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Below is our complete Wizard 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.

Wizard Parts Ways With Bassist

Germany's Wizard has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist:

"Volker Leson is forced to stop his activity in Wizard due to health issues. This was already suggested during the second part of the the German Metal Attack Tour, on which he couldn't be present.

"He will remain part of the Wizard family forever, and if his health will allow him, he will continue writing songs for the band. We also hope he will be able to return to the ranks of the band on stage within year or two.

"For now, we would like to introduce you our old friend Arnd Ratering - ex member of the prog band No Inner Limits - as the new bass player of Wizard. Fans already had an occasion to see him on stage during last few shows we did, and surely can agree he is technically great musician.

"We are looking forward to bring you more metal, and we can't wait to play next shows for
all of you! We also wish all the best to our brother Volker: may he return with health and strength!" More...

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Wizard Streaming New Track

German heavy metal act Wizard has posted online another song taken from forthcoming studio album "Trail Of Death."

The song is titled "Black Death" and can be streamed below. The full track listing for the band's tenth album is as follows:

01. Creeping Death
02. War Butcher
03. Electrocution
04. Angel Of Death (streaming here)
05. Angel Of The Dark
06. Black Death
07. One For All
08. Post Mortem Vivere
09. Death Cannot Embrace Me
10. Machinery Of Death
11. We Won’t Die For Metal More...

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Wizard Streaming New Track "Angel Of Death"

German metal act Wizard is streaming the new track "Angel of Death." The song appears on the upcoming release "Trail of Death," which is set for release on September 27th via Massacre Records.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Creeping Death
2. War Butcher
3. Electrocution
4. Angel of Death
5. Angel of the Dark
6. Black Death
7. One for All
8. Post Mortem Vivere
9. Death Cannot Embrace M
10. Machinery of Death
11. We Won't Die for Metal
12. Where Are You (Bonus Track)

Check out "Angel of Death": More...

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Wizard Finishes Work On New Album

Wizard's "Trail Of Death" will be released on September 27th, 2013 via Massacre Records. The band recently issued a statement about the lyrical direction, and has now issued the following statement about completing work on the album:

"Today we finished everything for the new album. Mixing and mastering is done by Achim Köhler. Booklet and photos are done by Jochen van Eden. They did a very good job and we want to thank them very much. On the 28th of August we will present you the first official song 'Angel of Death!'" More...

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Wizard Comments On New Album Lyrics

Wizard recently announced the new album "Trail Of Death" will be released on September 27th, 2013 via Massacre Records. After it was revealed the lyrical content would shift on this album, the band's drummer Snoppi posted the following message online via Facebook:

"Perhaps some people ask themselves why Wizard is doing an album about death and not about northern mythology or fantasy like on the past nine albums.

"I want to try to explain it in a few words. This is the first time I wrote the (most) lyrics for a Wizard album. For over ten years now I have to think about my death and death in general (no, I am not ill or anything like this). I don't want to, but the feeling is there, somehow. And to be honest, it scares me a lot.

"To think that the moment will come where you really face your last minute on earth is not a very great one I am looking forward to. So how can someone ease this feeling? Perhaps religion? Or just (try to) ignore it? Very difficult and I really don't have an answer for it. It would be fantastic if there would be an afterlife, but we cannot be sure.

"So I tried to write things down in the lyrics to show different views of death. Some have an intention, others are meant in a more funny way. I hope that you can respect these very personal feelings and perhaps one or two people are inspired to think about this theme.

"Death is not 'cool' for me and the theme was never meant to handle about because death fits so good to heavy metal (you know, death metal etc., the more brutal the cooler it is).

"If there is anybody more interested in the lyrics or has questions about it, you can of course ask me and start a conversation. Metal to the end!" More...

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Wizard Announces "Trail Of Death" Details

Wizard has finished the recording for upcoming album "Trail Of Death," which will be released on September 27th, 2013 via Massacre Records and will be available as CD, limited vinyl LP and digital download. Massacre Records comments:

"The new album won't be a typical concept album, but it's main theme will be death. There will be songs about death by electric chair, a soldier who's killing others during war, death due to illness or life after death.

"The cover artwork of 'Trail Of Death' was created by Jens Reinhold of ZENZ-ART, who is also responsible for album artworks for bands like Sodom, Freedom Call or Enemy Of The Sun. The artwork features the reaper who's carrying something like a petrol lamp with a burning soul in it. The lamp is a metaphor for burning in hell for eternity."

According to Wizard, the meaning behind the artwork is simply "You can't escape death. Everyone is going to die." Drummer Snoppi also commented: More...

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Wizard Reveals New Album Artwork

German true metallers Wizard have revealed the front cover artwork for their coming 10th studio album titled "Trail Of Death," which follows previous full-length "...Of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes."

The artwork was painted by Jens Reinhold, who has previously worked with Running Wild, Sodom, and Virgin Steele. "Trail Of Death" will be released on September 27th, 2013 via Massacre Records, and will be available as a CD, limited edition LP, and digital download. More...

