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BLIND GUARDIAN Drop Off Russia's BRYANSK HARD ROCK FESTIVAL

BLIND GUARDIAN have been forced to cancel their previously announced show at the Bryansk Hard Rock Festival in Bryansk, Russia on June 22. According to a statement on the band's official web site, "the promoter was not able to organize the necessary payments for fee, flight tickets and visa documents. The promoter had a fair ...

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PLACE OF SKULLS: 'With Vision' Pushed Back

Knoxville, Tennessee's PLACE OF SKULLS, who feature in their ranks former SPIRIT CARAVAN/ST. VITUS/THE OBSESSED guitarist/vocalist Wino, have pushed back the release date for their new album, "With Vision", to Sept. 8 in Europe and Sept. 23 in the U.S. through Southern Lord Recordings. The opening track, "Last Hit", is available for download at

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Original FATES WARNING Guitarist Checks In With Latest Update

Original FATES WARNING guitarist Victor Arduini, who played on the group's classic early efforts "Night On Brocken" (1984) and "The Spectre Within" (1985), has posted an update on his current activities to the official FATES WARNING message board. Arduini's posting reads as follows: "I'd be happy to give an 'update' to anyone interested... Here you ...

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BRAINSTORM: New Song Available For Download

A brand new BRAINSTORM track, titled "Highs Without Lows", has been posted online at this location. "Highs Without Lows" comes off the group's forthcoming CD, "Soul Temptation", due on June 30 through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Metus Mortis" was recorded at House of Music studios in Winterbach, Germany. BRAINSTORM will ...

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OIL Part Ways With Bassist, Seek Replacement

Long Beach, California-based Christian metallers OIL, featuring DARK ANGEL frontman Ron Rinehart, have parted ways with bassist Matthew Joy and are currently seeking a replacement. "Upcoming album release shows or any other concert bookings will not be affected," states a message on the band's official web site. "Our friend — and smokin' bass player — ...

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PROGPOWER USA IV Officially Sold Out

ProgPower USA IV, North America's premiere festival for progressive and power metal music, has officially sold out more than three months in advance. The festival will return to Atlanta's Earthlink Live, the venue that housed last fall's sold-out event, on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6. "I don't think anyone can doubt that ProgPower ...

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HELLOWEEN To Tour North America In October

German metallers HELLOWEEN will be embarking on a short North American headlining tour in early October to support their recently issued album, "Rabbit Don't Come Easy". The trek, which will kick off in Southern California and conclude in New York City, will tentatively cover the following markets: Los Angeles Orange County Phoenix Denver Chicago Detroit ...

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SLAYER Confirmed For Spain's METAL MANIA FESTIVAL

SLAYER are the latest act confirmed to perform at Metal Mania Festival, a three-day event set to take place July 11-13 at Auditorio Municipal de Villarobledo in Albacete, Spain. Other bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival are as follows: Friday, July 11 BLIND GUARDIAN NIGHTWISH SEPULTURA KREATOR APOCALYPTICA OVERKILL REBELLION Saturday, July 12 ...

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DIO, KREATOR, HAMMERFALL Confirmed For Spain's METAL MANIA FESTIVAL

DIO, KREATOR, HAMMERFALL, and STRATOVARIUS are the latest acts confirmed to perform at Metal Mania Festival, a three-day event set to take place July 11-13 at Auditorio Municipal de Villarobledo in Albacete, Spain. The acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival are as follows: Friday, July 11 BLIND GUARDIAN NIGHTWISH SEPULTURA KREATOR APOCALYPTICA OVERKILL ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN: 'The Show Must Go On!'

BLIND GUARDIAN will once again be utilizing the services of RHAPSODY drummer Alex Holzwarth for their upcoming tour due to a tendon infection suffered by regular BG skinsman Thomas Stauch. "Unfortunately Thomen seems to have got the same problems with the nerves in his hand like he had before our South American tour last year," ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN Drummer Welcomes Addition To Family

Congratulations are in order for BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomas Stauch and wife Esther on the birth of their son Patrick. Patrick came into the world on April 27, weighing in at 8.5 lbs (3.8 kg). BLIND GUARDIAN are set to issue their new live album, simply called "Live", on May 26. The two-disc collection contains ...

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FATES WARNING Frontman To Appear At PROGPOWER USA IV

FATES WARNING/ENGINE frontman Ray Alder has been confirmed to make a special guest appearance at Progpower USA IV, which takes place at Atlanta's Earthlink Live on September 5 and 6. Alder will perform at the event with Sensory recording artists REDEMPTION, now featuring vocalist Corey Brown, formerly of PSYCO DRAMA and currently in MAGNITUDE NINE ...

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BRAINSTORM Finalize Track Listing For 'Soul Temptation'

Germany's BRAINSTORM have finalized the track listing for their forthcoming album, "Soul Temptation", due on June 30 through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Metus Mortis", which is currently being recorded at House of Music studios in Winterbach, Germany, will contain the following cuts: 01. Highs Without Lows 02. Doorway To Survive 03. The ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN Name Live CD

German melodic metallers BLIND GUARDIAN have set "Live" as the title for their upcoming live album, due on May 26. The two-disc collection, which is currently being mixed at a German studio, will contain 20 songs recorded last year on the band's world tour. The full track listing for the CD is as follows (in ...

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AEROSMITH To Begin Recording Blues Album

AEROSMITH will likely enter the studio sometime in the next two or three weeks to begin recording their much-discussed blues album for Columbia, guitarist Joe Perry told Billboard.com. Among the songs being worked up by the band are BLIND WILLIE MCTELL's "Broke Down Engine", LITTLE WALTER's "Temperature", and "I'm Ready", the latter of which was ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN OPEN AIR: Complete Lineup Revealed

BLIND GUARDIAN have announced the final running order for the inaugural installment of the Blind Guardian Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place on June 13-14 at BGS Open Air Arena in Coburg/Bamberg, Germany. As previously reported, BLIND GUARDIAN will headline the festival on both evenings with two different sets, which were chosen ...

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THE SCORPIONS To Record New Album

Veteran German hard rockers THE SCORPIONS are taking a little break before entering the studio to record their new studio album, tentatively due in early 2004. Several producer names have been mentioned as possible collaborators on the group's next effort, including Bob Rock (METALLICA, THE CULT), Rick Parashar (PEARL JAM, NICKELBACK, BLIND MELON) and former ...

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HELLOWEEN: New Music Available Online

Three brand new HELLOWEEN tracks — "Just A Little Sign", "Never Be A Star" and "Do You Feel Good" — have been posted online in streaming Real Audio at this location. All three songs come off the group's forthcoming full-length CD, "Rabbit Don't Come Easy", due on May 12 through Nuclear Blast Records. ...

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FINNTROLL Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK 2003 Festival

FINNTROLL are the latest act to have been confirmed for the 12th annual Sweden Rock festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 6-8 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of artists currently set to perform at the event is as follows: TWISTED SISTER WHITESNAKE SEPULTURA YES JETHRO TULL BLIND GUARDIAN MASTERPLAN QUEENSRŸCHE TALISMAN WISHBONE ASH DEMON ...

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ROCK HARD FESTIVAL 2003: Complete Lineup Announced

The complete lineup and running order has been announced for Rock Hard Festival 2003, a two-day event set to take place June 7-8 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. It is as follows: Saturday, June 7: 01. GOD DETHRONED 02. TRIBE AFTER TRIBE 03. CIRCLE II CIRCLE (feat. guest appearance by Jon Oliva) 04. TROUBLE 05. ...

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