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BLAZE Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

Britain's BLAZE, the band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley, are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's installment of Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28 in Balingen, Germany. The list of artists currently set to perform at Bang Your Head 2003 looks like this: TWISTED ...

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ST. VITUS To Reform For Germany's WITH FULL FORCE 2003

Doom legends ST. VITUS are set to perform a one-off reunion gig at Germany's With Full Force 2003 festival, which is set to take place July 4-6 at airport Roitzschjora, Löbnitz near Leipzig. Former THE OBSESSED/SPIRIT CARAVAN frontman Wino will be handing the vocal duties at the show, which will mark the reunited band's only ...

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MARCH METAL MELTDOWN 5 Expands To Three Days

For the first time in its five years, March Metal Meltdown will expand to three days of metal mayhem, as the festival takes over the Cricket Club Complex in Irvington, N.J., the weekend of March 7-9. "We wanted to get closer to the Big Apple," said promoter Jack Koshick. "As soon as we heard Convention ...

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HIRAX Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD 2003 Festival

Reunited California thrashers HIRAX are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's installment of Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28 in Balingen, Germany. The list of artists currently set to perform at Bang Your Head 2003 looks like this: TWISTED SISTER DIO THIN LIZZY HAMMERFALL U.D.O. SODOM OVERKILL ...

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DESTRUCTOR Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

DESTRUCTOR, Cleveland, Ohio's legendary power/thrash band, will be making their European debut at this year's Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28, 2003 in Balingen, Germany. DESTRUCTOR will be performing twice at the event — the "warm-up show" on Thursday, June 26 and on the main stage on Friday, June 27. The ...

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OVERKILL Members Launch All-Out Thrash Assault With SPEED KILL HATE

OVERKILL members Dave Linsk (guitar), Derek Tailer (guitar), and Tim Mallare (drums) have formed a new "old-school thrash" project called SPEED KILL HATE. The band, who are completed by vocalist Mario (formerly of Linsk's pre-OVERKILL band ANGER ON ANGER), are currently writing and recording the material for their debut record, tentatively due later in the ...

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MARCH METAL MELTDOWN 5: More Confirmations Announced

More artists have been confirmed for the upcoming March Metal Meltdown 5 festival, set to take place Mar. 7-8 at The Cricket Club in Irvington, New Jersey. The following is a list of bands (in alphabetical order) that have so far been "confirmed" to appear at March Metal Meltdown 5: 7 WITCHES ALL THAT REMAINS ...

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THIN LIZZY Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD 2003

THIN LIZZY are the latest act to have been confirmed for the next installment of Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28, 2003 in Balingen, Germany. The list of artists set to appear at Bang Your Head 2003 now looks like this: TWISTED SISTER U.D.O HAMMERFALL THIN LIZZY DOKKEN SODOM OVERKILL ANNIHILATOR ...

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HAMMERFALL Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

Sweden's HAMMERFALL are the latest act to have been confirmed for the next installment of Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28, 2003 in Balingen, Germany. The list of artists set to appear at Bang Your Head 2003 now looks like this: TWISTED SISTER U.D.O HAMMERFALL DOKKEN SODOM OVERKILL ANNIHILATOR PINK CREAM ...

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MASTERPLAN Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, have been confirmed to appear at next year's installment of Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28, 2003 in Balingen, Germany. The list of artists currently set to perform at Bang Your ...

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BLAZE Split With Drummer

Britain's BLAZE, the band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley, have parted ways with drummer Jeff Singer. The group have already invited several candidates to audition for the position and will make their next live appearance as the headliners of Total Fest 5 Festival at the Kings Head, Fulham, London on Saturday, Jan. ...

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BITCH Reunite, Confirm Appearance At BANG YOUR HEAD 2003

Legendary '80s Californian act BITCH, fronted by Betsy "Bitch" Weiss, have reunited and will make their European live debut at the 2003 edition of Bang Your Head Festival on Jun. 27-28, 2003 in Balingen, Germany. "Back in the Eighties, Betsy Weiss [became] known as 'Pat Benatar's evil twin' and sang herself into metal's hall of ...

