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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 Announce New Touring Keyboardist

Despite a previous announcement to the contrary, STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson will be unable to join Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE on their European tour as a replacement for the recently departed Kari Tornack. According to the band, Johansson has been forced to bow out of the tour "for personal reasons." Keyboard duties on the trek will now be handled by Jukka Karinen from the Finnish prog-metal outfit STATUS MINOR.

THUNDERSTONE's video for the song "Face in the Mirror" can be viewed here. The track comes off the group's fourth studio album, "Evolution 4.0", which was released this past March. According to the band, the CD is "a milestone, bringing in more of the heavier stuff that 'Tools of Destruction' already hinted at, but still retaining the landmark melodies of THUNDERSTONE. That's why we thought the title 'Evolution 4.0' best represents where we now stand." More...

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Finnish Metal "Idol's" Album Goes Platinum

"Fuel for the Fire", the debut solo album from the winner of the Finnish national TV talent competition "Idols", 22-year-old heavy metal singer Ari Koivunen, has been certified platinum in Finland for sales in excess of 30,000 copies. Ari was presented with his gold and platinum plaques by Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH, TAROT) and Tommi "Tuple" Salmela during Koivunen's performance at Pielavesirock on Saturday, June 30.

Koivunen recently released the video for his first solo single, "Hear My Call". The song was written by Nino Laurenne (THUNDERSTONE) and Pasi Heikkilä (45 DEGREE WOMAN), who also produced "Fuel for the Fire" (Sony BMG). You can watch the clip at YouTube.

Among the other metal luminaries who have contributed material to "Fuel for the Fire" are Timo Tolkki (STRATOVARIUS), Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH, TAROT), Janne Joutsenniemi (SUBURBAN TRIBE), Tony Kakko (SONATA ARCTICA) and Jarkko Ahola (TERÄSBETONI).

The following musicians appear on the CD:

Tuomas Wäinölä (KOTIPELTO, NYLON BEAT) - Guitar
Mikko Kosonen (MAIJA VILKKUMAA) - Guitar
Nino Laurenne (THUNDERSTONE) - Guitar
Mirka Rantanen (THUNDERSTONE) - Drums
Mikko Kaakkuriniemi (KOTIPELTO) - Drums
Pasi Heikkilä (45 DEGREE WOMAN) - Bass
Janne Wirman (CHILDREN OF BODOM) - Keyboards

Ari Koivunen's touring band — which also appears in the "Hear My Call" clip — consists of the following musicians: More...

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More Bands Added To Finland's Tuska Open Air

The 2007 Tuska Open Air Festival is scheduled for June 29th - July st at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. ISIS, MISERY INDEX, THUNDERSTONE, TURISAS, PROFANE OMEN are the latest acts confirmed.

Acts on the bill now include: More...

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All-Star Performance, Bands For ProgPower USA VII

ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston has confirmed that there will be a very special "all-star" performance led by vocalist Jorn Lande during his headline set at ProgPower USA this year.

Confirmed thus far to join Lande on stage are Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, ex-Savatage), Lance King (Pyramaze), Michele Luppi (Vision Divine), Pasi Rantanen (Thunderstone), Mikkel Sandager (Mercenary), Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus), and Mattias "IA" Eklundh (Freak Kitchen). Other participants will be announced at a later time.

Along with Lande, Swedish progressive/power metal band Evergrey will headline the two-day festival, performing a worldwide exclusive set featuring the Evergrey choir and the Poulenc String Quartet from Atlanta.

Lande and Evergrey will be joined by German power metal band Savage Circus, Dutch symphonic metal band Epica, Pyramaze, Wastefall, Sweden’s Freak Kitchen, Finland’s Thunderstone, Italy’s Vision Divine, and Denmark’s Mercenary, who is returning to ProgPower due to overwhelming popularity at ProgPower IV.

ProgPower USA VII will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta. A very limited number of tickets are available via progpowerusa.com.

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Jorn Lande To Replace Nevermore At ProgPower USA

Jorn Lande has been tapped to replace Nevermore as the Saturday night headliner at ProgPower USA VII. The singer, whose credits include Masterplan and ARK, will close the show with a unique set covering not only his solo career but songs from the various bands and projects over the course of his entire career.

"I hated to lose Nevermore, but I am ecstatic over being able to get one of the best voices in metal today," said Promoter Glenn Harveston. "After speaking with Jorn, I am convinced that this will be a once in a lifetime set that you won't see anywhere else in the world."

Added Lande: "It's an honor to play ProgPower USA this year. The festival is well known around the world for keeping progressive metal and hard rock alive. We will do our best to give you a few surprises and make it one of the most memorable sets in the history of the festival."

