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Formed: 1998
From: Athens, Greece
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Below is our complete Firewind 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.

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Ozzy And The Scorpions Confirmed For Hellfest 2011

The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced that four huge names have been added to next year's bill. Heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne will be taking the stage, as well as German hard rock legends the Scorpions, who will be retiring after they complete their touring schedule. Also confirmed for the festival are Swedish progressive metal favourites Opeth and Black Label Society, which features former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. There are also more new confirmations in the form of German thrash legends Kreator and Sodom, Norwegian black metal veterans Mayhem, Anathema, Bolt Thrower and Therion. The festival will take place in Clisson, France from June 17th-19th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Nightrage Guitarist To Tour With Firewind

Firewind has issued the following announcement about Nightrage member Marios Iliiopoulos filling in for the band's bass player on upcoming live shows:

"Firewind bass player Petros Christo has been forced to sit out of the bands recently completed North American dates, due to a family emergency. Filling in on his position is the bands longtime friend and Gus G.'s ex axe partner in Nightrage, Marios Iliiopoulos. Marios will be filling in on the upcoming European and Japanese dates as well before Petros returns to the band in 2011."

Firewind has also announced the following upcoming shows with special guests:

12/18 - Blue Box Club - Sofia, BUL
12/19 - Mylos Apothiki - Thessaloniki, GR
Special Guests: Psycho Choke, Elysion
1/07 - Relentless Garage - London UK
Special Guest: Breed 77

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Powerglove Postpones Show w/ Video Game Orchestra

Powerglove has planned to performa alongside the Video Game Orchestra at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston on November 14th and film the show for a DVD. However, the band has cancelled their appearance there and issued the following update about it:

"We unfortunately have to postpone our concert with the Video Game Orchestra until February. Refunds will be available for everyone who bought a ticket. We're thinking of filming the show which means we want it to be as big of a production as possible and there just wasn't enough time with the date we had planned.

"We promise that this will mean a bigger, beefier, more bacontastic show for all of you!"

In related band news, Powerglove has released a trailer for their upcoming tour with Firewind:

Here are those tour dates:

FIREWIND - Days Of Defiance North America 2010, with Powerglove, The Absence

November 4th - Volume 11 -- Raleigh, NC
November 5th - Jaxx -- West Springfield, VA
November 6th - The Gramercy -- New York, NY
November 7th - Les Foufounes Electriques -- Montreal, Que

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Firewind Posts Trailer for North American Tour

Greece's Firewind has posted a trailer for the upcoming North American tour this fall with Powerglove and The Absence.

Here are the North American dates:

Nov. 04 Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
Nov. 05 West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Nov. 06 New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
Nov. 07 Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electriques

Firewind's new album, "Days of Defiance," is due out October 25th via Century Media.

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Firewind Offering Free Song Download

Greek act Firewind is set to release the new album "Days of Defiance" on October 25th, 2010 via Century Media Records in Europe. Century Media has launched a download page that will allow fans to get the album’s opening track "The Ark Of Lies" free after tweeting or posting a Facebook status update about the song. Go here to download the track.

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Ark Of Lies
2. World On Fire
3. Chariot
4. Embrace The Sun
5. The Departure
6. Heading For The Dawn
7. Broken
8. Cold As Ice
9. Kill In The Name Of Love
10. SKG
11. Losing Faith
12. The Yearning
13. When All Is Said And Done
14. Wild Rose
15. Ride To The Rainbow's End
16. Breaking The Law

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Firewind Announces Japan Tour Dates

Greek power metal band Firewind has announced Japan tour dates:

Jan. 10, 2010 Osaka, JP - Shinsaibashi Club Quattro
Jan. 11, 2010 Nagoya, JP - Nagoya Club Quattro
Jan. 12, 2010 Tokyo, JP - Shibuya Club Quattro

Firewind's upcoming album, "Days of Defiance," is due out on October 25 via Century Media.

