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INCANTATION To Headline MAYHEM IN MAY Festival

Pennsylvania-based death metallers INCANTATION will headline day one of the Mayhem in May 3 festival, set to take place May 17-18, 2008 at Uncle Pleasant's in Louisville, Kentucky. "We look forward to headlining this killer fest," stated INCANTATION mainman John McEntee. "Our friends in ESTUARY played it last year and had great things to say ...

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THEUDHO Signs With DET GERMANSKE FOLKET

Blackened pagan metallers THEUDHO have inked a deal with the German label Det Germanske Folket, the home of such acts as ANGANTYR, HEL, RIGER, MYRKGRAV and DANTALION. The group's third full-length album is scheduled for release in the spring. Also planned are reissues of the band's first two albums that were originally released on the ...

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ABSU Signs With CANDLELIGHT RECORDS

Texas-based mythological occult metal outfit ABSU has announced the signing of a new contract agreement with Candlelight Records. Drummer/mastermind Proscriptor says of the deal, "With the launch of the new ABSU lineup (members Aethyris and Vastator) and a new studio album in the works, I felt it was time to re-evaluate the career path of ...

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DESASTER Completes Work On '666 - Satan's Soldiers Syndicate'

German black/thrash metallers DESASTER have finished recording their sixth album, entitled "666 - Satan's Soldiers Syndicate". The album was tracked at Harrows Studios (ASPHYX, PENTACLE, OCCULT, SOULBURN etc.) in Holland. According to a press release, "666 – Satan's Soldiers Syndicate" "again shows the band's typical thrashing, blacking riff metal without mercy — where there is ...

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MELECHESH Frontman To Guest On DESASTER, ENTHRONED Albums

MELECHESH frontman/guitarist Ashmedi has issued the following update: "Been keeping busy lately... I was asked to do a guest guitar solo for Germany's DESASTER. I recorded it two weeks ago in Harrow studio (same studio as where our 'Djinn' album was recorded). It was great catching up with the DESASTER guys. Their new album will ...

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ABSU: New Lineup, Album Details Revealed

Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor from the mythological occult metal outfit ABSU has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "After five years of silence, I am pleased to announce the new lineup of ABSU. "It was a difficult task to replace both Shaftiel and Equitant after being together for nearly 11 years, but now is the time to ...

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SATANOCHIO Releases First-Ever DVD

One year after the official release of their debut album, "I Am Satanochio", the masked sick devils from Romania SATANOCHIO are back! Their first DVD, "Dark Visions from the Fog" will be out in June. The disc contains SATANOCHIO's nine official videos, rare uncut scenes and the first video interview with the band, based only ...

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DEMONICAL, ABSU To Team Up For Limited Split 7" EP

Swedish death horde DEMONICAL (featuring past and present members of CENTINEX, GRAVE, REGURGITATE, INTERMENT, AMARAN, WORLD BELOW and DELLAMORTE) and U.S.-based mythological occult metal act ABSU will join forces on a limited split 7" EP to be released in late spring/early summer through Temple of Darkness Records. This piece of black wax will be limited ...

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EQUIMANTHORN To Release Fourth Album In May

EQUIMANTHORN, the distinctive Sumerian/occult and ambient project led by members of ABSU, MELECHESH, THE SOIL BLEEDS BLACK and YAMATU, has completed its new opus, entitled "Exalted are the Seven Throne Bearers of Ninnkigal". The band's fourth album will be released in May through the Dutch label Displeased/From Beyond Productions. EQUIMANTHORN's first two albums, "Nindinugga Nimshimshargal ...

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THE LEGION To Record Third CD In The Spring

Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, featuring former MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have issued the following update: "The progress of our third album is coming along fine and most of the material is ready. We still have a lot of vocal arrangements to deal with but we hope to get started with the recording this spring. ...

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Emissaries - MELECHESH

"What the heck is Mesopotamian Metal or Sumerian Thrashing Black Metal", you ask? The kind of metal that MELECHESH plays on "Emissaries", an album that you should purchase as soon as it is released in North America on January 23. The follow-up to 2003's phenomenal "Sphynx" is in no way a let-down and soars above ...

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ABSU: Picture LPs and Live EP Delayed (Again)

Due to problems with Agonia Records' pressing plant in Czech Republic, the following releases by ABSU will not be available until January 8: * "The Sun of Tiphareth" Picture LP * "The Third Storm of Cythraul" Picture LP * "Tara" Picture LP * "L'Attaque Du Tyran: Toulouse, Le 28 Avril 1997" Live EP In other ...

