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Character - DARK TRANQUILLITY

"Character" has been awaited obsessively by the self-appointed defenders of heavy, who've pinned their Swede-metal hopes on DARK TRANQUILLITY after lamenting loud and long the "selling out" of IN FLAMES, SOILWORK, et al. Good news — Mikael Stanne's much-maligned clean vocals are history, his emotive snarl capable of carrying rudimentary melody and, more importantly, expressing ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY: More European Chart Positions Revealed

DARK TRANQUILLITY's new album, "Character", has entered the Italian chart at No. 57 and the Finnish chart ay No. 30. As previously reported, "Character" debuted in the band's native Sweden at No. 3. DARK TRANQUILLITY have just kicked off a huge European tour with KREATOR, HATESPHERE and EKTOMORF, which runs through March 7 at the ...

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HATEFRAME Sign With RISING REALM RECORDS

HATEFRAME, the new Finnish thrash metal band featuring drummer Tonmi Lillman (ex-TO/DIE/FOR, SINERGY), guitarist Joonas Koto (MALPRACTICE, ex-TO/DIE/FOR) and bassist Make Kanki (ex-TO/DIE/FOR), have inked a deal with Rising Realm Records. The group's full-length debut, "Sign of Demise", will be issued in the spring/summer. The group, whose sound is being described as "old-school thrash" in ...

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KREATOR Enter German Chart At No. 19

KREATOR's new album, "Enemy of God", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 19 during its first week of release. The CD also debuted at position No. 45 in Austria and No. 84 in France. The follow-up to 2001's "Violent Revolution" was recorded and mixed at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England with producer ...

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TRISTANIA Complete 'Equilibrium' Video

Norwegian metal band TRISTANIA have finished filming a video for the track "Equilibrium". Director Ralf Strathmann was flown in from Los Angeles to work on this project, which was completed in the old Tou Brewery in Stavanger, Norway. The material is currently in post-production and the video should be available by the end of January. ...

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KREATOR Earn Top Spot On CMJ'S 'Loud Rock' Chart

German thrash legends KREATOR have captured the coveted top position on CMJ's "Loud Rock" radio chart this week, as their brand new album "Enemy of God" continues to generate momentum. The chart, which is based on based on combined airplay reports of hard rock and metal releases from CMJ's panel of college, commercial and non-commercial ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY: New Song Posted Online

A brand new DARK TRANQUILLITY track, entitled "Through Smudged Lenses", has been posted online at this location (Real Media). "Through Smudged Lenses" comes off the group's upcoming album, "Character", due in Europe on January 24 and North America on January 25 via Century Media Records. The band recently released an EP, entitled "Lost ...

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TRISTANIA Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

Norwegian metal band TRISTANIA are the latest act confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Summer Breeze festival, set to be held August 18-20 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. Also set to appear at the festival are IMPIOUS, KRISIUN, THE VISION BLEAK, SUIDAKRA, EKTOMORF, AMON AMARTH, MAROON, SYMPHORCE, BORN FROM PAIN, ENDSTILLE, LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, ...

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Enemy of God - KREATOR

One of the longest running and most respected metal groups around, Germany's KREATOR are back doing what they do best — delivering no-holds-barred thrash that is heavy on sheer aggression and short on frills. To their credit, KREATOR have only released a couple of albums or so over the course of their 20-year career that ...

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OBLITERATION Guitarist Quits (Again)

OBLITERATION rhythm guitarist Cesar Vallejo has once again left the group. "I cannot dedicate myself to this band 100 percent anymore," he writes in a statement. "Nonetheless, I will be helping OBLITERATION while they find a permanent guitarist and bassist. On the other hand, I will continue with my thrash metal band, CREMAINS. We are ...

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GRAVE DIGGER: New Song Available For Download

A single edit of a brand new GRAVE DIGGER track, entitled "The Last Supper", is available for download at this location. "The Last Supper" is the title track of GRAVE DIGGER's upcoming album, due on January 17, 2005 through Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to last year's "Rheingold" was recorded at Principal studio ...

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MSG Bassist And Singer Exchanged Blows: Support Act

Swiss rockers PURE INC. have issued the following report from their recently completed European tour with MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (MSG): "It's over now! Almost four weeks of touring Europe with MSG brought ups and downs. "The first two gigs worked out as planned, then the first problems occurred. The tour seemed to be over. Michael ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY: Early Album Reissues Detailed

DARK TRANQUILLITY's "Lost to Apathy" EP has entered the Swedish single chart at position No. 47. View the whole chart here. "We didn't expect to hit the charts with a fast-paced thrash fest with screaming vocals, so this is definately good news," the band write on their web site. In other news, DARK ...

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GRAVE DIGGER Explain New Album Cover

German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER have issued a statement defending their choice of artwork (designed by Gyula Havancsak) for their upcoming release, "The Last Supper". The statement reads as follows: "After the release of 'The Last Supper' artwork we got a lot of very positive response. But there are also fans [who] are ...

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KREATOR Frontman Guest DJs on Sirius Satellite Radio's 'Hard Attack'

German thrash exports KREATOR visit Sirius Satellite Radio's "Hard Attack" studios for the first time to talk with Mario about their twenty-plus years of conquering the metallic throne. Listen in as frontman Mille Petrozza blazes through KREATOR's role in thrash music and their effect on the current crop of bands. "Hard Attack" will also debut ...

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KREATOR Frontman Guests On Children's TV Program: Photos Available

KREATOR frontman Mille Petrozza appeared on the children's TV channel KinderKanal in Germany today (Nov. 19). The 30-minute program featured Petrozza answering questions about the heavy metal genre. According to a BLABBERMOUTH.NET visitor, "the presenter of the show was a bit nervous, and Mille seemed a bit misplaced, but all in all it was a ...

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