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LAKE OF TEARS Officially Reform, Negotiate New Record Deal

LAKE OF TEARS guitarist/vocalist Daniel Brennare, bassist Mikael Larsson and drummer Johan Oudhuis have officially reformed the band after jamming together at several "test" rehearsals which were "very fun ...really rusty, but really fun and special," according to Daniel. The band are currently negotiating with a well-known label about a possible contract. More information will ...

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AMARAN: New Sound Clip Posted Online

A brand new AMARAN track, titled "Inflict", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. "Inflict" comes off the group's forthcoming sophomore effort, "Pristine In Bondage", due late summer through Listenable Records. "Pristine In Bondage" was recorded at Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden and contains 13 new songs that the band ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY: 'Live Damage' Details Revealed

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have announced the details of their forthcoming DVD, "Live Damage", due on September 29 through Century Media. The main feature on the 195-minute disc will be a live show that was recorded at Krzemionki Studio TVP in Kraków, Poland on October 7, 2002. Also included will be a lot of extra and ...

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WORLD BELOW Seek New Label

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 abandoned plans to release their debut album, "Sacrifices To The Moon", through Crestfallen/Extreme Noize Records. The group, whose music is being described as a mixture of "CANDLEMASS and early BLACK ...

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OPETH To Embark On European Tour In September

Sweden's OPETH will embark on a European tour in September in support of their latest album, "Damnation". A Scandinavian tour will take place in October/November, to be followed by an Australian trek in December. The band are currently enjoying their first proper time off since November 2002. Prior to returning to the road, frontman Mikael ...

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LAKE OF TEARS: Playing Together Again

LAKE OF TEARS guitarist/vocalist Daniel Brennare has posted the following message to the band's official forum: "I, [bassist] Mikael [Larsson] and [drummer] Johan [Oudhuis] have discussed playing together again and we will probably try it out in next week (if we can get our things together). It's been like four years [since we last played ...

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The Washington Post: OPETH Disappoint A Few Headbangers At Club Gig

Dan Campbell of The Washington Times is reporting that OPETH disappointed a few of the headbangers in the audience at a recent show at the 9:30 Club "by playing mostly mellow, semiacoustic numbers from the band's new 'Damnation' album, which [PORCUPINE TREE's Steven] Wilson produced. However, singer-guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt said the band needs to stretch ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY Set European Release Date For DVD

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have set a September 29 European release date for their DVD, entitled "Live Damage". Release dates for the rest of the world will be announced soon. According to the band, "the final result has surpassed all expectations. Everything looks and sounds fantastic, and the people at Metal Mind Productions have done a ...

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OPETH's ÅKERFELDT Explains Finnish Festival Cancellations

OPETH mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt has issued a statement clarifying the group's reasons for canceling their previously announced appearances at Finland's Tuska and Illosaarirock festivals, scheduled to take place July 11 and July 12, respectively. The statement reads as follows: "Dear friends, "We are extremely sorry that we had to cancel the two festivals in Finland. ...

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EDGE OF SANITY's DAN SWANÖ Checks In With Studio Update

Producer/musician/songwriter Dan Swanö is currently recording a new EDGE OF SANITY album, "Crimson II", tentatively on August 26 through Black Mark Records. The following is Swanö's latest studio update, as posted to his official forum: "The vocals have been recorded now and there's been some changes. Rogga is still here, Granvik too (doing some backing ...

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AMARAN Filming Video Clip For 'Inflict'

Sweden's AMARAN, the band featuring former members of MOURNING SIGN, are in the process of filming a video for the track "Inflict", taken the group's forthcoming second album, "Pristine In Bondage", due late summer through Listenable Records. "Pristine In Bondage" was recorded at Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden and contains 13 new songs that the ...

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AMARAN: New Song Available For Download

Sweden's AMARAN, the band featuring former members of MOURNING SIGN, have posted a new track, titled "Atropine", at this location (encoded at 128 kbps). "Atropine" comes off the group's second album, "Pristine In Bondage", due late summer through Listenable Records. "Pristine In Bondage" was recorded at Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden and contains ...

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AMARAN Recruit New Bassist

Sweden's AMARAN, the band featuring former members of MOURNING SIGN, have recruited JULIE LAUGHS NO MORE drummer Ronnie Bergerståhl as their new bassist. Bergerståhl replaces Mikael Andersson, who left the group earlier in the month due to "lack of motivation." AMARAN recently completed work on their second album, "Pristine In Bondage", due late summer through ...

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Former AMARAN Bassist Explains Decision To Leave The Band

Former AMARAN bassist Mikael Andersson has released a statement via the band's official web site explaining his decision to leave the group. Mickael's statement reads as follows: "Two questions I've been asked a lot lately are: "Why? "What's next? " 'Why?' is probably the most difficult question, since I'm not really sure I know the ...

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AMARAN Part Ways With Bassist, Seek Replacement

Bassist Mikael Andersson has left Sweden's AMARAN. "Micke has contributed a great [deal] to what AMARAN has become and it will probably be hard to find a bassplayer as talented as he is," guitarist Kari Kainulainen wrote on the band's official web site. AMARAN, who feature in their ranks former members of MOURNING SIGN, are ...

