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RockDetector.com is publishing a two-volume book set, "Scandinavian Rock & Metal", in the first quarter of 2006. The books cover all styles of rock and metal from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. In the now-expected Rockdetector style, executive editor Garry Sharpe-Young covers each band's history in meticulous detail, including lineups, URLs and a complete discography, along with track listings, labels, catalogue numbers and chart positions. The two books will each be approximately 500 pages each, listing well over 1,200 bands covering heavy metal, death metal, black metal, melodic rock, progressive rock and beyond. Fjords, Vikings, the midnight sun and a thousand lakes — the perfect breeding ground for the most epic of heavy metal! Scandinavia has exported its rock and metal to all corners of the globe, ranging from the shred exploits of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, the operatic pioneers NIGHTWISH, the pomptastic EUROPE, the heavyweight HAMMERFALL to the extremist forms of black and death metal in EMPEROR, MAYHEM, DIMMU BORGIR, MARDUK, DARKTHRONE and BURZUM. "Scandinavia has really been the hotbed for emerging rock talent for over a decade now," says Garry Sharpe-Young. "Once EUROPE, TNT and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN had made their mark on the international scene, Norway's floodgates opened and poured a black metal plague upon the world with BURZUM, EMPEROR, MAYHEM, DIMMU BORGIR, and DARKTHRONE. Since then, Sweden made a huge impact with acts such as HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, SOILWORK and KATATONIA and subsequently Finland has really raised its head and is now without question the most metal place on planet earth! All these bands, from all genre spectrums are included. Some of the band histories are positively labyrinthine when you get into the detail of who played for who under what pseudonym. This really is a true monster of a book."
HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
"We're currently in Lyon, France, after having spent the better part of a week in Spain. This tour has been one of the very best ever for us! I really think we have a tremendous package that attracts people and leaves them satisfied. The audience numbers and reactions is a testament to this, literally everywhere we go. It feels grrrrrreat!
"As some of you long-time web-followers might have noticed, there is a lack of the regular tour diary I usually do. This is because I have been asked by the biggest magazine in Sweden, Sweden Rock magazine, to do a comprehensive diary of the entire tour. In addition to this, Anders is writing something for Metal Hammer in Germany, so I thought it would be a bit of overkill to have one on the web as well. I think you understand.
"Lastly, the Swedish award Rockbjörnen is coming up in January, and as usual it’s up to you, the people to decide. Please be sure cast your votes quickly, because the finalists move on to the next round in a matter of days. We thank you for your support! Cheers!"
Aftonbladet caught up with Hammerfall singer Joacim Cans and guitarist Oscar Droniak. You can watch the segment, in Swedish, here.
INTO ETERNITY guitarist/vocalist Tim Roth has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
"We made it home after a 40-hour trip from our last show in the USA. The HAMMERFALL/ EDGUY/ INTO ETERNITY tour was a success for us. I think we converted a few new fans onto our bans and that's really what touring is all about. It is important for us to try and grow our fan base. It was amazing to meet each and everyone of you on the road over this past year. We have made a lot of life long fans/friends I'm sure.
"Next up is our USA/Canada tour with STRATOVARIUS. I think this will be a cool package for all fans of heavy metal. There will be plenty of clean vocals, guitar solos and death metal to be heard on these shows. The whole band is excited to be a part of these events. See you all soon!!"
Check out the band's web site for pictures of the guys with Neil Turbin (ex-ANTHRAX), Oscar Dronjak of HAMMERFALL, Tobias Sammet of EDGUY and porn star Ron Jeremy.
Hammerfall guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
"Accept at Wacken was the best fucking show I have seen all year! Absolutely awesome and unforgettable for someone who thought they'd never appear on the same stage together again. Thank you! Hammerfall played right before the Metal Masters, and the sight from the stage was breathtaking! So many people, so many arms, so many voices, unbelievable! Fans as far as the eye could see, and far out on both sides of the stage, I reckon this might have been the largest audience we have ever played before. Whatever the case may be, it sure was a fantastic closing to the festival summer for us.
