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AVATARIUM To Release Second Album In October

AVATARIUM, the Swedish metal project whose recording lineup includes Leif Edling, founding bassist and main songwriter of Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS, has entered the studio to begin recording its sophomore album for an October release via Nuclear Blast. To celebrate the as-yet-untitled CD's arrival, AVATARIUM will embark on a European headlining tour with support ...

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CANDLEMASS/Ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Singer MATS LEVÉN Collaborates With Slovakia's TRISTANA

Swedish singer Mats Levén (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, CANDLEMASS, TREAT, THERION, KRUX) is collaborating with the Slovakian alternative metal band TRISTANA. The new project, calling itself TRISTANA FEAT. MATS LEVÉN, will make festival appearances this summer. Levén began his career in 1986 in the bands SWEDISH EROTICA and TREAT. In 1997 came his first worldwide success as ...

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U.K. Thrashers ACID REIGN Are Back!

Twenty four years is a long time in anyone's book, but that is how long it's been since the "Kings Of Apple Core," ACID REIGN, have been missing from the U.K. thrash scene. Calling ACID REIGN's return more of a reboot than a reformation, sole original member Howard "H" Smith comments: "I tried to put ...

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RAGING SPEEDHORN To Release 'Halfway To Hell' Single

Resurrected Corby, U.K. metallers RAGING SPEEDHORN will launch their much-awaited new single, "Halfway To Hell", as a limited-edition seven-inch at the end of May through Welsh label Palm Reader Records. Following on from their tour and stunning sets at Sonisphere and Damnation festivals, RAGING SPEEDHORN will hit the road again this May with mighty U.S. ...

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Back from the Abyss - ORANGE GOBLIN

Long one of the inarguable best of the doom-stoner sect is ORANGE GOBLIN. You either know them or you don't, and you if you do know them, dissatisfaction is not a part of the intake. Their latest project, "Back from the Abyss", is everything ORANGE GOBLIN fans are craving: a bit of BLACK SABBATH, a ...

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AVATARIUM: 'All I Want' Lyric Video Released

AVATARIUM, the project led by Leif Edling, founding bassist and main songwriter of Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS, will release a new vinyl/digital-only EP, "All I Want", on November 14 via Nuclear Blast. In addition to Edling, AVATARIUM features Marcus Jidell (ROYAL HUNT, EVERGREY) on guitar, Lars Sköld (TIAMAT) on drums, Carl Westholm on keyboards ...

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GUS G., MATS LEVÉN Perform Acoustically In Greece (Video)

On October 3, Gus G. — well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND — and singer Mats Levén (CANDLEMASS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION) performed acoustically at the Irida rock bar in Ioannina, Greece. You can now watch video footage of their ...

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AVATARIUM: 'All I Want' EP Teaser

AVATARIUM, the project led by Leif Edling, founding bassist and main songwriter of Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS, will release a new vinyl/digital-only EP, "All I Want", on November 14 via Nuclear Blast. A teaser for the EP is available below. In addition to Edling, AVATARIUM features Marcus Jidell (ROYAL HUNT, EVERGREY) on guitar, Lars ...

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GUS G. Talks To MUSICIAN'S FRIEND (Video)

In August 2014, Musician's Friend conducted an interview with Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND. You can now watch the chat in three parts below. Gus' debut solo album, "I Am The Fire", entered ...

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Video Premiere: AMON AMARTH's 'Deceiver Of The Gods'

The video for "Deceiver Of The Gods", the title track of the ninth studio album from Swedish metallers AMON AMARTH, can be seen below. The video features clips from the upcoming film "Northmen - A Viking Saga", which stars Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, Ken Duken, and features AMON AMARTH frontman Johan Hegg as Valli. "Northmen ...

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AVATARIUM To Release 'All I Want' EP

AVATARIUM, the project led by Leif Edling, founding bassist and main songwriter of Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS, will release a new vinyl/digital-only EP, "All I Want", on November 14 via Nuclear Blast. In addition to Edling, AVATARIUM features Marcus Jidell (ROYAL HUNT, EVERGREY) on guitar, Lars Sköld (TIAMAT) on drums, Carl Westholm on keyboards ...

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AMORPHIS To Perform Entire 'Tales From The Thousand Lakes' Album On 20th-Anniversary Tour

Finnish melancholic dark metal forerunners AMORPHIS will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their legendary 1994 release "Tales From The Thousand Lakes" by performing the album in its entirety on a short tour in December. Support on the trek will come from Swedish metallers AVATARIUM. Comments AMORPHIS guitarist Esa Holopainen: "This month (July 12) marked the ...

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Video: AVATARIUM Performs At SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL

Fan-filmed video footage of AVATARIUM's June 7 performance at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden can be seen below. AVATARIUM is the project led by Leif Edling, founding bassist and main songwriter of Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS. Due to his health condition, Edling was unable to perform with AVATARIUM at the Sweden Rock ...

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