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Finnish Folk Metal Superstars KORPIKLAANI can finally announce the additional bands for the extended shows on their forthcoming European headline tour in early 2018.
After releasing their first ever live Blu-ray/DVD 2CD package titled »Live at Masters of Rock«, through Nuclear Blast, and playing a string of successful shows in Japan and China, Finnish Folk Metal Superstars KORPIKLAANI can finally announce the additional bands for the extended shows on their forthcoming European headline tour in early 2018.

Accompanying the band will be power metallers EVERTALE, who are going to release their new album »The Great Brotherwar« in October. In addition, pagan / viking metallers BLACK MESSIAH will present new tracks from their latest effort »Walls Of Vanaheim« among others. Last but not least, heavy folk metallers THE PRIVATEER will complete the line-up by bringing their current record »The Goldsteen Lay« to European stages.

KORPIKLAANI - Europe 2018
w/ ARKONA, HEIDEVOLK, TROLLFEST
15.02. B Antwerp - Trix
16.02. D Hamburg - Markthalle*
17.02. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle 2*
18.02. NL Amsterdam - Melkweg
19.02. D Saarbrücken - Garage**
20.02. F Paris - Elysée Montmartre
21.02. F Nantes - Stereolux
22.02. F Toulouse - Le Bikini
23.02. E Madrid - Sala But
24.02. E Barcelona - Salamandra 1
25.02. F Lyon - Transbordeur
26.02. CH Vevey - The Rocking Chair**
27.02. D Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
28.02. D Berlin - Columbia Theater
01.03. CZ Prague - Meet Factory
02.03. D Munich - Backstage*
03.03. D Stuttgart - LKA*
04.03. CH Pratteln - Z7*
05.03. I Milan - Magazzini Generali
06.03. A Salzburg - Rockhouse**
07.03. A Graz - Orpheum
08.03. A Vienna - Simm City
09.03. D Leipzig - Hellraiser*
10.03. D Geiselwind - Musichall*
11.03. D Hanover - Capitol
*w/ EVERTALE, BLACK MESSIAH, THE PRIVATEER
**no ARKONA

More KORPIKLAANI shows:

07.10. FIN Helsinki - Heavy Metal Heart Festival
14.10. FIN Lahti - Sibelius Hall

01. - 05.02. USA Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL - 70000 Tons of Metal

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Ensiferum recently released their new album, Two Paths, via Metal Blade Records; for their efforts, the band has now entered the worldwide charts!
Ensiferum recently released their new album, Two Paths, via Metal Blade Records; for their efforts, the band has now entered the worldwide charts! See below for all positions:
–#14 Current Hard Music Albums (USA)
–#18 Top New Artist Albums (USA)
–#147 Current Digital Albums (USA)
–#160 Top Current Albums (USA)
–#195 Digital Albums (USA)
–#4 Finland
–#9 Germany
–#18 Switzerland
–#35 Austria
–#43 Independent Album Charts (UK)
–#9 Top Hard Albums (Canada)
–#45 Top 200 (Canada)

You can’t talk about the true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal without reverent mention of Ensiferum, and with Two Paths they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre. Further building upon the thrilling metallic hybrid honed across six full-lengths, Two Paths is simultaneously the Finnish quintet’s most epic and far-reaching collection and their most organic, which definitely sets it apart from the pack. Additionally, the album literally takes the concept of Two Paths to heart, with two different versions of standout tracks “Don’t You Say” and “God Is Dead”. “Even though Ensiferum has always had clean vocals and choirs, harsh vocals have been the main style, and those songs worked so well with both styles that we decided to include both versions,” explains bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka. With Mikko P. Mustonen again handling orchestral arrangements and Lassi Logren returning to play nyckelharpa and violin on a few songs, Hinkka is also more than happy that they brought “more bombastic orchestral and down to earth folk aspects” to the record, further fleshing out their vision. This also applies to the contribution of Gyula Havancsak, who provided the artwork for both Two Paths and its predecessor, One Man Army. “It was really nice to work with him again because he always wants to hear our ideas and then he adds his own magic and improvements to them, and the result is always astonishing.”

