janne-stark in - CD Reviews, DVD Reviews, News

The January Tree - DEAD SOUL TRIBE

"A tree in winter – naked, the leaves have fallen, it stretches its thin branches in desperation to the cloudy sky." This is the conceptual basis of "The January Tree", according to DEAD SOUL TRIBE mainman Devon Graves — a man perhaps better known as Buddy Lackey from his days in Californian proggers PSYCHOTIC WALTZ. ...

Read more

Posted in: CD Reviews

THE CROWN To Release Posthumous Three-Disc DVD Set

Defunct Swedish thrashers THE CROWN have announced plans to issue a posthumous three-disc DVD set in the near future. According to a posting on the group's web site, the upcoming set will be "a colossal damage to head and eyes!! This magnificent hail to the fans will take you on a dangerous rollercoaster-ride deep within ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS: Percussion Extravaganza

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS drummer Ludwig Witt has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Hi there everybody. We continue to work on the new album. The other day we went back to the school where I first started playing the drums back in 1982 (!). Using some mobile recording equipment, we recorded timpani, ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SACRED CRUCIFIX Finish Mixing Debut Album

Reunited Finnish death metallers SACRED CRUCIFIX have finished mixing their full-length debut at Tonebox Studio in Oulu, Finland for a fall release through Poison Arrow Records. The mastering session if scheduled for Saturday (August 28) at Finnvox studio in Helsinki. As previously reported, the quartet — who consist of Janne Kela (drums), Miku Mertanen (bass ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS: Vocal Recordings Completed

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne "JB" Christoffersson has posted the following studio update on the band's official web site: "Alright, JB here. Vocals have been recorded. Alcohol has been consumed. One busy week let me tell you! Me, Mike and Rickard (engineer and vocalist extraordinaire in his own right) have been at it relentlessly for the ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Singer Checks In From Recording Studio

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne "JB" Christoffersson has posted the following studio update on the band's official web site: "JB here, back in the [Slaughterhouse] studio in Halmstad doing vox for the new album. [Guitarist] Mike [Amott] is constantly on my case for singing out of key, ha-ha! So far we've done 2 songs: 'No One ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DRY KILL LOGIC, THE MORE IS SEE To Play London Showcase

Recent SPV Records signees DRY KILL LOGIC and THE MORE I SEE will be playing a showcase, open to the public, at The Underworld in London on August 19. Doors are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are 6.50£ in advance and 8.00£ at the door. DRY KILL LOGIC will be presenting material from their upcoming album ...

Read more

Posted in: News

THE CROWN Seek Live Footage For Posthumous DVD

Defunct Swedish thrashers THE CROWN have announced plans to issue a posthumous live DVD and are asking fans for help in compiling THE CROWN live footage for the as-yet-untitled release. Details of all submissions should be sent to Johan. "Of course if we use your stuff, you will be credited for it," the band ...

Read more

Posted in: News

HYBRID CHILDREN To Release New Album In September

Finnish horror/glam-punksters HYBRID CHILDREN will be releasing a new album in September 2004. In the meantime, you can download their new free MP3 single, "Downtown Downer", at this location. The album will be mixed in July by TT Oksala (H.I.M., PEER GYNT) and Janne Vuori (H.I.M., HANOI ROCKS front-of-house engineer) at Leningrad Cowboys ...

Read more

Posted in: News

THE CROWN: Release Date Set For 'Crowned Unholy'

Metal Blade Records Europe has set an August 9 release date for THE CROWN's "Crowned Unholy". A bonus DVD will be included as well. "Crowned Unholy" is a remake of the band's fifth album, "Crowned In Terror", with re-recorded vocal tracks by Johan Lindstrand, re-recorded bass tracks by Magnus Olsfelt, a new version of the ...

Read more

Posted in: News

TAROT: 1998 Live Show Available For Download

Finland's TAROT, the group led by NIGHTWISH/ex-SINERGY bassist Marco Hietala, have made available for download seven live tracks recorded in 1998 at Tulliklubi in Tampere, Finland during the final gig of the group's "For The Glory of Nothing" tour. "The tracks are 2-track DAT recordings of the live mix and contain natural flaws with levels, ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Prophecy - SOULFLY

The metal world was shocked last year when SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera effectively fired his entire band, but then again, SOULFLY had never been what one could call a stable entity. Unlike Cavalera's previous band, SEPULTURA, SOULFLY has been squarely his sole vision, with any other musicians seeming more or less like hired hands. This ...

