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UPDATED: Tributes From Metal Musicians Pour In For DIMEBAG DARRELL

A number of heavy metal musicians have paid tribute to Dimebag Darrell (DAMAGEPLAN, ex-PANTERA) who was tragically murdered last night. ------------------------------------------------- Ozzy Osbourne: "Dimebag was a dear friend of mine. I'm absolutely beside myself with grief. I can't for the life of me understand why someone would do this. PANTERA toured with me many, many ...

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PRETTY MAIDS Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Veteran Danish hard rockers PRETTY MAIDS are the latest act confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include ACCEPT, CHILDREN OF BODOM, OVERKILL, JON OLIVA'S PAIN, AMON AMARTH, THE HAUNTED, MASTERPLAN, UNLEASHED, SONATA ARCTICA, ...

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U.D.O. Begin Recording New Album

U.D.O., the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, have commenced the recording sessions for their new album, tentatively due in October 2005. According to a posting at the group's official web site, Udo has begun laying down the first vocal tracks. A world tour in support of the album will kick off ...

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JON OLIVA'S PAIN Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

JON OLIVA'S PAIN, the new band led by SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, are the latest act confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include ACCEPT, CHILDREN OF BODOM, OVERKILL, AMON AMARTH, THE HAUNTED, MASTERPLAN, ...

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PARADISE LOST: New Album Track Listing Revealed

PARADISE LOST have set the tentative track listing for their new album, "Paradise Lost", due on February 21, 2005 release date through G.U.N. Records. A single, entitled "Grey", will precede the album on February 7, 2005. "Paradise Lost" — named in celebration of the group's 10th studio album since their full-length debut, "Lost Paradise", was ...

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ACCEPT, DIO, HAMMERFALL Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

Legendary German heavy metallers ACCEPT have been confirmed as the first headliners of the 2005 edition of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 9-11, 2005 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: A.C.T. ACCEPT BLACKFOOT CRYSTAL EYES DIO HAMMERFALL HELIX HELLFUELED ...

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FINNTROLL Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Finland's FINNTROLL are the latest act confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. Also scheduled to appear at the event are NIGHTWISH, ACCEPT, SINNER, MARDUK, OVERKILL, OBITUARY, AXEL RUDI PELL, EDGUY, ENSIFERUM, ILLDISPOSED, ENDSTILLE, TURISAS, MERCENARY, EISREGEN and POTENTIA ANIMI. More bands will ...

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EXHUMED Announce New Bassist, Reveal More Cover Album Details

Californian gore-metallers EXHUMED have revealed a partial list of songs that will appear on their upcomining covers CD, entitled "Regurgitated Requiems: Garbage Daze Re-Regurgitated". Recordings for the effort will begin the week after the Thanksgiving holiday, and will take place in Los Angeles, Canada, and the Bay Area. Songs set to appear on the album ...

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THE HAUNTED Discuss Illegal Music Downloading

THE HAUNTED guitarist Anders Björler and vocalist Peter Dolving recently spoke to Belgium's Concreteweb.be webzine about illegal music downloading. Asked about the fact that their latest CD, "rEVOLVEr", was available for download on the Internet well before its official release date, Anders said, "In fact, we can't really stop the Internet scene. For ...

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HELLFUELED Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Sweden's HELLFUELED are the latest act confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include ACCEPT, OVERKILL, THE HAUNTED, CHILDREN OF BODOM, UNLEASHED, AMON AMARTH, MASTERPLAN, SONATA ARCTICA, ENSIFERUM and HEAVEN SHALL BURN. More information ...

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CRYSTAL BALL To Enter Studio In February

Swiss melodic metallers CRYSTAL BALL will enter the studio in February with producer Stefan Kaufmann (ACCEPT, U.D.O.) to begin recording their fifth album, tenatively due next summer through Nuclear Blast Records. The upcoming CD will be the follow-up to last year's "Hellvetia", which was recorded and mixed at Roxx studios in Pulheim, Germany with Kaufmann. ...

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IMPALED NAZARENE: Live Album Delayed

IMPALED NAZARENE singer Mika Luttinen has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Here is the update about our live album and let me tell you, somebody out there seem to be against this album a lot. "Original plan (as it was announced here earlier) was to record three shows in Italy. ...

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MASTERPLAN: 'Aeronautics' Album Due In January

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, have set "Aeronautics" as the title of their sophomore full-length album, due on January 24, 2005 via Germany's AFM Records. A four-song EP, containing two non-album cuts plus a multimedia section, will precede the album ...

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ACCEPT Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Legendary metal band ACCEPT have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. The band's appearance at Wacken and Rock Hard Festival (on May 13-15 in Gelsenkirchen) will mark their only two performances in Germany next summer. ACCEPT's reunion lineup to celebrate the ...

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ACCEPT: No Reunion CD Or DVD Planned

The management of U.D.O., the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, has issued a statement refuting reports that the previously announced ACCEPT reunion may lead to U.D.O.'s break-up. According to the management, the upcoming ACCEPT reunion is not a proper "reunion" per se, but is rather an opportunity for some of the ...

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SONATA ARCTICA Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA are the latest act confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include ACCEPT, OVERKILL, THE HAUNTED, CHILDREN OF BODOM, UNLEASHED, AMON AMARTH, MASTERPLAN, ENSIFERUM and HEAVEN SHALL BURN. More ...

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ACCEPT: Additional Summer Festival Appearances Planned

A spokesperson at Germany's Rock Hard magazine has offered more information about the upcoming ACCEPT reunion which is scheduled to take place at the 2005 edition of the Rock Hard Festival on May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. "The ACCEPT gig at our festival will be the first show they play," the spokesperson told ...

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Metal Legends ACCEPT To Headline Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Reunited German metal legends ACCEPT have been confirmed as one of the two headliners of the 2005 edition of the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include OVERKILL, THE HAUNTED, CHILDREN OF BODOM, UNLEASHED, AMON AMARTH, MASTERPLAN, ENSIFERUM and HEAVEN ...

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