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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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Gus G. Announces "Sessions" Event

Guitarist Gus G. (Ozzy, Firewind) is partnering up with Guitar Center for an upcoming “Sessions” event. This three hour instructional seminar will take place on Thursday, April 21st at Guitar Center Hollywood beginning at 7PM. This is a free event, but space is limited so be sure to get there early so you don't miss out on this very intimate evening. Fans can expect to see Gus perform his favorite riffs, participate in a Q+A segment, and autograph signing. For additional information visit this location.

Gus G. states: “I'm very excited about coming to Guitar Center in Hollywood later this month cause while I've done various clinics and workshops in Europe and Japan, this is going to be the first one in the U.S. for me! When they presented me with the 'Sessions' idea I thought it was a great way to meet some fans at a more intimate environment, play some stuff for them, answer questions and actually get to meet them. I will definitely be playing material from Ozzy and Firewind albums and hopefully I'll meet lots of you down there. Remember, this is going to be a free entrance event! See you soon.”

Guitar Center Sessions is a music and education based initiative that features informative and provocative discussions, along with hands-on tutorials by the industry’s most respected artists. Serving as an inspirational incubator for musicians, Sessions provides an opportunity to network with their peers and gain insight and knowledge from their musical influences in a comfortable and intimate setting.

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New Songs Coming To The Rock Band Network

After a brief hiatus while the program was upgraded to a new version, the Rock Band Network is now back on schedule releasing new tracks. The metal is a bit light this week, with new songs from Firewind, Amberian Dawn, and Evile coming to the PS3 on the 12th. The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 songs, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:

Bloom - "Fight For Greatness"
Arcadia - "Slaughterhouse, Obituaries and a Love Story"
Rose of Jericho - "Buried Cold (RB3 version)"
A Silent Film - "You Will Leave a Mark"

New to the Rock Band Network on PS3 on April 12th:

Attack Attack! - "Sexual Man Chocolate"
Of Mice & Men - "Those in Glass Houses"
Mayday Parade - "Jamie All Over"
Chiodos - "Lexington (Joey Pea-Pot With a Monkey Face)"
Firewind - "The Fire and the Fury"
The Main Drag - "Love During Wartime"
The Main Drag - "What's Your Favorite Dinosaur?"
Woe, Is Me - "[&] Delinquents"
Amberian Dawn - "Evil Inside Me"
Evile - "Devoid of Thought"

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Tank Announces New Drummer

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Tank has announced that Mark Cross, known for his time with bands such as Helloween and Firewind, has been recruited as their new drummer. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Massive news from the War Office this morning - Mark Cross, formerly of Firewind, Helloween, Ian Gillan, Kingdom Come and more, is the new drummer of Tank. We are delighted to welcome Mark into the trenches and everyone connected with the band feels that his addition to our ranks will move the band into a new dimension."

Mick Tucker, Tank's longest serving member (28 years), said the following about this exciting development: "We have now assembled some of the finest metal musicians Tank have ever had. We are now prepared to unleash this awesome lineup on Europe. We hope to see you all on tour."

Mick's guitar partner, Cliff Evans, second longest serving member of the band (26 years) said: "To have someone of Mark's calibre join the band shows just how far we have come this last couple of years. Mark is one of the very best Metal drummers around and will really add something to our sound. This is a big move for us and we cannot wait to introduce Mark to the fans on the road later this year."

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Six More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's largest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that six more bands have been confirmed for this year's edition of the event. Atlanta based metal outfit Mastodon will be performing, as will Gwar, Moonsorrow, Kylesa, Protest The Hero and the recently reunited Corrosion Of Conformity. The festival will be held in the town of Dessel from June 24th - 26th and now features the following lineup: More...

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Firewind Announces European Tour Dates

Greek power metal outfit Firewind has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of Europe this September in support of their latest studio album, "Days Of Defiance." Joining them on the trek will be Century Media labelmates Wolf. A message from Firewind guitarist Gus G. reads as follows:

"While we"ve done one off shows, mini tours and played open air summer festivals in Europe, we haven"t been on a proper tour across Europe in 3 years. Firewind has returned and we're looking forward to this one more than anything! We can't wait to play a full set again for our crazy fans all over the continent and play songs from Days Of Defiance as well as older fan favorites! Get ready for an ass-kicking night full of Fire and Fury!

