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MASTER Forced To Cancel U.S. Tour

Death metal legends MASTER, who were scheduled to kick off their long-anticipated U.S. headlining tour earlier this week with support from LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH and MOBILE DEATHCAMP, were denied entry into the country and forced to return to the Czech Republic. Said MASTER mainman Paul Speckmann in a statement: "We arrived Tuesday morning in ...

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SYMFONIA: 'In Paradisum' North American Release Date Announced

"In Paradisum", the debut album from SYMFONIA — the new melodic metal project featuring former members of HELLOWEEN, STRATOVARIUS, ANGRA and SONATA ARCTICA — will be released in North America on April 19 via Armoury Records. The CD will be issued in Europe on April 1 through Edel Germany GmbH. "In Paradisum" track listing: 01. ...

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VISIONS OF ATLANTIS: 'New Dawn' Video Released

"New Dawn", the new video from Austrian symphonic metallers VISIONS OF ATLANTIS, can be viewed below. The song comes off the band's fourth album, "Delta", which will be released via Napalm Records on the following dates: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, BeNeLux, Italy: February 25 Spain, Finland, Sweden: February 23 Rest Of Europe: February 28 USA, Canada: ...

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ANACRUSIS: New Song Available For Free Download

Singer/guitarist Kenn Nardi of reunited St. Louis, Missouri-based progressive/melodic thrash metallers ANACRUSIS have issued the following update: "Bassist John Emery, drummer Mike Owen and I have been working on some new material and though there are no definite plans for a new album at this time, we thought we'd share a new song with you. ...

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SYMFONIA Performs Live For First Time; Video Available

SYMFONIA, the new melodic metal project featuring former members of HELLOWEEN, STRATOVARIUS, ANGRA and SONATA ARCTICA, made its live debut last night (Friday, February 18) at the Finnish Metal Expo (part of the Helsinki Metal Meeting) in Helsinki, Finland. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Fields Of Avalon 02. Come By The Hills 03. ...

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Drummer ULI KUSCH Forced To Sit Out SYMFONIA Live Debut

Drummer Uli Kusch will be unable to join his SYMFONIA bandmates at the group's debut concert this coming Friday, February 18 at the Finnish Metal Expo (part of the Helsinki Metal Meeting) in Helsinki, Finland. Commented Kusch: "Over a month ago I started to feel pain in my left hand while rehearsing for the first ...

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VISIONS OF ATLANTIS: 'Delta' Trailer Available

Austrian symphonic metallers VISIONS OF ATLANTIS will release their fourth album, "Delta", via Napalm Records on the following dates: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, BeNeLux, Italy: February 25 Spain, Finland, Sweden: February 23 Rest Of Europe: February 28 USA, Canada: March 15 The CD was recorded Dreamscape Studios in Munich, Germany and marks the debut of the ...

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ROB ZOMBIE, DISTURBED, APOCALYPTICA, ALTER BRIDGE, Others Confirmed For France's HELLFEST

ROB ZOMBIE, APOCALYPTICA, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, DISTURBED, ALTER BRIDGE, MONSTER MAGNET, THE CULT, MORBID ANGEL, MESHUGGAH and SUICIDE SILENCE are among the newly confirmed bands for this year's edition of Hellfest, set to take place June 17-19, 2011 in Clisson, France. The festival billing is as follows: Friday, June 17: IGGY AND THE STOOGES ROB ZOMBIE ...

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VISIONS OF ATLANTIS Taps CHAOSWAVE Drummer For European Tour

Drummer Raphael Saini of Italian metallers CHAOSWAVE will fill in for VISIONS OF ATLANTIS' Thomas Caser during the latter band's upcoming European tour as the support act for RHAPSODY OF FIRE. Raphael says, "I am really excited about this tour with VISIONS OF ATLANTIS. I can't wait to be on the road again! "VISIONS OF ...

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CORPSESSED Signs With DARK DESCENT RECORDS

Finnish death metal outfit CORPSESSED has signed a deal with Dark Descent Records for the CD release of the band's self-titled debut EP. Due in early 2011, the EP features six tracks of bludgeoning old-school death in the vein of ENTOMBED, INCANTATION, DEICIDE, IMMOLATION and GRAVE. A video for the song "Altar Of Worms" can ...

