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REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE Inks Deal With JVC VICTOR, Plans South American Tour

REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, the new band led by former STRATOVARIUS mastermind Timo Tolkki, has signed a four-album deal with JVC Victor in Japan for the territories of Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Mongolia, Indonesia, East Timor, Thailand, Malaysia, The Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma and Singapore. JVC Victor has ...

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STRATOVARIUS Pissing And Stabbing To Be Recounted In TIMO TOLKKI's New Book

Former STRATOVARIUS and current REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE mastermind Timo Tolkki has issued the following update: "Contrary to some rumors, Like Publishing will release my book. Although the book will not contain much of STRATOVARIUS, it will include some highlights, stories and also the truth what really happened in between the years 2004-2005 in STRATOVARIUS with Miss ...

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TIMO TOLKKI Says He Will Release One More STRATOVARIUS Album

Former STRATOVARIUS and current REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE mastermind Timo Tolkki has issued the following update: "The songwriting [for the new REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE album] is going very smoothly and nicely. We are making some demos soon and will hit the studio around September. Some song (working) titles are: 'Icarus', 'Age Of Aquarius', 'The Loneliness Of A Thousand ...

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NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE Completes Work On New Album

Finnish metallers NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE have finished mixing their third studio album, entitled "Devolution of the Species". The CD was recorded at the Helgate Studio in their hometown of Oulu and was mixed at Soundtrack Studios in Porvoo, Finland. Helming the sessions was producer Olli Kykknen, who has previously worked with such bands as PEER ...

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VISION DIVINE: Working Album Title Revealed

Italian melodic power metallers VISION DIVINE, who were recently rejoined by singer Fabio Lione (also of RHAPSODY OF FIRE), have set "9 Degrees West of the Moon" as the working title of their new album, tentatively due before the end of the year. The CD will once again be produced by Timo Tolkki (REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, ...

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VISION DIVINE: Singer FABIO LIONE Rejoins The Fold

Italian melodic power metallers VISION DIVINE, the brainchild of ex-LABYRINTH mastermind Olaf Thrsen, have issued the following statement: "We are happy to announce that finally Fabio Lione [vocals] is part of the family again! He was the only logical person we could think about, as he's a wonderful singer and most of all, a wonderful ...

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REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE Parts Ways With FRONTIERS RECORDS

REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE the new band featuring former STRATOVARIUS mastermind Timo Tolkki appears to have parted ways with Frontiers Records. Commented Tolkki: "Yesterday I finally got confirmation that we are able to do this. They [Frontiers] simply were not the right label for us. That became absolutely clear in the last few months. "I would describe ...

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REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE Still Looking For Bassist

REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE the new band featuring former STRATOVARIUS mastermind Timo Tolkki has issued the following update: "Having almost completed the line up for REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, we are still looking for bass players. You have to be quick, recordings and tours are awaiting. So please send two (2) recently taken photos (one headshot and one full ...

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TIMO TOLKKI Announces 'An Evening With' Dates In Italy

REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE/ex-STRATOVARIUS mastermind Timo Tolkki has issued the following update: "I got invited by a guy who sometimes invites musicians to play with his cover band. These three gigs will be in Italy and it will be like 'An Evening With Timo Tolkki' type of show. We will play STRATO songs, songs from 'Classical Variations', ...

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TIMO TOLKKI Issues 'Final Statement' Regarding STRATOVARIUS

REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE/ex-STRATOVARIUS mastermind Timo Tolkki has posted his "final announcement regarding STRATOVARIUS." According to Timo, "It is long, but it explains everything and is worth to read. After this statement I will not comment the whole thing anymore, but I will concentrate on the future of my new band." An excerpt from Tolkki's statement reads ...

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Former ADAGIO Singer Joins REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE

Former STRATOVARIUS mainman/guitarist Timo Tolkki has recruited ex-ADAGIO singer Gus Monsanto for his new REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE band. Commented Tolkki: "I'm writing this from Hong Kong overlooking the amazing bay. It is a great pleasure to announce the new singer of REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE I have chosen from over 400 vocalists that sent me their MP3s. Thank ...

