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More Bands Confirmed For Sonisphere U.K.

The organisers of the Sonisphere festival's British leg has announced a further seven additions to the events lineup. Reunited, alternative rock band Skunk Anansie will take to the Sonisphere stage, as will Fightstar, Funeral For A Friend, Gallows, Apocalyptica, Madina Lake and Family Force Five. The festival will take place at Knebworth from July 30th to August 1st.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Iron Maiden Completes Work On New Album

According to a brief update from producer Kevin Shirley, British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden has completed work on their fifteenth studio album. The message reads as follows: "There's still work to do, but the band portion is complete and in the can, so to speak."

No details have been revealed regarding the album's name or possible release date, but it will be distributed through EMI Records.

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Iron Maiden Completes Eight New Songs

According to American radio host Eddie Trunk, British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden has completed eight songs for their forthcoming fifteenth studio album. A message from Trunk reads as follows:

"Got a call from Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain last night (January 1st). Nicko just opened a new restaurant in Florida called Rock & Roll Ribs. Said it's gone well and he is planning an official grand opening soon. Nicko also told me Maiden are headed into the studio in a couple weeks to start work on a new CD. He said there was about eight songs written so far so the band would probably need to come up with a few more new songs while recording. Said the material was a little different than past albums and they were taking their time with the recording schedule. New CD probably won't come out until 2011 however a good chance of some Maiden live shows over the summer. I'll keep you posted as I learn more and can share. Nicko will be coming on the radio shows soon to update us on all fronts. Always fun to talk with him, real good guy."

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More Bands Confirmed For Sonisphere U.K.

The organisers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival has announced five more bands for next year's edition of the event. Industrial metal legends Fear Factory will be on the bill for the festival as will Placebo, Papa Roach, Bring Me The Horizon and former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins, who will be performing a spoken word set. Previously confirmed bands for the event include Anthrax, Slayer, Motley Crue, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Alice Cooper, The Cult and headliners Iron Maiden and Rammstein. More bands are expected to be confirmed shortly. The festival will be held at Knebworth from July 30th to August 1st and anyone who purchases a ticket for the U.K. show before December 31st will receive a free ticket to the Sonisphere Festival in Poland, which features the "Big Four" of thrash metal (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer) as well as Behemoth and Mastodon.

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Iron Maiden Confirmed For Wacken 2010

The organisers of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival has announced that British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have been confirmed as one of the headlining acts for next year's edition of the event. This will be Iron Maiden's second time performing at the festival and will be the bands only show in Germany in 2010. The festival will be held in Wacken between August 5th-7th.

Iron Maiden bass player and founder Steve Harris stated: "We had a fantastic time playing at Wacken last year so when we decided to play a few festivals in Europe next Summer it seemed a great idea to return. What could be better in Germany than to play again to the 75,000 true metalheads who go to Wacken!"

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UFC Fighter To Wear Iron Maiden Mascot Shirt

UFC fighter Clay "the Carpenter" Guida will be wearing a custom designed shirt featuring Iron Maiden mascot Eddie during his cage-entrance at UFC 107 this weekend at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. You can check a photo of the shirt here.

Read the full article at Cage Potato.

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First Bands Announced For Sonisphere 2010

The organisers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival has announced the event will be held once again at Knebworth next year and will feature headlining slots from Iron Maiden and Rammstein. In addition to this, Alice Cooper, Anthrax, Slayer, Iggy & The Stooges, Motley Crue and The Cult will all be making apperances at the festival, which will take place between July 31st and August 1st.

Speaking on the festival, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian stated: "God-damn we couldn’t be more thrilled about being a part of Sonisphere 2010!!!! We are still buzzing from our insane show at Knebworth last summer and are drooling over the fact that we are a part of this history making festival!! What an amazing Xmas present for Anthrax and our fans. See you all very soon!!"

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson says: "Knebworth has been the home of so many legendary concerts going back many years it really will be a privilege to play there. We enjoy the camaraderie of playing great festivals and are very much looking forward to getting back out to do some shows next summer and, as it will be over two years since we played the UK, we will certainly be looking to deliver a memorable and spectacular night for our fans!"

Rammstein say: "The great support that we’ve experienced from the UK fans has been beyond anything we expected. This will be the first time that Rammstein has appeared at a festival in the UK and we are looking forward to putting on a show that no-one will ever forget!"

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Winners Of The Classic Rock Awards Revealed

The annual Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards took place last night (November 2nd) in London at the Park Lane Hotel and featured numerous awards being given many metal and hard rock acts including Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Anvil. You can view the complete list of winners below. More...

