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Sacred Steel

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

Latest Sacred Steel News

Below is our complete Sacred Steel 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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Angel Witch Confirmed For Play It Loud Festival

The 2009 Play It Loud Festival in Italy will occur on September 26th at an undetermined location. The organizers for the festival have announced that New Wave of British Heavy Metal band Angel Witch will be headlining the festival. Other confirmed bands include Grim Reaper, Tysondog, and Sacred Steel.

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More Bands Confirmed For Summer Breeze Open Air

The following bands have now been confirmed for Germany's Summer Breeze Open Air Festival 2009:

Amon Amarth, Amorphis, Backyard Babies, Battlelore, Before the Dawn, Beneath the Massacre, Brainstorm, Callejon, Cataract, Corvus Corux, Dagoba, Entombed, Epica, Equilibrium, Evocation, Firewind, Ghost Brigade, Grand Magus, Grave, Hate Eternal, The Haunted, Katatonia, Legion of the Damned, Misery Index, Narziss, One Way Mirror, Opeth, Powerwolf, Raunchy, Sacred Steel, Unhelig, Unsun, Vader, Volbeat, Vomitory, Vried, Waylander, Wintersun.

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Hirax Confirmed For Long Live Metal Festival

HIRAX and SACRED STEEL are among the confirmed acts for the Long Live Metal Festival, set to take place Saturday, May 10, 2008 at La Boite à Musiques in Wattrelos, France. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


HIRAX played two successful shows last month in Germany and France with new second lead guitarist Tim Thomas, formerly of STEEL PROPHET and AGENT STEEL, as well as returning drummer Fabricio Ravelli.

HIRAX's new EP, "Chaos and Brutality", has just been released throughout Europe on Poland's Selfmadegod Records. The four-song EP was recorded in February 2007 at Shiva Industries in California. It includes the title track along with a re-recorded version of "Walk with Death" from the band's 2001 EP "Barrage of Noise", the instrumental "100,000 Strong" and "Lucifer's Infierno Reprise", an arrangement which HIRAX recently revamped and plays live.

HIRAX is currently writing and rehearsing new material for a full-length album titled "El Rostro de la Muerte" / "The Face of Death". The album's cover will feature artwork by Ed Repka, the undisputed king of thrash metal art.
HIRAX played two exclusive dates in Europe at the end of last month, including a September 30 appearance at La Boite À Musiques in Wattrelos, France.

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Serenity To Tour w/ Morgana Lefay and Sacred Steel

Austrian Melodic Progressive Metal Newcomers SERENITY will be on tour with MORGANA LEFAY & SACRED STEEL. Here are the confirmed tour dates:

22.03.2007 Osnabrück (D) - Bastard Club
23.03.2007 Bietigheim (D) - Farbstrasse
24.03.2007 Italy - tba
25.03.2007 Rotterdam (NL) - Baroeg
26.03.2007 Hamburg (D) - Headbangers Ballroom
27.03.2007 Darmstadt (D) - Bruchtal
28.03.2007 München (D) - Titanic City
29.03.2007 Uster (CH) - Rock City
30.03.2007 Villach (A) - Volkshaus Landskron
31.03.2007 Berlin (D) - Kato

You can pre-listen to SERENITY's debut "Words Untold & Dreams Unlived" here:

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Sacred Steel Set Release Date For New Album

German metallers SACRED STEEL have set a November 10 release date via Massacre Records for their sixth album. The band will enter the Spiderhouse studio in Berlin on July 10 with legendary producer Harris Johns (VOIVOD, HELLOWEEN, ST. VITUS, DEPRESSIVE AGE, SODOM, KREATOR) to begin recording the effort. Mixing will take place at the Music Lab Studio at the heart of the German capital. Sontitles set to appear on the CD include "Where Demons Dare To Tread", "Impaled By Metal", "Children of the Spirit", "Pounding Inferno" and "Hell Insanity".

Sep. 08 - Filderstadt-Bonlanden, GER @ Alte Mühle
Sep. 09 - Würzburg, GER @ B-Hof
Oct. 28 - Hoorn, NETH @ Manifesto
Nov. 09 - Ludwigsburg, GER @ Rockfabrik**
Nov. 10 - Hamburg, GER @ Headbangers Ballroom**
Nov. 11 - Essen, GER @ Turok**
Nov. 24 - Uster, SWI @ Rock City
Dec. 01 - Thessaloniki, GRE @ Rock Bottom
Dec. 2 - Athens, GRE @ Underworld

** album release shows

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My Darkest Hate Part Ways With Vocalist, Bassist

MY DARKEST HATE, the German death metal band featuring former PRIMAL FEAR drummer Klaus Sperling and members of SACRED STEEL, have parted ways with singer Chris Simper and bassist Oliver Schort. Replacing them in the group's current formation are Claudio Enzler (SACRIFICIUM) on vocals and Alex Palma (LUNA FIELD) on bass.

MY DARKEST HATE have just released their fourth album, "Combat Area", via Massacre Records. The band recorded the follow-up to 2004's "At War" at Stage One studios in Borgentreich, Germany with producer Andy Classen (CALLENISH CIRCLE, TANKARD, OCCULT).

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Sacred Steel Announce Lineup Changes

Guitarists Oliver Großhans and Jörg M. Knittel have left German power metallers SACRED STEEL in order to concentrate on their other projects MY DARKEST HATE and DAWN OF WINTER. Replacing them in the group's lineup are Jonas Khalil (guitar) and Kai Schindelar (bass, also in LANFEAR). Jens Sonnenberg, who previously played bass in SACRED STEEL, has switched to guitar.

SACRED STEEL are currently working on the material for their new album, "Hammer of Destruction", tentatively due next year. The band's most recent CD, "Iron Blessings", came out in July 2004 on Massacre Records.

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My Darkest Hate To Enter Studio In October

MY DARKEST HATE, the German death metal band featuring former PRIMAL FEAR drummer Klaus Sperling and members of SACRED STEEL, will enter Stage One studios in Borgentreich, Germany in Ocober with producer Andy Classen (CALLENISH CIRCLE, TANKARD, OCCULT) to begin recording their fourth album, tentatively due in early 2006 via Massacre Records. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Bow Before Me", "Under My Wing", "Nothing Lasts Forever" and "They Shall Fall".

MY DARKEST HATE's third album, "At War", was released in May 2004 via Massacre. The follow-up to 2002's "To Whom It May Concern" was produced by Achim Köhler (PRIMAL FEAR, BRAINSTORM, SACRED STEEL) and came with a bonus DVD, featuring a video for the track "Catch the Bullet", live footage from the Party.San Open Air festival and a "making of…" report.

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