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ENSIFERUM To Release 'Thalassic' Album In July

Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM will release their new album, "Thalassic", on July 10 via Metal Blade Records. The official lyric video for the disc's first single, "Rum, Women, Victory", can be seen below. ENSIFERUM is a true powerhouse when it comes to folk-inspired melodic death metal, something the band hammers home more resolutely than ever ...

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Ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM Frontman ALEXI LAIHO: Official Biography, 'Chaos, Control & Guitar', Now Available In English

An updated edition of Alexi Laiho's biography, "Chaos, Control & Guitar", has just been made available in English for international readers and fans. "Chaos, Control & Guitar" was written by Petri Silas, whose professional and personal relationship with Alexi Laiho spans over 15 years, thereby making him a uniquely placed author ...

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ALEXI LAIHO Doesn't See Any Reason Why He Shouldn't Perform CHILDREN OF BODOM Songs With His New Band

Ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho says that he will not shy away from performing his former band's songs when he launches his new group, BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT, with several festival appearances this summer. Joining him in BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT are guitarist Daniel Freyberg (ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM), drummer Waltteri Väyrynen (PARADISE LOST), bassist Mitja Toivonen ...

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DED Releases New Micro EP, 'Mannequin Eyes'

DED has released a new micro EP, "Mannequin Eyes", via Suretone Records. The effort features the roaring and explosive lead radio single "A Mannequin Idol (Lullaby)" and anthemic new song "Eyes Sewn Shut". "Mannequin Eyes" displays DED's bold and dynamic songcraft and offers an early taste of the band's forthcoming sophomore studio album, due out ...

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NIGHTWISH's TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN On 'Human. :II: Nature': 'It's A Concept Album Without Intending It To Be'

Arto Mäenpää of Finland's Kaaos TV recently conducted an interview with keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and drummer Kai Hahto of Finnish/British/Dutch symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how Holopainen emerged from writer's block to write the band's forthcoming "Human. :II: ...

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Former CHILDREN OF BODOM Bassist Joins MOON SHOT

Former CHILDREN OF BODOM bassist Henri "Henkka T. Blacksmith" Seppälä has joined a brand new Finnish rock band called MOON SHOT. Completing the group's lineup are vocalist Ville Malja (LAPKO), guitarist Jussi Ylikoski and drummer Mikko Hakila (DISCO ENSEMBLE). Seppälä announced his latest project in a social media post earlier today. He wrote: "Dearest COB-fans, ...

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Third Product Delivery In METALLICA-Inspired Collection From BILLABONG LAB Now Available

Billabong LAB has announced the latest product delivery in the Billabong x Metallica 2019-2020 collection of menswear. Titled "Ride The Lightning", the new selection of surf trunks, t-shirts, longsleeves, fleece hoodies, corduroy jackets and special edition wetsuits features the rock band's iconic album artwork in a limited release. Hitting retailers and online channels globally today, ...

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Former CHILDREN OF BODOM Members Confirm They Are Rightful Owners Of Band's Name

Less than two months after announcing their departures from CHILDREN OF BODOM, Jaska Raatikainen (drums), Henri "Henkka T. Blacksmith" Seppälä (bass) and Janne Wirman (keyboards) have confirmed that they are still the rightful owners of the CHILDREN OF BODOM brand. On November 1, Raatikainen, Seppälä and Wirman issued a statement saying that they would leave ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Plays Final Show With RAATIKAINEN, SEPPÄLÄ And WIRMAN In Helsinki (Video)

Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM played the final show with drummer Jaska Raatikainen, bassist Henri "Henkka T. Blacksmith" Seppälä and keyboardist Janne Wirman last night (Sunday, December 15) at the Black Box in Helsinki Ice Hall. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert, dubbed "A Chapter Called Children Of Bodom", can be seen below. Last month, ...

