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NORTHER Calls It Quits

Finnish melodic death/black metallers NORTHER have released the following statement: "We hereby announce after a long and careful consideration that we have decided to quit NORTHER. "During the last year, it has become clear that we are not able to tour or do shows as much as we would want to, this being due to ...

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WINTERSUN: Third 'Time I' Trailer Released

The third trailer for "Time I", the long-awaited new CD from Finland's WINTERSUN, can be seen below. The effort will be made available on October 12 via Nuclear Blast Records. To celebrate the release, WINTERSUN will play two special shows in Finland. The first concert will take place on Octber 12 at Lutakko in Jyväskylä ...

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ELVENKING: 'Era' Cover Artwork Unveiled

Italian folk/power metallers ELVENKING will release their new album, "Era", on September 14 via AFM Records. The CD was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland with producer Nino Laurenne (AMORPHIS, LORDI, SONATA ARCTICA, APOCALYPTICA). Nino previously worked with the band on "The Winter Wake" and "The Scythe" CDs. "Era" features guest appearances by ...

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KRAMPUS: 'Survival Of The Fittest' Album Trailer Available

Udine, Italy-based modern folk metal band KRAMPUS will release its first full-length album, "Survival Of The Fittest", on August 24 via NoiseArt Records. The CD was produced by KRAMPUS frontman Filippo Gianotti at Udine's Blackmirror Studios. The band stated about the album's concept: "Krampus, thewinter demon, has survived the repression of the modern gods. Born ...

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WINTERSUN: Second 'Time I' Trailer Released

"Time I", the long-awaited new CD from Finland's WINTERSUN, will be released on October 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. According to WINTERSUN mainman Jari Mäenpää, the band's new "'Time' is going to be two albums, titled 'Time I' and 'Time II'. We made this decision simply because of few reasons: * All the 80 minutes ...

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WINTERSUN: First 'Time I' Trailer Released

"Time I", the long-awaited new CD from Finland's WINTERSUN, will be released on October 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. According to WINTERSUN mainman Jari Mäenpää, the band's new "'Time' is going to be two albums, titled 'Time I' and 'Time II'. We made this decision simply because of few reasons: * All the 80 minutes ...

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KRAMPUS: Debut Album Details Revealed

Udine, Italy-based modern folk metal band KRAMPUS will release its first full-length album, "Survival Of The Fittest", on August 24 via NoiseArt Records. The CD was produced by KRAMPUS frontman Filippo Gianotti at Udine's Blackmirror Studios. The band stated about the album's concept: "Krampus, thewinter demon, has survived the repression of the modern gods. Born ...

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WINTERSUN: New Album Details Revealed

WINTERSUN mainman Jari Mäenpää (formerly of ENSIFERUM) has issued the following update on the band's long-awaited second album, titled "Time". "'Time' is going to be two albums, titled 'Time I' and 'Time II'. We made this decision simply because of few reasons: * All the 80 minutes of material won't fit on a regular CD ...

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VALFREYA Signs With MAPLE METAL RECORDS

Canadian viking/folk metal band VALFREYA has inked a worldwide deal with Toronto's Maple Metal Records. The six-piece group's debut album, "Path To Eternity", will be released in late May. Formed in February 2009, the Montreal-based VALFREYA is fronted by Crook, whose singing style ranges from symphonic clean vocals to guttural growls. Although Crook is VALFREYA's ...

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KRAMPUS: Footage From The Studio Posted Online

Italian melodic folk death metallers KRAMPUS recently entered Black Mirror Studios in Udine, Italy to begin recording their full-length debut for a late 2012 release via NoiseArt Records. The first two in a series of webisodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the new CD can be seen below. According to a press release, ...

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AMBERIAN DAWN: 'Cold Kiss' Video Released

"Cold Kiss", the new video from Finnish female-fronted symphonic metallers AMBERIAN DAWN, can be seen below. The track, which features a guest appearance by STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto, comes off AMBERIAN DAWN's fourth studio album, "Circus Black", which was released in Finland on February 29 via Spinefarm Records. The band's mainman, keyboardist and guitarist Tuomas ...

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AMBERIAN DAWN: 'Circus Black' Audio Samples Available

A three-and-a-half-minute YouTube clip featuring audio samples of "Circus Black", the fourth studio album from Finnish female-fronted symphonic metallers AMBERIAN DAWN, is available below. "Circus Black" will be released in Finland on February 29 via Spinefarm Records. The band's mainman, keyboardist and guitarist Tuomas Seppälä composed all ten songs for the CD and vocalist Heidi ...

