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FOR MY PAIN…: In Recording Mode

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 Tico Tico studio in ...

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EDGUY To Tour Japan In July

German power metallers EDGUY will embark on a short tour of Japan in early July. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jul. 08 - Osaka, JPN @ Osaka Club Quattro Jul. 09 - Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya Club Quattro Jul. 10 - Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya Club Quattro EDGUY's brand-new full-length album, "Hellfire Club", has just ...

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D.A.D., PINK CREAM 69 Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

D.A.D., PINK CREAM 69 and RITUAL are the latest bands confirmed to appear at this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: JUDAS PRIEST EUROPE SCORPIONS UFO MONSTER MAGNET NIGHTWISH HELLOWEEN HEART ...

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NIGHTWISH Keyboardist Talks About The Making Of 'Once'

NIGHTWISH keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen recently spoke to Get Ready To ROCK! about the songwriting and recording process for the group's new album, "Once". Asked why they chose to record the orchestral parts for the album in London using the London Session Orchestra, Tuomas said, "Well the simple reason is that we really wanted to have ...

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ENTWINE, WALTARI Debut In Finnish Top 15

Finnish goth-metallers ENTWINE entered the Finnish album chart at position No. 11 with their latest release, "DiEversity" (Spinefarm). Also making an impressive showing on the chart are WALTARI, whose eleventh album, "Rare Species" (Vindauga Music), debuted at No. 13. View the whole chart here. The follow-up to 2002's "Time Of Despair", ENTWINE's "DiEversity" ...

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NIGHTWISH, APOCALYPTICA Members Guest On New TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS CD

Members of NIGHTWISH and APOCALYPTICA are among the guest musicians appearing on the new TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS CD, "Kylmä Tila" ("Cold Space"), due in Finland on March 22. NIGHTWISH's Tuomas Holopainen plays keyboards on the songs "Juoksevan Veden Aika" and "Kylmä Tila", NIGHTWISH/TAROT's Marco Hietala appears in "Älkää Selvittäkö" and APOCALYPTICA's Eicca Toppinen ...

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NIGHTWISH: New Promotional Photos Posted Online

Finland's NIGHTWISH have posted a bunch of new promotional photos at this location (all photos by Toni Härkönen). As previously reported, NIGHTWISH have set a June 7 Finnish release date through Spinefarm Records for their brand-new album, "Once". A single containing the album track "Nemo" is due on April 19. All 3,700 tickets ...

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NIGHTWISH Set Release Date For 'Once'

NIGHTWISH have set a June 7 Finnish release date through Spinefarm Records for their brand-new album, "Once". A single containing the album track "Nemo" is due on April 19. In other news, the "Once" album cut "Creek Mary's Blood" will feature an appearance by Lakota tribe's Indian John Two-Hawks. John (johntwohawks.com), a NAMMY-nominated ...

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THUNDERSTONE To Support AXEL RUDI PELL In Europe

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE will be supporting AXEL RUDI PELL on a European tour in April/May. Confirmed dates are as follows: Apr. 24 - Biebob - Vosselaar, BEL Apr. 25 - Zeche - Bochum, GER Apr. 27 - Markthalle - Hamburg, GER Apr. 28 - Rockfabrik - Ludwigsburg, GER Apr. 29 - Batschkapp - ...

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LULLACRY: New Studio Photos Posted Online

LULLACRY have posted several photos from their recent recording sessions at Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland. Check them out here. As previously reported, LULLACRY have finished recording several new tracks for inclusion on an upcoming single or EP, due later in the year through Spinefarm Records. Produced by Kippo and main songwriter Sami ...

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SILENTIUM: Lineup Changes Galore

Finnish atmospheric doom metallers SILENTIUM have parted ways with drummer Janne Ojala, violinist Jani Laaksonen and vocalist Anna Ilveskoski. "It all started when Janne informed us about his departure," guitarist/vocalist Toni Lahtinen writes on the group's web site. " 'The band hasn't evolved since the demo days and my motivation has burnt out,' he said. ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'Once' Track Listing Revealed

Finland's NIGHTWISH have revealed the track listing for their new album, "Once", tentatively due in June through Spinefarm/Universal Records in Finland and Nuclear Blast in continental Europe. A release date for the U.S. has yet to be confirmed. "Once" track listing, according to NIGHTWISH's web site: 01. Dark Chest Of Wonders 02. Wish I Had ...

