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Formed: 1997
From: Esslingen, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

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DuskMachine Issues Studio Update

Germany's DuskMachine have issued the following studio update:

"The drum recordings for DuskMachine's second album have finally begun. Today Randy played the first 2 songs from the 14 we plan to record. We have about 65 min. of music, but we will probably sort out some of the songs. The album will be recorded again in our 'Sound from below'-Studio and hopefully be done late summer. More info and pics from the recordings will be posted soon."

DuskMachine's current line up is as follows:

Mirko Prietzsch - Vocals
Nikolai Wurk - Guitars
Russell Bergquist - Bass (Annihilator)
Randy Black - Drums (Annihilator, Primal Fear, Rebellion)

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Primal Fear Issues Album Update

German power metal act Primal Fear has issued the following update:

"We wish all our supporters, friends, partners & fans a great exciting New Year and yes, of course with a new Primal Fear album 16.6 in May 2009. Holidays? Well, not a lot - Ralf was recording some more parts for the final two songs and we are ready and thrilled to mix the album, starting on January 5th @ the House Of Music studio. We will post some more updates on final songtitles etc. soon!"

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Primal Fear Reveals More New Album Details

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR entered the studio on November 28 to begin recording their new album, "16.6," due in early 2009 via Frontiers Records. The band is in the process of laying down the following 14 tracks for the new CD (working titles; in no particular order):

01. Six Times Dead (16.6)
02. Smith & Wesson
03. Soar
04. Riding The Eagle
05. Black Rain
06. Lightning
07. Time
08. Night After Night
09. Killbound
10. Don't Fuck With My Life
11. No Smoke Without Fire
12. The Exorcist
13. Torn
14. Scream

Commented PRIMAL FEAR frontman Ralf Scheepers: "It's very unusual for one band member to see and listen how the other band member is delivering the goods on his instrument. When we perform together live, you can also judge what's going on each instrument but not as clear and obvious as in the studio where you can concentrate on each tone or note or beat from your mates. From what I have heard so far, I can really say it's the best performance I have ever heard from Randy [Black] on the drums and also from Henny [Wolter] on the guitar. Of course, some people might think, 'What else should he say, he has to promote the new album and that’s what every musician would say just to keep the ball running.' But these words are my true impression and I really can't wait for Magnus [Karlsson, guitar] and Mat [Sinner, bass] to nail their parts to see the whole building growing and growing."

PRIMAL FEAR earlier in the year parted ways with guitarist Stefan Leibing and replaced him with Magnus Karlsson (ALLEN/LANDE, STARBREAKER).

The band's latest album, "New Religion," last year landed on the Swedish chart at No. 67. It also entered the German chart at No. 60. The CD was released in the U.S. on January 29 via Locomotive/Ryko. Guest musicians on the album include Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY, ex-HELLOWEEN) and Simone Simons (EPICA).

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Primal Fear Vocalist Checks In

Primal Fear vocalist Ralf Scheepers has posted the following update online:

"Just a brief impression from my point of view to what's happening in the studio these days.

"It's very unusual for one band member to see and listen how the other band member is delivering the goods on his instrument. When we perform together live, you can also judge what's going on each instrument but not as clear and obvious as in the studio where you can concentrate on each tone or note or beat from your mates.

"From what I have heard so far I can really say it's the best performance I have ever heard from Randy (Black) on the drums and also from Henny (Wolter) on the guitar. Of course some people might think: 'What else should he say, he has to promote the new album and that's what every musician would say just to keep the ball running.' More...

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Primal Fear Begins Work On New Album

German power metallers Primal Fear have posted the following update:

"Well, the time has come to start officially with the writing sessions for our new album!

"We will be in Sweden at Magnus studio in September to write a bunch of new tracks and do some pre-production. We've collected already some ideas and it sounds very promising.

"We will try to keep the great vibe of the live shows in the band... Of course, we will try to surprise all of you again with a new direction :-)

"Cheers, PF."

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Archer Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival

Archer has performed with some of the biggest names in rock including, Heaven and Hell, Heart and Sevendust. The band is looking forward to sharing the stage at the Sweden Rock Festival (www.swedenrock.com) this summer alongside such metal giants as Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Poison, RATT, Triumph, Saxon, Disturbed and many more as they return to Europe.

The Santa Cruz, CA-based power trio, who won "Best Local Band 2008" in the Metro Santa Cruz Goldies Awards, takes the stage on Saturday, June 7th, opening for some of the biggest names in the metal music genre. The Sweden Rock Festival is held in Norjeboke, in the tiny village of Norje which is situated in Sölvesborg in the western part of southern Sweden.

Archer’s debut album "Doom$day Profit$" is a "genuine tour-de-force, rich with powerful songs imbued with that essential combination of brain-burrowing melodies, ripping riffs, pulsing basslines, tsunami drums and grab-by-the-throat vocals." The band cites influences that include Ozzy and Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica and other legendary names.

