SKYCLAD And FINNTROLL Confirmed For Germany's DONG OPEN AIR Festival

British folk-metal band SKYCLAD and Finland's FINNTROLL have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Dong Open Air festival, set to take place July 15-16 in Neukirchen-Vluyn, near Krefeld, Germany. SKYCLAD will be Friday's main act, while FINNTROLL will be headlining both Saturday and the festival as a whole. Since SKYCLAD will be celebrating their ...

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VIXEN And GIRLSCHOOL To Team Up For U.K. Tour

Reunited female hard rockers VIXEN and U.K. legends GIRLSCHOOL will be teaming up for a small co-headline tour of the U.K. before VIXEN head to Sweden to play this year's Sweden Rock Festival. Kicking off on June 3 at The Mean Fiddler in London, these shows will continue the promotion of GIRLSCHOOL's first-ever live DVD, ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Recording Shows For Upcoming DVD

QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate recently spoke to The Saratogian about the group's current tour and their forthcoming CD, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". According to Tate, the band's current tour is an introduction to the new album — a 15-year later outlook. ...

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THUNDERSTONE: New Album Details Revealed

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have set "Tools of Destruction" as the title of their third full-length album, tentatively due in Europe on April 18 via Nuclear Blast Records. Release dates for the USA and Japan will be announced soon. "Tools of Destruction" was mixed at Timo Tolkki's (STRATOVARIUS) Goldenworks studio with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne. ...

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KAMELOT To Collaborate With German Fantasy Author

According to a posting on their official web site, American/Norwegian power metallers KAMELOT will collaborate on new book with German fantasy author Harald Evers. Commented Evers: "After the success with my 'Caveworld-Saga', I was looking for an inspiration to create a new fantasy trilogy. At that time I love to listen to KAMELOT's music and ...

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Guitarist JON LEVASSEUR Quits CRYPTOPSY

CRYPTOPSY guitarist Jon Levasseur has officially left the band. His statement on the matter is as follows: "Jon Levasseur here writing to officially announce my departure from CRYPTOPSY. It is something I strangely felt coming on since a year prior to my departure (August 2004) as my inspiration for such extreme music was growing thin. ...

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