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KATATONIA, FINNTROLL To Team Up For European Tour

Sweden's KATATONIA and Finland's FINNTROLL will embark on a European tour in April. Confirmed dates are as follows: Apr. 16 - Nachtleben/Batschkapp - Frankfurt, GER Apr. 17 – Kiff - Aarau, SWI Apr. 18 - Terminal Export - Nancy, FRA Apr. 19 – Dioxin - Schindellegi/Schwyz, SWI Apr. 20 - Midian Club - Vicenza, ITA ...

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H.I.M. Launch Search For Support Band

According to the Finnish daily newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, H.I.M., MTV Europe and Jägermeister are looking for a band to support H.I.M. on their next European tour, which is scheduled to take place in the fall. During the spring, MTV will be airing a trailer with further instructions for groups to follow if they wish to be ...

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STRATOVARIUS: No Tour Planned For 'Elements Part 2'

Finland's STRATOVARIUS have no intention of touring behind their upcoming "Elements Part 2" release, guitarist Timo Tolkki has revealed to Kaista. The follow-up to their current "Elements Part 1" CD, which has just been completed, is tentatively scheduled for release in October, but may end up getting pushed back, according to Tolkki. "I think 'Elements ...

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THE HAUNTED's ARO Was Not Misquoted: Finnish Journalist

The author of the previously published interview with THE HAUNTED frontman Marco Aro in which the singer slams label Earache Records over their business practices has provided to BLABBERMOUTH.NET Finnish-language MP3s of Aro making the alleged statements as proof that the singer was not misquoted. Aro, who conducted the interview with Timo Isoaho ...

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FINNTROLL Complete Work On New CD

Finland's FINNTROLL have set "Visor Om Slutet" as the title for their recently-completed "acoustic/experimental" CD, the group's first with new singer Tapio Wilska. The group had originally planned on recording only an EP's worth of material, but reportedly had so much fun during the sessions — which took place at a studio just outside Helsinki, ...

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POISONBLACK Confirmed For Finland's EASTERMASTER Festival

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — the new band featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — are the latest act to have been confirmed for the forthcoming Eastermaster festival, set to take place on April 4-5 at Pakkahuone in Tampere, Finland. The list of bands currently set to appear at ...

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TAROT Set Release Date For 'Suffer Our Pleasures'

Finland's TAROT, the group led by NIGHTWISH/ex-SINERGY bassist Marco Hietala, have set a May 19 Finnish release date for their new album, entitled "Suffer Our Pleasures". A single featuring the track "Undead Son" is slated for release on April 14. A "best of" collection, appropriately titled "The Best Of Tarot", is due on Feb. 28. ...

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SILENTIUM Finish Recording New Album

Finnish atmospheric doom metallers SILENTIUM have finished recording their third full-length CD, "Harmátia de Prudence", and are preparing to mix it for a late spring/early summer release through Spikefarm Records. The CD was recorded at Sundicoop Studio in Savonlinna, Finland and was produced by NIGHTWISH mainman Tuomas Holopainen. "[It will be] a very unique album," ...

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STRATOVARIUS Begin Mixing 'Elements Pt. 2'

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki entered Finnvox studios Tuesday (Feb. 11) in Helsinki with Mikko Karmila to begin mixing the songs for the group's next full-length album, titled "Elements Pt. 2". Some vocal overdubs will also be recorded during the sessions. "Elements Pt. 2" is tentatively due for release in October and will include the following ...

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SENTENCED To Take Break, Begin Work On New Album

Finland's SENTENCED have announced that they will be taking a "creative" break while guitarist Sami Lopakka tends to his newborn child. However, it looks like the break won't be a long one as the band are planning to enter the studio in the fall/winter to begin recording their next album for a spring 2004 release. ...

