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19 Oct 2017
The track, which features guest vocals by DRACONIAN's Heike Langhans, is taken from HALLATAR's debut album, "No Stars Upon the Bridge", which is based on the lyrics and poems of Aleah Starbridge and was released on October 13 via Svart Records.
The official Aapo Lahtela-directed music video for "My Mistake", a brand new song from HALLATAR, can be seen below. The track, which features guest vocals by DRACONIAN's Heike Langhans, is taken from HALLATAR's debut album, "No Stars Upon the Bridge", which is based on the lyrics and poems of Aleah Starbridge and was released on October 13 via Svart Records.

Although a brand new name, HALLATAR features in its ranks SWALLOW THE SUN and TREES OF ETERNITY guitarist Juha Raivio, AMORPHIS vocalist Tomi Joutsen and former HIM drummer Gas Lipstick. In fact, one could see HALLATAR as an extension of TREES OF ETERNITY, whose acclaimed debut for Svart, "Hour Of The Nightingale", served as the swansong of vocalist Aleah Starbridge.

Juha Raivio explains the genesis of HALLATAR: "After the death of my beloved and my life partner Aleah Starbridge last April, I have been gathering writings, lyrics, and the poems of Aleah to keep them safe and close to my heart. About one month after the world came down on the blackest day of my life on April 18th, I knew I needed to pick up the guitar and try to create something or I would be truly destroyed. And something did arrive out of the darkness, and I wrote the music for the HALLATAR album in a week's time. I don't have much memory of this week, not a memory of a single day of writing the music. But all I remember when going into this abyss of the writing process was a promise to myself that whatever music would come out, I would not touch or change anything of it afterwards. What mattered was that the music would stay forever as an absolute truth of those moments as they came out. I asked my good friends — and amazing musicians — Tomi Joutsen and Gas Lipstick if they would want to record this music with me, and both of them said yes without even hearing a note of it. I am forever grateful to both of them for sharing this road with me; even the weight of the process has not been easy to carry, or will be."

Says Gas Lipstick: "I am grateful and very honored to be asked to join this band. Juha is a dear friend of mine since many years ago, and when he told me about his vision for HALLATAR and asked me to join, I said yes instantly — I just had to be part of this amazing journey. I had never heard a single note of the music before I gave my 'yes' because I didn't need to. Juha has been one of my favorite songwriters already for years, and I knew that HALLATAR will be a very deep, personal, and one-of-a-kind story which I wanted to help him to bring alive."

Adds Tomi Joutsen: "I have known Juha from the year 2007, when we worked together for the first time. A couple years ago, I had the privilege to meet Juha's life partner, Aleah Starbridge, who was such a beautiful person, inside and outside, and had an angelic voice out of this world. Aleah lent her voice on the latest AMORPHIS album, and we called her 'the whispering ghost.' When I heard about Aleah's passing last spring, it came as a total shock and heartbreaking news out of the blue. When Juha asked me if I would want to be part of this album and carry Aleah's flame with him, I didn't have to think twice. When everything has been taken, all that is left is the music. The sorrow strips us naked and leave us humble — this is how it sounds like."

Concluded Raivio: "What we recorded was a raw moment in time honoring the memory, lyrics, and poems of Aleah Starbridge with all its pain, beauty and darkness. There are no stars left upon the bridge to light the way anymore, but the music will always be a dim light, even in the darkest of the night."

"No Stars Upon the Bridge" track listing:

01. Mirrors
02. Raven's Song
03. Melt
04. My Mistake (feat. Heike Langhans)
05. Pieces
06. Severed Eyes
07. The Maze
08. Spiral Gate
09. Dreams Burn Down (feat. Aleah Starbridge)

HALLATAR is:

Tomi Joutsen - Vocals
Gas Lipstick - Drums
Juha Raivio - Guitar, Bass, Keys


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18 Oct 2017
Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA have released a new video for their cover version of the METALLICA classic "Sad But True".
Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA have released a new video for their cover version of the METALLICA classic "Sad But True".

APOCALYPTICA in Twitter: "We brought a camera crew along to our Berlin show to film it all for our new video for 'Sad But True'!"


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17 Oct 2017
AMBERIAN DAWN are never at a loss for Symphonic Metal that moves your deepest soul. Lyrically these Finns drift with captivating fantasy stories. Check out a brand new track off of their forthcoming album Darkness of Eternity!
AMBERIAN DAWN are never at a loss for Symphonic Metal that moves your deepest soul. Lyrically these Finns drift with captivating fantasy stories. Check out a brand new track off of their forthcoming album Darkness of Eternity!

Overwhelming and adventurous, more than music: See the worldwide music video premiere for “I’m The One” below.

