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SAVAGE CIRCUS Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

SAVAGE CIRCUS, the new band featuring former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch and PERSUADER members Jens Karlsson (vocals, guitar) and Emil Norberg (lead guitar), have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place June 23-24, 2006 in Balingen, Germany. Also scheduled to appear at the festival are ...

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SAVAGE CIRCUS Drummer THOMEN STAUCH Explains Distribution Problems

SAVAGE CIRCUS drummer Thomen Stauch (ex-BLIND GUARDIAN) has posted the following message on the group's web site regarding the relative unavailability of the band's debut album, "Dreamland Manor", in the European record shops: "After talking to our record company again, I figured out that there is a lot of nonsense going on at the dealers! ...

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SAVAGE CIRCUS: Debut Album Delayed

SAVAGE CIRCUS, the new band featuring former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch and PERSUADER members Jens Karlsson (vocals, guitar) and Emil Norberg (lead guitar), have pushed back the release date of their new album, "Dreamland Manor", to September 5 from the previously announced August 29. According to an official record company newsletter, "There was a ...

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SAVAGE CIRCUS: Single Available For Download

SAVAGE CIRCUS, the new band featuring former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch and PERSUADER members Jens Karlsson (vocals, guitar) and Emil Norberg (lead guitar), have uploaded an online single, featuring the entire songs "Evil Eyes" and "Ghost Story" as high quality (192Kbps) MP3s, plus full artwork and cover, at www.savage-circus.com. SAVAGE CIRCUS' debut ...

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PERSUADER: Debut Album To Be Re-Released

Swedish power metallers PERSUADER will have their 2000 debut album, "The Hunter", re-released on August 29 via their new label Dockyard 1, the new company formed by Dirk Putzke, Christine Stephan (both ex-Sanctuary/Noise Records) and Piet Sielck (IRON SAVIOR). The reissue will include several bonus tracks. PERSUADER are currently completing the songwriting process for their ...

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SAVAGE CIRCUS Schedule BANG YOUR HEAD Meet-And-Greet

SAVAGE CIRCUS members Thomas Stauch (drums; ex-BLIND GUARDIAN) and Jens Karlsson (guitar/vocals; PERSUADER) will be making an appearance at the Bang Your Head festival this Friday (June 24) in Balingen, Germany to present songs from the group's upcoming debut album and to sign autographs for the fans. The meet-and-greet will take place at around 6:00 ...

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Sweden's PARKROCK FESTIVAL: Running Order Announced

NOCTURNAL RITES, MORGANA LEFAY, PERSUADER, WUTHERING HEIGHTS and THE STORYTELLER have been confirmed for the Parkrock Festival, a free event set to take place June 3-4 in Sandviken, Sweden. The complete running order for the festival is as follows: Friday, June 3: 15:45 - 16:15 SILVERSTONE 16:30 - 17:00 QUASH 17:15 - 17:45 MACHINE 18:00 ...

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SAVAGE CIRCUS To Make Appearance At Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

SAVAGE CIRCUS, the new band featuring former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch and PERSUADER members Jens Karlsson (vocals, guitar) and Emil Norberg (lead guitar), will make an appearance at the Rock Hard Festival on May 15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The full band will be in attendance. At 6:00 p.m. CET, Rock Hard editor ...

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Former BLIND GUARDIAN Drummer Issues Update

Former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch has issued an update on his SAVAGE CIRCUS project featuring PERSUADER members Jens Karlsson (vocals, guitar) and Emil Norberg (lead guitar) and the still-unnamed collaboration with SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid. Stauch's message reads as follows: "First I would like to thank you for your positive response to the ...

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SAVAGE CIRCUS: Former BLIND GUARDIAN Drummer Joins Forces With PERSUADER Members

Former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch has teamed up with PERSUADER members Jens Karlsson (vocals, guitar) and Emil Norberg (lead guitar) in a new project called SAVAGE CIRCUS. This collaboration is not to be confused with Stauch's as-yet-unnamed band with SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid, which recently finished recording a full-length album. Stauch has issued ...

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NOCTURNAL RITES: 'Demons Of The Opera' Photos Posted Online

Swedish power metallers NOCTURNAL RITES were recently granted a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform two shows alongside a renowned philharmonic orchestra at the opera house in their native Umeå, Sweden. The shows were conducted by Hans Ek, who has previously directed the musical "Chess" at Cirkus in Stockholm, conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and worked in ...