"I'm in my hotel room in Toronto writing this, as the North American adventure begins with a show at the Opera House tonight. We arrived yesterday afternoon. Both Edguy and Hammerfall are very excited about this three-and-a-half-week tour. They, because they’ve never been on the road in the U.S. before, and we, because this will be our first headline outing here. And, of course, both bands, because we always have fun together. Last time we went touring together was when we traveled across Europe on the Templar World Crusade in the spring of 1999. Now, six years later and more experienced in creating havoc, I'm sure we will have an absolute blast together. Check out the tour dates section for details on where you can catch us on the road in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy the world of metal and melodies from two bands that definitely know what they are doing. If you don't like it, it's your loss. We're not making any excuses for what we are, and we never will. But if you are like us, I assure you you will have a terrific evening. You want some, come get some! Word life."
Hammerfall's latest album, "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken", was released in March via Nuclear Blast Records The follow-up to 2002's "Crimson Thunder" was produced and mixed by Charlie Bauernfeind (Blind Guardian, Helloween).
Hammerfall guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
There has been a venue change on the upcoming U.S. tour [with Edguy]: the gig on August 20th in Covington, KY, has been moved to Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH. Same date and time applies, but the city and venue has been changed. Hope this doesn’t affect your concert going in a negative way! If you live in the U.S. and like melodic heavy metal, be sure to not miss this tour. You are in for a night you’ll never forget, I guaran-damn-tee you that!
The Stratovarius [European] tour in the fall may or may not be with a support act. We will have a meeting in Wacken the coming weekend to see what the people in the bands want to do. Hopefully, we’ll have more info on this next week. I know many bands are interested in the slot, but for us — and definitely for the crew — things would be much easier without another band. Also, this way, both HF and STRATO can play a little longer each night, which should be better for the fans. Or am I wrong?
The curse of the MetalTown festival continues; it was, with a word, wet. Last year, it was without a doubt the worst day of the entire summer, with around 7°C and constant raining. Last Saturday, the weather gods decided to have another go at ruining the festival by opening up the heavens once again. With the exception of an hour in the middle of the day, it was absolutely pouring down the entire festival. But did that stop the heavy metal movement? Certainly not! I would estimate between 7000 and 10000 people made the trip to Frihamnen in Göteborg, to witness Rammstein, Hammerfall, Dark Tranquillity and others, and to defy the meteorological deities and prove that, in the words of Mikael Stanne (DT): 'There is no such thing as bad weather, only slow, fucking music!'
Hammerfall's latest album, "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken," was released in March. The follow-up to 2002's "Crimson Thunder" was produced and mixed by Charlie Bauernfeind (Blind Guardian, Helloween).
Swedish power metallers NOCTURNAL RITES have set "Grand Illusion" as the title of their new album, due in Europe on September 19 via Century Media Records.
The follow-up to 2004's "New World Messiah" was recorded and mixed at Toontrack Studioin Umeå, Sweden and features guest appearances by Stefan Elmgren (HAMMERFALL), Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS), Henrik Danhage (EVERGREY), Kristoffer W. Olivius (NAGLFAR) and Swedish cross-country skiing world champion, Per Elofsson.
"Grand Illusion" will include a bonus DVD featuring three videos from "New World Messiah", the brand-new "Fools Never Die" video, a "Making of Grand Illusion" segment and extra footage from the "Demons of the Opera" show.
