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'Tuska20 - The Anniversary Song' Video Feat. Members Of NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS, AMORPHIS, HIM, CHILDREN OF BODOM

The official video for "Tuska20 - The Anniversary Song", a track celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Finland's Tuska open-air metal festival, can be seen below. The clip, which was edited by Antti Kuivalainen and Ykä Järvinen, includes excerpts from Tuska 2015 and 2016 aftermovies as well as newly shot studio footage. The 12-inch vinyl version ...

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WINTERSUN Announces New Second Guitarist

Finnish epic metallers WINTERSUN have recruited a new second guitarist, 27-year old Asim Searah. Asim, who was born in Pakistan and moved to Finland at the age of 18 to pursue a career in music, previously played in several bands and projects. WINTERSUN's Jari Mäenpää commented: "We've known him for a long time and we ...

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NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS, AMORPHIS, HIM, CHILDREN OF BODOM Members Contribute To 'Tuska20 - The Anniversary Song'

Members of NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS, WINTERSUN, AMORPHIS, HIM, BATTLE BEAST and CHILDREN OF BODOM are among the musicians who have contributed to "Tuska20 - The Anniversary Song", a track celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Finland's Tuska open-air metal festival. Tuska promoter Jouni Markkanen said: "All proceeds from this project will be collected to the 'Tuska 20 ...

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WINTERSUN: 'The Forest Seasons' Cover Artwork Unveiled

Last week, the Finnish kings of epic melodic death WINTERSUN announced their crowdfunding campaign that will start on March 1 and allows the fans to secure their "Forest Package" — also including their upcoming studio album "The Forest Seasons" — directly from the band. With the collected amount, frontman Jari Mäenpää plans to build his ...

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Finland's Biggest Heavy Metal Festival TUSKA Celebrates 20th Anniversary In 2017

HIM, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, MAYHEM, APOCALYPTICA, DIRKSCHNEIDER and SONATA ARCTICA are among the confirmed bands for the 20th-anniversary edition of the Tuska festival, set to take place June 30 - July 2 in Helsinki, Finland. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: Friday, June 30: SUICIDAL TENDENCIES MAYHEM WINTERSUN INSOMNIUM BRUJERIA ANNEKE VAN GIERSBEGEN'S VUUR ...

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WINTERSUN: New Album Title Revealed

Finnish epic metallers WINTERSUN have set "The Forest Seasons" as the title of their third studio album, due later in the year via Nuclear Blast. According to a press release, the follow-up to 2012's "Time I" features main songwriter Jari Mäenpää once again breaking the boundaries of metal and adding a new and majestic twist ...

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WINTERSUN Completes Work On Third Album

Finnish epic metallers WINTERSUN have completed work on their third studio album, due later in the year via Nuclear Blast. According to a press release, the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2012's "Time I" features main songwriter Jari Mäenpää once again breaking the boundaries of metal and adding a new and majestic twist to the history of ...

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Vehicle Of Spirit - NIGHTWISH

Although he'd never publicly admit to it, main NIGHTWISH man and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen probably had more than his fair share of sleepless nights when Anette Olzon was fronting the band. Dismissed by NIGHTWISH's devoted fan base almost immediately, Olzon's routine health issues, inability to handle Tarja Turunen's material, and questionable stage presence (see YouTube ...

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ICED EARTH, Ex-WHITE WIZZARD, INTO ETERNITY Members Join Forces In WITHERFALL

Based out of Los Angeles, California, WITHERFALL is the collective brainchild of guitarist Jake Dreyer (ICED EARTH, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS, WHITE WIZZARD), singer Joseph Michael (WHITE WIZZARD) and the late Adam Sagan (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, INTO ETERNITY). With Dreyer and Michael having previously worked together in WHITE WIZZARD and Sagan collaborating with Dreyer on ...

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NIGHTWISH Rejoined By Drummer JUKKA NEVALAINEN At Unofficial 20th-Anniversary Concert (Video)

Finnish-based symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH were rejoined by drummer Jukka Nevalainen during their unofficial 20th-anniversary concert at Himos Park in Jämsä, Finland. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance on the song "Last Ride Of The Day" can be seen below. Nevalainen announced in August 2014 that he was taking a break from his duties as NIGHTWISH's ...

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Video: NIGHTWISH Kicks Off North American Tour In Sayreville

Finland-based symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH kicked off their North American headlining tour last night (Friday, February 19) at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Shudder Before The Beautiful 02. Yours Is An Empty Hope 03. Ever Dream 04. She Is My Sin 05. My Walden 06. While Your ...

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NIGHTWISH: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From London Wembley Concert

Finland-based symphonic metal masters NIGHTWISH played their biggest U.K. show to date when they headlined the 12,000-capacity Wembley Arena on December 19 — making history as the first Finnish band to ever headline the venue. Behind-the-scenes footage from the concert can be seen below (courtesy of U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine). The "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" ...

