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CIRCLE II CIRCLE: More New Album Details Revealed

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the band led by former SAVATAGE frontman Zak Stevens, has entered Sweet Spot Studios to begin recording its fifth album, entitled "Consequence Of Power". The second concept effort for the band, "Consequence Of Power" has been described as "a melodic power metal album catering to all fans from the old SAVATAGE era ...

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JON OLIVA To Take Part In Special Performance/Songwriting Clinic

Jon Oliva (mastermind of SAVATAGE and JON OLIVA'S PAIN, co-creator/songwriter of the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) will take part in a special intimate performance/songwriting clinic on May 8 at Seminole Music & Sound in Seminole, Florida. This will a be a rare glimpse into the mind of this legendary singer/songwriter. Joining Jon will be his longtime guitarist, ...

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HAIL!: New Bassist To Be Announced This Week

HAIL! — the all-star band featuring guitarist Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA), vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) and drummer Paul Bostaph (TESTAMENT, EXODUS, SLAYER) — has scheduled the following dates: May 30 - Rock In Rio Festival - Lisbon, Portugal (with Megadeth, Motörhead) Jun. 01 - [to be announced] - Novosibirsk, Siberia ...

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Former MEGADETH/SAVATAGE Guitarist AL PITRELLI Interviewed On 'Iron City Rocks' Podcast

The "Iron City Rocks" podcast (web site) recently conducted an interview with guitarist Al Pitrelli (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, MEGADETH, SAVATAGE, ALICE COOPER). The chat, in which Pitrelli talks about TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA's current "Beethoven's Last Night" tour; the band's "Night Castle" album; how SAVATAGE morphed into the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA; and his musical background and distinguished ...

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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Performs Solo In Budapest; Video Footage Available

Powerhouse American vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) played a solo show on March 5, 2010 at Crazy Mama Club in Budapest, Hungary. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance, during which Owens was backed by various Hungarian metal musicians (including members of the technical death metal band KEEPER OF ...

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JON OLIVA'S PAIN: 'Festival' To Receive U.S. Release In April

JON OLIVA'S PAIN's fourth album, "Festival", will be released in North America on April 12. The CD, which was issued in Europe on February 19 via AFM Records, entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 87. JON OLIVA'S PAIN has begun to announce its headlining fall tour to support the new release. Highlighting ...

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HAIL!: New Video Footage Of New York City Concert Posted Online

DIGImmortalPhoto has uploaded quality video footage of HAIL! — the all-star band featuring bassist David Ellefson (ex-MEGADETH), guitarist Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA), vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) and newly appointed chameleon drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER) — performing a cover version of the PANTERA classic "Mouth For War" on January 26 ...

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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS: European Solo Tour Announced

Powerhouse American vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) has scheduled the following European solo tour dates: Sep. 08 - [to be announced] - Larvik, Norway Sep. 09 - John Dee - Oslo, Norway Sep. 10 - Byscenen - Haugesund, Norway Sep. 11 - Folkets Hus - Ålvik, Norway Sep. ...

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NEVERLAND: 'This Voice Inside' Video To Debut On MTV Greece's 'Headbangers Ball'

"This Voice Inside", the debut video from NEVERLAND, the collaboration between Turkey's progressive power metal band DREAMTONE and Greek artist Iris Mavraki, will make its TV debut on MTV Greece's "Headbangers Ball" on Tuesday, March 16. The group's first-ever clip was helmed by Turkish award-winning director Sila Unlu. "This Voice Inside" comes off NEVERLAND's sophomore ...

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DANTESCO Signs With ROCK IT UP RECORDS

Puerto Rico's epic doom metallers DANTESCO have inked a deal with Rock It Up Records for the release of the band's new album, "We Dont Fear You God". Due in October, the CD will feature cover artwork by Dimitar Nikolov, which can be viewed below. "We Dont Fear You God" track listing: 01. Betrayer 02. ...

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SAVATAGE's 'Gutter Ballet' Being Re-Recorded In Its Original Broadway Format

Producer/composer Paul O'Neill, who co-founded TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA with SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, told Billboard.com that he and company are currently re-recording "Gutter Ballet" (also the name of the second record O'Neill did with SAVATAGE) "in its original Broadway format," though there's no firm timetable on when it might go into full production. It's ...

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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Schedules Another Free Acoustic Show

Powerhouse American vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens's (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) will play another free unplugged/acoustic show on Friday, March 26 starting around 9:30 p.m. at The Tap House in Akron, Ohio. He says, "To make it a special night, we are flying in my friend Don Jamieson from 'That Metal Show' ...

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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS To Play Another Free Show In Akron

Powerhouse American vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) will play another free unplugged/acoustic show with Scott Jones (US METAL) on guitar on Friday, February 19 starting around 9:30 p.m. at The Tap House in Akron, Ohio. This is a FREE show for all ages. Ripper CDs and T-shirts will ...

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DANTESCO: Cover Artwork For Upcoming CDs Revealed

Puerto Rico's epic doom metallers DANTESCO have three albums scheduled for release this year. The band's new covers CD, "The Ten Commandments Of Metal", will feature songs from CANDLEMASS, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, MERCYFUL FATE, SANCTUARY, WARLORD, SAVATAGE, METAL CHURCH, SORCERER and MANOWAR, and will be made available via Cruz Del Sur Music. A new studio ...

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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS To Guest On New SOULSPELL Album

Powerhouse American vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) has recorded a guest appearance on "The Labyrinth Of Truths", the second full-length album from the Brazilian power metal opera project SOULSPELL. "I sang a little part on a song — very small part, but very cool!" Owens tells BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "I ...

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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Interviewed On 'Metal Asylum'

Powerhouse American vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) was the featured guest on the February 4, 2010 edition of the "Metal Asylum" podcast on Metalhead Radio. You can now stream the interview using the audio player below. Owens last summer completed a short European tour as the support act ...

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HAIL!: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From Foxboro Photo Shoot Posted Online

On January 27, photographer Jeremy Saffer did a photo shoot with HAIL! — the all-star band featuring bassist David Ellefson (MEGADETH), guitarist Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA), vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) and newly appointed chameleon drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER) — in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot can be ...

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