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DREAMTALE Announce New Singer

Finnish metallers DREAMTALE have announced the addition of singer Nils "Nisse" Nordling to the group's ranks. "Nisse has already sang two gigs with us and finally we chose to make it official," the band write on their web site. Nordling joins the group as the replacement for Jarkko Ahola, who left DREAMTALE in April to ...

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STRATOVARIUS Launch Online 'Tour Diary'

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS have launched a "tour diary" section at their official web site. There are currently three entries available from the band's guitarist/mastermind Timo Tolkki covering the early part of the group's South American tour in support of their new album. Read it at this location. STRATOVARIUS' new self-titled CD is ...

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DREAMTALE Announce New Drummer

Finnish metallers DREAMTALE have announced the addition of drummer Rolf "Rolle" Pilve (SIGHTLESS) to the group's ranks. "Rolle really amazed us with his skills and there really wasn't any doubt that he wouldn't be the right guy for us," the band write on their web site. DREAMTALE's third album, "Difference", was released in April via ...

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DREAMTALE Part Ways With Drummer

Finnish metallers DREAMTALE have parted ways with drummer Petteri Rosenbom. Petteri's official statement on the matter reads as follows: "After long consideration I have decided to step aside from DREAMTALE. It has been great being in the band from the beginning, to get to experience lots of wonderful moments and to play with many good ...

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STRATOVARIUS Members Defend Change In Direction

In a recent interview with Metal Temple magazine, STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto and keyboardist Jens Johansson spoke about the band's new, self-titled album which sounds quite different from all their previous releases. Here's an excerpt from the interview: Metal Temple: I have to say that the new STRATOVARIUS album doesn't sound like anything ...

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STRATOVARIUS Set U.S. Release Date For New Album

Sanctuary Records has set a September 13 U.S. release date for the new self-titled STRATOVARIUS album. A video for the album's first single, "Maniac Dance", was shot on April 15 in Helsinki by director and guitarist Timo Tolkki's old schoolmate Antti Jokinen (BEYONCÉ, WYCLEF JEAN, KORN, MISSY ELLIOT, NIGHTWISH, SHANIA TWAIN, CELINE DION). STRATOVARIUS will ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer Working On Material For New Solo Album

According to a posting on STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto's official web site, Timo recently spent time working on new material with bassist Lauri Porra (STRATOVARIUS, SINERGY) and guitarist Tuomas Wäinölä for a possible third Kotipelto solo album. "I can't even say yet what year the album will come out, if it [even] will," Timo writes ...

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STRATOVARIUS Officially Announce New Bassist

As reported here on July 3, Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS have now officially confirmed that they have enlisted bassist Lauri Porra (SINERGY, KOTIPELTO, TUNNELVISION, WARMEN) as the replacement for longtime member Jari Kainulainen, who left the group a few weeks ago. STRATOVARIUS have issued the following statement regarding the lineup change: "Longtime bass ...

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BATTLELORE Complete Work On 'Storm Of The Blades' Video

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE have completed work on a video for the track "Storm of the Blades". "Storm of the Blades" comes off the group's new album, "Third Age of the Sun", due in Europe on July 25 via Napalm Records (late August in North America). Audio samples of four tracks from "Third Age ...

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STRATOVARIUS: Bassist LAURI PORRA Joins The Fold

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS have reportedly enlisted bassist Lauri Porra (SINERGY, KOTIPELTO, BEN GRANFELT, TUNNELVISION, WARMEN) as the replacement for longtime member Jari Kainulainen, who left the group a few weeks ago. In a recent interview with the Brazilian magazine Rock Brigade, STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Micheal spoke about the reasons behind Kainulainen's departure ...

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STRATOVARIUS Part Ways With Longtime Bassist

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS have parted ways with longtime bassist Jari Kainulainen. In a posting to the band's official forum, STRATOVARIUS mainman/guitarist Timo Tolkki writes, "Some of you have heard rumors that Jari Kainulainen has left STRATOVARIUS. Unfortunately I have to tell you that they are true. This is due to personal reasons. We will ...

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VISION DIVINE: New Album To Be Produced By STRATOVARIUS' TIMO TOLKKI

Italian melodic power metallers VISION DIVINE, the brainchild of ex-LABYRINTH mastermind Olaf Thörsen, will have their new album, "The Perfect Machine", produced by STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki. The follow-up to last year's "Stream of Unconsciousness" will be released in October through Scarlet Records. In other news, VISION DIVINE's long-awaited DVD, entitled "Stage of Consciousness", has ...

