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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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TARJA TURUNEN Completes Recording New Solo Album

Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen has completed recording her new solo album, "What Lies Beneath". She states, "It was a great last vocal session. I am grateful that everything I planned was accomplished. Also the things that we decided on the way have only improved the songs making the overall picture clearer in the end. ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN To Headline Italy's 'Ultimate World Guitar Exhibition'

Legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen will headline "The Ultimate World Guitar Exhibition" at this year's Music Italy Show — Italy's most important trade fair featuring musical instruments, publishing, backstage equipment, DJ and discography, which will be held May 15-17, 2010 in Bologna, Italy. "The Ultimate World Guitar Exhibition" details: The Protagonists: * Yngwie J. Malmsteen ...

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TIMO TOLKKI's 'Masterclass' in Sofia; Video Interview, Performance Footage Available

Metal Hangar 18 conducted an interview with Timo Tolkki (STRATOVARIUS, REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE) prior to his April 2, 2010 "Masterclass Seminar" at the RBF club in Sofia, Bulgaria. Watch it below. Also available is footage of the actual "masterclass." Tolkki recently announced that he was scrapping his already completed book because "much of [it] was written ...

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STRATOVARIUS: New Video Interview With MATIAS KUPIAINEN Posted Online

Valerio Ferrari of HeavyWorlds.com conducted an interview with guitarist Matias Kupiainen of Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS on January 21, 2010 in Milan, Italy. Watch the chat in two parts below. STRATOVARIUS' latest album, "Polaris", landed at position No. 57 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and ...

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STRATOVARIUS Drummer Interviewed On 'The Governor's Ball'

STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael was interviewed for the latest episode of "The Governor's Ball". You can now stream the program in two parts below. STRATOVARIUS' latest album, "Polaris", landed at position No. 57 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who ...

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WARMEN Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary With Helsinki Concert; Video Available

WARMEN, the brainchild of CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman, celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a concert during the Helsinki Metal Meeting weekend on February 18 at Dante's Highlight in Helsinki Finland. The band's third live performance ever included guest appearances by Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM) on a cover version of ROCKWELL's "Somebody's Watching ...

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SENTIMENT To Release New Single

Finnish melodic metallers SENTIMENT, whose current lineup includes ex-THUNDERSTONE keyboardist Kari Tornack, have issued the following update: "We spent some time in our dungeon to get a couple of songs ready for recording. The songs came out great and we hope that we can get a single out before summer. The songs are called 'Unleash ...

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STRATOVARIUS: Munich Footage Posted Online

Video footage of STRATOVARIUS's January 30, 2010 concert in Munich, Germany can be viewed below (courtesy of "eblrocknroll"). STRATOVARIUS' latest album, "Polaris", landed at position No. 57 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top ...

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THROES OF DAWN: New Song Posted Online

Long-running Finnish "dark metal" band THROES OF DAWN has posted a new song, "Ignition of the Grey Sky", on the group's MySpace page. The track comes off the band's fifth album, "The Great Fleet of Echoes", which will be released via Firebox Records during the Finnish Metal Expo on February 19. The CD ...

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