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AMORPHIS To Enter Studio Next Month

According to Timo Isoaho of Soundi magazine, Finnish melancholic dark rock/metal icons AMORPHIS will enter the studio in September to begin recording their eleventh studio album for a March/April 2013 release via Nuclear Blast Records. The as-yet-untitled CD will be helmed by Swedish producer/multi-instrumentalist Peter Tägtgren, who has previously worked with CHILDREN OF ...

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WINTERSUN Mainman Answers Fan-Submitted Questions (Video)

Finnish epic metallers WINTERSUN will release their long-awaited new album, "Time I", on October 12 via Nuclear Blast Records. During the listening session for "Time I" at the Nuclear Blast headquarters in Donzdorf, Germany on July 28, Jari Mäenpää was interviewed by BLEEDING RED frontman Timo Joos, who asked the WINTERSUN mastermind fan questions that ...

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RUINSIDE Signs With MIGHTY MUSIC

Finnish metallers RUINSIDE have inked a deal with Mighty Music. The band's debut album, "The Hunt", will be released on October 29. RUINSIDE is a group of thrash metal troopers from Tampere, Finland formed in 2005. After stabilizing in its current cast-in-iron form with the introduction of vocalist Toni Salminen (ex-FARMAKON), in November 2010 the ...

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HELLDORADOS: 'You Live, You Learn, You Die' Video Released

"You Live, You Learn, You Die", the new video from the Stuttgart, Germany-based sleaze metal band HELLDORADOS, can be seen below. The song comes off the group's self-titled debut album, which was released on July 13 via Massacre Records/Soulfood. The CD was recorded between February and April at the legendary Horus Sound Studios (SCORPIONS, HELLOWEEN, ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist Putting Finishing Touches On Acoustic Album

Finnish heavy metal singer Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS, CAIN'S OFFERING, KOTIPELTO) and guitarist Jani Liimatainen (CAIN'S OFFERING, ex-SONATA ARCTICA) are putting the finishing touches on an acoustic album, "Blacoustic", to be released later in the year under the KOTIPELTO & LIIMATAINEN banner. Timo says, "Matias [Kupiainen, STRATOVARIUS guitarist] mixed the album in his studio and now ...

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EDEN'S CURSE Signs New Worldwide Deal With AFM RECORDS

Multinational melodic metallers EDEN'S CURSE have inked a worldwide deal with AFM Records. The group, which is currently nearing the final stages of the writing phase for its as-yet-untitled fourth album — the first to feature new vocalist Marco Sandron (PATHOSRAY, FAIRYLAND) at the microphone — couldn't hide its delight. "Signing a new deal with ...

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HELLDORADOS: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From Making Of Debut Album

A 16-minute video clip containing behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the self-titled debut album from the Stuttgart, Germany-based sleaze metal band HELLDORADOS can be seen below. "Helldorados" was released on July 13 via Massacre Records/Soulfood. The CD was recorded between February and April at the legendary Horus Sound Studios (SCORPIONS, HELLOWEEN, KREATOR, VICTORY, GUANO ...

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New STRATOVARIUS Drummer's Video Introduction

A five-minute video clip in which Finnish/Swedish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS introduce their new drummer, 24-year-old Rolf Pilve, can be seen below. Last year Jörg Michael announced his departure from STRATOVARIUS after sixteen years of incredible drumming, countless tours and nine studio albums. Jörg played his final tour with the band in 2011. One of the ...

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STRATOVARIUS Announces New Drummer

Last year Jörg Michael announced his departure from STRATOVARIUS after sixteen years of incredible drumming, countless tours and nine studio albums. Jörg played his final tour with the band in 2011. One of the last concerts in Finland was recorded, and will be released as a live DVD/Blu-ray on June 27. It is titled "Under ...

