TIMO TOLKKI Contemplates Getting Female Singer For STRATOVARIUS

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has issued the following update regarding the group's search for a new singer and drummer: "Dear Friends, "Since the rumours are wildly speculating about the new STRATOVARIUS singer and drummer I have decided to tell you how things are going at the moment. First of all I have not been in ...

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ANATHEMA: Polish Performance To Be Filmed For Upcoming DVD

ANATHEMA's Jan. 31, 2004 performance at the "Krzemionki" TV studio in Cracow, Poland will be filmed for an upcoming DVD, according to Metal Mind Productions. Also set to appear are AMPLIFIER, GREEN CARNATION and CORRUPTION. ANATHEMA's seventh studio album, "A Natural Disaster", was released last month through Music For Nations Records. The follow-up to 2001's ...

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Ex-HELOWEEN Singer MICHAEL KISKE: I Will Not Join STRATOVARIUS

Former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske has shot down the rumors linking him with Finnish neo-classical metallers STRATOVARIUS as the replacement for the recently departed Timo Kotipelto. The following is the official statement released by the webmaster for Kiske's new project, SUPARED: "The fact that vocalist Timo Kotipelto left STRATOVARIUS was awakening the hope of many ...

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ZYKLON Announce Finnish Mini-Tour

Norway's ZYKLON, the band featuring Zamoth (a.k.a. Samoth) and Trym of EMPEROR, have lined up the following gigs in Finland in January: Jan. 08 – Tavastia – Helsinki, FIN Jan. 09 – Klubi – Turku, FIN Jan. 10 – Lutakko – Jyväskylä, FIN ...

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ARCH ENEMY Cancel Three U.K. Shows

ARCH ENEMY vocalist Angela Gossow has contracted a flu virus and is too ill to perform at the next three gigs on the band's U.K. tour. As a result, the band have had to cancel the following shows: Dec. 17 – Leeds, UK @ Cockpit Dec. 18 – Birmingham, UK @ Carling Academy Dec. 20 ...

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VISIONS OF ATLANTIS Sign With NAPALM RECORDS

Austrian "symphonic metal" band VISIONS OF ATLANTIS have signed a worldwide recording deal with Napalm Records. "VISIONS OF ATLANTIS stands for strong classically arranged metal and captivating melodies, with which the female soprano and the clear male vocals intertwine to create an unusual, mythical, and symphonic experience," reads an official press release. The band's second ...

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ROYAL HUNT Split With Bassist, Guitarist

Bassist Steen Mogensen and guitarist Jacob Kjaer have officially left Danish melodic/progressive metallers ROYAL HUNT. No reason was given for their departure. Mogensen is expected to continue his collaboration with ex-RAINBOW/current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Doogie White in CORNERSTONE, whose third album, "Once Upon Our Yesterdays", was released last month through Germany's Massacre Records. ROYAL HUNT's ...

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ABADDON INCARNATE Embark On New 'Crusade'

Irish grindcore act ABADDON INCARNATE have completed work on their new album, "Dark Crusade", at Soundlab Studios in Sweden for a January release through Xtreem Music. The 33-minute effort was recorded and mixed over a two-and-and-a-week period and includes 16 tracks. Among the songtitles set to appear on the CD are "Centrefold Redemption", "Hour Of ...

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SUN CAGED Part Ways With Drummer, Seek Replacement

Dutch progressive metallers SUN CAGED, who feature in their ranks STAR ONE keyboardist Joost van den Broek, have parted ways with drummer Dennis Leeflang. Dennis' official statement on the matter is as follows: "After almost five years, three demo CDs, one album and 61 shows, I am no longer part of SUN CAGED. This was ...

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BLAZE: Video Diary Posted Online

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, have posted a three-minute video update from the recording sessions for the group's third full-length album, tentatively due in March 2004 through SPV Records. Check it out here (Windows Media). As previously reported, BLAZE are utilizing the services of former PITCHSHIFTER ...

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