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NOWEN Signs With VIOLENT JOURNEY RECORDS

Finnish metallers NOWEN have inked a deal with Violent Journey Records. The band's full-length debut, "Nothing But Hate", is scheduled for release in the spring. The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Intro 02. The Sick Weakness 03. Dead Meat 04. Fragile 05. Bleed, Suffer And Die 06. Sofia 07. Nothing But ...

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PROFESSORI HEIKKERÖ Signs With VIOLENT JOURNEY RECORDS

Finnish "humor/parody act" PROFESSORI HEIKKERÖ, which features current/former members of NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE, AFTERWORLD, SILENTIUM and CATAMENIA, has inked a deal with Violent Journey Records. The band's new video for the song "Kolmekymppinen" can be viewed below. Formed in 1997, PROFESSORI HEIKKERÖ has released two albums and a numbers of EPs. Many popular Finnish metal ...

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BLACK SUN AEON: 'Routa' Artwork Unveiled

BLACK SUN AEON — the new "dark, death, doom" project from Tuomas Saukkonen (BEFORE THE DAWN, THE FINAL HARVEST, DAWN OF SOLACE) — entered the studio on December 6 to begin recording its second CD, "Routa" (Finnish for "ground frost"). The follow-up to "Darkness Walks Beside Me" will be a double album with a Finish-winter ...

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BLACK SUN AEON Begins Recording New Album

BLACK SUN AEON — the new "dark, death, doom" project from Tuomas Saukkonen (BEFORE THE DAWN, THE FINAL HARVEST, DAWN OF SOLACE) — entered the studio on December 6 to begin recording its second CD, "Routa" (Finnish for "ground frost"). The follow-up to "Darkness Walks Beside Me" will be a double album with a Finish-winter ...

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EVEMASTER Completes Work On New Album

Finnish "dark metal" band EVEMASTER — which features in its ranks BATTLELORE's Tomi Mykkänen — has completed work on its new album, "III: Newtopia", for an early 2010 release via an as-yet-undetermined record label. The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Enter 02. New Age Dawns 03. Humanimals 04. Losing Ground 05. ...

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INSOMNIUM: New Video Interview Available

Asif Salam at SoundShock.co.uk conducted an interview with vocalist/bassist Niilo Sevänen of Finnish metallers INSOMNIUM when the band played the Camden Underworld in London, England on December 7, 2009. Watch the chat below. INSOMNIUM's latest album, "Across The Dark", recently entered the official chart in the band's home country at position No. 5. ...

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HIM: New Single Available For Streaming

"Heartkiller", the new single from Finnish "love" metallers HIM, is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The track is the first single from the band's upcoming album, "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice", which will be released by Sire Records on February 9, 2010. Recorded at The Lair in Los Angeles, ...

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HIM: New Single To Premiere Online Tomorrow

"Heartkiller", the new single from Finnish "love" metallers HIM, will premiere in the United States on MySpace on Friday, December 4. The track is the first single from the band's upcoming album, "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice", which will be released by Sire Records on February 9, 2010. Recorded at The Lair in Los ...

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HIM: Audio Sample Of New Single 'Heartkiller' Available

An audio sample of "Heartkiller", the new single from Finnish "love" metallers HIM, is available for streaming using the widget below. The song will appear on the band's new album, "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice", which is scheduled for release in the U.S. on February 9, 2010. The CD was recorded at a Los ...

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POISONBLACK To Release 'Of Rust And Bones' In March

POISONBLACK — the Finnish band featuring former SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala — has set "Of Rust And Bones" as the title of its fourth album, due in Europe on March 22, 2010 via Century Media Records. The follow-up to last year's "A Dead Heavy Day" was recorded with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa, who has previously worked ...

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THE CHANT Hard At Work On New Album

Finnish melancholic metallers THE CHANT have entered the studio with producer Ville Sorvali (MOONSORROW) to begin recording their second album, tentatively titled "This Is The World We Know", for an early 2010 release via an as-yet-undisclosed label. A studio diary is available at this location. THE CHANT's debut album, "Ghostlines", was released in ...

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HIM: New Album Artwork, Release Date Revealed

Finnish "love" metallers HIM will release their new album, "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice", in the U.S. on February 9, 2010. The CD was recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Matt Squire (TAKING BACK SUNDAY, THE USED, PANIC AT THE DISCO, BOYS LIKE GIRLS, THRICE). "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice" track ...