AMBERIAN DAWN mastermind Tuomas Seppälä gives a deeper insight to “I’m The One”:
I'M THE ONE was one of the latest compositions for new album. After writing a couple of softer songs in fall 2016 I got a new “heavy wave” and probably 3 latest songs I wrote were quite heavy. The song is very hectic and pushes forward like a train. There's no solo part on this song (a solo would have been quite obvious call) Instead of that I wrote an instrumental part and an extra vocal part. Last vocal part's melody and chord pattern supporting it consists of just one really long phrase... this kind of long phrasing was typical in many classical compositions. I still haven't got rid of my roots in classical music smile

While Capri explains the story:
I'M THE ONE This is a story about very charismatic and socially intelligent people who speak with the finest words to make other people do what they want in their quest for their own pleasure. They do not care about the consequences or how to violate the feelings of others. They only think of themselves. Unfortunately the pressure in the group is generally enormous and all its members are behind the strongest individual hoping to be "the chosen one".

OUT ON November 10th via Napalm Records!

Darkness Of Eternity track listing:
I'm The One
Sky Is Falling
Dragonflies
Maybe
Golden Coins
Luna My Darling
Abyss
Ghostwoman
Breathe Again
Symphony Nr. 1 part 2 - Darkness Of Eternity

AMBERIAN DAWN Line-up:
Tuomas Seppälä - Keyboard & Guitar
Capri - Vocals
Emil Pohjalainen - Guitar
Jukka Hoffren - Bass
Joonas Pykälä-aho -Drums

Upcoming tour dates will be announced shortly. Stay tuned!


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17 Oct 2017
THE DARK ELEMENT, the new musical project featuring former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon and Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen, will release its self-titled debut album on November 10 via Frontiers Music Srl
THE DARK ELEMENT, the new musical project featuring former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon and Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen, will release its self-titled debut album on November 10 via Frontiers Music Srl.
The official lyric video for the song "Dead To Me" can be seen below.

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.





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14 Oct 2017
International heavy metallers BEAST IN BLACK will unleash their debut album »Berserker«, in three weeks via Nuclear Blast Records.
International heavy metallers BEAST IN BLACK will unleash their debut album »Berserker«, in three weeks via Nuclear Blast Records. To give their fans another musical taster of what to expect from this 10-track power package, the band founded by BATTLE BEAST guitarist Anton Kabanen have launched a lyric video for 'Beast In Black', over on YouTube. Based on a picture by Anato Finnstark / Finnstark Illustration, the clip perfectly underlines the energy of the album's opening track.


Anton commented:"As well as the band name, this track was inspired by a character from the »Berserk« manga. Though the lyrics are directly connected to that character they are also speaking in metaphors about something personal. It's one of the most powerful songs on the album and Kasperi's guitar solo in this one is probably the best one on the whole album!"

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13 Oct 2017
OMNIUM GATHERUM have just released their brand new single “Blade Reflections”. It is now available on all streaming and download platforms and will also be featured on a limited Edition Omnium Gatherum / Skalmöld split 7inch
OMNIUM GATHERUM have just released their brand new single “Blade Reflections”. It is now available on all streaming and download platforms and will also be featured on a limited Edition Omnium Gatherum / Skalmöld split 7inch, which will be available on the upcoming "Arctic Circle Alliance” European Tour (see below for all dates).


Or preorder a copy of the 7inch at Omnium Gatherum’s webstore:
https://www.backstagerockshop.com/products/omnium-gatherum-blade-reflections-signed-bundle

Singer Jukka Pelkonen comments, "In the light of recent events we wanted to voice our opinion about the tragedy of suicide. This is a subject that may concern anyone at some point. ?Blade Reflections' is a statement against suicide and an encouragement to all of those who dwell in the depths of self-annihilation. Having been there myself too, I know how devastating it can be. There is nothing more precious than this life itself and it is worth seeing through. Though, we do not condemn those who choose to go, rather we want to stand by with all the rest, all of us, who are staying."

Guitarist Markus Vanhala adds, 'Blade Reflections' is a lil’ older song that didn’t entirely fit to our previous album, so here it is - as a single format standalone anthem! The Song was produced in a kind of swansong recording session with our former long-time drummer Jarmo Pikka. So we still keep Tuomo Latvalas upcoming beats and styles as mystery for you til’ the next album, the Century Media OG debut, which we're soon about to start recording. Before that, enjoy 'Blade Reflections' and come to see us on autumnal European stages in October/November during our 'Arctic Circle Alliance' co-headline tour with Icelanders of Skalmöld and Finnish fellows Stam1na opening all the evenings!"

