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Symphorce

Formed: 1998
From: Stuttgart, Germany
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Latest Symphorce News

Below is our complete Symphorce news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Symphorce Calls It Quits

German power metal band Symphorce has disbanded after seven studio albums (last of which was "Unrestricted" in 2010). The band made the following announcement on the split:

"Bad news for all fans of German metallers Symphorce. In the following statement the band announces their breakup:

"Thank you & lights out!

"7 albums, 12 years and thousands of enthusiastic fans don't make that decision easy, but after long thoughts and lots of talks we decided together to call it a day and dissolve Symphorce. The heads are dead, the timetables of our main bands packed with dates,...... so we feel a lack of inspiration and no possibility to record more albums, play more shows with the passion and commitment needed therefore. Symphorce always stand for an absolute independent type of metal, but with our latest (and last) album "Unrestricted" we had to recognize, that we have said everything we wanted musically. It was an unbelievable, intense and fantastic time! We thank you all for your long lasting loyalty and the enthusiasm you have shown to us. We will never forget all this for sure.

Of course, we will still remain with and in our other bands and will see us for sure somewhere somewhen on this planet. And therefore, ... lights off ...spotlights on!

"Thanks for 12 fantastic years, thanks for the fulfillment of a dream! It was AMAZING!"

Members of Symphorce can be heard with other projects: singer Andy B. Franck is currently busy with Brainstorm, guitarist Markus Pohl is with Mystic Prophecy and drummer Steffen Theurer is with Watch Me Bleed.

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Legion Of The Damned To Play At Elsrock Fest

LEGION OF THE DAMNED has been confirmed to play at Elsrock Festival on August 27, 2011 at the Sportaccomodatie R.K.S.V. in Rijssen, Netherlands.

Other bands confirmed so far are:

Destruction
Asphyx
Symphorce
The Kandidate
Skaldgrim

Tickets are available at www.elsrock.nl for 30€.

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Elsrock Festival Lineup Announced

Denmark's The Kandidate has issued the following brief update about appearing at this year's edition of the Elsrock Festival: "We have been confirmed for Elsrock Festival in Holland, August 27th 2011. Good times!" You can find more information on the festival at this location.

The currently confirmed bands are as follows:

Destruction
Asphyx
Legion of the Damned
Symphorce
Skaldgrim
The Kandidate

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Symphorce Issues Studio Video Updates

SYMPHORCE are currently working on their new album. The band has posted some videos from the studio, which can be seen below:

Tracking guitar:

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Symphorce Signs With AFM Records

German progressive power metal band Symphorce has signed a with AFM Records. The band is currently working on their new album, which is expected to be released in late August.

Symphorce's current lineup is as follows:

Andy B. Franck - Vocals
Cedric C. Dupond - Guitar
Markus Pohl - Guitar
Dennis Wohlbold - Bass
Steffen Theurer - Drums

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Crimson Glory Announces ProgPower Guest Vocalists

Crimson Glory is pleased to announce that they have confirmed the following special guest vocalists to perform with them during their headlining set at ProgPower USA X:

Wade Black (Crimson Glory/Leatherwolf)
Zak Stevens (Savatage/Circle II Circle)
Lance King (Pyramaze/Balance of Power)
Nils K. Rue (Pagan’s Mind)
Chris Salinas (Zero Hour/Power of Omens)
Ronny Monroe (Metal Church)
Andy B. Franck (Brainstorm/Symphorce/Ivanhoe)
Sean Peck (Cage)
Danilo Herbert (Mindflow)
Joakim Brodén (Sabaton)
Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus)
David Vanlanding (Crimson Glory/Michael Schenker Group) More...

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Symphorce Begins Writing New Album

German power metal band, Symphorce, have issued the following update:

"After we took our time to re"phorce" our batteries and think about our future we are ready more than ever to make our next album the possibly best SYMPHORCE album ever. For a couple of months now, the songwriting core of SYMPHORCE, Cede-Marcus-Andy, has come up with some great songs, melodies, hitwonders, chartbreakers, stripsongs, ...whatever you might wanna call it" More...

