Korpiklaani are very pleased to announce that they are currently working on their first ever DVD release! The DVD will contain exclusive live footage filmed across two shows in 2015, with more live footage due to be filmed this year. A sensational live CD will also accompany the release.
Korpiklaani frontman Jonne Järvelä said of the announcement:
“Finally we can release our first ever DVD, with not just one show but from some of our favourite cities and festivals. We are also recording all shows on our upcoming tour for a bonus live CD, along with the recent tours in 2015. This will be the first of many more to come in the future!”
Part of the DVD footage has been filmed at their Volta, Moscow show (Apr 2015) and their Teatro Vorterix, Buenos Aires show (Dec 2015). Further footage is due to be filmed throughout their upcoming performances at Melkweg, Amsterdam (10 April) and at Masters of Rock Festival, Czech Republic (14-17 July) this year.
Lucky UK fans will have a chance to be a part of the live CD! Part of the audio for the CD will be recorded throughout Korpiklaani’s upcoming UK tour alongside Moonsorrow this April.
Korpiklaani’s DVD & Live CD release will be due out late 2016 / early 2017.
Stay tuned for more information.
Korpiklaani and Moonsorrow will be embarking on a UK co-headline tour this April entitled the "Finnish Folk Metal Mafia Tour".
The tour (which is part of a larger EU tour) will take the bands though 7 different European countries, hitting the UK on 20th April at the O2 Islington Academy, London – culminating on 28th April at 1865 in Southampton. This is a tour not to be missed!
You can catch Korpiklaani & Moonsorrow at the following UK & Ireland shows:
20th April – O2 Islington Academy, London
21st April – Club Academy, Manchester
22nd April – The Button Factory, Dublin
23rd April – Limelight 2, Belfast
24th April – Classic Grand, Glasgow
25th April – Stylus, Leeds
26th April – Academy 2, Birmingham
27th April – The Fleece, Bristol
28th April – 1865, Southampton
Finnish Power Metal quintet Sonata Arctica are very pleased to announce that they will be returning to our UK shores this October for a one off show at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire, as part of a larger European tour. The full run will be taking the band across 9 European countries. Special guests will be Swedish symphonic power metallers Twilight Force.
Sonata Arctica are also currently working on a new album, the follow up to their successful ‘Pariah’s Child’ (2014) record. The new album is due for release in October via Nuclear Blast, stay tuned for more info.
Sonata Arctica said of the UK show and EU tour announcement:
“We're all really looking forward to finishing our new studio album and taking the songs on the road. This time we'll start in Europe and the UK before heading on to the rest of the world. As always, you can expect an energetic show with new material as well as some old favourites.”
Keyboard player Henrik ‘Henkka’ Klingenberg commented:
"At the moment we're taking a break from the recording of our 9th studio album and heading out with Nightwish for a couple of months in North America. When we get back we're more or less going straight into the studio to continue working on the album"
You can get tickets for the show here:
15th October – London, Shepherds Bush Empire
As with ‘Pariah's Child’, the as yet untitled upcoming ninth studio album will be recorded at Studio 57. Henrik went on to say:
“As far as the musical direction of the album, it's really too early to say how it will turn out. Having said that, I expect the usual Sonata Arctica trademarks to be found on it. We will however get this album completed in time for an autumn release and we'll tell you all more as things progress..."
Ensiferum have been locked away at the Astia Studio in Lappeenranta, Finland with producer Anssi Kippo for three weeks. Drums, bass, and most of the guitar parts have been recorded. At the end of last week, guest musician Timo Väänänen tracked some takes with his kantele, and over the weekend, vocalist Petri Lindroos began tracking vocals!
Bassist Sami Hinkka has this message for their fans:
"Hi folks! For the last few days, Mahi and Pete have sweated their asses off whilst recording guitars. Songs sound, like our friends in UK would say, bloody awesome! Today (Friday, September 26th) we recorded kantele and some special guitar tracks. Tomorrow it's time to set up a microphone and start recording the vocals. Things are proceeding as planned."
The album is tentatively scheduled for release worldwide on Metal Blade Records in early 2015.
Finnish group Ghost Brigade have released new details regarding their highly anticipated new album 'IV - One with the Storm', which has been scheduled for release on November 7th.
