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SAXON Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL

SAXON are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Bloodstock Festival, a two-day event set to take place Aug. 29-30, 2003 at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, U.K. SAXON will headline the "classic" night on Friday, Aug. 29 with BLAZE, POWER QUEST and one other band yet to be confirmed. Also scheduled ...

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BLAZE Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

Britain's BLAZE, the band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley, are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's installment of Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28 in Balingen, Germany. The list of artists currently set to perform at Bang Your Head 2003 looks like this: TWISTED ...

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POISONBLACK Confirmed For Finland's EASTERMASTER Festival

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — the new band featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — are the latest act to have been confirmed for the forthcoming Eastermaster festival, set to take place on April 4-5 at Pakkahuone in Tampere, Finland. The list of bands currently set to appear at ...

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NARNIA Set Release Date For 'The Great Fall'

Swedish neo-classical metallers NARNIA have set an April 14 European release date through through Nuclear Blast Records for their fourth full-length album, entitled "The Great Fall". The band, who are scheduled to headline the Owener Rocknacht festival at Teckhalle in Owen, Germany on March 29, recently parted ways with longtime keyboardist Martin Claesson and have ...

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LYZANXIA To Release Third Album In France

French thrashers LYZANXIA will release their third full-length CD, entitled "Mindcrimes", in France on March 10 through Trepan Records. Release dates for the rest of Europe and North America have yet to be confirmed. As previously reported, "Mindcrimes" was recorded at Backstage Studio in Lyon with producers Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, DIMMU ...

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HAMMERFALL, NOCTURNAL RITES To Tour Japan

HAMMERFALL and NOCTURNAL RITES will embark on a four-date Japanese tour in March. Confirmed dates are as follows: Mar. 12 - Club Quattro – Osaka, JAP Mar. 14 - Bottom Line – Nagoya, JAP Mar. 15 - Club Quattro – Tokyo, JAP Mar. 16 - Club Quattro – Tokyo, JAP Says HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak: ...

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HAMMERFALL's DRONJAK Checks In From The Road

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message to the band's official web site: "Back on the road again... As I am writing this, I am standing in the lobby at the Courtyard Marriott in Bottrop, Germany, after enjoying a very relaxing off day. The shows so far have been unmeasurably fantastic, and I ...

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DIONYSUS To Enter Studio In The Spring

Swedish/German melodic power metal act DIONYSUS, featuring the voice behind guitarist Luca Turilli's solo work, Olaf Hayer, and ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz, are tentatively planning to record their new album in late spring for a fall release through AFM Records. According to Ronny, "The second album will include 'Paradise Land' and also the continued story ...

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MASTERPLAN Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK 2003

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Bloodstock Festival, a two-day event set to take place Aug. 29-30, 2003 at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, U.K. Also scheduled to appear at ...

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HIRAX Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD 2003 Festival

Reunited California thrashers HIRAX are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's installment of Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28 in Balingen, Germany. The list of artists currently set to perform at Bang Your Head 2003 looks like this: TWISTED SISTER DIO THIN LIZZY HAMMERFALL U.D.O. SODOM OVERKILL ...

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JAMES MURPHY Keeps Spirits Up, Needs Your Help

Former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy, who is currently receiving treatment for a massive brain tumor with which he was diagnosed in August 2001, has issued the following update on his condition and current/upcoming activities: "I have been doing good, playing a lot. And staying busy helping a friend's band in NY... I may even do ...

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DREAM EVIL Debut At Swedish # 55!

Sweden's DREAM EVIL, 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 entered the national Swedish Top 100 Albums chart at position #55 with their sophomore effort, "Evilized". DREAM EVIL will support HAMMERFALL on the second leg of ...

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HAMMERFALL Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK 2003 Festival

HAMMERFALL are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Bloodstock Festival, a two-day event set to take place Aug. 29-30, 2003 at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, U.K. Also scheduled to appear at the event are NIGHTWISH, PARADISE LOST, BLAZE, DRAGONFORCE, POWER QUEST, and WAYLANDER. A total of 18 bands will perform ...

