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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."
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
11. MALEVOLENT CREATION - Assasin Squad
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
34. ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - So Grim, So True, So Real
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
40. SONATA ARCTICA - Caleb
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
52. NIGHTWISH - Eva
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
67. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Riders On The Storm
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...
THUNDERSTONE guitarist Nino Laurenne issued the following European tour update on October 28th:
"We’re sitting in the backstage of Paris’ La Boule Noire writing this, and - you guessed it - feeling hung over as hell. Well, to be honest, yesterdy was even worse because we flew to Hamburg a day early and that was of course spent in the usual Finnish Mayhem Way. The good part was that we’re sharing the bus with Swedes NOCTURNAL RITES who also know how to have a good time! We haven’t yet got to the playing sauna in the bus with them, but it will come..."
"The show in Lenzburg Metal Inferno IV was excellent! We had a great time there two years ago and relived the whole thing full force. The biggest difference was of course the fact that we had two new guys in the band, who proved to be perfect. We had new energy on stage and the audience loved every moment of it. Thanks again for that! It was also great to see many old friends at the signing session." More...
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...
"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...
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...
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.
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.
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".
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."
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.
"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.
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...
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
Liquid Of The Kings
I Will Come Again
Welcome To The Real
The Last Song
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.