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SONATA ARCTICA Prepares For Its Finnish Invasion Of North America

While the tour preparation checklist for Finland's SONATA ARCTICA has not yet been posted on The Smoking Gun website, fans probably think it would read something like this: New guitarist Elias Viljanen? Check. Power converters? Check. "Sopranos" DVDs? Check. Altoids Mints? Check. According to keyboard player Henrik "Henkka" Klingenberg, tour preparations for SONATA ARCTICA's fifth ...

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PAIN To Release 'Cynic Paradise' On Halloween

PAIN, the Swedish band led by HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren, will release its new album, "Cynic Paradise", on October 31 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to "Psalms of Extinction", which was released in 2007 via Roadrunner, features "eleven gems offering a vast variety of styles and influences which are even new for PAIN," according ...

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NIGHTWISH Singer To Guest On New PAIN Album

NIGHTWISH singer Anette Olzon has recorded a guest appearance on two tracks on the forthcoming album from PAIN, the Swedish band led by HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren. Due in October via Nuclear Blast Records, the as-yet-untitled CD is the follow-up to "Psalms of Extinction", which was released in 2007 via Roadrunner. Swiss-German online metal TV ...

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NIGHTWISH: New Video Interview Available

Hardsound TV conducted an interview with NIGHTWISH members Marco Hietala (bass, vocals) and Anette Olzon (vocals) prior to the last show of the band's European tour on April 19, 2008 at Lisbon, Portugal's Coliseum. Watch the chat below. "The Islander", the new single from NIGHTWISH, will be released on May 21 and will ...

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NIGHTWISH Singer To Guest On New THE RASMUS Album

NIGHTWISH singer Anette Olzon will make a guest appearance on the new album from Finnish rockers THE RASMUS, entitled "Black Roses". Commented THE RASMUS singer Lauri Ylönen: "We've had a really busy spring, putting the album together with the guys. These 'last-minute' ideas and fixes have become come very important for the 'Black Roses' album, ...

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NIGHTWISH Presented With Gold Awards In Austria

Warner Music Austria presented the Finnish/Swedish symphonic metal band NIGHTWISH with gold-album awards for their latest CD, "Dark Passion Play", on February 28, 2008 prior to the band's sold-out concert in Vienna. The awards were handed out by Warner Music sales director Günter Unter before an audience of 5,000 enthusiastic fans. Check out a photo ...

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NIGHTWISH Interviewed At Germany's ECHO Awards; Video Available

Keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and vocalist Anette Olzon of the Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH were interviewed at the German Echo Awards, which took place last Friday night (February 15) in Berlin. Watch the four-minute chat below. NIGHTWISH performed the song "Amaranth" at the Echo Awards, which was broadcast in Germany on the RTL network. Footage of ...

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NIGHTWISH: Japanese TV Report Posted Online

A four-and-a-half-minute Japanese TV report on NIGHTWISH's recently completed U.S. tour, which includes clips from a November 2007 interview with the band's keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and vocalist Anette Olzon, can be viewed below. As previously reported, NIGHTWISH has been nominated in the following categories at the Emma Gaala (Finnish Grammy equivalent): * Band Of The ...

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LEAVES' EYES, BATTLELORE, ELIS, DRACONIAN Singers Take Part In Roundtable Interview

Metal Edge correspondent Bryan Reesman (web site) traveled to Wieze, Belgium last October to interview Liv Kristine (LEAVES' EYES), Kaisa Jouhki (BATTLELORE), Sandra Scherelet (ELIS), and Lisa Johansson (DRACONIAN) backstage during Metal Female Voices Fest V. Here are excerpts from the roundtable interview ("The Women Of Euro-Metal ROAR"), which is in the new ...

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BROTHER FIRETRIBE To Release 'Heart Full Of Fire' In April

BROTHER FIRETRIBE, the Finnish AOR/hard rock band featuring NIGHTWISH guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, will release its second studio album, "Heart Full Of Fire", on April 2, 2008 via Spinefarm Records. A single, "Runaways", backed by a cover version of "Chasing The Angels" (from the "Iron Eagle 2" soundtrack) will precede the full-length CD on February 27. ...

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NIGHTWISH Guitarist's BROTHER FIRETRIBE To Release Sophomore Album In March

BROTHER FIRETRIBE, the Finnish AOR/hard rock band featuring NIGHTWISH guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, will release its second studio album on March 17, 2008 via the newly-launched Spinefarm Records UK. Founded by five Finnish musicians with a deep regard for all-conquering U.S. heavyweights such as JOURNEY and VAN HALEN, the band — also featuring LEVERAGE frontman Pekka ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'Platinum' Edition Of 'Dark Passion Play' To Include Five Bonus Tracks

Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH will release a "platinum" edition of their latest album, "Dark Passion Play" (release date to be confirmed), which will include all 13 songs from the original version plus five bonus tracks: 01. Erämaan Viimeinen (new track) 02. The Escapist (new track) 03. Meadows of Heaven (orchestral version) 04. The Poet and ...

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NIGHTWISH: Highlights From MTV Finland Special Posted Online

A six-and-a-half-minute compilation of clips from a 30-minute NIGHTWISH TV special that aired on MTV Finland on November 16, 2007 can be viewed below (Note: The video includes footage from the band's first official performance with new singer Anette Olzon which took place in early October in Israel). John Two-Hawks, a Native American hailing from ...

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NIGHTWISH: Video Interview With TUOMAS, ANETTE Available

Germany's Metal.de conducted an interview this past summer with NIGHTWISH keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and vocalist Anette Olzon. Watch the 23-minute chat below. NIGHTWISH was honored in the "Best-Selling Artist - Scandinavia" category at the World Music Awards Sunday night (November 4) in Monte Carlo. The World Music Awards (founded in 1989) is an international awards ...

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NIGHTWISH: Video Interview With MARCO HIETALA Available

Artisan News Service recently conducted an interview with NIGHTWISH bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala about the group's split with singer Tarja Turunen and the addition of new vocalist Anette Olzon. Watch the four-minute report below. On Turunen's departure, Marco said, "We really couldn't get along anymore with all the hassle that was going on with two managements ...

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NIGHTWISH: VIP Tickets To Include Meet-And-Greet With Band

Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have upgraded their VIP ticket packages to include a meet-and-greet with the band in addition to the previously announced first/priority entry into venue and an autographed poster. VIP tickets for the following cities will be affected by this: Oct. 31 - Seattle, WA Nov. 04 - Los Angeles, CA Nov. 06 ...

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