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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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DREAM EVIL To Issue 'Evilized' In January

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 set Jan. 27, 2003 as the release date through Century Media Records for their sophomore CD, titled "Evilized". Among the song titles set to appear on ...

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HAMMERFALL Debut At German #13!

Sweden's HAMMERFALL debuted at position #13 on the German Media Control charts with their newest release, "Crimson Thunder" — the group's highest chart position ever in Germany. Meanwhile, "Crimson Thunder" landed at #3 in their home country, #83 in Switzerland, #82 in Japan and #65 in Austria. ...

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NOSTRADAMEUS, DREAM EVIL To Open For HAMMERFALL

NOSTRADAMEUS has been tapped to fill the opening slot for the first half of HAMMERFALL's upcoming European tour, while DREAM EVIL will occupy the same slot during the second half of the trek. MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/current ARK singer Jorn Lande, will ...

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SINNER To Support HAMMERFALL In Germany

The current incarnation of the long-running German act SINNERMat Sinner (vocals/bass, also in PRIMAL FEAR), Frank Rössler (keyboards), Fritz Randow (drums, SAXON), Henny Wolter (guitar), and Tom Naumann (guitar) —have announced the first couple of shows in support of their new album, "There Will Be Execution", due on Jan. 13, 2003 through Nuclear ...

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AUDIOSLAVE: 'Cochise' Video Available For Download

AUDIOSLAVE's video for the track "Cochise", the first single off the group's self-titled debut, is available for download from Urban Chaos Videos at this location (look in the "downloads" section"). Also available for download from the same site are videos for HAMMERFALL's "Hearts On Fire" and NIRVANA's "You Know You're Right", among others. ...

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MASTERPLAN Launch Official Web Site

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, have launched their official web site at this location. Currently, most sections of the site are still under construction, but it is expected that the site will be fully operational soon. Meanwhile, some ...

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CHASTAIN Hard At Work On New CD

CHASTAIN are in the final stages of recording their first CD since 1997's "In Dementia". As yet untitled, the band's eighth release will feature vocalist Kate French, guitarist David T. Chastain, and original VICIOUS RUMORS members Larry Howe (drums) and Dave Starr (bass). Among the song titles set to appear on the effort are the ...

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SEPTIC FLESH Set Release Date For 'Sumerian Daemons'

Greece's SEPTIC FLESH have set January 27th, 2003 as the release date for their brand new CD, titled Sumerian Daemons, through Hammerheart Records. Produced by Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, DIMMU BORGIR, etc.) at Gothenburg's Studio Fredman, the 13-song effort will include the following cuts, among others: 01. Unbeliever 02. Red Code ...

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EMPIRE Enlist Help From Metal Superstars For Sophomore CD

EMPIRE, the solo project of VANIZE guitarist Rolf Munkes, are currently working on the follow-up to last year's Hypnotica CD, due in early 2003 through Lion Music. The full list of musicians contributing to the album is as follows: Tony Martin (ex-BLACK SABBATH) - Vocals Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH) - Bass Rolf Munkes - ...

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MASTERPLAN To Issue EP, Support HAMMERFALL In Europe

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, will issue a five-song EP, entitled Enlighten Me, on November 18th through Germany's AFM Records. The maxi single will contain two different versions of the title song, "Kind Hearted Light" (another track from the upcoming ...

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KING'S X Added To DIO/HAMMERFALL Tour

KING'S X have been selected to fill the middle-act slot on the upcoming DIO/HAMMERFALL North American tour, scheduled to run from early November to mid-December. Having just completed the highly-successful DREAM THEATER/JOE SATRIANI trek, KING'S X will play select headline shows on the days off on the DIO tour. The band plan to remain on ...

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DIO/HAMMERFALL: Tentative Dates Announced

The initial/tentative dates for the forthcoming DIO/HAMMERFALL North American tour have been leaked. They are as follows: Nov. 06 - Vancouver, BC @ TBA Nov. 07 - Tacoma, WA @ Temple Theatre Nov. 08 - TBA @ TBA Nov. 09 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom Nov. 10 - Eugene, OR @ TBA Nov. 12 ...

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FULL STRIKE To Support FREEDOM CALL In Scandinavia

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, will support FREEDOM CALL on a short Scandinavian tour in October. Confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 02 – Malmö, SWE @ KB Oct. 03 – Gothenburg, SWE @ Musikens Hus Oct. 04 ...

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HAMMERFALL to Tour North America With DIO

HAMMERFALL will embark on a North American tour with DIO during November. Exact dates and venues will be announced shortly. Following the completion of the U.S. trek, HAMMERFALL will undertake tours of Europe, Japan and South America, to be followed by several European summer festival appearances. ...

