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SENTENCED Added To Finland's TUSKA METAL FESTIVAL

SENTENCED have replaced OPETH at this year's edition of Finland's Tuska festival, set to take place July 11-13 in the Kaisaniemi park in the center of Helsinki. As previously reported, OPETH were forced to cancel their appearance at Tuska due to "logistical and financial" difficulties connected with the group's upcoming U.S. tour with PORCUPINE TREE, ...

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CRYPTIC WINTERMOON Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Germany's CRYPTIC WINTERMOON are the final act to be confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to appear the event is as follows: ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CARPATHIAN FOREST CIRCLE II CIRCLE CRYPTIC WINTERMOON ...

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STRATOVARIUS: Mexican/South American Dates Announced

Finland's STRATOVARIUS will be touring Mexico and South America during August. Confirmed dates are as follows: Aug. 14 - Monterrey, MEX @ Cafe Iguanas Aug. 15 - Mexico City, MEX @ Cico Volador Aug. 17 - Santiago, CHL @ Estadio Chile Aug. 19 - Buenos Aires, ARG @ Hangar Aug. 21 - Curitiba, BRA @ ...

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ROTTING CHRIST, ONKEL TOM Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR

ROTTING CHRIST and ONKEL TOM are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to appear the event is as follows: ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CARPATHIAN FOREST CIRCLE ...

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ARTHEMESIA Sign With HAMMERHEART RECORDS

Finnish black metallers ARTHEMESIA have inked a deal with Holland's Hammerheart Records. The group, whose style is being described in an official press release as "an extremely powerful hybrid of black metal and death/thrash/heavy metal with a touch of classical and dark ambient music," will record and mix their upcoming album, "ShamaNatahS - II Describe ...

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DARK FUNERAL Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany. DARK FUNERAL will perform a one-hour set on the festival's "Blackstage" on Saturday, Aug. 2 beginning at 7:15 p.m. The complete ...

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Holland's WALDROCK 2003 Festival Sold Out

For the first time in its 16-year history, Holland's Waldrock festival is completely sold out. 12,000 tickets have been sold for the event, which is set to take place on June 21 in Burgum. The list of artists currently confirmed to appear at the festival is as follows: IRON MAIDEN TYPE O NEGATIVE H.I.M. SEPULTURA ...

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SEVENTH ONE Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Swedish power metallers SEVENTH ONE are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival. The event, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany, will include performances from the following artists (in alphabetical order): ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CARPATHIAN FOREST CIRCLE ...

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DIVINE:DECAY: New MP3 Samples Posted Online

Finnish thrash/speed rockers DIVINE:DECAY have posted several MP3 clips from their forthcoming "Maximize The Misery" CD at this location. "Maximize The Misery", due on Sept. 8 through Osmose Productions, was recorded and produced by Janne Joutsenniemi (of SUBURBANTRIBE fame) and it was mixed by Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, THERION). The ...

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CARPATHIAN FOREST Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

CARPATHIAN FOREST are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival. The event, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany, will include performances from the following artists (in alphabetical order): ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CARPATHIAN FOREST CIRCLE II CIRCLE DARK ...

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METALIUM Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Germany's METALIUM are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival. The event, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany, will include performances from the following artists (in alphabetical order): ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CIRCLE II CIRCLE DARK AGE DARKANE ...

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DIVINE:DECAY Set Release Date For 'Maximize The Misery'

Finnish thrash/speed rockers DIVINE:DECAY have set a Sept. 8 release date through Osmose Productions for their sophomore effort, "Maximize The Misery". The follow-up to "Songs Of The Damned" was recorded and produced by Janne Joutsenniemi (of SUBURBANTRIBE fame) and it was mixed by Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, THERION). The complete track listing ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer Sustains Knee Injury

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has injured his knee while playing floorball. "The accident happened on Tuesday (May 20) in the morning during the normal game I play with my friends," Timo said in a posting to the band's official web site. "I stepped on the other player's blade while we were running after the ball ...

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SLAYER Confirmed For Spain's METAL MANIA FESTIVAL

SLAYER are the latest act confirmed to perform at Metal Mania Festival, a three-day event set to take place July 11-13 at Auditorio Municipal de Villarobledo in Albacete, Spain. Other bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival are as follows: Friday, July 11 BLIND GUARDIAN NIGHTWISH SEPULTURA KREATOR APOCALYPTICA OVERKILL REBELLION Saturday, July 12 ...

