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Formed: 2000
From: Helsinki, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Thunderstone News

Below is our complete Thunderstone news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Thunderstone Posts "Veterans of the Apocalypse"

Finnish melodic power metal act Thunderstone premieres a new song and music video titled "Veterans of the Apocalypse", taken from the upcoming new album "Apocalypse Again", which will be out in stores on April 01, 2016 via Sakara Records.

Check out now "Veterans of the Apocalypse" below.

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Thunderstone Premieres New Song & Music Video

Finnish melodic power metal act Thunderstone premieres a new song and music video titled "The Path", taken from the upcoming new album "Apocalypse Again", which will be out in stores on April 01, 2016.

Check out now "The Path" below.

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Shredmonton Metal Fest Lineup Announced

Prairie Fire Events Ltd is proud to announce the launch of an official Farmageddon Open Air indoor sister festival.

The Shredmonton Metal Festival and Conference is set to take place from May 6th - 8th, with the lineup for the 6th and 7th revealed today.

This fest features over 20 bands during the course of 3 days at The Starlite Room and The Brixx Bar and Grill (same building), as well as a multi-room industry based conference located at the Shaw Conference Center.

Tickets are available here, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:

Friday, May 6, 2016 @ The Brixx Bar and Grill
5:30pm - Guitar Clinic (Tylor Dory)
6:30pm - Drum Clinic (Tim Waterson)
8pm - Spruce Moose
9pm - Armifera
10pm - The Dead Cold
11pm - Every Hour Kills More...

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Thunderstone Reveals "Apocalypse Again" Artwork

Finnish melodic power metal act Thunderstone - reunited with original vocalist Pasi Rantanen back in 2013 - has revealed the artwork for the band's upcoming new release "Apocalypse Again." The album will be issued via AFM Records on April 15th.

The album mark's the band's glorious return after almost seven years. The artwork for the album can be seen below. More details are expected very soon.

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Thunderstone Signs With AFM Records

Finnish melodic power metal act Thunderstone - reunited with original vocalist Pasi Rantanen back in 2013 - has signed a worldwide deal (excl. Finland and Japan) with AFM Records!

The band's long awaited new release will be entitled "Apocalypse Again" and will drop on April 1st!

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Thunderstone Posts Teaser Clip Of New Single

Finnish metal act Thunderstone posted a preview clip of the band's upcoming new single/music video "Fire and Ice." The single is the first glimpse at the return of original vocalist Pasi Rantanen, who left after the 2007 release "Evolution 4.0." Rantanen replaces outgoing vocalist Rick Altzi (MasterPlan/At Vance).

The single and album have been mastered at Chartmakers with Svante Forsbäck, also known for his work with Rammstein, Volbeat, and Apocalyptica among others. The drop date for the single and new album has not yet been revealed.

Check out the teaser clip here:

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Thunderstone Seeks New Drummer

Ever since breaking its silence, Finnish metal act Thunderstone has overhauled its lineup, splitting with drummer Mirka Rantanen and singer Rick Altzi and welcoming back former vocalist Pasi Rantanen. Now the band is seeking to fill the open drummer spot and is accepting submissions.

Here is the announcement and rules of submission:

"The current line-up of the band is:

"Vocals: Pasi Rantanen
Guitar: Nino Laurenne
Bass: Titus Hjelm
Keyboards: Jukka Karinen
Drums: ... YOU?

"That’s right, for the first time in the history of the band, we are putting out an open call for drummers to audition for THUNDERSTONE! And we want to make it a process that everyone can enjoy, so read the next paragraphs carefully.

"This is what you need to do:

"1. Listen to the song ‘Forevermore’ (from Evolution 4.0)
2. Practice.
3. Record your playing on top of the backing track. You can do this either with a multitrack or just blasting away in front of your phone camera—as long as we can hear the original in the background.
4. Send the track to us by *09/09/2013*. Either:(a) send a link to an uploaded YouTube video, or (b) send your clip directly to us at thunderstone@thunderstone.org via www.wetransfer.com
5. When sending the link or the file, add the following text: ‘I give Thunderstone permission to use this recording on all social media platforms’. More...

