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MESHUGGAH Cancel European Festival Dates

Swedish experimental extreme metal band MESHUGGAH have cancelled their previously announced appearances at Quartfestivalen in Kristiansand, Norway (July 5) and Arvikafestivalen in Arvika, Sweden (July 12) in order to allow guitarist Mårten Hagström and drummer Tomas Haake sufficient time to recover from an unspecified illness and a carpal tunnel syndrome flare-up, respectively. The group's participation ...

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DEVIOUS Sign With SPITZENBURG RECORDS

Dutch death metallers DEVIOUS have signed a deal with Spitzenburg Records and will release their debut full-length album, "Acts Of Rage", in the Benelux on July 7. DEVIOUS play a "technical, groovy brutal [brand of] death metal with some thrash and melodic twists," according to an official press release. "Think MORBID ANGEL, AT THE GATES, ...

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MESHUGGAH: Off NUCLEAR BLAST, Weighing Their Options

Swedish experimental extreme metal band MESHUGGAH have fulfilled their contractual obligations to Nuclear Blast Records and are currently weighing their label options before recording their next studio album. "We've got like three or four offers right now, one of which is from Nuclear Blast, because they want to keep us," guitarist Mårten Hagström told KNAC.com. ...

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THE QUILL Name New Album

Sweden's THE QUILL, the band featuring current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS/ex-FIREBIRD bassist Roger Nilsson and ex-FIREBIRD drummer Jolle Atlagic, have set "Hooray! It's a Deathtrip" as the title for their fourth studio album, due in late summer through SPV/Steamhammer Records. The follow-up to last year's "Voodoo Caravan" was produced by Rickard Bengtsson (SPIRITUAL BEGGARS) and mixed by ...

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HELLTRAIN Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Swedish "death-rockers" HELLTRAIN have signed with Nuclear Blast Records. The band, whose lineup includes Pierre Törnkvist (vocals, guitar), Oskar Karlsson (drums, guitars), and Patrik Törnkvist (guitars, organ, piano, bass), are at Dugout Studio in Uppsala, Sweden with producer Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARKANE) recording their debut album for a November release. ...

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St. Anger - METALLICA

In many ways, "St. Anger" is the most anticipated, yet most dreaded, metal release since, well, the last METALLICA album. Twenty years (to the month) after the arrival of their monumental debut, "Kill 'Em All", this band still has the ability to command the attention of the entire metal community — from their legions of ...

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EPHEL DUATH Confirmed For Norway's QUART SUMMER FESTIVAL

Italian avant-jazz-metal band EPHEL DUATH has been officially added to the bill of the Quart Summer Festival (www.quart.no), the biggest rock/metal festival in Norway, with more than 50,000 people attending each year. The band will play the main stage ("Idrettsplassen"), fourth on the bill, together with such bands as IMMORTAL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, ...

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Former WITHOUT FACE Singer, Guitarist Launch New Project

Former WITHOUT FACE frontwoman Julie and guitarist Roomy have put together a brand new project called TO-MERA. "We are working hard to arrange everything with the new band right now," Julie told Musical Discoveries in a recent interview. "I don't want to explain too much about it yet, but it's already obvious that the new ...

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SEETHINGS Sign With Italy's SCARLET RECORDS

SEETHINGS, the new Swedish band fronted by former DARKANE vocalist Lawrence Mackrory, have inked a worldwide deal with Italy's Scarlet Records. The group's first release through the label will be "Parallels", due in late spring. North American and Asian recording agreements are currently being negotiated and will be finalized shortly. "Parallels" was produced by Daniel ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD DVD On The Way

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD are reportedly compiling footage for their first-ever DVD, tentatively due before the end of the year. The band are also said to be planning a headlining tour of the U.S. in September. No further details are available at this time. STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have just kicked off a U.S. tour as the ...

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THE QUILL Set Release Date For New Album

Sweden's THE QUILL have set an August 25 European release date through SPV/Steamhammer Records for their as-yet-untitled fourth full-length album. The follow-up to last year's "Voodoo Caravan" was recorded in part at Berno Studios in Malmö and will be mixed in early May at Dug-Out Studios in Uppsala with producer Daniel Bergstrand (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, ...

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MÖRK GRYNING Change Title Of New CD, Finalize Track Listing

Swedish black metallers MÖRK GRYNING have changed the title of their forthcoming album to "Pieces Of Primal Expressionism" from the originally planned "Pieces Of An Expressionistic Avantgardism". The CD, which was recorded at Dug-Out studios in Uppsala, Sweden with producer Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, STUCK MOJO, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD), is due on June 6 through No ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD: Corrected/Updated Itinerary Released

Century Media Records have released a corrected tour itinerary for STRAPPING YOUNG LAD's forthcoming trek with MESHUGGAH and the group's subsequent headlining dates. The updated itinerary is as follows: STRAPPING YOUNG LAD w/ MESHUGGAH Apr. 25 - Graceland - Seattle, WA Apr. 26 - Roseland - Portland, OR Apr. 27 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, ...

