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POISONBLACK Completes Work On New Five-Song Demo

POISONBLACK — the Finnish band featuring former SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala — has finished recording a five-song pre-production demo for the group's upcoming album. Ville said, "I am happy about the way they are starting to build up." POISONBLACK will enter Antfarm Studio in Århus, Denmark in January 2011 with producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, ...

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2010 'Dimebag Beyond Forever Tour' Announced

A dozen or so Finnish metal musicians will take part in the seventh annual "Dimebag Beyond Forever Tour", set to kick off in late November. The 10-date trek will honor the legendary PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was shot and killed on stage on December 8, 2004. The musicians will perform for free and ...

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CRIMFALL Signs With SPINEFARM RECORDS

Finnish folk metal band CRIMFALL has inked a deal with Spinefarm Records. The group's as-yet-untitled second album is tentatively due in March 2011. The CD was recorded at Adamantium Studios and was produced and mixed by Hit Happens. It features guest appearances by Tapio Wilska (SURVIORS ZERO), Ville Sorvali (MOONSORROW), Mathias "Vreth" Lillmåns (FINNTROLL, CHTHONIAN, ...

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POISONBLACK Taps TUE MADSEN For New Album Production

POISONBLACK — the Finnish band featuring former SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala — will enter Antfarm Studio in Århus, Denmark in January 2011 with producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MOONSPELL, DARK TRANQUILLITY, GOREFEST) to begin recording its new album, tentatively titled "Lead & Roll Vol. 5". A late spring/early summer release is expected. Madsen previously mixed ...

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POISONBLACK: Working Album Title Revealed

POISONBLACK — the Finnish band featuring former SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala — has set "Lead & Roll Vol. 5" as the working title of its next album. As previously reported, guitarist Antti Leiviskä (MARY, BRYSSEL KAUPALLINEN, SICKNOTE) will fill in for POISONBLACK's Janne Markus at all upcoming shows. "Of Rust And Bones", the fourth album ...

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CYPHOSIS: 'To North And Under' Teaser Available

Finnish metal band CYPHOSIS reelased its sophomore album, "To North And Under", on September 29 via Violent Journey Records. The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Prologue 02. Filth Within 03. Time Is An Enemy 04. Passage Of Evil 05. Across Black Water 06. Nine Seas 07. Servitude 08. To North And ...

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CATAMENIA: Lineup Changes Announced

Guitarist Riku Hopeakoski of Finnish melodic black metallers CATAMENIA has issued the following update: "I'm sad to inform you all about huge and unfortunate lineup changes in the band. Ari [Nissilä, guitar/vocals], Toni [Kansanoja, bass/backing vocals], Kari [Vähäkuopus, clean vocals] and Mikko [Nevanlahti, drums] decided to part ways with CATAMENIA because of their project bands, ...

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UNKIND Signs To RELAPSE RECORDS

Relapse Records has announced the signing of Finland's UNKIND. The band will enter the studio this fall to begin recording a new album for an early 2011 release. Relapse will also reissue UNKIND's earlier material digitally over the coming months. UNKIND has previously released four full-length albums and a handful of vinyl-only releases. UNKIND is ...

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INSOMNIUM Signs Worldwide Deal With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

Finnish melodic death metallers INSOMNIUM have inked a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The band will enter the studio before the end of the year to begin recording its new album for a 2011 release. Commented the group in a statement: "Throughout the spring and summer we negotiated with several attractive labels, but in ...

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CRIMFALL Completes Work On Second Album; Studio Footage Available

Finnish folk metal band CRIMFALL has completed work on its as-yet-untitled second album for a tentative late 2010 release. The CD was recorded at Adamantium Studios and was produced and mixed by Hit Happens. It features guest appearances by Tapio Wilska (SURVIORS ZERO), Ville Sorvali (MOONSORROW), Mathias "Vreth" Lillmåns (FINNTROLL, CHTHONIAN, DECOMPOSTER), Mathias Nygård (TURISAS), ...

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MOKOMA To Release New EP In September

Finnish thrashers MOKOMA will release a new EP, "Juurta Jaksain", on September 1 via Sakara Records. The track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Ei Enää Askeltakaan 02. Maailmantappiin 03. Huomenhaamu 04. Musta Katras 05. Taakka 06. Sydänjuuret (acustic version) Four of the EP's songs — "Ei Enää Askeltakaan", "Huomenhaamu", "Maailmantappiin" and "Taakka" ...

