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Ex-STRATOVARIUS Guitarist TIMO TOLKKI Accuses Swedish Band ECLIPSE Of 'Ripping Off' His Song

Timo Tolkki has accused the Swedish band ECLIPSE of "ripping off" a song from his post-STRATOVARIUS project REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE. According to the guitarist, the ECLIPSE track "The Masquerade", which appears on the group's latest album, "Paradigm", is a copy of the song "Revolution Renaissance" from the band he founded after he left STRATOVARIUS in 2008. ...

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DESTRUCTION Announces 'Thrash Alliance' 2020 European Tour With LEGION OF THE DAMNED, SUICIDAL ANGELS

Legendary German thrashers DESTRUCTION will embark on the "Thrash Alliance" European tour this winter. They will be joined by Dutch death/thrash monsters LEGION OF THE DAMNED, Greek thrash metal maniacs SUICIDAL ANGELS and German death-thrashers FINAL BREATH. DESTRUCTION singer and bassist Schmier comments: "Yeah, the 'Thrash Alliance' is back with a BANG! We are delighted ...

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HAMMERFALL's JOACIM CANS: 'No One Expected An Album Like 'Glory To The Brave' In 1997'

Power metal was considered outdated when HAMMERFALL released its "Glory To The Brave" debut in 1997. Save for BLIND GUARDIAN, very few power metal acts actually increased in popularity throughout the decade, with the style's pioneering band, HELLOWEEN, struggling to regain footing after lineup changes, and alternative and grunge music taking precedence, effectively pushing out ...

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DESTRUCTION: 'Inspired By Death' Visualizer Video

The official visualizer video for "Inspired By Death" from German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION can be viewed below. The song is taken from the band's 17th studio album, "Born To Perish", which is being released today (Friday, August 9) via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded in January and February 2019 with V.O. Pulver (PRO-PAIN, ...

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Video Premiere: DESTRUCTION's 'Betrayal'

"Betrayal", the new video from German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION, can be viewed below. The song is taken from the band's 17th studio album, "Born To Perish", which will be released on August 9 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded in January and February 2019 with V.O. Pulver (PRO-PAIN, BURNING WITCHES, NERVOSA) at Little ...

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THE DARK ELEMENT Feat. Former NIGHTWISH Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist: 'Songs The Night Sings' Album Due In November

THE DARK ELEMENT, the project featuring former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon and Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen, will release its second album, "Songs The Night Sings", on November 8 via Frontiers Music Srl. The follow-up to 2017's "The Dark Element" was mixed by Jacob Hansen, who has previously worked with VOLBEAT and AMARANTHE, among ...

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SONATA ARCTICA's TONY KAKKO: 'There Are A Lot of Bands Who Always Did Power Metal Much Better Than We Did'

Since its 1999 "Ecliptica" debut, SONATA ARCTICA has gradually moved away from the zippy, speedy, if not wholly saccharine, power metal sound that so defined the Finnish band's early years. Inspired heavily by their fellow countrymen STRATOVARIUS, SONATA ARCTICA rode the late '90s/early 2000s melodic and power metal resurgence alongside EDGUY, HAMMERFALL and KAMELOT. But ...

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HALESTORM Joined By LOVEBITES Singer For 'Love Bites (So Do I)' Performance At U.K.'s DOWNLOAD (Video)

Asami, the singer of LOVEBITES, the all-female heavy metal band from Tokyo, joined HALESTORM on stage on June 15 at the Download festival at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England to perform the latter group's Grammy-winning song "Love Bites (So Do I)". Fan-filmed video footage of her appearance can be seen below. LOVEBITES took its name ...

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TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON: 'Godsend' Video Feat. MARIANGELA DEMURTAS

Frontiers Music Srl recently announced the return of TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON with the release of the long-awaited third chapter in his metal opera, "Return To Eden", on June 14. Today, the official music video for the third single, "Godsend", featuring Mariangela Demurtas (ARDOURS, TRISTANIA) on lead vocals, has been made available. Check it out below. ...

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Watch RITCHIE BLACKMORE's RAINBOW Perform In Munich, Germany

Fan-filmed video footage of RAINBOW's June 12 concert at Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany can be seen below (courtesy of YouTube users "Poupystar is back" and "munichhorseman"). Last month, RAINBOW released a new digital single, "The Storm", via Minstrel Hall Music. The song is said to be "a rocked-up remake" of an old BLACKMORE'S NIGHT track ...

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DESTRUCTION: Official Visualizer For 'Born To Perish' Title Track

German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION will release their 17th studio album, "Born To Perish", on August 9 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded in January and February 2019 with V.O. Pulver (PRO-PAIN, BURNING WITCHES, NERVOSA) at Little Creek Studios in Switzerland and is the first DESTRUCTION album to feature Randy Black on drums and ...

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THE DARK ELEMENT Feat. Former NIGHTWISH Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist: Second Album Completed

THE DARK ELEMENT, the project featuring former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon and Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen, has completed work on its second album. The follow-up to 2017's "The Dark Element" was mixed by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT) and will tentatively arrive this fall via Frontiers Music Srl. Joining Olzon and Liimatainen in THE DARK ...

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DESTRUCTION: 'Born To Perish' Cover Artwork Unveiled

German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION have revealed the cover artwork for their upcoming 17th studio album, "Born To Perish". This visualization was created by acclaimed artist Gyula from Hungary, who has also created artwork for ANNIHLATOR, GRAVE DIGGER, STRATOVARIUS, TANKARD and many more. A trailer where you can follow the creation of the artwork is ...

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TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON: 'Promises' Video Released

Frontiers Music Srl has announced the return of TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON with the release of the long-awaited third chapter in his metal opera, "Return To Eden", on June 14. Today, the first single and video, "Promises", featuring Todd Michael Hall (RIOT V) on lead vocals, has been released. Check it out below. Five years in ...

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TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON Teases 'Promises' Single

TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON will release its new album, "Return To Eden", on June 14 via Frontiers Music Srl. Guests on the disc include Todd Michael Hall (RIOT V), Mariangela Demurtas (TRISTANIA), Zachary Stevens (SAVATAGE), Anneke Van Giersbergen (THE GATHERING) and Eduard Hovinga (ELEGY). A snippet of the album's first single, "Promises", is available below. The ...

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TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON To Release 'Return To Eden' Album In June

TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON will release its new album, "Return To Eden", on June 14 via Frontiers Music Srl. Guests on the disc include Todd Michael Hall (RIOT V), Mariangela Demurtas (TRISTANIA), Zachary Stevens (SAVATAGE), Anneke Van Giersbergen (THE GATHERING) and Eduard Hovinga (ELEGY). Formed in the autumn of 2012, TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON released its debut ...

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NORTHTALE Signs With NUCLEAR BLAST

NORTHTALE, the new Swedish-American power metal band featuring guitarist Bill Hudson (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, I AM MORBID, ex-U.D.O./ DIRKSCHNEIDER), vocalist Christian Eriksson (ex-TWILIGHT FORCE), and drummer Patrick Johansson (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ex-W.A.S.P.) — has inked a deal with Nuclear Blast. The group, which is completed by bassist Mikael Planefeldt and keyboardist Jimmy Pitts, will release its debut ...

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RAINBOW Singer RONNIE ROMERO Quits LORDS OF BLACK

RAINBOW singer Ronnie Romero has exited LORDS OF BLACK. He announced his departure from the Spanish melodic progressive metal band in a post on his Facebook page. Ronnie wrote: "Just to inform that since some weeks ago I did leave my 'job' as lead singer in LORDS OF BLACK. Almost five years of good music, ...

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