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H.I.M.: Third Weekly Podcast Available

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. have uploaded the third installment of their weekly podcast to document the progress of their forthcoming as-yet-untitled new album, due out later this year on Sire. Among the topics covered in the latest update are the following: * Ville's favorite bands * Time in the studio * Feel of the new record ...

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H.I.M.: Second Weekly Podcast Available

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. have uploaded the second installment of their weekly podcast to document the progress of their forthcoming as-yet-untitled new album, due out later this year on Sire. Among the topics covered in the latest update are the following: * Recording the vocals * The recording process continues * Writing the lyrics for the ...

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H.I.M.: Weekly Podcast Launched

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. have launched a weekly podcast to document the progress of their forthcoming as-yet-untitled new album, due out later this year on Sire. Check it out at this location. As previously reported, H.I.M. have entered Los Angeles' Paramour studios to work on the follow-up to 2003's "Love Metal". According to singer ...

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H.I.M. Mainman Embraces His Sensitive Side On Forthcoming Album

Kerrang! magazine is reporting that Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. have entered Los Angeles' Paramour studios to work on the follow-up to 2003's "Love Metal". According to singer Ville Valo, the as-yet-untitled album, which is being produced by Tim Palmer (who worked on the band's last CD), will feature "really fast songs but with a melodic punky ...

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H.I.M.: Festival Appearances Announced

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. have lined up the following festival appearances during the coming months: Jun. 03 - Rock Im Park - Nürnberg, GER Jun. 05 - Rock Am Ring - Nürburgring, GER Jun. 11 - Download Festival - Donington, UK Jul. 09 - Ruisrock - Turku, FIN Aug. 13 - Summer Sonic - Tokyo, JPN ...

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H.I.M. Launch 'Heartagram Tattoo Project'

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. have launched the "Heartagram Tattoo Project." Just take a photo of any "Heartagram" tattoos you have on your body, then e-mail it to the band. They are collecting images for a project to be revealed later in 2005 and want their fans to be involved. More information is available at

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H.I.M. To Release 'Love Metal Archives Vol. 1' DVD In April/May

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. will be releasing a new DVD, entitled "Love Metal Archives Vol. 1", in Europe in late April/early May. The disc will reportedly contain video or live versions of 53 songs, rare interviews and other special extras. No further information is currently available. The new H.I.M. album, which is presently untitled, will reportedly ...

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H.I.M. Frontman Talks About His Favorite BLACK SABBATH Albums

In the latest issue of Metal Hammer magazine, H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo lists his top 10 BLACK SABBATH albums and comments on each recording. Read on: 10. Born Again Ville Valo: "…'Disturbing The Priest' [is] a really cool, doomy, classic SABBATH track." 09. Heaven And Hell Ville Valo: "…it's one of those albums that still ...

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H.I.M., THE RASMUS Singers Perform 'Bittersweet' With APOCALYPTICA: Photos Available

As widely expected, H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo and THE RASMUS singer Lauri Ylönen joined APOCALYPTICA for the world-premiere live rendition of their single "Bittersweet" at a benefit concert for the victims of the Asian earthquake/tsunami disaster at Helsinki's 12,000-seater Hartwall Arena on Monday (Jan. 17). The concert featured 30-minute live performances by H.I.M., THE RASMUS, ...

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H.I.M., THE RASMUS Singers To Perform 'Bittersweet' With APOCALYPTICA

H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo and THE RASMUS singer Lauri Ylönen are expected to join APOCALYPTICA for the world-premiere live rendition of their single "Bittersweet" at a benefit concert for the victims of the Asian earthquake/tsunami disaster at Helsinki's 12,000-seater Hartwall Arena on Monday, January 17. The concert, which will feature 30-minute live performances by H.I.M., ...

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Finnish DIMEBAG DARRELL Tribute Concert: More Details Revealed

Finnish melodic thrashers HEVEIN have revealed more information about the upcoming "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN) tribute concert that is scheduled to be held January 15 at VR Makasiinit in Helsinki. According to a posting on HEVEIN's web site, at least 25 classic PANTERA songs will be played in memory of Dimebag by dozens of ...

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H.I.M. Frontman VILLE VALO To Release Solo Album?

H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo will reportedly record a solo album this year that is expected to be released before the new H.I.M. CD. The solo effort will apparently be inspired by "country" music and Ville's recent work on APOCALYPTICA's "Bittersweet" video, and will include the songs "Under the Rose", "Face of God" and "Have No ...

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Finnish H.I.M. Documentary To Air In February

The Finnish channel TV 2 will be airing a new H.I.M. documentary in February. The documentary was reportedly shot by frontman Ville Valo's girlfriend Jonna Nygren and follows the band during their U.S. tour. No exact air date has been set. In other news, H.I.M. have been confirmed to pay the 2005 edition of the ...

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SENTENCED: New Album Track Listing Revealed

According to Metal-Rules.com, Finnish metallers SENTENCED revealed the track listing for their as-yet-untitled new album during a recent listening session for members of the media. The follow-up to 2002's "The Cold White Light" was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (H.I.M., MOONSPELL, THE 69 EYES) and is scheduled for release in April 2005 via Century Media Records. ...

