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WINTERSUN Part Ways With Guitarist, Seek Replacement

WINTERSUN, the Finnish band featuring former ENSIFERUM singer/guitarist Jari Mäenpää, have parted ways with guitarist Oliver Fokin. "Oliver has decided that he can't contiune in WINTERSUN as a guitarist, because his time is filled with other activities/jobs," the band write on their web site. "So WINTERSUN is looking for a guitarist and a synthplayer, but ...

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Far From The Sun - AMORPHIS

Losing a longtime frontman whilst simultaneously having to deal with the torturous twists of a multiple-album recording contract can do funny things for a band. The latter is the reason why U.S. ears are only just able to wrap themselves around the Finns' sixth studio album, whereas Europe has had it for roughly a whole ...

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LORDS OF THUNDER: AMORPHIS Members' Cover Band To Embark On Finnish Tour

LORDS OF THUNDER, the Finnish heavy metal/hard rock cover band featuring members of AMORPHIS and SUBURBAN TRIBE, will be embarking on a tour of Finland in late September. The group, which performs songs from such acts as WHITESNAKE, IRON MAIDEN and W.A.S.P., consists of the following musicians: Janne Joutsenniemi (SUBURBAN TRIBE) Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS) Santeri ...

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TYPE O NEGATIVE: U.S. Tour Cancelled?

TYPE O NEGATIVE appear to have cancelled their previously announced U.S. tour with AMORPHIS. Although the group have yet to issue an official statement on the matter, a posting at the Northern Lights (Clifton Park, NY venue) web site had attributed the cancellation "to an illness in the band." It should ...

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AMORPHIS Guitarist Says Fill-In Vocalist Is Sounding 'Great'

AMORPHIS guitarist Esa Holopainen has posted the following update on the group's official web site: "A good time to inform [everyone] that the rehearsings with JP Leppäluoto [CHARON singer and fill-in vocalist for AMORPHIS' upcoming U.S. tour] goes further exellent. We have been now two days in rehearsing flat and the result is great, JP ...

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SUNRIDE To Enter Studio In November

Finland's SUNRIDE have completed the songwriting process for their as-yet-untitled third album. "We will be entering Seawolf Studios (AMORPHIS, THE CURE, HANOI ROCKS) in Helsinki, Finland at the end of November," the band write in their latest newsletter. "The disc will be recorded, mixed and mastered with our own sound guy, Mikko, and produced, as ...

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CHAOSBREED Singer Injures Back, Band Cancel Finnish Gig

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), have been forced to cancel their previously announced appearance in Jyväskylä on Friday, August 20 after Jarva injured his back last ...

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AMORPHIS To Be Joined By CHARON Singer On TYPE O NEGATIVE Tour

CHARON/ex-POISONBLACK frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto will handle the vocal duties for AMORPHIS on the group's upcoming U.S. tour with TYPE O NEGATIVE. At the moment, there are no plans for Leppäluoto to join AMORPHIS on a full-time basis. "When we first started thinking about this singer situation [following Pasi Koskinen's departure], nobody came to our minds," ...

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Singer PASI KOSKINEN Quits AMORPHIS

Longtime AMORPHIS singer Pasi Koskinen has officially left the band, according to a posting on the group's web site. Pasi's last live appearance with the band will take place at the Kontu Rock festival on August 21. "All touring plans will go ahead as scheduled and rumors of a replacement already exist," the posting reads. ...

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TYPE O NEGATIVE Side-Project Picks Up New Name

The new side-project featuring Johnny Kelly and Kenny Hickey from TYPE O NEGATIVE along with Rob Traynor from DUST TO DUST has dropped the name SKYND and will be going under the moniker BLACK WATER RISING. Song samples will soon be made available at BlackWaterRising.com (currently under construction). As previously reported, DUST TO DUST drummer ...

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AJATTARA Name New Album

AJATTARA, the Finnish "black/dark metal" project featuring AMORPHIS frontman Pasi Koskinen (a.k.a. Ruoja), have set "Tyhjyys" ("Emptiness") as the title of their third album, tentatively due on November 11 through Spinefarm Records. Recordings for the CD are currently taking place at Savonlinna's Sundi Coop studio where AJATTARA recorded their earlier releases, "Itse" (2001) and "Kuolema" ...

