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Formed: 1992
From: Raahe, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Charon News

Below is our complete Charon news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Charon Announces Plans To Disband

The following statement has been posted online by Finnish goth metal act Charon, in which it announces the band's plan to disband.

"This shouldn't be a really big surprise for anyone. We are forced to admit that we have no longer anything new to give to the genre in which Charon has operated. Doing things forced or not straight from the heart has never been a band practice for us. And a 100% satisfactory outcome would no longer be possible," the band explains in a statement.

"After the last studio album we should have gotten a grip in time and not to delay the decisions we faced in the end of 2009. In the summer 2010, 'a new beginning' with a new guitarist worked brilliantly and we even wrote a full album of songs. But we did not have enough heart and passion to light up the final fire and to finish the record. Years of hanging loose from the noose had eaten up most of our energy and creativity.

"Playing in the band has been a solid part of our lives for nearly two decades. Charon had been a measure for everything that we've done in our lives. There are lots of good memories and tours behind and above all, great fans. Everything has its moments but nothing lasts forever. Our moment ends now."

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Raskasta Joulua 2010 Shows Announced

This year's The Raskasta Joulua (Heavy Christmas) shows have been announced. In Raskasta Joulua, Finland's finest heavy metal voices sing and perform different Christmas songs in Finnish and heavy renditions.

Anthriel has announced that they will be warming up the Raskasta Joulua concert at Tullikamari Pakkahuone on November 26th. At that show you'll hear:

JP Leppäluoto ( Charon )
Jarkko Ahola ( Teräsbetoni )
Tuple Salmela ( Tarot )
Ari Koivunen ( Amoral )

Here are the upcoming concerts according to the Raska Joulu MySpace page:

Nov 20 2010 @ 10:00P - Imatran Kylpylä Imatra, FINLAND
Nov 26 2010 @ 10:00P - Pakkahuone Tampere, FINLAND
Nov 27 2010 @ 10:00P - Raahesali Raahe, FINLAND
Nov 30 2010 @ 9:00P - Yksityistilaisuus Helsinki, FINLAND
Dec 3 2010 @ 10:00P - Rikala-Sali Salo, FINLAND
Dec 4 2010 @ 10:00P - Finlandia-Klubi Lahti, FINLAND
Dec 5 2010 @ 3:00P - Keravasali Kerava, FINLAND
Dec 5 2010 @ 11:00P - Osmantupa Eura, FINLAND
Dec 10 2010 @ 10:00P - Himos Areena Jämsä, FINLAND
Dec 11 2010 @ 10:30P - Klubi Turku, FINLAND
Dec 15 2010 @ 7:00P - Akustiikka Ylivieska, FINLAND
Dec 16 2010 @ 7:00P - Musiikkikeskus Kuopio, FINLAND
Dec 17 2010 @ 10:00P - Bar & Night Vaakuna Mikkeli, FINLAND
Dec 18 2010 @ 3:00P - Tavastia Helsinki, FINLAND
Dec 18 2010 @ 9:00P - Tavastia Helsinki, FINLAND

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Charon To Release Compilation Album

Finland's Charon has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new compilation album:

"All bands have their greatest hits and misses, Charon has A-sides, B-sides & Suicides! Charon will release their first ever compilation album 'A-sides, B-sides & Suicides' on 23 June 2010. The double album includes almost 40 songs and two and a half hours of music from the first demo tape to the latest studio sessions. In addition to the album cuts, there will be unreleased songs from recording sessions, cover songs and demos.

"Charon will put out a teaser video every week in their official YouTube channel. Videos will feature moments from the 17 year long history of Charon. The first video is available now and more details coming very soon!"

The first teaser trailer can be viewed below. More...

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Charon Posts New Song, "The Cure," Online

Finnish gothic metal band CHARON has posted a new song, "The Cure," on their MySpace page. Additionally it is available as video, with photos by A. Laitila. Watch the video below:

Charon are still in studio and working on new material.