"Grand Illusion" track listing:
01. Fools Never Die (3:54)
02. Never Trust (4:43)
03. Still Alive (4:02)
04. Something Undefined (4:08)
05. Our Wasted Days ((5:17)
06. Cuts Like A Knife (5:10)
07. End of Our Rope (5:26)
08. Never Ending (4:29)
09. One by One (4:23)
10. Deliverance (5:00)
NOCTURNAL RITES will support NIGHTWISH on their Swedish tour in September. The dates are as follows:
Sep. 08 – Stockholm, SWE @ Arenan
Sep. 09 - Göteborg, SWE @ Lisebergshallen
Sep. 11 - Umeå, SWE @ SkyArena
Into Eternity will be opening for the Hammerfall/Edguy tour next month. Dates are as follows:
08/10 The Opera House- Toronto, ON
08/11 Medley- Montreal, QC
08/12 L’Imperial- Quebec City, QC
08/13 The Palladium- Worcester, MA
08/15 Jaxx- West Springfield, VA
08/16 BB King’s- New York, NY
08/17 The Trocadero- Philadelphia, PA- New Date
08/18 Penny Arcade- Rochester, NY (Into Eternity only)
08/19 House of Blues- Cleveland, OH
08/20 Madison Theater- Covington, KY
08/21 House of Blues- Chicago, IL
08/22 Fine Line Music Café- Minneapolis, MN
08/25 Commodore Ballroom- Vancouver, BC
08/26 Studio Seven- Seattle, WA
08/28 DNA Lounge- San Francisco, CA
08/29 Galaxy Theatre- Santa Ana, CA
08/30 The Avalon- Hollywood, CA
08/31 Marquee Theatre- Tempe, AZ
The lineup is close to finalized for Bloodstock 2005 at the Assembly Rooms on 2nd-3rd September. As it stands, there is a wide mix of Thrash, Gothic, Doom, Heavy, Classic, Femme, Power, Metal, and more. The lineup is looking like this:
Friday 2nd September 2005 (Doors 4.00pm) - BATTLE METAL NIGHT
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Hammerfall bassist Magnus Rosén, 42, nearly died from an allergy shock on a flight to Chile this past Tuesday (May 31).
"I could barely breathe, nobody understood me, and I didn't get any help. The panic took over my body," Rosén told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
Magnus Rosén's big misfortune was that the peanuts he received aboard the plane were mixed with cashew nuts, which he is allergic to. "My tongue and throat quickly swelled up and I got hives all over my body. I could barely speak," the Hammerfall bassist said on the phone from Chile, one of the stops on the band's current South American tour.
What made the situation worse was the fact that the flight attendants on the Brazilian airline Varig could barely speak English. "The situation got totally crazy because they thought I wanted more nuts! I just got worse and the panic started crwling through my body," Magnus said.
Finally at least one of them understood that he was in a state of emergency. The crew brought out a medical box full of supplies that they had no idea how to use. "They called an medical emergency number in the U.S. to help them," Magnus said. "Finally, two doctors who were passengers on the flight came forward to offer their assistance." The first cortizone shot only helped marginally. "Then I received another one so strong that I passed out," Magnus said. "They woke me up once every half hour to check on me." Since then he's been extremely tired but happy to be alive.
"I just about managed through the first show, but now it feels better," said Magnus Rosén.
A few more dates to the Hammerfall / Stratovarius co-headline tour have been added:
Oct. 26 Helsinki, FIN - Kulttuuritalo
Oct. 28 Tampere, FIN - Pakkahuone
Oct. 29 Turku, FIN - Caribia
Oct. 30 Umea, SWE - Skycom Arena
Nov. 01 Oslo, NOR - Rockefeller
Nov. 02 Stockholm, SWE - Arenan
Nov. 04 Köln, D - Palladium
Nov. 05 Antwerp, B - Hof Ter Lo
Nov. 06 Tilburg, NL - 013
Nov. 07 London, GB - Koko
Nov. 09 Lille, F - Splendid
Nov. 10 Hamburg, D - Docks
Nov. 11 Osnabrück, D - Halle Gartlage
Nov. 13 Paris, F - Elysée Montmartre
Nov. 16 Barcelona, E - Razzmatazz
Nov. 17 Murcia, E - Sala Gamma
Nov. 18 Madrid, E - La Riviera
Nov. 19 Pamplona, E - Pabellon Anaitasuna
Nov. 21 Lyon, F - Transbordeur
Nov. 23 Pratteln, CH - Z7
Nov. 24 Fürth, D - Stadthalle
Nov. 25 Pratteln, CH - Z7
Nov. 26 Kaubeuren, D - All-Karthalle
Nov. 27 Milan, I - Alcatraz
Nov. 29 Ljubljana, SLO - VPK Mediapark
Nov. 30 Wien, A - Planet Music
Dec. 01 Budapest, H - Petöfi Dec.