“Arctic Circle Alliance” European Tour w/ Skalmöld & Stam1na

25.10.17 Frankfurt (Germany) - Nachtleben
26.10.17 Amstelveen (Netherlands) - P60
27.10.17 London (UK) - Underworld
28.10.17 Oostende (Belgium) - Elysée
29.10.17 Paris (France) - Le Petit Bain
30.10.17 Nantes (France) - Le Ferrailleur
31.10.17 Limoges (France) - CC John Lennon
02.11.17 Porto (Portugal) - Hard Club
03.11.17 Lisbon (Portugal) - RCA Club
04.11.17 Madrid (Spain) - Penelope
05.11.17 Murcia (Spain) - Garaje
06.11.17 Barcelona (Spain) - Razzmatazz 3
07.11.17 Marseille (France) - Jas Rod
08.11.17 Lyon (France) - CCO
09.11.17 Milano (Italy) - Legend
10.11.17 Sion (Switzerland) - Le Port Franc
11.11.17 Bern (Switzerland) - Gaskessel
12.11.17 Munich (Germany) - Backstage (Halle)
13.11.17 Prague (Czech Republic) - Futurum
14.11.17 Budapest (Hungary) - Barba Negra
15.11.17 Krakow (Poland) - Kwadrat
16.11.17 Poznan (Poland) - U Bazyla
17.11.17 Berlin (Germany) - Bi Nuu
18.11.17 Hannover (Germany) - Mephisto
19.11.17 Cologne (Germany) - Jungle Club

OMNIUM GATHERUM is:
Jukka Pelkonen - Vocals
Markus Vanhala - Guitar
Tuomo Latvala - Drums
Aapo Koivisto - Keyboards
Joonas Koto - Guitar
Erkki Silvennoinen – Bass

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07 Oct 2017
Finally, Tarja fans are able to get a first glimpse on her upcoming winter album “from Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a dark Christmas)”.

TARJA PREMIERES OFFICIAL VIDEO FROM HER UPCOMING WINTER ALBUM. FIRST SINGLE “O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL” NOW AVAILABLE AS DOWNLOAD AND STREAM.


Finally, Tarja fans are able to get a first glimpse on her upcoming winter album “from Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a dark Christmas)”.

The Finnish soprano surprises with an excitingly dark version of the classic Christmas hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” today which, with its intensive mood, grand orchestra sound and electronic programming, sets the tone for a very special Christmas.

The official video is set in a gloomy, dreamy surrounding and gives a deeper insight into the album’s visual world – introducing Tarja’s dark and light character.



“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is available as download and stream with immediate effect.

Limited to 1.000 copies worldwide, a very special 7inch vinyl single of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is now available exclusively via Tarja’s “Official Store for a dark Christmas”.

Official webstore: https://tarja.tmstor.es
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/Tarja_FromSpirits_iT
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/Tarja_Emmanuel_Spo

Tracklist
Side A
1. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Side B
2. Ô viens, Ô viens, Emmanuel

“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.

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26 Sep 2017
“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/



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21 Sep 2017
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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18 Sep 2017
CHILDREN OF BODOM is returning to the U.S. this fall for a mind-blowing celebration of twenty years since the release of the band's debut album, "Something Wild".
Fan-filmed video footage of CHILDREN OF BODOM's entire September 16 performance at at Yotaspace in Moscow, Russia can be seen below.

CHILDREN OF BODOM is returning to the U.S. this fall for a mind-blowing celebration of twenty years since the release of the band's debut album, "Something Wild".

The twenty-four-date tour will kick off on October 31 in Dallas, Texas with appearances at this year's Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, seven Canadian dates before concluding in Montreal on December 1. Joining the band on the momentous occasion are Dutch masters of horror CARACH ANGREN, Finnish thrashers LOST SOCIETY and New Jersey progressive, technical death metallers UNCURED.

CHILDREN OF BODOM bassist Henkka Seppälä (a.k.a. Henkka T. Blacksmith) told From Hero To Zero about how the music industry has changed from when he first joined the band in the mid-1990s to now: "Well, when we started… I joined the band in '94, and I was in the middle school still. Of course, the situation was different. It was just a hobby. We were playing in a garage and drinking beer and… it was just a hobby. In a way, it's difficult to… I hadn't experienced professional musicianship in the '90s, because… It really became professional for us [in the] early 2000s, so maybe ten, fifteen years ago. But ever since, yeah, it's changed a lot. The whole structure of income is totally different… not totally different, but quite different. I think it's interesting. Of course sometimes it feels a little bit scary that actual physical sales are going down, down, down, down… but then the Internet gives you so many opportunities, and you just have to be really creative to be able to do it. Creative, meaning marketing-wise and stuff. So I think it's very interesting times. And it's a fact that the vinyl sales are higher than ever. I think it's amazing that it's higher than in the '70s or '80s when [vinyl sales] were really big."



Source: Blabbermouth.net

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