To preview and purchase Two Paths, please visit: http://metalblade.com/ensiferum

From September 27th, 2017 onward, Ensiferum will present Two Paths live on stage, splitting their European tour into two parts. The first part will be in September with six dates in three countries, and then in April 2018 there will be an extended tour through many more European countries. In between that time, Ensiferum will visit all other continents. See below for all confirmed shows, with more to be announced soon!

Ensiferum tour dates:
Sept. 26 – Bochum, Germany – Zeche
Sept. 27 – Langen, Germany – Stadthalle
Sept. 28 – Arnhem, Netherlands – Luxor Live
Sept. 29 – Berlin, Germany – SO36
Sept. 30 – Osnabruck, Germany – Hyde Park
Oct. 1 – Paris, France – La Machine

Ensiferum line-up:
Petri Lindroos – Vocals/Guitar
Markus Toivonen – Guitar/Vocals
Sami Hinkka – Bass/Vocals
Janne Parviainen – Drums
Netta Skog – Digital Accordion/Backing vocals


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“The Dark Element” is a new musical project fronted by former Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon together with Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen. The combination of these two talents promises to deliver a debut album that will be a huge state
Frontiers Music Srl To Release “The Dark Element” Featuring Anette Olzon and Jani Liimatainen on November 10th! Listen the title track below.

The Dark Element” is a new musical project fronted by former Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon together with Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen. The combination of these two talents promises to deliver a debut album that will be a huge statement in the European metal scene.

Since word of this project got out, fans have been frothing at the mouth with anticipation for its arrival. And no wonder considering the talent involved! Anette is widely known for being the immaculate voice on the hit albums from Nightwish, “Dark Passion Play” and “Imaginareum”. Jani has recently been busy in Cain's Offering alongside Stratovarius singer Timo Kotipelto, but left a deep mark on the minds of all power metal fans thanks to his time in Sonata Arctica.

Anette Olzon and Jani Liimatainen on their collaboration:

Jani Liimatainen: "I have always been a big fan of Anette's voice and when the opportunity to work with her arose, writing and producing an album, it was something I just couldn't say no! It has been a blast working on the songs and I can't wait for everyone to hear the final result. This will be epic! The songs are extremely melodic and to the point. My goal has been to write catchy songs with hooks that will haunt your dreams, and I think it's pretty much 'mission accomplished'. Stay tuned for something special!"

Anette Olzon: "I am so looking forward to this album and I believe our collaboration worked like a perfect match and I am really happy that Jani and Frontiers asked me to do this with them!"

Track Listing:
1. The Dark Element
2. My Sweet Mystery
3. Last Good Day
4. Here’s To You
5. Someone You Used to Know
6. Dead to Me
7. Halo
8. I Cannot Raise The Dead
9. The Ghost and the Reaper
10. Heaven of Your Heart
11. Only One Who Knows Me

Musicians:
Anette Olzon – Lead Vocals
Jani Liimatainen - Guitars, keyboards, programming
Jonas Kuhlberg - Bass
Jani “Hurtsi” Hurula - Drums

Piano on “Someone You Used to Know” and “Heaven of Your Heart” by Jarkko Lahti
Backing vocals by Anette Olzon, Petri Aho, Anssi Stenberg and Jani Liimatainen
Growls on “Dead to Me” by Niilo Sevänen

Follow the band on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/TheDarkElement/



Thedarkelement

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Sold out The Circus in Helsinki, Finland witnessed the ending of Under The Red Cloud tour for Amorphis. It has been a long 2 years with over 220 concerts around the world.
Sold out The Circus in Helsinki, Finland witnessed the ending of Under The Red Cloud tour for Amorphis. It has been a long 2 years with over 220 concerts around the world and the guitarist Tomi Koivusaari said they will take a whole one day off and start rehearsing the songs on their next album on monday. Now that's what we all could call dedication!

AMORPHIS re-signed a new record deal with their longtime label home, Nuclear Blast few weeks ago. AMORPHIS guitarist Esa Holopainen commented: "I'm really happy to announce that AMORPHIS got re-signed to Nuclear Blast! It's nice to be working with such professional and familiar people. AMORPHIS has done a lot of touring for the past two years around the globe and now it's time to head back to the studio. This means that the new album will be released next year! It has also been a really nice experience for all of us to play with [returning bassist] Olli-Pekka [Laine] again and for that reason, we're glad to have him participating in the making of the new record."

