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Attack! - YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE

Neoclassical die-hard Yngwie Malmsteen may have several thousand chord combinations at his disposal, but it was inevitable he'd eventually hit a creative brick wall faster than one of his own arpeggios. There are only so many times you can trot out the same Vivaldi reference points and gloss them over with a few vaguely different ...

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PLANET X Line Up U.S. Tour

PLANET X, featuring keyboardist Derek Sherinian (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DREAM THEATER), guitarist Tony MacAlpine, and drummer Virgil Donati have lined up the following dates during November/December: Nov. 17 - Knitting Factory - Los Angeles, CA Nov. 19 - The Backroom - Austin, TX Nov. 20 - Canyon Club - Dallas, TX Nov. 22 - Rex's Tavern ...

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Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Frontman To Issue Solo CD

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN frontman Mark Boals will issue a solo album, entitled Edge Of The World, in Japan on October 23rd though Marquee Inc, and in other territories shortly after. Described in an official press release as "his most diverse and creative solo album yet," Edge Of The World "is very much a melodic hard ...

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REIGN OF TERROR To Issue 'Conquer And Divide' In October

REIGN OF TERROR, featuring guitar hero Joe Stump, ex-LOUDNESS/YNGWIE MALMSTEEN frontman Michael Vescera, and ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist Mats Olausson, will issue their new album, entitled Conquer And Divide, on October 23rd in Japan through Avalon Marquee Records. A mid-to-late November release in the rest of the world is expected. According to Stump's official web site, ...

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GENIUS Rock Opera: More Details Revealed

More details have emerged concerning the release of the hugely-awaited first episode of the GENIUS Rock Opera, written and performed by the Italian musician Daniele Liverani, known for his work with the prog-metal Italian heroes, EMPTY TREMOR. The cast of characters includes the following: Mark Boals (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, RING OF FIRE) as "Genius" Lana Lane ...

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TALISMAN To Record New CD In Italy

Legendary Swedish/American hard rock act TALISMAN, featuring former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN members Jeff Scott Soto (vocals) and Marcel Jacob (bass), will travel to Italy next week to begin recording their new studio album, due in early 2003 through Frontiers Records. While in Italy, TALISMAN will also be appearing at the EUROPE Convention in Parma with ex-EUROPE ...

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NARNIA Continue Work On 'The Great Fall', Spring 2003 Release Expected

Swedish neo-classical metallers NARNIA are finishing up work on their fourth full-length album, entitled The Great Fall, for a spring 2003 release through Nuclear Blast Records. According to the group's official web site, "this time we will give you a concept album based on some of today's topical issues." Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/current HAMMERFALL drummer Anders ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Denies Tour Rumors

Malmsteen Management, who represent Swedish guitar legend YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, have issued the following statement via the guitarist's official web site: "There have been numerous rumors that Yngwie Malmsteen will be playing and taking part in various concert tours [including a possible tour called Ultimate Guitar Experience with Yngwie, Uli Jon Roth, and Al Di Meola ...

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HALFORD Guitarist To Pen GUITAR WORLD Column

HALFORD guitarist Mike Chlasciak will be doing a series of "Guest Guitarist" columns for Guitar World magazine. The series will be tentatively called "Horns Up For Metal" and will focus on gear, techniques and ideas as they apply to heavy metal. Mike will join the list of Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, ...

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MASTERPLAN Revise Album Track Listing

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, have revised the track listing for their forthcoming self-titled debut album, due in January through AFM Records in Europe and Avalon Records in Japan. The songs "Through Thick And Thin", "The Kid Rocks On" and ...

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MASTERPLAN Ink Record Deal, Anticipate January Release For Debut CD

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, have inked a deal with AFM Records for all territories except Southeast Asia and Japan, where the group are signed to the Avalon label. The first single from the band's self-titled debut CD will be ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN To Appear On Swedish Folk CD

Swedish guitar hero YNGWIE MALMSTEEN will reportedly be making a guest appearance on Swedish folk artist AASA JINDER's new album Faith, Hope and Love, due out on September 2nd. The two will also be performing together live on Swedish TV on August 24th. Malmsteen is said to have contributed a "dazzlingly fast" solo to the ...