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Symphorce Announce New Album Title and Drummer

German power metallers SYMPHORCE, featuring BRAINSTORM frontman Andy B. Franck, have announced the addition of drummer Steffen Theurer to the group's ranks. The band is currently working on material for its upcoming CD, "Become Death", which it expects to begin recording in November at the House of Music studios in Winterach, Germany with producer Dennis Ward. "It seems like this is going to be the hardest and probably heaviest output ever," SYMPHORCE writes on its web site. The cover artwork will be handled by Thomas Ewerhard. A February/March 2007 release is expected.

SYMPHORCE's last album, "GodSpeed", was released in September 2005 via Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Twice Second" was recorded at House of Music studios and features 10 tracks. A limited-edition version of the album includes a bonus DVD of approximately 45 minutes of "live and backstage" footage and the video clip for "Cause of Laughter". The cover artwork was designed by Travis Smith (ICED EARTH, NEVERMORE).

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Live Report from ProgPower VI

The weekend of September 16-17th was quite a memorable one for me. I traveled down to Atlanta, Georgia from my New Jersey home to attend ProgPower VI. This year’s ProgPower consisted of Angra headlining Friday night’s show along with Conception, Orphaned Land, Circus Maximus, and Manticora opening. Saturday’s line up consisted of Stratovarius headlining, along with Therion, Pink Cream 69, Symphorce, and Stride opening.

During my stay, I was able to interview Mati from Orphaned Land and met Mark Edwards from Overlorde. Both guys were exceptionally kind, down to earth, as well as excellent guitar players and should definitely be listened to when the opportunity arises. Though Overlorde did not play, Orphaned Land did and put on quite an amazing show. During their set I found out that one of the guys standing in front of me was so dedicated to the band, that he flew all the way from Israel, where Orphaned Land is from, just to see them! What makes Orphaned Land such a band to command this response from a fan is the fact that they are very energetic on stage, quality musicians, and are able to bring everyone at the concert together. To see Orphaned Land is its own experience in itself. No matter who plays with Orphaned Land, the show will be memorable! More...

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Machine Men Still On Finnish Charts

Machine Men are happy guys these days. The young Finns earned great reactions during their performance at Earthshaker Fest last weekend and made a lot of new friends. What´s happening right now in the official Finnish single charts can easily be described as little sensation: the single “Falling”, taken from the upcoming album “Elegies”, is still in the top 20 on position 17 in its third week. Wow!

Machine Men will be performing on Wacken Open Air 2005 (Saturday, August 6th, W.E.T. Stage at 16:15 CET to 17:00 CET) to convince the metal fans with another brilliant show. All the metalheads who are not able to join this huge event will get their chance to catch up our newcomers on stage soon, as Machine Men are confirmed as support for Sonata Arctica on their European tour.

Upcoming Machine Men tour dates: More...

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Symphorce Finish "GodSpeed" Recordings

Symphorce have finished the recordings for their new album entitled "GodSpeed“ together with producer Dennis Ward (Angra, PinkCream69) at the reknowned House Of Music Studios in Winterbach, Germany. The disc will be released through Metal Blade Records on September 5th.

Next week Achim Köhler (Brainstorm) will take care of the mastering. The cover artwork was created by Travis Smith, who is known for his work for bands like Iced Earth and Nevermore.

“GodSpeed” tracklisting (in no particular order):
Everlasting Life
Nowhere
The Mirrored Room
Black Winter
Haunting
Your Cold Embrace
Wounds Will Last Within
Crawling Walls For You
Without A Trace
No Shelter

"GodSpeed" will be released as a special limited first edition including a bonus DVD with lots of live and backstage footage plus the video clip for "Cause of Laughter" (running time: 45 min. approx.)

"GodSpeed" will hit the stores on September, 5th 2005.

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Symphorce Working On New Album "Godspeed"

Symphorce are in the middle of the songwriting process for their upcoming album "Godspeed". The album will be recorded in the House of Music studios together with producer Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Angra). The cover artwork will be done by Hjules (Annihilator, Grave Digger). There will be a limited first edition including a free bonus DVD (full live recording, backstage material, etc.) with a running time of 50 minutes. The album release is to be expected in September followed by a European tour in November.

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ProgPower USA VI Sells Out In 3 Days

ProgPower USA VI has officially sold out just three days after tickets went on sale to the general public.