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Charon Streaming New Demo Song

Finnish gothic metal act Charon is currently streaming a new demo track online. The demo version of the new song "The Cure" can be heard at the official Charon MySpace page. Charon also announced last month that they had parted ways with guitarist Pasi Sipilä and will continue on playing live shows as a quartet.

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Charon Parts Ways With Guitarist

Finland's Charon has issued the following update about parting ways with guitarist Pasi Sipilä:

"New decade brings changes to Charon and now it's good time to update the situation. There have been rumors among Charon fans and followers about the future of the band. Playfully it could be said that Charon was not able to escape the cold grip of ongoing recession and had to go through re-organization and layoffs.

"After taking some time out last summer we were not able to tune our engine to the needed pace for the studio sessions. We had written a bunch of new songs during the last couple of years but were not able to put them on record. After a long pondering and going through different alternatives, it was inevitable that we cannot output the next album in this mood of confusion. As a consequence guitarist Pasi Sipilä has left Charon.

"Charon will continue playing and writing songs as a quartet. At the moment we are looking forward to new working methods and finding new ways to surprise our fans and to challenge band mates with no boundaries on style or sound. We would like to thank Pasi for all his work for Charon during the years and wish him good luck with music! More...

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Raskas Joulu 2009 Tour Underway

The traditional Raskas Joulu (Heavy Christmas) tour is on the road again already for the fifth time. The Raskas Joulu project consists of many well known Finnish metal musicians who will perform classic Christmas songs in their own style.

The vocalists of the Raskas Joulu 2009 tour are:

J. Ahola (Teräsbetoni, Northern Kings)
Marco Hietala (Nightwish, Tarot, Northern Kings, Sapattivuosi)
Ilja Jalkanen (Kiuas)
Ari Koivunen (solo, Amoral)
J-P Leppäluoto (Charon, Harmaja, Northern Kings)
Antony Parviainen (Machine Men)
Tommi "Tuple" Salmela (Tarot)

The tour dates are as follows:

Nov 24 Private Christmas Party, Vantaa (J. Ahola, Ari, Ilja)
Nov 27 Night Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä (Antony, Tuple, Ilja)
Nov 28 Puustelli, Nivala (Antony, Tuple, Ilja)
Dec 04 Raahe-Sali, Raahe (Ari, Tuple, JP)
Dec 05 Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki (Ari, Tuple, JP)
Dec 10 Puijonsarvi, Kuopio (Marco, Tuple, Ari, Ilja)
Dec 11 Bar'n'Night Vaakuna, Mikkeli (Antony, Ari, Ilja)
Dec 12 Rikala-Sali, Salo (Antony, J. Ahola, Ilja)
Dec 16 Klubi, Turku (Marco, Tuple, JP)
Dec 17 YO-Talo, Tampere (Marco, J. Ahola, JP)
Dec 18 Nosturi, Helsinki at 18:45, no age limit (Marco, J. Ahola, JP, Ilja, Ari)
Dec 18 Nosturi, Helsinki at 21:30, age limit 18 years (Marco, J. Ahola, JP, Ilja, Tuple, Antony)
Dec 19 Osmantupa, Eura (Marco, J. Ahola, Ilja)
Dec 26 Puustelli, Alavus (JP, Tuple, Antony)

The band's lineup consists of:

Erkka Korhonen - Guitars & backing vocals, musical director
Tuomas Wäinölä - Guitars
Mirka Rantanen - Drums
Erkki Silvennoinen - Bass
Vili Ollila - Keyboards

Check out some of their music on the Raskas Joulu Myspace player.

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Charon Taking A Two Month Break

Finnish gothic metal band Charon has issued the following statement about taking a break from writing and performing:

"We have together decided to take some time out from song writing and album production. As from today we are taking a two-month break from Charon to keep things meaningful and to search for relaxation and less stressed creative inspiration. We will continue writing songs in August when we will think through our working methods and scan for potential partners. A small break after 15 years of hard work gives all of us a great possibility to do other things and look at things from a distance.

