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SINERGY's ALEXI LAIHO: Sh.t-Talkers Can F.ck Off!!!

SINERGY guitarist Alexi Laiho (who also doubles as the frontman in CHILDREN OF BODOM) has issued the following statement regarding the rumors and speculation regarding the departure of bassist Marco Hietala (currently in NIGHTWISH) "I f.cking hate the internet, but I have to speak out on this Marco situation! This is bullsh.t & it's none ...

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SINERGY Singer, Former Bassist Issue Separate Statements Regarding Split

SINERGY frontwoman Kimberly Goss and former bassist Marco Hietala (currently in NIGHTWISH) have both issued follow-up statements yesterday regarding the announcement made by Goss two days ago that Hietala was fired from the group amid speculation and accusations about NIGHTWISH's future. Here are their statements in their entirety: Kimberly Goss: "There has been a lot ...

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SINERGY Fire Bassist, Hire Temporary Replacement

SINERGY have fired bassist Marco Hietala and have hired session musician Lauri Porra to assist them in fulfilling their touring commitments for the remainder of the year. Vocalist Kimberly Goss issued the following statement via the group's official web site explaining the reasons behind their decision: “We had to make the very tough decision to ...

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CHARON, AFTER FOREVER To Support NIGHTWISH In Europe

Finland's CHARON and Holland's AFTER FOREVER have been confirmed as the opening acts on the upcoming NIGHTWISH headlining tour, which is scheduled to kick off on August 20th in Antwerp, Belgium. The confirmed dates are as follows: Aug. 20 - Antwerpen, BEL @ Hof Ter Lo Aug. 22 - Dortmund, GER @ Westfalenhalle 2 Aug. ...

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NIGHTWISH: "Century Child" Track Listing Revealed

Finland's NIGHTWISH have announced the full track listing for their forthcoming Century Child CD, due out on July 1st through Spinefarm Records. It is as follows: 01. Bless The Child (6:11) 02. End Of All Hope (3:51) 03. Dead To The World (4:19) 04. Ever Dream (4:42) 05. Slaying The Dream (4:31) 06. Forever Yours ...

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NIGHTWISH "Century Child" Live Dates Announced

Finland's NIGHTWISH have announced the dates for their upcoming Century Child tour—the group's last dates prior to taking an extensive break from touring and recording activities. They are as follows: Jun. 28 - Balingen, GER @ Bang Your Head Jul. 13 – Helsinki, FIN @ Tuska Open Air Festival Jul. 16 - Mexico City, MEX ...

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EMBRAZE Halt Band Activities, Pursue Side Projects

Finland's EMBRAZE have decided to put all band activities on hold for an indefinite period of time due to the group's long-term discontent with their record company, Mastervox Records, and the continuous delays in the release of the band's recently-completed third album, entitled Katharsis. Although the members of EMBRAZE will spend the next few months ...

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NIGHTWISH Vocalist To Exit Band To Focus On Music Studies

Vocalist Tarja Turunen will leave Finland's NIGHTWISH in the fall to focus on her classical singing studies in Germany, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. NIGHTWISH will reportedly promote the release of their forthcoming Century Child CD with a host of European mini-tours and festival appearances during the summer, but will go separate ways once Turunen's ...

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FOZZY Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

FOZZY, featuring WWF wrestler Chris Jericho, former members of STUCK MOJO and producer Andy Sneap, are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Bang Your Head festival, which is scheduled to take place in Balingen, Germany on June 28th and 29th. The full list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the ...

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Finland's Premier Metal Record Label Gets Bought Out By Universal

Finland's Spin-Farm Oy, the parent company of Spinefarm Records, Spikefarm Records, Ranka Recordings, Odor, Freeride and Hawaii Sounds and the home to such acts as NIGHTWISH, THE BLACK LEAGUE and CHARON, among many others, has had a controlling interest in the firm bought by Universal Music. According to an official statement from Spinefarm, the deal ...

