STRATOVARIUS Frontman Issues Solo Album Update

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto entered Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland in August to begin recording his third solo album, tentatively due in early 2007 via his own label, High and Loud Records. He has since issued the following update on the album's recording sessions:

"All the guitars, bass and drums are recorded. Some vocals and keyboards are still missing. I am very pleased [with] what Lauri [Porra, bass], Tuomas [Wainölä, guitar] and Mirka [Rantanen, drums] have done so far. Also I have heard some of the stuff that Janne [Wirman, keyboards] has played and I have only one word: awesome! Mikko Karmila has already mixed a song for one Finnish movie. The same song will be on the actual CD as well. I will also do a music video for that song."

KOTIPELTO's sophomore solo album, "Coldness", was released in Europe in April 2004 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Waiting for the Dawn" was recorded by CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman at his Beyond Abilities Studios as well as by Tero Kostermaa at High and Loud's ELK Studios and Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, where the mixing (Mikko Karmila) and the mastering (Mika Jussila) also took place. Matthias Norén, who has previously worked with bands like INTO ETERNITY, LOST HORIZON and EVERGREY, designed the album's artwork.

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