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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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KOTIPELTO: 'Coldness' Audio Clips Posted Online

Former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto has posted audio clips of all the tracks from his forthcoming sophomore solo album, "Coldness", at his official web site. Check them out at this location. As previously reported, "Coldness" is scheduled for release in Europe on April 26 through Century Media Records (a May 18 U.S. release ...

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KOTIPELTO: New Song Available For Download

A brand-new KOTIPELTO track, titled "Reasons", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. "Reasons" comes off the former STRATOVARIUS singer's sophomore solo album, "Coldness", due in Europe on April 26 through Century Media Records (a May 18 U.S. release is expected). The follow-up to 2002's "Waiting for the Dawn" was ...

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STRATOVARIUS Video Report From PIORNO ROCK: Interviews, Live Clips And More!

Finland's Sonera Plaza has posted a 14-minute video report from STRATOVARIUS' recent appearance at the Piorno Rock festival in Spain. Included are short interviews with the various members of the band, clips from the group's performance, Timo Tolkki's comments on the legendary "pissing" incident and keyboardist Jens Johansson's description of the stabbing attack that nearly ...

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KOTIPELTO: More 'Coldness' Details Revealed

More information has surfaced regarding KOTIPELTO's sophomore album, "Coldness", due in Europe on April 26 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Waiting for the Dawn" was recorded by CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman at his Beyond Abilities Studios as well as by Tero Kostermaa at High and Loud's ELK Studios and Finnvox ...

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LORDI To Release Sophomore Album In April

Finnish "monster metal" band LORDI have set an April 14 release date for their second, as-yet-untitled album. The group shot a video for the album's first single, "Blood Red Sandman", at a Helsinki studio last week. The CD was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (H.I.M., SENTENCED, AMORPHIS) and will contain the following track listing: 01. Blood ...

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NIGHTWISH, APOCALYPTICA Members Guest On New TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS CD

Members of NIGHTWISH and APOCALYPTICA are among the guest musicians appearing on the new TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS CD, "Kylmä Tila" ("Cold Space"), due in Finland on March 22. NIGHTWISH's Tuomas Holopainen plays keyboards on the songs "Juoksevan Veden Aika" and "Kylmä Tila", NIGHTWISH/TAROT's Marco Hietala appears in "Älkää Selvittäkö" and APOCALYPTICA's Eicca Toppinen ...

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SENTENCED Frontman To Take Over Vocal Duties In POISONBLACK

SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala has taken over the lead vocal duties in his side-project POISONBLACK following the departure of CHARON singer Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto. Laihiala's decision to handle the vocals himself comes less than a month after reports surfaced that the group's new singer would be a Canadian vocalist whose name had never been officially revealed. ...

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NIGHTWISH Set Release Date For 'Once'

NIGHTWISH have set a June 7 Finnish release date through Spinefarm Records for their brand-new album, "Once". A single containing the album track "Nemo" is due on April 19. In other news, the "Once" album cut "Creek Mary's Blood" will feature an appearance by Lakota tribe's Indian John Two-Hawks. John (johntwohawks.com), a NAMMY-nominated ...

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STRATOVARIUS Keyboardist Pisses On TIMO TOLKKI: Photos Available

Finland's Sonera Plaza has posted several photos of STRATOVARIUS performing at Spain's Piorno Rock festival on Saturday, including pictures of keyboardist Jens Johansson pissing (literally!) on guitarist Timo Tolkki during the opening notes of the song "Forever" (no, we're not kidding). Check them out here. STRATOVARIUS' set list for the Piorno Rock performance: ...

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