HAMMERFALL Trio To Perform Acoustic Set In Paris

HAMMERFALL members Oscar Dronjak (guitar), Stefan Elmgren (guitar), and Joacim Cans (vocals) will perform a three-song acoustic set during an appearance at a listening session/promotional party for their new album, Crimson Thunder, to be attended by journalists and fans in Paris, France this coming weekend. In other news, contrary to previous reports, no DVD single ...

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KAMELOT Continue Work On 'Epica'

KAMELOT are continuing to mix their forthcoming Epica opus for a January release through Sanctuary/Noise Records. According to the group's official web site, the label "will release a limited edition digipak with a bonus track and more. The band is also planning to meet with promoters in the coming weeks for tour scheduling and we ...

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SYMPHONY X To Tour Europe With STRATOVARIUS

SYMPHONY X have reportedly been confirmed as the main support act on the upcoming STRATOVARIUS European tour, which is scheduled to kick off in early 2003. The opening act for tour will be Finland's THUNDERSTONE. In other news, a possibility reportedly exists that SYMPHONY X will be touring with HAMMERFALL and BLIND GUARDIAN in North ...

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DEFENESTRATION Part With Drummer, Management

British female-fronted act DEFENESTRATION are once again on the lookout for a new drummer, having recently parted ways with Ben Gordelia. According to frontwoman Gen, "there have been a series of set backs that have put us off track for a while but now as they seem to be being resolved we thought it time ...

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MORROWFEST Shows Raise £9,000 For Late IRON MONKEY Frontman

The Morrowfest shows — held last month in tribute to the late IRON MONKEY frontman Johnny Morrow — have raised £9,000 (approximately $14,000). Two shows were held in London and Nottingham and featured EYEHATEGOD, ORANGE GOBLIN, DUKES OF NOTHING, BLACKROCK, -(16)-, CHARGER, THE BLUEPRINT, DAILO, TAINT, MURDER ONE, HELVIS, BLACKEYE RIOT, MISTRESS, THE LAST DROP, ...

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ROSTOK VAMPIRES Confirmed For KAMEN OPEN AIR

Reunited '90s German punk/thrash outfit ROSTOK VAMPIRES, one of the first acts to get signed to then-freshly-launched Nuclear Blast Records, have been confirmed to appear at the Kamen Open Air festival, which is scheduled to be held in Kamen, Germany on September 7th. ...

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THE HELLACOPTERS Set Release Date For New Single, Full-Length Album

Sweden's THE HELLACOPTERS, featuring former ENTOMBED drummer Nicke Andersson (now going by the name Nick Royale) on guitar/vocals, will release their new single, "By The Grace Of God" b/w "Red Light", on September 9th. The group's new 13-track album, By The Grace Of God, will be released on September 18th through Universal Music. To check ...

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