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SERAPHIEL: Entire 'Euphory Amplified' EP Available For Streaming

"Euphory Amplified", the second EP from Finnish power metallers SERAPHIEL, can be streamed using the SoundCloud player below. The effort was produced by Vili Itäpelto, Samuli Hyttinen and Pekka Posio, who also took care of mixing duties. The cover artwork was created by Timo Paananen while the logo ws handled by Annimari Pasanen. "Euphory Amplified" ...

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AMBERIAN DAWN: More Guest Singers Announced For 'Circus Black' Album

Finnish female-fronted symphonic metallers AMBERIAN DAWN will release their fourth studio album, "Circus Black", in Finland on February 29 via Spinefarm Records. The band's mainman, keyboardist and guitarist Tuomas Seppälä composed all ten songs for the CD and vocalist Heidi Parviainen penned the lyrics. "Circus Black" features guest appearances by Tuomas Nieminen (ex- ADAMANTRA, THRONE ...

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AMBERIAN DAWN: New Album Details Revealed

Finnish female-fronted symphonic metallers AMBERIAN DAWN have set "Circus Black" as the title of their fourth studio album, due in Finland on February 29, 2012 via Spinefarm Records. The band's mainman, keyboardist and guitarist Tuomas Seppälä composed all ten songs for the CD and vocalist Heidi Parviainen penned the lyrics. "Circus Black" features guest appearances ...

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KATAKLYSM Frontman And CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS Join Forces To Launch ROCK THE NATION AMERICA

The North American metal scene just got a lot heavier. The launch of Rock The Nation America celebrates a groundbreaking booking agency partnership between KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono, his agent and Canadian metal promoter Stephan Mellul, and Century Media Records. Rock The Nation America will be focused on bringing the best names in heavy metal ...

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STRATOVARIUS Members To Guest On New AMBERIAN DAWN Album

Timo Kotipelto (vocals) and Jens Johansson (keyboards) of STRATOVARIUS will make guest appearances on the forthcoming fourth album from Finnish female-fronted symphonic metallers AMBERIAN DAWN. AMBERIAN DAWN's mainman, keyboardist and guitarist Tuomas Seppl composed all ten songs for the CD which is due in 2012 and vocalist Heidi Parviainen penned the lyrics. Johansson previously guested ...

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AMBERIAN DAWN Begins Mixing New Album

Finnish female-fronted symphonic metallers AMBERIAN DAWN have begun mixing their fourth album for an early 2012 release. The band's mainman, keyboardist and guitarist Tuomas Seppl composed all ten songs for the CD and vocalist Heidi Parviainen penned the lyrics. Commented Tuomas: "I and the whole band have put even more effort on this album than ...

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AMBERIAN DAWN: New Video Interview Posted Online

Metal-Trails.com conducted an interview with Finnish female-fronted symphonic metallers AMBERIAN DAWN on October 14, 2011 at the Hamburg, Germany stop on the "Out Of The Dark" tour with VAN CANTO, TRISTANIA, SERENITY and XANDRIA. You can now watch the chat below. AMBERIAN DAWN was scheduled to enter the studio this past summer to begin recording ...

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SWALLOW THE SUN Begins Recording New Album

Finnish doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN have issued the following update: "During the well-deserved break we took from shows this year, we've been preparing new music, and now we are happy to announce that we have entered Drumforest Studios at Viitasaari to record our fifth full length album, which will be released February 1, 2012 ...

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WINTERSUN Mainman Interviewed At U.K.'s BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR (Video)

Onslaught Radio and CraveMetal.tv conducted separate interviews with vocalist WINTERSUN/ex-ENSIFERUM singer Jari Menp at this year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held August 12-14, 2011 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, United Kingdom, can be viewed below. You can now watch the interview footage below. WINTERSUN is continuing work on its long-awaited ...

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TURISAS: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From European Festival Appearances

Finnish "battle metal" warriors TURISAS have uploaded a series of video blogs/reports from their recently appearances at various European summer music festivals. You can check out the clips below. TURISAS will co-headline the Heidenfest package tour from September 30 to October 23. Also scheduled to appear are FINNTROLL, ALESTORM, ARKONA, TROLLFEST, and SKALMOLD. Fellow Finns ...

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AMBERIAN DAWN To Record New Album In The Summer

Finnish female-fronted symphonic metallers AMBERIAN DAWN will enter the studio in the summer to begin recording their new album. AMBERIAN DAWN mainman, keyboardist and guitarist Tuomas Seppälä composed all ten songs for the CD and vocalist Heidi Parviainen has already started working on the lyrics. Commented Tuomas: "There's going to be some changes in our ...

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SWALLOW THE SUN: Ten New Songs In The Works

Finnish doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN have issued the following update: "This year, 2011, we are going to keep things a bit more quiet and start preparing for the next SWALLOW THE SUN album, which will be released at the end of this year or in the beginning of 2012... Yeah, if the world doesn't ...

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