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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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H.I.M., MURDERDOLLS Confirmed For Holland's WALDROCK Festival

H.I.M. and MURDERDOLLS are the latest acts 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, CLAWFINGER, TYPE O NEGATIVE, and PETER PAN SPEEDROCK. For more information, visit the festival's official web ...

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STRATOVARIUS: No Tour Planned For 'Elements Part 2'

Finland's STRATOVARIUS have no intention of touring behind their upcoming "Elements Part 2" release, guitarist Timo Tolkki has revealed to Kaista. The follow-up to their current "Elements Part 1" CD, which has just been completed, is tentatively scheduled for release in October, but may end up getting pushed back, according to Tolkki. "I think 'Elements ...

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STRATOVARIUS To Film Italian Gig For Upcoming DVD

Finland's STRATOVARIUS will film their headlining show in Milan, Italy on April 12 for an upcoming live DVD. In other news, the group have announced plans to play a "secret" gig in Finland before the start of their Elements Tour 2003. More information on the exact location of the secret gig will be made available ...

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STRATOVARIUS Begin Mixing 'Elements Pt. 2'

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki entered Finnvox studios Tuesday (Feb. 11) in Helsinki with Mikko Karmila to begin mixing the songs for the group's next full-length album, titled "Elements Pt. 2". Some vocal overdubs will also be recorded during the sessions. "Elements Pt. 2" is tentatively due for release in October and will include the following ...

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STRATOVARIUS: Charting High In Europe

STRATOVARIUS's latest album, "Elements Part I", entered the French Album Chart at position #42, German Album Chart at position #27, and Swiss Album Chart at position #91. As previously reported, the CD landed at No. 2 in Finland during its first week of release. ...

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STRATOVARIUS Debut At Finnish No. 2!!

STRATOVARIUS have entered the Finnish Top 40 national album chart at position No. 2 with their latest release, "Elements Part I". "In all honesty we all expected for #1 position, but this time it didn't happen," the band said in a statement posted on their official web site. "STRATOVARIUS humbly wishes to thank all their ...

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AMORPHIS Frontman Completes Work On New AJATTARA CD

AMORPHIS frontman Pasi Koskinen's "black/dark metal" project AJATTARA have completed work on their new album, "Kuolema" ("Death"), for a March 24 release. The full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Antakaa Elää (Let Me Live) 02. Surman Henki (The Ghost Of Death) 03. Haureus (Fornication) 04. Huoran Alla (Under The Whore) 05. ...

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RAUNCHY Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

Denmark's RAUNCHY are the latest act 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, among others: CRADLE OF FILTH DARK ANGEL DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER EXTREME NOISE TERROR ...

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STRATOVARIUS Hit Brazil

Several photos taken during STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto and drummer Jörg Michael's recent trip to Brazil to promote their upcoming "Elements Part 1" CD have been posted online at this location. "Elements Part 1" is due on Jan. 27 through Nuclear Blast Records. ...

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