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Latest Vesperia News

Below is our complete Vesperia 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.

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Vesperia Recording New EP

After recently announcing the band's new lineup with the addition of talented young drummer (and son of Lawrence Gowan), Vesperia now plans on entering the studio next month to record a short EP following 2013's "An Olden Tale." Front man Morgan Rider comments:

"We are going to be recording 2 brand new original songs that we have been playing live and in rehearsal for the better part of the last year as well as a special cover song from a well-known piece of Norwegian classical music. We realize that none of us hold much Norwegian heritage, but we really love this piece of music and would love to record our take on it."

The title for the upcoming EP will be called "The Iron Tempest" and will span around 18 - 24 minutes. Helming the engineering side of the effort will be Ryan Bovaird (front man of Canadian melodeath band Hallow's Die).

In addition, Vesperia will also be performing select intimate shows throughout Canada during March and April. Dates are as follows:

February 27th - Toronto, ON @ Rancho Relaxo
March 6th - Toronto Wacken Battle @ Bovine Sex Club
March 7th - Oshawa, ON @ The Atria
March 13th - Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar
March 14th - London, ON @ The APK
April 17th - Kingston, ON @ Overtime
April 18th - Belleville, ON @ Belle Pub More...

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Vesperia Unveils New Lineup

After a half year of relative recluse, Canadian epic metal quartet Vesperia returns to the fray with an onslaught of fresh news.

In addition to a new logo created by the band's frontman / bassist Morgan Rider, the group is also very pleased to announce drummer Dylan Gowan (Hallow's Die) to its ranks, commenting:

"Dylan immediately clicked into place when the guys began to jam with him. He understands the concept of our music and is able to interpret and execute the extreme drumming style we seek for Vesperia! We have been extremely quiet lately rehearsing all of the new material for the next release and planning our approach to touring and recording through 2015."

Vesperia is busy tidying up the pre-production tracks for a new album with the intention of recording a professional-quality EP to demonstrate the next chapter of the band.

A message from the band reads: "As of yet, we have not determined a definite track list or title for the album, but we have a general theme based off the written lyrics of solitude in the harshest extremities, balancing the scales of order and chaos and emerging a victor from every battle." More...

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Vesperia Offering Single For Download

Canadian epic metallers Vesperia have released the first single off of their new record "An Olden Tale." The single, entitled "The Swordsman," features the tracks "The Swordsman" and a cover of fellow Canadian band Spirit of the West's song "Home for A Rest."

The band is currently giving the single away as a free download at the Vesperia official website here.

In addition to the new single, Vesperia has also released a music video for "Home For A Rest," which is comprised of various tour and live videos from the bands recent Western Crusade tour.

Comments the band: "To keep your appetites for new Vesperia sated, and along with recording our album An Oldten Tale, we decided (after many years of talking about it) to record a cover of one of our most beloved Canadian folk songs by Spirit of the West! We couldn't just put it out on it's own of course, so we had to include clips of our Canadian tour during the summer of 2013, including guest appearances by our brothers in Crimson Shadows, Unleash the Archers, Xul & Entity!" More...

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Spread The Metal Fest Cut Down To One Day

Originally scheduled as a two day fest in Toronto, Spread The Metal Fest will now only be taking place on Saturday, Sept 7th at the Opera House with the following line-up:

Skull Fist
Crimson Shadows
Beheading of a King
Answer With Metal

The all-day heavy metal music celebration will be hosted by The Governor, from the "Governor's Ball podcast." All profits are to be donated by Spread the Metal Records to Kiva.org. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the doors, with ticket info available right here.

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Vesperia Posts Tour Footage, New Song

Canadian metallers Vesperia have released footage from their cross-Canada tour this August with Crimson Shadows. Vesperia performed shows all the way from Ontario to Victoria, BC over a 2 week span, covering over 11,000 km and accomplishing over 120 hours of driving. The tour diary footage can be viewed below.

In addition to the new tour footage, Vesperia is also streaming a song from new album "An Olden Tale." Check out the new track after the jump.

Comments the band on the video: "Here we proudly present the folkiest and most upbeat song we have to offer from An Olden Tale! Can you pick out the banjos being played throughout the song? Ready those neck muscles and top up your mjød-horn for the sounds of Forsaken Shore!" More...

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Vesperia Cancels Tonight's Show

Vesperia and Crimson Shadows are currently on tour in Canada together, but tonight's show in Lethbridge has been cancelled. Vesperia comments:

"Unfortunately due to financial reasons, we will not be performing in Lethbridge tonight. We would like to thank Ethan Lentz and West of Hell for the opportunity. We would like to make it up to both of them in the future. Because we are broke, we are hanging out in Walmart instead." More...

