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SILENT VOICES Complete Work On Third Album

SILENT VOICES, the Finnish melodic metal band featuring SONATA ARCTICA keyboardist keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg, REQUIEM/MENTAL CARE FOUNDATION bassist Pasi Kauppinen and SENTIMENT singer Michael Henneken, have completed work on their third album. Entitled "Building up the Apathy" the CD's musical direction is being described as "considerably more progressive" than that on the group's previous album, ...

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PRIMORDIAL Confirmed for Ireland's DAY OF DARKNESS Festival

Irish metal titans PRIMORDIAL have been confirmed for the 2006 instalment of Ireland's Day of Darkness festival. The fifth edition of Ireland's only international metal festival will take place in Ballylinan, Co Laois on Saturday July 8, 2006. The event brings together bands from Ireland's thriving domestic metal scene with a number of their ...

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UNLEASHED 'Ordered Off' X-MASS FESTIVALS Tour

Swedish death metallers UNLEASHED have posted the following message on their official web site: "Since the beginning of this year we have announced and promoted our confirmed participation on the X-Mass tour 2005 [with HYPOCRISY, EXODUS, NAGLFAR, WINTERSUN and FEAR MY THOUGHTS]. "According to the promoter Metallysee, Nuclear Blast Records have now sponsored the tour ...

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WINTERSUN Announce Working Title For New Album

WINTERSUN, the band led by former ENSIFERUM singer Jari Mäenpää, have set "Time" as the working title of their new album, tentatively due late 2006 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to the group's self-titled debut album (released last September) will be recorded in May 2006 at Sonic Pump Studios with producer Nino Laurenne. "The ...

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PRIMORDIAL Drop Off X-MASS FESTIVALS 2005 European tour

Irish dark metal masters PRIMORDIAL have cancelled their participation in the upcoming X-Mass Festivals 2005 European tour (featuring EXODUS, HYPOCRISY, WINTERSUN and NAGLFAR). "We simply felt there was no point in us opening up for 25 minutes to half-empty halls and playing three songs, which it looked like being, so we have jumped ship, and ...

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OPETH And SKINDRED Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

OPETH and SKINDRED have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Summer Breeze festival, set to be held August 18-20 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. The complete list of artists currently confirmed to appear at the festival is as follows: AMON AMARTH ANOREXIA NERVOSA ATROCITY BARCODE BEHEMOTH BORN FROM PAIN CALIBAN DARK TRANQUILLITY DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER ...

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ELVENKING Cancel METAL INVADERS FESTIVAL Appearance

Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING were forced to cancel their previously announced appearance at the Metal Invaders Festival in Italy on Saturday, May 21 "due to seasonal illness." "The band feels verry sorry about this and hopes that all the ones who'd have been present Saturday will soon have the opportunity to see ELVENKING live ...

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MNEMIC Confirmed For Finland's TUSKA OPEN AIR Festival

Danish modern metallers MNEMIC have been confirmed for the eighth annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, set to be held July 15-17 at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. The Danes just recently played their first show in Finland at the Finnish Metal Expo and will now return to perform to larger crowds. In other news, ...

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IMPERANON Part Ways With NUCLEAR BLAST, Seek New Label Home

Finnish melodic thrash/death metallers IMPERANON have posted the following update on their official web site: "January 2004 after the recordings of 'Stained', Aleksi [Sihvonen, guitar] went to the military and got out on July when Jaakko [Nylund, drums] started his service. Jaakko got out April 7th 2005. "At some point we got an e-mail from ...

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WINTERSUN Announce First-Ever Live Show

WINTERSUN, the band led by former ENSIFERUM singer Jari Mäenpää, have announced their first-ever live-appearance on June 4 at Club 25 in Vaasa, Finland. Upcoming WINTERSUN shows: Jun. 04 - Club 25 - Vaasa, FIN Jul. 05 - Tuska Open Air Metal Festival - Helsinki, FIN Aug. 19 - Summer Breeze Festival - Abtsgmünd, GER ...

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WINTERSUN/IMPERANON Guitarist Working On New Project: Audio Available

WINTERSUN/IMPERANON guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari has launched a new project with 16-year-old Finnish keyboardist Risto Kupiainen (who has previously collaborated with IMPERANON frontman Aleksi Sihvonen). The first rough sample of the group's material, a track called "The Discovery of Time", can be downloaded at Mikseri.net. As previously reported, WINTERSUN have been confirmed for Finland's ...

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ELVENKING: Studio Diary Posted Online

Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING have launched a studio diary for their third album at their official web site. Check it out at this location. The follow-up to 2004's "Wyrd" is being recorded at the group's own Sherpa Studios while the mixing will take place at Sonic Pump studios in Finland with Nino ...

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ELVENKING Begin Recording New Album

Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING have officially commenced the recording sessions for their third album. "After the successful release of previous albums 'Heathenreel' (2001) and 'Wyrd' (2004), ELVENKING are ready to return with new songs and new line-up," reads a posting on the group's web site. "With singer Damangoras back in the band and the ...

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Finnish DIMEBAG DARRELL Tribute Concert: More Details Revealed

Finnish melodic thrashers HEVEIN have revealed more information about the upcoming "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN) tribute concert that is scheduled to be held January 15 at VR Makasiinit in Helsinki. According to a posting on HEVEIN's web site, at least 25 classic PANTERA songs will be played in memory of Dimebag by dozens of ...

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WINTERSUN Announce New Guitarist

WINTERSUN, the Finnish band featuring former ENSIFERUM singer/guitarist Jari Mäenpää, have announced the addition of second guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari (IMPERANON) to the group's ranks. Teemu is "a very young dude, but an extremely skilful and motivated player!" Jari writes on the group's web site. "Maybe even better than me I might say, heh! We welcome ...

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DIMEBAG DARRELL Finnish Tribute Concert: More Details Revealed

More details have emerged about the "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (DAMAGEPLAN, PANTERA) tribute concert that is scheduled to be held in Helsinki, Finland on January 15, 2005. The gig will take place at Rock 'n' Roll Station and all proceeds will be donated to an as-yet-undetermined charity. Admission will be €6 and tickets will be available ...

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WINTERSUN Part Ways With Guitarist, Seek Replacement

WINTERSUN, the Finnish band featuring former ENSIFERUM singer/guitarist Jari Mäenpää, have parted ways with guitarist Oliver Fokin. "Oliver has decided that he can't contiune in WINTERSUN as a guitarist, because his time is filled with other activities/jobs," the band write on their web site. "So WINTERSUN is looking for a guitarist and a synthplayer, but ...

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ENSIFERUM Part Ways With Frontman, Seek Replacement

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM have parted ways with singer/guitarist Jari Mäenpää. According to a posting on the band's official web site, "the reason why this happened is that Jari's solo project (WINTERSUN) is a priority in Jari's musical interests. If Jari had stayed in the band, ENSIFERUM [would have] had to cancel ...

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