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KOTIPELTO, AFTER FOREVER To Support NIGHTWISH At Special Helsinki Show

KOTIPELTO (featuring STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto) and AFTER FOREVER have been confirmed as the support bands for NIGHTWISH at their special show in Helsinki, Finland on December 26. The concert will take place at the 8,000-capacity old Icehall and will feature hour-long performances from both support acts. NIGHTWISH are tentatively scheduled to play a two-hour ...

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LULLACRY: New Single Streamed Online

Finland's hard rockin' quintet LULLACRY have posted their new single, "Fire Within", in streaming Real Audio format at this location. "Fire Within" is the title track of LULLACRY's new EP, available now at the band's remaining U.S. shows with NIGHTWISH, the Century Media web site, and at select record stores. The CD, which ...

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STRATOVARIUS Keyboardist Makes Surprise Appearance With NIGHTWISH

STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson joined NIGHTWISH on a cover of MEGADETH's "Symphony Of Destruction" halfway through the band's appearance at the B.B. King's Blues Club in New York City on Sunday night (August 22). According to an eyewitness, "Before the song, the band introduced Jens Johansson to play keyboards for this one special [track]. The ...

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KALEDON To Film First Video This Month

Italian symphonic power metallers KALEDON will be filming their first video at the end of August. The group are currently offering fans a chance to select the video song via a web poll on their official web site. For more information, go to www.kaledon.com. As previously reported, KALEDON's third full-length album, "The Way ...

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GATES OF METAL Festival: Photos Posted Online

Around 100 photos taken at this year's Gates of Metal festival on July 31 in Hultsfred, Sweden have been posted online at the MetalHeart.se web site. Among the bands that performed at the festival were MORBID ANGEL, WITHIN TEMPTATION, FINNTROLL, STRATOVARIUS, SODOM, MESHUGGAH, SONATA ARCTICA and DRAGONFORCE. To view all the photos, click

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NIGHTMARE Split With NAPALM RECORDS

French power metallers NIGHTMARE have parted ways with Napalm Records. "We will never forget what this label has done for us so far, giving us the breath for a second birth in 1999," the band write on their web site. "[Being that] Napalm Records [are] focusing [on] a completely different music style from what we ...

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KALEDON: VICIOUS RUMORS Guitarist's Guest Appearance Detailed

VICIOUS RUMORS guitarist Geoff Thorpe will contribute lead guitar to the following tracks on the upcoming KALEDON CD: "Vultures In the Air", "Black Telepathy" (instrumental) and "Mighty Son of the Great Lord". KALEDON's third full-length album, "The Way of the Light", is currently being recorded at Alpha & Omega studios in Como, Italy for a ...

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KALEDON: Drummer DAVID FOLCHITTO Rejoins The Fold

Italian symphonic power metallers KALEDON have been rejoined by drummer David Folchitto. David, who originally left the group in January 2004 for "personal" reasons, will participate in all future band activities, both live and in the studio. All drum tracks on KALEDON's third full-length album, "The Way of the Light", were laid down by STRATOVARIUS ...

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STRATOVARIUS Guitarist Launches New Recording Studio

STRATOVARIUS mastermind Timo Tolkki has opened a brand-new recording studio called Goldenworks. Located 10 minutes outside central Helsinki, Goldenworks is currently hosting Finland's DREAMTALE, who are in the process of recording their third album for Spinefarm Records with Tolkki producing. Commented Tolkki: "I have been in music business for 20 years, travelled around the world ...

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KALEDON Enter Studio To Record New Album

Italian symphonic power metallers KALEDON will enter Alpha & Omega studios in Como, Italy on Wednesday (July 7) to begin recording their third full-length album, "The Way of the Light", for a January 2005 release through SteelBorn Records. The follow-up to 2003's "The King's Rescue" will feature guest appearances by STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael and ...

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TIMO KOTIPELTO To Release New Single

STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto will release his new solo single, "Take Me Away", in Finland on July 7. The single, which will be available in a limited edition of 1,000 copies, has already been "pre-sold out," according to a posting by Timo on his web site. "Unfortunately [for] my foreign fans, this single is only ...

