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Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken - HAMMERFALL

You love 'em, you hate 'em, you think they're a pleasure guiltier than O.J. Simpson ripping the tag off a mattress. Seven years after their debut, "Glory to the Brave", galvanized a power metal scene then at low ebb, it's still hard to separate HAMMERFALL from the hype and discourse surrounding their existence. Five albums ...

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WITHIN TEMPTATION And DRAGONFORCE Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

WITHIN TEMPTATION and DRAGONFORCE have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL BLOODBATH CANDLEMASS CORVUS CORAX COUNT RAVEN DISSECTION DRAGONFORCE EDGUY ENDHAMMER ...

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MASTODON And EVERGREY Confirmed For Italy's GODS OF METAL Festival

MASTODON and EVERGREY have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 11-12 at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: Saturday, June 11 (doors: 10:00 a.m.): IRON MAIDEN 21.30-23.40 SLAYER 19.20-20.50 LACUNA COIL 17.35-18.45 OBITUARY 16.00-17.05 STRAPPING YOUNG ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Confirmed For Italy's GODS OF METAL Festival

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 11-12 at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: Saturday, June 11 (doors: 10:00 a.m.): IRON MAIDEN 21.30-23.40 SLAYER 19.20-20.50 LACUNA COIL 17.35-18.45 OBITUARY 16.00-17.05 STRAPPING YOUNG ...

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Italy's GODS OF METAL Festival: Running Order Announced

The organizers of the Gods of Metal festival have released the schedule for this year's event, which will take place June 11-12 at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy. It is as follows: Saturday, June 11 (doors: 10:00 a.m.): IRON MAIDEN 21.30-23.40 SLAYER 19.20-20.50 LACUNA COIL 17.35-18.45 OBITUARY 16.00-17.05 TBA 14.45-15.35 TBA 13.30-14.20 DRAGONFORCE 12.30-13.05 ...

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MEGADETH Confirmed For Italy's GODS OF METAL Festival

MEGADETH have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Gods of Metal festival, a two-day event scheduled to take place June 11-12 at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy. MEGADETH will perform on June 12, right before headliners MÖTLEY CRÜE. The headliners on June 11 are IRON MAIDEN and SLAYER. The Gods of Metal ...

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DRAGONFORCE Announce Festival Appearances With IRON MAIDEN

London-based "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE have announced the first of their major summer live appearances with IRON MAIDEN. The dates are as follows: May 29 - Mystic Festival @ Stadium Slaski - Chorzow, POL Jun. 11 - Gods Of Metal Festival @ Parco Nord Open Air Arena - Bologna, ITA Jun. 21 - Terra ...

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THE RING Begin Work On New Material

THE RING, the Swedish band featuring former HUMANIMAL/GREAT KING RAT guitarist Pontus Norgren, ex-JEKYLL & HYDE frontman Jakob Samuel and ROYAL HUNT/ex-JEKYLL & HYDE guitarist Marcus Jidell (on bass), have posted the following message on their official web site: "There is already a bunch of songs written for the new album and we are now ...

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DRAGONFORCE To Support ANGRA In Greece

Britain's "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE will make their debut appearance in Greece as the special guest of ANGRA in February this year. The confirmed shows are as follow: Feb. 25 – Thessaloniki, GRE @ Hydrogios Club Feb. 26 – Athens, GRE @ Rodon Club These two shows follow DRAGONFORCE's one-off London headline show (Feb. ...

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DRAGONFORCE: Live Video Posted Online

Britain's "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE have uploaded a a live video clip of the song "Black Fire", taken from the "Sonic Firestorm" U.K. headline tour. The video was recorded at the London Mean Fiddler, while the audio was taken from the Nottingham Rock City show. Check it out at this location. DRAGONFORCE's ...

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DRAGONFORCE, ANGRA Announce One-Off U.K. Concert

Britain's "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE and Brazilian melodic metallers ANGRA will be teaming up for a special one-off concert in London on Monday, February 21, 2005. The show, which will take place at The Mean Fiddler, will mark ANGRA's first-ever appearance in the U.K. DRAGONFORCE recently completed a successful U.K. tour in support of ...