"After the release of Songs for the Sinners, the last album for Spinefarm, we played intensively around Finland and Europe for two years. After extensive touring we have worked countless hours to make the next and the best Charon album ever. The last two years have gone by really fast and at the same time emerging writer’s block has not made it easy for us. Lately we have felt that we have lost the ability to write great songs and playing has become forced. We want to be honest in all our work to ourselves and to our fans – and to make an album that we can stand behind. We will not settle for anything less. In addition, personal reasons and other music projects have had their influence on the pace of working. More...

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Charon Guitar Player Missing Moscow Show

The guitarist for Finnish goth metal act Charon will be missing tonight's appearance in Moscow due to health issues. The band issued the following statement:

"Charon guitarist Lauri Tuohimaa was hospitalized during Christmas due to a blood clot. Because of his bad condition Lauri has a ban on travel and he's currently recovering at home.

For this the reason Lauri does not play at the New Year show in Moscow. Luckily we were able to find in a very short time a Russian guitarist who will back up Lauri at this special occasion. Despite this harmful situation, we wish you all a rocking New Year and hope to see you sometime soon!"

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Northern Kings Ready Debut Release

Northern Kings, Finland’s premier symphonic power metal supergroup, are not your average covers band, featuring four operatic male vocalists performing classic tracks in their own unique symphonic rock style that really must be heard to be believed. The four members are all successful frontmen in their own right; singing in a handful of the biggest Finnish metal acts of recent times - Nightwish, Teräsbetoni, Tarot, Sonata Arctica and Charon. Their new record, "Reborn," will be released in the UK on Monday, June 16, and features critically acclaimed, awe-inspiring covers of Journey’s "Don’t Stop Believing," Tina Turner’s "We Don’t Need Another Hero," Mr. Mister’s "Broken Wings," Billy Idol’s "Rebel Yell," David Bowie’s "Ashes to Ashes," Jethro Tull’s "Fallen on Hard Times," Peter Gabriel’s "Sledgehammer," Electric Light Orchestra’s "Don’t Bring Me Down," Phill Collins’ "In The Air Tonight," Radiohead’s "Creep," Lionel Richie’s "Hello" and Dire Straights' "Brothers In Arms."

For more info and to hear some of their songs, visit the band's MySpace page.

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Sonata Arctica New Album Update

SONATA ARCTICA have named their forthcoming new album Unia. The album will be released on May 25 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The band were recently confirmed to play the Kuusamo Ruka Open Air in Kuusamo, Finland on July 27th. Their Finnish tour schedule is now as follows: More...

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Kalmah and Others Added to Ragnorak Metalfest

Metalism UK is proud to announce the following additions to it's inaugural RAGNAROK UK METALFEST 2006 lineup.

Astral Doors from Sweden, Circus Maximus from Norway and Kalmah from Finland have been confirmed.

The full lineup for the festival thus far is as follows:

Gamma Ray
Astral Doors
Circus Maximus
Headless Cross

There are still two slots to fill, both of which are the special guest slots directly under Gamma Ray so expect some big announcements in the very near future.

The Ragnarok UK Metalfest is set to take place on Saturday, November 4, 2006 at Perth Concert Hall in Central Scotland, UK.

It will feature a metal market, band signing sessions and much more including the preshow and aftershow parties.

The preshow is set for Friday, November 3, 2006 at The Doghouse in Dundee and will feature Skyclad, Pitiful Reign, Attica Reign, Neverwinter.

Tickets are priced at £35 for the main festival or £43 for the main festival + preshow ticket bundle.

