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THE DARK ELEMENT Feat. Former NIGHTWISH Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist: In Pre-Production For Second Album

THE DARK ELEMENT, the new project featuring former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon and Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen, is about to commence pre-production for its second album. Anette wrote on her Facebook page: "Next weekend I go to the studio to start demo recordings for our new THE DARK ELEMENT album and just wanna ...

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STRIKER To Release 'Play To Win' Album In October

Champions in blending classic heavy metal, hard rock, and '80s hair metal, Canadian shredders STRIKER will release their sixth studio album, "Play To Win", on October 26 via their independent label Record Breaking Records. The LP features 10 fist-pounding shredtacular anthems produced by the band, with mixing and mastering by Hendrik Udd (FIREWIND, POWERWOLF, HAMMERFALL, ...

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THE DARK ELEMENT Feat. Former NIGHTWISH Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist: Video Of Live Debut

THE DARK ELEMENT, the new project featuring former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon and Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen, made its live debut this past Thursday, June 7 at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden. Fan-filmed video footage of their performance can be seen below. THE DARK ELEMENT's self-titled debut album was released last ...

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Members Of KREATOR, SEPULTURA, DESTRUCTION, SABATON, CANNIBAL CORPSE And Other Bands Take Part In '70000 Tons Of Metal' All-Star Jam (Video)

Fifty heavy metal musicians — including members of KREATOR, SEPULTURA, DESTRUCTION, SABATON, CANNIBAL CORPSE and METAL CHURCH — took part in this year's edition of "Jamming With Waters In International Waters", the official 70000 Tons Of Metal all-star jam hosted by ANNIHILATOR's Jeff Waters. Fan-filmed video footage of the entire event can be seen below ...

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STRATOVARIUS Vocalist Says Band Hopes To Start Recording New Album In The Spring

STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto was interviewed by SpazioRock during his recent acoustic tour of Italy with former SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen. The full chat can be viewed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On STRATOVARIUS's October performance in Milan, during which they performed 1997's "Visions" in its entirety to ...

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Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist Says THE DARK ELEMENT Project Gives Him Chance To Explore His Pop Side

Josh Rundquist of That Drummer Guy recently conducted an interview with former SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen about THE DARK ELEMENT, his new project featuring ex-NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how THE DARK ELEMENT came together: Jani: "It was actually ...

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TARJA Releases Video For Solo Version Of 'Feliz Navidad'

Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen has released a video for her solo version of "Feliz Navidad". Check it out below. With Christmas only being less than three weeks away, earMUSIC and former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen have announced the release of a very special version of "Feliz Navidad": the Barbuda Relief And Recovery Charity Version. ...

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THE DARK ELEMENT Feat. Former NIGHTWISH Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist: 'The Ghost And The Reaper' Video

THE DARK ELEMENT, the new musical project featuring former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon and Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen, has released the official music video for the song "The Ghost And The Reaper". The track is taken from THE DARK ELEMENT's self-titled debut album, which is being released today (Friday, November 10) via Frontiers ...

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THE DARK ELEMENT Feat. Former NIGHTWISH Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist: Making Of Debut Album (Video)

A nine-minute video featuring footage of former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon and Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen talking about their new collaborative project THE DARK ELEMENT can be seen below. THE DARK ELEMENT will release its self-titled debut album on November 10 via Frontiers Music Srl. Since word of this project got out, fans ...

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THE DARK ELEMENT Feat. Former NIGHTWISH Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist: 'My Sweet Mystery' Video

THE DARK ELEMENT, the new musical project featuring former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon and Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen, will release its self-titled debut album on November 10 via Frontiers Music Srl. The official video for the song "My Sweet Mystery" can be seen below. Since word of this project got out, fans have ...

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AMARANTHE Releases 'Maximize' Video

Swedish modern melodic metallers AMARANTHE have released a video for "Maximize", the opening track of the band's "Maximalism" album, released in October 2016. A stylistically different choice from previous AMARANTHE clip, this video shows a more intimate and raw side to the band, letting the band and its performance speak for itself without any effects ...

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Wall Of Sound - MARTY FRIEDMAN

I live about 45 minutes from Laurel, Maryland, and frequently end up in the District of Columbia. You pass through, or by, Laurel to get to D.C., and though I almost never speak of it to anyone riding with me—unless, as rock fans, they can grasp the significance of it—I always think the same thing: ...

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'Tuska20 - The Anniversary Song' Video Feat. Members Of NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS, AMORPHIS, HIM, CHILDREN OF BODOM

The official video for "Tuska20 - The Anniversary Song", a track celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Finland's Tuska open-air metal festival, can be seen below. The clip, which was edited by Antti Kuivalainen and Ykä Järvinen, includes excerpts from Tuska 2015 and 2016 aftermovies as well as newly shot studio footage. The 12-inch vinyl version ...

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HIM Photo Exhibition At Helsinki Art Museum And Tiketti Galleria As Part Of TUSKA's 20th Anniversary

Helsinki Art Museum (HAM), Tuska festival and Tiketti Galleria present a unique project at HAM corner by the most famous Finnish rock photographer, Ville Juurikkala. Juurikkala documents the legendary band HIM as they prepare for their farewell tour in his project titled "HIM: Right Here In My Eyes". In addition to this project, Tuska festival ...

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NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS, AMORPHIS, HIM, CHILDREN OF BODOM Members Contribute To 'Tuska20 - The Anniversary Song'

Members of NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS, WINTERSUN, AMORPHIS, HIM, BATTLE BEAST and CHILDREN OF BODOM are among the musicians who have contributed to "Tuska20 - The Anniversary Song", a track celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Finland's Tuska open-air metal festival. Tuska promoter Jouni Markkanen said: "All proceeds from this project will be collected to the 'Tuska 20 ...

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Finland's Biggest Heavy Metal Festival TUSKA Celebrates 20th Anniversary In 2017

HIM, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, MAYHEM, APOCALYPTICA, DIRKSCHNEIDER and SONATA ARCTICA are among the confirmed bands for the 20th-anniversary edition of the Tuska festival, set to take place June 30 - July 2 in Helsinki, Finland. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: Friday, June 30: SUICIDAL TENDENCIES MAYHEM WINTERSUN INSOMNIUM BRUJERIA ANNEKE VAN GIERSBEGEN'S VUUR ...

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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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