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Blind Guardian - Update From The Band

On their official website, vocalist Hansi Kürsch has posted a couple of updates for news-hungry fans. The band recently played at the Kobesatonik festival in Bilbao, Spain, and enjoyed it thoroughly, describing the show as "a real blast... a pity we could not play longer." After the show, the band watched an impressive Kiss show and apparently picked up some pyrotechnic tips for their next tours. They enjoyed the Spanish experience so much, in fact, that they have announced two more shows there in September, with a possible third coming in October. The confirmed dates for the September shows are:

12/09/08 - Guadalajara, Spain (Plaza del Toros)
13/09/08 - Barcelona, Spain (Razzmatazz)

In other news, the band have been in San Diego, USA, promoting 'Sacred II', a computer game for which they have composed some music (a trailer can be found here) and for which they attended an RPG convention in Münster (photos can be found here). They have also opened their own online store, which has merchandise from past tours. They have also started writing new material. According to Hansi:

As for songwriting I would say we have a really good run at the moment. The songs we have so far are more on the epic side but that has to be considered to be my humble (nevertheless sincerely honest) opinion. The song "Sacred" might give you a first hint in which direction things are going. I have not given thought to the global lyrical concept of the next album. Since this naturally will be determined by the musical content I lean more towards fantasy topics for the already accomplished ones. I am checking all sorts of sources right now and have found some interesting and very promising stuff already.

We have not set up any precise production or release schedule yet. The year 2009 most probably will filled with studio work. Still there is a good chance we play a minimum amount of shows either in Europe or in South America during summer 2009. We will surely not forget to let you know whether we do so or not.


Band profile: Blind Guardian
Posted: 22.08.2008 by Judas | Comments (12)

Mötley Crüe - Announce Latin American And Japanese Dates

Mötley Crüe have confirmed shows in Mexico, Argentina and Japan for October of this year.

Latin American Tour:
03.10.2008 - Mexico, Guadalajara at Arena VFG
05.10.2008 - Mexico, Mexico City at The Sports Place
07.10.2008 - Mexico, Monterrey at Monterrey Arena
11.10.2008 - Argentina, Buenos Aires at Pepsi Festival

Japanese Tour:
19.10.2008 - Japan, Saitama City at Saitama Super Arena Loudpark Festival]
21.10.2008 - Japan, Fukuoka at Zepp
22.10.2008 - Japan, Hamamatsu at Actcity
23.10.2008 - Japan, Nagoya at Zepp
25.10.2008 - Japan, Osaka at Jo Hall
26.10.2008 - Japan, Tokyo at Super Arena

Tickets details will be posted on their Myspace and official website as they become available.

In other news (credit to abattoir), the band has posted new video online here], for the song ''Motherfucker Of The Year," which comes from the band's latest album entitled "Saints Of Los Angeles"


Band profile: Mötley Crüe
Event: Mötley Crüe: Latin America Tour
Posted: 18.08.2008 by Judas | Comments (2)

Blind Guardian - Recording Material For Movie And Computer Game

Legendary Fantasy Metal band Blind Guardian have contributed the main song to the new action/fantasy movie "In The Name Of The King - Dungeon Siege". On this occasion, Blind Guardian will hold a signing session at a special premiere screening of the movie on the 29th of November.

This special event begins at 19.00 CET in the "UCI Kinowelt Ruhr Park" with the signing session; the movie begins at 20.00.

Additionally, the band have announced their participation in the soundtrack of a computer game, due for release in 2008. Vocalist Hansi Kürsch has posted the following on the band's site:

"We are happy to inform you about our musical participation in the upcoming blockbuster computer game "Sacred 2 - Fallen Angel". The PC and X-Box 360 game designed and invented by Ascaron will be in stores somewhere at the beginning of 2008. "Sacred 1" is the best selling German fantasy/adventure computer game to date.

Though we are still doing shows we have started writing songs for this particular occasion and will produce one song especially featured in the game as a videoclip. In case we will be able to come up with more songs during the next weeks we are going to release a "Sacred - Fallen Angel" EP in the Spring. This is a great opportunity for us and we are really enthusiastic about the game and our actual creative activities for it. Soon we are going to set up an infopage to keep you informed. There's more to come..."

