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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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AJATTARA To Release Christmas Single

AJATTARA, the Finnish "black/dark metal" project featuring former AMORPHIS frontman Pasi Koskinen (a.k.a. Ruoja), will release a special two-song Christmas single in Finland on November 24. Three copies of the single — containing the tracks "Ilon Päivä" and "Hei Tonttu-Ukot Hyppikää" — will include a special voucher entiting the holder to the traditional Finnish Christmas ...

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DREAMTALE Finalize Track Listing For New Album

Finnish metallers DREAMTALE have finalized the track listing for their third album, "Difference", tentatively due in early 2005 via Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to last year's "Ocean's Heart" was recorded at Timo Tolkki's (STRATOVARIUS) Goldenworks studio with Tolkki producing and will be mixed at Finnvox studios by Mikko Karmila beginning on Monday, October 25. "Difference" ...

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DREAMTALE Name New Album

Finnish metallers DREAMTALE have set "Difference" as the title of their third album, tentatively due in early 2005 via Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to last year's "Ocean's Heart" was recorded at Timo Tolkki's (STRATOVARIUS) Goldenworks studio with Tolkki producing and will be mixed at Finnvox studios by Mikko Karmila beginning on Monday, October 25. 11 ...

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PSYCHOPUNCH To Embark On European Tour

Sweden's PSYCHOPUNCH will kick off a headlining European tour in early November. The trek's grand finale will take place on December 3 in their hometown Västeras, where they will rock the house alongside fellow countrymen ENTOMBED. A complete list of tour dates can be found at www.silverdust.de. PSYCHOPUNCH are touring in support of ...

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DREAMTALE Part Ways With Guitarist

Guitarist Esa Orjatsalo has left Finnish metallers DREAMTALE. Esa's official statement on the matter is as follows: "For the past few months now, I have many times noticed my lack of interest to be part of DREAMTALE anymore. In this situation I had to be honest with myself and make the only decision that was ...

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NEGATIVE Sign With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

Finnish hard/glam rockers NEGATIVE have inked a multi-album, worldwide deal with Roadrunner Records. The first release under the agreement (which excludes Scandinavia, Italy, Russia and Japan) will be the group's sophomore album, "Sweet & Deceitful", which topped the Finnish album chart upon its release a month ago. The follow-up to 2003's gold-certified (and approaching platinum) ...

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EDGUY Singer Checks In From The Road

EDGUY singer Tobias Sammet has posted the following message on the band's web site: "The tour is going absolutely great so far, a lot of fun, a lot of non-sense, bad jokes all the time and the greatest fans in the world! It is really hard to mention anything specific as the real top-experience so ...

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