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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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RAGE Name New Album, Prepare To Enter Studio

Veteran German metallers RAGE have set "Soundchaser" as the title for their next studio album, which they plan to record in April at VPS Studio in Hamm. "Soundchaser" will be mixed and mastered in May by producer Charlie Bauerfeind at Mi Sueno studio (owned by Andi Deris of HELLOWEEN fame) in Tenerife, Spain. A late ...

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HELLOWEEN Name CD, Confirm New Drummer

HELLOWEEN have reportedly set "Rabbits Don't Come Easy" as the title for their forthcoming studio album, due in Europe on May 5 through Nuclear Blast Records. In other news, the band have now officially confirmed the departure of drummer Mark Cross and addition to the group's lineup of former ACCEPT/RUNNING WILD skinsman Stefan Schwarzmann (as ...

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HELLOWEEN: CROSS Out, SCHWARZMANN In?

Veteran German metallers HELLOWEEN are strongly rumored to have replaced drummer Mark Cross (ex-METALIUM) with ex-RUNNING WILD/ACCEPT skinsman Stefan Schwarzmann. Cross joined HELLOWEEN in August 2001 as a replacement for Uli Kusch but was unable to accompany the group during the recording sessions for their upcoming album after he was struck this past September by ...

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TNT To Issue 'Best Of' Collection

TNT's forthcoming "Best Of" collection, titled "The Bug Bang", will contain 17 songs from the first five TNT albums, two new tracks, and one unreleased demo cut from the "Tell No Tales" sessions as a bonus track. The CD, which was mixed by veteran Danish producer Tommy Hansen (PRETTY MAIDS, HELLOWEEN), is due to receive ...

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MASTERPLAN Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK 2003

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Bloodstock Festival, a two-day event set to take place Aug. 29-30, 2003 at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, U.K. Also scheduled to appear at ...

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MASTERPLAN Debut At German #42!

MASTERPLAN's self-titled debut album has entered the German Media Control chart at position #42. MASTERPLAN feature in their ranks ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande. ...

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