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STRATOVARIUS Members To Guest On New AMBERIAN DAWN Album

Timo Kotipelto (vocals) and Jens Johansson (keyboards) of STRATOVARIUS will make guest appearances on the forthcoming fourth album from Finnish female-fronted symphonic metallers AMBERIAN DAWN. AMBERIAN DAWN's mainman, keyboardist and guitarist Tuomas Seppl composed all ten songs for the CD which is due in 2012 and vocalist Heidi Parviainen penned the lyrics. Johansson previously guested ...

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VENGEANCE Signs With SPV/STEAMHAMMER

Legendary Dutch rock band VENGEANCE has inked a deal with Steamhammer/SPV. The group's new album, "Crystal Eye", will be made available in Europe on February 27. A North American release will follow in early March. Commented VENGEANCE vocalist Leon Goewie: "We are proud that we have signed with SPV/Steamhammer. We finally found our home and ...

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WARMEN Begins Recording New Album

WARMEN, the brainchild of CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman, has entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up for the band's critically acclaimed 2009 studio album "Japanese Hospitality". A 2012 release is expected. The first batch of photos from the recording sessions for the as-yet-untitled new CD can be found on the WARMEN

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LAY DOWN ROTTEN Recording New Album

German death metallers LAY DOWN ROTTEN are recording their sixth album, "Mask Of Malice", at Desert Inn Studios in Germany for a February 2012 release via Metal Blade Records. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Deathchain", "And Out Come The Wolves", "Hades Resurrected" and "Swallow The Bitterness". Comments the band: "We are almost ...

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DELAIN: More Footage From The Studio Posted Online

Dutch female-fronted symphonic rock outfit DELAIN recently began recording its as-yet-untitled third studio album at various studios in Stockholm, Sweden for a spring 2012 release via Roadrunner Records. Behind the production desk is Jacob Hellner, renowned for his work with RAMMSTEIN and APOCALYPTICA, alongside the Epicentre team of Fredrik Thomander and Anders Wikstrm (SCORPIONS, BACKYARD ...

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ANNIHILATOR's JEFF WATERS Guests On FREEDOMINATION Song; Audio Available

Guitarist Jeff Waters of Canadian thrash metal veterans ANNIHILATOR makes a guest appearance on the song "Hide Your Self" by the up-and-coming Finnish metal act FREEDOMINATION. The track is featured on FREEDOMINATION's new promotional release, "Power Of Nightmares", and will also appear on the group's upcoming full-length album. Commented FREEDOMINATION guitarist/vocalist Timo Ahlstrm: "This song ...

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STRATOVARIUS Drummer Quits

Drummer Jrg Michael has announced his plans to leave the Finnish melodic metal band STRATOVARUS for personal reasons. Jrg, who has been in the group for sixteen years, will play all the remaining tour dates until the end of January, and will celebrate with a special Finnish "Farewell Jrg" tour from November 18 to November ...

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STRATOVARIUS: 'Under Flaming Skies' Video Released

"Under Flaming Skies", the new video from Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS, can be seen below. The song comes off the band's thirteenth full-length studio album, "Elysium", which entered the official chart in the band's home country at position No. 1. The CD was released in Europe on January 14 through earMUSIC/Edel and in North America ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN: New Video Interview With HANSI KRSCH

Criss F. Tolkki of Metal From Finland conducted an interview with vocalist Hansi Krsch of German power metallers BLIND GUARDIAN at this year's edition of the Tuska open-air metal festival, which was held July 22-24, 2011 at Suvilahti in Helsinki, Finland. You can now watch the chat in two parts below. BLIND GUARDIAN is currently ...

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DELAIN Begins Recording New Album

Dutch female-fronted symphonic rock outfit DELAIN has completed the songwriting process for its third studio album, tentatively due in the spring 2012 via Roadrunner Records. The group is currently recording the as-yet-untitled opus at various studios in Stockholm, Sweden. Behind the production desk is Jacob Hellner, renowned for his work with RAMMSTEIN and APOCALYPTICA, alongside ...

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CONSFEARACY Debut To Receive U.S. Release Next Month

Transatlantic Music Group has set a September 11 U.S. release date for the self-titled debut album from CONSFEARACY (formerly PROPHESY), the American/German metal band featuring lead vocalist Brian O'Connor (ex-VICIOUS RUMORS), guitarist Fabian Schwarz (THE NEW BLACK), bassist Gnter Auschrat (THE NEW BLACK, ABANDONED), guitarist Ira Black (ex-VICIOUS RUMORS, LIZZY BORDEN, METAL CHURCH) and drummer ...

