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BEYOND FEAR Confirmed For BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Warm-Up Show

BEYOND FEAR, the new Ohio-based band featuring former JUDAS PRIEST and current ICED EARTH frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens alongside guitarist John Comprix (SPAWN, 13 FACES), Dennis Hayes (ex-WINTERS BANE, SEVEN WITCHES) on bass, Dwane Bihary (MISSING SKIN) on rhythm guitar, and drummer Eric Elkins (CRYPTKICKER, ALL YOU FEAR), have been confirmed for the Bang Your ...

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HELSTAR Replace EXCITER At MINNEAPOLIS MAYHEM 3 Festival

HELSTAR have replaced EXCITER on the billing of the Minneapolis Mayhem 3 festival, set to take place August 25-26 at the Star Central in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The lineup for the festival is now shaping up as follows: TANKARD HIRAX RAVEN HELSTAR JAG PANZER OMEN STEEL ATTACK DIVISION USURPER AVENGER OF BLOOD IMAGIKA GAIA EPICUS NOCTUARY ...

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RAVEN Confirmed For MINNEAPOLIS MAYHEM 3 Festival

RAVEN have been confirmed for the Minneapolis Mayhem 3 festival, set to take place August 25-26 at the Star Central in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: TANKARD HIRAX RAVEN EXCITER JAG PANZER OMEN STEEL ATTACK DIVISION USURPER AVENGER OF BLOOD IMAGIKA GAIA EPICUS NOCTUARY UNDER EDEN COLD COLOURS HEAD ...

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MAJESTY Part Ways With Guitarist ROLF MUNKES

Germany's MAJESTY have parted ways with guitarist Rolf Munkes (EMPIRE, RAZORBACK, ex-VANIZE). "The band and me agreed in stopping to work together from now on," Rolf writes on his web site. "I wish them the best of luck in the future and want to say thanks for the great time we had. And a big ...

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EMPIRE: 'Raven Ride' Track Listing Revealed

EMPIRE, the brainchild of German guitarist Rolf Munkes (MAJESTY, RAZORBACK, ex-VANIZE), have finalized the track listing for their third album, "Raven Ride", due on May 12 via AOR Heaven Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Trading Souls" (Lion Music) features guest appearances by singer Tony Martin (ex-BLACK SABBATH), drummer Andre Hilgers (AXXIS, SILENT FORCE, RAZORBACK) and ...

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MIRROR OF DECEPTION Sign With CYCLONE EMPIRE RECORDS

Germany's "doom-metal kings" MIRROR OF DECEPTION have inked a deal with Cyclone Empire Records (COUNT RAVEN, TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS). The band are currently at Der Soundmann studio in Stuttgart, Germany recording their third full-length album, "Shards", for a summer release. According to a Cyclone Empire press release, "First listening of some of the ...

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GRAVE FLOWERS Part Ways With FIREBOX RECORDS

Long-running Swedish "dark metal" band GRAVE FLOWERS have parted ways with Finland's Firebox Records. "There have been some changes inside the company and GRAVE FLOWERS did not fit into their new plans," the band write on their web site. "We would anyway like to thank Firebox for the time we cooperated." GRAVE FLOWERS' upcoming third ...

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RAVEN Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

Long-running metallers RAVEN have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24 in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: ARMORED SAINT COUNT RAVEN DEATH ANGEL EXODUS FLOTSAM AND JETSAM FOREIGNER HELLFULED HELLOWEEN IN FLAMES JON OLIVA'S PAIN L.A. GUNS LEATHERWOLF POWERWOLF ...

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EMPIRE: 'Raven Ride' Release Date Set

EMPIRE, the brainchild of German guitarist Rolf Munkes (MAJESTY, RAZORBACK, ex-VANIZE), will release their third album, "Raven Ride", on May 12 via AOR Heaven Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Trading Souls" (Lion Music) will feature guest appearances by singer Tony Martin (ex-BLACK SABBATH), drummer Andre Hilgers (AXXIS, SILENT FORCE, RAZORBACK) and bassist Neil Murray (WHITESNAKE, ...

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IN FLAMES Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

Sweden's IN FLAMES have been confirmed as the second headlining act (alongside WHITESNAKE) for this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24 in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (two more acts to be confirmed): ARMORED SAINT COUNT RAVEN DEATH ANGEL EXODUS FLOTSAM AND ...

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OVERKILL, METAL CHURCH, ATROCITY Confirmed For Germany's METAL OPEN AIR GEISELWIND Festival

OVERKILL, METAL CHURCH and ATROCITY are among the confirmed bands for the Metal Open Air Geiselwind festival, set to take place July 20-22 at ErlebnisRasthof Strohofer in Geiselwind, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): ATROCITY BORN FROM PAIN COUNT RAVEN DARK AGE DELIRIOUS END OF GREEN GORILLA MONSOON KNORKATOR ...

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QUIET RIOT Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

Hard rock veterans QUIET RIOT are the latest addition to this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24, 2006 in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: ARMORED SAINT COUNT RAVEN DEATH ANGEL EXODUS FLOTSAM AND JETSAM FOREIGNER HELLOWEEN JON OLIVA'S PAIN L.A. GUNS ...

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COUNT RAVEN Part Ways With Bassist, Drummer; Announce Replacements

Acclaimed Swedish doomsters COUNT RAVEN have parted ways with bassist Tommy "Wilbur" Eriksson and drummer Christer "Renfield" Petersson. Guitarist Dan Fondelius's official statement on the matter reads as follows: "COUNT RAVEN has after two and a half years decided to go through some changes. There are a number of reasons for this: The main one's ...

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DEATH ANGEL Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL are the latest addition to this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24 in Balingen, Germany. DEATH ANGEL's performance at the festival will mark their only live apperance on German soil this year and they will perform a special setlist ...

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UNLEASHED Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

Swedish death metallers UNLEASHED are the latest addition to this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24, 2006 in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows so far (6 more acts to be confirmed): FOREIGNER HELLOWEEN Y&T RIK EMMETT (playing a set of TRIUMPH music) ...

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KILLING JOKE: New Song Available For Download

A brand-new KILLING JOKE track, entitled "Implosion", has been made available for download at this location (free registration required). The song comes off the group's upcoming album, "Hosannas from the Basements of Hell", due on March 6 via Edel. Commented bassist Paul Raven: "We recorded the album in Prague at Faust Studios and ...

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HELLOWEEN Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

German power metallers HELLOWEEN are the latest addition to this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24 in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): COUNT RAVEN EXODUS FLOTSAM AND JETSAM FOREIGNER HELLOWEEN JON OLIVA'S PAIN L.A. GUNS LEATHERWOLF POWERWOLF RIK EMMETT ...

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DREAM THEATER's MIKE PORTNOY: Early Recordings Unearthed!

It's no secret that before DREAM THEATER there was MAJESTY. But before MAJESTY, drummer Mike Portnoy (mis)spent some time of his youth recording with S.A. ADAMS. The then-18-year-old Portnoy did quite a few day and evening sessions with ADAMS working on what became the foundation of Adams' body of work. "I never hid the fact ...

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EMPIRE Featuring Ex-BLACK SABBATH Singer TONY MARTIN: New Album Preview Available

EMPIRE, the brainchild of German guitarist Rolf Munkes (MAJESTY, EMPIRE, RAZORBACK, ex-VANIZE), have set "Raven Ride" as the title of their third album, due in May via AOR Heaven Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Trading Souls" (Lion Music) will feature guest appearances by singer Tony Martin (ex-BLACK SABBATH), drummer Andre Hilgers (AXXIS, SILENT FORCE, RAZORBACK) ...

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