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HAMMERFALL: More European Tour Dates Announced

Sweden's HAMMERFALL have lined up the following dates during 2005: Apr. 21 - Z7 – Pratteln, SWI Apr. 22 - Filharmonie – Filderstadt, GER Apr. 23 - Stadthalle – Lichtenfels, GER Apr. 24 - Turbinenhalle – Oberhausen, GER Apr. 30 - Scandinavium – Göteborg, SWE Jun. 24 - Metal Camp – Tolmin, SLO Sep. 02 ...

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JON OLIVA'S PAIN: Greek Set List Revealed

JON OLIVA'S PAIN, the solo project of SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, performed two electric shows in Greece as part of their world tour (tour kick-off was in Florida on Dec. 11). During Sunday night's (Dec. 19) performance in Athens, Jon Oliva dedicated SAVATAGE's "Ghost In The Ruins" to DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was ...

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BRAZEN ABBOT Finish Recording New Album

BRAZEN ABBOT, the brainchild of Bulgarian guitarist Nikolo Kotzev, have finished recording everything but the guitar leads for their new album, tentatively due next spring via Frontiers Records. Mixing is scheduled to begin January 9, 2005 and will probably be completed by January 25. The album will contain 12 tracks: Tracks with Joe Lynn Turner ...

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HAMMERFALL 'Honored' By HARD ROCK CAFÉ

HAMMERFALL have donated two Jackson guitars, a Washburn bass, a Premier drum and one of the skulls the band used on their Crimson Crusade 2002/2003 tour to the newly opener Hard Rock Café in Gothenburg, Sweden. "Naturally, this is a tremendous compliment, having been to several Hard Rock Cafés around the world and seeing what ...

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HAMMERFALL: New Album Title Announced

Sweden's HAMMERFALL have set "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" as the title of their new album, due on March 7, 2005 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Crimson Thunder" was produced and mixed by Charlie Bauernfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HELLOWEEN) and will be preceded by the "Blood Bound" single on January 31. A video ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN To Unleash The Fuckin' Fury In Early 2005

Legendary Swedish guitarist YNGWIE MALMSTEEN has set "Unleash the Fury" as the title of his upcoming album, tentatively due in March 2005 via the Universal label in Japan. U.S and European release dates have not yet been confirmed. 19 songs are tentatively set to appear on the CD, including "Drinking with the Devil" (described by ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: New Album To Be Mixed By MIKE FRASER

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have tapped Mike Fraser (AC/DC, METALLICA, VAN HALEN, COVERDALE/PAGE, AEROSMITH, THE CULT, SLIPKNOT, HATEBREED) to mix their upcoming album at a studio in Vancouver, Canada (most likely The Warehouse) for a tentative October 2005 release via Nuclear Blast in Europe/USA and JVC/Victor in Asia. "Even recording engineer and co-producer Charlie ...

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Producer: HELLOWEEN To Begin Recording This Month

Acclaimed German producer/engineer Charlie Bauerfeind (SAXON, HAMMERFALL, RAGE, BLIND GUARDIAN) has posted the following update at his official web site: "Finally we started the pre-production phase of the next HELLOWEEN record about a week ago. The guys are already in songwriting and rehearsal mode since [last] month and are working very hard to shape up ...

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LAW AND ORDER Sign Management Deal

LAW AND ORDER, the former MCA recording artists who released two critically acclaimed albums — "Guilty of Innocence" (1989) and "Rites of Passage" (1991) — have returned with their long-awaited third album, entitled "The Glass House". In light of this new release, the band — featuring all original members in Phil Allocco (guitar), Shane (vocals), ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Book Studio Time To Record New Album

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR will record their next album in April/May 2005 at the House Of Music Studio near Stuttgart, Germany. Producing the album will be the group's bassist, Mat Sinner, along with Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HALFORD, HAMMERFALL). "Regarding the album mix, we are in negotiations with some great names of the scene," ...

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SPAWN Finalize Track Listing, Artwork For New Album

German death metal band SPAWN have revealed the cover artwork and track listing for their new album, "Human Toxin", due on December 13 via Morbid Records. "Human Toxin" was recorded at DailyheroRecordings Studios and mastered at Mega Wimp Sound (DISINTER, DYING FETUS, HAEMORRHAGE). The group had previously toured Europe with KRISIUN and CRYPTOPSY, among others. ...

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ICED EARTH Film Video For 'Declaration Day'

ICED EARTH have shot a third video from their highly acclaimed "Glorious Burden" album. The clip, for the track "Declaration Day", is being directed by the Machine design/motion graphics studio (web site) and is expected to begin airing during the coming weeks. ICED EARTH are currently on hiatus while mainman/guitarist Jon Schaffer tends ...

