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German Singer DORO PESCH Makes Film Debut

German "metal goddess" Doro Pesch (ex-WARLOCK) has just finished shooting her very first movie in Switzerland and is said to be "very happy with the result." The movie, entitled "Anuk - The Path of the Warrior", was produced by Swiss director Luke Gasser and set for a theatrical release in in Switzerland, Austria and Germany ...

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DORO: 'Classic Diamonds' CD/DVD Receives U.S. Release

German metal goddess Doro Pesch (ex-WARLOCK) has just released her "Classic Diamonds" collection in the U.S. in CD/DVD formats via Locomotive Music. The CD features nine revamped Doro classics newly recorded by Doro with the help of THE METAL CLASSIC NIGHT ORCHESTRA, including such favorites as "I Rule The Ruins", "Metal Tango", "All We Are", ...

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KAMELOT: Session Musicians Announced For Upcoming Tour

German keyboardist Oliver Palotai (DORO, ULI JON ROTH) will join KAMELOT on their U.S./Canadian dates in November. Also planning to make the tour is soprano vocalist Mari. Mari appeared on both the "Epica" and "The Black Halo" albums and will be singing live with KAMELOT. In other news, Fear Dark recording artists ROYAL ANGUISH have ...

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DESTRUCTION: 'Inventor Of Evil' Worldwide Release Dates Confirmed

Long-running German thrashers DESTRUCTION have announced the following worldwide release dates for their new album, "Inventor of Evil": Europe – August 22 via AFM Records Japan – August 24 via King Records South America – September 30 via Laser North America – October 25 via Candlelight Records DESTRUCTION recorded "Inventor of Evil" with producer Peter ...

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DESTRUCTION: 'Inventor Of Evil' Details Revealed

Long-running German thrashers DESTRUCTION have revealed the track listing for their new album, "Inventor of Evil", due on August 22 via AFM Records. DESTRUCTION recorded "Inventor of Evil" with producer Peter Tätgtren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN), V.O. Pulver (GURD) and their live engineer Franky Winkelmann at studios in Germany and Switzerland. The mix was done by Tätgtren ...

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ROUGH SILK Frontman To Guest On New DESTRUCTION Album

Singer Ferdy Doernberg of the German epic/melodic metallers ROUGH SILK has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "I'll appear on the new CD by the German thrash legends DESTRUCTION playing a slide-guitar solo on an all-star-song ('The Alliance of the Hellhoundz') featuring besides Schmier, Mike and Marc from DESTRUCTION, among others, ...

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DESTRUCTION Replace OVERKILL AT Germany's EARTHSHAKER FEST

German thrashers DESTRUCTION have replaced OVERKILL on the billing of this year's Earthshaker Fest, a three-day event (including the opening-night party) set to take place July 21-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. DESTRUCTION will perform at the event on Saturday, July 23. Other acts scheduled to appear at this year's festival include MANOWAR, DIMMU BORGIR, MASTERPLAN, NIGHTWISH, ...

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Germany's G! ROCK UND HILFT FESTIVAL Cancelled

The G! Rock Und Hilft Festival, which was set to take place on July 29 in Gelnhausen, Germany, has been cancelled. No reason was given for the cancellation. Acts that were scheduled to perform at the benefit event for the victims of the Southeast Asian tsunami included EDGUY, DORO, OVERKILL, METAL CHURCH, CIRCLE II CIRCLE, ...

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BANG YOUR HEAD Festival Photos Posted Online

Hungary's HardRock.hu webzine has uploaded a hundred photos taken at last month's Bang Your Head festival, which took place in Balingen, Germany. The festival included performances from such artists as MORGANA LEFAY, EXCITER, KAMELOT, KROKUS, DESTRUCTION, AMON AMARTH, DORO, U.D.O., GAMMA RAY, and SAXON, among others. Check out the pictures at this location. ...

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CANDLELIGHT And AFM RECORDS Announce North American Agreement

Candlelight Records has announced a new North American agreement with Germany's AFM Records. Under the agreement, Candlelight will cooperatively market and release several titles, including new records from MASTERPLAN, ROB ROCK and ANNIHILATOR. AFM Label Manager Nils Wasko says of the new cooperation, "We are very happy that AFM has found a professional license partner ...

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ASTRAL DOORS Set Working Title For New Album

Swedish metallers ASTRAL DOORS have issued the following update on their current activities: "Since we got home from the tour with GRAVE DIGGER, we've been working with new songs for our next album, 'Astralism', scheduled to be released early next year. "You will have a pre-taste of it this fall, since the song 'Raiders of ...

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DORO Undergoes Surgery, Cancels Tour Dates

According to a posting on Doro Pesch's official web site, the former WARLOCK frontwoman recently underwent surgery for an undisclosed ailment and "she is already recovering." As a result, all of her previously announced tour dates scheduled for this month had to be cancelled. No further information is currently available. ...

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HADES: Reissue Artwork Posted Online

The artwork for the upcoming reissue of the first two HADES CDs, "Resisting Success" and "If At First You Don't Succeed", has been posted online at www.hadesusa.com. The albums will be re-released via Rock Ridge Music on May 10 in one package, including extensive liner notes, photos and bonus tracks — "Target Fixation" ...

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KITTIE, LACUNA COIL, DORO PESCH Featured On 'Real Rock Divas' DVD

Reality Check TV's long-awaited home DVD/video, "Real Rock Divas", is finally complete, and has been sent in to the distributor, MDI. MDI previously distributed the "Metallica: Dark Souls" DVD in the USA, which they acquired from Chrome Dreams in the U.K. The disc will be pressed/manufactured by MDI, and be available for purchase online and ...

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PURE INC. To Record New Album In May

Swiss rockers PURE INC., who recently toured Europe with MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP and DORO, will return to the studio in May to begin recording their sophomore album, tentatively due before the end of the year via AFM Records. 13 or 14 new songs will be recorded during the sessions, which will once again be produced ...

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DORO, SAXON, EDGUY Featured On Charity DVD

DORO, SAXON, EDGUY, IN EXTREMO and CRYSTAL BALL were among the bands performing at the Rock for Asia charity event for the tsunami victims in Asia, which took place at the Saturn Arena in Ingolstadt, Germany, on January 27 in front of more than 2,000 enthusiastic fans. Now the accompanying "Rock for Asia" DVD is ...

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OVERKILL Pull Out Of Spain's ATARFE VEGA ROCK Festival

OVERKILL have been forced to cancel their participation at the Atarfe Vega Rock festival in Granada, Spain this weekend due to "an immediate, unforseen and unavoidable instance," according to a posting on the group's web site. "The band deeply apologizes for this sudden change of plans." Replacing OVERKILL at the festival will be DORO. As ...

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Classic HADES Albums To Be Reissued In May

On Tuesday, May 10, 2005, Rock Ridge Music will reissue two albums from the '80s heavy metal band HADES. The two recordings, "Resisting Success" and "If At First You Don't Succeed", each include a newly-recorded, previously unreleased track. HADES was formed by guitarist Dan Lorenzo back in 1978, playing around local rock clubs in New ...

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SYRENS CALL Part Ways With Singer, Seek Replacement

French progressive metal band SYRENS CALL parted ways with singer Valerie Paul. "This parting puts an end to more than six years of a common work that led to the release of two albums — 'Fantasea' in 2000 and 'Emoceans' in 2004 — and numerous concerts as headliner or opener for prestigious bands — WITHIN ...

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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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