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STRATOVARIUS Leader: 'Three Bandmembers Have To Leave'

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "I am in the process of talking seriously with each bandmember about the future of STRATOVARIUS. "There are lots of rumours circling around and this statement is issued to clear some of those. "The band is in a severe crisis ...

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CENTINEX: First Gigs Of 2004 Announced

Sweden's CENTINEX have announced the details of their first shows of 2004. The dates are as follows: Jan. 11 – London, UK @ Underworld (w/ ROTTING CHRIST, THUS DEFILED, HELL-BORN) Feb. 06 – Borlänge, SWE @ S2 (w/ HELLPATROL) As previously reported, CENTINEX's new album, "Decadence - Prophecies Of Cosmic Chaos", is due in March ...

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OPETH Singer To Guest On New AYREON CD

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has been officially confirmed as one of the guest performers on the new AYREON CD, "The Human Equation", tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. According to a posting on AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen's (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) web site, "fans and journalists alike kept telling Arjen to check out Mikael ...

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STRATOVARIUS Confirm SANCTUARY Deal, Begin Work On New Material

Finland's STRATOVARIUS have confirmed that they have signed a three-album deal with Sanctuary Records. The contract was signed October 31 in Dortmund, Germany and the signing was followed by a big party. The agreement is said to be the biggest ever for a Finnish band, and is worth over $3.5 million dollars. The contract was ...

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STRATOVARIUS Guitarist To Make Finnish TV Appearance

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki will be making appearance on the Finnish Top-40 program on the national Yle1 channel this Friday (November 7) beginning at 6:36 p.m. As previously reported, STRATOVARIUS have just inked a brand-new three-album deal with Sanctuary Records (parent company of Noise Records). The contract, which is said to be worth three million ...

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AYREON Name New CD

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) has set "Ayreon: The Human Equation" as the title for the group's forthcoming CD, tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. Among the guest vocalists scheduled to appear on the album are James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER), Devon Graves (a.k.a. Buddy Lackey, DEAD SOUL TRIBE, ex-PSYCHOTIC WALTZ), Magnus ...

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DIABLO Complete Work On 'Eternium'

Finnish aggro-metallers DIABLO have finished mixing and mastering their third album, "Eternium", at Helsinki's Finnvox studios with Mikko Karmila. The follow-up to 2002's "Renaissance" was recorded at Fantom studios and is scheduled for release on January 16, 2004. A single, titled "Read My Scars", will precede the album in early December. Says guitarist/vocalist Rainer Nygård: ...

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STRATOVARIUS To Sign New Deal With SANCTUARY

Finnish daily newspaper Iltalehti (www.iltalehti.fi) reports that STRATOVARIUS will ink a brand-new three-album deal with Sanctuary Records (parent company of Noise Records) on Friday (October 31) in Germany. The deal, which is said to be worth three million euros (approx. $3.5 million), will reportedly be signed in elk's blood! In an interview with ...

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DREAM THEATER Singer To Guest On New AYREON CD

DREAM THEATER singer James LaBrie has been officially confirmed as one of the guest performers on the new AYREON CD, tentatively due early next year through an as-yet-undetermined label. "LaBrie has known AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen's (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) music for a long time and did not hide the fact that he would love to be ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: Rescheduled European Tour To Kick Off In January

OZZY OSBOURNE's rescheduled European tour, which has been postponed twice, will now take place in January/February. So far, only one date has been leaked: January 28 at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M., who were set to occupy the middle slot on the tour, will not be supporting OSBOURNE on the rescheduled ...

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AYREON: Guest Singers Announced

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), are currently recording their sixth studio album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Transmission Records. Among the guest vocalists set to appear on the album are the following: Devon Graves (DEAD SOUL TRIBE) Magnus Ekwall (THE QUILL) Heather Findlay (MOSTLY AUTUMN) Eric Clayton (SAVIOUR MACHINE) ...

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H.I.M. To Play Finnish Warm-Up Dates Before OZZY Tour

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. will play two "warm-up" shows for their upcoming European tour with OZZY OSBOURNE at club Senssi (capacity: 800-1,000) in Tampere, Finland on October 17-18. Tickets go on sale on Monday, October 6 at record shops in Tampere and Lippupalvelu (www.lippupalvelu.fi). As previously reported, H.I.M. will release their first-ever live album, tentatively titled ...

