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STRATOVARIUS Frontman Announces Title, Secures Label Deal For Solo Debut

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has set Waiting For The Dawn as the title of his forthcoming debut solo album, for which he has struck a deal with an as-yet-undisclosed major metal independent label (strongly rumored to be Century Media Records) for a May release. As previously reported, the al...
February 22, 2002
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STRATOVARIUS Frontman To Issue Solo Album In April/May

STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto is presently negotiating with several record labels regarding the release of his upcoming solo album, and if all goes according to plan, the CD will receive a worldwide release in April/May. As previously reported, the album will be released in Finland via Timo's...
February 7, 2002
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SONATA ARCTICA Announce Brazilian Dates

Finnish power metallers SONATA ARCTICA have announced the details of their upcoming Brazilian tour. The dates are as follows: Mar. 20 Porto Alegre, BRA @ Bar Opiniao Mar. 22 Curitiba, BRA @ Studio 1250 Mar. 23 Belo Horizonte, BRA @ TBA Mar. 24 Sao Paulo, BRA @ Directv Music Hall ...
January 29, 2002
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SONATA ARCTICA Live Album In The Works

Finnish melodic power metallers SONATA ARCTICA have finished mixing their live album, entitled Live In Japan 2001, at Finnvox Studios with Mikko Karmila. The band are due to enter Tico Tico Studios shortly to record a couple of new songs, which may or may not appear on the aforementioned live CD as...
January 11, 2002
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SONATA ARCTICA : Live In Finland

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have lined up the following dates in their home country: Jan. 25 - Tampere, FIN @ Pakkahuone Jan. 26 - Lapua, FIN @ Lapuahovi Feb. 08 - Paimio, FIN @ Tillintupa Feb. 09 - Turku, FIN @ Kåren Feb. 22 - Seinäjoki, FIN @ Uimahallin Urheilutalo Feb. 23 - Jyväskylä...
January 11, 2002
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STRATOVARIUS Vocalist To Issue Solo Debut In March/April

STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto's recently-completed debut solo album will be released in Finland via Timo's own High And Loud label in March/April. No US or continental European release information has yet been made available. Among the tracks that are set to appear on the as-yet-untitled CD a...
January 2, 2002
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Archive News Dec 03, 2001

APOLLYON SUN, featuring former CELTIC FROST mainman Tom Gabriel Fischer, are currently composing and demoing new material for the group's upcoming sophomore full-length album at the band's own rehearsal studio facility (where the act have just upgraded the computer-based recording system) and at...
December 3, 2001
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Archive News Nov 30, 2001

Here are some of the latest sales figures for various metal/hard rock releases in the US, as reported by Soundscan for the week ending November 25th, 2001 (number in parenthesis indicates the number of weeks the title has been on the sales chart): ... KID ROCK – Cocky: 223,062 (1) ...
November 30, 2001
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Archive News Nov 26, 2001

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser will be joining former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di'Anno on stage as a very special guest at the latter's headlining appearance at the Manifesto Bar in Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 11th. Kisser will reportedly perform with Di'Anno at the first show of the sing...
November 26, 2001
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Archive News Aug 16, 2001

Ex-VOIVOD bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest has denied that he is personally suing his former band for expenses incurred in relation to the near-fatal road accident in Germany in August 1998 that resulted in Forrest being thrown out of the band's van (who were on tour at the time) and suffering broken...
August 16, 2001
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Archive News Jun 27, 2001

Contrary to the official statement posted by METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Venaderhoof on the group's official web site (as reported here yesterday),the ongoing METAL CHURCH “dispute” involving Vanderhoof and vocalist David Wayne appears to be far less of a “united front” against the singer on the...
June 27, 2001
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Archive News Jun 04, 2001

DESTRUCTION's brand new studio album, The Antichrist, will be released through Nuclear Blast Records in Europe on Monday, August 27th. Like its predecessor, last year's All Hell Breaks Loose, The Antichrist was recorded at Sweden's The Abyss Studios with producer Peter Tagtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN). In...
June 4, 2001
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Archive News May 23, 2001

Popular '80s Bay Area metal band DEATH ANGEL will reunite for a one-off performance at the Thrash Of The Titans benefit concert for TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. As previously reported, Thrash Of The Titans will be taking place on Saturday, August 11th at Sa...
May 23, 2001
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Archive News May 19, 2001

COAL CHAMBER have recruited Ross Hogarth to produce their forthcoming third full-length album, which is tentatively titled Dark Days and is scheduled for release on October 8th in Europe and October 9th in the US. Hogarth is a virtual unknown in metal circles, having primarily worked with pop and ro...
May 19, 2001
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Archive News Apr 28, 2001 - update 1

The members of TESTAMENT — including the cancer-stricken vocalist Chuck Billy — were spotted at THE HAUNTED's show at Slim's in San Francisco on Thursday, April 26th. Billy, who was was reportedly in very good spirits, made it clear to everyone that TESTAMENT would continue and that he was confident...
April 28, 2001