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AMORPHIS Announces Spring 2022 North American Tour

Finnish melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS will embark on a North American tour this spring. The trek will kick off on April 13 in New York City and will make its way through nearly two dozen cities, coming to a close on May 12 in Baltimore, Maryland. Support will come from SYLVAINE and HOAXED. Comments AMORPHIS: ...

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AMORPHIS Releases Music Video For New Song 'The Moon'

Finnish melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS will release their fourteenth studio album, "Halo", on February 11, 2022 via Atomic Fire Records. The official music video for the LP's first single, "The Moon", created by renowned director Patric Ullaeus (rEvolver Film), can be seen below. Comments lyricist Pekka Kainulainen: "I have done several drawings and paintings on ...

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NUCLEAR BLAST Founder Launches New Label ATOMIC FIRE

Nuclear Blast founder Markus Staiger has launched a new company called Atomic Fire GmbH.The label's acts include HELLOWEEN, OPETH, MESHUGGAH, AMORPHIS, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, PRIMAL FEAR, SONATA ARCTICA, AGNOSTIC FRONT, RISE OF THE NORTHSTAR, SILVER LAKE BY ESA HOLOPAINEN and WHITE STONES. In addition to the already announced studio albums by SONATA ARCTICA ("Acoustic Adventures ...

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AMORPHIS Announces New Album 'Halo'

Finnish melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS will release their fourteenth studio album, "Halo", on February 11, 2022 via Atomic Fire Records. In the past, mythology and legend took the role of today's pop culture: Stories and a set of values uniting us by giving us a voice and a tapestry on which we can find each ...

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U.S Edition Of 'History Of Finnish Death Metal' Book Due In April

Decibel Books has announced the U.S. release of "Rotting Ways To Misery: The History Of Finnish Death Metal". The definitive guide to the magical and morbid world of Finnish death metal, exploring the extreme metal and thrash scenes of late '80s, the short-lived but explosive scene of the early '90s and the eventual devastating resurgence ...

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AMORPHIS Guitarist's SILVER LAKE Project To Feature Guest Appearances By KATATONIA, SOILWORK Members

SILVER LAKE BY ESA HOLOPAINEN, the solo project of AMORPHIS guitarist Esa Holopainen, will release its self-titled debut album on May 28 via Nuclear Blast. Since 1990, Holopainen has been the lead guitarist of the progressively-minded heavy metal innovators AMORPHIS. Thanks to the metallic and melodic beauty of such classic albums as "Tales From The ...

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AMORPHIS Begins Recording 14th Studio Album

Finnish melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS have entered Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki to begin recording their fourteenth album. The follow-up to "Queen Of Time" is tentatively due later this year via Nuclear Blast. "Queen Of Time" came out in May 2018 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2015's "Under The Red Cloud" included the use ...

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Metal Musicians React To ALEXI LAIHO's Death

Marty Friedman (MEGADETH), Mark Morton (LAMB OF GOD), Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT), Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE), Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY), Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS), Mikael Stanne (DARK TRANQUILLITY) and SONATA ARCTICA are amont the heavy metal musicians who have reacted on social media to the passing of former CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Alexi Laiho. The Finnish ...

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ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN Announces 'The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest' Solo Album

Anneke Van Giersbergen will release her new solo album, "The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest", on February 26, 2021 via InsideOut Music. Lyrically, and musically, the award-winning Dutch artist lays her soul bare with the most evocative record of her career — captivating song-stories told with acoustic guitars, strings, horns, percussion, and Anneke's hypnotic vocal ...

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Glow - COUNTLESS SKIES

The thin line between thrilling, ultra-hooky melodic death metal and weakening, ultra-hooky metalcore was blurred beyond all recognition long ago. Fortunately, the subgenre's malleability has enabled many bands to pursue a more progressive course, and COUNTLESS SKIES elbow barge their way to the front of the quality queue on their second album, following-up a first-rate ...

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Echoes From Deep November - FIRES IN THE DISTANCE

Metal's relationship with keyboards hasn't always been the most amicable: readers of a certain age will doubtless remember numerous bands proudly proclaiming that no such nonsense would be tolerated on their record. Nonetheless, when used appropriately, keyboards unlock the key to a whole world of atmosphere that has been skillfully plundered by everyone from IRON ...

