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ACCEPT: Japanese Tour Announced

Reunited German metal legends ACCEPT will be embarking on a Japanese tour in late July/early August. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jul. 29 - Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya AX Jul. 30 - Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya AX Jul. 31 - Osaka, JPN @ Namba Hatch Aug. 02 - Nagoya, JPN @ Diamont Hall ACCEPT festival ...

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ENDHAMMER Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Germany's ENDHAMMER have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL CORVUS CORAX DISSECTION EDGUY ENDHAMMER EISREGEN ENDSTILLE ENSIFERUM FINNTROLL GOREFEST ILLDISPOSED MARDUK ...

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THRESHOLD Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

U.K. progressive metallers THRESHOLD have been confirmed for the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to perform at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT AMON AMARTH CHILDREN OF BODOM COMMUNIC ENSIFERUM HEAVEN SHALL BURN HELLFUELED JON OLIVA'S PAIN MASTERPLAN OVERKILL ...

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U.D.O. Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

U.D.O., the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, have been confirmed to appear at the 2005 installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 24-25 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany. Bang Your Head!!! 2005 will mark the festival's 10th anniversary and the theme of this year's event will ...

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COMMUNIC Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

COMMUNIC, the Norwegian progressive/power metal band featuring ex-SCARIOT members Oddleif Stensland (vocals) and Tor Atle Andersen (drums), have been confirmed for the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to perform at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT AMON AMARTH CHILDREN OF ...

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DISSECTION And APOCALYPTICA Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

DISSECTION and APOCALYPTICA have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL CORVUS CORAX DISSECTION EDGUY EISREGEN ENDSTILLE ENSIFERUM FINNTROLL GOREFEST ILLDISPOSED MARDUK ...

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ALTARIA: Hard At Work On New Material

Bassist Marko Pukkila of the Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA has revealed in an online posting that he and drummer Tony Smedjebacka have been busy writing and pre-producing material for the third ALTARIA album. "So far we have come up with a few great tunes and it looks like the third, as-yet-untitled album will be heavier ...

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U.D.O. Announce New Drummer

U.D.O., the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, have announced the addition of drummer Francesco Jovino to the group's ranks. Jovino joins the band as the permanent replacement for Lorenzo Milani, who left the group for "personal reasons," according to a posting on U.D.O.'s web site. Jovino has already completed a Scandinavian ...

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GOREFEST Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Reunited Dutch metallers GOREFEST have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT AXEL RUDI PELL CORVUS CORAX EDGUY EISREGEN ENDSTILLE ENSIFERUM FINNTROLL GOREFEST ILLDISPOSED MARDUK MERCENARY ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: New Single Posted Online!

German Rob Halford fan site RobHalford.de has posted a radio-broadcast-quality MP3 of the new JUDAS PRIEST single "Revolution" at this location (zip file, 4.1 MB). "Revolution" is the first single off the group's upcoming studio album, "Angel of Retribution", due March 1 via Epic. It's singer Rob Halford's first album with the band ...

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U.D.O.: Hilarious 'Trainride In Russia' Video Posted Online

U.D.O.'s hilarious video for the track "Trainride in Russia" has been posted online at Launch.com. "Trainride in Russia" comes off U.D.O.'s latest album, "Thunderball", available now on AFM Records. The group's follow-up to 2002's "Man And Machine" was produced by U.D.O. guitarist/former ACCEPT drummer Stefan Kaufmann at his Roxx studios in Pulheim, Germany. ...

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SAMAEL Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Switzerland's SAMAEL have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT AXEL RUDI PELL CORVUS CORAX EDGUY EISREGEN ENDSTILLE ENSIFERUM FINNTROLL ILLDISPOSED MARDUK MERCENARY NIGHTWISH OBITUARY OVERKILL ...

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JOHNNY RAMONE's Mom Blasts Widow Over Late Guitarist's Will

The New York Post's "Page Six" reports: A bitter battle over Johnny Ramone's estate has pit Stella Cummings, the 79-year-old mother of the legendary guitarist, against his wife, Linda Cummings. Stella Cummings claims that Johnny, who died in September of prostate cancer, had promised her $2,500 a month, but she suspects Linda somehow convinced the ...

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SUFFOCATION Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Legendary death metallers SUFFOCATION have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT AXEL RUDI PELL CORVUS CORAX EDGUY EISREGEN ENDSTILLE ENSIFERUM FINNTROLL ILLDISPOSED MARDUK MERCENARY NIGHTWISH ...

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Former OZZY Drummer BRIAN TICHY: 'DIMEBAG Was A Genuine Badass'

Former OZZY OSBOURNE/PRIDE & GLORY drummer Brian Tichy has issued the following statement in memory of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott: "To Vinnie, DAMAGEPLAN, PANTERA and all of Dime's friends and family.... I am so shocked by this. I feel so sorry for Vinnie and all of Dime's friends. Without a doubt, Dime was one ...

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Metal For Life - PAINMUSEUM

HALFORD/TESTAMENT guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak has always been very vocal about his love for '80s/early '90s metal, and the traditional heavy metal influences shine through clearly on his latest release, the first to be issued under the PAINMUSEUM banner. Musically, this is exactly the kind of stuff you would expect to hear from someone who ...

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EDGUY To Record New Album In The Spring

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Been quite a while since we've spoken, but here we are — back again. "The tour has been great and successful and the last two shows in our beautiful home town Fulda had been sold out within a few weeks. ...

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ACCEPT: No Plans For Reunion Tour

Nuclear Blast Records has been appointed to handle publicity for the legendary German metallers ACCEPT in connection with their upcoming summer festival appearances. With regards to the group's set list for the upcoming shows, ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider recently said, "With U.D.O., I always play different ACCEPT songs and thus I know pretty exact what ...

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MOTÖRHEAD Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

MOTÖRHEAD have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 9-11 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The band will bring the entire aeroplane stage-rig from the "Bomber" tour — a one-time event only at Sweden Rock. The complete list of acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival is ...

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