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DREAM EVIL Commence Songwriting Sessions For Sophomore CD

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 commenced the songwriting sessions for their sophomore CD, due sometime in 2003. According to the group's official web site, "the early demos show that the new ...

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FREEDOM CALL To Embark On Scandinavian Tour

Germany's FREEDOM CALL will embark on a short Scandinavian tour in early October. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Oct. 02 – Malmö, SWE @ KB Oct. 03 – Göteborg, SWE @ Musikens Hus Oct. 04 – Sala, SWE @ Rockland Oct. 05 – Oslo, NOR @ Rock In Oct. 06 – Stockholm, SWE ...

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HAMMERFALL Trio To Perform Acoustic Set In Paris

HAMMERFALL members Oscar Dronjak (guitar), Stefan Elmgren (guitar), and Joacim Cans (vocals) will perform a three-song acoustic set during an appearance at a listening session/promotional party for their new album, Crimson Thunder, to be attended by journalists and fans in Paris, France this coming weekend. In other news, contrary to previous reports, no DVD single ...

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SYMPHONY X To Tour Europe With STRATOVARIUS

SYMPHONY X have reportedly been confirmed as the main support act on the upcoming STRATOVARIUS European tour, which is scheduled to kick off in early 2003. The opening act for tour will be Finland's THUNDERSTONE. In other news, a possibility reportedly exists that SYMPHONY X will be touring with HAMMERFALL and BLIND GUARDIAN in North ...

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DREAM EVIL, FULL STRIKE Live Videos Posted Online

Live video clips of DREAM EVIL and FULL SRIKE, filmed during the two bands' performances at Göteborgskalaset on Heden in Göteborg, Sweden on August 12th, can be viewed at this location. DREAM EVIL feature in their ranks acclaimed producer Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, etc.) and drummer Snowy Shaw ...

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HAMMERFALL Set European Release Date For 'Crimson Thunder'

HAMMERFALL have set October 28th as the European release date for their fourth full-length album, entitled Crimson Thunder, through Nuclear Blast Records. The full track listing for the effort (in no particular order) is as follows: 01. Trailblazers 02. Riders Of The Storm 03. Hearts On Fire 04. The Unforgiving Blade 05. Hero's Return 06. ...

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NARNIA Continue Work On 'The Great Fall', Spring 2003 Release Expected

Swedish neo-classical metallers NARNIA are finishing up work on their fourth full-length album, entitled The Great Fall, for a spring 2003 release through Nuclear Blast Records. According to the group's official web site, "this time we will give you a concept album based on some of today's topical issues." Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/current HAMMERFALL drummer Anders ...

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HAMMERFALL To Release Two Versions Of Single

Sweden's HAMMERFALL will issue their new single, "Hearts On Fire", in two separate versions — "a regular audio single, of course, but also a DVD single with a 'Behind The Scenes' feature of the video recording (among other extra goodies)," according to guitarist Oscar Dronjak. Both are expected to receive a European release on September ...

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HELLOWEEN Prepare To Enter Studio

HELLOWEEN are completing work on new songs in Hamburg, Germany in preparation for the recording of their new album, which is scheduled to begin at the end of August in vocalist Andi Deris' Mi Sueono Studios in Tenerife, Spain. The as-yet-untitled disc will once again be produced by Charlie Bauerfeind, who also recorded the most ...

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DREAM EVIL To Embark On Japanese Tour

Sweden's DREAM EVIL, featuring acclaimed producer Fredrik Nordström (i.e. HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, etc.) and drummer Snowy Shaw (i.e. KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME), will embark on a two-date Japanese tour in October. The details are as follows: Oct. 10 – Tokyo, JAP @ Club Quattro Oct. 11 – ...

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LYZANXIA To Issue "Mindcrimes" In October

French thrashers LYZANXIA will release their third full-length CD, entitled Mindcrimes, in Japan on October 2nd through King Records. This version will include two bonus tracks: "COG" and "Endless Sphere". A European release through Trepan Records is expected a short time later. As previously reported, Mindcrimes was recorded at Backstage Studio in Lyon with producers ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Tribute CD: "A Tribute To The Priest"

On September 9th, Nuclear Blast Records will be issuing a brand new JUDAS PRIEST tribute album, entitled A Tribute To The Priest. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows (in no particular order): 01. ANNIHILATOR - "Hell Bent For Leather" 02. PRIMAL FEAR - "Metal Gods" 03. WITCHERY - "Riding On The ...

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