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STRATOVARIUS Tribute Album Due In November

KALEDON, DARK HORIZON and HIGHLORD are among the band confirmed to appear on an upcoming tribute to STRATOVARIUS, "Within Infinity - Tribute to Stratovarius", tentatively due in November 2004 through Steelborn Records. The provisional track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. HIGHLORD – "Against the Wind" 02. DARK HORIZON – "Hunting High and ...

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EDGUY Perform In Sydney, Australia: Photos Available

HailMetal.com has uploaded a bunch of photos from EDGUY's June 26 gig in Sydney, Australia. Check them out here. EDGUY are continuing to tour in support of their latest album, "Hellfire Club", which came out in March through Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Mandrake" was produced by EDGUY and Norman Meiritz, ...

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SILENT FORCE Complete Work On New Album

SILENT FORCE, the band featuring ex-ROYAL HUNT singer D.C. Cooper, have completed work on their third album for a late 2004 release through Noise Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Infatuator" was produced by Dennis Ward (ANGRA, PINK CREAM 69) at House of Audio studio in Karlsdorf, Germany. "It's been a long time since the last ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer KOTIPELTO To Appear At PROGPOWER USA V

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto will be a special guest at ProgPower USA V, set to be held on September 16 in Atlanta, GA. Kotipelto, whose second solo album, "Coldness", was released in early 2004 by Century Media Records, will be signing autographs, hosting a meet-and-greet, and will also be attending the ProgPower pre-party on September ...

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STRATOVARIUS Replace RUNNING WILD At Sweden's GATES OF METAL Festival

STRATOVARIUS will replace RUNNING WILD on the bill of this year's Gates of Metal festival, set to be held July 31 in Hultsfred, Sweden. Other bands scheduled to appear include MORBID ANGEL, WITHIN TEMPTATION, MESHUGGAH, SONATA ARCTICA, SODOM, SENTENCED, FINNTROLL, THE STORYTELLER, DRAGONFORCE, PAGAN'S MIND, ARISE and FACEBREAKER. The festival organizers commented on STRATOVARIUS' addition ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS Guitarist To Guest On KALEDON CD

VICIOUS RUMORS guitarist Geoff Thorpe will be making a guest appearance on several tracks on the third full-length album from Italian symphonic power metallers KALEDON. The follow-up to 2003's "The King's Rescue", "The Way of the Light" will also feature the drumming talents of Jörg Michael (STRATOVARIUS). A late 2004 release through SteelBorn Records is ...

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SAXON Name New Album

Long-running British heavy metallers SAXON have set "Lionheart" as the title of their new album, due on September 20 through SPV Records. Taking care of all drumming duties on the CD is Jörg Michael (STRATOVARIUS), who will also join the group on their upcoming tour, according to Germany's Rock Hard magazine. Previous SAXON skinsman Fritz ...

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STRATOVARIUS Drummer To Guest On KALEDON CD

STRATOVARIUS' Jörg Michael will be recording the drum tracks for the third full-length album from Italian symphonic power metallers KALEDON at the Alpha Omega studio in Como, Italy. "This is a very professional recording studio, and the sound engineer is the ANCIENT's manager," reads a post on the group's web site. "He is a very ...

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STRATOVARIUS: New Live Photos Posted Online

STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson has posted a bunch of photos from the group's appearance at Italy's Gods of Metal festival last weekend. Check them out here. Says Jens: "[There are] not that many pix actually. But they should make it clear to anyone why we had to postpone the gig [to a later ...

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NIGHTMARE Cancel 'Headbangers Open Air' Appearance

French power metallers NIGHTMARE have been forced to cancel their appearance at Germany's Headbangers Open Air festival (July 9-10 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen) "for financial reasons," according to a posting on the band's official web site. "All our apologies go to our German fans... but we promise, we'll do our best to come back [to] Germany as ...

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WISDOM To Support EUROPE In Budapest

Hungarian "traditional" metallers WISDOM will be supporting EUROPE at their July 5 gig at Budapest's Petofi Hall. As previously reported, WISDOM have completed work on their debut album, tentatively due later in the year through an as-yet-undetermined label. A video for the track "Strain of Madness", filmed over a month ago in Budapest, can be ...

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