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Ex-HELOWEEN Singer MICHAEL KISKE: I Will Not Join STRATOVARIUS

Former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske has shot down the rumors linking him with Finnish neo-classical metallers STRATOVARIUS as the replacement for the recently departed Timo Kotipelto. The following is the official statement released by the webmaster for Kiske's new project, SUPARED: "The fact that vocalist Timo Kotipelto left STRATOVARIUS was awakening the hope of many ...

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IMPALED NAZARENE/THE LEGION Tour: More Details Revealed

Finland's IMPALED NAZARENE will be teaming up with Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION for a European tour beginning on February 26 and running through March 7. Exact cities and dates will be announced shortly. As previously reported, IMPALED NAZARENE are currently filming a promotional video for the track "Armageddon Death Squad". "Armageddon Death Squad" (

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MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP Confirmed For Spain's PIORNO ROCK FESTIVAL

MSG (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP) have been confirmed for the Piorno Rock Festival 2004, which is set to take place on Saturday, February 28 in Pinos Puentes (Granada), Spain. Other bands scheduled to appear at the event so far are AMON AMARTH, AXXIS, BATTLELORE, CALLENISH CIRCLE, CAGE, CONTRA, DARK FUNERAL, DESTRUCTION, ENSLAVED, EPICA, EVERGREY, FINTROLL, IRON ...

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TIMO KOTIPELTO Comments On STRATOVARIUS Departure

Former STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto has posted the following message on his web site regarding his departure from the group: "Maybe you have seen in it on the STRATOVARIUS homepage (or read it somewhere else), that [drummer] Jörg [Michael] and I are no longer members of the band. That is unfortunately true. "I ...

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STRATOVARIUS: TIMO KOTIPELTO And JÖRG MICHAEL Are Out!

Finland's STRATOVARIUS have officially parted ways with vocalist Timo Kotipelto and drummer Jörg Michael. "Due to irrevocable and massive difficulties between the band leader Timo Tolkki and me, it has been agreed that this is the best thing to do to preserve at least some of the integrity the band used to have," Kotipelto said, ...

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STRATOVARIUS Guitarist Checks In With Writing Update

STRATOVARIUS leader Timo Tolkki has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "I thought I cheer you guys up by giving you a small report from the place where I have been writing songs for about a month already. I have already 10 songs written and I can give you some titles ...

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IMPALED NAZARENE To Film Promo Video, Record Live Album

Finland's IMPALED NAZARENE will film a promotional video for the track "Armageddon Death Squad" beginning on December 11. "Armageddon Death Squad" (mp3 clip) comes off the group's eighth album, "All That You Fear", which was released in November through Osmose Productions. The follow-up to 2001's "Absence Of War Does Not Mean Peace" was ...

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STRATOVARIUS: JENS In, KOTIPELTO Out?

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has reportedly told the Finnish daily newspaper Ilta-Sanomat that keyboardist Jens Johansson will definitely continue to be a member of the band once the group have sorted through their current personnel "crisis". The situation with the band's drummer, Jörg Michael, however, is still up in the air. According to Tolkki, Michael's ...

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EDGUY: Swedish Dates Announced

German melodic metallers EDGUY have lined up the first three Swedish dates in support of their upcoming "Hellfire Club" CD, due on March 15, 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records. The details are as follows: May 06 – Göteborg, SWE - Kåren May 08 – Stockholm, SWE - Arenan May 09 – Umeå, SWE - Umeå ...

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STRATOVARIUS Leader: 'Three Bandmembers Have To Leave'

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "I am in the process of talking seriously with each bandmember about the future of STRATOVARIUS. "There are lots of rumours circling around and this statement is issued to clear some of those. "The band is in a severe crisis ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY Confirmed For Finland's TUSKA Festival

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have been confirmed for the next installment of the Tuska festival, which will take place next summer in Helsinki, Finland. More details will be announced soon. Tuska 2003 took place July 11-13 in the Kaisaniemi park in the center of Helsinki and featured appearances by TYPE O NEGATIVE, THE HAUNTED, STRATOVARIUS, SENTENCED, ...

