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LYZANXIA Complete Work On "Mindcrimes"

French thrashers LYZANXIA have completed work on their third full-length CD, entitled Mindcrimes, at Backstage Studio in Lyon with producers Fredrik Nordström (i.e. HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, DIMMU BORGIR, etc.) and Don Romano 666. Mixed by Nordström and Patrick J at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden, the album's full track listing is as follows: ...

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HAMMERFALL's OSCAR DRONJAK: Working With Producer CHARLIE BAUERNFEIND Is "True Joy"

Sweden's HAMMERFALL are currently finishing up the rhythm guitar tracks and vocals for their as-yet-untitled fourth full-length studio album at HELLOWEEN singer Andy Deris' studio Mi Sueno in Tenerife, Spain. According to guitarist Oscar Dronjak, "working with [producer] Charlie [Bauernfeind, i.e. BLIND GUARDIAN, GAMMA RAY, RAGE] is a true joy. He is attentive to your ...

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FULL STRIKE Enter Swedish Metal Chart, Line Up Festival Gigs

Sweden's FULL STRIKE, the project formed by HAMMERFALL guitarist Stefan Elmgren, ex-LOST HORIZON vocalist Niclas Jonsson, and ex-CRAWLEY bassist Chris Savage Goldsmith, entered the Swedish metal charts at position #6 with their debut album, entitled We Will Rise. In other news, FULL STRIKE have been confirmed for the following festivals during August: Aug. 12 – ...

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HAMMERFALL Go Completely Digital On Forthcoming CD

HAMMERFALL's as-yet-untitled fourth full-length studio album, which is currently being recorded at HELLOWEEN singer Andy Deris' studio Mi Sueno in Tenerife, Spain, is the group's first CD to be recorded completely digitally (i.e. there is no tape involved). "Renegade was done digitally, but still onto DA-88 tapes, so it doesn't quite qualify," stated guitarist Oscar ...

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WARLORD MP3 Clips Posted Online

The reunited '80s metallers WARLORD, featuring guitarist William J. Tsamis, drummer Mark S. Zonder (i.e. FATES WARNING), and latest addition, vocalist Joacim Cans (i.e. HAMMERFALL), have posted MP3 clips of two tracks from their forthcoming comeback album, entitled Rising Out Of The Ashes, at the following locations: 01. Enemy Mind 02.

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Former HELLOWEEN Members Among Musicians Confirmed For Brazil's EXECUTION Project

Ex-HELLOWEEN members Michael Kiske (vocals) and Roland Grapow (guitar), HAMMERFALL bassist Magnus Rosén, ANGRA guitarist Kiko Loureiro, PRIMAL FEAR/SINNER bassist Mat Sinner, PRIMAL FEAR vocalist Ralf Scheepers, and THOTEN drummer Marco Barzo are among the musicians scheduled to appear on the forthcoming solo project of THOTEN frontman Renato Tribuzy, dubbed EXECUTION. No further details are ...

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HAMMERFALL To Commence Recording Fourth CD

Sweden's HAMMERFALL are due to begin recording their fourth full-length album this week at Holland's Wisseloord studios, where they will track the drums before moving over to BLIND GUARDIAN's Twilight facility in Germany on May 13th to record the bass. The band will then head over to HELLOWEEN singer Andy Deris' studio Mi Sueno in ...

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WARLORD: New Album Is "Masterpiece Of Epic Proportions"

The reunited '80s metallers WARLORD, featuring guitarist William J. Tsamis, drummer Mark S. Zonder (i.e. FATES WARNING), and latest addition, vocalist Joacim Cans (i.e. HAMMERFALL), have completed mixing their long-awaited comeback CD, entitled Rising Out Of The Ashes, at Carriage House Studios in Connecticut. According to the band's official web site, the finished product is ...

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Metal/Hard Rock Album Sales In The US As Reported By SoundScan

Here are the latest sales figures for various current and catalog metal/hard rock releases in the US (in total units sold to date since the albums were issued), as reported by SoundScan for the week ending April 21st, 2002: KORN Issues: 3,047,076 KORN Follow The Leader: 3,414,717 LIMP BIZKIT Chocolate Starfish: 6,259,073 LIMP BIZKIT Significant ...