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2009 'Dimebag Beyond Forever Tour': Details Revealed

A dozen or so Finnish metal musicians will take part in the sixth annual "Dimebag Beyond Forever Tour", set to kick off in early December. The seven-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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MOONSORROW Forced To Cancel Sofia Concert

Finnish folk/pagan metal band MOONSORROW has been forced to cancel its previously announced November 14 concert at Blue Box Club in Sofia, Bulgaria. The group states, "Our bassist/vocalist Ville Sorvali's back had to be operated in an emergency situation. An intervertebral disc in his back was ruptured resulting in a pinched spinal nerve, so he ...

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NIGHTWISH Keyboardist Earned More Than $500K In 2008

According to Keskisuomalainen, NIGHTWISH mainman/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen (who writes most of the band's music and all of its lyrics) earned 379,210 euros (approximately $560,000) in 2008 — more than double his 2007 taxable income, which was 185,934 euros (approximately $274,000). NIGHTWISH played a special homecoming show on September 19 at the sold-out, 11,000-capacity ...

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NIGHTWISH Singer Shoots Down Album Title Rumors

NIGHTWISH singer Anette Olzon has shot down reports that the band's next studio CD has a working title of "Wind Embraced". She writes on her blog, "Some people have asked me about some Wikipedia comment saying that our next NIGHTWISH album already has a title. I haven't heard anything about any title, and since the ...

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NIGHTWISH Pays Tribute To JAAKKO TEPPO

Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have issued the following update: "NIGHTWISH is showing respect for Finnish singer/songwriter veteran Jaakko Teppo by recording his song 'Hilma ja Onni' in Finnish. "Jaakko Teppo is well known in Finland of his humorous protest songs associated with the labor movement. 15 years ago, a serious illness forced Jaakko Teppo to ...

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CHAOSWEAVER Hard At Work On New Material

Finnish extreme metallers CHAOSWEAVER have commenced work on the material for the band's sophomore album, tentatively due in 2010. The group's bassist/backing vocalist Max Power states, "We've written tons of material, wickedest of which will make it on the record. Jack [Tyger, drums], Albert [von Fleischer, guitar] and I have been sweating in the studio ...

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INSOMNIUM: Performance Footage Of Two New Songs Available

Fan-filmed video footage of Finnish metallers INSOMNIUM performing two new songs from their latest album, "Across The Dark", on October 10, 2009 at Nosturi in Helsinki can be viewed below (courtesy of "RandomTraveler2"). "Across The Dark" recently entered the official chart in the band's home country at position No. 5. The CD was recorded at ...

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POISONBLACK Drummer To Host Finnish Radio Show

POISONBLACK drummer Tarmo Kanerva will host his own radio show on the Finnish station Radio Mega every Saturday between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. starting on October 3. Tarmo will present new rock music, broadcast interviews and offer news related to bands that are based in Northern Finland. POISONBLACK — which features in ...

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NIGHTWISH Plays Final Show Of 'Dark Passion Play' Tour; Setlist Revealed

Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH played a special homecoming show last night (Saturday, September 19) at the sold-out, 11,000-capacity Hartwall Arena in Helsinki to mark the end of the band's colossal "Dark Passion Play" world tour. Support at the gig came from APOCALYPTICA. NIGHTWISH's setlist was as follows: 01. Intro - Finlandia (w/ U.K. multi-instrumentalist Troy ...

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INSOMNIUM's 'Across The Dark' Cracks Finnish Top 5

"Across The Dark", the new album from Finnish metallers INSOMNIUM, has entered the official chart in the band's home country at position No. 5. The CD was recorded at Fantom studio (where the group recorded its 2006 LP, "Above the Weeping World"). "Across The Dark" track listing: 01. Equivalence (03:18) 02. Down With The Sun ...

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DOMINATION BLACK In Writing Mode

Fan-filmed video footage of DOMINATION BLACK's performance at this year's Dark River festival — which was held August 7-8, 2009 at Honkala Stadium, Karhula, Finland — can be viewed below (courtesy of "JaEISa"). The Finnish "horror" metallers are currently writing and demoing new material for an as-yet-untitled new album, tentatively due before the end of ...

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POISONBLACK: First New Songtitles Revealed

POISONBLACK — the Finnish band featuring former SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala — entered the studio earlier this month with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, SENTENCED, AMORPHIS, ENSIFERUM) to begin recording its new album for an early 2010 release. The group states, "We've gotten a lot of work done and the songs are starting to build up ...

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HATEFORM Parts Ways With Drummer, Announces Replacement

Finnish death/thrash metallers HATEFORM have issued the following update: "HATEFORM decided to go separate ways with one of the founding members, drummer Tuomas Vähämaa. This was something that would have come ahead of us sooner or later and we wanted to take care of this before our second album studio sessions, which are planned to ...

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