'IV - One with the Storm' will be released as a Digipak CD with bonus tracks, deluxe clam-shell box with double LP and bonus 7", various colored Gatefold Double-LP formats, regular CD, and merchandising. The bonus tracks on the limited Digipak and the bonus 7" are remixes of "Long Way To The Graves" and "Disembodied Voices" by Jonny Wanha, who previously remixed "In the Woods" (from previous album 'Until Fear No Longer Defines Us') in 2012. All formats are now available for pre-order!
Artwork and track listing of 'IV - One with the Storm' can now be viewed below.
1. Wretched Blues
4. Disembodied Voices
5. Electra Complex
6. Stones and Pillars
8. The Knife
9. Long Way to the Graves
10. Elämä On Tulta
Ghost Brigade have also released a teaser video of 'IV - One with the Storm'. The teaser, featuring music taken from the new album, can be viewed here.
Adding to this, singer Manne Ikonen's hard work on his performance reveals itself remarkably in the enhanced clear vocal passages. "IV - One with the Storm" furthermore comes with a state of the art production by the band and Tuomas Kokko at Electric Fox Studios, Finland.
Manne Ikonen: vocals
Tommi Kiviniemi: guitar
Wille Naukkarinen: guitar
Veli-Matti Suihkonen: drums
Joni Saalamo: bass
Joni Vanhanen: keyboards
Today, Svart Records announces November 29th as the international release date for Kuolemanlaakso's "Musta Aurinko Nousee" EP. This forthcoming EP includes three new Kuolemanlaakso songs, and a captivating cover version of Juice Leskinen’s classic by the same name.
The EP will be released as a limited digipak CD and a strictly limited 12” vinyl with three different colors (100 copies per color). The title track to Kuolemanlaakso's "Musta Aurinko Nousee", which features a guest guitar solo from V. Santura, can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/svart-records/kuolemanlaakso-musta-aurinko
In 2012, the Finnish Doom / Death scene saw newcomer Kuolemanlaakso ascend directly to the ranks of its elite with the critically acclaimed Svart debut "Uljas uusi maailma", which reached #42 on the Official Finnish Album Chart and #6 on the Rumba Chart. In support of "Uljas uusi maailma", Kuolemanlaakso toured its native country, hitting some of Finland’s biggest and most respected clubs, then adding a performance at the 2013 Tuska Open Air Festival.
Feeding off of this momentum, Kuolemanlaakso planned new material on the road and entered a secret, secluded location in the forests of Finland, once again with acclaimed producer / engineer / guitarist V. Santura (Woodshed Studios, Dark Fortress, Celtic Frost, Triptykon). In the course of writing and recording, it was soon made obvious that Kuolemanlaakso had not only enough material for a full-length album, but for an EP, as well.
"Our goal was to create the tightest and most balanced entities for both releases. The EP introduces our current style in a more straightforward and shorter form, whereas the full-length evolved into something more epic," states guitarist / keyboardist and main songwriter Laakso. "The EP tracks are quite different from one other, with each song displaying a different side of the band and what we are capable of."
Cover and track-listing for Kuolemanlaakso's "Musta aurinko nousee" are as follows:
Tracklisting for Kuolemanlaakso's "Musta Aurinko Nousee"
1. Me Vaellamme Yössä (edit)
4. Musta Aurinko Nousee
Finnish Folk Metal masters Turisas are currently busy brandishing their metal to packed audiences across Europe, but that's not keeping the Finnish metal warlords from painting America red and black. Today the band is presenting you with a lyric video for the track 'Piece By Piece' - check it out here
Turisas have just kicked off the touring cycle for 'Turisas2013'. While they are currently playing mainland Europe as part of Heidenfest 2013, they will embark on a UK run of run of 5 headline shows, starting next week..
Turisas mit Ensiferum, Equilibrium, Suidakra
Metal Hammer, Legacy, Blast!, Musix, Noiseletter, XtraX, Metalnews present:
02.10.2013 (CZ) Zlin - Masters of Rock Cafe ****
03.10.2013 (AT) Vienna - Arena
04.10.2013 (DE) Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn **, ***
05.10.2013 (DE) Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle *, **, ***
06.10.2013 (NL) Tilburg - O13 *, ***
Extended show bands:
** Riger, Gernotshagen
**** without Ensiferum
Check http://heidenfest.eu for more info, ticket link: http://www.hardticket.eu/
08.10.2013 (UK) Bristol - Fleece
09.10.2013 (UK) London - O2 Academy Islington
10.10.2013 (UK) Nottingham - Rock City
11.10.2013 (UK) Glasgow - Cathouse
12.10.2013 (UK) Manchester - Club Academy
Following the Finnish Metallers parting with their former label on mutual grounds, they decided to take their own path into their own hands and low and behold they have joined PledgeMusic.
