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Sweden's Hammerfall is set to enter the recording studio in two weeks to record the follow-up to "No Sacrifice, No Victory." Guitarist Oscar Dronjak reveals: "The new material contains a lot of fresh ways to look at the musical ideas, we're trying to preserve the essence of what HammerFall is while at the same time updating the execution and approach. Definitely heavier and less straight forward than the previous albums, yet remaining true to what we believe heavy metal is all about."
The quintet also decided to work with producer James Michael, who has worked with Motley Crue, Scorpions, Meat Loaf, and others. Oscar explains: "Working with James Michael is going to be very, very exciting. The two Mötley Crüe album James has been involved in (songwriter on 'New Tattoo' and songwriter/producer on 'Saints Of Los Angeles') are great, and easily stack up against the classic albums of the 80's. That, and the fact that HammerFall have used the same producer (Charlie Bauerfeind) since 2002 has me very psyched about this collaboration, it will automatically bring a freshness to the proceedings! A lot of what HF was got refined when we started working with Charlie, and I'm sure we'll get a similar kind of reaction here. Sort of like a kick in the ass, to get going in the right direction.” More...
Crystal Viper has issued the following update about appearing on the upcoming "Metallic Dawning" compilation album:
"AFM Records will release a double CD compilation titled 'Metallic Dawning,' which will include some of the hottest True, Power and Heavy Metal tracks recorded during last few years. The album will be available for a special price, and except exclusive front cover artwork, painted by Dimitar Nikolov (father of the Keep It True Festival mascot!), it will also include 3 previously unreleased songs. This impressive double release will surely satisfy both old Metal fans, and the new guys that are just starting their adventure with Metal music, and need some guidance.
The "Metallic Dawning" track listing is as follows: More...
Some of Sweden's finest heavy metal musicians will gather to pay tribute to Ronnie James Dio during this fall's edition of the Sweden Rock Cruise, set to sail on October 7, 2010 from Stockholm, Sweden for Åbo, Finland and return the following day. There will be a long tribute concert with a number of guest musicians performing classic songs from Dio's career with a main band consisting of members of LION'S SHARE.
So far the following artists have been confirmed to perform with LION'S SHARE at the event:
* Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH)
* Joacim Cans (HAMMERFALL)
* Björn Gelotte (IN FLAMES)
* Ian Haugland (EUROPE)
* Messiah Marcolin (ex-CANDLEMASS)
* Johan Edlund (TIAMAT)
* Mike Wead (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, BIBLEBLACK)
The show will end with all artists performing HEAR 'N AID's "Stars" (Dio was behind the HEAR N' AID project, a collection of metal artists who recorded the track "Stars" in 1985 to raise funds for African famine relief.)
On the cruise, Sweden Rock Magazine will donate SEK 25,000 to the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, set up by Ronnie James Dio's wife Wendy Dio. Everyone attending the cruise can donate money, which will be sent to this cancer fund.
The full lineup for the 11th annual installment of ProgPower USA has been finalized for this September's festivities. The event, which is held in Atlanta, Georgia, will include a plethora of both stateside and European acts, including headlining acts Kamelot, Accept, and Hammerfall, along with Turisas, Nocturnal Rites, and more. This year's festival will also mark the first American appearances from Paradox, Leprous, Delain, Tarot (featuring Marcto Hietala of Nightwish), Seventh Wonder, and many more international acts.
In addition to the main two days of the event, there will be two days of pre-fest shows and activities based around ProgPower, including a Mid-Week Mayhem show on Wednesday, September 8th, and a Fest Kick-Off Show on Thursday, September 9th. More information on the festival can be found at this location.
The festival's itinerary is as follows: More...
