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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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SOULFLY Confirmed For Finland's TUSKA 2003 Festival

SOULFLY are the latest act confirmed to appear at Finland's Tuska 2003 festival, set to take place July 11-13 in the Kaisaniemi park in the center of Helsinki. The complete list of groups currently scheduled to perform at the event is as follows: TYPE O NEGATIVE MINISTRY CHILDREN OF BODOM STRATOVARIUS SOULFLY TIMO RAUTIAINEN & ...

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CENTINEX Finalize Track Listing For New CD

Sweden's CENTINEX have finalized the track listing for their forthcoming album, "Decadence - Prophecies Of Cosmic Chaos", tentatively due in October through Candlelight Records. "Decadence - Prophecies Of Cosmic Chaos" will be recorded and mixed at Black Lounge Studios between June 23 and July 20 for an October release through Candlelight Records. Nine tracks will ...

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CENTINEX To Utilize CULT OF LUNA Artist For Next CD

Sweden's CENTINEX have announced that the artwork for their next full-length album, "Decadence - Prophecies Of Cosmic Chaos", will be done by Per Gustafson (CULT OF LUNA). The layout for the CD will, once again, be handled by Timo "The Eyeless" Ketola. "Decadence - Prophecies Of Cosmic Chaos" will be recorded and mixed at Black ...

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NIGHTWISH To Enter Studio In October

Finland's NIGHTWISH will enter the studio on October 27 to begin recording the follow-up to last year's "Century Child". The band will once again use their own studio in Kitee to record the drums, bass and keyboards/synths, while the vocals and guitars will be recorded at Helsinki's Finnvox facility. NIGHTWISH hope to complete the recordings ...

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AMORPHIS To Play Special Gig In Finland

AMORPHIS will play a special, one-off gig at Senssi club in Tampere, Finland on Sunday, April 20. The band will premier some of the brand new material which is set to surface on the upcoming "Far From The Sun" album and will perform a number of their old classics from their previous recorded efforts. Also ...

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SEPULTURA/VOIVOD: More Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been released for the forthcoming North American tour featuring SEPULTURA and VOIVOD. The two groups will be hitting the following U.S. cities next month: Apr. 18 - San Francisco, CA @ Avalon Apr. 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palace Apr. 21 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues Apr. 22 - ...

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H.I.M. Reach Agreement With Chicago Group Over Use Of Band Moniker

Finland's H.I.M. (which stands for HIS INFERNAL MAJESTY) have reportedly reached an agreement with the Chicago-based group who registered the HIM name in the U.S. to allow them to release records and tour on the American continent under the "H.I.M." moniker. H.I.M. had previously serviced their European smash single, "Join Me", to U.S. stations under ...

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AMORPHIS Side Project To Release Second Album

VERENPISARA, the Finnish band featuring AMORPHIS members Niclas Etelävuori (bass), Tomi Koivusaari (guitar), and Santeri Kallio (guitar, keyboards in AMORPHIS), have set a May 15 release date through BMG Records for their sophomore album, "Happosadetta" ("Acid Rain" in Finnish). The follow-up to last year's "Aamunodottaja" CD will feature the following track listing (all titles and ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Confirm Memorial Gig Appearance

Contrary to previously published reports, it now appears that CHILDREN OF BODOM WILL in fact perform at the memorial concert for FINNTROLL/IMPALED NAZARENE guitarist Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta. Teemu died Sunday morning (March 16) from injuries sustained in an accidental fall he took while intoxicated. The gig will take place on Tuesday, March 25 at Nosturi ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Land First-Ever Gold Album

CHILDREN OF BODOM's latest CD, "Hate Crew Deathroll", was certified gold for sales in excess of 15,000 copies in their native Finland. It is the group's first-ever gold album. Also certified gold was the single "You're Better Off Dead", which has shifted more than 5,000 copies since it was released last September. In other news, ...

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SOMNIUM Memorial Concert: More Details Revealed

More details have emerged about the memorial concert for FINNTROLL/IMPALED NAZARENE guitarist Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta, who died Sunday morning (March 16) from injuries sustained in an accidental fall he took while intoxicated. The gig will take place on Tuesday, March 25 at Nosturi in Helsinki and will feature the following lineup: 09:00 p.m. BARATHRUM 10:00 ...

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AMORPHIS Ink Deal With EMI RECORDS

AMORPHIS have inked a deal with EMI Records for the release of their new CD, "Far From The Sun", due in Finland in May. The album's first single, "Day Of Your Beliefs", will surface in early April. The complete track listing for "Far From The Sun" is as follows: 01. Day Of Your Beliefs 02. ...

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STRATOVARIUS Cancel Russian Concert

Finland's STRATOVARIUS have been forced to cancel their previously announced show in Moscow, Russia on May 2. According to the group's official web site, "The promoter, 'Ghost Music', did not fulfill the terms we agreed on twice and didn't send the money to pay the flights to Moscow. After the second deadline ran out last ...

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Metal Is Alive And Well In Finland

"True" heavy metal may rarely reach the top of the charts in America, but in Finland, it seems to be alive and thriving, if the country's latest Pop Album chart is anything to go by. The following are the metal albums currently residing in Finland's top 40 Pop Album chart, as published over the weekend: ...

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H.I.M. Play 'Pre-Launch' Show In Germany

Finnish goth metallers H.I.M. played a "pre-launch" show for their upcoming album, "Love Metal", on Saturday, March 8 at the Grosse Freiheit Club in Hamburg, Germany. The group's complete set list for the evening was as follows: 01. Buried Alive By Love 02. The Funeral Of Hearts 03. Beyond Redemption 04. Sweet Pandemonium 05. Soul ...

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