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Former SENTENCED Guitarist's KYPCK Signs With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

KYPCK ("Kursk" in the western alphabet) the new Russian-singing Finnish doom metal band featuring former SENTENCED guitarist Sami Lopakka (a.k.a. S.S. Lopakka) has inked a deal with Century Media Records for the European release (outside Finland) of the group's debut album, "Cherno". KYPCK's lineup includes Lopakka, vocalist E. Seppnen, bassist J. T. Yl-Rautio and renowned ...

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HATEFORM Begins 'World Domination' Through Scandinavia And Japan

Finnish death/thrash metallers HATEFORM have issued the following update: "During a short silence in the HATEFORM camp, big steps have been taken. A distribution deal with Playground Music Scandinavia was recently signed, covering the rest of the Scandinavian territories and the Baltic countries. So 'Dominance' [HATEFORM's debut album] will see daylight outside Finland on the ...

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EVEMASTER Prepares To Enter Studio

Guitarist/vocalist Tomi Mykknen of the Finnish "dark metal" band EVEMASTER has issued the following update: "The drum recording [for the new EVEMASTER album] will start on June 2nd in Drop Hammer Studios. The drums will be played by Enrico Annus (of KHERT-NETER) as Jaska Raatikainen is not available due to his haste with CHILDREN OF ...

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POISONBLACK: New Album Track Listing Revealed

POISONBLACK, the Finnish band featuring former SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala, has finalized the track listing for its third album. "A Dead Heavy Day", which is scheduled for release in August. The CD was recorded at Soundmix Studio in POISONBLACK's hometown of Oulu with Kari Vhkuopus and was mixed by Aksu Hanttu at Grooveland Studio in ...

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POISONBLACK: New Song Posted Online

POISONBLACK, the Finnish band featuring former SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala, has posted a new song, "Left Behind", on its MySpace page. The track comes off the group's third album. "A Dead Heavy Day", which was recorded at Soundmix Studio in POISONBLACK's hometown of Oulu with Kari Vhkuopus. The CD was mixed by Aksu ...

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HELION: New Song Available For Free Download

Finnish melodic metallers HELION have made the new song "Dreamcatcher" available for free download from the "Media" section of the band's official web site. The track comes off the group's brand new album, "Bad Dreams and Broken Shadows", which was released in Finland on May 2. "Bad Dreams and Broken Shadows" track listing: ...

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HIM: Two Songs From 'Digital Versatile Doom' DVD Posted Online

Finnish "love metallers" HIM have posted two preview videos from their forthcoming CD/DVD "Digital Versatile Doom: Live at the Orpheum Theatre". Due on April 29, the live portion of the DVD was recorded/filmed at the band's November 14-15, 2007 concerts at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. According to the HIM newsletter, "you'll go on ...

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HELION: New Album Details Revealed

Finnish melodic metallers HELION have issued the following update: "We're pleased to announce that the next HELION album will be known as 'Bad Dreams and Broken Shadows'. Mastering will take place soon and the projected release date has been set to end of the week: May 2nd." "Bad Dreams and Broken Shadows" track listing: 01. ...

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MOONSORROW: We Are Not Nazis

Finnish folk/pagan metal band MOONSORROW has issued the following statement: "Recently there have been claims about MOONSORROW being a fascistic-orientated Nazi band. We would hereby like to declare that MOONSORROW is not affiliated or fascinated with the Nazi movement in any way. They are not political, they do not have connections to any political parties ...

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WITHERING: 'Festum Melancholia' EP Preview Available

Finnish melodic death/doom metallers WITHERING have posted an MP3 preview of their upcoming EP, "Festum Melancholia", at this location. "Festum Melancholia" track listing: 01. Karelia Spirit (intro) 02. The Last Sleep 03. Kekri (instrumental) 04. The 29th of August 05. Famine Year 06. Kalmisto (outro) The EP features guest appearances by the following ...

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POISONBLACK To Utilize Stand-In Keyboardist For Greek Dates

POISONBLACK, the Finnish band featuring former SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala, will utilize the services of keyboardist Veli-Matti Kananen for the group's upcoming Greek shows with AMORPHIS. POISONBLACK keyboardist Marco Sneck is currently on tour in Canada with his other band, KALMAH, and will be unable to make POISONBLACK's dates in Greece. POISONBLACK with AMORPHIS: April ...

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CHAOSWEAVER Completes Work On Debut Album; Audio Samples Available

Finnish extreme metallers CHAOSWEAVER have completed work on their debut album, "Puppetmaster of Pandemonium". The CD will be issued on April 30 by Shadow World Records and distributed by Playground Music Scandinavia in Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. Release dates for the rest of the world will be announced soon. "Puppetmaster of Pandemonium" features guest ...

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HIM: 'Digital Versatile Doom' Delayed

Finnish "love metallers" HIM have pushed back the release date of their new CD/DVD, "Digital Versatile Doom: Live at the Orpheum Theatre", to April 29 from the previously announced April 1. The live portion of the DVD was recorded/filmed at the band's November 14-15, 2007 concerts at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. According to ...