"We're also pleased to have our buddies from Wolf on board for this tour. We've known them for years and we did a one-off show together in the UK back in 2007. They're a killer band and great bunch of guys who just like us, live for metal! See you out there!"

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Firewind Posts New Music Video Online

Greek power metal outfit Firewind has posted a new music video online for the song "Embrace The Sun." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's latest studio album, "Days Of Defiance," which is out now through Century media Records.

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2011 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Nominees Revealed

The nominees have been revealed for the forthcoming edition of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. The 2011 event is set to take place on Monday, June 13 in London, England. The list of nominees and the award categories can be viewed below. You can vote for the award nominees at this location.

Best International Band:
1. AVENGED SEVENFOLD
2. DIMMU BORGIR
3. STONE SOUR
4. CHILDREN OF BODOM
5. DOWN

Best U.K. Band:
1. IRON MAIDEN
2. BRING ME THE HORIZON
3. SKINDRED
4. ARCHITECTS
5. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

Best Live Band:
1. CANCER BATS
2. DEVILDRIVER
3. ROB ZOMBIE
4. SKINDRED
5. MACHINE HEAD

Best New Band:
1. THE DEFILED
2. KVELERTAK
3. TESSERACT
4. THE DAMNED THINGS
5. LETLIVE

Best Underground:
1. WATAIN
2. KYLESA
3. PRIMORDIAL
4. THE DEAD LAY WAITING
5. CLUTCH

Best Breakthrough:
1. PARKWAY DRIVE
2. A DAY TO REMEMBER
3. SYLOSIS
4. SABATON
5. VOLBEAT

Shredder(s):
1. Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE)
2. Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE)
3. Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
4. Marc Rizzo (CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SOULFLY)
5. Synyster Gates (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)

Metal As Fuck:
1. SLAYER
2. BEHEMOTH
3. SLIPKNOT
4. Zakk Wylde
6. DEFTONES

Event Of The Year:
1. Rob Zombie's return
2. Manowar's return
3. System of a Down reforming
4. The "Big Four" U.K. announcement
5. "Beavis And Butthead"'s resurrection

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's premier heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced three more names for this year's edition of the festival. Thrash metal super group Dublin Death Patrol, which features Testament frontman Chuck Billy and Hatriot/former Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza, will be performing at the event, as will Rise To Remain, which includes Austin Dickinson, the son o iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, as well as All Shall Perish. The festival will take place in the toen of Dessel from June 24th-26th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Firewind Announces New Single Details

The Greek metallic powerhouse Firewind, led by Gus G, is currently preparing for a slew of activity over the course of the next few months. The group is set to release a new digital single for the song “Embrace The Sun” on March 15th, which will also feature the video for the track shot by director Patric Ullaeus (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames). The single comes off the band's latest album, "Days of Defiance."

A behind-the-scenes look into the making of the “Embrace The Sun” and "World On Fire" videos can now be seen in the clip below.

Upcoming Firewind shows are as follows:

03.03.2011 Club Quattro - Osaka, Japan
04.03.2011 Club Quattro - Nagoya, Japan
05.03.2011 Club Quattro - Tokyo, Japan
19.06.2011 Hellfest Open Air - Clisson, France
25.06.2011 Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium

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Five More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that Black Label Society, Kreator, Duff McKagen's Loaded, Monster Magnet, and Legion Of The Damned have all been confirmed to play at the festival, which will take place in the town of Dessel from June 24th -26th. The lineup is now as follows:

Friday:
Scorpions (Headliners)
Volbeat
Korn
Journey
Foreigner
Iced Earth
Epica
Parkway Drive
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Heaven Shall Burn
Sepultura
Angel Witch
Kverlatak
The Black Dahlia Murder
FM
Endless Dark
Revoker
Arkona More...

