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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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Former HELLOWEEN Frontman Announces Name For Solo Project

Former HELLOWEEN frontman Michael Kiske has reportedly set SUPARED as the name of his new "solo" project, which is tentatively due to issue its as-yet-untitled debut in January through Noise/Sanctuary Records. As previously reported, Kiske's forthcoming CD will contain "some cool heavy metal elements but also some poppy songs, but as always it is a ...

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DIONYSUS To Issue Debut In November

Swedish/German melodic power metal act DIONYSUS, featuring the voice behind guitarist Luca Turilli's solo work, Olaf Hayer, and ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz, have set November 11th as the release date for their debut album, Sign Of Truth, through AFM Records. The effort was recorded at Rhön Studios in Fulda, Germany with producer Tobias Sammet (EDGUY ...

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MASTERPLAN Part With Keyboardist, Announce Replacement

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, have parted ways with keyboardist Janne Wirman, who was unable to commit himself to the group due to his involvement with CHILDREN OF BODOM. Replacing him in the band is Axel Mackenrott, who has previously ...

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MASTERPLAN To Issue EP, Support HAMMERFALL In Europe

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, will issue a five-song EP, entitled Enlighten Me, on November 18th through Germany's AFM Records. The maxi single will contain two different versions of the title song, "Kind Hearted Light" (another track from the upcoming ...

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IRON SAVIOR Postpone German Gigs Due To Drummer's Injury

German power metallers IRON SAVIOR were forced to postpone their previously-announced Mega-Metal-Party shows in September after it was determined that drummer Thomas Nack would require a longer-than-expected recovery period due to a recent hand injury. The new dates are as follows: Nov. 08 – Krefeld, GER @ Kulturfabrik Nov. 22 – Hamburg, GER @ Grünspan ...

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AXEL RUDI PELL: Live CD/DVD Track Listing Revealed

German axe hero AXEL RUDI PELL has revealed the track listing for his upcoming double CD and DVD—entitled Knights Live and Knight Treasures (Live and More), respectively—which were recently mixed with engineer Charlie Bauerfeind at HELLOWEEN singer Andy Deris' studio Mi Sueno in Tenerife, Spain. The songs set to be included on the CD are ...

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HELLOWEEN Announce Addition Of Ex-FREEDOM CALL Guitarist

Germany's HELLOWEEN have finally confirmed, via the band's official webmaster, the addition of former FREEDOM CALL guitarist Sascha Gerstner to the group's ranks. Gerstner replaces Roland Grapow, who was dismissed from the band last year. HELLOWEEN are said to be nearly done with the recording process for their much-anticipated new album at singer Andy Deris' ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Singer Pushes Back Solo CD Release Date

Former HELLOWEEN frontman Michael Kiske has had the release date of his as-yet-untitled third solo album pushed back to January 2003 through Noise/Sanctuary Records. According to a spokesperson for the singer, "[Kiske] wants to use the time for composing some more songs, whether for this album or already the follow-up is not clear yet. The ...

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MASTERPLAN Revise Album Track Listing

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, have revised the track listing for their forthcoming self-titled debut album, due in January through AFM Records in Europe and Avalon Records in Japan. The songs "Through Thick And Thin", "The Kid Rocks On" and ...

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HELLOWEEN Prepare To Enter Studio

HELLOWEEN are completing work on new songs in Hamburg, Germany in preparation for the recording of their new album, which is scheduled to begin at the end of August in vocalist Andi Deris' Mi Sueono Studios in Tenerife, Spain. The as-yet-untitled disc will once again be produced by Charlie Bauerfeind, who also recorded the most ...

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MASTERPLAN Ink Record Deal, Anticipate January Release For Debut CD

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, have inked a deal with AFM Records for all territories except Southeast Asia and Japan, where the group are signed to the Avalon label. The first single from the band's self-titled debut CD will be ...

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EDGE OF TIME Guest List Expands

The forthcoming debut album from EDGE OF TIME, the new band formed by Italian frontman Chris Heaven and ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer Michael Von Knorring, will feature a number of guest appearances from well-known metal and hard rock musicians, including those from former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN bassist Svante Henryson, MASTERPLAN/ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-DIO guitarist Rowan Robertson, ...

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Ex-HELLOWEEN Drummer Joins IRON SAVIOR For WACKEN OPEN AIR Gig

IRON SAVIOR utilized the services of former HELLOWEEN and current MASTERPLAN drummer Uli Kusch during their performance at Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany yesterday after regular drummer Thomas Nack hurt his finger and was unable to join the band for the gig. Said guitarist/vocalist Piet Sielck the day before the show: "We hoped ...

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AXEL RUDI PELL To Mix Live CD/DVD At HELLOWEEN Singer's Studio

German axe hero AXEL RUDI PELL will commence the mixing process for his upcoming double CD and DVD—entitled Knights Live and Knight Treasures (Live and More), respectively—on July 27th with engineer Charlie Bauerfeind at HELLOWEEN singer Andy Deris' studio Mi Sueno in Tenerife, Spain. As previously reported, the CD and DVD are both due on ...

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Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Bassist To Guest On EDGE OF TIME CD

The forthcoming debut album from EDGE OF TIME, the new band formed by Italian frontman Chris Heaven and ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer Michael Von Knorring, will feature a guest appearance by former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN bassist Svante Henryson. As previously reported, the album will also include a guest spot by MASTERPLAN/ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow. ...

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German "All-Star" Tribute To JUDAS PRIEST Confirmed For ORANIENBAUM OPEN AIR FESTIVAL

JUDAS PRIEST cover band ELECTRIC EYE, featuring HELLOWEEN drummer Mark Cross, X-13 vocalist Joerg Wesenberg, METALIUM guitarist Matthias Lange, X-13/SHOCKMASHINE guitarist Rolli Feldmann, and PARAGON drummer Markus Big M. Corby on bass, will be performing at the Logo Club on Grindelallee in Hamburg, Germany on July 23rd and as the headliner at the Oranienbaum Open ...

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HELLOWEEN Prepare To Record New CD, Former Singer Completes Third Solo Album

HELLOWEEN are currently in Hamburg, Germany writing and rehearsing material for the group's next studio album, due in early 2003. In related news, former HELLOWEEN frontman Michael Kiske has completed work on his as-yet-untitled third solo album, which is tentatively scheduled for a late August/early September release through Noise/Sanctuary Records. According to Kiske's official newsletter, ...

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