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TRANSPORT LEAGUE Frontman's Brother Found Dead

Timo Jelencovich, the younger brother of former MNEMIC and current M.A.N/TRANSPORT LEAGUE frontman Tony Jelencovich, was found dead yesterday (Saturday, August 20) at 6 p.m. in Bergsjn, a district in eastern Gothenburg, Sweden. It is suspected that he was murdered, thrown to his death from the balcony of a sixth-floor apartment. One person has already ...

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CONSFEARACY: Audio Samples Of Entire Debut Album Available

CONSFEARACY (formerly PROPHESY), the American/German metal band featuring lead vocalist Brian O'Connor (ex-VICIOUS RUMORS), guitarist Fabian Schwarz (THE NEW BLACK), bassist Gnter Auschrat (THE NEW BLACK, ABANDONED), guitarist Ira Black (ex-VICIOUS RUMORS, LIZZY BORDEN, METAL CHURCH) and drummer Timo Weis, will release its self-titled debut album on July 4 (three days earlier in Germany) via ...

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SYMFONIA Parts Ways With Drummer ULI KUSCH

SYMFONIA the new melodic metal project featuring Timo Tolkki (STRATOVARIUS, REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE) on guitar, Andr Matos (ANGRA, SHAAMAN, VIPER) on vocals, Jari Kainulainen (STRATOVARIUS, EVERGREY) on bass, Mikko Hrkin (SONATA ARCTICA, KOTIPELTO) on keyboards, and Uli Kusch (MASTERPLAN, HELLOWEEN) on drums has issued the following update: "We would like to thank all of you who ...

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CONSFEARACY: First Track Available For Streaming

CONSFEARACY (formerly PROPHESY), the American/German metal band featuring lead vocalist Brian O'Connor (ex-VICIOUS RUMORS), guitarist Fabian Schwarz (THE NEW BLACK), bassist Gnter Auschrat (THE NEW BLACK, ABANDONED), guitarist Ira Black (ex-VICIOUS RUMORS, LIZZY BORDEN, METAL CHURCH) and drummer Timo Weis, will release its self-titled debut album on July 4 (three days earlier in Germany) via ...

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RANDOM EYES To Release 'Light Up' Next Week

After three years' turmoil, Jyvskyl, Finland's RANDOM EYES returns stronger than ever and armed with its third album, "Light Up", and a rejuvenated lineup, featuring drum prodigy Rolf Pilve (SOLUTION.45, STATUS MINOR, BEYOND THE DREAM, CODE FOR SILENCE) and two new guitarists. Run by Christian Palin, the Uruguayan/Finnish vocalist who fronted French power metal unit ...

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DELAIN: Performance Footage Of Two New Songs Available

Video footage of Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers DELAIN performing two brand new songs with the working titles of "Get The Devil Out Of Me" and "Milk And Honey" on April 29, 2011 at the Academy in Manchester, England can be viewed below. DELAIN last month announced the addition of guitarist Timo Somers to the group's ...

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CORPSET: 'Into The Light' Video Released

Into The Light, the new video from Finnish death metallers CORPSET, can be viewed below. The song comes off the group's debut album, "Ruins", which is scheduled for release on April 27 via Violent Journey Records. The CD was recorded at various facilities — from professional studios to a horse ranch in the Finnish countryside ...

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CONSFEARACY Signs With MASSACRE RECORDS

CONSFEARACY (formerly PROPHESY), the American/German metal band featuring lead vocalist Brian O'Connor (ex-VICIOUS RUMORS), guitarist Fabian Schwarz (THE NEW BLACK), bassist Günter Auschrat (THE NEW BLACK, ABANDONED), guitarist Ira Black (ex-VICIOUS RUMORS, LIZZY BORDEN, METAL CHURCH) and drummer Timo Weis, has inked a deal with Massacre Records. The group produced, recorded and mixed its self-titled ...

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STRATOVARIUS' 'Dreamspace'-Era Lineup To Release New Album In January

Former STRATOVARIUS leader and current SYMFONIA guitarist Timo Tolkki has teamed up with fellow ex-STRATOVARIUS members Tuomo Lassila (drums), Anti Ikonen (keyboards) and Jari Kainulainen (former member of EVERGREY) to record a new studio album. The CD, which will be released in January 2012, will celebrate STRATOVARIUS' 30-year anniversary and will feature the same lineup ...

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DELAIN Announces New Guitarist

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers DELAIN have announced the addition of guitarist Timo Somers to the group's ranks. The band states, "Timo's been rehearsing with us for quite some time and we're very confident that we've found the best possible new DELAIN team member in him; this guy's got music in his blood. "You'll be getting ...

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