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The Acoustic Verses - GREEN CARNATION

Anyone unfamiliar with the pedigree of GREEN CARNATION could be forgiven for thinking this EP was, at various intervals, a new product from COLDPLAY, U2, PINK FLOYD or PORCUPINE TREE. Make no mistake, while this is all acoustic, it's as lush, orchestrated, and enigmatic as any "electric" album from this quizzical band. Reviewable on a ...

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MISERY INC. Announce New Bassist, Prepare To Release Sophomore Album

Finnish metallers MISERY INC. have parted ways with longtime bassist Jukka Keisala due to "personal reasons." The group have already acquired a replacement in the shape of Aki Heikinheimo, who appears in the band's latest video, "Fallen Rage". The clip was shot in October-November under the watchful guidance of Jani Saajanaho of Dead Grafix, and ...

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GRAND MAGUS: 'Kingslayer' Video Posted Online

GRAND MAGUS' video for the track "Kingslayer" has been posted online at Yahoo! Music. The song comes off the Swedish group's third album, "Wolf's Return", which is available now on on Candlelight Records (via a licensing deal with Rise Above). The band recorded the CD in Stockholm with producer/engineer Oneman. GRAND MAGUS's sophomore ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman Writing Material For Solo Album

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has posted the following message on his official web site: "I had lots of fun while touring around the world. Even though it has been a bit tough to travel and to play that many gigs the feedback and the support from the fans have been excellent! I thank you all! ...

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Synchestra - THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND

As much as I enjoy STRAPPING YOUNG LAD I always find myself enjoying THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND more. It is something about the way Canada's resident musical genius wraps beautiful melodies around layers of soulful wisp and intense emotion. Much like "Accelerated Evolution", "Synchestra" takes repeat listens to fully absorb. However, there is more of ...

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DESTINY Part Ways With Guitarist, Seek Replacement

Bassist Stefan Björnshög of the long-running Swedish metallers DESTINY has issued the following update: "Unfortunately, our good friend Janne Ekberg has left DESTINY. He has started his own business and has decided to focus on that and his family. Janne will be missed but we respect his decision. We thank him for his four years ...

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POISONBLACK To Resume Recording Sophomore Album In Early 2006

The current lineup of POISONBLACKVille Laihiala (vocals, guitar, also in SENTENCED), Janne Markus (guitar), Marco Sneck (keyboards), Antti Remes (bass) and Tarmo Kanerva (drums) — are scheduled to return to the studio in early 2006 to complete the recordings for their sophomore album, tentatively due late spring/early summer via Century Media Records. The ...

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KALMAH Finish Mixing New Album

Finland's KALMAH have finished mixing their new album, entitled "The Black Waltz", for a February 22, 2006 release through Spinefarm Records. "The mixing started and ended fast," the band write on their web site. "We had only five days to do it but luckily the basic sounds were great and Ahti [Kortelainen, engineer] got it ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM: Tour Report, Photos Posted Online

CHILDREN OF BODOM bassist Henkka Seppälä has issued the following report from the band's current North American tour with TRIVIUM and AMON AMARTH: "Only a couple more shows to play. It's been such an amazing tour. We would never have expected this kind of tour here when headlining. "AMON AMARTH and TRIVIUM are great to ...

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HEVEIN: International Release Of 'Sound Over Matter' Delayed

Finnish melodic thrashers HEVEIN will release their debut album, "Sound Over Matter" (currently available in Finland via Spinefarm Records) in Germany on March 17, 2006. A video for the song "Last Drop of Innocence" was directed by HEVEIN drummer Alpo Oksaharju. As previously reported, HEVEIN recently announced the addition of bassist Janne Jaakkola to the ...

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ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW Continuing Work On New Album

Reactivated Finnish melodic extreme metal band ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW are continuing work on their as-yet-untitled fifth album for a tentative March/April 2006 release via Spinefarm Records. "We've spent some days at the studio now with the rest of the songs for the album [as part of the second main recording session]," the band write ...

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KALMAH: In Mixing Mode

Spinefarm Records has set a February 22, 2006 release date for the new album from Finland's KALMAH, entitled "The Black Waltz". The follow-up to 2003's "Swampsong" is currently being mixed at a studio in Finland and will contain the following ten tracks (in no specific order): 01. Bitter Metallic Side 02. Defeat 03. The Groan ...