Dec. 03 Zlin, CZ - Vanue Novesta
Sweden's Hammerfall will embark on a double headliner tour with fellow Scandinavians Stratovarius in the fall. Here are dates:
Oct. 26 - Helsinki, FIN @ Kulttuuritalo
Oct. 28 - Tampere, FIN @ Pakkahuone
Oct. 29 - Turku, FIN @ Caribia
Nov. 01 - Oslo, NOR @ Rockefeller
Nov. 04 - öln, GER @ Palladium
Nov. 05 - Antwerp, BEL @ Hof Ter Lo
Nov. 06 - Tilburg, NETH @ 013
Nov. 07 - London, UK @ Camden Palace
Nov. 09 - Lille, FRA @ Splendid
Nov. 10 - Hamburg, GER @ Docks
Nov. 11 - Osnabrück, GER @ Halle Gartlage
Nov. 12 - Paris, FRA @ Elysée Montmartre
Nov. 13 - Paris, FRA @ Elysée Montmartre
Nov. 16 - Barcelona, SPA @ Tba
Nov. 17 - Murcia, SPA @ Sala Gamma
Nov. 18 - Madrid, SPA @ La Riviera
Nov. 19 - Pamplona, SPA @ Pabellon Anaitasuna
Nov. 21 - Lyon, FRA @ Transbordeur
Nov. 23 - Pratteln, SWI @ Z 7
Nov. 24 - Fürth, GER @ Stadthalle
Nov. 25 - Pratteln, SWI @ Z7
Nov. 26 - Kaubeuren, GER @ All-Karthalle
Nov. 27 - Milan, ITA @ Alcatraz
Nov. 29 - Ljubljana, SLO @ Vpk Mediapark
Nov. 30 - Wien, AUT @ Planet Music
Dec. 01 - Budapest, HUN @ Petöfi Hall
Rammstein just confirmed their performance July 30th 2005 at Metaltown Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Other bands set to perform at the festival include Hammerfall, Dark Tranquillity, Apocalyptica, Nine and Beseech. Ticket sale starts May 18 2005. For more information, visit www.metaltown.se.
Hammerfall have been confirmed to tour this summer with Edguy. Dates for the Edguy and their headlining tour and the Edguy tour are as follows:
5/26/05 Guadalajara - Hard Rock Live (MX)
5/28/05 Monterrey - Monterrey Metal Fest (MX)
5/29/05 Mexico City - Circo Valador (MX)
5/31/05 Santiago - Cupula del Parque O´Higgins (CL)
6/2/05 Curitiba - Master Hall (BR)
6/3/05 Sao Paolo - Olympia (BR)
6/4/05 Sao Paolo - Olympia (BR)
6/5/05 Belo Horizonte- Chevrolet (BR)
8/10/05 Toronto, ONT - tba
(on tour with Edguy)
8/11/05 Montreal, QUE - Medley
8/12/05 Quebec City, QUE - Imperial
8/15/05 West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
8/16/05 New York, NY - B.B. Kings
Hammerfall guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
Japan and South America await in the next weeks, and we can't wait to get back to these territories! There have been some changes to the Mexican, Chilean and Brazailian shows, so please check out the tour section for further details. As I said before, Twisted Sister cancelled so we had to change a few things around, but nothing major.
At last, we have the North American dates and venues are in, and it looks like a loaded three weeks! The tour is lodged between Wacken Open Air and Bloodstock, so the schedule is quite stressed. But I think both Hammerfall and Edguy will endure. Check out the tour date section for all the info regarding this leg.
The show in Göteborg was a huge success! All in all, there were 5500 people there to experience this with us, and the atmosphere was tremendous! Thanks to each and every one of you who showed up and made this a night we will never forget. And of course a big thanks and good luck for the future to Pretty Maids, Thunderstone, Firewind and Lordi, it was a short but very intense and fun tour. See you down the road!
And that's it for now, I bid thee farewell for the time being with a funny joke I thought I'd share with y'all: What do you do with 365 used condoms? Melt them down into a tire and stamp 'Good Year' on it! :) Cheers!
