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Formed: 2003
From: Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Cans News

Below is our complete Cans 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.

Snowy Shaw Quits Dream Evil

Snowy Shaw has posted this message on his official website:

"SNOWY and DREAM EVIL = NO MORE. Less than a month before the scheduled recording of their fourth album, Snowy decides to pull the plug and quit, taking all his songs with him which he intends to use on his own...


"CAN(S)ELLED. The planned spring recording of Joacim Cans' [HAMMERFALL singer] second solo album which would see Snowy's participation both as the drummer and second lead singer as well as songwriter, has been postponed until further notice, due to the massive workload of HAMMERFALL.

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Aftonbladet Chats With Hammerfall (In Swedish)

Aftonbladet caught up with Hammerfall singer Joacim Cans and guitarist Oscar Droniak. You can watch the segment, in Swedish, here.

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Silent Force Post Sample MP3 Online

An MP3 sample of a brand-new Silent Force track, entitled "Ride the Storm," has been posted online at this location.

"Ride the Storm" comes off the group's third album, "Worlds Apart," due September 20 through Noise Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Infatuator" was produced by Dennis Ward (Angra, Pink Cream 69) at House of Audio studio in Karlsdorf, Germany.

Silent Force, who feature in their ranks former Royal Hunt singer D.C. Cooper, parted ways with InsideOut Music last summer after they were deemed to be "not the right fit" for the label's roster. The band will support Cans (the solo project of Hammerfall singer Joacim Cans) on Friday, August 13 at Zeche in Bochum, Germany.

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Cans Tour Dates And Lineup Revealed

More details have been revealed about the touring lineup for Cans, the solo project of Hammerfall singer Joacim Cans. Joining Cans in the group's current incarnation are drummer Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Warlord), guitarist Stefan Elmgren (Hammerfall), keyboardist Danielle Soravia, guitarist Danny Gill and bassist Fredrik Larsson.

Upcoming Cans tour dates:
Aug. 09 - Bananpiren - Göteborg, SWE
Aug. 10 - Klubben - Stockholm, SWE*
Aug. 11 - Markthalle - Hamburg, GER*
Aug. 12 - Rockfabrik - Ludwigsburg, GER*
Aug. 13 - Zeche - Bochum, GER**

* Support: DIONYSOS

Cans' debut album, "Beyond The Gates," was released in April through Sanctuary Records. The CD was recorded between November 2003 and February 2004 at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden, Frankie's Hideaway in the U.S. and House of Music Studios in Germany, and was mixed and mastered at Twilight Studios in Germany. The recording lineup on the CD was as follows: Cans (vocals), Mat Sinner (bass, Primal Fear, Sinner), "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (guitars, ex-Halford, Painmuseum), Stefan Elmgren (guitars, Hammerfall) and Mark Zonder (drums, Fates Warning). An MP3 of the song "Fields of Yesterday" can be downloaded at this location.

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In Flames And The Haunted To Headline Benefit Show

In Flames, The Haunted, Hypocrisy, Lost Horizon and Nifelheim will join forces for a special benefit show, 200 000 Decibel, at Trägårn in Gothenburg, Sweden on September 2. The objective is to raise 200 000 SEK (approximately $27,000) in order to help the founder of the Swedish festival 2000 Decibel.

For the past five years, Lennart Larsson has organized 2000 Decibel, a festival devoted solely to Swedish hard rock and metal. This year's edition was held on May 21-22 and featured a strong line-up, including The Haunted, Hypocrisy, Notre Dame, Cans, Dark Tranquillity, Vintersorg and Pain Of Salvation. Due to stiff competition and extremely bad weather, fewer people than expected turned up and Lennart Larsson lost 200 000 SEK on the event.

The initiative for 200 000 Decibel came from Swedish rock journalist Martin Carlsson. In a column in the newspaper GT, he urged established metal bands to unite for a benefit show, 200 000 Decibel.

"No one has done as much for Swedish hard rock and metal as Lennart Larsson, he started the first metal fanzine in Sweden, Heavy Metal Massacre, in the early Eighties and was the first Swede to interview Metallica. He was one of the reasons why I became a rock journalist in the first place and he's been a great inspiration to the country's hard rock scene for two decades. The mere fact that Lennart has put on a metal festival dedicated to only Swedish bands in a small town in the middle of nowhere shows just how passionate he is about this kind of music." - said Carlsson.

"This is something that people often talk about — helping other people out — but in the end nothing happens. I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands and contacted Edward Janson at the concert agency Motor and local promoter Per Carlsson at PK Musik. Together we’ve put together a bill that is a fine representation of what the Swedish metal scene has to offer. 200 000 Decibel marks In Flames' last performance on home turf this year. Neither Hypocrisy nor Nifelheim have ever performed in Gothenburg. Both The Haunted and Lost Horizon play their hometown for the first time since the return of their original members, vocalist Peter Dolving and guitarist Wojtek Lisicki, respectively. It's fantastic that everyone involved, including the bands, is doing this for free to help out a great guy in need."

"It'd be a real shame if 2000 Decibel went under, because it's one of Sweden's best and nicest festivals," said The Haunted guitarist Patrik Jensen. "Lennart Larsson's interest in and support of Swedish hard rock is unparalleled and therefore if feels great that we can help the festival get back on track again."

Tickets will be on sale on Wednesday July 21 through www.ticnet.se.

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New MP3s From Persuader, Dragonforce and Cans

Noise Records has release 3 new mp3s from Persuader, Dragonforce and Cans.

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Seven More Bands Confirmed For 2000 Decibel Fest

Seven more bands have been confirmed for the fifth edition of the 2000 Decibel-festival, which will be held the 21 st and 22 nd May in Bengtsfors , Sweden (180 km north of Gothenburg). The bands are Hypocrisy, Cans, God Among Insects, Grand Magus, Lefay, Månegarm and The Crown.

Already confirmed is Ablaze My Sorrow, Arise, Astral Doors, Count Raven, Draconian, Morifade, Notre Dame, Pain Of Salvation, Persuader, Tad Morose, Vintersorg and Wolf.

As HammerFall is on a well deserved break their singer Joacim Cans has taken the opportunity to record an album on his own (“Beyond The Gates” will be released in April). We are really proud that he and his band have decided to do their first live show at 2000 Decibel in Bengtsfors. We know that Joacim will be backed by his fellow band colleague Stefan Elmgren as well as Metal Mike Chlasciak (ex-Halford) on guitars.

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