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ETERNAL OATH Part Ways With Singer, Announce Replacement

Swedish melodic death metallers ETERNAL OATH have parted ways with original singer Joni Mäensivu. "The band thinks that their musical development over the past few years has been such that traditional death metal vocals no longer feel appropriate," reads a posting on the group's web site. "Replacing Joni vill be Timo Hovinen." In other news, ...

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THUNDERSTONE: 'The Future Of Finnish Metal Is Here!'

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have posted the following message on their official web site: "THUNDERSTONE spent their second weekend rehearsing and demoing new material for the forthcoming fourth album at Sonic Pump Studios. There are currently five new songs in a very rough form, missing vocals etc. but nevertheless sounding better than ever! Expect ...

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Ex-NIGHTWISH Singer's Husband Answers Fans' Questions

Marcelo Cabuli, husband/manager of former NIGHTWISH frontwoman Tarja Turunen, has posted answers to 157 questions posed by NIGHTWISH fans regarding Tarja's split the band, Marcelo's relationship with Tarja and her former bandmates and Turunen's future plans. Read the questions and Marcelo's responses at this location. As previously reported, NIGHTWISH have launched an official ...

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NIGHTWISH Launch Official Videoblog

Finland's NIGHTWISH have launched an official videoblog that will allow fans to watch the band during their rehearsals this summer. Check it out at this location. As previously reported, NIGHTWISH's "End of an Era" DVD and CD was certified gold in Finland on day after its release. The DVD has sold 9,000 copies ...

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THANATOS Seek New Label Home

Long-running Dutch death/thrash metal band THANATOS have posted the following message on their official web site: "Bad luck seems to persecute THANATOS. During the recordings of their fifth full-length album, 'Justified Genocide', in the Excess studios in Rotterdam, Holland, the band found out that their label, Black Lotus Records, more or less called it quits. ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'End Of An Era' CD/DVD Certified Gold

According to a posting on NIGHTWISH's official web site, the band's "End of an Era" DVD and CD was certified gold in Finland on day after its release. The DVD has sold 9,000 copies so far and the double live CD has shifted over 15,000 copies. As previously reported, audio and video clips from "End ...

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EDGUY, KREATOR Confirmed For Finland's NUMMIROCK Festival

EDGUY and KREATOR have been confirmed for the 20th edition of the Nummirock festival, set to take place June 23-24 in Nummijärvi, Finland. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AMORPHIS CHARON CYAN VELVET PROJECT DEICIDE DIABLO DISCORE EDGUY HYPOCRISY KARELIAN WARCRY KIANA KORPIKLAANI KREATOR MARDUK MISERY INC. MOKOMA NAILDOWN RUOSKA ...

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THUNDERSTONE Pull Out Of France's METALLIANCE Festival

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have posted the following message on their official web site: "We are very sorry to announce that we have cancelled the planned show at the Metalliance festival in Beauvais [France] [on May 5]. We want you to know that this was entirely beyond our control. Our agent sent dozens of ...

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STRATOVARIUS: More North American Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been announced for STRATOVARIUS' upcoming North American tour, which is scheduled to take place in September/Ocrober. The details are as follows: Sep. 27 - Quebec City, QC - Salle Albert Rousseau Sep. 29 - Montreal, QC - Le Medley Oct. 01 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx Oct. 02 - New York, NY ...

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ATAKHAMA: Russian Tour Announced

ATAKHAMA, the Finnish band formed out of the ashes of FUNERIS NOCTURNUM, have announced the details of their "Black Blood Tour" of Russia, set to take place late April/early May. Confirmed dates are as follows: Apr. 29 - Club ART-Salon - Kazan', RUS Apr. 30 - TBA - Cheboksary, RUS May 01 - TBA - ...

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ANGRA Singer Added To 'Glorious' Soccer Tribute Song

More guest musicians have been confirmed to take part in the recording of the song "Glorious", which was written for the upcoming soccer world championship by former HELLOWEEN and current MASTERPLAN drummer Uli Kusch along with Ronny Milianowicz (DIONYSUS) and Joacim Cans (HAMMERFALL). The track will feature Swedish singer Mikeyla as the main vocalist, with ...

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ARCH ENEMY Frontwoman To Guest On New ASTARTE CD

ARCH ENEMY frontwoman Angela Gossow will be making a guest appearance on the upcoming album from the Greek female heavy metal trio ASTARTE, entitled "Demonized". Gossow will join ASTARTE bassist/singer Tristessa for a duet on one track, according to a posting on ASTARTE's web site. Other guest musicians slated to appear on the CD include ...

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STRATOVARIUS, HALFORD Members Added To 'Glorious' Soccer Tribute

More guest musicians have been confirmed to take part in the recording of the song "Glorious", which was written for the upcoming soccer world championship by former HELLOWEEN and current MASTERPLAN drummer Uli Kusch along with Ronny Milianowicz (DIONYSUS) and Joacim Cans (HAMMERFALL). The track will feature Swedish singer Mikeyla as the main vocalist, with ...

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MIRROR OF DECEPTION Sign With CYCLONE EMPIRE RECORDS

Germany's "doom-metal kings" MIRROR OF DECEPTION have inked a deal with Cyclone Empire Records (COUNT RAVEN, TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS). The band are currently at Der Soundmann studio in Stuttgart, Germany recording their third full-length album, "Shards", for a summer release. According to a Cyclone Empire press release, "First listening of some of the ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'End Of An Era' DVD To Include Hour-Long Documentary

Finland's NIGHTWISH have announced more details about their upcoming live CD/DVD package, entitled "End of an Era". Due out June 2, "End of an Era" will contain recordings/footage of NIGHTWISH's final concert with singer Tarja Turunen, which took place on October 21 at the Hartwall arena in Helsinki, Finland. In addition to the live footage, ...

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DREAMTALE: New Audio Sample Posted Online

Finnish metallers DREAMTALE have uploaded a sample of a pre-production version of a new song, entitled "Yesterday's News", at this location. The track is expected to appear on the band's follow-up to their third album, "Difference", which was released in April 2005 via Spinefarm Records. DREAMTALE recently announced the addition of singer Nils ...

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