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LACUNA COIL, MOONSPELL, PASSENGER, POISONBLACK To Tour Europe

LACUNA COIL, MOONSPELL, PASSENGER and POISONBLACK will teaming up for a European club tour this winter. An as-yet-unannounced opener will kick off the proceedings, and will be followed by Finland's POISONBLACK, who feature in their ranks SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala on guitar and CHARON frontman J.P. Leppäluo. Sweden's PASSENGER will add a different favour: Anders ...

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SENTENCED Record Hockey Song In Finnish

Finnish metallers SENTENCED have recorded a song in support of their local ice hockey team, Oulun Kärpät, who hail from the group's hometown of Oulu. Titled "Routasydän", the track is the first-ever SENTENCED song sung in Finnish. The music for the cut was composed by guitarist Miika Tenkula and the lyrics were written by guitarist ...

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H.I.M. Part Ways With Label, Seek New Record Deal

Finnish goth metallers H.I.M. have reportedly fulfilled their contractual obligations to BMG Records Finland and are currently seeking a new label. The band, who are considered to be Finland's most successful rock export of all time, are currently in negotiations with several major companies and will make their final decision during the fall. In other ...

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POISONBLACK: 'Love Infernal' Video Posted Online

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — the new band featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala (on guitar) and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — have posted their video for the track "Love Infernal" at this location. "Love Infernal" comes off the group's debut album, "Escapextacy", available since February through Century Media Records. As previously reported, Leppäluoto ...

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CHARON Singer To Exit POISONBLACK

CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto has announced plans to leave POISONBLACK following the completion of the group's upcoming European tour. "This kind of decision [was not made overnight]," Leppäluoto wrote in Finnish in the group's official guestbook. "The question is not about [whether or not I would] WANT to sing on next POISONBLACK album, but [rather] ...

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SENTENCED Announce European Festival Dates

Finland's SENTENCED will play the following gigs during the coming months: May 25 - Urheilutalo – Oulu, FIN Jul. 19 - QStock festival – Oulu, FIN Jul. 31-Aug. 08 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, GER As previously reported, SENTENCED are planning to enter the studio in the fall/winter to begin recording their next album ...

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H.I.M. To Release First U.K. Single

Finnish goth metallers H.I.M. will release their first U.K. single, "Buried Alive By Love", on May 5 through BMG Records. The single will be released on two CDs and 7" "heartagram"-shaped vinyl. The full track listing for the single is as follows: CD1: 01. Buried Alive By Love 02. Wicked Game 03. I've Crossed Oceans ...

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POISONBLACK Move Up To #21 On Finnish Album Chart

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — the new band featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — have moved up to position #21 on the Finnish Album chart with their debut CD, "Escapextacy". "Escapextacy" was released on Feb. 25 through Century Media Records. Upcoming POISONBLACK tour dates: Mar. 07 - Ravintola ...

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POISONBLACK Confirmed For Finland's EASTERMASTER Festival

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — the new band featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — are the latest act to have been confirmed for the forthcoming Eastermaster festival, set to take place on April 4-5 at Pakkahuone in Tampere, Finland. The list of bands currently set to appear at ...

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SENTENCED To Take Break, Begin Work On New Album

Finland's SENTENCED have announced that they will be taking a "creative" break while guitarist Sami Lopakka tends to his newborn child. However, it looks like the break won't be a long one as the band are planning to enter the studio in the fall/winter to begin recording their next album for a spring 2004 release. ...

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H.I.M. Film New Video

Finland's H.I.M. spent most of last week shooting the second video from their upcoming "Love Metal" album with director Stefan Lindfors. The shoot for the track "Funeral of Hearts" "started with Ville in a rowing boat at the Arctic Ocean in Norway and ended at several outdoor locations near Helsinki," according to the band's official ...

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POISONBLACK: Music Posted Online

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — the new band featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — have posted an MP3 of the track "Love Infernal" for download at this location. "Love Infernal" comes off the group's forthcoming debut album, "Escapextacy", due on Feb. 25 through Century Media Records. ...

