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HELLOWEEN: 'Mrs. God' Single Details Revealed

German power metallers HELLOWEEN have changed their minds and have now selected the track "Mrs. God" as the first single from their upcoming album. The single will be released on July 4, while the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2003's "Rabbit Don't Come Easy" (Nuclear Blast Records) will follow a few weeks later from SPV Records. Apart ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: New Album Update

PRIMAL FEAR bassist Mat Sinner has posted the following message on his official web site: "We wrote overall a bunch of 23 tracks and decided this weekend, which songs will be recorded on the new — yet untitled album — I worte some outstanding tunes, together with my Swedish friend Ronny Milianowicz [DIONYSUS, ex-SINERGY]. We ...

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THANATOSCHIZO Sign With PANDEMONIUM RECORDS

Portuguese avantgard maniacs THANATOSCHIZO have inked a deal with Australia's Pandemonium Records. The group's third full-length album, "Turbulence", which is already available in the group's home country, will be released this spring. Pandemonium Records is also said to be considering a licensing agreement for the re-release of THANATOSCHIZO's second album, "InsomniousNightLift" (2002), in Australia and ...

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HELLOWEEN To Release 'Come Alive' Single In July

German power metallers HELLOWEEN have selected the track "Come Alive" as the first single from their upcoming album. The single will be released on July 4, while the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2003's "Rabbit Don't Come Easy" (Sanctuary Records) will follow a few weeks later from SPV Records. Accompanying the single will be a promotional video ...

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HYPOCRISY And STORMWARRIOR Confirmed For Germany's EARTHSHAKER FEST

Sweden's HYPOCRISY and Germany's STORMWARRIOR have been confirmed for Earthshaker Fest 2005, a two-day event set to take place July 22-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. STORMWARRIOR will be joined during their performance by former HELLOWEEN and current GAMMA RAY guitarist/vocalist Kai Hansen for a special "Walls of Jericho" (HELLOWEEN) set. The billing for the festival is ...

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HELLOWEEN: First European Tour Dates Announced

Veteran German power metallers HELLOWEEN have lined up the following European dates during November: Nov. 18. - Zlin, CZR @ Novesta vanue Nov. 19. - Pardubice, CZR @ Duhova Arena Nov. 20. - Plzen, CZR @ Locomotiva vanue Nov. 22. - Zilina, SK @ vanue Na Boriku More dates will be announced soon. HELLOWEEN, who ...

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SCENES To Release Debut Album This Month

German prog-metallers SCENES, now featuring Alex Koch (ex-SPIRAL TOWER, POWERGOD) on vocals, will release their full-length debut, "Call Us At the Number You Provide", in Europe on March 21 via Escapi. A U.S. release will follow in April. The CD was recorded at Sub Zero studio in Backnang and was mixed and mastered in September ...

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SINPHONIA: New Promo CD To Be Mixed By TOMMY HANSEN

Danish progressive gothic metal band SINPHONIA will be mixing their new promotional CD on March 7-8 with producer Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, PRETTY MAIDS). Entitled "Silence", the new CD is available for purchase for the price of 5 euros. Songtitles set to appear on the CD are "Silence", "Crestfallen" and "What the Cover Conceals". For ordering ...

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CIRCUS MAXIMUS Sign European Deal With FRONTIERS RECORDS

Norwegian melodic/progressive metal band CIRCUS MAXIMUS have signed a European deal with Frontiers Records is for the release of their debut album, entitled "The 1st Chapter". Commented vocalist Michael Eriksen: "This seems to be a match made in heaven, as Frontiers Records has a long history of working with only the best melodic metal/hard rock ...

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PLATITUDE Part Ways With Keyboardist

Swedish progressive power metal band PLATITUDE have parted ways with keyboardist Andreas Lindahl. "He is now fully concentrating on his other projects, mainly LOCH VOSTOK as well as his session work with WUTHERING HEIGHTS and MANTICORA," the band write on their web site. "We wish him all the best of luck with his endevours!" PLATITUDE's ...

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Drummer STEFAN SCHWARZMANN To Rejoin ACCEPT For Summer Festival Appearances

Drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (HELLOWEEN, U.D.O., RUNNING WILD) has recently become available and will be rejoining legendary German metallers ACCEPT for the 2005 summer festivals. Stefan has performed with the band since the "good old days" when he replaced original drummer Stefan Kaufmann. This officially finalizes the group's summer touring lineup which includes original members Udo ...

