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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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WINTERS BANE Recording Guitar Tracks For New CD

Lou St. Paul is currently recording the guitar tracks for the new WINTERS BANE album with Curran Murphy (ex-NEVERMORE, ANNIHILATOR guitarist) engineering and producing the sessions at his studio in Akron, Ohio. In February, singer Alexander Koch (POWERGOD, SPIRAL TOWER) will be flying in from Stuttgart, Germany to record his vocals, joining Lou at Curran's ...

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Former THOTEN Frontman Reveals Solo Band Touring Lineup

Former THOTEN frontman Renato Tribuzy has selected the musicians that will accompany him on the road in support of his upcoming solo effort, "Execution", tentatively due later this year. Joining Tribuzy in the group are his former bandmate Frank Schieber (guitar), Gustavo Silvera (who recorded the rhythm guitars on the album), Ivan Guilhon (bass) and ...

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MASTERPLAN: European Tour Announced

MASTERPLAN, the German/Norwegian band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, will be embarking on a headlining tour in late March. Support at all shows will come from AFM Records labelmates CIRCLE II CIRCLE, ROB ROCK and PURE INC. Confirmed dates are as follows: Mar. 24 ...

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MASTERPLAN Film Video For 'Back For My Life'; Diary Posted Online

MASTERPLAN, the German/Norwegian band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, filmed a video for their new single, "Back For My Life", last week in Nuremberg and Dessau, Germany. A diary of the four-day shoot, written by MASTERPLAN keyboardist Axel Mackenrott, has been posted online at ...

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Aeronautics - MASTERPLAN

MASTERPLAN's self-titled debut was definitely the most pleasant surprise of 2003 — an excellently melodic produced power metal album that was aided greatly by the presence of former ARK/YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, possibly the best traditional singer the heavy rock genre has produced in the last 10 years. This, the group's follow-up release, continues ...

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NIGHTSCAPE Sign With LION MUSIC

Swedish power metal band NIGHTSCAPE have inked a deal with Lion Music. The group's debut album, entitled "Symphony of the Night", will be recorded during January/February and is tentatively due in the spring. NIGHTSCAPE, who are said to be influenced by such bands as STRATOVARIUS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and HELLOWEEN, will make their next live appearance ...

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HAMMERFALL: More European Tour Dates Announced

Sweden's HAMMERFALL have lined up the following dates during 2005: Apr. 21 - Z7 – Pratteln, SWI Apr. 22 - Filharmonie – Filderstadt, GER Apr. 23 - Stadthalle – Lichtenfels, GER Apr. 24 - Turbinenhalle – Oberhausen, GER Apr. 30 - Scandinavium – Göteborg, SWE Jun. 24 - Metal Camp – Tolmin, SLO Sep. 02 ...

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REDEMPTION Complete Work On Sophomore Album

REDEMPTION's sophomore album, featuring FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder, has finally been completed. "Recording, mixing, and mastering are complete and the result is amazing," Nicolas van Dyk, REDEMPTION's primary songwriter and guitarist/keyboardist, writes on the group's web site. "We worked with Tommy Newton, known for his work with bands such as CONCEPTION, HELLOWEEN, ARK, UFO ...

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HAMMERFALL 'Honored' By HARD ROCK CAFÉ

HAMMERFALL have donated two Jackson guitars, a Washburn bass, a Premier drum and one of the skulls the band used on their Crimson Crusade 2002/2003 tour to the newly opener Hard Rock Café in Gothenburg, Sweden. "Naturally, this is a tremendous compliment, having been to several Hard Rock Cafés around the world and seeing what ...

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HAMMERFALL: New Album Title Announced

Sweden's HAMMERFALL have set "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" as the title of their new album, due on March 7, 2005 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Crimson Thunder" was produced and mixed by Charlie Bauernfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HELLOWEEN) and will be preceded by the "Blood Bound" single on January 31. A video ...

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Producer: HELLOWEEN To Begin Recording This Month

Acclaimed German producer/engineer Charlie Bauerfeind (SAXON, HAMMERFALL, RAGE, BLIND GUARDIAN) has posted the following update at his official web site: "Finally we started the pre-production phase of the next HELLOWEEN record about a week ago. The guys are already in songwriting and rehearsal mode since [last] month and are working very hard to shape up ...

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SHADOWSIDE Finish Recording Full-Length Debut

Brazilian heavy metallers SHADOWSIDE have finished recording their full-length debut, entitled "Theatre of Shadows". The follow-up to the "Shadowside" EP (2001) was produced and mixed by Fabio Haddad at LCM Studio in Sco Paulo. The CD will be mastered at Jailhouse studios in Denmark by Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, PRETTY MAIDS, JORN LANDE, TNT, BEYOND TWILIGHT). ...