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H.I.M. To Headline End of Year Festival

H.I.M. are to headline a three-day festival at the end of 2005 at the Tavastia/Semifinal clubs in Helsinki. This will happen from December 29-31. Also on the bill are The 69 Eyes, Negative, Charon, Bloodpit, Sunride, Deep Insight and Bleak. Tickets will be available from September 19 at this location.

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Amorphis Guitarist Says Fill-In Vocalist Is Great

Amorphis guitarist Esa Holopainen has posted the following update on the group's official web site:

"A good time to inform [everyone] that the rehearsings with JP Leppäluoto [Charon singer and fill-in vocalist for Amorphis' upcoming U.S. tour] goes further exellent. We have been now two days in rehearsing flat and the result is great, JP has improved the band with a great talent and his voice matches perfectly to AMO-songs so no worries. Also people who are sceptic about how the old tracks are going to be performed will be surprised..."

Amorphis will be hitting the road with Type O Negative in support of their most recent CD, "Far From The Sun", beginning in early October.

Amorphis supporting Type O Negative:

Oct. 07 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
Oct. 08 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Oct. 09 - Johnson City, NY @ Magic City Music Hall
Oct. 11 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Oct. 12 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
Oct. 13 - Wantagh, NY @ Mulcahy's Rock & Roll Sports Bar
Oct. 14 - Montreal, QUE @ Café Campus
Oct. 15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
Oct. 16 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
Oct. 18 - Toronto, ONT @ Kool Haus
Oct. 20 - Cleveland, OH @ Odeon
Oct. 21 - Toledo, OH @ Headliner's
Oct. 22 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Oct. 23 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Oct. 24 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
Oct. 26 - Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
Oct. 27 - Springfield, IL @ The Warehouse
Oct. 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club
Oct. 30 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave / Eagles Ballroom
Oct. 31 - Chicago, IL @ Metro / Smart Bar
Nov. 01 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
Nov. 02 - Kansas City, KS @ The Beaumont Club
Nov. 05 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
Nov. 09 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Nov. 10 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
Nov. 11 - Washington, DC @ Nation
Nov. 12 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Rock Club
Nov. 13 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

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Amorphis To Be Joined By Charon Singer

Charon/ex-Poisonblack frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto will handle the vocal duties for Amorphis on the group's upcoming U.S. tour with Type O Negative. At the moment, there are no plans for Leppäluoto to join Amorphis on a full-time basis.
"When we first started thinking about this singer situation [following Pasi Koskinen's departure], nobody came to our minds," guitarist Esa Holopainen told Finland's Sonera Plaza. "But then we found out that J-P could be very good substitute for Pasi. I sent him all the Amorphis CDs and he is practicing our songs very hard at the moment... But let's see later who will handle the 'death metal vocals' in some of our songs."

As previously reported, Amorphis's tour with Type O Negative is scheduled to kick off in early October. Confirmed dates so far include the following:
Oct. 07 – Toad's Place – New Haven, CT
Oct. 11 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
Oct. 12 - Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA
Oct. 15 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 30 - Eagles Club/The Rave/Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
Amorphis' most recent CD, "Far From The Sun", will receive its long-overdue North/South American release on September 7 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album will be packaged as a special version with three bonus songs, including an acoustic version of the title track, "Far From The Sun".

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Charon Launch Search for Guitarist

Finnish goth-metallers Charon have launched a search for a new guitarist following the departure of Jasse Von Hast last month. Interested parties can submit their information at the following address:

BRR-Musiikki / Charon
Kauppakatu 49
92100 Raahe

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For My Pain Guitarist to Tour with Charon

For My Pain guitarist Lauri Tuohimaa will join fellow Finns Charon on their upcoming Russian tour, which is set to take place between December 4 and 12. Tuohimaa will be filling the slot left vacant by the departure of Jasse Von Hast, who left the latter group in order to focus on his family life. Lauri will also be performing with Charon at their upcoming Finnish dates, which are scheduled to happen in December and January.

Charon tour dates featuturing For My Pain's Lauri Tuohimaa: More...

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