Nevermore was forced to pull out of ProgPower USA when the Disturbed/Nevermore European was postponed until September, conflicting with the festival date.

Evergrey - complete with a choir and string quartet - will headline the first night of the two-day festival, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta.

The rest of the lineup is German power metal band Savage Circus, Dutch symphonic metal band Epica, Pyramaze, Wastefall, Sweden's Freak Kitchen, Finland's Thunderstone, Italy's Vision Divine, and Denmark's Mercenary.

The festival's annual pre-party will take place on Thursday, September 14 at The Vinyl Club inside of Earthlink Live and will feature performances by Theocracy, Circus Maximus, Leatherwolf, and Circle II Circle.

Tickets for ProgPower USA VII will go on sale Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m. EST via all Ticketmaster outlets. Only 900 tickets will be made available to the public. Advance Gold Badges, which presently have a two-year wait list, are sold out. ProgPower USA has sold out more than four months in advance for the past four years. Last year's festival sold out in a record four days.

Tickets are for the pre-party are $20 and go on sale April 8 at 10 a.m. EST. There will only be 600 tickets available in advance.

ProgPower USA VII is sponsored by Pacific Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Shure Microphones, Evans Drumheads, D'Addario Strings, and Planet Wave Cables. Interested sponsors may contact ProgPower USA via progpowerusa.com.

Information is available on the website for parties interested in participating in the CD Showcase sampler or advertising in the official program.

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Thunderstone, Machine Men Support Sonata Arctica

THUNDERSTONE and MACHINE MEN are said to be in talks to support SONATA ARCTICA on their upcoming headlining tour of Europe, scheduled for September.

THUNDERSTONE will release their third full-length album, "Tools of Destruction", in the U.S. on June 28 via Nuclear Blast Records. "Tools of Destruction" was mixed at Timo Tolkki's (STRATOVARIUS) Goldenworks studio with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne.

MACHINE MEN are scheduled to release their new album, "Elegies", on July 25 via Century Media Records. "Elegies" was recorded by THUNDERSTONE's Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump Studios (OMNIUM GATHERUM, THUNDERSTONE) and mastered at the established Finnvox Studios. The CD includes nine catchy and profoundly melodic new songs as well as a cover version of BRUCE DICKINSON's "Freak".

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Thunderstone Set US Album Release Date

Finnish melodic power metallers Thunderstone will release their third full-length album, "Tools of Destruction," in the U.S. on June 28. An MP3 file containing a sample medley of the songs from the CD can be downloaded at this location.

Thunderstone's video for the track "Tool Of The Devil" has been made available for download at this location (Quicktime, 30 MB). The clip was shot with director Jari Mutikainen and producer Jan Streng.

"Tools of Destruction" was mixed at Timo Tolkki's (Stratovarius) Goldenworks studio with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne.

Thunderstone's sophomore album, "The Burning," entered the Finnish Album chart at position No. 17 upon its release in January 2004. The follow-up to 2002's "Thunderstone" was recorded at Sonic Pump studios with producer Laurenne and was mixed at Finnvox studios with Mikko Karmila (Nightwish, Children of Bodom). Included on the CD is a guest appearance by Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo in the track "Drawn To The Flame."

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Thunderstone Posts Medley Online

Finnish melodic power metallers Thunderstone have posted an MP3 file containing a sample medley of the songs from their upcoming third full-length album, "Tools of Destruction," due on April 18. Download the file at this location.

As previously reported, Thunderstone's video for the track "Tool Of The Devil" has been made available for download at this location (Quicktime, 30 MB). The clip was shot with director Jari Mutikainen and producer Jan Streng.

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New Thunderstone Single #3 On Finnish Charts

"Tool Of The Devil," the first single off of Thunderstone's new album, "Tools Of Destruction," went straight to number 3 in the official Finnish single chart.

You can check out the song here.

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More Tuska Open Air Details Revealed

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival has added more international and Finnish acts to the 2005 roster. The line-up is almost complete with only 1 more artist to be added for Saturday afternoon as well as the winner from the band contest at Rotonde-Festival, France, which is to be held later this spring. This year's Tuska-Festival is more international than ever, with nearly half of the artists coming from abroad. The evening clubs will most likely see some international action as well.

New additions in Finnish professionalism will be represented by Apocalyptica, whose cello metal is witnessed way too rarely on their native soil. Apocalytica just recently supported Rammstein on their European tour and appeared stateside on a few selected dates.

German precision and universal greatness is brought to you by the mighty Gamma Ray. The band last appeared on the bill at Tuska 2000 and have since built their fanbase by selling out club shows on a regular basis.

