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EVEMASTER Ink Deal With LOW FREQUENCY

Finland's EVEMASTER have signed a three-album deal with Low Frequency Records. The group are currently putting the finishing touches on their second CD, "Wither", at Astia Studios (CHILDREN OF BODOM, WARMEN, ENTWINE) with producer Anssi Kippo. The follow-up to "Lacrimae Mundi", which is set to be mastered at Finnvox studios (STRATOVARIUS, AMORPHIS) in late January ...

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STRATOVARIUS Begin Work On 'Elements Part 2'

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has posted the following update via his official web site: "I just wanted to info you about my activities at the moment... :) "I rented a small studio/rehearsing place for my self in Helsinki. I've been renovating the place with a friend of mine (thanks Hepa!) and hopefully at the end ...

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SONATA ARCTICA Set First Single Off Upcoming CD

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have set "Victoria's Secret" as the first single off their upcoming full-length effort, "Winterheart's Guild", due on Feb. 22 in Japan and Mar. 17 in Finland. The single itself will precede the album on Feb. 17. "Winterheart's Guild" features a guest appearance by keyboardist Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS/ex-DIO) on four cuts. ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

CRADLE OF FILTH are the latest act to have been officially confirmed for next 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 ...

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HEAVENSHALLBURN, EIDOLON Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

HEAVENSHALLBURN and EIDOLON are the latest acts to have been officially confirmed for next 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: DARK ANGEL DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER EXTREME NOISE TERROR GAMMA RAY ...

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LORDI Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

Finnish "sensation" LORDI are the latest act to have been officially confirmed for next 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: DARK ANGEL DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER EXTREME NOISE TERROR GAMMA RAY ...

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MOTÖRHEAD's MIKKEY DEE: 'HAMMERFALL Can Suck My Cock'

MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee has slammed fellow Swedes HAMMERFALL for "acting like rock stars" and "completely ripping off" bands like HELLOWEEN, IRON MAIDEN and KING DIAMOND in order to attain their current level of success. Speaking to Metal Rules, Dee stated, "Look at a band like HAMMERFALL and shit. They're going through the roof. When ...

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SINNER Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

Veteran German metallers SINNER are the latest act to have been officially confirmed for next 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: DARK ANGEL DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER EXTREME NOISE TERROR GAMMA ...

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RUNNING WILD Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

German heavy metal pirates RUNNING WILD have been confirmed to headline the opening night's festivities (dubbed "Night To Remember") at next year's Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany. Among the other artists scheduled to perform at the event are DARK ANGEL, EXTREME NOISE TERROR, ...

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ASSASSIN Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

ASSASSIN, the reunited German thrash act that released a couple of promising albums in the late '80s via the SPV label (1987's "The Upcoming Terror" and 1988's "Interstellar Experience"), have been officially confirmed to appear at next year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival. The event, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, ...

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KATAKLYSM Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM are the latest act to have been officially confirmed for next 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: DARK ANGEL DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER EXTREME NOISE TERROR GAMMA ...

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The Odyssey - SYMPHONY X

Once you dig beneath the dungeons, dragons and decorative armor, "true" metal carries as many false promises as it does genuine attributes. The fact that recycling standardized riffs and possessing a singer with a voice more featureless than the Arizona desert (take a bow, HAMMERFALL and ICED EARTH) can propel you into the stratosphere seems ...

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SONATA ARCTICA Name Album, Announce Japanese Tour

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have set "Winterheart's Guild" as the title for their upcoming CD, which is due to be released on Feb. 22 in Japan and Mar. 17 in Finland. "Winterheart's Guild" features a guest appearance by keyboardist Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS/ex-DIO), who plays on four of the album's cuts. In other news, SONATA ...

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NILE, MALEVOLENT CREATION Confirmed For WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

NILE and MALEVOLENT CREATION are the latest acts to have been officially confirmed for next year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place between Jul. 31 and Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany. Also set to appear at the event are ICED EARTH, GAMMA RAY, STRATOVARIUS, DARK ANGEL, and THE ...

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THE ALMIGHTY PUNCHDRUNK Confirmed For WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

THE ALMIGHTY PUNCHDRUNK, featuring STRAPPING YOUNG LAD/DARK ANGEL drummer Gene Hoglan, are the latest act to have been officially confirmed for next year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place between Jul. 31 and Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany. Also set to appear at the event are ICED EARTH, ...

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DARK ANGEL Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

The reformed DARK ANGEL — featuring guitarists Jim Durkin and Eric Meyer, vocalist Ron Rinehart, and drummer Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) — are the latest act to have been officially confirmed for next year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place between Jul. 31 and Aug. 2, 2003 in ...

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GAMMA RAY Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

GAMMA RAY are the latest act to have been officially confirmed for next year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place between Jul. 31 and Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany. They will be joined on the bill by the likes of ICED EARTH and STRATOVARIUS, both of whom were ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman: Why My Brazilian Tour Was Cancelled

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has issued a statement clarifying the reasons for the cancellation of his Brazilian solo tour. "This is the truth about the KOTIPELTO Brazil tour!" begins the statement. "I didn't cancel the tour! Me and the guys in the band wanted to do the tour and I was calling every day to ...

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KOTIPELTO's South American Tour Cancelled

KOTIPELTO's proposed tour of South America has been cancelled, according to frontman Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS). "The guys in the band and I were extremely happy to hear that there might be a short tour in South America," the singer wrote on his official web site. "I'm very sad to tell the fans over there that ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman Offers Update On Solo Activities

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has posted the following message via his official web site: "I just thought to inform you about my activities in the past couple of weeks... "I've been composing some songs lately. If they will be used for my next possible (KOTIPELTO) album is still a little bit open. "There's also been ...

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STEEL ATTACK Begin Work On Third Album

Swedish heavy metal act STEEL ATTACK will enter Studio Underground in December to begin recording their third album for an April 2003 release through Spain's Arise Records. The as-yet-untitled effort — the band's first with new vocalist Dick Johnson — will be mastered by Mika Jussila (STRATOVARIUS) at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland. ...

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NIGHTWISH Get Involved In Side Projects

NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen will make guest appearances on the debut album from SETHIAN, a new Helsinki, Finland-based act that also features in its ranks former WIZZARD frontman Tapio Wilska (who had previously done session studio work with NIGHTWISH). The album will be recorded at Walltone studios and will be mixed ...

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STRATOVARIUS' TIMO TOLKKI Speaks Out On New CD

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has posted the following update via the group's official web site: "The [Elements — Part 1] album is ready, mastered and sent to our record companies in Germany, France and in Japan. "The track list will be provided later, but I can tell you that it contains 62 minutes of music. ...

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STRATOVARIUS Keyboardist To Play On Next SONATA ARCTICA Album

STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson (ex-DIO) has agreed to play on SONATA ARCTICA's next studio CD if the group don't find a replacement for the recently-departed Mikko Harkin in time for the upcoming album's recording sessions. "I really love [SONATA ARCTICA] the way they were," Jens stated in a post on the official STRATOVARIUS message board. ...

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SYMPHONY X To Tour Europe With STRATOVARIUS

SYMPHONY X have reportedly been confirmed as the main support act on the upcoming STRATOVARIUS European tour, which is scheduled to kick off in early 2003. The opening act for tour will be Finland's THUNDERSTONE. In other news, a possibility reportedly exists that SYMPHONY X will be touring with HAMMERFALL and BLIND GUARDIAN in North ...

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