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POISONBLACK: New Album Delayed Until 2005

POISONBLACK, the Finnish band featuring SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala on guitar/vocals, have pushed back the projected release date of their sophomore album to early 2005 via Century Media Records. No reason was given for the delay. Laihiala had previously stated about the new album's musical direction: "The new one has the same spirit and theme ...

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NEGATIVE Top Finnish Album Chart

Finland's hard/glam rockers NEGATIVE have topped the Finnish album chart with their sophomore release, "Sweet & Deceitful". View the whole chart here. The follow-up to 2003's gold-certified (in Finland) "War of Love" features a guest appearance by SENTENCED/POISONBLACK frontman Ville Laihiala. Speaking to the Finnish newspaper Iltalehti this past spring, Laihiala defended the ...

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H.I.M. Sign With SIRE RECORDS

Following several months of negotiations, Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. have confirmed that they have signed an exclusive worldwide recording contract with Sire Records. The agreement covers four successive releases and an option for fifth, and includes not only Europe but also the U.S., Japan and Australia. Sire Records, part of the Warner Music Group, is one ...

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MORS PRINCIPIUM EST To Enter Studio In November

Finnish melodic death/thrash metallers MORS PRINCIPIUM EST will enter Tico Tico studio (SONATA ARCTICA, SENTENCED, FOR MY PAIN…, ALTARIA) in Kemi, Finland in November to begin recording their sophomore album, tentatively titled "The Unborn". Mastering will take place at Finnvox studios in December 2004. The cover art for the album will be handled by Mattias ...

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AMORAL Sign New Record Deal

Finnish melodic death metallers AMORAL have signed a new deal with Spikefarm Records following their split with the U.K.'s Rage of Achilles "due to financial problems," according to a posting on the group's web site. "Both the label and the band agreed that Rage of Achilles didn't have the resources to take AMORAL to the ...

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CALMSITE Release Full-Length Debut

Finnish death metallers CALMSITE have issued their debut album, "The Erector", through U.S. label Oak-Knoll Productions. In existence since 1998, CALMSITE had previously released three mini-CDs and two demos. The complete track listing for "The Erector" is as follows: 01. Recharger 02. Melting the Frost 03. Asskin 04. Stripped Stiff 05. Payment in Full 06. ...

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SENTENCED Select Producer For New Album

Finland's SENTENCED will once again be utilizing the services of producer Hiili Hiilesmaa during the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2002's "The Cold White Light", tentatively due in early 2005 through Century Media Records. "We are working with new material and band will enter studios in the beginning of autumn," the group write on ...

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BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION Are Having 'Too Much Fun For One Band'

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION bassist Nikki Sixx (ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE) has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Last few days have been a blur. Too much fun for one band. Hung with all the guys from DROWNING POOL, HATEBREED, DAMAGEPLAN, KORN, SOIL, LIFE OF AGONY, ILL NINO, SLAYER, SILVERTIDE, SLIPKNOT, H.I.M.…etc… Wow, we ...

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POISONBLACK: New Studio Photos Posted Online

POISONBLACK, the Finnish band featuring SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala on guitar/vocals, are putting the finishing touches on their sophomore album, tentatively due in October through Century Media Records. Several photos from the studio sessions can be viewed at this location. Laihiala had previously stated about the new album's musical direction: "The new one ...

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ANVIL: Quebec Dates Announced

Canadian metal legends ANVIL have announced two dates in Quebec in late August. The details are as follows: Aug. 28 - Rimouski, QUE @ Bar Chez Pull Centre Ville, Cactus Show Bar Aug. 29 - Quebec City, QUE @ L'Arlequin As previously reported, ANVIL will be teaming up with RAZOR and EXCITER for a one-off ...

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AMORAL Part Ways With MOONSORROW Bassist

Finnish melodic death metallers AMORAL have parted ways with bassist Ville Sorvali. "Ville is simply too busy with MOONSORROW, his work and studies, and can't give the 100% needed in this band anymore," the group write on their web site. "Ville told us about leaving already in the beginning of the year, but promised to ...

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POISONBLACK Singer: New Album Will be 'Dirtier, Rougher'

POISONBLACK/SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala has commented on the musical direction of POISONBLACK's sophomore album, tentatively due in early October through Century Media Records. "The new one has the same spirit and theme that was on [the debut album, 'Escapextacy'], but presented with a lot more dirtier and rougher sounds without forgetting the melodies," he said. ...

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MISTELTEIN Announce New Singer

Swedish black metallers MISTELTEIN have officially enlisted OBSCURE DIVINITY's Ville Kemi (a.k.a. Skorrgh) to sing on the group's next studio album, tentatively due before the end of the year. "Skorrgh has a short history in MISTELTEIN before, when he performed as stand-in vocalist at KB in Malmö/Sweden (Feb. 15, 2004)," the band write on their ...

