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SINGLE BULLET THEORY Announce New Guitarist

Philadelphia metal act SINGLE BULLET THEORY have announced the addition of guitarist Dan Loughry to the group's ranks. Dan is best known for his work with technical death metal band POLTERCHRIST (Season of Mist Records) and "will be a fantastic attribute to the next SBT disc," according to a press release. SINGLE BULLET THEORY are ...

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AMORPHIS To Record New Album In July

AMORPHIS guitarist Esa Holopainen has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "We've been rehearsing intensively past two months now and the songs start to get their final shape. There's still couple tracks which need to be rehearsed but basically the songs are ready and the band is more motivated than ever. ...

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Former AMORPHIS Singer Officially Joins MANNHAI

Former AMORPHIS and current AJATTARA singer Pasi Koskinen has officially joined MANNHAI as the group's new vocalist. "This was a collective decision, and it has been clear for us since we hit the stage together for the first time in Berlin last April," MANNHAI write on their web site. "A natural solution, and even obvious, ...

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INTO ETERNITY Prepare To Return To The Road

Canadian progressive death metal band INTO ETERNITY are preparing to return to the road after their spring North American tour with AMORPHIS. Lead guitarist/second vocalist Tim Roth addressed the bands recent activities: "It's been a few weeks since we wrapped up our headlining Canadian dates, and everyone is back to good health now. Stu and ...

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SKULLSHIFTER To Release Limited-Edition EP

SKULLSHIFTER, the new band featuring former INSANIAC members CJ Scioscia (guitar) and Tom Nolz (guitar, vocals), are continuing work on their debut album, "Inner Demons", for a late 2005/early 2006 release. Scioscia's latest update on the recording process reads as follows: "After initially planning to self-produce and release a full SKULLSHIFTER album on our own, ...

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AM I BLOOD Sign With A1 METAL LTD

Finnish thrash/heavy metal band AM I BLOOD have inked a deal with A1 Metal Ltd. The band recently mastered their long-recorded new album, "The Truth Inside the Dying Sun", for a late summer release. A full-length MP3 of the album's projected title cut can be downloaded at this location. According to the BNR ...

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SINGLE BULLET THEORY: In Writing Mode

Vocalist/guitarist Matt Difabio of the Philadelphia-based metallers SINGLE BULLET THEORY has issued the following update on the band's current activities: "SINGLE BULLET THEORY is currently in 'write mode.' We have three [new] songs done at this point ('Dawn of Inequity', 'Letting Go' and 'The Me I Used to know') and are churning out some of ...

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CHAOSBREED Pull Out Of GRAVE Tour

Finnish death metallers CHAOSBREED have officially cancelled their participation in the upcoming Finnish tour by Sweden's GRAVE. This latest development comes on the heels of the band's recent announcement that they have parted ways with guitarist Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS) and vocalist Taneli Jarva (ex-SENTENCED, THE BLACK LEAGUE). Upcoming CHAOSBREED shows now include: Oct. 07 - ...

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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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SHAPE OF DESPAIR: Release Date Set For Self-Titled Album

Spinefarm Records has set a July 27 release date for the self-titled album from Finnish doom/death metallers SHAPE OF DESPAIR, the band featuring ex-AMORPHIS/current AJATTARA singer Pasi Koskinen. 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 ...

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MANNHAI Temporarily Joined By Former AMORPHIS Singer

Finnish "stoner rockers" MANNHAI have issued the folowing update on their current European tour: "Hello, you fuckers! Our German tour with THE AWESOME MACHINE started last week, and we've had a blast roaming across this beautiful country so far. Still, we got some weird news to all of you guys. For numerous reasons (with none ...

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AMORPHIS Re-Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Nuclear Blast Records has announced that Finnish rockers AMORPHIS have re-signed with the label. This is what guitar player Esa Holopainen states about the "home-coming": "Last year was quite difficult for AMORPHIS. We went through (another) lineup change as we decided that it's better if Mr. Koskinen leaves the band. We had problems with trying ...

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CHAOSBREED To Play Upcoming Shows With 'Original' Incarnation

Despite an earlier announcement that CHAOSBREED have officially parted ways with guitarist Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS) and vocalist Taneli Jarva (ex-SENTENCED, THE BLACK LEAGUE), the Finnish death metal supergroup will try to play their upcoming shows with their original incarnation, according to a posting on the band's web site. "Let's hope for the best!" the posting ...

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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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SINGLE BULLET THEORY Split From CRASH MUSIC INC.

Philadelphia-based metallers SINGLE BULLET THEORY have officially split from Crash Music Inc., according to a press release. The band released two albums under the Crash Music label: "Route 666" (2002) and "Behind Eyes of Hatred" (2004). SINGLE BULLET THEORY have just finished up a five-week trek across the United States and Canada with AMORPHIS, INTO ...

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CHAOSBREED Part Ways With Singer And Guitarist, Seek Replacements

Finnish death metal supergroup CHAOSBREED have officially parted ways with guitarist Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS) and vocalist Taneli Jarva (ex-SENTENCED, THE BLACK LEAGUE). The group's statement on the matter reads as follows: "Since April 6, Taneli Jarva and Esa Holopainen are no longer members of CHAOSBREED. Declining to make the upcoming tour with GRAVE they had ...

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INTO ETERNITY Return To The Road

Canadian progressive death metal band INTO ETERNITY resume their Canadian tour today in Winnipeg. Although members of the band are still ailing from prolonged bouts with strep throat and pneumonia, they have vowed to bring their intense live show to dedicated audiences. INTO ETERNITY was forced to cancel several of their late March appearances supporting ...