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Children Of Bodom Streaming Three New Songs Online

Children of Bodom has issued the following update about streaming three cover songs online from their upcoming album "Skeletons in the Closet:"

"CHILDREN OF BODOM, the esteemed Finnish Heavy Metal band that features frontman and modern day Guitar Hero Alexi Laiho will release a full album of cover tunes containing 17 impressive remakes of the group’s all-time favorite songs this fall. Titled Skeletons in the Closet, the record will drop on September 22, 2009 via Spinefarm Records / Fontana International. CHILDREN OF BODOM will launch a 20 city North American headlining tour in support of the record beginning Friday, September 18 in Providence, RI

"A first taste of what Skeletons in the Closet will deliver can be had today as not 1, not 2, but 3 wild new CHILDREN OF BODOM remakes have been posted online via the band’s just refashioned MySpace page. Check out all the action including COB’s revved up take on BILLY IDOL’s ‘Rebel Yell’, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL’s ‘Lookin’ Out My Back Door’ and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES’ ‘War Inside My Head’ now at this location.

"Long known for employing a lighthearted musical modus operandi despite both a weighty work ethic and no joke dedication to its craft, CHILDREN OF BODOM (or COB) has joined the ranks of the world’s finest heavy music acts over the course of the last decade. Skeletons in the Closet features a first-rate selection of covers; some of them previously existing recordings, others specially laid down for this release. The LP delivers bang-up recordings of – among others -- the Ramones’ ‘Somebody Put Something in My Drink’, Iron Maiden’s ‘Aces High’, ‘Talk Dirty to Me’ by Poison and the searing version of the Billy Idol classic ‘Rebel Yell’. Of special note is CHILDREN OF BODOM’s now-infamous take on Britney Spears’ ‘Oops!...I Did It Again’. The cover previously appeared on a Japanese-only pressing of the band’s 2005 album Are You Dead Yet?, and will now be available worldwide for the very first time."

The full track listing for "Skeletons in the Closet" is as follows:

1. Lookin’ Out My Back Door (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
2. Hell is for Children (Pat Benatar)
3. Somebody Put Something in My Drink (Ramones)
4. Mass Hypnosis (Sepultura)
5. Don’t Stop at the Top (Scorpions)
6. Silent Scream (Slayer)
7. Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) (Kenny Rogers)
8. Hellion (W.A.S.P.
9. Aces High (Iron Maiden)
10. Rebel Yell (Billy Idol)
11. No Commands (Stone)
12. Antisocial (Trust / Anthrax)
13. Talk Dirty to Me (Poison)
14. (Ghost) Riders In the Sky (Stan Jones / Johnny Cash)
15. War Inside My Head (Suicidal Tendencies)
16. Oops!...I Did It Again (Britney Spears)
17. Waiting (King Diamond)

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Just For Fun

Ten Worst Album Covers From Great Bands

In a special article at Noisecreep.com, you can check out their own list of the ten worst album covers from otherwise well respected bands (and Dragonforce.) Among the embarassing album covers are Iron Maiden, Pantera, Razor and Artillery. You can check it out by heading to NoiseCreep.com.

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Guitar Hero 5 Tracklisting Revealed

The complete tracklisting for the forthcoming new installment in the popular "Guitar Hero" video game franchise, "Guitar Hero 5" has been revealed. You can check it out below.