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PAIN To Record Album Of Covers

Sweden's PAIN, the band led by acclaimed metal producer and HYPOCRISY frontman Peter Tägtgren, are currently in the studio recording a full-length album of covers, due in the spring through Stockholm Records. Among the tracks that are set to be included on the effort are the band's (presumably) metallized versions of such mainstream selections as ...

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H.I.M. Plot 'Love Metal' Attack

Finland's H.I.M. have posted the following update on their official web site: "In a band meeting a couple of hours ago we made a grand plan for the next year. We'll be concentrating on Europe for much of the year. The new album [tentatively titled 'Love Metal'] will be out in April, followed by major ...

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POISONBLACK: 'Escapexstacy' Details Unveiled

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — have finalized the track listing for their debut album, "Escapexstacy", due on Feb. 17, 2003 through Century Media Records. It is as follows: 01. The Glow Of The Flames 02. Love Infernal 03. The State 04. All ...

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POISONBLACK Complete Work On 'Escapexstacy'

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — have set Feb. 17, 2003 as the release date through Century Media Records for their debut album, titled "Escapexstacy". Completed by bassist Janne Kukkonen, guitarist Janne Dahlgren and drummer Tarmo Kanerva, POISONBLACK boast a musical direction that ...

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H.I.M.: 'Love Metal' Mixing Sessions Get Underway

H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo, bassist Migé (a.k.a. Michael Eros) and recording engineer Hiili Hiilesmaa spent a few days at the end of October at London's Sphere Studios mixing two tracks for the group's forthcoming album, tentatively titled "Love Metal", with producer Tim Palmer (OZZY OSBOURNE, U2, SEPULTURA). The same team will travel to Los Angeles ...

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H.I.M. Frontman To Sign Biography

H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo will be signing copies of the book "Synnin Viemää" (Gone With The Sin), documenting the history of the country's most successful rock export, at one of Helsinki's largest bookstores Suomalainen Kirjakauppa on Friday, November 1 from 4:00 p.m. to 15:00 p.m. The store is located right in the center of Helsinki ...

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The Cold White Light - SENTENCED

Listening to the latest effort from Finnish “suicide kings” SENTENCED, it's hard to imagine that this is the same band that nine years ago released one of the more memorable slices of melodic technical death metal in the shape of their North From Here CD. Having since switched direction in favor of a sound that ...

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POISONBLACK: Finnish "Supergroup" To Issue Debut In Late 2002

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS), who feature in their ranks SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto, are tentatively due to record their debut album before the end of the summer for a late 2002 release through Century Media Records. Completed by bassist Janne Kukkonen, guitarist Janne Dahlgren and drummer Tarmo Kanerva, ...

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Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights - H.I.M.

In the wake of Razorblade Romance's phenomenal European success, it is certainly not surprising to see Finland's H.I.M. sticking to essentially the same formula on their follow-up effort, the group's third full-length CD to date and the group's most accessible offering so far. Much like Razorblade…'s more commercial tracks (i.e. German and Finnish #1 ...

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Razorblade Romance - H.I.M.

A self-proclaimed "love metal" band, Finland's H.I.M. (which stands for His Infernal Majesty) is that country's biggest rock export ever, and it's easy to see why. Having shed some of their guitar-heavy edge which worked so well on the band's awesome Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666 release, H.I.M.'s penchant for making music that is equally ...

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Archive News Oct 31, 2001

POWERMAN 5000 frontman Spider One confirmed, in an online posting at the group's official web site at www.powerman5000.com, that the group have parted ways with bassist Dorian Heartsong and drummer Al Pahanish, a move that was first reported here on Monday, October 29th. Here is the vocalist's statement in its entirety:

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Archive News Oct 25, 2001

Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM have finally broken their silence regarding the recent reports of vocalist Maniac's departure and rumors of a possible split. According to the band's official web site, “MAYHEM is NOT breaking up, nor is Maniac leaving.” Commented guitarist Blasphemer (aka Rune Erickson): 'Maniac felt tired and fed up ...

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