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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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DIONYSUS Added To SAXON/DORO European Tour

DIONYSUS, the Swedish/German melodic power metal act featuring the voice behind guitarist Luca Turilli's solo work, Olaf Hayer, and ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz, have been added to the upcoming SAXON/DORO/CIRCLE II CIRCLE European tour. Confirmed dates are as follows: Nov. 29 - Murcia, SPA - Sala Gamma (w/out CIRCLE II CIRCLE) Nov. 30 - Bergara, ...

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DREAM THEATER Singer To Guest On New AYREON CD

DREAM THEATER singer James LaBrie has been officially confirmed as one of the guest performers on the new AYREON CD, tentatively due early next year through an as-yet-undetermined label. "LaBrie has known AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen's (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) music for a long time and did not hide the fact that he would love to be ...

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AYREON: Guest Singers Announced

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), are currently recording their sixth studio album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Transmission Records. Among the guest vocalists set to appear on the album are the following: Devon Graves (DEAD SOUL TRIBE) Magnus Ekwall (THE QUILL) Heather Findlay (MOSTLY AUTUMN) Eric Clayton (SAVIOUR MACHINE) ...

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RAGE: Unplugged Tour A Great Success

A photo of veteran German metallers RAGE performing acoustically during one of their recent "unplugged" concerts has been posted online at this location. A posting on the web site of RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski reads as follows: "Numerous RAGE fans had been on the road during the last days to take part at ...

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GAMMA RAY To Support IRON MAIDEN In Europe

German power metallers GAMMA RAY have been confirmed as the support act for the first 10 European dates of IRON MAIDEN's "Dance Of Death World Tour". GAMMA RAY, fronted by former HELLOWEEN guitarist Kai Hansen, have been busy throughout the summer playing at many of the big open air festivals, including Wacken, followed by a ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Drummer Receives Clean Bill Of Health

Former HELLOWEEN/METALIUM drummer Mark Cross has received a clean bill of health from his doctor a year after he was forced to bow out of HELLOWEEN as a result of being struck by the malicious (EBV) Epstein-Barr virus (also known as mononucleosis). According to a post on Cross' web site, Mark's physician has confirmed that ...

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DIONYSUS Finishing Up Work On New Album

DIONYSUS, the Swedish/German melodic power metal act featuring the voice behind guitarist Luca Turilli's solo work, Olaf Hayer, and ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz, are in the final phase of the recording sessions for their new album, tentatively due in February 2004 through AFM Records. The CD, which is being recorded at Studio Kuling in Örebro, ...

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HELLOWEEN Guitarist Talks About The 'Shortage Of Men' In America

HELLOWEEN guitarist Michael Weikath recently spoke to KNAC.com about dealing with female attention during the group's early tours in America. "There were groupies, and then there were non-groupies," he explained. "There were some girls who were interested in the personalities. There was something else I found out, too. There's a shortage of men in America, ...

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Former IMPELLITTERI Singer To Perform In Orlando

Former IMPELLITTERI frontman Rob Rock and his RAGE OF CREATION band will be appearing at the re-opening of the Station club on Saturday, September 27 in Orlando, Florida. Rock and the band "will perform on their brand new state-of-the-art stage with spectacular sound and lights, and a completely brand new concert venue," reads a post ...

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IRON MAIDEN Confirm European Opening Acts

IRON MAIDEN have officially confirmed that rising new U.K. talent — FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND — will be supporting them on a large part of their upcoming "Dance Of Death" European Tour support starting in Frankfurt on November 4 through to Nancy on Oct 29 except in Paris and Poland. Longtime MAIDEN fans, FUNERAL FOR ...

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MASTERPLAN To Tour Europe With GAMMA RAY

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, have been confirmed for the More Than Fest in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia on September 6 and Roverfest in Moscow, Russia on October 17. "The concert in Slovakia will also feature GAMMA RAY and [will] probably ...

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BURDEN OF GRIEF Complete Work On Third Album

German death/thrash metal act BURDEN OF GRIEF have finished recording their third full-length album, "Fields Of Salvation", and will be heading to Jailhouse Studios in Denmark shortly to being mixing the effort with producer Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, PRETTY MAIDS, HATESPHERE). The follow-up to 2001's "On Darker Trails" will contain nine tracks. A late 2003 release ...

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STRATOVARIUS: New Song Posted Online

A brand new STRATOVARIUS track, titled "I Walk To My Own Song", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location (file size: 3.6 MB). "I Walk To My Own Song" comes off the Finnish neo-classical metallers' forthcoming CD, "Elements Part 2", due on October 27 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album, ...

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JAG PANZER Line Up European Headlining Shows

Colorado-based power metal veterans JAG PANZER will play several headlining shows in Europe before embarking on a North American tour with HELLOWEEN and BEYOND THE EMBRACE in early October. Confirmed European headlining dates are as follows: Sep. 25 – Milano, ITA - Transilvania Club Sep. 27 – Thessaloniki, GRE - Idrogeios Club Sep. 28 – ...

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RAGE: New Album Delayed

Veteran German metallers RAGE have pushed back the release date of their new album, "Soundchaser", to October 6 through SPV/Steamhammer Records. As previously reported, the follow-up to last year's "Unity" (view cover here) was recorded in April at VPS Studio in Hamm, Germany and was mixed and mastered by producer Charlie Bauerfeind at ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer To Begin Recording New Solo Album

STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto has completed the songwriting process for his second solo album with only "some lyrics [left] to be written," according to a post on his web site. Timo will enter the studio in September to begin recording the as-yet-untitled follow-up to last year's "Waiting For The Dawn" album (issued under the KOTIPELTO ...

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RAGE To Support HELLOWEEN In Europe

Veteran German metallers RAGE have been confirmed as the opening act for HELLOWEEN's upcoming European tour, which is scheduled to kick off on October 20. A RAGE headlining tour will follow in December. RAGE will release their new album, entitled "Soundchaser", on September 29 through SPV/Steamhammer Records. The follow-up to last year's "Unity" (view cover ...

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JAG PANZER Drummer Welcomes Addition To Family

Congratulations are in order for JAG PANZER drummer Rikard, wife Barbra, and son Gunnar, who welcomed Sophia Karin Siri Stjernquist into their family three months ago. As previously reported, JAG PANZER will be supporting HELLOWEEN on their two-week tour of North America in early October. Also set to appear on the bill are BEYOND THE ...

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GAMMA RAY: 'Skeletons In The Closet' Track Listing Revealed

German power metallers GAMMA RAY have finalized the track listing for their new live album, "Skeletons In The Closet", due on August 25 through Metal-Is/Sanctuary Records. The final track listing, which was voted on by the band's fans on the Internet, is as follows: CD 1: 01. Welcome (1:06) 02. Gardens Of The Sinner (5:48) ...

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RAGE: 'Soundchaser' Cover Art Posted Online

Veteran German metallers RAGE have posted the cover artwork (designed by Joachim Luetke) for their new album, "Soundchaser", at this location. "Soundchaser" is due on September 29 through SPV/Steamhammer Records. The follow-up to last year's "Unity" was recorded in April at VPS Studio in Hamm, Germany and was mixed and mastered by producer ...

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