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Reunited Hard Rockers EUROPE Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL

Reunited hard rockers EUROPE have been confirmed as one of the headliners this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. EUROPE will top the bill on Saturday, June 12, while JUDAS PRIEST will close the day's festivities on Thursday, June 10. The complete list of bands currently ...

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EDGUY: 'Secret' Club Show Air Date Set

A live video recording of EDGUY's "secret" gig at Cologne's Underground club on January 21 will be broadcast on the WDR "Rockaplast" show the night of March 21/22 at 1:00 a.m. CET. As previously reported, tickets for the show will be strictly limited as the club has only a capacity of a maximum of less ...

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NIGHTWISH: First North American Tour Dates Announced

BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal the first confirmed dates for NIGHTWISH's first-ever tour of North America, set to take place in late August/early September. Confirmed dates so far, according to the booking agent: Aug. 16 - Toronto, ONT @ Opera House Aug. 17 - Montreal, QUE @ Metropolis Aug. 20 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium Aug. ...

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NIGHTWISH To Tour The U.S. In August?

Finland's NIGHTWISH will reportedly be kicking off a U.S. tour in August. So far, the only confirmed gig is at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on August 20. Tickets for the Palladium show go on sale on Friday, January 23 at 10:00 a.m. More dates are expected to be added soon. As previously ...

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ENTWINE Name New Album

Finnish goth-metallers ENTWINE have set "DiEversity" as the title of their new album, due in Finland on March 1 through Spinefarm Records (Century Media in the rest of Europe and the U.S.).. The follow-up to 2002's "Time Of Despair" was recorded at Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland with producer Anssi Kippo (CHILDREN OF BODOM, SINERGY, ...

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IMPALED NAZARENE: Live Video Posted Online

Finland's IMPALED NAZARENE have posted a live video clip of the track "Nyrkillä Tapettava Huora" from the group's January 9 show at Nosturi in Helsinki at this location (.avi format, approx. 22 MB). IMPALED NAZARENE's most recent CD, "All That You Fear", which was issued in Europe in November through Osmose Productions, will ...

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EDGUY To Play 'Secret' Club Show In Germany

A "secret" EDGUY show has been announced for January 21 or 22 in Cologne, Germany. The exact date of the show is expected to be announced later today at the group's official web site. EDGUY are going to play an exclusive "secret" show in Cologne's mini-club Underground that will be video-taped for the German music ...

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NIGHTWISH Guitarist Exits ALTARIA

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA have parted ways with NIGHTWISH guitarist Emppu Vuorinen. According to a post on the band's web site, Emppu left the group by mutual agreement [and his] departure was made with no hard feelings." Vuorinen's exit from ALTARIA is not expected to affect the recording process for the band's sophomore album, "Divinity", ...

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PAT TRAVERS BAND Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL

PAT TRAVERS BAND are the latest act confirmed for next year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12, 2004 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): ABRAMIS BRAMA APRIL WINE BRAINSTORM CAGE CARNAL FORGE CHILDREN OF BODOM ...

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NIGHTWISH Bassist Checks In From The Recording Studio

NIGHTWISH bassist Marco Hietala has posted the following studio update on the band's official web site: "Good evening from the southern seacoast of Finland. In this case 'southern' is just the geological location compared to the rest of the country. The wind is at the speed of storm, and the sea swells with the melting ...

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LOST HORIZON, CARNAL FORGE Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

LOST HORIZON, HEART, DR. FEELGOOD, CARNAL FORGE and SUN CAGED are the latest artists confirmed for next year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12, 2004 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): ABRAMIS BRAMA APRIL WINE ...

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VISIONS OF ATLANTIS Sign With NAPALM RECORDS

Austrian "symphonic metal" band VISIONS OF ATLANTIS have signed a worldwide recording deal with Napalm Records. "VISIONS OF ATLANTIS stands for strong classically arranged metal and captivating melodies, with which the female soprano and the clear male vocals intertwine to create an unusual, mythical, and symphonic experience," reads an official press release. The band's second ...