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Firewind Gives Breakdown of New Album

Firewind guitarist, Gus G., and singer, Apollo Papathanasio, have given a track-by-track breakdown of the new album, "Days of Defiance." Gus and Apollo talk about their inspirations, playing techniques and recording process for each song on the album.

"Days of Defiance" is due out on October 25 via Century Media.

Catch Firewind on tour at the following dates:

Nov. 04 Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
Nov. 05 West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Nov. 06 New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
Nov. 07 Montreal, QUE - Les Foufounes Electriques
Dec. 18 Sofia, BUL - Blue Box Club
Dec. 19 Thessaloniki, GR - Mylos Apothiki
Jan. 07, 2010 London, UK - The Relentless Garage

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Firewind Posts New Music Video Online

The Greek melodic metal band FIREWIND, led by young guitar sensation Gus G., has returned with the scathing new studio album "Days of Defiance." The disc is set for an October 25th release worldwide.

The video for the album’s blistering lead-off single, “World On Fire,” can now be viewed exclusively at MetalSucks. The clip was shot by the renowned Patric Ullaeus (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, Lacuna Coil).

FIREWIND will celebrate the album’s release with a limited number of special North American headlining shows. The trek, which kicks off on November 4th and runs through November 7th, features Powerglove and The Absence in the support slots.

Gus G. states: “The video for ‘World on Fire’ was shot entirely on green screen and I think this time Patric Ullaeus has outdone himself! The concept is based on the album cover artwork and it's something we're doing for the first time on a video of ours. There's a barbaric vibe to it, lots of fire, metal warriors and even a Valkyrie. We're very pleased with the final result and we believe this is our best video yet. Check it out and let the FIREWIND rage on.

“We are also very happy to announce four special album release shows in North America this fall in support of our new record, Days of Defiance. It's been awhile since FIREWIND played North America, as our last tour was Spring/Summer 2008.

“This is a very special run for us, as it will be the first time we'll play the new songs live. It also might be awhile until we come back for a full North American run, so we REALLY hope to see many of you come out to these shows. We'll be sure to rock you to the ground and that's a promise!”

Here are the FIREWIND headlining shows:

11/4 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
11/5 Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
11/6 The Gramercy – New York, NY
11/7 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, Que

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More Metal Songs Added To The Rock Band Network

The weekend has officially hit again, and Rock Band is ready to jam out when you are. This week's metal additions to the Xbox 360 version of the Rock Band Network are a little sparse, with new songs from In This Moment and Firewind. The Wii edition is playing metal catch-up, with songs from Five Finger Death Punch and Between the Buried and Me showing up on September 14th. The complete list of new songs added to the Rock Band Network, including all the non-metal songs, is as follows:

New to RBN on Xbox 360 in the past week:

Rhune Kincaid - "iPhone"
The New Pornographers - "Your Hands (Together)"
Brownies - "Fool"
Hilit Rosental and Corbomite Games - "The Pizza Morgana Song"
Sophie B. Hawkins - "Beautiful Girl"
Teenage Bottlerocket - "Skate or Die"
Kirby Krackle - "Ring Capacity"
Blackberry River Band - "I've Got a Feeling"
The Knew - "United"
The Fury - "Picture Perfect"
Kramus - "Down Below"
In This Moment - "The Gun Show"
Modern Skirts - "Bridges and Overpasses"
22-20s - "Latest Heartbreak"
Firewind - "World on Fire"
Terrorhorse - "Modern Mathematics" More...

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Firewind Announces U.S. Mini Tour

Greek power metallers Firewind have revealed the dates for their forthcoming mini-tour of the United States. The tour will be in support of the band's upcoming studio album, titled "Days of Defiance." "Days of Defiance" is set for release on October 26th, 2010 through Century Media Records. Firewind features current Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G. Support on the tour will come from The Absence and Powerglove.

Firewind tour dates:
November 4 – Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
November 5 – West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
November 6 – New York, NY - The Gramercy
November 7 – Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electriques More...