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SENTENCED Singer To Guest On NEGATIVE Album

SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala has recorded a guest appearance on vocals for the new album from the Finnish hard rock/"glam" band NEGATIVE (web site), due this fall. "It's good to break down musical barriers," Ville told the Finnish newspaper Iltalehti. "I mean, nobody expected me to guest on NEGATIVE's album. I don't take ...

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SENTENCED Frontman To Take Over Vocal Duties In POISONBLACK

SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala has taken over the lead vocal duties in his side-project POISONBLACK following the departure of CHARON singer Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto. Laihiala's decision to handle the vocals himself comes less than a month after reports surfaced that the group's new singer would be a Canadian vocalist whose name had never been officially revealed. ...

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DREAM THEATER Drummer Schedules Quebec City In-Store

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has scheduled an in-store appearance in Quebec City on March 26. The details are as follows: March 26, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. Le Musicien d'Oz Inc 850 Boul Pierre-Bertrand Ville Vanier, Quebec G1M 3K8 418-527-5151 Note: this is an autograph session, NOT a drum clinic ...

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H.I.M. Singer Catches Flu, Band Cancel Spanish Concert

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. were forced to cancel their appearance in San Sebastian, Spain on Sunday (Feb. 15) "due to the flu bug that's been bothering Ville [Valo, singer] and some of the other guys since leaving Finland," according to a post on the band's web site. "[Ville] saw a doctor in Barcelona, who ordered new ...

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STRATOVARIUS: TOLKKI Jams On Hard Rock Classics, KOTIPELTO Celebrates Completion Of New Video

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki participated in a very special "hard rock jam session" on Sunday (Feb. 15) at London Pub in Tampere, Finland. Joining Tolkki during the jam were HANOI ROCKS drummer Lacu and BOMFUNK MC'S bassist Ville Mäkinen. The unnamed "band" performed nine cover songs, including KISS' "Lick It Up", IRON MAIDEN's "The Trooper", ...

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POISONBLACK Recruit New Singer

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — the new band featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala (on guitar) — have recruited an as-yet-undisclosed Canadian singer to replace departed CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto. "The new vocalist I've chosen is absolutely the right person to take our music to the next level and I will be announcing his name soon," ...

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MISTELTEIN Enlist New Session Vocalist

Swedish black metallers MISTELTEIN have enlisted OBSCURE DIVINITY's Ville Kemi (not CULT OF DECEMBER's Kristian Forsell, as previously announced) as session vocalist for tonight's (Feb. 15) gig with SOILWORK and THE FORSAKEN at Kulturbolaget in Malmö, Sweden. DERANGED's Kalle Fält will handle session bass/backing vocal duties during the show. As previously announced, MISTELTEIN are currently ...

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SENTENCED: No New Album Until 2005

Finland's SENTENCED have announced plans to play a few European festivals during the summer, including Summer Breeze, which is set to take place August 19-21, 2004 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. "We will throw in some brand-new stuff during our show this summer, because we don't want to play a 'best of SENTENCED' kind of set this ...

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CRYSTAL EYES Welcome Addition To Family

Congratulations are in order for CRYSTAL EYES guitarist Jonathan Nyberg and his girlfriend Marika, who welcomed a son this past Sunday (Feb. 1). The "little rocker" has been named Ville, according to a posting on the band's web site. CRYSTAL EYES' third full-length album, "Vengeance Descending", was released last May through DMP Sweden Records. The ...

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POISONBLACK To Support IRON MAIDEN In Finland

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — the new band featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala (on guitar) and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — will be supporting IRON MAIDEN in Helsinki on December 21. POISONBLACK's debut album, "Escapextacy", has been available since February through Century Media Records. As previously reported, Leppäluoto recently announced plans to leave POISONBLACK following ...

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H.I.M. To Play Finnish Warm-Up Dates Before OZZY Tour

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. will play two "warm-up" shows for their upcoming European tour with OZZY OSBOURNE at club Senssi (capacity: 800-1,000) in Tampere, Finland on October 17-18. Tickets go on sale on Monday, October 6 at record shops in Tampere and Lippupalvelu (www.lippupalvelu.fi). As previously reported, H.I.M. will release their first-ever live album, tentatively titled ...

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POISONBLACK Launch Singer Search

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — the new band featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala (on guitar) and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — are currently searching for a new singer in the wake of Leppäluoto's announcement that he will leave the band following their upcoming European tour. Interested parties can send a demo to following address: POISONBLACK ...

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