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BLACKGUARD Pulls Out Of European PAGANFEST Tour

Montreal-based sympho/black/folk/power metal act BLACKGUARD (formerly PROFUGUS MORTIS) has issued the following update: "It is with great regrets that we have to announce to all of you guys that BLACKGUARD pulled off Paganfest Europe that was taking place in September-October 2009 alongside KORPIKLAANI, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, UNLEASHED, ALESTORM and EX DEO. "This situation is far ...

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EX DEO: New Song Posted Online

EX DEO — the band led by KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono — is a streaming a new song, "Legio XIII", on the group's MySpace page. The track comes off EX DEO's debut album, "Romulus", which is scheduled for release on June 19 (Europe) and June 30 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. The ...

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KATAKLYSM/EX DEO Frontman Interviewed By MetalFanzine.net; Video Available

Ken of MetalFanzine.net recently conducted an interview with KATAKLYSM/EX DEO frontman Maurizio Iacono. The 20-minute clip — which includes performance footage — can be viewed below. KATAKLYSM will headline the Summer Madness European tour with Nuclear Blast labelmates DEATH ANGEL and KEEP OF KALESSIN. "Prevail", the most recent CD by KATAKLYSM, was honored in the ...

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EX DEO: 'Romulus' Video Released

"Romulus", the new video from EX DEO — the band led by KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono — can be viewed below. The clip was shot in March in Belgrade, Serbia with renowned director Stanimir "Staca" Lukic (MOONSPELL, KAMELOT, DEATHSTARS, TYPE O NEGATIVE). Maurizio stated, "The setup was extremely pro. Stanimir and Ivan did such an ...

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ALESTORM: Another New Song Available For Streaming

Scottish folk/power metal band ALESTORM will release its new album, "Black Sails At Midnight", via Napalm Records on the following dates: May 27 - Finland, Spain May 29 - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, France, Italy, Spain Jun. 01 - Rest of Europe Jun. 02 - USA, Canada It will be available in normal jewelcase format, ...

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EX DEO: 'Romulus' Video To Debut Next Week

"Romulus", the new video from EX DEO — the band led by KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono — will make its online debut on Tuesday, May 12 on MySpace Metal. The clip was shot in March in Belgrade, Serbia with renowned director Stanimir "Staca" Lukic (MOONSPELL, KAMELOT, DEATHSTARS, TYPE O NEGATIVE). Maurizio stated, "The setup was ...

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HALCYON WAY Confirmed For ROCKLAHOMA Festival

Atlanta's HALCYON WAY has been confirmed as the headliner of the Retroactive Records-sponsored North Stage at the third annual Rocklahoma festival, set to take place July 9-12, 2009 on the Catch The Fever Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma. HALCYON WAY's debut album, "A Manifesto For Domination", was released on November 25, 2008 via Nightmare Records. ...

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GRAVE DIGGER: Footage From SWEDEN ROCK CRUISE Available

Fan-filmed video footage of German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER performing on the Sweden Rock Cruise, which departed from Stockholm on April 2, 2009, can be viewed below (courtesy of "blackopalrough"). "Ballads Of A Hangman", the new album from GRAVE DIGGER, registered the following first-week chart positions: Germany: #31 Austria: #78 Switzerland: #81 The CD was ...

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SUIDAKRA: More Video Footage From The Road Posted Online

German melodic folk/death metallers SUIDAKRA have posted the fourth and final video report from their recently completed Pagan Knights North American tour with Faroese Viking metallers TÝR and Scottish pirate metallers ALESTORM. Watch the clip below. SUIDAKRA's ninth album, "Crógacht", was released in the U.S. on March 3 through Wacken Records/SPV. Over its fourteen-year history, ...

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KORPIKLAANI, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, UNLEASHED: European PAGANFEST Dates Announced

Finnish folk metallers KORPIKLAANI will headline the Paganfest 2009 European tour in September/October. Support on the trek will come from DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, UNLEASHED, ALESTORM, EX DEO (new band of KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono) and BLACKGUARD. The dates are as follows: Sep. 11 - Munich, Germany - Backstage Sep. 12 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser ...

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WITCHKING Parts Ways With Singer, Seeks Replacement

Polish epic heavy metal band WITCHKING has issued the following update: "Today Tomek 'Storm' Twardowski [vocals] has left WITCHKING. His personal affairs do not allow him to further engage into WITCHKING." Commented guitarist Mateusz Gajdzik: "The decision has been made together with Tom. There are no hard feelings between us, we're still friends and I ...

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KATAKLYSM Frontman's EX DEO Confirmed For PAGANFEST European Tour

EX DEO, the new band led by KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono, will make its live debut this September/October on the special edition of Europe's biggest pagan/folk metal tour, Paganfest. Co-headlining throughout will be Finland's KORPIKLAANI and Germany's DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER. Additional support will come from Sweden's UNLEASHED, United Kingdom's ALESTORM and Canada's BLACKGUARD. Special appearances ...

