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More confirmation that there will be no Hammer World Stage…

In case you needed it, we have the official confirmation that there will be no Hammer World Stage at Sziget Festival 2009. This article in Hammer World magazine (it's in Hungarian) confirms this. The article says that they have been notified by the Sziget organizers that there will be no no Hammer World Stage. There is also some good news. The organizers said that, according to the festival's new structure, the metal bands, Hungarian as well as foreign, will play at some of the other stages. The article also says that the decision is somewhat understandable, as much less people showed

No Hammerworld this year…

The French Sziget Festival official site's stages page only confirms something we all heard in the last few weeks. There will be no metal, or Hammer stage, as it was called, at this year's Sziget Festival. The stage where Avantasia performed in 2008 and bands like Within Temptation, Napalm Death or Hammerfall made their fans happy two years ago will be no more. What do you guys think about this? Is it a good decision? Will it make some people pass on this year's Sziget Festival?

Exodus re-record classic album

Gary Holt, songwriter and lead guitarist of EXODUS: “After many years in the planning and discussion stage, we have finally completed the re-recording of “Bonded By Blood.” We have decided to call it “Let There Be Blood” and it is our way of paying homage to Paul Baloff by showing how relevant these songs we had written together still are. We aren’t trying to replace the original, that’s impossible anyway. We are just giving these songs the benefit of modern production. It’s something we talked about before Paul’s death and it’s always been important to us to do. We were

Avantasia touring line-up revealed

As you all know, Tobias Sammet of Edguy has a new solo project, Avantasia, that will be playing Sziget this year. Sammet has just revealed  the touring line-up for this summer, a very interesting one. It will feature, according to Sammet "Jorn Lande (ex-MASTERPLAN), André Matos (ex-ANGRA), Amanda Somerville, Olli Hartmann, Bob Catley (MAGNUM — not all shows), Sascha Paeth, Miro, Robert Hunecke, Claudy Yang and Frank Lindenthal who is gonna replace Eric Singer who'll be playing with KISS. Despite all rumors Michael Kiske will not be there, as he didn't wanna do it and I respect that!". Sammet promises

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