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Thunderstone Taps Original Vocalist

Just a day removed from the split with Rick Altzi, Thunderstone has announced that original vocalist Pasi Rantanen has returned to the fold. Rantanen fronted the band from 2000 until his departure in 2007, which encompassed the band's first four releases.

The announcement reads: "We are extremely happy and proud to welcome Pasi back to the Thunderstone family and look forward to creating something truly magical with him in the future."

Bassist Titus Hjelm commented: "Asking Pasi to come back was a no-brainer, really. He has one of the best voices in the scene and many people beyond Thunderstone fans were wondering what he was doing with his incredible talent. We’re really excited to be working with him again."

Pasi’s commented: "Dear Thunderstone fans and friends...I’m back! And man, it feels good too! Leaving Thunderstone was a difficult decision and something that I regretted more than once during my time away. So when the guys approached me about a possible reunion, I had no second thoughts. I missed the music, the friendship, the craziness, and most importantly, the SMELL!"

More news is expected shortly. More...

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Rick Altzi Splits With Thunderstone

After recently breaking its silence and then splitting with drummer Mirka Rantanen, Thunderstone announced the departure of vocalist Rick Altzi, who was forced to depart due to his obligations with Masterplan.

The announcement reads: "Thunderstone has parted ways with singer Rick Altzi, who joined the band in 2009 and is featured on the much-acclaimed album ‘Dirt Metal’. As many of you know, Rick recently joined our friends Masterplan and is currently touring with them. The band would like to thank Rick for an amazing job on ‘Dirt Metal’ and the countless fun times on tour. Cheers brother and good luck with your future endeavours!"

Rick Altzi commented: "It's with mixed feelings that I and the rest of Thunderstone have decided to part ways. On the one hand I really loved the album ‘Dirt metal’ and feel proud of what we achieved. On the other hand I now realise I wouldn't have had the time that a great band like Thunderstone deserves. I wish the guys a great future." More...

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Thunderstone Splits With Drummer

Fresh on the heels of breaking a long silence Finnish metal act Thunderstone has split with drummer Mirka Rantanen. In the first of many impending news items, the band posted the announcement on its Facebook page:

"Thunderstone has parted ways with drummer Mirka Rantanen. The band would like to thank Mirka for an amazing 10+ years as part of the mayhem crew. These are big boots to fill! Here’s Mirka’s message to the fans:

'It has been a fantastic ten plus years with Thunderstone: touring, meeting great people and recording killer albums. Now, however, it’s time for me to call it a day and move on to new challenges. But be assured, you’ll be hearing from me in other projects! It’s time to say goodbye and thank you to the current and past members of the band, our road crews, record labels, management, and most importantly you, dear Thunderstone fans! Let the demons free until we touch the burning sun!'"

More information on the band's future is expected next week. More...

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Thunderstone Breaks Long Silence

Finnish metal band Thunderstone, originally created in 2000 by Ex-Antidote guitarist Nino Laurenne, has broken its four year silence since the release of "Dirt Metal" in 2009. The band posted the following on its Facebook Page:

"The long silence is over! We know many of you have wondered what’s become of Thunderstone — some even declaring the band dead. Well, we aren’t dead yet! In fact, in the next four weeks, we will announce major news regarding the band here and on Twitter. Stay tuned every Friday and you’ll know what’s happening in the near future. Believe me, it’s going to be exciting stuff!"

Thunderstone released five albums since 2002. It's current lineup consists of:

Rick Altzi (MasterPlan/At Vance) -- Vocals
Nino Laurenne (Ex-Antidote) -- Guitar
Titus Hjelm (Ex-Antidote) -- Bass
Jukka Karinen (Status Minor/The Magnificent) -- Keyboards
Mirka Rantanen (Warmen/Kotipelto) -- Drums More...

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Thunderstone Sets "Dirt Metal" European Release

Thunderstone will release their new studio album "Dirt Metal" in Europe on May 24th, 2010 through Steamhammer / SPV. The Russian release is scheduled for March 29th 2010. The album was already released earlier in 2009 in Finland.

