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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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DECEIVER To Release Debut Mini-CD

DECEIVER, the Swedish metal band featuring former members of MAZE OF TORMENT and XENOFANES, will release their self-titled debut mini-CD in the middle of July through the newly launched, Gothenburg-based label Iron Fist Productions. The album, which features five songs recorded at the Abyss studio with producer Tommy Tägtgren, is sure to appeal to "fans ...

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NOTRE DAME Filming Video For 'Munsters!'

NOTRE DAME, the Swedish band featuring drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, DREAM EVIL), are currently filming a video for the track "Munsters!" with director Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Films (DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, CHILDREN OF BODOM). "Munsters!" comes off the group's latest CD, "Demi Monde Bizarros", available now through Osmose Productions. ...

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SOIL Recording Acoustic Tracks With DAMAGEPLAN's VINNIE PAUL

SOIL are currently at Chasin Jason studio (owned by Dimebag Darrell of DAMAGEPLAN) in Dallas, Texas recording a few acoustic tracks with producer Vinnie Paul (DAMAGEPLAN) during two days off from the SHINEDOWN/SOIL tour. Sterling Winfield (PANTERA, MERCYFUL FATE, DAMAGEPLAN) is engineering the sessions. More details will be made available soon. ...

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The Book Of Heavy Metal - DREAM EVIL

Judging by the vibe surrounding this third DREAM EVIL album, big things are expected. And from the fact that these Swedes scream "Metal!" at every given opportunity and willfully admit to rifling the riff chests of every heads-down-no-nonsense act known to man — JUDAS PRIEST, ACCEPT and DIO are apparently their three main victims — ...

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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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MANMADEGOD Change Name To SPIRALARMS

San Francisco Bay Area's MANMADEGOD, now featuring former SYSTEMATIC frontman Tim Narducci, have officially changed their name to SPIRALARMS. "We changed our name due a number of reasons, mostly political, but most importantly the sound," said Narducci in on online posting. "It's much different then what those guys [MANMADEGOD] were doing before and much different ...

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MELECHESH: Limited-Edition Vinyl To Be Released

In conjunction with MELECHESH's headlining performance at the Northern Lights Festival in Toronto, Canada on June 26, Profound Lore Records, with the express permission of Osmose Productions, will release a limited-edition collector's item MELECHESH 10" vinyl EP, entitled "The Ziggurat Scrolls". The EP, which will first be made available at the festival, will contain the ...

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DREAM EVIL: 'Book Of Heavy Metal' Catches On

DREAM EVIL — the Swedish band featuring acclaimed producer Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, etc.), drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME), and guitarist Gus G. (MYSTIC PROPHECY, NIGHTRAGE) — have entered the Swedish and Japanese album charts at positions No. 45 and No. 47, respectively, with ...

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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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METALLICA: More LARS ULRICH Biography Details Revealed

METALLICA's web site has released more information about the upcoming official biography of drummer Lars Ulrich. The book (view cover here), which is due in stores in Denmark on June 1, will detail Lars' life growing up in Denmark through the current "Madly in Anger" tour, and will include interviews with Lars' close ...

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NAPALM DEATH: CENTURY MEDIA Deal Officially Confirmed

As BLABBERMOUTH.NET exclusively revealed on May 6, Century Media Records have now officially announced that they have signed British extreme metal legends NAPALM DEATH to a worldwide deal (excluding Japan). The first release under the new alliance will be the follow-up album to the "Leaders Not Followers" EP, the long-awaited collection of covers, ...

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DREAM EVIL Drummer: Don't Call Us Power Metal

DREAM EVIL drummer Showy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME) recently spoke to RevelationZ Magazine about the Swedish group's upcoming third album, "The Book Of Heavy Metal". Asked if he feels they have become more rock-oriented in their sound on the new CD, Snowy replied, "Heavy rock! Yes, indeed, we were reluctantly ...