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NIGHTWISH: More Studio Photos Posted Online

Finland's NIGHTWISH have posted more photos from the recording sessions for their new album, "Once", at their official web site. Check out the slide-show at this location. As previously reported, "Once" is tentatively due in June through Spinefarm/Universal Records in Finland and Nuclear Blast in continental Europe. A release date for the ...

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NIGHTWISH: More New Songtitles Revealed

Finland's NIGHTWISH have revealed three more songtitles slated to appear on their new album, "Once". As previously reported, "Once" is tentatively due in June through Spinefarm/Universal Records in Finland and Nuclear Blast in continental Europe. A release date for the U.S. has yet to be confirmed. The following are the known songtitles off "Once": 01. ...

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NIGHTWISH: Studio Update

NIGHTWISH keyboardist/mainman Tuomas Holopainen has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "On January 29-30 we went to London for the first orchestra/choir/percussion recording session. The result of these days was beyond my wildest expectations. The musicians were incredible, playing their parts beautifully, passionately, and without any rehearsals. Their musicianship was something ...

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FINNTROLL Confirmed For Finland's SAUNA OPEN AIR Festival

FINNTROLL have been confirmed for this year's Sauna Open Air festival, set to take place on June 11-12 in Tampere, Finland. FINNTROLL will play at Ratinanniemi (the outdoor concert place) on Friday, June 11 alongside CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH, DIABLO and THUNDERSTONE. Other acts scheduled to perform during the weekend (including the post-festival party) include ...

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LULLACRY Record New Single/EP

Finland's LULLACRY have recorded several new tracks at Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland for inclusion on an upcoming single or EP, due later in the year through Spinefarm Records. Produced by Kippo and main songwriter Sami Vauhkonen, the recordings contain "some kick-ass rockin' heavy metal" and will be mixed at Finnvox Studios with Mikko Karmila. ...

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NIGHTWISH Confirmed For Holland's DYNAMO OPEN AIR Festival

Finland's NIGHTWISH is the latest band confirmed for Dynamo Open Air, a one-day Dutch heavy metal festival scheduled to be held Saturday, June 5 in the Goffertpark in Nijmegen, Holland. Also scheduled to appear are headlinders SLAYER, plus LIFE OF AGONY, DIMMU BORGIR and CHILDREN OF BODOM. There will be a total of 14 bands ...

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THUNDERSTONE To Play Special Gig In Helsinki

THUNDERSTONE's concert at On the Rocks in Helsinki, Finland on March 3 will be "a very special show featuring acoustic versions (!) of THUNDERSTONE favorites, rare songs, killer covers and special guests!" according to a posting on the band's web site. "We are planning to make this an annual event, so be there to witness ...

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ENTWINE Reach No. 3 On Finnish Singles Chart

Finnish goth-metallers ENTWINE reached position No. 3 on the Finnish singles chart with their latest single, "BitterSweet". In addition, Finnish radio station Yle-X has selected the group's forthcoming album, "diEversity", as "album of the week," and will be playing one song from the CD each day of the week. ENTWINE's fourth album, "DiEversity", is scheduled ...

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HAMMERFALL Singer Records ACCEPT Cover For ALTARIA CD

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA have revealed the identity of the "high-profile" vocalist who appears on their cover version of ACCEPT's "Balls To The Wall". According to a posting on the ALTARIA's official web site, HAMMERFALL vocalist Joacim Cans sings lead vocals on the song, which is set to be included as a bonus track on ...

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ALTARIA: 'Divinity' Track Listing Revealed

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA have revealed the track listing for their sophomore album, "Divinity", due in late May through AOR Heaven sub-label Metal Heaven Records. "Divinity" was mixed at Tico Tico Studio (SONATA ARCTICA, SENTENCED, FOR MY PAIN…) and will initially be available as a limited-edition digipack, featuring one bonus track — a cover version ...

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SCORPIONS Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

Veteran German hard rockers SCORPIONS have been confirmed as the third headliner (alongside JUDAS PRIEST and EUROPE) at this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): ABRAMIS BRAMA APRIL ...

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HELLOWEEN Confirmed For Finland's SAUNA OPEN AIR Festival

Veteran German power metallers HELLOWEEN have been confirmed for this year's Sauna Open Air festival, set to take place on June 11-12 in Tampere, Finland. Also scheduled to perform are NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, THUNDERSTONE, TAROT and DIABLO, among others. HELLOWEEN will perform on Saturday, June 12 at the Pakkahuone concert hall (capacity 1,500). More ...

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