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AJATTARA To Release 'Äpäre' In March

AJATTARA, the Finnish "black/dark metal" project featuring former AMORPHIS frontman Pasi Koskinen (a.k.a. Ruoja), will release their fourth full-length album, "Äpäre", on March 22, 2006 via Spinefarm Records. The band have just released a new Christmas single, featuring an original song entitled "Teuras", backed by a cover of the track "Kansallispäivä", originally written and recorded ...

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AMORPHIS To Perform At Second Annual FINNISH METAL EXPO

Finland's AMORPHIS will celebrate the release of their new album, "Eclipse", with a live appearance at the second annual Finnish Metal Expo, which will take place on February 17-18, 2006 at Kaapelitehdas in Helsinki, Finland. Other bands scheduled to perform at the Expo include U.D.O., AJATTARA, SWALLOW THE SUN, VERJNUARMU, ANJ, NAILDOWN and many more. ...

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AMORPHIS: More 'Eclipse' Details Revealed

The new AMORPHIS album, "Eclipse", is scheduled for release on February 17, 2006 on Nuclear Blast Records. The first single, "House of Sleep", will be released January 4, 2006. Introducing new vocalist Tomi Joutsen (SINISTHRA), AMORPHIS' seventh full-length release in their 15-year career marks a fresh start for the Finnish band. Thematically, however, the group ...

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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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Former CARCASS Frontman JEFF WALKER: Solo Album Track Listing Revealed

Former CARCASS bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker has finalized the track listing for his upcoming solo album consisting exclusively of country and blues covers. The CD, entitled "Welcome to Carcass Cuntry", will include tracks from such artists as SKEETER DAVIS, HANK WILLIAMS, JOHNNY CASH, CONNIE SMITH, and JOHN DENVER — albeit with a metallic spin. A March ...

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INTO ETERNITY Return Home After 2005's Fifth North American Tour

Canada's INTO ETERNITY have wrapped up a solid year of touring North America. Covering metals musical spectrum, the band have had the honor of sharing the stage with several of the genre's top heavyweight bands. Talking about the band's year, mainman Tim Roth said, "Our touring cycle for 'Buried In Oblivion' has finally come to ...

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AJATTARA Complete Work On 'Äpäre'

AJATTARA, the Finnish "black/dark metal" project featuring former AMORPHIS frontman Pasi Koskinen (a.k.a. Ruoja), have completed work on their fourth full-length album, "Äpäre", for a March 2006 release via Spinefarm Records. Check put pictures from the recording sessions at this location. In the meantime, the band have announced plans to issue a new ...

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MANNHAI: Studio Report Posted Online

Finnish "stoner rockers" MANNHAI, whose current lineup includes singer Pasi Koskinen (ex-AMORPHIS, AJATTARA), have entered Jive Studios in Helsinki in to begin recording their next full-length album. The band have demoed 10 out of 20 new tracks and describe the material as "heavier and more guitar-driven" than that on the previous CD, 2004's "The Exploder". ...

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Former CARCASS Frontman's Country/Blues Solo Album To Surface Early Next Year

Fractured Transmitter Records will be issuing former CARCASS bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker's solo album consisting exclusively of country and blues covers from artists including SKEETER DAVIS, HANK WILLIAMS, JOHNNY CASH, CONNIE SMITH, and JOHN DENVER — albeit with a metallic spin. The CD, entitled "Welcome to Carcass Cuntry", is tentatively scheduled for release in February/March 2006. ...

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MANNHAI To Enter Studio In November

Finnish "stoner rockers" MANNHAI, whose current lineup includes singer Pasi Koskinen (ex-AMORPHIS, AJATTARA), will enter Jive Studios in Helsinki in early November to begin recording their next full-length album. The band have demoed 10 out of 20 new tracks and describe the material as "heavier and more guitar-driven" than that on the previous CD, 2004's ...

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INTO ETERNITY Wrap Up Fourth 2005 North American Tour, Prepare To Hit The Road With OPETH

Canada's progressive death metal band INTO ETERNITY have wrapped up their fourth 2005 North American tour supporting their latest album "Buried Into Oblivion". This year the band has been privileged to share the stage with metal veterans AMORPHIS, HATE ETERNAL, KRISIUN, INCANTATION, HAMMERFALL, EDGUY and now STRATOVARIUS. Drummer Adam Sagan commented, "The tour is winding ...

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CHAOSBREED: No Live Shows Until Further Notice

Finnish death metal supergroup CHAOSBREED have announced via their official web site that they will not perform any live shows until further notice. No further information is currently available. CHAOSBREED announced back in April 2005 that they had parted ways with guitarist Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS) and vocalist Taneli Jarva (ex-SENTENCED, THE BLACK LEAGUE), only to ...

