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BORKNAGAR Drummer To Join TESTAMENT

TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson has posted the following update to the band's official web site, www.testamentlegions.com: "Hello fans! "Latest news regarding the European 'No Mercy Festival' we are about to embark on in April. Due to [TESTAMENT/SADUS drummer] Jon Allen's personal family issues, he will not be able to participate in the tour ...

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BESEECH Confirmed For Sweden's 2000 DECIBEL Festival

Swedish "gothic metal" act BESEECH are the latest act to have been confirmed for the fourth edition of the 2000 Decibel festival, which is scheduled to be held on May 17, 2003 in Bengtsfors, Sweden (180 km north of Gothenburg). Fifteen bands will play on two different stages as part of an annual event that ...

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MADDER MORTEM To Support OPETH In Europe

Norway's MADDER MORTEM will be supporting Swedish metal masters OPETH throughout the months of February and March. This tour will mark MADDER MORTEM's return to Central European stages after their support slot on the TRISTANIA / ROTTING CHRIST / VINTERSORG tour in Autumn of 2001. Confirmed dates are as follows: Feb. 09 – Paris, FRA ...

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VINTERSORG Set Tentative Track Listing For 'The Focusing Blur'

Sweden's VINTERSORG, featuring vocalist Vintersorg of the Norwegian band BORKNAGAR, have set the tentative track listing for their upcoming album, "The Focusing Blur", due in early 2003 through Napalm Records. The follow-up to this year's "Visions From The Spiral Generator" will contain the following cuts: 01. Prologue Dialogue 02. The Essence 03. The Thesises Seasons ...

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BORKNAGAR Announce Recording Plans, Launch Side Project

Norway's BORKNAGAR will enter the studio early next year to begin recording the follow-up to "Empiricism". "We estimate to use about 4-6 months to record the album, as we want to use the time needed to get the album as close to perfection as possible," mastermind Oystein G. Brun said in a statement. "The album ...

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VINTERSORG Offers Update On Current And Future Projects

VINTERSORG/BORKNAGAR/HAVAYOTH frontman Vintersorg has released the following update on his recent and upcoming projects: "Right now we're working on the pre-production for the next VINTERSORG album, which is going to have the format of a concept/theme album, a story running through the albums entirety, and with a musical flow that includes small compositions between the ...

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HAVAYOTH Writing New Album, Negotiating Record Deal

HAVAYOTH, featuring Vintersorg (i.e. VINTERSORG, BORKNAGAR), Vargher (i.e. BEWITCHED) and Mad Morgan (i.e. NAGLFAR), have completed six cuts for their sophomore full-length album, tentatively entitled A Journey Called Dreams. At the moment, the group are negotiating a new record deal following their recent split with Hammerheart Records, the label that issued HAVAYOTH's debut, His Creation ...

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VINTERSORG Duo Put Side Project To Sleep

OTYG, the side project of VINTERSORG/BORKNAGAR vocalist Vintersorg and VINTERSORG guitarist Mattias Marklund, has been officially put to sleep, according to an official statement from the duo. Both me (Vintersorg) and Mattias feel that we can't go on with OTYG as we have lost our burning inspiration and lust in that musical arena. And under ...

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AETERNUS Confirmed For Inferno, Prepare New Demo

Norway's AETERNUS have replaced DHG (formerly known as DDHEIMSGARD) on the bill of the upcoming Inferno Festival, which is scheduled to take place in Oslo, Norway on March 29th. Other artists due to appear at the event include DIMMU BORGIR, BLOOD RED THRONE, CARPATHIAN FOREST, LOCKUP, VINTERSORG and WITCHERY. In other news, AETERNUS are due ...

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STEVE DIGIORGIO To Guest On New VINTERSORG CD!

Former DEATH/CONTROL DENIED and current TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio will make a guest appearance on the forthcoming album from Sweden's VINTERSORG, entitled Visions From The Spiral Generator. DiGiorgio will lay down his tracks at an as-yet-undisclosed studio in the San Francisco Bay Area during March 8-9 for a summer release through Napalm Records. According to ...

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ENTOMBED Live Broadcast Tonight!

ENTOMBED's live appearance at the Popstad festival in Skelleftea, Sweden, which is scheduled to take place tonight, February 9th at 10:00 PM local time (4:00 PM EST) will be broadcast live via the Internet at this location (click on Lyssna direkt p: P3). Also appearing on the bill will be CULT OF LUNA ...

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VINTERSORG Continue Work On New CD, Enlist BORKNAGAR Bassist

Sweden's VINTERSORG, featuring vocalist Vintersorg of the Norwegian band BORKNAGAR, are hard at work on their latest studio effort, entitled Visions From The Spiral Generator, and they expect to be done mixing at the end of March for a summer release. According to an official update from the group, “Asgeir's extraordinary drumming is finished and ...