Here is the current lineup for the Sweden Rock Fest 2008, which takes place June 4th - 7th: More...

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Primal Fear Drummer Checks In

German metallers PRIMAL FEAR have issued the following update:

"Well, we're finally back home from the 10 Years Of Metal Tour, exhausted and very satisfied. After two days of practising with the new line up, we played nine shows in a row! The tour was a wonderful experience and a worthy operation. Let's listen to the words of drummer Randy Black: the best tour, the best line-up and the best fans so far – nothing more to say!"

Randy Black: "Magnus Karlsson proved, that he's not only one of the best rock guitarists, he is a top team-player and a great entertainer. Henny and Magnus are the most exciting guitar team, we could present in the ten years of Primal Fear and it was a lot of fun for everybody. We're still overwhelmed by every crowd's fantastic response! Of course there were special highlights like Berlin was an unexpected cool start with a great crowd! Stefan and Klaus joined us on stage in Reichenbach! We met a lot of long time Metal Commando friends from Japan, France, Slovenia, Netherlands, UK and of course Germany, Bodo and the Bikeschmiede team! Bruchsal was a like sauna and the fans in Bochum rocked like hell. After years, we came back to the mighty Z7 in Pratteln and played a wonderful show together with our friends of JON OLIVA. The Biepop in Belgium was sold out, with an unbelievable crazy audience, that reminded us we're playing in Brazil! In most of the venues, we've played four encores and close to 120 minutes. Thanks to all our fans, friends and supporters for showing up and celebrating with us! On Saturday, we will start our festival season in the Czech Republic and so far we have a great bunch of 14 more shows lined up in wonderful places and festivals. See you there!"

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Primal Fear Confirm Russian Live Tour Dates

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have issued the following update:

"For the first time in 10 years, Primal Fear will play two shows in Russia - Moscow and St. Petersburg. We're really excited to play these special shows and we know, that a lot of fans in Russia waiting for a long time to rock with PF! Even better, it will be a part of the 10 Years Of Metal tour and will take place in September! ..... and another additional great festival is confirmed in Belgium - check out the tour dates here."

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Primal Fear Enlist New Guitarist Magnus Karlsson

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have issued the following update:

"We’ve decided to continue with one of the most exciting and respected guitar player in the business - Magnus Karlsson from Sweden. Magnus is known from his excellent work as a guitarist, songwriter and producer for ALLEN/LANDE, MAGNUM’s BOB CATLEY, STARBREAKER and many more. We’re looking forward to hit the road again with a special best-of setlist and Magnus will be an additional attraction for the shows. It looks like we’re planning to get back into the recording studio after the summer festival season to work on a new album!"

Primal Fear singer Ralf Scheepers comments: "After working together with Magnus on several songs for our previous albums „Seven Seals“ and “New Religion”, it’s more than a pleasure to have him in the band now. In my ears he is one of the most talented guitarists on this planet and he is also an excellent composer. I absolutely look forward to rock the stages of this world with him!"

Magnus Karlsson added: "I’ve been a big fan of Primal Fear since I first heard them. I love their straight forward metal in combination with beautiful melodies and a world class musicianship. That’s why I’m both honoured and excited to join Primal Fear on their mission to show the world that Metal is forever!"

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Primal Fear Guitarist Plays Final Concert in April

According to a posting on PRIMAL FEAR's official web site, guitarist Stefan Leibing's final performance with the band will take place on April 26 at the 10th anniversary concert in Reichenbach at H2O. Says the band, "[Stefan] will be on stage for some special songs, including a meet-and-greet. This will be a very emotional and unique moment for us all!"

Stefan Leibing announced his departure from PRIMAL FEAR earlier today in order to focus on family life.
PRIMAL FEAR's new album, "New Religion", last year landed on the Swedish chart at No. 67. It also entered the German chart at No. 60. "[This is] the [PRIMAL FEAR's] highest chart entry since 'Black Sun' in 2002," according to the band.

"New Religion" was released in the U.S. on January 29 via Locomotive/Ryko. Guest musicians on the album include Magnus Karlsson (STARBREAKER, ALLEN/LANDE), Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY, ex-HELLOWEEN) and Simone Simons (EPICA).

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Primal Fear Guitarist, Stefan Leibing, Quits Band

Guitarist Stefan Leibing has announced his departure from German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR. His statement reads as follows:

"Dear PRIMAL FEAR fans, after 10 years being in PRIMAL FEAR I have decided to take a time out from the music business for some time. I do this for my family, especially for my two little sons, who deserve to have more time together with their father. Of course, this is no easy decision, even if I know this is the right one. I leave the guys from PRIMAL FEAR in friendship and want to thank them at this point for their understanding and supporting me in this decision. I also want to thank you fans for a wonderful time during the last years! I say good-bye to you, having in mind, that this will NOT be a goodbye forever!"