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HELLDORADOS: Debut Album Trailer Available

Stuttgart, Germany-based sleaze metal band HELLDORADOS will release its self-titled debut album on July 13 via Massacre Records/Soulfood. The CD was recorded between February and April at the legendary Horus Sound Studios (SCORPIONS, HELLOWEEN, KREATOR, VICTORY, GUANO APES) in Hannover, Germany with producer Mirko Hofmann, who previously worked with the group on a four-song promotional ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Members To Re-Record Early Tracks For 'Dreaming In Twilight' Album

Former STRATOVARIUS, REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE and SYMFONIA mainman Timo Tolkki recently launched a PledgeMusic.com campaign to support the release of his fourth solo album, "Classical Variations 2: Credo". Tentatively due on October 29, 2012, the double album will include over two hours of music and will feature guest appearances by Michael Kiske (, HELLOWEEN), ...

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HELLDORADOS: Debut Album Details Revealed

Stuttgart, Germany-based sleaze metal band HELLDORADOS will release its self-titled debut album on July 13 via Massacre Records/Soulfood. The CD was recorded between February and April at the legendary Horus Sound Studios (SCORPIONS, HELLOWEEN, KREATOR, VICTORY, GUANO APES) in Hannover, Germany with producer Mirko Hofmann, who previously worked with the group on a four-song promotional ...

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BETO VAZQUEZ INFINITY: 'Existence' Video Released

BETO VAZQUEZ INFINITY has released the video for the track "Existence" featuring footage from the band's October 28, 2011 show in Buenos Aires, Argentina. "Existence" is the title track of the latest BETO VAZQUEZ INFINITY album, a two-disc musical collaboration between the band and 20 guest musicians. Commented Beto, "It was a bit of a ...

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MAGENTA HARVEST: New Demo To Be Released This Week

MAGENTA HARVEST, the Finnish death metal band featuring current and former members of FINNTROLL, CHTHONIAN, MYGRAIN and ...AND OCEANS, will release its second demo, "Apparition Of Ending", on March 23. According to a press release, the new effort — which is available for streaming on MySpace — sees the group widening its soundscape ...

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DREADLINK Signs With MASSACRE RECORDS

Northern Germany's DREADLINK has inked a deal with Massacre Records. According to a press release, "The history of DREADLINK began in 2009, when five experienced musicians decided to form a band, which soon became more than a band. It became a philosophy. "DREADLINK is authentic and deep and sounds more like an engine running rough ...

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CONSFEARACY's Debut To Receive Japanese Release

The self-titled debut album from CONSFEARACY (formerly PROPHESY) — the American/German metal band featuring lead vocalist Brian O'Connor (ex-VICIOUS RUMORS), guitarist Fabian Schwarz (THE NEW BLACK), bassist Günter Auschrat (THE NEW BLACK, ABANDONED), guitarist Ira Black (ex-VICIOUS RUMORS, LIZZY BORDEN, METAL CHURCH) and drummer Timo Weis — will be released in Japan on March 16 ...

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STRATOVARIUS Launches Drummer Search

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS have issued the following update: "We have now played the final Latin America gigs with [drummer] Jörg Michael, who is leaving the band after 16 years. "2011 started with the release of the 'Elysium' album and was a long year with a long world tour together with HELLOWEEN. After some time ...

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SOULHEALER: Three New Tracks Available For Streaming

Finnish metallers SOULHEALER have commenced the songwriting sessions for their sophomore album. Rough-mix versions of three brand new tracks — "Wicked Moon", "Never Turn My Back On You" and "Into The Fire" — can be streamed using the ReverbNation TuneWidget below. SOULHEALER's follow-up to "The Kings Of Bullet Alley" is expected before the end of ...

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AMBERIAN DAWN: 'Cold Kiss' Video Released

"Cold Kiss", the new video from Finnish female-fronted symphonic metallers AMBERIAN DAWN, can be seen below. The track, which features a guest appearance by STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto, comes off AMBERIAN DAWN's fourth studio album, "Circus Black", which was released in Finland on February 29 via Spinefarm Records. The band's mainman, keyboardist and guitarist Tuomas ...

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LAY DOWN ROTTEN: 'Hades Resurrected' Video Teaser Available

German death metallers LAY DOWN ROTTEN will release their new album, "Mask Of Malice", on February 28 in North America (one day earlier internationally) via Metal Blade Records. Commented the band: "After three years, we are back at the front with our new album, 'Mask Of Malice', that features 10 death metal grenades! We are ...

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