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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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EDGUY Meet DAVID HASSELHOFF: Photo Available

During EDGUY's recent appearance on the "Pro 7" TV show, the guys in the band ran into an unlikely EDGUY/heavy metal fan — David Hasselhoff of "Knight Rider" and "Baywatch" fame. According to EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet, Hasselhoff claimed to into heavy metal and didn't look a day older than he did in 1985. Click ...

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ENTWINE Push Back CD Release Date

Finnish goth-metallers ENTWINE have pushed back the release date of their fourth album, "DiEversity", to March 15 through Spinefarm Records (Century Media in the rest of Europe and the U.S.). The first single from the album, "BitterSweet", will arrive on February 9. The follow-up to 2002's "Time Of Despair" was recorded at Astia Studios in ...

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KOTIPELTO Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

KOTIPELTO, the Finnish band led by former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto, has been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: AFTER FOREVER AMON AMARTH ANTHRAX BAL-SAGOTH BRAINSTORM BÖHSE ONKELZ CANNIBAL ...

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NAGLFAR Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Swedish death/black metallers NAGLFAR are the latest act confirmed for this year's Rock Hard Festival, a two-day event set to take place May 29-30, 2004 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Other bands currently scheduled to appear are MACHINE HEAD, STRATOVARIUS, LACUNA COIL, RAGE, MALEVOLENT CREATION, IN EXTREMO, DOOMSWORD, DESASTER and DEAD SOUL TRIBE. Tickets to ...

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EDGUY Line Up TV Appearances

German melodic metallers EDGUY have lined up the following television appearances, according to their official web site: February 7, 2004: "EDGUY to perform at M-Chartshow on PRO 7, 18.00-19.00 CET. EDGUY will perform the song 'King Of Fools'. On this day there will be a SMS-voting via mobile phones and if the guys make it ...

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MALEVOLENT CREATION Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Florida-based death metallers MALEVOLENT CREATION are the latest act confirmed for this year's Rock Hard Festival, a two-day event set to take place May 29-30, 2004 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Other bands currently scheduled to appear are MACHINE HEAD, STRATOVARIUS, LACUNA COIL, RAGE, IN EXTREMO, DOOMSWORD, DESASTER and DEAD SOUL TRIBE. Tickets to the ...

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Ex-STRATOVARIUS Singer: TIMO TOLKKI Has 'Really Gone Over The Top'

Former STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto has broken his silence regarding his departure from the band. The following is Kotipelto's official statement regarding his split with the group and his future plans: "Dear Friends, "There's been so many rumours out lately that I wanted to sort things out with a short comment from my side. First ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Singer TIMO KOTIPELTO: 'Coldness' Details Revealed

Former STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto has finalized the track listing for his second solo album, "Coldness", due this spring through Century Media Records. Joining Timo during the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2002's "Waiting For The Dawn" (which was issued under the KOTIPELTO banner) were the following world-class musicians: Janne Wirman (CHILDREN OF BODOM ...

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NAGLFAR Confirmed For Italy's GODS OF METAL Festival

Swedish death/black metallers NAGLFAR are the latest act 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 ...

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MACHINE HEAD Confirmed To Headline Germany's ROCK HARD Festival

MACHINE HEAD have been confirmed as the first headliners of this year's Rock Hard Festival, a two-day event set to take place May 29-30, 2004 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Other bands currently scheduled to appear are STRATOVARIUS, LACUNA COIL, RAGE, IN EXTREMO, DOOMSWORD, DESASTER and DEAD SOUL TRIBE. Tickets to the festival cost 50 ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Singer Names Solo Album

Former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto has set "Coldness" as the title of his second solo album, due this spring through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Waiting For The Dawn" (which was issued under the KOTIPELTO banner) reportedly features "more or less the same" recording lineup as that on the debut, which included contributions ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Drummer Explains His Departure

Former STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael has issued a lengthy statement explaining the reasons for his split with the band and other recent STRATOVARIUS-related events. His statement reads as follows: "Sorry that it took me so long to find time to comment about the situation around STRATOVARIUS. Due to private reasons I wasn't able to do ...

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