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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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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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