You can help fund the band's upcoming album by pledging here:
Support Finnish Metal!
Today, Svart Records announced the date of 14th November as the release date of Tombstoned's self-titled debut album. Committing their their first undead body to the earth, Tombstoned are veritable funeral directors of doom, kicking up new dirt in the old graveyard with a warm vintage sound that's as fresh as it is genuine.
Dragging along truckloads of smoking riffs and coffins of classic, doom-laden heavy rock 'n' roll, these young stalwarts of psych-rock have the real magic of a future classic. Brimming with southern swamp atmospheres, reminiscent of Neil Young or Woven Hand and dosed up on heavy Sabbathian, timeless riffs, Tombstoned's debut album bristles forth with chainsaw guitars that put bands like High Tide ahead of their time.
Every bit real-deal purveyors of the finest art, "Tombstoned" the album is an unforgettable collection of diehard tracks to die for. Vocals like the bastard lovechild of Ozzy, Robert Smith, and Hawkwind-era Lemmy hook you into the gloom in a way that's been lost for decades. Just when you thought that heavy classics are getting harder and harder to find, Tombstoned show up in a haze of heaving, dusty doom-rock like a shining diamond in a vagrant's tooth. From Justin Oborn's favorite new ear-worm and choice to play Roadburn 2013, to the new treasured LP you expose your friends to, Tombstoned are as certain as death to catch up with you! Plan your preferred form of burial with Svart on either CD, LP, or digital from November 14th.
Tracklisting for Tombstoned's "Tombstoned"
1. Through Days
2. Daze of Disintegration
3. Rat Race
4. The End
6. Last Waltz
The long awaited 2nd album of Finnish Death Metal legends Purtenance is finished and is soon to be released through Xtreem Music. After 2012's comeback EP "Sacrifice the King" which got mixed feelings amongst fans, the band not only continued working on new songs, but also added a second guitarist named Ville Nokelainen and entered studios in spring 2013 to record the new album entitled "Awaken From Slumber" at the same time they offered their first shows in 20 years.
For those who expect a "Member…II", they won't find it here. That album was done over 20 years ago with a different line up. "Awaken From Slumber" album shows the heaviest and darkest side of the band. This is how Purtenance sounds in 2013!! F**king crushing, heavy and gloomy Death Metal with inhumanely brutal vocals. Those who weren't satisfied with their previous EP should give it a listen to this new album cos they'll be gladly surprised!!
Track listing for "Awaken From Slumber" is as follows:
03. What Was Hidden
04. Toxic Death
05. Field of Terror
06. Vaikka Paahtuisin Tulessa
07. End for the Parasites (Called Humankind)
08. Hour of the Cannibal
09. Temptation of Suicide
10. Risen From Grave
11. Endless Abyss (outro)
Release date on CD format is scheduled for October 1st, being followed in November by a vinyl version.
Just after the release of the album, Purtenance will play their very first show outside Finland at Ritual Zombi Fest together with label mates Avulsed, Dissect (NL), Christ Denied & Onirophagus in October 12th to take place in Madrid (Spain).
You can already listen to an exclusive advance track on the following links:
Finnish Metal veterans Children of Bodom have announced their welcomed return back to the UK for a full headline tour this October.
The quintet will play seven shows around the UK and Ireland as part of the ‘Halo Of Blood Over Europe’ Tour, starting in Bournemouth on 7th October and ending at the prestigious Shepherds Bush Empire in London on 15th October. One of Finland's biggest musical exports, Children Of Bodom are firing up to release their 8th studio album ‘Halo Of Blood’, their first since returning to their original label home Nuclear Blast.
Children Of Bodom + special guests TBC
Mon 07.10.2013 Bournemouth Academy
Tue 08.10.2013 Bristol Academy
Thu 10.10.2013 Dublin Vicar Street
Sat 12.10.2013 Sheffield Academy
Sun 13.10.2013 Newcastle Academy
Mon 14.10.2013 Manchester Academy
Tue 15.10.2013 London Shepherd's Bush Empire
Tickets go on sale April 15th and ‘Halo Of Blood’ is released via Nuclear Blast on 10th June
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