Read more

Posted in: CD Reviews

KOTIPELTO: 'Reasons' Single Tops Finnish Chart

Former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto has entered the Finnish single chart at position No. 1 with his latest single, "Reasons". View the entire chart at this location. As previously reported, "Reasons" comes off KOTIPELTO's sophomore solo album, "Coldness", due in Europe on April 26 through Century Media Records (a May 18 U.S. release ...

Read more

Posted in: News

ARCH ENEMY to Release Mini-DVD: Producer

Metal producer extraordinaire Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, OPETH, MACHINE HEAD, SKINLAB) has posted the following update on his web site: "New studio is working out great, things have been pretty constant and just finished new KILLSWITCH ENGAGE album. Did the new BLAZE album at the start of the year, first project at the new ...

Read more

Posted in: News

HUMAN TEMPLE Debut To Feature NIGHTWISH, SONATA ARCTICA Guitarists

Emppu Vuorinen (NIGHTWISH), Jani Liimatainen (SONATA ARCTICA) and Erkka Korhonen (URBAN TALE) have contributed guitar solos to the forthcoming debut album from HUMAN TEMPLE, a Finnish band that has just inked a deal with MTM Music. HUMAN TEMPLE was founded in 1998 by Petri Lehto, who, along with well-known vocalist/solo artist Janne Hurme, achieved sales ...

Read more

Posted in: News

KOTIPELTO: 'Coldness' Audio Clips Posted Online

Former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto has posted audio clips of all the tracks from his forthcoming sophomore solo album, "Coldness", at his official web site. Check them out at this location. As previously reported, "Coldness" is scheduled for release in Europe on April 26 through Century Media Records (a May 18 U.S. release ...

Read more

Posted in: News

KOTIPELTO: New Song Available For Download

A brand-new KOTIPELTO track, titled "Reasons", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. "Reasons" comes off the former STRATOVARIUS singer's sophomore solo album, "Coldness", due in Europe on April 26 through Century Media Records (a May 18 U.S. release is expected). The follow-up to 2002's "Waiting for the Dawn" was ...

Read more

Posted in: News

ISENGARD Part Ways With Bassist

Swedish power metallers ISENGARD have parted ways with longtime bassist Janne "Goat" Tillman. Goat, who is said to have left the band for family reasons, was one of the founders of ISENGARD and "will be missed as an great musician and a great bandmember," according to a post on the group's web site. "After all ...

Read more

Posted in: News

KOTIPELTO: More 'Coldness' Details Revealed

More information has surfaced regarding KOTIPELTO's sophomore album, "Coldness", due in Europe on April 26 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Waiting for the Dawn" was recorded by CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman at his Beyond Abilities Studios as well as by Tero Kostermaa at High and Loud's ELK Studios and Finnvox ...

Read more

Posted in: News

KOTIPELTO: 'Coldness' Cover Art Posted Online

The cover artwork for KOTIPELTO's new album, "Coldness", has been posted online at this location. The follow-up to 2002's "Waiting For The Dawn", due on April 26 through Century Media Records, features contributions from the following world-class musicians: Janne Wirman (CHILDREN OF BODOM - keyboards) Jari Kainulainen (STRATOVARIUS - bass) Mirka Rantanen (THUNDERSTONE, ...

Read more

Posted in: News

THE CROWN Split Up!

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN have officially split up. The following is drummer Janne Saarenpää's statement on the matter: "We give up. Today, the 7th of March 2004, we, the dudes of THE CROWN, have decided to call it quits. "I'm sure every member in the band can still come up with 10 reasons for continuing ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SILENTIUM: Lineup Changes Galore

Finnish atmospheric doom metallers SILENTIUM have parted ways with drummer Janne Ojala, violinist Jani Laaksonen and vocalist Anna Ilveskoski. "It all started when Janne informed us about his departure," guitarist/vocalist Toni Lahtinen writes on the group's web site. " 'The band hasn't evolved since the demo days and my motivation has burnt out,' he said. ...

Read more

Posted in: News

STRATOVARIUS: TOLKKI Jams On Hard Rock Classics, KOTIPELTO Celebrates Completion Of New Video

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki participated in a very special "hard rock jam session" on Sunday (Feb. 15) at London Pub in Tampere, Finland. Joining Tolkki during the jam were HANOI ROCKS drummer Lacu and BOMFUNK MC'S bassist Ville Mäkinen. The unnamed "band" performed nine cover songs, including KISS' "Lick It Up", IRON MAIDEN's "The Trooper", ...

Read more

Posted in: News