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TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON Announces New Album 'The Enigma Birth' Feat. JAMES LABRIE, FABIO LIONE

Frontiers Music Srl will release the fourth album from TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON, "The Enigma Birth", on June 18. Again featuring a slew of talented guest vocalists, the album sees the Finnish guitar maestro's skills on display once again. Today, the first single from the album, "Master Of Hell", featuring up-and-coming Brazilian vocalist Raphael Mendes (ICON ...

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RAINBOW's RONNIE ROMERO Distances Himself From JOE LYNN TURNER's SUNSTORM Dispute With Record Label: 'It's Not My Fight'

RAINBOW singer Ronnie Romero has denied trying to steal jobs away from Joe Lynn Turner, insisting that the former RAINBOW frontman is one of his "favorite" vocalists. In January, Frontiers announced that going forward, SUNSTORM will now be a vehicle for "one of the most impressive vocal talents to emerge in recent years" in the ...

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Heavy Trip - Heavy Trip

"Heavy Trip" has slowly built its following since its initial limited release in fall 2018, but the doors to a larger audience blew open the following year with its wider release on Amazon Prime. If you are a heavy metal fan that has been burned by other comedic movies that lazily treated the genre as ...

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TIMO TOLKKI's INFINITE VISIONS Calls It Quits After Failing To Meet Its Crowdfunding Goal For Debut Album

INFINITE VISIONS, the band formed by ex-STRATOVARIUS guitarist and songwriter Timo Tolkki, has has called it quits after failing to raise sufficient funds to record its debut album. The group said in a statement: "Unfortunately, as INFINITE VISIONS did not meet its crowdfunding goal there will be no album and the band will not continue. ...

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Metal Musicians React To ALEXI LAIHO's Death

Marty Friedman (MEGADETH), Mark Morton (LAMB OF GOD), Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT), Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE), Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY), Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS), Mikael Stanne (DARK TRANQUILLITY) and SONATA ARCTICA are amont the heavy metal musicians who have reacted on social media to the passing of former CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Alexi Laiho. The Finnish ...

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INFINITE VISIONS Feat. Former STRATOVARIUS Guitarist TIMO TOLKKI: 'You Rock My World' Playthrough Video

INFINITE VISIONS, the new band featuring ex-STRATOVARIUS guitarist and songwriter Timo Tolkki, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help finance the production of its debut album, "Union Magnetica". To coincide with the campaign launch, INFINITE VISIONS has released a playthrough video for the song "You Rock My World", a track from ...

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SYMPHONY X Singer RUSSELL ALLEN And Ex-NIGHTWISH Frontwoman ANETTE OLZON: Lyric Video For 'I'll Never Leave You' Song

The official lyric video for the song "I'll Never Leave You" from ALLEN/OLZON, the collaborative project from noted progressive metal vocalists Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB) and Anette Olzon (THE DARK ELEMENT, ex-NIGHTWISH), can be seen below. The track is taken from ALLEN/OLZON's debut album, "Worlds Apart", which was released on March 6 via ...

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JOE LYNN TURNER Says RITCHIE BLACKMORE Is 'Cheating The Public' With Current Version Of RAINBOW

Former RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE singer Joe Lynn Turner has once again slammed Ritchie Blackmore for the guitarist's decision to go out and perform classic DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW material with a new group musicians instead of reforming RAINBOW with a more "authentic" lineup. Blackmore stepped away from his Renaissance-inspired brand of music with BLACKMORE'S ...

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PINK CREAM 69 Announces New Guitarist, Bassist

PINK CREAM 69 has announced the addition of two new members — guitarist Marco Wriedt and bass player Roman Beselt. Wriedt replaces Uwe Reitenauer, who left the group late last year for personal reasons, while Beselt takes the place of Dennis Ward. Commented founding member Alfred Koffler: "It wasn't a long search. And it was ...

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Ex-NIGHTWISH Singer ANETTE OLZON Talks Balancing Full-Time Job As A Nurse With Her Various Musical Projects

"Let's Discuss With Lance Hall"recently conducted an interview with former NIGHTWISH frontwoman Anette Olzon. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On finding the time to partake in various Frontiers Music Srl-backed musical projects, including THE DARK ELEMENT and now ALLEN/OLZON, her new ...

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Japan's All-Female Metal Band LOVEBITES Releases New Single 'Signs Of Deliverance'

LOVEBITES, the all-female heavy metal band from Tokyo, Japan, has released a new single called "Signs Of Deliverance". The song is taken from the group's new album, "Electric Pentagram", which is due on April 24 via Red River Entertainment/BFD, in partnership with JVCKENWOOD Victor Entertainment Group and distributed by The Orchard in North America. "'Signs ...

