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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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POISONBLACK: 'Escapexstacy' Details Unveiled

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — have finalized the track listing for their debut album, "Escapexstacy", due on Feb. 17, 2003 through Century Media Records. It is as follows: 01. The Glow Of The Flames 02. Love Infernal 03. The State 04. All ...

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POISONBLACK Complete Work On 'Escapexstacy'

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — have set Feb. 17, 2003 as the release date through Century Media Records for their debut album, titled "Escapexstacy". Completed by bassist Janne Kukkonen, guitarist Janne Dahlgren and drummer Tarmo Kanerva, POISONBLACK boast a musical direction that ...

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GRAND MAGUS Name Upcoming CD

Sweden's GRAND MAGUS, featuring current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, have set "Monument" as the title of their sophomore album, due in early 2003 through Rise Above Records. ...

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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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LION'S SHARE Part With Bassist And Drummer, Pursue Outside Projects

Acclaimed Swedish melodic metal act LION'S SHARE have parted ways with Pontus Egberg (bass) and Johan Koleberg (drums) due to personal differences. Lars Chriss (guitar) and Tony Niva (vocals) will continue writing and demoing material for the group's fifth studio album, to be released sometime in late 2003 or early 2004. More information, including samples ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Get Ripped Off!

CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist Alexi Laiho had two of his Jackson Custom Shop guitars stolen on Saturday, September 28th after the group's 35-minute "showcase" gig at Nosturi in Helsinki, where the band performed as part of the Spinefeast festival. "You idiot who stole Alexi's guitars from Nosturi after the party, we recommend you return them ...

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MASTERPLAN Part With Keyboardist, Announce Replacement

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, have parted ways with keyboardist Janne Wirman, who was unable to commit himself to the group due to his involvement with CHILDREN OF BODOM. Replacing him in the band is Axel Mackenrott, who has previously ...

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GRAND MAGUS Prepare To Record Sophomore CD

Sweden's GRAND MAGUS, featuring current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, have finished writing the material for their sophomore album, due in early 2003 through Rise Above Records. "All songs are done and arranged and we think you're all in for a treat," reads the band's official statement. "There's no doubt in our minds that this ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Sign New Record Deal

After six months of negotiations, Finland's CHILDREN OF BODOM have officially inked a new deal with Spinefarm/Universal Records. The group's new single, "You're Better Off Dead", is currently set for a September 16th release. Also included on the CD will be the group's cover of THE RAMONES classic "Somebody Put Something In My Drink". As ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Push Back Single Release Date

Finland's CHILDREN OF BODOM, featuring SINERGY guitarist Alexi Laiho on guitar/vocals, have pushed back the tentative release date of their new single, "You're Better Off Dead", to August, most likely through Spinefarm Records. Also included on the CD will be the group's cover of THE RAMONES classic "Somebody Put Something In My Drink". "People think ...

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GRAND MAGUS Prepare To Record New CD

Sweden's GRAND MAGUS, featuring current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, will record their next studio CD at the end of the year for an early 2003 release. In other news, the group will perform at Rabbit Fighter in Stockholm on June 12th. ...

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COSMIC SPHERE: The New Scandinavian Metal Sensation

COSMIC SPHERE is the name of a new Finnish/Swedish metal act featuring guitarist Lars Chriss (LION'S SHARE), guitarist Antti Wirman (WARMEN, CRAYDAWN), bassist Tapio Oksanen (CRAYDAWN) and drummer Kristian Enqvist (ex-RISING FAITH). Playing a musical style described as "heavy, energetic and melodic metal in the vein of IN FLAMES/SOILWORK," the band are currently writing songs ...

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HALFORD Still On For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

HALFORD have not cancelled their appearance at Sweden Rock festival, according to event representative Janne Stark. Part of the confusion apparently stems from the fact that “[Germany's] Wacken [Open Air] festival [announced] HALFORD's appearance there before HALFORD had even confirmed,” says Stark. “When they couldn't confirm, [the] Wacken [organizers] said the band had 'cancelled'.” Sweden ...

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POISONBLACK: Finnish "Supergroup" To Issue Debut In Late 2002

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS), who feature in their ranks SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto, are tentatively due to record their debut album before the end of the summer for a late 2002 release through Century Media Records. Completed by bassist Janne Kukkonen, guitarist Janne Dahlgren and drummer Tarmo Kanerva, ...

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Finnish Benefit Gig In Honor Of CHUCK SCHULDINER Set For March 1st

MORBID DREAM, DIABLO, NORTHER, and EVIL CHUCKS, a one-off group made up of Finnish metal veterans, will appear at a charity concert honoring late DEATH frontman Chuck Schuldiner at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland on Friday, March 1st. All proceeds from the gig will be donated to Juliana Von Wend foundation, which conducts cancer research without ...

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GRAND MAGUS Announce European Tour With ORANGE GOBLIN, ROADSAW

Sweden's GRAND MAGUS, featuring current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, will be joining ORANGE GOBLIN and ROADSAW on a full European tour during March. The dates are as follows: Feb. 28 Leuven, BEL @ Soja Mar. 01 Groningen, NETH @ Vera Mar. 02 Arnhem, NETH @ Willemeen Mar. 03 - Den Bosch, NETH @ Wilhelm ...

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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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HELLOWEEN Announce Compilation Details

HELLOWEEN have confirmed that their upcoming Best Of double-CD set will be called Treasure Chest and it will have a lot of special packaging, making it a nice collector's item for any HELLOWEEN fan new or old. All of the songs have been remixed and remastered to modern standards. The full track listing for Treasure ...

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EUPHROSYNE Acquire New Bassist, Prepare To Release Fresh Material

Finland's EUPHROSYNE, featuring the brother of SINERGY/WALTARI drummer Janne Parviainen, Aleksi Parviainen, on lead vocals, have acquired a permanent bass player, Taneli Helminen, and will shortly release four new songs on two separate singles that will be used for promo purposes only. Meanwhile, you can download the track Waiting, culled from the band's Face Behind ...

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SINERGY Upgrade Session Drummer To Permanent Member Status

Finland's SINERGY have decided to upgrade "session" drummer Janne Parviainen (i.e. WALTARI, BARATHRUM, JIMSONWEED) to the status of a permanent member of the group, according to the band's official web site. "[Janne] has shown tremendous dedication and is by far the best drummer we've ever played with", stated the act in an official statement announcing ...

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SINERGY Recruit Session Drummer For Upcoming Tour

SINERGY will be utilizing the services of Finnish drummer Janne Parviainen (i.e. WALTARI, BARATHRUM, JIMSONWEED) for the duration of the group's 2002 Suicide By My Side world tour. Although Parviainen will appear with the band as a session musician, a possibility exists that he will be upgraded to the status of a full-fledged member at ...

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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 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 Nov 21, 2001

According to a report published in yesterday's edition of The New York Post, LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst “lied when he said he visited a dying Australian girl injured in a mosh pit at his concert. Durst told Access Hollywood he visited Jessica Michalik on her deathbed and kept in touch with ...

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