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Formed: 1990
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Napalm Death Vocalist Sends Holiday Greetings

Birmingham’s Napalm Death wrapped up the 15-day European ‘X-Mass Festivals’ tour with Marduk, Finntroll, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Belphegor Sunday Dec. 19th. Vocalist Barney Greenway sends everyone from the tour and the band’s loyal fans this holiday message:

What a great way to finish the year in the company of some dear bands and people out in Europe on the X-mass Fests. Napalm now has some amusing new friends in the shape of the young-and-chunky Black Dahlia Murder, and the guys from Finntroll are such darlings, I would take them home to meet my parents...

I hope everyone has a good holiday. I'll be having a good one in the non-religious sense and just enjoying the fact that people-who-would-be-assholes at least attempt to not be assholes for at least, ooh, five days or so. I raise a glass to all you guys and gals who have supported Napalm during this special year, and hope that life gets better for those infinitely less fortunate than me. I hope that the forthcoming year exposes and takes to task those who suppress and take away human rights in the civil and bodily sense. Truly, fuck 'em.

Hopefully you guys will have heard a few select chunks about our forthcoming album "The Code Is Red...Long Live the Code" (street date: April 22). What more can I tell you? Well, it's a ripper - fast, progressive and a nice bit of art-noise. With Jello Biafra, Jamey Jasta and Jeff Carcass along for the ride, we hope it'll take your heads off - or at least get you thinking with them. Cheers.

The band will be performing two shows in England in January 2005, for information click here. Century Media released Napalm Death’s record label debut "Leaders Not Followers: Part 2" in Oct. 2004. They followed its release with an extensive North American tour supporting Cannibal Corpse. Look for the band’s new album "The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code" in stores April 22, 2005.

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Napalm Death Special Show Details

More details unfold about Napalm Death's special show to present their forthcoming album “The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code” live in Bochum:

UK’s grind-legend will be supported by labelmates Heaven Shall Burn and Maroon. Furthermore, Century Media’s new p&d partner Alveran Records added Belgium’s Do Or Die and Germany’s End Of Days to the billing. Presale for the tickets has already begun, so be sure you get your ticket for EUR 12,00!
Jan. 22 Bochum, D @ Matrix

For the UK, it will be Napalm Death's first live performance in a year and a half.
Jan. 24 London, UK @ Underworld
Booking: MAD Tourbooking

Both dates will see special shows by Napalm Death focussing on “The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code” long before it’s release in April 2005.

After the release of their highly acclaimed covers album “Leaders Not Followers: Part 2,” Napalm Death are currently thrashing Europe’s stages on the X-Mass Festivals with Finntroll, Marduk, Vader, The Black Dahlia Murder and Belphegor: More...

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Marduk Guitarist Explains Lineup Changes

Marduk guitarist Morgan Håkansson recently spoke to the Chronicles of Chaos extreme music webzine about the group's new album, "Plague Angel", the band's recent lineup changes, and black metal as a whole, among other topics. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow:

Chronicles of Chaos: Leading into the recording of "Plague Angel", Marduk went through some lineup changes. First of all, you brought in Mortuus to replace Legion on vocals, and then you had your bassist, B. War, leave the band as well. What sort of effect did this have on the eventual outcome of the new record?

Morgan Håkansson: "Well, the effect was really positive, I think. First of all, we brought the vocalist in to replace Legion, and he brings a new dimension to the music, because he uses his voice as more of an instrument and a vehicle than most vocalists, and that helps us do more mad and more morbid stuff. He also shows more devotion and more passion for the lyrical concept than Legion did, so we work together better as a unit. He wrote two songs worth of lyrics for the new album, and then I wrote the rest and he rearranged them, which is really fine with me, you know?! It works well. And when it comes to our bass player, getting Devo [Andersson] back — he used to be our guitar player between '92 and '94."

Chronicles of Chaos: Legion's departure obviously left you guys in a bit of a quandary at first, and you ended up having to cancel some of your appearances on the Blackest of the Black tour. What's the story behind his decision to quit the band?

Morgan Håkansson: "It's the same thing for both him and B. War: people change. He was in the band for over eight and a half years and B. War was in the band for twelve, and they have family and kids and just couldn't be 100 percent loyal to the band and maintain the level of focus and dedication that the band requires. So they had to step down, because it doesn't work that way with this band. You have to be with us 100 percent, because it takes a lot of time and energy. There are no bad feelings between any of us or any shit like that — we're still friends, or whatever you want to call it. We talk once in a while, but we don't really hang out. But it was just a natural thing to happen to this band."

