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Formed: 1994
From: Craiova, Romania
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Avatar 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.

Avatar Posts Live Performance Footage

Avatar has posted several clips online from the band's live performance in Craiova, Romania on December 8th, 2011. Check out the footage below.

Avatar released the "Subjects of the Same Suffering" album in May of 2010 through Metalfan Records, and the release was produced by Tue Madsen, with artwork handled by Romanian graphic artist Costin Chioreanu from Twilight13media.

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Hell and Heaven Fest Lineup Announced

MEGADETH is confirmed to play the Hell and Heaven Metal Fest in Guadalajara, Mexico on Saturday, November 19, 2011. The Hell And Heaven Metal Fest is currently the only open air metal festival in Mexico. The festival had its first edition in October 2010 with three stages and 40 bands. The festival is dedicated to metal, but tries to balance genres such as heavy, glam, metalcore, thrash, speed, death, black and industrial metal.

This year the promoters expect to have a 20,000 audience and have confirmed 57 bands on four stages. The full line-up for the festival is as follows:

MEGADETH (USA)
OVERKILL (USA)
FEAR FACTORY (USA)
MOONSPELL (PORTUGAL)
KATAKLYSM (CANADA)
DESTRUCTION (ALEMANIA)
MAYAN (HOLANDA)
DARK FUNERAL (SUECIA)
TRISTANIA (NORUEGA)
WEHRMACHT (USA)
WITHIN THE RUINS (USA)
VITAL REMAINS (USA)
LIZZY BORDEN (USA)
PROFECIA (USA)

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Amaranthe To Play Rockbaten

Amaranthe has issued the following announcement about performing at Rockbaten 2011:

"Hey guys! Amaranthe just got booked to play Rockbåten alongside our good friends in Dream Evil and Avatar! This will be one hell of cruise, sailing from Gothenburg to Kiel, so don't miss out! Link with tickets will be up soon! Ship ahoy!"

More information on the 2011 Rockbaten can be found at this location.

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Within Y Announces Mini-tour with Avatar

Swedish metal band Within Y has joined up with Swedish metal band Avatar for a mini-tour of Sweden. The dates are as follows:

Nov 26 - Atmosfär - Linköping
Nov 27 - Brew House - Gothenburg
Nov 28 - Club 700 - Örebro
Dec 4 - Klubben Fryshuset - Stockholm

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Archer Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival

Archer has performed with some of the biggest names in rock including, Heaven and Hell, Heart and Sevendust. The band is looking forward to sharing the stage at the Sweden Rock Festival (www.swedenrock.com) this summer alongside such metal giants as Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Poison, RATT, Triumph, Saxon, Disturbed and many more as they return to Europe.

The Santa Cruz, CA-based power trio, who won "Best Local Band 2008" in the Metro Santa Cruz Goldies Awards, takes the stage on Saturday, June 7th, opening for some of the biggest names in the metal music genre. The Sweden Rock Festival is held in Norjeboke, in the tiny village of Norje which is situated in Sölvesborg in the western part of southern Sweden.

Archer’s debut album "Doom$day Profit$" is a "genuine tour-de-force, rich with powerful songs imbued with that essential combination of brain-burrowing melodies, ripping riffs, pulsing basslines, tsunami drums and grab-by-the-throat vocals." The band cites influences that include Ozzy and Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica and other legendary names.

Here is the current lineup for the Sweden Rock Fest 2008, which takes place June 4th - 7th: More...

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Avatar To Support Megadeth In Sweden

Swedish metallers AVATAR have been confirmed as the main support for MEGADETH on February 6 at Arenan in Stockholm. Also appearing on the bill is EVILE.

In other news, AVATAR will perform at 2008's South by Southwest (SXSW) on March 14 in Austin, Texas.

AVATAR recently posted the third AvatarTV episode from the band's European tour with OBITUARY and HOLY MOSES on the group's YouTube channel. Watch it here. More...

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Obituary Check In From The Road

Tampa-based death metal legends OBITUARY have issued the following update:

"It was a great night in Milano yesterday. Alcatraz was a really nice venue and made for a great show! Thank you to all that came out! Tonight we are in Lyon, France at CCO and it should be another great night! We hope to see you all out there."

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Avatar Post New Video Online

Swedish metal band AVATAR has released the video for the title track of the group's recently released album, entitled "Schlacht". The clip, which was reportedly filmed in a slaughterhouse, can be viewed below.

"Schlacht" was released on October 24 via Gain Records. The group started recording the follow-up to 2006's "Thoughts of No Tomorrow" in May.

