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SENTIMENT: 'The Dark Side' Song Available For Free Download

Finnish melodic metallers SENTIMENT, whose current lineup includes ex-THUNDERSTONE keyboardist Kari Tornack, have inked a deal with Intromental Management. The band is still searching for record and distribution deals with suitable labels for the release of its debut album, "From Here to Ever After", which was completed in 2007. According to a press release, the ...

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STRATOVARIUS: More 2009 Dates Announced

Finnish melodic power metal legends STRATOVARIUS have scheduled the following dates: May 22-23 - Wacken Rocks - Kreuth / Aurich, Germany Jun. 19-21 - Hellfest - Clisson, France Jul. 11 - Masters Of Rock Festival - Vizovice, Czech Republic STRATOVARIUS has vowed to return with a new studio album in 2009 — the group's first ...

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TIMO TOLKKI's REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE Signs With SCARLET RECORDS

REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, the new band led by former STRATOVARIUS mastermind Timo Tolkki, has inked a worldwide deal with Scarlet Records. Tolkki and his bandmates have spent the last few weeks putting the finishing touches to their new album entitled "Age Of Aquarius". Recorded over three months in Finland, it is by far the darkest, heaviest ...

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LIZZY BORDEN/Ex-VICIOUS RUMORS Guitarist Joins PROPHESY

PROPHESY, the new U.S./German band featuring vocalist Brian O'Connor (ex-VICIOUS RUMORS) and guitarist Fabian Schwarz (PARADOX, RUNAMOK, THE NEW BLACK), has completed its lineup. It is as follows: Brian O'Connor (ex-VICIOUS RUMORS) - Vocals Ira Black (LIZZY BORDEN, ex-VICIOUS RUMORS) - Guitar Fabian Schwarz (THE NEW BLACK, RUNAMOK, ABANDONED) - Guitar Guent Auschrat (THE ...

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REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE: South American Tour Postponed

REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, the new band led by former STRATOVARIUS mastermind Timo Tolkki, has issued the following statement: "We are forced to postpone our [South American] tour due to lack of professionalism and responsibility of the promoter. They approached us with an offer for the tour in June, which we were very happy about. When the ...

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STAM1NA, TIMO KOTIPELTO, LEVERAGE, MEDICATED Confirmed For Finnish Charity Tour

STAM1NA, Timo Rautiainen, Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS), LEVERAGE and MEDICATED will take part in a short Finnish tour called "Kaveria ei jätetä" (translation: "Never leave a friend behind!") which collects money to help the voluntary youth mental healthcare in Finland. The dates are as follows: Jan. 02 - Pakkahuone, Tampere, FIN Jan. 03 - Gloria, Helsinki, ...

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VISION DIVINE Signs With FRONTIERS RECORDS

Italian melodic metallers VISION DIVINE have inked a multi-album deal with Frontiers Records. The band's new studio album, "9 Degrees West of the Moon", is scheduled for release on January 23, 2009. Born as a side project of the esteemed guitarist and songwriter of LABYRINTH, Olaf Thorsen, as a way to keep his working relationship ...

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ANCARA Begins Recording New Album

Finnish hard rockers ANCARA entered Matrixtor Studios in Hämeenlinna, Finland on November 3 to begin recording their third album with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, APOCALYPTICA, AMORPHIS, LORDI, THE 69 EYES, SENTENCED, SEPULTURA). The follow-up to last year's "Beyond the Dark", will once again be released via High and Loud, the record label owned by STRATOVARIUS ...

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TIMO TOLKKI Discusses STRATOVARIUS 'Publicity Stunt'; Video Available

Former STRATOVARIUS and current REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE mainman Timo Tolkki has released the second part of his three-part interview via the RR web site. During this lengthy interview which lasts almost an hour, Tolkki talks about the STRATOVARIUS period between 1996 and 2008. He discusses the difficulties of becoming a very succesful artist within a relatively ...

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IN FLAMES: Japanese Dates Announced

Swedish metallers IN FLAMES will embark on a three-date headlining tour of Japan in March 2009. The details are as follows: March 04 - Tokyo, Japan - Blitz March 05 - Tokyo, Japan - Blitz March 06 - Osaka, Japan - IMP Hall Commented the band: "It's been a while since we played Japan now, ...

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On The Road With IN FLAMES

IN FLAMES will be featured on the program "Dom Kallar Oss Artister" (They Call Us Artists) on Tuesday, November 19 at 9:00 p.m. CET on the Swedish television network SVT. According to a posting on the band's web site, "This summer the film team from SVT followed IN FLAMES around on the road to show ...

