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HELLOWEEN To Be Rejoined By MICHAEL KISKE, KAI HANSEN For 'Pumpkins United' World Tour

German power metallers HELLOWEEN will be rejoined by vocalist Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen for a world tour in 2017 and 2018. Dubbed "Pumpkins United", the trek will feature seven musicians — including current singer Andi Deris and guitarist Sascha Gerstner — performing material spanning HELLOWEEN's entire three-decade-plus history. Kiske, who acrimoniously left HELLOWEEN ...

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GOTTHARD To Release 'Silver' Album In January

Swiss hard rock veterans GOTTHARD will release their twelfth studio album, "Silver", on January 13, 2017 on Musikvertrieb in Switzerland and internationally via PIAS. The CD was recorded at the Yellow House Studio in Lugano. The third disc with lead singer Nic Maeder was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind (HELLOWEEN, BLIND GUARDIAN) and Leo Leoni. Says ...

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HELLOWEEN: Pro-Shot Footage Of Tokyo Concert

Professionally filmed video footage of German power metallers HELLOWEEN performing the song "Before The War" on September 26 at Ee-Theater in Tokyo, Japan can be seen below. HELLOWEEN's tour of Japan was originally scheduled to take place this past summer but was postponed after drummer Daniel "Dani" Löble was hospitalized with appendicitis. HELLOWEEN is continuing ...

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GOTTHARD To Release 'Stay With Me' Single In November

Swiss hard rockers GOTTHARD will release a new single, "Stay With Me", on November 18. The track will be the first single from the band's twelfth studio album, which was recorded at the Yellow House Studio in Lugano. The third disc with lead singer Nic Maeder was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind (HELLOWEEN, BLIND GUARDIAN) and ...

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Ride The Sky: The Very Best of 1985-1998 - HELLOWEEN

Malcolm Dome, one of hard rock and heavy metal journalism's elite, always knows how to get the root of things. In his liner notes for the new HELLOWEEN compilation, "Ride the Sky: The Very Best of 1985-1998", he coaxes this telling epithet from guitarist Michael Weikath: "You know what kept driving us on? We were ...

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UNISONIC Taps GAMMA RAY Drummer For Bulgaria's Lovech Rock Fest

GAMMA RAY drummer Michael Ehré (pictured) will replace Kosta Zafiriou at UNISONIC's last show this year, on September 23 at Bulgaria's Lovech Rock Fest. Says UNISONIC bassist Dennis Ward: "After Kosta announced his departure from the band and retirement from professional metal drumming early September, we thought Michael is the perfect choice for now: He's ...

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GOTTHARD To Release New Album In January

Swiss hard rockers GOTTHARD are putting the finishing touches on their as-yet-untitled twelfth studio album at the Yellow House Studio in Lugano. The third disc with lead singer Nic Maeder was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind (HELLOWEEN, BLIND GUARDIAN) and Leo Leoni and will be released on January 13, 2017 on Musikvertrieb in Switzerland and internationally ...

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GAMMA RAY's KAI HANSEN Releases 'Born Free' Video

Coinciding with the exclusive one-time performance at this year's Wacken Open Air festival, Kai Hansen (HELLOWEEN, GAMMA RAY) has premiered the official music video for his single "Born Free". It is the first time fans are able to listen to a song from Hansen's solo debut, "XXX - Three Decades In Metal". Due on September ...

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PAGAN'S MIND, SECRET SPHERE, SYMPHONY X, Ex-HELLOWEEN Members Join Forces In SHADOWSPELL

Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of SHADOWSPELL, a new melodic metal act born from a collaboration between Italian guitarist/songwriter Aldo Lonobile and Norwegian vocalist Nils K. Rue. Lonobile is best known for his extraordinary work with power/progressive stalwarts SECRET SPHERE while Nils K. Rue has has traversed the globe with Norwegian progressive metal ...

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Heavy Rock Radio - JORN

Norwegian dynamo Jorn Lande may not always spring to the fore of metalheads' minds, but he's enjoyed a long and satisfying career doing what he does, which includes a rock opera project with guitarist Trond Holter last year, "Dracula - Swing of Death". Jorn's impeccable chops always demand attention, and while he works on the ...

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RAGE: Lyric Video For New Song 'War'

The official lyric video for the song "War" from German metallers RAGE, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "The Devil Strikes Again", which was released on June 10 via Nuclear Blast (July 8 in the U.S. through Metalville). The CD was recorded in September/October 2015 at Megafon Studios ...

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HELLOWEEN Cancels Japanese Tour Due To Drummer's Appendicitis

German power metallers HELLOWEEEN have been forced to cancel their Japanese tour due to the sudden illness of drummer Daniel "Dani" Löble. In the morning hours of June 14, Löble was hospitalized with appendicitis. He underwent an emergency surgery and his doctors have strongly advised him to rest for several weeks. Due to Dani's condition, ...

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RAGE Releases 'The Devil Strikes Again' Video

"The Devil Strikes Again", the new Ivan K. Maras-directed video from German metallers RAGE, can be seen below. The song is the title track of the band's new album, which will be released on June 10 via Nuclear Blast (July 8 in the U.S. through Metalville). The CD was recorded in September/October 2015 at Megafon ...

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Tales From Beyond - MOB RULES

Veteran German power prog band MOB RULES returns following its "Timekeeper" compilation and 2012's "Cannibal Nation" prior to that. "Tales From Beyond" is as meticulous and grand-scoped as anything MOB RULES has attempted, including the self-contained trilogy based on Andy Weir's book "The Martian". The album opens with the eight-and-a-half-minute "Dykemaster's Tale", based upon Theodor ...

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Watch New RAINBOW Vocalist RONNIE ROMERO Sing DIO's 'We Rock'

Spanish melodic progressive metal masters LORDS OF BLACK — who feature in their ranks new RAINBOW singer Ronnie Romero — performed a cover version of the DIO classic "We Rock" during their May 14 concert at Sala Chango in Madrid, Spain. Fan-filmed video footage of their rendition can be seen below. LORDS OF BLACK's second ...

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Video Premiere: AVANTASIA's 'Draconian Love'

"Draconian Love", the new video from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project, can be seen below. The clip contains live footage from AVANTASIA's recent shows in Brazil. "Draconian Love" is taken from AVANTASIA's seventh studio album, "Ghostlights", which entered the German chart at position No. 2. Released on January 29 via Nuclear Blast, the twelve-song ...

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HELLOWEEN: Video Footage Of Paris Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of HELLOWEEN's April 28 performance at Le Trianon in Paris, France can be seen below. HELLOWEEN's 15th studio album, "My God-Given Right", was released in May 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was recorded between October 2014 and February 2015 at the band's MiSueno Studio on the isle of Tenerife with producer ...

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