timo-tolkki in - CD Reviews, DVD Reviews, News

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 ...

Read more

Posted in: News

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 ...

Read more

Posted in: News

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 ...

Read more

Posted in: News

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 ...

Read more

Posted in: News

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 ...

Read more

Posted in: News

BATTLELORE Announce Track Listing For 'Third Age Of The Sun'

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Third Age of the Sun", tentatively due in June 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 ...

Read more

Posted in: News

CENTINEX: 'World Declension' Track Listing Revealed

Sweden's CENTINEX have finalized the track listing for their new album, "World Declension", due later in the year via Cold/Regain Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Decadence - Prophecies of Cosmic Chaos", "World Declension" was recorded at Black Lounge studios and will be released in North America via Candlelight Records USA. "World Declension" track listing: 01. ...

Read more

Posted in: News

BATTLELORE Complete Work On New CD

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE have completed work on their third album, "Third Age of the Sun", tentatively due in June 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. BATTLELORE ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DREAMTALE Launch Vocalist Search

Finnish metallers DREAMTALE have officially launched a search for a new vocalist following the recent departure of Jarkko Ahola. Interested parties can contact the group at [email protected] More information is available at Dreamtale.net. DREAMTALE's third album, "Difference", was released earlier this month via Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Ocean's Heart" was recorded ...

Read more

Posted in: News

STRATOVARIUS To Film 'Maniac Dance' Video This Week

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS have completed work on their new album, tentatively due later in the year via Sanctuary Records. The band will shoot a video for the song "Maniac Dance" in mid-April with director Antti Jokinen (BEYONCÉ, WYCLEF JEAN, KORN, MISSY ELLIOT, NIGHTWISH, SHANIA TWAIN, CELINE DION). "We just got the video treatment from ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DREAMTALE Singer Quits

Vocalist Jarkko Ahola has left Finnish metallers DREAMTALE. Ahola's official statement regarding his departure reads as follows: "I am sad to announce that I have to step aside from DREAMTALE. My time is totally taken by another band called TERÄSBETONI. Therefore I think it's not fair for the rest of the band that they can't ...

Read more

Posted in: News

BATTLELORE Announce New Album Title

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE have set "Third Age of the Sun" as the title of their third album, tentatively due this summer via Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Sword's Song" is being recorded at SoundSuite Studio in Marseille, France with producer Terje Refsnes (TRISTANIA, MORGUL, TURISAS). The band's studio report is currently available ...

Read more

Posted in: News

NOMINON: New Album Samples Posted Online

Swedish death metallers NOMINON have uploaded three audio clips from their upcoming album, "Recremation", at their official web site. Check out the tracks "Hordes of Flies", "Submit to Evil" and "Buried by Me" at this location. "Recremation" is scheduled for release this spring via Konqueror Records (CD) and Blood Harvest Records (12-inch vinyl). ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Finland's SAUNA OPEN AIR Festival Off To A Great Start

Finnish metal festival Sauna Open Air is well on its way to selling out after more than 5,000 tickets to the three-day event were sold the first day the tickets went on sale. The 10,000-capacity festival is scheduled to take place June 9-11 in Tampere, Finland and will include performances by SLAYER, DIO, MEGADETH and ...

Read more

Posted in: News

CENTINEX: New Album 'Sounds Massive'

Sweden's CENTINEX have posted the following recording update on their official web site: "The drums for the album have been recorded. Ronnie [Bergerstål] did a great job and hammered down a total of ten tracks in just four days. Now we have started to record the four A-tuned guitars. Sounds massive." CENTINEX's new album, "World ...

Read more

Posted in: News

STRATOVARIUS: New Album Begins To Take Shape

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS have posted the following message on their official web site: "After a lot of listening and editing, the basic structure of our 11th album is getting together slowly but surely. After the turbulence of the last year, none of us has known what to expect when going into the studio. "We ...

Read more

Posted in: News

KOTIPELTO: Touring Lineup Revealed

KOTIPELTO, the Finnish band fronted by STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto, have announced the band lineup for their upcoming European tour with KAMELOT and EPICA. It is as follows: Lauri Porra (TUNNELVISION) - Bass Tuomas Wäinölä (HEARTPLAY, NYLON BEAT) - Guitar Mikko Kaakkuriniemi (QUINTESSENCE) - Drums Robert Engstrand (THE FLOWER KINGS) - Keyboards Timo Kotipelto - ...

Read more

Posted in: News

INTO ETERNITY's TIM ROTH Comments On STRATOVARIUS Tour

Currently on tour with AMORPHIS in support of their 2004 release "Buried In Oblivion", Canada's INTO ETERNITY have been added to STRATOVARIUS' fall tour package. Vocalist/lead guitarist Tim Roth commented, "We are really excited to be touring with STRATOVARIUS and see this as an ideal package. We will be playing in front of a completely ...

Read more

Posted in: News

CENTINEX: New Album Details Revealed

Sweden's CENTINEX are scheduled to enter Black Lounge studio today (March 4) to begin recording their new album, "World Declension", tentatively due this fall through Cold/Regain Records in Europe and Candlelight Records USA in North America. The follow-up to 2004's "Decadence - Prophecies of Cosmic Chaos" will include eight tracks divided into two chapters. Songtitles ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Drummer JÖRG MICHAEL Talks About SAXON And STRATOVARIUS

SAXON/STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael has posted the following message on his official web site: "Probably you guys have heard about the tragic accident of last weekend when Biff's [Byford, SAXON singer] house burnt down in the north of France. It´s very hard to cope with a tragedy like this but on this way I like ...

Read more

Posted in: News

STRATOVARIUS Singer Signs First Band To His Record Label

STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto's High and Loud record label has signed a promising new Finnish progressive/power metal band called WINGDOM. WINGDOM is the first band to be signed to the label that has previously only released Kotipelto's solo albums. WINGDOM's new album, "Reality", will be released in Finland on April 20, while the rest of ...

Read more

Posted in: News

NOMINON Complete Work On New Album

Swedish death metallers NOMINON have finished recording and mixing their new album, "Recremation", at the Necromorbus Studio in Stockholm with engineer Tore Stjerna. "The whole recording was done in ten days and it all worked out fine!" the band write on their web site. "This album is by far a certain step back to the ...

Read more

Posted in: News