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U.K.'s BLOODSTOCK Festival Backed By Mighty WACKEN

The mighty German heavy metal festival, Wacken, has leant its European marketing muscle to the U.K. in a global demonstration of support for the launch of Bloodstock Open Air (B-O-A) — the leading independent U.K. festival that is dedicated to heavy metal music. With Wacken's support, B-O-A will be an international Mecca for heavy metal ...

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SAVAGE CIRCUS: Former BLIND GUARDIAN Drummer Joins Forces With PERSUADER Members

Former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch has teamed up with PERSUADER members Jens Karlsson (vocals, guitar) and Emil Norberg (lead guitar) in a new project called SAVAGE CIRCUS. This collaboration is not to be confused with Stauch's as-yet-unnamed band with SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid, which recently finished recording a full-length album. Stauch has issued ...

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MOONSKIN Bassist Releases New Solo Album

Maor Appelbaum, bassist of the Israeli "dark metal" band MOONSKIN, has released another solo album of his "dark avant-garde musical trip to the abyss of one's mind and soul." Released under the VECTORSCOPE banner, the CD, entitled "Monitoring the Blind", is said to be "an unlimited and groundbreaking approach to music. A description of the ...

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DEMONS & WIZARDS: New Album Details Revealed

DEMONS & WIZARDS, the project featuring Jon Schaffer of ICED EARTH and Hansi Kürsch of BLIND GUARDIAN, have set "Touched by the Crimson King" as the title of their sophomore album, due June 27 via SPV Records. The follow-up to the group's 2001 self-titled CD, "Touched by the Crimson King" will feature the following track ...

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Former BLIND GUARDIAN Drummer Explains His Departure

Former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch has issued another statement explaining in greater detail the circumstances that led to his departure from the group. Stauch's statement reads as follows: "Hi friends, "I hope this news doesn’t shock you too much, but from this point on I am no longer BLIND GUARDIAN's drummer. "Over the last ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN Part Ways With Drummer

German power metallers BLIND GUARDIAN have parted ways with longtime drummer Thomen Stauch. Frontman Hansi Kürsch's official statement on the matter reads as follows: "No news is good news. This obviously is bad news. After walking along the same musical paths for about 20 years and after several long, open and honest discussions between the ...

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'Tage Mahal - JON OLIVA'S PAIN

Ah, the Mountain King himself, JON OLIVA, metal's own Brian Wilson. We never know what his status is, we empathize with his losses (brother and bandmate Criss was killed by a drunk driver a decade ago), we worry about his health, and when his voice cracks, or he takes years to release a proper metal ...

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BOBAFLEX Sign With TVT RECORDS

According to a post at The Gauntlet, West Virginia's BOBAFLEX have signed a multi-album deal with TVT Records. The band will release their sophomore full-length effort, entitled "Bright Red Violent Sex", in June. The follow-up to "Primitive Epic" (Eclipse Records) is expected to include the track "The Guardian", which the band apparently wrote ...

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BLINDSIDE Sign With DRT ENTERTAINMENT

Sweden's BLINDSIDE have inked a deal with DRT Entertainment. The band is currently in the studio working on their as-yet-untitled new album, expected out this summer. Lasse "Lars" Marten, who produced the band's debut, is back on board and working with the band at Decibel Studios in Stockholm. BLINDSIDE's first two albums, their self-titled debut ...

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BRAZEN ABBOT Set European Release Date For New Album

Frontiers Records has set a June 6 European release date for the new BRAZEN ABBOT album, entitled "My Resurrection". The CD features guest appearances by the folliowing singers: Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Göran Edman (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, GLORY), Tony Harnell (TNT, WESTWORLD) and Erik Mårtensson. "My Resurrection" final track listing: 01. My ...

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DEEP PURPLE: New Compilation Album Released In Sweden

EMI in Sweden has just released a double CD collection from DEEP PURPLE entitled "Deep Purple Forever - Very Best 1968-2003". The complete track listing for the set is as follows: 01. Woman From Tokyo 02. Burn 03. Speed King 04. Knocking At Your Back Door 05. Mistreated 06. Smoke On The Water 07. Haunted ...

