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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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CANDLEMASS Mainman Inks Deal With Mascot Records For KRUX Project

CANDLEMASS mainman/bassist Leif Edling has inked a deal with Holland's Mascot Records for the rights to his latest project, KRUX, which is tentatively set to feature ENTOMBED drummer Peter Stjärnvind, ENTOMBED bassist Jörgen Sandstrom (on guitar), ARCH ENEMY/SPIRITUAL BEGGARS guitarist Michael Amott and ex-RED FUN vocalist Tomas Person. At the moment, Edling is recording rough ...

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IMPIOUS Replace Drummer

Sweden's IMPIOUS have replaced drummer Ulf Johansson with Mikael Norn. According to an official statement from the band, [Ulf] is now playing the bass in a band called TRIBAL INK, known from Wannabe, which is a Swedish national TV program/documentary about how a rock band is formed [the Swedish equivalent of MTV's Making The Band]. ...

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OPETH: Two Studio Albums On The Way!

Sweden's OPETH have confirmed via their official web site that the group are currently writing the material for not only one, but two full-length CDs that will receive a simultaneous release in late 2002 or early 2003. According to a statement from the band, “the plan is to release separate CDs at the same time, ...

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FRETERNIA Secure Guitarist For Upcoming Record

Sweden's FRETERNIA will utilize the services of lead guitarist Mikael Andersson for the recording of the group's next studio album, which is scheduled to be tracked at Studio Underground in April for an October release through Spain's Arise Records. Mikael may or may not join the group permanently following the upcoming sessions. ...

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Archive News Oct 10, 2001

UK's KILL II THIS have officially replaced recently-departed vocalist Matt Pollock with ex-PROFANE (Manchester) frontman Phil Bretnall. According to an official statement from the band, “after loads of auditioning, we easily picked out Phil as a strong contender, so we put him through some more gruelling auditions — the results of which are evident.. ...

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Archive News Sep 18, 2001

In what is yet another Roadrunner Records first, SLIPKNOT will be gracing the cover of the next issue of Rolling Stone magazine, which is due to hit the newsstands this Friday, September 21st.


ENTOMBED's brand new studio opus, entitled Morning Star, will be released through Koch Entertainment in the US ...

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Archive News Jun 04, 2001

DESTRUCTION's brand new studio album, The Antichrist, will be released through Nuclear Blast Records in Europe on Monday, August 27th. Like its predecessor, last year's All Hell Breaks Loose, The Antichrist was recorded at Sweden's The Abyss Studios with producer Peter Tagtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN). In other DESTRUCTION news, the band have been added to the ...

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Archive News Apr 15, 2001

SLAYER appear to have dropped Soundtracks Of The Apocalypse as the working title for their upcoming studio release, which is due out July 3rd through American / Columbia Records. SLAYER are presently mixing the album at a Vancouver studio and plan on having it ready to be mastered by April 20th. In other SLAYER news, ...

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Archive News Mar 07, 2001 - update 2

PANTERA will reportedly be mounting a festival-sized summer tour that is also rumored to include SLAYER, STATIC-X, ROB HALFORD, C.O.C. and MORBID ANGEL, with other major acts to be announced when the complete bill is unveiled in early April.


THE TIME BOMBS is the name of the new band of Johnny Jetson and Stevie ...

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