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THE RING to Support MOTÖRHEAD And SEPULTURA In Germany

THE RING, the Swedish band featuring former HUMANIMAL/GREAT KING RAT guitarist Pontus Norgren and ex-JEKYLL & HYDE frontman Jakob Samuel, will be supporting MOTÖRHEAD and SEPULTURA at the following German dates: Dec. 01 - Osnabruck, GER @ Halle Gartlage Dec. 03 - Erfurt, GER @ Thuringenhalle Dec. 04 - Magdeburg, GER @ A.M.O. Dec. 05 ...

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W.A.S.P. Drummer Checks In From The Road

W.A.S.P. drummer Stet Howland has posted the following message on his official web site: "Hello to all you StetHowland.com rock and roll animals. Been out of touch due to the fact I'm out of the country. The European tour is killing! We have destroyed every gig so far. "I really enjoyed the U.K. and Finland ...

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THE RING: Live Video Clips, Photos Posted Online

THE RING, the Swedish band featuring former HUMANIMAL/GREAT KING RAT guitarist Pontus Norgren and ex-JEKYLL & HYDE frontman Jakob Samuel, have uploaded several video clips and pictures from their headlining performance at O-baren in Stockholm on October 6. Check them out at this location. In other news, THE RING have announced their touring ...

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GATES OF METAL Festival: Photos Posted Online

Around 100 photos taken at this year's Gates of Metal festival on July 31 in Hultsfred, Sweden have been posted online at the MetalHeart.se web site. Among the bands that performed at the festival were MORBID ANGEL, WITHIN TEMPTATION, FINNTROLL, STRATOVARIUS, SODOM, MESHUGGAH, SONATA ARCTICA and DRAGONFORCE. To view all the photos, click

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DRAGONFORCE To Play Swedish Festival Without Guitarist HERMAN LI

London-based "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE will perform without their guitarist Herman Li at this year's Gates of Metal festival, set to be held Saturday (July 31) in Hultsfred, Sweden. "Unfortunately, DRAGONFORCE guitarist Herman Li has missed his flight to the Gates of Metal show in Sweden!" reads a posting on the group's web site. ...

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DRAGONFORCE To Embark On U.K. Headlining Tour

London-based "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE will embark on a headlining tour of the U.K. in September/October. Confirmed dates are as follows: Sep. 30 – Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse Oct. 01 - TBC Oct. 02 - Bradford, UK @ Rio's Oct. 03 - Manchester, UK @ Academy 3 Oct. 05 - Norwich, UK @ Waterfront ...

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STRATOVARIUS Replace RUNNING WILD At Sweden's GATES OF METAL Festival

STRATOVARIUS will replace RUNNING WILD on the bill of this year's Gates of Metal festival, set to be held July 31 in Hultsfred, Sweden. Other bands scheduled to appear include MORBID ANGEL, WITHIN TEMPTATION, MESHUGGAH, SONATA ARCTICA, SODOM, SENTENCED, FINNTROLL, THE STORYTELLER, DRAGONFORCE, PAGAN'S MIND, ARISE and FACEBREAKER. The festival organizers commented on STRATOVARIUS' addition ...

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THE QUIREBOYS Confirmed For Italy's GODS OF METAL Festival

THE QUIREBOYS are the latest act confirmed for the 2004 edition of the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 5-6 at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy. The updated running order for the festival is as follows: Saturday, June 5: JUDAS PRIEST STRATOVARIUS UFO NEVERMORE SYMPHONY X ANATHEMA RAGE THE QUIREBOYS INTO ...

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Sonic Firestorm - DRAGONFORCE

If you're big on impassioned warbling, fluttering keyboards and perma-galloping rhythms, the question is why go for DRAGONFORCE's second album specifically? Can it bring fresh joys to your record collection? The answer is, well, yes, although not — in the spirit of this breed of dramatic metal — a resounding yes to be trumpeted from ...

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THE RING To Release Debut Album In June

THE RING, the Swedish band featuring former HUMANIMAL/GREAT KING RAT guitarist Pontus Norgren and ex-JEKYLL & HYDE frontman Jakob Samuel, will release their debut album, "Tales From Midgard", on June 7 through Italy's Scarlet Records. The first part of a trilogy based on the fantastic story of Tolkien's first part of "Lord of the Rings", ...

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