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INFERNO 2002 Festival Takes Shape

Inferno 2002 festival is scheduled to take place on March 29th and 30th at Rockefeller in Olso, Norway. So far the following acts have been confirmed to appear: 1349 AURA NOIR BEHEMOTH BLACK COMEDY BLOOD RED THRONE CARPATHIAN FOREST DHG DIMMU BORGIR ETERNAL SILENCE LOCK UP LOST IN TIME LOWDOWN MANATARK MINAS TIRITH NOCTURNAL BREED ...

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VINTERSORG, ENTOMBED To Play Popstad Festival

Sweden's VINTERSORG, featuring vocalist Vintersorg of the Norwegian band BORKNAGAR, will perform at the Popstad festival in Skelleftea, Sweden on Saturday, February 9th. The entire event, which will also include appearances by ENTOMBED and CULT OF LUNA, will be broadcast on the radio via www.sr.se/p3. For more information, go to

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BORKNAGAR To Record New CD In The Fall

Norway's BORKNAGAR, featuring vocalist Vintersorg of the Swedish band VINTERSORG, are currently working on new material for their as-yet-untitled sixth album, which they hope to record in the fall for an early 2003 release through Century Media Records. Described as “a continuation” of the sound and style found of last year's Empiricism, the upcoming CD ...

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ENTOMBED: Opera Bound!

Sweden's ENTOMBED are currently working on songs that they will be performing during a string of performances at the Royal Opera Hall in Stockholm in February as part of a show called Unreal Estate, with the band doing a 45-minute set of brand new, specially-composed original material while surrounded by 30 ballet dancers and a ...

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Archive News Nov 30, 2001

Here are some of the latest sales figures for various metal/hard rock releases in the US, as reported by Soundscan for the week ending November 25th, 2001 (number in parenthesis indicates the number of weeks the title has been on the sales chart):

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KID ROCK – Cocky: 223,062 (1) ...

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Archive News Nov 08, 2001

RAVEN bassist/vocalist John Gallagher has posted the following update on the band's activities at the group's official web site at www.ravenlunatics.com: “Hi!! It's been a while. Sorry to have been out of it for a while, but a lot has been happening behind the scenes... [Guitarist] Mark [Gallagher] &amp I were over ...

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Archive News Sep 14, 2001 - update 2

FEAR FACTORY's Raymond Herrera speaks out: “What has happened here in the U.S. is a real tragedy to say the least, I have been lucky enough not to have any friends that I know of yet, that were in the flights that were taken over or in the World Trade Center buildings at the ...

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Archive News Sep 10, 2001 - update 2

QUEENSRYCHE vocalist Geoff Tate is due to officially begin recording his new solo album on September 13th. Not many details are presently available about the upcoming CD, but it is believed that the line-up of musicians performing on the album will be the same as the one that appeared live back in June, a ...

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Archive News Jul 31, 2001

METALLICA guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield spoke out for the first time about his ongoing battle with alcoholism and “other addictions” via a statement posted on the METALLICA Club web site. James' short message reads as follows: “It took a lot for me to admit to my problems, and it's a great feeling to have the ...

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Archive News Jul 30, 2001 - update 2

Leave it to W.A.S.P. and Blackie Lawless to deliver one of the cheesiest press releases we have ever seen. We especially like the way Lawless and his representatives have failed to make mention of the fact that new guitarist Darrell Roberts has spent the last year playing with former L.A. glamsters TUFF, a band ...

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Archive News Jul 16, 2001 - update 2

Unconfirmed reports indicate that IRON MAIDEN's representatives have finally completed their seemingly endless negotiations with McFarlane Toys (Todd McFarlane's toy company) to allow McFarlane to produce a line of Eddie figures, which are tentatively scheduled to be made available in 2002. According to sources, the toys are going to be the traditional McFarlane figures ...

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Archive News Jul 02, 2001

ENTOMBED have announced the initial dates for their upcoming European tour, which will also include CROWBAR and 2 TON PREDATOR in the support slots. The confirmed shows so far are as follows:

Sept. 08 - King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, UK

Sept. 09 - Limelight, Belfast, UK

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Archive News Jun 09, 2001

According to guitarist Scott Ian, ANTHRAX plan on getting together June 13th to begin working on material for the group's next studio opus, which is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2002 through Nuclear Blast Records in Europe and Beyond/BMG Records in the US. Ian also confirmed that talks are underway for ANTHRAX to possibly ...

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Archive News May 22, 2001

According to event organizer Walter Morgan, the Thrash Of The Titans benefit concert for TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, is officially confirmed to be taking place on Saturday, August 11th at San Francisco's Maritime Hall (with an officially published capacity of 1,700, according to the venue's web site: www.maritimehall.com). The ...

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