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AJATTARA: First Demo Available For Download

AJATTARA, the Finnish "black/dark metal" project featuring former AMORPHIS frontman Pasi Koskinen (a.k.a. Ruoja), have made their first demo, "Helvetissä On Syntisen Taivas"/"Elysian fields for Sinned", available for download via their official web site. The complete track listing for the demo is as follows: 01. Helvetissä On Syntisen Taivas 02. Musta Lintu 03. ...

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Finnish DIMEBAG DARRELL Tribute Concert: More Details Revealed

Finnish melodic thrashers HEVEIN have revealed more information about the upcoming "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN) tribute concert that is scheduled to be held January 15 at VR Makasiinit in Helsinki. According to a posting on HEVEIN's web site, at least 25 classic PANTERA songs will be played in memory of Dimebag by dozens of ...

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AMORPHIS Announce New Singer

Finland's AMORPHIS have announced the addition of singer Tomi Joutsen (NEVERGREEN) to the group's ranks. The band made their first appearance with their new frontman Saturday night (Jan. 8) in Helsinki as part of a benefit concert for the victims of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia. Audio samples of Joutsen's work with his previous ...

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INTO ETERNITY Announce New Singer

Canadian progressive death metal progenies INTO ETERNITY have announced the addition of singer Stu Block of Vancouver's OMEGA CROM to the group's ranks. Commented guitarist Tim Roth: "We have spent a week jamming as a band again. The rehearsals went VERY well for us. "Stu flew in from Vancouver on Monday [January] 3rd. The very ...

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WINTERSUN Announce New Guitarist

WINTERSUN, the Finnish band featuring former ENSIFERUM singer/guitarist Jari Mäenpää, have announced the addition of second guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari (IMPERANON) to the group's ranks. Teemu is "a very young dude, but an extremely skilful and motivated player!" Jari writes on the group's web site. "Maybe even better than me I might say, heh! We welcome ...

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HEVEIN To Record Pre-Production Demo In January

Finnish melodic thrashers HEVEIN will enter the studio in February 2005 to record a new single. The recording sessions for the band's new album will commence in the spring. An update from the band's official web site on the songwriting sessions for the upcoming CD follows: "January 15th will be the date when we enter ...

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DIMEBAG DARRELL Finnish Tribute Concert: More Details Revealed

More details have emerged about the "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (DAMAGEPLAN, PANTERA) tribute concert that is scheduled to be held in Helsinki, Finland on January 15, 2005. The gig will take place at Rock 'n' Roll Station and all proceeds will be donated to an as-yet-undetermined charity. Admission will be €6 and tickets will be available ...

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SUNRIDE Forced To Re-Record Parts Of New Album

Finland's SUNRIDE recently spent time in the studio recording their third album, "The End Justifies the Means". The following update was posted at the group's official web site: "Not-so-good news this time. The scratch disk of one of the computers in the studio broke around a week ago. This incident caused the fact that some ...

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NIGHTWISH, AJATTARA Top Finnish Single Chart

Finland is still the heaviest country on the planet — even at Christmas. Spinefarm Records are celebrating a double 1-2 in the national Finnish single chart with the NIGHTWISH single "Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan" entering at No. 1 and AJATTARA's "Ilon Päivä", a Christmas single from a black metal band, close behind at No. 2. AJATTARA ...

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Former CARCASS Frontman To Perform At CHUCK SCHULDINER Tribute Concert

Former CARCASS frontman Jeff Walker will perform with 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.), at the "The Fragile Art of Existence - Tribute to Chuck Schuldiner" benefit concert at Klubi in Tampere, Finland on ...

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SUNRIDE Name New Album

Finland's SUNRIDE have set "The End Justifies the Means" as the title of their third album, tentatively due in February/March 2005 through People Like You Records. A video for the first single, "Waiting For the Grace", will be shot later this year. The follow-up to last year's "Through the Red", "The End Justifies the Means" ...

