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STRATOVARIUS Fans Give New Singer Shit (Literally!)

STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "The STRATOVARIUS forum has been closed because 2 individuals sent an email to the Finnish police and claimed that STRATOVARIUS supports Nazis. This claim is outright ridiculous and deserves that I tell these 2 idiots: FUCK OFF!!! "The forum was ...

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HAMMERFALL Drummer: TIMO TOLKKI Needs Professional Help

HAMMERFALL drummer Anders Johansson has issued a statement explaining his brief involvement with Finnish neo-classical metallers STRATOVARIUS as the band's new drummer. The statement reads as follows: "OK, this is what happened regarding the STRATOVARIUS turmoil: After all the member changes in my brother Jens' band STRATOVARIUS, he and Timo Tolkki asked me to help ...

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CENTINEX: New Song Posted Online

A brand new CENTINEX track, titled "Arrival Of The Spectrum Obscure", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. "Arrival Of The Spectrum Obscure" comes off CENTINEX's forthcoming album, "Decadence - Prophecies Of Cosmic Chaos", due on March 9 through Candlelight Records. A limited-edition vinyl version (500 copies) will be issued ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM To Release New DVD-Audio EP

Finland's CHILDREN OF BODOM are tentatively scheduled to release a new DVD/DVD-Audio EP in May/June. The set will reportedly include the group's video for "Sixpounder" as well as footage of the band taking the viewers on a tour of Helsinki's "cool and important" places. In addition, two brand-new audio tracks will be included as well ...

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KOTIPELTO Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

KOTIPELTO, the Finnish band led by former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto, has been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: AFTER FOREVER AMON AMARTH ANTHRAX BAL-SAGOTH BRAINSTORM BÖHSE ONKELZ CANNIBAL ...

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Ex-STRATOVARIUS Singer: TIMO TOLKKI Has 'Really Gone Over The Top'

Former STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto has broken his silence regarding his departure from the band. The following is Kotipelto's official statement regarding his split with the group and his future plans: "Dear Friends, "There's been so many rumours out lately that I wanted to sort things out with a short comment from my side. First ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Singer TIMO KOTIPELTO: 'Coldness' Details Revealed

Former STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto has finalized the track listing for his second solo album, "Coldness", due this spring through Century Media Records. Joining Timo during the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2002's "Waiting For The Dawn" (which was issued under the KOTIPELTO banner) were the following world-class musicians: Janne Wirman (CHILDREN OF BODOM ...

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REPUGNANT Added To CENTINEX Tour

Sweden's REPUGNANT (web site) have been added to the upcoming Finnish mini-tour headlined by CENTINEX. Also appearing on the bill are DEATH DU JOUR. Confirmed dates are as follows: Apr. 07 - Tampere, FIN - Hellä Apr. 08 – Helsinki, FIN - Stella Star Apr. 09 – Turku, FIN - Bar Shadow Apr. ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Singer Names Solo Album

Former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto has set "Coldness" as the title of his second solo album, due this spring through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Waiting For The Dawn" (which was issued under the KOTIPELTO banner) reportedly features "more or less the same" recording lineup as that on the debut, which included contributions ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Drummer Explains His Departure

Former STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael has issued a lengthy statement explaining the reasons for his split with the band and other recent STRATOVARIUS-related events. His statement reads as follows: "Sorry that it took me so long to find time to comment about the situation around STRATOVARIUS. Due to private reasons I wasn't able to do ...

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H.I.M., AMORPHIS Members Team Up In Grindcore Side-Project

Members of H.I.M. and AMORPHIS have reportedly joined forces in a grindcore-style side-project called TO SEPARATE THE FLESH FROM THE BONES. The band, who are opting to keep their identities a "mystery," recently recorded their debut EP, "For Those About To Rot", tentatively due in the spring. A full-length album should follow in the autumn. ...

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ANDERS JOHANSSON Quits STRATOVARIUS

Drummer Anders Johansson (HAMMERFALL) has officially left STRATOVARIUS less than a week after joining the group. The following is STRATOVARIUS' leader Timo Tolkki's statement regarding the Anders' departure: "[Anders] gave me a call and said that he doesn't want to join the band permanently and that he is happy to be in HAMMERFALL playing True ...

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STRATOVARIUS Leader TIMO TOLKKI: 'My Life Has Been Threatened'

A brand-new interview with STRATOVARIUS members Timo Tolkki (guitars), Jari Kainulainen (bass), and the group's latest addition, vocalist "Miss K" (a.k.a. Katriina Wiiala), has been posted online at the band's official web site. The following are a few select excerpts from that interview: Question: The new line up was announced on Thursday (Jan 15). It's ...

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It's Official: STRATOVARIUS Have A Female Singer!

Finland's STRATOVARIUS have announced the addition of a new singer and drummer to the group's ranks. The following is the band's official statement on the matter: "New vocalist for STRATOVARIUS is called 'Miss K' (photos). "The vocal talents of this sultry Finnish lady vary from raunchy rock to classical operatic. Her voice range ...

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REGURGITATE Drop Off CENTINEX Tour

Sweden's REGURGITATE have been forced to drop off the upcoming Finnish mini-tour headlined by CENTINEX. A new support act will be announced shortly, according to a posting on CENTINEX's web site. In other news, CENTINEX's upcoming show in Borlänge, Sweden, which was previously scheduled to take place on February 6 at S2, will now take ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Singer Completes Work On New Solo Album, Comments On Departure

Former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto has completed work on his second solo album, tentatively due in the spring through Century Media Records. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2002's "Waiting For The Dawn" (issued under the KOTIPELTO banner) reportedly features "more or less the same" recording lineup as that on the debut, which featured contributions from Mike ...

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CENTINEX To Tour Finland In April

Sweden's CENTINEX will play four shows in Finland during the Eastern holidays. The trek, dubbed the "Deathkampen 2004" tour, will also feature Sweden's REGURGITATE and Finland's DEATH DU JOUR. Upcoming CENTINEX tour dates: Jan. 11 – London, UK - Underworld Feb. 06 – Borlänge, SWE - S2 Apr. 07 - Tampere, FIN - Hellä Apr. ...

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STRATOVARIUS Guitarist: 'It's Time To Accept The Changes'

STRATOVARIUS guitarist/mainman Timo Tolkki has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "I just got back from IRON MAIDEN concert in Helsinki and I must tell you that it was really, really cool gig. It felt good to see that MAIDEN still rules. "I just heard their new record for the first ...

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