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Vesperia Posts New Album Trailer

Canadian act Vesperia has released a five minute long teaser video showcasing 30+ seconds of almost every song off new record "An Olden Tale," which can be viewed below.

This teaser release comes in the wake of the live video clip the band released last week of their performance at the Opera House in Toronto for the 2013 Wacken Metal Battle. The band placed 2nd overall out of hundreds of applicants. Check out the clip here.

Comments Vesperia on taking 2nd place in the Wacken Battle: "A HUGE congrats to our brothers in Crimson Shadows (whom of which our bassist Morgan and drummer Cory also play for) for winning the Wacken Battle last night and moving on to play Wacken Open Air in Germany next month! They did have some tough competition though (wink wink) and we shall join them on tour when they arrive back on Canadian soil!" More...

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Crimson Shadows To Tour With Vesperia

Canadian epic metal bands Crimson Shadows, recent winner of Wacken Metal Battle Canada, and Vesperia have announced plans to join forces on their first trans-continental run entnitled the Western Crusade Canadian tour.

This August, Vesperia and Crimson Shadows will hit the trans-Canada Highway from Southern Ontario to Victoria, British Columbia and back in stoic determination to bring their epic metal assault Canada-wide. Check out the Facebook event page right here.

August 5th - Winnipeg, Manitoba - The Zoo
August 7th - Calgary, Alberta - Dickens Pub
August 9th - Victoria, British Columbia - TBA
August 10th - Vancouver, British Columbia - Rickshaw Theatre
August 12th - TBA
August 14th - Edmonton, Alberta - DV8 Tavern
August 16th - Medicine Hat, Alberta - Liquid Niteclub
August 17th - Winnipeg, Manitoba - TBA

Prior to the upcoming tour, Crimson Shadows will be on its way to North Germany to take part in the International Wacken Metal Battle. The band's upcoming EP "Sails of Destiny" was recorded at Icehouse Studios in Goderich by Thomas Ireland (Battlesoul). Orchestrations and mixing on the EP were done by Jonathan Francois-Leduc (Blackguard, Ex-Deo) in Montreal, QC. Pre-orders are available at this location.

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Vesperia Streaming "To Times End We Ride"

Canadian metallers Vesperia have released another song from upcoming release "An Olden Tale." Spanning a solid 7 and a half minutes, the new song "To Times End We Ride" is available for streaming below.

Vesperia boasts: "This song by far has the most tracks running simultaneously than any other song on An Olden Tale!"

Pre-orders for the album are available at this location. Vesperia's new album "An Olden Tale" was recorded between October 2012 and March 2013 with Thomas Ireland (Icehouse Studios, Battlesoul) in Goderich, ON. The cover artwork for the album was done by Jan Yrlund, whose art credits include Tyr, Manowar, and more. More...

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Vesperia Announces New Tour Dates

Canadian epic metal bands Vesperia and Crimson Shadows have just announced plans to join forces on their first trans-continental tour entitled the Western Crusade Canadian tour.

This August the bands (which both just recently rose to the finals of the 2013 Wacken Battle Canada) will hit the trans-Canada Highway from South Ontario to Victoria British Columbia and back in stoic determination to bring their epic metal assault Canada-wide.

Vesperia also recently announced a pre-order campaign for the digital release of new album "An Olden Tale," that will begin on Monday, June 24th.

"An Olden Tale" was recorded between October 2012 and March 2013 with Thomas Ireland (Icehouse Studios, Battlesoul) in Goderich, ON. The cover artwork for the album was done by Jan Yrlund, whose art credits include Tyr, Korpiklaani, and more. More...

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Vesperia Streaming Song From New Album

Canadian act Vesperia has checked in with the following update about streaming a song off the band's upcoming new album:

"You’ve been waiting patiently for almost a year since we announced that we began work on our new album An Olden Tale. NOW, here is the first single from that album! A song we like to call The Swordsman! And Canadians! Keep an eye out for some tour dates!"

The album's track listing is:

1. 1000 Years Ago
2. With Omens of Sorrow
3. Swordsman
4. Forsaken Shores
5. Huntress
6. To Times End We Ride
7. Bring Me Triumph
8. An Olden Tale
9. Home For A Rest (Spirit of the West cover)

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Wacken Metal Battle Canada Offering Compilation

Wacken Metal Battle Canada has unleashed a free download compilation to promote some of the top Canadian metal talents competing in this year's contest for one true champion to represent the nation at this summer's 2013 edition of Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany.

