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Lordi Drummer, "Otus" Passes Away

Finnish heavy metal outfit Lordi has announced that drummer Tonmi Lillman, also known as "Otus," has passed away at the age of 38. The cause of death is presently unknown. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Our dear friend and band mate, "Otus" Tonmi Lillman, has sadly passed away. He will be greatly missed and we send our condolences to his family and friends.

"Otus: we thank You from the bottom of our hearts for the short time we got to know you and spend with you together.

"Rest in peace, friend."

Lillman joined the group in late 2010, replacing long time drummer Sampsa Astala, AKA, "Kita." He joined after the release of the band's latest studio album, "Babez For Breakfast" and as such, had not recorded an album with Lordi. He had also spent time with such bands as Ajattara, To/Die/For, Sinergy and Vanguard.

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Vanguard Complete Work On New Album

Vocalist Suvi G of the Finnish "dark metal" act VANGUARD has issued the following update:

"The long wait is closing in on its end, the new album is being mixed as we speak. Mixing will be done by this Sunday and on [February] 29 when it's mastered at Finnvox Studios by Minerva Pappi, skies will fall and by gods, it will finally be finished. We're hoping to get it released soon after that. Anyway we will give you some bits to chew on from the mixed versions!"

"We've had a couple of good gigs, the New Year's gig in St. Petersburg wasn't really a VANGUARD gig without our Tonmi [Lillman; drums], who had a previously booked gig with AJATTARA at the same time, but we were happily back together last Friday at the famous Tavastia club. The sounds are excellent there on stage which really makes a difference. It was fun to play and [presumably] not such a travesty for the listeners ears, either. These two were the first gigs without our pianist Lari, and I have to say it feels weird. Still I'd like to say, for the millionth time, my ever-grateful thanks to Antti and Teemu for helping out (and getting adopted by us) at Russia and for Janne of WALTARI and AJATTARA for helping out at Tavastia with DEATHSTARS. You all rock!! Next time we will probably have our new six-piece live line-up up and operational, that'll be something completely different. However, Lari as a brother-in-arms and as a band member will never be replaced, and we wish him nothing but happiness and good luck on his career. We miss you, bro!" More...

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"Armageddon Over Wacken Live 2004" Details

Armageddon Music have announced a March 21 release date for the "Armageddon Over Wacken Live 2004" 3-CD set. The package will feature more than 220 minutes and 38 bands, along with liner notes, photos and information about the annual German metal festival. Here is the complete track listing:

Disc 1:

01. ANTHRAX - "Indians"
02. ANTHRAX - "Only"
03. DESTRUCTION - "Nailed To The Cross"
04. CHILDREN OF BODOM - "Sixpounder"
05. CANNIBAL CORPSE - "Dormant Bodies Bursting"
06. MAYHEM - "Pargans Fears"
07. DEATH ANGEL - "Thicker Than Blood"
08. UNLEASHED - "To Asgaard We Fly"
09. ORPHANAGE - "Five Crystals"
10. EKTOMORF - "I Know Them"
11. EKTOMORF - "Destroy"
12. BAL-SAGOTH - "The Emperial Lexicon"
13. MNEMIC - "Ghost"
14. CATHEDRAL - "Stained Glass Horizon"
15. NEVERMORE - "Enemies Of Reality"

Disc 2: More...

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Vanguard Wins WOA Battle

The Finnish band Vanguard has won the Metal Battle at WOA. The competition was held by Metal Hammer and Armageddon Music. The first prize - a record deal with Armageddon Music now goes to Finland.

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