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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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AMORPHIS Complete Drum Tracks For Upcoming CD

Finland's AMORPHIS have completed the drum tracks 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. The sextet, who are currently unsigned following a lengthy stint with Relapse Records, will ...

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Finnish Benefit Gig In Honor Of CHUCK SCHULDINER Set For Next Month

DIABLO, ROTTEN SOUND, MOKOMA and TIMO RAUTIAINEN & JARKKO MARTIKAINEN have been confirmed to appear at The Fragile Art Of Existence, a charity concert honoring late DEATH frontman Chuck Schuldiner to be held on Dec. 13 (one-year anniversary of Chuck's death) in Tampere, Finland. All acts, with the exception of TIMO RAUTIAINEN & JARKKO MARTIKAINEN, ...

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SONATA ARCTICA Name Album, Announce Japanese Tour

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have set "Winterheart's Guild" as the title for their upcoming CD, which is due to be released on Feb. 22 in Japan and Mar. 17 in Finland. "Winterheart's Guild" features a guest appearance by keyboardist Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS/ex-DIO), who plays on four of the album's cuts. In other news, SONATA ...

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AMORPHIS Enter Studio To Record New Album

Finland's AMORPHIS entered Finnvox studios in Helsinki today (Nov. 18) to begin recording the basic tracks for the band's next studio album. The sextet, who are currently unsigned following a lengthy stint with Relapse Records, plan to complete the recordings early next year for a tentative summer 2003 release through an as-yet-undetermined label. "Snoopy's (a.k.a. ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman: Why My Brazilian Tour Was Cancelled

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has issued a statement clarifying the reasons for the cancellation of his Brazilian solo tour. "This is the truth about the KOTIPELTO Brazil tour!" begins the statement. "I didn't cancel the tour! Me and the guys in the band wanted to do the tour and I was calling every day to ...

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KOTIPELTO's South American Tour Cancelled

KOTIPELTO's proposed tour of South America has been cancelled, according to frontman Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS). "The guys in the band and I were extremely happy to hear that there might be a short tour in South America," the singer wrote on his official web site. "I'm very sad to tell the fans over there that ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman Offers Update On Solo Activities

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has posted the following message via his official web site: "I just thought to inform you about my activities in the past couple of weeks... "I've been composing some songs lately. If they will be used for my next possible (KOTIPELTO) album is still a little bit open. "There's also been ...

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NIGHTWISH Get Involved In Side Projects

NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen will make guest appearances on the debut album from SETHIAN, a new Helsinki, Finland-based act that also features in its ranks former WIZZARD frontman Tapio Wilska (who had previously done session studio work with NIGHTWISH). The album will be recorded at Walltone studios and will be mixed ...

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STRATOVARIUS' TIMO TOLKKI Speaks Out On New CD

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has posted the following update via the group's official web site: "The [Elements — Part 1] album is ready, mastered and sent to our record companies in Germany, France and in Japan. "The track list will be provided later, but I can tell you that it contains 62 minutes of music. ...

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STRATOVARIUS Set Release Date For Upcoming Single

Finland's STRATOVARIUS will release the first single, "Eagle Heart", from the band's forthcoming Elements — Part 1 album, on November 19th through N.T.S. Records in France and November 25th in the rest of Europe via Nuclear Blast Records. STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has revealed, via the Mixing Diary page on the group's official web site, ...

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IMMORTAL Cancel TUSKA 2002 Appearance

Norwegian black metallers IMMORTAL were forced to cancel their appearance at Finland's Tuska 2002 festival due to undisclosed "delicate family matters," according to an official statement from the group. "The band deeply feel bad about this, but promise to come back later in the year for another gig instead," continues the statement. As previously reported, ...

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THE PROJECT HATE, 2 TON PREDATOR To Play TUSKA 2002 Club Gig

THE PROJECT HATE, featuring Jörgen Sandström of ENTOMBED/GRAVE fame, and fellow Swedes 2 TON PREDATOR will play at Tavastia Club in Helsinki, Finland on July 12th as part of the Tuska 2002 festival. In its fifth installment, Tuska 2002 festival (which is scheduled to take place on July 12-14 in the Kaisaniemi park in the ...

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STRATOVARIUS Begin Tracking Vocals, Announce Upcoming Tour

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has commenced the vocal-tracking process for the group's brand new CD, entitled Elements Part I. "I have to say that it's good to be behind the microphone again," Timo wrote on his official web site. "The last months I've been mostly giving interviews for my solo album and not singing that ...

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