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STRATOVARIUS Mainman Comments On New VISION DIVINE Album

Italian melodic power metallers VISION DIVINE, the brainchild of ex-LABYRINTH mastermind Olaf Thörsen, have completed work on their new album, "The 25th Hour", due on June 4 via Scarlet Records. The production was once again handled by Timo Tolkki (STRATOVARIUS) and Luigi Stefanini at the New Sin Studios. Commented Tolkki: "Just finished VISION DIVINE mix ...

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EDGUY Frontman Announces Title Of New AVANTASIA Album

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet has set "The Scarecrow" as the title of the third installment of his AVANTASIA solo project. The album is being produced by Sascha Paeth, who also played the rhythm guitar on the CD. The drums were laid down by KISS/ALICE COOPER drummer Eric Singer and the bass is being handled by ...

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VISION DIVINE: '25th Hour' Track Listing Revealed

Italian melodic power metallers VISION DIVINE, the brainchild of ex-LABYRINTH mastermind Olaf Thörsen, have finalized the track listing for their new album, "The 25th Hour", due on June 4 via Scarlet Records. The production was once again handled by Timo Tolkki (STRATOVARIUS) and Luigi Stefanini at the New Sin Studios. Commented Thörsen: "The new concept ...

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VISION DIVINE To Release 'The 25th Hour' In June

Italian melodic power metallers VISION DIVINE, the brainchild of ex-LABYRINTH mastermind Olaf Thörsen, will release their new album, "The 25th Hour", on June 4 via Scarlet Records. The production was once again handled by Timo Tolkki (STRATOVARIUS) and Luigi Stefanini at the New Sin Studios. Commented Thörsen: "The new concept is based on the diary ...

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WITHIN TEMPTATION, THE HELLACOPTERS, HANOI ROCKS Confirmed For Finland's ROCKPERRY FESTIVAL

WITHIN TEMPTATION, THE HELLACOPTERS, D.A.D., HARDCORE SUPERSTAR and HANOI ROCKS are among the confirmed bands for the Rockperry Festival, set to take place July 13-14 in Vaasassa, Finland. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: Friday, July 13: D.A.D. HARDCORE SUPERSTAR HANOI ROCKS SUNRISE AVENUE THE 69 EYES SONATA ARCTICA AMORPHIS UNIKLUBI SARA POISONBLACK ...

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CELLADOR, KRUCIBLE Confirmed For PROGPOWER USA SHOWCASE

CELLADOR and KRUCIBLE (featuring singer Lance King, ex-PYRAMAZE) have been confirmed for the ProgPower USA Showcase, set to take place October 4 at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia. Also appearing on the bill are VANDEN PLAS and FREAK KITCHEN. ProgPower USA VIII will once again return to Atlanta's Center Stage Oct. 5-6, 2007. Tickets for ...

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LAY DOWN ROTTEN Signs With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of German death metallers LAY DOWN ROTTEN. Commented the band: "LAY DOWN ROTTEN are nothing but happy about the signing to one of the most respected and most active labels in the world. We are looking forward to a successful and creative collaboration and hope that this new ...

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STRATOVARIUS Guitarist Finishes Producing New INFERNOISE CD

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has issued the following update: "INFERNOISE [Madrid, Spain-based metal band whose new CD Tolkki produced] is mixed and it succeeded very well. It was nice to produce different kind of music for a change. It was pure aggression. "I flew to Venice to produce VISION DIVINE. Although there were some problems ...

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STRATOVARIUS To Begin Recording New Album This Weekend

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS have issued the following update: "In two days we are entering Sonic Pump Studios [in Helsinki] to record our 12th album. Jörg [Michael, drums] is flying in tomorrow [Saturday, Feb. 24]. We are keeping you updated with blogs and podcasts and we try to set up the webcam for you by ...

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OBSCURA To Enter Studio In August

German death metal band OBSCURA has issued the following update: "During the next weeks we will arrange the follow-up record [to] 'Retribution', so we will be able to enter the studio in late August this year. Once again OBSCURA choose V. Santura (DARK FORTRESS) for recordings at The Crypt Studios, Germany. The cover art and ...

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WILDKARD Signs With ESCAPE MUSIC

Escape Music has announced the release of the brand new album "Megalomania" by British band WILDKARD, featuring KICK members Chris Jones, Mikey J. and Nick Workman. Originally called "The Zero Hour Project", these songs — newly recorded in the U.K. and Finland around January/February 2007 — were written by Chris and Nick back in the ...

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KOTIPELTO Signs With AFM RECORDS

KOTIPELTO, the band led by STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto, has inked a deal with AFM Records. The group's third album, "Serenity", is due in April. The CD was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland and was mixed by Mikko Karmila. The album's first single, "Sleep Well", entered the Finnish chart at No. 5. ...

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STRATOVARIUS: Tour Dates Announced

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS have announced the following dates: May 22 - Osaka, JPN @ Big Cat May 24 - Tokyo, JPN @ Liquid Room May 25 - Tokyo, JPN @ Liquid Room (Finland Fest) Jul. 14-15 - Vizovice, CZR @ Masters of Rock Aug. 2-4 - Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air STRATOVARIUS mainman/guitarist ...

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Ex-STRATOVARIUS Bassist To Play On TIMO TOLKKI's 'Saana - Warrior of Light' Rock Opera

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has issued an update on his classic rock-opera project, "Saana - Warrior of Light", for which he recently signed a deal with Frontiers Records. "Saana - Warrior of Light" will feature "seven characters and numerous musicians (including Tolkki himself) who will collaborate in this ambitious project," according to a press release. ...

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STRATOVARIUS Mainman Signs With FRONTIERS For 'Rock Opera' Project

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has inked a deal with Frontiers Records for his classic rock-opera project, "Saana - Warrior of Light". According to a press release, "Saana - Warrior of Light" will feature "seven characters and numerous musicians (including Tolkki himself) who will collaborate in this ambitious project. The result is a unique sound, unlike ...

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CHRIS CAFFERY Signs With METAL HEAVEN RECORDS

SAVATAGE/TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist Chris Caffery has inked a solo deal with Metal Heaven Records. His new album, "Pins & Needles", will be released later in the year. "Pins & Needles" track listing: 01. Pins & Needles 02. Sixty-Six 03. Torment 04. Walls 05. YGBFKM 06. Sad 07. Chained 08. Worms 09. Crossed 10. The Time ...

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CHRIS CAFFERY To Team Up With TIMO KOTIPELTO For European Tour

SAVATAGE/TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist Chris Caffery will be teaming up with STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto for a European tour beginning on February 16 in Budapest, Hungary. The two artists will also share the stage at the Pestpop festival in Wieze, Belgium on April 21. Caffery recently completed work on his new solo album, "Pins and Needles", ...

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OBSCURA Parts Ways With Guitarist, Seeks Replacement

Guitarist Markus Lempsch has left German death metal band OBSCURA. Lempsch has issued the following statement on the matter: "Due to scheduling conflicts and other obligations I decided to take a break from OBSCURA. It was a hard decision, but I am not able to dedicate the time and energy that's needed right now. The ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'The Auditions For The New Vocalist Have Ended'

Finnish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have posted the following message on their official web site: "The auditions for the new vocalist have ended, with more than 2,000 demos sent to us (yesterday, Jan. 15, we received 120 demos!). A big thanks to everybody! So please don't send anymore demos, since now we need to concentrate on ...

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