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HELLFUELED Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Sweden's HELLFUELED are the latest act confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include ACCEPT, OVERKILL, THE HAUNTED, CHILDREN OF BODOM, UNLEASHED, AMON AMARTH, MASTERPLAN, SONATA ARCTICA, ENSIFERUM and HEAVEN SHALL BURN. More information ...

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MASTERPLAN: 'Aeronautics' Album Due In January

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, have set "Aeronautics" as the title of their sophomore full-length album, due on January 24, 2005 via Germany's AFM Records. A four-song EP, containing two non-album cuts plus a multimedia section, will precede the album ...

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SONATA ARCTICA Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA are the latest act confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include ACCEPT, OVERKILL, THE HAUNTED, CHILDREN OF BODOM, UNLEASHED, AMON AMARTH, MASTERPLAN, ENSIFERUM and HEAVEN SHALL BURN. More ...

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ACCEPT: Additional Summer Festival Appearances Planned

A spokesperson at Germany's Rock Hard magazine has offered more information about the upcoming ACCEPT reunion which is scheduled to take place at the 2005 edition of the Rock Hard Festival on May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. "The ACCEPT gig at our festival will be the first show they play," the spokesperson told ...

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Metal Legends ACCEPT To Headline Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Reunited German metal legends ACCEPT have been confirmed as one of the two headliners of the 2005 edition of the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include OVERKILL, THE HAUNTED, CHILDREN OF BODOM, UNLEASHED, AMON AMARTH, MASTERPLAN, ENSIFERUM and HEAVEN ...

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OVERKILL Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Long-running New Jersey-based metallers OVERKILL are the latest band confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include THE HAUNTED, CHILDREN OF BODOM, UNLEASHED, AMON AMARTH, MASTERPLAN, ENSIFERUM and HEAVEN SHALL BURN. More information (in ...

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UNLEASHED Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Legendary Swedish death metallers UNLEASHED are the latest band confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include THE HAUNTED, CHILDREN OF BODOM, AMON AMARTH, MASTERPLAN, ENSIFERUM and HEAVEN SHALL BURN. More information (in German) ...

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AMON AMARTH Break German Top 40

AMON AMARTH's latest CD, "Fate Of Norns", has entered the German Media Control Top 100 chart at position No. 31 and Austria's Media Control album chart at No. 56. The German debut marks the highest chart entry in Germany to date for the group's label, Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to last year's "Versus the ...

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UNLEASHED To Embark On European Headlining Tour

Legendary Swedish death metallers UNLEASHED are tentatively scheduled to embark on a headlining European tour beginning on November 19 in France. The two-week trek is expected to conclude in early December. Support bands for the tour have yet to be announced. UNLEASHED's seventh studio album, "Sworn Allegiance", was released in the U.S. this week through ...

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KAI HANSEN To Perform HELLOWEEN Set With STORMWARRIOR

German power metallers STORMWARRIOR will be joined by former HELLOWEEN and current GAMMA RAY guitarist/vocalist Kai Hansen for a special "Walls of Jericho" set during the "after-party" for the "34 000 Ton Metal Cruise" on September 25 at Münchenbryggeriet in Stockholm, Sweden. Also set to perform at the after-party is Finland's IMPALED NAZARENE. Tickets for ...

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German Music Channel To Air WACKEN OPEN AIR Report

German music channel VIVA will broadcast a report on this year's Wacken Open Air festival on Sunday, September 5 beginning at 10:30 pm (CET). Among the live performances that are expected to be featured in the program are those from ANTHRAX, MNEMIC, AMON AMARTH, DESTRUCTION, HYPROCRISY and SAXON. Also included in the report will be ...

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NAGLFAR To Open For CANNIBAL CORPSE In Sweden

Swedish death/black metallers NAGLFAR will replace AMON AMARTH as the opening band for CANNIBAL CORPSE at their gig at Idun Folkets Husin Umeå, Sweden on September 27. The show will be one of NAGLFAR's few gigs in Sweden this year. Also appearing on the bill will be SPAWN OF POSSESSION. NAGLFAR's most recent album, "Sheol", ...

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IMPIOUS: New Album Samples Posted Online

Swedish death/thrashers IMPIOUS have changed the title of their fourth full-length album to "Hellucinate" from the previously announced "Hellucinations". The follow-up to 2002's "The Killer" was recorded at Studio Mega with producer Valle Adzic and was mixed by Chris Silver and Valle Adzic. Audio samples from the album are currently available for download from the ...

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SKYCLAD Confirmed For 34 000 TON METAL CRUISE

SKYCLAD are the final band confirmed for the "34 000 Ton Metal Cruise", set to take place September 24-25 on board of the third generation car ferry "Silja Festival" (photo). The complete lineup for the festival is as follows: AMON AMARTH HYPOCRISY SKYCLAD TAD MOROSE TANKARD WOLF For information on how to book ...

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AMON AMARTH Finalize Track Listing, Release Date For New Album

Sweden's AMON AMARTH have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Fate of Norns", due on September 6 through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to last year's "Versus The World", "Fate of Norns" (which refers to the three Norns — or "godesses of fate" — Urd, Skuld and Verdandi, who, in Scandinavian mythology, sit ...

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Metal Compilation Available For Free Download

A 16-track compilation of Southern California and Tijuana (Mexico) metal bands is now available as a free MP3 download at this location. Titled "SDMetal.org Compilation Vol. 1", "this compilation was put together to showcase the growing talent and dedication among metal bands hailing from the Southern California/Baja Mexico metal scene," according to an ...

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GRAVE, UNLEASHED: New Albums To Receive U.S. Release In Early September

Century Media Records has set September 7 as the U.S. release date for the new albums from Sweden's death metal godfathers GRAVE and UNLEASHED. GRAVE, who recently replaced drummer Christofer Barkensjö (KAAMOS) with Pelle Liljenberg (COERCION), recorded their sixth full-length album, "Fiendish Regression", at Abyss studio with producers Tommy and Peter Tägtgren. 11 tracks were ...

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AMON AMARTH Complete Work On New CD

Sweden's AMON AMARTH have completed work on their new album, "Fate of Norns", according to an online posting by the band's vocalist Johan Hegg. "Currently we're preparing for the upcoming Rock The Nations Festival in Istanbul on July 3rd-4th. After that we'll take a well-deserved vacation from the music before we start preparing for Wacken ...

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NEAERA Sign With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Münster, Germany-based metalcore act NEAERA have inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. The group will enter the studio in the fall to begin recording their debut album for the label, tentatively due in early 2005. Commented the band in a statement: "It is still a little hard to grasp for us, but from today ...

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UNLEASHED: Live Video Posted Online

Legendary Swedish death metallers UNLEASHED have uploaded a live performance clip of the track "Never Ending Hate", recorded during the 1994 "Full Of Hate" Easter Festival tour. Check it out here (Windows Media, 12.5 MB). As previously reported, UNLEASHED's seventh studio album, "Sworn Allegiance", is scheduled for release on July 26 through Century ...

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