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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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BATTLELORE: New Video Interview Posted Online

James Young and Asif Salam of Soundshock.Net conducted an interview with BATTLELORE's Tomi Mykkänen (vocals) and Timo Honkanen (bass) when the Finnish "fantasy metal" band played in Camden Underworld, London, England on September 26, 2009 as the support act for FINNTROLL. Watch the chat below. BATTLELORE's latest album, "The Last Alliance", entered the ...

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THROES OF DAWN Signs With FIREBOX RECORDS

Long-running Finnish "dark metal" band THROES OF DAWN has inked a deal with Firebox Records. The group's fifth album, "The Great Fleet of Echoes", was recorded at Timo Kotipelto's (STRATOVARIUS) studio and is about to be mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki. A January/February 2010 release is expected. THROES OF DAWN's fourth album, "Quicksilver Clouds", ...

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ANCARA To Release 'Chasing Shadows' In October

Finnish hard rockers ANCARA will release their third album, "Chasing Shadows", on October 21 in the band's home country and a later date in other parts of Europe. 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 ...

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ANCARA: 'Tears With a Smile' Video Teaser Available

A teaser for the "Tears With a Smile" 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". "Tears With a Smile" comes off ANCARA's third ...

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WARMEN's 'Japanese Hospitality' Lands On Finnish Chart

"Japanese Hospitality", the fourth album from CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman's WARMEN project, has entered the Finnish chart at position No. 36. "Japanese Hospitality" was released via Spinefarm Records. The 10-song effort includes two cover versions — "Separate Ways", originally recorded by JOURNEY, and "Black Cat" by JANET JACKSON, featuring a guest ...

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INFINITUM OBSCURE: 'Sub Atris Caelis' Release Date Announced

Deathgasm Records has set a November 13 release date for "Sub Atris Caelis", the sophomore album from Mexican death metallers INFINITUM OBSCURE. The CD was recorded at Skull Seven Studios in North Hollywood, California with renowned producer Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, MORBID ANGEL, W.A.S.P., OMEN, BITCH, LIZZY BORDEN, ATROPHY). "Sub Atris Caelis" was mastered at Necromorbus ...

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REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE Signs With NAPALM RECORDS

REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE — the new band led by former STRATOVARIUS mastermind Timo Tolkki — has inked a deal with Napalm Records. With REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, Tolkki continues to take symphonic/melodic metal fans by storm and presents the ever-growing fan base with powerful riffs, sweeping melodies, catchy choruses, and a top notch production that makes even the ...

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ANCARA: Finnish Dates Announced

Finnish hard rockers ANCARA have scheduled the following dates: Oct. 22 - Helsinki, Finland - On The Rocks Oct. 24 - Kouvola, Finland - House of Rock Nov. 13 - Seinäjoki, Finland - Rokkikellari (acoustic) "Chasing Shadows", the third album from ANCARA, recently had its release date pushed back from the previously announced August 26. ...

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TIMO TOLKKI's 'Return To Dreamspace' Due This Fall Via SCARLET

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", for a fall 2009 release on Scarlet Records. This means that the project's lineup is exactly ...

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WARMEN: 'Japanese Hospitality' E-Card Available

CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman will release the fourth album from his WARMEN project, "Japanese Hospitality", on August 24 via Spinefarm Records. The 10-song effort includes two cover versions — "Separate Ways", originally recorded by JOURNEY, and "Black Cat" by JANET JACKSON, featuring a guest appearance by the Finnish pop/rock queen Jonna Kosonen. In ...

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ANCARA: New Album Delayed

"Chasing Shadows", the third album from Finnish hard rockers ANCARA, has had its release date pushed back from the previously announced August 26. The new release date has not yet been confirmed. "Chasing Shadows" will be made available through Timo Kotipelto's (STRATOVARIUS) High & Loud Records. The CD's first single, "We Paint December", is available ...

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INFINITUM OBSCURE: 'Seeding Darkness' 2008 Demo Sees Light Of Day

"Seeding Darkness", the 2008 demo tape from Mexican death metallers INFINITUM OBSCURE, has been unleashed through Blood Harvest Records/Zombie Ritual Tapes in a pressing of 200 hand-numbered copies (program repeats on both sides of the cassette tape). "Seeding Darkness" demo 2008 track listing: 01. Seeding Darkness 02. Towards The Eternal Dark 03. Secepter Of Malevolence ...

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STRATOVARIUS: European Tour Dates Announced

STRATOVARIUS will embark on a European tour in January/February 2010. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jan. 07 - Zeche, Bochum, Germany (Ruhrpott) Jan. 08 - Hof ter Lo, Antwerp, Belgium Jan. 09 - Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands Jan. 10 - Garage, London, UK Jan. 12 - Elysee, Paris, France Jan. 13 - Le Bikini, Toulouse, France ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Leader Working On Autobiography

Former STRATOVARIUS and current REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE guitarist Timo Tolkki has issued the following update: "I have been really busy working hard with different things and projects. Some mixes for my mixing service, composing songs for PROJECT STRATO, one Finnish female artist and producing a record for a really cool new Goldenworks artist. "I've been also ...

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CAIN'S OFFERING Signs With FRONTIERS RECORDS

STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto and former SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen have joined forces in a new band called CAIN'S OFFERING. The group's debut album, "Gather The Faithful", will be released on August 28 in Europe and September 11 in North America via Frontiers Records. The band is the new artistic creation of Jani Liimatainen, ...

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