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SOILWORK Singer, BLIND GUARDIAN Drummer Seek Name For New Project

SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid and BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch are currently seeking a name for their new project. The collaboration, which originally went under the COLDSEED moniker, is described by Strid as "a mixture between RAMMSTEIN and ALICE IN CHAINS." A full-length album is currently being recorded and is due later in the ...

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SOILWORK Singer Explains Lack Of Solos On New Album

SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "First of all, thank you so much for all the positive reactions on the new album! It also feels great that SOILWORK is giving a lot of inspiration to the people out there both in a musical and a ...

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BRAZEN ABBOT To Release New Album In June

BRAZEN ABBOT, the brainchild of Bulgarian guitarist Nikolo Kotzev, have posted the following message on their web site: "Nikolo has delievered the final mix of the new BRAZEN ABBOT album! The new BRAZEN ABBOT album, 'My Resurrection', is expected to be released in June! The album will be 62 minutes and 30 seconds. Currently Nikolo ...

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ANGRA To Support DREAM THEATER In Italy

Brazilian melodic metallers ANGRA have been confirmed as the support act for DREAM THEATER on their upcoming Italian tour. A third band will be added to the package shortly. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jun. 21 - Fucecchio (Fi), Anfiteatro Buca d'Andrea Jun. 22 - Ascoli Piceno, Piazza Del Popolo Jun. 23 - Stra (Pd), ...

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In the Arms of God - CORROSION OF CONFORMITY

A blues beat and even bluesier guitar line leads into a classic COC riff stomp on "Stonebreaker". Once Pepper Keenan's vocals enter, you just know that this is the real COC. "In the Arms of God" takes much of the heaviness of "Wiseblood", even the dense feel of "Blind", while retaining some of the style ...

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DANGER DANGER's TED POLEY To Guest On LIBERTY N' JUSTICE CD

Jamie Rowe (GUARDIAN, ADRIANGALE), Scott Wenzel (WHITE CROSS), Ted Poley (DANGER DANGER) and Russell Arcara (SURGIN, PROPHET, ARCARA) are among the guest vocalists appearing on the new album from Christian rockers LIBERTY N' JUSTICE. The group's "all-star" CD, "Soundtrack of a Soul", will feature sixteen well-known singers and many guest musician appearances. Other guest vocalists ...

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ZEKE To Tour With MOTÖRHEAD And CORROSION OF CONFORMITY

ZEKE have announced a U.S. tour in support of their latest album, "'Til the Livin' End". ZEKE will team up with MOTÖRHEAD and CORROSION OF CONFORMITY for a string of dates that kick off on March 9 in Sayerville, NJ. The tour is expected to conclude on April 11 in Spokane, WA with additional dates ...

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HAMMERFALL To Embark On Swedish Signing Tour

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "A couple of items today. First off, we will be undertaking a signing tour in Sweden for the release of 'Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken', and it looks as follows: March 4 - Göteborg Åhléns, Nordstan 17:00 March 7 - ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: More New Songtitles Revealed

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have revealed more songtitles that are set to appear on the group's upcoming CD, tentatively due in October via Nuclear Blast Records. According to a posting on the group's web site, "all of the guys [are] participating in the songwriting" and new tracks "Signs of Our Time", "Evil That Men ...

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EKTOMORF Confirmed For Austria's AERODROME Festival

Hungarian hardcore/thrash metallers EKTOMORF have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Aerodrome festival, set to take place May 26-28 at Civitas Nova in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: 3 INCHES OF BLOOD BLIND PETITION BUNFIRE SQUAD CLAWFINGER CLIENT DOG EAT DOG DOGMA EDO MAAJKA EKTOMORF INCUBUS ...

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BLOODSTOCK FESTIVALS 2005: Headliners Announced

The organizers of the U.K.'s Bloodstock festival have announced that Bloodstock 2005 will comprise two separate festivals. The brand new outdoor show Bloodstock Open Air (B-O-A) will take place on June 24-25 at Catton Hall, in the Midlands, with the annual Bloodstock 2005 U.K. Metalfest taking place indoors at the Assembly Rooms in Derby on ...

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Report: Children Who Lost Parents In GREAT WHITE Fire Coping

The following report was issued by the Associated Press: Nathan Mattera's summers now include bereavement camp, and his after-school activities have been pared to counseling and playing near home. He stays close to his grandmother, now his legal guardian, and occasionally sleeps at the foot of her bed. The 11-year-old boy's life was uprooted when ...

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