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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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ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW Reform, Sign New Record Deal

Finland's ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW have reformed and have signed a new record deal with Spinefarm Records. Compared to the line-up on the previous album, "A Virgin and a Whore", the group's new formation includes two brand new members. The current lineup is as follows: Altti Veteläinen - Bass, Vocals Jarmo Puolakanaho - Guitar Risto ...

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DESTINY Complete Work On 'Beyond All Sense 2005'

Swedish metallers DESTINY have posted the following message on their web site: "It took a long time but 'Beyond All Sense 2005' is finally completed. "This is not the new DESTINY album or even the follow up to 'Future of the Past' released in 2004. This is a rerecorded version of DESTINY's very first album ...

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PAIN CONFESSOR Enter Studio To Demo New Material

Finnish metallers PAIN CONFESSOR will enter the studio today with Janne Saksa to demo two or three new songs. "These songs are called 'Butterfly' and 'Powderburns'. Third song is still unnamed," the band write on their web site. "'Butterfly' is the slowest (and probably the heaviest) song that PAIN CONFESSOR has ever done and 'Powderburns' ...

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TOTAL DEVASTATION: New Song Available For Download

A brand new TOTAL DEVASTATION track, entitled "Divine", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. "Divine", which features a guest appearance by ROTTEN SOUND singer Keijo "G" Niinimaa, comes off the Finnish death metallers' sophomore album, "Reclusion", due on February 17 via Firebox Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Roadmap of ...

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TOTAL DEVASTATION: New Song Sample Available For Download

A brand new TOTAL DEVASTATION track, entitled "Murderous", has been posted online in MP3 format at Firebox.fi. "Murderous" is the opening cut on the Finnish death metallers' upcoming sophomore album, "Reclusion", due in February via Firebox Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Roadmap of Pain", "Reclusion" was recorded at Sound Supreme studio with producer ...

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DESTINY Continue Work On 'Beyond All Sense 2005'

Long-running Swedish metallers DESTINY are currently working on a re-recording of the band's debut album, "Beyond All Sense", originally released almost twenty years ago. "Beyond All Sense 2005" is scheduled for release on March 14, 2005, twenty years after the original album release (March 13, 1985). A studio update from bassist Stefan Björnshög follows: "Last ...

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EUPHROSYNE Change Name To SOULCAGE

Finland's prog-rockers EUPHROSYNE, the group featuring vocalist Aleksi Parviainen, the brother of SINERGY/WALTARI drummer Janne Parviainen, have changed their name to SOULCAGE. The group's newly launched web site is currently hosting a couple of audio samples from the group's 2004 promo CD, "With the Time I Run". SOULCAGE lineup: Aleksi Parviainen - Vocals ...

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GRAND MAGUS To Record New Album This Winter

GRAND MAGUS, the Swedish band which features in its ranks current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, are planning on entering the studio in December/January to record the follow-up to last year's "Monument", tentatively due next spring via Rise Above Records. Produced by the band and Oneman at a small studio in Stockholm, "Monument" was issued ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer Announces Lineup For 'Solo' Appearance

STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto has announced the lineup of his solo band for his upcoming appearance in Slovakia on November 20. The band's lineup will consist of the following: Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS) - vocals Mirka Rantanen (THUNDERSTONE, TUNNELVISION, WARMEN) - drums Lauri Porra (TUNNELVISION) - Bass Tuomas Wäinölä (HEARTPLAY, NYLON BEAT)- guitars Mikko Harkin (WINGDOM, ...

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Size Matters - HELMET

When listening to early HELMET, I always got this feeling of a massive wall of concrete rumbling across and flattening everything in its path. The band sounded so tight, so heavy, and so monolithic that it always generated a feeling of massive, controlled power. Frontman Page Hamilton's vocals veered effectively between a raging howl and ...

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POISONBLACK: Finnish Date Scheduled

The current lineup of POISONBLACKVille Laihiala (vocals, guitar, also in SENTENCED), Janne Markus (guitar), Marco Sneck (keyboards), Antti Remes (bass) and Tarmo Kanerva (drums) — will make their live debut on October 29 at Hevimesta in Oulu, Finland. As previously reported, POISONBLACK have pushed back the projected release date of their sophomore album ...

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DESTINY: New Live Guitarist Announced

Fredrik Olsson of LOST HORIZON will temporarily join Sweden's DESTINY as a live replacement for departed guitarist Niclas Granath. So far Fredrik has agreed to perform with DESTINY at their headlining appearance at the Keep It True Festival warm-up show on November 5 in Lauda, Germany and at the Halloween Metal Fest at Musikens Hus ...

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SACRED CRUCIFIX To Release 'Aeon Of Chaos' Next Month

Reunited Finnish death metallers SACRED CRUCIFIX have set an October 15 release date through Poison Arrow Records for their full-length debut, "Aeon Of Chaos". The album was recorded and mixed at Tonebox Studio in Oulu, Finland and was mastered at Finnvox in Helsinki. "Aeon Of Chaos" track listing: 01. Aeon Of Chaos 02. Gone 03. ...

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KOTIPELTO: Touring Lineup Announced

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has announced the touring lineup for his KOTIPELTO project. Joining Timo on the road in South America and Finland will be Mirka Rantanen (drums), Lauri Porra (bass), Tuomas Wainola (guitars) and Jens Johansson (keyboards, STRATOVARIUS). The keyboard duties for KOTIPELTO's European summer festival appearances were handled by CHILDREN OF BODOM's Janne ...

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LORDS OF THUNDER: AMORPHIS Members' Cover Band To Embark On Finnish Tour

LORDS OF THUNDER, the Finnish heavy metal/hard rock cover band featuring members of AMORPHIS and SUBURBAN TRIBE, will be embarking on a tour of Finland in late September. The group, which performs songs from such acts as WHITESNAKE, IRON MAIDEN and W.A.S.P., consists of the following musicians: Janne Joutsenniemi (SUBURBAN TRIBE) Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS) Santeri ...

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