Swedish hard rock band THE POODLES — consisting of vocalist Jakob Samuel (THE RING, ex-TALISMAN, JEKYLL & HYDE), guitarist Pontus Norgren (THE RING, ex-TALISMAN), bassist Pontus Egberg (ex-LION'S SHARE) and drummer Christian Lundqvist — has inked a deal with Germany's AFM Records. The group's debut album, "Metal Will Stand Tall", which was released in Sweden in May, will be issued in the rest of Europe on January 19, 2007.

As previously reported, THE POODLES has been confirmed as one of the support bands for HAMMERFALL on their European tour, which is scheduled to kick off January 18, 2007 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Also appearing on the bill will be veteran Swiss rockers KROKUS.

The first single from "Metal Will Stand Tall", "One Night of Passion" — which the band performed during their unsuccessful bid to become Sweden's official representative at the Eurovision Song Contest in Greece — has been certified platinum. A follow-up single, "Metal Will Stand Tall" (a duet with Tess from the Swedish dance band ALCAZAR), was certified gold.

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