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More Metal Songs Available On Rock Band

When the day is finally over and the weekend has begun, there's nothing like a little head banging to get things started right. For all the button mashers out there, new metal tracks have been added to the Rock Band Network that are available to play this weekend. On the rock and metal side of the Xbox 360 edition comes new songs from Arkaea, Amberian Dawn, Firewind, Deadlock, Architects, Periphery, MyChildren MyBride, and Cephalic Carnage.

The complete list of newly added songs, including all the non-metal tracks, is as follows:

Raven Quinn - "Decadence"
Fiction Reform - "Whites In Their Eyes"<
Arkaea - "Years in the Darkness (2x Bass Pedal)"
Six-Stringed Flamberge - "Abrogator"
The Waking Hours - "New Revolution"
Mafia Track Suit - "Samiam"
Fake Problems - "5678"
Chaotrope - "XIV (2x Bass Pedal)"
Mystic Syntax - "Blasphemous"
Molehill - "On the Wall"
C&O - "Step on the Throat"
KickBend - "Goin' Home"
Daryle Stephen Ackerman - "One-Night-Stand Man"
Jeff Orr - "Hanging By a Thread"
Amberian Dawn - "Sons of Seven Stars"
Glitzy Glow - "Black and Sunny Day"
Poets of the Fall - "Lift"
Firewind - "The Fire and the Fury (2x Bass Pedal)"
The Pinstripes - "Come On In"
Deadlock - "The Brave / Agony Applause (2x Bass Pedal)"
Evile - "Metamorphosis"
Evile - "My Parasite"
Children of Nova - "The Order"
of Montreal - "An Eluardian Instance"
Architects - "Learn to Live"
Sleeping with Sirens - "If I'm James Dean, You're Audrey Hepburn"
MyChildren MyBride - "Lost Boys"
Slightly Stoopid - "Closer to the Sun"
Dark From Day One - "New Addiction"
Bright Midnight - "Hotel Saigon"
Bright Midnight - "Killers of the Worst Type"
Nova - "California"
Cephalic Carnage - "Abraxas of Filth"
Periphery - "Icarus Lives" More...

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Cavalera Conspiracy Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting festival have announced that Cavalera Conspiracy, the band featuring Sepultura founders Igor and Max Cavalera, have been confirmed for the event. Also added to the bill is Russian folk metal band Arkona. Neither band's performance date has been confirmed as of yet however. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel from June 24th-26th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Friday:
Scorpions (Headliner)
Volbeat
Journey
Iced Earth
Epica
Parkway Drive
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Heaven Shall Burn
Sepultura
Angel Witch
Kverlatak
The Black Dahlia Murder
FM
Revoker More...

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Firewind Comments On Postponed Japan Tour

Firewind guitarist Gus G posted the following statement online in regards to the band's postponed Japanese tour:

"As you might or might not have heard, we were recently forced to postpone our upcoming Japan tour dates due to a scheduling conflict. However, the wait is over! Firewind will be back in Japan on March 3rd, 4th and 5th to play the announced shows in Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo! We want to thank you for your patience and loyalty you've shown us. We will play a very special set for you and we'll set your world on fire!"

The dates include:
March 03 - Osaka @ Club Quattro
March 04 - Nagoya @ Club Quattro
March 05 - Tokyo @ Club Quattro

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Triptykon Confirmed For Graspop 2011

Triptykon, the band featuring former Celtic Frost and Hellhammer leader Tom G. Warrior, has been confirmed as the latest band for next year's edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting festival, which will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 24th-26th. The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Rob Zombie And More Added To Graspop 2011

The organisers of the Graspop Metal Meeting, the largest heavy metl festival in Belgium, has announced several more bands for next year's edition of the event. Among the newly confirmed acts are Rob Zombie, Whitesnake, Journey, Foreigner, Suicide Silence, Firewind, Ghost, All That Remains, Escape The Fate and FM.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Gus G To Host Headbangers Ball

Firewind / Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G is set to take a break from touring to host the new edition of Headbangers Ball tonight (Tuesday morning) at 3AM Eastern on MTV2. Tune in to hear the story of how Gus G got his start in metal all the way to playing arenas alongside Ozzy Osbourne. You'll also see videos from Firewind as well as Gus G's biggest influences such as Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Judas Priest, Ozzy and more.

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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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