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13.05Unleashed - European Tour Cancelled
 Nightwish - Warn For Concert Hoax
 Blaze Bayley - DVD Update
 Paradise Lost - Entire New Album Streaming Online
12.05Helloween - Start Studio Session
11.05Therion - Mats Levén Will Leave The Band Before Wacken
 Annihilator - Live Videos From Europe Tour
10.05Winds - In Mixing Phase
 Devin Townsend - Puts An End To Strapping Young Lad & The Devin Townsend Band
 Nightmare - Concert Video Footage Online, Album Update
 Manes - New Song Posted Online
 Aisling - Two New Songs Online
 Overkill - New Label
 King Diamond - Scandinavian Dates Announced
09.05At Vance - Upcoming Album News
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Unleashed - European Tour Cancelled

The following announcement has been psoted on the official Uleashed website:

"Sadly....and just like with a few other tours before ours..... The tour promoter Metallysee fucked up again...!!!
It is with anger in our hearts we have to announce that the european tour has been cancelled for reasons completely beyond our control. Ourselves and our brothers in Belphegor tried in a combined effort to make this tour happen until the very last minute, but in the end there was nothing we could do.

HOWEVER, thanks to the local promoter in Ireland the shows in Dublin and Cork this weekend will happen as planned!
We will also do the headline festivals in Germany:
The Deathcrush fest in Adelsheim on the 26th of May and Hellraizer fest on the 27th in Leipzig.

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Source: unleashed.se
Band profile: Unleashed
Event: Unleashed: Midvinterblot Tour II [CANCELLED]
Posted: 13.05.2007 by Thryce | Comments (4)


Nightwish - Warn For Concert Hoax

As posted on the official website:

"Somebody in Greece is making promotion for a Nightwish-show next June. There is even a poster of that "concert". That concert is a hoax, so don't buy tickets for that show! English translation from that poster goes:

"NIGHTWISH launch their world tour, beginning with Greece, and will proudly present their brand new "mystery" singer SONTRA...
Saturday, June 23rd, 2007 - Lycabettus Theatre - Doors open at 19:30 - Show starts at 21:30 - Ticket Price: 40 Euros"

So once again: All that text is so called bullshit."


Source: nightwish.com
Band profile: Nightwish
Posted: 13.05.2007 by Warman | Comments (8)


Blaze Bayley - DVD Update

As announced before, Metal Mind Productions will be releasing the first Blaze Bayley's DVD. The material entitled "Alive In Poland" was recorded during the 21st edition of the Metalmania Festival, which took place on 24th April 2007 in Katowice (Poland).

Blaze Bayley and his band gave a fantastic, over 1,5 hour show during which he presented the best tracks taken from Blaze's discography as well as selected tracks of his previous band - Iron Maiden ("Man On The Edge", "Futureal"). This very energetic performance was one of the highlights of the festival.
The DVD will also include many great bonus features such as an interview with Blaze Bayley, an interview with all members of Blaze's band (featuring footage filmed during their visit to Poland) and more. The title will also be available in a limited edition including a CD with songs recorded at the concert!

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Source: planetblaze.com
Band profile: Blaze Bayley
Posted: 13.05.2007 by Warman | Comments (1)


Paradise Lost - Entire New Album Streaming Online

Paradise Lost, the godfathers of Gothic metal, have returned with a stunning new offering "In Requiem", which marks a return to the band's trademark heavy sound. To get a full impression of this brilliant dark opus, fans can now stream the entire album on the band's official MySpace page. Note that the album can be streamed only for one week (starting from Friday, May 11), so check it out now!

The album, produced by Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory, Front Line Assembly) and mixed by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Slipknot), is set for a June 5th U.S. release.

Click for full Paradise Lost album stream here.

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Source: Century Media Newsletter
Band profile: Paradise Lost
Posted: 13.05.2007 by Thryce | Comments (3)


Helloween - Start Studio Session

Germany's leading metal band Helloween today (Friday 11th May) entered Andi Deris' Mi Sueno Studios on Tenerife to start the recordings for the yet untitled follow up to the highly acclaimed and successful "Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy" studio album, the Live-double-CD "Live in Sao Paulo" and the Live-double-DVD "Live On 3 Continents". Once more, the band teamed up with long time producer Charlie Bauerfeind (Blind Guardian, Saxon).

