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Clawfinger

Formed: 1990
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

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Clawfinger Posts Live Video

Crossover pioneers Clawfinger have released a new live clip for "The Truth," live at Woodstock, taken from the band's new box set "Deafer Dumber Blinder," which will drop on March 7th (EU) and April 15th (US). Check it out below.

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Clawfinger Announces "Deafer Dumber Blinder"

20 years after its original release, preparations started for the ultimate anniversary edition of Clawfinger's "Deaf Dumb Blind."

"Deaf Dumb Blind" was turned into "Deafer Dumber Blinder" (which can be taken as a promise considering content of the extensive re-issue):

CD 1: Original Album
CD 2: The Best Of B-Sides (17 Tracks)
CD 3: The Best Of Demos (20 Tracks)
DVD Live In Woodstock + Documentary, MTV Specials & more!

"Deafer Dumber Blinder" will be released on March 7th, and Clawfinger's Baard Torstensen comemnts:

“None of us would have thought in the early Nineties that we ould live our dream for almost two decades, travel the world and play for millions of people on three continents (europe, america, asia). Our anniversary box Deafer Dumber Blinder reflects pretty much what Clawfinger is all about. Enjoy the unreleased demotracks from early days up 'till 2005, a bunch of good B-sides, the classics from Deaf Dumb Blind, and have fun with a live DVD from Woodstock Festival Poland where we played in front of more than 100‘000 people back in 2009. This DVD also contains bonus material. (2 scandinavian documentaries, festival clips, MTV Most Wanted).”

Zak Tell adds: “Deafer, Bumber, Blinder, the last and the tastiest piece of chocolate in the box is coming your way. It’s a treat so sweet you just can’t resist it. Demos, B-sides, Live footage, photos, the story of Clawfingers humble beginning and more. This sucker comes with material no one has ever seen or heard before and it will be in stores shortly so be sure to keep your ears and eyes open and scream your heart out when it arrives. The kings are dead, long live the kings.”

Jocke Skog also states: “We’ve gone through a lot of stuff to make this a box worth owning. It’s a tad late for an anniversary box since we released the first one back in 1993, but in this era where everything is online, it doesn’t matter that much. Enjoy! I know I will.” More...

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Swedish Metal Elite To Record Anti-Bullying Song

Several members of notable Swedish metal bands including Meshuggah, Hypocrisy, Soilwork, Nightwish and Evergrey have come together to record an anti-bullying song as a way of raising awareness and taking action on the topic of bullying and harrassment in schools. The new band, a one-off project, is called Sweden United whose new single, "Open Your Eyes", will be made available on October 11th, 2010 through Supernova Records. The single was mixed by acclaimed producer Jens Bogren.

Musicians set to appear on "Open Your Eyes" include:
Jens Kidman (MESHUGGAH)
Jimmie Strimmel (DEAD BY APRIL)
Anette Olzon (NIGHTWISH)
Björn "Speed" Strid (SOILWORK)
Henrik Englund (SCARPOINT)
Zak Tell (CLAWFINGER)
Martin Westerstrand (LILLASYSTER)
Tom S. Englund (EVERGREY)
Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN)

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Mustasch Gets "Best Hard Rock" Grammis Award

Swedish act Mustasch has been honored with the “Best Hard Rock” Grammis award, the Swedish version of the Grammy Awards, for its album “Latest Version of the Truth.”

The Gothenberg-based quartet was presented with the award by Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee at the awards ceremony on January 9 at Globen in Stockholm. Mustasch beat out tough competition in veteran bands like Candlemass, Clawfinger, Entombed, and Arch Enemy.

“It felt a lot more emotional and fantastic than we initially thought,” said vocalist/lead guitarist Ralf Gyllenhammar. “Before the Grammys we thought of it more as an industry meet or a public event where it doesn’t really affect us personally if we win or loose, but when Mikkey Dee announced us as winners it was almost like a blackout of joy! Can hardly remember what was said in the speech.”

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Arch Enemy And More Nominated For Swedish Awards

ARCH ENEMY, CANDLEMASS, ENTOMBED, CRASHDIET and HARDCORE SUPERSTAR are among the artists that are competing for the "Best Hard Rock" honor at the Swedish "Grammis" awards, which will be held January 9, 2008 at Globen in Stockholm. The bands have each been nominated for their most recent releases, all of which came out during 2007. The nominees are as follows:

ARCH ENEMY - Rise Of The Tyrant
CANDLEMASS - King Of The Grey Islands
CLAWFINGER - Life Will kill You
CRASHDIET - The Unattractive Revolution
DARK TRANQUILLITY - Fiction
ENTOMBED - Serpent Saints
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR - Dreamin' In A Casket
LILLASYSTER - Hjärndöd Musik Till En Hjärndöd Genaration
MUSTASCH - Latest Version Of The Truth
TAKIDA - Bury The Lies

Last year's "Grammis" award in the "Best Hard Rock" category was won by IN FLAMES for their "Come Clarity" CD.

