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Aeronautics - MASTERPLAN

MASTERPLAN's self-titled debut was definitely the most pleasant surprise of 2003 — an excellently melodic produced power metal album that was aided greatly by the presence of former ARK/YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, possibly the best traditional singer the heavy rock genre has produced in the last 10 years. This, the group's follow-up release, continues ...

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HAMMERFALL: More European Tour Dates Announced

Sweden's HAMMERFALL have lined up the following dates during 2005: Apr. 21 - Z7 – Pratteln, SWI Apr. 22 - Filharmonie – Filderstadt, GER Apr. 23 - Stadthalle – Lichtenfels, GER Apr. 24 - Turbinenhalle – Oberhausen, GER Apr. 30 - Scandinavium – Göteborg, SWE Jun. 24 - Metal Camp – Tolmin, SLO Sep. 02 ...

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MOTÖRHEAD Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

MOTÖRHEAD have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 9-11 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The band will bring the entire aeroplane stage-rig from the "Bomber" tour — a one-time event only at Sweden Rock. The complete list of acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival is ...

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HAMMERFALL Guitarist Comments On DIMEBAG Murder

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the group's web site: "First off, I just want to express my astonishment and outrage for the actions of one (apparent) mental patient in Ohio. I realize that the split up of bands can be hard to stomach for the most vehement fan, but this ...

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HAMMERFALL 'Honored' By HARD ROCK CAFÉ

HAMMERFALL have donated two Jackson guitars, a Washburn bass, a Premier drum and one of the skulls the band used on their Crimson Crusade 2002/2003 tour to the newly opener Hard Rock Café in Gothenburg, Sweden. "Naturally, this is a tremendous compliment, having been to several Hard Rock Cafés around the world and seeing what ...

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HAMMERFALL: New Album Title Announced

Sweden's HAMMERFALL have set "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" as the title of their new album, due on March 7, 2005 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Crimson Thunder" was produced and mixed by Charlie Bauernfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HELLOWEEN) and will be preceded by the "Blood Bound" single on January 31. A video ...

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HAMMERFALL Film Video For New Single 'Blood Bound'

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Last week, we recorded a video for the first single, 'Blood Bound'. It, like the cover art of the release, will have a winter theme. I haven't seen anything from the session yet, and it's hard to tell what it ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: New Album To Be Mixed By MIKE FRASER

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have tapped Mike Fraser (AC/DC, METALLICA, VAN HALEN, COVERDALE/PAGE, AEROSMITH, THE CULT, SLIPKNOT, HATEBREED) to mix their upcoming album at a studio in Vancouver, Canada (most likely The Warehouse) for a tentative October 2005 release via Nuclear Blast in Europe/USA and JVC/Victor in Asia. "Even recording engineer and co-producer Charlie ...

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Producer: HELLOWEEN To Begin Recording This Month

Acclaimed German producer/engineer Charlie Bauerfeind (SAXON, HAMMERFALL, RAGE, BLIND GUARDIAN) has posted the following update at his official web site: "Finally we started the pre-production phase of the next HELLOWEEN record about a week ago. The guys are already in songwriting and rehearsal mode since [last] month and are working very hard to shape up ...

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HAMMERFALL Bassist Helps Feed The Hungry On South American Tour

HAMMERFALL bassist Magnus Rosèn recently completed a South American solo bass tour, with all proceeds going to homeless children. Starting on October 10, Rosèn visited Peru, Brazil and Chile, where he played songs from his three solo albums and conducted bass clinics for his fans. "I wanted to share my positive feelings about helping the ...

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DEATH DESTRUCTION: EVERGREY Side Project Audio Samples Available For Download

Demo MP3 samples from DEATH DESTRUCTION, the new extreme metal project featuring EVERGREY members Henrik Danhage (guitar) and Jonas Ekdahl (drums), have been posted online at BeyondEarCandy.com. Songs available for preview are as follows: "Hellfire", "Chained In Thoughts", "Immortal Dream" and "Nothing Less Than God". In a recent interview with BeyondEarCandy.com, Danhage spoke ...

