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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 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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ProgPower UK Cancelled

This year's ProgPower UK, which was scheduled for March 28-29 in Bristol, England, has been cancelled. The following message has been posted on wwwww.progpoweruk.com:

"This is the hardest decision we have ever had to make, but it is with great regret that we have had to cancel ProgPower UK III.

"We have made no secret of the financial difficulties that have dogged our first two years, which is why we made a significant number of changes for year three. However, ticket sales have been extremely poor and, as a result, there is no way we can stage the festival without losing a substantial amount of money – again.

"This decision has not been taken lightly and we are fully aware of both the disappointment and inconvenience it will cause. However, we simply cannot afford to keep pumping money into ProgPower UK and we can assure you that we are as disappointed about this as you no doubt are.

"As a result of this, ProgPower UK LLP will cease trading with immediate effect.

"Ticket holders who purchased tickets via cheque or Paypal through the ProgPowerUK website will be refunded by the method through which the tickets were purchased. This will be done within twenty-eight days.

"If you purchased tickets at Bristol Ticket Shop, please contact them directly for a refund.

"Please direct any enquiries to enquiries@progpoweruk.com All enquiries will be dealt with, but please be patient.

"We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has supported us over the past three years, and also thank Rene Janssen and his team giving us the opportunity to make ProgPower UK a reality.

"The ProgPower UK Team"

The following bands were scheduled to perform at ProgPower UK:

Circus Maximus
Diablo Swing Orchestra
Thy Majestie
Vanden Plas

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Thunderstone Confirm New Line-Up

Finland's THUNDERSTONE have issued the following press release:

Last August saw Thunderstone part ways with vocalist Pasi Rantanen and keyboard player Kari Tornack, leaving fans wondering about the future of the band. The band, however, did not rest on its heels and did a full European tour in October-December, recruiting vocalist Tommi "Tuple" Salmela from TAROT and keyboardist Jukka Karinen. The temporary line-up created a flood of speculation, which will come to an end with the announcement of the new line-up.

The new vocalist of Thunderstone is Rick Altzi from Sweden. Rick has contributed his wonderful voice to many metal albums, most recently with Swedish AT VANCE. More...

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Thunderstone Check In

Finnish metallers THUNDERSTONE have issued the following update:

"Hello all! We just wanted to remind you about our upcoming post-Christmas tour with SONATA ARCTICA. It will be an interesting four gigs, since two of the gigs will be done with Pasi and Kari and two with Tuple and Jukka. These are the ‘farewell’ gigs for the old line-up, so get your tickets now!

2008 will be full of new and exciting things for Thunderstone. In the beginning of the year will plan ahead for the next album, shows, and most importantly, the final lineup of the band. We will keep you posted as soon as we have any news. Meanwhile--especially if you missed us on tour--keep harassing your local promoters to get us to play in your town. We are looking forward to perhaps the most exciting year in our career, so stay tuned and have a nice holiday and a great New Year! More...

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Thunderstone Check In

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have updated their "tour diary" with another entry from their current European trek with NOCTURNAL RITES. Bassist Titus Hjelm's latest posting reads as follows:

"Another ’reunion' waited for us in Vienna. It was the first time there for us in four years. The venue was tiny compared to the previous ones, but the great crowd made us forget it right away.

Last night's bus party and the taste of Czech beer was still in our mouths, but even a hangover couldn't stop the party on stage. From Vienna we headed towards Nurnberg and Hirsch which is a familiar venue for us from the AXEL RUDI PELL tour in 2004. The Monday crowd was a bit sleepy but we still had a very good time, doing some 'ripaska' on stage and telling the usual quality THUNDERSTONE jokes.

"Next day was very strange since the town of the show was changed at the last minute. Instead of Losheim we were playing in Merzig. On top of that the venue was changed last minute too. However, despite the shortcomings, quite a nice crowd showed up. Our friends Alex and Vivian made sure that we were stocked with (terrible-tasting, might I add...) booze, and another party was on its way..."

THUNDERSTONE's European tour with NOCTURNAL RITES wraps up tonight (November 11) in Hamburg, Germany.

STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson was unable to join THUNDERSTONE on their current European tour as a replacement for the recently departed Kari Tornack. According to the band, Johansson was forced to bow out of the tour "for personal reasons."

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"20 Years Of Nuclear Blast" Trailer Posted Online

A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.

The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:

01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...

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