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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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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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