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TALISMAN Ink Deal With FRONTIERS RECORDS

Legendary Swedish/American hard rock act TALISMAN, featuring former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN members Jeff Scott Soto (vocals) and Marcel Jacob (bass), have signed a multi-album, worldwide deal with Frontiers Records. The band is currently in pre-production for the next studio album, which will not include any contributions from former guitarist Pontus Norgren. To replace him, the band ...

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EDGE OF TIME Guest List Expands

The forthcoming debut album from EDGE OF TIME, the new band formed by Italian frontman Chris Heaven and ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer Michael Von Knorring, will feature a number of guest appearances from well-known metal and hard rock musicians, including those from former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN bassist Svante Henryson, MASTERPLAN/ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-DIO guitarist Rowan Robertson, ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN To Receive Reissue Treatment In Europe

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN will issue his "classical masterpiece" Concerto Suite Live with the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, on CD and DVD on October 21st via SPV/Steamhammer Records. SPV will also be reissuing the guitarist's Magnum Opus, The Seventh Sign and Inspiration CDs, each featuring a bonus track. An exact release date has yet to be confirmed. ...

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Former OZZY OSBOURNE Drummer Comments On New BILLY IDOL Keyboardist, Unreleased BALL Album

Former OZZY OSBOURNE and current BILLY IDOL drummer Brian Tichy recently commented on the addition of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Derek Sherinian to IDOL's summer touring line-up. Said Tichy: "There's a new keyboardist in the mix... It's none other than...the keyboardist's keyboardist... the hardest working keyboardist in the music business... the keyboardist with the full ...

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LAST CRACK To Reunite For Wisconsin's ATWOOD SUMMERFEST

Once-promising midwest hard rockers LAST CRACK will reunite for one show at the Atwood Summerfest on August 3rd in Madison, Wisconsin. Two stages featuring distinctly different styles of music, community vendors, food and plenty of Berghoff beer will be available at the event, all proceeds from which benefit the Atwood Community Center. Admission is free. ...

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Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Bassist To Guest On EDGE OF TIME CD

The forthcoming debut album from EDGE OF TIME, the new band formed by Italian frontman Chris Heaven and ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer Michael Von Knorring, will feature a guest appearance by former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN bassist Svante Henryson. As previously reported, the album will also include a guest spot by MASTERPLAN/ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow. ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN: "Attack" Track Listing Unveiled

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN has set September 4th as the Japanese release date of his latest studio album, entitled Attack, through Canyon International Records. A US release date has not yet been finalized. The complete track listing for Attack is as follows: 01. Razor Eater 02. Rise Up 03. Valley Of The Kings 04. Ship Of Fools ...

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BRAZEN ABBOT: Line-Up For New CD Revealed

BRAZEN ABBOT, led by guitarist Nikolo Kotzev, have commenced the recording process for the band's new studio album, due at the end of the year. The full line-up of musicians appearing on the 11-song CD is as follows: Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE): vocals Göran Edman (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN): vocals Jørn Lande (MASTERPLAN/ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN): vocals Mic ...

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RING OF FIRE Live CD/DVD Due In August

RING OF FIRE, led by former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN frontman Mark Boals, will release a live CD and DVD, entitled Burning Live in Tokyo, simultaneously in Japan on August 21st. The DVD, according to Mugenkyo Management, is to include a bonus RING OF FIRE interview, multi-angle options and a booklet with live photos. The CD contains ...

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HELLOWEEN Rumored To Have Enlisted Ex-FREEDOM CALL Guitarist

HELLOWEEN are strongly rumored to have selected former FREEDOM CALL guitarist Sascha Gerstner to replace Roland Grapow, who was dismissed from the group last year. The band's revamped line-up is expected to head over to singer Andy Deris' studio Mi Sueno in Tenerife, Spain to begin recording their new album, due in early 2003. In ...

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