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GRIFFIN Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Norwegian metallers GRIFFIN have been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: AFTER FOREVER AMON AMARTH ANTHRAX ARCH ENEMY BAL-SAGOTH BRAINSTORM BÖHSE ONKELZ CANNIBAL CORPSE CATHEDRAL CHILDREN OF BODOM DEATH ...

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QUARTZ: Anthology Details Revealed

Sanctuary Records will release an anthology double-CD set from Birmingham heavy metal band QUARTZ this spring. Disc one comprises the entire 1977 Tony Iommi-produced "Quartz" album, including tracks featuring Iommi on lead guitar and "Sugar Rain", where the SABBATH riffmeister donates a flute solo. Added are eight bonus 7" single b-sides and unreleased demo recordings ...

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SAXON Confirmed For Belgium's GRASPOP METAL MEETING

Long-running British heavy metallers SAXON have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 25-27 in Dessel, Belgium. Other bands scheduled to perform at the event include JUDAS PRIEST, ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, QUEENSRŸCHE and MALEVOLENT CREATION. For more information, visit the festival's official web site at

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HAMMERFALL Singer To Shoot Video Clip In February

HAMMERFALL frontman Joacim Cans began recording the vocals for his upcoming solo album, titled "Beyond the Gates", on January 15 with producer Charlie Bauerfeind (HELLOWEEN, MOTÖRHEAD, SAXON, BLIND GUARDIAN, RAGE). Charlie is also slated to mix the CD, which will be released under the CANS banner on April 26 through Sanctuary Records. Late February, the ...

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KOTIPELTO Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

KOTIPELTO, the Finnish band led by former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto, has been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: AFTER FOREVER AMON AMARTH ANTHRAX BAL-SAGOTH BRAINSTORM BÖHSE ONKELZ CANNIBAL ...

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BLACK STEEL To Release New Single

According to Loud magazine, Perth, Australia-based metallers BLACK STEEL will be releasing a single as the first track off their forthcoming album, "Hellhammer". "Relentless Force" will be released in March and will also include covers of THIN LIZZY's "Emerald" and SAXON's "The Power and the Glory". ...

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SAXON Cancel RIVER CITY BIKE FESTIVAL Appearance

British heavy metal veterans SAXON have been forced to cancel their previously announced May 1 appearance at the River City Bike Festival in San Antonio, Texas. "Due to recording commitments and especially producer availability, SAXON have had to cancel the San Antonio Biker event," reads a statement from SAXON's management on the group's web site. ...

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LACUNA COIL, ANCIENT Confirmed For Spain's PIORNO ROCK FESTIVAL

LACUNA COIL and ANCIENT are the final bands confirmed for the Piorno Rock Festival 2004, which is set to take place on Saturday, February 28 in Pinos Puentes (Granada), Spain. The complete list of artists scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: AMON AMARTH ANCIENT AXXIS BATTELORE CAGE CALLENISH CIRCLE CONTHRA DARK FUNERAL ...

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DEATH ANGEL Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL have been officially confirmed for the 2004 edition of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany. According to an official newsletter from the festival's organizers, next year's event will be a celebration of the festival's 15th anniversary with special performances ...

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DARK FUNERAL Name Live Album

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have set "De Profundis Clamavi Ad Te Domine" as the title of their upcoming live album, due on March 29 through Regain Records. The CD, which was recorded on the band's 2003 South American tour, will contain the following track listing: 01. Intro 02. The Arrival Of Satan's Empire 03. ...

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RIOT, SAXON, APRIL WINE Confirmed For RIVER CITY BIKER FEST

RIOT, SAXON, APRIL WINE and PAT TRAVERS are among the artists scheduled to perform at the second annual River City Biker Fest on the Poteet Fairgrounds in San Antonio, Texas between April 29 and May 2, 2004. This four-day event will feature "plenty of camping, partying, two live stages with blues, rock, and country, bikini ...

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AFTER FOREVER, THUNDERSTONE Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Holland's AFTER FOREVER and Finland's THUNDERSTONE have been officially confirmed for the 2004 edition of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany. According to an official newsletter from the festival's organizers, next year's event will be a celebration of the festival's 15th anniversary with special performances by "new ...

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DEICIDE Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Florida death metallers DEICIDE have been officially confirmed for the 2004 edition of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany. According to an official newsletter from the festival's organizers, next year's event will be a celebration of the festival's 15th anniversary with special performances by "new hits, old ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP Confirmed For Spain's PIORNO ROCK FESTIVAL

MSG (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP) have been confirmed for the Piorno Rock Festival 2004, which is set to take place on Saturday, February 28 in Pinos Puentes (Granada), Spain. Other bands scheduled to appear at the event so far are AMON AMARTH, AXXIS, BATTLELORE, CALLENISH CIRCLE, CAGE, CONTRA, DARK FUNERAL, DESTRUCTION, ENSLAVED, EPICA, EVERGREY, FINTROLL, IRON ...

