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SENTENCED: No New Album Until 2005

Finland's SENTENCED have announced plans to play a few European festivals during the summer, including Summer Breeze, which is set to take place August 19-21, 2004 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. "We will throw in some brand-new stuff during our show this summer, because we don't want to play a 'best of SENTENCED' kind of set this ...

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CRYSTAL EYES Welcome Addition To Family

Congratulations are in order for CRYSTAL EYES guitarist Jonathan Nyberg and his girlfriend Marika, who welcomed a son this past Sunday (Feb. 1). The "little rocker" has been named Ville, according to a posting on the band's web site. CRYSTAL EYES' third full-length album, "Vengeance Descending", was released last May through DMP Sweden Records. The ...

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POISONBLACK To Support IRON MAIDEN In Finland

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — the new band featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala (on guitar) and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — will be supporting IRON MAIDEN in Helsinki on December 21. POISONBLACK's debut album, "Escapextacy", has been available since February through Century Media Records. As previously reported, Leppäluoto recently announced plans to leave POISONBLACK following ...

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H.I.M. To Play Finnish Warm-Up Dates Before OZZY Tour

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. will play two "warm-up" shows for their upcoming European tour with OZZY OSBOURNE at club Senssi (capacity: 800-1,000) in Tampere, Finland on October 17-18. Tickets go on sale on Monday, October 6 at record shops in Tampere and Lippupalvelu (www.lippupalvelu.fi). As previously reported, H.I.M. will release their first-ever live album, tentatively titled ...

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POISONBLACK Launch Singer Search

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — the new band featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala (on guitar) and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — are currently searching for a new singer in the wake of Leppäluoto's announcement that he will leave the band following their upcoming European tour. Interested parties can send a demo to following address: POISONBLACK ...

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LACUNA COIL, MOONSPELL, PASSENGER, POISONBLACK To Tour Europe

LACUNA COIL, MOONSPELL, PASSENGER and POISONBLACK will teaming up for a European club tour this winter. An as-yet-unannounced opener will kick off the proceedings, and will be followed by Finland's POISONBLACK, who feature in their ranks SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala on guitar and CHARON frontman J.P. Leppäluo. Sweden's PASSENGER will add a different favour: Anders ...

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SENTENCED Record Hockey Song In Finnish

Finnish metallers SENTENCED have recorded a song in support of their local ice hockey team, Oulun Kärpät, who hail from the group's hometown of Oulu. Titled "Routasydän", the track is the first-ever SENTENCED song sung in Finnish. The music for the cut was composed by guitarist Miika Tenkula and the lyrics were written by guitarist ...

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H.I.M. Part Ways With Label, Seek New Record Deal

Finnish goth metallers H.I.M. have reportedly fulfilled their contractual obligations to BMG Records Finland and are currently seeking a new label. The band, who are considered to be Finland's most successful rock export of all time, are currently in negotiations with several major companies and will make their final decision during the fall. In other ...

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POISONBLACK: 'Love Infernal' Video Posted Online

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — the new band featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala (on guitar) and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — have posted their video for the track "Love Infernal" at this location. "Love Infernal" comes off the group's debut album, "Escapextacy", available since February through Century Media Records. As previously reported, Leppäluoto ...

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CHARON Singer To Exit POISONBLACK

CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto has announced plans to leave POISONBLACK following the completion of the group's upcoming European tour. "This kind of decision [was not made overnight]," Leppäluoto wrote in Finnish in the group's official guestbook. "The question is not about [whether or not I would] WANT to sing on next POISONBLACK album, but [rather] ...

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SENTENCED Announce European Festival Dates

Finland's SENTENCED will play the following gigs during the coming months: May 25 - Urheilutalo – Oulu, FIN Jul. 19 - QStock festival – Oulu, FIN Jul. 31-Aug. 08 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, GER As previously reported, SENTENCED are planning to enter the studio in the fall/winter to begin recording their next album ...