All info on


Band profile: Blind Guardian
Posted: 12.11.2007 by Judas | Comments (17)

Manowar - Set To Release New Double Live Album

On July 6, 2007, Manowar will release their newest double live album, entitled "Gods Of War Live". This over-two-hour-long manifestation of pure power will feature the entire set list of the just-completed leg of the "Demons , Dragons and Warriors Tour 2007" including songs like "The Oath", "Mountain", "Warriors Of The World", "The Gods Made Heavy Metal" and songs from the new chart-topping album "Gods Of War".

The tracklist has been released, and runs as follows:

Disc 1:
01 - Manowar
02 - Call To Arms
03 - Gloves Of Metal
04 - Each Dawn I Die
05 - Holy War
06 - Mountains
07 - The Oath
08 - Secret Of Steel
09 - Son Of William's Tale
10 - The Gods Made Heavy Metal
11 - Die For Metal
12 - Kings Of Metal
13 - Warriors Of The World United
14 - Black Wind, Fire And Steel

Disc 2:
01 - The Blood Of Odin
02 - The Sons Of Odin
03 - Glory Majesty Unity
04 - Gods Of War
05 - Army Of The Dead, Part II
06 - Odin
07 - Hymn Of The Immortal Warriors
08 - The Crown And The Ring

The album is now available for sale in highest-quality MP3 format exclusively through, where the cover art may also be viewed.


Band profile: Manowar
Posted: 01.07.2007 by Judas | Comments (14)

Edguy - 2007 Tour Dates

The following updates were posted on the website of German Power Metal band Edguy:

"Due to an overwhelming response to their maiden tour of North America in 2005 with Hammerfall, Germany's beloved Edguy are bringing their "Rocket Ride World Tour" to the western hemisphere in support of their 2006 release of the same name, which climbed to the #27 slot on Billboard's Hard Music Chart. The tour will launch on Tuesday, September 11th in Hartford, Connecticut and will include Canada's Into Eternity, Norway's Susperia, plus a special guest. . On June 16th, the band will be back in Slovakia as special guest of the Scorpions in Bratislava. Edguy will also be this year's Saturday headliner at Germany's prestigious Bang Your Head!!! Festival on June 23rd, and are also confirmed for France's Hellfest on the 24th of July. All tour dates can be seen in the Tour Section of their website.

In other news, on May 16th from 22:00 - 23:00 Tobias and Jens will be special guests of the show Hard 'n Heavy on Germany's major radio station "Radio HR3".

"We are honored to have been invited by Christoph Habusta to join the 30th anniversary of his show "Hard 'n Heavy", Christoph has always supported the band and we are happy to show up on the show. I am sure we're gonna crack some real bad jokes, play some of our favourite CDs and just have a great time. Furthermore we're gonna bring our recorders (the instruments!!!) that we'll play for the first time that night - live on the air! You should not miss that show, it may be the last chance to hear us on radio, haha!!" - Tobias Sammet."


Band profile: Edguy
Event: Edguy - Rocket Ride World Tour
Posted: 15.05.2007 by Judas | Comments (2)

Marduk - Announce Australian Tour Dates

In August, Swedish Black Metallers Marduk will finally march across Australia! This will be their first-ever Australian tour, with five confirmed dates:

13.08 - Amplifier Bar, Perth
16.08 - Fowlers Live, Adelaide
17.08 - The Hi Fi Bar, Melbourne
22.08 - Club Phoenix, Brisbane
24.08 - The Factory, Sydney

Band profile: Marduk
Event: Marduk: Australian Tour
Posted: 22.03.2007 by Judas | Comments (1)

Vader - Confirmed Australian Tour Dates

Vader have already announced 4 shows in Australia as a part of band's World Devastation Tour. The following battles have been confirmed:

24.04 Adelaide @ The Enigma Bar
26.04 Brisbane @ Club Phoenix
27.04 Sydney @ The Gaelic Club(over 18 only)
28.04 Melbourne @ The Corner

During the Australian trip, Vader will be supported by Killrazor (Sydney) and Infernal Method (Sydney).

