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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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AMORPHIS Launch Vocalist Search

Finland's AMORPHIS have launched a search for an "experienced vocalist." Send all applications (including a photo and CD/CDR) by the end of October to: Amorphis-Yhtymä, c/o Piikkikasvi, Tallberginkatu 1/40, 00180 Helsinki Finland As previously reported, longtime AMORPHIS singer Pasi Koskinen left the band in August. Pasi's last live appearance with the band took place at ...

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KOTIPELTO: Touring Lineup Announced

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has announced the touring lineup for his KOTIPELTO project. Joining Timo on the road in South America and Finland will be Mirka Rantanen (drums), Lauri Porra (bass), Tuomas Wainola (guitars) and Jens Johansson (keyboards, STRATOVARIUS). The keyboard duties for KOTIPELTO's European summer festival appearances were handled by CHILDREN OF BODOM's Janne ...

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THE 69 EYES: New Album Track Listing Revealed

Finnish goth-metallers THE 69 EYES have revealed the track listing of their new album, entitled "Devils", tentatively due this fall through EMI/Virgin Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Paris Kills" was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (H.I.M., MOONSPELL, SENTENCED) and Johnny Lee Michaels and will be preceded by a single containing the album's title cut. "We worked ...

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NIGHTWISH: Helsinki Show Sold Out

All 6,000 tickets to NIGHTWISH's headlining performance at Helsinki Icehall on December 26 were sold the first day they went on sale, according to a posting in the group's web site. Support at the show will come from KOTIPELTO (featuring STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto) and AFTER FOREVER. As previously reported, the North American edition of ...

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LORDS OF THUNDER: AMORPHIS Members' Cover Band To Embark On Finnish Tour

LORDS OF THUNDER, the Finnish heavy metal/hard rock cover band featuring members of AMORPHIS and SUBURBAN TRIBE, will be embarking on a tour of Finland in late September. The group, which performs songs from such acts as WHITESNAKE, IRON MAIDEN and W.A.S.P., consists of the following musicians: Janne Joutsenniemi (SUBURBAN TRIBE) Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS) Santeri ...

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KOTIPELTO, AFTER FOREVER To Support NIGHTWISH At Special Helsinki Show

KOTIPELTO (featuring STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto) and AFTER FOREVER have been confirmed as the support bands for NIGHTWISH at their special show in Helsinki, Finland on December 26. The concert will take place at the 8,000-capacity old Icehall and will feature hour-long performances from both support acts. NIGHTWISH are tentatively scheduled to play a two-hour ...

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DIABLO Sign With DRAKKAR ENTERTAINMENT

Finland's DIABLO have inked a European deal with Drakkar Entertainment. The group's latest CD, "Eternium", will be released in continental Europe on September 27. "Eternium", available in Finland since January via the Gaga Goodies/Poko label, debuted on the Finnish album chart at position No. 3. The follow-up to 2002's "Renaissance" was recorded at Fantom studios ...

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CENTINEX: 'Live Devastation' EP Artwork Posted Online

Swedish metallers CENTINEX have posted the cover artwork and layout for their upcoming "Live Devastation" 7" EP. Check it out here. The "Live Devastation" 7" EP will be released through Swedmetal within the next few weeks. This limited (500 copies) vinyl feature the tracks "Towards Devastation", recorded live in Borlänge, Sweden, and "Bloodhunt", ...

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RAMMSTEIN: Helsinki Show Sells Out In 30 Minutes

RAMMSTEIN's upcoming performance in Helsinki, Finland, scheduled for November 24 at the Hartwall Arena, sold out in approximately 30 minutes after tickets went on sale Tuesday morning (August 17). 12,000 tickets were sold to the concert, which will mark the group's first headlining performance in the city in support of their upcoming CD, "Reise Reise". ...

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AMORPHIS To Be Joined By CHARON Singer On TYPE O NEGATIVE Tour

CHARON/ex-POISONBLACK frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto will handle the vocal duties for AMORPHIS on the group's upcoming U.S. tour with TYPE O NEGATIVE. At the moment, there are no plans for Leppäluoto to join AMORPHIS on a full-time basis. "When we first started thinking about this singer situation [following Pasi Koskinen's departure], nobody came to our minds," ...

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MOTÖRHEAD's LEMMY Joins HAWKWIND On Stage At RUISROCK Festival: Photos Available

MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister and MONSTER MAGNET's Phil Caivano were the special guests during HAWKWIND's set at Ruisrock festival in Turku, Finland this past Saturday (July 10). Check out pictures from Sonera Plaza (all photos by Timo Isoaho). Other bands that performed during the two-day event (July 10-11) included MOTÖRHEAD, MONSTER MAGNET, BACKYARD BABIES, ...

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STRATOVARIUS Guitarist Launches New Recording Studio

STRATOVARIUS mastermind Timo Tolkki has opened a brand-new recording studio called Goldenworks. Located 10 minutes outside central Helsinki, Goldenworks is currently hosting Finland's DREAMTALE, who are in the process of recording their third album for Spinefarm Records with Tolkki producing. Commented Tolkki: "I have been in music business for 20 years, travelled around the world ...

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TIMO KOTIPELTO To Release New Single

STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto will release his new solo single, "Take Me Away", in Finland on July 7. The single, which will be available in a limited edition of 1,000 copies, has already been "pre-sold out," according to a posting by Timo on his web site. "Unfortunately [for] my foreign fans, this single is only ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer KOTIPELTO To Appear At PROGPOWER USA V

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto will be a special guest at ProgPower USA V, set to be held on September 16 in Atlanta, GA. Kotipelto, whose second solo album, "Coldness", was released in early 2004 by Century Media Records, will be signing autographs, hosting a meet-and-greet, and will also be attending the ProgPower pre-party on September ...

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