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THE NIBIRUAN Back In The Studio

THE NIBIRUAN, the new Finnish metal band featuring former AMORAL guitarist Silver Ots alongside Lauri Koskenniemi (guitar) and Eerik Purdon (bass) of SHEAR, has issued the following update: "We entered the studio last weekend to record some new stuff and man has it been a blast. Everything has worked out better than we anticipated and ...

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SATANIC WARMASTER Claims External Pressure Led To Band Being Removed From HELLFEST Billing

Finnish black metallers SATANIC WARMASTER have been removed from the billing of this year's Hellfest festival — set to take place June 17-19, 2011 in Clisson, France — because the event's organizers allegedly bowed to pressure from other artists performing at the festival. Commented SATANIC WARMASTER's Werwolf in a statement: "It has been brough to ...

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AMORAL Announces New Guitarist

Finnish metallers AMORAL have issued the following brief update: "We are happy to announce that AMORAL has a new guitar player! "As announced when Valtteri [Hirvonen] came in as a session guy to help us out with the gigs, he could not commit to being a full-time member due to his hectic schedule as a ...

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SHEAR To Enter Studio In March

SHEAR, the new Helsinki, Finland-based six-piece metal act featuring former/current members of AMORAL, OMNIUM GATHERUM, IMPERANON, ELENIUM and CRYSTAL BLAZE, will enter the studio in March to begin recording its debut album for a late 2011 release. Commented the band: "In the last couple of months we've been writing a lot of new songs, and ...

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AMORAL To Enter Studio In January

Finnish metallers AMORAL will enter Sound Supreme Studios in Hämeenlinna, Finland on January 30 to begin recording their fifth album for a late spring release. Guitarist Ben Varon recently described the band's new material as "all over the place style-wise, from the chillest acoustic stuff to fast death metal, with lots of solid, hard-rockin' metal ...

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AMORAL: 13 Songs Written For Next Album

Guitarist Ben Varon of Finnish metallers AMORAL has issued the following update: "The writing and fine-tuning of the new material has been getting along good. We have about 13 songs written as of now, and still more keep popping up. It looks like we'll be heading to the studio in April/May, with a possible late ...

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TORNADO To Enter Studio In March

TORNADO (formerly NEMESIS DIVINA), the American, Dutch and Finnish metal band featuring members of AMORAL and FUELBLOODED, will enter Abyss Studio in Pärlby, Sweden on March 7, 2011 under the watchful eye of Swedish producer and HYPOCRISY/PAIN mainman Peter Tägtgren to record its debut CD for a May 23, 2011 release via the French label ...

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AMORAL, FUELBLOODED Members Join Forces In TORNADO

TORNADO (formerly NEMESIS DIVINA), the American, Dutch and Finnish metal band featuring members of AMORAL and FUELBLOODED, has inked a multi-album deal with the French label Listenable Records. The group will enter Abyss Studio in Pärlby, Sweden in February 2011 under the watchful eye of Swedish producer and HYPOCRISY/PAIN mainman Peter Tägtgren to record its ...

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Former QUO VADIS Vocalist Resurfaces In ANNEX THEORY

ANNEX THEORY, the Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada-based metal act featuring former QUO VADIS vocalist Trevor Bernie, has completed work on a new EP, to be released digitally this winter. The effort was mastered by TESSERACT's Acle Kahney. According to a press release, ANNEX THEORY "combines high-level musicianship with catchy choruses and heavy grooves." The band has ...

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DE LIRIUM'S ORDER Announces New Bassist

Finnish death metallers DE LIRIUM'S ORDER have announced the addition of bassist Erkki Silvennoinen (NORTHERN KINGS, AMORAL) to the group's ranks. The band will enter the studio on October 31 to record one song, "Maximum Sentence". DE LIRIUM'S ORDER's third album will be tracked during February 2011 for a tentative summer release. The mixing sessions ...

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2010 'Dimebag Beyond Forever Tour' Announced

A dozen or so Finnish metal musicians will take part in the seventh annual "Dimebag Beyond Forever Tour", set to kick off in late November. The 10-date trek will honor the legendary PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was shot and killed on stage on December 8, 2004. The musicians will perform for free and ...

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ARI KOIVUNEN Covers DIO, DEEP PURPLE For Charity (Video)

Finnish singer Ari Koivunen (AMORAL) took part in a charity concert called Millstones 2010 on October 13 in Helsinki. The event's goal was to raise awareness and funds for treatment for persons suffering from intoxicant addiction. Fan-filmed video footage of Ari performing cover versions of DIO's "Don't Talk To Streangers" and DEEP PURPLE's "Smoke On ...