Read the full article at Chronicles of Chaos.

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Finntroll Confirmed For Wacken 2005

Finland's Finntroll is the latest act to be confirmed for the Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place on August 4-6, 2005 in Wacken, Germany.

The other confirmed bands to appear are Accept, Sinner, Nightwish, Marduk, Overkill, Obituary, Axel Rudi Pell, Edguy, Ensiferum, Illdisposed, Endstille, Turisas, Mercenary, Eisregen and Potentia Animi. More bands will be announced soon.

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Obituary, Eisregen, Potentia Animi Added To W:O:A

Playing on the Blackstage at the 2005 Wacken Open Air Festival is Obituary, Eisregen, Potentia Animi.

Other bands confirmed for W:O:A 2005:

Axel Rudi Pell
Corvus Corax

W:O:A is to take place on August 4-6 in Wacken, Germany.

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More Bands Announced For Wacken Open Air Fest

Axel Rudi Pell, Edguy, and Overkill are the latest names to be added to next year's Wacken Open Air Festival, slated to take place on August 4-6 in Wacken, Germany. Other bands scheduled to appear at the festival are Accept, Nightwish, Sinner, Marduk, Ensiferum, Mercenary, Illdisposed, Endstille, and Turisas. More bands will be announced soon.

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First Kreator, Vader Tour Dates Announced

Band's participation in the X-Mass Festivals 2004 will close this year touring season. Vader will hit the road along with bands like Marduk, Napalm Death and others. The tour starts on the 5th of December in Paris and ends on the 19th of December in Antwerp (Belgium). After the aformentioned trip the band will take well-deserved rest until March, to charge their batteries before pretty intense touring plans scheduled for the rest of 2005. Some of those plans have been recently confirmed and for instance in March the band will play a tour through Great Britain. US tour along with bands like Kreator and Death Angel starts on the 1st of April. Probably on May/ June band's postponed tour through Japan and Indonesia will finally come into effect and maybe there will be also a chance to set up some RPA dates. In the second half of 2005 Vader will play a pretty short tour through Poland and later on September/October the guys are going to raze some other European countries to the ground. Right after the European tour the band will headline another US tour so as you can see, Panzer Division Vader will be extremely busy until December. There are also some plans to fix up a few additional dates in Scandinavia, The Balkans and some of the Eastern European countries. In the end of 2005 the band is going to write some new songs for a successor of "The Beast", scheduled for release in early 2006.

First confirmed dates for the Kreator/Vader/Death Angel U.S. tour are: More...

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Marduk "Deathmarch" Cover Artwork Posted Online

The cover artwork for Marduk's brand new EP, "Deathmarch." has been posted online here. The EP will be sold only on the band's upcoming tour.

Marduk's new album, "Plague Angel," is scheduled to be released in Europe on November 22 through Blooddawn/Regain Records. It will be released on CD, LP and Picture Disc formats, and maybe also as a limited-edition digipak with a video for the track "Steel Inferno."

Deathmarch 2004/2005 tour dates: More...

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The Black Dahlia Murder To Play Showcase In London

The Black Dahlia Murder is confirmed to play the Barfly in London, England on December 3rd 2004 and will then head out to tour through Europe with Marduk, Napalm Death, Vader and more! For a full list of dates in the tour update section.

X-Mass Festivals 2004 w/ Marduk, Napalm Death, Vader tour dates:

12/05 Paris, France La Locomotive
12/06 Essen, Germany Zech Carl
12/07 Osnabruck, Germany Hype Park
12/08 Berlin, Germany Columbia Club
12/09 Prague, Czech Republic Lucerna Music Club
12/10 Engelsdorf, Germany Hellraiser
12/11 Vienna, Austria Planet Music
12/12 Innsbruck, Austria Hafen
12/13 Milan, Italy Transylvania
12/14 Pratteln, Switzerland Z7
12/15 Ludwigsburg, Germany Rock Fabrik
12/16 Frankfurt, Germany C. Royal
12/17 Strasbourg, France La Laiterie

12/18 Tilburg, Holland 013 w/ Dark Funeral and more
12/19 Antwerpen, Belgium Hof Ter Loo w/ Dark Funeral and more

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Marduk Announces European Tour

Marduk is going to hit the road for a European headliner tour starting in February 2005.
Following dates have been announced:

Feb. 12 Stockholm, SWEDEN @ Klubben
Feb. 17 Linkoping, SWEDEN @ Skylten
Feb. 18 Goteborg, SWEDEN @ Musikhus
Feb. 21 London, ENGLAND @ Underworld
Feb. 23 Manchester, ENGLAND @ Satan Hallow
Feb. 24 Dublin, IRELAND @ Whelans
Feb. 27 Saint Nazaire, FRANCE @ VIP
Mar. 02 Toulouse, FRANCE @ Salles des Fetes
Mar. 03 Marseille, FRANCE @ C. Mirabeau
Mar. 11 Groningen, NEDERLAND @ Vera
Mar. 12 Weert, NEDERLAND @ Bosuil
Apr. 13 Hamburg, D @ Markthalle
Apr. 14 Bischofswerda, D @ East Club
Apr. 15 Uherske Hradiste, CZEC @ Mir Club

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Marduk Post New Song Online

Marduk's "Throne of Rats" mp3 from the upcoming album, "Plague Angel" (view cover), can be found here.

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New Marduk Album Release Date Revealed

Regain Records has set a November 22 European release date for the new album from Swedish black metallers Marduk, entitled "Plague Angel." The CD, which was recorded at Endarker studio in Norrköping, Sweden with producer Devo Andersson, will be the band's first release with new singer Mortuus (previously a member of Funeral Mist and Trimphator under the alias Arioch). A video for the track "Throne of Rats" is currently being produced by director Roger Johansson (The Haunted, In Flames, Hammerfall) and is being described as "a morbid masterpiece and a tribute to death and war."

Marduk will embark on a massive world tour beginning in December. The European portion of the trek, dubbed "Deathmarch 2004/2005," will be divided into two parts, with the first taking place in December and the second during spring 2005.

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The Legion To Enter Studio In Early 2005

Swedish black/death metallers The Legion are busy writing songs for the follow-up to last year's debut album, "Unseen to Creation". "Seven tracks are completed so far and the new material will for sure surpass anything we’ve ever done before," the band write on their web site. "We are planning to start the recording of this as-yet-untitled album sometime early next year."

The Legion's debut album, "Unseen To Creation", was released last October through France's Listenable Records. The CD, which was recorded at Abyss Studios with producer Tommy Tägtgren, features "ten songs of complex and eclectic black/death metal, ranging in style from Morbid Angel to Setherial." The cover art was done by Kris Verwimp, who has previously worked with Marduk, Absu, and Immortal, among others.

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Marduk Announce Album Title And Tracklisting

New album title and tracklist have been announced:

"Plague Angel"

1. The Hangman Of Prague
2. Throne Of Rats
3. Seven Angels, Seven Trumpets
4. Life's Emblem
5. Steel Inferno
6. Perish In Flames
7. Holy Blood,Holy Grail
8. Warschau
9. Deathmarch
10. Everything Bleeds
11. Blutrache

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Marduk Completing Vocals For New CD

Swedish black metallers MARDUK have posted the following message on their official web site:

"Marduk is currently in the [Endarker] studio [in Norrköping, Sweden] recording the vocals and will soon begin mixing the new album. A listening session will be held in Hamburg on the 19th of September for a selected number of journalists from the relevant metal media. The album is set for release in the middle of November. News will follow soon regarding album title and final track listing. We have also added some photos from Marduk's apperance at the Agguliation Festival in Italy. Click here to check them out. We can also mention that the website will recive a complete new lay out within a month."

As previously reported, Marduk will embark on a massive world tour beginning in December. The European portion of the trek, dubbed "Deathmarch 2004/2005", will be divided into two parts, with the first taking place in December and the second during spring 2005. A complete list of currently confirmed tour dates can be viewed here.

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Belphegor Prepare To Record New Album

Austrian death/black metal act Belphegor will enter Mastersound Studio in Fellbach, Germany on September 13 to begin recording their fifth full-length album, tentatively due in March 2005 through Napalm Records. "The three recording sessions will last 'till the 10th of November," the band write in a newsletter. "In [these] three months (Sept./Oct./Nov.) the group is going to concentrate on their new album 100 percent and, for that matter, will not play any concerts in that period. The new album comes first of all." Songtitles set to appear on the album include "Goatreich – Fleshcult", "Crown Massacre", "Anus Dei", "Burn the Cross", "Swarm of Rats", "The Cruzifix", "Seth - Demon of Death", "Fornicationium Et Immundum Diabolus" and "The Stigmatized".