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ACCEPT, DIO, HAMMERFALL Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

Legendary German heavy metallers ACCEPT have been confirmed as the first headliners of the 2005 edition of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 9-11, 2005 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: A.C.T. ACCEPT BLACKFOOT CRYSTAL EYES DIO HAMMERFALL HELIX HELLFUELED ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Book Studio Time To Record New Album

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR will record their next album in April/May 2005 at the House Of Music Studio near Stuttgart, Germany. Producing the album will be the group's bassist, Mat Sinner, along with Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HALFORD, HAMMERFALL). "Regarding the album mix, we are in negotiations with some great names of the scene," ...

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HAMMERFALL Announce One-Off Hometown Gig

Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL will play at Scandinavium in Gothenburg (Göteborg), Sweden on April 30. "It's the only show we will do in Sweden this spring, and is part of a 5-10 gig swing we call the Icebreaker Festivals," guitarist Oscar Dronjak writes on the group's web site. "Apparently, no other band from Göteborg has headlined ...

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HAMMERFALL: In Mixing Mode

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "The last weekend of October saw us host a listening session for the journalists in Studio Lundgård. Close to 40 people from all over the world were present to listen to the material we have spent the past two months ...

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Temple of Shadows - ANGRA

ANGRA's 2001 release, "Rebirth", proved beyond any doubt that the departure of singer Andre Matos (who, along with ANGRA's rhythm section, left the group to form SHAMAN) would be less difficult to overcome than initially expected. Matos' replacement, Eduardo Falaschi (ex-SYMBOLS), bore little musical resemblance to his predecessor without completely betraying the essence of the ...

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FIREWIND To Headlne Norway's RJUKAN FESTIVAL

Greek melodic power metal band FIREWIND have been confirmed to headline Rjukan Festival in Norway on December 26. More information is available at this location. As previously reported, FIREWIND recently signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The group's third album, "Forged By Fire", is scheduled for release in Europe on January ...

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FIREWIND Signs With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

Greek melodic power metal band FIREWIND have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. FIREWIND's third album, "Forged By Fire", is scheduled for release in Europe on January 24, 2005. The band's previous two albums, "Between Heaven And Hell" (2002) and "Burning Earth" (2003), were recorded for guitarist David T. Chastain's Leviathan label and ...

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HAMMERFALL: Album Recordings Nearing Completion

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posed the following message on the group's official web site: "As I write this, we have only half a day of recording left, doing the backing vocals. For the past seven weeks, we have been hard at work on this, our fifth studio effort, and it's wonderful to be finished! ...

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MARDUK: 2005 European Tour Dates Announced

MARDUK will embark on a massive world tour beginning in December. The European portion of the trek, dubbed "Deathmarch 2004/2005", will be divided into two parts, with the first taking place in December and the second during spring 2005. Several dates for the second leg of the tour have been released by the group's booking ...

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KING'S X: Live Album Samples Posted Online

Audio samples from KING'S X upcoming double live CD, entitled "Live All Over the Place", have been posted online at InsideOut.de. The album, which was recorded at various shows on the band's most recent North American tour, includes all of the group's classics as well as an acoustic portion featuring songs rarely performed ...

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MARDUK: New Song Available For Download

A brand-new MARDUK song, entitled "Throne of Rats", has been made available for download at this location. "Throne of Rats" comes off the group's new album, "Plague Angel", due in Europe on November 22 via Blooddawn/Regain. It will be released on the following formats: CD, LP and Picture Disc, and possibly also as ...

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MARDUK: 'Plague Angel' Cover Posted Online

Swedish black metallers MARDUK have posted the cover artwork for their new album, "Plague Angel", at their official web site. "Plague Angel" is scheduled for release in Europe on November 22 via Blooddawn/Regain. It will be released on the following formats: CD, LP and Picture Disc, and possibly also as a limited-edition digipak ...

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