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ENTWINE, WALTARI Debut In Finnish Top 15

Finnish goth-metallers ENTWINE entered the Finnish album chart at position No. 11 with their latest release, "DiEversity" (Spinefarm). Also making an impressive showing on the chart are WALTARI, whose eleventh album, "Rare Species" (Vindauga Music), debuted at No. 13. View the whole chart here. The follow-up to 2002's "Time Of Despair", ENTWINE's "DiEversity" ...

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STRATOVARIUS Video Report From PIORNO ROCK: Interviews, Live Clips And More!

Finland's Sonera Plaza has posted a 14-minute video report from STRATOVARIUS' recent appearance at the Piorno Rock festival in Spain. Included are short interviews with the various members of the band, clips from the group's performance, Timo Tolkki's comments on the legendary "pissing" incident and keyboardist Jens Johansson's description of the stabbing attack that nearly ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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STRATOVARIUS Keyboardist Pisses On TIMO TOLKKI: Photos Available

Finland's Sonera Plaza has posted several photos of STRATOVARIUS performing at Spain's Piorno Rock festival on Saturday, including pictures of keyboardist Jens Johansson pissing (literally!) on guitarist Timo Tolkki during the opening notes of the song "Forever" (no, we're not kidding). Check them out here. STRATOVARIUS' set list for the Piorno Rock performance: ...

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STRATOVARIUS At PIORNO ROCK: Review, Photos Posted Online

MetalYou.com has posted a review and pictures of STRATOVARIUS' performance at the Piorno Rock festival in Spain Saturday night (Feb. 28). "[Singer Timo] Kotipelto was the best yesterday, he sang everything perfectly, reaching all the high notes and, like always and giving everything to the audience," Jose M. Tornay writes. "Kotipelto and [drummer] Jörg [Michael] ...

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RAGE Confirmed For Italy's GODS OF METAL Festival

German power metallers RAGE have been 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 lineup for the festival is shaping up as follows: Saturday, June 5: JUDAS PRIEST STRATOVARIUS T.B.A. NEVERMORE SYMPHONY X ANATHEMA RAGE T.B.A. T.B.A. Sunday, ...

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FINNTROLL Confirmed For Finland's SAUNA OPEN AIR Festival

FINNTROLL have been confirmed for this year's Sauna Open Air festival, set to take place on June 11-12 in Tampere, Finland. FINNTROLL will play at Ratinanniemi (the outdoor concert place) on Friday, June 11 alongside CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH, DIABLO and THUNDERSTONE. Other acts scheduled to perform during the weekend (including the post-festival party) include ...

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STRATOVARIUS' TOLKKI: 'ADOLF HITLER Is Alive And Well'

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki continues to entertain the metal masses with his hilarious online postings. Check out the following masterpiece (dated Feb. 20): "World peace, tolerance to other people's feelings and opinions, systematically refusing to cooperate with EVIL, world without armies, world without hate, love... My eyes have opened finally. These fucking things ...

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DARK FUNERAL: Live Album Delayed

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have pushed back the release date of their upcoming live album, "De Profundis Clamavi Ad Te Domine", to April 19 through Regain Records. No reason was given for the delay. The CD, which was recorded on the band's 2003 South American tour, will contain the following track listing: 01. Intro ...

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RUNNING WILD: New Interviews Posted Online

RUNNING WILD's official web site has posted brand-new interviews with the band's former drummer Jörg Michael (ex-STRATOVARIUS) as well as current members Bernd Aufermann (guitar) and Matthias Liebetruth (drums). Check them out: Jörg, Bernd, Matthias. RUNNING WILD's last release was the two-disc compilation of re-recorded classics, "20 Years In ...

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ENTWINE Reach No. 3 On Finnish Singles Chart

Finnish goth-metallers ENTWINE reached position No. 3 on the Finnish singles chart with their latest single, "BitterSweet". In addition, Finnish radio station Yle-X has selected the group's forthcoming album, "diEversity", as "album of the week," and will be playing one song from the CD each day of the week. ENTWINE's fourth album, "DiEversity", is scheduled ...

