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Kiuas

Formed: 2000
From: Espoo, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Kiuas News

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

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Kiuas Calls It Quits

Finnish metal band Kiuas has called it quits. The band will play its final performance on October 18th at Nosturi in Helsinki. The following announcement appeared on the band's Facebook Page:

"KIUAS IS DEAD, LONG LIVE KIUAS!

"After a long careful consideration and looking at all possible options, we, Kiuas, have decided it is time to put this band to its final rest.

"After four amazing albums, tours and festivals in Finland and around the world and amazing times together, we find ourselves in a situation where we can’t see ourselves evolving anymore as Kiuas and thus believe it is best for all past and present members and partners in crime to lay the name Kiuas to its grave.

"We will not stop making music, not ever, either together or separately, but Kiuas is as of today dead and our visions and plans are to be built on new fresh soil.

"To make sure we go down to our everlasting sleep in honor, Kiuas will play one more show, gathering together the history of the band and all its past members, united once more, in Helsinki’s Nosturi on October 18th.

"A funeral to remember. More...

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Turisas Posts Trailer For U.K. Tour

Finnish symphonic/folk band Turisas has announced a full tour of the U.K. beginning on October 27, 2011 with Chthonic and Kiuas as support.

The tour dates are as follows:

27.10.2011 (UK) Brighton - Concorde 2
28.10.2011 (UK) Bristol - O2 Academy 2
29.10.2011 (UK) Plymouth - White Rabbit
31.10.2011 (UK) Norwich - Waterfront
02.11.2011 (UK) Newcastle - Northumbria Uni
03.11.2011 (UK) Glasgow - Garage
04.11.2011 (UK) Wolverhampton - Wulfrun Hall
05.11.2011 (UK) Leeds - Damnation Festival *
07.11.2011 (UK) Belfast - Limelight (co-headline with Devin Townsend) *
08.11.2011 (UK) Dublin - Whelans (co-headline with Devin Townsend) *
09.11.2011 (UK) Wrexham - Central Station
10.11.2011 (UK) Sheffield - Corporation
12.11.2011 (UK) Cardiff - University SU, The Great Hall 2
13.11.2011 (UK) Reading - Sub 89
15.11.2011 (UK) Southampton - Uni Garden Court
16.11.2011 (UK) Leicester - Sub 91
17.11.2011 (UK) Manchester - Academy 3
* without Chthonic, Kiuas

The band posted the following trailer for the tour:

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Turisas Announces U.K. Tour Support Acts

Turisas has announced the supporting acts for the band's upcoming U.K. headline dates will be Chthonic and Kiuas. The tour is set to kick off on October 27th, 2011.

Violinist OLLI VÄNSKÄ had this to say: "We're glad to be able to announce what we feel is a really strong support package for the UK shows – both bands have been to the UK before but probably haven't yet had the exposure they deserve – we'll try to change that! Make sure you get down to the shows early to experience something a little bit different!"

The dates on the tour are as follows (no Chthonic or Kiuas at Leeds Damnation Festival or the Belfast and Dublin shows):

27.10. – Brighton Concorde 2
28.10. – Bristol O2 Academy 2?
29.10. – Plymouth White Rabbit?
31.10. – Norwich Waterfront
02.11. – Newcastle Northumbria Uni
03.11. – Glasgow Garage? (*changed date*)
04.11. – Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall?
05.11. – Leeds (Damnation Festival)
07.11. – Belfast Limelight (co-headline with Devin Townsend)?
08.11. – Dublin Whelans (co-headline with Devin Townsend)?
09.11. – Wrexham Central Station?
10.11. – Sheffield Corporation?
12.11. – Cardiff University SU, The Great Hall 2?
13.11. – Reading Sub 89?
15.11. – Southampton Uni Garden Court?
16.11. – Leicester Sub 91
17.11. – Manchester Academy 3?

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Kiuas Splits With Vocalist

Kiuas has issued the following announcement about parting ways with vocalist Ilja Jalkanen:

"Hello folks! We have some startling news: our lead singer Ilja Jalkanen has decided to leave the band after some serious thinking. The reasons for this are purely musical and the chemistry within the band has always been great. In Ilja’s own words: 'My heart is not in heavy metal anymore, and a great band like Kiuas deserves a singer completely dedicated to the music.'

"However, as all the fans know, although Ilja has been the voice of Kiuas for many years, his contribution to the songwriting has been very minimal and thus his departure won’t affect the bands musical direction or diminish the power of the music in the future in any way. The fact is that Kiuas will be able to continue it’s musical journey with passion only without Ilja – this is the only way to go. More...