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THE CHANT's 'Ghostlines' Released In UK

"Ghostlines", the critically acclaimed debut album of the Finnish melancholic metallers THE CHANT, was released today in the UK and Ireland via Shadow World Records / Plastic Head Distribution. "Ghostlines" is a 54 minute emotionally charged rollercoaster ride with morose atmospheres, beautiful melodies and harmonies in the course of KATATONIA, ANATHEMA and HIM. It took ...

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HIM: Photos, Video Footage From Milan Posted Online

Finnish goth-rockers HIM played the first of three Italian shows Thursday night (March 6) in Milan, at the sold-out club Alcatraz. The group's setlist was as follows: 01. Passion's Killing Floor 02. Right Here In My Arms 03. Rip Out The Wings Of A Butterfly 04. Buried Alive By Love 05. Wicked Game 06. Kiss ...

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HELION Announces Lineup Changes

Finnish melodic metallers HELION have issued the following update: "We regret to announce that as of this day, Kimmo Korhonen [guitar] is no longer a part of HELION camp. There were many reasons to this decision, and the band takes full responsibility of this action. Our apologies to Kimmo, we expect to hear great things ...

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HIM: 'Digital Versatile Doom' DVD Sneak Peek

Finnish "love metallers" HIM will release their new CD/DVD, "Digital Versatile Doom: Live at the Orpheum Theatre", on April 1 through Warner. The live portion of the DVD was recorded/filmed at the band's November 14-15, 2007 concerts at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. According to the HIM newsletter, "you'll go on stage and behind ...

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ADASTRA: Performance Footage Of New Song Posted Online

Finnish metallers ADASTRA played a new track, entitled "One Chance", during their January 29, 2008 concert at On The Rocks in Helsinki, Finland. Watch footage of the performance below. In other news, ADASTRA has been confirmed for the Jalometalli festival, set to take place August 15-16 at Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland. Also scheduled to ...

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ELENIUM: 'Up The Long Ladder' Video Posted Online

Finnish "progressive death" metallers ELENIUM, whose lineup includes current OMNIUM GATHERUM vocalist Jukka Pelkonen (a.k.a. "J"), have posted their video for the song "Up the Long Ladder" on YouTube. Watch the clio below. The track comes off the group's full-length debut, "For Giving - For Getting", which was released in 2003 through England's Rage Of ...

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SENTIMENT Parts Ways With Bassist, Announces Replacement

SENTIMENT, the Finnish band featuring former SILENT VOICES vocalist Michael Henneken, has issued the following update: "At the moment we are still looking for suitable label(s) and management. We are also rehearsing like hell but unfortunately we will not have any live performances before we have the album out so that there is something to ...

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HIM: 'Live At The Orpheum Theatre' CD/DVD Due In March

Finnish "love metallers" HIM will release their new CD/DVD, "Digital Versatile Doom: Live at the Orpheum Theatre", on March 11 through Warner. The set was recorded/filmed at the band's November 14-15, 2007 concerts at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. HIM's latest video, "Bleed Well", which features footage for from the Los Angeles shows, can ...

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THE CHANT Signs With SHADOW WORLD RECORDS

Finnish melodic and melacholic metallers THE CHANT have signed a deal with Shadow World Records. The group's long-awaited debut album, "Ghostlines", will be released in Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia on February 6. Release date for the rest of the world is March 10. Before signing the contract with Shadow World, THE CHANT recorded four ...

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ELENIUM: 'We Are Anxious To Bring Out Some New Sh*t'

Finnish "progressive death" metallers ELENIUM, whose lineup includes current OMNIUM GATHERUM vocalist Jukka Pelkonen (a.k.a. "J"), have issued the following update: "New year, new tricks. That's the plan in camp ELENIUM as well. We've had some new material bubbling under for a while but since we've had all kinds of setbacks like member departures and ...

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POISONBLACK, AMORPHIS: Greek Dates Announced

POISONBLACK, the Finnish band featuring former SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala, will team up with AMORPHIS for two shows in Greece in April: April 19 - Thessaloniki, GRE - Hydrogios April 20 - Athens, GRE - Gagarin POISONBLACK recently has entered Soundmix Studio in the group's hometown of Oulu with producer Kari Vähäkuopus to begin recording ...

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VENGINCE Added To 'Ambushing Europe Tour' Alongside EKTOMORF, STUCK MOJO

VENGINCE, the California-based hardcore/metal band featuring Relentless (ENDRAH vocalist), and Flatline (session drummer for DEFIANCE), will make its European debut as part of the forthcoming "Ambushing Europe Tour 2008" alongside EKTOMORF, STUCK MOJO and TENSIDE. Commented Relentless: "It is a huge honor to be invited to tour with STUCK MOJO! We have been fans of ...

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