HELLOWEEN Confirmed For Finland's SAUNA OPEN AIR Festival

Veteran German power metallers HELLOWEEN have been confirmed for this year's Sauna Open Air festival, set to take place on June 11-12 in Tampere, Finland. Also scheduled to perform are NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, THUNDERSTONE, TAROT and DIABLO, among others. HELLOWEEN will perform on Saturday, June 12 at the Pakkahuone concert hall (capacity 1,500). More ...

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EDENBRIDGE To Play Russia In April

Austrian "angelic bombast metal" act EDENBRIDGE will play their first show in Russia at The Roxy in Moscow on April 3. As previously reported, EDENBRIDGE will record a live DVD on March 20 at the Building a Force Festival at Stadthalle Widdern near Heilbronn, Germany. More information about the DVD's contents and release date will ...

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POISONBLACK Recruit New Singer

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — the new band featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala (on guitar) — have recruited an as-yet-undisclosed Canadian singer to replace departed CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto. "The new vocalist I've chosen is absolutely the right person to take our music to the next level and I will be announcing his name soon," ...

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IN FLAMES: Early Albums To Be Reissued

Sweden's IN FLAMES will have their "Lunar Strain" debut (1994) and follow-up EP, "Subterranean" (1995), re-released through Regain Records on February 29. Both CDs have been digitally remastered and include a number of bonus tracks. "Lunar Strain" reissue track listing: 01. Behind Space 02. Lunar Strain 03. Starforsaken 04. Dreamscape 05. Everlost (Part I) 06. ...

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PASSENGER Begin Recording Sophomore Album

PASSENGER, the Swedish band featuring IN FLAMES vocalist Anders Friden, ex-TRANSPORT LEAGUE drummer Patrik J. Sten, GARDENIAN guitarist Niclas Engelin (ex-IN FLAMES), and ex-HEADPLATE bassist Håkan Skoger, have commenced the recording sessions for the follow-up to last year's self-titled debut album, tentatively due late spring/early summer through Century Media Records. "We started recording drum tracks ...

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Former SLAYER Drummer PAUL BOSTAPH Joins TESTAMENT

Former SLAYER/SYSTEMATIC drummer Paul Bostaph has officially joined TESTAMENT, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The band, whose most recent drummer, Jon Allen (SADUS), reportedly left the group over an "extremely fragile and urgent family situation" involving the health of his 11-year-old daughter, are currently rehearsing with Bostaph for their upcoming live shows in March, including ...

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STRYPER To Film San Juan Show For Upcoming DVD

Reunited Christian hard rockers STRYPER will be filming their March 6 performance at Tito Puente Amphitheatre in San Juan, Puerto Rico for an upcoming DVD, tentatively due later in the year. Although plans existed for the band to record their Oct. 24 show at the Ogden Theater in Denver, Colorado for the DVD, the group ...

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BEHOLDER Announce Italian Show

Italian metallers BEHOLDER have announced a live show on May 28 at Transilvania Live in Milan in support of their upcoming third full-length album, "Lethal Injection". The follow-up to 2002's "Wish For Destruction" — the group's first CD with new bassist Ace Raven — will be released through Dragonheart Records. In other news, BEHOLDER keyboardist ...

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EVEMASTER To Re-Record Debut Album

Finland's EVEMASTER will enter the studio in late February to re-record their cult debut album, "Lacrimae Mundi" for a late summer release through Rising Realm Records. The reissue will include enhanced artwork and a bonus track, a cover of DIO's "We Rock". Drums on "Lacrimae Mundi" will be once again be handled by Jaska Raatikainen ...

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