STAM1NA Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Lemi, Finland-based heavy metal quartet STAM1NA has been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

3 INCHES OF BLOOD
AIRBOURNE
ALESTORM
AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
AUTUMN
AVANTASIA
AVENGED SEVENFOLD
AXEL RUDI PELL
AXXIS
BEFORE THE DAWN
CARCASS
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORVUS CORAX
CREMATORY
CYNIC
DESTRUCTOR
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
ENEMY OF THE SUN
ENSIFERUM
EVOCATION
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
EXODUS
GIRUGMESH
GOREROTTED
GORGOROTH
GRAVE
HATEBREED
HEADHUNTER
IRON MAIDEN
JOB FOR A COWBOY
KAMELOT
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
KREATOR
KRYPTERIA
LEAVES' EYES
LORD BELIAL
LORDI
MACHINE MEN
MASSACRE
MERCENARY
MUSTASCH
NASHVILLE PUSSY
NEGURA BUNGET
NIFELHEIM
NIGHTWISH
OBITUARY
OPETH
POWERWOLF
PRIMORDIAL
PSYCHOPUNCH
SABATON
SALTATIO MORTIS
SOILWORK
SONATA ARCTICA
STAM1NA
STURM UND DRANG
THE BONES
THE HAUNTED
TORTURE SQUAD
UNEARTH
VAN CANTO
WARBRINGER
WATAIN

For more information, visit www.wacken.com.

STAM1NA recently topped the Finnish album chart with its third effort, "Raja", which came out on February 13 through Sakara Records. The CD was recorded at Purple Fly studio in the band's hometown. Production duties were handled by Janne Joutsenniemi, whose legendary band STONE was one of the STAM1NA's biggest influences. Miitri Aaltonen, who produced the first two STAM1NA albums, mixed the new CD.

Regarding the band's collaboration with Janne Joutsenniemi, STAM1NA guitarist/vocalist Antti "Hyrde" Hyyrynen previously said, "This is a match made in heaven and a big step for the band. Janne will most certainly bring his own thing to this album. Let's [put] it this way: The mustard machine is still the same but Janne changes our diapers."

Hyyrynen continued: "About the lyrical part I can say that again we search, explore and try both our and boundaries of humanity. During the last few years we have tried our limits and probably gone even beyond them."

STAM1NA was formed in 1996 and has released two albums so far: "Stam1na" (2005) and "Uudet Kymmenen Ksky" (2006), which landed at No. 3 on the Finnish album chart and received the 2006 Emma award for "Best Metal Album".

Watch fan-filmed video footage of STAM1NA performing at the Finnish Metal Expo on February 16, 2008 in Helsinki, Finland:

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