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STRATOVARIUS: Toulouse Footage Available

Fan-filmed video footage of STRATOVARIUS' January 13, 2010 performance in Toulouse, France can be viewed 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 have never appeared in the Top 100 of ...

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THROES OF DAWN: New Album Details Revealed

Long-running Finnish "dark metal" band THROES OF DAWN will release its fifth album, "The Great Fleet of Echoes", via Firebox Records during the Finnish Metal Expo on February 19. The CD will be made available as both a digiback CD and a limited double LP with 24-bit mastering. The double LP will include two bonus ...

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DARK DAYS AHEAD: Four Songs Posted Online

Finnish metallers DARK DAYS AHEAD, who feature in their ranks members of TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS, MANUFACTURERS PRIDE and WHERE VICTIMS LIE, have uploaded four new tracks from their upcoming promotional CD on their MySpace page. An excerpt from the band's official biography: "Formed amongst the concrete desolation of Jyväskylä, Finland, DARK ...

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TIMO TOLKKI Reflects On South American Seminar Tour

REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE/ex-STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has just completed a three-week "masterclass seminar" tour of Brazil. He writes on his MySpace page, "Now, having been at home for a week, I start getting some perspective to the seminar tour in South America. "Due to several, shall I say plane arrangements, I finally arrived to the Helsinki ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist Perform Acoustic Versions Of Rock Classics

Video footage of Finnish heavy metal singer Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS, CAIN'S OFFERING, KOTIPELTO) and guitarist Jani Liimatainen (CAIN'S OFFERING, ex-SONATA ARCTICA) performing acoustic versions of several hard rock classics last night (Thursday, December 31, 2009) in Raahe, Finland can be viewed below (courtesy of "tomlaine030969"). CAIN'S OFFERING, the band featuring Kotipelto and Liimatainen, released its ...

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STRATOVARIUS To Begin Work On New Album Next Year

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS have issued the following update: "We're still in the middle of the 'Polaris' world tour, but we do have a bit of news. "The European summer festivals earlier this year were nice and relaxing as always, and then we embarked on a long three-month leg which covered the Far East, North ...

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Ex-GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist IZZY STRADLIN To Release New Album

Audio samples of two new songs — "Breathing" and "Nothing on Me" — from former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Izzy Stradlin's new album, "Smoke", are avaialble for streaming in the YouTube clip below. The effort, which features Stradlin, bassist J.T. Longoria, JU JU HOUND guitarist Rick Richards, ex-REVEREND HORTON HEAT drummer Taz Bentley and Timo ...

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DEAD SHAPE FIGURE Signs With DYNAMIC ARTS RECORDS

Finnish modern thrash/death-influenced metal band DEAD SHAPE FIGURE has signed a deal with Dynamic Arts Records. The group's second album, "The Disease Of St. Vitus", is tentatively due in the spring. Commented vocalist Timo "Galzi" Kallio: "In the middle of our songwriting sessions, we woke up to reality that there still was no papers signed ...

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REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE Performs In São Paulo; Video Available

REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE members Timo Tolkki (guitar; ex-STRATOVARIUS), Gus Monsanto (vocals) and Bruno Agra (drums) were joined by guest musicians Andria Busic (bass) and Fabrizio Di Sarno (keyboards) for a special one-off concert at the Blackmore Rock Bar in São Paulo, Brazil on November 22, 2009 to celebrate the release of REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE's "Age of Aquarius" ...

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STRATOVARIUS' JENS JOHANSSON To Guest On AVANTASIA Album

Keyboardist Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS, DIO, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) has joined the list of guest musicians who will appear on the forthcoming release from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project. Commented Tobias: "I've known Jens for years now; there has always been a friendship between EDGUY and STRATOVARIUS. We became friends when Jens was playing in the ...

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STRATOVARIUS: Support Acts Announced For European Tour

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS have announced the support acts for their forthcoming European headlining tour, which is scheduled to kick off on January 7 in Bochum, Germany. They are as follows: With TRACEDAWN, MYSTIC PROPHECY: Jan. 07 - Zeche - Bochum [DE] Jan. 08 - Hof ter Lo - Antwerp [BE] Jan. 09 - Melkweg ...

