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SILENTIUM Announce New Singer, Offer Album Samples

Finnish atmospheric doom metallers SILENTIUM have replaced singer Tiina Lehvonen with Maija Turunen. Both Tiina and Maija can be heard on the group's upcoming third full-length CD, "Harmátia de Prudence", due in late spring/early summer release through Spikefarm Records. The album, which was recorded at Sundicoop Studio in Savonlinna, Finland, was produced by NIGHTWISH mainman ...

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RAM-ZET Singer To Guest On FOR MY PAIN Debut

RAM-ZET singer Miriam "Sfinx" Renvåg has recorded a guest appearance on the forthcoming debut album from Finland's FOR MY PAIN, entitled "Fallen". FOR MY PAIN is the new Finnish "goth metal" supergroup featuring Tuomas Holopainen (NIGHTWISH) on keyboards, Altti Veteläinen (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on bass, Lauri Tuohimaa (EMBRAZE) on guitar, Olli-Pekka Törrö (ex-ETERNAL TEARS ...

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SILENTIUM Finish Recording New Album

Finnish atmospheric doom metallers SILENTIUM have finished recording their third full-length CD, "Harmátia de Prudence", and are preparing to mix it for a late spring/early summer release through Spikefarm Records. The CD was recorded at Sundicoop Studio in Savonlinna, Finland and was produced by NIGHTWISH mainman Tuomas Holopainen. "[It will be] a very unique album," ...

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MASTERPLAN Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK 2003

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, are the latest act to have been confirmed 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 ...

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NIGHTWISH, LORDI, THE 69 EYES Get Nominated For Finnish GRAMMY!

NIGHTWISH, LORDI and THE 69 EYES are among the artists nominated at the Finnish Grammy equivalent, EMMA, set to be broadcast live via Finnish TV2 on March 8. NIGHTWISH were nominated in three categories (Best Band, Best Hard Rock/Metal Album, Best Finnish Artist), as were LORDI (Newcomer Of The Year, Metal Album Of The Year, ...

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HAMMERFALL Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK 2003 Festival

HAMMERFALL are the latest act to have been confirmed 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 event are NIGHTWISH, PARADISE LOST, BLAZE, DRAGONFORCE, POWER QUEST, and WAYLANDER. A total of 18 bands will perform ...

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PARADISE LOST Confirmed For England's BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL 2003

PARADISE LOST are the latest British act to have been confirmed 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. The Yorkshire group, who recently issued their ninth studio album, "Symbol Of Life", will occupy the "special guest" slot on Saturday, Aug. ...

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TO/DIE/FOR Finalize Track Listing For 'Jaded'

Finland's TO/DIE/FOR have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Jaded", due on Mar. 3, 2003 through Spinefarm Records. The complete track listing for "Jaded" is as follows: 01. Dying Embers 02. (I Just) Died In Your Arms (CUTTING CREW cover) 03. Too Much Ain't Enough 04. The Unknown II 05. Jaded 06. Fall ...

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FOR MY PAIN Finalize Title, Track Listing For Full-Length Debut

FOR MY PAIN, the new Finnish "goth metal" supergroup featuring Tuomas Holopainen (NIGHTWISH) on keyboards, Altti Veteläinen (ex-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 (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on drums, have set "Fallen" as the ...

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EVEMASTER Ink Deal With LOW FREQUENCY

Finland's EVEMASTER have signed a three-album deal with Low Frequency Records. The group are currently putting the finishing touches on their second CD, "Wither", at Astia Studios (CHILDREN OF BODOM, WARMEN, ENTWINE) with producer Anssi Kippo. The follow-up to "Lacrimae Mundi", which is set to be mastered at Finnvox studios (STRATOVARIUS, AMORPHIS) in late January ...

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Germany's Top-Selling Hard Rock Albums Of 2002

The following is a list of Germany's top-selling hard rock/metal albums of 2002 (as reported by Rock Hard magazine): 07. DIE TOTEN HOSEN - Auswärtsspiel 08. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - By The Way 13. NICKELBACK - Silver Side Up 15. BÖHSE ONKELZ - Dopamin 17. LENNY KRAVITZ - Lenny 21. P.O.D. - Satellite 31. ...

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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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