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NIGHTWISH Cancel First Three Shows Of North American Tour

NIGHTWISH have been forced to cancel the first three shows of their North American tour (Toronto, Montreal and Philadelphia) after failing to secure their visas in time for the tour's kick-off date. "Our U.S. visa applications were filed early enough at the end of March 2004, so the U.S. immigration office is the one responsible ...

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NIGHTWISH To Release New Single In September

Finland's NIGHTWISH will be issuing a new single, "Wish I Had An Angel", on September 15 through Spinefarm Records. The single will be available in two versions: CD-single and DVD-single. The complete track listing for both versions is as follows: "Wish I Had An Angel" (CD-single) 01. Wish I Had An Angel (Album Version) 02. ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'Once' To Receive U.S. Release In October

Roadrunner Records has set an October 20 North American release date for the fifth NIGHTWISH album, "Once". The label will also issue the set in Australia and New Zealand. In July, the Spinefarm/Nuclear Blast release topped the European Top 100 Albums chart. "We are very pleased [about the deal with Roadrunner]," NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen ...

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TO/DIE/FOR To Begin Recording New Album

Finnish goth-metallers TO/DIE/FOR are expected to enter Sonicimage studios in Kouvola, Finland soon to begin recording their new album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Spinefarm Records. The current TO/DIE/FOR lineup once again features vocalist Jape Perätalo, who allegedly decided to reclaim the T/D/F name for his TIAGA project after being offered a record deal ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'Once' Certified Double-Platinum In Finland

NIGHTWISH's latest CD, "Once", has been certified double-platinum in the group's native Finland for sales in excess of 60,000 copies. As previously reported, NIGHTWISH recently inked a North American/Australian deal with Roadrunner Records. The label will be releasing "Once" later this year in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The follow-up to 2002's "Century ...

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It's Official: NIGHTWISH Sign With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

After negotiating for several months with various independent and major labels, Finland's NIGHTWISH have officially inked a North American/Australian deal with Roadrunner Records, the label has confirmed in a posting on its web site. Roadrunner will be releasing the band's most recent CD, "Once", later this year in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. ...

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SILENTIUM Add New Members

Finnish atmospheric doom metallers SILENTIUM have announced the addition of vocalist Riina Rinkinen and returning drummer Jari Ojala to the group's ranks. "It could take a while before we see them on stage, but don't be hasty, your patience shall be truly rewarded," the band write on their web site. "SILENTIUM is also rehearsing new ...

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NIGHTMARE Split With NAPALM RECORDS

French power metallers NIGHTMARE have parted ways with Napalm Records. "We will never forget what this label has done for us so far, giving us the breath for a second birth in 1999," the band write on their web site. "[Being that] Napalm Records [are] focusing [on] a completely different music style from what we ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'Once' To Receive Major-Label Release In The U.S.

Finland's NIGHTWISH are in final negotiations with an as-yet-undisclosed major label for the North American release of the band's latest album, "Once". A U.S. release date for the CD has yet to be announced. The follow-up to 2002's "Century Child", "Once" topped the pan-European album chart last week for the second time since the album's ...

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LULLACRY Are 'Really Excited' About U.S. Tour With NIGHTWISH

Finland's LULLACRY have set August 24 as the U.S. release date for their five-track EP, entitled "Fire Within". The CD, which features two new songs, "Fire Within" and "The #1 Rebel", two remakes of classic LULLACRY tracks, as well as a cover version of W.A.S.P.'s "L.O.V.E. Machine", the EP is a sweet taste in anticipation ...

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TUSKA 2004 Photos Posted Online

Finnish music web site Mesta has uploaded a bunch of pictures from this past weekend's Tuska 2004 festival in Helsinki, Finland. 25,500 metalheads attended the three-day festival, which included performances by DIO, IN FLAMES, NIGHTWISH, DEATH ANGEL and DARK TRANQUILLITY, among others. Additional photos of IN FLAMES, DISMEMBER and DARK TRANQUILLITY ...

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NIGHTWISH Top European Album Chart

Finnish hard rock quintet NIGHTWISH, who topped the European Top 100 Albums chart two weeks ago with their fifth album, "Once", have returned to No. 1 on the pan-European survey, according to Billboard magazine. The follow-up to 2002's "Century Child", "Once" has already been certified gold in Germany for sales in excess of 100,000 copies. ...

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NIGHTWISH Complete U.K. Tour: Photos Available

Finland's NIGHTWISH have completed a sold-out U.K. tour with a performance at the London Astoria on Friday, July 16. Photos from the gig and a review can be found at this location (courtesy of Rockers Digest). NIGHTWISH's recently released follow-up to 2002's "Century Child", "Once" has been certified gold in Germany for sales ...