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DORO: DVD Trailer Available Online

A trailer for DORO's first-ever DVD, "Für Immer", has been posted online at this location. Released on December 1, the two-disc set (view cover here) contains a complete show recorded in October 2002 in Balve, Germany and loads of extra special highlights and bonus material: backstage footage, a 35-minute documentary, bootleg ...

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DIO To Enter Studio In January

The songwriting process for the new DIO record is coming along nicely, and if all goes as planned, the band should be ready to start recording sometime in January 2004, according to a post on the group's web site. In other news, DIO have been officially confirmed for the 2004 edition of Wacken Open Air ...

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ANTHRAX, CHILDREN OF BODOM, MAYHEM Confirmed For WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

ANTHRAX, BAL-SAGOTH, CATHEDRAL, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DESTRUCTION, EKTOMORF, HYPOCRISY, MAYHEM, SCHANDMAUL and ZODIAC MINDWARP are the latest bands confirmed for the 2004 edition of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany According to an official newsletter from the festival's organizers, next year's event will be a ...

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Former Members Of CIRCLE II CIRCLE Release Statement

Former CIRCLE II CIRCLE members — John Zahner (keyboards), Christopher Kinder (drums), Matt La Porte (guitars), Kevin Rothney (bass) and Shane French (guitars) — have issued the following statement regarding their departure from the group: "As we approached the upcoming [European] tour with SAXON and DORO, there were many financial and logistical issues that needed ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE: 'We Are Stronger Than Ever!'

CIRCLE II CIRCLE have issued the following statement via their official web site: "Due to some recent changes in the CIRCLE II CIRCLE camp we would like to assure everyone of our fans and business partners that Zak Stevens / CIRCLE II CIRCLE will be touring with SAXON and DORO in December for ...

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DIONYSUS Say They Are 'Extremely Proud' Of Their New Album

DIONYSUS, the Swedish/German melodic power metal act featuring the voice behind guitarist Luca Turilli's solo work, Olaf Hayer, and ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz, have posted the following message on their web site: "Hello dear fans! "It's time for a new DIONYSUS album, and the release date is finally set to January 19! Right now we're ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Singer And Rest Of The Band Go Separate Ways

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, appears to have disintegrated over irreconcilable business-related differences, with Stevens currently standing as the sole remaining member of the group. The rest of the band — John Zahner (keyboards), Christopher Kinder (drums), Matt La Porte (guitars), Kevin Rothney (bass) and Shane French ...

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AXEL RUDI PELL: In Recording Mode

German axe hero AXEL RUDI PELL is in the middle of recording his new album, titled "Kings & Queens", for a late February release through SPV Records. The new CD is being produced by Axel and co-produced, mixed and engineered by Charlie Bauerfeind (HELLOWEEN, MOTÖRHEAD, SAXON, BLIND GUARDIAN, RAGE). Johnny Gioeli is presently laying down ...

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DIONYSUS Added To SAXON/DORO European Tour

DIONYSUS, the Swedish/German melodic power metal act featuring the voice behind guitarist Luca Turilli's solo work, Olaf Hayer, and ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz, have been added to the upcoming SAXON/DORO/CIRCLE II CIRCLE European tour. Confirmed dates are as follows: Nov. 29 - Murcia, SPA - Sala Gamma (w/out CIRCLE II CIRCLE) Nov. 30 - Bergara, ...

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DORO's First-Ever DVD To Be Released In December

DORO's (full name: Doro Pesch) first-ever DVD, entitled "Für Immer", is scheduled for release on December 1. A two-disc set, "Für Immer" (view cover here) contains a complete show recorded in October 2002 in Balve, Germany and loads of extra special highlights and bonus material: backstage footage, a 35-minute documentary, bootleg stuff and ...

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Original SAXON Members Comment On Settlement In Name Dispute

Original SAXON members Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson, who have spent the past few years battling with Biff Byford and Paul Quinn over the group's name, have commented on the settlement recently reached between the members of the original band SAXON over the usage of the name and logos belonging to the original partnership. OLIVER/DAWSON ...

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SAXON: Songwriting Sessions Underway

SAXON frontman Biff Byford has posted the following update to the band's official web site: "Well its about time I filled you in on what's happening SAXON wise. So the DVD finally came out and it seems everybody loves it, it took some time to locate somebody to make the booklet and put it all ...

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