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TWISTED SISTER To Headline BANG YOUR HEAD 2003

The reunited TWISTED SISTER, who yesterday announced their participation in next year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, have now been officially confirmed to headline the 2003 edition of Bang Your Head Festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28, 2003 in Balingen, Germany. According to the official Bang Your Head newsletter, "the 'Sick Motherfuckers' will be ...

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HYPOCRISY Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

Sweden's HYPOCRISY, led by acclaimed metal producer and PAIN frontman Peter Tägtgren, are the latest act to have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Bang Your Head Festival, which is scheduled to take place on June 27-28, 2003 in Balingen, Germany. The following artists are currently set to appear at the event: U.D.O. ...

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MIDWEST METAL Issue #25 Out Now!

Chicago's longest-running Metal publication Midwest Metal has returned with its 25th issue. Features include: HIGH ON FIRE, OVERKILL, ELECTRIC WIZARD, HATE ETERNAL, EARTHRIDE, SIXTY WATT SHAMAN, SHADOWS FALL and Megaforce Records co-founder Jonny Zazula and much more. To order the 48-page magazine, send $2 US/$4 World (cash only) to Midwest Metal, P.O. Box 183, Brookfield, ...

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ANTHRAX To Perform Headlining Show In Switzerland

ANTHRAX will perform a headlining show at Z-7 Konzertfabrik in Pratteln, Switzerland on Saturday, October 26th. The concert will take place on an "off" day during the band's European tour with MOTÖRHEAD, which is scheduled to kick off on October 13th in Manchester, England. Support at the Pratteln show will come from Switzerland's MEGORA, an ...

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OVERKILL Announce Producer For Forthcoming CD

OVERKILL have enlisted veteran British metal producer Colin Richardson to produce the group's next studio album, tentatively due in early 2003 through Spitfire Records. "We've used Colin in a mix capacity in the past... [but this is the] first time, in a long time, that we're in this position [where we can have the album ...

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OVERKILL To Issue First-Ever DVD

OVERKILL will issue their first-ever DVD, entitled Wrecking Everything – Live, on November 19th via the Spitfire label. Recorded in March 2002 in Asbury Park, New Jersey, the DVD will contain the following track listing: 01. Necroshine 02. Thunderhead 03. Evil Never Dies 04. Deny The Cross 05. Wrecking Crew / Powersurge 06. Gasoline Dream ...

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OVERKILL's BOBBY "BLITZ" ELLSWORTH: "Can't Kill A Dead Man"

OVERKILL frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth has posted the following message regarding the "minor stroke" he suffered about 30 minutes into the band's headlining performance in Nürnberg, Germany on Thursday, June 27th: "Well, slapped by the hand of fate...God? "Hmmm, regardless, I don't write the script, just act it out, like the rest. "The deal is....boom, ...

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OVERKILL: Our Old Record Label Is Trying To Steal From Our Fans

OVERKILL have released an official statement regarding the plans by the group's former label, SPV/Steamhammer Records, to issue a "best of" two-CD set entitled Hello From The Gutter — Best Of later this month. The band's statement reads as follows: "OVERKILL's old label SPV is trying to release a compilation album in July that you ...

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OVERKILL To Issue "Best Of" CD Through SPV/Steamhammer Records

SPV/Steamhammer Records is reportedly issuing a "best of" OVERKILL album without the band's knowledge or consent. Entitled Hello From The Gutter — Best Of, the two-CD set will contain the following track listing: CD1 01. Hello From The Gutter (live) 02. Necroshine 03. God-Like 04. Powersurge (live) 05. Never Say Die 06. Coma' (live) 07. ...

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UPDATE: OVERKILL Frontman Suffers "Minor Stroke"

OVERKILL frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth collapsed onstage about 30 minutes into the band's headlining performance in Nürnberg, Germany on Thursday, June 27th after suffering a "minor stroke", according to a message posted on the group's web site. "As most of you know, Blitz collapsed on stage at a show in Nürnberg and was taken to ...

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