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GRAVE DIGGER Completes Recording New Album

After 14 days of "recording madness," German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER have finished tracking their new album, "Ballads Of A Hangman", for a January 9, 2009 release via Austria's Napalm Records. An as-yet-untitled mini-CD will precede the album on November 28, 2008. The group promises that the new recordings will contain "120% metal." GRAVE DIGGER ...

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GRAVE DIGGER Signs With NAPALM RECORDS

German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER have inked a deal with Austria's Napalm Records. The band is currently in the studio working on its new album, "Ballads Of A Hangman", which is scheduled for release on January 9, 2009. An as-yet-untitled mini-CD will precede the album on November 28, 2008. The group promises that the new ...

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GRAVE DIGGER Preparing To Enter Studio

German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER will enter the studio on August 15 to begin recording their new album for a January 2009 release. The new CD will reportedly be another concept album. Frontman Chris Boltendahl says, "We work with high pressure at new song. The first pre-production is finished. 10 songs are nearly finished. Arranged ...

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HEAVEN'S BASEMENT Confirmed For UK's BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR Festival

UK's HEAVEN'S BASEMENT has confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air 2008 festival, set to take place August 15-17 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: Friday, August 15: AKERCOCKE EVILE OPETH PRIMAL FEAR SOULFLY DESTRUCTION HELLOWEEN PRAYING MANTIS SAINT DEAMON TYR Bloodstock Unsigned Stage: ANGER MANAGEMENT NECROSADISTIC GOAT ...

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UK's HARD ROCK HELL II Festival: More Bands Announced

More bands have been confirmed for this year's Hard Rock Hell II festival, set to take place December 5-7, 2008 at Prestatyn Sands, North Wales, UK. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: Friday, December 5: Classic Rock Stage: LITMUS GLYDER BENEDICTUM BUDGIE THIN LIZZY DORO TIGERTAILZ Metal Hammer/Radio 1 Stage: HEXES CRY ...

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FINSTERFORST, KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI, KORPIKLAANI Confirmed For Germany's RAGNARÖK VI FESTIVAL

FINSTERFORST, KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI and KORPIKLAANI have been confirmed for the Ragnarök VI Festival, set to take place April 17-18, 2009 in Lichtenfels, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: ADORNED BROOD (GER) ALESTORM (UK) ARKONA (RUS) FINSTERFORST (GER) FJOERGYN (GER) HEIDEVOLK (NL) KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI (FIN) KORPIKLAANI (FIN) MELECHESCH (ISR / NL) MIDNATTSOL (GER) ...

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GRAVE DIGGER To Enter Studio In August

German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER will enter the studio on August 15 to begin recording their new album for a January 2009 release. The new CD will reportedly be another concept album. GRAVE DIGGER will hit the road again in January 2009, with ALESTORM as direct support. GRAVE DIGGER's latest album, "Liberty or Death", entered ...

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SOULFLY Confirmed For UK's BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR

SOULFLY has been confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air 2008 festival, set to take place August 15-17 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. Bloodstock Open Air festival billing is now shaping up as follows: AKERCOCKE ALESTORM AS I LAY DYING AT THE GATES CLOUDSCAPE COMMUNIC CROWNING GLORY DESTRUCTION DIMMU BORGIR ELUVEITIE EVILE GRAND MAGUS HELLOWEEN ...

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GIRLSCHOOL Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Veteran British all-female hard rock band GIRLSCHOOL has been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: 3 INCHES OF BLOOD AIRBOURNE ALESTORM AS I LAY DYING AT THE GATES AUTUMN AVANTASIA AVENGED ...

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ALESTORM Announces New Drummer

Scottish folk/power metal band ALESTORM has announced the addition of drummer Alex "Hasselhoff" Tabisz to the group's ranks. "He is from Hamburg in Germany and has already proven himself as an exellent addition to the lineup with his amazing drum skills, hilarious and brilliant guy to hang out with, native German speaker and his uncanny ...

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ALESTORM Parts Ways With Drummer

Guitarist Gavin Harper of the Scottish folk/power metal band ALESTORM has issued the following update: "I'm very sad to report that [Ian] Wilson [drums] has informed us last night that he is unable to continue in ALESTORM due to a heavy touring schedule and a career that unfortunately leaves little room for time off. "The ...