The "Dirt Metal" track listing is as follows:

1. Rebirth
2. I Almighty
3. Dirt Metal
4. Blood That I Bleed
5. Star
6. Ghosts Of Youth
7. Counting Hours
8. Dodge The Bullet
9. Deadlights
10. At The Feet Of Fools
11. Suffering Song

Thunderstone's upcoming live dates are as follows:

15.04. GB-London - The Lexington
05.06. D-Euskirchen - Multi-Kulti-Art Festival

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Thunderstone Streaming New Song Online

Thunderstone are currently streaming a new song online. The track "Suffering Song" can be heard at Thunderstone's official MySpace page. "Suffering Song" is from the band's latest album "Dirt Metal," which was released in September, 2009. The album was ranked at #19 on the Finnish Top 40 charts during it's release week.

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Thunderstone's New Album Reaches Finnish Top 40

Thunderstone has issued the following update about their new album "Dirt Metal" reaching the Finnish Top 40 charts (currently ranked at number 19):

"Dirt Metal entered the official Finnish charts with really tough competition. Thank you! Follow this link to find out how the albums is currently ranked. If you don't have the album yet, now it's a great time to go to your local record store and get one!"

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Thunderstone Posts New Music Video Online

Thunderstone has posted a new music video online for the song "I Almighty," which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement about the video:

"Check out the new video 'I Almighty' taken from the upcoming album 'Dirt Metal'!!! Directed by swedish wizard Owe Lingvall (The Rasmus, Amorphis, Nocturnal Rites, Stratovarius etc )" More...

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Thunderstone Streaming New Album Sample

Thunderstone has issued the following update about streaming an unnamed sample from their upcoming album "Dirt Metal:"

"Please check out the new MP3 teaser from the new Thunderstone album, entitled 'Dirt Metal'!!! Hit the player and enjoy!"

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Thunderstone Postpones Release Of New Album

Thunderstone has issued the following update about delaying the release date of their upcoming album:

"A preliminary release date for Thunderstone’s 5th studio album is set for September 2009. The original release date of April 2009 was postponed because the band wants to take their time finishing what bass player Titus Hjelm says will be their ‘heaviest, grooviest and all around best album yet’. The exact date and further information on the release will be published in the coming months. Stay tuned!"

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Thunderstone Posts New Song, "Star," Online

Thunderstone has posted a new song, "Star," on their MySpace player, from their new, yet named album. "Star" showcases the band at its heaviest so far and features guest vocals from Amorphis frontman Tomi Joutsen. The song will also be released on Playground Music’s "Dark Playground" compilation, available for free at the Finnish Metal Expo 13th and 14th February. More new on the release will be revealed in the future.

In the meantime, you can also check out their most recent studio video below. More...

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Thunderstone Recording New Album

THUNDERSTONE has issued the following update on their official Myspace page:

"The recordings for Thunderstone's fifth studio album have begun this week at the familiar Sonic Pump Studios, in Helsinki. We are currently laying down drum tracks for the upcoming blast from the new line-up of the band and are anticipating a spring 2009 release. Stay tuned for more information, photos, videos, and a studio diary on our website! This is it! The waiting will be over soon!!!"

Their forthcoming album will be the first one with Rick Altzi (vocals) and Jukka Karinen (keyboards) who replaced Pasi Rantanen and Kari Tornack in 2007.

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Revolution Renaissance Still Seeking Bassist

Ex-Stratovarius main man, Timo Tolkki's new band Revolution Renaissance is still seeking a bassist. Here is the update from the man himself:

"Having almost completed the line up for REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, we are still looking for bass players. You have to be quick, recordings and tours are awaiting. So please send 2 recently taken photos (one headshot and one fullbody shot) and 3 MP3's of your playing with a short desrciption about yourself. Don't send links, send the material exactly as requested. You can be from anywhere, but Scandinavians have the priority. Good luck! Send the stuff to: rr@timotolkki.com"

As previously reported, Tolkii recenlty revealed the band's vocalist as Gus Monsanto, a 33-year old metal singer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More...

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