mike Baker ...

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KATAKLYSM, Ex-PESTILENCE, GORGUTS Members Confirmed For DEATH Tribute

Jean-Francois Dagenais (KATAKLYSM), Patrick Mameli (ex-PESTILENCE), and Luc Lemay (GORGUTS) and are he latest musicians confirmed to appear on the upcoming DEATH tribute project, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner", tentatively due in June through Holland's Mascot Records. As previously reported, the project, which was conceived by CKY ...

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OPETH Drummer To Guest On DEATH Tribute CD?

OPETH drummer Martin Lopez is the latest high-profile metal musician linked with the upcoming DEATH tribute project, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner", tentatively due in June through Holland's Mascot Records. "At [Monday] night's OPETH concert in Tampa, drummer Martin Lopez expressed his interest in playing at least ...

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IMPIOUS Sign With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Swedish death/thrashers IMPIOUS have inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. The group plan on entering the studio this summer to begin recording their fourth album, tentatively due in October. "We saw the band live when they toured with NECROPHOBIC in early 2003 and they kicked MAJOR ASS!" a spokesperson for Metal Blade Records Europe ...

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WORLD BELOW: Debut Album To Surface Through DOOM SYMPHONY 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, will release their debut album, "Sacrifices To The Moon", through Doom Symphony Records, a division of Italy's Underground Symphony. According to a posting on the band's web site, Doom Symphony is ...

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CRYSTAL EYES Welcome Addition To Family

Congratulations are in order for CRYSTAL EYES guitarist Jonathan Nyberg and his girlfriend Marika, who welcomed a son this past Sunday (Feb. 1). The "little rocker" has been named Ville, according to a posting on the band's web site. CRYSTAL EYES' third full-length album, "Vengeance Descending", was released last May through DMP Sweden Records. The ...

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JAMES MURPHY Discusses Upcoming DEATH Tribute CD

Former DEATH/TESTAMENT/OBITUARY guitarist James Murphy has provided BLABBERMOUTH.NET with the following exclusive update on his current activities: "The DEATH tribute project I am working on organizing and will soon begin recording is officially titled: 'Within The Mind - An Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner'. I will begin pre-production rehearsals with primary drummer ...

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HYPOCRISY: Signing Session Scheduled

HYPOCRISY frontman Peter Tägtgren and bassist Mikael Hedlund will hold an autograph session at the Nuclear Blast record store in Donzdorf, Germany, on Wednesday, January 28. The session starts at 6:00 p.m. As previously reported, HYPOCRISY recently finished filming a video for the track "Eraser", taken from the group's upcoming album, "The Arrival". "The Arrival" ...

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GENE HOGLAN Joins OPETH For Two Songs At Vancouver Show

Legendary drummer Gene Hoglan (DARK ANGEL, STRAPPING YOUND LAD, DEATH, TESTAMENT, OLD MAN'S CHILD) sat behind the kit for OPETH at the Vancouver stop of their current North American tour Friday night (Jan. 23) (as first reported here yesterday). Hoglan stood in for regular OPETH skinsman Martin Lopez, who is said to be ...

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OPETH Play Abbreviated Set In Calgary

Sweden's OPETH reportedly played a five-song set in Calgary, Alberta Wednesday night (January 21), with a drum technician filling in behind the kit for Martin Lopez, who is said to be still at home in Sweden recovering from a recent bout of panic attacks. OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt reportedly repeatedly apologized for the abbreviated performance ...

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