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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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NAPALM DEATH Sign With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

British extreme metal pioneers NAPALM DEATH have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records, BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal. The group's first release through the label is expected to be the long-completed collection of covers, entitled "Leaders Not Followers 2". Commented NAPALM DEATH vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway: "I'm very happy to announce that NAPALM DEATH ...

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FEAR FACTORY Singer: Making The New Album Was Therapeutic

FEAR FACTORY vocalist Burton C. Bell has told Canada's Chart magazine that the group's new album, "Archetype", "basically wrote itself" once they worked through the emotional and financial turmoil that followed the departure of a founding member (Dino Cazares) and split with longtime record label (Roadrunner). "It was a therapeutic album for us, ...

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Force Of Evil - FORCE OF EVIL

He's been mocked to within an inch of his dignity down the years, but one thing that King Diamond has is presence — loads of it, from his window-shattering, off-the-scale vocals, to that fucking big crucifix of bones that seems to travel everywhere with him. What's more, for as many as there that scoff at ...

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BESEECH Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

Swedish "gothic metallers" BESEECH have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ...

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DREAM EVIL Set U.S. Release Date For 'The Book Of Heavy Metal'

DREAM EVIL — the Swedish band featuring acclaimed producer Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, etc.), drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME), and guitarist Gus G. (MYSTIC PROPHECY, NIGHTRAGE) — have set a July 13 U.S. release date through Century Media Records for their third album, "The ...

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SWEDEN ROCK Festival: SKID ROW Out, Y&T In

SKID ROW have cancelled their previously announced appearance at this year's Sweden Rock festival and have been replaced on the bill by Y&T. SKID ROW's decision to pull out of the festival is being blamed on "the fact that [SKID ROW guitarist] Snake decided to bring his wife to be to the altar and other ...

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SWEDEN ROCK Festival Nearing Sell-Out

Last year, Sweden Rock festival sold out all the 15,000 two-day tickets two days before the first band took the stage. That was actually the first time ever the festival was sold out. This year the tickets will sell out much earlier. As of today, more than 13,000 of the 16,000 three-day tickets have been ...

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Ex-SYSTEMATIC Frontman To Form New Project With Members Of MANMADEGOD

According to a posting at SMNNews.com, former SYSTEMATIC frontman Tim Narducci is set to hook up with the remnants of the San Francisco Bay Area's MANMADEGOD (guitarist Craig Locicero, drummer Steve Jacobs, and bassist James Walker) in an as-yet-unnamed new project. SYSTEMATIC, one of the first groups signed to Lars Ulrich's now-defunct imprint The Music ...

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FOREFATHER: New Song Posted Online

England's FOREFATHER have posted a reduced-quality MP3 preview of a brand-new track, titled "The Shield-Wall", at this location. "The Shield-Wall" comes off the group's fourth album, "Ours Is The Kingdom", due on May 31 through Holland's Karmageddon Media. "Ours Is The Kingdom" was recorded at The Croft Recording Studio in England and features ...

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FOREFATHER Set Release Date For 'Ours Is The Kingdom'

England's FOREFATHER have set a May 31 release date through Holland's Karmageddon Media for their for their fourth album, "Ours Is The Kingdom". "Ours Is The Kingdom" was recorded at The Croft Recording Studio in England and features artwork by C.A. Interactive (MORIFADE, SKYFIRE). Commented Wulfstan (guitar, bass & vocals): "With 'Ours is the Kingdom' ...

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DREAM EVIL: 'The Book Of Heavy Metal' Release Date Pushed Forward

DREAM EVIL's third album, "The Book Of Heavy Metal", will be issued on May 24 — one week ahead of its previously announced May 31 release date. The follow-up to last year's "Evilized", "The Book Of Heavy Metal" was recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden and features special guest appearances by ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist ...

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MONTROSE, TNT, NIFELHEIM Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

MONTROSE, TNT, DANGER DANGER, NIFELHEIM, CRAZY LED and MARYSLIM are the latest confirmations for this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: JUDAS PRIEST EUROPE SCORPIONS UFO MONSTER MAGNET NIGHTWISH HELLOWEEN HEART ...

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