Nuclear Blast CEO Markus Staiger added: "I'm really proud that we can continue working with AMORPHIS, one of the early Nuclear Blast bands, which went through the roof with 'Tales From The Thousand Lakes' back in 1994. Additionally, they became really good friends of ours, which makes this working relationship even cooler. I'm already looking forward to their next album, because it's simply impossible for AMORPHIS to deliver a bad record."

Metal From Finland wishes Amorphis a wonderful day off cheesey

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Everyone who has followed Tarja's career knows Christmas is a time for her to do some Christmas concerts. This Christmas you can expect the unexpected.
Everyone who has followed Tarja's career knows Christmas is a time for her to do some Christmas concerts. This Christmas you can expect the unexpected.

This year, Tarja is bringing the festive season early with the release of her brand new Christmas album “from Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a dark Christmas)” on November 17.

The album includes 11 Christmas classics and brings them to a never before seen level, uniquely blending Tarja“s classically trained voice with darker gothic influences. Utilizing the sound of a grand orchestra, the most successful Finnish solo artist puts a sinister spin on traditional songs like “O Tannenbaum”, “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” and “Feliz Navidad”, reminding the listener of a dark movie score. Besides covering classic carols, “from Spirits and Ghosts” also features a 12th track, the brand new original “Together”. This song is aligned with the dark sound of the album and embodies the theme of ghosts and mysticism throughout, in a brilliant, Tarja-styled manner.

Says Tarja: “Producing a dark Christmas album in the middle of the summer is a very interesting process, especially if you are doing it by the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Significantly different from the snowy Christmas that I am used to in my home country Finland. Another proof that the darkness comes from deep within. On this album, I explored the other side of Christmas. The Christmas of the lonely people and the missing ones. The Christmas for those that do not find joy in the blinking lights and the jingle bells.

“from Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a dark Christmas)” is going to be released on November 17th, 2017 on earMUSIC as 1CD digipak, 1LP Gatefold (180g, black) and Digital.
The “Official Store for a dark Christmas” offers a wide variety of exclusive, limited fan items and bundles.

The album is produced by Tarja, the American Emmy Award winning film score composer Jim Dooley and British producer Tim Palmer, known for his work with Pearl Jam, U2, David Bowie, Lang Lang and The Cure among others, who also mixed the album at 62“ Studio in Texas. The album was mastered at Sterling Sound in NY City.

This Christmas, gather your loved ones, dim the lights, put on some candles and play Tarja“s “from Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a dark Christmas) loud!

TRACKLIST:
01. Come, O Come, Emmanuel
02. Together
03. We Three Kings
04. Deck The Halls
05. Pie Jesu
06. Amazing Grace
07. O Tannenbaum
08. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
09. God Rest Ye
10. Feliz Navidad
11. What Child Is This
12. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Fromspiritsandghosts

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The mother of all metal festivals Wacken Open Air has announced bands for 2018. From Finland we will have at least Children Of Bodom, Nightwish and Amorphis.
The mother of all metal festivals Wacken Open Air has announced bands for 2018. From Finland we will have at least Children Of Bodom, Nightwish and Amorphis. Wacken Open Air festival is scheduled for August 2nd - 4th and you can purchase tickets at this location.

Latest acts confirmed for the festival are Judas Priest, Dimmu Borgir (exclusive German festival show), Vince Neil (Best Of Mötley Crüe show), Children Of Bodom (exclusive German festival show), and Amaranthe.

Other acts include Nightwish, Running Wild, In Extremo, Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro, Sepultura, Amorphis, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Watain, Firewind, Deserted Fear, Bannkreis and many more.

You can see festival details here.

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The best metal vacation you could ever take is the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, happening in less than six months, from February 1st through 5th and sails from Miami / Fort Lauderdale, FL to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, and back.
The best metal vacation you could ever take is the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, happening in less than six months, from February 1st through 5th and sails from Miami / Fort Lauderdale, FL to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, and back.