AVATAR toured Europe with EVERGREY in October-November 2006 and Scandinavia with IN FLAMES in March 2007. They have also played shows with such bands as ARCH ENEMY, STONE SOUR, DISMEMBER, IMPALED NAZARENE, and MARDUK.

AVATAR will team up with OBITUARY and HOLY MOSES for a European tour in January. More...

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Holy Moses Announce New Album Title

Long-running German thrashers HOLY MOSES have set "Bloodbound" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in the spring. According to a press release, fans can expect another "blast of old-school thrash with modern elements and the classic HOLY MOSES style," featuring "the queen of growls, Sabina Classen!"

Sabina Classen recently secured a brand-new "fashion deal" with the Finnish clothing company Northern Tribe. According to a press release, "the fashion label for metal clothes and merchandise promises best quality with cool artwork at fair prices. Sabina closed the new deal by presenting one model shirt at the Northern Tribe stall [at] the [Jalometalli festival in Oulu, Finland]. In the future Sabina will present more Northern Tribe fashion on the upcoming HOLY MOSES gigs!"

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Close-Up Baten Cruise Confirm Municipal Waste

Richmond, Virginia thrashers MUNICIPAL WASTE are the final confirmed act for the Close-Up Båten metal cruise, which is scheduled to depart Stockholm, Sweden on February 14, 2008 and return the following day. The festival lineup is as follows:

SOILWORK
BACKYARD BABIES
DANKO JONES
AVATAR
GENERAL SURGERY
MUNICIPAL WASTE

For more information on Close-Up Båten, click here.

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Obituary Announce Tour Dates With Merauder

OBITUARY will team up with MERAUDER for a few shows in December 2007.
Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Dec. 07 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
Dec. 08 - Brooklyn, NY @ Club Europa
Dec. 09 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

OBITUARY have tapped comic book stalwart and director Hart D. Fisher to helm the group's new video for the song "Evil Ways". "We're shooting in Florida, and I'm going to take this far further than just a bunch of assholes on stage playing their guitars," says Fisher. "They want to go dark, go mean, and take this all to the horror movie level. There's going to be cameos from a ton of death metal guys also."

"Evil Ways" is the lead single from OBITUARY's new album, "Xecutioner's Return", which was released in North America on August 28 via Candlelight Records. The CD was mixed at Redroom Recorders and was mastered in June at Morrisound Studios in Tampa. The band once again worked with artist Andreas Marschall, who has previously created the art for "The End Complete" and the group's last record, "Frozen in Time".

OBITUARY will team up with long-running German thrashers HOLY MOSES for a European tour in January 2008. Also appearing on the bill are Swedish metallers AVATAR.

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Avatar Reveal 'Schlacht' Track Listing

Swedish metal band AVATAR has finalized the track listing for its new album, "Schlacht", due on October 24 via Gain Records. The group started recording the follow-up to 2006's "Thoughts of No Tomorrow" in May.

"Schlacht" track listing:

01. Schlacht
02. Wildflower
03. All Which is Black
04. 4 AM Breakdown
05. As It Is
06. All Hail the Queen
07. When Your Darkest Hour Comes
08. I Still Hate You
09. One/One/One/Three
10. Die With Me
11. The End of Our Ride
12. Letters From Neverend More...

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Avatar To Resume Recording Second Album

Up-and-coming Swedish metal band AVATAR recently entered the studio to record its second album, due later in the year through Gain Records. "We're finally sober enough to do the final recording sessions for the album," the group writes on its web site. "The first date is set to be May 21. The album will come with a DVD featuring live videos, interviews and a fat bunch of bonus material! Excited? Well, you CAN'T be as excited as we are!!!"

AVATAR toured Europe with EVERGREY in October-November 2006 and Scandinavia with IN FLAMES in March 2007. They have also played shows with such bands as ARCH ENEMY, STONE SOUR, DISMEMBER, IMPALED NAZARENE, and MARDUK since the release of their first album, "Thoughts of No Tomorrow", last year.

The average age of AVATAR members is only 19, and the group is being hailed by media and fans as the band that will carry the world-famous Gothenburg sound "into the future with new energy!"

For more information on AVATAR, visit www.avatar.net.