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Universal Death Church - LORD MANTIS

The musical nihilists known as LORD MANTIS were, by all accounts, considered a done deal in 2016. That's when founding member and percussionist Bill Bumgardner tragically committed suicide. But the unlikely and very much desired reunion came to fruition once vocalist/bassist Charlie Fell and guitarist/vocalist Andrew Markuszewski decided to rekindle their unsettling, ravaging musical fires. ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM's ALEXI LAIHO Could Be Forced To Use Different Band Name For New Lineup

Alexi Laiho could be forced to abandon the name CHILDREN OF BODOM for his next project because of an apparent dispute with the three musicians who recently announced they were leaving the band. Earlier this month, drummer Jaska Raatikainen, bassist Henri "Henkka T. Blacksmith" Seppälä and keyboardist Janne Wirman issued a statement saying that they ...

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MACHINE HEAD 'Fan' Throws Beer On Band's Soundboard, Takes It 'Completely Out Of Commission' During London Concert (Video)

MACHINE HEAD was forced to perform with a "compromised" sound for part of its concert last night (Saturday, November 2) at the at O2 Academy Brixton in London, England after an "asshole" threw "a full 32-ounce beer" on the band's soundboard, completely taking it out of commission during the "Burn My Eyes" portion of the ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Releases Animated Video For 'Hexed' Title Track

Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM have released an official animated video for the title track of their latest album, "Hexed". The RMIT University in Australia worked on the clip for the last 15 weeks, with producers Aaron McLoughlin and Simon Norton spending around 3000 hours with their team to create the video. Aaron states: "As ...

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Primal Future: 2019 - TOXIC HOLOCAUST

Has there ever been anyone more bizarrely underappreciated than Joel Grind? Ever since TOXIC HOLOCAUST emerged from Portland at the turn of the millennium, he has had arguably greater and more lasting impact on the underground metal world than any other musician: that tireless dedication to evoking the spirit of MOTORHEAD, DISCHARGE, VENOM and SODOM ...

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THE WILDHEARTS: 'Diagnosis' Lyric Video

The official lyric video for "Diagnosis", the title track of the new mini-album from THE WILDHEARTS, can be seen below. Due on October 4 through Graphite Records, this six-track effort features five brand new songs and is released as a limited-edition special white vinyl with pale blue powder splatter 10-inch (to look like a pill) ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Bassist On Response To 'Hexed' Album: 'Surprisingly, We Got A Lot Of Positive Feedback'

CHILDREN OF BODOM bassist Henkka Seppälä (a.k.a. Henkka T. Blacksmith) spoke to Kaaos TV about the fan response to the band's tenth studio album, "Hexed", which came out in March via Nulcear Blast Records. "Well, surprisingly, we got a lot of positive feedback," he said (see video below). We haven't been expecting any positive feedback ...

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NETHERBIRD Feat. Ex-AMON AMARTH Drummer FREDRIK ANDERSSON: 'Saturnine Ancestry' Single Now Available

"Saturnine Ancestry", the new single from the Swedish melodic black/death metal act NETHERBIRD, which features ex-AMON AMARTH drummer Fredrik Andersson, can be streamed below. The song is taken from the group's upcoming album, "Into The Vast Uncharted", which will be released on September 27 via Eisenwald. The band's founder and vocalist Nephente states: "'Saturnine Ancestry' ...

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THE WILDHEARTS To Release 'Diagnosis' Mini-Album

THE WILDHEARTS will release the "Diagnosis" mini-album on October 4 through Graphite Records. This six-track effort features five brand new songs and is released as a limited-edition special white vinyl with pale blue powder splatter 10-inch (to look like a pill) and as a regular black vinyl 10-inch and CD. All three physical formats will ...

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Video Premiere: TARJA's 'Tears In Rain'

The official video for "Tears In Rain", the new single from former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen, can be seen below. The song is taken from her upcoming studio album, "In The Raw", which will be released on August 30 via earMUSIC. The clip finds the golden-voiced singer engaging in some roller derby. While training to ...

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Video Premiere: DEMON HUNTER's 'The Negative'

DEMON HUNTER has released the official music video for the song "The Negative". The track is taken from the band's new album "War", which was made available alongside a companion LP, "Peace", on March 1. "The video for 'The Negative' was directed and edited by Oleg Masnyy," explains singer Ryan Clark. "Oleg and I shot ...

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