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ENSIFERUM Begins Recording New Album

Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM have entered the studio to begin recording their fifth album for a late spring/early summer release via Spinefarm Records. The drums, bass, grand piano and Hammond organ parts are being tracked at Petrax studio in Hollola, Finland while the rest will be laid down at Yellow House studio in Hämeenlinna, Finland ...

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CATAMENIA Singer's ALL AGAINST Releases Video Footage From Studio

ALL AGAINST, the Finnish death/thrash metal band featuring singer Juha-Matti Perttunen (CATAMENIA), bassist Sami Knuutinen (QUAKE THE EARTH) and drummer Aleksi Heiskanen (QUAKE THE EARTH), has released the first in a series of video studio reports on the making of their upcoming EP, "Blindness". It is a short documentary of ALL AGAINST's studio sessions at ...

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MAGENTA HARVEST: New Demo Available For Streaming

MAGENTA HARVEST, the Finnish death metal band featuring current and former members of FINNTROLL, CHTHONIAN, MYGRAIN and ...AND OCEANS, has made its second demo, "Apparition Of Ending", available for streaming on MySpace. According to a press release, the new effort sees the group widening its soundscape with the help of Aleksi Virta of ...

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OVERDRIVE's Original Singer Returns As Band's New Bassist

Classic Swedish heavy metal band OVERDRIVE formed in 1980 and recorded two albums, "Metal Attack" and "Swords And Axes", before splitting up in 1985. A shortlived reformation took place in 1992, at the time featuring original drummer Kenta Svensson, guitarist Janne Stark and singer Pelle Thuresson now handling the bass. In 2003 the band played, ...

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BARREN EARTH: 'The Devil's Resolve' Trailer Available

A trailer for "The Devil's Resolve", the sophomore full-length album from Finnish progressive death metallers BARREN EARTH, is available below. "The Devil's Resolve" will be released in North America on March 13 via Peaceville Records. The effort will be made available on CD and vinyl, with artwork provided by notable U.S.-based artist Paul Romano (MASTODON). ...

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BATTLE BEAST: 'Steel' Album Trailer Released

A four-and-a-half-minute trailer for "Steel", the debut album from Finnish female-fronted metallers BATTLE BEAST, can be seen below. "Steel" — which was originally released in Finland last year via Hype Records — will be made available internationally on January 27 through Nuclear Blast Records. Formed in 2008, BATTLE BEAST won the Wacken Open Air Metal ...

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HEVEIN Releases New Digital EP

Finnish metallers HEVEIN — who feature in their ranks former APOCALYPTICA and current TARJA TURUNEN cellist Max Liljahave released a new digital EP containing three new songs ("Spineless", "V", "Gentle Anarchy") and a newly mixed version of "Nor" (originally released as a single in 2011). The tracks were recorded at Sonic ...

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BATTLE BEAST: New Tampere Concert Footage Available

Fan-filmed video footage of BATTLE BEAST's December 30, 2011 performance at Pakkahuone in Tampere, Finland as the support act for NEGATIVE can be seen below. BATTLE BEAST recently inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band's debut album, "Steel" — which was originally released in Finland last year via Hype Records — will be ...

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BARREN EARTH: 'The Devil's Resolve' Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

Finnish progressive death metallers BARREN EARTH will release their sophomore full-length album, "The Devil's Resolve", in North America on March 13 via Peaceville Records. The effort will be made available on CD and vinyl, with artwork provided by notable U.S.-based artist Paul Romano (MASTODON). Mixed by Dan Swanö (OPETH, KATATONIA) at Unisound in Sweden, "The ...

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BARREN EARTH To Release 'The Devil's Resolve' In March

Finnish progressive death metallers BARREN EARTH will release their sophomore full-length album, "The Devil's Resolve", in North America on March 13 via Peaceville Records. The effort will be made available on CD and vinyl, with artwork provided by notable U.S.-based artist Paul Romano (MASTODON). Mixed by Dan Swanö (OPETH, KATATONIA) at Unisound in Sweden, "The ...

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BATTLE BEAST: Footage From 'Steel' Recording Sessions Posted Online

Finnish female-fronted metallers BATTLE BEAST recently inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band's debut album, "Steel" — which was originally released in Finland earlier this year via Hype Records — will be made available internationally on January 27, 2012. A four-minute video clip featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the "Steel" recording sessions can be ...

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NIGHTWISH Guitarist To Guest On HUMAN TEMPLE Album

Finnish melodic hard rockers HUMAN TEMPLE will release their third album, "Halfway To Heartache", on February 24, 2012 via Escape Music. The follow-up to 2010's "Murder Of Crows" contains "11 tracks of brilliant tunes that range from quirky rockers to powerful ballads," according to a press release. The track listing for the CD is as ...

