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ANDRÉ MATOS: New Brazilian Concert Footage Posted Online

Fan-filmed video footage of Brazilian singer André Matos' (ANGRA, SHAAMAN, VIPER) November 19, 2010 performance at SESC in Santo André, Brazil can be viewed below (courtesy of Joel Oliveira Jr.). "Mentalize", the second solo album from André Matos, was released in Europe on February 1, 2010 via SPV/Steamhammer (three days earlier in Germany). The CD ...

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STRATOVARIUS: 'Elysium' Collector's Edition Detailed

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS will release their thirteenth full-length studio album, "Elysium", in Asia on January 12, 2011 via JVC and in the rest of the world on January 14, 2011 through earMUSIC/Edel. A single with two new songs will be released on November 26 to coincide with the start of the "7 Sinners World ...

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TIMO TOLKKI, ANDRÉ MATOS Talk About SYMFONIA In New Video Interviews

Video interviews with Brazilian singer André Matos (ANGRA, SHAAMAN, VIPER) and Finnish guitarist Timo Tolkki (STRATOVARIUS, REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE) about their new SYMFONIA project can be viewed below. SYMFONIA features former members of HELLOWEEN, STRATOVARIUS, ANGRA and SONATA ARCTICA. The band will enter Studiomega in Varberg, Sweden on November 25 to begin recording 12 songs for ...

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SYMFONIA: Asian Deal Signed; Debut Album Release Date Revealed

SYMFONIA, the new melodic metal project featuring former members of HELLOWEEN, STRATOVARIUS, ANGRA and SONATA ARCTICA, will enter Studiomega in Varberg, Sweden on November 25 to begin recording 12 songs for its debut album, which is scheduled for a March 25, 2011 release. SYMFONIA has signed a four-album deal with the biggest Japanese metal and ...

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MEKONG DELTA Drummer Comments On STRATOVARIUS Gig

Alex Landenburg (pictured below; AT VANCE, ANNIHILATOR, MEKONG DELTA) has commented on his new gig as the stand-in drummer for STRATOVARIUS after the band's regular drummer, Jörg Michael, was diagnosed with cancer and had his entire thyroid removed. "I will be stepping in for Jörg Michael on the first part of the upcoming tour with ...

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STRATOVARIUS Drummer Diagnosed With Cancer

Swedish keyboardist Jens Johansson of multi-national melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS has issued the following update: "Dear STRATOVARIUS fans, I am afraid we have some quite terrible news. News of the worst imaginable kind. It's about our friend and [German] drummer Jörg Michael [STRATOVARIUS]. "Jörg has cancer. "He recently discovered a lump on his neck, went to ...

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CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS Is Looking For The Next Finnish 'Metal Star'

Since it first worked with SENTENCED back in 1993, Century Media Records has been known for delivering first-class Finnish metal from the likes of TURISAS, FINNTROLL, POISONBLACK, TIMO KOTIPELTO, NORTHER, THE MAN-EATING TREE, KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI and the label's latest signing, INSOMNIUM. Now Century Media has teamed up with the Finnish Metal Expo, Inferno (Finland's leading ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS, HELLOWEEN, ANGRA Members Join Forces In SYMFONIA

SYMFONIA, the new melodic metal project featuring former members of HELLOWEEN, STRATOVARIUS, ANGRA and SONATA ARCTICA, will enter Studiomega in Varberg, Sweden later this month to begin recording its debut album for a spring 2011 release. A press release reads as follows: "They are all legends among the melodic metal community. By sheer coincidence, they ...

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ANCARA Begins Work On New Album

Finnish hard rockers ANCARA have commenced work on their fourth album for a 2011 release. No further details are currently available. "Nicole", the latest video from ANCARA, can be viewed below. The song comes off the band's third album, "Chasing Shadows", which entered the official chart in the band's home country last October at position ...

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2010 'Dimebag Beyond Forever Tour' Announced

A dozen or so Finnish metal musicians will take part in the seventh annual "Dimebag Beyond Forever Tour", set to kick off in late November. The 10-date trek will honor the legendary PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was shot and killed on stage on December 8, 2004. The musicians will perform for free and ...

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STRATOVARIUS: New Album Details Revealed

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS are putting the finishing touches on their thirteenth full-length studio album, "Elysium", at 5-by-5 studios in Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki, Finland. The CD will be released in Asia on January 12, 2011 via JVC and in the rest of the world on January 14, 2011 through earMUSIC/Edel. A single with two new songs ...

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TIMO TOLKKI's Book To See Light Of Day In October

Former STRATOVARIUS and REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE mainman Timo Tolkki will release his long-awaited book on October 1. In a March 2010 online posting, Tolkki stated about the upcoming book, "After a lot of thinking, feeling and getting some distance to my [recently completed] book, I have come to a conclusion that much of the book was ...

