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STRATOVARIUS Frontman Interviewed On 'MSRcast' (Audio)

Long-running metal podcast MSRcast, part of Metal Injection Radio, recently conducted an interview with Timo Kotipelto, lead vocalist of Finnish metallers STRATOVARIUS. They discuss lots of great metal topics, including touring, the band's brand new album, "Elysium"; Timo's solo career; and even get into the topic of STRATOVARIUS' former guitarist Timo Tolkki. The ...

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SYMFONIA: New Song Available For Streaming

"Fields Of Avalon", a brand new song from SYMFONIA — the new melodic metal project featuring former members of HELLOWEEN, STRATOVARIUS, ANGRA and SONATA ARCTICA — is available for streaming below (courtesy of AOL's Noisecreep). The track comes off the band's debut album, "In Paradisum", which is scheduled for release in Europe on ...

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BLACK Hoping To Hit The Road Later This Year

Vocalist Tony Martin (BLACK SABBATH), bassist Magnus Rosén (HAMMERFALL), guitarist Andy La Rocque (KING DIAMOND) and drummer Danny "Danté" Needham (VENOM, TONY MARTIN) have joined forces in a new "supergroup" which is presently going under the working band name BLACK. Commented Rosén: "It feels very interesting with our new band BLACK. "We are working on ...

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SYMFONIA: New Song Sample Available

A two-minute sample of "Fields Of Avalon", a brand new song from SYMFONIA — the new melodic metal project featuring former members of HELLOWEEN, STRATOVARIUS, ANGRA and SONATA ARCTICA — is available for streaming at Symfonia.fi (in the audio player at the bottom of the page). The track comes off the band's debut ...

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SYMFONIA: 'In Paradisum' North American Release Date Announced

"In Paradisum", the debut album from SYMFONIA — the new melodic metal project featuring former members of HELLOWEEN, STRATOVARIUS, ANGRA and SONATA ARCTICA — will be released in North America on April 19 via Armoury Records. The CD will be issued in Europe on April 1 through Edel Germany GmbH. "In Paradisum" track listing: 01. ...

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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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