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Serenity Dies Reveals New Album Details

Maldives' melodic thrashers SERENITY DIES will release the "Hacksawcracy" EP on July 15, 2010.
The EP features guest appearances by Rob Caggiano (ANTHRAX) and Mikko Salovaara (KIUAS) who perform guitar solos on "Psycho Ride" and "Dystopian Law," respectively.

"Hacksawcracy" was produced/mixed by Anssi Kippo (CHILDREN OF BODOM) alongside Grammy Award-winning engineer Gavin Lurssen ("Slumdog Millionaire," "Across the Universe," "Iron Man," GUNS N' ROSES, ROB ZOMBIE, ALICE COOPER).

"Hacksawcracy" track listing is as follows:

01. Bullet Reign
02. Psycho Ride (featuring Rob Caggiano)
03. In Devils Symmetry
04. Blood Serenade
05. Hacksawcracy
06. Dystopian Law (featuring Mkko Salovaara)

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Kiuas Announces U.K. Tour

For the first time in the company's history, three acts signed to the Spinefarm label will embark on a series of U.K. shows in tandem, flying the flag for epic heavy metal with Finnish five-piece Kiuas, folk metal with Estonian quartet Metsatoll, and power metal with Finnish sextet Celesty. Kiuas will headline all of the shows. The currently announced dates are as follows:

10/20 - Wrexham, Central Station
10/22 - Sheffield, Corporation
10/23 - Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
10/24 - Nottingham, Basement
10/26 - London, Underworld

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Kiuas Posts New Music Video

Finland's Kiuas has posted a music video online for the song "Of Love, Lust and Human Nature," which is off their latest album "Lustdriven." The video clip can be viewed below.

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Kiuas Shooting New Music Video

Finnish metallers Kiuas have announced they are shooting a music video for the song "Of Love, Lust and Human Nature," which is off their latest album "Lustdriven." More details on the release of the video will be announced shortly. The new track "Aftermath" off the album can also be streamed at this location. The upcoming Kiuas tour dates are as follows:

09.04.2010 Lutakko, Jyväskylä
10.04.2010 Levykauppa Äx, Oulu (Unplugged)
10.04.2010 Nuclear Nightclub, Oulu
16.04.2010 Bluepool, Forssa
17.04.2010 Rytmikatti, Kouvola
23.04.2010 Yo-talo, Tampere
29.04.2010 Levykauppa Äx, Turku (Unplugged)
29.04.2010 Klubi, Turku
30.04.2010 Dante's Highlight, Helsinki
19.06.2010 Myötätuulirock 2010, Vantaa
31.07.2010 Kuopiorock 2010, Kuopio

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Kiuas Streaming Second Teaser Trailer

Finland's Kiuas has posted a second video teaser online for the band's upcoming studio album "Lustdriven," which can be viewed below. "Lustdriven" is set to be released on March 31st in Finland and April 26th in the U.K. A North American and Japanese release date has not been set at this time.

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Kiuas Streaming New Song "The Visionary"

Finland's Kiuas is currently streaming a new track online titled "The Visionary," which is from the band's forthcoming album "Lustdriven." The song can be heard at this location. "Lustdriven" is set to be released on March 31st in Finland, April 26th in the U.K. A North American and Japanese release date has not been set at this time.

The upcoming Kiuas tour dates are as follows:

31.03.2010 Levykauppa Äx, Helsinki (Unplugged)
31.03.2010 Tavastia, Helsinki (ALBUM RELEASE PARTY)
01.04.2010 Henry's Pub, Kuopio
02.04.2010 Kairo, Kotka
09.04.2010 Lutakko, Jyväskylä
10.04.2010 Levykauppa Äx, Oulu (Unplugged)
10.04.2010 Nuclear Nightclub, Oulu
16.04.2010 Bluepool, Forssa
17.04.2010 Rytmikatti, Kouvola
23.04.2010 Yo-talo, Tampere
29.04.2010 Levykauppa Äx, Turku (Unplugged)
29.04.2010 Klubi, Turku
30.04.2010 Dante's Highlight, Helsinki
19.06.2010 Myötätuulirock 2010, Vantaa
31.07.2010 Kuopiorock 2010, Kuopio

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Kiuas Posts New Album Teaser Trailer

Finland's Kiuas have posted the first part of a two part video series for their upcoming studio album "Lustdriven." The teaser trailer can be viewed below.

