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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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Firewind Announces 2010 Mexican Tour Dates

Greek metal band FIREWIND has announced their first ever shows in Mexico. The confirmed tour dates for the “Live Premonition in Mexico 2010” so far are as follows:

Feb. 12th - Mexico City - Hard Rock Live- http://www.hardrocklive.com
Feb. 13th - Puebla, Mex - Bulldog- http://www.bulldogcafe.com
Feb. 14th - Mexico City - Bicentennial fest

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Firewind Guitarist Gus G. Joins Rock House

Gus G., founding member and driving force behind the band Firewind, has joined Rock House’s roster of master instructors. Gus is the guitar wunderkind who recently can be seen performing live with the prince of darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne.

“Gus plays with a great sense of melody and when he combines his technical chops and tone, out comes mind blowing riffs,” said Joe Palombo, Executive Director of Rock House. “More than just a shredder, Gus really plays with tremendous amounts of feel. His work with Firewind and Dream Evil show his has incredible writing abilities and versatility.”

With production slated to begin in November 2009, details of the programs are still being finalized with Gus; but you can bet that Rock House will take an in-depth look at his technique, how he constructs his leads, how he writes melodies and harmonies, and much more. This new Rock House product featuring Gus G. is scheduled for release in May 2010. Stay tuned to www.RockHouseMethod.com, www.myspace.com/gusgofficial, www.firewind.gr and www.myspace.com/firewind for more details. More...

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The Fallen Within Signs With Coroner Records

Greek metallers The Fallen Within have signed with Coroner Records for the release of their debut album entitled "Intoxicated." The album was recorded and produced by Bob Katsionis from FIREWIND and mixed and mastered by Ahti Kortelainen at Tico Tico Studio in Finland. The album will be released in December by Coroner Records. The cover art can be seen here.

The Fallen Within's current lineup is as follows:
Steve Al. - Vocals
Gio S. - Guitars
Bill B. - Guitars
John P. - Bass
Steven - Keyboards
Nick G. - Drums

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Firewind Members Featured in Eternal Descent Comic

Firewind members will appear on the third issue of Eternal Descent comics. The book is due for an early 2010 release. The issue cover with guitarist Gus G. and vocalist Apollo Papthanasio can be found at this location.

For more information on Eternal Descent, visit the offical MySpace. More...

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Gus G. Recaps Summer, to Play 2nd Show With Ozzy

Firewind guitarist Gus G. checked in with the following recap of all of the band's activities during the past months and more:

"Summer of 2009 is gone and we've just returned from the last festival show of the season! I must say that we had some really great shows this summer and Ilha do Ermal in Portugal was one of the best for us!

"It felt nice to return to Portugal (first time was in 2007) and see so many of our friends and fans! We even did an encore, usually that doesn't happen in a festival situation, but this time it worked out since people kept screaming for more and wouldn't let us leave the stage!

"Looking back now most of the shows were highlights. We're still amazed by the reception we got on our first trip to Turkey @ Unirock festival, the 'dream come true' gig by supporting the Scorpions @ Greece's Creta Festival (and me jamming w/ the Scorps later that night!), the completely packed 15.000 capacity tent @ Graspop and our glorious return to Finland @ the fantastic Tuska festival!

"Then of course there were the German shows. I'm glad we did both Rock Hard & Summer Breeze festival - my personal favourite being Rock Hard (such a great vibe in Gelsenkirchen!)

"In between the festival madness, something truly unbelievable happened to me: I played a show with the Godfather of heavy metal - Ozzy Osbourne! I spent the best time of my life in L.A, rehearsing with Ozzy and his band and on August 22nd we played the Blizzcon video game convention in Anaheim.,CA as most of you probably know by now. It would be stupid to go on about how cool and great this was - I don't think these feelings & this experience can be described with just a few words!

"We are aware that this has caused lots of our fans wondering about the future of FIREWIND. No need to worry about anything boys & girls, FIREWIND is stronger than ever and we're entering the studio @ the end of September to record our 6th studio album. We still don't have a title for it, but we do have 12 brand new Metal tunes that we're VERY proud of!!!

"In time we'll keep you updated with the recording process, reveal some song titles and hopefully show you some videos from the studio.

"Stay tuned & Stay Metal!

"Gus."

Gus G. will perform for the secnd time with Ozzy Osbourne on Saturday, September 12th at the Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles, California.

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Ozzy Confirms Band Lineup For BlizzCon 2009

The following update was sent regarding Ozzy Osbourne's BlizzCon 2009 appearance, confirming rumors at least for this show that Gus G (of Firewind) will be joining him:

"Ozzy will be performing at the Anaheim Convention Center as part of the closing ceremonies at BizzCon '09. However, Due to Zakk Wylde's current touring committments with Black Label Society And Mike Bordin's ongoing reunion tour with Faith No More, Ozzy will be playing with guitarist, Gus G, and drummer, Tommy Clueftos for this special performance. They will be joining current Osbourne band members, Blasko (bass) and Adam Wakeman (keyboards). Ozzy loves the challenge of working with new musicians and is enjoying the sound and energy that this band has been producing in rehearsals this week. Catch Ozzy's performance as part of DirecTV's pay-per-view airing of BlizzCon '09, which is also available as an internet stream from www.blizzcon.com."