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DIMEBAG DARRELL Finnish Tribute Concert: More Details Revealed

More details have emerged about the "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (DAMAGEPLAN, PANTERA) tribute concert that is scheduled to be held in Helsinki, Finland on January 15, 2005. The gig will take place at Rock 'n' Roll Station and all proceeds will be donated to an as-yet-undetermined charity. Admission will be €6 and tickets will be available ...

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Ex-CARCASS Frontman Given Advice Column In DECIBEL Magazine

Former CARCASS frontman Jeff Walker now has his very own advice column in Decibel magazine. Send your questions about relationships, musical technique, or just about anything else to askjeff@decibelmagazine.com, and look for Jeff's eminent guidance in the magazine's next issue. As previously reported, Walker is currently recording a solo album consisting exclusively of ...

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NIGHTWISH Frontwoman's Solo Single Enters Finnish Chart At No. 2

NIGHTWISH frontwoman Tarja Turunen's new solo single, "Yhden Enkelin Unelma" ("One Angel's Dream"), entered the Finnish single chart at position No. 2. Debuting at No. 3 was the new single from APOCALYPTICA, "Bittersweet", featuring guest appearances fellow-countrymen Lauri Ylönen from THE RASMUS and Ville Valo from H.I.M. on vocals. View the whole chart at

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APOCALYPTICA Name New Album

Finnish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA have set "Apocalyptica" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in February 2005. "In my opinion, our next album comes across like a mixture of 'Reflections' [2003] and the group's current live sound," Eicca Toppinen told Finland's Sonera Plaza. "So I think that we are now about to ...

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MORS PRINCIPIUM EST: 'The Unborn' Track Listing Revealed

Finnish melodic death/thrash metallers MORS PRINCIPIUM EST have completed work on their sophomore album, entitled "The Unborn", at Tico Tico studio (SONATA ARCTICA, SENTENCED, FOR MY PAIN…, ALTARIA) in Kemi, Finland. Mastering will take place at Finnvox studios in December 2004. The cover art for the album is being handled by Mattias Norèn (www.progart.com). Commented ...

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TYPE O NEGATIVE Drummer To Play LED ZEPPELIN Covers This Weekend

TYPE O NEGATIVE drummer Johnny Kelly will be performing with his LED ZEPPELIN cover band, EARL'S COURT, on Saturday, November 20 at the Who-Ville in Bethpage, Long Island. Also appearing on the bill will be BORGO PASS. All attendees will receive a free two-song sampler of new BORGO PASS material. More information is available at ...

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APOCALYPTICA: 'Bittersweet' Video Posted Online

H.I.M. fan site The Sacrament is currently hosting the video clip for APOCALYPTICA's new single, "Bittersweet". Download the video at TheSacrament.net. "Bittersweet" is the first single off APOCALYPTICA's forthcoming album, due early February 2005. The song is a dark ballad that features fellow Finns Lauri Ylönen from THE RASMUS and Ville Valo from ...

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MOTOGRATER Guitarist Joins CROOKED

San Francisco Bay Area's CROOKED have announced the addition of MOTOGRATER guitarist J.R. to the group's ranks. The band are going to be wrapping up production for their forthcoming, as-yet-untitled release in Iowa later this month with producer Tom Tatman (STONE SOUR). Mastering duties will be handeld by Ted Jensen (SLIPKNOT, EVANESCENCE, MARILYN MANSON, MUDVAYNE, ...

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SENTENCED To Enter Studio Next Week

Finnish metallers SENTENCED will enter the studio next week with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (H.I.M., MOONSPELL, THE 69 EYES) to record their as-yet-untitled new album, tentatively due in April 2005 via Century Media Records. 14 songs have been composed for the effort, the recordings for which are expected to be completed by Christmas. SENTENCED's last studio ...

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APOCALYPTICA Schedule London Date

Finnish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA will play their first live show of 2005 on January 29 at the Mean Fiddler in London, England. More dates will be announced soon. As previously reported, APOCALYPTICA recently recorded the first single of their forthcoming album, due early February 2005. The song, entitled "Bittersweet", is a dark ballad that features fellow-countrymen ...

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POISONBLACK: Finnish Date Scheduled

The current lineup of POISONBLACKVille Laihiala (vocals, guitar, also in SENTENCED), Janne Markus (guitar), Marco Sneck (keyboards), Antti Remes (bass) and Tarmo Kanerva (drums) — will make their live debut on October 29 at Hevimesta in Oulu, Finland. As previously reported, POISONBLACK have pushed back the projected release date of their sophomore album ...

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NEGATIVE Sign With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

Finnish hard/glam rockers NEGATIVE have inked a multi-album, worldwide deal with Roadrunner Records. The first release under the agreement (which excludes Scandinavia, Italy, Russia and Japan) will be the group's sophomore album, "Sweet & Deceitful", which topped the Finnish album chart upon its release a month ago. The follow-up to 2003's gold-certified (and approaching platinum) ...

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