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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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AMORPHIS Complete Work On New Album

Finland's AMORPHIS completed the final mix for their new album on Saturday, September 24 at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki with Mikko Karmila (who previously worked with the group on their "Am Universum" CD). The follow-up to last year's "Far from the Sun" was recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki with engineer Nino Laurenne (THUNDERSTONE). ...

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AMORPHIS: Russian Tour Dates Announced

Finnish hard rockers AMORPHIS have lined up two dates in Russia in early November. The details are as follows: Nov. 03 – St. Petersburg, RUS @ Port Club Nov. 04 – Moscow, RUS @ CDK MAI AMORPHIS recently entered the Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki to start the recording process for their follow-up to last ...

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Ghost Reveries - OPETH

There's a danger in taking OPETH for granted, now that we've been graced with a staggering seven albums' worth of progressive metal brilliance from them. They have their own sound, with instantly-identifiable elements, and you can only hear them "for the first time" once. That makes it easy to say they peaked when you were ...

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SINGLE BULLET THEORY: Drummer JOHN SASSO Rejoins The Fold

Philadelphia's SINGLE BULLET THEORY have re-enlisted original drummer John Sasso to the fold. John was the original SINGLE BULLET THEORY drummer and was best known for his work on the group's 2002 release "Route 666" (Crash Music Inc.). The band are currently working on 23 new blistering tracks and will begin pre-production at Angry Chair ...

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CHAOSBREED's THE DOORS Tribute Band Announce New Show

THE BLUE HORSE, the Finnish THE DOORS tribute band featuring CHAOSBREED members Oppu Laine (ex-AMORPHIS, MANNHAI) and Nalle Österman (GANDALF, ex-LULLACRY), along with drummer Mikko "Junior" Pietinen (MANNHAI), keyboardist Kasper Martenson (ex-AMORPHIS, MANNHAI) and lead guitarist Markku "Crazy" Heiskanen (HAVANA BLACK), wil perform at the Tavastia club in Helsinki, Finland on Saturday, August 27. THE ...

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CHAOSBREED Members Pay Tribute To THE DOORS

On Thursday, August 4, CHAOSBREED members Oppu Laine (ex-AMORPHIS, MANNHAI) and Nalle Österman (GANDALF, ex-LULLACRY) will play a one-off tribute show to the classic American rock act THE DOORS as members of THE BLUE HORSE. For fans of CHAOSBREED, this might be especially interesting, as this will be CHAOSBREED drummer Nalle's first full-length concert performance ...

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SINGLE BULLET THEORY: In Pre-Production Mode

Vocalist/guitarist Matt Difabio of the Philadelphia-based metallers SINGLE BULLET THEORY has issued the following update on the band's current activities: "We are in pre-production for our next yet-to-be-titled release. We have 13 brand new songs written and are currently in arrangement mode. Thank god for the line 6 rifftracker, the best writing tool I have ...

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AJATTARA Pull Out Of Germany's PARTY.SAN OPEN AIR Festival

AJATTARA, the Finnish "black/dark metal" project featuring former AMORPHIS frontman Pasi Koskinen (a.k.a. Ruoja), have cancelled their appearance at the 2005 installment of the Party.San Open Air festival, set to be held August 11-13 in Bad Berka, Germany. AJATTARA's third album, "Tyhjyys" ("Emptiness") was released late last year through the Spinefarm Records subsidiary Spikefarm. Recordings ...

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AMORPHIS: Preparing To Enter Studio

Finnish rockers AMORPHIS are intensively rehearsing and writing new songs for their follow-up to last year's "Far from the Sun", tentatively due in late 2005/early 2006 via Nuclear Blast Records. On July 1, the band will enter the Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki to start the recording process. Producers will be Nino Laurenne (THUNDERSTONE) for ...

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THE ETERNAL Name New Album

Australian melodic doom metal band THE ETERNAL (formerly CRYPTAL DARKNESS) have set "Sleep of Reason" as the title of their forthcoming second album, due late September via Firebox Records. The follow-up to last year's "The Sombre Light of Isolation" was recorded at Palm Studios in Melbourne and is currently being mastered by Mika Jussila (AMORPHIS, ...

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SHAPE OF DESPAIR: New Album Details Revealed

Finnish doom/death metallers SHAPE OF DESPAIR, the band featuring ex-AMORPHIS/current AJATTARA singer Pasi Koskinen, will release their new self-titled album on August 3 via Spinefarm Records. The low-priced CD will feature rare and unreleased material from the group, including tracks from the band's first demo, "Alone in the Mist", and a new song called "Sleeping ...

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