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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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AVANTASIA's "The Metal Opera Part II" Due In October

The long-awaited second part of EDGUY main man Tobias Sammet's all-star project, AVANTASIA, will be released in North America in October. "I am proud to say that in between touring and sleeping a bit I managed to finish the last chapter of my huge dream," Tobias recently said. "It was really exciting to get back ...

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STRATOVARIUS' TIMO TOLKKI: We Will Spare No Expense On New Album

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has posted the following update on the progress of the recording of their forthcoming CD, entitled Elements Part I: "After spending three weeks in preproduction recording demos and now two weeks at Finnvox [Studios], things are beginning to look a little bit more clear. "We have all been working very hard ...

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TIMO KOTIPELTO: More Live Dates Announced

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has announced two more live appearances in addition to his previously-announced performance at this year's Wacken Open Air festival. The confirmed dates are as follows: Jul. 20 - Helsinki, FIN @ Tavastia Aug. 01 – Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air Aug. 07 – FIN @ Ruisrock ...

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GANDALF Split Up!

Finnish death rockers GANDALF have split up after a nine-year run that saw the group release two full-length albums, 1998's Deadly Fairytales and 2001's Rock Hell. Drummer and founding member Nalle sterman has issued the following statement confirming the band's break-up: It's with sorrow and regret I write this following statement. After nine years of ...

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EDGUY's TOBIAS SAMMET: AVANTASIA Part II Coming In August

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet is currently hard at work on the second part of his metal opera project dubbed AVANTASIA, which released a highly-acclaimed debut effort, entitled simply The Metal Opera, in November 2000. According to Sammet, touring with my main band EDGUY is such big fun, [but] in between traveling to the different continents, ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman Debuts At #4 On Finnish Single Charts

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto's three-song single, containing the tracks "Beginning" (single edit), "Waiting for the Dawn" and "Kadesh" (non-LP), debuted at position #4 on the Finnish single chart. Kotipelto's debut full-length CD, entitled Waiting For The Dawn, is due to be released through Century Media Records in May. ...

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FINNTROLL Confirmed For PELLAVAROCK

FINNTROLL have been confirmed for the Pellavarock festival, which is scheduled to take place on August 17th in Lammi, Finland. Also set to appear at the event are CHARON, TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS, and VIIKATE, among others. ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman To Issue Solo Album In April/May

STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto is presently negotiating with several record labels regarding the release of his upcoming solo album, and if all goes according to plan, the CD will receive a worldwide release in April/May. As previously reported, the album will be released in Finland via Timo's own High And Loud label, and will be ...

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STRATOVARIUS' Johansson To Guest On HAMMERFALL Bonus Track

STRATOVARIUS/ex-DIO keyboardist Jens Johansson will make a guest appearance on an upcoming HAMMERFALL bonus track—a cover of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN's “Rising Force”. Although no recording plans have yet been announced, HAMMERFALL's rendition of the above-mentioned cut will reportedly be “faster” than the original and will presumably be included in a special-edition version of the group's next ...

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