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ALTARIA Complete Recording, Begin Mixing Full-Length Debut

Finnish melodic metal band ALTARIA, featuring SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen, have completed the backing and harmony vocal tracks for their debut album, "Invitation", and are currently taking care of "additional recordings and other small details and minor fixes" before beginning to mix the effort at Helsinki's Sonic Pump studios on Jan. 21. Among the ...

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NIGHTWISH Sued By Finnish Orchestra Conductor Over Unpaid Fees

Finland's NIGHTWISH are being sued by arranger/conductor Riku Niemi over unpaid fees Niemi claims are owed him for his work on the group's platinum-certified "Century Child" release. NIGHTWISH keyboardist/mastermind Tuomas Holopainen, who wrote the bulk of the material on the album, claims that the whole thing is the result of a misunderstanding and that only ...

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ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW Split Up!

Finland's ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW have officially disbanded, according to a statement posted on the group's official web site. The statement reads as follows: "With mixed feelings we have to announce that ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW have decided to split up. ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW have been on a break since March 2002. During the ...

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BLAZE Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL 2003

Britain's BLAZE, the band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley, are the second major act to be announced for this year's Bloodstock Festival, a two-day event set to take place Aug. 29-30, 2003 at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, U.K. Also scheduled to appear at the festival are Finland's NIGHTWISH, who will be ...

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NIGHTWISH Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK 2003 Festival

Finland's NIGHTWISH have been confirmed to headline the second day of the Bloodstock 2003 metal festival. The Finnish act, who are taking most of next year off and are only playing selected key dates, will be performing their first-ever U.K. show at Bloodstock, a two-day event set to take place Aug. 29-30, 2003 at the ...

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FINNTROLL Announce New Singer

Finland's FINNTROLL have enlisted singer Tapio Wilska as the permanent replacement for Katla, who was forced to step down as vocalist earlier in the year due to problems with his vocal cords. Wilska had previously fronted a number of acts, including SETHIAN and WIZZARD, and had done session work with several high-profile Finnish groups, such ...

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TO/DIE/FOR Set Release Date For 'Jaded'

Finland's TO/DIE/FOR have set Mar. 3, 2003 as the release date through Spinefarm Records for their new album, entitled "Jaded". A single will precede the album on Feb. 3. "Jaded" was recorded at Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland and features a "much heavier and faster" musical direction than before, according to guitarist Joonas "Jope" Koto. ...

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NIGHTWISH Push Up DVD Release Date

NIGHTWISH have pushed up the release date of their second DVD by week. It is now scheduled for release on May 26, 2003 through Spinefarm. As previously reported, the as-yet-untitled DVD will consist of 12-14 tracks of music, including promo videos and various self-recorded live tracks, and about 60 minutes of behind-the-scenes material. No further ...

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Former LULLACRY Frontwoman To Guest On SILENTIUM CD

Former LULLACRY and current SOULGRIND frontwoman Tanja Kemppainen will sing the part of "Prudence" on the forthcoming album from Finnish atmospheric doom metallers SILENTIUM, according to the group's official web site. Kemppainen will sing the vocal lines originally written for previous singer Tiina Lehvonen, who left the group last month due to "personal" reasons. SILENTIUM ...

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TIINA LEHVONEN Leaves SILENTIUM

Vocalist Tiina Lehvonen has left Finnish atmospheric doom metallers SILENTIUM, citing personal reasons for her departure. "At the moment my life is at the point where I can't give 100% effort for SILENTIUM," said Lehvonen in a statement. "New material is so great, I see no point singing my parts poorly because I can't fully ...

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SILENTIUM to Collaborate With NIGHTWISH Mainman On Upcoming CD

Finnish atmospheric doom metallers SILENTIUM will enter Sundicoop Studio in Savonlinna on Jan. 13, 2003 to record their third full-length album, "Harmátia de Prudence", with producer and NIGHTWISH mainman Tuomas Holopainen. "I felt I needed some outsider's view for my songs and Tuomas crossed my mind," said keyboardist Sami Boman. "He's definitely one of the ...

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NIGHTWISH Announce Final Dates Of "Century Child" Tour

Finland's NIGHTWISH will perform the last two shows of their "Century Child" World Tour in Germany during January. The details are as follows: Jan. 11 – Oberhausen, GER @ König-Pilsener-Arena Jan. 12 – Munich, GER @ Colosseum After these shows, NIGHTWISH are expected to take a break from live performances until sometime in the summer/fall ...

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NIGHTWISH To Play First-Ever Show In Sweden

Finland's NIGHTWISH will perform their first-ever show in Sweden on Saturday, November 16 at the 700-capacity Klubben in Stockholm. If the concert is sold out, an additional show will likely take place the following night, November 17. Ticket price is 210 SEK and advance sales are being handled by www.ticnet.se. NIGHTWISH have shifted nearly 300,000 ...

