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PESTILENCE, GOREFEST, THANATOS Members Join Forces In New Band

THANATOS guitarists Stephan Gebédi and Paul Baayens have joined forces with former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX-singer Martin Van Drunen, GOREFEST drummer Ed Warby and former HOUWITSER bass player Theo van Eekelen in a brand new project. The as-yet-unnamed band will record a three-track promo CD later this year. "We're simply going to crank out some brutal old-school death ...

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SWALLOW THE SUN Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Finnish melodic death/doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): 1349 AMORPHIS BELPHEGOR BENEDICTUM BLACK MAJESTY BLIND GUARDIAN BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE CANNIBAL CORPSE ...

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VISION DIVINE Prepares To Record New Album

Italian melodic power metallers VISION DIVINE, the brainchild of ex-LABYRINTH mastermind Olaf Thörsen, have issued the following update: "'The 25th Hour' is ready to go! The band is completing the last parts and working really hard to realize an album capable of continuing the standard achieved with the last 'The Perfect Machine'. Olaf is ready ...

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KISS Drummer ERIC SINGER Lays Down Tracks For New AVANTASIA Album

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet has tapped KISS/ALICE COOPER drummer Eric Singer to play on the upcoming third installment of his solo project AVANTASIA. "We've recorded the drums in Hamburg at Vox Klangstudio, where we recorded the drums of EDGUY's 'Hellfire Club' too," says Sammet. "Great room, great equipment! "Eric is a killer drummer and a ...

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ETERNAL OATH Calls It Quits

After four critically acclaimed albums, Swedish melodic death metal band ETERNAL OATH has decided to split up. According to a press release, the decision by the bandmembers to go their separate ways was "unanimous as all members of the band strongly feel that songwriting and recording sessions recently have taken them in a direction that ...

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KOTIPELTO, JON OLIVA'S PAIN, CHRIS CAFFERY Confirmed For Belgium's PESTPOP Festival

KOTIPELTO (the solo band of STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto), JON OLIVA'S PAIN (featuring SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva) and CHRIS CAFFERY (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist) are among the confirmed bands for the Pestpop festival, set to take place April 20-21 at the Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. All three acts will play the main stage on April ...

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TIMO KOTIPELTO: New Solo Album Title Revealed

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has set "Serenity" as the title of his third solo album, tentatively due in early 2007 via his own label, High and Loud Records. The CD was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland and was mixed by Mikko Karmila. A video for the album's first single, "Sleep Well", has ...

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NIGHTWISH Accepting Singer Submissions Until January

Finnish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have issued the following update: "We have received several inquiries asking if one can still send demos for the singer search. The answer is yes. The search is still going on, and like all the approximately 1,100 demos we have received so far, all the future demos received before January 16, ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman Finishes Mixing New Solo Album

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto entered Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland in August to begin recording his third solo album, tentatively due in early 2007 via his own label, High and Loud Records. He has just issued the following update on the album's recording sessions: "Now the album is finally completely mixed! I will do ...

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THUNDERSTONE: New Album Title Revealed

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE will release their fourth studio album, "Evolution 4.0", on March 14 (except in the U.S., where it will be issued later in the spring). According to the band, the new CD is "a milestone, bringing in more of the heavier stuff that 'Tools of Destruction' already hinted at, but still ...

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STRATOVARIUS Mainman Begins Work On INFERNOISE CD

STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki (guitar) has issued the following update: "Flying today to Madrid to do the INFERNOISE [Spanish metal band] production basics. I'll be there three weeks. Thank God it's not so hot this time of the year there, otherwise it would be INFERNOISE for me. I love cold, snow and rain. Well, being ...

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SWALLOW THE SUN Films 'Don't Fall Asleep' Video

Finnish melodic death/doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN shot a video for the song "Don't Fall Asleep" last weekend. It was produced by Medialouhos and directed by Antti Hyyrynen. The track comes off the group's forthcoming third album, "Hope", due on February 7, 2007 via Spinefarm Records. Audio samples of three songs from the CD — ...

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SWALLOW THE SUN: New Album Samples Available

Finnish melodic death/doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN have uploaded audio samples of three songs from their forthcoming third album, "Hope", due on February 7, 2007 release via Spinefarm Records. Check out the tracks "Hope", "These Hours of Despair" and "Too Cold for Tears" at this location. The follow-up to 2005's "Ghosts of Loss", ...

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SLAYER Drummer To Guest On New APOCALYPTICA CD

During SLAYER's recent "Unholy Alliance" tour stop in Helsinki, Finland, the group's drummer Dave Lombardo took part in a recording session with Finnish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA for their upcoming album, tentatively due in early 2007. Lombardo's appearance on the new APOCALYPTICA CD will mark the third time he has played on an APOCALYPTICA album, having previously ...

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NIGHTWISH: New 'Band Diary' Entry Available

NIGHTWISH mainman/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen has posted a new entry in the "Band Diary" section of the group's official web site. Read it at this location. NIGHTWISH's upcoming CD will be the group's first release since the departure of singer Tarja Turunen. The band fired Turunen via an "open letter," which was given to ...

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STRATOVARIUS: Proposed 'Anthology' Release Shelved

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS have issued the following update: "[The proposed STRATOVARIUS anthology] album has been shelved for now for the undetermined time. We were never supporting this idea of Sanctuary [record label] and finally after long discussions, they are not releasing it, at least for now. We just didnt feel right about releasing another ...

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THUNDERSTONE To Compete To Represent Finland In Next Year's EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE are one of a dozen acts that will compete to represent Finland in next year's Eurovision Song Contest, set to take place May 2007 in Helsinki. The artists are, in alphabetical order (record label in brackets): BEATS AND STYLES (AJ Records Finland) HANNA PAKARINEN (Sony-BMG Music Entertainment Finland) HUMANE (Edel ...

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STRATOVARIUS: Drums For New Demo Completed

STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki (guitar) has issued the following update: "Just got back from Germany and we recorded the drums for 11 songs in a demo studio close to Jörg's [Michael, drums] rehearsal room.I think it was called Sounds of Steel, although I don't know how the steel sounds actually. "There was a 'small' problem, ...

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TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS Calls It Quits

Finnish metal band TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS, which released a number of gold- and platinum-certified albums in its home country while continuing to sing in its native language, has officially called it quits, according to Noise.fi. The band went on an indefinite hiatus in the fall of 2004 but has now announced ...

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