The planned release date again is scheduled for Halloween-day, October 31st. The world tour will start mid of November in Europe, to be followed by South East Asia, North and South America in the first half of 2008.


Source: helloween.org
Band profile: Helloween
Posted: 12.05.2007 by Baz Anderson | Comments (11)


Therion - Mats Levén Will Leave The Band Before Wacken

From Wacken Open Air and onwards, Mats Levén will no longer be singing with the band. It was a decision taken by the whole band in discussion with Mats. This change of line-up is on friendly terms and the remaining shows before Wacken will be performed with the same energy and passion as if nothing had happened. There are no bad feelings. Therion will continue to delevop even further into the direction we set on the last tour and Mats will focus on his new projects.

The background to this change is that on the last tour we all noticed that Mats lacked a bit of the energy and motivation we used to see in him. Not in a way that the actual performance on stage suffered from it, he has always been extremely professional and would never let down an audience. It was rather us noticing behind the scenes that some of his previous fire was missing. It seemed the new concept with 4 lead singers and a somewhat more musical type of set up didn't suit him as well as the concept we had before where his rock n' roll style contrasting to Karin Fjellanders traditional classsical appearance was a huge part of the idea. So we started to think and talk about the possibility of finding someone else who would have the right motivation and vocal skills to develp this new live concept even further.

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Source: megatherion.com
Band profile: Therion
Posted: 11.05.2007 by Jeff | Comments (15)


Annihilator - Live Videos From Europe Tour

The following links were posted on Annihilator's official forum on their website:

Never, Neverland - live at Elysée Montmatre 28.04.2007
Alison Hell - live at Elysée Montmatre 28.04.2007
Clown Parade - live at Elysee Montmartre 28.04.2007
King of the Kill - live in Paris 28.04.2007 (Trivium Tour)
W.T.Y.D - live in Glasgow 13.04.2007

You can also find live pictures of the show at Paris here and live pictures of the show at Glasgow here.

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Source: annihilatormetal.com
Band profile: Annihilator
Posted: 11.05.2007 by White Winter Sun | Comments (1)


Winds - In Mixing Phase

The following message was posted on Winds's official website:

"Winds is entering the studio on April 4th to complete the work on their long anticipated fourth recording. The laying down of the tracks was finished gradually over the past three years, and now ready for the task of mixing, Winds has chosen Hipposonic Studios in Vancouver and mixing engineer Shaun Thingvold for the task. Shaun Thingvold has previously worked with bands like Fear Factory, Paradise Lost, Lamb Of God, Strapping Young Lad and Devin Townsend Band.

As previously reported, guest performances on the follow-up to 2004's The Imaginary Direction of Time have been completed by Dan Swano, Agnete M. Kirkevaag, Lars A. Nedland and Oystein Moe, along with a classical string ensemble from the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. It has also been confirmed that graphic designer Travis Smith has completed the cover layout, and that a title for the record has been known within the band for several years already. The album title, along with a complete track listing, front cover and release date, will all be announced in the not too distant future".

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Source: winds.ws
Band profile: Winds
Posted: 10.05.2007 by White Winter Sun | Comments (4)


Devin Townsend - Puts An End To Strapping Young Lad & The Devin Townsend Band

It has been reported that Devin Townsend has announced during a Ziltoid the Omniscient press conference that he has put an end to Strapping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend Band, and that he shall do no more tours in the future. He will though apparently continue to release solo music.

"Yesterday InsideOut Music and the Tora! Company held an exclusive media showcase for the new Devin Townsend solo album Ziltoid The Omniscient, including an appearance and Q&A session with the man himself. This turned out to not in fact include a musical performance from Devin, but a hilarious puppet show using Devin's superb hand-made rubber Ziltoid puppet he uses in the videos on the Ziltoid MySpace page, and held a press conference from a booth on the stage of the Underworld in Camden, London.

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Source: jukebo.cx
Band profile: Devin Townsend
Posted: 10.05.2007 by Baz Anderson | Comments (25)


Nightmare - Concert Video Footage Online, Album Update

French Heavy Metallers Nightmare have posted two new videos online.Check out a live clip of the band performing 'Heretic' at France's Hellfest in 2006 at this location.
Also, footage of the band performing 'The Legend' during their comeback gig in Grenoble, France in 1999 can be see at this location.