3 Doors Down - "Kryptonite"
Arctic Monkeys - "Brianstorm"
Blink-182 - "The Rock Show"
Dire Straits - "Sultans Of Swing"
Jimmy Eat World - "Bleed American"
Johnny Cash - "Ring Of Fire"
Megadeth - "Sweating Bullets"
Mötley Crüe - "Looks That Kill"
Muse - "Plug In Baby"
Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Queen & David Bowie - "Under Pressure"
Stevie Wonder - "Superstition"
The Killers - "All The Pretty Faces"
The Raconteurs - "Steady As She Goes"
TV On The Radio - "Wolf Like Me"
A Perfect Circle - "Judith"
AFI - "Medicate"
Attack! Attack! UK - "You And Me"
Band Of Horses - "Cigarettes, Wedding Bands"
Beastie Boys - "Gratitude"
Beck - "Gamma Ray"
Billy Idol - "Dancing With Myself"
Billy Squier - "Lonely Is The Night"
Blur - "Song 2"
Bob Dylan - "All Along The Watchtower"
Bon Jovi - "You Give Love A Bad Name"
Brand New - "Sowing Season (Yeah)"
The Bronx - "Six Days A Week"
Bush - "Comedown"
Children Of Bodom - "Done With Everything, Die For Nothing"
Coldplay - "In My Place"
Darker My Love - "Blue Day"
Darkest Hour - "Demon(s)"
David Bowie - "Fame"
Deep Purple - "Woman From Tokyo ('99 Remix)"
The Derek Trucks Band - "Younk Funk"
The Duke Spirit - "Send A Little Love Token"
Duran Duran - "Hungry Like The Wolf"
Eagles Of Death Metal - "Wannabe In L.A."
Elliott Smith - "L.A."
Elton John - "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)"
Face To Face - "Disconnected"
Garbage - "Only Happy When It Rains"
Gorillaz - "Feel Good Inc."
Gov't Mule - "Streamline Woman"
Grand Funk Railroad - "We're An American Band"
Iggy Pop - "Lust For Life (Live)"
Iron Maiden - "2 Minutes To Midnight"
Jeff Beck - "Scatterbrain (Live)"
John Mellencamp - "Hurts So Good"
Kaiser Chiefs - "Never Miss A Beat"
King Crimson - "21st Century Schizoid Man"
Kings Of Leon - "Sex On Fire"
Kiss - "Shout It Out Loud"
Love and Rockets - "Mirror People"
My Morning Jacket - "One Big Holiday"
Nirvana - "Lithium (Live)"
No Doubt - "Ex-Girlfriend"
Peter Frampton - "Do You Feel Like We Do? (Live)"
The Police - "So Lonely"
Public Enemy Featuring Zakk Wylde - "Bring the Noise 20XX"
Queens Of The Stone Age - "Make It Wit Chu"
Rammstein – "Du Hast"
The Rolling Stones - "Sympathy For The Devil"
Rose Hill Drive - "Sneak Out"
Rush - "The Spirit Of Radio (Live)"
Santana - "No One To Depend On (Live)"
Scars On Broadway - "They Say"
Screaming Trees - "Nearly Lost You"
Smashing Pumpkins - "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
Sonic Youth - "Incinerate"
Spacehog - "In The Meantime"
Sublime - "What I Got"
Sunny Day Real Estate - "Seven"
T. Rex - "20th Century Boy"
The Sword - "Maiden, Mother & Crone"
Thin Lizzy - "Jailbreak"
Thrice - "Deadbolt"
Tom Petty - "Runnin' Down A Dream"
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "American Girl"
Vampire Weekend - "A-Punk"
Weezer - "Why Bother?"
The White Stripes - "Blue Orchid"
Wild Cherry - "Play That Funky Music"
Wolfmother - "Back Round"

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Metal Music To Be Featured In Madden '10 Game

The forthcoming new video game Madden 10 will be seeing its fair share of metal music featured on its soundtrack, as classic songs from the likes of Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Pantera and Iron Maiden will be appearing on the game. The game will be released on July 31st.

The tracklisting for the game is as follows:

2pac - Can't C Me
Airbourne - Heads Are Gonna Roll
Alice In Chains - Them Bones
B.O.B. - Created A Monster
Bang Camaro - Revolution
Beastie Boys - Sabotage
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Cypress Hill - Get 'em Up
Helmet - Unsung
Iron Maiden - Aces High
Judas Priest - Painkiller
Kid Rock - I Am The Bulldog
Killswitch Engage - Reckoning
Korn - Blind
Mastodon - Divinations
Nas feat. Puff Daddy - Hate Me Now
Nirvana - Breed
Pantera - Walk
Public Enemy - Shut 'em Down
Rage Against The Machine - Guerilla Radio
Set Your Goals - Gaia Bleeds (Make Way For Man)
Slipknot - Duality
System Of A Down - Sugar
The Vanity Plan - Before I Die
Young Dre The Truth - Cheah Beah

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Wacken Open Air Announces "Movie Night" Order

The Wacken Open Air Festival organizers have announced the following running order for their movie nights:

Wednesday 7/29
10:00pm - 0:15am - Iron Maiden "Flight 666"
00:15am - 3:00aam - W:O:A 2008

Thursday 7/30
00:00am - 01:30 am - "Heavy Metal - Louder than Life"
01:30am - 03:00 am- Bruce Dickinson's chemical wedding

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Iron Maiden To Enter The Studio In January

In a recent radio interview, Nicko McBrain, drummer of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Iron Maiden, has revealed that the band will be entering the studio in January to record their fifteenth studio album. McBrain states:

"We have actually booked a studio and I think we’ll kick off in the second week of January with the new record…. As to touring - the end of the year, or definitely 2011. We may actually go out at the end of 2010. Once you’ve got the new album finished and packaged, and the record company’s happy with all the bits and pieces, then you want to go touring."

