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STRATOVARIUS Keyboardist On 'Polaris', TIMO TOLKKI And Future Albums

Robert Gray of Ultimate-Guitar.com recently conducted an interview with STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson as part of a series entitled "Hit The Lights." Topics of discussion included the album "Polaris", Timo Tolkki's departure, the group's financial situation, and future STRATOVARIUS material. Several excerpts from the interview follow below. On the recording process for "Polaris": ...

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ANCARA: New Song Available For Streaming

Finnish hard rockers ANCARA will release their third album, "Chasing Shadows", on August 26 through Timo Kotipelto's (STRATOVARIUS) High & Loud Records. The CD's first single, "We Paint December", is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. Commented frontman Sammy Salminen: "I wanted to write a song like 'Black Snow' from our ...

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INFINITUM OBSCURE Announces New Album Title Change

Mexican death metallers INFINITUM OBSCURE entered Skull Seven Studios in North Hollywood, California on May 29 with renowned producer Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, MORBID ANGEL, W.A.S.P., OMEN, BITCH, LIZZY BORDEN, ATROPHY) to begin recording their second album. Entitled "Sub Atris Caelis" (the working title of "Infra Ater Caela" has been scrapped), the effort will be released ...

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STRATOVARIUS: 'Polaris' First-Week Sales Revealed

"Polaris", the new album from Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS, sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (Note: Internet/digital sales **ARE** included in the SoundScan totals.) The CD landed at position No. 57 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling ...

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STRATOVARIUS' 'Polaris' Lands On Finnish, German Charts

"Polaris", the new album from Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS, entered the official chart in the band's home country at position No. 2 and has moved down to No. 4 in the CD's second week of release. The album also debuted on the German Media Control chart at No. 55. "Polaris" was released in the U.S. ...

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VISION DIVINE To Tour Latin America In The Fall

On October 20, Italian melodic metallers VISION DIVINE will embark on the "9 Degrees In Latin America" tour. The first part of the trek will include stops in Mexico, Venezuela, Paraguay, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru. More information will be made available soon. VISION DIVINE's latest studio album, "9 Degrees West of the ...

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STRATOVARIUS: Footage From The Road Posted Online

Bassist Lauri Porra of Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS has uploaded a six-minute video clip (see below) featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the first three days of the band's current European tour, which kicked off on May 15, 2009 in Wolverhampton, U.K. STRATOVARIUS' new studio album, "Polaris", will be made available in Europe on May 21 via ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Members Rejoin Forces In PROJECT STRATO

In 1982, Tuomo Lassila (drums) formed STRATOVARIUS and came up with the band's name. Timo Tolkki (guitar) and Antti Ikonen (keyboards) joined the band in 1984 — that is some 25 years ago, and as a result the group recorded such classic albums as "Twilight Time", "Dreamspace" and "Fourth Dimension". After the departure of Lassila ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer, Guitarist To Perform Acoustically On Finnish TV

STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto and new guitarist Matias Kupiainen will perform acoustically tonight (Sunday, May 3) on the "Musiikki-TV" show on Finland's TV2 channel at 22.35 Finnish time. Kotipelto played a short set for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on April 20 at a presidential dinner held by Finnish President Tarja Halonen in honor of Medvedev's ...

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WARMEN: Japanese Edition Of New Album To Include ROXETTE Cover

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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STRATOVARIUS Singer Performs For Russian President

Singer Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS, KOTIPELTO, CAIN'S OFFERING) played a short set for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday, April 20 at a presidential dinner held by Finnish President Tarja Halonen in honor of Medvedev's visit to Finland. Timo was accompanied during the performance by Matias Kupiainen (STRATOVARIUS), Jani Liimatainen (CAIN'S OFFERING, ex-SONATA ARCTICA) and the ...

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STRATOVARIUS: 'Deep Unknown' Video Available

"Deep Unknown", the new video from Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS, can be viewed below. Also available is behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot. The clip was directed by Owe Lingvall for Village Road Film. "Deep Unknown" comes off STRATOVARIUS' forthcoming studio album, "Polaris", which will be made available in Europe on May 21 via the ...

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TIMO TOLKKI To Perform With RHAPSODY OF FIRE Singer In Rome

REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE/ex-STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has issued the following update: "I'm gonna play some songs with Fabio Lione [RHAPSODY OF FIRE, VISION DIVINE] in Rome, Italy next Friday, April 24. The club is called Palarockness and it is situated in Genzano di Roma. Si fueris Romae, Romano vivitomore. See you there!!" For more information, visit ...

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Bassist JARI KAINULAINEN Reunites With Former STRATOVARIUS Bandmates For 'Return To Dreamspace'

Finnish bassist Jari Kainulainen (who is currently a member of Sweden's EVERGREY) will join Timo Tolkki (REVOLUTION RENAISANCE, STRATOVARIUS) and fellow ex-STRATOVARIUS members Tuomo Lassila (drums) and Anti Ikonen (keyboards) to record a new album, titled "Return to Dreamspace", for a fall 2009 release. This means that the project's lineup is exactly the same as ...

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STRATOVARIUS: 'Polaris' Songwriting Credits Available

The songwriting credits have been revealed for "Polaris", the new studio album from Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS. The CD — the group's first since the departure of guitar player and main composer Timo Tolkki — will be made available in Europe on May 21 via the band's new label partner Edel under the new imprint ...

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PROFANE OMEN: 'Left To Disintegrate' Video Released

"Left To Disintegrate", the new video from Finnish metallers PROFANE OMEN, can be viewed below. This clip was shot by Timo Honkanen, Maria Jaskari, Jere Kilpinen, Petri Koivunen, Toni Salminen and PROFANE OMEN. It was directed and edited by Toni Salminen. The song comes off the band's sophomore full-length album, "Inherit The Void", which recently ...

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STRATOVARIUS: 'Polaris' U.S. Release Date Announced

Armoury Records (a division of Eagle Rock Entertainment) has set a May 26 U.S. release date for "Polaris", the new studio album from Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS. The CD — the group's first since the departure of guitar player and main composer Timo Tolkki — will be made available in Europe on May 21 via ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Keyboardist Completes Mixing New WARMEN Album

CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman has finished mixing the fourth album from his WARMEN project, due later in the year. One of the new cover songs the band recorded is JANET JACKSON's "Black Cat", featuring a guest appearance by the Finnish pop/rock queen Jonna Kosonen. Other guest singers scheduled to appear on the CD ...

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ANCARA Announces New Guitarist

Finnish hard rockers ANCARA have announced the addition of guitarist Tuomas "Gary" Keskinen (TECHNICOLOUR, NEGATIVE, MONDAY) to the group's ranks. Gary replaces Samuel Hjelt, who left the band earlier this year. Commented bassist Mika Rajala: "We are very pleased with our new member, who has heaps of experience under his belt and solid vision in ...

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STRATOVARIUS: 'Polaris' Track Listing Unveiled

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS have revealed the final track listing for their new album, "Polaris", which is scheduled for release on May 21. The CD — the group's first since the departure of guitar player and main composer Timo Tolkki — will be made available via the band's new label partner Edel under the new ...

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