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NIGHTWISH Prepare To Record New Album

Finland's NIGHTWISH have begun the final preparations for the recording of their new album, tentatively due in June 2004 through Spinefarm Records. "[The] band will lock themselves at the studio where they'll spend about a month practicing and arranging the songs for the new album," according to post on the group's web site. The band ...

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ARTHEMESIA Part Ways With Drummer, Postpone Album Recordings

Finnish black metallers ARTHEMESIA have parted ways with drummer Mor Vethor. "Mor Vethor had to leave the band, because his skills didn't match the requirements of our music, thus all recordings [for our new album] are now cancelled," the band write on their official web site. "We will restart the recording sessions again in the ...

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THUNDERSTONE Begin Mixing Sophomore Album

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have commenced the mixing process for their sophomore album, "The Burning", at Finnvox Studios with Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM). The follow-up to last year's "Thunderstone" was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne and will include the following cuts, among others: 01. Until We ...

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CHARON's 'Religious/Delicious' Enters Finnish Single Chart At No. 8

CHARON's latest single, "Religious/Delicious", has entered the Finnish single chart at No. 8. "Religious/Delicious" is the second single off the Finnish group's forthcoming fourth full-length album, "The Dying Daylights", due on September 22 through Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to last year's "Downhearted" was recorded at BRR Studios in the group's hometown of Raahe and was ...

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TO/DIE/FOR To Use Session Vocalist On Mexican Tour

FOR MY PAIN/REFLEXION singer Juha Kylmänen will perform as a session vocalist on TO/DIE/FOR's upcoming Mexican tour, set to take place October 22-November 5. Exact dates and venues will be announced soon. TO/DIE/FOR's last singer, Jape Perätalo, left the band early last month due to a "lack of motivation." The group have since announced plans ...

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NIGHTWISH Single Certified Double Platinum!

NIGHTWISH's "Over The Hills And Far Away" (2001) single has been certified double platinum in Finland for sales in excess of 20,000 copies. As previously reported, NIGHTWISH will issue a DVD, entitled "End Of Innocence" (view cover here), at the end of the month through Spinefarm. The disc will consist of 12-14 tracks ...

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SILENTIUM Part Ways With Singer, Announce Replacement

Finnish atmospheric doom metallers SILENTIUM have confirmed the departure of singer Maija Turunen following the release of their third album, "Sufferion - Hamartia of Prudence". "Due to unexpected conditions, we had to reconcider our situation concerning our new supposed-to-be female vocalist Maija Turunen and because of this, we were forced to give up the talented ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'End Of Innocence' DVD Cover Posted Online

Finland's NIGHTWISH have posted the cover art for their upcoming DVD, "End Of Innocence", at this location. "End Of Innocence", due in September through Spinefarm, will consist of 12-14 tracks of music, including promo videos and various self-recorded live tracks, and about 60 minutes of behind-the-scenes material. The documentary portion will have a ...

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EDGUY Replace HAMMERFALL At England's BLOODSTOCK Festival

German melodic metallers EDGUY have replaced HAMMERFALL on the bill of this year's Bloodstock Festival, a two-day event set to take place Aug. 29-30, 2003 at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, U.K. As previously reported, HAMMERFALL were forced to cancel their appearance at the festival after guitarist Oscar Dronjak sustained a multiple fracture in his ...

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ENTWINE To Record New Album In September

Finnish goth-metallers ENTWINE will enter Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland in September with producer Anssi Kippo (CHILDREN OF BODOM, SINERGY, NORTHER) to record the follow-up to 2002's "Time Of Despair", due in early 2004 through Century Media Records. Unlike the group's previous releases, the as-yet-untitled effort will be mixed at Finnvox studios in Helsinki with ...

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CHARON Re-Name New Album

Finland's CHARON have changed the title for their forthcoming fourth full-length album to "The Dying Daylights" from the originally announced "Dead Man Walking". The follow-up to last year's "Downhearted" is due on October 6 through Spinefarm Records. A new single containing the song "Religious/Delicious" and the non-album cut "The King Is Dead" will be released ...

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TO/DIE/FOR Part Ways With Singer, Seek Replacement

Jape Perätalo, vocalist for Finnish goth metallers TO/DIE/FOR, has left the band due to a "lack of motivation." "We've come to the point where we didn't expect to come," the band said in an official statement. "Jape decided to end his career in TO/DIE/FOR. "We wish him good luck in whatever he is going to ...

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TAROT Secure European, Canadian Deal For New Album

Finland's TAROT, the group led by NIGHTWISH/ex-SINERGY bassist Marco Hietala, have secured a European and Canadian deal for their latest CD, "Suffer Our Pleasures". The album, which debuted at No. 10 on the Finnish album chart upon its release in May, will be released in the following territories on September 1: Canada (Universal) England (Universal) ...