Tickets are now on sale to the general public. There are 60 bands slated to play and so far only 24 have been announced, and the lineup already looks insane. As Metal From Finland we are of course interested which Finnish bands are there and so far the list shows:
Insomnium, Korpiklaani, Sonata Arctica, Swallow the Sun

And as said only 24 bands from 60 are only announced so far. The list of those 24 bands are:
Aeternam
Alestorm
Benediction
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquillity
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Meshuggah
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sonata Arctica
Swallow the Sun
Wolfheart

Prices start at $766 USD per person plus taxes and fees, and include on board accommodation, access to all shows, food, non-carbonated beverages, room service, port and service charges. Book here. We'll see you on the boat.

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International heavy metallers BEAST IN BLACK are set to release their highly anticipated debut album »Berserker«, on November 3rd through Nuclear Blast Records.
International heavy metallers BEAST IN BLACK are set to release their highly anticipated debut album »Berserker«, on November 3rd through Nuclear Blast Records. That their fans can convince themselves live of the new material's quality and power as well, the band founded by former BATTLE BEAST guitarist Anton Kabanen has announced that they'll be supporting legendary heavy metallers W.A.S.P. on their forthcoming Re-Idolized: »The Crimson Idol« 25th Anniversary World Tour. Further details can be found below!

Anton stated:
"It's a great pleasure and honour to go on tour with the legendary W.A.S.P. which is not only one of the best heavy metal bands of all times but also one of the main musical influences of BEAST IN BLACK!"

Re-Idolized: »The Crimson Idol« 25th Anniversary World Tour w/ W.A.S.P.
28.10. B Antwerp - Trix
29.10. F Paris - Élysée Montmartre
30.10. F Strasbourg - La Laiterie
01.11. E Pamplona - Auditorio de Burlada
02.11. E Murcia - Sala Gamma
03.11. E Madrid - La Riviera
04.11. E Barcelona - Razzmatazz 1
05.11. F Limoges - CC John Lennon
07.11. F Lyon - Le Transbordeur
08.11. I Bologna - Estragon
09.11. I Milan - Live Club
10.11. CH Lausanne - Les Docks
11.11. CH Pratteln - Z7
12.11. NL Tilburg - O13
14.11. D Hamburg - Markthalle
15.11. D Hanover - Capitol
16.11. D Saarbrücken - Garage
17.11. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
18.11. D Geiselwind - MusicHall
20.11. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
21.11. D Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
22.11. D Munich - Backstage
24.11. CZ Hluk - Sports Hall
25.11. PL Warsaw - Progresja
26.11. A Vienna - Arena

More info & tickets: http://beastinblack.com/tour.php

Pre-order »Berserker« in various formats (DIGI, LP (black, silver)): http://nblast.de/BIBBerserkerNB
Pre-order »Berserker« digitally and receive 'Blind And Frozen' instantly or stream the track: http://nblast.de/BeastInBlackDigital
Listen in the NB Novelties Playlist: http://sptfy.com/2zZF

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BLOODRED HOURGLASS new song "Quiet Complaint" released with a video
BLOODRED HOURGLASS released their first song from their forthcoming album "HEAL" which will be released on October 20th via Ranka Kustannus. Song "Quiet Complaint" will also be the first track on the album. Watching the video makes one think there is absolutely nothing quiet about it, in fact BRHG are back stronger than ever!


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Finnish death-metallers CURIMUS have released a new video from a new song and at the same time introducing new guitarist Tommi Ahlroth.
Finnish death-metallers CURIMUS have released a new video from a new song "Absence" and at the same time introducing new guitarist Tommi Ahlroth. You can check the new video below.

CURIMUS will do a small tour in Finland with the following dates:
Sep 22, 2017 @ Bar 15 / Seinäjoki, Finland
Sep 23, 2017 @ Bar Edgar / Loimaa, Finland
Nov 4, 2017 @ TVO / Turku, Finland
Nov 25, 2017 @ Dog's Home / Tampere, Finland

http://www.curimus.net
https://www.facebook.com/curimusband/


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