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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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STRATOVARIUS Discussing Band's Future

According to a posting on the group's official web site, STRATOVARIUS members Timo Tolkki, Jörg Michael, Timo Kotipelto, Jari Kainulainen and Jens Johansson met in Helsinki, Finland this past weekend (Decemeber 9-11) to discuss the band's future. Contrary to Internet rumors, the group have done any recording in New York. No further details are currently ...

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CENTINEX Announce New Album Title

Sweden's CENTINEX have set "World Declension" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in June via Cold Records (a subsidiary of Metal Blade). The group's follow-up to this year's "Decadence - Prophecies of Cosmic Chaos" will be recorded in March. No further details are currently available. "Decadence - Prophecies of Cosmic Chaos" was ...

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CENTINEX Sign With COLD RECORDS

Sweden's CENTINEX have inked a deal with Cold Records, a subsidiary of Metal Blade Records, according to a posting on the label's web site. The group's follow-up to "Decadence - Prophecies of Cosmic Chaos" is expected in 2005. Upcoming CENTINEX shows: Dec. 18 – Uppsala, SWE - Fellini May 05 – Neiden, GER - Fuck ...

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Former CARCASS Frontman To Perform At CHUCK SCHULDINER Tribute Concert

Former CARCASS frontman Jeff Walker will perform with TO SEPARATE THE FLESH FROM THE BONES, the Finnish grindcore band featuring Herr Arschstein (Pasi Koskinen, ex-AMORPHIS), Rot Wailer (Niclas Etelavuori, AMORPHIS) and Pus Sypope (Gas, H.I.M.), at the "The Fragile Art of Existence - Tribute to Chuck Schuldiner" benefit concert at Klubi in Tampere, Finland on ...

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HANOI ROCKS Drummer To Tour With THE 69 EYES

HANOI ROCKS drummer Lacu will play the following shows with THE 69 EYES: Dec. 03 - Savonlinna, FIN @ Savonlinnasali Dec. 04 - Tampere, FIN @ Pakkahuone Dec. 09 - Oulu, FIN @ 45 Special Dec. 10 - Vaasa, FIN @ Hullupullo Dec. 11 - Helsinki, FIN @ Tavastia Lacu will be filling in for ...

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APOCALYPTICA Name New Album

Finnish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA have set "Apocalyptica" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in February 2005. "In my opinion, our next album comes across like a mixture of 'Reflections' [2003] and the group's current live sound," Eicca Toppinen told Finland's Sonera Plaza. "So I think that we are now about to ...

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FUNERIS NOCTURNUM Complete Work On New Album

Finnish extreme metallers FUNERIS NOCTURNUM have completed work on their fourth full-length album, "Existence Indifferent", tentatively due in early 2005 via Woodcut Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Code 666: Religion Syndrome Deceased" features the group's brand-new lineup of Simo Rahikainen (IMN) on guitar, Matti Honkonen (Horgath) on bass, J-V Hintikka (Sin'equamnon) on guitar, Timo Häkkinen ...

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CENTINEX: Swedish Dates Announced

Sweden's CENTINEX have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Dec. 18 – Uppsala, SWE - Fellini May 05 – Neiden, GER - Fuck The Commerce VIII Festival May 06 – Osby, SWE - TBA May 07 – Växjö, SWE - Uffes Källare CENTINEX are continuing to support their latest album, "Decadence - ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Guitarist, STRATOVARIUS Singer Perform With SHAMAN In Slovakia

Former HELLOWEEEN and current MASTEPLAN guitarist Roland Grapow made a special guest appearance, along with Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS), during a SHAMAN gig in Martin, Slovakia on Saturday (Nov. 20). Roland and Timo played two songs with the band: "Pride" and a cover of JUDAS PRIEST's "Breaking the Law". As previously reported, MASTERPLAN have set "Aeronautics" ...

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DIABLO To Purge Evil Thoughts On Upcoming CD

Finland's DIABLO are scheduled to enter the studio in September 2005 to begin recording their fourth album, tentatively titled "Diablo: IV (The Sacrifice)". A January 2006 release is expected. Regarding the album's projected title, the group's frontman Rainer Nygård said, "The title is related to the lyrics. Once again, I will put all that poison ...

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SLAYER Drummer To Guest On New APOCALYPTICA Album

SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo will be guesting on the next APOCALYPTICA album on a song called "Betrayal". The track, which is described by APOCALYPTICA's Perttu Kivilaakso as a "really fast, thrash metal-influenced song," will mark the second time Lombardo has played on an APOCALYPTICA CD, having previously performed on their 2003 effort, "Reflections". "Many bands ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer Announces Lineup For 'Solo' Appearance

STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto has announced the lineup of his solo band for his upcoming appearance in Slovakia on November 20. The band's lineup will consist of the following: Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS) - vocals Mirka Rantanen (THUNDERSTONE, TUNNELVISION, WARMEN) - drums Lauri Porra (TUNNELVISION) - Bass Tuomas Wäinölä (HEARTPLAY, NYLON BEAT)- guitars Mikko Harkin (WINGDOM, ...

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DISSECTION: Stockholm Show Filmed For Upcoming DVD

Reactivated Swedish death metallers DISSECTION filmed their headlining performance in Stockholm on Saturday (Oct. 30) for an upcoming DVD, tentatively due next year. The as-yet-untitled disc will also feature a band documentary. In other news, DISSECTION mainman Jon Nödtveidt (vocals and guitar) told Finland's Sonera Plaza that the group's next full-length effort will surface in ...

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NIGHTWISH: New Single To Include MEGADETH Cover

Finland's NIGHTWISH have selected "Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan" as the next single off their mega-successful "Once" album. The single will be released in Finland on November 24. In addition to the title cut, the CD will include "Creek Mary's Blood" (orchestral/instrumental score) and a cover of MEGADETH's "Symphony of Destruction", recorded live at Nosturi in Helsinki ...

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THE 69 EYES Enter Finnish Album Chart At No. 1

THE 69 EYES' new album, "Devils" (Virgin/EMI), entered the Finnish album chart at No. 1. View the whole chart here. The follow-up to 2002's "Paris Kills", "Devils" was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (H.I.M., MOONSPELL, SENTENCED) and Johnny Lee Michaels and was preceded by a single containing the album's title cut. The album is ...

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