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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...
November 21, 2002

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...
November 7, 2002

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, S...
November 4, 2002

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 loc...
October 20, 2002

H.I.M.'s VILLE VALO: "Last Album Was For Girls, Next One Will Be For Guys"

Finland's H.I.M. have begun the pre-production process for their next studio album, tentatively due in early 2003, according to the Finnish newspaper Iltalehti. The CD, which is set to be recorded later in the year, will reportedly be a classic heavy record in the spirit of BLACK SABBATH and LED ZEP...
July 18, 2002

The Cold White Light

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...
April 21, 2002

H.I.M. To Enter Studio In Late Summer, Early 2003 Release Expected

Finland's H.I.M. will enter an as-yet-undetermined studio in August or September to begin recording their fourth full-length CD. "We have about five new songs at the moment,” mainman Ville Valo told “The new material be more in the spirit of BLACK SABBATH once again. We have no c...
March 20, 2002

H.I.M. Announce UK Tour, Begin Writing New Material

Finland's H.I.M. have announced the following UK headlining dates in May: May 15 - Sheffield, UK @ Barfly May 16 - Manchester, UK @ University May 17 - Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse May 18 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City May 20 - Bristol, UK @ Fleece & Firkin May 21 - Birmingham, UK @ ...
March 14, 2002

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. Complet...
February 24, 2002

Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights

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…...
December 17, 2001

Razorblade Romance

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 pe...
December 17, 2001

Archive News Oct 31, 2001

POWERMAN 5000 frontman Spider One confirmed, in an online posting at the group's official web site at, 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 s...
October 31, 2001

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 Run...
October 25, 2001

Archive News Aug 24, 2001

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following update on the progress of the songwriting sessions for the group's upcoming, as-yet-untitled studio album—the band's first for Beyond/BMG Records—and the preparation for the recording of a live album, which is scheduled to take place in Chicago o...
August 24, 2001

Archive News Aug 23, 2001

The revamped SKID ROW, featuring new vocalist Johnny Solinger (formerly of SOLINGER),have nearly completed work on their upcoming CD, tentatively titled Thick Is The Skin, which is due to be released through an as-yet-undetermined label later in the year. Apparently, several songs have yet to be m...
August 23, 2001