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Former BLIND GUARDIAN Drummer Explains His Departure

Former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch has issued another statement explaining in greater detail the circumstances that led to his departure from the group. Stauch's statement reads as follows: "Hi friends, "I hope this news doesn’t shock you too much, but from this point on I am no longer BLIND GUARDIAN's drummer. "Over the last ...

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RAMMSTEIN Take Home Two ECHO Awards

RAMMSTEIN took home two prizes at the annual Echo awards (German equivalent of the Grammys), which were held Saturday (April 2) at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin. RAMMSTEIN received an Echo for Artist/Group of the Year in the category New Rock/Metal/Alternative and another in the category Best Live Act. The band performed their latest ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN Part Ways With Drummer

German power metallers BLIND GUARDIAN have parted ways with longtime drummer Thomen Stauch. Frontman Hansi Kürsch's official statement on the matter reads as follows: "No news is good news. This obviously is bad news. After walking along the same musical paths for about 20 years and after several long, open and honest discussions between the ...

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SOILWORK Singer, BLIND GUARDIAN Drummer Seek Name For New Project

SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid and BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch are currently seeking a name for their new project. The collaboration, which originally went under the COLDSEED moniker, is described by Strid as "a mixture between RAMMSTEIN and ALICE IN CHAINS." A full-length album is currently being recorded and is due later in the ...

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SOLEFALD Mainman Explains STURMGEIST Project

STURMGEIST, the Norwegian solo project of SOLEFALD mastermind Cornelius Jakhelln Brastad, recently released their debut album, "Meister Mephisto", via Season of Mist. STURMGEIST's touring lineup consists of drummer Asgeir Mickelson (BORKNAGAR, LUNARIS, SPIRAL ARCHITECT), and guitarists Henrik Strømme and John E. Jacobsen. Brastad has issued a statement explaining his reasoning behind the project: "A few ...

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RAMMSTEIN: 'Keine Lust' Video Posted Online

RAMMSTEIN's video for "Keine Lust", the fourth single from their latest CD, "Reise Reise", has been posted online at VideoPimp.com. The "Keine Lust" clip was shot in January with director Jörn Heitman, who had previously helmed the group's videos for "Amerika" and "Ohne Dich", among others. RAMMSTEIN's "Keine Lust" single is scheduled for ...

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APOCALYPTICA: 'Wie Welt' Video Posted Online

Finnish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA have posted the English and German versions of their "Wie Weit" video at their official web site. Check them out at this location. The English and German versions of "Wie Weit" feature Marta Jandová of Germany's alternative-hipsters DIE HAPPY while the French version (which is included on the group's new ...

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EKTOMORF Confirmed For Austria's AERODROME Festival

Hungarian hardcore/thrash metallers EKTOMORF have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Aerodrome festival, set to take place May 26-28 at Civitas Nova in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: 3 INCHES OF BLOOD BLIND PETITION BUNFIRE SQUAD CLAWFINGER CLIENT DOG EAT DOG DOGMA EDO MAAJKA EKTOMORF INCUBUS ...

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APOCALYPTICA To Release New Single In Three Languages

Finnish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA will release a new single, "Wie Weit", on February 14 containing three different versions of their track "Quutamo": The French version featuring Manu of DOLLY, plus the English and German versions featuring Marta Jandová of Germany's alternative-hipsters DIE HAPPY. An online preview is available at this location. In other news, ...

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RAMMSTEIN: 'Keine Lust' Single Details Revealed

German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN have revealed the details of their "Keine Lust" single, due on February 28 in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland as a maxi-single, a limited edition digipak single, and as a two-track. A full list of other release dates for various countries will be available shortly. The complete track listing is as follows: ...

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APOCALYPTICA's New CD Enters German, Finnish Charts At No. 5

Finnish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA have entered the German and Finnish album charts at position No. 5 with their latest CD, "Apocalyptica". As previously reported, SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo guested on "Apocalyptica" on a song called "Betrayal/Forgiveness". The track, which is described by APOCALYPTICA's Perttu Kivilaakso as a "really fast, thrash metal-influenced song," marks the second time ...

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DYNABYTE: Hard At Work On 'I'm My Enemy' Video

DYNABYTE, the Italian band featuring former OPERA IX vocalist Cadaveria and NECRODEATH bassist John, are currently working on a video clip for the song "I'm My Enemy", remixed by John and LJ Dusk (guitar) and produced by Flegias (NECRODEATH). "I'm My Enemy" comes off the group's debut album, "Extreme Mental Piercing", available now on Rotten ...

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APOCALYPTICA: New Album Track Listing Revealed

Finnish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA have set a January 24 European release date through Universal for their new self-titled album. The complete track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Life Burns 02. Quutamo 03. Distraction 04. Bittersweet 05. Misconstruction 06. Fisheye 07. Farewell 08. Fatal Error 09. Betrayal/Forgiveness 10. Ruska 11. Deathzone A limited-edition version ...

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RAMMSTEIN To Film Video For 'Keine Lust'

RAMMSTEIN have selected "Keine Lust" as the fourth single from their latest CD, "Reise Reise". A video for the song will be shot later this month with director Jörn Heitman, who had previously helmed the group's videos for "Amerika" and "Ohne Dich", among others. The band are promising "a huge surprise" with this video. No ...

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APOCALYPTICA To Support RAMMSTEIN In Europe

Finnish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA will support German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN at the following European dates in February: Feb. 01 – Erfurt (GER) — Messehalle Feb. 03 - London (UK) — Brixton Feb. 04 - London (UK) — Brixton Feb. 05 - London (UK) — Brixton Feb. 06 - Manchester (UK) — Men Feb. 07 - Nottingham ...

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MOKOMA's Latest CD Named INFERNO Magazine's 'Album Of The Year'

Finnish thrash/metal act MOKOMA's latest album, "Tämän Maailman Ruhtinaan Hovi" ("The Court of This World's Emperor), has been named Inferno magazine's 2004 "Album of the Year". The year-end Inferno list was determined via a poll of the magazine's editors and contributing writers. Inferno is Finland's leading metal magazine and is said to be one of ...

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RAMMSTEIN: 'Ohne Dich' Video Posted Online

RAMMSTEIN's video for the third single from their "Reise, Reise" album, "Ohne Dich", has been posted online at Viva.tv. The "Ohne Dich" single, which was released earlier this week, does not include any b-sides, but it contains the "beta version" of the title cut, which was originally intended for 2001's "Mutter" and recorded ...

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RAMMSTEIN Debut At No. 61 On BILLBOARD Album Chart

RAMMSTEIN's "Reise Reise" (Universal) has sold 26,716 copies in the United States in its first week of release (according to Nielsen SoundScan) to debut at position No. 61 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. Recorded primarily in Spain (El Cortijo Studio, Malaga), "Reise Reise" (translated as "Voyage, Voyage" or "Journey, Journey") is the follow-up ...

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