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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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SCENES Complete Work On Debut Album

German prog-metallers SCENES, now featuring Alex Koch (ex-SPIRAL TOWER, POWERGOD) on vocals, have completed work on their full-length debut. The album was recorded at Sub Zero studio in Backnang and was mixed and mastered in September by Tommy Newton (HELLOWEEN, CONCEPTION, ARK, UFO) at his Area 51 Studio. "Dirk Thurisch (ANGEL DUST, MERCURY TIDE) as ...

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Former THOTEN Singer Completes Recordings For Solo Album

Former THOTEN frontman Renato Tribuzy has completed the vocal tracks for his first solo album, "Execution", at AR studios, one of the most respected studios in Brazil (having in the past recorded stars such as STING and SEPULTURA). The album is currently being mixed at TrackShack studio in Germany by the renowned musician and producer ...

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HATESPHERE Negotiating New Record Deal With SPV

Danish thrashers HATESPHERE are negotiating a new record deal with SPV Records. If all goes well, the contracts will be signed during the coming weeks. HATESPHERE's third album, "Ballet of the Brute", was released in Europe in June through Scarlet Records. A North American release through Century Media Records followed in July. The follow-up to ...

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DESTRUCTION Sign New Management Deal

German thrashers DESTRUCTION have signed a new management deal with Bottom Row Management (HELLOWEEN, VANDEN PLAS, SILENT FORCE). In North America, Artists Worldwide will be the band's booking agent, while Dragon Productions will book the band in other parts of the world excluding South America, where the group will be handled by Tumba Productions. "With ...

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MASTERPLAN Singer Says New Album Will Contain 'Very Progressive' Parts

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, recently entered Crazy Cat studio in Hamburg, Germany with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, SKINLAB) to begin recording their second album, tentatively due in early 2005 through AFM Records in Europe and ...

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KAI HANSEN To Perform HELLOWEEN Set With STORMWARRIOR

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 the "after-party" for the "34 000 Ton Metal Cruise" on September 25 at Münchenbryggeriet in Stockholm, Sweden. Also set to perform at the after-party is Finland's IMPALED NAZARENE. Tickets for ...

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BEYOND TWILIGHT 'Cancel' Plans To Work With SYMPHONY X Singer

Danish metallers BEYOND TWILIGHT have dismissed widespread rumors that their upcoming album will feature the vocal talents of SYMPHONY X frontman Russell Allen. "The rumors spreading like wildfire about Russell Allen as new vocalist in BEYOND TWILIGHT were true for a while, but have now been cancelled," the group said in a statement. "Because of ...

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FORCE OF EVIL To Enter Studio In September

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), will enter Jailhouse studio in Horsens, Denmark on September 6 with producer Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, PRETTY MAIDS) to begin recording their sophomore ...

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STORMWARRIOR Replace DARKSEED At Germany's NIGHT OF POWER Festival

STORMWARRIOR have replaced DARKSEED on the billing for the Night of Power festival, scheduled to be held on October 16 at the Live-Factory in Adelsheim (near Würzburg), Germany. STORMWARRIOR, who have previously collaborated with producer Kai Hansen (ex-HELLOWEEN, currently in GAMMA RAY), are said to be very much inspired by HELLOWEEN's "Walls of Jericho" album ...

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RESISTANCE To Release Full-Length Debut

Southern California's "pure American metal" band RESISTANCE will release their full-length debut, entitled "Lies in Black", on September 11. The quintet, who have previously shared the stage with such bands as EXODUS, AGENT STEEL, HELLOWEEN, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, JAG PANZER and PRONG, will hold an official CD-release party on September 11 at Friar Tucks in Pomona, ...

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SHAMAN, ANGRA Members To Guest At THALION Concert

Hugo Mariutti (SHAMAN), Fabio Laguna (ANGRA) and Renato Tribuzy (ex-THOTEN) have confirmed their participation as special guests at an upcoming gig by Brazilian female-fronted progressive metal band THALION. The concert, which will take place on August 20 at Ballroom in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will feature Tribuzy on the THALION song "The Encounter", a track ...

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WINTERS BANE: Studio Photos Posted Online

Drummer Mark Cross (ex-HELLOWEEN, METALIUM) has posted several photos from the recording sessions for the new WINTERS BANE album at his official web site. Check them out here. As previously reported, WINTERS BANE have secured the services of veteran producer Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BRUCE DICKINSON, HELLOWEEN, ANGRA, BLACK ...

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HELLOWEEN Comment On New Record Deal

SPV Records has officially confirmed the signing of HELLOWEEN to the label's roster. The Hamburg, Germany-based band, which has been in existence since the early '80s, is one of the world's most successful heavy metal acts, having influenced countless bands over the course of 18 album releases. In 1987-1988, HELLOWEEN were under SPV distribution and ...

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HELLOWEEN Sign With SPV RECORDS

Veteran German power metallers HELLOWEEN have signed a new deal with SPV Records following their split with the Nuclear Blast label, according to Darkside.ru. It is also of interest that HELLOWEEN's new management is Bottom Row Promotion, the company co-run by Kosta Zafiriou, the drummer of German melodic metal band PINK CREAM 69, ...

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DORO Pens New Song For German Female Boxing Champion

German metal singer DORO (a.k.a. Doro Pesch) has just finished writing the new entrance theme song for Germany's most successful female boxing star, world champion Regina Halmich. The premiere of this cooperation will be presented on September 11, 2004 at the world championship fight against Las Vegas-based Elena Reid — to be broadcast live in ...

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WINTERS BANE: CHRIS TSANGARIDES To Produce New CD

WINTERS BANE have secured the services of veteran producer Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BRUCE DICKINSON, HELLOWEEN, ANGRA, BLACK SABBATH) for their upcoming album, tentatively due in early 2005. Tsangarides will be recording and engineering the drum tracks of WINTERS BANE drummer Mark Cross this week at The Dump, Tsangarides' studio in ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Drummer Working On Fusion Project

Former HELLOWEEN/METALIUM drummer Mark Cross is currently working on a fusion project with Greek producer/engineer Hugo Varvoglis on bass/saxophone and Berklee graduate Peter Aslanidis on guitar. A few demos have already been recorded at the Hype Studios in Athens, Greece and the production is set for autumn this year. Commented Cross: "I always wanted to ...

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PLATITUDE Part Ways With Drummer, Announce Replacement

Swedish progressive power metal band PLATITUDE have parted ways with drummer Marcus Höher. "This was an entirely professional decision, we parted ways because of musical differences," the group write on their web site. "We want to thank Marcus for the time spent, and the impact on the band and our music. We wish him all ...

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