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POWERWOLF To Enter Studio In January

German metallers POWERWOLF will enter Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden in January to begin recording their seventh studio album. Due in 2018 on Napalm Records, the follow-up to 2015's "Blessed & Possessed" will be produced by Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with KREATOR, DRAGONFORCE, SEPULTURA and PARADISE LOST, among others. "It feels exciting ...

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Video: TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Kicks Off First Tour Since Death Of Creator PAUL O'NEILL

Multi-platinum rock theater experience TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA (a.k.a. TSO) kicked off its fall 2017 U.S. tour this past Thursday night (November 16). Fan-filmed video footage of the West Coast version of the tour performing at Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa can be seen below. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA is on the road for the first time since ...

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Former SLAUGHTER Drummer BLAS ELIAS Joins TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

Former SLAUGHTER (and current Blue Man Group) drummer Blas Elias will join the West Coast touring lineup of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA this winter. He'll perform alongside TSO staples Johnny Lee Middleton (SAVATAGE), Jeff Scott Soto (SONS OF APOLLO, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TALISMAN) and Al Pitrelli (MEGADETH, ALICE COOPER). Elias's first performance with TSO will take place on ...

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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS, CHRIS CAFFERY, STEVE DIGIORGIO And MARK ZONDER Join Forces In SPIRITS OF FIRE

Guitarist Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) and vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED) have joined forces in a new band called SPIRITS OF FIRE. The group, which is completed by the powerhouse rhythm section of bassist Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, DEATH, SEBASTIAN BACH, CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED) and ...

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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS And CHRIS CAFFERY Joined In New Project By STEVE DIGIORGIO And MARK ZONDER

Frontiers Music Srl has signed a handful of American metal musicians to collaborate on a new musical project. The songs that will comprise the first album are being composed by guitarist Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) and vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED). Enlisted to help with the ...

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Ex-JUDAS PRIEST Singer TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Joins Forces With SAVATAGE Guitarist CHRIS CAFFERY

Former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens is collaborating with SAVATAGE and TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist Chris Caffery on a new project. The duo is currently writing material with producer Roy "Z" Ramirez (BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD) for an album that will be released through Frontiers Music Srl. Regarding how his collaboration with Caffery came about, Owens ...

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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Creator PAUL O'NEILL's Death Ruled Accidental Prescription Drug Overdose

According to TMZ, Paul O'Neill, creator of the multi-platinum rock theater experience TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, died of intoxication from a mix of prescription drugs: methadone, codeine, diazepam (generic Valium) and doxylamine (an antihistamine). TMZ obtained a copy of O'Neill's autopsy report, and it also mentions other ailments he was battling, such as mild heart ...

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Singer KYLE THOMAS Quits DEVIL'S HIGHWAY Due To 'Personal And Business Differences'

Singer Kyle Thomas (TROUBLE, EXHORDER) has announced his departure from DEVIL'S HIGHWAY, the band he launched several years ago with Ralph Santolla (DEICIDE, OBITUARY, DEATH), Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, SADUS), guitarist Matt Brunson (CROWBAR, KINGDOM OF SORROW) and Tony Laureano (DIMMU BORGIR, NILE). Thomas said in a statement: "It is with great sadness, disappointment, and regret ...

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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Creator PAUL O'NEILL Dies At 61

Paul O'Neill, creator of the multi-platinum rock theater experience TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, has passed away from chronic illness. He was 61 years old. The news of O'Neill's death was broken on the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Facebook page. The statement added: "[Paul] was our friend and our leader — a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This ...

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OVERKILL, ACCEPT, Ex-GUNS N' ROSES, DREAM THEATER Members Perform At 'Rock Against Dystrophy' Benefit (Video)

Mark Tornillo (T.T. QUICK, ACCEPT), Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (GUNS N' ROSES), Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, THE WINERY DOGS) and members of OVERKILL are among the musicians who took part in the Rock Against Dystrophy benefit concert on Sunday, August 21 at The Headliner in Neptune, New Jersey. Fan-filmed video footage ...

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JON OLIVA Recovering From Stroke

Jon Oliva, the American composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer who is best known as the founder of and keyboardist and lead vocalist for SAVATAGE, has revealed that he suffered a stroke back in April. He writes on his Facebook page: "It was not as serious as it could have been, but it did leave me with ...

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PAGAN'S MIND, SECRET SPHERE, SYMPHONY X, Ex-HELLOWEEN Members Join Forces In SHADOWSPELL

Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of SHADOWSPELL, a new melodic metal act born from a collaboration between Italian guitarist/songwriter Aldo Lonobile and Norwegian vocalist Nils K. Rue. Lonobile is best known for his extraordinary work with power/progressive stalwarts SECRET SPHERE while Nils K. Rue has has traversed the globe with Norwegian progressive metal ...

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DORO: 'Bad Blood' Performance Clip From 'Strong And Proud' DVD

German metal queen Doro Pesch celebrated the 30th anniversary of performing live during 2013 and 2014 by touring the world extensively for a year and by playing three official anniversary shows. The tour kicked off impressively in front of 85,000 people at the world's biggest metal festival, Wacken Open Air, followed by two sold-out nights ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Releases 'Somewhere' Lyric Video

The official lyric video for the song "Somewhere" from CIRCLE II CIRCLE can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's latest album, "Reign Of Darkness", which came out on October 16, 2015 via earMUSIC. earMUSIC/Edel and Zak Stevens have enjoyed critical acclaim and commercial success together over the years with SAVATAGE albums ...

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METAL CHURCH's 'XI' Lands On BILLBOARD Chart

"XI", the new album from hard rock veterans METAL CHURCH, debuted at No. 57 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 11,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 31. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) ...

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METAL CHURCH: Video Footage Of New York City Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of METAL CHURCH's March 28 performance at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City can be seen below. METAL CHURCH's new album, "XI", was released on March 25 via Rat Pak Records. Produced by guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier, the band's eleventh studio release ...

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SABATON Frontman: 'Just Because You Play An Instrument Very Well Doesn't Automatically Make You A Songwriter'

Swedish metallers SABATON will enter the studio in April to begin recording their new album for a tentative fall release. Asked if the songwriting process has changed since the addition of SABATON members Thobbe Englund (guitar), Chris Rörland (guitar) and Hannes van Dahl (drums), vocalist Joakim Brodén told Bucketlist Music Reviews: "Not that ...

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METAL CHURCH: Official Lyric Video For 'Reset' Song

The official lyric video for "Reset", a brand new song from hard rock titans METAL CHURCH, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "XI", which will be released on March 25 via Rat Pak Records. Produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier, the band's eleventh ...

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SABATON To Enter Studio In April

Metal Wani's editor in chief Owais "Vitek" Nabi recently conducted an interview with vocalist Joakim Brodén of Swedish metallers SABATON. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Asked about SABATON's plans to work on the follow-up to 2014's "Heroes" abum, Joakim said: "We start recording in a few weeks. Actually, ...

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