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Lord Belial

From: Sweden
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Below is our complete Lord Belial 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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Lord Belial Reforms With Original Line-Up

Swedish black metal act Lord Belial has announced that they have decided to regroup with their original line-up after their nearly two year long hiatus. The band has also begun to write new material to be featured on a future release.

Lord Belial released their debut album "Kiss the Goat" in 1995 and had decided to disband in early 2009 due to the medical condition of drummer Micke Backelin.

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Lord Belial Calls It Quits

Black metal band Lord Belial has issued the following statement on their website:

"LORD BELIAL 1992 - 2009

"Lord Belial has quit all their activities. All future gigs are canceled. We would like to thank all fans, bands we have played with, labels, organizers and everyone involved in the band for the past 17 years!

"The main reason for this is the hearing problem (tinnitus) that has grown into a quite big problem for Micke the last years… The other members in the band were not forced to put an end to the band but instead they mutually agreed that finding another drummer was not a solution for the future.

"Anyhow, if Micke’s hearing will be at least a little bit recovered after a break from music and especially live appearances for some time, we really hope that we can continue where we ended.

"We will not comment or discuss this in emails etc."

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Kings Of Black Metal Festival Confirms 2009 Bands

The 2009 Kings of Black Metal Festival will take place in Hessen, Germany on April 18th. Pre-sale tickets are available here. The bands confirmed for the festival are as follows:

Mayhem
Dark Funeral
Taake
Lord Belial
Mathyr
Hellsaw
Nifelheim
Necros Christos
Watain ( with special pyro show! )

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Lord Belial Streams New Song Online

Swedish black metal band Lord Belial has set up a special MySpace page to stream the song "Sworn" from their upcoming eighth album "The Black Curse". The album is set to be released in September of 2008.

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Lord Belial Readies New Album and Demos

Swedish melodic black metal horde LORD BELIAL will return with a new album in September 2008, entitled "The Black Curse." The album offers you ten tracks of pure melodic Swedish black metal.

Due massive demand, REGAIN RECORDS will re-release the old Lord Belial demos on one CD called "Ancient Demons." This CD is expected to be out in June 2008.

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The Project Hate Complete 7 Songs For New Album

THE PROJECT HATE — the Swedish band featuring vocalist Jörgen Sandström (ex-ENTOMBED, GRAVE), guitarist Lord K. Philipson (GOD AMONG INSECTS, ex-LEUKEMIA), bassist Michael Håkansson (ENGEL, ex-EVERGREY), guitarist Petter S. Freed (2 TON PREDATOR), singer Jo Enckell (IGNORANCE BLISS) and drummer Daniel "Mojjo" Moilanen (RELEVANT FEW, DRACENA, RUNEMAGICK, LORD BELIAL, ENGEL) — has issued the following update:

"All the seven songs [for the new THE PROJECT HATE album] are now finished. Seven songs of the music you love when it comes to the HATE. It's time to complete the lyrics now, something that will definitely take some time. During the coming months (or more thruthfully; until we actually record the album) we will enhance the material as we go along, making everything even better, more infernal and all-around even more utterly dominating. We dig to work like that, you know."

"All vocal parts have been decided and both Jo and J are hard at work with what they will deliver next time. We have even contacted some of the planned guest musicians that we want on the next masterpiece. Some of them being childhood heroes actually. Maybe..."

THE PROJECT HATE's last album, "In Hora Mortis Nostræ", was released in September 2007 via Stormvox Records, the label owned by Swedish actor Peter Stormare.

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Lord Belial To Enter The Studio In March

Swedish black/death metallers LORD BELIAL will enter Deadline Studios on March 3 with producer Valle Adzic to begin recording their new album, entitled "The Black Curse". The CD is tentatively expected this summer via Regain Records.

LORD BELIAL has been confirmed for this year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.

LORD BELIAL's seventh full-length album, "Revelation", was recorded at Los Angered studio (owned by KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque) outside Gothenburg. It is out now on Regain Records.

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Before The Dawn Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Finland's BEFORE THE DAWN is the latest act confirmed for next summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.

