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HIM: Video Of Nottingham Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of HIM's December 27 performance at Rock City, in Nottingham, England can be seen below. HIM vocalist Ville Valo told MDR Jump this past summer about when fans can expect to see the band's follow-up to 2013's "Tears On Tape" album: "Hopefully it's gonna happen sometime next year. It's an interesting time ...

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THE 69 EYES To Release 'Universal Monsters' Album In April; 'Jet Fighter Plane' Single Teaser Available

Finnish gothic metallers THE 69 EYES are working on their eleventh album, "Universal Monsters", with producer Johnny Lee Michaels at his Helsinki-based Bat Cave Studios for an April 2016 release through Nuclear Blast Records. The CD's first single and video, "Jet Fighter Plane", will be released on January 15, 2016. The accompanying music video was ...

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ENTWINE To Release 'Chaotic Nation' Album In October

Finnish gothic metal/rock band ENTWINE will release its seventh album, "Chaotic Nation", on October 2. According to a press release, the follow-up to 2009's "Painstained" "presents a rejuvenated, supercharged contemporary melodic metal group with ten impeccably written scorching hot rock anthems for you to bang you head to." ENTWINE drummer Aksu Hanttu spent much of ...

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HIM Unveils New Drummer During Surprise Festival Appearance

Finnish "love" metallers HIM have recruited Jukka "Kosmo" Kröger (HERRA YLPPÖ & IHMISET) as their new drummer following the departure of Mika Kristian Karppinen (a.k.a. Gas Lipstick) earlier this year. Kröger made his live debut with HIM earlier tonight (Saturday, July 25) during a surprise performance at the Qstock festival in Oulu, Finland. The concert ...

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Ex-HANOI ROCKS Singer MICHAEL MONROE To Release 'Blackout States' Album In October

Former HANOI ROCKS frontman Michael Monroe will release his new studio album, "Blackout States", on Friday, October 16 via Spinefarm Records. The 13-track follow-up to 2013's "Horns And Halos" was produced by Chips Kiesbye (HELLACOPTERS, NOMADS) in Gothenburg, Sweden, and mixed by Petri Majuri in Helsinki, Finland. With "Blackout States", Monroe's current touring and recording ...

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NIGHTWISH's 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' Cracks U.S. Top 40

"Endless Forms Most Beautiful", the new album from Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH, sold more than 18,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart. NIGHTWISH's previous CD, "Imaginaerum", opened with 12,000 units to land at No. 27 ...

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NIGHTWISH: Fifteenth 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' Trailer

The fifteenth trailer for NIGHTWISH's new full-length album, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", can be seen below. The clip features highlights from a big release party and signing session in Helsinki, Finland. "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" was made available on March 27 in Europe and March 31 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast. The "Élan" four-track ...

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NIGHTWISH: Fourteenth 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' Trailer

The fourteenth trailer for NIGHTWISH's new full-length album, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", can be seen below. The clip sees the NIGHTWISH bandmembers talking about their own highlights of the CD. "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" will be made available on March 27 in Europe and March 31 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast. The "Élan" four-track ...

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NIGHTWISH's TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN Gives 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' Track-By-Track Breakdown (Video)

NIGHTWISH mastermind/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen recently gave Italy's SpazioRock.it a track-by-track breakdown of the band's new full-length album, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful". Check out the footage below. "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" will be made available on March 27 in Europe and March 31 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork for "Endless ...

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NIGHTWISH: Thirteenth 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' Trailer

The thirteenth trailer for NIGHTWISH's new full-length album, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", can be seen below. The clip sees the NIGHTWISH bandmembers explain the themes and inspirations for the CD. NIGHTWISH keyboard player and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen comments: "There's a kind of scientific approach to a lot of things on the album. Songs like ...

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NIGHTWISH: Twelfth 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' Trailer

The twelfth trailer for NIGHTWISH's new full-length album, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", can be seen below. The clip sees the NIGHTWISH bandmembers explain the themes and inspirations for the CD. NIGHTWISH keyboard player and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen comments: "There's a kind of scientific approach to a lot of things on the album. Songs like ...

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BATTLE BEAST Parts Ways With Guitarist And Main Songwriter ANTON KABANEN

Finnish female-fronted metallers BATTLE BEAST have parted ways with lead guitarist and main songwriter Anton Kabanen due to "insurmountable disagreements" with the other members of the band. A substitute guitarist has already been enlisted for BATTLE BEAST's upcoming shows, beginning with dates in Finland this March. Kabanen is going to continue making music and working ...

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NIGHTWISH: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From 'Èlan' Video Shoot

Behind-the-scenes footage from the making f "Èlan", the new video from Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH, can be seen below. The clip was shot in Finland at various locations between September and November 2014, and it was directed by Ville Lipiäinen. Commented NIGHTWISH mastermind/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen: "The long-awaited NIGHTWISH music video 'Élan' ...

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NIGHTWISH's TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN Felt 'Violated' When Band's New Single 'Èlan' Was Leaked Ahead Of Release

NIGHTWISH mastermind/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen says that he felt "violated" when the band's new single, "Èlan", was leaked one week before its official release, and has admonished people who "honestly don't see anything wrong" with illegally spreading unreleased music on the Internet. "When 'Èlan' was leaked, I heard about it, the whole band was really upset, ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'Èlan' Video Premiere

"Èlan", the new video from Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH, can be seen below. The clip was shot in Finland at various locations between September and November 2014, and it was directed by Ville Lipiäinen. Commented NIGHTWISH mastermind/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen: "The long-awaited NIGHTWISH music video 'Élan' is finally here. Inspired by the ...

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SOILWORK: Preview Clip Of New Song

SOILWORK singer Björn "Speed" Strid and drummer Dirk Verbeuren have offered a preview of a demo version of a new song in a video message promoting the Toontrack software. Check it out below. SOILWORK will release its first live DVD/Blu-ray, "Live In The Heart Of Helsinki", on March 13 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was ...

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SOILWORK: 'Live In The Heart Of Helsinki' DVD Trailer

Swedish metallers SOILWORK will release their first live DVD/Blu-ray, "Live In The Heart Of Helsinki", on March 13 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded during the band's special show on March 21, 2014 at Circus Club in the Finnish capital and features guest appearances by Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH, REVAMP) and Nathan J. Biggs (SONIC ...

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BATTLE BEAST's 'Unholy Savior' Tops Finnish Chart

"Unholy Savior", the third studio album from Finnish female-fronted metallers BATTLE BEAST, has registered the following first-week chart positions: Finland: #1 Germany: #39 Switzerland: #71 France: #166 Commented BATTLE BEAST guitarist/vocalist Anton Kabanen: "After the extremely painful birth of 'Unholy Savior', to be rewarded with the first place on the official charts in our home ...

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APOCALYPTICA's MIKKO SIRÉN Says 'Shadowmaker' Album Includes A Couple Of 'Really Epic, Mellow Tracks'

Nev Pearce of Australia's "Rabid Noise" podcast recently conducted an interview with Mikko Sirén of Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA. You can now listen to the chat using the Spreaker widget below. Asked what his favorite song is to perform is from the forthcoming APOCALYPTICA album, "Shadowmaker", Mikko said: "We haven't played those songs in, maybe, ...

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