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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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OPETH Singer To Guest On New AYREON CD

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has been officially confirmed as one of the guest performers on the new AYREON CD, "The Human Equation", tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. According to a posting on AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen's (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) web site, "fans and journalists alike kept telling Arjen to check out Mikael ...

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AXEL RUDI PELL: In Recording Mode

German axe hero AXEL RUDI PELL is in the middle of recording his new album, titled "Kings & Queens", for a late February release through SPV Records. The new CD is being produced by Axel and co-produced, mixed and engineered by Charlie Bauerfeind (HELLOWEEN, MOTÖRHEAD, SAXON, BLIND GUARDIAN, RAGE). Johnny Gioeli is presently laying down ...

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HELLOWEEN Announce Rescheduled European Dates

German metallers HELLOWEEN have announced the rescheduled European dates that were missed last week in order to allow singer Andi Deris additional time to recover from a chest and throat infection. The rescheduled dates are as follows: Nov. 30 – Krakow, POL @ Wisla Hall (* note new venue) Dec. 09 – Copenhagen, DEN @ ...

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AYREON Name New CD

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) has set "Ayreon: The Human Equation" as the title for the group's forthcoming CD, tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. Among the guest vocalists scheduled to appear on the album are James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER), Devon Graves (a.k.a. Buddy Lackey, DEAD SOUL TRIBE, ex-PSYCHOTIC WALTZ), Magnus ...

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Updated: HELLOWEEN Singer Taken Ill, Band Cancel European Gigs

HELLOWEEN have cancelled three shows on their current European tour (Cracow, Poland on Oct. 25, Oslo, Norway on Oct. 27 and Copenhagen, Denmark on Oct. 28) in order to allow vocalist Andi Deris to recover from an unspecified virus which has caused the group cut short their performance in Berlin, Germany Friday night (October 24). ...

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RAGE: 20-Year Anniversary Mini-Tour Planned In January

Veteran German metallers RAGE will celebrate their 20-year anniversary with a four-date tour of Germany during January. The shows will consist of an acoustic set and an extensive "best of" program, which will be filmed for an upcoming DVD. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jan. 22 – Nürnberg, GER @ Hirsch Jan. 23 - Münster-Breitefeld ...

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