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THUNDERSTONE Confirmed For Finland's SAUNA OPEN AIR Festival

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have been confirmed for the Sauna Open Air festival in Tampere, Finland on Friday, June 11. Also set to appear at the event are NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM and DIABLO. Sauna Open Air is being organized by Partysan Productions, who have previously arranged gigs for acts like H.I.M., STRATOVARIUS, ENTOMBED, ...

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ANDERS JOHANSSON Quits STRATOVARIUS

Drummer Anders Johansson (HAMMERFALL) has officially left STRATOVARIUS less than a week after joining the group. The following is STRATOVARIUS' leader Timo Tolkki's statement regarding the Anders' departure: "[Anders] gave me a call and said that he doesn't want to join the band permanently and that he is happy to be in HAMMERFALL playing True ...

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EDGUY: 'Hellfire Club' Cover Revealed

The cover artwork for EDGUY's upcoming album, "Hellfire Club", has been posted online at this location. As previously reported, "Hellfire Club", is due on March 15 through Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Mandrake" was produced by EDGUY and Norman Meiritz, with additional assistance from Sascha Paeth (RHAPSODY, ANGRA), who was responsible ...

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STRATOVARIUS Leader TIMO TOLKKI: 'My Life Has Been Threatened'

A brand-new interview with STRATOVARIUS members Timo Tolkki (guitars), Jari Kainulainen (bass), and the group's latest addition, vocalist "Miss K" (a.k.a. Katriina Wiiala), has been posted online at the band's official web site. The following are a few select excerpts from that interview: Question: The new line up was announced on Thursday (Jan 15). It's ...

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EDGUY: 'Secret' Club Show Air Date Set

A live video recording of EDGUY's "secret" gig at Cologne's Underground club on January 21 will be broadcast on the WDR "Rockaplast" show the night of March 21/22 at 1:00 a.m. CET. As previously reported, tickets for the show will be strictly limited as the club has only a capacity of a maximum of less ...

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It's Official: STRATOVARIUS Have A Female Singer!

Finland's STRATOVARIUS have announced the addition of a new singer and drummer to the group's ranks. The following is the band's official statement on the matter: "New vocalist for STRATOVARIUS is called 'Miss K' (photos). "The vocal talents of this sultry Finnish lady vary from raunchy rock to classical operatic. Her voice range ...

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LACUNA COIL, ANCIENT Confirmed For Spain's PIORNO ROCK FESTIVAL

LACUNA COIL and ANCIENT are the final bands confirmed for the Piorno Rock Festival 2004, which is set to take place on Saturday, February 28 in Pinos Puentes (Granada), Spain. The complete list of artists scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: AMON AMARTH ANCIENT AXXIS BATTELORE CAGE CALLENISH CIRCLE CONTHRA DARK FUNERAL ...

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DARK FUNERAL Name Live Album

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have set "De Profundis Clamavi Ad Te Domine" as the title of their upcoming live album, due on March 29 through Regain Records. The CD, which was recorded on the band's 2003 South American tour, will contain the following track listing: 01. Intro 02. The Arrival Of Satan's Empire 03. ...

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IN EXTREMO Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD Festival

IN EXTREMO 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 STRATOVARIUS, LACUNA COIL, RAGE, DOOMSWORD, DESASTER and DEAD SOUL TRIBE. Tickets to the festival cost 50 euros (including one parking ...

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ENTWINE Name New Album

Finnish goth-metallers ENTWINE have set "DiEversity" as the title of their new album, due in Finland on March 1 through Spinefarm Records (Century Media in the rest of Europe and the U.S.).. The follow-up to 2002's "Time Of Despair" was recorded at Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland with producer Anssi Kippo (CHILDREN OF BODOM, SINERGY, ...

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IMPALED NAZARENE: Live Video Posted Online

Finland's IMPALED NAZARENE have posted a live video clip of the track "Nyrkillä Tapettava Huora" from the group's January 9 show at Nosturi in Helsinki at this location (.avi format, approx. 22 MB). IMPALED NAZARENE's most recent CD, "All That You Fear", which was issued in Europe in November through Osmose Productions, will ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Singer Completes Work On New Solo Album, Comments On Departure

Former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto has completed work on his second solo album, tentatively due in the spring through Century Media Records. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2002's "Waiting For The Dawn" (issued under the KOTIPELTO banner) reportedly features "more or less the same" recording lineup as that on the debut, which featured contributions from Mike ...

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EDGUY To Play 'Secret' Club Show In Germany

A "secret" EDGUY show has been announced for January 21 or 22 in Cologne, Germany. The exact date of the show is expected to be announced later today at the group's official web site. EDGUY are going to play an exclusive "secret" show in Cologne's mini-club Underground that will be video-taped for the German music ...

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LACUNA COIL Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD Festival

Italian goth-metallers LACUNA COIL 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 STRATOVARIUS, RAGE, DOOMSWORD, DESASTER and DEAD SOUL TRIBE. Tickets to the festival cost 50 euros (including one parking ...

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'Monsters Of Metal Vol. 1' DVD To Arrive Later This Month

Nuclear Blast Records USA will be releasing the "Monsters Of Metal Vol. 1" DVD on January 27. Described as the "ultimate metal DVD compilation," the two-disc set will contain the following track listing: DVD 1: 01. MANOWAR - "Warriors Of The World United" 02. HAMMERFALL - "Hearts On Fire" 03. HELLOWEEN - "Just A Little ...

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IN FLAMES Guitarist, Bassist To DJ At Swedish Club

IN FLAMES guitarist Jesper Strömblad and bassist Peter Iwers will make a rare appearance as metal DJs this Saturday (January 10) at the well-known metal club Metallterrassen in Gothenburg, Sweden. The club has previously hosted as DJs members from such bands as HAMMERFALL, STRATOVARIUS, THE HAUNTED, ENTOMBED, EVERGREY, DARK TRANQUILLITY and TIAMAT. IN FLAMES will ...

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DOOMSWORD Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Italian epic doom metallers DOOMSWORD 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. Also set to appear are STRATOVARIUS, RAGE, DESASTER and DEAD SOUL TRIBE, among others. Tickets to the festival, which will mark STRATOVARIUS' only German ...

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STRATOVARIUS, HELLOWEEN Drummers Guest On DER BOTE CD

Former STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael and current HELLOWEEN skinsman Stefan Schwarzmann have recorded guest appearances for the solo project of FEUERENGEL frontman Boris, dubbed DER BOTE. The band's debut album, which has yet to be officially released, features Jörg on six songs ("Intro", "Einsam", "Todgeweiht", "Vorbei", "Kalt" and "2003") and Stefan on three ("Ich Bin ...

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SODOM Confirmed For Italy's GODS OF METAL FESTIVAL

SODOM 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 STRATOVARIUS are scheduled ...

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STRATOVARIUS Guitarist: 'It's Time To Accept The Changes'

STRATOVARIUS guitarist/mainman Timo Tolkki has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "I just got back from IRON MAIDEN concert in Helsinki and I must tell you that it was really, really cool gig. It felt good to see that MAIDEN still rules. "I just heard their new record for the first ...

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STRATOVARIUS, RAGE Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

STRATOVARIUS, RAGE, DESASTER and DEAD SOUL TRIBE are the first four bands confirmed for next year's Rock Hard Festival, a two-day event set to take place May 29-30, 2004 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Tickets to the festival, which will mark STRATOVARIUS' only German festival appearance of 2004, will cost 50 euros (including one parking ...

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