The remaining members of PRIMAL FEAR add: "Well, it's hard to see the curtain fall for a friend and a great player after ten years standing side by side. We have all respect for Stefan's decision. We were realizing the problems he went through the entire last year. He will be missed as a character and a great guitar player. There's an open door for Stefan in PRIMAL FEAR and we're working on the possibility that Stefan will contribute a typical Stefan-style song to our forthcoming album! Good luck, Stefan, to you and your family! We will announce our new guitar player tomorrow!"

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Primal Fear Update Tour Schedule

PRIMAL FEAR are gearing up for their 10th Anniversary tour, officially dubbed the "10 Years Of Metal Tour".

The band's itinerary has been updated as follows:

4/25 - Berlin, Germany - K 17
4/26 - Rechenbach, Germany - H2O
4/27 - Pirmasens, Germany - Quasimodo
4/28 - Bruchsal, Germany - Fabrik
4/29 - Augsburg, Germany - Spectrum
4/30 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
5/1 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7 **
5/2 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebop
5/3 - Helmond, Holland - Plato
5/10 - Kurim, Czech Republic - Rockfest
5/17 - Cremona, Italy - Motorock
6/5 - Solvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
6/21 - Moraro, Italy - Mora Rock Festival
6/27 - Trinec, Czech Republic - Noc Plna Hvezd Festival
6/28 - Porici, Czech Republic - Basinfirefest Festival
7/25 - Lichtervoorde, Holland - Zwarte Cross Festival
8/2 - Nikolcice, Czech Republic - Motonalet Festival **
8/15 - Derbyshire, England - Bloodstock Open Air
8/16 - Dinkelsbühl, Germany - Summer Breeze Festival

** new dates

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Primal Fear Announce More European Tour Dates

German melodic metallers PRIMAL FEAR have scheduled the following dates:

Apr. 25 - Berlin, Germany - K 17
Apr. 26 - Rechenbach, Germany - H2O
Apr. 27 - Pirmasens, Germany - Quasimodo
Apr. 29 - Augsburg, Germany - Spectrum
Apr. 30 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
May 02 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebop
May 03 - Helmond, Holland - Plato
May 10 - Kurim, Czech Republic - Rockfest
May 15 - Cremona, Italy - Motorock
Jun. 04 - Solvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 21 - Moraro, Italy - Mora Rock Festival
Jun. 27 - Trinec, Czech Republic - Noc Plna Hvezd Festival
Jun. 28 - Porici, Czech Republic - Basinfirefest Festival
Jul. 25 - Lichtervoorde, Holland - Zwarte Cross Festival
Aug. 15 - Derbyshire, England - Bloodstock Open Air
Aug. 16 - Dinkelsbühl, Germany - Summer Breeze Festival

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Primal Fear Announce More Tour Dates

As previously reported, PRIMAL FEAR are gearing up for their 10th Anniversary tour, officially dubbed the 10 Years Of Metal Tour. MYSTIC PROPHECY has been confirmed as a support act, with a second band due to be announced shortly.

Confirmed dates are now as follows:

April
25 - Berlin, Germany - K 17
26 - Rechenbach, Germany - H2O
27 - Pirmasens, Germany - Quasimodo
29 - Augsburg, Germany - Spectrum
30 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix

May
2 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebop
3 - Helmond, Holland - Plato

June
21 - Moraro, Italy - Mora Rock Festival (only PF)

August
15 - Derbyshire, England - Bloodstock Open Air (only PF)
16 - Dinkelsbühl, Germany - Summer Breeze Festival (only PF)

More dates in Russia and South America to be announced shortly.

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Primal Fear Announce Tour Dates

As previously reported, PRIMAL FEAR are gearing up for their 10th Anniversary tour, officially dubbed the 10 Years Of Metal Tour. MYSTIC PROPHECY has been confirmed as a support act, with a second band due to be announced shortly.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

April
25 - Berlin, Germany - K 17
26 - Rechenbach, Germany - H2O
27 - Pirmasens, Germany - Quasimodo
29 - Augsburg, Germany - Spectrum
30 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix

May
2 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebop
3 - Helmond, Holland - Plato

More dates will be announced soon.

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Kataklysm Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have been confirmed for this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival, set to take place August 15-17, 2008 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

AT THE GATES
COMMUNIC
DIMMU BORGIR
ELUVEITIE
EVILE
HELLOWEEN
KATAKLYSM
MOONSORROW
OPETH
PRIMAL FEAR
SOILWORK
SWALLOW THE SUN
TÝR

KATAKLYSM will perform at the Rebel Radio "Birthday Bash" alongside TROUBLE on January 27 at The House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois. More bands will be announced soon.

