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DRAGONLORD Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

San Francisco Bay Area's DRAGONLORD, featuring current and former members of TESTAMENT, are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place on August 2-3 in Wacken, Germany. The full list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: ALABAMA ...

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AVANTASIA's "The Metal Opera Part II" Due In October

The long-awaited second part of EDGUY main man Tobias Sammet's all-star project, AVANTASIA, will be released in North America in October. "I am proud to say that in between touring and sleeping a bit I managed to finish the last chapter of my huge dream," Tobias recently said. "It was really exciting to get back ...

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ANGRA To Play Taiwan, Offer World Cup Support

ANGRA are headed back to Japan for a tour that will run from June 19th until June 24th, and will include shows with SINERGY in Nagoya, Tokyo, Osaka, and Hiroshima. Prior to the Japanese tour, ANGRA will become the first South American heavy metal band to perform in Taiwan, where they will play one show ...

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SINERGY Guitarist Duo To Hold Japanese Clinics

SINERGY guitarists Alexi Laiho and Roope Latvala will be conducting three guitar clinics in Japan before the band embark on a five-day tour with ANGRA across the country. Dates and locations of the clinics are as follows: Jun. 13 – Nagoya, JAP @ ESP Music Academy Jun. 14 – Shibuya, JAP @ ESP Music Academy ...

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SHAMAN Keyboardist To Issue Solo Album

Fabio Ribeiro, the guest keyboard player in Brazil's SHAMAN—the band that features in its ranks former ANGRA members Andre Matos (vocals), Luis Mariutti (bass) and Ricardo Confessori (drums)—will shortly be issuing the second album from his solo project called BLEZQI ZATSAZ. Entitled The Tide Turns, the album is the follow-up to 1991's Rise and Fall ...

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Former ANGRA Frontman Performs With DR. SIN For DVD Recording

Former ANGRA and current SHAMAN frontman Andre Matos joined Brazil's DR. SIN onstage at the latter's appearance at Sesc Ipiranga in São Paulo, Brazil on May 23th and 24th for the recording of a live DVD celebrating the 11th anniversary of DR. SIN's career. Andre reportedly appeared with the band for a rendition of their ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Members Among Musicians Confirmed For Brazil's EXECUTION Project

Ex-HELLOWEEN members Michael Kiske (vocals) and Roland Grapow (guitar), HAMMERFALL bassist Magnus Rosén, ANGRA guitarist Kiko Loureiro, PRIMAL FEAR/SINNER bassist Mat Sinner, PRIMAL FEAR vocalist Ralf Scheepers, and THOTEN drummer Marco Barzo are among the musicians scheduled to appear on the forthcoming solo project of THOTEN frontman Renato Tribuzy, dubbed EXECUTION. No further details are ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND: The Latest Update

An update from the wacky world of DEVIN TOWNSEND (i.e. STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, PHYSICIST, OCEAN MACHINE, etc.): Some good and bad news regarding the tour is that Chris Valagao who was to be the new keyboard player in STRAPPING YOUNG LAD has had to leave due to his commitments to ZIMMERS HOLE and his work ...

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SINERGY Fire Bassist, Hire Temporary Replacement

SINERGY have fired bassist Marco Hietala and have hired session musician Lauri Porra to assist them in fulfilling their touring commitments for the remainder of the year. Vocalist Kimberly Goss issued the following statement via the group's official web site explaining the reasons behind their decision: “We had to make the very tough decision to ...

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TOBIAS SAMMET: I Am In Love With AVANTASIA Part II

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet has issued the following statement regarding the forthcoming release of AVANTASIA Part II, the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed The Metal Opera debut, which featured guest appearances from some of metal's brightest stars, including ex-HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske and ex-ANGRA/current SHAMAN frontman Andre Matos, among others: As announced a few weeks ago, ...

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MOONSPELL Live Dates Announced

Portugal's MOONSPELL have lined up the following performances during the coming months: May 11 – Braga, POR @ Semana Académica da Univ. do Minho May 17 – Leipzig, GER @ Wave Gottik Treffen May 24 - Vila Real, POR @ Queima das Fitas May 25 - Castelo Branco, POR @ Queima das Fitas Jun. 09 ...

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VANDEN PLAS Line Up Guest Appearances, Reschedule Dates

VANDEN PLAS drummer Andreas Lill has recorded drums for Danish guitarist Torben Enevoldsen's project SECTOR A. Derek Sherinian (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ex-DREAM THEATER) will play keyboards, and Andy Engberg (ex-LION'S SHARE) will handle the vocals on the upcoming CD. In related news, Lill and VANDEN PLAS singer Andy Kuntz have teamed up with ELEGY frontman Ian Parry, ...

