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Lion's Share

Formed: 1987
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Lion's Share News

Below is our complete Lion's Share news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Lion's Share Confirmed For Karmoygeddon Festival

Swedish melodic metal act Lion's Share has been confirmed for next year's installment of the Karmøygeddon metal festival, which set to take place May 6th -7th, 2011 in Haugesund, Norway. Other confirmed acts include Amorphis, Grave Digger, Crimson Glory, and The Haunted.

Lion's Share also recently performed four Black Sabbath and Dio tracks ("Mob Rules," "Heaven And Hell," "Stand Up And Shout," and "We Rock") with drummer Vinny Appice during his Scandinavian Drum Day appearance in Stockholm, Sweden. You can check out video footage of the "Heaven And Hell" sound check performance here.

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Lion's Share Parts Ways With Bassist

Lion’s Share bassplayer Sampo Axelsson has announced his withdrawal from the band.

Sampo Axelsson comments, “After five years in Lion’s Share I have decided to leave the band. This is something I have been considering for quite a while and now the time has come for me to move on. My decision is not in any way based on dissatisfaction or bad blood, I just feel very strongly that I have taken this endeavour as far as I possibly can. Now I'm eager to pursue new challenges, musically as well as in other fields."

"I make this decision knowing that I, during these years, have put all my hard work, dedication and creativity into the band. For me, Lion's Share has been the no 1 priority musically and I am proud of my time in the band and what we have achived."

"I wish Lars Chriss and Patrik Johansson the best of luck with future endeavours.”

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Tribute to Dio on Sweden Rock Cruise

Some of Sweden's finest heavy metal musicians will gather to pay tribute to Ronnie James Dio during this fall's edition of the Sweden Rock Cruise, set to sail on October 7, 2010 from Stockholm, Sweden for Åbo, Finland and return the following day. There will be a long tribute concert with a number of guest musicians performing classic songs from Dio's career with a main band consisting of members of LION'S SHARE.

So far the following artists have been confirmed to perform with LION'S SHARE at the event:

* Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH)
* Joacim Cans (HAMMERFALL)
* Björn Gelotte (IN FLAMES)
* Ian Haugland (EUROPE)
* Messiah Marcolin (ex-CANDLEMASS)
* Johan Edlund (TIAMAT)
* Mike Wead (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, BIBLEBLACK)

The show will end with all artists performing HEAR 'N AID's "Stars" (Dio was behind the HEAR N' AID project, a collection of metal artists who recorded the track "Stars" in 1985 to raise funds for African famine relief.)

On the cruise, Sweden Rock Magazine will donate SEK 25,000 to the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, set up by Ronnie James Dio's wife Wendy Dio. Everyone attending the cruise can donate money, which will be sent to this cancer fund.

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Lion's Share To Play RockWeekend Festival

Swedish melodic metal act Lion's Share is confirmed for the RockWeekend festival this summer together with bands such as Astral Doors, Saxon, Deep Purple, Sepultura, Twisted Sister, and more. The festival takes place from July 8th - 10th, 2010. More info on the festival can be found here.

Lion's Share is currently offer a free download of the first single “Judas Must Die” from their latest album "Dark Hours." The download is available at this location.

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Lion's Share Members Write Song for Hockey Team

LION’S SHARE members Lars Chriss and Sampo Axelsson have, in cooperation with Sidelake Media and Christian Rehn (ANGTORIA), written the official intro song for Swedish elite ice hockey team TIMRÅ IK (Red Eagles).

"The main riff was based on the song Shadows from LION’S SHARE’s Two (1997) album, with an AC/DC and RAMMSTEIN twist since this style works so well in hockey arenas."

Check out the video clip that is shown on the Jumbotron when the players enter the ice:

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Lion's Share Posts Behind-the-Scenes Footage

Swedish melodic metal masters LION'S SHARE have posted "behind-the-scenes" video footage from the making of their critically acclaimed "Dark Hours" album on their YouTube channel, which you can also watch below.

"Dark Hours" grabbed the #3 "Most Added" slot on the CMJ Loud Rock chart and #5 on FMQB's Metal Detector chart, where it also debuted on the metal airplay chart at #50 with a bullet. The video for "Judas Must Die" has been accepted by "Headbanger's Ball" (air date to be announced) and is currently being played on over 100 stations in the USA. More...

