Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have posted the following message on their official web site:

"We are very sorry to announce that we have cancelled the planned show at the Metalliance festival in Beauvais [France] [on May 5]. We want you to know that this was entirely beyond our control. Our agent sent dozens of emails and spoke to the promoter on the phone several times, but regardless of all our efforts, no advance payment was ever made and without advance payment it is impossible for us to buy flight tickets. In addition, after tarrying so long the flight tickets would have cost us more than our fee, so we had no other option than to cancel the show. We were truly looking forward to play in France after a two-year break, but unfortunately due to unprofessional business this did not happen. We are sorry but look forward to be back in France as soon as possible!"

THUNDERSTONE have commenced the songwriting process for their next album. "Tentative plans include hitting the studio in late summer," the band write on their web site. "The release date has not been set, but a late 2006 or early 2007 release is anticipated."

THUNDERSTONE's third full-length album, "Tools of Destruction", was released in the U.S. in June 2005 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was mixed at Timo Tolkki's (STRATOVARIUS) Goldenworks studio with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne.


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