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SONATA ARCTICA To Play San Francisco In February

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA — whose third North American tour begins September 12 in Fort Worth, Texas and includes a headlining performance at the ProgPower USA VIII festival in Atlanta, Georgia — are planning on returning in February 2008 for another batch of dates that will cover mostly Canada and will include some U.S. ...

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SONATA ARCTICA To Tour Canada In February

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA — whose third North American tour begins September 12 in Fort Worth, Texas and includes a headlining performance at the ProgPower USA VIII festival in Atlanta, Georgia — are planning on returning in February 2008 for another batch of dates that will cover mostly Canada. More information will be made ...

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SONATA ARCTICA Confirmed For Next Year's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. Also scheduled to appear are IRON MAIDEN (headliners), CHILDREN OF BODOM, AVANTASIA and KREATOR. SONATA ARCTICA recently parted ways with guitarist Jani Liimatainen and ...

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SONATA ARCTICA Announces New Guitarist

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have issued the following update: "As many already know, our guitarist Jani Liimatainen has been absent from the lineup this spring and summer. The reason was his messing around with his compulsory military/civil/prison duty, or rather, complete failure to take care of it. "This matter, and everything that goes with ...

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JORDANRIVER To Release OATH TO VANQUISH Debut

In another step towards supporting the Arabian metal scene, JordanRiver Entertainment has signed an exclusive licensing deal with U.K. death metal label Grindethic Records to issue the debut album by Lebanese extreme metallers OATH TO VANQUISH. A July 7 release is expected. The new license version of the album, titled "Applied Schizophrenic Science", will feature ...

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NONPOINT Teams Up With NHL's FLORIDA PANTHERS For Charity Event

NONPOINT frontman Elias Soriano will appear as one the special celebrity guests for the Florida Panthers Foundation's kettle ringing ceremony this Saturday, March 24. All funds raised from the kettles will be earmarked to support programs for the very low-income and homeless children that the Salvation Army serves in Broward County. Complete details on the ...

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SECRET SPHERE: In Pre-Production Mode

Italian metallers SECRET SPHERE have finished laying down 18 new song ideas for the follow-up to 2005's "Heart & Anger". Pre-production on the new CD will start in two weeks at the studio of Federico Pennazzato, the group's new drummer. Commented guitarist/mastermind Aldo Lonobile: "The general sound of the new songs is heavier than before ...

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NONPOINT Drummer: 'We Love What We Do'

Scott Fishman of The Miami Herald recently conducted an interview with NONPOINT singer Elias Soriano and drummer Robb Rivera. A few excerpts from the chat follow: On topping the bill for 93 Rock's End of Summer Slam Saturday (Sept. 30) at Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida: Rivera: "It's extremely nerve-wracking. I also know ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Bassist's MESS Project Working On Debut EP

MESS, the Finnish heavy metal band featuring bassist Jari Kainulainen (ex-STRATOVARIUS), drummer Atte Sarkima (AJATTARA, VERENPISARA), vocalist Tommi "Tuple" Salmela (TAROT, CARDIANT) and guitarist Elias Viljainen (E.VIL), is currently working on its first EP, tentatively due before the end of the year. MESS previously described its music as "very riff-oriented metal, occationally like BLACK SABBATH ...

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DRAGONLAND Members To Score French Film

DRAGONLAND's Olof Mörck and Elias Holmlid will be working with French director and screenplay writer Thierry Lorenzi, scoring the music for his gothic and romantic short film "Bye Bye Bloody Mary", which will feature some high-profile names in French cinema, such as Didier Azoulay (who played the antagonist to Jet Li in "Kiss of the ...

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Lebanese Metallers OATH TO VANQUISH Sign With GRINDETHIC RECORDS

U.K.-based label Grindethic Records has announced the signing of Lebanese extreme metallers OATH TO VANQUISH. The group's debut album, "Applied Schizophrenic Science", was mastered by Colin Davis (VILE) at Imperial Mastering and is tentatively set for a June release. According to a press release, OATH TO VANQUISH "regurgitate a vicious, bone-crushing and twisted concoction of ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Bassist Completes Work On New MESS Demo: Audio Available

MESS, the Finnish heavy metal band featuring bassist Jari Kainulainen (ex-STRATOVARIUS), drummer Atte Sarkima (AJATTARA, VERENPISARA), vocalist Tommi "Tuple" Salmela (TAROT, CARDIANT) and guitarist Elias Viljainen (E.VIL), have finished mixing their new four-song demo at Fantom Studio in Tampere, Finland by Samu Oittinen (DIABLO). Commented the band: "These new MESS songs are very riff-oriented metal, ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Bassist Records New Music With Reactivated MESS

Former STRATOVARIUS bassist Jari Kainulainen has joined forces with drummer Atte Sarkima (AJATTARA, VERENPISARA), vocalist Tommi "Tuple" Salmela (TAROT, CARDIANT) and guitarist Elias Viljainen (E.VIL) in a new Finnish heavy metal band called MESS. The group, whose musical style is being described as "BLACK SABBATH meets PANTERA," was originally formed in 2001 but went on ...

