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HALCYON WAY Signs With NIGHTMARE RECORDS

Atlanta's progressive power/thrash band HALCYON WAY has inked a deal with U.S. label Nightmare Records. The group's debut CD, "A Manifesto For Domination", will be released worldwide on November 11, 2008. "A Manifesto For Domination" was produced by guitarist Jon Bodan, mixed by Lasse Lammert (ALESTORM), and mastered by James Murphy (TESTAMENT, DEATH). The album ...

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GRAVE DIGGER: 'Pray' Video Posted Online

"Pray", the new video from German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER, can be viewed below. The song comes off the group's forthcoming album, "Ballads Of A Hangman", which is scheduled for a January 9, 2009 release via Austria's Napalm Records. The "Pray" single will precede the album on November 28. The group's frontman Chris Boltendahl states, ...

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ALESTORM Announces New Guitarist

Scottish folk/power metal band ALESTORM has announced the addition of guitarist Tim Shaw to the group's ranks. The band states, "The more eagle-eyed watchers of the underground amongst you may know him as the mastermind behind the epic black metal project FYRDSMAN, and as the guitarist of the now-departed death metal titans PREMITHON. He's a ...

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ALESTORM Guitarist Quits

Guitarist Gavin Harper has announced his departure from the Scottish folk/power metal band ALESTORM. He commented: "In my time in this band, from doing the first ever recording to not appearing on the latest one, I have always strived to make ALESTORM my priority and put it ahead of many other things in life that ...

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ALESTORM Rejoined By Drummer IAN WILSON

Scottish folk/power metal band ALESTORM has issued the following update: "After deciding that plumbing isn't all it's cracked up to be, Mr. Ian Wilson has decided to return to the ALESTORM crew to play the drums. We're totally happy to have him back, 'cos he's a badass guy. Dos! "Also, we've just finished recording a ...

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EINHERJER To Reunite For Germany's RAGNARÖK VI FESTIVAL

Norwegian "Viking metal" pioneers EINHERJER will reunite for an appearance at the Ragnarök VI Festival, set to take place April 17-18, 2009 in Lichtenfels, Germany. Also newly confirmed for the event are FEJD from Sweden and ALKONOST from Russia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): ADORNED BROOD (D) ALESTORM (UK) ...

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ALESTORM: New Mailorder-Only EP Due Before The End Of The Year

Napalm Records will release a new mini-CD from the Scottish folk/power metal band ALESTORM before the end of the year. The four-song EP, which will be made available via mailorder only, will contain the tracks "Heavy Metal Pirates", "Weiber und Wein" (German version of "Wenches and Mead"), "Leviathan" and "Wolves of the Sea". ALESTORM recently ...

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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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