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JUDAS PRIEST Spokesperson Defends Band's Producer Choice

JUDAS PRIEST Management Co-ordinator Jayne Andrews has posted a statement on the group's web site defending the band's decision to work with producer Roy Z (HALFORD, HELLOWEEN, BRUCE DICKINSON) on their much-anticipated "reunion" album. "I really cannot believe some of the comments that are being made [on the band's official 'Noticeboard']. Have those people who ...

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RAGE Guitarist To Guest On DER BOTE CD

RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski and former KINGDOM COME studio musician Marcus Deml have recorded guest appearances for the solo project of FEUERENGEL frontman Boris, dubbed DER BOTE. Also appearing on the recording are former STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael and current HELLOWEEN skinsman Stefan Schwarzmann. More information on the project, including audio and video samples from ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Begin Recording New Album With Producer ROY Z

JUDAS PRIEST Management Co-ordinator Jayne Andrews has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Hi - Jayne here again! I haven't had a chance to post any messages on the board recently as I've been up to my eyes what with sorting out the new record deal, arranging the world tour, working ...

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D.A.D., PINK CREAM 69 Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

D.A.D., PINK CREAM 69 and RITUAL are the latest bands confirmed to appear at this year's installment of 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: JUDAS PRIEST EUROPE SCORPIONS UFO MONSTER MAGNET NIGHTWISH HELLOWEEN HEART ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Singer To Guest On THALION CD

Former HELLOWEEN frontman Michael Kiske is among the guests confirmed to appear on the debut album from the Brazilian female-fronted progressive metal band THALION (web site). The conceptual CD, entitled "Another Sun", was mixed by Philip Colodetti (SHAMAN, KAMELOT, RHAPSODY) and will feature additional appearances by Fabio Ribeiro (SHAMAN), Fabio Laguna (ANGRA) and ...

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AXEL RUDI PELL's 'Kings And Queens' Enters German Chart At No. 40

AXEL RUDI PELL's new album, "Kings And Queens" enter the German Media Control chart at position No. 40. The CD also debuted at position No. 75 on the Swedish Album chart. The follow-up to 2002's "Shadow Zone", "Kings And Queens" was produced by Axel and co-produced, mixed and engineered by Charlie Bauerfeind (HELLOWEEN, MOTORHEAD, SAXON, ...

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SHAMAN Sign New Deal With AFM RECORDS, Debut Album To Be Re-Issued

SHAMAN, the Brazilian band featuring former ANGRA members André Matos (vocals), Luis Mariutti (bass) and Ricardo Confessori (drums), have signed a new, long-term deal with Germany's AFM Records. As part of the new agreement, the group's debut CD, "Ritual" (2002), will be re-released on March 22 at a mid price in a special package featuring ...

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UFO: First U.S. Dates Released

UFO have lined up the following U.S. dates during April/May: Apr. 29 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre (w/ BLUE ÖYSTER CULT) Apr. 30 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill May 01 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino (w/ BLUE ÖYSTER CULT) May 02 - Sayreville, NJ - ...

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FINNTROLL Confirmed For Finland's SAUNA OPEN AIR Festival

FINNTROLL have been confirmed for this year's Sauna Open Air festival, set to take place on June 11-12 in Tampere, Finland. FINNTROLL will play at Ratinanniemi (the outdoor concert place) on Friday, June 11 alongside CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH, DIABLO and THUNDERSTONE. Other acts scheduled to perform during the weekend (including the post-festival party) include ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Drummer To Embark On Drum Workshop Tour

Former HELLOWEEN/METALIUM drummer Mark Cross will embark on a drum workshop tour during March and May. The first scheduled clinics will take place March 21-22 (drum recording seminar) at the SAE in Athens, Greece, with additional dates planned in Sydney, Australia and about 12 shows in Brazil sometime in May. In addition, Mark will spend ...

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UFO: Tentative Tour Plans Revealed

UFO are tentatively scheduled to launch the first leg of their U.S. tour on April 23 in Baltimore, with dates set to run through May 15 in Cleveland. The band are then expected to head over to Europe for several festival appearances as well as a U.K. tour beginning around June 14. The second leg ...

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GRIFFIN Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Norwegian metallers GRIFFIN have been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: AFTER FOREVER AMON AMARTH ANTHRAX ARCH ENEMY BAL-SAGOTH BRAINSTORM BÖHSE ONKELZ CANNIBAL CORPSE CATHEDRAL CHILDREN OF BODOM DEATH ...

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SCORPIONS Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

Veteran German hard rockers SCORPIONS have been confirmed as the third headliner (alongside JUDAS PRIEST and EUROPE) at this year's installment of 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 (in alphabetical order): ABRAMIS BRAMA APRIL ...

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HELLOWEEN Confirmed For Finland's SAUNA OPEN AIR Festival

Veteran German power metallers HELLOWEEN have been confirmed for this year's Sauna Open Air festival, set to take place on June 11-12 in Tampere, Finland. Also scheduled to perform are NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, THUNDERSTONE, TAROT and DIABLO, among others. HELLOWEEN will perform on Saturday, June 12 at the Pakkahuone concert hall (capacity 1,500). More ...

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THANATOSCHIZO Name New Album

Portuguese avantgarde metallers THANATOSCHIZO have set "Turbulence" as the title of their forthcoming third album, tentatively due this summer through Rage Of Achilles Records (Portugal will receive the album this spring through Misdeed Records). The follow-up to 2002's "InsomniousNightLift" was recorded at Porto's Rec N' Roll Studios with producer Luís Barros (drummer for AFM Records ...

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UFO Set American Release Date For New Album

UFO have set a March 16 U.S. release date through SPV Records for their new album, "You Are Here". The CD will arrive in Europe one month earlier (February 16). The group's first effort to feature new guitarist Vinnie Moore, "You Are Here" (view cover here) was recorded near Hannover, Germany with producer ...

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MONSTER MAGNET, SKID ROW Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

MONSTER MAGNET and SKID ROW have been confirmed for this year's installment of 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 (in alphabetical order): ABRAMIS BRAMA APRIL WINE ASTRAL DOORS BRAINSTORM CAGE CARNAL FORGE CHILDREN OF ...

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