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DORO European Dates Announced

DORO will perform the following gigs during the coming months: May 04 – Düsseldorf, GER - Polo Festival Unplugged May 10 – Vosselaar, BEL - Biebob May 17 – Prague, CZ - Rock Café SEVEN Release Party May 26 – Brussels, BEL - Metal Convention Jun. 05 – Flensburg, GER - Roxy Jun. 07 – ...

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EDGUY Frontman Records Guest Appearance For SHAMAN CD

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet has recorded a duet with SHAMAN singer Andre Matos (ex-ANGRA) for SHAMAN's forthcoming debut CD, entitled Ritual, which is due in the summer through an as-yet-undetermined label. In other news, EDGUY are due to record a live album during their upcoming European headlining tour for a January 2003 release. ...

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MOONSPELL Announce European Live Dates

Portugal's MOONSPELL have announced the following European live dates during the coming months: Apr. 16 Leiria, POR @ Pavilho Universitario May 14 Braga, POR @ Pavilho Universitario May 17 Leipzig, GER @ Wave Gottik Treffen Jul. 26-27 Valencia, SPA @ Rock Machina Festival Aug. 02 Gossnitz, GER @ Open Air Aug. 25 Pombal, POR @ ...

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ANGRA Post EP Artwork Online

Brazil's ANGRA have posted the artwork to their upcoming EP, entitled Hunters and Prey, via the group's official web site at this location. The cover was designed by Isabel de Amorim, the artist responsible for the artwork of ANGRA's last two efforts, Fireworks and Rebirth. ...

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DORO PESCH To Issue "Fight" In September

DORO (aka ex-WARLOCK frontwoman Doro Pesch) is tentatively scheduled to issue her latest studio album, entitled Fight, through SPV/Steamhammer Records during August. Containing 12 tracks, the album will include such cuts as "Always Live To Win", "Fight" and "Descent", the last of which is a duet with TYPE O NEGATIVE's Peter Steele. Also included will ...

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ANGRA To Issue Live Video Of Rio De Janeiro Performance

ANGRA will shortly make available via their official web site a live video in VHS format of the group's December 16th performance in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Entitled Live in Rio de Janeiro 2001, the 80-minute video will be sold for $15 dollars to ANGRA Fan Club members and $18 to non-members (including shipping charges). ...

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WARLORD Secure Management, Ink Record Deal

The reunited '80s metallers WARLORD, featuring guitarist William J. Tsamis, drummer Mark S. Zonder (i.e. FATES WARNING), and latest addition, vocalist Joacim Cans (i.e. HAMMERFALL), have signed with manager Fabrizio Giruzzi, whose list of clients includes ANGRA, LABYRINTH, and VISION DIVINE, and have inked an international record deal with Drakkar Records/BMG Entertainment, Atrheia Records/Edel Distribution. ...

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SHAMAN Confirmed For Spain's VINA ROCK 2002 Festival

Brazil's SHAMAN, featuring former ANGRA members Andre Matos (vocals), Luis Mariutti (bass) and Ricardo Confessori (guitar), have been confirmed for the Vina Rock Espanha 2002 festival, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 27th at Auditorio Municipal in Villarrobledo, Spain. Other artists set to appear at the event include R.D.P. and BARON ROJO, ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND, SILENT FORCE Added To PROGPOWER USA III

DEVIN TOWNSEND (i.e. STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, OCEAN MACHINE) and SILENT FORCE (featuring vocalist DC Cooper, ex-ROYAL HUNT) are the latest confirmed additions to this year's ProgPower USA festival. ProgPower is a two-day metal event scheduled to take place in Atlanta on Friday and Saturday, November 15th and 16th at the Earthlink Live venue. With DEVIN ...

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ANGRA To Issue Special Japan-Only CD In April

Brazil's ANGRA will issue a special Japanese CD, entitled Hunters And Play, to precede the group's upcoming Japanese tour with SINERGY. Released on April 24th, the CD will include the following cuts: 01. Live And Learn 02. Bleeding Heart 03. Hunters And Play 04. Eyes Of Christ 05. Reverse (acoustic version) 06. Heroes Of Sand ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN, GAMMA RAY, ANGRA Confirmed For PROGPOWER USA III

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ATLANTA'S PROGPOWER USA III ANNOUNCES DATES AND LINEUP FOR 2002 FESTIVAL ATLANTA - ProgPower USA III, Atlanta's third annual progressive and power metal festival, has been announced for Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16 at Earthlink Live. Confirmed bands include a number of artists making their first US appearances, including Germany's ...

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SHAMAN Set Album Title, Continue Work On Debut CD

Brazil's SHAMAN, featuring former ANGRA members Andre Matos (vocals), Luis Mariutti (bass) and Ricardo Confessori (guitar), have set Ritual as the title of their debut album, which is currently being recorded in Wolfsburg, Germany with producer Sascha Paeth for a summer release through an as-yet-undetermined label. In related news, HENCEFORTH, who feature in their ranks ...

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