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NOCTURNAL RITES To Perform With Philharmonic Orchestra

NOCTURNAL RITES, one of the principal forces in Swedish power metal, have been granted a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform two shows alongside the renowned philharmonic orchestra at the opera house in their native Umeå, Sweden. "I think these concerts will blow people away," stated the group's bassist, Nils Eriksson. "Not only will it be cool ...

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DARK FUNERAL To Embark On Russian/Ukranian Mini-Tour

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL are tentatively scheduled to embark on a Russian/Ukranian mini-tour (consisting of 3-4 dates) in early December. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. As previously reported, DARK FUNERAL have been confirmed to headline the Nordic Rage Metal Festival 2004 on November 6 at Folkets Hus in Boden, Sweden. Other ...

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CANS: Band Lineup For 2000 DECIBEL Festival Appearance Revealed

HAMMERFALL frontman Joacim Cans will be joined by Danny Gill (guitar), Stefan Pascolino (bass) and Mark Zonder (drums, FATES WARNING) during his solo appearance (under the CANS moniker) at the 2000 Decibel festival May 21-22 in Bengtsfors, Sweden (180 km north of Gothenburg). "Unfortunately neither Metal Mike [ex-HALFORD] nor Mat Sinner [PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER] will ...

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BESEECH Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

Swedish "gothic metallers" BESEECH have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ...

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SWEDEN ROCK Festival: SKID ROW Out, Y&T In

SKID ROW have cancelled their previously announced appearance at this year's Sweden Rock festival and have been replaced on the bill by Y&T. SKID ROW's decision to pull out of the festival is being blamed on "the fact that [SKID ROW guitarist] Snake decided to bring his wife to be to the altar and other ...

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SWEDEN ROCK Festival Nearing Sell-Out

Last year, Sweden Rock festival sold out all the 15,000 two-day tickets two days before the first band took the stage. That was actually the first time ever the festival was sold out. This year the tickets will sell out much earlier. As of today, more than 13,000 of the 16,000 three-day tickets have been ...

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MONTROSE, TNT, NIFELHEIM Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

MONTROSE, TNT, DANGER DANGER, NIFELHEIM, CRAZY LED and MARYSLIM are the latest confirmations for this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: JUDAS PRIEST EUROPE SCORPIONS UFO MONSTER MAGNET NIGHTWISH HELLOWEEN HEART ...

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D.A.D., PINK CREAM 69 Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

D.A.D., PINK CREAM 69 and RITUAL are the latest bands confirmed to appear at this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: JUDAS PRIEST EUROPE SCORPIONS UFO MONSTER MAGNET NIGHTWISH HELLOWEEN HEART ...

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SCORPIONS Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

Veteran German hard rockers SCORPIONS have been confirmed as the third headliner (alongside JUDAS PRIEST and EUROPE) at this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): ABRAMIS BRAMA APRIL ...

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MONSTER MAGNET, SKID ROW Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

MONSTER MAGNET and SKID ROW have been confirmed for this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): ABRAMIS BRAMA APRIL WINE ASTRAL DOORS BRAINSTORM CAGE CARNAL FORGE CHILDREN OF ...

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HELLOWEEN, TESTAMENT, IN FLAMES Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

HELLOWEEN, TESTAMENT, IN FLAMES, GRAND MAGUS and ASTRAL DOORS have been confirmed for this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): ABRAMIS BRAMA APRIL WINE ASTRAL DOORS BRAINSTORM CAGE ...

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THE CROWN Confirmed For Sweden's 2000 DECIBEL Festival

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN are the latest band confirmed for the fifth edition of the 2000 Decibel festival, which is scheduled to take place on May 21-22 in Bengtsfors, Sweden (180 km north of Gothenburg). It is the first time the festival will be a two-day event. Thirty-five bands will play on three different stages. ...

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Reunited Hard Rockers EUROPE Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL

Reunited hard rockers EUROPE have been confirmed as one of the headliners this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. EUROPE will top the bill on Saturday, June 12, while JUDAS PRIEST will close the day's festivities on Thursday, June 10. The complete list of bands currently ...

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