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TWISTED SISTER Guitarist EDDIE OJEDA Reveals New Solo Album Title

DiMarzio, Inc., the Staten Island, New York-based company that manufactures magnetic pickups for electric guitars, has posted a four-minute video clip of TWISTED SISTER guitarist Eddie Ojeda talking about his first hand-wound Super Distortion pickup, his DiMarzio cables and straps, and his solo projects. Check it out below. Said Ojeda: "Right now I'm working on ...

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CORPSET Signs With VIOLENT JOURNEY RECORDS

Finnish death metallers CORPSET have inked a deal with Violent Journey Records. The band's debut album, "Ruins", is scheduled for release on April 27. The CD was recorded at various facilities — from professional studios to a horse ranch in the Finnish countryside — and was mixed and mastered at the Coal Hole studio in ...

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SYMFONIA Performs Live For First Time; Video Available

SYMFONIA, the new melodic metal project featuring former members of HELLOWEEN, STRATOVARIUS, ANGRA and SONATA ARCTICA, made its live debut last night (Friday, February 18) at the Finnish Metal Expo (part of the Helsinki Metal Meeting) in Helsinki, Finland. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Fields Of Avalon 02. Come By The Hills 03. ...

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Drummer ULI KUSCH Forced To Sit Out SYMFONIA Live Debut

Drummer Uli Kusch will be unable to join his SYMFONIA bandmates at the group's debut concert this coming Friday, February 18 at the Finnish Metal Expo (part of the Helsinki Metal Meeting) in Helsinki, Finland. Commented Kusch: "Over a month ago I started to feel pain in my left hand while rehearsing for the first ...

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SYMFONIA Signs With EDEL; Debut Album Title, Artwork Revealed

SYMFONIA, the new melodic metal project featuring former members of HELLOWEEN, STRATOVARIUS, ANGRA and SONATA ARCTICA, has inked a worldwide deal (excluding Asia) with Edel Germany GmbH for the release of the band's debut album, "In Paradisum". Due on April 1, the 12-song CD was Studiomega in Varberg, Sweden. Commented SYMFONIA guitarist Timo Tolkki: "I ...

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STRATOVARIUS Drummer Interviewed In Madrid (Video)

MSN / Rock Metal TV last year conducted an interview with STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael earlier this month when the band played in Madrid, Spain with HELLOWEEN. You can now watch the chat below. "Elysium", the thirteenth full-length studio album from STRATOVARIUS, entered the official chart in the band's home country at position No. 1. ...

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PROFANE OMEN Signs With SPINEFARM RECORDS

Finnish metallers PROFANE OMEN have inked a deal with Spinefarm Records. The band's third album is currently being recorded at Petrax studios in Hollola, Finland for a September release. A studio diary has been launched at this location. Bassist Tomppa Saarenketo left PROFANE OMEN in November due to his "lack of motivation." A ...

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WARMEN Begins Work On New Material

WARMEN, the brainchild of CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman, has commenced work on material for the follow-up for the band's critically acclaimed 2009 studio album "Japanese Hospitality". The Finnish group hopes to find time to work intensively on the CD in 2011 despite CHILDREN OF BODOM's hectic touring schedule. WARMEN is hoping to have ...

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PROFANE OMEN Begins Recording New Album

Finnish metallers PROFANE OMEN have entered Petrax studios in Hollola, Finland studio to begin recording their third album for a 2011 release. A studio diary has been launched at this location. Bassist Tomppa Saarenketo left PROFANE OMEN in November due to his "lack of motivation." A replacement bassist has not yet been announced. ...

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STRATOVARIUS: 'Elysium' E-Card Available

An e-card for "Elysium", the thirteenth full-length studio album from Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS, can be accessed at this location. The CD will be released in Europe on January 14, 2011 through earMUSIC/Edel and in North America on January 18 via Armoury Records. Check out audio samples of all the songs that ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer Falls Ill; Paris Concert Canceled

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS were forced to cancel last night's (Tuesday, January 11) performance at the Elysée Montmartre in Paris, France as the support act for HELLOWEEN after STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto was taken ill. Video footage of Kotipelto explaining the reasons for STRATOVARIUS' Paris cancelation from the stage at last night's concert can be ...

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STRATOVARIUS: New Song Available For Streaming

"Under Flaming Skies", a brand new song from Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS, can be streamed using the Soundcloud player below. The track comes off the band's thirteenth full-length studio album, "Elysium", which will be released in Asia on January 12 via JVC, in Europe on January 14, 2011 through earMUSIC/Edel and in North America on ...

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SYMFONIA: Video Footage From The Studio

SYMFONIA, the new melodic metal project featuring former members of HELLOWEEN, STRATOVARIUS, ANGRA and SONATA ARCTICA, entered Studiomega in Varberg, Sweden on November 25 to begin recording 12 songs for its debut album, which is scheduled for a March 25, 2011 release. Video footage from the studio can be viewed in two parts below. SYMFONIA ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman Interviewed By Austria's MULATSCHAG TV

Mulatschag TV conducted an interview with vocalist Timo Kotipelto of Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS when the band played in Vienna, Austria on November 26, 2010. You can now watch the chat below. STRATOVARIUS will release its thirteenth full-length studio album, "Elysium", in Asia on January 12, 2011 via JVC and in the rest of the ...

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SCARLET RECORDS Signs New North American Distribution Deal

Scarlet Records has inked a new deal with Belmondo Entertainment/Entertainment One Distribution for the North American distribution of its releases and extensive catalog. Belmondo/Entertainment One will acquire both physical and digital rights for the Italian label's roster, which includes many acclaimed international acts such as REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE (featuring former STRATOVARIUS mastermind Timo Tolkki), SKYCLAD, ROYAL ...

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SYMFONIA: More Video Interviews Posted Online

Video interviews with bassist Jari Kainulainen (STRATOVARIUS, EVERGREY), keyboardist Mikko Härkin (SONATA ARCTICA, KOTIPELTO) and drummer Uli Kusch (MASTERPLAN, HELLOWEEN) about their new SYMFONIA project can be viewed below. SYMFONIA features former members of HELLOWEEN, STRATOVARIUS, ANGRA and SONATA ARCTICA. The band entered Studiomega in Varberg, Sweden on November 25 to begin recording 12 songs ...

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ANDRÉ MATOS: New Brazilian Concert Footage Posted Online

Fan-filmed video footage of Brazilian singer André Matos' (ANGRA, SHAAMAN, VIPER) November 19, 2010 performance at SESC in Santo André, Brazil can be viewed below (courtesy of Joel Oliveira Jr.). "Mentalize", the second solo album from André Matos, was released in Europe on February 1, 2010 via SPV/Steamhammer (three days earlier in Germany). The CD ...

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STRATOVARIUS: 'Elysium' Collector's Edition Detailed

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS will release their thirteenth full-length studio album, "Elysium", in Asia on January 12, 2011 via JVC and in the rest of the world on January 14, 2011 through earMUSIC/Edel. A single with two new songs will be released on November 26 to coincide with the start of the "7 Sinners World ...

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