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Firewind Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Greek power metallers Firewind have revealed the tracklisting for their forthcoming studio album. The album, titled "Days of Defiance," is set for release on October 26th, 2010 through Century Media Records. Firewind features current Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G.

"Days of Defiance" tracklisting:
1. The Ark Of Lies
2. World On Fire
3. Chariot
4. Embrace The Sun
5. The Departure
6. Heading For The Dawn
7. Broken
8. Cold As Ice
9. Kill In The Name Of Love
10. SKG
11. Losing Faith
12. The Yearning
13. When All Is Said And Done

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Rock Band Network Adds More Metal Tracks

Ready for the weekend yet? Friday means more music has been added to the Rock Band Network so you can jam out during the weekend. The Xbox 360 edition has seen more of Amberian Dawn and and a new track from Firewind, while the PS3 edition will get Meshuggah and The Acacia Strain on September 7th. The complete list of new songs added, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:

Scott Attrill - "Disco Rocket"
Scott Attrill - "Girls Love Techno"
Shokkher - "Burn Her Out"
Free Spirit - "Pale Sister of Light"
The Riptides - "Return to Blood Beach"
Amberian Dawn - "Lionheart"
Amberian Dawn - "Evil Inside Me"
Buttercup - "time-bomb"
Noah Engh The Kid Fantastic - "Buy You A House"
Sideburn - "Cherry Red"
Nerf Herder - "Welcome To My World"
Firewind - "Head Up High"
Bang Camaro - "Revolution" More...

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Firewind Posts New Album Trailer Online

Greek metal act Firewind have posted a brand new trailer video for their upcoming studio album online. The album, titled "Days Of Defiance," is set for release on October 26th 2010 through Century Media Records and features Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G. The video also features audio clips of the band's new single "World On Fire."

You can view the video below:

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Kamelot Signs with earMUSIC, New Album Details

earMUSIC, the international rock label of the Hamburg-based entertainment group Edel, has announced the signing of American/Norwegian melodic metallers Kamelot. The band's new studio album, "Poetry For The Poisoned," will be released in Europe on September 3, 2010.

"I think this album is by far our most diverse, fusing new ideas and elements along with the traditional Kamelot sound and style that we have established over the years," states Kamelot guitarist Thomas Youngblood.

"Poetry for the Poisoned" was mostly written in the remote woods of Norway to the final songwriting sessions in a remote region of Germany. Recordings took place in the familiar Gate Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro. Additional tracking also took place in Tampa, Florida as well as various studios in Sweden, Greece and the U.S.

"Poetry for the Poisoned" features guest appearances by Simone Simons (Epica), Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind), Björn "Speed" Strid (Soilwork) and Jon Oliva (Savatage, Jon Oliva's Pain). The artwork was created by many great artists, including Seth Siro Anton, Natalie Shau and Michal Loranc.

"'Poetry for the Poisoned' is a mix of progressive elements, modern rock, dark arts and also power metal," states Youngblood. "It comes at a time where many people around the world are searching for something to grab on to spiritually, including myself. I recently lost my mother and to be honest it was very hard on me. So there are some melancholy moods reflected on this album."

Frontman Roy Khan assures that "Poetry for the Poisoned" will both please the band's existing following and expose the universe of Kamelot to a whole range of new fans. "'Poetry for the Poisoned' is our longest and toughest production so far, but when I hear the result I know it was well worth the struggle," he says.

Max Vaccaro, director of the earMUSIC label, commented: "If there is one thing that is absolutely clear with Kamelot, it's that the band has a unique vision of metal and they consider anything they do as the 'next step' to something bigger and better, constantly adamant to reach new ambitious artistic targets. We're happy about the fact that they have chosen earMUSIC as the partner to expand their audience with this new wonderful album."

"Poetry For The Poisoned" will also be available as a limited edition hard-cover digipak CD with a bonus DVD, LP and limited collector's edition featuring a bonus 45" vinyl with two rare songs only available on this strictly limited format, personally signed by the band.