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TIMO TOLKKI Says STRATOVARIUS' Decision To Carry On Without Him Was 'Morally Wrong'

Iron Maiden Argentina FC recently conducted an interview with Finnish musician/producer Timo Tolkki (REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, STRATOVARIUS). A few excerpts from the chat follow below. Iron Maiden Argentina FC: What can you us advance [about] "Trinity" [the forthcoming third and final album from Tolkki's post-STRATOVARIUS band REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE]? There are differences between "Trinity" and ...

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ANTHRIEL: 'The Pathway' Release Moved Up A Month

Finnish progressive metal outfit ANTHRIEL will release its debut album, "The Pathway", on September 17 via Lion Music. The CD was produced by Timo Niemistö and was mixed by Jussi Kulomaa at MSTR Studio. The mastering duties were handled by Henkka Niemistö at Chartmakers. The album cover art and layout was created by Jan Yrlund ...

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TIMO TOLKKI Puts REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE To Rest

Former STRATOVARIUS leader/guitarist Timo Tolkki has released the following statement: "Due to my private problems, the lack of interest in REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE [Tolkki's post-STRATOVARIUS band] shows by the promoters, and the current situation in the music industry that affects to everything including the production budgets, it has become impossible to continue the band. "We have ...

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THROES OF DAWN Announces New Keyboardist

Long-running Finnish "dark metal" band THROES OF DAWN has announced the addition of keyboardist Henri Andersson to the group's ranks. According to THROES OF DAWN, "Andersson has been playing live with the band since the beginning of 2010 when the band started touring after the release of our fifth full-length album, 'The Great Fleet Of ...

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KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI: 'Desolation: White Wolf' Video Released

"Desolation: White Wolf", the new video from the Finnish symphonic folk metal band KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI, can be viewed below. The clip was once again directed by Timo Puustinen of CopperSky. "Desolation: White Wolf" comes off KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI's second album, "Betrayal, Justice, Revenge", which was released on April 26 via Century Media Records. The CD's first ...

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ANTHRIEL Signs With LION MUSIC

Lion Music has announced the signing of progressive metallers ANTHRIEL. The band's debut album, "The Pathway", is scheduled for release on October 15. With a style that is sure to appeal to fans of the likes of SYMPHONY X, ADAGIO and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, "The Pathway" is "an absolute monster offering, possessing an exceptionally high standard ...

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STRATOVARIUS: 'Infinite' To Be Reissued With Bonus Material

earMUSIC/Edel has set a June 25 release date for the reissue of STRATOVARIUS' highly acclaimed 2000 studio album "Infinite". The LP will also be available as a two-CD deluxe digipak featuring over one hour of extra material (three B-sides, two live tracks and two demo versions). "Polaris", the 2009 comeback album from STRATOVARIUS, was reissued ...

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MINUETUM Signs With 7HARD RECORDS

7Hard has announced the signing of MINUETUM for the release of the band's debut album, entitled "Haunted Spirit". The CD, featuring Jason Mercury (ex-OUTLOUD) on guitar, and Ignacio Lopez (SELIGER, LORD KRAVEN) on bass and Bob Katsionis (FIREWIND, REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, OUTLOUD) as a guest musician on guitar, was produced by Katsionis and mixed and mastered ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN To Donate Guitar To City Of Bologna

Legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen will donate his guitar to the city of Bologna during the inauguration of Music Italy Show —Italy's most important trade fair featuring musical instruments, publishing, backstage equipment, DJ and discography — on Saturday, May 15 at 11:30 a.m. The Commissariat of Bologna (Mayor) will be present to accept this honor, ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Mainman Interviewed For 'Metal Evolution' Series

REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE/ex-STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki will be interviewed by Dave Pattenden at the Ultimate World Guitar Exhibition festival in Bologna, Italy on My 15 for the forthcoming TV series "Metal Evolution". The series will air in the spring of 2011 in the U.S. on VH1 Classic and other networks in the world thereafter. Commented Pattenden: ...

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STRATOVARIUS: 'Polaris' To Be Reissued With Live CD

"Polaris", the 2009 comeback album from Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS, will be reissued as a two-CD digipack on May 21 via earMUSIC/Edel. In addition to the original album, the package will include a bonus disc containing 75 minutes of live material recorded during the "Polaris" tour and spanning the band's entire history. The track listing ...

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TWISTED SISTER Guitarist Schedules Middletown Meet-And-Greet

TWISTED SISTER guitarist Eddie Ojeda will take part in a meet-and-greet on Saturday, May 1 between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at Alto Music in Middletown, New York. Eddie Ojeda's solo album, "Axes 2 Axes", was released in 2006. The CD features guest appearances by such acclaimed hard rock/heavy metal vocalists as Ronnie James Dio ...

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ANCARA: 'Nicole' Video Available

"Nicole", the new video from Finnish hard rockers ANCARA, can be viewed below. The song comes off the band's third album, "Chasing Shadows", which entered the official chart in the band's home country last October at position No. 32. According to the group, the CD's release was "postponed by two months because the band decided ...

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