STRATOVARIUS/ex-DIO keyboardist Jens Johansson will make a guest appearance on an upcoming HAMMERFALL bonus track—a cover of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN's “Rising Force”. Although no recording plans have yet been announced, HAMMERFALL's rendition of the above-mentioned cut will reportedly be “faster” than the original and will presumably be included in a special-edition version of the group's next studio CD, which is tentatively due at the end of the year. In other Jens-related news, the keyboardist will make a guest appearance on guitarist Benny Jansson's new solo record, and will “try to compose some songs for the new STRATOVARIUS record,” a prospect that he calls “difficult, because the songs [guitarist/mainman] Timo [Tolkki] has made already are very good!! It's a very high standard to compete against.” STRATOVARIUS' as-yet-untitled forthcoming CD is tentatively scheduled to be released in the first week of January 2003 through Nuclear Blast Records.
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