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Angel Dust

Formed: 1984
From: Germany
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Angel Dust News

Below is our complete Angel Dust 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.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Sunburst Out Of ProgPower USA XVIII

ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Greek power/progressive act Sunburst was dropped from the XVIII roster, due to a VISA issues, in which a particular USCIS agent made an unusual and specific "all-encompassing" request for evidence that was impossible to satisfy in the time left. Harveston also announced that Brazil's Daydream XI will replace Sunburst.

Harveston posted the following announcement: "It is with extreme frustration and disappointment I must announce that Sunburst (Greece) will not be performing at ProgPower USA XVIII. Despite having provided the same type and kind of evidence that has obtained approvals for not only ProgPower USA bands over the last decade, but for well over one hundred other bands submitted by Marc/Play America, one agent at the USCIS (United States Customs & Immigration Services) has deemed our evidence insufficient. Given the all-encompassing breadth of that specific agent's demands (more than ever have been seen by either Marc or myself) in an RFE (Request for Evidence) in our careers, there is literally no hope of satisfying those demands. Sunburst, Marc, & I have all agreed it would be pointless to continue to fight this hopeless battle.

"Rest assured I have every intention of having Sunburst back as soon as possible. They are an amazing band and deserve to be on the ProgPower USA stage. The band is understandably disappointed, but also understand the circumstances cannot be helped.

"I want to calm the fears of those concerned about other bands performing this year. I have already obtained visa approvals for all bands I am specifically responsible for performing on Friday and Saturday. Sunburst was the last band we were waiting on for visa approval. All bands that have been submitted for Wednesday and Thursday so far have also been approved. More...

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Angel Dust Updates On New Album, 2017 Shows

Reunified power/progressive metal act Angel Dust, last heard on 2002's "Of Human Bondage," posted an update on the band's first release in 15 years. The band was contacted by ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston about playing a reunion show at this year's installment of the annual festival in Atlanta, GA. The band not only agreed, but decided to release a new album this year as well.

In a post on Facebook, the band provided a short update:

"Rehearsals....and Studio Update. Setlist for the 2017 Shows is ready. We are really lookIng forward to playing worldwide again. We've also got 11 more Songs for the New Album.
Stay tuned..."

More information is imminent. More...

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ProgPower USA Finalizes Days 1 & 2 Lineups

Nathan Block (Swordlord Productions) and Milton Mendonca (Infinity Concerts) - co-promoters for Days 1 & 2 of ProgPower USA - finalized the lineups for the 2017 installment of the annual U.S. Festival. Tickets for Days 1 & 2 will be available on November 1, 2016. For information and ticket links, head on over to this location. Days 3 & 4 have already sold out.

The running order and day placement for Days 1 & 2 is coming soon, but the bands are as follows:

Haken (UK) (Performing "Visions" in full) (Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Headliner)
Metal Church (USA) (Thursday, September 7, 2017 Headliner)
Between The Buried And Me (USA)
Orphaned Land (Israel)
Vanden Plas (Germany)
Serenity (Austria)
Twilight Force (Sweden)
Power Quest (UK)

The eight acts join previously announced acts for (and subsequently sold out) Days 3 & 4 of the festival (brought to you by festival founder Glenn Harveston (HoS Productions), which are as follows: More...

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ProgPower Announces 2017 Lineup

Glenn Harveston (HoS Productions), promoter of the annual ProgPower USA Festival held at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia, announced the lineup for Days 3 and 4 of the event's 18th year just after Scar Symmetry's set on Friday, September 9, 2016.

The dates for next year's festival will be held from September 6-9, 2017. Also, the event will keep to its Day 1-4 format introduced this year, but lineups for Days 1-2 will be announced by co-promoters Milton Mendonca (Infinity Concerts) and Nathan Block (Swordlord Productions) through the festival website and social media pages in the coming weeks. Tickets for Days 3-4 will go on sale on October 1, 2016 through Ticketmaster.

The lineup was revealed to be:

Day 3 - Friday (September 8, 2017)

Distorted Harmony
Lords Of Black
Angel Dust
Mike Portnoy's Shattered Fortress (Headliner)

Day 4 - Saturday (September 9, 2017)

Snowy Shaw
Katatonia (Headliner)

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Angel Dust Confirm New Singer

German power metallers ANGEL DUST have recruited ex-EVERFLOW vocalist Carsten Kaiser as the replacement for the band's previous singer, Dirk Thurisch. As a result of this lineup change, the recordings for the group's new album have been pushed back to March 2006. According to guitarist Bernd Aufermann (RUNNING WILD), the new material will be a return to the sound on ANGEL DUST's "Enlighten the Darkness" album (released in 2000). "I'm VERY satisfied with the way the guitar will approach in the music and the material is, in my opinion, the best we'd ever written," Bernd wrote in a recent online posting. A tentative late summer 2006 release is expected.

ANGEL DUST's most recent album, "Of Human Bondage", came out in 2002.

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New Angel Dust Lineup Revealed

Running Wild guitarist Bernd Aufermann has posted the following message on his web site:

"It's been a long time since you heard from me. During the last months I went through heavy seas with my family. My dad (you are the greatest) was found having a brain tumor. Out of nothing, out of the best life you can imagine. Things are not the same anymore so I got to have the time off to catch my breath and keep coming back to my life again. I was shocked and could not work since dad & me are tight and I still gotta cope this terrible situation.

"But now, slightly coming back to live, I have some news for ya:

"Angel Dust: Yup, we are back together again. Line up is Dirk Thurisch (vocals), Steven Banx (keyboards), Dirk (Assy) Assmuth (drums), bass player T.B.A. We wrote three songs so far and have lots of ideas. Looks like we'll release a very special bonus CD incl unreleased stuff plus old (very old) material plus 2-3 new tracks. A new CD will be out in 2005!!! Looking forward, rehearsals are great, we have lots of fun and enjoy ourselves. We got a lot of offers to play and we'll be checking out stuff/offers these days. Best offer was to play a U.S. reunion show at the U.S. ProgPower Festival in Atlanta..... VOTE FOR KERRY AND WE'LL COME.. haha!!!!"

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