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SKEW SISKIN Joined By PRIMAL FEAR Drummer

Germany's SKEW SISKIN have announced the addition of PRIMAL FEAR drummer Randy Black and bassist Henning Menke to the group's ranks. "Randy Black has committed to doing our upcoming summer shows," SKEW SISKIN write on their web site. "With time and circumstances permitting this line-up would likely include Randy beyond the summer." "For the Le ...

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ONI LOGAN: New Album Details Revealed

According to an update from the Oni Logan Fan Club, singer Oni Logan's (ex-LYNCH MOB) new album, "Stranger in a Foreign Land", will be "pre-released until the end of April." All eleven songs (total time: 46:15 minutes) were written and arranged by Oni. The band lineup for this production is: * Oni Logan - Lead ...

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U.D.O.: In Mixing Mode

U.D.O., the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, have posted the following message on their official web site: The band was working a lot in the last [few] weeks to finish the recording of the new album, which will be titled 'Mission No. X'. Stefan [Kaufmann, guitarist/producer] is finishing the mixing sessions ...

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U.D.O. Announce New Album Title

U.D.O., the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, have set "Mission No. X" as the title of their new album, tentatively due late summer via AFM Records. 13 songs will reportedly appear on the follow-up to 2004's "Thunderball", whcih will mark the recording debut with the group of new drummer Francesco Jovino. ...

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Drummer STEFAN SCHWARZMANN To Rejoin ACCEPT For Summer Festival Appearances

Drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (HELLOWEEN, U.D.O., RUNNING WILD) has recently become available and will be rejoining legendary German metallers ACCEPT for the 2005 summer festivals. Stefan has performed with the band since the "good old days" when he replaced original drummer Stefan Kaufmann. This officially finalizes the group's summer touring lineup which includes original members Udo ...

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DESTRUCTION: 'Serious Injury' May Force Cancellation Of METAL FOREVER FESTIVAL Appearance

According to a posting on the group's official web site, German thrashers DESTRUCTION's previously announced appearance at the Metal Forever Festival "is on hold because one of the band members got seriously injured!" No further details are currently available. The Metal Forever Festival is scheduled to take place on February 19 at the Sporthalle in ...

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U.D.O. Cancel METAL FOREVER Appearance

U.D.O., the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, have cancelled their participation in the Metal Forever Festival due to the recent passing of AFM Records label founder Andreas "Henner" Allendörfer. AFM's current roster includes such acts as U.D.O., ANNIHILATOR, MASTERPLAN, AT VANCE and CIRCLE II CIRCLE. DESTRUCTION were in the process of ...

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SKEW SISKIN To Record German-Language Album

German hard rockers SKEW SISKIN are currently working on new material with famous German rock-star rebel Udo Lindenberg. For the first time in SKEW SISKIN history, the songs are in German language. Commented SKEW SISKIN frontwoman Nina C. Alice: "With Udo I now have a partner for writing German lyrics.....with attitude! Similar to Lemmy [MOTÖRHEAD] ...

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ACCEPT: 2005 Lineup Revealed

According to Accept-Udo.de, vocalist Udo Dirkschneider has revealed ACCEPT's lineup for their upcoming live appearances. It is as follows: Udo Dirkschneider - Vocals Wolf Hoffmann - Guitar Hermann Frank - Guitar Peter Baltes - Bass Francesco Jovino – Drums Upcoming ACCEPT festival appearances: May 13-15 – Gelsenkirchen, GER @ Rock Hard Festival Jun. ...

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ACCEPT: Japanese Tour Announced

Reunited German metal legends ACCEPT will be embarking on a Japanese tour in late July/early August. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jul. 29 - Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya AX Jul. 30 - Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya AX Jul. 31 - Osaka, JPN @ Namba Hatch Aug. 02 - Nagoya, JPN @ Diamont Hall ACCEPT festival ...

