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DEADLY BLESSING: Making Up For Lost Time

Away from the daily grind, as a courier for Fed Ex, the former (current?) DEADLY BLESSING vocalist "Ski" could easily be mistaken for any Normal Joe in the crowd, especially now with his bald head and eye glasses. The recent reunion show (minus guitarist Tony Kerr) has revitalized the quiet frontman, who is busy issuing ...

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WISDOM To Support EUROPE In Budapest

Hungarian "traditional" metallers WISDOM will be supporting EUROPE at their July 5 gig at Budapest's Petofi Hall. As previously reported, WISDOM have completed work on their debut album, tentatively due later in the year through an as-yet-undetermined label. A video for the track "Strain of Madness", filmed over a month ago in Budapest, can be ...

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Guitarist JOHN SLATER To Sit Out BLAZE's European Tour

BLAZE guitarist John Slater will be sitting out the band's upcoming European tour for "personal reasons," according to a posting on the band's official web site. Filling in for him on the trek will be DORO axeman Oliver Palotai. The following is Slater's official statement on the matter: "As you may have heard by now, ...

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DORO Signs With AFM RECORDS

German metal singer DORO has inked a deal with AFM Records. DORO's first release for the label will be a collection of her best hits and other metal classics performed with the Metal Classic Night Orchestra. The as-yet-untitled CD will include several special guests (rumored guests are Udo Dirkschneider and Blaze Bayley) and will feature ...

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DOKKEN Set Release Date For 'Hell To Pay'

DOKKEN have set a May 18 release date through Sanctuary Records for their new album, "Hell To Pay". The follow-up to 2002's "Long Way Home" is expected to feature the lineup of Don Dokken (vocals), Barry Sparks (bass, TED NUGENT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, MSG), Mick Brown (drums) and John Devin (guitar, ex-DORO). No further information is ...

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GRIFFIN Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Norwegian metallers GRIFFIN have been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: AFTER FOREVER AMON AMARTH ANTHRAX ARCH ENEMY BAL-SAGOTH BRAINSTORM BÖHSE ONKELZ CANNIBAL CORPSE CATHEDRAL CHILDREN OF BODOM DEATH ...

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AMERICAN DOG Sign European Record Deal

Columbus, Ohio-based AMERICAN DOG, featuring former SALTY DOG bassist Michael Hannon, have signed a new European deal with Phoenix/Sony Records out of Hamburg, Germany. The biker-styled label is famous for handling the promotions of MOTÖRHEAD, DORO, ROSE TATTOO and MOLLY HATCHET. Longtime manager Tommy Floyd stated that "it was crucial that AMERICAN DOG work with ...

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KOTIPELTO Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

KOTIPELTO, the Finnish band led by former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto, has been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: AFTER FOREVER AMON AMARTH ANTHRAX BAL-SAGOTH BRAINSTORM BÖHSE ONKELZ CANNIBAL ...

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HAMERFALL Guitarist Reports From The ROCKFABRIK 20-Year-Anniversary Jam

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Happy holidays, Templars! As you might have gathered from the Forum, some of us were at the Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Gemany, last weekend. The legendary club celebrated its 20-year anniversary, and HAMMERFALL was invited to the festivities. So Anders, Joacim ...

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EPICA To Support DORO, BLAZE In Germany

Holland's EPICA (formerly SAHARA DUST), the new group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, will be supporting DORO and BLAZE at three German dates at the end of the year. In other news, EPICA will be playing a show with AFTER FOREVER on March 21 at ...

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DORO: DVD Trailer Available Online

A trailer for DORO's first-ever DVD, "Für Immer", has been posted online at this location. Released on December 1, the two-disc set (view cover here) contains a complete show recorded in October 2002 in Balve, Germany and loads of extra special highlights and bonus material: backstage footage, a 35-minute documentary, bootleg ...

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It's Official: JUDAS PRIEST To Headline SWEDEN ROCK Festival!

JUDAS PRIEST have been officially confirmed to headline next year's installment of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12, 2004 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. This is the first word of any live dates from the British heavy metal band since they announced their reunion with vocalist Rob Halford in July after more than ...