Kamelot recently tapped Swedish director Owe Lingvall of Village Road Films for the video shoot and production of the song "The Great Pandemonium". The track, which was performed on the band's recently completed European tour, will appear on "Poetry For The Poisoned". Other songtitles set to appear on the effort include "House On A Hill"and "Hunters Season", the latter of which was also performed on the band's recently completed European headlining tour.

Kamelot recently inked a deal with Marquee/Avalon Records for the Japanese release of its next album. The plans for the North American release will be announced in the near future.

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Firewind Reveals New Album Title

Ozzy Osbourne and ex-Arch Enemy guitarist Gus G's power metal project Firewind have released the title for their upcoming album. The new album will bear the name "Days of Defiance" with a projected release date of autumn 2010. The new album will be released on Century Media Records. This will be the band's first full length release with new drummer Michael Ehré. No other details are regarding the album are available at this time.

Gus G will be on tour with Ozzy Osbourne for this year's Ozzfest during the following dates:

Sat, Aug 14 - San Bernardino, CA - San Manuel Amphitheater
Tue, Aug 17 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amp.
Thurs, Aug 19 - Pittsburgh, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
Sat , Aug 21 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theater
Sun, Aug 22 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna
Tue, Aug 24 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center

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Gus G. To Guest On New Kamelot Album

Gus G. (Firewind) has added his signature style and soloing to one of Kamelot's new songs that will appear on the band's upcoming CD. Kamelot's Thomas Youngblood commented on the collaboration:

"Gus and I have been talking about working together for a few years now, I first met Gus when Dream Evil played with us on the Japanese Tour in a few years back. Since then Gus' band Firewind has toured with us in Europe and Japan and we have become great friends. I have always thought Gus' style was very special and very unique, its really great to have him on the new album!"

Gus G. adds" "Kamelot is a very unique band with a sound of their own and I've always liked them. To be invited to play on their new album is an honor and jamming on their track was a lot of fun. During the time our bands toured Japan and all over Europe together, Thomas and I became good friends. I have great memories from being on the road with the guys and I'm glad I contributed to their new album."

The upcoming Kamelot tour dates are as follows: More...

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Dream Evil Launch Trailer for New Album

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
www.bloodstock.uk.com

SA 28.08.2010: Rijssen (NL) – Elsrock Festival
www.elsrock.nl

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Firewind Parts Ways With Drummer

Greek heavy metal outfit Firewind has announced that they have parted ways with their drummer, Mark Cross. A message from the band reads as follows:

“Firewind has decided to part ways with drummer Mark Cross due to personal differences. We thank Mark for his work and contribution to Firewind and wish him good luck in the future.

"Behind the kit, for the upcoming Mexico shows will be Michael Ehre (ULI JON ROTH, KEE MARCELLO, etc.). Michael’s a beast, a truly fantastic player with years of experience next to top musicians and bands and we’re very happy to have him on board!"

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Firewind Guitarist Schedules NAMM Appearances

Firewind guitarist Gus G. will once again attend the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California and will be signing at the following dates & times:

Friday, January 15th 2010 @ 1 - 2pm
Gus G. & Alex Skolnick (Testament) @ Seymour Duncan, booth 4358 in Hall C

Saturday, January 16th 2010 @ 2pm - 3pm
ESP Guitars, booth 213D, Level 2

In other news, Gus will join Uli Jon Roth & Friends on stage on Friday night, Jan. 15th @ The Grove, Anaheim.

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Orion's Reign Signs To Rock It Up Records

Greek power metal band ORION'S REIGN has announced that they will release their debut album, "Nuclear Winter," through IceWarrior Records/Rock It Up Records in March 2010. The album features appearances by Bob Katsionis from FIREWIND and Vangelis Yalamas from FRAGILE VASTNESS as special guests. The album's artwork can be seen here.

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