“I don't think my attendees realize how truly grateful I am for their continued loyalty and support,” said promoter Glenn Harveston. “This is the fourth consecutive sell-out thanks to them. I don't think anyone had a clue that tickets would move so fast this year. My heartfelt thanks to the public for allowing me to continue with what I believe is the best concert experience in North America.”

This year’s stellar lineup will host Angra, Conception, Orphaned Land, Circus Maximus, and Manticora on Friday, September 16. The festival’s second night, Saturday, September 17, will feature Stratovarius, Therion, Pink Cream 69, Symphorce, and Stride.

ProgPower be held at Earthlink Live in Atlanta. Doors are scheduled to open at 4:30 p.m. on both days.

A ProgPower USA VI Pre-Show Party will be held Thursday night at The Loft. After a great experience performing at last year’s ProgPower, Germany’s Dreamscape is returning to headline the pre-party. Orphaned Land will perform an acoustic set with material different from their Friday set. Avian, featuring Lance King (ex-Balance of Power, Pyramaze) on vocals, and Outworld, featuring guitar virtuoso Rusty Cooley, will also perform. Ticket information for the pre-party will be released in the coming weeks.

ProgPower USA is one of America’s most highly praised festivals. There is currently a three-year wait on the Gold Badge waiting list. Last year ProgPower USA drew fans from 32 states and 12 counties including Japan and Australia.

ProgPower USA is sponsored by Pacific Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Shure Microphones, Planet Waves Gear, J.’Addario Strings, and Evans Drumheads.

Earthlink Live is located at 1375 Peachtree Street NW in Atlanta.

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ProgPower Fest 2005 Line-up

This years ProgPower Festival will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on September 1-2. Bands preforming are:
Orphaned Land, Therion, Stratovarius, Angra, Conception, Symphorce, Pink Cream 69, Manticora, Circus Maximus, and Stride.

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Mystic Prophecy Recruit Former Primal Fear Drummer

Mystic Prophecy have recruited former Primal Fear drummer Klaus Sperling to replace the departed Dennis Eckdahl. The band also announce that guitarist Markus Pohl (Symphorce), who played the last live shows beside guitarist Gus G. (Firewind), has become a member of the band as well. A posting on their official website reads: "Both members are crazy about playing the upcoming shows in April/May with Freedom Call. The whole band is also engaged in writing new songs for the next album which will be released in March 2006."

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Dark Tranquillity, Caliban To Play Summer Breeze

Dark Tranquillity and Caliban are the latest acts confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Summer Breeze festival, set to be held August 18-20 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. The complete list of artists currently confirmed to appear at the festival is as follows:

Amon Amarth
Atrocity
Barcode
Behemoth
Born from Pain
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Disbelief
Ektomorf
End of Green
Endstille
Final Breath
God Dethroned
Haggard
Impious
J.B.O.
Koroded
Korpiklaani
Krisiun
Lacrimas Profundere
Maroon
Nocte Obducta
Pink Cream 69
Schandmaul
Subway to Sally
Suidakra
Symphorce
The Bones
The Vision Bleak
Therion
Tristania

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Dream Theater Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival

Sweden Rock Festival will take place on June 9 to 11, 2005 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The progressive metal band Dream Theater have just been confirmed for the festival. Other confirmed band are as follows:

Swedish bands: Morgana Lefay, Satanic Slauter, Symphorce, Crystal Eyes, Yngwie Malmsteen, Candlemass, Hammerfall, Therion, Hellfueled, Statetrooper, A.C.T, Thryfing

Foreign bands: Mötley Crüe (US), Accept (D), DIO (UK), Saxon (UK), Kansas (US), Styx (US), Blackfoot (US), Magnum (UK), Sebastian Bach (US), Helix (CAN), Vixen (US), Sonata Arctica (FIN), Robin Trower (US), Nazareth (UK), Shakra (CH), Force Of Evil (DK)

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Symphorce To Release Live DVD

Symphorce will play in Ruhrpott Rocks Festival on April 12th and their show will be recorded for the band's next DVD. The band invites everybody to be part o their live DVD, due to be released on September 2005.

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