Sonata Arctica with sadness announced that their bass player Marko Paasikoski leaving the band.
Marko`s official statement ….
“I have come to a situation in my life where being a part of a touring band is not an option for me anymore and it’s time to explore other things. I wish to thank all the fans and my band mates for all the good times, great shows and adventures that we have had over the last decade.
The memories from this time will stay with me forever but at the moment I don’t have the motivation or the passion that is required to be in the band so it’s better for all parties involved that we go our separate ways. I wish all the best for the guys ! -Marko”
According to SA official announcement .. “We understand Marko’s decision and this is of course a thing that we have talked about during the last tour. We appreciate Marko being a stand up guy and finishing up the Stones Grow Her Name- World Tour. Thank you Marko for all these years and best of luck and fortunes with your future endeavors, we’ll miss you bro !!”
“Our new bass player is Pasi Kauppinen (Silent Voices, ex-Requiem, Winterborn). We’ve known him for many years and he has mixed both our DVDs as well as recorded parts of our last 3 studio albums. He will join the band starting with the upcoming album.”
Tim Ripper Owens (ex Judas Priest)
Only two UK shows with awesome backing band :
Timo Kauppinen -guitar (Silent Voices,Jack The Frost),Pasi Kauppinen – bass (Silent Voices,Winterborn),
Atti Hokkala – guitar(Winterborn),Jani Hurula drums (Cain`s Offering)
Tim Ripper Owens (ex Judas Priest)
@ “Rockova Ostrava ” Festival 2013
The frontman of the legendary Hungarian
band OMEGA celebrates his 70th birthday
on 17th May 2013.
After he had been a member of several student
bands since 1959, János Kóbor and the
keyboarder László Benkö founded OMEGA
1962 in Budapest. With his m multifarious
vocal style, his expressive rendition and
powerful presence on stage he significantly
shaped the character of the band.
It was mainly due to him that Omega soon
became an internationally renowned headliner,
who contributed to several chapters
of the history of rock music, who sold 50
million records and CDs world-wide and
became the most successful band in Eastern
In connection with the 50th birthday of the
group last year, János Kóbor effectively implemented
his idea to record a studio album
of the most successful songs from the seventieth
and eighties with a classical orchestra.
In October 2010 the album “OMEGARhapsody”
was released, produced by
János Kóbor. Meanwhile it is available in 26
Just in time before the start of the jubilee
tour 2012 – which included three concerts
in Germany – they additionally released the
OMEGA-Symphony, a 30-minute orchestral
work of the band’s greatest hits. The live performances
of the OMEGA-Symphony and
the OMEGA-Rhapsody thrilled the audiences
of their jubilee concerts in 2012.
In appreciation of their 50th anniversary,
the band was honored with the most
prestigious national award of Hungary – the
Kossuth-Prize – in the Hungarian Parliament
on 15th March 2013.
Starting in June 2013 the band will again be
on tour with a symphony orchestra performing
“OMEGA-Symphony & Rhapsody”.
Ukrainian progressive/neoclassical-metallers MAJESTY OF REVIVAL have announced details of their second album – “Iron Gods” its due out later this year.
On the new album “Iron Gods” they have also two guest musicians:
Jouni Nikula (FIN) – Requiem, Jack the Frost, Altaria
Magnus Norhd (SWE) – Time Requiem, Majestic, Blind Faith
Constantine – Finnish melodic/progressive metallers just released a new single and video “World Undefined”
The whole video has been shot with a single hand-held Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone!!!
Finland based progressive metal band CONSTANTINE presents the first
music video ever shot with Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. The video introduces
the band’s new single “World Undefined” from their upcoming full length album
due to be released during Autumn 2013 via Palokka Records.