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EXCALION To Release 'Primal Exhale' In May

Sound Riot Records has set a May 17 release date for the new album from the Finnish symphonic power metallers EXCALION, entitled "Primal Exhale". Desribed as a blend of NIGHTWISH and STRATOVARIUS, "Primal Exhale" was recorded and mixed at Watercastle Studios and was mastered at The Digital Audio in U.K. (ROYAL HUNT, RING OF FIRE, ...

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KAMELOT: 'The Haunting' Video Posted Online

KAMELOT's video for the track "The Haunting" has been posted online at this location. "The Haunting" clip was directed by Swedish director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES) of Revolver Films and and was shot in Sweden. Making guest appearances in the video are EPICA singer Simone Simons and Mari, who ...

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STRATOVARIUS: New Album Begins To Take Shape

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS have posted the following message on their official web site: "After a lot of listening and editing, the basic structure of our 11th album is getting together slowly but surely. After the turbulence of the last year, none of us has known what to expect when going into the studio. "We ...

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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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KAMELOT: 'March Of Mephisto' Video Posted Online

KAMELOT's video for the track "March of Mephisto", featuring a special appearance by DIMMU BORGIR frontman Shagrath, has been posted online at the group's official web site. The clip, the group's second off the group's upcoming album "The Black Halo", was shot by Swedish director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES) ...

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The Black Halo - KAMELOT

KAMELOT have walked the line between the prog/power scene and a more pomp AOR sheen for some time now, never descending too far into galloping European cliché, and maintaining a sonic toughness that keeps them in the metal camp. The addition of ex-CONCEPTION singer Roy Khan and the release of 2000's "The Fourth Legacy" brought ...

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INTO ETERNITY's TIM ROTH Comments On STRATOVARIUS Tour

Currently on tour with AMORPHIS in support of their 2004 release "Buried In Oblivion", Canada's INTO ETERNITY have been added to STRATOVARIUS' fall tour package. Vocalist/lead guitarist Tim Roth commented, "We are really excited to be touring with STRATOVARIUS and see this as an ideal package. We will be playing in front of a completely ...

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STRATOVARIUS: North American Dates Scheduled

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS will be embarking on a North American tour this fall. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Sep. 17 – Atlanta, GA @ ProgPower USA Sep. 19 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx Sep. 20 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Sep. 21 – New York, NY @ B.B. King's Sep. 23 - ...

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THERION Confirmed For U.K.'s PROGPOWER FESTIVAL

According to a posting on THERION's official web site, the Swedish band have been confirmed for the U.K. edition of the ProgPower Festival, set to be held on March 3, 2006 at an as-yet-undetermined location. THERION will be performing at this year's ProgPower USA festival, a two-day event slated to take place September 16-17 at ...

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ANGRA And CONCEPTION Complete PROGPOWER USA Lineup

Brazil's ANGRA and Norway's CONCEPTION will round out the lineup of this year's ProgPower USA. CONCEPTION will feature the entire original lineup, including Roy Khan (KAMELOT) on vocals and Tore Ostby (ex-ARK) on guitar, in their first performance since 1997. "After having experienced some real blasts at ProgPower with ARK and KAMELOT, we are honored ...

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EDGUY To Release New EP In September

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "We are working full-steam on our new EP that is estimated to be released in September. A full length album is to follow early next year. I liked the concept of delivering a big value-for-money thing as the official single ...

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Never-Ending - MYSTIC PROPHECY

It's tough for me not to consider MYSTIC PROPHECY's "Never-Ending" as a companion piece of sorts to FIREWIND's "Forged by Fire". Both came my way within the last month or two, both are quality melodic metal albums, and both feature the axe wizardry of Gus G. Both albums also happen to be the third release ...

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Drummer JÖRG MICHAEL Talks About SAXON And STRATOVARIUS

SAXON/STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael has posted the following message on his official web site: "Probably you guys have heard about the tragic accident of last weekend when Biff's [Byford, SAXON singer] house burnt down in the north of France. It´s very hard to cope with a tragedy like this but on this way I like ...

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KAMELOT To Be Joined By German Keyboardist/Guitarist During Upcoming Tour

American/Norwegian power metallers KAMELOT have announced that German keyboardist/guitarist Oliver Palotai will be joining then for The Black Halo Tour 2005. As previously reported, several screenshots from KAMELOT's video for the track "March of Mephisto", featuring a special appearance by DIMMU BORGIR frontman Shagrath, have been posted online at the group's official web ...

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STRATOVARIUS Allow Fans To Vote For 'Ideal Setlist'

Reunited Finnish power metallers STRATOVARIUS have launched a poll in the "Forum" section of their web site to allow fans to vote for their favorite STRATOVARIUS songs in their "ideal setlist." The posting also reads that the choices could influence the band's selection of material for their upcoming world tour. Click here to ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer Signs First Band To His Record Label

STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto's High and Loud record label has signed a promising new Finnish progressive/power metal band called WINGDOM. WINGDOM is the first band to be signed to the label that has previously only released Kotipelto's solo albums. WINGDOM's new album, "Reality", will be released in Finland on April 20, while the rest of ...

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ORPHANED LAND Comment On Upcoming PROGPOWER USA Appearance

Israeli progressive metal band ORPHANED LAND will be appearing this September at Atlanta's ProgPower USA VI festival. This will be the band's first-ever appearance in the United States. Vocalist Kobi Farhi is thrilled to be a part of this year's festival and sends this message to fans: "We are happy and excited to announce that ...

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THUNDERSTONE: Tour Dates Announced

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Mar. 25 - Tampere, FIN @ Pakkahuone/Tulliklubi w/ HAMMERFALL, LORDI, FIREWIND: Apr. 21 - Pratteln, SWI @ Z 7 Apr. 22 - Filderstadt, GER @ Filharmonie Apr. 23 - Lichtenfels, GER @ Stadthalle Apr. 24 - Oberhausen, GER @ Turbinenhalle ...

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THUNDERSTONE: New Album Details Revealed

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have set "Tools of Destruction" as the title of their third full-length album, tentatively due in Europe on April 18 via Nuclear Blast Records. Release dates for the USA and Japan will be announced soon. "Tools of Destruction" was mixed at Timo Tolkki's (STRATOVARIUS) Goldenworks studio with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne. ...

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KAMELOT To Collaborate With German Fantasy Author

According to a posting on their official web site, American/Norwegian power metallers KAMELOT will collaborate on new book with German fantasy author Harald Evers. Commented Evers: "After the success with my 'Caveworld-Saga', I was looking for an inspiration to create a new fantasy trilogy. At that time I love to listen to KAMELOT's music and ...

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