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TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN Says NIGHTWISH Has No Plans To Celebrate 20th Anniversary Next Year

LaGrosseRadio.com conducted an interview with keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen of Finland-based symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH on November 25 in Paris, France. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how NIGHTWISH will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year: Tuomas: "Twenty sounds a bit boring. Maybe twenty-five. Hopefully ...

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NIGHTWISH Sells Out London's Prestigious Wembley Arena

Finland-based symphonic metal masters NIGHTWISH have sold out their biggest U.K. show to date. They will headline the 12,000 capacity Wembley Arena on the December 19 — making history as the first Finnish band to ever headline the venue. NIGHTWISH's Tuomas Holopainen comments: "The Wembley Arena show will surely be the most fantastic finale to ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'Yours Is An Empty Hope' Performance Clip From 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' Tour Edition

Finland-based symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH released a strictly limited (no re-prints!), special tour edition of their current album, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", on October 30 via Nuclear Blast. The set comes with a bonus DVD containing all 21 making-of episode for the CD as well as two new, unreleased performance clips for "Yours Is An Empty ...

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TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN: I've Never Come Across A NIGHTWISH Copycat Band

WSOU conducted an interview with NIGHTWISH keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen before the band's April 9 concert at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. Asked what it feels like to have influenced countless newer female-fronted symphonic metal bands, Tuomas responded: "Well, I don't really think ...

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3 INCHES OF BLOOD To Disband

Sixteen years after their formation, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based metallers 3 INCHES OF BLOOD have announced their plans to disband. The group's final show will take place on November 7 at the Commodore Ballroom in their hometown. Explains 3 INCHES OF BLOOD in a statement: "Unfortunately, this is not the sort of news you were ...

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NIGHTWISH Announces 2016 North American Tour

Finland-based symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have announced their 26-date headlining tour of North America for 2016, launching in Sayreville, New Jersey on February 19, hitting six Canadian cities plus Pittsburgh, Anaheim, and New Orleans, then closing out in Tampa, Florida on March 23. Opening for the tour will be Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN. Checking in from ...

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NIGHTWISH: Quality Fan-Filmed Video Footage Of Orlando Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of NIGHTWISH's May 8 concert in Orlando, Florida can be seen below. NIGHTWISH has just released a new single, the title track of the band's latest album, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", as a limited-edition MCD, 10-inch vinyl and as a download. The track listing is as follows: 01. Endless Forms Most Beautiful ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' Video Released

Finland-based symphonic metal masters NIGHTWISH have just released a new single, the title track of the band's latest album, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", as a limited-edition MCD, 10-inch vinyl and as a download. The track listing is as follows: 01. Endless Forms Most Beautiful (album version) 02. Sagan (instrumental; previously unreleased) 03. Endless Forms Most ...

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NIGHTWISH: Fan-Filmed Video Footage Of Entire Cleveland Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of NIGHTWISH's entire April 17 concert in Cleveland, Ohio can be seen below. NIGHTWISH is currently on the road in North America with special guests SABATON, a Swedish heavy metal band that gives us a history lesson in their songs on war and historical battles, and Dutch female-fronted metallers DELAIN. NIGHTWISH's new ...

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NIGHTWISH: Video Footage From Tour Rehearsals

The seventeenth trailer for NIGHTWISH's new full-length album, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", can be seen below. The clip features footage of the band talking about tour rehearsals, offering an insight into those exciting days before the trek kicked off in New York on April 9. "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" was made available on March 27 ...

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NIGHTWISH: Why We Are Openly Secular (Video)

In the three-minute clip below, Tuomas Holopainen and Troy Donockley of NIGHTWISH explain why they are openly secular. Said Holopainen and Donockley: "We feel it vital to speak out in retaliation and show our solidarity with freethinkers the world over: those who are proud to search for answers by themselves. "Honest challenge is a wonderful ...

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NIGHTWISH's 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' Single To Include Previously Unreleased Material

Finland-based symphonic metal masters NIGHTWISH will release a new single, the title track of the band's latest album, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", on May 8 as a limited-edition MCD, 10-inch vinyl and as a download. The track listing is as follows: 01. Endless Forms Most Beautiful (album version) 02. Sagan (instrumental; previously unreleased) 03. Endless ...

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NIGHTWISH: Fan-Filmed Video Footage Of Philadelphia Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of NIGHTWISH's April 10 performance at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania can be seen below. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Shudder Before The Beautiful 02. Yours Is An Empty Hope 03. Amaranth 04. She Is My Sin 05. Endless Forms Most Beautiful 06. My Walden 07. The Islander 08. ...

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