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CRYSTAL EYES Set Release Date For 'Vengeance Descending'

Sweden's CRYSTAL EYES have set a May 12 Scandinavian release date through DMP Sweden Records for their third full-length album, "Vengeance Descending". A continental European release is expected by the end of the summer. "Vengeance Descending" was produced and mixed by guitarist/vocalist Mikael Dahl and bassist Claes Wikander at Crystal Sounds studios and features guest ...

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WORLD BELOW: Debut Album Delayed

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 been forced to delay the release date of their debut album, "Sacrifices To The Moon", as a result of their label, Crestfallen Records, changing their name. No further information is ...

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EDGE OF SANITY's SWANÖ To Use Guest Singers On Upcoming CD

Producer/musician/songwriter Dan Swanö has elaborated on his plans to record a new EDGE OF SANITY album, "Crimson II", which he hopes to issue on August 26 through Black Mark Records. According to Swanö, "I will not growl one second [on the upcoming album]. I would if I could, but I've tried and it sounds even ...

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FINNTROLL Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK 2003 Festival

FINNTROLL are the latest act to have been confirmed for the 12th annual Sweden Rock festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 6-8 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of artists currently set to perform at the event is as follows: TWISTED SISTER WHITESNAKE SEPULTURA YES JETHRO TULL BLIND GUARDIAN MASTERPLAN QUEENSRŸCHE TALISMAN WISHBONE ASH DEMON ...

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FINNTROLL To Carry On Touring Despite Guitarist's Passing

FINNTROLL have announced plans to go ahead with their previously announced European tour with KATATONIA despite the recent passing of guitarist Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta. "We are doing the tour as previously agreed," the band said in an official statement. "We do this with heavy hearts, as the sudden loss of Teemu 'Somnium' Raimoranta, a close ...

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OPETH Mainman To Collaborate With PORCUPINE TREE Singer

OPETH mastermind Mikael Akerfeldt and PORCUPINE TREE frontman Steven Wilson will reportedly collaborate on a LINDA PERHACS cover for a tribute CD to the early '70s U.S. singer/songwriter, due later in the year. OPETH's new album, "Damnation", will be released in a limited-edition digipak version (around 20,000 copies) as well as a standard jewel-case edition. ...

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WORLD BELOW Ink Deal With CRESTFALLEN 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 Australia's Crestfallen Records. The group, whose music is being described as a mixture of "CANDLEMASS and early BLACK SABBATH with truly killer vocals," will issue their ...

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CARNAL FORGE Members Form Side Project

CARNAL FORGE/CENTINEX guitarist Jonas Kjellgren, CARNAL FORGE drummer Stefan Westerberg, and ex-S.I.B./ TURABUS bassist/vocalist Mikael Danielsson have joined forces in a new band called WORLD BELOW. Self-described as "slow, dark, atmospheric, psychedelic, mournful and utterly heavy," WORLD BELOW is said to be "a progressive doom-metal trip influenced by everything from PINK FLOYD via BLACK SABBATH ...

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CRYSTAL EYES Commence Work On "Vengeance Descending"

Sweden's CRYSTAL EYES have commenced the recording sessions for their third full-length album, entitled Vengeance Descending, at their own studio, where they expect to spend up to two months before moving over to another facility for the mixing and mastering process. Among the tracks set to appear on the upcoming album are the following: 01. ...

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HANOI ROCKS Drummer To Sit In With SNAKEGOD

HANOI ROCKS drummer Kari "Lacu" Lahtinen will reportedly fill in for SNAKEGOD skinsman Mikael Hakamies during the latter band's upcoming shows. Hakamies is said to be receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment in a Finnish hospital. Confirmed SNAKEGOD dates (with Lahtinen behind the kit) are as follows: Jul. 16 - Tampere, FIN @ TBA Jul. ...

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ALFONZETTI To Issue "Machine" In September

ALFONZETTI, the solo project of former SKINTRADE/JAGGED EDGE frontman Matti Alfonzetti (widely regarded as Sweden's finest-ever hard rock vocalist), will issue its sophomore effort, Machine, on September 30th through MTM Music. Among the cuts set to be included on the album are the following: 01. My Machine 02. It Speaks 03. Barbie Doll 04. Happy ...

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OPETH To Tour UK, Begin Recording Two New CDs

OPETH have confirmed via their official web site the plans for Music For Nations to release a special edition version of OPETH's last album, Blackwater Park, which will contain additional music and video footage (as first reported here yesterday). According to the band, this edition [will] feature an additional CD with two new tracks, amongst ...

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KRUX Debut Begins To Take Shape

Among the song titles set to appear on the self-titled debut from KRUX, featuring CANDLEMASS mainman Leif Edling on bass, Jörgen Sandström (ENTOMBED, PROJECT HATE) on guitar, and Peter Stjärnvind (ENTOMBED) on drums are the following: 01. Krux 02. Popocatépetl 03. Jehova 04. Evel Rifaz 05. Sibiria As previously reported, Edling is recording rough demos ...

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