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Former HELLOWEEN Singer Launches Web Site

Former HELLOWEEN frontman Michael Kiske has launched a web site featuring some of his writing along with information about musicians and philosophers who influenced his art and way of thinking. In addition there also will be a page with CD/DVD recommendations from Kiske. An English version of the web site is currently under ...

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MASTERPLAN Prepare To Record Second Album

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

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HATESPHERE: Music Available For Download

Danish thrashers HATESPHERE have posted MP3 clips of the songs "Downward to Nothing", "Only the Strongest..." and "What I See I Despise" in the "Media" section of their web site. Furthermore, a full version of the song "DeathTrip", also from their new album, "Ballet of the Brute", can be downloaded from the

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Former HELLOWEEN Drummer Joins WINTERS BANE

Former HELLOWEEN/METALIUM drummer Mark Cross has joined WINTERS BANE and will be performing on the band's upcoming album, to be released later this year. "Mark's stellar drumming will add a new dimension to the WINTERS BANE sound, propelling their new songs to greater heights," according to an official press release. "With Mark Cross and vocalist ...

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THANATOSCHIZO: New Song Available For Download

Portuguese avant-garde maniacs THANATOSCHIZO have uploaded a brand-new song, "Freedom Subways", at this location. "Freedom Subways" comes off the group's forthcoming album, "Turbulence", due this summer in Portugal through Misdeed Records. This release will come in a digipack version, featuring a multimedia section with a nine-minute documentary of the studio sessions as well ...

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HATESPHERE Record Soccer Team Tribute

Danish thrashers HATESPHERE recently entered the studio to record a tribute song for their local soccer team, AGF. "The local fan club is making this tribute CD with all kinds of bands and we are happy to be on it," the band write in a statement. "Our song is called 'Hvornår Er Det Søndag Igen?!', ...

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Ex-HELLOWEEN Singer Records Guest Appearance For TRIBUZY Solo Album

Former HELLOWEEN singer Micheal Kiske has recorded a guest appearance for the forthcoming solo project of former THOTEN frontman Renato Tribuzy, dubbed "Execution". Kiske reportedly "sings one of the most important songs of the album, called 'Absolution', a song lasting ten minutes, that tells about the effort of a celestial creature (performed by Michael) to ...

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UFO: Rescheduled U.S. Dates Announced

UFO have announced the rescheduled dates for their U.S. tour. They are as follows: Sep. 22 - Baltimore MD - Thunderdome Sep. 23 - Glenside PA - Keswick Sep. 25 - Hampton Beach NH - Hampton Beach Casino Sep. 26 - Sayerville NJ - Starland Ballroom Sep. 28 - Pittsburgh PA - The Rex Theater ...

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MNEMIC To Open For FEAR FACTORY In Austria

Denmark's modern thrashers MNEMIC have been confirmed as the support act for two FEAR FACTORY shows in Austria. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jul. 21 – Wörgl, AUT – Komma Jul. 22 – Vienna, AUT – Arena Vienna As previously reported, MNEMIC will appear at the Earthshaker Fest 2004, a two-day open-air event set to ...

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WISDOM To Support EUROPE In Budapest

Hungarian "traditional" metallers WISDOM will be supporting EUROPE at their July 5 gig at Budapest's Petofi Hall. As previously reported, WISDOM have completed work on their debut album, tentatively due later in the year through an as-yet-undetermined label. A video for the track "Strain of Madness", filmed over a month ago in Budapest, can be ...

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MANTAS 666: 'Zero Tolerance' Video Teaser Posted Online

MANTAS 666, the new band featuring former VENOM guitarist Mantas and ex-ATOMKRAFT/VENOM bassist/vocalist Tony "Demolition" Dolan, have uploaded a 35-second "teaser" from the "censored" version of their "Zero Tolerance" video in the "Downloads" section of their official web site. The video, the concept for which is being described as a cross between the ...

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MICHAEL KISKE's SUPARED Call It Quits

According to the Michael Kiske (ex-HELLOWEEN) fan site MichaelKiske.tk, Michael's most recent project, SUPARED, has officially called it a day. SUPARED guitarist Sandro Giampietro has reportedly said about the group: "SUPARED does not exist anymore. But Michael and me will go on working together in the future." As previously reported, Giampietro has joined ...

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AFTER ALL Complete Work On New Album

On May 14, Begium's AFTER ALL completed the recording of the their fifth full-length album, "The Vermin Breed". The CD is set for release this fall. Like its predecessor, "Mercury Rising", "The Vermin Breed" was recorded and mixed by veteran producer Harris Johns at his Spiderhouse Studio in Berlin, Germany. Harris is best known for ...

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Organizers: Spain's METAL MANIA FESTIVAL To Last Only One Day

Due to problems experienced in trying to secure a suitable site for the second edition of Spain's Metal Mania Festival, the event's organizers have announced that this year's gathering will take place in the city of Valencia and will last only one day (June 25) — not three days as initially expected. The abbreviated lineup ...

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HIBRIA: Debut Album Mixed By IRON SAVIOR's PIET SIELCK

Brazilian heavy metallers HIBRIA have finished mixing and mastering their debut album, "Defying the Rules", with Piet Sielck (IRON SAVIOR) at a studio in Germany. A release date for the CD has yet to be announced. Based out of Porto Alegre, HIBRIA play traditional metal in the vein of HELLOWEEN and JUDAS PRIEST. The songs ...

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BESEECH Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

Swedish "gothic metallers" BESEECH have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ...

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SWEDEN ROCK Festival: SKID ROW Out, Y&T In

SKID ROW have cancelled their previously announced appearance at this year's Sweden Rock festival and have been replaced on the bill by Y&T. SKID ROW's decision to pull out of the festival is being blamed on "the fact that [SKID ROW guitarist] Snake decided to bring his wife to be to the altar and other ...

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SWEDEN ROCK Festival Nearing Sell-Out

Last year, Sweden Rock festival sold out all the 15,000 two-day tickets two days before the first band took the stage. That was actually the first time ever the festival was sold out. This year the tickets will sell out much earlier. As of today, more than 13,000 of the 16,000 three-day tickets have been ...

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RAGE: DVD Details Revealed

RAGE bassist/vocalist Peavy Wagner and guitarist Victor Smolski are currently at the Blind Guardian Studio in Germany with producer Charlie Bauerfeind (HELLOWEEN, MOTORHEAD, SAXON, BLIND GUARDIAN) completing work on their upcoming DVD, tentatively titled "From the Cradle to the Stage". The two-disc set will consist of the complete January 2004 in Bochum, Germany in 5.1 ...

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VINNIE MOORE: Guitar Clinic Photos Posted Online

UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore's official web site is currently hosting a number of new photos from some of Vinnie's recent German guitar clinics. Check them out here. As previously reported, veteran rocker Richie Scarlet (MOUNTAIN, ACE FREHLEY BAND, FREHLEY'S COMET, SEBASTIAN BACH & FRIENDS) will be playing bass for UFO on their U.S. ...

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