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ACHERON: We Are Not Nazis!

On June 21, 2004, Black Lotus Records will be releasing a special ACHERON double-CD featuring 32 of the Columbus, Ohio-based black/death metal cult band's past songs digitally re-mastered. The collection, titled "Decade Infernus 1988-1998", will reportedly "put the listeners on a journey from the band's first classic album 'Rites of the Black Mass' to their ...

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SONATA ARCTICA: Bonus Tracks Revealed

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA laid down cover versions of VANISHING POINT's "Two Minds One Soul" and DEPECHE MODE's "World In My Eyes" during the recording sessions for the group's new album, "Reckoning Night", due later in the year through Nuclear Blast Records. The album, which is described by the band's vocalist, Tony Kakko, as ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'Once' Tops European Album Charts

NIGHTWISH have sold in excess of 80,000 copies of their new album, "Once", in Germany during its first week of release to debut at No. 1 on the German album chart. "Once" has also topped the charts in Greece, Finland and Norway. In Sweden, the album entered the chart at No. 2 while in Austria ...

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W.A.S.P. Live In Finland: Photos Available

Photos of W.A.S.P. performing live at the Pakkahuone venue in Tampere, Finland Monday night (May 24) have been posted online at this location. According to the photographer, Timo Isoaho of Sonera Plaza, "[Mainman] Blackie [Lawless] got some medication Monday afternoon before the show [to treat an allergic reaction that caused them to cancel ...

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W.A.S.P.: BLACKIE LAWLESS Taken Ill, Band Cancel Finnish Gig

W.A.S.P. have cancelled tonight's show (May 23) in Finland after mainman Blackie Lawless was taken ill. The group's previously announced gig at Helsinki's Tavastia was called off because Blackie came down with some type of "allergic reaction," according to a statement released by the Tavastia club. It is not presently clear if any additional dates ...

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CANDLEMASS Split Up — Again

Legendary Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have officially split up — seemingly for the last time. "We are truly sorry to inform you that CANDLEMASS have disbanded!" reads a posting on the group's web site. "This is sad news for us and everybody else that love this fantastic band. There will be no more gigs, no new ...

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BLAZE BAYLEY To Perform With Italian IRON MAIDEN Tribute Band

After the big success with STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto, Italian IRON MAIDEN tribute band THE CLAIRVOYANTS will lead the second leg of the Flash and Metal Shock magazines' anniversary party. On May 29 at Indians Sallon in Bresso (Milano), THE CLAIRVOYANTS will be joined by former MAIDEN singer Blaze Bayley. As always, THE CLAIRVOYANTS will ...

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TIMO KOTIPELTO Jams With IRON MAIDEN Tribute Band: Photos Posted Online

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto joined the Italian IRON MAIDEN tribute band THE CLAIRVOYANTS onstage at the Buddha Café Merone on Friday, May 7 during the Flash and Metal Shock Anniversary Party. Kotipelto and THE CLAIRVOYANTS performed several MAIDEN classics before running through a couple of numbers from Kotipelto's career. An audience of nearly 500 "screaming" ...

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NIGHTWISH: Beer And Stamps Used As Marketing Tools

A special NIGHTWISH "beer" can currently be bought Kitee's (NIGHTWISH's hometown in Eastern Finland) K-Market Kupiainen shop and from Kitee's Kievari restaurant. This lager-type beer is brewed by Pirkanmaan Uusi Panimo (PUP) and it will be sold until the end of 2004. Its label says "A Megabueno Cerveza" and it includes a NIGHTWISH photo. The ...

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Drummer JÖRG MICHAEL: STRATOVARIUS Is In Deep Crisis

STRATOVARIUS on-again, off-again drummer Jörg Michael has posted the following message on his official web site: "Here is some news from me. [STRATOVARIUS keyboardist] Jens [Johansson] said he posted something in the STRATOVARIUS forum so I would like to give my view on the past few weeks also. I didn't want to post anything at ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'Nemo' Single Certified Gold

NIGHTWISH's brand-new single "Nemo" has been certified gold in Finland after selling more than 5,000 copies within one week of its release. In other news, Sonera Plaza is reporting that the group's new studio album, "Once", will be available in Finland on June 2 — several days ahead of its previously announced June 7 European ...

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MESHUGGAH Confirmed For Finland's PROVINSSIROCK Festival

Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH have been confirmed for this year's Provinssirock festival, a three-day event set to take place June 18-20 in Seinäjoki, Finland. MESHUGGAH will perform on Saturday, June 19 alongside HYPOCRISY and DIABLO. Other bands scheduled to appear at the festival include H.I.M., EXODUS, TESTAMENT, THE HIVES, TIIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS, ...

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HAWKWIND Confirmed For Finland's RUISROCK Festival

HAWKWIND have been confirmed to appear at this year's Ruisrock festival, a two-day event set to take place July 10-11 in Turku, Finland. The festival's promoter told Sonera Plaza, "As you know, MOTÖRHEAD will also play during Ruisrock. Since Lemmy used to be part of HAWKWIND, there's talk of him possibly joining HAWKWIND on stage ...

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STRATOVARIUS Begin Recording New Album

STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson has posted the following message in the band's official forum: "This is a sort of informal update. "I went to Helsinki, basically to try and help with anything I could. Am here now. "Jörg Michael will play on the next STRATOVARIUS record (as he is very good of course, and there ...

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ACHERON Set Title For New Album

Columbus, Ohio-based black/death metal cult band ACHERON have been working on music for their next album, tentatively titled "Sanctum Regnum". The band are taking it slowly and are enjoying the songwriting process. The theme for the CD will be "a very apocalyptic concept." Songtitles set to appear on the album include "The Apocalypse", "Godless (We ...

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CENTINEX To Film Promotional Video This Weekend

Sweden's CENTINEX will be filming a video for the track "Arrival Of The Spectrum Obscure" this weekend. No further information regarding the video shoot is currently available. "Arrival Of The Spectrum Obscure" (mp3) comes off CENTINEX's most recent album, "Decadence - Prophecies Of Cosmic Chaos", which was released last month through Candlelight Records. ...

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TIMO KOTIPELTO: I Am Relieved I Am Not In STRATOVARIUS

Former STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto spoke to Pitriff.com earlier today about the recent events in the STRATOVARIUS camp and his upcoming sophomore solo album, "Coldness". The following are some of the highlights of that interview: PITRIFF: Have you heard about [Timo] Tolkki's condition lately? Timo Kotipelto: "I just heard from a webmaster friend ...

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STRATOVARIUS Leader Hospitalized For Symptoms Of Chronic Depression And Suicidal Thoughts

STRATOVARIUS webmaster Fred Derf has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Unfortunately I have received news that Timo Tolkki was hospitalized on April 10th due to suicidal feelings and chronic depression. "He is currently being treated in Mehiläinen, a private hospital in Helsinki, Finland. "If anyone wants to send recovery wishes ...

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SENTENCED Singer To Guest On NEGATIVE Album

SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala has recorded a guest appearance on vocals for the new album from the Finnish hard rock/"glam" band NEGATIVE (web site), due this fall. "It's good to break down musical barriers," Ville told the Finnish newspaper Iltalehti. "I mean, nobody expected me to guest on NEGATIVE's album. I don't take ...

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KOTIPELTO: 'Reasons' Single Tops Finnish Chart

Former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto has entered the Finnish single chart at position No. 1 with his latest single, "Reasons". View the entire chart at this location. As previously reported, "Reasons" comes off KOTIPELTO's sophomore solo album, "Coldness", due in Europe on April 26 through Century Media Records (a May 18 U.S. release ...

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