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NIGHTWISH, AMORAL, TERÄSBETONI, MACHINE MEN Members Perform At 'Ronnie James Dio Memorial Gala'

Finnish vocalists Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH, TAROT, NORTHERN KINGS, SAPATTIVUOSI), Ari Koivunen (solo, AMORAL), Jarkko Ahola (TERÄSBETONI, NORTHERN KINGS) and Antony Parviainen (MACHINE MEN) are among the musicians who performed last night (Friday, July 2) at the Ronnie James Dio Memorial Gala at Tavastia in Helsinki, Finland as part of the thirteenth annual Tuska festival (which ...

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AMORAL In Writing Mode

Guitarist Ben Varon of Finnish metallers AMORAL has issued the following update: "As you might've noticed, it's been real quiet here in the past few months. We've been writing, rehearsing and recording demos of the new material that will eventually become AMORAL studio album number five. There's been a nice, long break from gigs, so ...

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AMORAL: New Audio Interview Available

Rock Choice recently conducted an interview with guitarist Ben Varon and vocalist Ari Koivunen of Finnish metallers AMORAL. The chat is now available for streaming using the audio player below. AMORAL recently parted ways with guitarist Silver Ots and replaced him with Valtteri Hirvonen. AMORAL toured Europe last fall with AMORPHIS and BEFORE ...

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DEAD SHAPE FIGURE To Debut New Material At Finnish Gig

Finnish modern thrash/death-influenced metal band DEAD SHAPE FIGURE will perform material from its recenty completed second album, "The Disease Of St. Vitus", for the first time on March 26 at Vernissa in Tikkurila, Finland. Also scheduled to appear are AMORAL and GHOUL PATROL. "The Disease Of St. Vitus" is scheduled for release in late April ...

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THE NIBIRUAN: More Video Footage From The Studio Posted Online

THE NIBIRUAN, the new Finnish metal band featuring former AMORAL guitarist Silver Ots alongside Lauri Koskenniemi (guitar) and Eerik Purdon (bass) of SHEAR, is putting the finishing touches on its debut EP, to be released at the end of February. Lauri states, "I will attend the mixing process from tomorrow 'till Thursday to see how ...

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Former AMORAL Guitarist Launches THE NIBIRUAN

THE NIBIRUAN, the new Finnish metal band featuring former AMORAL guitarist Silver Ots alongside Lauri Koskenniemi (guitar) and Eerik Purdon (bass) of SHEAR, is putting the finishing touches on its debut EP, to be released at the end of February. Video footage from the recording sessions can be viewed below. THE NIBIRUAN is: Asim Searah ...

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AMORAL Parts Ways With Guitarist, Announces Replacement

Finnish metallers AMORAL have parted ways with guitarist Silver Ots. Commented the group in a statement: "For the past months it has been unclear whether or not Silver would continue in the band, and now he has made up his mind to leave. Apparently he didn't feel motivated enough to be part of AMORAL anymore, ...

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SHEAR: Another New Song Posted Online

SHEAR, the new Helsinki, Finland-based six-piece metal act featuring former/current members of AMORAL, OMNIUM GATHERUM, IMPERANON, ELENIUM and CRYSTAL BLAZE, has posted the song "Scorched" from the band's recently completed four-song EP, "In Solitude", on the group's MySpace page. The CD was recorded this past fall and was mastered at Chartmakers studios. SHEAR ...

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SHEAR: Video Footage From The Studio Posted Online

SHEAR, the new Helsinki, Finland-based six-piece metal act featuring former/current members of AMORAL, OMNIUM GATHERUM, IMPERANON, ELENIUM and CRYSTAL BLAZE, has posted video footage (see below) from the recording sessions for its recently completed four-song EP, "In Solitude". The CD was recorded this past fall and was mastered at Chartmakers studios. The "In Solitude" title ...

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NIGHTWISH, TERÄSBETONI, AMORAL Members Take Part In RASKASTA JOULUA Tour; Video Available

NIGHTWISH, TERÄSBETONI and AMORAL members were among the musicians who took part in RASKASTA JOULUA, Finland's annual all-star heavy rock Christmas show, which hit the road once again in November and December with a Finnish tour to celebrate its fifth anniversary. The project that began with the album "Raskasta Joulua" ("Heavy Christmas") in 2004 and ...

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AMORAL, OMNIUM GATHERUM, IMPERANON Members Join Forces In SHEAR

SHEAR, the new Helsinki, Finland-based six-piece metal act featuring former/current members of AMORAL, OMNIUM GATHERUM, IMPERANON, ELENIUM and CRYSTAL BLAZE, has completed work on a four-song EP, "In Solitude". The CD was recorded this past fall and was mastered at Chartmakers studios. The "In Solitude" title track and audio samples of all four songs from ...

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