STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki (guitar) has issued the following update:

"Flying today to Madrid to do the INFERNOISE [Spanish metal band] production basics. I'll be there three weeks. Thank God it's not so hot this time of the year there, otherwise it would be INFERNOISE for me. I love cold, snow and rain. Well, being from the north. We Finnish people are extreme; first we can be outside when it's -35 Celsius and after that go to sauna that has +100 Celsius.

"The plan for my solo career is beginning to take shape too. Soon after New Year I will be able to tell you more detailed plans about this.

"In January I will go to Venice, Italy to produce the next album of Italian prog-metallers VISION DIVINE. And last but not least, the work for STRATOVARIUS demo is proceeding. All guitars and basses have been recorded and while I am in Spain, [Timo Kotipelto, vocals] and Jens [Johansson, keyboards] will do their parts.

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"The caravan goes on and on and on..."

INFERNOISE's debut album will be mixed at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland.

STRATOVARIUS' latest, self-titled effort was released in the U.S. in September 2005 via Sanctuary. A video for the album's first single, "Maniac Dance", was shot in April 2005 in Helsinki by director and Tolkki's old schoolmate Antti Jokinen (BEYONCÉ, WYCLEF JEAN, KORN, MISSY ELLIOT, NIGHTWISH, SHANIA TWAIN, CELINE DION).


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