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THERION Confirmed For U.K.'s PROGPOWER FESTIVAL

According to a posting on THERION's official web site, the Swedish band have been confirmed for the U.K. edition of the ProgPower Festival, set to be held on March 3, 2006 at an as-yet-undetermined location. THERION will be performing at this year's ProgPower USA festival, a two-day event slated to take place September 16-17 at ...

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ANGRA And CONCEPTION Complete PROGPOWER USA Lineup

Brazil's ANGRA and Norway's CONCEPTION will round out the lineup of this year's ProgPower USA. CONCEPTION will feature the entire original lineup, including Roy Khan (KAMELOT) on vocals and Tore Ostby (ex-ARK) on guitar, in their first performance since 1997. "After having experienced some real blasts at ProgPower with ARK and KAMELOT, we are honored ...

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EDGUY To Release New EP In September

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "We are working full-steam on our new EP that is estimated to be released in September. A full length album is to follow early next year. I liked the concept of delivering a big value-for-money thing as the official single ...

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Never-Ending - MYSTIC PROPHECY

It's tough for me not to consider MYSTIC PROPHECY's "Never-Ending" as a companion piece of sorts to FIREWIND's "Forged by Fire". Both came my way within the last month or two, both are quality melodic metal albums, and both feature the axe wizardry of Gus G. Both albums also happen to be the third release ...

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Drummer JÖRG MICHAEL Talks About SAXON And STRATOVARIUS

SAXON/STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael has posted the following message on his official web site: "Probably you guys have heard about the tragic accident of last weekend when Biff's [Byford, SAXON singer] house burnt down in the north of France. It´s very hard to cope with a tragedy like this but on this way I like ...

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KAMELOT To Be Joined By German Keyboardist/Guitarist During Upcoming Tour

American/Norwegian power metallers KAMELOT have announced that German keyboardist/guitarist Oliver Palotai will be joining then for The Black Halo Tour 2005. As previously reported, several screenshots from KAMELOT's video for the track "March of Mephisto", featuring a special appearance by DIMMU BORGIR frontman Shagrath, have been posted online at the group's official web ...

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STRATOVARIUS Allow Fans To Vote For 'Ideal Setlist'

Reunited Finnish power metallers STRATOVARIUS have launched a poll in the "Forum" section of their web site to allow fans to vote for their favorite STRATOVARIUS songs in their "ideal setlist." The posting also reads that the choices could influence the band's selection of material for their upcoming world tour. Click here to ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer Signs First Band To His Record Label

STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto's High and Loud record label has signed a promising new Finnish progressive/power metal band called WINGDOM. WINGDOM is the first band to be signed to the label that has previously only released Kotipelto's solo albums. WINGDOM's new album, "Reality", will be released in Finland on April 20, while the rest of ...

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ORPHANED LAND Comment On Upcoming PROGPOWER USA Appearance

Israeli progressive metal band ORPHANED LAND will be appearing this September at Atlanta's ProgPower USA VI festival. This will be the band's first-ever appearance in the United States. Vocalist Kobi Farhi is thrilled to be a part of this year's festival and sends this message to fans: "We are happy and excited to announce that ...

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THUNDERSTONE: Tour Dates Announced

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Mar. 25 - Tampere, FIN @ Pakkahuone/Tulliklubi w/ HAMMERFALL, LORDI, FIREWIND: Apr. 21 - Pratteln, SWI @ Z 7 Apr. 22 - Filderstadt, GER @ Filharmonie Apr. 23 - Lichtenfels, GER @ Stadthalle Apr. 24 - Oberhausen, GER @ Turbinenhalle ...

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THUNDERSTONE: New Album Details Revealed

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have set "Tools of Destruction" as the title of their third full-length album, tentatively due in Europe on April 18 via Nuclear Blast Records. Release dates for the USA and Japan will be announced soon. "Tools of Destruction" was mixed at Timo Tolkki's (STRATOVARIUS) Goldenworks studio with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne. ...

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KAMELOT To Collaborate With German Fantasy Author

According to a posting on their official web site, American/Norwegian power metallers KAMELOT will collaborate on new book with German fantasy author Harald Evers. Commented Evers: "After the success with my 'Caveworld-Saga', I was looking for an inspiration to create a new fantasy trilogy. At that time I love to listen to KAMELOT's music and ...

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NIGHTMARE To Enter Studio In April

French power metallers NIGHTMARE will enter the studio on April 11 to begin recording their seventh album, tentatively due late summer/early fall through an as-yet-undetermined label. NIGHTMARE's most recent studio album, "Silent Room", was released in October 2003 through the group's previous label, Napalm Records. "Silent Room" was produced by Terje Refsnes (TRISTANIA, SIRENIA) at ...

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KAMELOT Complete Work On 'The Haunting' Video

American/Norwegian power metallers KAMELOT have completed work on their new video for the track "The Haunting" with director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES). The clip, which was shot in Sweden, also includes an appearance by EPICA singer Simone Simons. Mari also appears as Helena from the storyline of the "The Black Halo". ...

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KAMELOT: 'The Haunting' Video To Feature EPICA Singer

American/Norwegian power metallers KAMELOT recently travelled to Sweden to begin work on their new video for the track "The Haunting" with director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES). The clip also includes an appearance by EPICA singer Simone Simons. "The Haunting" come off the group's new album, "The Black Halo", due on March ...

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STRATOVARIUS Reunite, Begin Work On New Material

The classic STRATOVARIUS lineup of Timo Tolkki (guitar), Timo Kotipelto (vocals), Jörg Michael (drums), Jari Kainulainen (bass) and Jens Johansson (keyboards) has reunited and is currently working on completely new material for release in late 2005/early 2006. "Since his breakdown in April, we have patiently been waiting for Timo Tolkki's health to improve. It has ...

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KAMELOT: Bonus Tracks Galore

KAMELOT's new album, "The Black Halo", will be released in Japan on February 16 and will include two bonus tracks ("Epilogue" and "Soul Society" radio edit), according to the group's management. The European version, which is scheduled to it stores on March 14, will be a limited-edition digipak with two additional bonus cuts ("The Haunting" ...

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KALEDON: New Album Delayed

Italian symphonic power metallers KALEDON have been forced to push back the projected release date of their new album, "The Way of the Light", by a couple of months from the previously announced January date. According to a posting on the group's web site, "there are some questions that must be resolved in advance." As ...

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KAMELOT: 'The Black Halo' Release Dates Confirmed

SPV Records has set a March 15 North American release date (one day earlier internationally except Japan, where it's due on Feb. 16) for the new KAMELOT album, "The Black Halo". The first release for Europe will be a limited-edition digipak with bonus material. As previously reported, KAMELOT were recently scheduled to head to Sweden ...

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THUNDERSTONE: In Mixing Mode

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have commenced the mixing process for their third album at Timo Tolkki's (STRATOVARIUS) Goldenworks studio with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne. 11 songs are being finalized, with the track listing, album title and release date soon to be announced. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Tool of the Devil", "Welcome ...

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NIGHTSCAPE Sign With LION MUSIC

Swedish power metal band NIGHTSCAPE have inked a deal with Lion Music. The group's debut album, entitled "Symphony of the Night", will be recorded during January/February and is tentatively due in the spring. NIGHTSCAPE, who are said to be influenced by such bands as STRATOVARIUS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and HELLOWEEN, will make their next live appearance ...

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