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HELLOWEEN Announce World Tour!

Veteran German power metallers HELLOWEEN have announced the dates for their forthcoming world tour in support of their recently released "Rabbit Don't Come Easy" album. The trek will be the group's first with new members Sascha Gerstner (guitar) and Stefan Schwarzmann (drums). Upcoming HELLOWEEN tour dates: South America Sep. 11 - Bar Opiniao - Porto ...

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Former GUARDIAN Singer Returns With LONDON CALLING

LONDON CALLING, the new band featuring former GUARDIAN (Word/Epic) vocalist Jamie Rowe, will release their debut disc, "The New Sensation", on June 24 through Dyrty Byrd Records. The complete track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Song About Nothing 02. New Sensation 03. The Astronaut Has Landed 04. Haunting Me 05. Junk 06. ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN's 'Live' Drops Down To No. 42 On German Chart

BLIND GUARDIAN's brand new live album, entitled simply "Live", has dropped down to the No. 42 slot on the German Media Control chart in its third week of release. The two-disc collection contains 20 songs recorded last year on the band's world tour. As previously reported, BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomas Stauch has now officially returned ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE: ROCK HARD Photos Posted Online

Several photos taken during CIRCLE II CIRCLE's appearance at this month's Rock Hard Festival have been posted online at this location. The two-day event, which took place June 7-8 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, featured additional performances from such acts as SAXON, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, BLIND GUARDIAN, CANDLEMASS, NEVERMORE, KREATOR and ANTHRAX, ...

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NEVERMORE: ROCK HARD FESTIVAL Photos Posted Online

NEVERMORE have posted several photos taken during their appearance at last weekend's Rock Hard Festival at this location. The two-day event, which took place June 7-8 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, featured additional performances from such acts as SAXON, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, BLIND GUARDIAN, CANDLEMASS, KREATOR and ANTHRAX, among others. NEVERMORE's new ...

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HAMMERFALL: Special Hometown Gig Planned

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message to the band's official web site, www.hammerfall.net: "Back from South America since two weeks, and it was definitely the best experience so far for us down there! More people, more excitement more metal. It was tremendous! "More recently, I just got back from Sweden ...

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NAPALM DEATH Line Up European Dates

Legendary British grindcore band NAPALM DEATH have lined up the following European dates during the coming months: Jun. 12 – Bielefeld, GER @ Hechelei Jun. 13 - Rathenow, GER @ Musikbrauerei Jun. 14 - Coburg, GER @ Blind Guardian OA Jul. 04 - Roitzschjora, GER @ With Full Force Aug. 08 - Höchstenbach, GER @ ...

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GRAVE DIGGER Tour Dates Announced

Veteran German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Jun. 08 – Monza, ITA - Gods Of Metal Festival Jun. 13 – Coburg, GER - Blind Guardian Festival Aug. 29 – Curitiba, BRA - Moinho Sao Roque Aug. 30 - Sao Paulo, BRA - Direct TV Oct. 03 ...

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BOLT THROWER Pull Out Of Germany's ROCK HARD Festival

British death metal veterans BOLT THROWER have pulled out of this weekend's Rock Hard festival in order to allow vocalist Dave Ingram to be present for the impending birth of his first child (his wife's original due date was said to have been ten days ago). The organizers of the event — set to take ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN's Live Album Enters German Chart At No. 16!

BLIND GUARDIAN's brand new live album, entitled simply "Live" has entered the German Media Control charts at No. 16. The two-disc collection contains 20 songs recorded last year on the band's world tour. In other news, BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomas Stauch has returned to his rightful place after having recovered from a tendon infection which ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN: 'Live' Outtakes Posted Online

BLIND GUARDIAN have posted an album's worth of live outtakes from various shows recorded for their recently-released live album, simply entitled "Live". The band issued the following statement announcing their decision to make the recordings available to the public: "As most of you probably know, for the release of 'Live' there was going to be ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN Drop Off Russia's BRYANSK HARD ROCK FESTIVAL

BLIND GUARDIAN have been forced to cancel their previously announced show at the Bryansk Hard Rock Festival in Bryansk, Russia on June 22. According to a statement on the band's official web site, "the promoter was not able to organize the necessary payments for fee, flight tickets and visa documents. The promoter had a fair ...

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PLACE OF SKULLS: 'With Vision' Pushed Back

Knoxville, Tennessee's PLACE OF SKULLS, who feature in their ranks former SPIRIT CARAVAN/ST. VITUS/THE OBSESSED guitarist/vocalist Wino, have pushed back the release date for their new album, "With Vision", to Sept. 8 in Europe and Sept. 23 in the U.S. through Southern Lord Recordings. The opening track, "Last Hit", is available for download at

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Original FATES WARNING Guitarist Checks In With Latest Update

Original FATES WARNING guitarist Victor Arduini, who played on the group's classic early efforts "Night On Brocken" (1984) and "The Spectre Within" (1985), has posted an update on his current activities to the official FATES WARNING message board. Arduini's posting reads as follows: "I'd be happy to give an 'update' to anyone interested... Here you ...

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BRAINSTORM: New Song Available For Download

A brand new BRAINSTORM track, titled "Highs Without Lows", has been posted online at this location. "Highs Without Lows" comes off the group's forthcoming CD, "Soul Temptation", due on June 30 through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Metus Mortis" was recorded at House of Music studios in Winterbach, Germany. BRAINSTORM will ...

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OIL Part Ways With Bassist, Seek Replacement

Long Beach, California-based Christian metallers OIL, featuring DARK ANGEL frontman Ron Rinehart, have parted ways with bassist Matthew Joy and are currently seeking a replacement. "Upcoming album release shows or any other concert bookings will not be affected," states a message on the band's official web site. "Our friend — and smokin' bass player — ...

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PROGPOWER USA IV Officially Sold Out

ProgPower USA IV, North America's premiere festival for progressive and power metal music, has officially sold out more than three months in advance. The festival will return to Atlanta's Earthlink Live, the venue that housed last fall's sold-out event, on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6. "I don't think anyone can doubt that ProgPower ...

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HELLOWEEN To Tour North America In October

German metallers HELLOWEEN will be embarking on a short North American headlining tour in early October to support their recently issued album, "Rabbit Don't Come Easy". The trek, which will kick off in Southern California and conclude in New York City, will tentatively cover the following markets: Los Angeles Orange County Phoenix Denver Chicago Detroit ...

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SLAYER Confirmed For Spain's METAL MANIA FESTIVAL

SLAYER are the latest act confirmed to perform at Metal Mania Festival, a three-day event set to take place July 11-13 at Auditorio Municipal de Villarobledo in Albacete, Spain. Other bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival are as follows: Friday, July 11 BLIND GUARDIAN NIGHTWISH SEPULTURA KREATOR APOCALYPTICA OVERKILL REBELLION Saturday, July 12 ...

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DIO, KREATOR, HAMMERFALL Confirmed For Spain's METAL MANIA FESTIVAL

DIO, KREATOR, HAMMERFALL, and STRATOVARIUS are the latest acts confirmed to perform at Metal Mania Festival, a three-day event set to take place July 11-13 at Auditorio Municipal de Villarobledo in Albacete, Spain. The acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival are as follows: Friday, July 11 BLIND GUARDIAN NIGHTWISH SEPULTURA KREATOR APOCALYPTICA OVERKILL ...

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