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Grave Digger Announces Metal Attack Tour 2013

Grave Digger will embark on the German Metal Attack tour in 2013. Check out a video update from front man Chris Boltendahl below. The tour dates with Wizard, Majesty, and Gun Barrel are as follows:

11.01.13 DE - Andernach / Live Club
12.01.13 DE - Speyer / Halle 101
13.01.13 DE - Ludwigsburg / Rockfabrik
16.01.13 DE - Köln / Live Music Hall
17.01.13 DE - Aschaffenburg / Kolossaal
18.01.13 DE - Geiselwind / Music Hall
19.01.13 DE - München / Backstage Club
20.01.13 CH - Pratteln / Z7
25.01.13 DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
26.01.13 DE - Berlin / C-Club
27.01.13 DE - Bochum / Zeche
01.02.13 DE - Braunschweig / Meier Music Hall
02.02.13 DE - Glauchau / Alte Spinnerei
03.02.13 CZ - Prague / Club Matrix
08.02.13 DE - Regensburg / Uni Mensa
09.02.13 AT - Vienna / Szene More...

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Ragnarökkr Metal Fest Lineup Announced

The lineup has now been revealed for the upcoming Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse 2012, which takes place from May 18th - 19th in Joliet, IL. The following bands will be playing the two day fest:

Virgin Steele
Wizard (Germany)
Brocas Helm
Skull Fist (Canada)
Damien Thorne
Slauter Xstroyes
A Sound of Thunder
Borrowed Time
Ancient Creation
Stone Magnum

For more information on the Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse, head over to the festival's official website and Facebook profile.

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Wizard Announces Festival Appearances

German metal force Wizard, which earlier this year released the new studio album "...Of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes," will play the band's first ever live shows in the U.K. and United States next year.

On March 17th, 2012, the band will burn the stage of the UK's famous Hammerfest in Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park. Wizard wil play there along with acts such as Anthrax, Exodus, and Amon Amarth.

On May 18th, 2012 the band will play in Mojoes in Joliet (Chicago suburn, Illinois) at the Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalyse Festival. For more details on the fest, head over to this location.

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Free Wizard Song Available For Streaming

Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about offering a free download of a new Wizard track:

"Download Wizard's new song 'Bletzer' for free, if you are a fan of our facebook page. The song is taken from their forthcoming album '...Of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes,' which is going to be released on March 25, 2011! You can download it from our 'free stuff' tab until March 17th."

The "Bletzer" track is available for download by navigating to this location and clicking the "Like" button.

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Wizard Streaming Song From New Album

Wizard is set to release the band's ninth studio album "...of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes" on March 25th, 2011 through Massacre Records. You can now check out a preview of a new song from the upcoming album, titled "Bletzer," at this location.

Wizard also has the following upcoming tour dates:

24-03-2011 - Cork, Ireland
25-03-2011 - Dublin, Ireland
08-04-2011 - Kulturbunker, Koln, Mulheim, Germany
09-04-2011 - Very Easy Festival, Stadskanaal, Holland
25-06-2011 - Noc Plna Hvezd Festival, Trinec, Czech Republic

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Details Revealed For Upcoming Wizard Album

Massacre Records has checked in with the following update about the release of Wizard's upcoming ninth album:

"The new, ninth studio album of the German true metal squard Wizard, will be titled '...of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes,' and will be released on March 25th, 2011, on CD and limited edition vinyl album, through Massacre Records.

"The concept album, based on the story written by the famous German fantasy writer André Wiesler, was recorded by Volker Leson at the Magic Hall Studio in Bocholt, and mixed & mastered by Achim Köhler (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER). The cover artwork for the album was designed by Steve Argyle, and can be viewed here."

Wizard also has the following upcoming tour dates:

24-03-2011 - Cork, Ireland
25-03-2011 - Dublin, Ireland
08-04-2011 - Kulturbunker, Koln, Mulheim, Germany
09-04-2011 - Very Easy Festival, Stadskanaal, Holland
25-06-2011 - Noc Plna Hvezd Festival, Trinec, Czech Republic

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Wizard Announces Summer Appearances

Massacre recording artist WIZARD has announced a number of summer festival appearances:

04.07.09 CZ-Basinfest
18.07.09 D-Magic Circle Festival
05.09.09 CH-Reiden Back To Rock Festival
25.09.09 D-Hannover Kutten Festival 2009
26.09.09 PL-Katowice Hard Rocker Festival
30.10.09 NL-Leeuwarden - Baarbars Festvial 2009

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Wizard Recording New Album

Wizard is recording their eight studio album right now, for a planned released via Massacre Records. All instrumentals were recorded in October at Horn Music Productions. Mixing and mastering will be done by Achim Köhler, and the artwork will be once again in the hands of Anthony Clarkson.

Here are the song titles (not final) from the upcoming album:

Midgards Guardian
Asgard Utgard (Part I & II)
The visitor
Stolen Hammer
Pounding in the night
What would you do?
Serpents venom

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