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STRATOVARIUS Bassist LAURI PORRA Speaks To Australia's AndrewHaug.com (Audio)

On October 22, AndrewHaug.com, Australia's first-ever dedicated 24/7 rock and metal online radio station launched by Andrew Haug, the former host of Triple J Australia's "The Racket" radio show (originally "Full Metal Racket"; 2001-2011), conducted an interview with bassist Lauri Porra of Finnish/Swedish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS. You can now listen to the chat ...

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TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON Begins Recording Sophomore Album

Finnish composer/producer and guitar player Timo Tolkki entered East Sound Studios in Helsinki, Finland on November 25 to begin recording for the follow-up to TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON's debut album, "The Land Of New Hope", which entered the Top 100 album charts in seven European countries (including a Top 10 entry in Tolkki's home country Finland). ...

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MICHAEL KISKE Talks To 'The Metal Voice' About PLACE VENDOME, HELLOWEEN And IRON MAIDEN (Audio)

"The Metal Voice" recently conducted an interview acclaimed German hard rock singer Michael Kiske (PLACE VENDOME, UNISONIC, ex-HELLOWEEN). You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. PLACE VENDOME's third album, "Thunder In The Distance", was released on November 1 in Europe and November 5 in North America via Frontiers Records. PLACE ...

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Finnish ANNIHILATOR Fan Performs 'King Of The Kill' With His Heroes (Video)

Finnish guitarist Timo Ahlström (FREEDOMINATION, HORRORFEAST, KILJUVELKA-70), a big-time ANNIHILATOR fan, had the incredible chance to perform the song "King Of The Kill" with his heroes at their November 5 concert in Tampere, Finland. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below. ANNIHILATOR's 14th studio album, "Feast", sold around 800 copies in the ...

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Virtuoso Supergroup RING OF FIRE Returns With Brand New Album

Frontiers Records has announced the return of the neoclassic power metal supergroup RING OF FIRE with the release of the band's brand new album, "Battle Of Leningrad", on January 24, 2014 in Europe and January 28, 2014 in North America. RING OF FIRE is a band comprised of some incredible musicians, including former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN ...

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NOCTUM: Entire 'Final Sacrifice' Album Available For Streaming

"Final Sacrifice", the new album from Swedish rockers NOCTUM, is available for streaming in its entirety using the SoundCloud widget below. Due on October 29 via Metal Blade Records, the CD's cover art was painted by Timo Ketola (SUNN O))), ARKTAU EOS) and fits perfectly with the album's raw, natural sound. "Final Sacrifice" is a ...

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LAY DOWN ROTTEN To Release 'Deathspell Catharsis' In January

German death metallers LAY DOWN ROTTEN will release their new album, "Deathspell Catharsis", on January 24, 2014 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland; January 27 in the rest of Europe; and on February 11 in North America via Apostasy Records. The CD was once again produced by the band's collaborator Thilo Krieger in his Desert Inn ...

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VENGEANCE: 'Back To Square One' Video Released

Dutch rockers VENGEANCE will release their new album, "Piece Of Cake", on November 5 (October 28 in Europe) via SPV/Steamhammer. "Piece Of Cake" track listing: 01. World Arena (04:39) 02. Tears From The Moon (03:40) 03. Raintime Preload (00:36) 04. Raintime (03:31) 05. Sandman (05:08) 06. Back To Square One (04:54) 07. Headquake (03:44) 08. ...

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TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON To Release New Metal Opera In 2014

After the success of TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON's debut album, "The Land Of New Hope", which entered the Top 100 album charts in seven European countries (including a Top 10 entry in Tolkki's home country Finland), Timo Tolkki has started working on a sequel to his first metal opera, slated for a 2014 release on Frontiers ...

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NOCTUM: 'Temple Of The Living Dead' Lyric Video Released

The official lyric video for the song "Temple Of The Living Dead" from Swedish rockers NOCTUM can be seen below. The track comes off the band's new album, "Final Sacrifice", which will be released on October 29 via Metal Blade Records. The cover art was painted by Timo Ketola (SUNN O))), ARKTAU EOS) and fits ...

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SONATA ARTICA: 'Alone In Heaven' Video Released

"Alone In Heaven", the new video from Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARTICA, can be seen below. The song comes off the band's latest album, "Stones Grow Her Name", which was released in Europe on May 18, 2012 and in North America on May 22, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded in several ...

