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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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Former HELLOWEEN Frontman To Guest On EXECUTION CD

Former HELLOWEEN frontman Michael Kiske is preparing to enter the studio to record a guest appearance for the forthcoming solo project of THOTEN frontman Renato Tribuzy, dubbed EXECUTION. "I will take a while to sing the song," Michael said. "It's nothing impossible, but [it calls for] very high-pitched vocals. I have to train for that ...

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HAMMERFALL Singer To Shoot Video Clip In February

HAMMERFALL frontman Joacim Cans began recording the vocals for his upcoming solo album, titled "Beyond the Gates", on January 15 with producer Charlie Bauerfeind (HELLOWEEN, MOTÖRHEAD, SAXON, BLIND GUARDIAN, RAGE). Charlie is also slated to mix the CD, which will be released under the CANS banner on April 26 through Sanctuary Records. Late February, the ...

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MASTERPLAN Honored With European Border Breakers Award

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, were honored with a European Border Breakers Award at this year's MIDEM convention in Cannes, France. The European Border Breakers Awards are a European Commission initiative which reward ten artists or groups (and their record ...

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KOTIPELTO Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

KOTIPELTO, the Finnish band led by former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto, has 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 BAL-SAGOTH BRAINSTORM BÖHSE ONKELZ CANNIBAL ...

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HELLOWEEN, TESTAMENT, IN FLAMES Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

HELLOWEEN, TESTAMENT, IN FLAMES, GRAND MAGUS and ASTRAL DOORS 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 ...

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DRAGONFORCE To Stage One-Off Show In Thailand

London-based "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE will play a one-off headline show on January 29 in Bangkok, Thailand before kicking off their Japanese tour with HELLOWEEN on January 31. Here are the details of the venue and contact address for Thailand: The Rock Pub 93/26-28 Payathai Road, Rachtaevee Bangkok 10400 Tel : +(66)-2208-9664 Other shows: ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Singer Names Solo Album

Former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto has set "Coldness" as the title of his second solo album, due this spring through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Waiting For The Dawn" (which was issued under the KOTIPELTO banner) reportedly features "more or less the same" recording lineup as that on the debut, which included contributions ...

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DRAGONFORCE Set Title, Release Date For Sophomore Album

London-based power metallers DRAGONFORCE have set "Sonic Firestorm" as the title of their sophomore album, due on April 19 through Noise Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Valley Of The Damned" was recorded primarily at Thin Ice Studios, Virginia Water, Surrey, England with producer Karl Groom, while all the guitars were recorded at guitarist Herman Li's ...

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UFO: New Album Samples Available For Download

UFO fan site Strangers In The Night has posted MP3 clips of all 12 tracks that are set to appear on the new UFO album, "You Are Here", due in Europe on February 16 through SPV Records (March in the U.S.). Check them out here. The group's first effort to feature new guitarist ...

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HELLOWEEN To Play Indonesia In February

German power metallers HELLOWEEN have announced three dates in Indonesia following their upcoming Japanese tour, which takes place in late January/early February. Prior to the Japanese trek, HELLOWEEN will embark on a two-week U.S. tour beginning on January 15 in Sayreville, New Jersey. Upcoming HELLOWEEN shows: Jan. 15 – Sayreville, NJ - USA - Starland ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Singer Completes Work On New Solo Album, Comments On Departure

Former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto has completed work on his second solo album, tentatively due in the spring through Century Media Records. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2002's "Waiting For The Dawn" (issued under the KOTIPELTO banner) reportedly features "more or less the same" recording lineup as that on the debut, which featured contributions from Mike ...

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'Monsters Of Metal Vol. 1' DVD To Arrive Later This Month

Nuclear Blast Records USA will be releasing the "Monsters Of Metal Vol. 1" DVD on January 27. Described as the "ultimate metal DVD compilation," the two-disc set will contain the following track listing: DVD 1: 01. MANOWAR - "Warriors Of The World United" 02. HAMMERFALL - "Hearts On Fire" 03. HELLOWEEN - "Just A Little ...

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HATESPHERE To Enter Studio In February

Danish death-thrashers HATESPHERE will enter Jailhouse Studios in February with producer Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, PRETTY MAIDS) to record their new album, tentatively due in May through Italy's Scarlet Records. HATESPHERE's most recent mini-album, "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Black", contained three studio cuts and four live tracks and was the group's first ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Drummer Records Guest Appearance

Former HELLOWEEN/METALIUM drummer Mark Cross has recorded a guest appearance on an album from an "up-and-coming" Greek artist named Mike K. The recordings took place at Sierra Studios in Athens, Greece between December 19 and 23, and "the results are outstanding," according to a posting on Cross' web site. "The musical style covers heavy rock, ...

