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Watch HELLOWEEN Perform In Sofia, Bulgaria During Fall 2022 European Tour

Fan-filmed video of HELLOWEEN's October 13 concert at Arena Armeec Sofia in Sofia, Bulgaria can be seen below (courtesy of Bernd J. Schuster's YouTube channel). As previously reported, HELLOWEEN will embark on the "United Forces" tour of North America in May 2023. Support on the 13-date trek will co...
October 15, 2022
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STRATOVARIUS's JENS JOHANSSON Brushes Off TIMO TOLKKI Reunion Talk: 'You Can't Turn Back Time'

By David E. Gehlke One of the measures by which metal keyboardists are judged, Jens Johansson is well beyond his days of playing underneath his keyboard stand with Yngwie Malmsteen or serving as a finalist for Kevin Moore's open spot in DREAM THEATER. The Swedish Johansson has since settled into his...
October 10, 2022
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Watch: STEVE GRIMMETT Honored By GRIM REAPER's NICK BOWCOTT And Son RUSS GRIMMETT At KEEP IT TRUE RISING Festival

GRIM REAPER's founding guitarist Nick Bowcott took part in a special tribute concert to the band's late singer Steve Grimmett at this year's Keep It True Rising festival, which is being held from September 30 to October 2 in Würzburg, Germany. Joining Bowcott at the event were the surviving members...
October 2, 2022
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HELLOWEEN Announces Spring 2023 North American Tour With HAMMERFALL

German power metallers HELLOWEEN will embark on the "United Forces" tour of North America in May 2023. Support on the 13-date trek will come from Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 30 at 10 a.m. local time. HELLOWEEN singer Andi Deris comments: "We can't wait...
September 27, 2022
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AVANTASIA Releases New Single 'The Inmost Light' Featuring HELLOWEEN's MICHAEL KISKE

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project will release its ninth album, "A Paranormal Evening With The Moonflower Society", on October 21 via Nuclear Blast. The disc will be the follow-up to "Moonglow", which came out in 2019. The official video for the LP's latest single, "The Inmost Light",...
September 23, 2022
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Survive

Seven years might seem like a long time between albums, even for a veteran band like STRATOVARIUS, but the poor Finns had been bashing out albums at an impressive rate and touring relentlessly for 30 years when the sturdy but unremarkable "Eternal" came out in 2015. Second only to HELLOWEEN when it...
September 21, 2022
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Makina Elektrika

Better known in the western world as MEZARKABUL and absolutely not to be confused with the legendary doom metal band of the same name, PENTAGRAM are among Turkey's most heavyweight bands. Formed at the height of the thrash era, they have evolved constantly over the years, from the relative tradition...
September 8, 2022
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HELLOWEEN's ANDI DERIS On MICHAEL KISKE: 'I Found A Long-Missed Friend'

HELLOWEEN frontman Andi Deris spoke to Ecuador's Telón De Acero radio about how he and his bandmates have managed to pull off the seemingly impossible by uniting returning singer Michael Kiske and guitarist/vocalist Kai Hansen with Deris, guitarists Michael Weikath and Sascha Gerstner, bassist Marku...
August 27, 2022
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MICHAEL KISKE Says Splitting Vocals With ANDI DERIS On Latest HELLOWEEN Album Was 'Very Easy'

HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske spoke to Chile's Radio Futuro about the overwhelmingly positive response to the band's self-titled effort, which came out last year. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "That was pretty unexpected. I was expected it to do good, but it was, like, perfect. "It...
August 23, 2022
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GRIM REAPER Singer STEVE GRIMMETT To Be Honored At Germany's KEEP IT TRUE RISING Festival

GRIM REAPER's founding guitarist Nick Bowcott will take part in a special tribute concert to the band's late singer Steve Grimmett at this year's Keep It True Rising festival, set to take place from September 30 to October 2 in Würzburg, Germany. Joining Bowcott at the event will be the surviving me...
August 23, 2022
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STEVE GRIMMETT Hadn't Been Ill Before His Death: 'To Say This Was A Shock Is An Understatement', Says His Wife

Steve Grimmett's wife says that the GRIM REAPER singer wasn't ill prior to his tragic passing this past Monday (August 15). The 62-year-old's death came five years after he had his right leg partially amputated when an infected wound on his foot spread to the bones in his leg partway through his Sou...
August 17, 2022
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GRIM REAPER's Founding Guitarist NICK BOWCOTT Pays Tribute To STEVE GRIMMETT: 'Your Voice Will Always Live On'

GRIM REAPER's founding guitarist Nick Bowcott has paid tribute to the band's singer Steve Grimmett who died on Monday (August 15) at the age of 62. Last night, Bowcott took to his Instagram to write: "STEVE GRIMMETT (Aug 19th, 1959 - Aug 15th, 2022): REST IN PEACE, MATE. REST IN PEACE... "This heart...
August 16, 2022
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GRIM REAPER Singer STEVE GRIMMETT Dead At 62

GRIM REAPER singer Steve Grimmett has died at the age of 62. Steve's passing was confirmed by his brother Mark Grimmett, who wrote on social media: "I don't really know where to start so I guess I will just come right out with it. It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart that I have to tell y...
August 15, 2022
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MOONSPELL Frontman FERNANDO RIBEIRO: 'I Never Regret Anything'

At this past June's Hellfest in Clisson, France, vocalist Fernando Ribeiro of Portuguese metallers MOONSPELL was asked if he had any regrets or things about his career that he wishes he could go back and change. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I would never have formed the band....
August 9, 2022
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HELLOWEEN Drops 3D Road Movie Music Video For 'Best Time' Feat. ARCH ENEMY's ALISSA WHITE-GLUZ

June 2021 saw the release of HELLOWEEN's self-titled studio album. Adored by fans and critics alike, the record catapulted straight to the charts, earning the No. 1 position in Germany and Spain, the Top 5 of seven countries, and the Top 15 multiple times worldwide. Today, HELLOWEEN celebrates with...
May 27, 2022