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POISONBLACK: Back On The Road

POISONBLACK — the Finnish band featuring former SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala — has scheduled the following dates: Aug. 19 - Oulu, Finland - Juhlateltta Aug. 21 - Dinkelsbühl, Germany - Summer Breeze Sep. 09 - Pori, Finland - Bar Kino Sep. 10 - Turku, Finland - Klubi Sep. 11 - Kouvola, Finland - Rytmikatti Sep. ...

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HIM Interviewed At Estonia's ÕLLESUMMER

HIM Norway conducted an interview with Finnish "love" metallers HIM at the Õllesummer 2010 festival, which was held July 14-17 in Tallinn, Estonia. Watch the chat below. HIM's new album, "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice", sold 26,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 25 ...

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HIM Frontman Interviewed At U.K.'s DOWNLOAD Festival

Vocalist Ville Valo of Finnish "love" metallers HIM was interviewed by the Kerrang! Download podcast at this year's Download festival, which was held June 11-13, 2010 at Donington Park, United Kingdom. Watch the chat below. HIM's new album, "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice", sold 26,000 copies in the United States in its first week ...

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EVEMASTER: New 'III' Teaser Clip Available

EVEMASTER — the Finnish "dark metal" band which features in its ranks BATTLELORE's Tomi Mykkänen — will release its new album, "III", on June 9 via Supernova Records, a division of Bonnier Amigo. A new teaser clip for the CD can be viewed below. "III" track listing: 01. Enter 02. New Age Dawns 03. Humanimals ...

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CYPHOSIS Signs With VIOLENT JOURNEY RECORDS

Finnish metal band CYPHOSIS has inked a deal with Violent Journey Records. The group's sophomore album, "To North And Under", will be released in the fall. The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Prologue 02. Filth Within 03. Time Is An Enemy 04. Passage Of Evil 05. Across Black Water 06. Nine ...

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HIM Frontman Interviewed In Vancouver

Popyoularity conducted an interview with vocalist Ville Valo of Finnish "love" metallers HIM prior to the band's April 16, 2010 concert in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. You can now listen to the chat below. HIM's new album, "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice", sold 26,000 copies in the United States in its first week of ...

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ANATHEMA: Audio Samples Of Entire New Album Available

U.K.'s ANATHEMA will release its eighth studio album, "We're Here Because We're Here", on May 31 via Kscope Records. Short audio samples of all 10 tracks that appear on the CD can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. "'We're Here Because We're Here' is ANATHEMA's most expansive album to date and by the far ...

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HIM Frontman: 'Nobody Is Buying Albums Anymore'

Vocalist Ville Valo of Finnish "love" metallers HIM was interviewed prior to the band's April 10, 2010 concert at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Watch the chat below. When asked how HIM's new CD, "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice", is being received by the band's fans, Ville replied, "People are liking the album, but ...

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BLACK SUN AEON: 'A Song For My Funeral' Video Released

"A Song For My Funeral", the video from Finland's BLACK SUN AEON, can be viewed below. The song comes off the band's first album, "Darkness Walks Beside Me", which was released in March 2009 via Cyclone Empire. The CD featured guest vocals by Tomi Koivusaari of AMORPHIS, Ville Sorvali of MOONSORROW, Mynni Luukkainen of SOTAJUMALA ...

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EVEMASTER: New Song Posted Online

"The Great Unrest", a brand new track from EVEMASTER — the Finnish "dark metal" band which features in its ranks BATTLELORE's Tomi Mykkänen — is available for streaming on the group's MySpace page. The song comes off EVEMASTER's new album, "III", which will be released later in the year via Supernova Records, a ...

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MORS PRINCIPIUM EST Continuing To Write New Material

Vocalist Ville Viljanen of the Finnish melodic death metal band MORS PRINCIPIUM EST has issued the following update: "Yeah, yeah, it's been a while since last time updated, but there hasn't been anything to update. "Anyways. We are writing new material. Have been writing for a long time already, but it's not so easy to ...

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