Commented vocalist/guitarist Helmuth: "Again we will break musical rules and borders and you can expect a very special, monumetal high-speed opus with violent twin-guitars and far more leads than on it's predecessor. Through 'Lucifer Incestus' we could learn a lot concerning studio and equipment and this time we gonna use and seize it all. Again we've added a lot of new elements and reached the next level of composition and structure, without sounding less massive. The material we are developing since Dec. '03, has really grown during that time and the speeds/drumtakes are more varied than ever, from 130 beats to 180/210 ('Blutsabbath' and 'Necrodaemon' speeds) up to the typical 220/250 Belphegor speeds, I think this is one of the most outstanding attributes of the still-untitled jewel. Also we got a mighty 190 soundcollage, that even can do without any blastbeat, therefore the hardness and intensity are lethal ...of course, we got a hyper-blastattack at 260 bpm speed at start as well. This album is going to be another strong death/black metal massacre, 'Lucifer Incestus' is the climax of our work so far, but #5 is going to be our 'Reign In Blood', so u demons...be prepared."

Belphegor will embark on a mini-tour with Disastrous Murmur in mid-November, to be followed by their appearance at this year's X-Mass Fest alongside Marduk, Napalm Death, Finntroll, Vader and Black Dahlia Murder. A Brazilian tour is tentatively scheduled to take place in February/March.

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Marduk Recording Update

Marduk has just completed the recording of the drums, guitars and bass for the forthcoming album at the Endarker studio. The band will soon return to the studio to begin recording the vocals and so on. More news will follow as we recive them. A show has also been announced at the Headbangers Ballroom - Hamburg,Germany at the 19th of September. There is a possibility that a few more shows will be done before the tour starts in December.

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Arch Enemy - Wacken Open Air 2004 In Review

Arch Enemy singer Angel Gossow has issued the following message to the fans at this year’s Wacken Open Air on the band’s official website http://www.archenemy.net:
Just wanna drop a few words about Wacken, cuz it was absolutely fantastic for us! A big HELLO and THANK YOU goes out to all the people who have been waiting patiently for us to perform there: We finally made it to this crazy festival! And yes, it was worth the long van-ride down from Sweden! We not only had a fantastic, wild crowd when we played, we were also amazed and shocked by the amount of fans hanging out at the signing tent! Sorry to all those who couldn’t get their stuff signed, but we only had 45 minutes and had to leave on time – the next band was already there waiting for their turn..
We had a packed promo schedule that day, meeting and greeting a hell lot of cool people! I did a metal quiz with the great lady of rock, Mrs. Doro Pesch, met the guys from Hobbs Angel Of Death (cult!), chatted and laughed with Sabina Classen and talked to various members of Destruction, Marduk, Warlock, Hypocrisy, etc.. It takes me about one week to handle all the impressions I got during this lovely sunny Friday at Wacken!
Love, Angela”
Live pictures of Arch Enemy’s performance, and those of other bands at the festival, can be found at this location.

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Ex-Marduk & Dark Angel Members Join Forces

Former Marduk members Legion (a.k.a. Erik Hagsted, vocals) and B.War (bass) will be joining forces with guitarist Jim Durkin (Dreams of Damnation, ex-Dark Angel) in a new death metal project. The band, which will be based out of Los Angeles, is "only a recording project, on paper at this point" Durkin told blabbermouth.net. "I wrote a song for them, but we have not done anything yet. I look forward to making music with them. But my main focus is and always has been Dreams of Damnation. Everything revolves around Dreams of Damnation for me."

A name for the group has not yet been determined.

B.War quit Marduk earlier this year to move to Los Angeles to be with his family. Legion and his family will also be relocating to Los Angeles later this year.

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Marduk Commence World Tour In December

Swedish black metal kings Marduk have posted this message on their official website:

Marduk is currently in the studio recording the new album. The album will be followed by a massive world tour that will start in december. The tour will proceed under the monicker Deathmarch 2004/2005. The European tour will be divided in 2 parts, the first in december and the 2nd part during spring 2005.

Here are the confirmed dates so far:

Dec. 05 - Paris, FRA - La Locomotive
Dec. 06 - Essen, GER - Zeche Carl
Dec. 07 - Osnabruck, GER - Hyde Park
Dec. 08 - Berlin, GER - Halford
Dec. 09 - Prague, CZR - Lucerna Music
Dec. 10 - Engelsdorf, GER - Hellraiser
Dec. 11 - Wien, AUT - Planet Music
Dec. 12 -Innsbruck, AUT - Hafen
Dec. 13 - Milano, ITA - Transilvania
Dec. 14 - Pratteln, SWI - Z7
Dec. 15 - Ludwigsburg, GER - Rockfabrik
Dec. 16 - Munster (Breitefeld), GER - Live Arena
Dec. 17 - Strasbourg, FRA - La Laiterie
Dec. 18 - Antwerpen, BEL - Hof Ter Loo
Dec. 19 - Tilburg, NETH – 013

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