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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 sessio...
February 15, 2004

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 SENT...
February 13, 2004

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...
February 3, 2004


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 throu...
December 4, 2003

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 ( As pre...
October 4, 2003

H.I.M.: 'Buried Alive By Love' Video Posted Online

H.I.M.'s video for the song "Buried Alive By Love" has been posted online at the G.U.N./ Supersonic Records web site. Check it out: Windows Media, Real Media. The clip was shot over the Dec. 15-18, 2002 weekend with Bam Margera of "Jackass" fame in the director's chair. Juliette Lewis was the ...
October 2, 2003

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 Europ...
September 25, 2003


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 frontma...
September 24, 2003

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...
September 9, 2003

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 wil...
August 5, 2003

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", av...
August 4, 2003


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...
July 10, 2003

OZZY OSBOURNE To Be Joined By Daughter KELLY At First U.K. Arena Shows In Eight Years

OZZY OSBOURNE is starting a European tour in September with two U.K. headlining shows. The dates are: Friday, Sep. 05 – London @ Wembley Arena Sunday, Sep. 07 - Birmingham @ NEC Both shows will be OZZY'S first solo headlining shows in the U.K. in eight years and will feature another singing Osbourne...
May 29, 2003

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 t...
May 12, 2003

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'...
April 29, 2003