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BATTLE BEAST Parts Ways With Guitarist And Main Songwriter ANTON KABANEN

Finnish female-fronted metallers BATTLE BEAST have parted ways with lead guitarist and main songwriter Anton Kabanen due to "insurmountable disagreements" with the other members of the band. A substitute guitarist has already been enlisted for BATTLE BEAST's upcoming shows, beginning with dates in Finland this March. Kabanen is going to continue making music and working ...

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NIGHTWISH: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From 'Èlan' Video Shoot

Behind-the-scenes footage from the making f "Èlan", the new video from Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH, can be seen below. The clip was shot in Finland at various locations between September and November 2014, and it was directed by Ville Lipiäinen. Commented NIGHTWISH mastermind/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen: "The long-awaited NIGHTWISH music video 'Élan' ...

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NIGHTWISH's TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN Felt 'Violated' When Band's New Single 'Èlan' Was Leaked Ahead Of Release

NIGHTWISH mastermind/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen says that he felt "violated" when the band's new single, "Èlan", was leaked one week before its official release, and has admonished people who "honestly don't see anything wrong" with illegally spreading unreleased music on the Internet. "When 'Èlan' was leaked, I heard about it, the whole band was really upset, ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'Èlan' Video Premiere

"Èlan", the new video from Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH, can be seen below. The clip was shot in Finland at various locations between September and November 2014, and it was directed by Ville Lipiäinen. Commented NIGHTWISH mastermind/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen: "The long-awaited NIGHTWISH music video 'Élan' is finally here. Inspired by the ...

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SOILWORK: Preview Clip Of New Song

SOILWORK singer Björn "Speed" Strid and drummer Dirk Verbeuren have offered a preview of a demo version of a new song in a video message promoting the Toontrack software. Check it out below. SOILWORK will release its first live DVD/Blu-ray, "Live In The Heart Of Helsinki", on March 13 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was ...

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SOILWORK: 'Live In The Heart Of Helsinki' DVD Trailer

Swedish metallers SOILWORK will release their first live DVD/Blu-ray, "Live In The Heart Of Helsinki", on March 13 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded during the band's special show on March 21, 2014 at Circus Club in the Finnish capital and features guest appearances by Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH, REVAMP) and Nathan J. Biggs (SONIC ...

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BATTLE BEAST's 'Unholy Savior' Tops Finnish Chart

"Unholy Savior", the third studio album from Finnish female-fronted metallers BATTLE BEAST, has registered the following first-week chart positions: Finland: #1 Germany: #39 Switzerland: #71 France: #166 Commented BATTLE BEAST guitarist/vocalist Anton Kabanen: "After the extremely painful birth of 'Unholy Savior', to be rewarded with the first place on the official charts in our home ...

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APOCALYPTICA's MIKKO SIRÉN Says 'Shadowmaker' Album Includes A Couple Of 'Really Epic, Mellow Tracks'

Nev Pearce of Australia's "Rabid Noise" podcast recently conducted an interview with Mikko Sirén of Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA. You can now listen to the chat using the Spreaker widget below. Asked what his favorite song is to perform is from the forthcoming APOCALYPTICA album, "Shadowmaker", Mikko said: "We haven't played those songs in, maybe, ...

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BATTLE BEAST: Audio Samples Of Entire 'Unholy Savior' Album

Audio samples of all the tracks that appear on "Unholy Savior", the third studio album from Finnish female-fronted metallers BATTLE BEAST, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. "Unholy Savior" was released on January 9 in Europe and January 13 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast. "Unholy Savior" track listing: 01. Lionheart 02. Unholy ...

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BATTLE BEAST: Second 'Unholy Savior' Track-By-Track-Breakdown Video

The second track-by-track-breakdown video for "Unholy Savior", the third studio album from Finnish female-fronted metallers BATTLE BEAST, can be seen below. "Unholy Savior" was released on January 9 in Europe and January 13 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast. "Unholy Savior" track listing: 01. Lionheart 02. Unholy Savior 03. I Want The World….And Everything In ...

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HIM Frontman VILLE VALO's Solo Project RAMBO RIMBAUD Performs At HELLDONE Festival (Video)

RAMBO RIMBAUD, the solo project of HIM mainman Ville Valo, performed on the first night of the Helldone festival on December 29, 2014 at Tavastia in Helsinki, Finland. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. RAMBO RIMBAUD's official description, courtesy of Helldone: "This mysterious act from 'somewhere behind God's back' has until ...

