RUFFIANS: European Tour Dates Announced

RUFFIANS, the reunited power metal band that at one time featured in its ranks late VICIOUS RUMORS frontman Carl Albert, has announced the following European dates:

Nov. 17 - Headbangers Ballroom - Hamburg, GER
Nov. 19 - Bat Cave - Tilburg, NETH
Nov. 22 - Rock City - Zurich, SWI
Nov. 24 - Die Halle - Frankfurt, GER
Nov. 25 - Metal Forces Festival X - Lorrach, GER

RUFFIANS will release its new album, "Desert of Tears", on October 20 via Metal Heaven Records. The CD was recorded at Trident/Imperial Studios in Northern California.

"Desert of Tears" track listing:

01. I Believe
02. Running Blind
03. Day Of The Champion
04. I Will Fly
05. Desert Of Tears
06. Darkest Of Light
07. It Ain't Over
08. Live By The Sword
09. Soldiers Fate
10. Chosen One
11. Freedom

The first edition of the album (3,000 copies) will include the exclusive bonus track "Risen" and will be available as slipcase edition.

RUFFIANS 2006 is:

Craig Behrhorst – Guitar
Chris Atchison – Guitar
Luke Bowman – Drums
Rich Wilde – Vocals
Eric Wong - Bass

RUFFIANS debuted at the famed San Francisco rock venue the Mabuhay Gardens in December '83. The band played many shows throughout their career, securing support slots for bands such as UFO, ALICE COOPER, DOKKEN, QUEENSRŸCHE, SAXON, Y&T and SLAYER.

In January 1985, RUFFIANS entered Studio D in Sausalito, California to lay down tracks for their debut album. Released in May on Victory Records in the North America, SPV/Steamhammer Records in Europe and FEMS Records in Japan, the album was quickly picked up by over 200 college radio stations in the United States as well as charting in Europe and Japan. The album received great reviews from the international and domestic press, and the band's fan base grew much larger. Original singer Carl Albert (R.I.P.) quit the band in 1985 and was replaced by vocalist Rich Wilde. In 1987 the band went back into the studio this time with Rich on vocals and the result was a new four-track release featuring "Do or Die", "Unchained", "Through Your Eyes", and "Only The Strong Survive". These tracks appeared on various compilations and were well received by the heavy metal press.

In early 1989, the band split up, but the fans and supporters remained to this day. A RUFFIANS reunion became a reality when the band was invited to play Germany's Bang Your Head Festival in June of 2004.

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