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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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STRATOVARIUS Frontman's CD Gets Rigged!

Legendary artist Derek Riggs (i.e. IRON MAIDEN) has completed the artwork for STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto's solo album, and work is currently in progress on the rest of the package, a process that is being overseen by Timo and designer Rade Puolakka. As previously reported, Kotipelto's as-yet-untitled solo debut will be released in Finland via ...

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Hymn To Life - TIMO TOLKKI

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki's decision to issue a solo record that would not only contain some of the axeman's “most introspective lyrics ever”, but one that would also revolve primarily around his less-than-stellar vocals was obviously not a wise one. Having handled lead vocals in STRATOVARIUS for the group's first four releases, Tolkki is clearly ...

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STRATOVARIUS Vocalist To Issue Solo Debut In March/April

STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto's recently-completed debut solo album will be released in Finland via Timo's own High And Loud label in March/April. No US or continental European release information has yet been made available. Among the tracks that are set to appear on the as-yet-untitled CD are the following: 01. Battle Of The Gods 02. ...

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Archive News Dec 05, 2001

METALLICA are taking a break for the holidays, but will return to the studio in January with a view towards releasing a new studio album next fall, according to statements attributed to the band's management and their publicist by MTV.com. While frontman James Hetfield spent time in rehab for alcoholism and “other ...

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Archive News Dec 03, 2001

APOLLYON SUN, featuring former CELTIC FROST mainman Tom Gabriel Fischer, are currently composing and demoing new material for the group's upcoming sophomore full-length album at the band's own rehearsal studio facility (where the act have just upgraded the computer-based recording system) and at Oakland Recording, the group's long-time home when recording in ...

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Archive News Aug 07, 2001

MACHINE HEAD's Supercharger CD has been pushed back to an October release through Roadrunner Records via distribution from Universal. It is believed that the label's recently-completed joint-venture agreement with the Island Def Jam Music Group is largely to blame for this most recent delay, which has resulted in several other releases getting pushed back, ...

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Archive News Jul 23, 2001 - update 1

It looks like LIMP BIZKIT fans will have to wait until the end of 2002, at the earliest, for the follow up to last year's Chocolate Starfish &amp the Hot Dog Flavored Water. In an interview with Bilboard.com, LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst revealed that the guitarist Wes Borland and bassist Sam Rivers have ...

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Archive News Jun 28, 2001

QUEENSRYCHE have now officially confirmed that they will be performing at the Moore Theatre in Seattle on July 27th and 28th. Both shows will be recorded in audio and video for an upcoming double live album and DVD.


SYSTEM OF A DOWN's upcoming Toxicity effort, which is due for ...

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Archive News May 30, 2001

The 'I'm-talking-out-of-my-ass' quote of the day once again belongs to SLIPKNOT percussionist The Clown (aka Shawn Crahan), who inadvertently implied in a BBC interview that the third SLIPKNOT CD would not come out for another ten years: 'What people need to understand is we are always about ten years ahead of ourselves. I'm already thinking ...

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Archive News May 24, 2001

BLACK SABBATH previewed the brand new track 'Scary Dreams' in front of 2,600 fans at a charity homecoming gig at Birmingham Academy on Tuesday night, May 22nd. Described as a haunting, threatening-sounding cut with a hypnotic chorus not dissimilar to that of 'Electric Funeral', 'Scary Dreams' is reportedly a much superior offering to the pair ...

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Archive News Apr 27, 2001

According to informed sources, the UK's PITCHSHIFTER are still in talks with Sanctuary Records about a possible deal, and if all goes well, the band are hoping to begin recording a new album before the end of the summer. Vocalist JS Clayden recently confirmed that the group 'are talking to the labels that we think ...

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Archive News Apr 25, 2001

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has responded to mounting criticism over his less-than-complimentary comments about the alleged MOTLEY CRUE split and the behind-the-scenes circumstances that led to ANTHRAX getting thrown off the Maximum Rock tour (also featuring the CRUE and MEGADETH) last summer.

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Here is Mustaine's response in its entirety:

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'First, let me say ...

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Archive News Mar 28, 2001

More information has trickled in about the forthcoming JUDAS PRIEST CD, entitled Demolition, which has a May 28th European release date. According to the band's official web site, the album will include 13 or 14 tracks, some of which have the following titles:&nbsp

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01. Machine Man

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