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TO SEPARATE THE FLESH FROM THE BONES: 'Utopia Sadistica' Release Delayed

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.), have been forced to postponed the release date of their full-length debut, "Utopia Sadistica", due to problems with packaging. The 25-song effort, which features a special guest appearance ...

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RESISTANCE To Open For AMORPHIS/INTO ETERNITY In L.A.

L.A.'s "pure american metal machine" RESISTANCE have been tapped as support for both Los Angeles-area dates of the AMORPHIS/INTO ETERNITY tour. Also appearing on the trek are BEYOND THE EMBRACE and SINGLE BULLET THEORY. RESISTANCE have recently released their debut CD, "Lies in Black", and are currently lining up live dates in support of it. ...

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SINGLE BULLET THEORY Added To AMORPHIS' North American Tour

Philadelphia's technical metal newcomers SINGLE BULLET THEORY have been added to the U.S. tour featuring veteran Finnish metal band AMORPHIS, BEYOND THE EMBRACE and INTO ETERNITY. SINGLE BULLET THEORY will be touring in support of their brand new disc, "Behind Eyes of Hatred", recently released by Crash Music Inc. The record was produced by James ...

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DIABLO To Purge Evil Thoughts On Upcoming CD

Finland's DIABLO are scheduled to enter the studio in September 2005 to begin recording their fourth album, tentatively titled "Diablo: IV (The Sacrifice)". A January 2006 release is expected. Regarding the album's projected title, the group's frontman Rainer Nygård said, "The title is related to the lyrics. Once again, I will put all that poison ...

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SUNRIDE Finish Recording New Album

Finland's SUNRIDE have finished recording their third album at Seawolf Studios (AMORPHIS, THE CURE, HANOI ROCKS) in Helsinki, Finland. "There's going to be nine songs on the record and we also recorded two covers," reads a posting on the band's web site. "The unmixed record sounds amazing and we are extremely happy with how everything's ...

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CHAOSBREED To Support GRAVE In Finland

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 March 2005. Also appearing on ...

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TO SEPARATE THE FLESH FROM THE BONES To Release Full-Length Debut This Month

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 release their full-length debut, "Utopia Sadistica", on November 24 through Spikefarm Records (a subisidiary of Spinefarm). The 25-song effort features a special guest appearance by former CARCASS ...

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SUNRIDE Enter Studio To Record Third Album

Finland's SUNRIDE have just entered Seawolf Studios (AMORPHIS, THE CURE, HANOI ROCKS) in Helsinki, Finland to begin recording their third album. "We've been basically locked in our rehearsal room during the past weeks putting final touches into the songs and making damn sure that this album will become our best," the band write on their ...

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AJATTARA To Release Christmas Single

AJATTARA, the Finnish "black/dark metal" project featuring former AMORPHIS frontman Pasi Koskinen (a.k.a. Ruoja), will release a special two-song Christmas single in Finland on November 24. Three copies of the single — containing the tracks "Ilon Päivä" and "Hei Tonttu-Ukot Hyppikää" — will include a special voucher entiting the holder to the traditional Finnish Christmas ...

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AJATTARA Enter Finnish Album Chart At No. 27

AJATTARA, the Finnish "black/dark metal" project featuring former AMORPHIS frontman Pasi Koskinen (a.k.a. Ruoja), entered the Finnish album chart at position No. 27 with their third album, "Tyhjyys" ("Emptiness"). View the whole chart here. Recordings for the CD took place at Savonlinna's Sundi Coop studio, where AJATTARA recorded their earlier releases, "Itse" (2001) ...

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AMORPHIS Launch Vocalist Search

Finland's AMORPHIS have launched a search for an "experienced vocalist." Send all applications (including a photo and CD/CDR) by the end of October to: Amorphis-Yhtymä, c/o Piikkikasvi, Tallberginkatu 1/40, 00180 Helsinki Finland As previously reported, longtime AMORPHIS singer Pasi Koskinen left the band in August. Pasi's last live appearance with the band took place at ...

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