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AMON AMARTH Break German Top 40

AMON AMARTH's latest CD, "Fate Of Norns", has entered the German Media Control Top 100 chart at position No. 31 and Austria's Media Control album chart at No. 56. The German debut marks the highest chart entry in Germany to date for the group's label, Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to last year's "Versus the ...

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UNLEASHED To Embark On European Headlining Tour

Legendary Swedish death metallers UNLEASHED are tentatively scheduled to embark on a headlining European tour beginning on November 19 in France. The two-week trek is expected to conclude in early December. Support bands for the tour have yet to be announced. UNLEASHED's seventh studio album, "Sworn Allegiance", was released in the U.S. this week through ...

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KAI HANSEN To Perform HELLOWEEN Set With STORMWARRIOR

German power metallers STORMWARRIOR will be joined by former HELLOWEEN and current GAMMA RAY guitarist/vocalist Kai Hansen for a special "Walls of Jericho" set during the "after-party" for the "34 000 Ton Metal Cruise" on September 25 at Münchenbryggeriet in Stockholm, Sweden. Also set to perform at the after-party is Finland's IMPALED NAZARENE. Tickets for ...

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German Music Channel To Air WACKEN OPEN AIR Report

German music channel VIVA will broadcast a report on this year's Wacken Open Air festival on Sunday, September 5 beginning at 10:30 pm (CET). Among the live performances that are expected to be featured in the program are those from ANTHRAX, MNEMIC, AMON AMARTH, DESTRUCTION, HYPROCRISY and SAXON. Also included in the report will be ...

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NAGLFAR To Open For CANNIBAL CORPSE In Sweden

Swedish death/black metallers NAGLFAR will replace AMON AMARTH as the opening band for CANNIBAL CORPSE at their gig at Idun Folkets Husin Umeå, Sweden on September 27. The show will be one of NAGLFAR's few gigs in Sweden this year. Also appearing on the bill will be SPAWN OF POSSESSION. NAGLFAR's most recent album, "Sheol", ...

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IMPIOUS: New Album Samples Posted Online

Swedish death/thrashers IMPIOUS have changed the title of their fourth full-length album to "Hellucinate" from the previously announced "Hellucinations". The follow-up to 2002's "The Killer" was recorded at Studio Mega with producer Valle Adzic and was mixed by Chris Silver and Valle Adzic. Audio samples from the album are currently available for download from the ...

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SKYCLAD Confirmed For 34 000 TON METAL CRUISE

SKYCLAD are the final band confirmed for the "34 000 Ton Metal Cruise", set to take place September 24-25 on board of the third generation car ferry "Silja Festival" (photo). The complete lineup for the festival is as follows: AMON AMARTH HYPOCRISY SKYCLAD TAD MOROSE TANKARD WOLF For information on how to book ...

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AMON AMARTH Finalize Track Listing, Release Date For New Album

Sweden's AMON AMARTH have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Fate of Norns", due on September 6 through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to last year's "Versus The World", "Fate of Norns" (which refers to the three Norns — or "godesses of fate" — Urd, Skuld and Verdandi, who, in Scandinavian mythology, sit ...

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Metal Compilation Available For Free Download

A 16-track compilation of Southern California and Tijuana (Mexico) metal bands is now available as a free MP3 download at this location. Titled "SDMetal.org Compilation Vol. 1", "this compilation was put together to showcase the growing talent and dedication among metal bands hailing from the Southern California/Baja Mexico metal scene," according to an ...

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GRAVE, UNLEASHED: New Albums To Receive U.S. Release In Early September

Century Media Records has set September 7 as the U.S. release date for the new albums from Sweden's death metal godfathers GRAVE and UNLEASHED. GRAVE, who recently replaced drummer Christofer Barkensjö (KAAMOS) with Pelle Liljenberg (COERCION), recorded their sixth full-length album, "Fiendish Regression", at Abyss studio with producers Tommy and Peter Tägtgren. 11 tracks were ...

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AMON AMARTH Complete Work On New CD

Sweden's AMON AMARTH have completed work on their new album, "Fate of Norns", according to an online posting by the band's vocalist Johan Hegg. "Currently we're preparing for the upcoming Rock The Nations Festival in Istanbul on July 3rd-4th. After that we'll take a well-deserved vacation from the music before we start preparing for Wacken ...

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NEAERA Sign With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Münster, Germany-based metalcore act NEAERA have inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. The group will enter the studio in the fall to begin recording their debut album for the label, tentatively due in early 2005. Commented the band in a statement: "It is still a little hard to grasp for us, but from today ...

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UNLEASHED: Live Video Posted Online

Legendary Swedish death metallers UNLEASHED have uploaded a live performance clip of the track "Never Ending Hate", recorded during the 1994 "Full Of Hate" Easter Festival tour. Check it out here (Windows Media, 12.5 MB). As previously reported, UNLEASHED's seventh studio album, "Sworn Allegiance", is scheduled for release on July 26 through Century ...

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UNLEASHED: New Song Posted Online

A brand-new UNLEASHED track, titled "Winterland", has been posted online in Real Media format at this location. "Winterland" comes off the legendary Swedish death metal band's seventh studio album, "Sworn Allegiance", due on July 26 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Hell's Unleashed" was recorded and mixed by Fredrik Folkare at ...

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THROCULT Begin Recording New Album

Denver, Colorado-based black/death metal band THROCULT have changed the title of their upcoming album to "Stormbringer - Conjuration Of The Nighthorde" from the previously announced "Order of the Lunar Temple". "We just felt with the direction of the artwork, and concept of the album, 'Stormbringer ...' fit better," the band write on their web site. ...

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AMON AMARTH Complete Drum Tracks For New CD

Sweden's AMON AMARTH have finished recording the drums for their upcoming album, "Fate of Norns", "and at the moment the guitars are being put on tape," according to a posting by vocalist Johan Hegg on the group's web site. "Next week we'll start recording the bass and vocals. Everything is running according to plan, and ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE: Former ORIGIN Guitarist To Join The Fold?

CANNIBAL CORPSE are rumored to have recruited Jeremy Turner (ex-ORIGIN) to fill the second-guitarist slot in the group following the departure of Jack Owen earlier this month. An official announcement on the matter has not yet been made. Upcoming CANNIBAL CORPSE tour dates: May 26 - Puebla, Puebla, MEX @ Salon Los Angeles May 27 ...

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AMON AMARTH Announce New Album Title

Sweden's AMON AMARTH have set "Fate of Norns" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in late 2004 through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to last year's "Versus The World" will be recorded at Berno studio in Malmö, Sweden beginning on Monday, May 17. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "An ...

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CATARACT Sign With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Swiss metalcore band CATARACT have inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. The band have just completed work on their new album, "With Triumph Comes Loss", at Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen for a September 6 release. A vinyl version of the album will be released through Dead Serious Records. The ...

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