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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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CENTURY MEDIA Brings Metal To The Masses

On November 18, the Century Family brings the metal back to the masses with a specially priced double-disc set. This compilation, "Metal For The Masses Volume II", is exclusively available at all Hot Topic retail outlets nationwide and features one 20-track disc clocking in over 75 minutes with new tracks from such groundbreaking and up ...

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NIGHTWISH: Never Lose The Faith

NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen has posted the following studio diary entry to the band's web site: "Well, [the] demo [for the new album] is ready and it turned out to be quite a package... Some songs are already ready to be recorded but some will still take a lot of work and tears and sleepless ...

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FOR MY PAIN Sign Endorsement Deal With AMFISOUND

FOR MY PAIN, the new Finnish "goth metal" supergroup 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 signed an endorsement deal ...

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EDGUY: New EP Details Revealed

German melodic metallers EDGUY have announced the details of their upcoming EP, "King Of Fools", due on February 2, 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records. The complete track listing for "King Of Fools" is as follows: 01. King Of Fools (3:30) 02. New Age Messiah (5:58) 03. The Savage Union (4:14) 04. Holy Water (4:13) 05. ...

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ALTARIA Announce Finnish Dates

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA, who feature in their ranks SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen and NIGHTWISH six-stringer Emppu Vuorinen, have confirmed the following dates during January: Jan. 23 - Hullu Pullo – Vaasa, FIN Jan. 24 - Loop – Oulu, FIN As previously reported, ALTARIA have set "Divinity" as the tentative title for their sophomore ...

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NIGHTWISH Keyboardist: New Songs 'Sound Like Crap'

NIGHTWISH mastermind/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen has posted another entry to the band's studio diary on their official web site. As previously reported, NIGHTWISH have begun the final preparations for the recording of the follow-up to 2002's double platinum (in Finland) "Century Child" effort, tentatively due in June 2004 through Spinefarm Records. The following is Holopainen's latest ...

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IMPERANON Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Finland's IMPERANON have signed a multi-album deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group, whose members range in age from 17 to 24, are described in an official press release as "the future metal band from Finland! Fans [of] CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH and SONATA ARCTICA will very soon add [IMPERANON] to their list of favorite ...

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EDGUY Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

German power metallers EDGUY have signed a long-term deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's first release for the label — an as-yet-untitled EP — will surface in early 2004, to be followed by the band's new full-length studio effort, "Hellfire Club" in March. Singer Tobias Sammet describes the album as the group's "most diverse ...

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