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STRATOVARIUS To Record New Album Later In The Year

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS have posted the following message on their official web site: "We are getting some rest after the tour but life goes on. We are planning to record a new album later this year, and in connection with that we will also play a few select shows scheduled around the rehearsal and ...

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DIVINEFIRE Guitarist Launches ESSENCE OF SORROW Project

DIVINEFIRE guitarist Jani Stefanovic is putting the finishing touches on the debut album from his new project ESSENCE OF SORROW. Entitled "Reflections of the Obscure", the album will feature lead vocals by Christian Palin (RANDOM EYES) and a special guest appearance by Mats Levén (THERION, AT VANCE, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN). ESSENCE OF SORROW lineup: Jani Stefanovic ...

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KALMAH: New Album Samples Posted Online

Finland's KALMAH have uploaded audio samples of several tracks from their new album, entitled "The Black Waltz", at their official web site. Check out the songs "The Groan of Wind", "Defeat", "Bitter Metallic Side" and "The Black Waltz" at Kalmah.com. "The Black Waltz" is scheduled for release on February 22 through Spinefarm Records. ...

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THUNDERSTONE: More Tour Dates Announced

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Feb. 03 - Iisoppi - Nokia, FIN Mar. 18 - Karhulan Sammontalo - Kotka, FIN Mar. 30 - Sputnik - Tampere, FIN May 05 - Metalliance Festival - Paris, FRA Sep. 16 - ProgPower Festival - Atlanta, GA (USA) In ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman Checks In From Greece

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has posted the following message on his official web site: "Cool, I have been having this flu now for about one month. I know I am not the only person who's fighting with it at the moment. The thing is that I haven´t been able to sing (or do much nothing) ...

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TWISTED SISTER Guitarist To Guest On KNAC.COM's 'WildSide'

TWISTED SISTER guitarist Eddie Ojeda will be in the KNAC.COM studio as the special guest of "WildSide" hostess Diana DeVille on Saturday, January 14. Ojeda will promote and discuss his new solo album, "Axes 2 Axes", for which he recently secured a U.S. release. The CD features guest appearances by such acclaimed hard rock/heavy metal ...

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STRATOVARIUS To Play Taiwan And Hong Kong For First Time

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS have lined up the following dates during January: Jan. 14 - Thessaloniki, GRE @ Idrogios Jan. 15 - Athens. GRE @ Club 22 Jan. 18 - Osaka, JPN @ Shinsaibashi Club Quattro Jan. 19 - Nagoya, JPN @ Bottomline Jan. 21 - Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya O-East Jan. 22 - Tokyo, ...

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DREAMTALE Putting Finishing Touches On New Promo Single

Finnish metallers DREAMTALE have posted the following message on their official web site: "We have been busy writing new songs and we feel that there is really some strong material coming. We are soon finished with recording a promo single with three new songs. No info on whether it will be released for you all, ...

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Former HELLOWEEEN Frontman Sets Tentative Track Listing For New Solo Album

Former HELLOWEEN frontman Michael Kiske has set the tentative track listing for his upcoming solo album, tentatively due in early 2006 via Italy's Frontiers Records. Entitled simply "Kiske", the CD will feature an appearances by Kiske's longtime friend Karsten Nagel (ILL PROPHECY) on drums, with possible contributions from guitarist Sandro Giampietro and a bassist named ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman Writing Material For Solo Album

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has posted the following message on his official web site: "I had lots of fun while touring around the world. Even though it has been a bit tough to travel and to play that many gigs the feedback and the support from the fans have been excellent! I thank you all! ...

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KALMAH Finish Mixing New Album

Finland's KALMAH have finished mixing their new album, entitled "The Black Waltz", for a February 22, 2006 release through Spinefarm Records. "The mixing started and ended fast," the band write on their web site. "We had only five days to do it but luckily the basic sounds were great and Ahti [Kortelainen, engineer] got it ...

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HAMMERFALL Guitarist Issues Post-Tour Update

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "That's it, we are now back home in Sweden and there are no more shows scheduled. We had a fantastic five weeks on the road with STRATOVARIUS! Thank you Timo, Timo, Jörg, Lauri and especially Jens, I will miss all ...

