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STRATOVARIUS Discussing Band's Future

According to a posting on the group's official web site, STRATOVARIUS members Timo Tolkki, Jörg Michael, Timo Kotipelto, Jari Kainulainen and Jens Johansson met in Helsinki, Finland this past weekend (Decemeber 9-11) to discuss the band's future. Contrary to Internet rumors, the group have done any recording in New York. No further details are currently ...

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KAMELOT To Film Two New Videos

KAMELOT will head to Sweden to shoot the videos for "March of Mephisto" and "The Haunting" with director Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Films (LACUNA COIL, DIMMU BORGIR, IN FLAMES). "March of Mephisto" and "The Haunting" come off the group's new album, "The Black Halo", due on February 28, 2005 through SPV Records. The follow-up to ...

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KAMELOT: 'The Black Halo' Track Listing Revealed

KAMELOT have finalized the track listing for their new album, "The Black Halo", due on February 28, 2005 through SPV Records. The follow-up to last year's "Epica" was produced by Sascha Paeth and Miro at Gate and Pathway studios in Germany and features guest appearances by Shagrath (DIMMU BORGIR), Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS), Simone Simons (EPICA), ...

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Former THY MAJESTIE Singer Bounces Back With Solo Project

PLATENS (Haramaic word for "cosmic equilibrium"), the Italian melodic rock brainchild of ex-THY MAJESTIE singer Dario Grillo, will release its debut album, "Between Two Horizons", on December 6 via Frontiers Records. Dario recorded two albums ("The Lasting Power" and "Hastings 1066") and one EP ("Echoes of War") with the Italian power metal band THY MAJESTIE ...

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KALEDON Begin Mixing New Album

Italian symphonic power metallers KALEDON have commenced the mixing process for their third album, "The Way of the Light". The drum tracks for the CD were laid down in July at Alpha & Omega studios in Como, Italy by STRATOVARIUS' Jörg Michael (the band have since been rejoined by drummer David Folchitto). KALEDON entered Giuseppe ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Guitarist, STRATOVARIUS Singer Perform With SHAMAN In Slovakia

Former HELLOWEEEN and current MASTEPLAN guitarist Roland Grapow made a special guest appearance, along with Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS), during a SHAMAN gig in Martin, Slovakia on Saturday (Nov. 20). Roland and Timo played two songs with the band: "Pride" and a cover of JUDAS PRIEST's "Breaking the Law". As previously reported, MASTERPLAN have set "Aeronautics" ...

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KAMELOT Set Release Date For 'The Black Halo'

KAMELOT have set a February 28, 2005 release date through SPV Records for their new album, "The Black Halo". The follow-up to last year's "Epica" was produced by Sascha Paeth and Miro at Gate Studio in Germany and features guest appearances by Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS), Simone Simmons (EPICA) and others. Songtitles expected to appear on ...

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KALEDON Recruit Guest Female Singer For Upcoming CD

Italian symphonic power metallers KALEDON have recruited Lara Bertoli of IRON MAIDEN cover band ED HUNTER to sing on a track entitled "Come With Me" on their upcoming third album, "The Way of the Light". The drum tracks for the CD were laid down in July at Alpha & Omega studios in Como, Italy by ...

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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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ENTWINE To Tour Germany With XANDRIA, LAB

Finnish gothic rockers ENTWINE will be supporting XANDRIA on a German tour later this month. Also appearing on the bill will be fellow Finns LAB. Confirmed dates are as follows: Nov. 19 - Osnabrück, GER @ Lagerhalle Nov. 20 - Bad Salzungen, GER @ Kallewerk Nov. 21 - Münster-Dieburg, GER @ Live-Arena Nov. 22 - ...

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LACRIMOSA Guitarist To Guest On DER BOTE CD

LACRIMOSA guitarist Sascha Gerbig has recorded a guest appearance for for the solo project of FEUERENGEL frontman Boris, dubbed DER BOTE. Also appearing on the recording are STRATOVARIUS/SAXON drummer Jörg Michael, current HELLOWEEN skinsman Stefan Schwarzmann, RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski and former KINGDOM COME studio musician Marcus Deml. "In the following two weeks I will ...