KATAKLYSM has recruited producer Jason Suecof (CHIMAIRA, TRIVIUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) to mix the band's new album beginning in early February. "Prevail" will feature several guest appearances to be announced at a later date. The album is scheduled for a late spring/early summer release via Nuclear Blast Records.

KATAKLYSM recently decided to "immortalize" the character that was featured on the cover of their most recent album, "In the Arms of Devastation", and have him re-appear as the main character — dubbed "The Heartbeast" — on their next offering, "Prevail".

Commented vocalist Maurizio Iacono: "We had so [much] killer feedback on the artwork but especially on the character that we decided to keep him as the band's fifth band member... kinda like IRON MAIDEN did with 'Eddie.' We have the perfect concept for the next album art... it will be bad-ass!"

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Primal Fear Bassist Reflects On 2007

PRIMAL FEAR bassist/SINNER mainman Mat Sinner has issued the following update:

"It's the end of 2007 and we [PRIMAL FEAR] were on tour until Xmas.

"To be compared with 2006, the year 2007 will enter the books as a great one! The only early downer (the boot for Tom [Neumann, guitar] in PRIMAL FEAR) was re-energized with the wonderful comeback of Henny [Wolter].

"'New Religion' was a monster of a production and I've learnt a lot new things again, not only on the musical part!

"It was great to hit the road again with SINNER and play a little tour including a gig with THIN LIZZY and a furious show at the Headbangers Open Air. The new deal with AFM Records was the final goal of a nice comeback.

"The most exciting moment of the year was the release of the new PRIMAL FEAR album. With new partners all over the world, it was very unsure if we can match the numbers of our final Nuclear Blast album, 'Seven Seals'. Fair enough, we did! Well, the fans are very self-willed, especially in the metal scene. This is one of the main factors why this scene is much alive and well against all odds. It was a huge satisfaction, as our former (strange to say) A&R Andy, told me that we've charted on position 60 in Germany, followed some days later by more chart entries. And the album will be still released in the U.S. on January 29th, 2008 — another important day!

"The show at the ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta was an unforgettable event, including the circumstances and the signing session. It was great to play the new songs on stage and Henny gave the band a new positive vibe. Even as Stefan [Leibing, guitar] couldn't play with us Part 1+2 of the shows in Europe, we stuck together and Alex Beyrodt executed a fantastic performance every night!

"One of the most electrifying moments was the show in Bordeaux, as Henny had to fly home, because his baby was born at the night of the Barcelona show, we decided to play as a four-piece for the first time in our history and the show [was] unbelievably good!

"Japan was exciting, as always, with a unique organization, the best catering in the world and insane fans!

"The final nine concerts took place in Germany, and first of all, we have to say, we're proud of the German fans for their loyalty and support. Every venue was packed!

"My personal highlights were the shows in Helsinki, Bergara, Bordeaux, Antwerp and Tokyo!

"The plans for some more concerts next year are in full swing and aside of all foreign concerts, we plan another handful of very special shows, regarding our 10-year anniversary."

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Tyr Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Faroe Islands based metallers TÝR have been announced as the latest act to perform at the Bloodstock Open Air 2008 which is scheduled for August 15th - 17th at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England.

Other bands scheduled to play at the event will are: DIMMU BORGIR, AT THE GATES, OPETH, PRIMAL FEAR, MOONSORROW, SOILWORK, SWALLOW THE SUN, TÝR, COMMUNIC, EVILE and ELUVEITIE.

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Primal Fear Issue Holiday Thank You

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have issued the following holiday message:

"It’s strange to come home two days before Xmas, after nearly three months of touring. So many impressions and feelings are still new and inside us. Yes, it’s already Xmas, the second night without an vibrating and shaking bus, but a good moment to thank you all for your endless support, help when we needed you and be with us on the road, in the studio and even in the pubs. We will add here no picture of Santa, glitter balls or snow. Our No. 1 tour entertainer Jack Bauer would say 'we have a situation' – 40 shows, 15 countries and 3 continents – thanks for your help to make our album New Religion and the tour such a success and a wonderful experience! We see us again in 2008 with more music, chaos, insanity and touring!"

"Have a merry Xmas - peace, health and love may be with you in 2008!"

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Korpiklaani Added To Summer Breeze Festival

The following bands have been confirmed for next year’s installment of the Summer Breeze festival, which is set to take place from August 14th to 16th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany:

ALL ENDS
ASP
BEHEMOTH
BORN FROM PAIN
DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA
ENDSTILLE
ENSIFERUM
EXODUS
KATAKLYSM
KORPIKLAANI
PRIMAL FEAR
PRIMORDIAL
SONIC SYNDICATE
THE VISION BLEAK

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