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Lion's Share To Explain New Album Track By Track

Swedish melodic heavy metal band Lion's Share have announced that they will be uploading video clips of the band members explaining each track from their latest album "Dark Hours." The first clip of the band discussion the song "Judas Must Die" is currently online and can be viewed at the band's YouTube Channel.

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Lion's Share Signs Japanese Deal w/ King Records

Swedish melodic heavy metal masters LION'S SHARE have inked a Japanese licensing deal with KING RECORDS for the release of their sixth full-length album, "Dark Hours."

LION'S SHARE will release its new album in Europe and North America on March 24 via Blistering Records. The follow-up to 2007's "Emotional Coma" was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (OPETH, SYMPHONY X, PARADISE LOST, AMON AMARTH) and features guest appearances by SYMPHONY X guitarist Mike Romeo (guest solo on "Behind The Curtain"), and drummers Conny Pettersson (from Earache Records death metal act ANATA) and Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK).

Here is the complete "Dark Hours" track listing:

1. Judas Must Die
2. Phantom Rider
3. Demon In Your Mind
4. Heavy Cross To Bear
5. The Bottomless Pit
6. Full Metal Jacket
7. The Presidio 27
8. Barker Ranch
9. Napalm Nights
10. Space Scam
11. Behind The Curtain
12. King Of All The Kings (bonus track)

The band states: "The new songs are simply awesome and everybody that has heard it thinks it's our best album to date. The red thread lyric-wise on this album is that all songs are about things that happened in the late Sixties; a decade known for many good things. However, we're not describing the happy times of the Sixties: We give you the 'Dark Hours'. Musically, it's more straight-forward and faster than ever. The songs are filled with energy and great hooks."

A free download of the first single “Judas Must Die” is available at this location.

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Lion's Share Reveals New Album Cover art

Swedish melodic heavy metallers LION'S SHARE have unveiled the cover art for their upcoming album, "Dark Hours."

LION'S SHARE will release the new album in late March 2009 via Blistering Records. The follow-up to 2007's "Emotional Coma" was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (OPETH, SYMPHONY X, PARADISE LOST, AMON AMARTH) and features guest appearances by SYMPHONY X guitarist Mike Romeo (guest solo on "Behind The Curtain"), and drummers Conny Pettersson (from Earache Records death metal act ANATA) and Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK). More...

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Lion's Share To Film Video For "Judas Must Die"

Swedish melodic heavy metal masters LION'S SHARE will film a video for the song "Judas Must Die" in Stockholm, Sweden with director Josef Doukkali. LION'S SHARE previously worked with Doukkali on the clip for the track "The Edge Of The Razor," from the "Emotional Coma" album. The band's original decision to work with Doukkali was based in part on the fact that his background was not in music video but in narrative film projects, and that his more cinematic approach would give the video a unique look and feel.

"Judas Must Die" comes off LION'S SHARE 's sixth album, "Dark Hours," which is scheduled for release in March, 2009 via Blistering Records. The CD was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street in Örebro, Sweden by Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with OPETH, SYMPHONY X, PARADISE LOST, AMON AMARTH etc. The new album features a guest appearance by Michael Romeo of SYMPHONY X.

The band states, "The new songs are simply awesome and everybody that have heard it, think it's our best album to date. The red thread lyric wise on this album is that all songs are about things that happened in the late sixties; a decade known for many good things. However, we're not describing the happy times of the 60's: We give you the Dark Hours. Musically it's more straight forward and faster than ever. The songs are filled with energy and great hooks."

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Lion's Share Finishing New Album, "Dark Hours"

Swedish melodic heavy metal masters LION'S SHARE are putting the final touches on “Dark Hours”, the followup to 2007's “Emotional Coma”, for release in March 2009.

The band states, “The new songs are simply awesome and everybody that have heard it, think it’s our best album to date. The red thread lyric wise on this album is that all songs are about things that happened in the late sixties; a decade known for many good things. However, we're not describing the happy times of the 60's: We give you the Dark Hours. Musically it’s more straight forward and faster than ever. The songs are filled with energy and great hooks.”

“Dark Hours” will be mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Symphony X, Paradise Lost, Amon Amarth), and features guest slots from Mike Romeo (Symphony X) guest solo on "Behind The Curtain", Conny Pettersson (from Earache Records death metal act ANATA) - drums, Richard Evensand (Chimaira, Soilwork).