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GRAND MAGUS To Be Interviewed On Swedish National Radio

GRAND MAGUS, the Swedish band featuring current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, will be featured on Swedish National Radio on Thursday, November 24. The show is called "P3 Rock" and it will contain an interview with Christoffersson as well as several tracks from the band. The show starts at 10:10 p.m. CET and ends at ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Recounts Estate Invader Ordeal

Ozzy Osbourne spoke with "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush on wrestling with a home invader at his English estate last November. "So, I'm stark naked, not a stitch on, not a sock, nothing," Ozzy explained. "For some reason, I come around, and I see this guy crouching behind. So, he jumped out the window this ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM To Guest On FUSE TV's 'Metal Asylum'

Finnish metal band CHILDREN OF BODOM will be appearing on Fuse TV's "Metal Asylum" program tonight (November 15). Alexi Laiho (guitar, vocals), Janne Wirman (keyboards) and Roope Latvala (guitar) all stop by by the studio and talk with Juliya about their first U.S. headlining tour with TRIVIUM and AMON AMARTH, their new record, "Are You ...

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KALMAH Announce New Album Title, Track Listing

Finland's KALMAH have set the tentative track listing for their fourth album, "The Black Waltz", tentatively due early next year via Spikefarm Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Swampsong" will contain 10 songs. A bonus cover track was also laid down during the sessions and will be included as a bonus cut on various releases. "The ...

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KALMAH: Studio Update

Finland's KALMAH have entered the studio to begin recording their fourth album, tentatively due early next year via Spikefarm Records. The following update has been posted at the band's official web site: "So, this is our third day in Swamphell (read studio) now. Everything has gone well so far, we've had our drummer Janne [Kusmin] ...

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ENSIFERUM To Film 10-Year Anniversary Show For Upcoming DVD

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM, now featuring in its ranks NORTHER frontman Petri Lindroos, will film their New Year's Eve 10-year anniversary concert at the Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland for an upcoming DVD. ENSIFERUM, who recently parted ways with drummer Oliver Fokin and replaced him with Janne Parviainen, will enter Sonic Pump studios ...

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ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW To Release New Album In March/April

Reactivated Finnish melodic extreme metal band ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW are continuing work on their as-yet-untitled fifth album for a tentative March/April 2006 release via Spinefarm Records. According to the band, "The material for the fifth album is heavier, much more diverse and more guitar-orientated compared to the fourth album 'A Virgin and a Whore' ...

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BLACK SABBATH Drummer Previews Upcoming 'Rock 50' Radio Shows

BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has issued the following update on his monthly "Rock 50" radio show, which airs on WPMD, a college radio station at Cerritos College in California: "I wanted to drop in a brief message about what's in store for our November 19th and December 10th radio shows. "First, I'm still celebrating/acknowledging ...

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ENDSTAND Sign With LIFEFORCE RECORDS

Finnish powerhouse ENDSTAND have inked a multi-album deal with Lifeforce Records. The group's as-yet-unitled Lifeforce debut is scheduled for release in March 2006. Stefan Luedicke, Lifeforce CEO and president commented: "I'm very happy to welcome (back) ENDSTAND to the family, a band I started my work in the music business with seven years ago on ...

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KALMAH To Enter Studio Next Week

Finland's KALMAH have posted the following message on their official web site: "As you might not know, we will enter studio next week to record the next KALMAH album. [The as-]yet-untitled album will contain 10 brand new KALMAH 'hits.' "The process before this album has been quite long. That is because this time we didn't ...

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BURST Finish Filming New Video

Sweden's BURST have finsihed shooting a video for "Where the Wave Broke", the lead-off track from the bands new record "Origo". Drummer Patrik Hultin comments, "The video shoot for 'Where the Wave Broke' was all in all a great experience. To have someone outside the band visualize our music was a new experience for us. ...

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HEVEIN Announce New Bassist

Finnish melodic thrashers HEVEIN have announced the addition of bassist Janne Jaakkola to the group's ranks. "As trial by fire, he'll be playing a couple of gigs, starting next Friday at Tullikamarin klubi (Tampere) where HEVEIN will perform [with] STRATOVARIUS and HAMMERFALL," the band write on their web site. HEVEIN's debut album, "Sound Over Matter" ...

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STRATOVARIUS Bassist LAURI PORRA To Release Solo CD

The long-awaited debut solo album from STRATOVARIUS/SINERGY bassist Lauri Porra will be released on October 26. The CD features some of the most respected musicians in Finland, including Jussi Lehtonen, Tuomo Prättälä, Mikko Kaakkuriniemi, Timo Kämäräinen, Alexi Laiho, Janne Huttunen, Jukka Uljas, Jay Kortehisto, Emma Salokoski and Tero Lindberg. Gulfam Sabri (from India) plays tabla ...

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TOTAL DEVASTATION: 'Murderous' Video Posted Online

TOTAL DEVASTATION's video for the track "Murderous", taken from their "Reclusion" album, has been posted online at this location. The Finnish death metallers' sophomore album, "Reclusion" was released in February via Firebox Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Roadmap of Pain" was recorded at Sound Supreme studio with producer Janne Saksa and was mastered ...

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