The upcoming Kiuas tour dates are as follows: More...

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Kiuas Announces Finnish Tour Dates

Finnish metal band Kiuas will be touring Finland in April. The tour dates are as follows:

04.03.2010 Virgin Oil, Helsinki (PRIVATE SHOWCASE GIG)
31.03.2010 Levykauppa Äx, Helsinki (Unplugged)
31.03.2010 Tavastia, Helsinki (ALBUM RELEASE PARTY)
01.04.2010 Henry's Pub, Kuopio
02.04.2010 Kairo, Kotka
09.04.2010 Lutakko, Jyväskylä
10.04.2010 Levykauppa Äx, Oulu (Unplugged)
10.04.2010 Nuclear Nightclub, Oulu
16.04.2010 Bluepool, Forssa
17.04.2010 Rytmikatti, Kouvola
23.04.2010 Yo-talo, Tampere
29.04.2010 Levykauppa Äx, Turku (Unplugged)
29.04.2010 Klubi, Turku
30.04.2010 Dante's Highlight, Helsinki
19.06.2010 Myötätuulirock 2010, Vantaa
31.07.2010 Kuopiorock 2010, Kuopio

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Kiuas Finish Mastering New Album

Finnish metal band Kiuas has issued the following update on the progress of their new album:

"Album is now mastered! We will get the final master next Monday. Things are starting to roll... more news coming up about the new album soon"

The band has also updated their studio diary, which now includes information about recording the keyboard tracks for the album.

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Evile Covers Pantera, Last Recording w/ Bassist

British thrashers EVILE recently recorded a PANTERA track for the upcoming Dimebag Darrell tribute album, which will be released on the cover of the 200th issue of the UK's Metal Hammer magazine.

The special CD and magazine are being released to coincide with the five-year anniversary of Dimebag's passing, and will be available in shops on December 16th.

Alongside various other well-known bands such as MACHINE HEAD, EVILE were asked to record a song as a tribute to the late guitarist. EVILE recorded a cover of the track "Cemetary Gates," and this tragically turned out to be the band's last recording before the untimely death of their own bassist, Mike Alexander, who passed away on October 5th while on tour in Sweden.

A behind-the-scenes video - the last video filmed with Mike - of EVILE recording the track at Parlour Studios with producer Russ Russell can be viewed below.

EVILE lead guitarist Ol Drake comments:

"The day we got the call from our manager, Julie Weir, saying Metal Hammer have asked us to pay tribute to Dimebag Darrell by covering a Pantera song, we couldn't have been more excited and honoured. I mean, how many more bands are there more worthy of paying tribute to the man? With us all being fans of Pantera, we swiftly said yes. Mike though was the biggest Pantera fan. He'd seen them years ago and absolutely worshipped Dimebag.

"After Dime got killed, Mike couldn't listen to 'Cemetary Gates' anymore. He'd always ask us to skip the track in the car/van/bus because it was too much for him. So when we chose to do the track it was tough for Mike, but I'm glad he did it. It turned out to be the last song he recorded, which to me is a strangely 'appropriate' tribute to him and Dimebag. I remember him nearing the verge of tears whilst I was doing the tremolo bends at the end of the track.

"We hope Pantera/Dimebag fans find this a fitting tribute from us, as we're simply fans ourselves who've been given this rare honour."

Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas comments:

"I was genuinely over the moon when Evile volunteered to produce a track for our upcoming Dimebag tribute, a stunningly rendered cover of Pantera's classic 'Cemetary Gates'. So when the truly tragic news of Mike Alexander's all-too-premature departure from this world hit the office, the tragic irony wasn't lost on me or anyone here that Mike Alexander's tribute to the immortal legacy of Dimebag would also be a final testament to his own impeccable musicianship and commitment to the music we love.

"To understate the case slightly, it's a very special track indeed, and we're honoured that it's a part of our upcoming tribute collection. Rest in peace Dimebag, and rest in peace Mike Alexander."