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Firewind Guitarist Gus G Joins Ozzy Osbourne?

Although no word has been given by either Ozzy Osbourne or Firewind's camp, a message on the official Facebook page of Randall Amplifiers has claimed that Firewind guitarist Gus G. is now the new guitarist for metal legend Ozzy Osbourne. The message reads as follows:

"Randall Amps is getting ready to watch signature Randall artist Gus G. make his debut as the new guitarist for Ozzy this Saturday, August 22nd. The concert will take place at the Blizzcon convention and be available on DIRECTV pay-per-view. Watch him play his signature Heaven and Hell half stack!"

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Firewind Issues New Album Update

Still successfully supporting their latest studio album, “The Premonition,” Greek metallers, FIREWIND, continue to stay busy through the Summer appearing at several festival events. Guitarist Gus G. checks in with the following report:

"The past few months for us have been really great. We decided to do select shows and festivals in 2009, so that we can concentrate on writing new material."

"So in May we embarked on a 6 date UK / Ireland tour together with Stratovarius and Eden’s Curse. All gigs were great and we already miss our UK fans right now… but we’ll be back in UK and Ireland in 2010 that’s for sure!" More...

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Outloud Posts "We Run" Music Video Online

Frontiers Records has launched the new video of “We Run,” the first single off the forthcoming self titled debut album from OUTLOUD. The album is to be released on Frontiers Records on August the 28th in Europe and September 15th in the USA.

The hard rock band was formed by guitarists Tony Kash and Bob Katsionis (Firewind) in Athens, in 2004. The guys are now a five piece also including singer-extraordinaire Chandler Mogel (ex Talon), drummer Mark Cross (Firewind, ex-Helloween and Kingdom Come) and bassist Jason Mercury.

You can watch the "We Run" music video below, after the jump. More...

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Full Lineup Announced For Uni Rock Festival

The organizers of Uni Rock Festival have announced its full line-up for its second edition, held at park KUCUKCIFTLIK, Istanbul- Turkey between July 17-19, 2009. International, regional and Turkish metal bands will dominate the stage for 3 days of ultimate metal experience.

The line-up for this year's Uni Rock Festival will feature:

ARCH ENEMY
KREATOR
AMON AMARTH
PARADISE LOST
ROTTING CHRIST
FIREWIND

Supported by:

CATAFALQUE (Turkey)
SOUL SACRIFICE (Turkey)
ONE BULLET LEFT (Germany)
BILOCATE (Jordan)

RAMPAGE (Turkey)
MAGILUM (Turkey)
SAINTS 'N' SINNERS (Turkey)
UNDERTAKERS (Turkey)
UCK GRIND (Turkey)
EPISODE 13 (Turkey)
PICKPOCKET (Turkey)
VE DAHA FAZLASI (Turkey)
B0LETLER (Turkey)

For more info about the event, the lineup, sponsors, and future events, visit unirockfest.com.

Tickets are now on sale here. Tickets for Combine and Front Stage Combine are valid throughout the festival, also special tickets provides the entrance to the front stage to all festival concerts and free entrance to the Testament concert on July 29, 2009.

No camping provided for this year festival, as park KUCUKCIFTLIK is walking distance from Taksim area.

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Firewind Confirmed for Festival Ilha do Ermal

Firewind will be appearing at the Festival Ilha do Ermal in Vieira do Minho, Portugal on August 29.

Bands scheduled to perform at the festival include Blind Guardian, Sepultura, Obituary and more. For more info on the festival, visit www.myspace.com/festivalilhadoermal.

Catch Firewind at the following festivals this summer:

June 26 Dessel, BEL - Graspop Metal Meeting
June 27 Helsinki, FIN - Tuska Festival
July 11 Chania, GR - Creta Festival
July 19 Istanbul, TR - Uni Rock Festival
Aug. 14 Dinkelsbühl, GER - Summer Breeze Festival
Aug. 29 Vieira do Minho, PT - Festival Ilha do Ermal

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Eden's Curse Posts New Music Video Online

UK melodic metallers, Eden's Curse, have released their official promo video for the song "Angels & Demons," which includes a duet with Pamela Moore, best known for her performance as Sister Mary, on Queensrÿche's 1988 epic release "Operation: Mindcrime" and 2006's sequel "Operation: Mindcrime II." The video can be viewed here. More...

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Firewind Keyboardist's New Video Posted Online

The second part of Firewind keyboardist Bob Katsionis's instructional videos for FireTV (Firewind's Official Youtube channel) is now online. Bob shows you some of his signature style licks as well as twin lead parts on both guitar & keyboards, as seen on Firewind's live shows.