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Final Bill For Sweden's 2000 DECIBEL Festival Revealed

Sweden's 2000 Decibel festival, the only festival totally dedicated to Swedish hard rock and metal, is scheduled to be held on May 18th in Bengtsfors, Sweden (180 km north of Gothenburg). The full list of artists set to appear at the event is as follows: ENTOMBED OPETH DISMEMBER KATATONIA WITCHERY EVERGREY THE MUSHROOM RIVER BAND ...

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FULL STRIKE To Give Away Two-Track Single

Sweden's FULL STRIKE, the project formed by HAMMERFALL guitarist Stefan Elmgren, ex-LOST HORIZON vocalist Niclas Jonsson, and ex-CRAWLEY bassist Chris Savage Goldsmith, will be giving away a free CD single containing the tracks "We Will Rise" and "Force Of The World" through select record stores in Sweden starting next week. FULL STRIKE will issue their ...

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HAMMERFALL Outline Recording Schedule For Fourth CD

Sweden's HAMMERFALL are scheduled to enter Holland's Wisseloord studios with producer Charlie Bauernfeind (i.e. BLIND GUARDIAN, GAMMA RAY, RAGE) in early May to begin recording their as-yet-untitled fourth full-length album for a late 2002 release through Nuclear Blast Records. According to guitarist Oscar Dronjak, we will record the drums in Holland, bass in Germany and ...

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FULL STRIKE: HAMMERFALL Side Project To See Light Of Day

Sweden's FULL STRIKE, the project formed by HAMMERFALL guitarist Stefan Elmgren, ex-LOST HORIZON vocalist Niclas Jonsson, ex-CRAWLEY bassist Chris Savage Goldsmith, will issue their debut album, entitled We Will Rise, on May 13th through Spitfire Records in Sweden, and a short time later in the rest of Europe. Having recently acquired a new drummer in ...

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THE MUSHROOM RIVER BAND Confirmed For Sweden's 2000 DECIBEL FESTIVAL

Sweden's THE MUSHROOM RIVER BAND, featuring former SPIRITUAL BEGGARS bassist/vocalist Christian “Spice” Sjöstrand, have been tapped to replace Spice's previous group, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, as one of the headliners of this year's 2000 Decibel festival, which is scheduled to be held on May 18th in Bengtsfors, Sweden (180 km north of Gothenburg). The full list of ...

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WARLORD Begin Mixing “Rising Out Of The Ashes”, In-Store Appearance Announced

The reunited '80s metallers WARLORD, featuring guitarist William J. Tsamis, drummer Mark S. Zonder (i.e. FATES WARNING), and latest addition, vocalist Joacim Cans (i.e. HAMMERFALL), will begin mixing their long-awaited comeback CD, entitled Rising Out Of The Ashes, on April 8th at Carriage House Studios in Connecticut. Helming the sessions will be Phil Magnotti. Rising ...

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HAMMERFALL Complete Work On "The Templar Renegade Crusades" DVD

HAMMERFALL's long-awaited second DVD/VHS release, entitled The Templar Renegade Crusades (not The Second Crusade as Nuclear Blast Records erroneously reported earlier this month), will run two and a half hours, and will include highlights from the last three years on it: the presentation of the band's first-ever gold album award, live outtakes, backstage sequences and ...

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WARLORD Secure Management, Ink Record Deal

The reunited '80s metallers WARLORD, featuring guitarist William J. Tsamis, drummer Mark S. Zonder (i.e. FATES WARNING), and latest addition, vocalist Joacim Cans (i.e. HAMMERFALL), have signed with manager Fabrizio Giruzzi, whose list of clients includes ANGRA, LABYRINTH, and VISION DIVINE, and have inked an international record deal with Drakkar Records/BMG Entertainment, Atrheia Records/Edel Distribution. ...

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DOKKEN Mixing Long Way Home With MICHAEL WAGENER

DOKKEN mainman Don Dokken, former BATON ROUGE/JOHN NORUM singer Kelly Keeling and veteran producer Michael Wagener (i.e. SKID ROW, HAMMERFALL, ACCEPT) are ensconced at a Tennessee studio mixing DOKKEN's forthcoming CD, entitled Long Way Home, for a late spring/early summer release through CMC International Records. Among the tracks that are tentatively scheduled to appear on ...

