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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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KONKHRA Enter Studio, Tentative Track Listing Released

Denmark's KONKHRA commenced the recording sessions for their brand new album on April 8th at Starstruck studio (owned by mainman Anders Lundemark) for a late 2002 release through an as-yet-undetermined label. Among the tracks that are set to appear on the forthcoming CD are: 01. Reality Check 02. The Lions Are Hungry 03. Day Of ...

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HAMMERFALL Outline Recording Schedule For Fourth CD

Sweden's HAMMERFALL are scheduled to enter Holland's Wisseloord studios with producer Charlie Bauernfeind (i.e. BLIND GUARDIAN, GAMMA RAY, RAGE) in early May to begin recording their as-yet-untitled fourth full-length album for a late 2002 release through Nuclear Blast Records. According to guitarist Oscar Dronjak, we will record the drums in Holland, bass in Germany and ...

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"Spider-Man" Soundtrack Final Track Listing Announced

The full track listing for the forthcoming Spider-Man soundtrack, which is due to be released on April 30th through Columbia Records, is as follows: 01. "Theme from Spider Man" 02. "Hero" - Chad Kroeger (NICKELBACK) feat. Josey Scott (SALIVA) 03. "What We're All About (The Original Version)" - SUM 41 04. "Learn To Crawl" ...

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ICED EARTH's JON SCHAFFER: No New Music Until Spring/Summer 2003

ICED EARTH guitarist Jon Schaffer has completed work on the music for four songs for the next DEMONS & WIZARDS album—Schaffer's hugely-acclaimed collaboration with BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist Hansi Kursch—but has yet to share the material with Kursch, who is presently busy promoting the recently-released BLIND GUARDIAN CD A Night At The Opera, according to a ...

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MOLLO/MARTIN Set Release Date For "The Cage 2"

Former BLACK SABBATH frontman Tony Martin's collaboration with Italian guitarist Dario Mollo, which goes by the name, will release their sophomore effort, entitled The Cage 2, in Europe and Japan on May 22nd. No US release date has been scheduled as yet. The final track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Terra Toria ...

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HAMMERFALL Complete Work On "The Templar Renegade Crusades" DVD

HAMMERFALL's long-awaited second DVD/VHS release, entitled The Templar Renegade Crusades (not The Second Crusade as Nuclear Blast Records erroneously reported earlier this month), will run two and a half hours, and will include highlights from the last three years on it: the presentation of the band's first-ever gold album award, live outtakes, backstage sequences and ...

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