The tenative tracklisting is as follows:

Judas Must Die
Phantom Rider
Demon In Your Mind
Heavy Cross To Bear
The Bottomless Pit
Full Metal Jacket
The Presidio 27
Barker Ranch
Napalm Nights
Space Scam
Behind The Curtain
King Of All The Kings (bonus track - included on the limited edition digipak and Japanese version)

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Lion's Share Reveal More New Album Details

Swedish melodic metal masters LION'S SHARE have issued the following update:

"[LION'S SHARE's latest album] 'Emotional Coma' is now out in all planned territories. The release dates got a bit spread out (Europe - June 2007, Asia - November 2007, North America - January 2008, Russia - February 2008, South America - March 2008), but now we will focus 100% on recording the follow-up apart from some live shows we're doing in Europe during May. If everything goes as planned, we will mix the album end of June and release it in October."

"The reactions [to] 'Emotional Coma' were so overwhelming that we feel very confident to continue developing this style and direction on the next album. The sick life of Charles Manson is the foundation of the album lyric wise, but also deals with other happenings from that era. Many revolting and strange things happened in the shadow of the Cold War and the Vietnam War in the late '60s. Music-wise, the new songs are a bit more 'direct' and 'catchy' but still very 'metal.' The new songs are simply awesome and we are absolutely sure this will be our best album to date." More...

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Manowar To Play Romania In July

According to Metalfan.ro, MANOWAR will play in Bucharest, Romania on July 7. More information will be made available soon.

MANOWAR will headline this year's Magic Circle Festival, set to take place July 9-12 in Bad Arolsen, Germany. This year's event will feature four days of metal, 20,000 free beers, 20,000 free copies of the new MANOWAR single and four custom-built choppers owned by MANOWAR members to be given away. Also scheduled to appear are HOLYHELL, JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR, MAJESTY and STORMWARRIOR.

MANOWAR is scheduled to perform on the Friday evening of the festival, where they will play "Battle Hymns", "Into Glory Ride" and "Hail To England". On the Saturday evening, the band will play "Sign Of The Hammer", "Fighting The World" and "Kings Of Metal". This set will also feature, for the first time, a rendition of "The Crown And The Ring (Lament Of The Kings)", which will feature the original choir and orchestral performance that has never been seen before. More...

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Lion's Share Working On New Concept Album

Vocalist Patrik Johansson of the Swedish melodic metallers LION'S SHARE has issued the following update:

"Me, Lars [Chriss, guitar] and Sampo [Axelsson, bass] are currently working our asses off, writing new songs for the upcoming LION'S SHARE album. Almost all the songs are written now and hopefully we can enter the studio in February starting the vocal sessions. This album will be nothing but a Metal Beast! The lyrics on this one will be linked together and in that perspective this CD will be something of a concept album. We'll give you a more detailed studio report when the time is right, so stay tuned!"

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Astral Doors Post New Song Online

Swedish metallers ASTRAL DOORS, who feature in their ranks LION'S SHARE vocalist Patrik Johansson, have posted the title track of their new album, "New Revelation", on their MySpace page. Due in Europe and the USA on September 14 via Locomotive Music and in Japan in October through King Records, the CD was recorded at Big Turn Studio and at The Darkside in Borlänge, Sweden and was mixed at the Abyss Studios in Sweden by Peter Tägtgren and ASTRAL DOORS.

"New Revelation" (view cover at this location) track listing:

01. New Revelation
02. Freedom War
03. Pentecostal Bound
04. Bastard Son
05. Waiting for the Master
06. Planet Earth
07. Quisling
08. Cold War Survivor
09. The Gates of Light
10. Shores of Solitude
11. Mercenary Man
12. Lament of the East (bonus track Japan)
13. 21st Century Medieval (bonus track Japan) * More...

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Magic Circle Festival Adds A Second Day

The Magic Circle Festival has now been extended to two days. The festivities will now begin on July 6th, 2007, in addition to the original date of July 7th, 2007. The festival will take place in Bad Arolsen, Germany with the low admission price of 10 Euros for each day. Tickets for the 7th are now available at the official Magic Circle Festival website and tickets for the 6th will be available very soon. "We are very proud that our idea to reward the metal fans around the world with this special event has been received so well that we can give another show to them", says MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio.

Besides different sets of MANOWAR on each day, the Magic Circle Festival on July 6 and 7, 2007 will also feature performances of GAMMA RAY, MAJESTY, HOLYHELL, STORMWARRIOR, MESSIAH'S KISS, DAVID SHANKLE GROUP, LION'S SHARE, HEAVENLY and others.