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TRANSPORT LEAGUE Guitarist Forced To Sit Out Shows Due To 'Serious Health Problems'

Multi-camera video footage of reunited Swedish heavy rockers TRANSPORT LEAGUE performing on June 29 at Virgin Oil in Helsinki in Helsinki, Finland can be seen below (clip shot and edited by Timo Halo). TRANSPORT LEAGUE's latest album, "Boogie From Hell", was released digitally on May 20 via frontman Tony Jelencovich's (DEATHDESTRUCTION, B-THONG, MASSIVE AUDIO NERVE, ...

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PLACE VENDOME Featuring MICHAEL KISKE: New Album Details Revealed

Frontiers Records will release the much-anticipated third album from PLACE VENDOME, "Thunder In The Distance", on November 1 in Europe and November 5 in North America. PLACE VENDOME is the melodic rock project featuring UNISONIC and former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske on all lead vocals and production from Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69). PLACE VENDOME ...

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NOCTUM: 'Final Sacrifice' Album Details Revealed

Swedish rockers NOCTUM will release their new album, "Final Sacrifice", on October 29 via Metal Blade Records. The cover art was painted by Timo Ketola (SUNN O))), ARKTAU EOS) and fits perfectly with the album's raw, natural sound. "Final Sacrifice" is a fictional horror story where each song communicates a portion of the overall narrative. ...

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VENGEANCE To Release 'Piece Of Cake' Album

Dutch rockers VENGEANCE will release their new album, "Piece Of Cake", on November 5 (October 28 in Europe) via SPV/Steamhammer. "People can expect what to my ears is the best VENGEANCE album to date," declares guitarist Timo Somers. "The songs are a nice blend of old-school VENGEANCE (think 'Arabia') and some more modern-sounding songs. This ...

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STRATOVARIUS: Drum-Cam Footage From Finland's TUSKA Festival

Drum-cam footage of STRATOVARIUS's Rolf Pilve performing with his bandmates on June 30 at the Tuska festival in Helsinki, Finland can be seen below. Pilve joined STRATOVARIUS in June 2012 as the replacement for Jörg Michael, who spent sixteen years in the band and played on nine STRATOVARIUS studio albums. STRATOVARIUS' latest full-length album, "Nemesis", ...

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PLACE VENDOME To Release 'Thunder In The Distance' In November

PLACE VENDOME's third album, "Thunder In The Distance", will be released in early November via Frontiers Records. As on the band's the previous CDs, Michael Kiske (UNISONIC, ex-HELLOWEEN) sang on all the tracks, which were produced and mixed by Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, UNISONIC). The songs were composed by different writers, including Magnus Karlsson ...

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SONATA ARCTICA To Enter Studio In September

According to Timo Isoaho of Finland's Soundi magazine, Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA will enter the studio in late September to begin recording their new album for a tentative April 2014 release. Vocalist Tony Kakko has written around 50 songs for the follow-up to 2012's "Stones Grow Her Name", with plans to track ...

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STRATOVARIUS Interviewed By Germany's METAL HAMMER Magazine (Video)

Germany's Metal Hammer magazine recently conducted an interview with keyboardist Jens Johansson and vocalist Timo Kotipelto of Finnish/Swedish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS. You can now watch the chat below. STRATOVARIUS' latest full-length album, "Nemesis", was released via earMUSIC. Hailed by the media as, "the best STRATOVARIUS album in many, many years" by Metal Hammer Germany, "a ...

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STRATOVARIUS Interviewed By Germany's METAL HAMMER Magazine (Video)

Germany's Metal Hammer magazine recently conducted an interview with keyboardist Jens Johansson and vocalist Timo Kotipelto of Finnish/Swedish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS. You can now watch the chat below. STRATOVARIUS' latest full-length album, "Nemesis", was released via earMUSIC. Hailed by the media as, "the best STRATOVARIUS album in many, many years" by Metal Hammer Germany, "a ...

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WARMEN Completes Mastering New Album

WARMEN, the brainchild of CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman, has finished mastering the follow-up for the band's critically acclaimed 2009 studio album "Japanese Hospitality". A late 2013 release is expected. WARMEN celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a concert during the Helsinki Metal Meeting weekend in February 2010 at Dante's Highlight in Helsinki, Finland. The ...

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CORPSET: 'No Rest' Video Released

"No Rest", the new video from the Finnish death-thrash metal band CORPSET, can be seen below. The song is the title track of the group's second album, which will be released in September via Violent Journey Records. The clip was directed by Matti Kuusniemi of the Findie moviegroup Trash Video. The fast-paced and unique video ...

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