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KING DIAMOND: New Album Update

KING DIAMOND have finished recording the drums, bass and rhythm guitars for their upcoming album, tentatively due in early 2007. The follow-up to 2003's "The Puppet Master" will contain 13 tracks (including an intro), five of which were written by the band's guitarist Andy La Rocque. Frontman King Diamond will soon begin writing the lyrics ...

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Arrangements for Fulminating Vective - LYE BY MISTAKE

Halfway through "Arrangements for Fulminating Vective" by St. Louis' LYE BY MISTAKE and it was difficult not to think in terms of been-there-done-that. All that over the top doodling and DILLINGER-meets-jazz-fusion chaos is fine and dandy, but a tad tired now with bands as different as EPHEL DUATH and CANDIRIA having already cornered the market. ...

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BEHEMOTH Begin Work On New Material

BEHEMOTH frontman Nergal has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "[The second leg of Polish 'Demigod' tour] was simply a blast. Touring with such a company and playing in front of packed venues was a perfect ending for this never-ending tour. I loved the fact that we also finally played a ...

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BEHEMOTH Prepare For Polish Tour; Demos/Rarities Release

Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH have returned from their triumphant tour in America and are ready to hit the road in their homeland. The trek, consisting of 10 dates in the biggest markets in Poland, starts on May 13 in Elblag and ends on May 22 in Gdynia. Commented BEHEMOTH mainman Nergal: "The tour we've just ...

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KING DIAMOND: Treviso Cancelled, Athens Rescheduled

KING DIAMOND's manager, Ole Bang, has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Regretfully, and due to circumstances beyond our control, there will be a change of date and venue in Athens, Greece, which also caused us to cancel the show in Treviso, Italy. New date for Athens is: Monday, May 22. ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH Bassist Joins ANGTORIA

ANGTORIA, the new Swedish/British orchestral/metal band formed by female singer Sarah Jezebel Deva (CRADLE OF FILTH, THERION, MORTIIS), composer Chris Rehn (ABYSSOS) and Tommy Rehn (MOAHNI MOAHNA), have announced the addition of CRADLE OF FILTH bassist Dave Pybus and MY OWN GRAVE drummer John Henriksson to the group's lineup. Both Pybus and Henriksson participated in ...

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MOONLYGHT Seek Touring Keyboardist

Quebec City's progressive dark metallers MOONLYGHT have posted the following message on their MySpace.com page: "As previously announced, MOONLYGHT will open for BEHEMOTH on July 12th at Quebec's Imperial Theater. Caps (drums) will not be part of the show, as he will be touring all summer with his other band, MAUVAIS SORT, and so is ...

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ANGTORIA: Pictures From 'God Has A Plan For Us All' Video Shoot Posted Online

ANGTORIA, the new Swedish/British orchestral/metal band formed by female singer Sarah Jezebel Deva (CRADLE OF FILTH, THERION, MORTIIS), composer Chris Rehn (ABYSSOS) and Tommy Rehn (MOAHNI MOAHNA), have finished filming a video for the track "God Has A Plan For Us All" with up-and-coming, award-winning Swedish director Måns Berthas. Commented the band: "The video shoot ...

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VESANIA Report On 'The Domination Tour'

Polish black metal masters VESANIA, whose lineup includes Orion (BEHEMOTH) and Daray (VADER), have posted the following update on the recently completed "The Domination Tour 2006", also featuring GRAVE, CRYPTOPSY, DEW-SCENTED and ABORTED: "We're approaching the end of the tour, with the final part turning out to be more difficult than originally anticipated. Our first ...

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Unhealthy Opera - YYRKOON

I think I still prefer 2003's "Occult Medicine" to YYRKOON's soon-to-be-released (in North America) "Unhealthy Opera", but the latter continues to grow on me. Fortunately, fans of "Occult Medicine" will not be let down with "Unhealthy Opera", as the French band follows up a strong death/thrash album with another strong death/thrash album. Those unfamiliar with ...

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BEHEMOTH's NERGAL Checks In From MORBID ANGEL Tour

Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH have made their triumphant return to North America as part of the MORBID ANGEL-headlined "The Masters of Chaos" tour (also featuring KRISIUN and DESPISED ICON) and currently are in the middle of their fourth U.S. trek. The band had just gotten off stage in Cleveland, Ohio when frontman Nergal issued the ...