The festival grounds will be opened on July 5 already with a special "Titty Twister Tent". Sufficient campground and on-site parking areas will be provided as well as a shower-city, supermarket and various vendors.

Furthermore, MANOWAR's new double-live album "GODS OF WAR LIVE" will be released on July 6th and will be available for purchase at the festival. This album will not only feature more than two hours of MANOWAR live music, but will also feature an exclusive 7-minute video of the song "Gods Of War", complete with MANOWAR's trademark explosive stage set including fireworks, a Viking ship and other special effects.

A video teaser has been posted on YouTube.com to give fans an example of the performance they can expect to see at the Magic Circle Festival. More...

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Lion's Share Confirmed For Magic Circle Festival

LION'S SHARE confirmed for Germany's MAGIC CIRCLE FESTIVAL with MANOWAR, GAMMA RAY etc on July 7 in Bad Arolsen, Germany.

The LION'S SHARE's video for the song "The Edge of the Razor" has been posted at YouTube.

The track, which features a guest solo from ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, comes off the Swedish melodic metal band's long-awaited comeback album, "Emotional Coma", due on June 15 via AFM Records. More...

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Lion's Share Post New E-Card Online

An e-card for LION'S SHARE's long-awaited comeback album, Emotional Coma, can be accessed at this location.

Emotional Coma is "the heaviest and most powerful LION'S SHARE record to date" and it features guest appearances by Bruce Kulick (KISS), Glen Drover (MEGADETH) and Mats Levén (THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN). The band features guitar player and founding member Lars Chriss, along with vocalist Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS, WUTHERING HEIGHTS), bass player Sampo Axelsson (GLENN HUGHES) and well-known session drummer Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK, THERION). More...

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Lion's Share Post Two New Songs Online

Swedish melodic metal masters LION'S SHARE have posted two new songs from their long-awaited comeback album "Emotional Coma" at their MySpace page. "The Edge of the Razor", features guest solos from ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick and will be the first video from the CD, which is scheduled for release on June 15 via AFM Records. Sweden Rock Festival attendees will be able to buy the CD early during the band's signing session at the event on June 7 at 5:30 p.m. (Lion's Share live on stage 4-5 PM). You can preorder the album here.

According to a press release, "Emotional Coma" is "the heaviest and most powerful LION'S SHARE record to date" and it features guest appearances by Kulick, Glen Drover (MEGADETH) and Mats Levén (THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN). The band features guitar player and founding member Lars Chriss, along with vocalist Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS, WUTHERING HEIGHTS), bass player Sampo Axelsson (GLENN HUGHES) and well-known session drummer Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK, THERION).

Here is the "Emotional Coma" track listing:

01. Cult of Denial
02. The Arsonist
03. Emotional Coma (feat. Glen Drover)
04. Clones of Fate
05. The Edge of the Razor (feat. Bruce Kulick)
06. Toxication Rave
07. Trafficking
08. Bloodstained Soil
09. Soultaker
10. Hatred's My Fuel
11. Sorcerers (ANGEL WITCH cover)
12. Ring of Stupidity (bonus track for Japan and digipak)

LION'S SHARE has lined up the following shows:

June 01 - Fjongstock Festival - Sundsvall, Sweden
June 7 - Sweden Rock Festival - Sölvesborg, Sweden
June 29 - Mälarrocken Festival - Västerås, Sweden
Aug. 17 - Metal Heart - Notodden, Norway

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Lion's Share To Film "The Edge Of The Razor" Video

Swedish heavy metal masters LION'S SHARE will film a video for the song "The Edge of the Razor" on April 15 in Stockholm. The track features a guest solo from Bruce Kulick (KISS), and comes off the group's comeback album, "Emotional Coma," which is scheduled for release on June 15 through AFM Records. You can check out the cover artwork at lionsshare.org.

According to a press release, "Emotional Coma" is "the heaviest and most powerful LION'S SHARE record to date" and it features guest appearances by Kulick, Glen Drover (MEGADETH) and Mats Levén (THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN). The band features guitar player and founding member Lars Chriss, along with vocalist Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS, WUTHERING HEIGHTS), bass player Sampo Axelsson (GLENN HUGHES) and well-known session drummer Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK, THERION).

As previously reported, here is the "Emotional Coma" track listing: More...

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