Hammerfall will be touring North America in August with Edguy as the opening act. Dates are now as follows:
Aug. 10 in Toronto, ONT at Opera House
Aug. 11 in Montreal, QC at Medley
Aug. 12 in Quebec City, QC at Imperial
Aug. 15 in West Springfield, VA at Jaxx
Aug. 16 in New York, NY at B.B. King's
Aug. 17 in Philadelphia, PA at Trocadero
Aug. 19 in Cleveland, OH at House of BLues
Aug. 21 in Chicago, IL at House of Blues
Aug. 25 in Vancouver, BC at Commodore Ballroom
Aug. 29 in Santa Ana, CA at Galaxy Theatre
Aug. 30 in Hollywood, CA at Avalon Hollywood
Hammerfall guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following update at the band's official website:
In preparation for Saturday’s big metalfest in Göteborg, we will do a signing session at CD-Specialisten on Kungsgatan on Friday, April 29th, at 6:00pm.
Speaking of metalfests, the gigs last week went absolutely fantastic! More people than ever before, and what I think was the best crowd we have ever had in Switzerland and Germany made this a great, great tour opening. Thanks to everyone who was there – especially Aneete, Leopard, Nemesis and Lord Helmchen from the HF forum – for the great response and terrific times!
The Icebreaker Festivals will be concluded with the Scandinavium gig in a few days, and then the “normal” touring will commence. That means we have two weeks to catch our breath before the flight to Japan leaves. By the way, two of the Mexican shows have switched dates. The venues are the same, but we’ll be in Mexico City on May 26th and in Monterrey on May 29th. Sadly, Twisted Sister has decided to cancel their Brazilian tour. I was so looking forward to this, as they are one of the most influential bands of all time for me personally.
If you took pictures of our set during the Icebreaker Festivals, feel free to send them to email@example.com so we can put them up in a gallery here on the site.
Canada's Into Eternity has been confirmed as the latest band added to the line-up of the 2005 Monterrey Metal Fest to be held on Saturday May 28, 2005 at the Auditorio Coca Cola in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
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Hammerfall and Edguy will join forces with a yet-to-be-named U.S. act for a trek across America this summer.
Dates confirmed at this time include:
Aug. 10 Toronto, ONT @ TBA
Aug. 11 Montreal, QUE @ Medley
Aug. 12 Quebec City, QUE @ Imperial
Aug. 15 Jaxx in West Springfield, VA
Aug. 16 B.B. King’s in New York City, NY
More dates will be announced soon.
Hammerfall guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
Sorry for not updating for a while, we have been busy preparing for the start of the tour. But more on that later, first things first. Chart entries: Our new album have been extremely well-recieved all over Europe, as we are still in the charts for the fourth week in both Austria and Germany, as well as the first week in Italy and the second in Switzerland. But the most surprising news comes from Sweden. "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" managed to stay in the top 10 for four weeks, a record for us. Three straight 4's and a 9, unbelievable! Thank you everyone all over the world who has bought our albums, you are the greatest fans anywhere! You never disappoint us, and I sincerely hope we never will you.
As our webmaster wrote in the news yesterday, the show in Pratteln on April 21st is now sold out, and an extra show will take place on the 20th. So, if you missed getting tickets to the previously announced gig, don't worry; You'll get another chance to catch the band live the day before. Thus, the following show has been added to the tour: April 20th at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland.
The rehearsals have been going very well, I think you'll find somewhat of a different band on stage this year. Not any less energetic — probably even more! :-) — but more focused and tighter than ever. Incidentally, the Helsinki show tomorrow marks the first Hammerfall gig in twenty (20!) months, incredible as that sounds. It's safe to say that we are psyched and excited like never before.
Before signing off, I would like to take the opportunity to thank some people for the single greatest weekend of my entire life. A friend of mine and I flew over to Los Angeles to go to WrestleMania 21. We were invited by Mikkey Dee, who would perform live at the event with his band Motorhead and who knows I am a huge wrestling fan. We were in heaven, shaking hands and taking pictures with a lot of wrestlers we have only seen on TV before. Just hanging backstage at the biggest PPV of the year, taking everything in, is an inerasable memory!
Thank you, Mikkey, for taking great care of us and making sure everything went well, thank you Lemmy and Phil for not having a problem with us tagging along, and thank you Chris Jericho, Triple H, William Regal and the entire WWE for letting us come to the aftershow party and providing us with an experience I shall cherish for as long as I live. If anyone ever ruled, it's all of you.