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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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Ex-HELOWEEN Singer MICHAEL KISKE: I Will Not Join STRATOVARIUS

Former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske has shot down the rumors linking him with Finnish neo-classical metallers STRATOVARIUS as the replacement for the recently departed Timo Kotipelto. The following is the official statement released by the webmaster for Kiske's new project, SUPARED: "The fact that vocalist Timo Kotipelto left STRATOVARIUS was awakening the hope of many ...

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TIMO KOTIPELTO Comments On STRATOVARIUS Departure

Former STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto has posted the following message on his web site regarding his departure from the group: "Maybe you have seen in it on the STRATOVARIUS homepage (or read it somewhere else), that [drummer] Jörg [Michael] and I are no longer members of the band. That is unfortunately true. "I ...

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STRATOVARIUS: TIMO KOTIPELTO And JÖRG MICHAEL Are Out!

Finland's STRATOVARIUS have officially parted ways with vocalist Timo Kotipelto and drummer Jörg Michael. "Due to irrevocable and massive difficulties between the band leader Timo Tolkki and me, it has been agreed that this is the best thing to do to preserve at least some of the integrity the band used to have," Kotipelto said, ...

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STRATOVARIUS Guitarist Checks In With Writing Update

STRATOVARIUS leader Timo Tolkki has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "I thought I cheer you guys up by giving you a small report from the place where I have been writing songs for about a month already. I have already 10 songs written and I can give you some titles ...

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NIGHTWISH Confirmed For Finland's SAUNA OPEN AIR Festival

NIGHTWISH have been confirmed as the headliners of a new metal festival, Sauna Open Air, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 11, 2004 in Tampere, Finland. The festival is scheduled to end at 10:00 p.m., after which additional live activities will continue at Tampere's Pakkahuone venue (capacity 1,500). Additional bands for the ...

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STRATOVARIUS: JENS In, KOTIPELTO Out?

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has reportedly told the Finnish daily newspaper Ilta-Sanomat that keyboardist Jens Johansson will definitely continue to be a member of the band once the group have sorted through their current personnel "crisis". The situation with the band's drummer, Jörg Michael, however, is still up in the air. According to Tolkki, Michael's ...

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METALLICA To Play Helsinki Stadium In May

According to the Finnish daily newspaper Aamulehti, METALLICA will perform at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki on May 27, 2004. As previously reported, METALLICA are scheduled to headline the Aerodrome festival in Austria on June 11. In addition, METALLICA will play a massive show in Gothenburg, Sweden as part of their spring 2004 European tour. ...

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CHARON Guitarist Quits

Finnish goth-metallers CHARON have parted ways with guitarist Jasse Von Hast. The following is Hast's official statement on the matter: "After long consideration, I have decided to change my priorities around and end this chapter of my life. The band CHARON has nothing more to give me musically and my interest in playing in the ...

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