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CHARON: New Album Details Revealed

Finland's CHARON have set "Dead Man Walking" as the title for their forthcoming fourth full-length album, due on September 1 through Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to last year's "Downhearted" was recorded at BRR Studios in the group's hometown of Raahe and was mixed at Helsinki's Finnvox Studios. The album includes a guest appearance on backing ...

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TAROT: Video Posted Online

Finland's TAROT, the group led by NIGHTWISH/ex-SINERGY bassist Marco Hietala, have posted their video for the track "Pyre Of Gods" at this location (file size: 45 MB). "Pyre Of Gods" comes off the group's latest CD, "Suffer Our Pleasures", which debuted at No. 10 on the Finnish album chart upon its release in ...

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NIGHTMARE Finalize Track Listing For 'Silent Room'

French power metallers NIGHTMARE have finalized the track listing for their fourth studio album, "Silent Room", due on October 13 through Napalm Records/SPV. "Silent Room" is a concept album featuring 12 songs in five "chapters". A limited-edition version of the CD will include the group's cover of VICIOUS RUMORS' "Ship Of Fools", a video clip, ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'End Of Innocence' DVD Delayed (Again)

NIGHTWISH's upcoming DVD, "End Of Innocence", has been pushed back to a September release through Spinefarm. As previously reported, the DVD will consist of 12-14 tracks of music, including promo videos and various self-recorded live tracks, and about 60 minutes of behind-the-scenes material. The documentary portion will have a projected total running time of 134 ...

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HAMMERFALL: The Spanish Inquisition

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message to the band's official web site: "We've just returned from one of Europe's (most likely the world's) better metal festivals, namely Metal Mania in Spain. Headlined by SLAYER, IRON MAIDEN and STRATOVARIUS, and with a supporting cast of bands like BLIND GUARDIAN, MOTÖRHEAD, MASTERPLAN, PRIMAL FEAR, ...

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SAVATAGE Mastermind Confirmed For PROGPOWER USA IV

SAVATAGE mastermind Jon "The Mountain King" Oliva will join FATES WARNING's Ray Alder as a special guest at ProgPower USA IV on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta. "I think bringing Jon and Ray to the fest simply adds to the mystique of the show," said promoter Glenn Harveston. ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH Sign American Deals With CENTURY MEDIA

Following a fierce label bidding war, Finnish melodic thrash titans CHILDREN OF BODOM have officially signed a U.S. deal for their upcoming album "Hate Crew Deathroll" with Century Media Records. The label has also secured North American licensing rights for the "Century Child" album by Finnish neo-classical operatic goth sensations NIGHTWISH. Both albums are scheduled ...

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ARTHEMESIA Sign With HAMMERHEART RECORDS

Finnish black metallers ARTHEMESIA have inked a deal with Holland's Hammerheart Records. The group, whose style is being described in an official press release as "an extremely powerful hybrid of black metal and death/thrash/heavy metal with a touch of classical and dark ambient music," will record and mix their upcoming album, "ShamaNatahS - II Describe ...

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SARACEN Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK 2003

SARACEN lead the final batch of British bands gearing up for this year's Bloodstock festival, a two-day event set to take place Aug. 29-30, 2003 at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, U.K. Little is known about SARACEN other than they released two albums in the early '80s as part of the NWOBHM (New Wave Of ...

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NIGHTWISH Announce New York City Gig

Finland's NIGHTWISH will follow up their appearances at the ProgPower Festival in Atlanta (Sep. 5) and at The Medley in Montreal, Canada (Sept. 6) with a one-off gig at L'Amour in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, Sept. 7. NIGHTWISH's upcoming DVD, "End Of Innocence", is due on Aug. 4 through Spinefarm. As previously reported, the ...

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DIVINE:DECAY: New MP3 Samples Posted Online

Finnish thrash/speed rockers DIVINE:DECAY have posted several MP3 clips from their forthcoming "Maximize The Misery" CD at this location. "Maximize The Misery", due on Sept. 8 through Osmose Productions, was recorded and produced by Janne Joutsenniemi (of SUBURBANTRIBE fame) and it was mixed by Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, THERION). The ...

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Hungary's SUMMER ROCKS 2003 Festival Gets Upgraded

Due to overwhelming demand, the venue for the first day of this year's Summer Rocks 2003 Festival in Budapest, Hungary has been moved to the 15,000-capacity Kisstadion. The second day of the festival will be held, as planned, at the 6,000-capacity Petofi Hall Open Air. The complete lineup of artists scheduled to perform at Summer ...

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NIGHTWISH: DVD Delayed (Again)

Finland's NIGHTWISH have once again pushed back the projected release date of their upcoming DVD, "End Of Innocence" — this time to Aug. 4 through Spinefarm. No reason was given for the delay. As previously reported, the DVD will consist of 12-14 tracks of music, including promo videos and various self-recorded live tracks, and about ...

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