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REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE: Another Song Posted Online

Former STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki has posted another song from his new band, REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, on the group's MySpace page. Check out the track "I Did It My Way" at this location. REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE's current lineup also includes Brazilian drummer Bruno Agra and keyboardist Mike Khalilov. The band's debut album, "New Era", will ...

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REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE Drummer Announced

Former STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki has enlisted Brazilian drummer Bruno Agra for his new REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE band. Commented Agra: "I'm 27 years old, and since I was 13 (when I started playing drums) I sought my true spiritual freedom through music. When I started AQUARIA, in 1999 (then called UIRAPURU), I carried these goals with ...

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REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE Keyboardist Announced

Former STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki has enlisted keyboardist Mike Khalilov for his new REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE band. "[Mike] was born in the city of Baku on May 7th, 1986," says Timo. "Currently living in New York, Mike has been playing classical piano for nearly 12 years. He picked up keyboards when first hearing Jens Johansson ripping ...

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BATTLELORE Utilizing Session Drummer For Summer Dates

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE has issued the following update: "Henri [Vahvanen, drums] is going on vacation, and won't be able to play all of BATTLELORE's shows this summer. But no worries, we have a great session drummer all trained and ready to kick some asses with us! Timo [Honkanen, bass] and Maria's [keyboards] bandmate ...

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REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE's Keyboardist Is Not JENS JOHANSSON

Former STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki has announced that he has selected a keyboardist for his new project REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE. Although Timo has yet to reveal the musician's identity, Tolkki did offer that the band's newest addition "is not Jens [Johansson, ex-STRATOVARIUS keyboardist]." REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE will release its debut album, "New Era", on June 6 via ...

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VISION DIVINE Parts Ways With Singer

Italian melodic power metallers VISION DIVINE, the brainchild of ex-LABYRINTH mastermind Olaf Thrsen, have issued the following statement: "Michele Luppi is no longer singing with VISION DIVINE. "Beside any speculation which could be done regarding the truth behind all this, we simply believe it was the right time to both make the right choice. We ...

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TIMO TOLKKI's REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE: Audio Samples Available

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki's new project REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE will release its debut album, "New Era", on June 6 via Frontiers Records. According to a press release, the CD "is a masterpiece of melodic power metal, taking the listener straight back to the 'Visions'-era STRATOVARIUS. In fact, 'New Era' is the album that was meant to ...

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TIMO TOLKKI Asks For Some Compassion And Understanding

Guitarist Timo Tolkki who announced on April 2 that STRATOVARIUS was no more has issued the following update: "First of all, many thanks for your mails and messages. They have been very supportive. I have also received some messages that are not so nice. "Please do not make this a war because it is not. ...

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TIMO TOLKKI's REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE: More Details Revealed

Former STRATOVARIUS mastermind Timo Tolkki's new project REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE will release its debut album, "New Era", on June 6 via Frontiers Records. According to a press release, the CD "is a masterpiece of melodic power metal, taking the listener straight back to the 'Visions'-era STRATOVARIUS. In fact, 'New Era' is the album that was meant ...

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TIMO TOLKKI: 'STRATOVARIUS Is No More'

STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki has issued the following statement: "It is time to stop the silence and announce what some of you have already been speculating. STRATOVARIUS is no more. "Last October I told the guys that I am stopping the band and told them the reasons why. "This letter is addressed to you, STRATOVARIUS ...

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STRATOVARIUS Mainman Launches REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE

In the latest issue of Finland's Soundi magazine, STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki reveals that he has formed a new band called REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, which is believed to have been the working title of the now apparently aborted new STRATOVARIUS album. The group's debut CD which will feature guest appearances by Michael Kiske (vocals; HELLOWEEN), Pasi ...

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