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LULLACRY: New Promotional Photos Posted Online

Finnish female-fronted gothic heavy rock act LULLACRY have uploaded a bunch of new promotional photos at this location. As previously reported, LULLACRY are scheduled to release a new EP, "Fire Within", on August 23 through Century Media Records. The CD features two new songs, "Fire Within" and "The #1 Rebel", plus two remakes ...

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TURISAS Guitarist Stabbed, In 'Stable' Condition

TURISAS guitarist Georg Laakso was stabbed several times in the group's hometown of Hämeenlinna, Finland over the weekend, according to a posting on the "pagan battle metal" act's web site. His condition is stable at the moment, but he is still hospitalized and under observation. No further details have been made available. TURISAS' debut album, ...

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LULLACRY To Release New EP In August

Century Media Records has set an August 23 European release date for the new EP from the Finnish female-fronted gothic heavy rock act LULLACRY. The CD features two new songs, "Fire Within" and "The #1 Rebel", plus two remakes of earlier LULLACRY tracks, and a cover of W.A.S.P.'s "L.O.V.E. Machine". Commented guitarist Sami Vauhkonen: "After ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'Nemo' Video Tops Brazilian MTV Chart

NIGHTWISH's video for their current single, "Nemo" (Real Media), has topped the video chart on the Brazilian MTV, according to a posting on the band's web site. The clip was shot with renowned director Antti Jokinen, who has previously directed music videos for such international artists as CELINE DION, EMINEM and SHANIA TWAIN. ...

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FOR MY PAIN… Enter Finnish Single Chart At No. 8

FOR MY PAIN…, the Finnish "gothic metal" band featuring Tuomas Holopainen (NIGHTWISH) on keyboards, Altti Veteläinen (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on bass, Lauri Tuohimaa (EMBRAZE) on guitar, Olli-Pekka Törrö (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on guitar, Juha Kylmänen (REFLEXION) on vocals, and Petri Sankala (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on drums, have entered the Finnish single chart ...

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EDGUY Perform In Sydney, Australia: Photos Available

HailMetal.com has uploaded a bunch of photos from EDGUY's June 26 gig in Sydney, Australia. Check them out here. EDGUY are continuing to tour in support of their latest album, "Hellfire Club", which came out in March through Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Mandrake" was produced by EDGUY and Norman Meiritz, ...

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BRAINSTORM To Support NIGHTWISH In London

German power merchants BRAINSTORM will be supporting Finnish superstars NIGHTWISH at the Astoria in London on July 16. "How amazing,… this World Tour brings us to so many new territories and finally, we can meet all our fanatic and fantastic fans!" the band said in a statement. "We're proud and ready to kick some ass ...

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CORNERSTONE Featured On 'Hearts Of Metal' Compilation

CORNERSTONE, the project featuring ROYAL HUNT bassist Steen Mogensen and ex-RAINBOW/current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Doogie White, are featured on the "Hearts of Metal Vol. 2" compilation (the best metal ballads) on SPV Records. The featured song is "Man Without Reason". The CD also has tracks from NIGHTWISH, DORO, MANOWAR, GOTTHARD, HAMMERFALL and STRATOVARIOUS, among others. ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'Once' Certified Gold In Germany

NIGHTWISH's new album, "Once", has been certified gold in Germany for sales in excess of 100,000 copies within two weeks of its release. The album's first single, "Nemo", is also still going strong and heading for gold status as well, according to a posting on Nuclear Blast Records' web site. Markus Staiger, president of Nuclear ...

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FOR MY PAIN…: New Song Clip Posted Online

FOR MY PAIN…, the Finnish "gothic metal" band featuring Tuomas Holopainen (NIGHTWISH) on keyboards, Altti Veteläinen (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on bass, Lauri Tuohimaa (EMBRAZE) on guitar, Olli-Pekka Törrö (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on guitar, Juha Kylmänen (REFLEXION) on vocals, and Petri Sankala (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on drums, have uploaded a short MP3 sample ...

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TURISAS: New Song Posted Online

Finnish "pagan battle metal" act TURISAS have set a July 26 release date through Century Media Records for their debut album, "Battle Metal". "Battle Metal" was produced by Terje Refsnes (TRISTANIA, MORGUL) at Sound Suite Studios in Marseiile, France, and "offers the most precious ingredients of epic viking metal, almost sounding like a mixture of ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'Once' Tops European Album Charts

NIGHTWISH have sold in excess of 80,000 copies of their new album, "Once", in Germany during its first week of release to debut at No. 1 on the German album chart. "Once" has also topped the charts in Greece, Finland and Norway. In Sweden, the album entered the chart at No. 2 while in Austria ...

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