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BURDEN OF GRIEF Announce New Drummer, Secure U.S. Record Deal

German death/thrash metal act BURDEN OF GRIEF have announced the addition of drummer Sebastian "Rob" Robrecht to the group's ranks. Robrecht joins BURDEN OF GRIEF as the replacement for Carsten Schmerer, who left the band "due to a lack of time," according to a posting on the group's web site. In other news, BURDEN OF ...

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FORCE OF EVIL Set European Release Date For 'Black Empire'

FORCE OF EVIL, the new Danish band featuring guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND), drummer Bjarne Holm (MERCYFUL FATE), and vocalist Martin Steene (ex-IRONFIRE), have set a March 21 European release date (March 29 in the U.S.) through Escapi for their sophomore album, "Black Empire". "Black ...

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HAMMERFALL To Embark On Swedish Signing Tour

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "A couple of items today. First off, we will be undertaking a signing tour in Sweden for the release of 'Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken', and it looks as follows: March 4 - Göteborg Åhléns, Nordstan 17:00 March 7 - ...

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HAMMERFALL: New Album Samples Posted Online

A brand new HAMMERFALL e-card, featuring streaming audio samples of all 10 songs from the group's forthcoming CD, "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken", can be accessed at this location. "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" is scheduled for release on March 7 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Crimson Thunder" was produced ...

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AT VANCE: Former HELLOWEEN Drummer Joins The Fold

German/Swedish metal act AT VANCE have announced the addition of former HELLOWEEN/METALIUM drummer Mark Cross to the group's ranks. As previously reported, AT VANCE have set "Chained" as the title of their new album, tentatively due on April 11 via AFM Records. All drum tracks on the CD were laid down by Franco Zuccaroli (JACK ...

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RAWHEAD REXX Comment On Drummer's Departure

Germany's RAWHEAD REXX, the band featuring former GLENMORE guitarist/vocalist Jürgen Volk, have commented on drummer Dani Löble's decision to leave the group and join HELLOWEEN. In a posting on the group's official web site, RAWHEAD REXX write, "Our drummer Dani decided to leave the band to join HELLOWEEN full-time. We took note of this decision ...

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HELLOWEEN Part Ways With Drummer, Announce Replacement

German power metallers HELLOWEEN have amicably parted ways with drummer Stefan Schwarzmann. The former RUNNING WILD/U.D.O. drummer, who played the drums during the pumpkinheads' "Rabbit Don't Come Easy" world tour, will not be playing for the Hamburg-based band any longer. During the tour it became apparent to Stefan and to the rest of the members ...

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HAMMERFALL: Video From Signing Session Posted Online

On January 21, HAMMEREFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak and singer Joacim Cans visited the Nuclear Blast Store in Donzdorf, Germany. They were greeted by a line of fans, holding bags of HAMMERFALL stuff for them to sign. Both musicians happily agreed, of course, and posed for pictures. Check out a video clip of the signing session ...

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FORCE OF EVIL: Sophomore Album Due In March

FORCE OF EVIL, the new Danish band featuring guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND), drummer Bjarne Holm (MERCYFUL FATE), and vocalist Martin Steene (ex-IRONFIRE), have set a March 29 release date through Escapi for their sophomore album, "Black Empire". "Everything is going as planned and we ...

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HAMMERFALL To Be Joined By PRETTY MAIDS At Gothenburg Concert

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Hot news item today: PRETTY MAIDS will be special guest for the show in Göteborg on April 30th. Please note that they will only do this one concert with us, and that for the other Icebreaker Festival dates we'll have ...

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SCENES To Support CORNERSTONE In Europe

German prog-metallers SCENES, now featuring Alex Koch (ex-SPIRAL TOWER, POWERGOD) on vocals, will support CORNERSTONE (the project featuring ROYAL HUNT bassist Steen Mogensen and ex-RAINBOW/current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Doogie White) on several Belgian and German shows beginning in late January. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jan. 28 – Vosselar, BEL @ Biebob Jan. 29 – ...

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MASTERPLAN Confirmed For ROCK THE BOAT Festival

MASTERPLAN, the German/Norwegian band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, have been confirmed for the Rock the Boat festival on April 22-23. The festival will take place on Stena Saga, a big ferry which goes between Oslo and Denmark. Also scheduled to appear are RAIN, ...

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