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Newspaper: MÖTLEY CRÜE To Headline SWEDEN ROCK 2004

The Swedish daily newspaper Aftonbladet is reporting in its Nov. 16 print edition that MÖTLEY CRÜE will be headlining next year's installment of Sweden Rock festival (as first predicted here last week), set to be held June 10-12, 2004 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The article goes on to state that the event organizers are ...

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Former Members Of CIRCLE II CIRCLE Release Statement

Former CIRCLE II CIRCLE members — John Zahner (keyboards), Christopher Kinder (drums), Matt La Porte (guitars), Kevin Rothney (bass) and Shane French (guitars) — have issued the following statement regarding their departure from the group: "As we approached the upcoming [European] tour with SAXON and DORO, there were many financial and logistical issues that needed ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE: 'We Are Stronger Than Ever!'

CIRCLE II CIRCLE have issued the following statement via their official web site: "Due to some recent changes in the CIRCLE II CIRCLE camp we would like to assure everyone of our fans and business partners that Zak Stevens / CIRCLE II CIRCLE will be touring with SAXON and DORO in December for ...

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DIONYSUS Say They Are 'Extremely Proud' Of Their New Album

DIONYSUS, the Swedish/German melodic power metal act featuring the voice behind guitarist Luca Turilli's solo work, Olaf Hayer, and ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz, have posted the following message on their web site: "Hello dear fans! "It's time for a new DIONYSUS album, and the release date is finally set to January 19! Right now we're ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Singer And Rest Of The Band Go Separate Ways

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, appears to have disintegrated over irreconcilable business-related differences, with Stevens currently standing as the sole remaining member of the group. The rest of the band — John Zahner (keyboards), Christopher Kinder (drums), Matt La Porte (guitars), Kevin Rothney (bass) and Shane French ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE In Talks To Play SWEDEN ROCK Festival?

MÖTLEY CRÜE are strongly rumored to be in talks with the organizers of Sweden Rock festival about making an appearance at next year's event, set to be held June 10-12, 2004 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The first few confirmations for the festival will be announced at the Sweden Rock 2004 kick-off party at Draken in Stockholm ...

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JUDAS PRIEST To Headline SWEDEN ROCK 2004?

JUDAS PRIEST are rumored to be in talks to headline next year's installment of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12, 2004 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The first few confirmations for the event will be announced at the Sweden Rock 2004 kick-off party at Draken in Stockholm on November 28. DORO is headlining ...

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DIONYSUS Added To SAXON/DORO European Tour

DIONYSUS, the Swedish/German melodic power metal act featuring the voice behind guitarist Luca Turilli's solo work, Olaf Hayer, and ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz, have been added to the upcoming SAXON/DORO/CIRCLE II CIRCLE European tour. Confirmed dates are as follows: Nov. 29 - Murcia, SPA - Sala Gamma (w/out CIRCLE II CIRCLE) Nov. 30 - Bergara, ...

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DORO's First-Ever DVD To Be Released In December

DORO's (full name: Doro Pesch) first-ever DVD, entitled "Für Immer", is scheduled for release on December 1. A two-disc set, "Für Immer" (view cover here) contains a complete show recorded in October 2002 in Balve, Germany and loads of extra special highlights and bonus material: backstage footage, a 35-minute documentary, bootleg stuff and ...

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SAXON: Songwriting Sessions Underway

SAXON frontman Biff Byford has posted the following update to the band's official web site: "Well its about time I filled you in on what's happening SAXON wise. So the DVD finally came out and it seems everybody loves it, it took some time to locate somebody to make the booklet and put it all ...

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LEMMY, JON OLIVA, BLAZE BAYLEY To Perform With DORO PESCH At 20-Year Anniversary Concert

MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy, SAVATAGE's Jon Oliva, and Blaze Bayley (ex-IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE) are among the special guests confirmed to appear with Doro Pesch at the veteran German metal singer's 20-year anniversary show on December 13 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Pesch is expected to perform material spanning her entire career, including a couple of early WARLOCK numbers featuring a ...

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