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Former HELLOWEEN Members Among Musicians Confirmed For Brazil's EXECUTION Project

Ex-HELLOWEEN members Michael Kiske (vocals) and Roland Grapow (guitar),HAMMERFALL bassist Magnus Rosén, ANGRA guitarist Kiko Loureiro, PRIMAL FEAR/SINNER bassist Mat Sinner, PRIMAL FEAR vocalist Ralf Scheepers, and THOTEN drummer Marco Barzo are among the musicians scheduled to appear on the forthc...
May 24, 2002

DEVIN TOWNSEND: The Latest Update

An update from the wacky world of DEVIN TOWNSEND (i.e. STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, PHYSICIST, OCEAN MACHINE, etc.): Some good and bad news regarding the tour is that Chris Valagao who was to be the new keyboard player in STRAPPING YOUNG LAD has had to leave due to his commitments to ZIMMERS HOLE and his wo...
May 23, 2002

SHAMAN Set "Ritual" Track Listing, Perform At Spain's VIÑA ROCK Festival

Brazil's SHAMAN, featuring former ANGRA members Andre Matos (vocals),Luis Mariutti (bass) and Ricardo Confessori (drums),have finalized the track listing for their forthcoming debut, entitled Ritual, which is scheduled to be released in early July through Lucretia Records. The songs set to appear...
May 14, 2002

SHAMAN's ANDRE MATOS: New Album Will Be Heavier And More Progressive Than ANGRA

Current SHAMAN and former ANGRA frontman Andre Matos recently gave an interview to SHAMAN's official web site in which he discussed the group's recently-completed debut album, entitled Ritual, which is due out in the summer. Here are a few select quotes from that interview: On the lyrical and musica...
May 10, 2002

SINERGY Fire Bassist, Hire Temporary Replacement

SINERGY have fired bassist Marco Hietala and have hired session musician Lauri Porra to assist them in fulfilling their touring commitments for the remainder of the year. Vocalist Kimberly Goss issued the following statement via the group's official web site explaining the reasons behind their decis...
May 6, 2002


EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet has issued the following statement regarding the forthcoming release of AVANTASIA Part II, the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed The Metal Opera debut, which featured guest appearances from some of metal's brightest stars, including ex-HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske...
May 3, 2002

MOONSPELL Live Dates Announced

Portugal's MOONSPELL have lined up the following performances during the coming months: May 11 – Braga, POR @ Semana Académica da Univ. do Minho May 17 – Leipzig, GER @ Wave Gottik Treffen May 24 - Vila Real, POR @ Queima das Fitas May 25 - Castelo Branco, POR @ Queima das Fitas Jun. 09 ...
May 2, 2002

EDGUY Announce Live Dates, Release Date For AVANTASIA Part II

German power metallers EDGUY will perform the following shows during the coming months: May 02 - Osaka, JAP @ On Air (w/RHAPSODY) May 04 - Nagoya, JAP @ Bottom Line (w/RHAPSODY) May 05 - Tokyo, JAP @ Club Citta (w/RHAPSODY) May 06 - Tokyo, JAP @ Club Citta (w/RHAPSODY) May 09 - Sydney, AUST @ ...
April 30, 2002

VANDEN PLAS Line Up Guest Appearances, Reschedule Dates

VANDEN PLAS drummer Andreas Lill has recorded drums for Danish guitarist Torben Enevoldsen's project SECTOR A. Derek Sherinian (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ex-DREAM THEATER) will play keyboards, and Andy Engberg (ex-LION'S SHARE) will handle the vocals on the upcoming CD. In related news, Lill and VANDEN PLAS...
April 29, 2002

DORO European Dates Announced

DORO will perform the following gigs during the coming months: May 04 – Düsseldorf, GER - Polo Festival Unplugged May 10 – Vosselaar, BEL - Biebob May 17 – Prague, CZ - Rock Café SEVEN Release Party May 26 – Brussels, BEL - Metal Convention Jun. 05 – Flensburg, GER - Roxy Jun. 07 – ...
April 28, 2002

EDGUY Frontman Records Guest Appearance For SHAMAN CD

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet has recorded a duet with SHAMAN singer Andre Matos (ex-ANGRA) for SHAMAN's forthcoming debut CD, entitled Ritual, which is due in the summer through an as-yet-undetermined label. In other news, EDGUY are due to record a live album during their upcoming European headlinin...
April 16, 2002

Former ANGRA Frontman Joins BLAZE For Live Rendition Of MAIDEN Tune

Former ANGRA and current SHAMAN frontman Andre Matos joined ex-IRON MAIDEN singer Blaze Bayley and his new band BLAZE at the latter's headlining appearance in So Paulo, Brazil on Sunday, April 7th for a rendition of MAIDEN's "Man On The Edge". SHAMAN recently completed work on their debut album, ent...
April 11, 2002

MOONSPELL Announce European Live Dates

Portugal's MOONSPELL have announced the following European live dates during the coming months: Apr. 16 Leiria, POR @ Pavilho Universitario May 14 Braga, POR @ Pavilho Universitario May 17 Leipzig, GER @ Wave Gottik Treffen Jul. 26-27 Valencia, SPA @ Rock Machina Festival Aug. 02 Gossnitz, GER @ Ope...
April 10, 2002

PRIMAL FEAR Bassist Threatens Legal Action Against SINERGY Singer Over Interview Remarks

PRIMAL FEAR bassist Mat Sinner has reportedly sent a letter via his attorney to SINERGY frontwoman Kimberly Goss threatening legal action against her over Kimberly's alleged description of Sinner as a “modern-day Hitler” in an interview published in the French Rock Hard magazine. In the letter, Sinn...
April 6, 2002

ANGRA Post EP Artwork Online

Brazil's ANGRA have posted the artwork to their upcoming EP, entitled Hunters and Prey, via the group's official web site at this location. The cover was designed by Isabel de Amorim, the artist responsible for the artwork of ANGRA's last two efforts, Fireworks and Rebirth. ...
April 4, 2002