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SECRET SPHERE Announce New Drummer

Italian melodic metallers SECRET SPHERE have announced the addition of drummer Federico Pennazzato to the group's ranks. "Federico is a young and brilliant drummer coming from our city, so after more than three months of collaboration and some gigs we are happy to confirm that he is the right man to sit behind the kit!" ...

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SECRET SPHERE To Support ROYAL HUNT On European Tour

Italian melodic metallers SECRET SPHERE will be supporting ROYAL HUNT on a European tour in October. Confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 07 - Caserta.Naples, ITA @ Oddly Shed Oct. 08 - Florence, ITA @ Ministry Oct. 09 - Pavia/Milan, ITA @ Thunder Road Oct. 10 - Munich, GER @ Garage Oct. 11 - Verviers, ...

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SECRET SPHERE: New Album Details Revealed

Italian power metallers SECRET SPHERE have pushed forward the release date of their new album, "Heart & Anger" (Nuclear Blast), to May 23 from the previously announced May 30. The CD was issued in Japan on April 21. The follow-up to 2003's "Scent of Human Desire", "Heart & Anger" was recorded at One Voice Studio ...

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DRAGONLAND Sign With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

DRAGONLAND, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based melodic metal sextet, have signed a multi-album worldwide deal with Century Media Records. "We are really happy to have found a new home with Century Media Records," stated DRAGONLAND lead guitarist/founder Nicklas Magnusson. Formed in 1999, DRAGONLAND have released two albums via the Greek label Black Lotus Records ("The Battle Of ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Drummer To Play Cover Gigs In Greece

VALANOS, the new hard rock/metal cover band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN/METALIUM drummer Mark Cross and former members of the Greek metal act SPITFIRE, will perform several gigs in Greece during July/August. The group's 90-minute set will include covers of various hard rock and metal classics, original tracks from SPITFIRE (who released two albums through EMI, 1986's "First ...

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COLD Ready New Album, Tour

COLD are gearing up for a short club tour to preview their forthcoming album, "Year of the Spider", due April 29 on Flip/Geffen Records. The album's first single, "Stupid Girl", features an appearance by WEEZER frontman Rivers Cuomo. The WEEZER singer co-wrote the song with COLD vocalist Scooter Ward, and also sings background vocals. COLD ...

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COLD Select First Single From 'Year of the Spider'

COLD have set "Stupid Girl" as the first single off their upcoming album, "Year of the Spider", due on April 29 through Geffen Records. As previously reported, "Year Of The Spider" was recorded in part at Bay 7 Studios in Los Angeles, California with producer Howard Benson (SEPULTURA, P.O.D., SKINDRED) and includes the track "Kurt", ...

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COLD Set Release Date For 'Year Of The Spider'

COLD have set an April 29 release date Geffen Records for their new album, "Year of the Spider". "Year Of The Spider" was recorded in part at Bay 7 Studios in Los Angeles, California with producer Howard Benson (SEPULTURA, P.O.D., SKINDRED) and includes the track "Kurt", which was written as a tribute to late NIRVANA ...

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COLD: New Songs Posted Online

COLD have posted two brand new tracks in streaming audio at these locations: 01. Suffocate 02. Stupid Girl Both tracks come off the band's upcoming album, "Year Of The Spider", due in late spring/early summer through Geffen Records. "Year Of The Spider" was recorded in part at Bay 7 Studios in ...

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NONPOINT: We Didn't Sell Out!!

NONPOINT have issued a statement in an attempt to clarify the recent comments made by vocalist Elias Soriano in which he seemingly admitted that the melodic vocals and musical hooks of the band's third record, Development, were partially influenced by the group's desire to get played on the radio. The statement reads as ...

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NONPOINT Frontman Admits Toning Music Down For Radio

NONPOINT vocalist Elias Soriano has admitted to MTV.com that the melodic vocals and musical hooks of the band's third record, Development, were partially influenced by the group's desire to get played on the radio. "A lot of our fans were expecting something a little bit more on the edgier, heavier side," Soriano explained. "But unfortunately, ...

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