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HAMMERFALL Announces New Guitarist

Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL have recruited guitarist Pontus Norgren (THE POODLES, TALISMAN, GREAT KING RAT) to replace Stefan Elmgren, who left the in early April to focus on his new career as a pilot. "Pontus is a fantastic guitar player with musical roots in ACCEPT and neo-classical metal," commented HAMMERFALL drummer Anders Johansson. "I have known ...

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HAMMERFALL: New DVD, Covers Album Due In June

On June 27, two new HAMMERFALL releases will see the light of day: a DVD continuing chronicling the band's career, and a covers CD a collection of all the covers recorded by HAMMERFALL to date plus three new, unreleased ones. Incidentally, this will be guitarist Stefan Elmgren's last release with HAMMERFALL. * "Rebels With A ...

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JOURNEY, HEART, CHEAP TRICK: U.S. Tour Dates Announced

Three legendary rock bands are teaming up for what is sure to be the tour of the summer. JOURNEY, HEART and CHEAP TRICK are heading out on the concert trail starting July 9 in Denver, CO through October 4 in Albuquerque, NM. Fans should check local listings for on-sale dates, which begin Saturday, April 5. ...

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VAINGLORY Signs With LOCOMOTIVE RECORDS

American power metal band VAINGLORY, fronted by vocalist Kate French (CHASTAIN) and featuring lead guitar virtuoso Corbin King, has inked a deal with Locomotive Records. The group is hard at work recording the follow-up to 2007's self-titled "Vainglory" CD for a July 2008 release. The new album is tetatively titled "Manifesting Destiny" and will contain ...

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SCREAMING KINGS: Debut CD Out Now

SCREAMING KINGS, the Cincinnati, Ohio-based band featuring former VAINGLORY vocalist Ted Brasier, has released its debut CD. The self-titled album was recorded at Audioasis studios in Cincinnati by engineer Jeff Higgins (CHASTAIN, ESTUARY, FIREWIND). SCREAMING KINGS' lineup is completed by guitarists Sean Riley and Brian Lange, drummer Ryan Wingate and bassist Mike Reichert. For more ...

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VAINGLORY: Audio Interview Available

An audio interview with VAINGLORY members Kate French (vocals; CHASTAIN) and Corbin King (guitar) conducted by the "M.I.B. Show" is available for download as a podcast/MP3 file at this location. VAINGLORY recently parted ways with guitarist John Michael Youngblood. An as-yet-undisclosed replacement has already been found. VAINGLORY has commenced the songwriting process for ...

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FIREWIND Hard At Work On New Album

FIREWIND's mastermind/guitarist Gus G. has issued the following update: "Well, most of the recordings for the new album are done by now! We've been locked at Sweden's Studio Fredman for about a month now and I'm super-excited with the way things are shaping up! Killer sounds on the drums, guitars and bass. We've recorded 12 ...

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VAINGLORY Parts Ways With Guitarist

American power metal band VAINGLORY, fronted by vocalist Kate French (CHASTAIN) and featuring lead guitar virtuoso Corbin King, has parted ways with guitarist John Michael Youngblood. An as-yet-undisclosed replacement has already been found. VAINGLORY has commenced the songwriting process for its new album, due sometime in 2008. "All I can say is [the new material] ...

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VAINGLORY Working On 'Beyond Heavy' New CD

American power metal band VAINGLORY, fronted by vocalist Kate French (CHASTAIN) and featuring lead guitar virtuoso Corbin King, has commenced the songwriting process for its sophomore album, due sometime in 2008. "All I can say is [the new material] will knock you out!" says King. "It's way beyond heavy and has riffs that will kill ...

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FIREWIND: New Songtitles Revealed

Gus G., mastermind of Greek melodic metal sensation FIREWIND, has issued the following update: "Looking back on 2007 now I can say that I'm very happy with what we've accomplished with FIREWIND. We toured heavily for the 'Allegiance' album and our world tour passed through 22 countries and we did about 100 shows to promote ...

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FIREWIND Guitarist Issues Post-Japanese Tour Update

FIREWIND guitarist Gus G. has issued the following update: "The third part of our World Allegiance tour came to an end with four very successful shows in Japan! It felt so good going back there exactly one year after our performance at Loudpark festival. "This has been our longest Japan tour so far, visiting four ...

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FIREWIND Guitarist Issues Post-U.S. Tour Update

FIREWIND guitarist/founder Gus G. has issued the following update: "I'm sitting at some airport as we're on our way to Japan. I just wanted to check in and let you know that our first U.S. tour has come to an end and it has been a great experience for us! We didn't really know what ...