In accepting the award, IN FLAMES frontman Anders Fridén asked the audience to get up on their feet.

"This is the third time IN FLAMES have won a [Swedish] Grammy and it feels extremely good," he said and joked: "Thanks a lot to the Swedish people, [distributor] Sound Pollution and all you people sitting down!"

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Clawfinger Record Interview For AreaGames

Nuclear Blast has issued the following CLAWFINGER update:

Clawfinger have recorded a Band´n Play interview for AreaGames.

See Zak and Jocke testing the new first-person-shooter Halo 3 in a nearly 20 minute interview. The guys talking about RAMMSTEIN, Enter The Matrix and the life of a pro-musician.

The moderation is in German, the interview is in English. Check it out here.

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"20 Years Of Nuclear Blast" Trailer Posted Online

A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.

The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:

01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
11. MALEVOLENT CREATION - Assasin Squad
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
34. ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - So Grim, So True, So Real
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
40. SONATA ARCTICA - Caleb
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
52. NIGHTWISH - Eva
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
67. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Riders On The Storm
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...

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Clawfinger Frontman Reflects On Azkena Festival

CLAWFINGER frontman Zak Tell has posted this message on the band's official website:

"We survived, just barely! Of course it turned out to be a pain in the ass as expected, nine hours, four airports, three flights, one crew member short, a broken guitar and two smashed guitar cases, too much beer and not enough sleep all contributed to grumpiness and dissatisfaction, arriving at the (Azkena Rock) festival only 50 minutes before the show didn't help much either! Just to make things worse we also paid nearly 600 euro in overweight, yipiiii! Furthermore I managed to break my microphone cable (sort of on purpose!) and drop the mic on Bård's guitar pedal, turning it off, exactly at the same time as André's bass bummed out, leaving Jocke and Henka as the only two members actually creating any noise on stage for about 10 seconds! From what we'd heard we were also supposed to be playing the next best slot of the evening and there was apparently a press conference planned. Well we played a 45-minute set at 17:45 and there wasn't a journalist in sight!!!

Anyway regardless of what happens to us before and afterwards the show must go on and once you see the happy smiling faces in the audiences you tend to forget all the shit you've been through earlier and it was a fun crowd. People seemed to be having a really good time and you could smell the sweet scent of marijuana in the air everywhere! It was kind of early in the evening and I think quite a few people probably saw us for the first time as we don't visit Spain very frequently anymore but I also know that there were some old Clawheads there cos' I could see those fuckers singing their hearts out! Anyway thank you all for rockin' out with us! It was a nice festival, the weather was good and the vibe was relaxed! Henka and me went out into the crowd after the show and checked out the different stands selling t-shirts and stuff and people were coming up to us asking to take photos which means we must have done something right.

We stayed on for quite a while, I saw a bit of Mooney Suzuki and we hung around in the Gibson bus and the backstage area drinking beers but in the end we realized how tired we really were after haven gotten up at 04:00 in the morning to make the first flight! Also we knew that we had 10 more hours, three flights and four airports on the way back the next day as well so we decided to make our way to the hotel to get some sleep. Of course Jocke and I ended up sitting in my room drinking beer and talking until about 02:00 which only left us with five hours to sleep. Anyway, but hey that's nothing new, it seems like we never learn... I guess cos' we don't want to."

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Clawfinger Post 'Prisoners' Video Online

CLAWFINGER's video for the song "Prisoners" has been posted online and can be viewed here. The track comes off the Swedish rap/metal combo's new album, "Life Will Kill You", which entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 89.

On the topic of the new CD's lyrical direction, frontman Zak Tell recently said, "Paedophilia, addiction, death, suicide bombers, self-esteem issues and misers are a few of the topics I've chosen to write about this time around. Not very uplifting stuff, I guess, but hey that's just me and it's not as if I actually plan it, it just happens, I promise! There are a few positive lyrics as well so it's not all gloom, doom and troubled thoughts. A majority of the tracks are though.

