U.D.O. Begin Recording New Album

U.D.O., the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, have commenced the recording sessions for their new album, tentatively due in October 2005. According to a posting at the group's official web site, Udo has begun laying down the first vocal tracks. A world tour in support of the album will kick off ...

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HAMMERFALL Film Video For New Single 'Blood Bound'

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Last week, we recorded a video for the first single, 'Blood Bound'. It, like the cover art of the release, will have a winter theme. I haven't seen anything from the session yet, and it's hard to tell what it ...

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HELSTAR To Play At Houston Hispanic Rock Showcase

Reformed cult U.S. metal act HELSTAR will be performing at Vara's Sports Bar in Houston, Texas on Saturday, December 11. Also appearing on the bill will be CREMATOR, FUNERAL RITES, SOUL REMOVED and DARK FLAME. "This unique celebration has been organized by the owner of Vara's Sports Bar, in collaboration with a small committee from ...

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BALLISTIC Frontman To Form 'Punk' Project

BALLISTIC mainman Tom Gattis (ex-DEUCE, TENSION, WARDOG) has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "The positive: [2004] in retrospect was everything I had hoped for. Once again Europe did not fail to deliver the metal fans they are so famous for, and the fantastic people that I have come to love ...

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WAYSTED To Embark On U.K. Tour

WAYSTED, the reunited semi-obscure mid-'80s British heavy metal outfit led by former UFO bassist Pete Way (hence the spelling of the group's name), will embark on the "Back From The Dead" 2005 U.K. tour in late January. Support at all dates will come from Gothenburg, Sweden-based hard rockers M.ILL.ION. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jan. ...

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HANOI ROCKS To Support IAN HUNTER In The U.S.

Legendary Finnish rockers HANOI ROCKS will apparently support Ian Hunter (MOTT THE HOOPLE) on several U.S. dates in March. So far, the following shows are believed to have been confirmed: Mar. 10 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre Mar. 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club Mar. 12 - Las Vegas, NV @ ...

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IMPALED NAZARENE, UNEXPECT Confirmed For Canada's NORTHERN LIGHTS 2005 FESTIVAL

Northern Lights 2005 Festival, the yearly festival put on by Unrestrained! magazine and Inertia Entertainment, will celebrate its third year July 2, 2005 at The Opera House in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The headliners this year are Finland's black/punk/thrash act IMPALED NAZARENE (celebrating their 15th anniversary with this exclusive North American appearance) and Canada's avantgarde/black metal ...

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