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VISIONS OF ATLANTIS: More 'Delta' Release Dates Announced

Austrian symphonic metallers VISIONS OF ATLANTIS will release their fourth album, "Delta", via Napalm Records on the following dates: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, BeNeLux, Italy: February 25 Spain, Finland, Sweden: February 23 Rest Of Europe: February 28 USA, Canada: March 15 The CD was recorded Dreamscape Studios in Munich, Germany and marks the debut of the ...

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AXXIS To Release '20 Years Of Axxis' DVD

German metallers AXXIS have set "20 Years Of Axxis" as the title of their first-ever DVD, due in early 2011. The footage for the disc was filmed at the band's December 13, 2009 20th-anniversary show at Zeche in Bochum, Germany and it will feature 33 songs spanning AXXIS's entire career. Also included are guest appearances ...

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VISIONS OF ATLANTIS: 'Delta' Track Listing Revealed

Austrian symphonic metallers VISIONS OF ATLANTIS will release their fourth album, "Delta", on February 25, 2011 via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded Dreamscape Studios in Munich, Germany and marks the debut of the band's new singer, Maxi Nil, who joined the group last year. "Delta" track listing: 01. Black River Delta 02. Memento 03. ...

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VISIONS OF ATLANTIS: New Song Sample Available

Austrian symphonic metallers VISIONS OF ATLANTIS will release their fourth album, "Delta", on February 25, 2011 via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded Dreamscape Studios in Munich, Germany and marks the debut of the band's new singer, Maxi Nil, who joined the group last year. Working songtitles set to appear on the album include "Aeon", ...

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SODOM Announces New Drummer

German thrash metal veterans SODOM have announced the addition of drummer Markus "Makka" Freiwald to the group's ranks. Freiwald previously played for the German bands DESPAIR and FLAMING ANGER and was involved with the VOODOOCULT project. In addition, he played percussion as a session musician on the MOONSPELL album "Irreligious" and is featured on the ...

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SODOM Parts Ways With Drummer

German thrash metal veterans SODOM have released the following statement: "After personal and private problems between Tom [bassist/vocalist Thomas 'Angelripper' Such] and Bobby [Schottkowski; drums], it was decided, by mutual agreement, to end the cooperation between SODOM and the drummer Bobby Schottkowski. Tom and Bernemann [guitar] will announce as soon as possible a replacement drummer. ...

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MEKONG DELTA Drummer Comments On STRATOVARIUS Gig

Alex Landenburg (pictured below; AT VANCE, ANNIHILATOR, MEKONG DELTA) has commented on his new gig as the stand-in drummer for STRATOVARIUS after the band's regular drummer, Jörg Michael, was diagnosed with cancer and had his entire thyroid removed. "I will be stepping in for Jörg Michael on the first part of the upcoming tour with ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE, SCORPIONS, OPETH, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Confirmed For France's HELLFEST

OZZY OSBOURNE, SCORPIONS, OPETH, ANATHEMA, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and KREATOR are among the newly confirmed bands for next year's edition of Hellfest, set to take place June 17-19, 2010 in Clisson, France. Latest additions : OZZY OSBOURNE SCORPIONS OPETH ANATHEMA BLACK LABEL SOCIETY KREATOR BOLT THROWER 1349 ANCESTORS ARKONA ARMA GATHAS ATHEIST AUDREY HORNE THE ...

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STRATOVARIUS Drummer Diagnosed With Cancer

Swedish keyboardist Jens Johansson of multi-national melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS has issued the following update: "Dear STRATOVARIUS fans, I am afraid we have some quite terrible news. News of the worst imaginable kind. It's about our friend and [German] drummer Jörg Michael [STRATOVARIUS]. "Jörg has cancer. "He recently discovered a lump on his neck, went to ...

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SODOM: 'In War And Pieces' Vinyl Version Detailed

The first photo of the vinyl version of "In War And Pieces", the new album from German thrash metal veterans SODOM, can be seen below. It features the following: * Two LPs on blood-red vinyl * Printed innersleeves * Double gatefold packaging * One bonus track: "Murder One" "In War And Pieces" will be released ...

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