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There’s left around 40 days until we reach the new Wacken 2014. Many bands are already prepared to have their shows at Wacken festival ground, at the ground of the biggest Metal Festival in the world. Some bands will have their special shows at Wacken, one amongst them is Emperor. Come 2014, the band will celebrate the 20th anniversary of “In The Nightside Eclipse”, with a few exclusive performances. Beyond that, the future, as ever, is a mystery waiting to be unraveled…

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Blind Guardian will be headlining the 2014 Metal Hammer Awards in Berlin, Germany on September 12, 2014. The show will be hosted by Doro Pesch and Martin Kesici and will feature two more, yet to be announced, live acts in addition to Blind Guardian.

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All the details about the show can be found at www.metal-hammer.de/awards/.

At the above link you can also help choose the songs Blind Guardian will play that night. The band themselves have chosen 15 songs from which the fans can vote for 7. The seven most popular choices will be played that night (in addition to other songs). So, if you have ever wanted to tell Blind Guardian which songs to play live now is your chance! To go directly to the voting page just click HERE. Voting closes on August 6th and the results will be posted soon after.

Tickets for the 2014 Metal Hammer Awards show can be purchased through Eventim orADticket.

Swedish Viking black metal-tinged act, KING OF ASGARD, have announced “Karg” as the title of their third album. “Karg” will be released the 22nd of July, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. Visitmetalblade.com/kingofasgard to stream the first single “The Runes Of Hel” and pre-order your copy of the album.

KingOfAsgard-KargKarg” is the third album of KING OF ASGARD, following “Fi’mbulvintr“, which was released in 2010 and “…to North” in 2012.“Karg” has again been recorded with Andy LaRocque at the infamous Sonic Train Studios. Comments Jonas Albrektsson and Karl Beckman: “After well over a year of intensive writing, we finally reached the point where everything is put into finish. When countless hours of hard work and careful consideration has been completed. This completion, being our third album which at an early stage was titled to “Karg”, in English, “Barren”.

A word which later on came to form the atmosphere of the whole album and a sense that meanders through more or less all the material. It’s darker, it is harsher and more stripped down than our previous releases. More mature, precise and well thought out. A challenge both for us as well as for the observer. Lyrically, we have come closer to our own immediate surrounding and ancestral heritage, based on old legends and tales from our home region, a tribute to our fair and historical countryside. Yet again everything was recorded and mixed in Sonic Train Studios with Andy LaRocque at the helm assisted by Olof Berggren. Even in the phase of recording we used the word Karg as a guideline… and thus, it is upon thee!”

Karg” track listing: 01. The Runes of Hel 02. The Trickster 03. Highland Rebellion 04. Remnant of the Past 05. Omma 06. The Heritage Throne 07. Huldran 08. Rising 09. Total Destruction (Bonus Track) The band’s two previous, critically acclaimed albums are available worldwide on Metal Blade Records. Listen to the band on iTunes and Spotify to hear what Terrorizer Magazine called “intense blackened folk metal”KING OF ASGARD: Karl Beckman – Guitar, Vocals Jonas Albrektsson – Bass Lars G Tängmark – Guitar Karsten Larsson –

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