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Swedish hard rock/heavy metal outfit Crucified Barbara has signed a recording and publishing deal with Sweden’s Despotz Records.

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Opeth: Bringing the prog

Opeth mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt has offered an update on the progress of the Swedish titans’ follow-up to supremely proggy 2011 opus, Heritage.

“We’ve been looking at Rockfield Studios in Wales where Queen recorded Bohemian Rhapsody, but we haven’t made a decision yet,” Åkerfeldt tells Expressen. “But it will be an expensive album. There’s a lot going on, lots of string arrangements that we haven’t had in the past.

“Will it be heavier than Heritage? Maybe a little bit heavier,” Mikael adds. “Not death metal heavy, but hard rock/heavy metal heavy. There’s also lots of progressive elements and acoustic guitars, but also more sinister-sounding riffs.”

Expect that to land next year via Roadrunner.

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Mikael Akerfeldt and co. working on “sinister-sounding riffs” for the “Heritage” follow-up.

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This coming Friday, September 6, Swedish progressive metallers OPETH will set sail on Melloboat 2013, a two-day cruise between Stockholm, Sweden and Riga, Latvia featuring performances by a number of progressive cult bands and heavy hitters, including Morgan Ågren (featuring a guest appearance by Devin Townsend), SAGA (Sweden), CRESSIDA, ICECROSS, TRETTIOÅRIGA KRIGET, ÄNGLAGÅRD, PANTA REI 2.0 and BADGE. The cruise will mark OPETH‘s very last show in support of the band’s latest album, “Heritage”, which came out in 2011. The group will spend the remaining months of 2013 putting the finishing touches on the writing and recording process for its next studio effort, which will be released sometime next spring.

According to OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt, four songs have already been written for the upcoming CD and three others are in various states of completion.

“We’ve been looking at [tracking the next album at] Rockfield Studios in Wales where QUEEN recorded ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, but we haven’t made a decision yet,” Åkerfeldt tells the Swedish newspaper Expressen. “But it will be an expensive album. There’s a lot going on, lots of string arrangements that we haven’t had in the past.”

Will it be heavier or softer than “Heritage”?

“Maybe a little bit heavier,” Mikael says. “Not death metal heavy, but hard rock/heavy metal heavy. There’s also lots of progressive elements and acoustic guitars, but also more sinister-sounding riffs.”

Who’s producing?

“I am,” Mikael says. “I love the way DIO‘s ‘Holy Diver’ sounds, this early-’80s sound where you can still hear the ’70s, but the production is heavier. Right now I’m into having a similar production that isn’t retro but it still sounds like real instruments and it’s heavier than ‘Heritage’.”

“Heritage” sold 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous studio CD, 2008’s “Watershed”, opened with more than 19,000 units to land at No. 23.

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Every week, I like to browse the Billboard Hard Rock/Heavy Metal charts and see how well Metallica's landmark Black Album sells, and every week it pushes at least 1500 copies, which is insane, seeing as though the album came out 21 years ago. To my surprise, directly below the Black Album this week was the new …

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The Oath: Unbreakable

Having scored Darthrone legend Fenriz’s coveted ‘Band of the Week’ award and featuring a logo designed by Erik of Watain, the scene credentials of magickal Berlin rockers The Oath are already pretty impressive – all the more so given that they feature in their ranks both Simon Bouteloup of psychedelic rockers Kadavar, and Vincent Wager, drummer of experimental black metallers, Fleurety. Fronted by vocalist Johanna Sadonis and rounded out by guitarist Linnéa Olsson, the band are truly an international entity, with members drawn from all over the globe by a shared musical vision.

“The core of our music is heavily coloured by my influences as a guitar player,” explains Linnéa, “and a lot of it is basically punk, whether it may be Steve Jones or Pig Champion or Fast Eddie Clarke. Then on top of that, there’s the classic hard rock, heavy metal and black metal; Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Bathory, etc etc. As for Johanna’s vocals, she’s really into singers like Ann Wilson, Robert Plant and Ronnie James Dio, to name a few. I usually say that our stuff is eighties riffs mixed with seventies vocals – or the other way around!”

While their diabolical overtones and retro inspirations might sit them comfortably alongside the current legion of occult doom, psychedelic and rock bands doing the rounds, Linnéa is quick to distance the group from any lazy comparisons…

“We’re a heavy metal band – comparing us to bands like The Devil’s Blood or Blood Ceremony would be far-fetched, simply because our only common denominator is the fact that all bands have female vocalists. As for the ‘occult’ part, I think the simplest way to put it is that rock n’ roll is the devil’s music. There’s no doubt what side we’re on. But you wouldn’t call Led Zeppelin or AC/DC ‘occult’ rock bands, even though they’re playing for that very same team as well would you?”

Night Child/Black Rainbow is out now via High Roller.

Interview by Dayal Patterson

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HALESTORM was the surprise winner of the Grammy Award in February for “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance”, but singer Lzzy Hale told the Oakland Press that not a lot has changed for the group since their big win.

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Jackie Kajzer, better known as Full Metal Jackie, has announced the launch of Full Metal Jackie Radio, a new hard rock and heavy metal station on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s industry-leading digital radio platform.

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“Last Days Here” (formerly “Last Rites”), which tells the story of Bobby Liebling, lead singer of the cult hard rock/heavy metal band PENTAGRAM, will air on Showtime, on Thurday, May 23 at 9:30 p.m.

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Hard rock/heavy metal drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (BLACK STAR RIDERS, ALICE COOPER, OZZY OSBOURNE, MEGADETH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) will host “Jimmy DeGrasso’s Hard Rock & Everything Else” drum camp May 3-5 in Oxnard, California at the world-famous Drum Channel studios and the Courtyard Marriot in nearby Camarillo, California.

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