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TIMO TOLKKI, ANDRÉ MATOS Talk About SYMFONIA In New Video Interviews

Video interviews with Brazilian singer André Matos (ANGRA, SHAAMAN, VIPER) and Finnish guitarist Timo Tolkki (STRATOVARIUS, REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE) about their new SYMFONIA project can be viewed below. SYMFONIA features former members of HELLOWEEN, STRATOVARIUS, ANGRA and SONATA ARCTICA. The band will enter Studiomega in Varberg, Sweden on November 25 to begin recording 12 songs for ...

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SYMFONIA: Asian Deal Signed; Debut Album Release Date Revealed

SYMFONIA, the new melodic metal project featuring former members of HELLOWEEN, STRATOVARIUS, ANGRA and SONATA ARCTICA, will enter Studiomega in Varberg, Sweden on November 25 to begin recording 12 songs for its debut album, which is scheduled for a March 25, 2011 release. SYMFONIA has signed a four-album deal with the biggest Japanese metal and ...

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HELSTAR: European Tour Dates Announced

Legendary Texas metallers HELSTAR have scheduled the following European tour dates: Dec. 10 - The Rock Temple - Kerkrade, Netherlands Dec. 11 - Metal City Festival - Lünen, Germany Dec. 12 - Kaminwerk - Memmingen, Germany Dec. 13 - Gala Hala - Ljubljana, Slovenia Dec. 14 - Viper Room - Vienna, Austria (with BLAZE BAYLEY) ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS, HELLOWEEN, ANGRA Members Join Forces In SYMFONIA

SYMFONIA, the new melodic metal project featuring former members of HELLOWEEN, STRATOVARIUS, ANGRA and SONATA ARCTICA, will enter Studiomega in Varberg, Sweden later this month to begin recording its debut album for a spring 2011 release. A press release reads as follows: "They are all legends among the melodic metal community. By sheer coincidence, they ...

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ASTRAL DOORS Confirmed For Germany's HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR Festival

Swedish metallers ASTRAL DOORS have been confirmed for next year's edition of Headbangers Open Air festival, set to take place July 28-30, 2011 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: ASTRAL DOORS BËEHLER CRYSTAL VIPER EVIL ONE JAGUAR MELIAH RAGE METAL INQUISITOR POWERMAD SKULL FIST SLOUGH FEG SPARTAN WARRIOR STORMWARRIOR (with ...

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Ex-W.A.S.P. Guitarist Admits WHERE ANGELS SUFFER Debut Contains Previously Released Recordings

Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Randy Piper has responded to accusations that the debut album from his new band, WHERE ANGELS SUFFER (W.A.S.), consists entirely of previously released recordings from his earlier group, RANDY PIPER'S ANIMAL. In a statement released to BLABBERMOUTH.NET earlier today by former RANDY PIPER'S ANIMAL guitarist Chris Laney (real name: Ulf Larsson), the ...

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WHERE ANGELS SUFFER (W.A.S.) Schedules Hollywood CD-Release Party

A CD-release party for "Purgatory", the debut album from WHERE ANGELS SUFFER (W.A.S.) — the new band featuring Chris Holmes (guitar; ex-W.A.S.P.), Randy Piper (guitar; ANIMAL, ex-W.A.S.P.), Steve Unger (bass; ex-METAL CHURCH), Rich Lewis (vocals; ANIMAL) and Stet Howland (drums; ex-W.A.S.P.) — will be held on Saturday, October 30 at The Viper Room in West ...

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CRYSTAL VIPER: 'Legends' Track By Track

A track-by-track description of "Legends", the new album from the Polish female-fronted traditional heavy metal act CRYSTAL VIPER, can be found at the AFM-Records.de web site. Released on October 22 via AFM Records, CD's lyrics are based on the original Polish legends from the middle ages. The effort was recorded and mixed at ...

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'Brasil Heavy Metal' Documentary: Video For Theme Song Released

The video for the theme song of "Brasil Heavy Metal", the documentary about the Brazilian metal movement, can be viewed below. Sixteen singers from the 1980s Brazilian heavy metal scene contributed to the track. The movie's director, Ricardo "Micka" Michaelis, explained how the idea of this historic gathering came about: "One morning I received one ...

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CRYSTAL VIPER: Another New Song Posted Online

"Secret Of The Black Water", a brand new song from the Polish female-fronted traditional heavy metal act CRYSTAL VIPER, is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The track comes off the group's new album, "Legends", which is scheduled for release on October 22 via AFM Records. As the title suggests, all ...

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STUCK MOJO Parts Ways With NAPALM RECORDS, Prepares To Hit The Road

Atlanta rap/metal pioneers STUCK MOJO have parted ways with Austria's Napalm Records, the label that released the band's last two albums, 2007's "Southern Born Killers" (originally made available in 2005 as a free download) and 2008's "The Great Revival". Commented guitarist/songwriter Rich Ward, "We released two records [through Napalm] and did two extensive tours of ...

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PSYCHOTIC WALTZ Rejoined By Guitarist DAN ROCK

Guitarist Dan Rock has rejoined PSYCHOTIC WALTZ, the reunited cult early 1990s progressive metal band from El Cajon, California. The group, whose lineup now includes all five original members, will embark on a European tour as the support act for NEVERMORE and SYMPHONY X in February/March 2011. The dates are as follows: Feb. 25 - ...