Anders Johansson and Oscar Dronjak of the Swedish heavy metal band HammerFall visited Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA on a day off during their latest U.S. tour. Having trained in Tae Kwon Do, the Swedes knew just enough about martial arts to get themselves in trouble. Check out the video, shot and edited by Rick Lee, below:
The organisers of Britain's High Voltage festival has announced three more bands for this year's edition of the event. British heavy metal legends Saxon will be performing on the Metal Hammer stage, along with the other two new confirmations, British doom metal veterans Cathedral and Swedish power metal outfit Hammerfall. The festival is scheduled for July 24th - 25th at Victoria Park in London.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
Boston thrash metal band Ravage has issued the following update:
"As for us, we will be playing a couple of more local shows including a hometown show to benefit the homeless at My Honey Fitz in Malden MA on March 20th. It will be the first time we have played inside the actual Malden city limits in many years. I think it will be our first Malden show since the infamous shows at TJ's Roadhouse back in 2000. We are also playing special April Fools Metal Thursdays show at Ralph's Diner in Worcester MA on April 1st."
"We also hope to make up some of the southwest shows we missed during last fall's US tour. We'll be appearing at Thrashmagedon 2 in Albuquerue NM on May 1st and details on any other shows will be announced soon."
"We are working on new material and hope to begin recording some time in the summer."
"In other news..."
"Check out the forthcoming album from STEEL MAID - featuring members of RAVAGE, RITUAL STEEL, and IVORY TOWER. It was recorded over the last 2 years and will finally be released on CD and Vinyl by Karthago Records in April. You can now hear clips from all the tracks at www.steel-maid.de in the soundcheck section."
"Ravage bassist Rich Berte is recording a demo with his thrash band Rich Berte's LETHAL DESIGN - which should be available soon."
"Former Ravage bassist Mike Gignac's band RIPFENCE recently finished recording and should have an album coming out soon."
"Ravage drummer Pete Webber has joined Colorado thrashers HAVOK and will be playing on tour with them this spring. We wish him the best of luck as he heads out on an extensive stint opening for Primal Fear and Hammerfall."
"Drummer Dan Kowal (of Rich Berte's LETHAL DESIGN) has been named as a fill-in at the drum position. Check out his other band SKULLHAMMER who also have an album coming soon."
Boston-based video game metal band Powerglove has checked in with the following update:
"Well it's 5 in the morning, we're leaving for a double tour in a little more than a day, I haven't packed, and i'm not going to sleep anytime soon. Thanks, Starcraft 2 Beta.
"Seriously, thanks to Andrew at Blizzard for hooking us up with Beta keys out of the blue. I never imagined my life could be ruined and made complete by a game.
"And as much as I want to play it until I starve to death, it's time to take a long break from the Motherships and Colossi to not shower or shave for two months and play metal to you guys every single day (almost) for our mutual benefit and enjoyment. We'll be playing new songs at every show for the people who have too much tetris for one lifetime (but we're still playing it!) and we'll be doing a different new track on the Sonata Arctica tour than the Hammerfall one (for the true Powerglove zealots going to both shows, thanks guys), and three new songs at our headlining shows (simply because we can). Most bands have a hard time playing new tracks at shows because the audience doesn't know them, but Powerglove does have the shamelessly imbalanced ability to play the awesome and nostalgic themes from Xmen and Transformers which will have all the excitement of new tracks but also that warm, gooey nostalgia feeling that takes you back to those Saturday mornings in front of the tv...
"Truly those were halcyon days... More...
Sweden’s Metal Masters HAMMERFALL will be touring the U.S. and Canada in support of their latest album, "No Sacrifice, No Victory." The 27-show tour is set to kick off in West Springfield, Virginia on March 5th with the finale planned for April 8th in Houston, Texas. Boston video game metal band Powerglove will be opening for the first 18 dates on the tour; Los Angeles’ Echoes of Eternity and Havok will open the remainder of the tour following the Hollywood show. Dates are follows:
HAMMERFALL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH POWERGLOVE
3/5 W. Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
3/6 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
3/7 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
3/9 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
3/10 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
3/11 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
3/12 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
3/13 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
3/15 Chicago, IL @ Metro
3/16 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
3/18 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
3/19 Winnipeg, MB @ The West End Cultural Center
3/21 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
3/22 Calgary, AB @ Warehouse
3/23 Vancouver, BC @ The Venue
3/24 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
3/26 San Francisco, CA @ Grand Ballroom @ Regency Center
3/27 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
HAMMERFALL WITH ECHOES OF ETERNITY AND HAVOK
3/28 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
3/30 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
3/31 Santa Ana, CA @ The Galaxy Theater
4/1 Mesa, AZ @ U.B.’s Bar
4/2 Tuscon, AZ @ The Rock
4/4 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
4/6 Dallas, TX @ Trees
4/7 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
4/8 Houston, TX @ Meridian
Swedish power/heavy metal band Dream Evil has launched a new trailer as a promotion for their latest release, In The Night. They also announced that In The Night has reached #53 on the Swedish sales charts. It was not specified exactly which sales chart they achieved that rank in.