Part one is available at this location.

Also, Bob recently released his third solo instrumental album "Noemon." Check out his latest videoclip, "The Nightrager," on Youtube.

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Slipknot, Down And More Added To Graspop 2009

The organizers of this years Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium has announced some more bands for the festival in the form of Slipknot, Down, Exodus, Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, Motley Crue, Gojira, The Gathering, Buckcherry, Marilyn Manson, Jon Olivia's Pain, Pestilence and August Burns Red.

The lineup is now as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Motley Crue
Slipknot
Marilyn Manson
Down
Exodus
Lacuna Coil
Dream Theater
Disturbed
Hatebreed
God Forbid
Anthrax
Sacred Reich
Mastodon
Gojira
Buckcherry
Pestilence
August Burns Red
Papa Roach
Jon Olivia's Pain
Volbeat
W.A.S.P.
Trivium
Devildriver
Epica
Blind Guardian
Wolves In The Throne Room
Legion of The Damned
Laaz Rockit
Scar Symmetry
Kataklysm
Firewind
Parkway Drive
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Eths
Negura Bunget

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Lacuna Coil Confirmed For Graspop 2009

Italian goth metallers Lacuna Coil has announced that they are the latest band to be confirmed for this years edition of Graspop Metal Meeting which will be held from June 26th-28th in Dessel, Belgium.

The lineup is now as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Lacuna Coil
Dream Theater
Disturbed
God Forbid
Anthrax
Sacred Reich
Papa Roach
Volbeat
W.A.S.P.
Trivium
Devildriver
Epica
Blind Guardian
Wolves In The Throne Room
Legion of The Damned
Laaz Rockit
Scar Symmetry
Kataklysm
Firewind
Parkway Drive
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Eths
Negura Bunget

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Firewind Confirmed For Rocktower Festival

Firewind has been confirmed for the Rocktower Festival, set to take place on April 11th in Lübeck, Germany.

Other bands announced for the festival include Ensiferum, Paul Dianno, Haggard and Korpiklaani. More TBA.

For more information, visit www.rocktower.de

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Dream Theater Confirmed For Graspop

Progressive metal legends Dream Theater are the latest act to be confirmed for Belgium's biggest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel between June 26th-28th.

The lineup so far is as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Dream Theater
Disturbed
Volbeat
Papa Roach
Blind Guardian
Anthrax
Trivium
W.A.S.P.
Sacred Reich
DevilDriver
Epica
Legion Of The Damned
Parkway Drive
God Forbid
Kataklysm
Firewind
Laaz Rockit
Keep Of Kalessin
Scar Symmetry
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Negura Bunget
Wolves In The Throne Room
Eths

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Firewind Announces U.K. Tour With Stratovarius

Guitarist Gus G. of Greek melodic metallers Fireweind has issued the following update:

"Even though we toured the U.K. hard in 2008 and are still planning to kick some serious ass at the Hellfire Festival next month, when the opportunity came to do this tour with STRATOVARIUS, we just couldn't say no.

"U.K. and Ireland have turned out to be some of the best places on earth for FIREWIND when it comes to our ever growing fanbase and on how dedicated our fans are in these countries. Teaming up with STRATOVARIUS makes this such a killer package. They are a band with quality, catchy melodic songs and a high level of musicianship. They are pioneers in their genre. They are definitely a band that has inspired us and we are honoured to share the same stage with them!!

"So what can you expect from FIREWIND on this one? a) your face melted by our Metal, b) a different setlist, and c) maybe even an exclusive brand new track? See you out there very soon!" More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Summer Breeze Open Air

The following bands have now been confirmed for Germany's Summer Breeze Open Air Festival 2009:

Amon Amarth, Amorphis, Backyard Babies, Battlelore, Before the Dawn, Beneath the Massacre, Brainstorm, Callejon, Cataract, Corvus Corux, Dagoba, Entombed, Epica, Equilibrium, Evocation, Firewind, Ghost Brigade, Grand Magus, Grave, Hate Eternal, The Haunted, Katatonia, Legion of the Damned, Misery Index, Narziss, One Way Mirror, Opeth, Powerwolf, Raunchy, Sacred Steel, Unhelig, Unsun, Vader, Volbeat, Vomitory, Vried, Waylander, Wintersun.

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First Bands Announced For Graspop 2009

The first batch of bands for Belgium's premiere metal festival, Graspop has been revealed. The event will take place on June 26th-28th in Dessel.

The initial bands are as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Disturbed
Volbeat
Papa Roach
Blind Guardian
Anthrax
Trivium
W.A.S.P.
Sacred Reich
DevilDriver
Epica
Legion Of The Damned
Parkway Drive
God Forbid
Kataklysm
Firewind
Laaz Rockit
Keep Of Kalessin
Scar Symmetry
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Negura Bunget
Wolves In The Throne Room
Eths

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