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VAINGLORY Seeking 'Hard-Hitting Heavy Metal Drummer'

American power metal band VAINGLORY, fronted by vocalist Kate French (CHASTAIN) and featuring lead guitar virtuoso Corbin King, is now accepting submissions for a new hard-hitting heavy metal drummer. According to a press release, the group "is looking for a professional drummer with a great attitude; who can play to a click track; is willing ...

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FIREWIND: Bedford Photos Posted Online

High-quality photos of FIREWIND's September 29, 2007 concert in Bedford, New Hampshire have been posted at The Metal Madman web site. FIREWIND will have its 2002 debut album, "Between Heaven & Hell", re-released in Japan on October 10 via King Records. The reissue includes new artwork, liner notes from guitarist Gus G. and ...

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FIREWIND To Re-Release Debut Album In Japan

Greek metallers FIREWIND will have their 2002 debut album, "Between Heaven & Hell", re-released in Japan on October 10 via King Records. The reissue includes new artwork, liner notes from guitarist Gus G. and producer David T. Chastain as well as two bonus tracks. Originally released with different cover artwork in Japan, this time the ...

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Former VAINGLORY Singer Putting Finishing Touches On SCREAMING KINGS Debut

SCREAMING KINGS, the Cincinnati, Ohio-based band featuring former VAINGLORY vocalist Ted Brasier, is currently recording the final tracks for its long-awaited debut CD. The album is being recorded at Audioasis studios in Cincinnati by engineer Jeff Higgins (CHASTAIN, ESTUARY, FIREWIND). SCREAMING KINGS' lineup is completed by guitarists Sean Riley and Brian Lange, drummer Ryan Wingate ...

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DEEP PURPLE To Appear On Swiss TV

According to The Highway Star, DEEP PURPLE will appear on Swiss TV tomorrow (June 9) on "Musicnight" at 22:45. The show will feature band's performance at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival, which is also being released now on DVD. Eagle Rock Entertainment, through two of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, will release on June 12 ...

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VAINGLORY: Debut CD To Receive European Release In April

American power metal band VAINGLORY, fronted by vocalist Kate French (CHASTAIN) and featuring lead guitar virtuoso Corbin King, has inked a European deal with MTM Music. The group's self-titled debut album is scheduled for release on April 20. According to a press release, VAINGLORY "has all the ingredients in place to be a major force ...

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Vainglory - VAINGLORY

Tired of all the cross-pollinating 'core bands filling the shelves at your store of choice? How about a no-bullshit, traditional metal CD that relies on blazing riffs, shredding solos, and a go-for-the-jugular delivery to make its point? You just found it in VAINGLORY's self-titled second release. Guitar beast Corbin King and monster vocalist Kate French ...

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VAINGLORY: Live Dates Announced

American power metal band VAINGLORY, fronted by vocalist Kate French (CHASTAIN) and featuring lead guitar virtuoso Corbin King, has lined up the following dates: Nov. 17 - Cafe Iguana - Monterrey, MEX Nov. 18 - Coca Cola Auditorium - Monterrey, MEX Nov. 25 - The Dark Side - Marietta, GA As previously reported, VAINGLORY will ...

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VAINGLORY To Release Limited-Edition CD Through REBELLION RECORDS

American power metal band VAINGLORY, fronted by vocalist Kate French (CHASTAIN) and featuring lead guitar virtuoso Corbin King, will release a limited-edition version of its self-titled debut album on December 1 via Rebellion Records U.S.. The package will include the new self-titled VAINGLORY enhanced CD and a limited-run autographed 11" x 17" VAINGLORY poster. A ...

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VAINGLORY: 'Burdened' Video Posted Online

American power metal band VAINGLORY, fronted by vocalist Kate French (CHASTAIN) and featuring lead guitar virtuoso Corbin King, has posted its video for the song "Burdened" at YouTube.com. The clip will be included as an enhanced feature on the band's recently completed new album, which is currently being shopped to interested labels for ...

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DEF LEPPARD, ALICE COOPER, MINISTRY Concert Attendance Figures Revealed

The following are a few select recent heavy metal/hard rock concert attendance figures, as reported by Billboard magazine. : Artist/Event: DEF LEPPARD/JOURNEY City/State: Bristow, VA Venue: Nissan Pavilion At Stone Ridge Date: 7/7/06 Attendance: 22,433 Capacity: 22,433 Artist/Event: DEF LEPPARD/JOURNEY City/State: Woodlands, TX Venue: Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion Date: 7/30/06 Attendance: 16,310 Capacity: 16,310 Artist/Event: ...

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THE BLACK CROWES: 'The Lost Crowes' Pushed Back To September

The new double album of unreleased material by THE BLACK CROWES, titled "The Lost Crowes", was originally scheduled to be in stores August 29 (Rhino). However, due to a recently discovered manufacturing error, the release date has been moved to September 26. "The Lost Crowes" contains two previously recorded albums that THE BLACK CROWES never ...

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