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HAMMERFALL Complete DVD, Prepare To Record New CD

HAMMERFALL will enter Holland's Wisseloord Studios with producer Charlie Bauernfeind (i.e. BLIND GUARDIAN, GAMMA RAY, RAGE) in April to begin recording their as-yet-untitled fourth full-length album for a late 2002 release through Nuclear Blast Records. In the meantime, the band have just completed work on their second DVD/VHS, entitled The Second Crusade, containing two and ...

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OPETH, HYPOCRISY, Others Join 2000 DECIBEL Line-Up

OPETH, HYPOCRISY, 2 TON PREDATOR, and THE PROJECT HATE are the latest acts to have been confirmed for this year's 2000 Decibel festival, which is scheduled to be held on May 18th in Bengtsfors, Sweden (180 km north of Gothenburg). The full list of artists set to appear at the event is as follows: 2 ...

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Swedish Heavy Rock Artists Unite On Benefit CD

Around 150 of Sweden's top heavy rock artists, including members of BACKYARD BABIES, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and EUROPE, have recorded a Tommy Denander/Ricky Delin-penned track entitled “Where's The Fire” for a triple-CD benefit album, entitled United, to help raise funds for those affected by the World Trade Center attack. United is tentatively scheduled to be released ...

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WARLORD Confirmed For Wacken, Continue Work On Comeback CD

The reunited '80s metallers WARLORD, featuring guitarist William J. Tsamis, drummer Mark S. Zonder (i.e. FATES WARNING), and latest addition, vocalist Joacim Cans (i.e. HAMMERFALL), have been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place on August 2-3 in Wacken, Germany. Also freshly confirmed for the event are IMMORTAL ...

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HAMMERFALL Complete Work On DVD, Prepare New Album

HAMMERFALL are tentatively scheduled to issue their long-awaited DVD (also available in VHS format), entitled The Templar Renegade Crusades, on May 13th through the Nuclear Blast label. Although details are sketchy at the moment, it appears that only a portion of the DVD's running length will be dedicated to the group's Wacken Festival 2001 performance ...

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STRATOVARIUS' Johansson To Guest On HAMMERFALL Bonus Track

STRATOVARIUS/ex-DIO keyboardist Jens Johansson will make a guest appearance on an upcoming HAMMERFALL bonus track—a cover of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN's “Rising Force”. Although no recording plans have yet been announced, HAMMERFALL's rendition of the above-mentioned cut will reportedly be “faster” than the original and will presumably be included in a special-edition version of the group's next ...

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WARLORD Is Coming!

The reunited '80s metallers WARLORD, featuring guitarist William J. Tsamis, drummer Mark S. Zonder (i.e. FATES WARNING), and vocalist Joacim Cans (i.e. HAMMERFALL), will begin the recording sessions for their comeback CD on February 1st at a California studio. A summer release is expected. ...

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ARCH ENEMY's "Wages Of Sin" To Be Unleashed On March 18th!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ARCH ENEMY — Supreme Wages Of Sin to be released on March 18th, 2002! The wait is finally over, soon we are all to experience the frenetically anticipated release of ARCH ENEMY's finest album to date, Wages Of Sin in Europe and America! The Swedish Metal supergroup has become the leading band ...

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Suicide By My Side - SINERGY

The Finnish group's third full-length release, SINERGY's Suicide By My Side is a mature, classy-sounding affair that essentially picks up where 2000's To Hell And Back left off, with main songwriter Alexi Laiho's excellent riffing style and American frontwoman Kimberly Goss' much-improved vocal chops at the core of the act's critically-acclaimed brand of melodic power ...

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Entrance - LION'S SHARE

Although an early incarnation of LION'S SHARE existed as early as the late Eighties, it wasn't until the release of the group's 1994 self-titled debut that the band truly came into their own in musical terms, having abandoned their AOR-inspired songwriting efforts in favor of a more progressive, heavier approach. Over the course of two ...

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Renegade - HAMMERFALL

Widely credited for having spearheaded the current traditional metal resurgence in Europe, Sweden's HAMMERFALL have always fallen a bit short of the mark to these ears, boasting a sound that is neither innovative nor particularly convincing, with many of their songs coming across like poor second-rate imitations of early HELLOWEEN.

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