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WARMEN: More Photos From The Studio Available

WARMEN, the brainchild of CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman, recently entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up for the band's critically acclaimed 2009 studio album "Japanese Hospitality". A 2012 release is expected. More photos from the recording sessions for the as-yet-untitled new CD can be seen below. WARMEN celebrated its 10-year anniversary with ...

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MAGENTA HARVEST To Record New Demo

MAGENTA HARVEST, the Finnish death metal band featuring current and former members of FINNTROLL, CHTHONIAN, MYGRAIN and ...AND OCEANS, will enter the studio later this month to begin recording its second demo. According to a press release, the new effort will see the group widening its soundscape with the help of Aleksi Virta of FINNTROLL, ...

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AMORAL To Film New Video Tomorrow

Finnish metal/hard rock outfit AMORAL will film a new video tomorrow (Monday, November 28) at On The Rocks in Helsinki. According to a posting on the band's Facebook page, AMORAL "need[s] a few people to act as audience in one short scene. Anyone up for it? This would be around 15.00 - 16.00. Just show ...

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CANDLEMASS: Pre-Production Photos Posted Online

Legendary Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS are working on material for their final album, tentatively scheduled for a spring 2012 release via Napalm Records. After a six-month writing period, the band spent two weekends in October in a Stockholm studio. In all, eight songs were recorded for demo purposes. In December, the band will record the album ...

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DEALS DEATH Signs With SPINEFARM RECORDS

Swedish melodic death metallers DEALS DEATH have inked a deal with Spinefarm Records. The band's second album, "Elite", will be released in March 2012. The CD was mixed by Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY). DEALS DEATH's debut CD, 2008's "Internal Demons", was mixed by Peter Tgtgren. It featured a guest appearance by former CHILDREN OF BODOM ...

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BATTLE BEAST Signs With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Finnish female-fronted metallers BATTLE BEAST have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band's debut album, "Steel" which was originally released in Finland earlier this year via Hype Records will be made available internationally on January 27, 2012. Formed in 2008, BATTLE BEAST won the Wacken Open Air Metal Battle contest in Finland last ...

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THE MAN-EATING TREE: 'Armed' Video Released

"Armed", the new video from THE MAN-EATING TREE the atmospheric metal band featuring former SENTENCED drummer Vesa Ranta alongside current/former members of POISONBLACK, REFLEXION and EMBRAZE can be seen below. The clip was filmed by Mutant Koala Pictures, a production company based in the band's hometown of Oulu, Finland. "Armed" comes off THE MAN-EATING TREE's ...

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AMORAL's 'Beneath' Lands On Finnish Chart

"Beneath", the fifth album from the Finnish metal/hard rock outfit AMORAL, entered the official chart in the band's home country at position No. 30. Released on October 26, the CD came equipped with a stunning 18-page poster booklet (made by Spanish artist Marta Nael), expanding the cover artwork into all its glory. "Beneath" ...

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WARMEN Begins Recording New Album

WARMEN, the brainchild of CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman, has entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up for the band's critically acclaimed 2009 studio album "Japanese Hospitality". A 2012 release is expected. The first batch of photos from the recording sessions for the as-yet-untitled new CD can be found on the WARMEN

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AMORAL: The Animated Interview

An animated "South Park"-style video version of a September 2011 interview with Finnish metal/hard rock outfit AMORAL conducted by several of the band's fans can be viewed below (interview by Terri A. Willis, script and animation by Szilvia Szilgy). AMORAL's fifth album, "Beneath", is being released today (Wednesday, October 26). The CD comes equipped with ...

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MOKOMA To Release Acoustic Album

Finnish thrashers MOKOMA will release an acoustic album, "Varjopuoli", on November 2 via Sakara Records. The CD contains acoustic versions of previously released songs along with a new track, "Sydn Paikallaan", which was written by vocalist Marko Annala. "Varjopuoli" was produced by Jarkko Martikainen, who was chosen for the job because of his "strong vision ...

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Bassist JANNE JARVIS Departs WARRIOR SOUL

Bassist Janne Jarvis has left veteran rockers WARRIOR SOUL. He explains in a statement, "After three years and some great shows, it's time to move on. My commitments with HATE GALLERY [in which Janne plays bass and sings. Ed.] have made it impossible to carry on. I also have another very exciting project which will ...

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AMORAL: 'Beneath' Artwork, Release Date Revealed

"Beneath", the fifth album from the Finnish metal/hard rock outfit AMORAL, will be released on October 26. Visit the official AMORAL webshop to see the different bundle options of the CD with all-new shirt designs. All pre-ordered albums will be signed by the whole band. The album comes equipped with a stunning 18-page ...

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