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NIGHTWISH Reschedules European Tour For May 2021

NIGHTWISH has been forced to postpone its previously announced fall 2020 European tour due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe. The new dates will now take place in May 2021 and will include shows in U.K., France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary. Mastermind Tuomas Holopainen comments: ...

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Death Of The Cosmic - HINAYANA

There has never been a better time to be thoroughly despondent, so we might as well embrace a few new bands along the way. Fans of morose but elegantly melodic death/doom may already be familiar with HINAYANA after their quietly stunning 2018 debut album, "Order Divine". Although rooted in the familiar, the American band's take ...

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'Heavy Metal' Pinball Soundtrack Revealed: SEBASTIAN BACH, HELLOWEEN, DRAGONFORCE, Others

Stern Pinball, Inc., a global lifestyle brand based on the iconic and outrageously fun modern American game of pinball, and Incendium, a multi-faceted production company known for an array of animation, comic books, toys, and video games, have announced the complete soundtrack listing for a new limited-edition pinball machine celebrating the world's greatest illustrated magazine ...

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Thalassic - ENSIFERUM

It's almost impossible to achieve longevity in heavy metal without repeating yourselves occasionally. In the best possible way, ENSIFERUM have been the model of consistency over the years, with a long-established musical identity and a steady forward march toward bigger and better things very much part of the bargain. Righteously huge in Europe, the Finns ...

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FLAT EARTH Feat. Former HIM And AMORPHIS Members: 'Neverhappy' Lyric Video

FLAT EARTH, the new band featuring former HIM members Mikko "Linde" Lindström (guitar) and Mika "Gas Lipstick" Karppinen (drums) alongside ex-AMORPHIS bassist Niclas Etelävuori and POLANSKI singer Anttoni "Anthony" Pikkarainen, has released the official lyric video for its new single, "Neverhappy". The song is taken from FLAT EARTH's upcoming second album, due later in the ...

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The Broad And Beaten Way - SINISTHRA

You really don't need to be a fan of AMORPHIS to enjoy the new SINISTHRA album, but it would definitely help. Tomi Joutsen has been one of the finest vocalists in metal for a long time now, and his magnificent contributions to this album can only bolster his reputation as a contemporary great. The Finn ...

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AMORPHIS's Summer/Fall North American Tour With ENTOMBED A.D. And NERVOSA Has Been Canceled

AMORPHIS's previously announced summer/fall North American tour with ENTOMBED A.D. and NERVOSA has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe. The 38-date trek, which was to celebrate the band's legendary 1994 release "Tales From The Thousand Lakes", was scheduled to launch on September 11 with three shows at the Kingsland ...

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FLAT EARTH Feat. Former HIM And AMORPHIS Members: 'Draining By Your Flame' Lyric Video

FLAT EARTH, the new band featuring former HIM members Mikko "Linde" Lindström (guitar) and Mika "Gas Lipstick" Karppinen (drums) alongside ex-AMORPHIS bassist Niclas Etelävuori and POLANSKI singer Anttoni "Anthony" Pikkarainen, has released the official lyric video for its new single, "Draining By Your Flame". The song is taken from FLAT EARTH's upcoming second album, due ...

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AMORPHIS To Perform Entire 'Tales From The Thousand Lakes' Album On Fall 2020 North American Tour

Finnish melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS will hit the road this summer and fall in celebration of their legendary 1994 release "Tales From The Thousand Lakes". Each night, the classic album will be played in its entirety. The 38-date trek will launch on September 11 with three shows at the Kingsland in Brooklyn before making stops ...

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FLAT EARTH Feat. Former HIM And AMORPHIS Members: New Single 'Draining By Your Flame' Due In March

FLAT EARTH, the new band featuring former HIM members Mikko "Linde" Lindström (guitar) and Mika "Gas Lipstick" Karppinen (drums) alongside ex-AMORPHIS bassist Niclas Etelävuori and POLANSKI singer Anttoni "Anthony" Pikkarainen, will release a new single, "Draining By Your Flame", on March 23. The song is taken from FLAT EARTH's upcoming second album, due in the ...

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