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STRATOVARIUS' New Lineup Announces First Live Shows

Finnish melodic power metal legends STRATOVARIUS have vowed to return with a new studio album in 2009 — the group's first since the departure of guitar player and main composer Timo Tolkki. According to a press release, the new CD will be "a positive and powerful record that the band's fans all over the world ...

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TIMO TOLKKI's REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE: New Photos, Video Interviews Posted Online

REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, the new band led by former STRATOVARIUS mastermind Timo Tolkki, has launched its official web site at this location. Included on the site are individual video interviews with the RR bandmembers — keyboardist Mike Khalilov, drummer Bruno Agra (ex-AQUARIA), singer Gus Monsanto (ex-ADAGIO) and bassist Justin Biggs (DESCEND). REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE recently ...

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INFERNOISE To Release 'The Chainsaw's Law' Next Month

Madrid, Spain-based metal band INFERNOISE will release its new album, "The Chainsaw's Law", on November 4 via Locomotive Records. The CD was recorded and mixed by Timo Tolkki (STRATOVARIUS, REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE) at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland and M-20 Studios in Madrid, Spain. It was mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki. ...

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STRATOVARIUS: Video Footage From New Album Writing Sessions Posted Online

A two-and-a-half-minute video blog featuring footage from the writing/recording sessions for the new STRATOVARIUS album can be viewed below. The band's current lineup includes Timo Kotipelto (vocals), Jens Johansson (keyboards), Lauri Porra (bass) and Jörg Michael (drums) alongside STRATOVARIUS' latest addition, Finnish guitarist Matias Kupiainen (who replaced the group's founding member and main songwriter Timo ...

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TIMO TOLKKI Wishes New STRATOVARIUS Lineup 'Best Of Luck'

Fomer STRATOVARIUS and current REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE mastermind Timo Tolkki has issued the following update: "I took some time off after working with VISION DIVINE for something like six weeks. I went to Thailand for two weeks. When I returned, I noticed some weird things in the RR forum. I have no energy in this moment ...

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OBSCURA Signs With RELAPSE RECORDS

Relapse Records has announced the signing of Munich, Germany-based death metallers OBSCURA. The band is currently recording its second full-length album with producer V. Santura (DARK FORTRESS) at The Crypt Studios for an early 2009 release. Commented OBSCURA guitarist/vocalist Steffan Kummerer: "We are very happy to have found in Relapse a strong partner for the ...

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STRATOVARIUS: First Photos With New Guitarist Released

As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported yesterday, remaining STRATOVARIUS members Timo Kotipelto (vocals), Jens Johansson (keyboards), Lauri Porra (bass) and Jörg Michael (drums) have officially recruited Finnish guitarist Matias Kupiainen to replace the group's founding member and main songwriter Timo Tolkki. The news of Kupiainen's addition to the band was broken exclusively by Petri Silas ...

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Remaining STRATOVARIUS Members Announce New Guitarist

Remaining STRATOVARIUS members Timo Kotipelto (vocals), Jens Johansson (keyboards), Lauri Porra (bass) and Jörg Michael (drums) have officially recruited Finnish guitarist Matias Kupiainen to replace the group's founding member and main songwriter Timo Tolkki. The news of Kupiainen's addition to the band was broken exclusively by Petri Silas of Finland's Soundi magazine, who ...

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TRAGEDIAN To Release Debut Next Month

German metallers TRAGEDIAN will release their debut album, "Dreamscape", on September 12 via Artist Service/MBM. According to a press release, "mainman behind TRAGEDIAN is Gabriele Palermo, a gifted guitarist/bassist and songwriter, inspired by many classic metal/rock bands such as DIO, FIFTH ANGEL and '80s-era HOUSE OF LORDS. Originally formed in 2002, TRAGEDIAN went through several ...

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INFERNOISE Signs With LOCOMOTIVE RECORDS

Madrid, Spain-based metal band INFERNOISE has inked a three-album deal with Locomotive Records. Commented the group: "It has been a long wait, but everything comes and finally we can say that we have given the best for release the [upcoming INFERNOISE] album ['The Chainsaw's Law'] and pass into the next level in our professional career. ...

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OBSCURA Putting Finishing Touches On New Album Recordings

German death metallers OBSCURA are currently recording their new album with producer V. Santura (DARK FORTRESS) at The Crypt Studios in Germany. OBSCURA bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-PESTILENCE) comments: "I just got back from Landschut, Germany, where we've finished most of the recordings for the new album. I'm very excited about the new OBSCURA material; ...

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