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STRATOVARIUS Reject Accusations That They Have Planted MP3 Viruses

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS have rejected accustations by some fans that they have planted viruses in illegally downloaded MP3 files of the group's upcoming self-titled album as a way of combating premature leaks of the band's music prior to the album's release. The following are statements on the matter by keyboardist Jens Johansson and guitarist ...

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STRATOVARIUS: New Album Samples Posted Online

One-minute audio samples of five tracks from STRATOVARIUS' forthcoming self-titled album have been posted online at MelodicRock.com. Check out the tracks "Maniac Dance" (first single), "Fight", "Just Carry On", "Back to Madness" and "Gypsy in Me" at this location. "Stratovarius" is scheduled for release on September 5 via Sanctuary Records. A video for ...

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STRATOVARIUS/HAMMERFALL: More European Tour Dates Announced

STRATOVARIUS have updated the itinerary for their upcoming European co-headlining tour with HAMMERFALL. Confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 26 - (FIN) Helsinki @ Kulttuuritalo Oct. 28 - (FIN) Tampere @ Pakkahuone Oct. 29 - (FIN) Turku @ Caribia Oct. 30 - (S) Umea @ Skycom Arena Nov. 01 - (N) Oslo @ Rockefeller Nov. ...

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WARMEN: New Album Details Revealed

According to a post at Scythes-Of-Bodom.com, WARMEN — the solo project of CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman — will release their third full-length album, "Accept the Fact", on July 6 via Spinefarm Records. A single, "Somebody's Watching Me", will precede the album on June 8 and will include a non-album cut, "Faithful ...

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STRATOVARIUS To Team Up With HAMMERFALL For European Tour

STRATOVARIUS will be teaming up with HAMMERFALL for a European co-headlining tour beginning in late October. STRATOVARIUS's itinerary is now shaping up as follows: Sep. 17 – Atlanta, GA @ ProgPower Sep. 19 - Springfield @ Jaxx Sep. 20 - Philadelphia @ Trocadero Sep. 21 - New York @ B.B. King´S Sep. 23 - Montreal ...

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Sweden's PARKROCK FESTIVAL: Running Order Announced

NOCTURNAL RITES, MORGANA LEFAY, PERSUADER, WUTHERING HEIGHTS and THE STORYTELLER have been confirmed for the Parkrock Festival, a free event set to take place June 3-4 in Sandviken, Sweden. The complete running order for the festival is as follows: Friday, June 3: 15:45 - 16:15 SILVERSTONE 16:30 - 17:00 QUASH 17:15 - 17:45 MACHINE 18:00 ...

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TIMO KOTIPELTO To Begin Writing New Material

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has posted the following message on his official web site: "I am sorry that I haven't been updating the page lately. I've been busy/lazy... "We [the band KOTIPELTO] will do only one gig this summer and that will be Sauna Open Air in Tampere, Finland June 10th. "The European tour went ...

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BATTLELORE: New Album Release Date Pushed Back

Napalm Records has pushed back the projected release date of the new BATTLELORE album, "Third Age of the Sun", to July 25 from the previously announced July 4. In addition the track listing of the album has been changed slightly. The new track listing is as follows: 01. Usvainen Rhûn 02. Storm of the Blades ...

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BATTLELORE: New Album Samples Posted Online

Audio samples of four tracks from the forthcoming BATTLELORE album, "Third Age of the Sun", have been posted online at the group's official web site. Check out the songs "Storm of the Blades", "Ghân of the Woods", "Trollshaws", and "Elessar's Call" at Battlelore.net. BATTLELORE will release their new album, "Third Age of the ...

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STRATOVARIUS To Release New Album In September

Sanctuary Records has set a September 5 release date for the new self-titled album from Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS. The track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Maniac Dance 02. Fight 03. Just Carry On 04. Back To Madness 05. Gypsy In Me 06. Götterdämmerung (Zenith of Power) 07. The Land of Ice ...

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BATTLELORE Set Release Date For New Album

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE will release their new album, "Third Age of the Sun", on July 4 via Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Sword's Song" was recorded at SoundSuite Studio in Marseille, France with producer Terje Refsnes (TRISTANIA, MORGUL, TURISAS). Mastering duties were handled at Finnvox studios in Helsinki. "Third Age of the ...

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EXCALION Bassist Steps Down; New Band Lineup Unveiled

Finnish symphonic power metallers EXCALION have posted the following message on their official web site: "Timo Sahlberg will continue in the band but not as the bassist! He will run the errands of the band. "This decision was made in a total agreement and every one of us, including Timo, thinks that this is the ...

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