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BURDEN OF GRIEF Part Ways With Drummer, Seek Replacement

Drummer Carsten Schmerer has left German death/thrash metal act BURDEN OF GRIEF due to "personal reasons." However, Schmerer will play all upcoming shows with the group until they have found a replacement drummer. BURDEN OF GRIEF released their third full-length album, "Fields Of Salvation", earlier in the year through Remedy Records/Soulfood. The CD was mixed ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Guitarist, STRATOVARIUS Singer Perform With SHAMAN In Slovakia

Former HELLOWEEEN and current MASTEPLAN guitarist Roland Grapow made a special guest appearance, along with Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS), during a SHAMAN gig in Martin, Slovakia on Saturday (Nov. 20). Roland and Timo played two songs with the band: "Pride" and a cover of JUDAS PRIEST's "Breaking the Law". As previously reported, MASTERPLAN have set "Aeronautics" ...

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HELLOWEEN: In Pre-Production Mode

HELLOWEEN guitarist Michael Weikath recently spoke to the group's webmaster, Tony Webster, about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the follow-up to 2003's "Rabbit Don't Come Easy", tentatively due in early 2005 via the group's new label, SPV Records. An excerpt from the interview follows: Q: So what is the band up to? Michael ...

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PAINMUSEUM To Tape Commemorative DVD At CD Release Party

PAINMUSEUM, the new band formed by the former HALFORD duo of "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (guitar, also in TESTAMENT) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums, also in ICED EARTH), will celebrate the release of their debut album, "Metal For Life", at the Cup Complex (1140 E. Elizabeth Ave) in Linden, NJ. The party, which is scheduled to take ...

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HATESPHERE: 'The Killing EP' Details Revealed

Danish thrashers HATESPHERE will release their new mini-CD, entitled "The Killing EP", in Europe on January 31 via SPV Records. The EP was recorded at Jailhouse Studios with producer Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, PRETTY MAIDS). "The Killing EP" track listing: 01. The Will of God 02. You're the Enemy 03. Murderous Intent 04. Trip at the ...

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FORCE OF EVIL Announce New Album Title

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 "Black Empire" as the title of their sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Escapi. 12 new songs were ...

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Temple of Shadows - ANGRA

ANGRA's 2001 release, "Rebirth", proved beyond any doubt that the departure of singer Andre Matos (who, along with ANGRA's rhythm section, left the group to form SHAMAN) would be less difficult to overcome than initially expected. Matos' replacement, Eduardo Falaschi (ex-SYMBOLS), bore little musical resemblance to his predecessor without completely betraying the essence of the ...

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LACRIMOSA Guitarist To Guest On DER BOTE CD

LACRIMOSA guitarist Sascha Gerbig has recorded a guest appearance for for the solo project of FEUERENGEL frontman Boris, dubbed DER BOTE. Also appearing on the recording are STRATOVARIUS/SAXON drummer Jörg Michael, current HELLOWEEN skinsman Stefan Schwarzmann, RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski and former KINGDOM COME studio musician Marcus Deml. "In the following two weeks I will ...

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SCENES Sign With ESCAPI

German prog-metallers SCENES, now featuring Alex Koch (ex-SPIRAL TOWER, POWERGOD) on vocals, have inked a two-album deal with Escapi. The group's full-length debut, "Call Us At the Number You Provide", will be released on January 24, 2005. The album was recorded at Sub Zero studio in Backnang and was mixed and mastered in September by ...

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PAINMUSEUM Sign European/Japanese Deal With DEMOLITION RECORDS

PAINMUSEUM, the new band featuring guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (TESTAMENT, ex-HALFORD), drummer Bobby Jarzombek (ICED EARTH, ex-HALFORD, RIOT), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, SADUS, DEATH, VINTERSORG) and newcomer singer Tim Clayborne (HATRED), have signed a long-term deal for Europe and Japan with the U.K. independent label Demolition Records. The Demolition press office comments: "We've been admirers ...

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STORMWARRIOR To Perform HELLOWEEN Set With KAI HANSEN

German power metallers STORMWARRIOR will be joined by former HELLOWEEN and current GAMMA RAY guitarist/vocalist Kai Hansen for a special "Walls of Jericho" set during their performance at the Headbangers Ballroom in Hamburg on December 26. STORMWARRIOR's second album, "Northern Rage", was released earlier this year through Remedy Records. The CD was produced by Hansen, ...

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MASTERPLAN: 'Aeronautics' Album Due In January

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, have set "Aeronautics" as the title of their sophomore full-length album, due on January 24, 2005 via Germany's AFM Records. A four-song EP, containing two non-album cuts plus a multimedia section, will precede the album ...

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PAINMUSEUM: 'Metal For Life' U.S. Release Date Confirmed

November 16, 2004 has been confirmed as the official U.S. release date for the long-awaited "Metal For Life" album from guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak's (TESTAMENT, ex-HALFORD) PAINMUSEUM. "Metal For Life" features Chlasciak, Bobby Jarzombek (ICED EARTH, ex-HALFORD, RIOT) on drums, Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, SADUS, DEATH, VINTERSORG) on bass and newcomer Tim Clayborne (HATRED) on vocals. ...

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