STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"The STRATOVARIUS forum has been closed because 2 individuals sent an email to the Finnish police and claimed that STRATOVARIUS supports Nazis. This claim is outright ridiculous and deserves that I tell these 2 idiots: FUCK OFF!!!
"The forum was subjected to a calculated attack by people who wanted the whole site brought down. We are considering legal options against these individuals. There were coordinated posts by Nazi trolls, and minutes after that email was sent to the police claiming STRATOVARIUS supported racial hate speech.
"STRATOVARIUS has never and never will support any form of physical violence. We might break toilets, hotelrooms and occasionally piss to places where you should not piss, but we do not encourage any form of violence to our fellow human beings. We are all part of THE HUMAN RACE.
"Speaking of which that the hate mail has continued to pour in. I have received about 40 handwritten letters of hate mail. [New singer] MissK has received more and the most horrible thing was in the form of a packet that arrived from Brazil. It contained SHIT. Thank you very much indeed from the bottom of our drunken hearts.
"I still haven't found a replacement for Anders Johansson, whom I fired from STRATOVARIUS couple of weeks ago.
"There is one very strong candidate though and when I get her promotional material, I will make the decision. STRATOVARIUS may have a female drummer as well! This lady kicks some serious fucking ass!!
" 'PopKiller' songs are almost ready and I have to tell you that it also kicks some serious motherfucking ASS!! It reminds me at times of PANTERA. But perhaps bit more melodic.
"In about a week I will travel to Germany for rehearsals of Piorno Rock festival.
"Still no word from Kotipelto. I guess he is not coming to rehearsals. I actually met him in Tavastia club where I was enjoying a great fucking band THUNDERSTONE. These guys are absolutely crazy. You know what they do? They have a habit that they call 'Eskimo Kisses'. 2 members of the band rub their testicles against each other. I always wonder, when I see that, why on Earth someone would be doing that.
"But hell yeah, I met Kotipelto and I tried to talk to him, but he just walked away. I must admit I was drunk as a skunk though and could barely talk. Hey, I have been studying Wilhelm Reich, my man!!! You should check anything he wrote, but I have been reading now mainly 'The Sexual Revolution', 'Genitality' and 'The Mass Psychology Of Fascism'.
"Great, great books.
"Well, that's all folks, take care of yourselves.
"In Fucking Metal, Timo Tolkki"