Other additions include up-and-coming death metallers Amoral, Finnish-singing Stam1na and Viikate, as well as Callisto who are about to embark on a European tour in a few weeks.

The search continues for one more, either domestic or foreign artist.

Ticket sales for Tuska 2005 start on Friday April 1st. Three-day ticketcosts 67 euro, one-day ticket 32 euro. Go to www.lippupalvelu.fi to purchase tickets.

Current Tuska 2005 line-up reads as follows: More...

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Thunderstone Reveal Album Details

Thunderstone recently revealed some facts about their upcoming album, called "Tools Of Destruction". The release date is April 18th for Europe, dates for USA and Japan will be announced soon.

The tracklist is as follows:

Tool Of The Devil
Without Wings
Liquid Of The Kings
I Will Come Again
Welcome To The Real
The Last Song
Another Time
Feed The Fire
Weight Of The World
Land Of Innocence

The digipack version will include two bonus tracks/videos. The Japanese edition will contain a cover of the Dio classic "Rainbow In The Dark" as a bonus track.

On March 29th, a limited edition single for "Tool Of The Devil" will be released, and it will include the title track, a special edit of "I Will Come Again and "Tool Of The Devil (Dance Of The Devil Mix)".

In other news, Thunderstone has shot a video for the upcoming single track 'Tool of the Devil'. Check out some pictures from the shoot here.

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Firewind Added To Hammerfall Tour

After the very successful release of the brandnew piece of iron called "Forged By Fire" in January 2005 Firewind come up with some more good news:

The band of the Greek guitar wizard Gus G. finally have another chance to perform their intense Power Metal live on stage. It starts off with a special showcase March 18th 2005 in London and continues with several support shows for HammerFall within the scope of the Icebreaker Festivals.

Here are the complete dates: More...

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Thunderstone Begins Mixing New Album

Finnish power metallers Thunderstone have begun mixing their new album, the follow-up to “The Burning” (2004), at Goldenworks Mixing Suite, owned by Stratovarius mastermind Timo Tolkki. Mixing will be Thunderstone’s guitarist/producer Nino Laurenne. The final tracklisting and the title of the album have not been announced yet, but some selections are:

‘Welcome to the real’
’I will come again’
’Land of innocence’
’Feed the fire’

The album will contain 11 songs total.

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Bands Confirmed For Dimebag Tribute In Finland

Omnium Gatherum, Children of Bodom, Thunderstone, Amoral and others have been confirmed as participants at a Dimebag tribute concert in Helsinki, Finland, on January 15th 2005.

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Thunderstone To Support Motley Crue In Finland

Finnish Melodic Power metallers Thunderstone have been confirmed as supporting act for legendary California rockers Motley Crue at two shows in Finland: Jäähalli, Helsinki on June 7th 2005 and Elysee Areena, Turku on June 8th 2005. Included in the line-up for these "Rock in Helsinki" and "Rock in Turku" events are also Finish rockers Private Line and a not yet announced very special guest.

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COB Drummer To Appear On New Evemaster Album

Children of Bodom fan site Scythes-of-Bodom.com is reporting that CoB drummer Jaska is set to appear on the new Evemaster album, entitled "MMIV Lacrimae Mundi." The album is a re-recording of Evemaster's debut album "Lacrimae Mundi."

At the beginning of 2004, Jaska recorded drums at POP studios in Loimaa, Finland with the idea to get it "as punk as possible" and adding great grinding/blast drumming. The album fetaures the 7 tracks of the original album with one bonus track.

"MMIV Lacrimae Mundi" tracklisting: More...

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Thunderstone Heads Into The Studio

Thunderstone heads into Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki Finland today to begin recording the follow up to their successful 2003 release "The Burning." The as-yet-untitled CD will be produced by Thunderstone guitar player Nino Laurenne. The release date is set for April of 2005 with the disc to be preceded by the first single and video in March. The band is expected to spend 2 months in the studio with mixing to take place in early 2005.

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Thunderstone Writing New Material

Thunderstone is writing new songs for the upcoming, yet-unititled album, due to be released next spring. The band is currently demo-ing three new songs at Sonic Pump Studios and the actual recording sessions are tentatively scheduled for November/December.

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Primal Fear Cancel Tour, Join Iced Earth Tour

The Primal Fear Tour with Brainstorm and Rob Rock has been cancelled, as Primal Fear have decided to Join the Iced Earth European Tour with Thunderstone.

"Sometimes a band has to make decisions — a lot of people could be happy, some not," PRIMAL FEAR write in an official statement announcing their addition to the tour. "After days of negotiations, discussions and talkings between our live-management, record company, promoters and of course the band, we have to make a final decision and we accepted ICED EARTH's management's offer to join the metal tour of the year!

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