Band profile: Vader
Event: Vader: Australian Tour
Posted: 25.02.2007 by Judas | Comments (0)

Sodom - To Tour Australia In June

Veteran German thrashers Sodom are rumored to have scheduled a headlining tour of Australia in May. Unofficial (not confirmed by Sodom website, yet) dates on are as follows:

May 19 - The Gaelic Club - Sydney, AUS
May 22 - Club Phoenix - Brisbane, AUS
May 23 - Fowlers Live - Adelaide, AUS
May 25 - The HiFi Bar - Melbourne, AUS

According to Australian Metal Stormer Judas, this is almost 100% certain now, since also most of the venues have started handing out flyers advertising the gigs.

UPDATED on 28 Febr.:

According to and, Sodom have scheduled some Australian dates in June, and so not in May as reported above:

8 - HiFi Bar - Melbourne, Australia
10 - Venue TBA - Hobart (Tasmania), Australia
11 - Fowlers Live - Adelaide, Australia
13 - Club Phoenix - Brisbane, Australia
15 - The Gailic Club - Sydney, Australia

So far, no dates have been confirmed as of yet on Sodom's website.

(Thanks beer for the update)


Band profile: Sodom
Event: Sodom: Australian Tour
Posted: 25.02.2007 by Judas | Comments (5)

Blind Guardian - New 'Song' Available Online

Recently launching a North American tour with Leaves' Eyes in support of "A Twist In The Myth", their Billboard-charting album (#21 on the Top Independent Albums chart and #288 on Billboard's Top Albums chart), Blind Guardian's German roots are never far behind. Featured in the "Betcha Can't Play This" section on Page 34 of the Holiday 2006 issue of Guitar World and on the DVD insert, guitarist André Olbrich explains how being exposed to classical music during childhood has made a definite impression on him as an adult musician, but not everything is composed with classically-tinged trills.

Eager to demonstrate the age-old adage of "All work and no play makes jack a dull boy," vocalist Hansi Kürsch and Olbrich stopped by the Revolver Magazine offices in August to record an impromptu song in two hours. To hear their resulting 40-second opus, go to and scrolll down to "Click below to hear the entire song!" Additional information is available on Page 44 in the current issue of Revolver.

In honor of Blind Guardian's "Adventures of 'The Unit' feature, Nuclear Blast is giving away Hansi's handwritten autographed lyrics and André's guitar pick used in the creation of the "Snakes Of Destruction" mp3. For more information on how to enter the contest, go to here.


Band profile: Blind Guardian
Posted: 22.11.2006 by Judas | Comments (3)

Blind Guardian - Special At The Earthshaker Festival

Blind Guardian will be guests at this year's Earthshaker Fest. Due to release their new album "A Twist In The Myth" in the fall (on September 1, 2006), some of the band's new songs will be premiered over the PA for everyone in attendance to hear. The band will also be holding an autograph session on Friday night; more details will be announced soon.

In any case, it is confirmed that there will be a massive giveaway for the fans in attendance:

1st Prize - a Meet & Greet session for 10 people with Blind Guardian at the Earthshaker Fest 2006. The winner will receive a big fan package containing a CD, DVD, shirt and a commemorative photo with the band.

2nd Prize - 20 people will have the chance to participate in soccer goal target practice against Blind Guardian. Each person who wins against Blind Guardian will receive a special Earthshaker package that includes a t-shirt, poster and CD sampler.

To win, visit the Earthshaker Festival website ( and go to the 'Giveaways' section.

NOTE: Blind Guardian will not actually be performing at the Earthshaker Festival, this is simply a promotion. To see Blind Guardian's tour dates, visit their official website (

Band profile: Blind Guardian
Posted: 02.07.2006 by Judas | Comments (0)

Blind Guardian - "A Twist In The Myth" Details Announced

The upcoming Blind Guardian CD will be entitled "A Twist In The Myth" and shall contain the following songs:

This Will Never End (5:07)
Otherland (5:14)
Turn The Page (4:16)
Fly (5:43)
Carry The Blessed Home (4:03)
Another Stranger Me (4:36)
Straight Through The Mirror (5:48)
Lionheart (4:15)
Skalds And Shadows (3:13)
The Edge (4:27)
The New Order (4:49)

Click here for the cover of the upcoming album.


Band profile: Blind Guardian
Posted: 17.05.2006 by Judas | Comments (18)