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2009 'Dimebag Beyond Forever Tour': Details Revealed

A dozen or so Finnish metal musicians will take part in the sixth annual "Dimebag Beyond Forever Tour", set to kick off in early December. The seven-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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'Dimebag Beyond Forever Tour': More Pro-Shot Footage Posted Online

A dozen or so Finnish metal musicians took part in the fifth annual "Dimebag Beyond Forever Tour" in December 2008. The four-date trek honored the legendary PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was shot and killed on stage on December 8, 2004. The musicians performed for free and the concert proceeds were donated to the ...

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REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE Joined By Former HAMMERFALL Bassist

Bassist Magnus Rosén (HAMMERFALL, X-WORLD/5, FULL FORCE) has joined REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, the new band led by former STRATOVARIUS mastermind Timo Tolkki, REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE last month parted ways with bassist Justin Biggs and keyboardist Michael Khalilov because it "became evident to everybody that REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE was not the right band for the guys," the group said ...

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ANCARA's 'Chasing Shadows' Lands On Finnish Chart

"Chasing Shadows", the third album from Finnish hard rockers ANCARA, has entered the official chart in the band's home country at position No. 32. According to the group, the CD's release was "postponed by two months because the band decided to release the album independently though their own Dks Music label and give the Finnish ...

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ANCARA: 'Tears With A Smile' Video Released

"Tears With A Smile", the new video from Finnish hard rockers ANCARA, can be viewed below. The song — which is described as "a duet ballad" — features a guest appearance by Agnes Pihlava, a finalist in the 2005 Finnish national TV talent competition "Idols". Commented frontman Sammy Salminen: "I wanted to write a song ...

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MEDICATED Parts Ways With Guitarist

MEDICATED, the Finnish metal band featuring former IMPERANON vocalist Aleksi Sihvonen, has parted ways with guitarist Jesse Soiletsalo. The group says in a statement, "For a while, [Jesse] has been thinking what it is that he wants to do. This has led him to realize that MEDICATED isn't quite the band for him anymore. He ...

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Former REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE Bassist Says Split Was 'Mutual'

Former REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE bassist Justin Biggs has released the following statement regarding his departure from the group: "I'm writing this statement of course in regards to the latest news from REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE. It's only been a few days and already I can see a storm on the horizon. So, I figured before things go any ...

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Ex-REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE Keyboardist Says He Learned He Was Fired Via Internet

Former REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE keyboardist Michael Khalilov has slammed the band's mainman, ex-STRATOVARIUS leader Timo Tolkki, for allegedly failing to inform Khalilov and bassist Justin Biggs that they were no longer members of the group. Tolkki released a statement on Thursday (October 8) indicating that REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE had parted ways with Biggs and Khalilov due to ...

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TIMO TOLKKI's 'Return To Dreamspace' Delayed Until Next Spring

Former STRATOVARIUS leader and current REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE mainman Timo Tolkki recently teamed up with fellow ex-STRATOVARIUS members Tuomo Lassila (drums), Anti Ikonen (keyboards) and Jari Kainulainen (current member of EVERGREY) to record a new album, titled "Return To Dreamspace". This means that the project's lineup is exactly the same as the one that recorded STRATOVARIUS' ...

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REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE Parts Ways With Bassist, Keyboardist

REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE — the new band led by former STRATOVARIUS mastermind Timo Tolkki — has parted ways with bassist Justin Biggs and keyboardist Michael Khalilov. "During the recordings of [the second REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE album], 'Age of Aquarius', it became evident to everybody that REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE was not the right band for the guys," the group ...

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TIMO TOLKKI Schedules 'Music Beyond Infinity' Workshop Dates

Timo Tolkki is one of the most respected guitar players in the heavy rock scene, with sales of 2.5 million records, a Finnish Grammy equivalent and three gold discs with his former band STRATOVARIUS. In Guitar World magazine, Tolkki was ranked the 27th fastest guitar player in the world and placed 84th on the list ...

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STRATOVARIUS' Edmonton Concert Ends In Flames

According to Iltalehti.fi, STRATOVARIUS' September 30, 2009 concert at the Starlite Room in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada ended in flames. An eyewitness told BLABBERMOUTH.NET, "Near the end of STRATOVARIUS' set there was some commotion and I saw the [Finnish] band look up at something, [and it turned out that the ceiling-mounted PA speaker] had ...

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