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OPETH Singer To Guest On New AYREON CD

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has been officially confirmed as one of the guest performers on the new AYREON CD, "The Human Equation", tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. According to a posting on AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen's (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) web site, "fans and journalists alike kept telling Arjen to check out Mikael ...

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STRATOVARIUS Confirm SANCTUARY Deal, Begin Work On New Material

Finland's STRATOVARIUS have confirmed that they have signed a three-album deal with Sanctuary Records. The contract was signed October 31 in Dortmund, Germany and the signing was followed by a big party. The agreement is said to be the biggest ever for a Finnish band, and is worth over $3.5 million dollars. The contract was ...

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SPASTIC INK: New Song Available For Download

WATCHTOWER guitarist/composer Ron Jarzombek has posted a track from his long-awaited sophomore SPASTIC INK release, "Ink Compatible". The song, titled "Aquanet", features Jarzombek on guitar, Jason McMaster (WATCHTOWER, DANEGROUS TOYS) on vocals, Bobby Jarzombek (ex-HALFORD, RIOT) on drums, Pete Perez (RIOT) on bass and Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) on the synthesizer. Download it

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CENTURY MEDIA Brings Metal To The Masses

On November 18, the Century Family brings the metal back to the masses with a specially priced double-disc set. This compilation, "Metal For The Masses Volume II", is exclusively available at all Hot Topic retail outlets nationwide and features one 20-track disc clocking in over 75 minutes with new tracks from such groundbreaking and up ...

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JENS JOHANSSON Says GINGER BAKER Is A Bigger Asshole Than YNGWIE

In an interview with Electricbasement.com, STRATOVARIUS keyboardist and journeyman musician Jens Johansson (MASTERMIND, ex-DIO, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) explained his thoughts on working with classic rock legend Ginger Baker (CREAM). "He's a very peculiar person," Jens said. "At the time, he was 55 years old and extremely grumpy and hostile. He was complaining heavily about everything. He ...

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STRATOVARIUS Guitarist To Make Finnish TV Appearance

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki will be making appearance on the Finnish Top-40 program on the national Yle1 channel this Friday (November 7) beginning at 6:36 p.m. As previously reported, STRATOVARIUS have just inked a brand-new three-album deal with Sanctuary Records (parent company of Noise Records). The contract, which is said to be worth three million ...

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EDGUY: New EP Details Revealed

German melodic metallers EDGUY have announced the details of their upcoming EP, "King Of Fools", due on February 2, 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records. The complete track listing for "King Of Fools" is as follows: 01. King Of Fools (3:30) 02. New Age Messiah (5:58) 03. The Savage Union (4:14) 04. Holy Water (4:13) 05. ...

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STRATOVARIUS Enter Finnish Chart At No. 4!

STRATOVARIUS' "Elements Pt. 2" has entered the Finnish album chart at No. 4. "This is very good especially when we remember that we already sold approximately 500 copies to Finland as preorders for 'Pt 2' Special Edition and those numbers weren't counted at all," the group's webmaster writes on their web site. View the whole ...

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AYREON Name New CD

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) has set "Ayreon: The Human Equation" as the title for the group's forthcoming CD, tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. Among the guest vocalists scheduled to appear on the album are James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER), Devon Graves (a.k.a. Buddy Lackey, DEAD SOUL TRIBE, ex-PSYCHOTIC WALTZ), Magnus ...

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STRATOVARIUS To Sign New Deal With SANCTUARY

Finnish daily newspaper Iltalehti (www.iltalehti.fi) reports that STRATOVARIUS will ink a brand-new three-album deal with Sanctuary Records (parent company of Noise Records) on Friday (October 31) in Germany. The deal, which is said to be worth three million euros (approx. $3.5 million), will reportedly be signed in elk's blood! In an interview with ...

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DREAM THEATER Singer To Guest On New AYREON CD

DREAM THEATER singer James LaBrie has been officially confirmed as one of the guest performers on the new AYREON CD, tentatively due early next year through an as-yet-undetermined label. "LaBrie has known AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen's (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) music for a long time and did not hide the fact that he would love to be ...

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