This week, Nightmare began recording their sixth studio album. After 3 albums produced by Norwegian producer Terje Refsnes, the band has now opted for a new challenge.
The recording is taking place at the famous Fredman studio in Gothenburg, Sweden and the album will be produced by Fredrik Nordström (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, Hammerfall, Dream Evil, etc.).
The group's follow-up to 2005's "The Dominion Gate" will be released by Sweden's Regain Records in fall, 2007, followed by full French tour and European dates.

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Source: bravewords.com
Band profile: Nightmare
Posted: 10.05.2007 by Thryce | Comments (1)


Manes - New Song Posted Online

The song 'Deeprooted' from the latest Manes album "How The World Came To An End" - released through Candlelight Records in April - is now made available for your listening pleasure at the band's official MySpace page.

This song will also be released as a part of an iTunes-only release due out Monday, May 14. The track listing for the "Deeprooted" webrelease is as follows:

01. Deeprooted (edit)
02. Deeprooted (fox treatment)
03. The Cure-All (lost time mix)

A new E-Card for "How The World Came To An End" is now available at this location.

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Source: myspace.com
Band profile: Manes
Posted: 10.05.2007 by Thryce | Comments (0)


Aisling - Two New Songs Online

The new album "Stone Of Light" of Aisling (Melodic Pagan Black Metal from Italy) is coming soon.

Two new songs of it 'Bora' and 'Stone Of Light' were added on the official MySpace page of the band, here.

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Source: myspace.com
Band profile: Aisling
Posted: 10.05.2007 by White Winter Sun | Comments (1)


Overkill - New Label

According to Blabbermouth.com, East Coast Thrashers Overkill have signed with Bodog Music in the US and TVT in Europe for the release of their follow-up to 2005's "ReliXIV", tentatively due in September/October.

More news about Overkill's upcoming US tour dates can be found here.

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Source: roadrunnerrecords.com
Band profile: Overkill
Posted: 10.05.2007 by Thryce | Comments (2)


King Diamond - Scandinavian Dates Announced

King Diamond will tour Europe in October/November. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

17.10.2007 - Voxhall - Aarhus, Denmark
19.10.2007 - KB - Malmö, Sweden
20.10.2007 - Amager Bio - Copenhagen, Denmark
29.10.2007 - Klubben - Stockholm, Sweden
31.10.2007 - Arenan - Gothenburg, Sweden
02.11.2007 - Metal Massacre III - Linköping, Sweden
03.11.2007 - Betong Screamfest - Oslo, Norway

"Be sure to check in reguarly here] as we will announce more dates soon!"

King Diamond are rumoured to tour North America in the spring of 2008. More details, including other participating bands and exact cities/dates, will be announced soon.

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Source: covenworldwide.org
Band profile: King Diamond
Event:
Posted: 10.05.2007 by marin | Comments (4)


At Vance - Upcoming Album News

German Power Metal band At Vance will release their upcoming new album "VII" on June 29th via AFM. "VII" was mastered at Finnvox by Miko Jussila and has the following tracklist:

01. Breaking The Night
02. Shiver
03. Cold As Ice
04. Victory
05. Friendly Fire
06. Golden Leaves
07. Answer Me
08. Shine
09. Truth
10. Lost In Your Love

A picture of the cover art can be found here. An official press release reads as follows: "The new At Vance "VII" will be released on June, 29. As the name already says, the band built around fabulous guitarist Olaf Lenk, already releasing its seventh album. So what's different then? Well, in truth not much, but did you really expect that a band who had established its own sound so strongly on the last six releases would break the mould and do away with its very own interpretation on neo-classical Power Metal that crosses elegantly with the true spirit of 80's Hard Rock? No! All they've done is to step ahead again. Listen to the dramatic groove snaking through "Shiver" or the ultra catchy "Cold As Ice" where the new At Vance singer Rick Altzi shows his brilliant range."

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Source: afm-records.de
Band profile: At Vance
Posted: 09.05.2007 by Thryce | Comments (3)


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