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“Gettysburg”, the new video from CIVIL WAR — the Swedish metal band featuring former SABATON members Rikard Sundén (guitar), Daniel Mullback (drums), Daniel Mÿhr (keyboards) and Oskar Montelius (guitar) alongside singer Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS, LION’S SHARE) and bassist Stefan “Pizza” Eriksson (VOLTURYON) — can be seen below.

“This is from us to you, to honor the memory of the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg and a small poof of appreciation for the fantastic support you have showed us,” commented CIVIL WAR.

“We travelled across our native Sweden and a short stop in wonderful Budapest, Hungary this summer, doing show after show with a response no one could dream of.

“Thank you for your support.

“Bow your head in respect for the ones who lost their life so many years ago on the battlefield of Gettysburg. We salute YOU!”

“Gettysburg” comes off CIVIL WAR‘s full-length debut, “The Killer Angels”, which was certified gold in Sweden by the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry for sales in excess of 20,000 copies.

(Note: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry [IFPI] in Sweden has revised the sales requirements for albums to reach gold status in the country twice in the last 11 years — from the pre-2002 level of 40,000 to the current 20,000.)

“The Killer Angels” was distributed in Sweden via the June 2013 issue of Sweden Rock Magazine and each copy of the magazine containing the CD was counted towards the certification; the album was also sold separately.

The members of CIVIL WAR were presented with their gold plaques before headlining the Metal War festival in Budapest, Hungary.

Commented the band: “Selling 20,000-plus in our home country is something none of us could ever imagine when getting into the sessions leading up to the album. Even though we felt we made a solid record, getting these numbers was still something we couldn’t predict upon our wildest imagination.”

“We at Despotz are incredibly proud to have reached gold status in Sweden with the band CIVIL WAR,” added Despotz Records founder, Ömer Akay. “The band has received great international support from their fans, and it shows with growing sales and upcoming tours as a result. This is just the beginning of a brilliant career. We will rule the universe.”

“The Killer Angels” track listing:

01. King Of The Sun
02. First To Fight
03. Saint Patrick’s Day
04. Rome Is Falling
05. Sons Of Avalon
06. I Will Rule The Universe
07. Lucifer’s Court
08. Brother Judas
09. My Own Worst Enemy
10. Gettysburg
11. March Across The Belts (bonus track)

CIVIL WAR‘s debut EP was released on November 13, 2012 via Despotz Records.

Borrowing its name from the novel by Michael Shaara about the Battle of Gettysburg, “The Killer Angels” was recorded by Jonas Kjellgren at Studio Myhrer (which is actually the bed and living room of keyboard player Daniel Myhr), Black Lounge Studio and Peter Tägtgren‘s The Abyss in Pärlby, Sweden. Artwork comes courtesy of Polish artist Lukasz Jaszak.


Nils Patrik Johansson – Vocals
Rikard Sunden – Guitars
Oskar Montelius – Guitars
Daniel Myhr – Keyboard
Daniel Mullback – Drums
Stefan “Pizza” Eriksson – Bass


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Swedish sensation Crashdiet is returning with fourth album “The Savage Playground,” due out on January 25th in Europe on Frontiers and January 22nd in North America. The lead single “Cocaine Cowboys” is set for release on December 12th. The following press release was also issued about the band:

“A leading force in the Swedish ‘sleaze rock’ scene of the 2000s — a revival of the glam metal of the 1980s, but with a more pronounced punk element — Crashdiet for the first time manage to release their brand of down and dirty Rock and Roll simultaneously all over the world.

“In April of 2010 the band’s third album ‘Generation Wild’ pretty much summed up the extraordinary but yet tragic history of a band, determined to never give up their dream. Crashdiet has become known as a band with a huge following of diehard fans, and the massive interest for them never seems to fade.

“There has been extensive touring during the course of ‘Generation Wild’ and the absolute highlight saw the band conquer Hollywood and New York City with sold out shows at Whisky A Go Go and Webster Hall. The band also supported their heroes Motley Crue and Ozzy Osbourne.

“With the new studio album ‘The Savage Playground,’ recorded during summer/autumn 2012 in native Sweden, the band has their minds set to break through on a world-wide basis with a tour that will see the band going back to the US as well as going to Japan for the first time.”

“Supporting Motley Crue in Helsinki and headlining Whisky A Go Go have been the highlights of the Generation Wild tour,” says guitarist Martin Sweet. “We will put a lot of effort into the US for our new tour. We will start in Scandinavia in February, Then we head to the US & Canada. Coming back end of April to do UK and then Europe and Japan will follow with Festivals in the summer and then South-America to kick off in the autumn.”

Sweet goes on to discuss the new album: “The Savage Playground is our playground, its the beginning and the end, its the place where we eat and breed. We thought the time was right for us to do a edgier and not so polished sounding album, kinda like what we sound like live. It’s more organic and rough sounding. And of course we’re always evolving as musicians and like to try new ways of expressing ourselves, and that can most definitely be heard this album.”

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As legendary European doom band Lake Of Tears celebrates twenty years, a sampler for the tribute compilation dedicated to their music has been streaming online. Titled “Twenty Years in Tears…A Tribute to Lake Of Tears,” the anthology was released by FONO Records and features artists from the Ukraine, Russia, Mexico, Finland, Switzerland and their native Sweden paying homage in cover songs. Check out the audio sample stream below, and get updates on the band and the live double CD at the official Lake Of Tears Facebook page. Track One from CD Two is also posted below on an upload that features more band information from compilation.

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Sweden’s INEVITABLE END have posted a third preview track from their forthcoming Relapse debut, The Severed Inception. The new track, “Embracing The Origin”, can be heard online now via the band’s MySpace page. along with title-track “The Severed Inception” and “Dreamsight Synopsis”. The Severed Inception will see its North American release date on March 17th (March 23rd internationally).

Inevitable End has also announced two record release shows in their native Sweden as well as a performance as part of the annual Neurotic Deathfest to be held in the Netherlands in May. A listing of confirmed Inevitable End tour dates and cites can be found below with more to be announced soon.

2/27 – Alingas, Sweden – Fabriken
3/20 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Henriksberg (record release party)
3/21 – Linkoping, Sweden – Skylten
5/29 – Tilburg, Netherlands – Neurotic Deathfest

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