stratovarius in - CD Reviews, DVD Reviews, News

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 ...

Read more

Posted in: News

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, ...

Read more

Posted in: News

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 ...

Read more

Posted in: News

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" ...

Read more

Posted in: News

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 ...

Read more

Posted in: News

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 ...

Read more

Posted in: News

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 ...

Read more

Posted in: News

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 ...

Read more

Posted in: News

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 ...

Read more

Posted in: News

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 ...

Read more

Posted in: News

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 ...

Read more

Posted in: News

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 ...

Read more

Posted in: News

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 ...

Read more

Posted in: CD Reviews

EDGUY: First NUCLEAR BLAST Band To Chart In Brazil

EDGUY's latest album, "Hellfire Club", has entered the official Brazilian album chart at position No. 89. This marks the first time a Nuclear Blast recording artist has appeared on the Brazilian chart, according to a post on the band's web site. The follow-up to 2001's "Mandrake", "Hellfire Club" was produced by EDGUY and Norman Meiritz, ...

Read more

Posted in: News

ROCK HARD FESTIVAL: Complete Schedule Announced

The complete schedule has been announced for the upcoming Rock Hard festival, a two-day event set to take place May 29-30, 2004 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. It is as follows: Saturday, May 29: 12:15 – 13:00: DOOMSWORD 13:20 – 14:05: DEAD SOUL TRIBE 14:25 – 15:10: NAGLFAR 15:35 – 16:35: GLUECIFER 17:00 – 18:00: ...

Read more

Posted in: News

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

Former STRATOVARIUS Drummer To Guest On New KALEDON CD?

Former STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael is in talks with Italian symphonic power metallers KALEDON about playing on the group's forthcoming third full-length album, entitled "The Way of the Light". The follow-up to last year's "The King's Rescue" will be recorded this spring for a tentative late 2004 release through SteelBorn Records. "The Way of the ...

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

RAGE Guitarist To Guest On DER BOTE CD

RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski and former KINGDOM COME studio musician Marcus Deml have recorded guest appearances for the solo project of FEUERENGEL frontman Boris, dubbed DER BOTE. Also appearing on the recording are former STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael and current HELLOWEEN skinsman Stefan Schwarzmann. More information on the project, including audio and video samples from ...

Read more

Posted in: News