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KROKUS Releases Statement Regarding GOTTHARD Singer's Passing

Swiss hard rock legends KROKUS have released the following statement regarding the passing of GOTTHARD singer Steve Lee: "KROKUS and management would like to extend our sincere condolences to Steve Lee's family as well as to the band GOTTHARD. "Chris Von Rohr [KROKUS bassist] produced many of the GOTTHARD albums during his hiatus from KROKUS ...

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GOTTHARD Singer Killed In Motorcycle Accident

Vocalist Steve Lee of Swiss hard rock veterans GOTTHARD was killed when a tractor-trailer skidded into his parked motorcycle on a rainy Nevada highway northeast of Las Vegas. He was 47 years old. According to Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Fackrell, Lee was in a group of motorcyclists — which also included Lee's girlfriend, Brigitte ...

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KROKUS: Swiss Dates Announced

Swiss hard rock veterans KROKUS have scheduled the following dates in their home country: Dec. 03 - Salles Des Fetes - Geneva, Switzerland Dec. 04 - Rockin' Christmas Festival @ Stadthalle - Chur, Switzerland Dec. 17 - Rockin' Christmas Festival @ Festhalle - Bern, Switzerland Dec. 18 - Rockin' Christmas Festival @ Eishalle - Wetzikon, ...

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MIND KEY Announces New Drummer

Italian progressive metallers MIND KEY have announced the addition of drummer Mirkko De Maio to the group's ranks. The band states, "We're happy because we think that Mirkko is the right man for his musical background, his experience (although he's quite young) and mainly for his incredible energy and taste in playing drums. We think ...

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MIND KEY Parts Ways With Drummer

Italian progressive metal band MIND KEY has parted ways with drummer Andrea Stipa. A replacement skinsman has not yet been announced. Commented the group: "It's always difficult to part from a friend, but for the band's sake maybe it's the best decision. "We wanna thank Andrea for his musical contribution in MIND KEY's growth in ...

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Take it as it Comes - HERMAN ZE GERMAN

With all due respect to Herman Rarebell for his prodigious drumming/songwriting contributions to so many classic SCORPIONS' songs, "Take it as it Comes" from his HERMAN ZE GERMAN project is a painfully generic and frequently awful hard rock/lite-metal album destined for eternal bargain bin status. I'd even take Geezer Butler's last GZR release over this ...

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KROKUS Frontman Interviewed On 'Good Time Metal Oldies'

On May 28, 2010, Jason Saulnier of the "Good Time Metal Oldies" radio show conducted an interview with vocalist Marc Storace of Swiss hard rock veterans KROKUS. You can now listen to the chat in four parts below. "Good Time Metal Oldies" airs Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. EST on CIFA 104.1 FM in Nova Scotia ...

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UNISONIC: First Demo Track Posted Online

A demo version of "Souls Alive", a brand new song from UNISONIC — the new band featuring former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske alongside Dennis Ward (bass) and Kosta Zafiriou (drums) of Germany's PINK CREAM 69 and Swiss guitarist Mandy Meyer (who has previously played with ASIA, GOTTHARD and KROKUS) — is available for streaming on ...

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KROKUS Comments On AC/DC Support Gig

Swiss hard rock veterans opened for AC/DC on June 8 at the sold-out concert at Stade De Suisse football stadium in Bern, Switzerland — the same venue where in 2008 KROKUS played its first concert with the reunited original lineup. This was another "full-circle" experience for KROKUS who shared the stage with AC/DC for the ...

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KROKUS: 'Too Hot' Video Released

"Too Hot", the new video from Swiss hard rock veterans KROKUS, can be viewed below. According to Peter Waelti of the KROKUS Globe Club For Clan & Fan, "The largest Boulevard paper in Switzerland, Blick, asked their readers to vote on five girls that would become possible extras in KROKUS' newest video for the track ...

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UNISONIC: EPK Available

An Electronic Press Kit (EPK) for UNISONIC — the new band featuring former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske alongside Dennis Ward (bass) and Kosta Zafiriou (drums) of Germany's PINK CREAM 69 and Swiss guitarist Mandy Meyer (who has previously played with ASIA, GOTTHARD and KROKUS) — can be viewed below. UNISONIC has finished composing nine songs ...