"Anyway, I guess there are a few different reasons as to why I chose to write about the stuff I do, the logical one being that the music we play is of a slightly aggressive nature and therefore inspires darker lyrics, although that's not entirely true as we also have softer and less serious songs and I sometimes also break free from the given formula. Most of the time I don't, though, out of fear of getting lost! The second reason is that it's simply my outlet for all the less pleasant things that go through my head. My everyday life is fairly normal and family-orientated so to get some sort of balance I use CLAWFINGER as my frustration ventilator or whatever you want to call it! More...

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New Album From The Legendary Clawfinger Released

Less than two years after their last album “Hate Yourself With Style”, the Swedish Crossover legends Clawfinger are returning with their new album “Life Will Kill You”. Again, the band have managed to deliver high quality songs with catchy choruses and killer hooks. To be honest: “Life Will Kill You” is probably their best album since the sensational debut “Deaf Dumb Blind” released back in 1993. Listen to the aggressive opener “The Price You Pay”, the sing-along hymn “Life Will Kill You” and “Where Can We Go From Here” and you will find your favourite Clawfinger songs since “Nigger”, “Tomorrow”, “Do What I Say” and “The Biggest And The Best”!
Once again the album was produced by the band itself in their own Fear And Loathing Studios in Spånga (Sweden), a studio they run together with their good friends Meshuggah.

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Clawfinger Dissed by Slayer at Nova Rock Fest

CLAWFINGER frontman Zak Tell has posted a report from the band's appearance at the Nova Rock festival, which took place June 15-17 on the Pannonia Fields in Burgenland, the easternmost federal state of Austria (near Nickelsdorf and the Hungarian and Slovak borders). An excerpt follows:

"Jocke (Skog, keyboards) tried to say 'Hi' to the SLAYER guys from MESHUGGAH, as they had asked him to, but being the big American stars that they are, they (SLAYER) didn't really have time to listen to what us peasants had to say. They were too busy being the biggest stars of the evening. Too bad their show sucked ass! We stood in the crowd for about 15 minutes really trying to enjoy it, but in the end we simply realized that it was fucking boring. No show spirit worth mentioning, just big attitudes and no knowledge of how to communicate with the fans. Of course they get away with it because they're SLAYER, but it was still lame, if you ask me!"

On the topic of the new album's lyrical direction, frontman Zak Tell recently said, "Paedophilia, addiction, death, suicide bombers, self-esteem issues and misers are a few of the topics I've chosen to write about this time around. Not very uplifting stuff, I guess, but hey that's just me and it's not as if I actually plan it, it just happens, I promise! There are a few positive lyrics as well so it's not all gloom, doom and troubled thoughts. A majority of the tracks are though."

"Anyway, I guess there are a few different reasons as to why I chose to write about the stuff I do, the logical one being that the music we play is of a slightly aggressive nature and therefore inspires darker lyrics, although that's not entirely true as we also have softer and less serious songs and I sometimes also break free from the given formula. Most of the time I don't, though, out of fear of getting lost! The second reason is that it's simply my outlet for all the less pleasant things that go through my head. My everyday life is fairly normal and family-orientated so to get some sort of balance I use CLAWFINGER as my frustration ventilator or whatever you want to call it!"

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Clawfinger Reveal 'Life Will Kill You' Artwork

The artwork for CLAWFINGER's upcoming album, "Life Will Kill You", has been posted at this location. Due on July 27 via Nuclear Blast Records, the Swedish rap/metal combo's new CD will contain the following track listing:

01. The Price You Pay
02. Life Will Kill You
03. Prisoners
04. Final Stand
05. None The Wiser
06. Little Baby
07. The Cure & The Poison
08. Where Can We Go From Here
09. It's Your Life
10. Falling
11. Carnivore More...

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Clawfinger Reveal New Album Track Listing

Swedish rap/metal combo CLAWFINGER has set the track listing for its new album, "Life Will Kill You", due on July 27 via Nuclear Blast Records. It is as follows:

01. The Price You Pay
02. Life Will Kill You
03. Prisoners
04. Final Stand
05. None The Wiser
06. Little Baby
07. The Cure & The Poison
08. Where Can We Go From Here
09. It's Your Life
10. Falling
11. Carnivore More...

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Clawfinger Announce New Album Title

Frontman Zak Tell of the Swedish rap/metal combo CLAWFINGER has issued the following update on the writing/ recording sessions for the group's new studio album:

"Yes, we are absolutely terrible at updating our news/diary page, especially when we're in the middle of things but I'll have a go at it so that you at least get a vague idea of what is going on in our little studio bubble world! 13 demo tracks are finished, recorded and we've also done a second round on them adding final little 'demo' details and rearranging a few things here & there! For the last week and a half Bård [Torstensen, guitar] and mostly Jocke [Skog, keyboards] have been recording all the drum parts live with Henka [Johansson] and the little I've heard sounds fat and nice as fuck, I just hope we don't make the same mistake as with the last album, that is get so caught up with the importance of the drums that we forget to put some bottom and bass into the mix as well! (My personal opinion, in case anyone was wondering!) More...