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DIVERCIA Ink Deal With Hammerheart Records

Finland's DIVERCIA, formerly known as LOST IN TWILIGHT, have inked a deal with Hammerheart Records. Described as a cross between SENTENCED, H.I.M. and NIGHTWISH, DIVERCIA issued an EP called Planeteer under their previous name and are currently working on their debut full-length CD, to be issued in July. ...

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THE CROWN Confirmed For TUSKA OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL

Sweden's THE CROWN, featuring former AT THE GATES frontman Tomas Lindberg, will have been confirmed for the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, which is scheduled to take place on July 12-14 in Helsinki, Finland. Other acts set to appear at the event include MACHINE HEAD, NIGHTWISH and SONATA ARCTICA, among others. ...

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NIGHTWISH, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, RHAPSODY Singers Guest On Argentine Guitarist's CD

NIGHTWISH vocalist Tarja Turunen, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT frontwoman Candice Night, EDENBRIDGE singer Sabine Edelsbache, and RHAPSODY/VISION DIVINE/ATHENA vocalist Fabio Lione are among the featured guests on Infinity, the brand new studio effort from Argentine guitarist BETO VASQUES. The albummore information on which can be obtained from VASQUES' official web site at this locationis due ...

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FOR MY PAIN: A New Finnish "Supergroup"

FOR MY PAIN is the name of a brand new Finnish "goth metal act who feature several well-known musicians from the local metal scene. The group's current line-up stands as follows: Tuomas Holopainen (NIGHTWISH) - keyboards Altti Vetelinen (ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) - bass Lauri Tuohimaa (EMBRAZE) - guitar Olli-Pekka Trr (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) ...

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TUSKA OPEN AIR METAL Festival: First Acts Announced

MACHINE HEAD, NIGHTWISH and SONATA ARCTICA are three of the acts that have been confirmed for the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, which is scheduled to take place on July 12-14 in Helsinki, Finland. In its fifth installment, Tuska Open Air Metal Festival is expected to draw in excess of 10,000 attendees over a three-day ...

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HALFORD Confirmed For BANG YOUR HEAD

HALFORD is the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Bang Your Head festival, which is scheduled to take place in Balingen, Germany on June 28th and 29th. The full list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: BRUCE DICKINSON CANDLEMASS HALFORD SLAYER GAMMA RAY IRON SAVIOR JAG ...

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NIGHTWISH Finalize Title, Artwork For Upcoming CD

Finland's NIGHTWISH have set Century Child as the title to their upcoming album, which is tentatively due to be released on May 27th through Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to 2000's Wishmaster was recorded at Finnvox and Kitee Huvikeskus studios and will include 11 original songs, among them the following: 01. End Of All Hope 02. ...

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IRON MAIDEN Frontman Confirmed For BANG YOUR HEAD Festival!

IRON MAIDEN frontman BRUCE DICKINSON will reportedly appear as a “special guest” at the upcoming Bang Your Head festival, which is scheduled to take place in Balingen, Germany on June 28th and 29th. The full list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: BRUCE DICKINSON CANDLEMASS GAMMA RAY IRON SAVIOR ...

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SLAYER Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

SLAYER have been confirmed as one of the co-headliners at this year's Bang Your Head festival, which is scheduled to take place in Balingen, Germany on June 28th and 29th. Two more co-headlining acts have yet to be confirmed for the event, which will be preceded by a “warm-up” show at Rockdisco WOM in Balingen ...

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NO RETURN Ink Deal With Nuclear Blast, Confirm Summer Breeze Appearance

French thrashers NO RETURN and Paris-based Kodiak Records have struck a licensing deal with Germany's Nuclear Blast Records for the international release of the group's recently-completed fifth full-length CD, entitled Machinery. Recorded at Belgium's CCR Studio and mixed at Paris' Funmasters facility, the follow-up to 2000's Self Mutilation is scheduled for a March 5th French ...

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Summer Breeze 2002 Festival Takes Shape

According to www.wallsoffire.de, the following artists 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: DIMMU BORGIR TIAMAT NIGHTWISH EDGUY HYPOCRISY SENTENCED AXXIS VADER BRAINSTORM AMON AMARTH PAIN EMIL BULLS DARE ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW AGATHODAIMON MYSTIC ...

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