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Former FATES WARNING Drummer Completes EP/Demo With New Band

Former FATES WARNING drummer Steve Zimmerman has completed work on an EP/demo with his new band INTERFACE, featuring former members of his previous group, MILLENNIUM X (Tom Blardo on guitars/vocals and Brian Doyle on bass). The band entered HomeGrown Recording Studios in Deltona, FL sometime in the fall and finished the final mixes on November ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN: New Songtitles Revealed

According to a posting at the YNGWIE MALMSTEEN fan site Guitar Alchemy, YNGWIE has now finished recording the new studio album. Vocals once again come courtesy of Doogie White (ex-RAINBOW). No other lineup details are available at present, although it's likely that Patrik Johansson played drums and keyboards came from Joakim Svalberg. It ...

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ANGRA: European/Japanese Tour Dates Announced

Brazilian melodic metallers ANGRA have lined up the following dates in support of their new album, "Temple of Shadows": Feb. 05 - Rainbow – Milan, ITA Feb. 06 – Z7 – Pratteln, SWI Feb. 07 - Transbordeur – Lyon, FRA Feb. 08 - La Laiterie – Strasbourg, FRA Feb. 10 - Arena – Madrid, SPA ...

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SOILWORK: Limited-Edition Version Of New Album To Include Bonus Track

Sweden's SOILWORK have confirmed via their official web site that the limited-edition European/U.S. version of their upcoming album, "Stabbing the Drama", will include a bonus track, entitled "Wherever Thorns May Grow". The Japanese edition will feature "Wherever Thorns May Grow" and an additional bonus cut by the name of "Killed by Ignition". The follow-up to ...

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Announce New Studio Album For 2005

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, the Grammy-nominated heavy rockers from North Carolina, will release an aggressive new studio album through Sanctuary Records in early 2005, to be followed by a worldwide tour. Tentatively titled "En los Brazos del Dios" (In the Arms of God), the upcoming album is among the band's heaviest in years. "We all have ...

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FIREBIRD Reject Breakup Rumors, Plan Live Shows

Despite Internet reports to the contrary, FIREBIRD, the British band led by former CARCASS/NAPALM DEATH guitarist Bill Steer, have not split up. An SPV Records representative who spoke to Steer on Wednesday (Nov. 10) told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the band are still very much alive and are planning on hitting the road soon. FIREBIRD, whose latest ...

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LED ZEPPELIN: Live DVD Sold More Than 1.5 Million Copies Worldwide

According to an article in the U.K.'s Guardian, last year's biggest-selling music DVD was the LED ZEPPELIN live DVD, entitled simply "Led Zeppelin", which sold more than 1.5 million worldwide (but fewer than 200,000 in the U.K.) and last week's highest-selling British music DVD, "Queen Live", sold just 8,000 copies. Non-music DVD bestsellers typically sell ...

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Temple of Shadows - ANGRA

ANGRA's 2001 release, "Rebirth", proved beyond any doubt that the departure of singer Andre Matos (who, along with ANGRA's rhythm section, left the group to form SHAMAN) would be less difficult to overcome than initially expected. Matos' replacement, Eduardo Falaschi (ex-SYMBOLS), bore little musical resemblance to his predecessor without completely betraying the essence of the ...

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SLUDGE: New Album Delayed

Mighty Music has pushed back the projected release date of SLUDGE's third full-length album, "Yellow Acid Rain", to December 6. No reason was given for the delay. Described as "a mix of ENTOMBED, CELTIC FROST, CARCASS and the early material of SAMAEL," the Swiss extreme metal act's new CD was recorded in Switzerland and mixed ...

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CENTURY MEDIA Joins Forces With ALVERAN RECORDS

Century Media Records has joined forces with Alveran Records in a newly inked, exclusive contract for the production and distribution of selected Alveran titles throughout Europe via Century Media Records. Alveran Records is an independent record company founded by Sascha Franzen in 1995. Alveran's diversity in styles ranges from metalcore to emo pop punk, the ...

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BLIND STARE Sign With ARISE RECORDS

Turku, Finland-based metallers BLIND STARE have inked a deal with Arise Records. The band, whose music is being decribed as "a combination of melodic death metal with keyboards, black/death vocals and orchestral arrangements," will record their debut album during Christmas 2004/January 2005 for an April/May 2005 release. ...

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SLUDGE: SAMAEL Guitarist's Project Launch Web Site

Swiss extreme metal act SLUDGE, featuring SAMAEL guitarist Makro, have launched their official web site at this location. SLUDGE's third full-length album, "Yellow Acid Rain", is scheduled for release in November via Denmark's Mighty Music. Described as "a mix of ENTOMBED, CELTIC FROST, CARCASS and the early material of SAMAEL," the CD was ...

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SLUDGE: New Song Available For Download

A brand-new SLUDGE track, entitled "Blind Man", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. "Blind Man" comes off the Swiss extreme metallers' third full-length album, "Yellow Acid Rain", due in November via Denmark's Mighty Music. Described as "a mix of ENTOMBED, CELTIC FROST, CARCASS and the early material of SAMAEL," ...

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