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SORROWS PATH: New Album Track Listing Revealed

Greek doom metallers SORROWS PATH will release their debut album, "The Rough Path Of Nihilism", on October 29 via Rock It Up Records. The CD was recorded at Fragile Studios in Athens with producer Vangelis Yalamas, who also played the synthesizer on the effort. The artwork and photography for the album were handled by Seth ...

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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS: Vienna Footage Available

Fan-filmed video footage of Tim "Ripper" Owens' (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) September 24, 2010 headlining performance at Viper Room in Vienna, Austria can be viewed at this location. A couple of the clips are available below. Owens is being backed by the following musicians during his current European tour: ...

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CRYSTAL VIPER: 'Greed Is Blind' Video Released

"Greed Is Blind", the new video from the Polish female-fronted traditional heavy metal act CRYSTAL VIPER, can be viewed below. The track comes off the band's new album, "Legends", which is scheduled for release on October 22 via AFM Records. As the title suggests, all the lyrics on the CD are based on the original ...

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SORROWS PATH: 'Empty Eyes And Blackened Hearts' Video Released

"Empty Eyes And Blackened Hearts", the new Achilles Villiotis-directed video from Greek doom metallers SORROWS PATH, can be viewed below. The song comes off the band's debut album, "The Rough Path Of Nihilism", which is scheduled for release on October 29 via Rock It Up Records. The CD was recorded at Fragile Studios in Athens ...

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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS: Quality Gothenburg Footage Available

Fan-filmed video footage of Tim "Ripper" Owens' (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) September 12, 2010 headlining performance at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg, Sweden can be viewed below. Owens is being backed by the following musicians during his current European tour: * Andy Boss (PAUL DI'ANNO, ABSOLUTE STEEL) - Guitar * Jon Vegard ...

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A PERFECT CIRCLE Announces New Bassist

A PERFECT CIRCLE, the band led by Maynard James Keenan (TOOL, PUSCIFER) and Billy Howerdel (ASHES DIVIDE), will boast a new bassist when it hits the road for a five-city tour this fall. Joining Keenan (vocals), Howerdel (guitar, vocals), James Iha (guitar) and Josh Freese (drums), will be Matt McJunkins, who previously played with Maynard ...

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THREAT SIGNAL, RAUNCHY, SYBREED, M.A.N To Team Up For European Tour

THREAT SIGNAL (Canada), RAUNCHY (Denmark), SYBREED (Switzerland), M.A.N (Sweden) and ILLIDIANCE (Russia) will team up for the "Threat Over Europe 2010" tour in November/December. The dates are as follows: Nov. 14 - Bournemouth (UK) "Champions" * Nov. 15 - Southampton (UK) "Joiners" * Nov. 16 - Nottingham (UK) "The Bodega Social Club" * Nov. 17 ...

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It's Official: A PERFECT CIRCLE Is Back

A PERFECT CIRCLE has returned from its self-imposed hiatus. The band, led by Maynard James Keenan (TOOL, PUSCIFER) and Billy Howerdel (ASHES DIVIDE), will embark on a five-city tour this fall (dates and ticket on-sale information will be announced shortly). Shows in Phoenix (Marquee Theatre), Los Angeles (Avalon), Seattle (Showbox at The Market) and San ...

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CRYSTAL VIPER: 'Legends' Trailer Available

Polish female-fronted traditional heavy metal act CRYSTAL VIPER will release its brand new studio album titled "Legends" on October 22 via AFM Records. As the title suggests, all the lyrics on the CD are based on the original Polish legends from the middle ages. The effort was recorded and mixed at the MP Studio in ...

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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS: Solo Backing Band Confirmed

Powerhouse vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) has confirmed the musicians that will be backing him on his upcoming European tour. They are as follows: * Andy Boss (PAUL DI'ANNO, ABSOLUTE STEEL) - Guitar * Jon Vegard (PAUL DI'ANNO) - Guitar * Are Gogstad (PAUL DI'ANNO, QUEENSTREET, ABSOLUTE STEEL) ...

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SMASHING PUMPKINS: New Video Interview With BILLY CORGAN

Darren of 98.7 FM conducted an interview with Billy Corgae of SMASHING PUMPKINS at the Viper Room in West Hollywood, California during this weekend's Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF). You can now watch the chat below. According to The Pulse of Radio, SMASHING PUMPKINS will likely take four years — not two, as originally expected ...

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SLASH Interviewed At SUNSET STRIP MUSIC FESTIVAL

Darren of 98.7 FM conducted an interview with legendary guitarist Slash (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N' ROSES) at the Viper Room in West Hollywood, California during this weekend's Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF). You can now watch the chat below. The Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF) kicked off Thursday, August 26th with a special tribute to ...

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MISERY INDEX To Team Up With GRAVE For European Tour

Baltimore, Maryland's MISERY INDEX and Sweden's GRAVE will team up for a four-week European co-headlining tour starting on November 1 in the Netherlands. Support on the trek will come from ARSIS, THE LAST FELONY and THE ROTTED. These European dates immediately follow MISERY INDEX's North American tour with Montreal's DESPISED ICON, which kicks off next ...

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