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Clawfinger Working On New Material

Swedish crossover pioneers CLAWFINGER are back in the studio, working on new songs for the follow-up album of "Hate Yourself With Style" (released on November 18th 2005). "So Bård is in town since Sunday evening and we've started another round of writing and recording", says singer Zak Tell about the proceeding. Read his full statement here.

On related news, CLAWFINGER have recently been confirmed to play the German Jägermeister Rock:Liga. More...

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Clawfinger Post New Video On Their Site

CLAWFINGER frontman Zak Tell has posted the following update at the band's official website. In addition, they have updated the band's European tour schedule, filling out February with five dates in the UK.

"Heya people, this is just a quick newsletter to let you know that there is a free video available on our homepage now that was made by the one and only Bård! Once upon a time he had a konkord camera that was not capable of this kind of magic but now he's updated and has turned into a damn Francis Ford Coppola, or so he believes himself :D. Anyway it's a very nice little piece of work, so if your connection allows you to download files that are larger than 5 MB then do it, the file is about 44 MB so a cable connection or extraordinary patience is recommended! Other news is that the tourdates just keep on pouring in so be sure to visit the tour link on our homepage for the latest updates, you never know, we might even be playing in your hometown! Well people that's all from me for now, take care, have yourselves a merry little X-mas and don't forget to listen to Hate Yourself With Style until your ears bleed!"

Peace/Zak

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Clawfinger Announce Dates For European Tour

Crossover pioneers CLAWFINGER will set off for a European tour in January 2006. The yet confirmed dates are:

11.01.06 D Hamburg - Logo
12.01.06 D Cologne - Prime Club
13.01.06 CH Fribourg - Frisson
14.01.06 CH Zurich - X-Tra
16.01.06 A Vienna - Planet Music
17.01.06 A Graz - Orpheum
18.01.06 HR Zagreb - Tvornica
19.01.06 H Budapest - Petofi Csarnok
20.01.06 CZ Prague - Abaton
21.01.06 PL Warsaw - Stodola

More dates for early February 2006 are planned and will be revealed soon.

CLAWFINGER will release their brand new album "Hate Yourself With Style" on November 18th 2005.

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Clawfinger Finalizes New Album Tracklisting

Swedish rap/metal combo Clawfinger have finalized the track listing for their new album, due out Nov 21. It is as follows:

01. The Faggot In You
02. Hate Yourself With Style
03. Dirty Lies
04. The Best & the Worst
05. Breakout (Embrace The Child Inside You)
06. Right To Rape
07. What We’ve Got Is What You’re Getting
08. Sick Of Myself
09. Hypocrite
10. Without A Case
11. God Is Dead

Commented frontman Zak Tell: "I feel like a kid in a candy store and proud as a god as I know how much work we have put into these songs. All the same, they are very raw and basic and less filled up with loops and samples!"

Clawfinger's last album, "Zeros & Heros," was released in May 2003.

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Clawfinger Sign To Nuclear Blast

Nuclear Blast is proud to announce the signing of a band that has started a whole genre: crossover pioneers Clawfinger.

As Frontman Zak Tell commented:

Dear Clawheads, Hangarounds and other Lowlifes!

We are very happy that the No. 1 Metal label Nuclear Blast had the good taste to sign the reigning champs of 'OldSchoolCrossoverNuMetal' Clawfinger!

We know that this is the start of a longlasting and successful companionship that will bring us 'Money Power Glory'… We are keeping our clawfingers crossed!
Peace, Zak

Clawfinger have been among the first bands that continuously mixed Metal with rap and grooves. Their debut "Deaf, Dumb, Blind" (1993) is legendary and set a new tone for heavy music. Since then, Clawfinger never really stopped and put out a total of five studio albums, the last being "Zeroes And Heroes" (2003).

A new album by these hard rockin' and hard groovin' Swedes is scheduled for a November.

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Edguy To Headline Deep Impact Festival

The 2005 edition of Germany’s Deep Impact festival is scheduled for July 30th at Kultfabrik in Munich.

Acts confirmed for the festival include: Edguy, Clawfinger, Subway to Sally, Eisbrecher, Crystal Ball and Shade.

For more information, including details for the festival after party, can be found at www.deep-impact-openair.de and at www.garagedeluxe.de.

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