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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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STRATOVARIUS: 'Polaris' Artwork Unveiled

The cover artwork for "Polaris", the new album from Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS, can be viewed below. Due 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 imprint earMUSIC ...

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STRATOVARIUS: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From 'Deep Unknown' Video Shoot Posted Online

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS have posted a five-minute clip (see below) featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the band's recent video shoot for the song "Deep Unknown". STRATOVARIUS will release its brand new studio album, "Polaris", on May 21. The CD — the group's first since the departure of guitar player and main composer Timo Tolkki — ...

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STRATOVARIUS' JENS JOHANSSON And TIMO TOLKKI: Burying The Hatchet?

According to an online post by STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson, he and ex-STRATOVARIUS guitarist/mainman Timo Tolkki met for dinner this past Thursday night (March 5) in an apparent attempt to bury the hatchet following a bitter Internet war of words over the use of the STRATOVARIUS name. Timo Tolkki's new band, REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, will release ...

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TIMO TOLKKI To Record New Album With Former STRATOVARIUS Members

Timo Tolkki (REVOLUTION RENAISANCE, STRATOVARIUS) has announced that he will record another album with former STRATOVARIUS members Tuomo Lassila (drums) and Anti Ikonen (keyboards). Tentatively titled "Return To Dremspace", the CD is slated for a September 2009 release. The fans will decide the name of the project in some sort of contest. Tolkki says, "If ...

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STRATOVARIUS To Release 'Polaris' In May

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS will release their brand new studio album, "Polaris", 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 imprint earMUSIC outside of Asia and the band's ...

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STRATOVARIUS To Tour North America In The Fall

Finnish melodic power metal legends STRATOVARIUS will return to North America for a short tour this fall. Tickets for all shows are on sale via EnterTheVault.com exclusively until March 20 at which point they will become available through all normal ticketing outlets. STRATOVARIUS will also take part in a once-in-a-lifetime pre-concert meet-and-greet which ...

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MEDICATED: 'Scream For God' Video Available

"Scream For God", the new video from MEDICATED, the Finnish metal band featuring former IMPERANON vocalist Aleksi Sihvonen, can be viewed below. The song comes off the group's "Magnum For Amen" EP, which was released last year. Formed in 2005, MEDICATED describes its music as "thrash/death metal with big choruses, screaming and clean vocals, hard ...

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STRATOVARIUS: More Tour Dates Announced

Finnish melodic power metal legends STRATOVARIUS have scheduled the following dates: May 15 - Wolverhampton, England, UK @ Wulfrun Hall May 16 - Nottingham, England, UK @ Rock City May 17 - Glasgow, Scotland, UK @ Cathouse May 18 - London, England UK @ Islington O2 Academy May 19 - Manchester, England UK @ Academy ...

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