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TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON: New Album Title, More Guests Revealed

Finnish composer/producer and guitar player Timo Tolkki has set "Angels Of The Apocalypse" as the title of the follow-up to TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON's debut album, "The Land Of New Hope". Due in May via Frontiers Records, the CD will feature guest appearances by the following singers: * Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH, REVAMP, AFTER FOREVER) * Simone ...

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BLACK SABBATH's '13' Takes Top Honors In 'Metal On Metal' Listener Poll

BLACK SABBATH's "13" took the number one spot in WJCU's "Metal On Metal" Top 25 year-end album countdown show, which aired on January 3. "13" dominated the listener poll, receiving 30% more votes than second-place finisher, SAXON's "Sacrifice". AMON AMARTH's "Deceiver Of The Gods", MOTÖRHEAD's "Aftershock" and DEATH ANGEL's "The Dream Calls For Blood" finished ...

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SYMPHONY X Bassist To Play On New MINDMAZE Album

SYMPHONY X's Mike LePond will lay down the bass tracks on the forthcoming sophomore album "Back From The Edge", from the Pennsylvania-based melodic metal band MINDMAZE. The CD is tentatively due in September. Comments MINDMAZE: "It is with sadness that MindMaze announces the departure of our bassist, Rich Pasqualone. "Rich has been an invaluable part ...

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TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON: New Video Clip From The Studio

Finnish composer/producer and guitar player Timo Tolkki recently tapped Dutch singer Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH, REVAMP) to lay down the main vocals on the follow-up to TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON's debut album, "The Land Of New Hope". Jansen will also take part in TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON's upcoming European tour which is planned for May 2014. Other guest ...

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MASTERPLAN's ROLAND GRAPOW Talks To myRockworld (Audio)

On October 13, myRockworld conducted an interview with MASTERPLAN guitarist Roland Grapow. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. MASTERPLAN's new album, "Novum Initium", was released in Europe on June 14 and in North America on June 18 via AFM Records. Joining guitarist Roland Grapow (ex-HELLOWEEN) in MASTERPLAN's new lineup ...

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STRATOVARIUS: 'Unbreakable' Video Released

"Unbreakable", the new video from Finnish/Swedish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS, can be seen below. The song comes off the band's latest full-length album, "Nemesis", which was released via earMUSIC. Hailed by the media as, "the best STRATOVARIUS album in many, many years" by Metal Hammer Germany, "a collection of the band’s greatest hits that you never ...

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STRATOVARIUS Bassist LAURI PORRA Speaks To Australia's AndrewHaug.com (Audio)

On October 22, AndrewHaug.com, Australia's first-ever dedicated 24/7 rock and metal online radio station launched by Andrew Haug, the former host of Triple J Australia's "The Racket" radio show (originally "Full Metal Racket"; 2001-2011), conducted an interview with bassist Lauri Porra of Finnish/Swedish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS. You can now listen to the chat ...

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TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON Begins Recording Sophomore Album

Finnish composer/producer and guitar player Timo Tolkki entered East Sound Studios in Helsinki, Finland on November 25 to begin recording for the follow-up to TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON's debut album, "The Land Of New Hope", which entered the Top 100 album charts in seven European countries (including a Top 10 entry in Tolkki's home country Finland). ...

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MASTERPLAN: Pro-Shot Footage Of MASTERS OF ROCK Performance

Professionally filmed video footage of MASTERPLAN performing the song "Soulburn" on July 13 at the Masters Of Rock festival in Vizovice, Czech Republic can be seen below. MASTERPLAN's new album, "Novum Initium", was released in Europe on June 14 and in North America on June 18 via AFM Records. Joining guitarist Roland Grapow (ex-HELLOWEEN) in ...

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE: 'Dark Wings Of Steel' Album Preview

Italian symphonic metallers RHAPSODY OF FIRE will release their new studio album, "Dark Wings Of Steel", on November 22 in Europe and December 3 in the USA via AFM Records. The CD was produced by keyboardist Alex Staropoli, with all songs composed by Staropoli and Manuel Staropoli, with assistance from Roby De Micheli. All lyrics ...

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MICHAEL KISKE Talks To 'The Metal Voice' About PLACE VENDOME, HELLOWEEN And IRON MAIDEN (Audio)

"The Metal Voice" recently conducted an interview acclaimed German hard rock singer Michael Kiske (PLACE VENDOME, UNISONIC, ex-HELLOWEEN). You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. PLACE VENDOME's third album, "Thunder In The Distance", was released on November 1 in Europe and November 5 in North America via Frontiers Records. PLACE ...

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Virtuoso Supergroup RING OF FIRE Returns With Brand New Album

Frontiers Records has announced the return of the neoclassic power metal supergroup RING OF FIRE with the release of the band's brand new album, "Battle Of Leningrad", on January 24, 2014 in Europe and January 28, 2014 in North America. RING OF FIRE is a band comprised of some incredible musicians, including former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN ...

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LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY Preparing To Record New Album

Italian "cinematic" metallers LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY will enter Sebastian Röder's Backyard Studios in Kempten, Germany to begin recording their new album, "Prometheus: Symphonia Ignis Divinus", for a 2014 release via Nuclear Blast. Comments the band: "This album is very important to all of us. Behind it, there is the ambitious goal of creating one of ...

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE: First 'Dark Wings Of Steel' Trailer Released

Italian symphonic metallers RHAPSODY OF FIRE will release their new studio album, "Dark Wings Of Steel", on November 22 in Europe and December 3 in the USA via AFM Records. The CD was produced by keyboardist Alex Staropoli, with all songs composed by Staropoli and Manuel Staropoli, with assistance from Roby De Micheli. All lyrics ...

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE To Release 'Dark Wings Of Steel' In November

Italian symphonic metallers RHAPSODY OF FIRE will release their new studio album, "Dark Wings Of Steel", on November 22 in Europe and December 3 in the USA via AFM Records. The CD was produced by keyboardist Alex Staropoli, with all songs composed by Staropoli and Manuel Staropoli, with assistance from Roby De Micheli. All lyrics ...

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OVERKILL, STRATOVARIUS, MASTERPLAN, JON OLIVA'S PAIN Confirmed For PROGPOWER USA Festival

OVERKILL, STRATOVARIUS, JON OLIVA'S PAIN, PAIN OF SALVATION, MASTERPLAN and SEVENTH WONDER are among the confirmed bands for next year's edition of the ProgPower USA festival, set to take place Septemebr 12-13, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Confirmed acts: Friday, September 12, 2014 DISCOURSE ORDEN OGAN LEPROUS OVERKILL SEVENTH WONDER (performing "Mercy Falls" in its entirety) ...

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PLACE VENDOME Featuring MICHAEL KISKE: New Album Details Revealed

Frontiers Records will release the much-anticipated third album from PLACE VENDOME, "Thunder In The Distance", on November 1 in Europe and November 5 in North America. PLACE VENDOME is the melodic rock project featuring UNISONIC and former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske on all lead vocals and production from Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69). PLACE VENDOME ...

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