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SYMFONIA Parts Ways With Drummer ULI KUSCH

SYMFONIA the new melodic metal project featuring Timo Tolkki (STRATOVARIUS, REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE) on guitar, Andr Matos (ANGRA, SHAAMAN, VIPER) on vocals, Jari Kainulainen (STRATOVARIUS, EVERGREY) on bass, Mikko Hrkin (SONATA ARCTICA, KOTIPELTO) on keyboards, and Uli Kusch (MASTERPLAN, HELLOWEEN) on drums has issued the following update: "We would like to thank all of you who ...

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WOLF: New Audio Interview Posted Online

Spain's GoetiaMetal.com recently conducted an interview with vocalist/guitarist Niklas "Viper" Stlvind of Swedish metallers WOLF. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. WOLF's sixth album, "Legions Of Bastards", was released last month via Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2009's "Ravenous" was produced by Pelle Saether at Studio ...

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TWISTED TOWER DIRE: New Song Available For Streaming

Virginia-based classic metal outfit TWISTED TOWER DIRE has completed work on its fifth full-length album, "Make It Dark", for a May 3 North American release via Italy's Cruz Del Sur Music. According to a press release, the CD is "probably the most mature album the band has written to date. With a direct approach, the ...

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HOLY GRAIL Frontman Interviewed By METAL WARZONE (Video)

Metal Warzone conducted an interview with vocalist Paul Luna of Los Angeles metallers HOLY GRAIL before the band's April 15, 2011 concert at the Viper Room in Hollywood California. You can now watch the chat below. HOLY GRAIL's first-ever video, "My Last Attack", can be viewed below. Directed by Shawn Bannon, the clip was shot ...

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TWISTED TOWER DIRE To Release 'Make It Dark' In May

Virginia-based classic metal outfit TWISTED TOWER DIRE has completed work on its fifth full-length album, "Make It Dark", for a May 3 North American release via Italy's Cruz Del Sur Music. According to a press release, the CD is "probably the most mature album the band has written to date. With a direct approach, the ...

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SYMFONIA: New Song Available For Streaming

"Fields Of Avalon", a brand new song from SYMFONIA — the new melodic metal project featuring former members of HELLOWEEN, STRATOVARIUS, ANGRA and SONATA ARCTICA — is available for streaming below (courtesy of AOL's Noisecreep). The track comes off the band's debut album, "In Paradisum", which is scheduled for release in Europe on ...

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WOLF Frontman Interviewed By U.K.'s ONSLAUGHT RADIO (Video)

Natalie of Onslaught Radio conducted an interview with vocalist/guitarist Niklas "Viper" Stålvind of Swedish metallers WOLF before the band's March 17, 2011 concert at the Relentless Garage in London, England as the support act for ACCEPT. You can now watch the chat below. WOLF will release its sixth album, "Legions Of Bastards", via Century Media ...

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SYMFONIA: New Song Sample Available

A two-minute sample of "Fields Of Avalon", a brand new song from SYMFONIA — the new melodic metal project featuring former members of HELLOWEEN, STRATOVARIUS, ANGRA and SONATA ARCTICA — is available for streaming at Symfonia.fi (in the audio player at the bottom of the page). The track comes off the band's debut ...

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CKY To Release 'B-Sides & Rarities' In March

CKY will release "B-Sides & Rarities" on March 22 through Mighty Loud Entertainment and Universal/Fontana. The 12-song compilation features a dozen previously unreleased, rare, and long-out-of-print tracks culled from the historic past of a band that truly has done whatever they wanted for 15 years, without compromise. Commented drummer Jess Margera: "We picked a lot ...

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H.A.T.E. Confirmed For Germany's Headbangers Open Air Festival

Northeast Ohio metal band H.A.T.E. has been confirmed for this year's edition of the Headbangers Open Air festival, set to take place July 28-30, 2011 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany. "The H.A.T.E. machine is totally keyed up to be invited to play this year's Headbangers Open Air festival in Germany," says H.A.T.E. vocalist/guitarist Greg Wagner. "I played ...

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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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First-Ever METALUCIFER Tribute Album Detailed

Skol Records will release the first-ever METALUCIFER tribute album titled "Heavy Metal Hell - A Tribute To Metalucifer". The CD will be limited to only 666 copies, and will have its official premiere at the Keep It True festival in Germany, on April 29 (where the Japanese heavy metal samurais METALUCIFER will also play). "Heavy ...

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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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SYMFONIA Signs With EDEL; Debut Album Title, Artwork Revealed

SYMFONIA, the new melodic metal project featuring former members of HELLOWEEN, STRATOVARIUS, ANGRA and SONATA ARCTICA, has inked a worldwide deal (excluding Asia) with Edel Germany GmbH for the release of the band's debut album, "In Paradisum". Due on April 1, the 12-song CD was Studiomega in Varberg, Sweden. Commented SYMFONIA guitarist Timo Tolkki: "I ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS: European Tour Dates Announced

Veteran California power metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have scheduled the following European tour dates: Apr. 29 - D-Lauda/Königshofen, Germany - Keep It True Festival May 01 - Uster, Switzerland - Rock City May 04 - Siegen, Germany - Vortex May 05 - Osnabrück, Germany - Ballroom May 06 - Berlin, Germany - Halford May 07 - ...

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WOLF Putting Finishing Touches On New Album

Swedish metallers WOLF have issued the following update: "This coming weekend will be the end of the recording session of the new WOLF album 'Legions Of Bastards'. The final lead vocals will be immortalized by Niklas 'Razorthroat' Viper and that means we're done recording. "We're VERY excited and fired up to unleash this new album ...

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SEASONAL CODE Material Revived On Ultra-Limited-Edition CD Package

CODE — the British/Norwegian black metal project featuring bassist/backing vocalist Viper (a.k.a. Vicotnik from DHG), guitarist/songwriter Aort and vocalist Kvohst (DØDHEIMSGARD) — has issued the following update: "Before CODE, there was SEASONAL CODE. Three demos were recorded between 1998 and 2001, pressed in extremely low numbers and inevitably disappeared with little trace. Time has passed ...

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WINO To Play Acoustic Show In Los Angeles This Saturday

The legendary Scott "Wino" Weinrich will perform a solo acoustic set this Saturday, January 15 at the Volcom store in Los Angeles. At this special one-off show, Wino will play tracks from his first-ever collection of acoustic anthems on his new solo album, "Adrift". The show is FREE to the public, but those attending are ...

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SORROWS PATH: 'Queen Of Doom' Photo Video Posted Online

"Queen Of Doom", the new unofficial video from Greek doom metallers SORROWS PATH, can be viewed below. The clip features photos from the band's two CD-release parties in Germany and Greece. SORROWS PATH recently recruited Giannis Tziligkakis (OMINOUS SKY) as its new second guitarist. The band released its debut album, "The Rough Path Of Nihilism", ...

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