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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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ROY Z Speaks Out On Working With HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON

In a recent interview with Dinosaur Rock Guitar, producer extraordinaire Roy Z (HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON, HELLOWEEN) explained his recording approach while working with some of the most respected and celebrated heavy rock artists of the last few decades. "Well, [working with] Bruce [Dickinson] was different from [working with] Rob [Halford]," he said. "They both run ...

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SUPARED Debut Delayed

The European release date through Noise/Sanctuary Records of the self-titled debut from Germany's SUPARED, the new group fronted by former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske, has been pushed back to Jan. 27 from the originally planned Jan. 20. The delay is being blamed on "delivery problems," according to the band's official newsletter. The album is expected ...

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HELLOWEEN Set Release Date For New CD

HELLOWEEN have set a May 5 European release date through Nuclear Blast Records for their as-yet-untitled new album, which is currently being mixed by producer Charlie Bauernfeind at Mi Sueno studio in Tenerife, Spain. A North American release date has yet to be announced. The CD, which features a guest appearance by MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey ...

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MASTERPLAN Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

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 to appear at next year's installment of Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28, 2003 in Balingen, Germany. The list of artists currently set to perform at Bang Your ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Singer To Guest On AINA Debut

Former HELLOWEEN and current SUPARED frontman Michael Kiske has been tapped to sing on the forthcoming album from AINA, the new project spearheaded by acclaimed German producer Sascha Paeth (KAMELOT, ANGRA, RHAPSODY). Kiske, whose SUPARED debut is due on Jan. 20 through Noise/Sanctuary Records, has laid down his vocals on two of the cuts so ...

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MICHAEL KISKE: I'm Not Interested In Rejoining HELLOWEEN

Ex-HELLOWEEN frontman Michael Kiske has vowed to never rejoin his former bandmates, claiming that his current project, SUPARED, is "much more interesting for me then any reunion could ever be." When asked by a fan via a recent Noise Records newsletter if he would ever sing for HELLOWEEN again, Michael responded, "I don't think that's ...

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MOTÖRHEAD's MIKKEY DEE: 'HAMMERFALL Can Suck My Cock'

MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee has slammed fellow Swedes HAMMERFALL for "acting like rock stars" and "completely ripping off" bands like HELLOWEEN, IRON MAIDEN and KING DIAMOND in order to attain their current level of success. Speaking to Metal Rules, Dee stated, "Look at a band like HAMMERFALL and shit. They're going through the roof. When ...

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HELLOWEEN's MARK CROSS: 'My Heart Is Bleeding'

HELLOWEEN drummer Mark Cross (ex-METALIUM), whose bout with mononucleosis has prevented him from appearing on the band's forthcoming studio album (the drum tracks on the CD are being recorded by MOTÖRHEAD's Mikkey Dee), has posted the following message via his official web site: "How tricky life can be! I cannot believe that a thing like ...

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EDGUY Singer To Appear On ROB ROCK Album

EDGUY/AVANTASIA frontman Tobias Sammet is set to record a guest appearance on the sophomore solo offering from ex-IMPELLITTERI singer Rob Rock, due in early 2003. The as-yet-untitled effort is being produced by Roy Z, who has previously worked with HALFORD and HELLOWEEN, among others. ...

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MOTÖRHEAD Drummer To Guest On New HELLOWEEN CD

Veteran German power metallers HELLOWEEN are utilizing the services of MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee during the recording sessions for their as-yet-untitled new album after regular skinsman Mark Cross (ex-METALIUM) was struck "by the malicious (EBV) Epstein-Barr virus also known as Mononucleosis" this past September, according to the band's official web site. "[Mark will] need at ...

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MASTERPLAN Debut At #15 On German Single Chart

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, have entered the German Single Chart at position #15 with their first single, "Enlighten Me". The group's self-titled debut album is due on Jan. 20, 2003 through AFM Records. ...

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PARAGON: New Album Will Be More Aggressive Than Last

German melodic metallers PARAGON are writing songs for the follow-up to this year's critically-acclaimed "Law Of The Blade" CD for a tentative July 2003 release through Remedy Records/Zomba. "Judging from the instrumental stuff we have so far it will be even more aggressive [than] the last album — so don't say you have not been ...

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MASTERPLAN Album Pushed Up, Single Clip Posted Online

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, will issue their self-titled debut album one week earlier than previously announced. The Andy Sneap-produced effort will now surface on Jan. 20, 2003 through AFM Records. A short clip of the album's first single, "Enlighten ...

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SUPARED: First Photo Posted Online

Germany's SUPARED, the new group fronted by former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske, have posted the first official band photo online at this location. As previously reported, SUPARED's long-awaited debut album (Kiske's third as a solo artist) will surface on Jan. 20, 2003 through Noise/Sanctuary Records. ...

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ARK Split With JORN LANDE!

ARK, who feature in their ranks ex-CONCEPTION guitarist Tore Østby, former MALMSTEEN drummer John Macaluso, and ex-MALMSTEEN bassist Randy Coven, have reportedly parted ways with former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/current MASTERPLAN vocalist Jorn Lande. In addition, the group are said to have split with Inside Out Records and are currently seeking a new record deal. ARK, who ...

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NOSTRADAMEUS, DREAM EVIL To Open For HAMMERFALL

NOSTRADAMEUS has been tapped to fill the opening slot for the first half of HAMMERFALL's upcoming European tour, while DREAM EVIL will occupy the same slot during the second half of the trek. MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/current ARK singer Jorn Lande, will ...

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MASTERPLAN Launch Official Web Site

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, have launched their official web site at this location. Currently, most sections of the site are still under construction, but it is expected that the site will be fully operational soon. Meanwhile, some ...

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ARK Commence Work On New CD

ARK, who feature in their ranks former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/current MASTERPLAN vocalist Jorn Lande, ex-CONCEPTION guitarist Tore Østby, former MALMSTEEN drummer John Macaluso, and ex-MALMSTEEN bassist Randy Coven, have entered Area 51 Studios in Celle, Germany to begin recording their new album with producer Tommy Newton (HELLOWEEN, VICTORY). "ARK reunited in Southern France six weeks ago, ...

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SUPARED Set Release Date For Long-Awaited Debut

SUPARED, the new group fronted by former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske, have set January 20, 2003 as the release date through Noise/Sanctuary Records for their their long-awaited debut album (Kiske's third as a solo artist). As previously reported, the full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Reconsider 02. Can I Know Now? ...

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ARCTIC FIELDS Team Up With Ex-HELLOWEEN Guitarist On Full-Length Debut

Hamburg, Germany-based ARCTIC FIELDS are currently recording their first album, Prism, at Crazy Cat Studio under the production guidance of ex-HELLOWEEN/current MASTERPLAN guitarist Roland Grapow. In related news, Grapow makes a guest appearance on the new album from the German melodic metal band MOB RULES, titled Hollowed Be Thy Name. Roland can be heard playing ...

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Ex-HELLOWEEN Frontman Finalizes Track Listing For New CD

SUPARED, the new group fronted by former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske, have finalized the track listing for their long-awaited debut album (Kiske's third as a solo artist), due in January through Noise/Sanctuary Records. It is as follows: 01. Reconsider (Taraxes/Kiske) 02. Can I Know Now? (Kiske) 03. Let's Be Sun-Like (Kiske) 04. He Pretends (Kiske) ...

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