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Sonic Syndicate Announce New Drummer

Swedish metal band SONIC SYNDICATE recently announced the replacement of now former drummer Kristoffer BŠcklund, announces guitarist and songwriter Roger Sjunnesson, "It's my sad news to report that SONIC SYNDICATE will be parting ways with our drummer and brother Kristoffer BŠcklund. This decision was very hard to make, ultimately came about due to lack of enthusiasm and motivation on his side. We came to the conclusion that if we were to continue Sonic Syndicate as a professional band, we had to let him go. The band and Kristoffer are still the best of friends, and the former drummer will always be a huge part of SONIC SYNDICATE's spirit. Kristoffer would like to thank all the fans for a "motherfuckin' great time" and he wishes the band the best of luck in the future. The new drummer is no one less than John "Runken" Bengtsson (D¯DZ). He is an old schoolmate of ours and one of the best musicians we have worked with, and his playing so far has been beyond our expectations. We all want to give him a warm welcome and hope he will enjoy playing in Sonic Syndicate."

SONIC SYNDICATE has also confirmed an additional off-date gigs from the Sweden United Tour with AVATAR and INEVITABLE END.

Feb 11 - Falkenberg @ Smedjan*
Feb 17 - Halmstad @ Rockstugan*_
Feb 24 - TrollhŠttan @ Magasin 15*_
Feb 25 - Varberg @ Musikenshus* (w/ INNOCENT ROSIE)
*(w/ AVATAR and INEVITABLE END)

SONIC SYNDICATE's debut album, "EDEN FIRE" was recorded at StudioMega (THE CROWN, BESEECH) with producers Christian Silver and Manne Engstršm and released on September 13, 2005 through Florida based record label Pivotal Rockordings. You can view the E-CARD for "Eden Fire" here.

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Sonic Syndicate, Avatar, Inevitable End Tour

SONIC SYNDICATE have announced that they will be joining forces Swedish Metal artists AVATAR, and INEVITABLE END for The Sweden United – Metal Tour 2006. The dates on the tour include gigs in many of Sweden’s major cities as well as other towns the bands have not
played in before. Commented SONIC SYNDICATE guitarist Roger Sjunnesson, “We will do a mini tour together with the great bands INEVITABLE END and AVATAR, under the name Sweden United - Metal Tour 2006. Most of the dates are now confirmed and more dates will be announced in the coming weeks. The Tour will take off in Gothenburg 28 January on the very well known place Meeths unga Salonger. We're all very happy to be on tour and it will surly be a blast!”

The following are the confirmed dates for the Sweden United – Metal Tour 2006. More will be confirmed in the near future.

Sweden United - Metal Tour 2006
Jan 28 – Göteborg, Meeths
Feb 04 – Alingsås, Fabriken
Feb 11 - Falkenberg Smedjan
Feb 17 – Halmstad, Rockstugan
Feb 24 - Trollhättan, Magasin 15
Feb 25 – Varberg, Musikenshus

Other Confirmed Sonic Syndicate Shows
Feb 03 - Stockholm Tantogården (w/Dismember, CD Release Party Show)
Feb 08 - Göteborg Sticky Fingers (w/ Sovereign)

SONIC SYNDICATE will be entering StudioMega (THE CROWN, BEESECH) next week to begin pre-production for their follow up to “Eden Fire”, which was released on September 15, 2005 through Pivotal Rockordings.

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Sonic Syndicate Writing New Album

Vocalist Richard Sjunnesson has recently posted an update on Sonic Syndicate's Oficial Website:

"We are also working very hard on new material for a follow up to “Eden Fire” and we have about five new songs finished that will surely tear you a new asshole while exposed. Roger is generating more songs at the moment than a rabid bunny can produce foam at the mouth with rage. But fear not, even if he works fast, it’s not something robotically forced bullshit he spews out…no no: it’s fucking quality and by far the best shit he ever came up. I’m at the moment busy writing new mind busting lyrics for the fellows and we are all looking forward to visit the studio and get some immortalizing going in a near future."

You can read the full update on the band's site here.

Sonic Syndicate has also updated their tour agenda with several new gigs, including a mini-tour featuring Avatar and Inevitable End.

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Into Eternity Confirmed For Monterrey Metal Fest

Canada's Into Eternity has been confirmed as the latest band added to the line-up of the 2005 Monterrey Metal Fest to be held on Saturday May 28, 2005 at the Auditorio Coca Cola in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Main Stage

Motorhead (Headliner)
Danzig (Co-Headliner)
Mago de Oz
W.A.S.P.
Hammerfall
Into Eternity
Metal Church

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Hyperborea And Avatar To Play Romania

HYPERBOREA will play in Romania on January, supported by Avatar. The show is support by all metal medias + MTV Romania.

The band HYPERBOREA finish the recording of their album "Architecture Of Mind". The album include 8 songs in Hypocrisy vein with very hard sound. On this moment the band mastered this album. The official date release will be published very soon, plus one promotional song.

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