The Wacken Open Air Festival will be headlined by IRON MAIDEN (on July 31st). The current line-up includes: AT THE GATES, AUTUMN, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, BEFORE THE DAWN, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CORVUS CORAX, CREMATORY, DESTRUCTOR, DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, ENEMY OF THE SUN, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, EVOCATION, GIRUGÄMESH, GOREROTTED, GORGOROTH, HATEBREED, IRON MAIDEN, KAMELOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, LORDI, NIFELHEIM, NIGHTWISH, OBITUARY, AXEL RUDI PELL, POWERWOLF, PRIMORDIAL, SABATON, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES, WARBRINGER.

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Nightwish Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2008

Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have been been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
AUTUMN
AVANTASIA
AXXIS
CARCASS
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CREMATORY
DESTRUCTOR
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
GOREROTTED
GORGOROTH
HATEBREED
IRON MAIDEN
KAMELOT
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
KREATOR
KRYPTERIA
LORD BELIAL
NIGHTWISH
OBITUARY
POWERWOLF
PRIMORDIAL
SABATON
SALTATIO MORTIS
SONATA ARCTICA
THE BONES

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Gorgoroth Confirmed For Wacken 2008

The Gaahl-fronted version of the Norwegian black metal band GORGOROTH has been been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The group will be one of the headliners on the event's "Black Stage." The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
AUTUMN
AVANTASIA
AXXIS
CARCASS
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CREMATORY
DESTRUCTOR
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
GOREROTTED
GORGOROTH
HATEBREED
IRON MAIDEN
KAMELOT
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
KREATOR
KRYPTERIA
LORD BELIAL
OBITUARY
POWERWOLF
PRIMORDIAL
SABATON
SALTATIO MORTIS
SONATA ARCTICA
THE BONES

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Four More Bands Confirmed For Wacken 2008

PRIMORDIAL, GOREROTTED, POWERWOLF and AUTUMN are the latest bands confirmed for next summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.

The festival will be headlined next year by IRON MAIDEN. The current line-up includes: AT THE GATES, AUTUMN, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CREMATORY, DESTRUCTOR, DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, GOREROTTED, HATEBREED, IRON MAIDEN, KAMELOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, OBITUARY, POWERWOLF, PRIMORDIAL, SABATON, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES.

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As I Lay Dying Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2008

San Diego's AS I LAY DYING has been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
AVANTASIA
AXXIS
CARCASS
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CREMATORY
DESTRUCTOR
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
HATEBREED
IRON MAIDEN
KAMELOT
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
KREATOR
KRYPTERIA
LORD BELIAL
OBITUARY
SABATON
SALTATIO MORTIS
SONATA ARCTICA
THE BONES

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KSE Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2008

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are the latest act confirmed for next summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.

The festival will be headlined next year by IRON MAIDEN. The current line-up includes: AT THE GATES, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CREMATORY, DESTRUCTOR, DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, HATEBREED, IRON MAIDEN, KAMELOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES.

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Kamelot Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2008

Tampa-based power metallers KAMELOT are the latest act confirmed for the 2008 edition of the Wacken Open Air, which is scheduled for July 31st - August 2nd, in Wacken, Germany. This will be an exclusive German Festival appearance for 2008.

Acts on the Wacken bill now include headliners IRON MAIDEN, CARCASS (reunion show), AT THE GATES (reunion show), AVANTASIA, AXXIS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CREMATORY (Best Of Show), DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, HATEBREED, KAMELOT, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES.

In other Kamelot news, the band are busy working on a special edition live CD, new songwriting and also preparing for the upcoming Headliner European tour and eventual North American Tour for 2008. Kamelot released it's blockbuster CD Ghost Opera in June 2007 on SPV/Steamhammer. The album charted in the following countries:
Norway - #25
Sweden - #29
Finland - #35
USA - #48 (indie charts)
The Netherlands - #51
Germany - #61
France - #83
Switzerland - #88
Greece - #23 (foreign albums)
Japan - #13 (international albums)
United Kingdom - #24 (rock & metal charts)

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Lord Belial Drummer Lands New Endorsement Deal

Swedish black metallers LORD BELIAL have issued the following update:

"(Drummer) Micke (Backelin) has ended the deal with Agner Drumsticks and signed an endorsement deal with the German manufacturer Artbeat Drumsticks."

Lord Belial are confirmed for Satans Convention Germany (www.burningstage.net), scheduled for December 15th at Stadthalle Werl in Werl, Germany.

Acts currently confirmed for the event also include GRABAK and HECATE ENTHRONED.