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AMORPHIS Frontman Completes Work On New AJATTARA CD

AMORPHIS frontman Pasi Koskinen's "black/dark metal" project AJATTARA have completed work on their new album, "Kuolema" ("Death"), for a March 24 release. The full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Antakaa Elää (Let Me Live) 02. Surman Henki (The Ghost Of Death) 03. Haureus (Fornication) 04. Huoran Alla (Under The Whore) 05. ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE's 'The Dirt': Truth Or Fiction?

MÖTLEY CRÜE's acclaimed 2001 autobiography, "The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band", has been widely hailed as perhaps the greatest rock 'n' roll bio of all time — a stunningly "honest" account that sees the four members of the group openly delving into the dirtiest, squishiest and most disgusting details of the ...

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LULLACRY Perform 'Secret' Club Gigs In Helsinki

Finland's LULLACRY performed two "secret" gigs in their hometown of Helsinki last week — the first on Saturday (Jan. 18) at Stella Star club under the name BLOODY MARY, and the second last night (Jan 23) at Semifinal club under the name HARVEY WALLBANGER. According to an eyewitness, "the band played lots of old stuff ...

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STRATOVARIUS Hit Brazil

Several photos taken during STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto and drummer Jörg Michael's recent trip to Brazil to promote their upcoming "Elements Part 1" CD have been posted online at this location. "Elements Part 1" is due on Jan. 27 through Nuclear Blast Records. ...

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STRATOVARIUS Begin Work On 'Elements Part 2'

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has posted the following update via his official web site: "I just wanted to info you about my activities at the moment... :) "I rented a small studio/rehearsing place for my self in Helsinki. I've been renovating the place with a friend of mine (thanks Hepa!) and hopefully at the end ...

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NIGHTWISH Sued By Finnish Orchestra Conductor Over Unpaid Fees

Finland's NIGHTWISH are being sued by arranger/conductor Riku Niemi over unpaid fees Niemi claims are owed him for his work on the group's platinum-certified "Century Child" release. NIGHTWISH keyboardist/mastermind Tuomas Holopainen, who wrote the bulk of the material on the album, claims that the whole thing is the result of a misunderstanding and that only ...

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SNAKEGOD Bassist Launches VIIVAKOODI

SNAKEGOD's Petri "Pete" Repo has teamed up with TWO WITCHES' Mikko Koskinen, 313's Petri Lampinen and Jussi Tervo in a special "bass project" called VIIVAKOODI. According to SNAKEGOD's official web site, the idea behind the project "is similar to [that of] APOCALYPTICA," except that bass guitars will be used instead of cellos. The band, who ...

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HANOI ROCKS Guitarist To Star In 'OSBOURNES'-Style TV Series

HANOI ROCKS guitarist Andy McCoy and his wife Angela will star in an "Osbournes"-style reality sitcom, set to premiere on Finnish television next fall. The show, which has a working title of "Andy and Angela Show", will be produced and directed by the bass player and music video director Tuukka Temonen from the Finnish national ...

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AMORPHIS Complete Instrumental Recordings For New CD

Finland's AMORPHIS have finished recording all instrumental parts for their upcoming album at Helsinki's Finnvox studios. 15 songs were reportedly tracked during the sessions, with 10 tentatively scheduled to appear on the as-yet-untitled CD, which is set to surface in the spring. AMORPHIS frontman Pasi Koskinen will shortly begin tracking vocals for the album at ...

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FINNTROLL Announce New Singer

Finland's FINNTROLL have enlisted singer Tapio Wilska as the permanent replacement for Katla, who was forced to step down as vocalist earlier in the year due to problems with his vocal cords. Wilska had previously fronted a number of acts, including SETHIAN and WIZZARD, and had done session work with several high-profile Finnish groups, such ...

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LULLACRY Name New Album, Set Release Date

Helsinki, Finland-based LULLACRY have set "Crucify My Heart" as the title for their third full-length album — the band's first with new vocalist Tanja Lainio — which was recently completed with producer Mikko Karmila for a Feb. 17, 2003 release through Spinefarm Records. A single, "Don't Touch The Flame", will precede the album on Jan. ...

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