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STRATOVARIUS: DVD Release Date Pushed Back

Finnish neo-classical metallers STRATOVARIUS have been forced to postpone the release date of their forthcoming DVD to April 2004 from the previously announced January. More information about the contents of the upcoming DVD will be made available soon. STRATOVARIUS will release their new album, "Elements Pt. 2", on October 27 through Nuclear Blast Records. "Elements ...

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STRATOVARIUS: New Mp3 Clip Posted Online

A second MP3 clip from the forthcoming STRATOVARIUS album, "Elements Pt. 2", has been posted online at the group's official web site. The track "I'm Still Alive" is track No. 3 on the upcoming CD, due on October 27 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album, which will once again feature artwork by Derek ...

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DIABLO Hard At Work On Third Album

Finnish aggro-metallers DIABLO are currently recording their third album, "Eternium", at Fantom studios. The follow-up to 2002's "Renaissance" will be mixed at Helsinki's Finnvox studios and is tentatively scheduled for a January 2004 release. "I can tell you that the new album will be the best DIABLO album ever…no surprise there," DIABLO guitarist Marko Utriainen ...

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STRATOVARIUS: New Song Posted Online

A brand new STRATOVARIUS track, titled "I Walk To My Own Song", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location (file size: 3.6 MB). "I Walk To My Own Song" comes off the Finnish neo-classical metallers' forthcoming CD, "Elements Part 2", due on October 27 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album, ...

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CENTINEX Push Back Album Release, Part Ways With Drummer

Sweden's CENTINEX have revised the track listing for their forthcoming album, "Decadence - Prophecies Of Cosmic Chaos", tentatively due in early 2004 through Candlelight Records. "Decadence - Prophecies Of Cosmic Chaos" was recorded and mixed at Black Lounge Studios between June 23 and July 20, and contains nine tracks, including an instrumental piece written and ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer To Begin Recording New Solo Album

STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto has completed the songwriting process for his second solo album with only "some lyrics [left] to be written," according to a post on his web site. Timo will enter the studio in September to begin recording the as-yet-untitled follow-up to last year's "Waiting For The Dawn" album (issued under the KOTIPELTO ...

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H.I.M. Part Ways With Label, Seek New Record Deal

Finnish goth metallers H.I.M. have reportedly fulfilled their contractual obligations to BMG Records Finland and are currently seeking a new label. The band, who are considered to be Finland's most successful rock export of all time, are currently in negotiations with several major companies and will make their final decision during the fall. In other ...

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KELLY OSBOURNE To Open For OZZY In The U.K. Only

KELLY OSBOURNE appears to have changed her mind and will open for her father, OZZY OSBOURNE, only on the U.K. portion of his European tour, which is scheduled to kick off in early September. A Finnish promoter had announced several days ago that Kelly was the official replacement for GODSMACK at the OZZY gig at ...

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TUSKA FESTIVAL 2003: Photos Posted Online

Sonera Plaza has posted several photos of TYPE O NEGATIVE, THE HAUNTED, STRATOVARIUS and SENTENCED performing live at Finland's Tuska festival this past weekend. Check them out here. Tuska took place July 11-13 in the Kaisaniemi park in the center of Helsinki and featured additional appearances by AMORPHIS, ARCH ENEMY, CHILDREN OF BODOM, ...

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SENTENCED Added To Finland's TUSKA METAL FESTIVAL

SENTENCED have replaced OPETH at this year's edition of Finland's Tuska festival, set to take place July 11-13 in the Kaisaniemi park in the center of Helsinki. As previously reported, OPETH were forced to cancel their appearance at Tuska due to "logistical and financial" difficulties connected with the group's upcoming U.S. tour with PORCUPINE TREE, ...

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CENTINEX Complete Drum Tracks For New CD

Sweden's CENTINEX have finished recording the drum tracks for their forthcoming album, "Decadence - Prophecies Of Cosmic Chaos", tentatively due in October through Candlelight Records. "Kennet [Englund] did a splendid job behind the kit, everything was put on tape in just three days," reads a message on the band's official web site. "We will now ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer Sustains Knee Injury

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has injured his knee while playing floorball. "The accident happened on Tuesday (May 20) in the morning during the normal game I play with my friends," Timo said in a posting to the band's official web site. "I stepped on the other player's blade while we were running after the ball ...

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