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CHARON Launch Guitarist Search

Finnish goth-metallers CHARON have launched a search for a new guitarist following the departure of Jasse Von Hast last month. Interested parties can submit their information at the following address: BRR-Musiikki / Charon Kauppakatu 49 92100 Raahe FINLAND CHARON's fourth full-length album, "The Dying Daylights", was released in September through Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to ...

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IMPALED NAZARENE/THE LEGION Tour: More Details Revealed

Finland's IMPALED NAZARENE will be teaming up with Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION for a European tour beginning on February 26 and running through March 7. Exact cities and dates will be announced shortly. As previously reported, IMPALED NAZARENE are currently filming a promotional video for the track "Armageddon Death Squad". "Armageddon Death Squad" (

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THUNDERSTONE To Support ICED EARTH In Europe

Helsinki, Finland-based melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have been confirmed as the opening band for ICED EARTH on their upcoming European headlining tour. THUNDERSTONE's sophomore album, "The Burning" (listen to audio samples here) is due on January 12, 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to last year's "Thunderstone" was recorded at Sonic Pump ...

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SYMPHONY X Guitarist To Guest On THUNDERSTONE Album

SYMPHONY X guitarist Michael Romeo has recorded a guest solo in the track "Drawn To The Flame" for the forthcoming THUNDERSTONE album, "The Burning". The follow-up to last year's "Thunderstone" was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne and was mixed at Finnvox Studios with Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM). ...

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THUNDERSTONE: New Audio Clips Posted Online

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have posted a few audio clips from their sophomore album, "The Burning", at their official web site. Check them out here. The follow-up to last year's "Thunderstone" was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne and was mixed at Finnvox Studios with Mikko Karmila ...

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IMPALED NAZARENE To Film Promo Video, Record Live Album

Finland's IMPALED NAZARENE will film a promotional video for the track "Armageddon Death Squad" beginning on December 11. "Armageddon Death Squad" (mp3 clip) comes off the group's eighth album, "All That You Fear", which was released in November through Osmose Productions. The follow-up to 2001's "Absence Of War Does Not Mean Peace" was ...

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NIGHTWISH Confirmed For Finland's SAUNA OPEN AIR Festival

NIGHTWISH have been confirmed as the headliners of a new metal festival, Sauna Open Air, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 11, 2004 in Tampere, Finland. The festival is scheduled to end at 10:00 p.m., after which additional live activities will continue at Tampere's Pakkahuone venue (capacity 1,500). Additional bands for the ...

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FOR MY PAIN Guitarist To Tour With CHARON

FOR MY PAIN guitarist Lauri Tuohimaa will join fellow Finns CHARON on their upcoming Russian tour, which is set to take place between December 4 and 12. Tuohimaa will be filling the slot left vacant by the departure of Jasse Von Hast, who left the latter group in order to focus on his family life. ...

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It's Official: JUDAS PRIEST To Headline SWEDEN ROCK Festival!

JUDAS PRIEST have been officially confirmed to headline next year's installment of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12, 2004 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. This is the first word of any live dates from the British heavy metal band since they announced their reunion with vocalist Rob Halford in July after more than ...

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CHARON Guitarist Quits

Finnish goth-metallers CHARON have parted ways with guitarist Jasse Von Hast. The following is Hast's official statement on the matter: "After long consideration, I have decided to change my priorities around and end this chapter of my life. The band CHARON has nothing more to give me musically and my interest in playing in the ...

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EDGUY: Swedish Dates Announced

German melodic metallers EDGUY have lined up the first three Swedish dates in support of their upcoming "Hellfire Club" CD, due on March 15, 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records. The details are as follows: May 06 – Göteborg, SWE - Kåren May 08 – Stockholm, SWE - Arenan May 09 – Umeå, SWE - Umeå ...

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ALTARIA: More Finnish Tour Dates Announced

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA, who feature in their ranks SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen and NIGHTWISH six-stringer Emppu Vuorinen, are in the studio recording their sophomore album, "Divinity", for a May 2004 release through AOR Heaven sub-label Metal Heaven Records. In the meantime, the group will hit the road again in Finland in January 2004. ...

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