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DIO, KREATOR, HAMMERFALL Confirmed For Spain's METAL MANIA FESTIVAL

DIO, KREATOR, HAMMERFALL, and STRATOVARIUS are the latest acts confirmed to perform at Metal Mania Festival, a three-day event set to take place July 11-13 at Auditorio Municipal de Villarobledo in Albacete, Spain. The acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival are as follows: Friday, July 11 BLIND GUARDIAN NIGHTWISH SEPULTURA KREATOR APOCALYPTICA OVERKILL ...

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SOULFLY Confirmed For Finland's TUSKA 2003 Festival

SOULFLY are the latest act confirmed to appear at Finland's Tuska 2003 festival, set to take place July 11-13 in the Kaisaniemi park in the center of Helsinki. The complete list of groups currently scheduled to perform at the event is as follows: TYPE O NEGATIVE MINISTRY CHILDREN OF BODOM STRATOVARIUS SOULFLY TIMO RAUTIAINEN & ...

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PAIN OF SALVATION Singer To Guest On SPASTIC INK Album

PAIN OF SALVATION vocalist/guitarist Daniel Gildenlöw will be contributing lead vocals to one track on the long-awaited SPASTIC INK sophomore release, "Ink Compatible", tentatively due before the end of the year. "[Daniel] is easily one of the most dramatic singers out there," said SPASTIC INK mastermind Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER) of his decision to collaborate with ...

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IMPALED NAZARENE To Record New Album In July

IMPALED NAZARENE will enter Astia studios in Lappeenranta, Finland on July 1 to record their eighth album, "All That You Fear". The follow-up to their highly-acclaimed "Absence Of War Does Not Mean Peace" CD will be recorded by Anssi Kippo (CHILDREN OF BODOM) and will be mixed by Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS) at Finnvox studios ...

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STRATOVARIUS Cancel Asian Dates

STRATOVARIUS have cancelled all dates in Taiwan and Southeast Asia due to the growing threat of the S.A.R.S. virus. The following is the group's official statement on the matter: "We are very sorry that we had to make the decision to cancel all our shows after the tour in Japan. This is due to the ...

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STRATOVARIUS: Russian Concert Rescheduled

STRATOVARIUS have announced the rescheduled date for their cancelled Russian show. They will now be playing at Moscow's culture club Gorbunova on July 9. As previously reported, the Finnish melodic metallers cancelled the concert — originally scheduled to take place on May 2 — after the promoter, Ghost Music, "did not fulfill" the terms of ...

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ANTHRAX Confirmed For Holland's WALDROCK Festival

ANTHRAX are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Waldrock festival, scheduled to take place on June 21 in Burgum, Holland. Other artists set to appear at the event include IRON MAIDEN, MADBALL, STRATOVARIUS, LACUNA COIL, ANNIHILATOR, HATEBREED, H.I.M., MURDERDOLLS, CLAWFINGER, TYPE O NEGATIVE, and PETER PAN SPEEDROCK. ...

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STRATOVARIUS to Play In Taiwan, China

Finland's STRATOVARIUS have added several concerts in Taiwan and China following their Japanese tour in early June. Confirmed dates are as follows: May 31 - Fukuoka, JAP @ Drum Be-1 Jun. 01 - Hiroshima, JAP @ Club Quattro Jun. 03 - Osaka, JAP @ Club Quattro Jun. 04 - Nagoya, JAP @ Bottom Line Jun. ...

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SYMPHONY X Explain Tour Cancellation

New Jersey's symphonic metal specialists SYMPHONY X have issued a statement regarding their involvement with the upcoming The 2003 Metal Gods Tour. The band was invited to perform the anticipated spring tour but has declined due to scheduling conflicts with their previously-committed European tour with STRATOVARIUS and their pending recording plans. Management has announced that ...

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STRATOVARIUS Cancel Russian Concert

Finland's STRATOVARIUS have been forced to cancel their previously announced show in Moscow, Russia on May 2. According to the group's official web site, "The promoter, 'Ghost Music', did not fulfill the terms we agreed on twice and didn't send the money to pay the flights to Moscow. After the second deadline ran out last ...

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Metal Is Alive And Well In Finland

"True" heavy metal may rarely reach the top of the charts in America, but in Finland, it seems to be alive and thriving, if the country's latest Pop Album chart is anything to go by. The following are the metal albums currently residing in Finland's top 40 Pop Album chart, as published over the weekend: ...

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