“ ‘In The Night’ is available as CD, Digital Download and also as Limited Edition Mediabook CD with alternate cover artwork, extended booklet, two bonus tracks (‘Good Nightmare’ and ‘The Return’) as well as an exclusive patch!
“Dream Evil are currently on tour promoting ‘In The Night’ on shows with Stratovarius and Tracedawn... Dream Evil’s drummer, Pat Power, quickly checked in as follows:
"Finally the roads are seeing Dream Evil again! The tour has been amazing so far! The crowd is wild and the metal anthems run like thunder, crushing all non-believers! People in the cities salute our arrival with mighty roars. Hail all the fans who join our crusade! Hope to see you out there too! Until then, metal forever!
“ ‘In The Night’ was once again produced at Sweden’s Studio Fredman (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, HammerFall, etc.), which is owned by Dream Evil axeman Fredrik Nordström, and the stunning artwork was created by Gustavo Sazes / www.abstrata.net (Arch Enemy, Firewind, Krisiun etc.).”
The band has added the songs ‘Band Your Head’ and ‘Immortal’ on their MySpace page."
Here are all the exact upcoming Dream Evil dates:
Dream Evil + Stratovarius & Tracedawn:
SA 06.02.2010 Lund (Sweden) – Mejeriet
SU 07.02.2010 Göteborg (Sweden) – Brew House
MO 08.02.2010 Oslo (Norway) – Rockefeller
TU 09.02.2010 Stockholm (Sweden) – Klubben
Dream Evil - Festivals 2010:
SA 14.08.2010 Catton Hall Derby (UK) – Bloodstock Open Air
SA 28.08.2010: Rijssen (NL) – Elsrock Festival
Swedish power metal band HammerFall has issued the following update regarding an upcoming UK tour in May:
"The wait is over: HammerFall will finally return in style to the United Kingdom! Kicking off spring and May with a week of Templar invasion on the British shores, it will be nothing short of...yes, a crusade. In the name of heavy metal, time to fly your rebel banners high, folks!"
The tour dates are as follows:
01.05.2010 - Manchester - Academy
02.05.2010 - Glasgow - Cathouse
03.05.2010 - Sheffield - Corporation
04.05.2010 - Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
05.05.2010 - Wolverhampton - Wulfrun Hall
06.05.2010 - London - Electric Ballroom
Opeth has issued the following update about their drummer Martin Axenrot appearing in an animal rights calendar:
"Djurens Rätt, Sweden's largest non-profit animal rights organization asked if Axe and his cat Max would be interested in being photographed for a very special calendar of Rock Stars and their pets. Axe being a big animal lover didn't hesitate one second which resulted in Max & Axe being Misters July!
"Members of Amon Amarth, Crucified Barbara, Dead by April, Dia Psalma, Hammerfall, Mando Diao, Millencolin, Motörhead, Sonic Syndicate, The Hives & The Soundtrack of Our Live all had their pics taken with their pets as well so if you want to see a slightly different side of your favourite rock band we suggest you order one of these beauties right away.
