FREEDOM CALL Set Release Date For Live Album

German power metallers FREEDOM CALL, who feature in their ranks GAMMA RAY drummer Dan Zimmermann, have set a May 10 release date through SPV Records for their long-awaited live album, "Live Invasion". The disc, which was recorded on the band's tour with BLIND GUARDIAN, will include a special bonus CD featuring the "Tears Of Taragon" ...

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THE HELLACOPTERS Sign U.S. Deal With LIQUOR AND POKER MUSIC

Sweden's THE HELLACOPTERS, who feature in their ranks former ENTOMBED drummer Nicke Andersson on guitar/vocals, have inked a U.S. deal with Liquor and Poker Music. As part of the agreement, Liquor and Poker Music will handle the American release of the group's most recent CD, "By The Grace Of God", and the second installment of ...

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IN FLAMES' 'Soundtrack' Debuts At No. 145 On BILLBOARD Chart!

Sweden's IN FLAMES have sold an impressive 10,659 copies of their new album, "Soundtrack To Your Escape", during its first week of release to debut at No. 145 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The following are the current SoundScan figures for IN FLAMES' recent back catalog (including the latest ...

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METALLICA Garner Three CALIFORNIA MUSIC AWARDS Nominations

METALLICA have garnered three nominations at this year's California Music Awards, which are scheduled to be held June 6 from noon-6 p.m. at the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in front of Oakland City Hall. The San Francisco-based heavy metal band are nominated for outstanding hard rock album ("St. Anger"), best guitarist (Kirk Hammett) and best ...

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ACHERON Set Title For New Album

Columbus, Ohio-based black/death metal cult band ACHERON have been working on music for their next album, tentatively titled "Sanctum Regnum". The band are taking it slowly and are enjoying the songwriting process. The theme for the CD will be "a very apocalyptic concept." Songtitles set to appear on the album include "The Apocalypse", "Godless (We ...

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CIRRHA NIVA Announce New Members

Dutch "theater metal" rockers CIRRHA NIVA have announced the addition of guitarist Carlo Heefer and bassist Daniël Huijben to the group's ranks. Heefer is described by the band as "a very talented musician from the Dutch music city Tilburg," while Daniël is said to be "very motivated and [someone who] fits the band perfectly" with ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN: DVD Details Revealed

German power metallers BLIND GUARDIAN have set a tentative June 14 German release date for their upcoming live DVD, "Imaginations Through The Looking Glass". The disc, which was recorded primarily at the Blind Guardian Open Air festival in Coburg, Germany last June, will come with a bonus DVD, featuring interview and behind-the-scenes footage as well ...

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VINNIE MOORE: Guitar Clinic Photos Posted Online

UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore's official web site is currently hosting a number of new photos from some of Vinnie's recent German guitar clinics. Check them out here. As previously reported, veteran rocker Richie Scarlet (MOUNTAIN, ACE FREHLEY BAND, FREHLEY'S COMET, SEBASTIAN BACH & FRIENDS) will be playing bass for UFO on their U.S. ...

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SLAYER To Perform On MTV's 'Viva La Bam'

SLAYER will appear on MTV's "Viva La Bam" on Sunday, May 2. The MTV show airs at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. As previously reported, SLAYER are sharing the cover of the current issue of Revolver magazine with Bam Margera, the star of "Viva La Bam", which was named "Best TV Show" in the Revolver Readers' Poll. ...

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