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SYMPHONY X Singer RUSSELL ALLEN And Ex-NIGHTWISH Frontwoman ANETTE OLZON: Listen To 'Never Die' Song

Noted progressive metal vocalists Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB) and Anette Olzon (THE DARK ELEMENT, ex-NIGHTWISH) will release a collaborative album titled "Worlds Apart" on March 6 via Frontiers Music Srl. The project will be issued under the moniker ALLEN/OLZON. Allen and acclaimed Swedish guitarist, songwriter and producer Magnus Karlsson (PRIMAL FEAR, MAGNUS KARLSSON'S ...

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WINTERSUN, STRATOVARIUS, TRACEDAWN Members Join Forces In SMACKBOUND

Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of SMACKBOUND to a multi-album deal. SMACKBOUND is a metal band from Helsinki, Finland featuring the multi-talented vocalist and actress Netta Laurenne, who founded the group in 2015. Guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari (WINTERSUN) was the first to connect with Netta in the band and they were soon joined by ...

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Video Premiere: BURNING WITCHES' 'Dance With The Devil'

Swiss heavy metal band BURNING WITCHES has released the official music video for the title track of its third studio album, "Dance With The Devil". Due on March 6 via Nuclear Blast, "Dance With The Devil" was recorded at Little Creek Studio and produced once again by V.O. Pulver and German thrash titan Schmier (DESTRUCTION). ...

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SYMPHONY X Singer RUSSELL ALLEN And Ex-NIGHTWISH Frontwoman ANETTE OLZON: Listen To 'Worlds Apart' Title Track

Noted progressive metal vocalists Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB) and Anette Olzon (THE DARK ELEMENT, ex-NIGHTWISH) will release a collaborative album titled "Worlds Apart" on March 6 via Frontiers Music Srl. The project will be issued under the moniker ALLEN/OLZON. Allen and acclaimed Swedish guitarist, songwriter and producer Magnus Karlsson (PRIMAL FEAR, MAGNUS KARLSSON'S ...

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BURNING WITCHES Release 'Sea Of Lies' Video

Swiss heavy metal band BURNING WITCHES will release its third studio album, "Dance With The Devil", on March 6, 2020 via Nuclear Blast. The official visualizer video for the disc's latest single, "Sea Of Lies", can be seen below. The quintet says: "We are delighted to present you our second single 'Sea Of Lies'. In ...

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SYMPHONY X Singer RUSSELL ALLEN Teams Up With Ex-NIGHTWISH Frontwoman ANETTE OLZON In ALLEN/OLZON

Noted progressive metal vocalists Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB) and Anette Olzon (THE DARK ELEMENT, ex-NIGHTWISH) will release a collaborative album in 2020. The project — which will apparently be released under the moniker ALLEN/OLZON — is included in a short preview video of Frontiers Music Srl's 2020 releases. Amazon.de also currently lists an ...

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Ex-STRATOVARIUS Guitarist TIMO TOLKKI Accuses Swedish Band ECLIPSE Of 'Ripping Off' His Song

Timo Tolkki has accused the Swedish band ECLIPSE of "ripping off" a song from his post-STRATOVARIUS project REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE. According to the guitarist, the ECLIPSE track "The Masquerade", which appears on the group's latest album, "Paradigm", is a copy of the song "Revolution Renaissance" from the band he founded after he left STRATOVARIUS in 2008. ...

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DESTRUCTION Announces 'Thrash Alliance' 2020 European Tour With LEGION OF THE DAMNED, SUICIDAL ANGELS

Legendary German thrashers DESTRUCTION will embark on the "Thrash Alliance" European tour this winter. They will be joined by Dutch death/thrash monsters LEGION OF THE DAMNED, Greek thrash metal maniacs SUICIDAL ANGELS and German death-thrashers FINAL BREATH. DESTRUCTION singer and bassist Schmier comments: "Yeah, the 'Thrash Alliance' is back with a BANG! We are delighted ...

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HAMMERFALL's JOACIM CANS: 'No One Expected An Album Like 'Glory To The Brave' In 1997'

Power metal was considered outdated when HAMMERFALL released its "Glory To The Brave" debut in 1997. Save for BLIND GUARDIAN, very few power metal acts actually increased in popularity throughout the decade, with the style's pioneering band, HELLOWEEN, struggling to regain footing after lineup changes, and alternative and grunge music taking precedence, effectively pushing out ...

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DESTRUCTION: 'Inspired By Death' Visualizer Video

The official visualizer video for "Inspired By Death" from German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION can be viewed below. The song is taken from the band's 17th studio album, "Born To Perish", which is being released today (Friday, August 9) via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded in January and February 2019 with V.O. Pulver (PRO-PAIN, ...

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