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Former HELLOWEEN Drummer To Play Cover Gigs In Greece

VALANOS, the new hard rock/metal cover band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN/METALIUM drummer Mark Cross and former members of the Greek metal act SPITFIRE, will perform several gigs in Greece during July/August. The group's 90-minute set will include covers of various hard rock and metal classics, original tracks from SPITFIRE (who released two albums through EMI, 1986's "First ...

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BURDEN OF GRIEF Name New Album

German death/thrash metal act BURDEN OF GRIEF have set "Fields Of Salvation" as the title for their third full-length album, tentatively due later in the year through Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2001's "On Darker Trails" will contain nine tracks and will be mixed at Jailhouse studios in Denmark with producer Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, PRETTY ...

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RAGE Set Release Date For 'Soundchaser'

Veteran German metallers RAGE have set a September 29 European release date through SPV/Steamhammer Records for their new album, "Soundchaser". 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 Charlie Bauerfeind at Mi Sueno studio (owned by Andi Deris of HELLOWEEN ...

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HELLOWEEN Announce World Tour!

Veteran German power metallers HELLOWEEN have announced the dates for their forthcoming world tour in support of their recently released "Rabbit Don't Come Easy" album. The trek will be the group's first with new members Sascha Gerstner (guitar) and Stefan Schwarzmann (drums). Upcoming HELLOWEEN tour dates: South America Sep. 11 - Bar Opiniao - Porto ...

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RAGE Complete Work On 'Soundchaser'

Veteran German metallers RAGE have completed work on their new album, "Soundchaser", due in late summer 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 Charlie Bauerfeind at Mi Sueno studio (owned by Andi Deris of HELLOWEEN fame) ...

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SUPARED Secure Japanese Release For Debut CD

Germany's SUPARED, the new group fronted by former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske, have finally secured a Japanese deal for their self-titled debut. The CD, which has been available in Europe through Noise/Sanctuary Records since late January, will surface in Japan on June 21 via JVC Records. It is not presently clear if the Japanese edition ...

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EDGUY Set Working Title For New CD

German melodic metallers EDGUY have set "Mysteria" as the working title for their next studio album, tentatively due in early 2004 through AFM Records. "We'll have some great surprises for you, so stay tuned," EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet wrote on the band's official web site regarding the new material. "Musically it's gonna sound like EDGUY ...

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MICHAEL KISKE: No Chance Of A Reunion With HELLOWEEN

Ex-HELLOWEEN and current SUPARED frontman Michael Kiske has once again dismissed the possibility of a future collaboration with his former bandmates, saying that a new HELLOWEEN album with his vocals "wouldn't have a real soul." "If I would get back to HELLOWEEN we would NEVER be able to do a really GOOD record because we ...

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HELLOWEEN To Tour North America In October

German metallers HELLOWEEN will be embarking on a short North American headlining tour in early October to support their recently issued album, "Rabbit Don't Come Easy". The trek, which will kick off in Southern California and conclude in New York City, will tentatively cover the following markets: Los Angeles Orange County Phoenix Denver Chicago Detroit ...

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ROB ROCK Announces Florida Gig

Former IMPELLITTERI frontman Rob Rock and his RAGE OF CREATION band will be performing at the Lost & Found nightclub in Longwood, Florida on Saturday, June 14. The gig will serve as a warm-up for the band's appearance at Bang Your Head festival in Balingen, Germany late next month. As previously reported, Rock's second solo ...

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ROB ROCK: 'Eyes Of Eternity' CD Delayed

Former IMPELLITTERI frontman Rob Rock has pushed back the projected release date for his second solo album, "Eyes Of Eternity", to June 23 through Germany's Massacre Records. The CD will receive a Japanese release on July 21 through JVC/Victor Entertainment. The CD, which was produced, arranged, and mixed by Roy Z. (HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON, HELLOWEEN), ...

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HELLOWEEN: New Music Available Online

Three brand new HELLOWEEN tracks — "Just A Little Sign", "Never Be A Star" and "Do You Feel Good" — have been posted online in streaming Real Audio at this location. All three songs come off the group's forthcoming full-length CD, "Rabbit Don't Come Easy", due on May 12 through Nuclear Blast Records. ...

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SHAMAN To Film Live DVD In Brazil

Brazil's SHAMAN, who feature in their ranks former ANGRA members Andre Matos (vocals), Luis Mariutti (bass) and Ricardo Confessori (drums), will film a live DVD during their performance at the Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 5. The very special concert will feature guest appearances by several internationally-acclaimed metal musicians, including EDGUY frontman ...

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EDGUY Singer To Appear At SHAMAN Gig

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet will make a special appearance during SHAMAN's gig at the Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 5. Also scheduled to appear are HELLOWEEN guitarist Michael Weikath and singer Andi Deris. SHAMAN, who feature in their ranks former ANGRA members Andre Matos (vocals), Luis Mariutti (bass) and Ricardo Confessori (drums), ...

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HELLOWEEN Duo To Make Special Appearance During SHAMAN Gig

HELLOWEEN guitarist Michael Weikath and singer Andi Deris will make a special appearance during SHAMAN's gig at at the Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 5. SHAMAN, who feature in their ranks former ANGRA members Andre Matos (vocals), Luis Mariutti (bass) and Ricardo Confessori (drums), released their debut album, "Ritual", through Italy's Lucretia ...

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CRYSTAL BALL To Support KROKUS In Switzerland

Swiss melodic metallers CRYSTAL BALL will support KROKUS on the Swiss leg of their "Rock the Block" 2003 Tour. Confirmed dates are as follows: Mar. 29 - Paragraph K - Langnau, SWI Mar. 30 - Paragraph K - Langnau, SWI Apr. 12 - Metropol - Lausanne, SWI Apr. 13 - Bierhuebeli - Bern, SWI Apr. ...

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TNT Sign With MTM, Prepare To Release 'Best Of' CD

TNT have signed with MTM Music for the release of their much-anticipated EP, "Taste", and a new full-length album, due out later this year. "Taste" will feature five new tracks, a demo leftover from the "Tell No Tales" era and possibly a rare live track. Also slated to come out is a "Best Of" collection, ...

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HELLOWEEN Bassist Speaks Out On New Album

HELLOWEEN bassist Markus Grosskopf recently gave an interview to the band's official web site (www.helloween.org) in which he talked about the group's upcoming album, "Rabbit Don't Come Easy", and the group's decision to record ACCEPT and QUEEN covers as bonus tracks for the CD. When asked how "Rabbit Don't Come Easy" differs from ...

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TNT Perform Special Showcase In Norway

TNT performed a special five-song showcase Saturday (Feb. 15) at a small club called Fru Lundgren in Trondheim, Norway as part of the Bylarm Festival. The group's complete list for the evening was as follows: 01. Far As The Eye Can See 02. Hey Love 03. Seven Seas 04. 10,000 Lovers 05. Everyone's A Star ...

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HELLOWEEN: 'Rabbit Don't Come Easy' Details Unveiled

HELLOWEEN have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Rabbit Don't Come Easy", due on May 5 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album will be released in a jewel case and there will be a limited edition in a very special digipack available, including the bonus track "Far Away". The first single off the ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Drummer Comments On Departure

Former HELLOWEEN drummer Mark Cross has issued an official statement confirming his departure from the group (as first reported here last week). The statement reads as follows: "After being ill the past few months, it looks like I will no longer remain in HELLOWEEN. "Past September, a few days after I started the ...

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