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SAXON: 'Beyond The Grave' Video Posted Online

SAXON's video for the track "Beyond the Grave" has been posted online at Launch.com. "Beyond the Grave" comes off the group's latest CD, "Lionheart", available now via SPV Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Killing Ground" features a guest appearance on drummer by Jörg Michael (STRATOVARIUS), who has since joined the group as the ...

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STRATOVARIUS Keyboardist Guests On New KAMELOT CD

STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson will appear as special guest soloist on two new songs on KAMELOT's upcoming CD, "The Black Halo", according to a posting on KAMELOT's web site. "Jens' unique style fits perfectly into KAMELOT's musical approach," the posting adds. "The band once again thanks Jens for stepping in and doing a great job ...

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DREAMTALE Finalize Track Listing For New Album

Finnish metallers DREAMTALE have finalized the track listing for their third album, "Difference", tentatively due in early 2005 via Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to last year's "Ocean's Heart" was recorded at Timo Tolkki's (STRATOVARIUS) Goldenworks studio with Tolkki producing and will be mixed at Finnvox studios by Mikko Karmila beginning on Monday, October 25. "Difference" ...

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DREAMTALE Name New Album

Finnish metallers DREAMTALE have set "Difference" as the title of their third album, tentatively due in early 2005 via Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to last year's "Ocean's Heart" was recorded at Timo Tolkki's (STRATOVARIUS) Goldenworks studio with Tolkki producing and will be mixed at Finnvox studios by Mikko Karmila beginning on Monday, October 25. 11 ...

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DREAMTALE Part Ways With Guitarist

Guitarist Esa Orjatsalo has left Finnish metallers DREAMTALE. Esa's official statement on the matter is as follows: "For the past few months now, I have many times noticed my lack of interest to be part of DREAMTALE anymore. In this situation I had to be honest with myself and make the only decision that was ...

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KALEDON To Resume Recording This Month

Italian symphonic power metallers KALEDON will be entering Giuseppe Orlando's The Outer Sound Studios on October 25 to resume work on their third CD, "The Way of the Light", tentatively due in January through SteelBorn Records. The drum tracks for the CD were laid down in July at Alpha & Omega studios in Como, Italy ...

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KAMELOT: Preparing For A 'Monster Year'

KAMELOT are putting the finishing touches on their new album, tentatively entitled "The Black Halo". "This week we are heading to Morrisound Studios in Tampa to finish some vocals and special effects," KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood writes on the group's web site. "Mari will appear again as Helena, I will help engineer the sessions along ...

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KAMELOT Putting The Finishing Touches On 'The Black Halo'

Florida-based power metallers KAMELOT are putting the finishing touches on their new album, tentatively titled "The Black Halo". The follow-up to last year's "Epica" was produced by Sascha Paeth and Miro at Gate Studio in Germany and features guest appearances by Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS), Simone Simmons (EPICA) and others. Songtitles set to appear on the ...

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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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ENTWINE To Support XANDRIA In Germany

Finnish goth-metallers ENTWINE have been confirmed as special support for XANDRIA on their upcoming tour of Germany. Confirmed dates are as follows: Nov. 19 – Osnabrück, GER @ Lagerhalle Nov. 20 - Bad Salzungen, GER @ Kallewerk Nov. 21 - Münster-Dieburg, GER @ Live Arena Nov. 22 - Kassel, GER @ Musiktheater Nov. 23 - ...

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NIGHTWISH: Helsinki Show Sold Out

All 6,000 tickets to NIGHTWISH's headlining performance at Helsinki Icehall on December 26 were sold the first day they went on sale, according to a posting in the group's web site. Support at the show will come from KOTIPELTO (featuring STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto) and AFTER FOREVER. As previously reported, the North American edition of ...

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KALEDON: 'The New Kingdom' Video Posted Online

Italian symphonic power metallers KALEDON have uploaded a video for their track "The New Kingdom" at this location. "The New Kingdom" comes off KALEDON's sophomore album, "The King's Rescue", which was released in 2003 via SteelBorn Records. KALEDON are currently putting the finishing touches on their third CD, "The Way of the Light", ...

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