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MISTRESS OF REALITY Drummer To Join STRATOVARIUS?

Speculation is running rampant that STRATOVARIUS leader Timo Tolkki is focusing his attention on Simona Bressi (a.k.a. Jill Ward) from the Los Angeles-based BLACK SABBATH cover band MISTRESS OF REALITY (web site) as a possible replacement for of Jörg Michael in the new STRATOVARIUS lineup. Rumors of Bressi's addition to the group were ...

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STRATOVARIUS Guitarist Speaks Out: Audio Available!

STRATOVARIUS guitarist/mainman Timo Tolkki spoke to Metal Meltdown Online Monday (Feb. 16) about the band's current situation and what has happened over the course of the past few months. Among the topics discussed are the recent lineup changes, the forthcoming album, the upcoming festivals, all the Internet-related controversies, and even alcohol. Download the interview in ...

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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", ...

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HELLOWEEN Confirmed For Finland's SAUNA OPEN AIR Festival

Veteran German power metallers HELLOWEEN have been confirmed for this year's Sauna Open Air festival, set to take place on June 11-12 in Tampere, Finland. Also scheduled to perform are NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, THUNDERSTONE, TAROT and DIABLO, among others. HELLOWEEN will perform on Saturday, June 12 at the Pakkahuone concert hall (capacity 1,500). More ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Singer TIMO KOTIPELTO: New Single Details Revealed

Former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto will release his new single, "Reasons", in mid-March. The single will include the following tracks: 01. Reasons 02. Seeds of Sorrow 03. Vizier (extended version) The first two songs are taken from KOTIPELTO's new album, "Coldness", while "Vizier" comes off the singer's solo debut, "Waiting for the Dawn". This previously ...

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STRATOVARIUS Fans Give New Singer Shit (Literally!)

STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "The STRATOVARIUS forum has been closed because 2 individuals sent an email to the Finnish police and claimed that STRATOVARIUS supports Nazis. This claim is outright ridiculous and deserves that I tell these 2 idiots: FUCK OFF!!! "The forum was ...

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SPASTIC INK To Release Sophomore Album In April

Acclaimed San Antonio, Texas-based prog/tech metal triumvirate SPASTIC INK, featuring guitarist/composer Ron Jarzombek, bassist Pete Perez, and drummer Bobby Jarzombek, have signed a deal with Marquee Inc. for the release of their long-awaited sophomore album, "Ink Compatible". Marquee will handle Japan and most Southeast Asian territories while the rest of the world will be covered ...

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ANATHEMA Confirmed For Italy's GODS OF METAL Festival

The U.K.'s ANATHEMA have been confirmed for the Gods of Metal Festival, scheduled to take place June 5-6 at l'Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy. ALICE COOPER will top the bill on Sunday, June 6, while JUDAS PRIEST will headline the event on Saturday, June 5 — the same day that Finland's STRATOVARIUS are scheduled ...

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EDGUY EP Charts In Germany, Austria

EDGUY's brand-new EP, "King of Fools", has entered the German Media Control chart at No. 39. It has also debuted at No. 67 in Austria, according to a posting on the band's official web site. In addition to the title track (video), "King of Fools" contains a 15-minute "making of" video clip (for ...

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TAROT Confirmed For Finland's SAUNA OPEN AIR Festival

Finland's TAROT, the group led by NIGHTWISH/ex-SINERGY bassist Marco Hietala, have been confirmed for the post-festival party at this year's Sauna Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 11 in Tampere, Finland. Performing as part of the main event are NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, THUNDERSTONE and DIABLO. Also appearing at ...

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HAMMERFALL Drummer: TIMO TOLKKI Needs Professional Help

HAMMERFALL drummer Anders Johansson has issued a statement explaining his brief involvement with Finnish neo-classical metallers STRATOVARIUS as the band's new drummer. The statement reads as follows: "OK, this is what happened regarding the STRATOVARIUS turmoil: After all the member changes in my brother Jens' band STRATOVARIUS, he and Timo Tolkki asked me to help ...

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