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BATTLE BEAST: First 'Unholy Savior' Track-By-Track-Breakdown Video

The first track-by-track-breakdown video for "Unholy Savior", the third studio album from Finnish female-fronted metallers BATTLE BEAST, can be seen below. The clip covers the tracks "Lionheart", "Unholy Savior", "I Want The World….And Everything In It", "Madness", "Sea Of Dreams" and "Speed And Danger". "Unholy Savior" will be released on January 9 in Europe and ...

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BATTLE BEAST: Second 'Unholy Savior' Trailer

The second trailer for "Unholy Savior", the third studio album from Finnish female-fronted metallers BATTLE BEAST, can be seen below. The CD will be released on January 9, 2015 in Europe and January 13, 2015 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast. "Unholy Savior" track listing: 01. Lionheart 02. Unholy Savior 03. I Want The World….And ...

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APOCALYPTICA: Video For Title Track Of 'Shadowmaker' Album

The official video for "Shadowmaker", the title track of the upcoming album from Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA, can be seen below. The CD will be released in April 2015 via Eleven Seven Music Group in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and South East Asia. APOCALYPTICA's new album ...

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BATTLE BEAST: First 'Unholy Savior' Trailer

The first trailer for "Unholy Savior", the third studio album from Finnish female-fronted metallers BATTLE BEAST, can be seen below. The CD will be released on January 9, 2015 in Europe and January 13, 2015 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast. "Unholy Savior" track listing: 01. Lionheart 02. Unholy Savior 03. I Want The World….And ...

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HIM To Begin Work On 'Some New Stuff' After U.S. Tour

Finnish "love" metallers HIM will follow their current North American tour with a one-off show in their hometown before taking time off from the road and beginning work on their next studio album. During a November 16 appearance on "The Louvau Show" on the 93.9 KWSS radio station in Scottsdale, Arizona, HIM frontman Ville Valo ...

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BATTLE BEAST: 'Madness' Video Released

"Madness", the new video from Finnish female-fronted metallers BATTLE BEAST, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Ville Lipiäinen, who has previously worked with NIGHTWISH and HYPOCRISY, among others. "Madness" is taken from BATTLE BEAST's third studio album, "Unholy Savior", which will be released on January 9, 2015 in Europe and January 13, ...

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APOCALYPTICA Pens Song For 'Angry Birds Seasons' Video Game

Finnish cello rock band APOCALYPTICA has written and recorded the theme song for the "On Finn Ice" episode of the Angry Birds Seasons puzzle video game in the Angry Birds series, developed by Finnish computer game developer Rovio Entertainment. A video for the track, which was directed by Miika Lommi, can be seen below. Inspired ...

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APOCALYPTICA Signs With ELEVEN SEVEN MUSIC

Eleven Seven Music Group has announced the signing of Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA for the following territories: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and South East Asia. The band's new album will be released in April 2015. "Successful artists are about talent that differentiates them from the ...

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NIGHTWISH, SONATA ARCTICA, AMARANTHE Members Featured On RASKASTA JOULUA's 'Ragnarok Juletide'

Finland's annual, all-star symphonic Christmas rock project, dubbed RASKASTA JOULUA, which translates to "Heavy Christmas," is enjoying its 10th year running. To celebrate, the project, which tours every holiday season, will release a new studio album this year. The CD, titled "Ragnarok Juletide", will be released on November 11 via Spinefarm. But this is not ...

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APOCALYPTICA Taps Producer NICK RASKULINECZ For New Album

Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA have tapped Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES, MASTODON) to helm their new album. APOCALYPTICA's Eicca Toppinen states: "Nothing better could have happened than Nick being on board for this record. The pre-production time we spent with him in late August gave us so much confidence and input for ...

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HIM To Release Limited-Edition Box Set Plus Four Deluxe Titles

Finnish "love" metallers HIM will release a limited-edition box set, "Lashes To Ashes, Lust To Dust: A Vinyl Retrospective '96-'03", on November 25 via The End. The box set includes the rare debut 1996 EP "666 Ways To Love: Prologue" on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl for the first time ever, along with an exclusive Heartagram logo ...

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