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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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BLAZE BAYLEY To Perform With Italian IRON MAIDEN Tribute Band

After the big success with STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto, Italian IRON MAIDEN tribute band THE CLAIRVOYANTS will lead the second leg of the Flash and Metal Shock magazines' anniversary party. On May 29 at Indians Sallon in Bresso (Milano), THE CLAIRVOYANTS will be joined by former MAIDEN singer Blaze Bayley. As always, THE CLAIRVOYANTS will ...

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DESTRUCTION Replace MARDUK At Germany's ROCK HARD Festival

German thrashers DESTRUCTION have replaced MARDUK on the bill of the Rock Hard festival, set to take place on May 28-30 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. As previously reported, MARDUK were forced to drop off the bill following the departure of bassist B.War. Other groups scheduled to perform at the festival include MACHINE HEAD, STRATOVARIUS, ...

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MALEVOLENT CREATION, DOOMSWORD Drop Off Germany's ROCK HARD Festival

MALEVOLENT CREATION and DOOMSWORD have cancelled their participation in the upcoming the Rock Hard Festival on May 28-30 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MALEVOLENT CREATION are citing their booking agent's failure to book additional dates around the festival as the reason for their cancellation, while DOOMSWORD are blaming their guitarist's arm injury for their decision ...

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TIMO KOTIPELTO Jams With IRON MAIDEN Tribute Band: Photos Posted Online

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto joined the Italian IRON MAIDEN tribute band THE CLAIRVOYANTS onstage at the Buddha Café Merone on Friday, May 7 during the Flash and Metal Shock Anniversary Party. Kotipelto and THE CLAIRVOYANTS performed several MAIDEN classics before running through a couple of numbers from Kotipelto's career. An audience of nearly 500 "screaming" ...

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EDGUY: Australian Dates Announced

German power metallers EDGUY have confirmed four Australian shows at the end of June. The dates are as follows: Jun. 25 - Brisbane, AUS @ Waterloo Hotel Jun. 26 - Sydney, AUS @ Manning Bar Jun. 27 - Melbourne, AUS @ The Esplanade Jun. 28 - Melbourne, AUS @ The Esplanade EDGUY are continuing to ...

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ENTWINE Members Launch New Project

ENTWINE members Aksu Hanttu (drums) and Jaani Kähkönen (guitars) have started a new project named TUONI. The group's first single, "Ruusut Helvetin", is scheduled for release on May 26. Samples of TUONI's material, which is written in the Finnish language, can be downloaded at this location. ENTWINE's fourth album, "DiEversity", was released in ...

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Drummer JÖRG MICHAEL: STRATOVARIUS Is In Deep Crisis

STRATOVARIUS on-again, off-again drummer Jörg Michael has posted the following message on his official web site: "Here is some news from me. [STRATOVARIUS keyboardist] Jens [Johansson] said he posted something in the STRATOVARIUS forum so I would like to give my view on the past few weeks also. I didn't want to post anything at ...

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THE QUIREBOYS Confirmed For Italy's GODS OF METAL Festival

THE QUIREBOYS are the latest act confirmed for the 2004 edition of the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 5-6 at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy. The updated running order for the festival is as follows: Saturday, June 5: JUDAS PRIEST STRATOVARIUS UFO NEVERMORE SYMPHONY X ANATHEMA RAGE THE QUIREBOYS INTO ...

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NIGHTMARE To Open For JUDAS PRIEST In France

French power metallers NIGHTMARE have been confirmed as the opening band for JUDAS PRIEST at le Summum in Grenoble, France on June 23. In addition, the group will perform at Le Jardin Moderne in Rennes, France on May 21 and at the Rotonde Festival on May 22. Other bands appearing at the Rennes gig will ...

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STRATOVARIUS Begin Recording New Album

STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson has posted the following message in the band's official forum: "This is a sort of informal update. "I went to Helsinki, basically to try and help with anything I could. Am here now. "Jörg Michael will play on the next STRATOVARIUS record (as he is very good of course, and there ...

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TIMO KOTIPELTO: I Am Relieved I Am Not In STRATOVARIUS

Former STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto spoke to Pitriff.com earlier today about the recent events in the STRATOVARIUS camp and his upcoming sophomore solo album, "Coldness". The following are some of the highlights of that interview: PITRIFF: Have you heard about [Timo] Tolkki's condition lately? Timo Kotipelto: "I just heard from a webmaster friend ...

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STRATOVARIUS Leader Hospitalized For Symptoms Of Chronic Depression And Suicidal Thoughts

STRATOVARIUS webmaster Fred Derf has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Unfortunately I have received news that Timo Tolkki was hospitalized on April 10th due to suicidal feelings and chronic depression. "He is currently being treated in Mehiläinen, a private hospital in Helsinki, Finland. "If anyone wants to send recovery wishes ...

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Sonic Firestorm - DRAGONFORCE

If you're big on impassioned warbling, fluttering keyboards and perma-galloping rhythms, the question is why go for DRAGONFORCE's second album specifically? Can it bring fresh joys to your record collection? The answer is, well, yes, although not — in the spirit of this breed of dramatic metal — a resounding yes to be trumpeted from ...

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