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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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). ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 - ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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THUNDERSTONE: Tour Dates Announced

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Mar. 25 - Tampere, FIN @ Pakkahuone/Tulliklubi w/ HAMMERFALL, LORDI, FIREWIND: Apr. 21 - Pratteln, SWI @ Z 7 Apr. 22 - Filderstadt, GER @ Filharmonie Apr. 23 - Lichtenfels, GER @ Stadthalle Apr. 24 - Oberhausen, GER @ Turbinenhalle ...

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SONATA ARCTICA To Open For OVERKILL In New York City

According to a posting on the B.B. Kings Blues Club web site, Finland's SONATA ARCTICA will open for OVERKILL at the New York City venue on Thursday, April 14. This is just three days before SONATA ARCTICA kick off their North American tour in Canada. SONATA ARCTICA will play B.B. Kings again 11 days later ...

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THUNDERSTONE: New Album Details Revealed

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have set "Tools of Destruction" as the title of their third full-length album, tentatively due in Europe on April 18 via Nuclear Blast Records. Release dates for the USA and Japan will be announced soon. "Tools of Destruction" was mixed at Timo Tolkki's (STRATOVARIUS) Goldenworks studio with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne. ...

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CENTINEX: New Album Update

Sweden's CENTINEX have issued the following update regarding their next studio album: "'World Declension' will be released as a 8-panel digipack. This supreme [cover] art was made by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Design who will also take care of the entire layout. "As for the recording we have booked Black Lounge for four weeks, ...

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FUNERIS NOCTURNUM Becomes ATAKHAMA

Finnish extreme metallers FUNERIS NOCTURNUM have split up and four of the group's members — Simo Rahikainen (guitar), Matti Honkonen (bass), Timo Häkkinen (drums), J-V Hintikka (guitar) — have joined forces with singer Jimmy Salmi in a new band called ATAKHAMA. According to a posting on ATAKHAMA's web site, the FUNERIS NOCTURNUM members "felt that ...

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BATTLELORE Announce New Bassist, Vocalist

Finnish "fantasy metal" band BATTLELORE have announced the departure of bassist/founding member Miika Kokkola due to "personal reasons." Replacing him in the group's lineup will be Timo Honkanen, who has already toured with the group as Kokkola's temporary replacement on their "Atlantis Lovelorn" tour with ATROCITY and LEAVES' EYES late last year. In addition, the ...

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SONATA ARCTICA To Perform At Finnish 'GRAMMYS'

According to the band's official web site, Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have been nominated in the "Best Hard Rock/Metal Album" category at the Emma-Gaala (Finnish Grammy Awards-equivalent), along with MOKOMA, NIGHTWISH and TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS. The band will also perform one song live at the awards ceremony, which is scheduled to be ...

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STRATOVARIUS Reunite, Begin Work On New Material

The classic STRATOVARIUS lineup of Timo Tolkki (guitar), Timo Kotipelto (vocals), Jörg Michael (drums), Jari Kainulainen (bass) and Jens Johansson (keyboards) has reunited and is currently working on completely new material for release in late 2005/early 2006. "Since his breakdown in April, we have patiently been waiting for Timo Tolkki's health to improve. It has ...

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THUNDERSTONE: In Mixing Mode

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have commenced the mixing process for their third album at Timo Tolkki's (STRATOVARIUS) Goldenworks studio with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne. 11 songs are being finalized, with the track listing, album title and release date soon to be announced. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Tool of the Devil", "Welcome ...

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