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TIMO KOTIPELTO To Begin Writing New Material

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has posted the following message on his official web site: "I am sorry that I haven't been updating the page lately. I've been busy/lazy... "We [the band KOTIPELTO] will do only one gig this summer and that will be Sauna Open Air in Tampere, Finland June 10th. "The European tour went ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM: 'Almost Done' Recording New Album

According to an online posting by CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman, CHILDREN OF BODOM are almost done recording their new album, "Are You Dead Yet?", for a September 19 release via Spinefarm Records. "We'll start on the keys [Thursday, May 12] and the vocals next week and start mixing maybe already end of next ...

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SENTENCED Frontman: 'POISONBLACK Is Not Dying Yet'

SENTENCED/POISONBLACK frontman Ville Laihiala has rejected Internet rumors that his POISONBLACK project is on the verge of splitting up after failing to complete work on the follow-up to their "Escapextacy" debut. Commented Laihiala: "POISONBLACK is not dying yet. The next album is allready recorded, but it needs a bit more work before the release, which ...

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NEVERMORE: Release Date Set For 'This Godless Endeavor'

Century Media Records has set a July 26 release date for the new NEVERMORE album, entitled "This Godless Endeavor". Creating metal's most progressively innovative, insidiously addictive, and blazingly entangled music, mesmerizing vocalist Warrel Dane, backed by guitar virtuoso Jeff Loomis and the jackhammer rhythms of bassist Jim Sheppard and drummer Van Williams are now joined ...

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GASHOUSE GARDEN: CHILDREN OF BODOM, NORTHER Members Join Forces In New Band

GASHOUSE GARDEN, the new Finnish metal band featuring Mertsa (vocals; CHINA CAT), Kristian Ranta (lead guitars; NORTHER), Jaska Raatikainen (drums; CHILDREN OF BODOM), Lauri Porra (bass; SINERGY, KOTIPELTO, WARMEN), and Jaakko Teittinen (guitars; CRAYDAWN), have launched their official web site at www.gashousegarden.com. According to the group's official biography, "GASHOUSE GARDEN was founded in ...

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With Teeth - NINE INCH NAILS

It's hard to believe that NINE INCH NAILS — masterminded by founder and single full-time member Trent Reznor — has only produced four full-length albums in 16 years, not including EPs and live recordings. Perhaps it's that slow pace of recording — after all, it's been six years alone since 1999's double album, "The Fragile" ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Name New Album

Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM have set "Are You Dead Yet" as the title of their upcoming album, due on September 21 via Spinefarm Records. As previously reported, the band are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to 2003's "Hate Crew Deathroll". The drum tracks have already been completed and the guitars and bass ...

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DESTINY Cancel MOTALA METAL FESTIVAL Appearance

Swedish metallers DESTINY have been forced to cancel their appearance at the Motala Metal Festival on April 16. "DESTINY guitarist Janne Ekberg's grandfather passed away recently and the funeral will be on the same day as the festival. We did look into different solutions with temporary stand in guitarists from DESTINY's past but in the ...

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ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW Prepare To Record New Album

Reactivated Finnish metallers ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW are about to enter the studio to begin recording their as-yet-untitled fifth album. The first studio session will take place at Tico-Tico studio on Good Friday (March 25). The songs will be recorded and mixed at several studios in Northern Europe during the coming months. A late 2005 ...

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TWISTED SISTER To 'Serve Soup' In Finland

TWISTED SISTER will serve the "grand opening party soup" for Club Teatria in Oulu Finland on May 7. The band will perform an exclusive gig in this brand new venue, which is owned by ice hockey superstar Janne Niinimaa. All the national media is reportedly supporting this and will be at the event. The pre-sales ...

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KOTIPELTO: Touring Lineup Revealed

KOTIPELTO, the Finnish band fronted by STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto, have announced the band lineup for their upcoming European tour with KAMELOT and EPICA. It is as follows: Lauri Porra (TUNNELVISION) - Bass Tuomas Wäinölä (HEARTPLAY, NYLON BEAT) - Guitar Mikko Kaakkuriniemi (QUINTESSENCE) - Drums Robert Engstrand (THE FLOWER KINGS) - Keyboards Timo Kotipelto - ...

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Cycle of Pain - HAVOCHATE

As much as I enjoyed HAVOCHATE's "This Violent Earth" for its old-school OVERKILL/TESTAMENT crunch grooves and hardass heavy metal attitude, I still thought it was a good, not great album. About half the album crushed convincingly (especially the excellent title track) and half I found to be just average, maybe missing that little something. Having ...

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The Voyeurs of Destruction - PURE SWEET HELL

I've had the pleasure of having "Voyeurs" for well over a year and a half. So, some of my observations are how well this release has held up for me, but I'll still try and tell you what it "sounds" like, which is the toughest part of any review, especially this band. They put the ...

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GRAND MAGUS Name New Album

GRAND MAGUS, the Swedish band which features in its ranks current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, have set "Wolf's Return" as the title of their third album, tentatively due this spring via Rise Above Records. "The album is nearly finished, some vocal work still remains to be done. The album was once again recorded in ...

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FROM BEHIND To Record VENOM Cover

FROM BEHIND, the new band featuring ex-SAMSON/MAMMOTH singer Nicky Moore and LOCOMOTIVE BREATH/ex-OVERDRIVE guitarist Janne Stark, are negotiating a record contract with an as-yet-undisclosed label and will start recording their debut album in late March. Among the 13 tracks planned for inclusion on the CD, tentatively titled "Size Doesn't Matter", is a VENOM cover. The ...

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SINERGY: 'Sins Of The Past' To Surface Before End Of The Year

SINERGY, the acclaimed Finnish metal band featuring singer Kimberly Goss and CHILDREN OF BODOM members Alexi Laiho (guitar) and Roope Latvala (guitar), have spent the past few months quietly recording their fourth full-length album, tentatively due in late 2005 through Nuclear Blast Records. Goss has provided BLABBERMOUTH.NET with the following update on the recording sessions ...

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Former SAMSON/MAMMOTH Singer Resurfaces In FROM BEHIND

FROM BEHIND, the new band featuring ex-SAMSON/MAMMOTH singer Nicky Moore and LOCOMOTIVE BREATH/ex-OVERDRIVE guitarist Janne Stark, have finalized eight tracks that will be used as a demo recording to procure a record deal before going back into the studio in March to record their debut album. The group, whose lineup is completed by Matthias Osbäck ...

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