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NIGHTWISH: Upcoming Dates Announced

Finland's NIGHTWISH have lined up the following dates during the summer: Jul. 04 - Rockefeller – Oslo, NOR Jul. 05 - Rockefeller – Oslo, NOR Jul. 11 - Metal Mania Festival – Villarrobledo, ESP Aug. 02 - Gates Of Metal – Hultsfred, SWE Aug. 16 - Z-7 – Pratteln, SWI Aug. 30 -Bloodstock Festival – ...

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SAXON Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL

SAXON are the latest act to have been confirmed 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. SAXON will headline the "classic" night on Friday, Aug. 29 with BLAZE, POWER QUEST and one other band yet to be confirmed. Also scheduled ...

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PROGPOWER USA IV: The Official Press Release

Finland's NIGHTWISH and Germany's RAGE have been confirmed to make their American debuts as headliners of ProgPower USA IV, which returns to Atlanta's Earthlink Live on September 5 and 6. "It is always exciting for us as a band to take on new areas and see how our stuff goes down there," said NIGHTWISH bassist ...

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NIGHTWISH Confirmed For PROGPOWER USA Festival

Finland's NIGHTWISH have been confirmed as the headliners of the fourth annual Progpower USA festival on Friday, Sept. 5 in Atlanta, Georgia. A one-off club show in Montreal, Quebec will take place immediately following the group's Progpower appearance. As previously reported, NIGHTWISH's upcoming DVD, "End Of Innocence", is due in June through Spinefarm. The DVD ...

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FOR MY PAIN: Album Cover Posted Online

FOR MY PAIN is 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 (REFLECTION) on vocals, and Petri Sankala (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on drums, have posted the cover ...

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NIGHTWISH Name DVD, Pick Up Finnish EMMA Awards

NIGHTWISH have set "End Of Innocence" as the title of their forthcoming DVD, due in June 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. No further information is available at this time. In other ...

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TO/DIE/FOR: New Promo Photos Posted Online

A bunch of new promotional photos of Finland's TO/DIE/FOR have been posted online at this location. TO/DIE/FOR's new CD, "Jaded", was released on Monday (March 3) through Spinefarm Records. "Jaded" was recorded at Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland and was mixed at CrystalSound studio under the watchful eye of T.T. Oksala. The follow-up ...

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NIGHTWISH's 'Century Child' Among Top-Selling Finnish Albums Of 2002

NIGHTWISH's latest effort, "Century Child", was last year's second-highest selling Finnish release in Finland, with over 59,000 copies sold. When taking into account foreign albums, "Century Child" was still in the fifth place. Upcoming NIGHTWISH tour dates: Jul. 11 - Metal Mania Festival - Villarrobledo, ESP Aug. 02 - Gates Of Metal Festival - Hultsfred, ...

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TAROT Set Release Date For 'Suffer Our Pleasures'

Finland's TAROT, the group led by NIGHTWISH/ex-SINERGY bassist Marco Hietala, have set a May 19 Finnish release date for their new album, entitled "Suffer Our Pleasures". A single featuring the track "Undead Son" is slated for release on April 14. A "best of" collection, appropriately titled "The Best Of Tarot", is due on Feb. 28. ...

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SILENTIUM Announce New Singer, Offer Album Samples

Finnish atmospheric doom metallers SILENTIUM have replaced singer Tiina Lehvonen with Maija Turunen. Both Tiina and Maija can be heard on the group's upcoming third full-length CD, "Harmátia de Prudence", due in late spring/early summer release through Spikefarm Records. The album, which was recorded at Sundicoop Studio in Savonlinna, Finland, was produced by NIGHTWISH mainman ...

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RAM-ZET Singer To Guest On FOR MY PAIN Debut

RAM-ZET singer Miriam "Sfinx" Renvåg has recorded a guest appearance on the forthcoming debut album from Finland's FOR MY PAIN, entitled "Fallen". FOR MY PAIN is 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 ...

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SILENTIUM Finish Recording New Album

Finnish atmospheric doom metallers SILENTIUM have finished recording their third full-length CD, "Harmátia de Prudence", and are preparing to mix it for a late spring/early summer release through Spikefarm Records. The CD was recorded at Sundicoop Studio in Savonlinna, Finland and was produced by NIGHTWISH mainman Tuomas Holopainen. "[It will be] a very unique album," ...

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MASTERPLAN Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK 2003

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, are the latest act to have been confirmed 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. Also scheduled to appear at ...

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NIGHTWISH, LORDI, THE 69 EYES Get Nominated For Finnish GRAMMY!