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HAMERFALL Guitarist Reports From The ROCKFABRIK 20-Year-Anniversary Jam

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Happy holidays, Templars! As you might have gathered from the Forum, some of us were at the Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Gemany, last weekend. The legendary club celebrated its 20-year anniversary, and HAMMERFALL was invited to the festivities. So Anders, Joacim ...

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STRATOVARIUS, HELLOWEEN Drummers Guest On DER BOTE CD

Former STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael and current HELLOWEEN skinsman Stefan Schwarzmann have recorded guest appearances for the solo project of FEUERENGEL frontman Boris, dubbed DER BOTE. The band's debut album, which has yet to be officially released, features Jörg on six songs ("Intro", "Einsam", "Todgeweiht", "Vorbei", "Kalt" and "2003") and Stefan on three ("Ich Bin ...

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GAMMA RAY, HAMMERFALL, PRIMAL FEAR Members To Partake In 'All-Star' Jam

GAMMA RAY's Kai Hansen, HAMMERFALL's Joacim Cans, PRIMAL FEAR's Tom Naumann and GODIVA's Mitch Koonz are among the musicians tentatively scheduled to partake in an "all-star" jam at the 20th anniversary party for the Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg (Germany). The jam, which is slated to take place this Sunday, December 28, will reportedly include selections from HELLOWEEN ...

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Ex-ZANDELLE Drummer Joins MAGUS BEAST

Former ZANDELLE drummer Bob Delmini has officially joined MAGUS BEAST. Bob and the guys of MAGUS BEAST have been friends for a few years, and once they started working together, it was obvious that this was an incredible opportunity that could not be passed up. Bob Delmini commented, "I'm so excited that I've found the ...

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UFO: New Album Artwork Posted Online

UFO have posted the cover art for their new album, "You Are Here", at this location. The group's first effort to feature new guitarist Vinnie Moore, "You Are Here" was recorded near Hannover, Germany with producer Tommy Newton (HELLOWEEN, CONCEPTION, VICTORY, ELEGY, ARK, TEN) and is due in Europe on February 16, 2004 ...

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Ex-HELOWEEN Singer MICHAEL KISKE: I Will Not Join STRATOVARIUS

Former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske has shot down the rumors linking him with Finnish neo-classical metallers STRATOVARIUS as the replacement for the recently departed Timo Kotipelto. The following is the official statement released by the webmaster for Kiske's new project, SUPARED: "The fact that vocalist Timo Kotipelto left STRATOVARIUS was awakening the hope of many ...

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UFO Guitarist To Guest On JORDAN RUDESS Solo Album

UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore started recording solos Thursday (Dec. 11) for the new Jordan Rudess (DREAM THEATER) solo record. This will be the first time Jordan and Vinnie have recorded together since Vinnie's "Time Odyssey" record was released in 1988. Moore will be featured on two songs. Joe Satriani, Greg Howe, and Steve Morse will ...

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UFO To Release New Album In February

UFO have set a February 16, 2004 European release date through SPV Records for their new album, "You Are Here". The group's first album to feature new guitarist Vinnie Moore was recorded near Hannover, Germany with producer Tommy Newton (HELLOWEEN, CONCEPTION, VICTORY, ELEGY, ARK, TEN) and contains 11 new songs, including "The Spark That Is ...

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OMEN To Support HELLOWEEN In Texas

Classic metallers OMEN have been confirmed to support HELLOWEEN at three Texas dates in January. In addition, the band will perform a special CD-release show in December. Upcoming OMEN dates: Dec. 12 - The Indigo - Dallas, TX Jan. 22 - The Engine Room - Houston, TX (w/ HELLOWEEN) Jan. 23 - White Rabbit - ...

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HELLOWEEN: U.S. Tour Announced

Veteran German power metallers HELLOWEEN will be returning to the U.S for another short run of dates in late January. The details are as follows: Jan. 15 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom Jan. 16 - Farmingdale, NY @ Downtown Jan. 17 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium Jan. 18 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx ...

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DRAGONFORCE Begin Work On New Album, Announce Japanese Tour

London-based power metallers DRAGONFORCE have started work on the follow-up to their debut album, "Valley Of The Damned", released earlier this year. The majority of the recording is taking place at Thin Ice Studios, Virginia Water, Surrey, England with producer Karl Groom, while all the guitars are being recorded at guitarist Herman Li's own private ...

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