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H.I.M. To Release First U.K. Single

Finnish goth metallers H.I.M. will release their first U.K. single, "Buried Alive By Love", on May 5 through BMG Records. The single will be released on two CDs and 7" "heartagram"-shaped vinyl. The full track listing for the single is as follows: CD1: 01. Buried Alive By Love 02. Wicked Game 03. I've Crossed Oceans ...

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POISONBLACK Move Up To #21 On Finnish Album Chart

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — the new band featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — have moved up to position #21 on the Finnish Album chart with their debut CD, "Escapextacy". "Escapextacy" was released on Feb. 25 through Century Media Records. Upcoming POISONBLACK tour dates: Mar. 07 - Ravintola ...

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POISONBLACK Confirmed For Finland's EASTERMASTER Festival

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — the new band featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — are the latest act to have been confirmed for the forthcoming Eastermaster festival, set to take place on April 4-5 at Pakkahuone in Tampere, Finland. The list of bands currently set to appear at ...

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SENTENCED To Take Break, Begin Work On New Album

Finland's SENTENCED have announced that they will be taking a "creative" break while guitarist Sami Lopakka tends to his newborn child. However, it looks like the break won't be a long one as the band are planning to enter the studio in the fall/winter to begin recording their next album for a spring 2004 release. ...

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H.I.M. Film New Video

Finland's H.I.M. spent most of last week shooting the second video from their upcoming "Love Metal" album with director Stefan Lindfors. The shoot for the track "Funeral of Hearts" "started with Ville in a rowing boat at the Arctic Ocean in Norway and ended at several outdoor locations near Helsinki," according to the band's official ...

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POISONBLACK: Music Posted Online

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — the new band featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — have posted an MP3 of the track "Love Infernal" for download at this location. "Love Infernal" comes off the group's forthcoming debut album, "Escapextacy", due on Feb. 25 through Century Media Records. ...

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PAIN To Record Album Of Covers

Sweden's PAIN, the band led by acclaimed metal producer and HYPOCRISY frontman Peter Tägtgren, are currently in the studio recording a full-length album of covers, due in the spring through Stockholm Records. Among the tracks that are set to be included on the effort are the band's (presumably) metallized versions of such mainstream selections as ...

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H.I.M. Plot 'Love Metal' Attack

Finland's H.I.M. have posted the following update on their official web site: "In a band meeting a couple of hours ago we made a grand plan for the next year. We'll be concentrating on Europe for much of the year. The new album [tentatively titled 'Love Metal'] will be out in April, followed by major ...

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POISONBLACK: 'Escapexstacy' Details Unveiled

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — have finalized the track listing for their debut album, "Escapexstacy", due on Feb. 17, 2003 through Century Media Records. It is as follows: 01. The Glow Of The Flames 02. Love Infernal 03. The State 04. All ...

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POISONBLACK Complete Work On 'Escapexstacy'

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — have set Feb. 17, 2003 as the release date through Century Media Records for their debut album, titled "Escapexstacy". Completed by bassist Janne Kukkonen, guitarist Janne Dahlgren and drummer Tarmo Kanerva, POISONBLACK boast a musical direction that ...

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H.I.M.: 'Love Metal' Mixing Sessions Get Underway

H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo, bassist Migé (a.k.a. Michael Eros) and recording engineer Hiili Hiilesmaa spent a few days at the end of October at London's Sphere Studios mixing two tracks for the group's forthcoming album, tentatively titled "Love Metal", with producer Tim Palmer (OZZY OSBOURNE, U2, SEPULTURA). The same team will travel to Los Angeles ...

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H.I.M. Frontman To Sign Biography

H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo will be signing copies of the book "Synnin Viemää" (Gone With The Sin), documenting the history of the country's most successful rock export, at one of Helsinki's largest bookstores Suomalainen Kirjakauppa on Friday, November 1 from 4:00 p.m. to 15:00 p.m. The store is located right in the center of Helsinki ...

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The Cold White Light - SENTENCED

Listening to the latest effort from Finnish “suicide kings” SENTENCED, it's hard to imagine that this is the same band that nine years ago released one of the more memorable slices of melodic technical death metal in the shape of their North From Here CD. Having since switched direction in favor of a sound that ...

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