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BLIND GUARDIAN Cancel Argentine Appearance

BLIND GUARDIAN have been forced to cancel their appearance in Buenos Aires, Argentina, originally scheduled to take place in early August, "due to the economical crisis the country is facing," according to frontman Hansi Kursch. "The promoter, who really tried everything to make it happen, is not able to keep up the date, because of ...

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HUGHES TURNER PROJECT Announce Support Acts For European Tour

HUGHES TURNER PROJECT (HTP), the collaboration between former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH vocalist Glenn Hughes and ex-RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE singer Joe Lynn Turner, have lined up Germany's DOMAIN and Japan's BLIND FAITH as the support acts on their upcoming European tour, which is scheduled to kick off on September 8th in Sweden and conclude on October 8th ...

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PROGPOWER USA III Officially Sold Out!

ProgPower USA III has officially SOLD OUT of all tickets in less than 6 days! The show, to be held in Atlanta Georgia on November 15th and 16th, will feature the following "all-star" line up: BLIND GUARDIAN GAMMA RAY ANGRA PAIN OF SALVATION READING ZERO THRESHOLD DEVIN TOWNSEND ZERO HOUR SILENT FORCE EDGUY ...

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HAMMERFALL Unveil Complete Track Listing For New CD

Sweden's HAMMERFALL are currently finishing up the lead guitar tracks and vocals for their as-yet-untitled fourth full-length studio album at HELLOWEEN singer Andy Deris' studio Mi Sueno in Tenerife, Spain. Ten songs are being recorded for the album, which is tentatively due to be released in late October through Nuclear Blast Records. The complete track ...

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RAGE, METALIUM Confirmed For Germany's BLIND GUARDIAN FESTIVAL

RAGE and METALIUM are the latest acts to have been confirmed for the Blind Guardian Festival, which is scheduled to take place at BGS Open Air Arena in Coburg/Bamberg, Germany on June 13-14, 2003. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: BLIND GUARDIAN A.O.K. BRAINSTORM FREEDOM CALL ...

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DRAGONLORD Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

San Francisco Bay Area's DRAGONLORD, featuring current and former members of TESTAMENT, are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place on August 2-3 in Wacken, Germany. The full list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: ALABAMA ...

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HAMMERFALL's OSCAR DRONJAK: Working With Producer CHARLIE BAUERNFEIND Is "True Joy"

Sweden's HAMMERFALL are currently finishing up the rhythm guitar tracks and vocals for their as-yet-untitled fourth full-length studio album at HELLOWEEN singer Andy Deris' studio Mi Sueno in Tenerife, Spain. According to guitarist Oscar Dronjak, "working with [producer] Charlie [Bauernfeind, i.e. BLIND GUARDIAN, GAMMA RAY, RAGE] is a true joy. He is attentive to your ...

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HAMMERFALL Go Completely Digital On Forthcoming CD

HAMMERFALL's as-yet-untitled fourth full-length studio album, which is currently being recorded at HELLOWEEN singer Andy Deris' studio Mi Sueno in Tenerife, Spain, is the group's first CD to be recorded completely digitally (i.e. there is no tape involved). "Renegade was done digitally, but still onto DA-88 tapes, so it doesn't quite qualify," stated guitarist Oscar ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND: The Latest Update

An update from the wacky world of DEVIN TOWNSEND (i.e. STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, PHYSICIST, OCEAN MACHINE, etc.): Some good and bad news regarding the tour is that Chris Valagao who was to be the new keyboard player in STRAPPING YOUNG LAD has had to leave due to his commitments to ZIMMERS HOLE and his work ...

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STORMHAMMER To Support BLIND GUARDIAN At Select European Dates

Germany's STORMHAMMER will support BLIND GUARDIAN in Vienna, Austria on October 12th and Budapest, Hungary on October 13th. The group are also one of the first bands confirmed for the Blind Guardian Open Air Festival (arranged by BG and their management), which is scheduled to take place in Coburg/Bamberg, Germany during the weekend of June ...

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DEEP PURPLE To Issue DVD In August

DEEP PURPLE's long-awaited DVD, featuring footage taken of the band's show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 5th, 2001, is scheduled for a worldwide release on DVD & VHS video on August 19th through Image Entertainment. The set list for the band's performance at the show was as follows: 01. Woman From Tokyo 02. Ted ...

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KORN To Issue DVD Next Month

KORN's upcoming DVD, entitled Deuce, will be released on June 11th—the same day as the group's brand new CD, Untouchables, according to www.kornweb.com. The DVD package will reportedly contain two discs—one containing the original Who Then Now? release and a second disc featuring the new program Deuce. Deuce includes footage from all KORN ...

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TWELVEPOINTHEAD Set To Perform At UK's BLOODSTOCK 2002

Britain's TWELVEPOINTHEAD have been added to the second stage of the upcoming UK metal festival Bloodstock on August 31st. Other artists set to appear at the event include BLIND GUARDIAN, DIAMOND HEAD, GAMMA RAY, FREEDOM CALL, RETURN TO THE SABBAT, BIOMECHANICAL, THRESHOLD, BAL-SAGOTH, BALANCE OF POWER, ELVENKING and PRIMORDIAL. ...

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HAMMERFALL To Commence Recording Fourth CD

Sweden's HAMMERFALL are due to begin recording their fourth full-length album this week at Holland's Wisseloord studios, where they will track the drums before moving over to BLIND GUARDIAN's Twilight facility in Germany on May 13th to record the bass. The band will then head over to HELLOWEEN singer Andy Deris' studio Mi Sueno in ...

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KONKHRA Continue Work On New CD, Line Up Live Appearances

Denmark's KONKHRA are currently tracking vocals and lead guitar for their forthcoming CD, which is being recorded at mainman Anders Lundemark's Starstruck Studios for a late 2002 release through an as-yet-undetermined label. In other news, the group are still confirmed for Turkey's Host Open Air festival, despite the recent cancellation of projected headliners BLIND GUARDIAN ...

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UNLEASHED Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Swedish death metal legends UNLEASHED are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place on August 2-3 in Wacken, Germany. The full list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY AMON AMARTH BLAZE BLIND GUARDIAN BLITZKRIEG ...

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Metal/Hard Rock Album Sales In The US As Reported By SoundScan

Here are the latest sales figures for various current and catalog metal/hard rock releases in the US (in total units sold to date since the albums were issued), as reported by SoundScan for the week ending April 21st, 2002: KORN Issues: 3,047,076 KORN Follow The Leader: 3,414,717 LIMP BIZKIT Chocolate Starfish: 6,259,073 LIMP BIZKIT Significant ...

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DIAMOND HEAD To Go All-Electric At UK's BLOODSTOCK

DIAMOND HEAD will reportedly perform a full electric set at the UK metal festival Bloodstock on August 31st. Other artists set to appear at the event include BLIND GUARDIAN, GAMMA RAY, FREEDOM CALL, RETURN TO THE SABBAT, BIOMECHANICAL, THRESHOLD, BAL-SAGOTH, BALANCE OF POWER, ELVENKING and PRIMORDIAL. ...

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GAMMA RAY Confirmed For UK's BLOODSTOCK Festival

German power metallers GAMMA RAY are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Bloodstock UK metal festival, which is scheduled to be held at the Assembly Rooms in Derby on Saturday, August 31st. Other artists set to appear at the event include BLIND GUARDIAN, FREEDOM CALL, RETURN TO THE SABBAT, BIOMECHANICAL, THRESHOLD, ...

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