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SOUNDSCAN REPORT: C.O.C., ADEMA, FANTOMAS And HAMMERFALL

The following are notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending April 12, 2005, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (The Billboard 200 chart position included, where applicable): CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – "In the Arms of God": 8,967 (#108) ADEMA – "Planets": 6,701 (#152) FANTOMAS – "Suspended Animation": 6,447 (#158) HAMMERFALL – "Chapter ...

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HAMMERFALL: Japanese, Mexican, South American Tour Dates Announced

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "The tour premiere in Helsinki (and Jyväskylä), Finland, last week went remarkably well! The audience was absolutely crazy, which always helps ;-), and we were all very pleased with this outing. I certainly hope we can come back to Finland ...

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HAMMERFALL And EDGUY To Team Up For U.S. Tour

According to the concert venues' official web sites, HAMMERFALL and EDGUY will be teaming up for a U.S. tour in August. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Aug. 15 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx Aug. 16 – New York, NY @ B.B. King's More dates are expected to be announced soon. ...

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RISE TO ADDICTION Announce New Members

RISE TO ADDICTION, the new the new project featuring former BLAZE members John Slater (guitar), Steve Wray (guitar) and Rob Naylor (bass), have announced the addition of Leigh Oates (vocals) and Aynsley Dickinson (drums) to the group's ranks. "They are currently rehearsing vigorously and are already putting the finishing touches to new material which will ...

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DREAM EVIL Postpone New Album Recording Sessions

DREAM EVIL, the Swedish band featuring acclaimed producer Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, etc.) and drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME), have postponed the recording sessions for their fourth album until August/September from the previously announced late May. The delay is being attributed to the band's ...

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ANCIENT Drummer Auditioning For FIRE TRAILS

ANCIENT drummer Diego "GroM" Meraviglia will shortly begin "trial rehearsals" with FIRE TRAILS to see if he will become the band's new official drummer. FIRE TRAILS is the group that was born out of the ashes of the classic Italian hard rock band VANADIUM, featuring the charismatic singer Pino Scotto. As previously reported, ANCIENT have ...

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MONTERREY METAL FEST: Final Festival Lineup Announced

The complete lineup has been announced for the 2005 Monterrey Metal Fest, which will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2005 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. It is as follows: Main Stage: MOTÖRHEAD (Headliner) DANZIG (Co-Headliner) MAGO DE OZ W.A.S.P. HAMMERFALL SONATA ARCTICA METAL CHURCH Second Stage: ...

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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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PRIMAL FEAR: New Album Update

PRIMAL FEAR bassist Mat Sinner has posted the following message on his official web site: "We wrote overall a bunch of 23 tracks and decided this weekend, which songs will be recorded on the new — yet untitled album — I worte some outstanding tunes, together with my Swedish friend Ronny Milianowicz [DIONYSUS, ex-SINERGY]. We ...

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ANCIENT Seek New Label Home

Norwegian black metallers ANCIENT have fulfilled their recording obligations to Metal Blade Records and are currently evaluating offers for a new record deal. The band have already begun to prepare the foundations of their next CD. ANCIENT's sixth album, "Night Visit" was released last June through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Proxima Centauri" ...

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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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NAPALM DEATH And FREAK KITCHEN Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

NAPALM DEATH and FREAK KITCHEN have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 9-11 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to perform at the festival is as follows: A.C.T ACCEPT ANGRA ANTHRAX ARCH ENEMY BEHEMOTH BLACK LABEL SOCIETY BLACKFOOT CANDLEMASS CRUCIFIED BARBARA ...

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ARCH ENEMY Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

Swedish/German extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 9-11 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to perform at the festival is as follows: MÖTLEY CRÜE ACCEPT SAMMY HAGAR AND THE WABOS KANSAS DREAM THEATER MEGADETH STATUS QUO ...

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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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HAMMERFALL: New Album First-Week Chart Positions Revealed

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "The signing tour through Sweden last week went really well, we had a huge crowd at each place! And the go-cart race was fun as hell! Magnus was extremely good, whereas Anders was surprisingly average. The rest of us did ...

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Massive Week Of Metal In Sweden!

Heavy Metal did itself proud in Sweden this week, with JUDAS PRIEST achieving their highest world chart placing to date after "Angel of Retribution" landed at No. 3. Stiff competition came from domestic heroes HAMMERFALL, whose "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" followed close behind at No. 4. Also debuting on the chart are PARADISE LOST, ...

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HANOI ROCKS Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Finnish rock 'n' roll legends HANOI ROCKS 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 ...

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ROB ROCK Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

Singer ROB ROCK (ex-IMPELLITTERI, DRIVER, JOSHUA) has been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 9-11 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to perform at the festival is as follows: A.C.T ACCEPT ANTHRAX BEHEMOTH BLACK LABEL SOCIETY BLACKFOOT CANDLEMASS CRUCIFIED BARBARA CRYSTAL EYES ...

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KREATOR Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Veteran German thrashers KREATOR 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 EDGUY ENDHAMMER EISREGEN ...

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New TOM KEIFER Audio Interview Posted Online

Philadelphia radio DJ Jacky Bam Bam of 94.1 WYSP recently conducted a "rare" interview with CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer about the group's upcoming tour, new CD/DVD, his new son, and the Super Bowl, among other topics. Download the interview in MP3 format at this location. As previously reported, Keifer began mixing his new ...

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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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NARNIA Begin Recording New Album

Swedish neo-classical metallers NARNIA have entered the studio to begin recording their fifth full-length album, tentatively due before the end of the year. "We are all very excited about the new album and it will be absolutely our best so far!" the band write on their web site. NARNIA's fourth full-length album, "The Great Fall", ...

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