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BRAINSTORM Begin Work On 'Soul Temptation'

Germany's BRAINSTORM have set "Soul Temptation" as the title for their new album, due on June 30 through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Metus Mortis" is currently being recorded at House of Music studios in Winterbach, Germany and will be the group's "most diverse album ever," according to guitarist Torsten Ihlenfeld. "Hard, catchy, ...

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SOILWORK Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

SOILWORK are the latest act to have been confirmed for Rock Hard Festival 2003, a two-day event set to take place June 7-8 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. A total of 16 bands will appear at the Rock Hard magazine-sponsored festival, the official lineup for which will be announced during the coming weeks. The list ...

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ANTHRAX Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL 2003

ANTHRAX are the latest act to have been confirmed for Rock Hard Festival 2003, a two-day event set to take place June 7-8 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. A total of 16 bands will appear at the Rock Hard magazine-sponsored festival, the official lineup for which will be announced during the coming weeks. The list ...

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BRAINSTORM Begin Work On New Album

Germany's BRAINSTORM have posted the following message to their official web site: "Hi BRAINSTORM-Troopers, first of all, we hope you all had a good start in 2003! It's time to break the silence again for an update on our plans for 2003. We are in the studio to record our new CD. We are simply ...

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SAXON's BYFORD Keeping The Faith

SAXON frontman Biff Byford has posted the following update to the group's official web site: "Well hello again - Biff here, just a few words ... "The news of Jeff Martin's death came as a huge shock and he will be missed by band, crew, and us all. Jeff was a regular sight at the ...

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DGM To Release 'Hidden Place' In May

Italian progressive metallers DGM, described as "the European answer to SYMPHONY X and DREAM THEATER," will release their fourth album, "Hidden Place", on May 10 through Scarlet Records. The band mixed the CD at Outer Sounds (NOVEMBRE, STORMLORD) in Rome, Italy and mastered it at Mastering Room (IN FLAMES, SOILWORK) in Gotheborg, Sweden. The Japanese ...

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Judge Rules In Singer's Favor In Battle Over SAXON Name

The legal battle over the SAXON band name between the group's current vocalist Biff Byford and fellow original members Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson appears to be over. The following is a statement issued by Byford earlier today: "Today in London at the High Court in the Strand, in a landmark decision for the music ...

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SAXON: European Dates Announced

British metal legends SAXON have lined up the following European dates during the coming months: Apr. 04 – Salzburg, AUT @ RockHouse Apr. 05 – Katowice, POL @ Spodek - Metal Mania Jun. 01 – Lille, FRA @ Hirson - Rotonde Festival Jun. 08 – Monza, ITA @ Gods Of Metal Festival In other news, ...

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SAXON's BYFORD Offers Tour Update

SAXON frontman Biff Byford has posted the following "Tour Report" via the group's official web site: "We are at the moment in Neu Isenburg near Frankfurt, Germany and all the shows so far have been great. We had a problem in Nürnberg where a generator blew up the lighting rig so we only had a ...

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SAXON Frontman Slams Former Members Over Name Lawsuit

SAXON frontman Biff Byford has addressed the ongoing legal battle over the band's name with fellow original members Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson via a lengthy statement posted on the group's official web site. The statement reads as follows: "Hi, I hope everyone is well! "I have been reading the message board with interest just ...

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METAL RULES! Magazine Returns With Issue #15!

Metal Rules! magazine has released their 15th issue. This issue features interviews with Chris Jericho (WWE, FOZZY), "Half Baked" and "Saturday Night Live"'s Jim Breuer, RATT, SAXON, JETHRO TULL, GOD FORBID, FALL SILENT, W.A.S.P., Paul Di'Anno (IRON MAIDEN), THY DISEASE, FIREHOUSE, DOKKEN, ROTTEN SOUND, WARRANT, 100 music reviews and, believe it or not, a back ...

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SAXON DVD Delayed

SAXON's upcoming "The Saxon Chronicles" DVD, previously scheduled for a Jan. 27, 2003 release, has now been delayed until March 2003. "This is due to the uncovering of many more previously unseen video clips and live footage of the band, and it has been felt that these items must be included within the DVD," states ...

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SAXON To Issue DVD

SAXON will be issuing a DVD, entitled "The Saxon Chronicles", on Jan. 27, 2003 through the SPV label. More information on the DVD's contents is expected to be announced shortly. ...

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OLIVER/DAWSON SAXON Win Court Battle Over Use Of Trademark

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The ongoing legal action between the original members of the band SAXON has finally resulted in a judgment regarding the trademark. Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson, now performing as OLIVER/DAWSON SAXON, have won the action brought against them by Biff Byford regarding the trademark to the name "SAXON". Byford tried to have ...

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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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NOCTURNAL RITES, WOLF To Support SAXON In Europe

Sweden's NOCTURNAL RITES and WOLF have been announced as the support acts on the forthcoming SAXON "Heavy Metal Thunder Tour 2003" headlining tour of Europe. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jan. 17 - Halle Gartlage – Osnabrück, GER Jan. 18 - 013 – Tilburg, NETH Jan. 19 - Turbinenhalle – Oberhausen, GER Jan. 20 - ...

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OLIVER DAWSON SAXON To Support DIO In UK

OLIVER DAWSON SAXON have been asked to be the special guests to DIO on his forthcoming UK tour. Following several successful joint appearances in Europe last year, Ronnie James Dio has asked OLIVER DAWSON SAXON to open his shows in the UK. The band, which features original SAXON members Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson along ...

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