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MESHUGGAH Off 'Blackest' Tour, LACUNA COIL Jump On

More changes have been made to the lineup for the DANZIG-headlined "Blackest of The Black" festival mini-tour, set to take place in early May. Sweden's MESHUGGAH, who were previously said to be participating in the package, have now dropped off the event and have been replaced by OPETH (as first reported here earlier today) and ...

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OPETH Added To 'Blackest Of The Black' Tour

Sweden's OPETH are the latest group to have been confirmed for the DANZIG-headlined "Blackest of The Black" festival mini-tour, set to take place in early May. The lineup of acts currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: DANZIG SUPERJOINT RITUAL MESHUGGAH NILE OPETH Other groups are expected to be announced soon. Confirmed ...

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IMMORTAL, THE HAUNTED Off 'Blackest' Tour

IMMORTAL and THE HAUNTED have officially withdrawn from the DANZIG-headlined "Blackest of The Black" festival mini-tour, which will consist of three West Coast dates in early May. The revamped lineup of acts scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: DANZIG SUPERJOINT RITUAL MESHUGGAH NILE Other groups are expected to be announced soon. Confirmed ...

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MESHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD: U.S. Dates Announced

MESHUGGAH have announced the tentative dates for their forthcoming U.S. headlining tour. Support at all shows will come from STRAPPING YOUNG LAD. The tentative dates are as follows: Apr. 25 - Seattle, WA @ Graceland Apr. 26 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Apr. 27 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom Apr. 29 - San Francisco, ...

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SCARVE To Enter Studio In July

France's SCARVE will enter Dug-Out Studio in Uppsala, Sweden in July with producers Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) and Örjan Örnkloo (MISERY LOVES CO.) to record their third album, due in January 2004 through Listenable Records. In related news, THE CUBE, a brand new rock/fusion act featuring SCARVE's Guillaume Bideau on vocals and percussion, ...

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NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE FESTIVAL: Lineup Announced!

SUPERJOINT RITUAL, MESHUGGAH, THE HAUNTED, SUFFOCATION and LAMB OF GOD are among the artists scheduled to appear at this year's New England Metal And Hardcore Festival, set to take place on May 16-17 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. The compete lineup for the fesatival is as follows: Friday, May 16 (3:00 p.m. doors): OPETH ...

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MÖRK GRYNING Name New Album

Swedish black metallers MÖRK GRYNING have set "Pieces Of An Expressionistic Avantgardism" as the tentative title for their forthcoming fourth full-length album, due on June 6 through No Fashion Records. The album, which is currently being recorded at Dug-Out studios in Uppsala, Sweden with producer Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, STUCK MOJO, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD), will include ...

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DARKANE To Support MESHUGGAH In Scandinavia

MESHUGGAH have tapped DARKANE as the opening act on their upcoming Scandinavian tour. "They are friends of ours and they're really nice guys so this should be a peaceful and 'happy go lucky' tour hahahaha....," reads a statement on MESHUGGAH's official web site. "Happy go lucky..what kind of phrase is that??" Confirmed dates are as ...

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MÖRK GRYNING Begin Work On New Album

Swedish black metallers MÖRK GRYNING have entered Dug-Out studios in Uppsala, Sweden with producer Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, STUCK MOJO, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) to record their fourth full-length album, due on June 6 through No Fashion Records. According to the group, "The new material is heavier, more progressive and very varied, both lighter and darker and ...

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MESHUGGAH: More Scandinavian Dates Announced

MESHUGGAH have announced a host of Scandinavian dates during March. They are as follows: Mar. 17 - Stockholm, SWE - Göta Källare Mar. 18 - Malmö, SWE - Kulturbolaget Mar. 19 - Göteborg, SWE - Sticky Fingers Mar. 20 - Oslo, NOR - Betong Mar. 21 - Gävle, SWE - Nivå Mar. 22 - Örebro, ...

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SOILWORK To Release 'Figure Number Five' In May

Sweden's SOILWORK have set "Figure Number Five" as the title for their follow-up to last year's acclaimed "Natural Born Chaos" CD, due in North America on May 5 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album will surface in Europe on April 21. The complete track listing for "Figure Number Five" is as follows: 01. Rejection Role ...

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