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STRATOVARIUS Frontman Issues Solo Album Update

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 since issued the following update on the album's recording sessions: "All the guitars, bass and drums are recorded. Some vocals ...

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STRATOVARIUS Mainman Completes 11 New Songs

STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki (guitar) has issued the following update: "I have written 11 new [STRATOVARIUS] songs and we are first going to demo them. This will be completed by the end of the year and we will enter the studio to record that actual album around February. [Timo Kotipelto, vocals] is releasing his third ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman Issues Update

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has issued the following update: "Just to let you know (if you happen to be in Finland these days...) that I am doing a couple of cover gigs with some of my friends. The band is called MR. C. Yesterday we played at On the Rocks, Helsinki and tomorrow (Saturday, October ...

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STRATOVARIUS Mainman To Produce New INFERNOISE Album

STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki (guitar) will produce the debut album from the Madrid, Spain-based metal band INFERNOISE between November and January 2007. The CD will be recorded in Madrid and mixed at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland. For more information on INFERNOISE, click here. Tolkki and STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael will soon ...

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THUNDERSTONE: More Studio Reports Posted Online

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE last month entered Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki to begin recording their fourth album. The band is currently working on 11 as-yet-untitled original tracks and two cover songs which will be included as bonus tracks on special-edition versions of the new album. You can read the band's studio diary and ...

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STRATOVARIUS Mainman Issues Post-Tour Update

STRATOVARIUS guitarist/mainman Timo Tolkki has issued the following update: After 40,000 kilometers of travelling in three weeks [with STRATOVARIUS] I am finally home. Feeling totally spaced out from jetlag, waking up 4 a.m., sleeping in sections and feeling hazy. This is a familiar feeling to me from previous overseas tours, but it always comes as ...

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SWALLOW THE SUN: New Album Details Announced

Finnish melodic death/doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN have set "Hope" as the title of their third album, due on February 7, 2007 release via Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to 2005's "Ghosts of Loss" was recorded at Seawolf Studios in Helsinki and was mastered on Oct. 16 at Finnvox studios with Minerva Pappi. "Hope" track listing: ...

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ETERNAL OATH: New Songtitles Revealed

Swedish melodic death metallers ETERNAL OATH will enter the studio in late October to record the follow-up to 2005's "Wither". A total of 12 cuts will be recorded, including "Reality/Fatality", "Greater Than I", "My Demise", "The Dark Domain", "Self Appointed Victim", "No Cure Sickness", "Chokehold" and "Reconcile". ETERNAL OATH recently parted ways with original singer ...

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NIGHTWISH: Studio Diary Available

NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka "Julius" Nevalainen has launched a studio diary covering the recording sessions for the group's new album. 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 the ...

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NIGHTWISH Will Not Choose New Singer Before 2007

Finnish symphonic metal band NIGHTWISH, which recently entered the studio to begin recording its first album since the departure of singer Tarja Turunen, has posted the following message on its official web site: "There has been again false news about [the] NIGHTWISH vocalist [position] in some media [outlets] at least in Finland. There has not ...

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DREAMTALE Parts Ways With Keyboardist, Announces Replacement

Finnish metallers DREAMTALE have parted ways with keyboardist Turkka Vuorinen and have replaced him with 17-year-old Akseli Kaasalainen. In other news, the band has been busy preparing material for the fourth DREAMTALE album. "The second demo session is on its way at the moment and we have about 15 songs ready," the group writes on ...

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THANATOS: Early Albums To Be Reissued As Limited-Edition Box Set

Long-running Dutch death/thrash metal band THANATOS have posted the following message on their official web site: "Some cool news for a change! Chinese label Area Death Productions have approached us to re-release the first three THANATOS albums as a limited-edition collector's box set! The box set will contain three double-CDs, including loads of unreleased stuff ...

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THE REPUBLIC OF DESIRE Completes Work On Debut Album

Finnish industrial metal band THE REPUBLIC OF DESIRE has completed work on its debut album, entitled "REALpolitik". The CD was self-produced by the band at Machinerie 28 Studio and was mixed at Astia Studio by Anssi Kippo (CHILDREN OF BODOM, IMPALED NAZARENE). Mastering duties were handled at Sonichouse TM with Teemu Myyrylainen. "The recording was ...

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THUNDERSTONE Begins Recording New Album

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have entered Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki to begin recording their fourth album. The band is currently working on 11 as-yet-untitled original tracks and two cover songs which will be included as bonus tracks on special-edition versions of the new album. You can read the band's studio diary and check ...

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TIMO TOLKKI Writing 'More Traditional' STRATOVARIUS Material

STRATOVARIUS guitarist/mainman Timo Tolkki has issued the following update on the songwriting process for the group's new album: "Everything has gone very smoothly and I have written seven songs by now. I expect to complete the songwriting by the STRATOVARIUS tour that kicks off [in] Canada. After that we will record the demos and enter ...

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ATAKHAMA Parts Ways With Guitarist

ATAKHAMA, the Finnish band formed out of the ashes of FUNERIS NOCTURNUM, is now a quartet following the departure of guitarist J-V Hintikka. "He just felt he didn't have the motivation left and that it was better to step aside than hold the rest of us back," the band writes on its web site. "No ...

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ETERNAL OATH To Enter Studio In October

Swedish melodic death metallers ETERNAL OATH will enter the studio in late October to record the follow-up to 2005's "Wither". "Thirteen brand new songs has been written and if all songs will end up on the album is yet to [be] decided," the group writes on its web site. ETERNAL OATH recently parted ways with ...

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STRATOVARIUS Guitarist Begins Writing New Material

STRATOVARIUS guitarist/mainman Timo Tolkki has issued the following update: "I have started writing songs. It took a while to gather all the equipment, but now I am done and I can let the creativity flow. May the Muse of Music be with me. First, I am gonna write the songs for the next STRATOVARIUS album. ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman Begins Recording New Solo Album

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has 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. "Mirka [Rantanen] has already laid down some good drum tracks with excellent drum sounds at the Sonic Pump Studios," Timo writes ...

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NIGHTWISH Bassist Answers Fan Questions

NIGHTWISH bassist Marco Hietala recently answered a number of fan questions via the band's official web site. Read his responses at this location. NIGHTWISH has completed work on a pre-production recording of the tracks that are set to appear on the band's upcoming sixth album, tentatively due mid-2007. According to the latest entry ...

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NIGHTWISH Completes Pre-Production For New Album

Finland's NIGHTWISH has completed work on a pre-production recording of the tracks that are set to appear on the band's upcoming sixth album, tentatively due mid-2007. According to the latest entry on the group's official video-blog page that gives the fans a behind-the-scenes look at its songwriting sessions, NIGHTWISH will reconvene in September ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman To Begin Recording New Solo Album Next Month

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto will enter 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. KOTIPELTO's sophomore solo album, "Coldness", was released in Europe in April 2004 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Waiting ...

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Rare NIGHTWISH Songs Available For Download

Former NIGHTWISH frontwoman Tarja Turunen has posted eight rare NIGHTWISH songs at her official MySpace profile. Download the tracks "Sleepwalker", "The Forever Moments", "The Wayfarer", "Nightquest", "Nightwish", "Once Upon A Troubadour", "A Return to the Sea", and "Lagoon" at this location. The tracks will only be available for download for the next seven ...

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NIGHTWISH Finish Writing Material For New Album

Finland's NIGHTWISH have finished writing the material for their next album and are now preparing to record pre-production versions of the songs so that they can be edited and arranged. The band are currently seeking a replacement for departed singer Tarja Turunen before entering the studio in September 2006 to begin recording the follow-up to ...

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