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DESTRUCTOR Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

DESTRUCTOR, Cleveland, Ohio's legendary power/thrash band, will be making their European debut at this year's Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28, 2003 in Balingen, Germany. DESTRUCTOR will be performing twice at the event — the "warm-up show" on Thursday, June 26 and on the main stage on Friday, June 27. The ...

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FULL STRIKE To Record Sophomore CD

Sweden's FULL STRIKE, the project formed by HAMMERFALL guitarist Stefan Elmgren, ex-LOST HORIZON vocalist Niclas Jonsson, and ex-CRAWLEY bassist Chris Savage Goldsmith, are in the final songwriting stages for their sophomore album, which they plan to record in the spring for a late summer release through Spitfire Records. FULL STRIKE's debut album, "We Will Rise", ...

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DREAM EVIL Line Up Swedish In-Store

Sweden's DREAM EVIL, 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), will be making an in-store appearance at CD Specialisten in Gothenburg on Monday, Jan. 27. The band will be there for a signing session and they will ...

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THIN LIZZY Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD 2003

THIN LIZZY are the latest act to have been confirmed for the next installment of Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28, 2003 in Balingen, Germany. The list of artists set to appear at Bang Your Head 2003 now looks like this: TWISTED SISTER U.D.O HAMMERFALL THIN LIZZY DOKKEN SODOM OVERKILL ANNIHILATOR ...

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HAMMERFALL To Film Hometown Gig For Upcoming DVD

HAMMERFALL will film a live DVD during their hometown show in Göteborg, Sweden on Feb. 20. The group, who are currently touring Europe with MASTERPLAN and NOSTRADAMEUS, will be presented at the gig with Swedish gold albums for sales in excess of 30,000 copies of their new album, "Crimson Thunder". ...

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HAMMERFALL Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

Sweden's HAMMERFALL are the latest act to have been confirmed for the next installment of Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28, 2003 in Balingen, Germany. The list of artists set to appear at Bang Your Head 2003 now looks like this: TWISTED SISTER U.D.O HAMMERFALL DOKKEN SODOM OVERKILL ANNIHILATOR PINK CREAM ...

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HAMMERFALL Prepare For European Tour

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following update via the group's official web site: "The holidays are officially over, and we have already begun the preparations for the European leg of The Crimson Crusades. I think all in the band has had a very relaxing and enjoyable time, but now it's back to business ...

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The Edge Of The World - MARK BOALS

It's small wonder that this singer can come up with anything remotely musically coherent considering he's trudged the mental treadmill that is YNGWIE J MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE for two separate terms, and consequently twice dropped ungraciously through the exit trapdoor at the end — though it's worth noting of course that he isn't entirely absolved ...

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HAMMERFALL Get Certified

HAMMERFALL's "Crimson Thunder" opus has been certified gold in Sweden for sales in excess of 30,000 copies. "Crimson Thunder" was released in Europe on Oct. 28 through Nuclear Blast Records. ...

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DREAM EVIL: 'Evilized' Details Unveiled

Sweden's DREAM EVIL, 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 finalized the track listing for their sophomore CD, "Evilized", due in Europe on Jan. 27, 2003 through Century Media Records. It is as follows: 01. Break ...

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MOTÖRHEAD's MIKKEY DEE: 'HAMMERFALL Can Suck My Cock'

MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee has slammed fellow Swedes HAMMERFALL for "acting like rock stars" and "completely ripping off" bands like HELLOWEEN, IRON MAIDEN and KING DIAMOND in order to attain their current level of success. Speaking to Metal Rules, Dee stated, "Look at a band like HAMMERFALL and shit. They're going through the roof. When ...

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The Odyssey - SYMPHONY X

Once you dig beneath the dungeons, dragons and decorative armor, "true" metal carries as many false promises as it does genuine attributes. The fact that recycling standardized riffs and possessing a singer with a voice more featureless than the Arizona desert (take a bow, HAMMERFALL and ICED EARTH) can propel you into the stratosphere seems ...

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PEGAZUS To Release First-Ever DVD

Australia's PEGAZUS are in the process of putting together a very special video/DVD package for release in 2003. "This special video/DVD package will be a retrospective covering basically the whole history of PEGAZUS so far!" wrote guitarist Johnny Stoj on the band's official web site. "It will go as far back as the earliest days ...

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