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Vehicle Of Spirit - NIGHTWISH

Although he'd never publicly admit to it, main NIGHTWISH man and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen probably had more than his fair share of sleepless nights when Anette Olzon was fronting the band. Dismissed by NIGHTWISH's devoted fan base almost immediately, Olzon's routine health issues, inability to handle Tarja Turunen's material, and questionable stage presence (see YouTube ...

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XANDRIA: Listen To 'Theater Of Dimensions' Audio Samples

German/Dutch symphonic metallers XANDRIA will release their new album, "Theater Of Dimensions", on January 27, 2017 via Napalm Records. Audio samples of the songs "Where The Heart Is Home", "When The Walls Came Down (Heartache Was Born)", "Ceilí" and "Song For Sorrow And Woe" can be streamed below. Commented the band: "After the release of ...

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XANDRIA's 'Theater Of Dimensions' Album To Feature Guest Appearances By SOILWORK, FIREWIND Members

German/Dutch symphonic metallers XANDRIA will release their new album, "Theater Of Dimensions", on January 27, 2017 via Napalm Records. Commented the band: "After the release of 'Sacrificium', we embarked on our longest tour so far. Over 150 shows that took us around the globe. Through so many different countries and diverse cultures. Through so many ...

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Video Premiere: SONATA ARCTICA's 'Life'

"Life", the new Ville Juurikkala-directed video from Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new studio album, "The Ninth Hour", which will be released on October 7 through Nuclear Blast. Commented SONATA ARCTICA frontman Tony Kakko: "I tried desperately to have at least one positive, uplifting ...

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XANDRIA To Release 'Theater Of Dimensions' Album In January

German/Dutch symphonic metallers XANDRIA will release their new album, "Theater Of Dimensions", on January 27, 2017 via Napalm Records. Commented the band: "After the release of 'Sacrificium', we embarked on our longest tour so far. Over 150 shows that took us around the globe. Through so many different countries and diverse cultures. Through so many ...

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SONATA ARCTICA: Teaser For 'Life' Video

A teaser for "Life", the new video from Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA, can be seen below. The full clip will be released next week. The song is taken from the band's new studio album, "The Ninth Hour", which will be released on October 7 through Nuclear Blast. Commented SONATA ARCTICA frontman Tony Kakko: "I ...

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Former NIGHTWISH Singer ANETTE OLZON Launches New Project With Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist JANI LIIMATAINEN

Frontiers Music Srl has announced the launch of a new musical partnership between singer Anette Olzon and producer/songwriter/guitar player Jani Liimatainen for a new studio album, to be released in mid-to-late 2017. Anette is mostly known for being the immaculate voice on hit albums from NIGHTWISH such as "Dark Passion Play" and "Imaginareum". Jani has ...

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SONATA ARCTICA: Second Trailer For 'The Ninth Hour' Album

Finnish melodic metal quintet SONATA ARCTICA will release its ninth album, titled "The Ninth Hour", on October 7 via Nuclear Blast. Once again, the CD was produced by SONATA ARCTICA themselves and mixed by Pasi Kauppinen to create a typical yet refreshing sound that defines the spirit of the band in the year 2016. The ...

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The Fallen Sun - SLUDGEHAMMER

You often see polls out there asking metalheads to drum up their votes for best unsigned bands on the scene. Somebody throw SLUDGEHAMMER's name into the hat and be quick about it. SLUDGEHAMMER is one of a thousand or so hybrid metal bands vying for attention, but in their case, attention is well-deserved since they're ...

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SONATA ARCTICA: First Trailer For 'The Ninth Hour' Album

Finnish melodic metal quintet SONATA ARCTICA will release its ninth album, titled "The Ninth Hour", on October 7 via Nuclear Blast. Once again, the CD was produced by SONATA ARCTICA themselves and mixed by Pasi Kauppinen to create a typical yet refreshing sound that defines the spirit of the band in the year 2016. The ...

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Video: AMBERIAN DAWN Performs At Finland's LANKAFEST

Video footage of Finnish symphonic metallers AMBERIAN DAWN performing on July 9 at the LankaFest in Puolanka, Finland can be seen below. AMBERIAN DAWN's latest album, "Innuendo", was released on October 23, 2015 via Napalm. The follow-up to 2014's "Magic Forest" was produced by composer Tuomas Seppälä, who also plays keyboards and guitar, and Mikko ...

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SONATA ARCTICA To Release 'The Ninth Hour' Album In October

Finnish melodic metal quintet SONATA ARCTICA will release its ninth album, titled "The Ninth Hour", on October 7 via Nuclear Blast. Once again, the CD was produced by SONATA ARCTICA themselves and mixed by Pasi Kauppinen to create a typical yet refreshing sound that defines the spirit of the band in the year 2016. "The ...

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NIGHTWISH Keyboardist Says New DVD Will Arrive Before Christmas, Promises 'Surprises' For Unofficial Anniversary Show

Kaaos TV conducted an interview with NIGHTWISH keyboardist and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen prior to the band's June 30 concert at Provinssi in Seinäjoki, Finland. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On NIGHTWISH's upcoming 20th-anniversary show on August 20 at Himos Park in Jämsä, ...

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Watch NIGHTWISH Perform At U.K.'s DOWNLOAD Festival

Fan-filmed video footage of NIGHTWISH's June 12 performance at at this year's edition of the Download festival, which was held at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom, can be seen below. NIGHTWISH keyboardist and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen recently spoke to the Nighthearts Ukrainian NIGHTWISH fan club about the band's decision to take a year-long ...

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NIGHTWISH Wins Two More EMMA Awards

Finnish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH were honored in the "Metal Album Of The Year" and "Export Of The Year" categories at this year's Emma Gaala (Finnish Grammy equivalent), which was held on March 11 in Espoo, Finland. Said the band: "We, unfortunately, couldn't receive the awards personally for we are on tour in North America. But ...

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Video: NIGHTWISH Kicks Off North American Tour In Sayreville

Finland-based symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH kicked off their North American headlining tour last night (Friday, February 19) at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Shudder Before The Beautiful 02. Yours Is An Empty Hope 03. Ever Dream 04. She Is My Sin 05. My Walden 06. While Your ...

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Italy's TRICK OR TREAT Signs With FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL

Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of TRICK OR TREAT for the release of the band's new album, "Rabbits' Hill Pt. 2". TRICK OR TREAT is an Italian power metal band originally formed in 2002 as a tribute act to HELLOWEEN. They quickly became popular on the live circuit, started writing and performing their ...

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Sweden's TWILIGHT FORCE Signs With NUCLEAR BLAST

Swedish adventure metallers TWILIGHT FORCE have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast. The foundation for what is now TWILIGHT FORCE was laid out in 2011, with a quest to bring back the golden age of epic symphonic power metal. By combining strong melodies with orchestral arrangements and fast tempos, TWILIGHT FORCE wanted to create an ...

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SONATA ARCTICA Working On New Album

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have commenced work on the follow-up to their "Pariah's Child" album. Like its predecessor, the as-yet-untitled ninth studio effort will be recorded at Studio 57 for a late 2016 release via Nuclear Blast. Regarding the musical direction of the new album, SONATA ARCTICA keyboard player Henrik "Henkka" Klingenberg said: "It's ...

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