The free download is available via Bandcamp here, or you can stream the tracks below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Adrenechrome - Led Elephant 05:37
2. Answer With Metal - Two Wrongs (Don't Make A Right) 05:06
3. Cecile Monique - Never Over 03:37
4. Crimson Shadows - Beyond The Mountain Wasteland 05:50
5. Cryptik Howling - Ulysses Death 03:58
6. Dissension - Of Time And Chronic Disease 06:58
7. Dreamers - No Place To Hide 04:23
8. Eclipse Eternal - Deathbound 08:29
9. Embracing Soul - Luna 03:42
10. Fallstaf - The Cost 03:21
11. Laugh At The Fakes - Blinded 05:28
12. Mastery - Step Up 04:23
13. Mürtenscythe - (Smoking weed) Through The Horn of Satan 08:30
14. Panzerfaust - The Apple of Infinite Knowledge 08:15
15. Powered By Death - Hit The Surface 03:00
16. Pyramid Theorem - Another Day Slips Away 06:28
17. Sanguine Glacialis - Into The Heart of Chaos 06:44
18. Slyde - New World Sympathy 03:36
19. Spewgore - The Ride 02:12
20. Through Death - Orphaned 03:38
21. Trainwreck Architect - The Door Slam Shut 04:14
22. Venomenon - Temple of Lies 07:13
23. Vesperia - O' Hail The Northlander 04:49
24. Virulys - Endless World 04:40
25. Warcall - Faces of Death 04:49
26. WarMachine - Moving On 04:04 More...

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Heathen Crusade Metalfest 4 Canceled

The Heathen Crusade Metalfest 4, which was scheduled for Saturday, March 9th at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN has been canceled.

The following statement was issued by the organizers of the fest:

Do to unforeseen issues on both sides, the Heathen Crusade Metalfest is canceled. We are extremely sorry for any in convinces this may have caused. For those who have purchased tickets, please email info@vitaltickets.com or log into the vitaltickets.com website and cancel your order. We wish you all the best and all the bands that were supposed to be on the bill. For those who already bought tickets, I will be sending out CDs that we have received from labels and bands personally. Again if you have any questions for me personally you may email me at: contact@heathencrusadefest.com.

The 2013 edition fo the Viking/Folk/Pagan metal festival was announced almost a year ago to feature bands including EINHERJER (Norway), VANIR (Denmark), ASHAENA (Romania), TRELLEBORG (RUSSIA), VESPERIA (formerly BOLEROS) (Canada), MINOS (U.S.) among others, some of whom had canceled and been replaced in the months leading up to the festival date.

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Pit Stories: The Crowd Takeover

Every week we chat up bands from around the globe to find their favorite stories from metal shows. This week, bassist Morgan Rider of Canadian act Vesperia had this tale to share about the crowd taking over the stage during a Dimebag tribute:

We were doing a show in Ottawa a couple of years ago and it happened to be a Pantera / Dimebag tribute show. We knew about this show a while in advance, so we came up with a folk metal version of "Fucking Hostile."

During our set, the time came for us to play the song, so we invited some people to come up and sing it with us. Two seconds later, half of the crowd is on the stage, forcing all of us except our drummer at the time off of the stage and onto the floor. We played the song on the floor and the crowd moshed and rocked out on stage. It was really weird.

Vesperia recruited a new guitarist late last year and is currently in the process of recording a new album. Follow the latest recording updates and listen to the band's music at Facebook here.

Check back in again next Tuesday for the latest heavy metal Pit Stories from local and national bands. More...

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Asher Media Offering Free Sampler

Asher Media Relations, which represents some of Canada's best up and coming metal talents, is proud to offer a holiday sampler to fans near and far to head bang their season greetings.

Featuring nineteen tracks of AMR's 2012 roster, the sampler showcases metal genres ranging from brutal death, thrash, power, prog to folk, and a taste of some heavy rock. Download the sampler for free via Bandcamp here or listen in the player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Titans Eve - Destined To Die 03:08
2. Adrenechrome - Titans Fall 03:18
3. Chariots of The Gods - Tides of War 03:20
4. Auroch - From Forgotten Worlds 04:35
5. Tribune - The Succubus 03:14
6. Mortor - Under The Flag 03:00
7. Psychostick - Jolly Old Sadist 03:24
8. Dark Century - Kill The Crowd 03:55
9. XUL - Mastication of Putrescent Empyrean Remains 05:14
10. Odium - No Way Out 04:18
11. Vesperia - Pints Held High 04:21
12. Scythia - Sailor's Accolade 03:19
13. Edge of Attack - Forever 03:46
14. All Else Fails - This Burden of Life 05:13
15. The Rabid Whole - Future 03:56
16. Arcane Saints - Never Say Die 04:07
17. Project Mars - Hey! 03:07
18. New Jacobin Club - My Smile 02:36
19. The In & Outs - Sleepy Sheep 03:35 More...