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NIGHTWISH To Issue Second DVD In June

NIGHTWISH have set June 2, 2003 as the release date for their second DVD, which is currently being compiled by the group and Spinefarm Records in their hometown of Helsinki. As previously reported, the as-yet-untitled DVD will consist of 12-14 tracks of music, including promo videos and various self-recorded live tracks, and about 60 minutes ...

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TO/DIE/FOR Hard At Work On 'Jaded'

Finland's TO/DIE/FOR are currently at Astia Studios in Lappeenranta recording their new album, entitled "Jaded", for a tentative early 2003 release through Spinefarm Records. A single release will precede album before the end of the year. Among the song titles set to appear on the upcoming CD are "Too Much Ain't Enough", "Dying Embers", "Silence ...

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NIGHTWISH Single Certified Platinum

NIGHTWISH have reportedly received a platinum record for their "Ever Dream" single in their native Finland, where the CD is said to have shifted in excess of 10,000 copies since its release in early May. Meanwhile, the group's second single off their Century Child CD, "Bless The Child", has been certified gold for sales of ...

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NIGHTWISH To Issue Second DVD

Finland's NIGHTWISH will be issuing a second DVD sometime next year consisting of 12-14 tracks of music, including promo videos and various self-recorded live tracks, and about 60 minutes of behind-the-scenes material, according to the band's official web site. No further information is available at this time. ...

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NIGHTWISH Get Involved In Side Projects

NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen will make guest appearances on the debut album from SETHIAN, a new Helsinki, Finland-based act that also features in its ranks former WIZZARD frontman Tapio Wilska (who had previously done session studio work with NIGHTWISH). The album will be recorded at Walltone studios and will be mixed ...

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ALTARIA To Be Joined By NIGHTWISH Guitarist During Upcoming Gigs

Finnish melodic metal band ALTARIA, featuring SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen, will be joined by NIGHTWISH guitarist Emppu Vuorinen on second guitar during some of their forthcoming live shows, according to ALTARIA's official web site. In other news, ALTARIA will record a song called "Stranger" from CACOPHONY's Go Off! CD for the Jason Becker Tribute ...

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GRAVE DIGGER Re-Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

GRAVE DIGGER have re-signed with Nuclear Blast Records for several more albums following the expiration of their most recent short-term agreement with the label. GRAVE DIGGER are currently finishing up pre-production for their forthcoming CD, which will be recorded between October and December at Principal Studios near Muenster, Germany. The Resetti Brothers and GRAVE DIGGER ...

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GRAVE DIGGER Commence Work On New CD, Publish Autobiography

German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER are currently finishing up pre-production for their forthcoming CD, which will be recorded between October and December at Principal Studios near Muenster, Germany. The Resetti Brothers and GRAVE DIGGER frontman Chris Boltendahl will assume the production duties during the sessions. According to an official statement, "all music is written and ...

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RAUNCHY Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

Denmark's RAUNCHY have been confirmed to appear at the Summer Breeze Open Air 2002 festival, which is scheduled to take place on August 22-24 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. RAUNCHY will be performing on the "Pain" stage on Saturday, August 24th beginning at 2:30 PM. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event ...

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FOR MY PAIN Set First Single, Album To Follow

FOR MY PAIN, the new Finnish "goth metal" supergroup featuring Tuomas Holopainen (NIGHTWISH) on keyboards, Altti Veteläinen (ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on bass, Lauri Tuohimaa (EMBRAZE) on guitar, Olli-Pekka Törrö (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on guitar, Juha Kylmänen (REFLECTION) on vocals, and Petri Sankala (ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on drums, have reportedly set "My Wound ...

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NIGHTWISH Take South America By Storm

Finland's NIGHTWISH have reportedly taken South America by storm with their most recent tour, which included a sold-out gig in Chile on July 17th, a show in Buenos Aires, Argentina in front of 2,200 fans and a sold-out gig in São Paulo, Brazil with 6,700 people in attendance. NIGHTWISH's new album, Century Child, was released ...

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ELVENKING Confirmed For Hungary's PEPSI SZIGET 2002 Festival

Italian "pagan metal" act ELVENKING have been confirmed for the Metal Hammer stage at the Pepsi Sziget 2002 festival in Budapest, Hungary on August 1st. The seven-day, multi stage festival drew 400,000 people in 2001 and is expected to achieve similar numbers this year. Other artists scheduled to perform at the event include GAMMA RAY, ...

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NIGHTWISH To Include Previously-Unreleased Material On Upcoming Single

Finland's NIGHTWISH have just released the second single off their phenomenal Century Child album in their home country, "Bless The Child", backed with an edited version of the cut and a previously-unreleased song called "Lagoon". On August 26th, Drakkar Records will issue two slightly-different versions of the single in Germany—one featuring the title track and ...

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