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Vesperia

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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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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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Vesperia Releases Clip From Upcoming DVD

Every week during the month of July, Toronto-based Celtic Viking Metal quartet Vesperia will be previewing to fans a selected video clip from upcoming live DVD "Untamed in Toronto!" The DVD was filmed by AX Media during the bands past show at the Hard Luck Bar.

'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," says lead vocalist and bassist Morgan Rider. "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!"

Check out the first clip for "The Swordsman" in the player below. More...

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Vesperia Filming Live Set For Upcoming DVD

Vesperia (formerly known as Bolero) will be filming the band's full set on June 15th in Toronto at the Hard Luck Bar for an upcoming live DVD to be released at a later date. Vocalist/bassist Morgan Rider comments:

"We (Vesperia) are pleased to announce that we will be teaming up with Ax Media Studios on June 15th at our Toronto show to film our first live DVD! We are very excited to be working with these fellas again and can't wait to see all the people at the show for the filming!"

Ax Media filmed Vesperia's first music video "Pints Held High," the first single off the band's 2011 debut full length "Voyage From Vinland," which can be viewed at this location.

In additional news, the band is now offering a free download of the four track demo "The Swordsman" via bandcamp and will be on tour with fellow metal warriors Crimson Shadows playing the following dates in Ontario.

June 9, 2012 – Dominion House Tavern - Windsor, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, Aeron's Wake
June 15, 2012 - Hard Luck Bar - Toronto, ON w/ Valfreya, Protokult, Nordheim
June 22, 2012 – The Atria - Oshawa, ON w/ Crimson Shadows
June 29, 2012 – The Brass Monkey - Ottawa, ON w/ Sonburst, Crimson Shadows, Signs of Chaos

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Vesperia Offering New Song As Free Download

Vesperia, formerly known as Bolero, is now presenting the band's latest track "A Silence In Prolonging (In Longing)," which is the fourth and final free download from the new demo "The Swordsman." Check out the song in the player below or at this location.

Vesperia will also be on tour with fellow metal warriors Crimson Shadows playing the following dates in Ontario. "For the Glory of the Swordsman" Tour Dates:

June 1, 2012 – The Granite Club - North Bay, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, The Killing Field
June 2, 2012 – The Serbian Centre - Sudbury, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, Before the Black Gates
June 8, 2012 – The Corktown Pub - Hamilton, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, Deathmarch
June 9, 2012 – Dominion House Tavern - Windsor, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, Aeron's Wake
June 15, 2012 - Hard Luck Bar - Toronto, ON w/ Valfreya, Protokult, Nordheim
June 22, 2012 – The Atria - Oshawa, ON w/ Crimson Shadows
June 29, 2012 – The Brass Monkey - Ottawa, ON w/ Sonburst, Crimson Shadows, Signs of Chaos More...

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Vesperia Releases New Song "To Times End We Ride"

Vesperia (formerly Bolero) has posted "To Times End We Ride," the third of four free downloads for the month of May from the band's new demo "The Swordsman." Grab the song here or in the player below.

Vesperia will also be on tour with fellow metal warriors Crimson Shadows playing the following dates in Ontario:

June 1, 2012 – The Granite Club - North Bay, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, The Killing Field
June 2, 2012 – The Serbian Centre - Sudbury, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, Before the Black Gates
June 8, 2012 – The Corktown Pub - Hamilton, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, Deathmarch
June 9, 2012 – Dominion House Tavern - Windsor, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, Aeron's Wake
June 15, 2012 - Hard Luck Bar - Toronto, ON w/ Valfreya, Protokult, Nordheim
June 22, 2012 – The Atria - Oshawa, ON w/ Crimson Shadows
June 29, 2012 – The Brass Monkey - Ottawa, ON w/ Sonburst, Crimson Shadows, Signs of Chaos

The track listing for "The Swordsman" demo is as follows:

1. The Swordsman
2. Huntress
3. To Times End We Ride
4. A Silence Prolonging (In Longing) More...

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Vesperia Streaming New Track

Vesperia, formerly known as Bolero, has released another song online from the band's new demo "The Swordsman." After previously posting the title track online, Vesperia is now streaming the next track "Huntress."

Check out the song in the player below. The demo's track listing is as follows:

1. The Swordsman
2. Huntress
3. To Times End We Ride
4. A Silence Prolonging (In Longing) More...

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Vesperia Streaming New Song

Vesperia (formerly known as Bolero) is proud to release the title track from the band's new demo "The Swordsman" as the first of four free downloads set to be unleashed over the month of May. Check out the track in the Bandcamp player below.

Vesperia will also be on tour with fellow metal warriors Crimson Shadows playing the following dates in Ontario:

May 18, 2012 – The Port - Barrie, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, Goliath, The Isosceles Project
June 1, 2012 – The Granite Club - North Bay, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, The Killing Field
June 2, 2012 – The Serbian Centre - Sudbury, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, Before the Black Gates
June 8, 2012 – The Corktown Pub - Hamilton, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, Deathmarch
June 9, 2012 – Dominion House Tavern - Windsor, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, Aeron's Wake
June 22, 2012 – The Atria - Oshawa, ON w/ Crimson Shadows
June 29, 2012 – The Brass Monkey - Ottawa, ON w/ Sonburst, Crimson Shadows, Signs of Chaos More...

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Bolero Changes Band Name To Vesperia

The following press release has been issued about Bolero changing the band's name to Vesperia:

"With the new year always come changes and challenges and for Ontario, Canada’s Bolero, 2012 has already shaped up to be all about transformation and evolution. Out with the old and in with the new.

"After several months of deep thinking and more than half a decade of live shows, line-up changes and the constant shake-ups in the music industry, the four musicians behind Bolero decided it was time for a big move - a change in name and mentality. Ladies, gentlemen and metal Vikings, we present to you, VESPERIA.

"Continuing to derive influences from thrash, black metal and traditional folk music, Vesperia are not leaving their epic orchestrations, throat-crushing speed nor ear-piercing guitar riffs behind, rather, they’re intensifying each element, adding more energy to their live shows just when fans thought they couldn’t get any more amped up and prepping to release their new demo as Vesperia, entitled 'The Swordsman.'"

“This new name means 'of the land of the evening star' and the word ‘Vesperia’ was one of the proposed names for Canada before our country's name was decided upon,” explained Morgan Rider of the chosen name’s origins. More...

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