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Ex-DELAIN Singer CHARLOTTE WESSELS Reveals 'The Obsession' Album Details

After announcing the release of her new studio album for September 20, charismatic Dutch singer/songwriter Charlotte Wessels (ex-DELAIN) has unveiled the album's title together with the first single. Titled "The Obsession", the album marks Wessels's Napalm Records debut, and while her earlier solo e...
May 17, 2024

Ex-DELAIN Singer CHARLOTTE WESSELS Explores 'Heavier Sound' On Upcoming Solo Album

Charismatic Dutch singer/songwriter Charlotte Wessels is set to release her new studio album on September 20, 2024 via Napalm Records. The LP's first single, "The Exorcism", will arrive on May 16, 2024. Wessels's album promises a cohesive exploration of fear and liberation, as well as spellbinding m...
April 9, 2024

TONY KAKKO On SONATA ARCTICA's Return To Power Metal On 'Clear Cold Beyond': 'It Was Like Riding A Bike'

By David E. Gehlke Finland's SONATA ARCTICA were on a four-album winning streak by the time the touring cycle for 2004's "Reckoning Night" concluded. With countrymen STRATOVARIUS consumed by lineup instability, SONATA ARCTICA stepped up to the plate with a series of LPs that were shamelessly fast, o...
February 27, 2024

GEOFF TATE On Why He Hasn't Released A Solo Album In Seven Years: 'It's So Much Work'

In a new interview with The Rock N' Roll & Coffee Show, former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate talked about the possibility of a new solo album in the not-too-distant future. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I haven't made one since… The last real album that I did was, I think, 2017,...
February 10, 2024

GEOFF TATE Is 'Just Getting Started' On Third SWEET OBLIVION Album

In a new interview with Ernest Skinner of Canada's Border City Rock Talk, former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate confirmed that he is working on a new album from his SWEET OBLIVION project. "I've done two records under that title, and this [will be] my third one," Geoff explained (as transcribed by BL...
January 25, 2024

Ex-STRATOVARIUS Guitarist TIMO TOLKKI Gets Suspended Prison Sentence For Fraud And Forgery

According to Seiska and Helsingin Sanomat, former STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has been sentenced in Helsinki District Court to 45 days' suspended imprisonment for fraud and forgery. The fraud conviction arose when Tolkki wrongfully applied for income support worth more than €3,000 (approximat...
November 13, 2023


The "Dreamspace" lineup of STRATOVARIUS, which recently reformed under the moniker TIMO TOLKKI'S STRATO, has signed a multi-album deal with ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records! Details of the band's debut LP, which was previously said to be titled "Return To Dreamspace", will be revealed soon. TIMO TOLKKI'...
October 5, 2023

STRATOVARIUS's 'Dreamspace' Lineup Reunites As TIMO TOLKKI'S STRATO

The "Dreamspace" lineup of STRATOVARIUS has reformed, returning under the moniker TIMO TOLKKI'S STRATO. Featuring Timo Tolkki (vocals and guitar),Tuomo Lassila (drums) and Antti Ikonen (keyboards),these members recorded the classic "Fright Night", "Twilight Time", "Dreamspace" and "Fourth Dimensio...
June 2, 2023

THE 69 EYES To Release 'Death Of Darkness' Album In April

Helsinki, Finland's longest-serving gothic rock vampires THE 69 EYES will release their new studio album, "Death Of Darkness", on April 21 via Atomic Fire Records worldwide, excluding Finland where it will be released by Vallila Music House. Physical versions will be available in the U.S. on May 5....
February 10, 2023

GEOFF TATE's New Solo Album Is 'Almost Finished'

In a new interview with Riff Crew, former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate spoke about his recording plans for the coming months. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "A couple of years ago I started doing an album with a group of Italian artists called SWEET OBLIVION. And we've done two album...
February 2, 2023

THE 69 EYES Announce May 2023 U.S. Tour Dates With PRETTY BOY FLOYD

Helsinki's longest-serving gothic rock vampires THE 69 EYES will return to Western U.S. stages this spring. The week-long "Gotta Rock" tour will commence on May 5 in Phoenix, Arizona at the Nile Theater and run through May 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada at Sick New World festival. Support will be provided...
January 26, 2023

STRATOVARIUS's JENS JOHANSSON Brushes Off TIMO TOLKKI Reunion Talk: 'You Can't Turn Back Time'

By David E. Gehlke One of the measures by which metal keyboardists are judged, Jens Johansson is well beyond his days of playing underneath his keyboard stand with Yngwie Malmsteen or serving as a finalist for Kevin Moore's open spot in DREAM THEATER. The Swedish Johansson has since settled into his...
October 10, 2022


Seven years might seem like a long time between albums, even for a veteran band like STRATOVARIUS, but the poor Finns had been bashing out albums at an impressive rate and touring relentlessly for 30 years when the sturdy but unremarkable "Eternal" came out in 2015. Second only to HELLOWEEN when it...
September 21, 2022

Ex-DELAIN Frontwoman CHARLOTTE WESSELS Comments On Band's Comeback With New Singer

In an interview with Spain's The Metal Circus TV, former DELAIN frontwoman Charlotte Wessels was asked how she feels about the fact that the band recently made a comeback with a new lineup. Last month, DELAIN released a single, "The Quest And The Curse", featuring keyboardist, founder and main songw...
September 17, 2022

SYMPHONY X Singer RUSSELL ALLEN And Ex-NIGHTWISH Frontwoman ANETTE OLZON Announce 'Army Of Dreamers' Album

Frontiers Music Srl has announced that the dynamic trio of Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB),Anette Olzon (THE DARK ELEMENT, ex-NIGHTWISH) and Magnus Karlsson (PRIMAL FEAR) have crafted a follow-up to the well-received debut ANETTE/OLZON album "Worlds Apart". The new LP, "Army Of Dreamers"...
July 13, 2022