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KALMAH: In Mixing Mode

Spinefarm Records has set a February 22, 2006 release date for the new album from Finland's KALMAH, entitled "The Black Waltz". The follow-up to 2003's "Swampsong" is currently being mixed at a studio in Finland and will contain the following ten tracks (in no specific order): 01. Bitter Metallic Side 02. Defeat 03. The Groan ...

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KALMAH Announce New Album Title, Track Listing

Finland's KALMAH have set the tentative track listing for their fourth album, "The Black Waltz", tentatively due early next year via Spikefarm Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Swampsong" will contain 10 songs. A bonus cover track was also laid down during the sessions and will be included as a bonus cut on various releases. "The ...

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KALMAH: Studio Update

Finland's KALMAH have entered the studio to begin recording their fourth album, tentatively due early next year via Spikefarm Records. The following update has been posted at the band's official web site: "So, this is our third day in Swamphell (read studio) now. Everything has gone well so far, we've had our drummer Janne [Kusmin] ...

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KALMAH To Enter Studio Next Week

Finland's KALMAH have posted the following message on their official web site: "As you might not know, we will enter studio next week to record the next KALMAH album. [The as-]yet-untitled album will contain 10 brand new KALMAH 'hits.' "The process before this album has been quite long. That is because this time we didn't ...

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WINGDOM To Open For STRATOVARIUS, HAMMERFALL In Finland

According to a posting on STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto's official web site, Finnish progressive/power metallers WINGDOM will be opening for STRATOVARIUS on the Finnish leg of the band's upcoming co-headlining European tour with HAMMERFALL. WINGDOM were the first band to be signed to Kotipelto's High and Loud record label, which had previously only released Kotipelto's ...

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STRATOVARIUS Bassist LAURI PORRA To Release Solo CD

The long-awaited debut solo album from STRATOVARIUS/SINERGY bassist Lauri Porra will be released on October 26. The CD features some of the most respected musicians in Finland, including Jussi Lehtonen, Tuomo Prättälä, Mikko Kaakkuriniemi, Timo Kämäräinen, Alexi Laiho, Janne Huttunen, Jukka Uljas, Jay Kortehisto, Emma Salokoski and Tero Lindberg. Gulfam Sabri (from India) plays tabla ...

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CRAZY WORLD: Debut Album Due This Month

CRAZY WORLD, the Finnish band featuring Lauri Porra (STRATOVARIUS, SINERGY, KOTIPELTO) on bass, Mika Järvinen (FIVE FIFTEEN) on vocals, Esa Kotilainen (WIGWAM) on keyboards, Timo Kämäräinen (ISMO ALANKO, BEACON) on guitar/vocals, and Anssi Nykänen (PEKKA POHJOLA, JUKKA TOLONEN, HAVANA BLACK) on drums, will release their debut album in Finland on October 18 via Spinefarm/Universal. According ...

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Stratovarius - STRATOVARIUS

"This year has been a nightmare," sings Timo Kotipelto in the first line of the first song of "Stratovarius". He's not kidding — mainman Timo Tolkki's very public mental health issues, the band's disintegration, keyboardist Jens Johanssen literally pissing on Tolkki on stage — the fact that this album even exists is miraculous. The fact ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman Checks In From The Road

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has posted the following message on his official web site: "I just wanted to info you guys about what I am doing right now... "The STRATO tours (South America, Middle America and now North America) have been going more than well! We have played to a lot of awesome fans and ...

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STRATOVARIUS: New Chart Positions Revealed

STRATOVARIUS' latest, self-titled effort has entered the national album charts in the following countries: #4: Finland #37: Sweden #88: France #94: Switzerland "Stratovarius" was released in the U.S. on September 13 via Sanctuary. A video for the album's first single, "Maniac Dance", was shot on April 15 in Helsinki by director and guitarist ...

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VISION DIVINE Finalize Track Listing For New Album

Italian melodic power metallers VISION DIVINE, the brainchild of ex-LABYRINTH mastermind Olaf Thörsen, have finalized the track listing for their new album, "The Perfect Machine". The follow-up to last year's "Stream of Unconsciousness" was reportedly produced by STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki and is scheduled for release in October through Scarlet Records. "The Perfect Machine" track ...

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