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Massive Week Of Metal In Sweden!

Heavy Metal did itself proud in Sweden this week, with JUDAS PRIEST achieving their highest world chart placing to date after "Angel of Retribution" landed at No. 3. Stiff competition came from domestic heroes HAMMERFALL, whose "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" followed close behind at No. 4. Also debuting on the chart are PARADISE LOST, ...

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SOILWORK To Release 10-Year Anniversary DVD

Sweden's SOILWORK have announced plans to release a DVD to celebrate the group's 10-year anniversary. "We'll film some of the upcoming shows and add a lot of backstage/tour bus footage that we have collected through the years," vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid writes on the group's web site. "I think our dear bass player will get ...

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HOWLING SYN Announce New Guitarist, Bassist

Canadian gothic metallers HOWLING SYN have issued the following update: "We now have a new member who will replace Gilbert [Riendeau, guitar]! Patryk has hung up his bass and will now concentrate on guitars. So the band now has a new bass player called Carlo Moscardini, who previously worked with LIEGE LORD, OVERKILL, TYPE O ...

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MNEMIC Confirmed For Danish Soundtrack

Danish modern thrash metallers MNEMIC have been confirmed as the only metal band on the Danish original motion picture soundtrack "NordKraft". Other featured acts are THE RAVEONETTES, GASOLIN and VIVA VERTIGO. For more information, visit www.nordkraftfilmen.dk. MNEMIC's sophomore album, "The Audio Injected Soul", was released last September via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up ...

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SOILWORK Singer Explains Lack Of Solos On New Album

SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "First of all, thank you so much for all the positive reactions on the new album! It also feels great that SOILWORK is giving a lot of inspiration to the people out there both in a musical and a ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY Film 'The New Build' Video

Swedish thrashers DARK TRANQUILLITY have posted the following message on their official web site: "We've just finished the last gig of the KREATOR / EKTOMORF / HATESPHERE tour and would like to send a warm 'thank you!' to everyone involved; our new friends in the bands, the crew and of course everyone that attended the ...

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SOILWORK's 'Stabbing The Drama' Enters Finnish Chart At No. 19

SOILWORK's latest CD, "Stabbing the Drama", has entered the Finnish album chart at position No. 19. "Stabbing the Drama" debuted at No. 14 in the band's home country, Sweden, where the band's previous CD, 2003's "Figure Number Five", opened at No. 59. Released through Nuclear Blast Records, "Stabbing the Drama" was recorded at Fascination Street ...

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SLAYER, DARK TRANQUILLITY, WITHIN TEMPTATION Confirmed For Belgium's GRASPOP METAL MEETING

SLAYER, CALIBAN, CHIMAIRA, DARK TRANQUILLITY, H20, IMMOLATION, MADBALL, METAL CHURCH, MURPHY'S LAW, PRIMAL FEAR, WITHIN TEMPTATION and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN have been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting festival, set to take place June 24-26 in Dessel, Belgium. The billing for the 10th-anniversary edition of the festival is shaping up as follows: ACCEPT AMON AMARTH AXEL ...

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SCARVE To Record New Album Next Winter

France's SCARVE will enter the studio next winter to begin recording the follow-up to last year's "Irradiant", tentatively due in early 2006. In other news, the band have postponed plans to have their debut album, "Translucence" (originally released in 2000), reissued in 2005 with a bonus DVD. "Preparing the bonus DVD is taking more time ...

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DARKEST HOUR: New Album Update

DARKEST HOUR have posted the following message on their official web site: "So we are off to Vancouver to start pre-production [for the new album]. We will be there for about five days before hitting the studio. We can't tell you how excited we are, it's been almost two years since we went to Sweden ...

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MNEMIC Guitarist Tapes 'Riff Of The Month' Video Segment

On his recent trip to Los Angeles, California, MNEMIC guitarist Mircea Gabriel Eftemie stopped by D'Addario Strings, MNEMIC's latest endorser, and taped an impromptu video segment for their "Riff of the Month" section. Check out the bludgeon riffola right here. MNEMIC will be teaming up with SOILWORK and HYPOCRISY for a U.S. tour ...

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SOILWORK, SAMAEL Confirmed For Belgium's GRASPOP METAL MEETING

Sweden's SOILWORK and Switzerland's SAMAEL have been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting festival, set to take place June 24-26 in Dessel, Belgium. The billing for the 10th-anniversary edition of the festival is shaping up as follows: ACCEPT AMON AMARTH AXEL RUDI PELL BEHEMOTH BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE DIO DREAM THEATER ENSLAVED GRAVE DIGGER IN ...

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HYPOCRISY: New Album Due In September

HYPOCRISY bassist Mikael Hedlund has posed the following message on the group's official web site: "Here's a little update from us for everybody who's been wondering what's been going on in the HYPOCRISY studio. "Currently we are taking a break from the recording process since Peter [Tägtgren, frontman] is doing shows with PAIN. We will ...

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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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AXAMENTA To Enter Studio In May

Belgium's AXAMENTA, the former band of current EPICA bassist Yves Huts, will enter Hansen studio in Ribe, Denmark in May with producer Jacob Hansen (MERCENARY, RAUNCHY, ABORTED) to begin recording their new album, tentatively due in late 2005 via Holland's Karmageddon Media (formerly Hammerheart Records). Mixing and mastering will take place at Studio Fredman in ...

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MNEMIC Guitarist Launches Online Portfolio

MNEMIC guitarist Mircea Gabriel Eftemie, who has worked as a designer with such bands as MESHUGGAH, SOILWORK, MALEVOLENT CREATION and HATESPHERE, has launched an online portfolio at this location. The portfolio contains a wide variety of works — from cover artworks to drawings to photography (live photography of bands such as IN FLAMES, ...

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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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Stabbing The Drama - SOILWORK

Utter the name SOILWORK and there'll usually be two decisive responses, the "I don't get what this band is all about," or the "SOILWORK rules!" crowd. You get it or you don't, love it or hate it. No matter what category you fall under, the band has to be commended for having the capacity to ...

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CONSTRUCDEAD To Record Live DVD

CONSTRUCDEAD, the Swedish band featuring TERROR 2000 drummer Erik Thyselius, will be recording a live DVD during their appearance at Kolingsborg in Stockholm on April 1. The DVD will be produced by Charlie Granberg, who also produced the group's "Wounded" video. In other news, CONSTRUCDEAD were forced to cancel their previously announced show at Purgatory ...

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