More acts will be announced soon. More information at this location.

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Lord Belial Post New Music Online

Swedish black metallers LORD BELIAL have updated their MySpace page to include two new tracks from their upcoming Revelation album. Check out the tracks 'Unspoken Veneration' and 'Vile Intervention' at this location.

Revelation will be released this year through Regain Records. More details to follow.

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Lord Belial Guitarist Explains Departure

Guitarist Hjalmar Nielsen of Sweden's LORD BELIAL has issued the following statement regarding his decision to leave the band:

"I want to start with a big THANK YOU to THOMAS, MICKE and ANDERS for this great time with LORD BELIAL that I've had for the past three years. You let me jump on to a moving train on which I learned, developed, had the opportunity to meet a lot of cool people, bands and to face thousands of metalheads banging to our music! Thank you all for this.

"As I'm writing this statement, LORD BELIAL's seventh album, 'Revelation', is completed and actually pumping through my headphones right this moment. What strikes me is that it's a powerful album with a lot of surprises as well as classic LORD BELIAL material and I'm very satisfied with my part in it.

"Then you might ask; why am I leaving? Well, it's just time. I have given LORD BELIAL everything I can give in form of music and therefore decided to continue, or maybe I should say renew, my musical 'quest.' I feel that my last contribution to LORD BELIAL was my best yet and a worthy conclusion of my time in the band, but I must say it makes me sad to not be able to share it with an audience from the stage. There are absolutely no hard feelings involved in my decision and I just hope the best for the guys as they are great people and good friends."

As previously reported, LORD BELIAL will play at the Linköping Metal Massacre II on October 28 at Skylten in Linköping, Sweden.

LORD BELIAL's seventh full-length album, "Revelation", was recorded at Los Angered studio (owned by KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque) outside Gothenburg. A late 2006 release via Regain Records is expected.

LORD BELIAL's sixth full-length album, "Nocturnal Beast", was released last November via Regain . The follow-up to 2004's "The Seal of Belial" was recorded at Los Angered.

"The Seal of Belial" received its long-overdue U.S. release on September 20, 2005 via Candlelight Records USA.

Read the full article at Blabbermouth.net.

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Lord Belial Part Ways With Guitarist

Sweden's LORD BELIAL has parted ways with guitarist Hjalmar Nielsen. "No search for another guitarist will take place, from now on LORD BELIAL will continue with only three members," reads a posting on the group's web site. "A statement from Hjalmar will soon be published as well."

In other news, LORD BELIAL will play at the Linköping Metal Massacre II, set to take place October 28 at Skylten in Linköping, Sweden.

LORD BELIAL recently entered Los Angered studio (owned by KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque) outside Gothenburg to begin recording its seventh full-length album, entitled "Revelation". A late 2006 release via Regain Records is expected.

LORD BELIAL's sixth full-length album, "Nocturnal Beast", was released last November via Regain . The follow-up to 2004's "The Seal of Belial" was recorded at Los Angered.

"The Seal of Belial" received its long-overdue U.S. release on September 20, 2005 via Candlelight Records USA.

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Lord Belial Begin Recording New Album

Sweden's LORD BELIAL has entered Los Angered studio (owned by KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque) outside Gothenburg to begin recording its seventh full-length album, entitled "Revelation". A late 2006 release via Regain Records is expected.

LORD BELIAL's sixth full-length album, "Nocturnal Beast", was released last November via Regain . The follow-up to 2004's "The Seal of Belial" was recorded at Los Angered.

"The Seal of Belial" received its long-overdue U.S. release on September 20, 2005 via Candlelight Records USA.

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Lord Belial Post Album Art And Song For New CD

Sweden's LORD BELIAL have uploaded the cover artwork and two full tracks ("Desolate Passage" and "Monarchy of Death") from their sixth full-length album, "Nocturnal Beast", at LordBelial.com.

As previously reported, Regain Records has set a November 21 European release date for "Nocturnal Beast". The follow-up to last year's "The Seal of Belial" was recorded at Andy La Rocque's (KING DIAMOND) Los Angered Recording studios in Gothenburg, Sweden. "The result is 11 songs including intro and outro and the playing time is about 43 minutes," the band write on their web site.

LORD BELIAL recently announced that "The Seal of Belial" will receive its long-overdue U.S. release on September 20 via Candlelight Records USA.

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