NIGHTWISH, LORDI and THE 69 EYES are among the artists nominated at the Finnish Grammy equivalent, EMMA, set to be broadcast live via Finnish TV2 on March 8. NIGHTWISH were nominated in three categories (Best Band, Best Hard Rock/Metal Album, Best Finnish Artist), as were LORDI (Newcomer Of The Year, Metal Album Of The Year, ...

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HAMMERFALL Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK 2003 Festival

HAMMERFALL are the latest act to have been confirmed 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. Also scheduled to appear at the event are NIGHTWISH, PARADISE LOST, BLAZE, DRAGONFORCE, POWER QUEST, and WAYLANDER. A total of 18 bands will perform ...

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PARADISE LOST Confirmed For England's BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL 2003

PARADISE LOST are the latest British act to have been confirmed 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. The Yorkshire group, who recently issued their ninth studio album, "Symbol Of Life", will occupy the "special guest" slot on Saturday, Aug. ...

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TO/DIE/FOR Finalize Track Listing For 'Jaded'

Finland's TO/DIE/FOR have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Jaded", due on Mar. 3, 2003 through Spinefarm Records. The complete track listing for "Jaded" is as follows: 01. Dying Embers 02. (I Just) Died In Your Arms (CUTTING CREW cover) 03. Too Much Ain't Enough 04. The Unknown II 05. Jaded 06. Fall ...

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FOR MY PAIN Finalize Title, Track Listing For Full-Length Debut

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 (REFLECTION) on vocals, and Petri Sankala (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on drums, have set "Fallen" as the ...

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EVEMASTER Ink Deal With LOW FREQUENCY

Finland's EVEMASTER have signed a three-album deal with Low Frequency Records. The group are currently putting the finishing touches on their second CD, "Wither", at Astia Studios (CHILDREN OF BODOM, WARMEN, ENTWINE) with producer Anssi Kippo. The follow-up to "Lacrimae Mundi", which is set to be mastered at Finnvox studios (STRATOVARIUS, AMORPHIS) in late January ...

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Germany's Top-Selling Hard Rock Albums Of 2002

The following is a list of Germany's top-selling hard rock/metal albums of 2002 (as reported by Rock Hard magazine): 07. DIE TOTEN HOSEN - Auswärtsspiel 08. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - By The Way 13. NICKELBACK - Silver Side Up 15. BÖHSE ONKELZ - Dopamin 17. LENNY KRAVITZ - Lenny 21. P.O.D. - Satellite 31. ...

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ALTARIA Complete Recording, Begin Mixing Full-Length Debut

Finnish melodic metal band ALTARIA, featuring SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen, have completed the backing and harmony vocal tracks for their debut album, "Invitation", and are currently taking care of "additional recordings and other small details and minor fixes" before beginning to mix the effort at Helsinki's Sonic Pump studios on Jan. 21. Among the ...

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NIGHTWISH Sued By Finnish Orchestra Conductor Over Unpaid Fees

Finland's NIGHTWISH are being sued by arranger/conductor Riku Niemi over unpaid fees Niemi claims are owed him for his work on the group's platinum-certified "Century Child" release. NIGHTWISH keyboardist/mastermind Tuomas Holopainen, who wrote the bulk of the material on the album, claims that the whole thing is the result of a misunderstanding and that only ...

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ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW Split Up!

Finland's ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW have officially disbanded, according to a statement posted on the group's official web site. The statement reads as follows: "With mixed feelings we have to announce that ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW have decided to split up. ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW have been on a break since March 2002. During the ...

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BLAZE Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL 2003

Britain's BLAZE, the band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley, are the second major act to be announced 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. Also scheduled to appear at the festival are Finland's NIGHTWISH, who will be ...

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NIGHTWISH Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK 2003 Festival

Finland's NIGHTWISH have been confirmed to headline the second day of the Bloodstock 2003 metal festival. The Finnish act, who are taking most of next year off and are only playing selected key dates, will be performing their first-ever U.K. show at Bloodstock, a two-day event set to take place Aug. 29-30, 2003 at the ...

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FINNTROLL Announce New Singer

Finland's FINNTROLL have enlisted singer Tapio Wilska as the permanent replacement for Katla, who was forced to step down as vocalist earlier in the year due to problems with his vocal cords. Wilska had previously fronted a number of acts, including SETHIAN and WIZZARD, and had done session work with several high-profile Finnish groups, such ...

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TO/DIE/FOR Set Release Date For 'Jaded'

Finland's TO/DIE/FOR have set Mar. 3, 2003 as the release date through Spinefarm Records for their new album, entitled "Jaded". A single will precede the album on Feb. 3. "Jaded" was recorded at Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland and features a "much heavier and faster" musical direction than before, according to guitarist Joonas "Jope" Koto. ...

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