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HAMMERFALL to Tour North America With DIO

HAMMERFALL will embark on a North American tour with DIO during November. Exact dates and venues will be announced shortly. Following the completion of the U.S. trek, HAMMERFALL will undertake tours of Europe, Japan and South America, to be followed by several European summer festival appearances. ...

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Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Frontman To Issue Solo CD

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN frontman Mark Boals will issue a solo album, entitled Edge Of The World, in Japan on October 23rd though Marquee Inc, and in other territories shortly after. Described in an official press release as "his most diverse and creative solo album yet," Edge Of The World "is very much a melodic hard ...

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STRATOVARIUS Keyboardist To Play On Next SONATA ARCTICA Album

STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson (ex-DIO) has agreed to play on SONATA ARCTICA's next studio CD if the group don't find a replacement for the recently-departed Mikko Harkin in time for the upcoming album's recording sessions. "I really love [SONATA ARCTICA] the way they were," Jens stated in a post on the official STRATOVARIUS message board. ...

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DIO featuring DEEP PURPLE

On September 30th, Spitfire Records will release a limited tour edition of DIO's latest album, Killing The Dragon, containing two tracks featuring a guest appearance by members of DEEP PURPLE. The songs "Fever Dreams" and "Rainbow In The Dark" were both recorded live at the Ahoy in Rotterdam, Holland on the DIO/DEEP PURPLE Concerto tour. ...

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VOIVOD To Begin Pre-Production For New CD In September

VOIVOD are continuing to demo material for their much-anticipated reunion album with vocalist Snake (a.k.a. Denis Belanger), which is tentatively due in early 2003, presumably through Century Media Records. "Our goal is to have 25 [songs] done by the end of August," drummer Away (a.k.a. Michel Langevin) stated via the band's official web site. "We ...

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DEEP PURPLE Guitarist Jams With THE SCORPIONS

DEEP PURPLE guitarist Steve Morse joined THE SCORPIONS for their encore "Rock You Like A Hurricane" on the closing night of the DEEP PURPLE/SCORPIONS/DIO tour at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, this past Sunday, August 4th. DEEP PURPLE and DIO will resume their collective touring in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on August 27th, followed by the ...

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DIO To Issue Special Edition Of "Killing The Dragon"

DIO will shortly issue a special edition of his recent release, Killing the Dragon, through Spitfire Records, according to Electricbasement.com. The two-CD set will reportedly include live bonus tracks, video footage and possibly more. No release date or final details have yet been announced. ...

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EDGE OF TIME Guest List Expands

The forthcoming debut album from EDGE OF TIME, the new band formed by Italian frontman Chris Heaven and ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer Michael Von Knorring, will feature a number of guest appearances from well-known metal and hard rock musicians, including those from former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN bassist Svante Henryson, MASTERPLAN/ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-DIO guitarist Rowan Robertson, ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS: Live Dates Announced

Veteran San Francisco power metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have lined up the following dates during the coming weeks: Jul. 23 – San Francisco, CA @ Lucifer's Hammer Jul. 26 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound (w/MANMADEGOD) Jul. 28 – Concord, CA @ The Concord Pavilion (w/THE SCORPIONS, DEEP PURPLE, DIO) Aug. 03 – Wacken, GER ...

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VOIVOD To Open For DIO At Quebec Dates

The current incarnation of VOIVOD—vocalist Snake (a.k.a. Denis Belanger), guitarist Piggy (a.k.a. Denis D'Amour), drummer Away (a.k.a. Michel Langevin), and guest bassist Vincent Peake of GROOVY AARDVARK—will be opening for DIO at L'Agora Du Vieux Port in Quebec City, Quebec on July 4th and at Le Medley in Montreal, Quebec on July 5th. ...

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Former DIO Guitarist To Issue Two-CD Set Of Covers

Former DIO guitarist Tracy G is currently working on a double-CD solo effort consisting of 90 minutes of cover songs by "a few of my favorite artists and bands that inspired me to play guitar," according to Tracy's latest newsletter. Among the artists whose songs are set to be included on the as-yet-untitled album are ...

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XYZ Reunite, Ink Deal With MTM RECORDS

'80s melodic hard rockers XYZ have reformed and are currently working on a comeback album for MTM Records that will feature original members Terry Ilous on vocals, Paul Monroe on drums, Marc Diglio on guitars and new member/guitarist JK Northrup. ROUGH CUTT/ex-QUIET RIOT bassist Sean McNabb and former BLUE MURDER four-stringer Tony Franklin will handle ...

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KORN's "Untouchables" Debuts At German #1!

Here is how the metal/hard rock genre fared in the German Media Control (Top 100) chart for the week ending June 24th (as reported by Rock Hard magazine): 01. KORN - Untouchables 08. MANOWAR - Warriors Of The World 19. BÖHSE ONKELZ - Dopamin 27. PUDDLE OF MUDD - Come Clean 28. P.O.D. - Satellite ...

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DIO To Battle TENACIOUS D In New Video For "Push"

TENACIOUS D's Jack Black and Kyle Gass will appear in DIO's latest video, "Push", the first single off of the new album Killing The Dragon. This may sound like a strange pairing to some, but anyone that knows TENACIOUS D is aware of their respect for THE ROCK and appropriate Icons not to mention the ...

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DIO To Participate In America Online Chat

DIO mainman Ronnie James Dio will participate in a live chat hosted by America Online on Wednesday, May 22nd at 9:00 PM EST. Dio will be answering fans' questions about his May 21st release of Killing The Dragon on Spitfire Records as well as his upcoming tour with DEEP PURPLE and THE SCORPIONS. Those interested ...

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Killing The Dragon - DIO

In all honesty, it has been many years since I last felt excited about a DIO album, fact rooted more in mainman and namesake's inability to maintain the standard achieved on his first two solo albums than a general disinterest in the singer's sound. Ronnie's latest offering is no different in that regard, with much ...

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