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Watch Betrayer Cover Iron Maiden Song Live

Canadian power thrash metal band, Betrayer, has posted a video of a Live performance of Iron Maiden's Run To The Hills on Youtube. The video was taken at The Blind Dog in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on March 28th. More...

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"Flight 666" To Make 1-Day Theatrical Debut

Iron Maiden's "Flight 666" movie will be making a theatrical appearance for one day only on April 21, 2009. Book tickets at your local cinema or check listings here.

This is an opportunity to see the movie on the big screen in digital Hi Definition with 5.1 surround sound - making you feel you were there in the middle of all the action. "Flight 666" was directed by Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen of the award-winning Banger Productions team (Metal; A Headbangers story and Global Metal).

Flight 666 documents the first leg of Maiden’s legendary SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME WORLD TOUR, which took them 50,000 miles round the planet playing 23 concerts on five continents in just 45 days. One of the stars of the movie is the band’s customised Boeing 757, Ed Force One, which carried the band, all their crew 12 tons of stage equipment and was piloted by Airline Captain and singer Bruce Dickinson. The movie gives a close up inside the scenes look at what happened on and off stage, when Maiden gave full access to the film crew for the first time ever, and contains some of the most spectacular live footage yet seen of Maiden. If you want to know what it is like to be part of the most adventurous tour in Rock history, you can’t miss seeing this. Taking you from Mumbai to Santiago, LA to Sydney, Tokyo to San Paolo and all points between, through exhaustion and fan pandemonium, travelling with band and crew on the plane, to and from shows, in the bar and during leisure time, this really is Access All Areas. More...

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Iron Maiden Guitarist Denies Rumours Of A Split

Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith has denied that Iron Maiden will be calling it a day after they release their next studio album. Last year, bass player and founder Steve Harris stated: "We’ve always said we’re only going to do 15 albums; we’re coming up to it. There’s going to be an ending point."

However Adrian Smith has refuted this claim recently with the claim that: "We’ll carry on. The great thing is that there’s clearly a huge audience out there waiting to hear what we’re going to do right now; and in the real world that’s not a very common situation so you have to appreciate it."

Iron Maiden are expected to take a break after they finish their tour and then enter the studio to record their fifteenth studio album, which should be released in time for the bands 35th anniversary next year.

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Paul Di'Anno Looking Into Recording A New Album

Former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di'Anno was recently interviewed by Australia's PyroMusic.net. He discussed a number of things including a new solo album, the influence of punk and his autobiography. You can read some excerpts of the interview below:

Pyromusic.net: I understand you have a new album in the works - what is the latest on that?

Paul Di'Anno: "We started to record it last year in Germany, but have since had some business problems associated with the production company involved with this project, so I may start another new album quite soon now. At the moment I am just concentrating on touring, as this is taking up 100% of my time right now."

Pyromusic.net: You were at the forefront of the creation of heavy metal as we know it today. What was it like in England playing metal when punk was the big thing and what was it like to see the music grow?

Paul Di'Anno: "It was in fact great for me as I was a fan of both metal and punk and very much into the punk attitude... somehow or other that seemed to shine through in the early Maiden days. We survived well throughout the punk period."

Read the full article at PyroMusic.net.

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Iron Maiden Guitarist Discusses New Album

Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith was recently interviewed by British metal magazine Metal Hammer about a variety of topics. When asked about the new Iron Maiden album, he said: "Yeah, we were talking about it briefly the other day and I’ve been thinking about it every day since because there are so many ways we can go with it. It’d be nice if we had the songs now and we could come off tour and go straight into the studio match-fit, as it were. Usually we have a long time off, and the way we play in the studio is as live, so it’s always a bit tense at first because we haven’t played for six months. I’d ideally like to go in [soon]. Again, it’s a day-to-day thing, you go in, take it as you find it, try and do the best job you can."

Read the full article at MetalHammer.co.uk.

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Jordanian Metal Zine Jorzine Covers Iron Maiden

Jordanian Metal Zine Jorzine covered Iron Maiden's “Somewhere Back In Time” World Tour in Dubai that took a place in Dubai’s Media City Amphitheatre on February 13, 2009. Photos have been posted at this location and a video of the concert is also viewable below. More...

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