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SUIDAKRA: New Audio Interview Available

Anthony Chowanec of All Metal Music conducted an interview with frontman Arkadius Antonik of German melodic folk/death metallers SUIDAKRA on March 29, 2009 at the New York City stop of the Pagan Knights tour (also featuring Scottish pirate metallers ALESTORM and Faroese Viking metallers TÝR). Listen to the seven-minute chat below. SUIDAKRA's ninth ...

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NAPALM DEATH Confirmed For Slovenia's METALCAMP Festival

British extreme metal pioneers NAPALM DEATH have been confirmed for the Metalcamp festival, set to take place July 2-8, 2009 in Tolmin, Slovenia. Metalcamp festival billing is shaping up as follows: ABORTED ALESTORM AMON AMARTH BLIND GUARDIAN DEATH ANGEL DEATHSTARS DESTRUCTION DIE APOKALYPTSCHEN REITER DIMMU BORGIR DOWN DRAGONFORCE EDGUY EQUILIBRIUM EXTREMA GRAVEWORM HACKEYENED HATEBREED HOLLENTHON ...

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ALESTORM: New Song Available For Streaming

Scottish folk/power metal band ALESTORM will release its new album, "Black Sails At Midnight", via Napalm Records on the following dates: May 27 - Finland, Spain May 29 - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, France, Italy, Spain Jun. 01 - Rest of Europe Jun. 02 - USA, Canada It will be available in normal jewelcase format, ...

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DOWN, SATYRICON, AMON AMARTH Confirmed For Slovenia's METALCAMP Festival

DOWN, SATYRICON and AMON AMARTH have been confirmed for the Metalcamp festival, set to take place July 2-8, 2009 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: ABORTED ALESTORM AMON AMARTH BLIND GUARDIAN DEATH ANGEL DEATHSTARS DESTRUCTION DIE APOKALYPTSCHEN REITER DIMMU BORGIR DOWN DRAGONFORCE EDGUY EQUILIBRIUM EXTREMA GRAVEWORM HACKEYENED HATEBREED HOLLENTHON KATAKLYSM ...

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Leviathan - ALESTORM

"Captain Morgan's Revenge" demonstrated that folk metal could still rock. Not that the "metal" part was ever in question on the part on ALESTORM's label mates, but the "Scottish Pirate Metal" marauders came with a big set of steel balls to go with their sprightly anthems. On the four-song "Leviathan" EP, ALESTORM kicks out the ...

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ALESTORM: New Album Details Revealed

Scottish folk/power metal band ALESTORM will release its new album, "Black Sails At Midnight", via Napalm Records on the following dates: May 27 - Finland, Spain May 29 - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, France, Italy, Spain Jun. 01 - Rest of Europe Jun. 02 - USA, Canada It will be available in normal jewelcase format, ...

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SEPULTURA, PARADISE LOST Confirmed For U.K.'s HAMMERFEST

SEPULTURA, PARADISE LOST, ARCHITECTS, MARYA ROXX, KIUAS, IMICUS and POWER QUEST have been confirmed for the Hammerfest 2009 festival, set to take place April 24-25 at at Pontins, Prestatyn Sands, North Wales. The festival will feature 50 metal acts in total. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: ALESTORM ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY ARCHITECTS ...

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SUIDAKRA: Video Footage From The Road Posted Online

German melodic folk/death metallers SUIDAKRA have posted the first in a series of video reports from their current Pagan Knights North American tour with Faroese Viking metallers TÝR and Scottish pirate metallers ALESTORM. Watch the clip below. SUIDAKRA's ninth album, "Crógacht", was released in the U.S. on March 3 through Wacken Records/SPV. Over its fourteen-year ...

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JOURNEY, PRIMORDIAL, HATSTIK Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

JOURNEY, PRIMORDIAL and HATSTIK have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 26-27, 2009 in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is as follows: ALESTORM BLIND GUARDIAN CLOVEN HOOF DRIVER EXODUS HARDCORE SUPERSTAR HATSTIK JOURNEY KISSIN' DYNAMITE LÄÄZ ROCKIT LITA FORD POWERWOLF PRIMORDIAL ROSS THE BOSS ...

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LITA FORD, TESLA Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

LITA FORD and TESLA have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 26-27, 2009 in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: ALESTORM BLIND GUARDIAN CLOVEN HOOF DRIVER EXODUS HARDCORE SUPERSTAR KISSIN' DYNAMITE LAAZ ROCKIT LITA FORD POWERWOLF ROSS THE BOSS SACRED ...

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GRAVE DIGGER: Croatian Concert Footage Available

Video footage of GRAVE DIGGER's February 4, 2009 concert in Zagreb, Croatia can be viewed below (footage courtesy of Z1 TV's "Metal Eye" show). "Ballads Of A Hangman", the new album from GRAVE DIGGER, registered the following first-week chart positions: Germany: #31 Austria: #78 Switzerland: #81 The CD was released on January 9 via Austria's ...

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