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THE LEGION Announce New Bassist

Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, featuring current MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have announced the addition of bassist Kristoffer Andersson from SARGATANAS REIGN as a permanent member. "We're very pleased to have him in the band and we're looking forward to see his contribution in your music," the band write in a statement. "At the moment ...

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SOLITUDE AETURNUS Begin Recording New Album

Long-running Arlington, Texas-based doom metallers SOLITUDE AETURNUS entered Nomad Recording studio (MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND, ABSU, USURPER) in Carrolton, TX on June 1 to begin recording their new album for Massacre Records. Entitled "Alone", the CD will be the first to feature the band's new line-up, which includes founder/guitarist John Perez, vocalist Robert Lowe, guitarist ...

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ABSU To Re-Release Last Three Albums And Limited Edition Live 7" EP

Poland's Agonia Records has announced the re-release of ABSU's last three albums: "The Sun of Tiphareth", "The Third Storm of Cythrául" and "Tara" on collector's edition picture LP, due out in May 2006. The live EP, "L'Attaque Du Tyran: Toulouse, Le 28 Avril 1997", re-mastered by the group's drummer Proscriptor McGovern (Russ R. Givens), will ...

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THE LEGION: 'Revocation' Release Date Set

Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, featuring current MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, will release their sophomore album, "Revocation", on February 27 via Listenable Records. The artwork was once again designed by Kris Verwimp (MARDUK, ABSU, IMMORTAL), who had previously worked with the group on their debut album, "Unseen to Creation". "Revocation" (view cover here) ...

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THE LEGION Announce New Singer, Part Ways With Bassist

Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, featuring current MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have issued the following update: "After a long search we have finally found a new vocalist for the LEGION. He's name is Kjetil Hektoen and he’s also known for his participation in CREST OF DARKNESS and ENTHRAL. We have already started to work on ...

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Mythological Occult Metal 1991-2001 - ABSU

Not a best-of, which North America in particular could really use, but rather a nicely-packaged odds-and-sods collection of rarities from this ever-mutating, currently on hiatus Texas underground horde. You'd have to be a big fan to begin with to shell out cash for a 99-minute excursion into underproduced demos, vinyl only tracks, roughshod live recordings ...

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THE LEGION: New Song Available For Download

Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, featuring current MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have uploaded a new song, entitled "Horror Vacui", at this location (MP3, 8.5 MB). The track comes off the group's sophomore album, tentatively due in late January via France's Listenable Records. The artwork was once again designed by Kris Verwimp (MARDUK, ABSU, ...

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ABSU's PROSCRIPTOR Will Not Be Contributing To New MELECHESH Album

ABSU's Proscriptor will not be collaborating with MELECHESH on their upcoming album, according to a press release from MELECHESH's record label, Osmose Productions. "This was a mutual decision that had to be taken due to the geographic circumstances and overlapping time schedules," the press release reads. "Proscriptor has been a member of MELECHESH since 1999 ...

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THE LEGION: New Album Title, Track Listing Revealed

Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, featuring current MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have set "Revocation" as the title of their sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2006 via France's Listenable Records. The artwork was once again designed by Kris Verwimp (MARDUK, ABSU, IMMORTAL), who had previously worked with the group on their debut album, "Unseen to ...

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ABSU Drummer Talks About Auditioning For SLAYER

Patrick Rennick of MetalReview.com recently conducted an interview with ABSU members Proscriptor and Equitant. Several excerpts from the chat follow: MetalReview.com: I understand that at one point you were rehearsing with the noted metal band SLAYER, but I read somewhere that you left due to your "occult beliefs." Could you elaborate on this ...

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THE LEGION Mastering New Album

Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, featuring current MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, are mastering their new album for an early 2006 release. The artwork was once again designed by Kris Verwimp (MARDUK, ABSU, IMMORTAL), who had previously worked with the group on their debut album, "Unseen to Creation". THE LEGION's debut album, "Unseen to Creation" was ...

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THE LEGION: Studio Update

Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, featuring current MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have posted the following message on their official web site: "The progress of our new album is coming along fine and we're in the middle of recording the last parts. The vocals on this recording are being done, mainly by bassist Lars [bass] and ...

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THE LEGION Continue Vocalist Search

Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, featuring current MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have posted the following message on their official web site: "After a couple of auditions trying to find a new singer we still haven't found the person we're looking for. We need a vocalist with a darker and rawer voice who is able to ...

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ABSU To Release Two-CD/LP Anthology Of Rarities

Osmose Productions has announced the release of ABSU's "Mythological Occult Metal: 1991-2001", a double CD and LP anthology, due out in September 2005. The collection of songs, compiled by Equitant and re-mastered by Proscriptor, will feature tracks recorded by the band never featured on any of ABSU's five official releases. "This is not a posthumous ...

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