Swedish power metal band HAMMERFALL will return to North America for a full tour in March/April 2010. This will be the band's first tour of U.S./Canada in almost five years. Support will come from unsigned Boston video game metal cover band Powerglove. For more information on Powerglove check out their MySpace page. Confirmed tour dates are as follows:
03/05 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
03/06 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
03/07 - NYC, NY - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
03/09 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theater
03/10 - Montreal, Quebec - Club Soda
03/11 - Quebec City, Quebec - Imperial
03/12 - Toronto, Ontario - The Opera House
03/13 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
03/15 - Chicago, IL - Metro
03/16 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
03/18 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
03/19 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - The West End Cultural Center
03/21 - Edmonton, Alberta - Starlite Room
03/22 - Calgary, Alberta - Warehouse
03/23 - Vancouver, BC - The Venue
03/24 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
03/26 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center
03/27 - West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues Sunset Strip - w/ Echoes of Eternity
Dutch female fronted band Delain has issued the following announcement about appearing at the ProgPower USA XI festival:
"We are happy to announce Delain is going to play in the US for the first time. On September 11, 2010 Delain will be playing the ProgPower USA XI. ProgPower USA began in 2001. The first festival was held in Lansing, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, at J.J. Kelley's. The subsequent events have been held in Atlanta, Georgia, at Earthlink Live (formerly and again Center Stage Atlanta)."
The lineup for next year's event is currently as follows:
Friday, September 10:
Saturday, September 11:
Oceans of Sadness
Kamelot has issued the following announcement about headlining the ProgPower USA XI festival in 2010:
"Kamelot announced as one of the Headliners for ProgPower USA XI. ProgPower USA began in 2001. The first festival was held in Lansing, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, at J.J. Kelley's. The subsequent events have been held in Atlanta, Georgia, at Earthlink Live (formerly and again Center Stage Atlanta). Visit here for more info."
The lineup for next year's event is currently as follows:
Friday, September 10:
Saturday, September 11:
OCEANS OF SADNESS
BLOODBOUND, the Swedish melodic metal band featuring members from TAD MOROSE, MORGANA LEFAY, PYRAMAZE and STREET TALK, has unveiled the cover art for their upcoming third full-length album, "Tabula Rasa."
"Tabula Rasa" will be released by BLISTERING RECORDS in Europe on April 26 and in North America on April 21. MARQUEE/AVALON has set a March 25 street date for the Japanese market. More...
Italian gothic metal act Lacuna Coil are the latest band to be confirmed for Germany's Wacken Open Air festival. The festival is sold out and will take place between July 30th- August 1st.
The lineup for Wacken is now as follows: AMON AMARTH, BORKNAGAR, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CALLEJON, CATHEDRAL, DRAGONFORCE, EINHERJER, EPICA, GWAR, HAMMERFALL, HEAVEN AND HELL, IN EXTREMO, IN FLAMES, KAMPFAR, KINGDOM OF SORROW, KORPIKLAANI, LACUNA COIL, MACHINE HEAD, MOTÖRHEAD, NAPALM DEATH, NEVERMORE, AXEL RUDI PELL, SARKE, TESTAMENT, TRISTANIA, TURISAS, WALLS OF JERICHO, WHIPLASH
Swedish metal band Bloodbound has announced that they will be touring alongside Hammerfall in April of 2009. The confirmed dates are as follows:
4/7 - Stuk - Maribor, Slovenia
4/8 - Boogaloo - Zagreb, Croatia
4/10 - Universiada Hall - Sofia, Bulgaria
4/11 - SKC - Belgrad, Serbia
4/12 - Petöfi Hall - Budapest, Hungary
4/14 - Gasometer - Wien, Austria
4/15 - Hala Folimanka - Prague, Czech Republic
4/17 - PKO - Bratislava, Slovakia
4/18 - Sports Hall Rates - Zvolen, Slovakia
4/19 - Cassosport Hall - Košice, Slovakia
4/20 - Novesta - Zlin, Czech Republic
Reunited American thrash metallers Whiplash are the latest act to be confirmed for Germany's infamous Wacken festival. The festival has already sold out and will be taking place between July 30th and August 1st.
The lineup is now as follows:
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
KINGDOM OF SORROW
AXEL RUDI PELL
WALLS OF JERICHO
Swedish heavy metal act Hammerfall has posted their new music video online for the song "Any Means Necessary." You can check it out below. The song comes from the bands forthcoming eight studio album, "No Sacrifice, No Victory" which will be released on February 20th through SPV Records. More...