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U.D.O. Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

U.D.O., the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, have been confirmed to appear at the 2005 installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 24-25 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany. Bang Your Head!!! 2005 will mark the festival's 10th anniversary and the theme of this year's event will ...

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U.D.O. Announce New Drummer

U.D.O., the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, have announced the addition of drummer Francesco Jovino to the group's ranks. Jovino joins the band as the permanent replacement for Lorenzo Milani, who left the group for "personal reasons," according to a posting on U.D.O.'s web site. Jovino has already completed a Scandinavian ...

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U.D.O.: Hilarious 'Trainride In Russia' Video Posted Online

U.D.O.'s hilarious video for the track "Trainride in Russia" has been posted online at Launch.com. "Trainride in Russia" comes off U.D.O.'s latest album, "Thunderball", available now on AFM Records. The group's follow-up to 2002's "Man And Machine" was produced by U.D.O. guitarist/former ACCEPT drummer Stefan Kaufmann at his Roxx studios in Pulheim, Germany. ...

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ACCEPT: No Plans For Reunion Tour

Nuclear Blast Records has been appointed to handle publicity for the legendary German metallers ACCEPT in connection with their upcoming summer festival appearances. With regards to the group's set list for the upcoming shows, ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider recently said, "With U.D.O., I always play different ACCEPT songs and thus I know pretty exact what ...

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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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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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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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U.D.O. Drummer Sits Out European Tour

U.D.O. drummer Lorenzo Milani has been forced to sit out the band's current European due to "personal problems," according to a posting on the group's web site. Filling in for the tour behind the kit is Francesco Jovino. In other news, U.D.O. have announced that they have terminated their working relationship with Frank Trzaskosky of ...

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MAJESTY To Support U.D.O. In Scandinavia

Germany's MAJESTY will occupy the "special guest" slot on the upcoming U.D.O. tur of Scandinavia. A one-off show in Germany will take place on October 1. Confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 01 - Wuppertal, GER @ Barmen LCB Oct. 05 - Copenhagen, DEN @ Vega Oct. 06 - Norrköping, SWE @ Kammaren Oct. 08 ...

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CYBERYA Part Ways With Singer

German metallers CYBERYA have parted ways with singer Paul Dahlmann. A replacement vocalist has yet to be announced. The band, who split with Breaker Records (the label owned by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider) earlier in the year, recently announced the addition of drummer Stefan Jung to the group's ranks. "At the moment we are ...

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DORO Pens New Song For German Female Boxing Champion

German metal singer DORO (a.k.a. Doro Pesch) has just finished writing the new entrance theme song for Germany's most successful female boxing star, world champion Regina Halmich. The premiere of this cooperation will be presented on September 11, 2004 at the world championship fight against Las Vegas-based Elena Reid — to be broadcast live in ...

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DORO: Special Guest Stars Announced For WACKEN OPEN AIR Appearance

German hard rock singer Doro Pesch will be joined by Chris Cafferty (SAVATAGE), Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O., ex-ACCEPT) and Blaze Bayley (BLAZE, ex-IRON MAIDEN) during a special performance with the Metal Classic Night Orchestra for a unique program of her best hits and other metal classics at this year's Wacken Open Air festival. Pesch will also ...

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MAJESTY: 'Metal Law' Box Set Now Available

Germany's MAJESTY are currently selling a "Metal Law" box set containing the entire two-hour "Reign in Glory" release show on two CDs plus the complete gig on DVD, mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound. In addition, it includes a lot of bonus features such as a studio report from the mixing sessions for "Reign in Glory". ...

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MAJESTY Announce New Rhythm Guitarist

Germany's MAJESTY have announced the addition of rhythm guitarist Bjoern Daigger to the group's ranks. Daigger joins the group as the replacement for Udo Keppner, who left the band in April. MAJESTY's video for the track "Into The Stadiums" can still be viewed online in Real Media format at this location. "Into The ...

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