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KROKUS Frontman Pays Tribute To RONNIE JAMES DIO

Marc Storace, vocalist of Swiss hard rock veterans KROKUS, paid tribute to legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio during an interview with Jason Coldiron for CWG Magazine/Metal Assault. You can now stream the audio clip below. "Hoodoo", the new album from KROKUS, was certified platinum in the band's home country for sales in excess ...

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KROKUS Frontman Interviewed By 'Inside Heavy'

"Inside Heavy" recently conducted an interview with vocalist Marc Storace of Swiss hard rock legends KROKUS. The chat is now available for streaming below. "Hoodoo", the new album from KROKUS, was certified platinum in the band's home country for sales in excess of 30,000 copies. Sony Music presented the bandmembers with their gold and platinum ...

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UNISONIC Completes Writing Nine Songs For Debut Album

UNISONIC, the new band featuring former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske alongside Dennis Ward (bass) and Kosta Zafiriou (drums) of Germany's PINK CREAM 69 and Swiss guitarist Mandy Meyer (who has previously played with ASIA, GOTTHARD and KROKUS), has finished composing nine songs for its forthcoming debut album. A demo recording is currently being put together ...

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HAMMERFALL, DARK TRANQUILLITY, SAVAGE GRACE Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

HAMMERFALL, DARK TRANQUILLITY, SAVAGE GRACE and DEW-SCENTED have been confirmed for this year's Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place July 16-17, 2010 in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): ANVIL BULLET DARK TRANQUILLITY DEW-SCENTED DORO ENFORCER FATES WARNING FORBIDDEN GRAND MAGUS HAMMERFALL JAG PANZER JON OLIVA'S ...

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KROKUS: New Album Certified Platinum In Switzerland

"Hoodoo", the new album from Swiss hard rock veterans KROKUS, has been certified platinum in the band's home country for sales in excess of 30,000 copies. Sony Music will present the bandmembers with their gold and platinum plaques prior to the first concert of the "Hoodoo Tour" on April 30 in Zuchwil. "Hoodoo", which entered ...

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GRAND MAGUS, FORBIDDEN, SACRED STEEL Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

FORBIDDEN, GRAND MAGUS and SACRED STEEL have been confirmed for this year's Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place July 16-17, 2010 in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): ANVIL BULLET DORO ENFORCER FATES WARNING FORBIDDEN GRAND MAGUS JAG PANZER JON OLIVA'S PAIN KROKUS LOUDNESS NEVERMORE QUEENSRŸCHE ...

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UNISONIC Featuring MICHAEL KISKE: More Dates Announced

UNISONIC, the new band featuring former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske alongside Dennis Ward (bass) and Kosta Zafiriou (drums) of Germany's PINK CREAM 69 and Swiss guitarist Mandy Meyer (who has previously played with ASIA, GOTTHARD and KROKUS), has added three more dates to its upcoming tour and as a warm-up for the group's appearance at ...

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KROKUS: 'Hoodoo' Tops Swiss Chart

"Hoodoo", the new album from Swiss hard rock veterans KROKUS, has topped the official chart in the band's home country in its first week of release. "Hoodoo" will receive a U.S. release on May 25 via SonyMusic Independent Network (SIN). The CD was recorded by Dennis Ward (who previously worked on KROKUS' "Hellraiser" album) at ...

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KROKUS: 'Hoodoo' EPK Available

A nine-minute EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for "Hoodoo", the new album from Swiss hard rock veterans KROKUS, can be viewed at this location. "Hoodoo" will receive a U.S. release on May 25 via SonyMusic Independent Network (SIN) and in Europe on February 26 via the band's new deal with the Swiss branch of ...

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KROKUS: 'Hoodoo' To Receive U.S. Release In May

"Hoodoo", the new album from Swiss hard rock veterans KROKUS, will receive a U.S. release on May 25 via SonyMusic Independent Network (SIN). The CD, which will be issued in Europe on on February 26 via the band's new deal with the Swiss branch of Sony Music, was recorded by Dennis Ward (who previously worked ...

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