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
Century Media have done it again, they have gone back in time and gathered together a whole host of entire demo recordings done by Finnish Death Metal masochists Necropsy. The band started out in the late 1980's / early 1990's and was firmly part of the Death Metal scene, regardless of it's miniscule size at the time. Alongside the band, names like Sentenced, Amorphis, Demigod and Adramelech but to name a few, they were pushing Finnish Metal into greater areas. Sadly they did not captivate a huge audience until 2008, then everything changed and in 2013 it will change again...
“Tomb Of The Forgotten – The Complete Demo Recordings” (to be released on 3rd June, 2013) features the band’s complete demo recordings, from the first demo “Mental Disturbance” (released in 1989) until the last recorded tune “Anointing Of The Sick” (released in 1993). The entire material has been carefully remastered at DMS Mastering Studio (Morbid, Asphyx, Grave etc) from the original tapes.
The cover has been designed by César Valladares (Asphyx, Krisiun etc.) and perfectly captures the spirit of the ancient death metal demo days. Timo Hanhirova of Miasma Mag (Finland) has done a detailed interview with Necropsy’s main man Janne Kosonen and former guitarist Aatu Holma telling the entire story of the band. And of course the release is stuffed with loads of old and never-seen-before photos, demo art, flyers etc.
“Tomb Of The Forgotten – The Complete Demo Recordings” is going to be released as a 3CD Jewelcase with o-card and extensive booklet as well as on limited 4LP and as digital download.
Check out www.cmdistro.com to get your hands on a copy of the super limited colored vinyl version.
“Tomb Of The Forgotten – The Complete Demo Recordings” track-listing:
1. Mental Disturbance
2. Extricate From The Life
3. Slippery Games
4. Intro - Appearing Lunacy
5. Scars Beyond Recovery
6. Fetchers Of Soul
7. Imminent Prophecy
10. Intro - Sanctify The Crucifixion Ritual
11. Dust Thou Art
12. Allienced With Darkness
15. Chronic Agony
16. Formal Absurdity
17. Charge Of Undead
Tracks 1-3: Taken from “Mental Disturbance” demo (1989)
Tracks 4-9: Taken from “Curse” demo (1990)
Tracks 10-17: Taken from “Indigestion” demo (1990)
All tracks previously unreleased on CD and vinyl
1. Never To Be Forgotten
2. Dark Fantasies
3. Refusal Of Cross
4. Under The Masses
5. White Perfect Fume
7. Born And Begotten In Sin
8. Dance Among The Dead
9. Cross Of Deceased Flesh
10. Garden Of Rotting
11. Cold Inert Mass Of Meat
Tracks 1-2: Taken from “Promo 1991” demo
Tracks 3-6: Taken from “Another World” demo (1991)
Tracks 7-11: Taken from “Go All The Way Of Flesh” demo (1992)
All tracks previously unreleased on CD and vinyl, except tracks 1 and 2 that have been released on the “Never To Be Forgotten” 7inch EP (1992)
2. Blasphemous Degradation
3. White Perfect Fume
4. From The Depths
5. Under The Masses
6. The Morass
7. Implicit Confidence
9. Rune Of Suffering
10. Black Dyed Dawns
12. Anointing Of The Sick
Tracks 1-6: Taken from the split LP with DEMIGOD
Tracks 7-11: Taken from the “Promo 1993” demo
Track 12: Taken from the “Monoheads” compilation
All tracks previously unreleased on CD, except track 12
Tracks 7-12 previously unreleased on vinyl
Karhu have just announced their 2013 tour, a string of 17 dates will see them performing across the UK from 10th to 26th May. London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Sheffield, Bristol and Gloucester are just a few of the UK cities and towns that will be experiencing 'The Karhu Groove'.
Following on from the enthusiastic reception of their 2012 tour, the band have changed the management team and gone full steam ahead into the tasks of band promotion. The first album "Survival of the Richest" has been polished up with improved vocal and guitar parts, remixed and mastered, with a DVD including a couple of bonus tracks and a documentary to accompany the CD.
The UK element of the band which now includes Hampshire based Jake Archer is rehearsing through March and April. Finnish guitarist and growling vocal, Osku Kinnunen, flies in the week before the tour to polish up the performance.
Karhu's Manager 'The Glove' wants to:
"Thank all the Promoters and Agents that have been involved in the setting up of the 'Reality 2.0 Tour 2013'. Due to the costs involved in flying Osku in from Finland, the band has not been able to make use of the Battle of the Bands route to recognition within the British Metal Music Industry. We are grateful that some of the UK's Promoters have taken a chance on Karhu and given the band a fantastic opportunity to play to the Metal Heads of this great Island."
The band have also put together their own record label 'The Karhu Groove Ltd' and a sister company 'Great Bear Promotions Ltd' for the touring side of the business. Joseph Parry, clean vocalist and guitar, said "The response from the fans is one of pure enthusiasm. We had a great time touring in 2012 and aim to take the band and it's music to anywhere the fans want it."
Various bands will be joining the shows including, Tyrant, Disfracture, Headstone Down, Forbear and Italian hard rock Easter Before Christmas will be teaming up for a couple of dates, to name a few.
The gig will be streamed live from the Snooty Fox on the 22nd May, check out http://www.snootyfoxlive.com/
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