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SENTENCED Mourns Loss Of Guitarist MIIKA TENKULA

The surviving members of the long-defunct Finnish band SENTENCED have issued a statement regarding the passing of the group's former guitarist and main songwriter, Miika Tenkula, who was found dead at his home on Thursday, February 19. He was 34 years old. The statement reads as follows: "SENTENCED mourn the loss of Miika Tenkula, a ...

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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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Former SENTENCED Guitarist MIIKA TENKULA Dead At 34

Miika Tenkula, former lead guitarist and main songwriter of the acclaimed Finnish band SENTENCED, was found dead at his home earlier today (Thursday, February 19). He was 34 years old. Nalle Österman (GANDALF, LULLACRY, CHAOSBREED) tells BLABBERMOUTH.NET, "It's true, confirmed personally by [former SENTENCED] drummer Vesa Ranta. "The fact remains that Miika had a serious ...

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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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PROFANE OMEN: 'Inherit The Void' Artwork Revealed

The cover artwork for "Inherit The Void", the sophomore full-length album from the Finnish metal band PROFANE OMEN, can be viewed below. Due on March 4 through Playground Music Scandinavia, the CD was recorded with producer Ville Sorvali of MOONSORROW and Aleksanteri Kuosa. "Inherit The Void" track listing: 01. Seconds (intro) 02. Base 03. Information ...

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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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EVEMASTER Continuing Work On New Album

Finnish "dark metal" band EVEMASTER, which features in its ranks BATTLELORE's Tomi Mykkänen, is continuing work on its long-awaited new CD. According to Tomi, "We have sported the old-school way of recording with the album. As the drums are pretty much one take with no quantizing or corrections, I decided to use the same method ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'Made In Hong Kong' Cover Artwork Revealed

Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have revealed the cover artwork of their new CD/DVD, "Made In Hong Kong (And In Various Other Places)", due on March 6 via Nuclear Blast Records. The set will contain a DVD documentary (with a running time of approximately 45 minutes) of NIGHTWISH's world tour in support of the band's latest ...

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PROFANE OMEN: 'Inherit The Void' Video Teaser Posted Online

A video teaser for "Inherit The Void", the sophomore full-length album from the Finnish metal band PROFANE OMEN, can be viewed below. Due in March 2009 through Playground Music Scandinavia, the CD was recorded with producer Ville Sorvali of MOONSORROW and Aleksanteri Kuosa. "Inherit The Void" track listing: 01. Seconds (intro) 02. Base 03. Information ...

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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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PROFANE OMEN: 'Inherit The Void' Track Listing Revealed

Finnish metal band PROFANE OMEN has completed work on its sophomore full-length album, "Inherit The Void", for a March 2009 release through Playground Music Scandinavia. The group once again recorded the effort with producer Ville Sorvali of MOONSORROW and Aleksanteri Kuosa. "Inherit The Void" track listing: 01. Seconds (intro) 02. Base 03. Information 04. Superpowertrip ...

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NIGHTWISH To Release MCD/DVD In March

Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH will release a new MCD and DVD in March. Titled "Made In Hong Kong (And Various Other Places)", the MCD was recorded during the ongoing "Dark Passion Play World Tour" and it includes a bonus DVD with material from Israel and South America, directed by Ville Lipiäinen. More information will be ...

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CYPHOSIS: Debut Album Due This Month

Finnish metallers CYPHOSIS will release their debut album, "Gods Torned", on December 17. The CD was produced, recorded and mixed by Kyösti Rautio. The track listing is as follows: 01. Intro 02. Gods Torned 03. Waking Dream 04. Last Words 05. Black 06. Bloodlines 07. Tainted 08. Collector of Souls 09. Voices 10. Between Two ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: LEACH/JONES Duet From 'Roadrunner United The Concert' DVD Available

Video footage of former KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Jesse Leach dueting with the band's current vocalist Howard Jones for KSE's "My Last Serenade" from the "Roadrunner United The Concert" DVD can be viewed below. Roadrunner Records will release the "Roadrunner United The Concert" DVD on December 9, 2008. The double-disc set hits shelves almost three years ...

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ADASTRA Members Discuss New Album; Video Available

Video footage of Finnish metallers ADASTRA discussing their forthcoming sophomore album, "Death Or Domination", can be viewed in two parts below. "Death Or Domination" will be released on December 10 in Finland and January 19 in the UK via Violent Journey Records. The CD was mastered on October 9 at Chartmakers in Helsinki, Finland by ...

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ADASTRA: New Song Available For Streaming

Finnish metallers ADASTRA will release their sophomore album, "Death Or Domination", on December 10 in Finland and January 19 in the UK via Violent Journey Records. The CD was mastered on October 9 at Chartmakers in Helsinki, Finland by Svante Forsbäck. "Death Or Domination" final track listing: 01. Locked On To You 02. One Chance ...

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Classic APOCALYPTICA Titles To Be Reissued In December

In support of the Finnish cellists APOCALYPTICA's forthcoming headline tour in December, Spinefarm Records UK will be giving an official UK release to two classic titles from the band's ever-expanding catalogue: 2006's "Amplified" collection and 2005's "Apocalyptica" — the studio album that saw the band inviting other artists into their domain to truly dazzling effect. ...

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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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ADASTRA: 'Death Or Domination' Artwork Unveiled

Finnish metallers ADASTRA recently completed work on their sophomore album, "Death Or Domination", for a December 2008 release via Violent Journey Records. The CD was mastered on October 9 at Chartmakers in Helsinki, Finland by Svante Forsbäck. "Death Or Domination" track listing: 01. Locked On To You 02. One Chance 03. Death Or Domination 04. ...

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2008 Edition Of 'Dimebag Beyond Forever Tour': Details Revealed

A dozen or so Finnish metal musicians will take part in the fifth annual "Dimebag Beyond Forever Tour", set to kick off in early December. The four-date trek will honor the legendary PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was shot and killed on stage on December 8, 2004. The musicians will perform for free and ...

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