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CHAOSBREED Announce European Mini-Tour

CHAOSBREED, the new Finnish death metal supergroup consisting of drummer Nalle Österman (ex-GANDALF), bassist Oppu Laine (ex-AMORPHIS, MANNHAI), guitarist Marko Tarvonen (MOONSORROW), guitarist Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS), and vocalist Taneli Jarva (ex-SENTENCED, THE BLACK LEAGUE), will embark on a European mini-tour in October 2005. The group's live itinerary is now shaping up as follows: May 05 ...

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INTO ETERNITY Drop Off AMORPHIS Tour

Canadian progressive death metal band INTO ETERNITY have been forced to drop off the AMORPHIS U.S. tour after singer Stu Block and guitarist Rob Doherty were taken ill. A message on the group's official web site reads as follows: "After the Atlanta show on [March] 25th, where Tim, Troy and Adam played as a three-piece ...

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SINISTHRA: Debut Album Details Revealed

SINISTHRA (formerly NEVERGREEN), the Finnish band featuring current AMORPHIS frontman Tomi Joutsen, will release their full-length debut, "Last of the Stories of Long Past Glories", on May 13 via Arise Records. The CD was recorded last summer at Sonic Pump studios and features a sound best described as "metal with all the most common metal ...

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INTO ETERNITY's TIM ROTH Comments On STRATOVARIUS Tour

Currently on tour with AMORPHIS in support of their 2004 release "Buried In Oblivion", Canada's INTO ETERNITY have been added to STRATOVARIUS' fall tour package. Vocalist/lead guitarist Tim Roth commented, "We are really excited to be touring with STRATOVARIUS and see this as an ideal package. We will be playing in front of a completely ...

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SINISTHRA Featuring AMORPHIS Singer Sign With ARISE RECORDS

SINISTHRA (formerly NEVERGREEN), the Finnish band featuring current AMORPHIS frontman Tomi Joutsen, have set "Last of the Stories of Long Past Glories" as the title of their full-length debut, tentatively due in May via Arise Records. The CD was recorded last summer at Sonic Pump studios and features a sound best described as "metal with ...

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SHAPE OF DESPAIR To Record New Song For Compilation CD

Finnish doom/death metallers SHAPE OF DESPAIR, featuring ex-AMORPHIS/current AJATTARA singer Pasi Koskinen, will enter Sundicoop Studios in Savonlinna, Finland on March 29 to record a new song called "Sleeping Murder". The track will appear on a low-priced CD featuring rare and unreleased material, due this summer on Spikefarm/Spinefarm Records. SHAPE OF DESPAIR's third album, "Illusion's ...

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Ex-CARCASS Frontman Performs With TO SEPARATE THE FLESH FROM THE BONES: Video Available

TO SEPARATE THE FLESH FROM THE BONES, the Finnish grindcore band featuring Herr Arschstein (Pasi Koskinen, ex-AMORPHIS), Rot Wailer (Niclas Etelavuori, AMORPHIS) and Pus Sypope (Gas, H.I.M.), were joined by former CARCASS frontman Jeff Walker (a.k.a. J. Offalmangler) during their appearance at the Tavastia club in Helsinki on December 19, 2004. Watch a live performance ...

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RESISTANCE Sign With LION MUSIC

Los Angeles power/thrash metallers RESISTANCE have inked an exclusive deal with Finland's Lion Music (SUN CAGED, CHRIS POLAND, TONY MACALPINE). RESISTANCE, whose sound is being described as "early Bay Area thrash mixed with a Euro power metal vibe," have independently released their first album, "Lies In Black", which will be re-issued worldwide through Lion Music. ...

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CHAOSBREED: Finnish Tour With GRAVE Pushed Back To May

CHAOSBREED, the new Finnish death metal supergroup consisting of drummer Nalle Österman (ex-GANDALF), bassist Oppu Laine (ex-AMORPHIS, MANNHAI), guitarist Marko Tarvonen (MOONSORROW), guitarist Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS), and vocalist Taneli Jarva (ex-SENTENCED, THE BLACK LEAGUE), will be the main support for Swedish death metal masters GRAVE on their Finnish mini-tour in early May. Also appearing on ...

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TO SEPARATE THE FLESH FROM THE BONES: Helsinki Gig To Be Webcast

TO SEPARATE THE FLESH FROM THE BONES, the Finnish grindcore band featuring Herr Arschstein (Pasi Koskinen, ex-AMORPHIS), Rot Wailer (Niclas Etelavuori, AMORPHIS) and Pus Sypope (Gas, H.I.M.), will have their Dec. 19, 2004 show at Tavastia in Helsinki broadcast on Radio Helsinki (95.2 FM) on February 22 beginning at 9:00 p.m. CET. The show, which ...

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AMORPHIS: Mexican Tour Cancelled

Finland's AMORPHIS have been forced to cancel previously announced Mexican tour due to circumstances beyond their control, according to a posting on the group's web site. AMORPHIS are currently trying to reschedule the affected dates. More information will be made available soon. AMORPHIS recently announced the addition of singer Tomi Joutsen (NEVERGREEN) to the group's ...

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AJATTARA: 'Haureus' Video Posted Online

AJATTARA, the Finnish "black/dark metal" project featuring former AMORPHIS frontman Pasi Koskinen (a.k.a. Ruoja), have uploaded their video for the song "Haureus", taken from their from their 2003 album "Kuolema", at this location (Real Media). As previously reported, AJATTARA have made their first demo, "Helvetissä On Syntisen Taivas"/"Elysian fields for Sinned", available for ...

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