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TENEBRE To Begin Recording New Album

Sweden's TENEBRE will enter Cherryfields Studio later this month with producer Mikael Körner (FUNHOUSE) to begin recording their fifth album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Regain Records. Among the songtitles set to appear on the CD are "Shine", "Black Void Nirvana", "Silverflame" and "Blue". According to a post on the band's web site, Mikael ...

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OPETH: Jordan Gig Cancelled!

OPETH have been forced to cancel their previously announced gig in Jordan due to sickness. The following is OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt's official statement on the matter: "It's seem to be a dark spell upon OPETH at this moment. First Chile and now Jordan. I'm in a terrible state myself right now but will try ...

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OPETH Explain Chilean Concert Cancellations

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has issued the following explanation for the group's cancelled concerts in Santiago, Chile: "We are very sorry for this, but I want to stress out that situation was out of our hands. We went to Mexico in order to do that gig + go to Santiago for another two. We we're ...

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AMARAN Set Release Date For New Album

Sweden's AMARAN have set a January 20, 2004 release date through Listenable Records for their sophomore effort, "Pristine In Bondage" (view cover here). The first pressing will be a slipcase edition with one bonus track — for a total of 11 tracks — and the Japanese version (due on Dec. 17) will be ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND To Guest On New AYREON CD

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mastermind Devin Townsend has been confirmed as one of the guest performers on the new AYREON CD, "The Human Equation", tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. As previously reported, other vocalists set to appear on the album include Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH), James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER) Devon Graves (a.k.a. Buddy ...

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OPETH Singer To Guest On New AYREON CD

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has been officially confirmed as one of the guest performers on the new AYREON CD, "The Human Equation", tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. According to a posting on AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen's (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) web site, "fans and journalists alike kept telling Arjen to check out Mikael ...

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WORLD BELOW Sign With UNDERGROUND 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, have signed a one-album deal with Italy's Underground Symphony Records. The group's debut album, "Sacrifices To The Moon", will finally be released in January 2004, both as a digipack CD and ...

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FAIR WARNING, EUROPE Members Join Forces In LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM

LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM, the new melodic rock "supergroup" featuring famed Swedish singer Mikael Erlandsson together with former FAIR WARNING guitarist Andy Malecek plus three-quarters of EUROPEMic Michaeli (keyboards), John Leven (on bass) and Ian Haugland (on drums) — have signed a deal with Frontiers Records. The group's self-titled debut album will be released ...

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AMARAN Line Up Dutch Dates With SUN CAGED

Sweden's AMARAN have lined up several gigs in Holland with Dutch progressive metallers SUN CAGED. Tentative dates are as follows: Nov. 21 – Goudvishal – Arnhem, NETH Nov. 22 - TBA Nov. 23 – 013 – Tilburg, NETH The shows will mark AMARAN's first gigs on foreign soil. AMARAN's sophomore album, "Pristine In Bondage", is ...

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AMARAN: New Album Artwork Posted Online

Sweden's AMARAN have posted the artwork to their upcoming sophomore effort, "Pristine In Bondage", at this location. The follow-up to "A World Depraved" was recorded at Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden and contains 13 new songs that the band are describing as "much heavier" than the material on the group's previous CD. "Pristine ...

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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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