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Vesperia Recruits New Guitarist

Canadian act Vesperia has recently begun recording a full-length album, and now the band has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist:

"We are very pleased to announce the addition of our newest guitar player, Frankie Caracci!

"Frankie came to us earlier this fall when we announced our search for a guitarist and we were more than excited to try him out! We have been working with him diligently over the past month or so to prepare him for recording and live shows, which will no doubt be our tightest and most energetic ones yet!

"We are currently in the studio recording our next full length album 'An Olden Tale' and it will be the perfect platform to display Frankie's absolutely monster guitar skills! We are more than excited to begin the next chapter of VESPERIA! Welcome to the band Frankie!

"On that note, we will be available in the new year to begin booking shows once again to support our new album and to showcase our new lineup. To send us any press-related inquiries of for booking information, email VesperiaMetal@gmail.com. Cheers!"

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Vesperia Gearing Up To Record New Album

Vesperia has issued the following announcement about gearing up to record a new album:

"WELL... 2012 has been super kind to us! We successfully changed our name to Vesperia, put out a demo with some of our new material, played all over Ontario with tons of fantastic bands and met a ton of awesome people in the process. As the cold begins to settle in, we will be taking the time to hammer out our next full-length album!

"Come November we begin recording drums at the beautiful Icehouse Studios in Goderich, Ontario with the merrily beard-clad Battlesoul axe-wielder, Thomas Ireland - who will no doubt question our dignity in mere hours! This time around we are going to document every stage of the recording process ...and our sub-human antics as well! These will be posted on our sites for your amusement and our humiliation!

"We have put together 8 tracks of our best and most earth shattering work to date (and 1 additional cover song which we've been meaning to do for years!) to be the body of this album. We have also commissioned Finnish artist Yan Yrlund (TYR, Korpiklaani, Stratovarius) to give our new album the shimmering face we feel it will deserve!

"A mighty fist in the air for all the much-needed support this year everyone!"

You can also stream the band's previous "Voyage From Vinland" album over at this location.

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Vesperia Offering Debut Album For Free Download

Vesperia has issued the following announcement about offering the band's debut album "Voyage From Vinland" as a free download:

"We originally released this album under our original name 'Bolero' back in January of 2011. We got all sorts of epic reviews, feedback and general attention from around the world, which only whetted our appetite for the epic metals.

"Next Saturday, October the 20th, we are going to be doing a headlining show in our original hometown of Oshawa with our brothers in BATTLESOUL, WILL OF THE ANCIENTS and UNBOWED! Up until that point, we will be just GIVING AWAY our debut album Voyage from Vinland in digital format for FREE!

"I know, fucking crazy, right?!?!

"SO, do yourself and those metal savouring eardrums of yours a favour and swing on down to the Vesperia bandcamp page and download 'Voyage For Vinland' for fucking FREE!" More...

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Heathen Crusade Confirms Three More Bands

The organizers of Heathen Crusade have announced three more acts for the event, which will take place on March 9th, 2013 at Station 4 in St Paul, MN. Newly confirmed acts include Canadian acoustic folk metal act SIG:AR:TYR (making a rare live appearance), Celtic thrashers Battlesoul (Canada) and Winterhymn (U.S).

This newly announced trio of bands will join Norwegian Viking Gods Einherjer (making its first appearance since 2001), Vanir (Denmark), Ashaena (Romania), Trelleborg (Russia), Hammer Horde (U.S.), Vesperia (formerly Bolero, Canada), and Minos (U.S.) for the United States' premier viking/folk/pagan metal festival.

This is the fourth installment of the Heathen Crusade Festival. Past years events have seen the likes of Primordial, Moonsorrow, Thyrfing, Bal-Sagoth, Vreid, Metsatoll, Skyforger, Rudra, Meal Mordha, Obtest and Manegarm all making their US debuts. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on additional confirmations, which can be obtained by going to the Heathen Crusade website.


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Vesperia Releases New Clip From Live DVD

Toronto-based Celtic Viking metal quartet Vesperia is pleased to announce the release of the second selected track "With Omens of Sorrow" from the upcoming live DVD entitled "Untamed in Toronto." Check out the clip below. Every week during the month of July will see the release of select videos from the DVD.

"We are very excited to reveal our first-ever live DVD that we filmed in our very own hometown of Toronto on our last tour," comments the group's bass player and lead vocalist, Morgan. "For anyone who has not been able to see one of our live performances, this will give them a unique opportunity to see the primal nature behind a Vesperia performance; fully equipped with a high-end lighting rig and in high definition!"

Filming for the entire live DVD took place on June 15th at the Hard Luck Bar in Toronto, Ontario and was helmed by local media specialists, Ax Media Studios. More...

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