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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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FINNISH METAL AWARDS: Winners Announced

TURISAS was the big winner at the Finnish Metal Awards, which was held Saturday night (February 18) during the Finnish Metal Expo (the main event of Helsinki Metal Meeting) at the Cable Factory in Helsinki, Finland. The winners were selected by the general public in the months preceding the event, by Internet and SMS. In ...

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MAGENTA HARVEST: New Demo Available For Streaming

MAGENTA HARVEST, the Finnish death metal band featuring current and former members of FINNTROLL, CHTHONIAN, MYGRAIN and ...AND OCEANS, has made its second demo, "Apparition Of Ending", available for streaming on MySpace. According to a press release, the new effort sees the group widening its soundscape with the help of Aleksi Virta of ...

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DELAIN Joined By Former AFTER FOREVER Guitarist

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers DELAIN have issued the following update: "Recently there have been some developments at the guitar department of DELAIN. Our band demands a huge amount of time and energy from our band members. Since our guitar player Timo [Somers] has a lot of musical activities besides DELAIN, we want to give him ...

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VENGEANCE: New Song Available For Streaming

"Barbeque", a brand new song from Dutch hard rock veterans VENGEANCE, can be streamed using the audio player below (courtesy of AOL's Noisecreep). The track comes off the band's new studio album, "Crystal Eye", which will be released on February 24 in Germany, February 27 in the rest of Europe and in March ...

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AMBERIAN DAWN: 'Circus Black' Audio Samples Available

A three-and-a-half-minute YouTube clip featuring audio samples of "Circus Black", the fourth studio album from Finnish female-fronted symphonic metallers AMBERIAN DAWN, is available below. "Circus Black" will be released in Finland on February 29 via Spinefarm Records. The band's mainman, keyboardist and guitarist Tuomas Seppälä composed all ten songs for the CD and vocalist Heidi ...

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SERAPHIEL: Entire 'Euphory Amplified' EP Available For Streaming

"Euphory Amplified", the second EP from Finnish power metallers SERAPHIEL, can be streamed using the SoundCloud player below. The effort was produced by Vili Itäpelto, Samuli Hyttinen and Pekka Posio, who also took care of mixing duties. The cover artwork was created by Timo Paananen while the logo ws handled by Annimari Pasanen. "Euphory Amplified" ...

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AMBERIAN DAWN: More Guest Singers Announced For 'Circus Black' Album

Finnish female-fronted symphonic metallers AMBERIAN DAWN will release their fourth studio album, "Circus Black", in Finland on February 29 via Spinefarm Records. The band's mainman, keyboardist and guitarist Tuomas Seppälä composed all ten songs for the CD and vocalist Heidi Parviainen penned the lyrics. "Circus Black" features guest appearances by Tuomas Nieminen (ex- ADAMANTRA, THRONE ...

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