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ANGTORIA Tap MY OWN GRAVE Drummer For Video Shoot

ANGTORIA, the new Swedish/British orchestral/metal band formed by female singer Sarah Jezebel Deva (CRADLE OF FILTH, THERION, MORTIIS), composer Chris Rehn (ABYSSOS) and Tommy Rehn (MOAHNI MOAHNA), have recruited drummer John Henriksson of Swedish death/thrash metal band MY OWN GRAVE for the "God Has A Plan For Us All" video shoot. The clip will be ...

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ANGTORIA To Film 'God Has A Plan For Us All' Video

ANGTORIA, the new Swedish/British orchestral/metal band formed by female singer Sarah Jezebel Deva (CRADLE OF FILTH, THERION, MORTIIS), composer Chris Rehn (ABYSSOS) and Tommy Rehn (MOAHNI MOAHNA), will soon start filming their first music video as part of the worldwide promotion for their debut album, "God Has A Plan For Us All", due on April ...

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SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND: Tour Dates Announced

The second annual Sounds of the Underground tour will kick off July 8 in Cleveland, Ohio and wll run for the better part of the summer. This year's lineup features the following: AS I LAY DYING IN FLAMES TRIVIUM CANNIBAL CORPSE GWAR TERROR THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER BEHEMOTH THE CHARIOT THROUGH THE EYES OF THE ...

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Slaves Shall Serve - BEHEMOTH

Some might view these limited edition releases as nothing more than a cash-grab to capitalize on the success of a band's most recent album, in this case BEHEMOTH's godly "Demigod". My attitude toward it is that these releases can also be an affordable way to get some cool material from your favorite band that you ...

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BEHEMOTH Forced To Cancel ATARFE VEGA ROCK Appearance

Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH were forced to miss their appearance at the Atarfe Vega Rock festival in Atarfe, Granada, Spain after they were rejected by a Wizzar airlines flight to Spain for having oversized luggage. "This situation was simply beyond our control," the band write in a statement. "Occasionally we face this kind of problems ...

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ANGTORIA: Debut Album Samples Available

ANGTORIA, the new Swedish/British orchestral/metal band formed by female singer Sarah Jezebel Deva (CRADLE OF FILTH, THERION, MORTIIS), composer Chris Rehn (ABYSSOS) and Tommy Rehn (MOAHNI MOAHNA), have uploaded a couple of audio samples from their debut album, "God Has A Plan For Us All", due on April 27 via Listenable Records. Check out the ...

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CRYPTOPSY, SIX FEET UNDER, HATE Confirmed For Germany's PARTY.SAN OPEN AIR Festival

CRYPTOPSY, SIX FEET UNDER and HATE have been confirmed for the 2006 installment of the Party.San Open Air festival, set to take place August 10-12 in Bad Berka, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AKRIVAL BEHEMOTH CRYPTOPSY DESASTER DESTRÖYER666 DEW-SCENTED ENSLAVED HATE HELRUNAR HYPOCRISY ILLDISPOSED KAAMOS KATAKLYSM MARDUK NIFELHEIM ...

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KING DIAMOND To Lend Voice To 'Clerks' Sequel

King Diamond will be lending his inimitable voice to acclaimed director Kevin Smith's next movie, "The Passion of the Clerks", which is a sequel to the 1994 independent classic "Clerks", and is due to arrive in theaters later this year. The movie is set 10 years later, but Dante and Randall are still spending time ...

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TANKARD, SETHERIAL Confirmed For Germany's PARTY.SAN OPEN AIR Festival

TANKARD and SETHERIAL have been confirmed for the 2006 installment of the Party.San Open Air festival, set to take place August 10-12 in Bad Berka, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AKRIVAL BEHEMOTH DESASTER DESTRÖYER 666 DEW-SCENTED ENSLAVED HELRUNAR HYPOCRISY ILLDISPOSED KAAMOS KATAKLYSM MARDUK NIFELHEIM ROTTEN SOUND SETHERIAL SEVERE ...

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KING DIAMOND: More European Tour Dates Announced

KING DIAMOND have added three German dates to their upcoming European tour. The schedule is now shaping up as follows: Apr. 15 - Tobakken - Esbjerg, DEN Apr. 17 - Train - Aarhus, DEN Apr. 19 - Amager Bio - Copenhagen, DEN Apr. 21 - Kåren - Gothenburg, SWE Apr. 22 - Rockefeller - Oslo, ...

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