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GRAVE DIGGER: German, Swiss Dates Announced

German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER will hit the road again in January 2009, with ALESTORM as direct support. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jan. 15 - Halle, Germany - Easy Schorre Jan. 16 - Lichtenfels, Germany - Stadthalle Jan. 17 - Glauchau, Germany - Alte Spinnerei Jan. 18 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club Jan. ...

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PRAYING MANTIS Confirmed For UK's BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR Festival

UK rock veterans PRAYING MANTIS have been confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air 2008 festival, set to take place August 15-17 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. Bloodstock Open Air festival billing is now shaping up as follows: AKERCOCKE ALESTORM AS I LAY DYING AT THE GATES CLOUDSCAPE COMMUNIC CROWNING GLORY DESTRUCTION DIMMU BORGIR ELUVEITIE ...

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Slovenia's METALCAMP Festival; Trailer, Anthem Video Available

This year's Metalcamp festival is scheduled to take place July 3-9, 2008 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The official trailer for the event and the Metalcamp anthem video (performed by the Slovenia-based band PROSPECT) can be viewed below. Metalcamp festival billing: Friday, July 4: Main Stage: IN FLAMES IN EXTREMO CARCASS SIX FEET UNDER WINTERSUN OCTOBER FILE ...

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NAPALM DEATH Confirmed For UK's BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR Festival

British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH have been confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air 2008 festival, set to take place August 15-17 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. "We are really excited to be a part of the Bloodstock festival this year," NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury told Metal Hammer. "It's happening right in the middle ...

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MARDUK Confirmed For Slovenia's METALCAMP Festival

Swedish black metallers MARDUK have been confirmed for the Metalcamp festival, set to take place July 3-9, 2008 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: Friday, July 4: Main Stage: IN FLAMES IN EXTREMO CARCASS SIX FEET UNDER WINTERSUN OCTOBER FILE PENITENZIAGITE STAUB UND SCHATTEN Second Stage: CATAMENIA MACHINEMADE GOD HATE ...

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GRAND MAGUS: 'Iron Will' Artwork Revealed

Swedish powerhouse GRAND MAGUS, which features in its ranks current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, will release its fourth full-length album, "Iron Will", in Europe on June 9 via Rise Above Records. The CD, which was once again recorded in Stockholm, with Oneman acting as engineer and co-producer, will be issued in the U.S. on ...

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DESTRUCTION Confirmed For UK's BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR Festival

Veteran German thrashers DESTRUCTION have been confirmed for this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival, set to take place August 15-17, 2008 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: AKERCOCKE ALESTORM AS I LAY DYING AT THE GATES CLOUDSCAPE COMMUNIC CROWNING GLORY DESTRUCTION DIMMU BORGIR ELUVEITIE EVILE GRAND ...

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AKERCOCKE Confirmed For UK's BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR Festival

UK-based black metallers AKERCOCKE have been confirmed for this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival, set to take place August 15-17, 2008 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: AKERCOCKE ALESTORM AS I LAY DYING AT THE GATES CLOUDSCAPE COMMUNIC CROWNING GLORY DIMMU BORGIR ELUVEITIE EVILE GRAND MAGUS ...

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KAMELOT Confirmed For Norway's METAL ROCK FEST

KAMELOT and MAEDER have been confirmed for the Metal Rock Fest, a brand new two-day event set to take place August 15-16 in Lillehammer, Norway. Meanwhile, WARRIOR has pulled out the event. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: ADAM BOMB ALESTORM ASTRAL DOORS BENENA REACH BULLET CIRCUS MAXIMUS CRIMES OF PASSION DRACONIAN ...

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TYGERS OF PAN TANG Confirmed For Norway's METAL ROCK FEST

NWOBHM legends TYGERS OF PAN TANG have been confirmed for the Metal Rock Fest, a brand new two-day event set to take place August 15-16 in Lillehammer, Norway. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: Friday, August 15 CRIMES OF PASSION WHITE LION THE WILDHEARTS HANOI ROCKS TWISTED SISTER TYGERS OF PAN TANG ADAM ...

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