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AJATTARA: AMORPHIS Side-Project To Record Third Album

AJATTARA, the Finnish "black/dark metal" project featuring AMORPHIS frontman Pasi Koskinen (a.k.a. Ruoja), will enter the studio on June 14 to begin work on their third album. The recordings take place at Savonlinna's Sundi Coop studio where AJATTARA recorded their earlier releases, "Itse" (2001) and "Kuolema" (2003). A late 2004 release through Spinefarm Records is ...

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IN FLAMES Confirmed For Hungary's SZIGET FESTIVAL

Sweden's IN FLAMES have been confirmed for the Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary on August 7, 2004. Other bands set to appear at the festival include CANNIBAL CORPSE, AMORPHIS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, GRAVE DIGGER, THE GATHERING and SAXON. Upcoming IN FLAMES shows: Jun. 05 - Rock-am-Ring, GER Jun. 06 - Rock-im-Park, GER Jun. 12 - ...

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CHAOSBREED: Brand New Songs Available On Split 7" Single

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 shortly be issuing a split 7" single with RYTMIHÄIRIÖ. CHAOSBREED's contribution consists of two brand-new songs and a cover of ...

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MANNHAI Confirmed For Finland's ILOSAARIROCK 2004 Festival

Finnish "stoner rockers" MANNHAI, who feature in their ranks former AMORPHIS bassist Oppu Laine and ex-XYSMA frontman Joanitor Muurinen, have been confirmed for the Ilosaarirock 2004 festival, a three-day event set to take place July 16-18 in Joensuu, Finland. Other groups scheduled to perform at the festival include CRADLE OF FILTH, SENTENCED, THE 69 EYES, ...

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CHAOSBREED Confirmed For Finland's TAMMERFEST

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), have added a July 15 appearance at Tammerfest in Tampere, Finland to their itinerary. As previously reported, CHAOSBREED have scheduled a ...

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AMORPHIS Confirmed For Austria's AERODROME Festival

Finland's AMORPHIS have been confirmed as the opening act at the Aerodrome festival on June 11 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. Other bands set to perform at the two-day event (June 10-11) include METALLICA, KORN, SLIPKNOT, MOTÖRHEAD, STATIC-X and LOSTPROPHETS. For more information, visit www.aerodrome.at. As previously reported, AMORPHIS' most recent CD, "Far From ...

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Brutal - CHAOSBREED

Some albums you imagine being a real blast to make for those sweating inside the studio, but once they've emerged into the world beyond the faders and tape machines, they just don't seem as vital to us ordinary mortals. "Brutal", the first full-length release from this Finnish "supergroup" (featuring among its ranks ex-SENTENCED man Taneli ...

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Nattfödd - FINNTROLL

OK, confession time. Reading the words "Pagan Folk Metal" on a promo album or press release causes a very sharp intake of breath in these quarters. Some stony-faced lunatics getting atmospheric with a load of crusty olde-worlde instruments doesn't do much for the advancement of music, and let's not give too much copy space to ...

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CHAOSBREED: Record-Release Show Announced

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), have scheduled a record-release gig for their debut album, "Brutal", at Tavastia club in Helsinki on Thursday, May 13. Support at ...

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MANNHAI: 'Rock To The Top' Video Posted Online

Finnish "stoner rockers" MANNHAI, who feature in their ranks former AMORPHIS bassist Oppu Laine and ex-XYSMA frontman Joanitor Muurinen, have uploaded the video for their new single, "Rock To The Top", at this location. "Rock To The Top" comes off the band's third album, "The Exploder", which was released on April 5 through ...

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MANNHAI: New Album Samples Available For Download

Finnish "stoner rockers" MANNHAI, who feature in their ranks former AMORPHIS bassist Oppu Laine and ex-XYSMA frontman Joanitor Muurinen, have uploaded several audio samples from their third CD, "The Exploder", to their official web site. Check them out here. As previously reported, the follow-up to 2002's "Evil Under the Sun" was mixed at ...

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