September 29, 2003

The band line-up of 2004’s installment of BANG YOUR HEAD FESTIVAL gains shape rapidly. The first twelve of an overall of 22 bands for that event taking place at the Messegelände of Balingen on the 25th and 26th of June are booked. The latest acts to join that line-up are 80s US Metal legend SHOK PARIS and the recently reunited Thrash outfit DEATH ANGEL, that delivered some highly acclaimed shows since their surprising return a few months ago. So the list of artists so far reads like this: GOTTHARD, PRIMAL FEAR, MAGNUM, DEATH ANGEL, LILLIAN AXE, ANGEL, BLAZE, OMEN, CAGE, MAJESTY, SHOK PARIS and RUFFIANS. All further details about the BANG YOUR HEAD!!! may be found at the BYH!!!-homepage at

EXCITER are currently re-recording some of their classic tracks for an upcoming best of album. The following tracks will appear on it: ‘Stand Up And Fight’, ‘Heavy Metal Maniac’, ‘Rising Of The Dead’, ‘Blackwitch’ (all from 1983’s "Heavy Metal Maniac" album), ‘Violence And Force’, ‘Pounding Metal’ (from "Violence And Force", 1984), ‘Long Live The Loud’, ‘Victims Of Sacrifice’, ‘I Am The Beast’ (from "Long Live The Loud", 1985), ‘Rain Of Terror’ (from "Kill After Kill", 1992), ‘The Dark Command’, ‘Aggressor’, ‘Ritual Death’ (from "The Dark Command", 1997), ‘Rule With An Iron Fist’ and ‘Brutal Warning’ (from "Blood Of Tyrants", 2000). John Ricci will also play the bass on the album. The release is scheduled for the beginning of 2004.

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