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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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FOR MY PAIN Secure Russian Release For 'Fallen'

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, will have their debut album, ...

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DIVINE:DECAY Set Release Date For 'Maximize The Misery'

Finnish thrash/speed rockers DIVINE:DECAY have set a Sept. 8 release date through Osmose Productions for their sophomore effort, "Maximize The Misery". The follow-up to "Songs Of The Damned" was recorded and produced by Janne Joutsenniemi (of SUBURBANTRIBE fame) and it was mixed by Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, THERION). The complete track listing ...

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CHARON Enter Finnish Singles Chart At No. 1!

Finland's CHARON have entered the Finnish single charts at No. 1 with their latest single, "In Trust Of No One". Check out the whole chart here. CHARON have spent the past few months recording their fourth full-length album at BRR Studios in their hometown of Raahe and are currently mixing the effort at ...

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PROGPOWER USA IV Officially Sold Out

ProgPower USA IV, North America's premiere festival for progressive and power metal music, has officially sold out more than three months in advance. The festival will return to Atlanta's Earthlink Live, the venue that housed last fall's sold-out event, on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6. "I don't think anyone can doubt that ProgPower ...

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SLAYER Confirmed For Spain's METAL MANIA FESTIVAL

SLAYER are the latest act confirmed to perform at Metal Mania Festival, a three-day event set to take place July 11-13 at Auditorio Municipal de Villarobledo in Albacete, Spain. Other bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival are as follows: Friday, July 11 BLIND GUARDIAN NIGHTWISH SEPULTURA KREATOR APOCALYPTICA OVERKILL REBELLION Saturday, July 12 ...

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DIO, KREATOR, HAMMERFALL Confirmed For Spain's METAL MANIA FESTIVAL

DIO, KREATOR, HAMMERFALL, and STRATOVARIUS are the latest acts confirmed to perform at Metal Mania Festival, a three-day event set to take place July 11-13 at Auditorio Municipal de Villarobledo in Albacete, Spain. The acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival are as follows: Friday, July 11 BLIND GUARDIAN NIGHTWISH SEPULTURA KREATOR APOCALYPTICA OVERKILL ...

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LITHIUM Confirmed For Germany's M'ERA LUNA Festival

Sweden's LITHIUM, who feature in their ranks former TIAMAT bassist Johnny Hagel on keyboards, have been confirmed to appear at the M'era Luna festival in Hildersheim, Germany on Sunday, August 10. Also set to perform at the event are NIGHTWISH, WITHIN TEMPTATION, APOCALYPTICA, KILLING JOKE, and LACUNA COIL, among others. For more information, visit the ...

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CHARON Set Release Date For New Single

Finland's CHARON have set a May 16 release date through Spinefarm Records for their new single, "In Trust Of No One". CHARON have spent the past few months recording their fourth full-length album at BRR Studios in their hometown of Raahe and are currently mixing the effort at Helsinki's Finnvox Studios. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to ...

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NIGHTWISH Singer To Tie The Knot

NIGHTWISH frontwoman Tarja Turunen has announced plans to marry her longtime fiancé in Finland this summer. According to the group's official web site, Tarja's relationship to a man from 'overseas' [reportedly Argentina — ed.] got sealed in the end of 2002," and the two will finally make their union official. In other news, Turunen has ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'End Of Innocence' DVD Delayed

Finland's NIGHTWISH have pushed back the projected release date of their upcoming DVD, "End Of Innocence", to July 7 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. More information about the DVD contents is ...

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NIGHTWISH: DVD Contents Revealed

Finland's NIGHTWISH have finalized the contents of their upcoming DVD, "End Of Innocence", due on May 26 through Spinefarm. According to www.nightwish.com, the DVD will contain the following: 1. "End Of Innocence" documentary - The history of NIGHTWISH by Tuomas and Jukka - Total running time around 150 minutes! - Features shitloads of ...

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CHARON: New Music Posted Online

Finland's CHARON have posted one-minute MP3 clips of two new tracks on their official web site at this location. "In Trust Of No One" and "Death Can Dance" come off the group's new single, due on May 12 through Spinefarm Records. CHARON have spent the past few months recording their fourth full-length album ...

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