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MORGANA LEFAY Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

Swedish "heavy doom progressive" band MORGANA LEFAY have been confirmed to appear at the 2005 installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 24-25 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany. Bang Your Head!!! 2005 will be marks the festival's 10th anniversary and the theme of next year's event will be "The Best ...

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VIRGIN STEELE Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

VIRGIN STEELE have been confirmed to appear at the 2005 installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 24-25 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany. Bang Your Head!!! 2005 will be marks the festival's 10th anniversary and the theme of next year's event will be "The Best of Ten Years". To celebrate ...

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MOTÖRHEAD Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

MOTÖRHEAD have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 9-11 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The band will bring the entire aeroplane stage-rig from the "Bomber" tour — a one-time event only at Sweden Rock. The complete list of acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival is ...

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Producer: HELLOWEEN To Begin Recording This Month

Acclaimed German producer/engineer Charlie Bauerfeind (SAXON, HAMMERFALL, RAGE, BLIND GUARDIAN) has posted the following update at his official web site: "Finally we started the pre-production phase of the next HELLOWEEN record about a week ago. The guys are already in songwriting and rehearsal mode since [last] month and are working very hard to shape up ...

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CANDLEMASS Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

Reunited Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have been confirmed to appear at the 2005 installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 24-25 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany. Bang Your Head!!! 2005 will be marks the festival's 10th anniversary and the theme of next year's event will be "The Best of Ten Years". ...

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TWISTED TOWER DIRE Hard At Work On New Album

Virginia's "classic metal" act TWISTED TOWER DIRE are currently at Killabrew Studios in Annandale, VA with producer Matt Crooks (DIVISION) recording their fourth album, "Netherworlds", for Germany's Remedy Records. The track listing for the CD includes: 01. Starshine 02. Netherworlds 03. Fortress 04. Casualty of Cruel Times 05. Tales of Submission 06. The Killing Kind ...

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ACCEPT, DIO, HAMMERFALL Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

Legendary German heavy metallers ACCEPT have been confirmed as the first headliners of the 2005 edition of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 9-11, 2005 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: A.C.T. ACCEPT BLACKFOOT CRYSTAL EYES DIO HAMMERFALL HELIX HELLFUELED ...

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SAXON To Celebrate NWOBHM Anniversary With Special German Tour

British heavy metal legends SAXON will embark on the "25th Anniversary of NWOBHM" tour of Germany beginning in early March 2005. To celebrate the anniversary of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, the band will only play songs they recorded during the 1980s. Before and after the show, editors from Rock Hard magazine will ...

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LACRIMOSA Guitarist To Guest On DER BOTE CD

LACRIMOSA guitarist Sascha Gerbig has recorded a guest appearance for for the solo project of FEUERENGEL frontman Boris, dubbed DER BOTE. Also appearing on the recording are STRATOVARIUS/SAXON drummer Jörg Michael, current HELLOWEEN skinsman Stefan Schwarzmann, RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski and former KINGDOM COME studio musician Marcus Deml. "In the following two weeks I will ...

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SAXON: 'Beyond The Grave' Video Posted Online

SAXON's video for the track "Beyond the Grave" has been posted online at Launch.com. "Beyond the Grave" comes off the group's latest CD, "Lionheart", available now via SPV Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Killing Ground" features a guest appearance on drummer by Jörg Michael (STRATOVARIUS), who has since joined the group as the ...

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ABSU/MELECHESH Drummer Becomes A Father

Congratulations are in order for ABSU/MELECHESH drummer/vocalist Proscriptor (Russ R. Givens) and his wife Tiamatsu (Cristal A. Givens), who became the proud parents of a "wonderful" daughter, Saxon, earlier today (Sept. 21). In other news, Proscriptor has completed the drum tracks for an extreme epic metal project guided by guitar virtuoso Magnus Thorsen. A full-length ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Announce New Lineup

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have announced the details of their new lineup. Commented Stevens: "Zak says, We have been very careful to select only the best musicians for the new band. All of these guys came highly recommended by a very good friend of ours, John ...

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DREAM EVIL Part Ways With Guitarist, Announce Replacement

Guitarist Gus G. has left Swedish melodic metallers DREAM EVIL in order to focus on his own band, FIREWIND. His official statement on the matter is as follows: "Hello my friends! Hope this message finds u well. I would like to announce to you, that I've decided to leave DREAM EVIL for different reasons, mainly ...

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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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BLACK MAJESTY: New Album To Be Produced By IRON SAVIOR Frontman

Australian power metallers BLACK MAJESTY will begin recording their second album in November with acclaimed producer (and IRON SAVIOR guitarist) Pete Sielck (GAMMA RAY, BLIND GUARDIAN, GRAVE DIGGER and SAXON) at Sielck's Powerhouse Studios in Germany. BLACK MAJESTY have spent the last six months in pre-production for the follow-up to 2002's "Sands of Time", aiming ...

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PARAGON Name New CD

German power metallers PARAGON have set "Revenge" as the title of their upcoming album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Remedy Records. The follow-up to last year's "The Dark Legacy" will be recorded at Karo Studio beginning in mid-August. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Assassins", "Before The Storm", "Revenge", "Impaler" and "Traitor". ...

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SAXON Singer Says The New Album Is A Mixture Of Early And New Influences

SAXON frontman frontman Biff Byford recently spoke to the U.K.'s long-running magazine Terrorizer about the group's brand-new album, "Lionheart", due on September 20 through SPV Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Killing Ground" was completed at Gems24 studio near Boston, Lincolnshire, England with producer Charlie Bauerfeind and features artwork by Paul R. Gregory, who had previously ...

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DREAM EVIL, CHINCHILLA To Support SAXON In Europe

Sweden's DREAM EVIL and Germany's CHINCHILLA have been confirmed to support long-running British heavy metal legends SAXON on their upcoming European tour. DREAM EVIL will occupy one of the support slots between September 22 and October 21 while CHINCHILLA will appear on the entire trek. The dates are as follows: Sep. 22 - Kiel Halle ...

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CRASH MUSIC To Release WACKEN DVD And CD

Crash Music, Inc. has announced that they have signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Germany's Armageddon Music to market and distribute the "2003 Armageddon Over Wacken" DVD and Audio CDs for North America. Wacken Open Air is a yearly metal festival held in the small farming town of Wacken, Germany. The festival started out 14 ...

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PARAGON To Enter Studio This Weekend

German power metallers PARAGON will enter Eike Studio (owned by Eike Freese of DARK AGE) this weekend to record their contributions to the upcoming SAXON and RUNNING WILD tribute albums, to be released later in the year through Remedy Records. "From SAXON we will cover '20,000 Feet' [and] from RUNNING WILD we will NOT cover ...

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SAXON Name New Album

Long-running British heavy metallers SAXON have set "Lionheart" as the title of their new album, due on September 20 through SPV Records. Taking care of all drumming duties on the CD is Jörg Michael (STRATOVARIUS), who will also join the group on their upcoming tour, according to Germany's Rock Hard magazine. Previous SAXON skinsman Fritz ...

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