The Dimebag Darrell tribute album contains the following tracks:

01. ZAKK WYLDE - "Suicide Note Pt. 1"
02. MACHINE HEAD - "Fucking Hostile"
03. MALEFICE - "I'm Broken"
04. AVENGED SEVENFOLD - "Walk"
05. EVILE - "Cemetery Gates"
06. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH - "A New Level"
07. BIOHAZARD - "Mouth For War"
08. SYLOSIS - "Strength Beyond Strength"
09. CHIMAIRA - "Slaughtered"
10. UNEARTH - "Sandblasted Skin"
11. THROWDOWN - "Becoming"
12. KIUAS - "This Love"
13. THIS IS HELL - "Rise"

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Insomnium Announces Helsinki Show

Finnish metallers Insomnium has announced a gig at Tavastia in Helsinki, Finland on Saturday, March 7th. Other bands for the evening are Kiuas and Dauntless. The band will be playing new material from the follow-up to "Above the Weeping World." Tickets are available at this location.

In other news, Insomnium will be entering Fantom Studio in March and you can expect the outcome to hit the stores somewhere around September if all goes as planned.

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Firewind Posts Exclusive Nevermore Cover

Greek metal band FIREWIND, who is just about to kick off their UK headlining tour next week and then follow it up with an extensive European headlining tour in November, is now premiering an exclusive cover-version of legendary US metallers NEVERMORE (who will release their first-ever DVD / live-album entitled "The Year Of The Voyager" on October 20th). To listen to FIREWIND's version of the song "Believe In Nothing" (the original version appears on NEVERMORE's "Dead Heart In A Dead World" album from 2000) head over to Century Media Europe's MySpace page.

This song is featured on a very special 2CD compilation entitled "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes," which was released on September 15th, 2008 in Europe celebrating Century Media's 20th anniversary. This fan-friendly priced compilation (2 jam-packed CD's for the price of one) contains 32 mostly exclusive recordings where Century Media artists cover songs from other acts within the label's repertoire and the result is a fascinating journey through the label's impressive musical spectrum. In order to share some of these stunning versions with all of you, Century Media will present you one song taken off "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes" rotating each week up to the end of the year every Thursday on www.myspace.com/centurymediaeurope.

Furthermore, FIREWIND is one of the first acts to be confirmed for 2009's edition of the prestigious Rock Hard Festival in Germany. The festival will be held at Gelsenkirchen's "Amphitheater" May 29th – 31st, 2009.

Here are the latest Firewind tour dates: More...

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Adagio To Tour With Firewind

French gothic metallers, Adagio, have announced the following tour dates:

09/27 - Switzerland (+ guests: Heavenly + Zekyel)
11/10 - Paris (w/Firewind + Kiuas)
11/12 - Lyon (w/Firewind+ Kiuas)
11/13 - Toulouse (w/Firewind+ Kiuas)
11/18 - Marseille (w/Firewind+ Kiuas)
11/20 - Colmar (w/Firewind+ Kiuas) More...

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Firewind Announces European Tour With Brainstorm

FIREWIND have announced a European headlining tour entitled "The Premonition". Special guest for the Spanish and French dates will be Germany's BRAINSTORM and Finland’s KIUAS (for the whole European tour).

THE PREMONITION EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:

11/12 - FR Lyon @ Marche Gare
11/13 - FR Toulouse @ Havanna
11/14 - ES Bilbao @ Santana 27
11/15 - ES Vigo @ A
11/16 - ES Madrid @ Ritmo & Compas
11/17 - ES Hospitalet/Barcelona @ Salamandra
11/19 - FR Paris @ La Locomotive
11/20 - FR Colmar @ Grillen
11/21 - IT Milan @ Zoe (special guest: Kiuas)

More dates and ticket information to be announced.

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Kiuas Tops Finnish Singles Chart

"Of Sacrifice, Loss and Reward", the new single from the Finnish power metallers KIUAS, has entered the single chart in the band's home country at position No. 1. The track comes off the group's third album, "The New Dark Age", which is scheduled for release in Finland on March 5.

"The New Dark Age" track listing:

01. The Decaying Doctrine
02. Conqueror
03. Kiuas War Anthem
04. The New Dark Age
05. To Excel and Ascend
06. Black Rose Withered
07. After the Storm
08. Of Sacrifice, Loss and Reward
09. The Summoning
10. The Wanderer's Lamentation
Bonus track for Japan release:
11. Towards the Hidden Sanctum

According to the band, "The cover art is the product of the visionary artist/musician Niklas Sundin (Cabin Fever Media). The picture is an original drawing in the style of reneissance woodcut illustrations, and portrays the members of KIUAS as the four — or in this case five — horsemen of the Apocalypse with a dismal landscape that combines ancient and modern times."

A video for the song 'Conqueror' was shot on February 18 with Owe Lingvall of Village Road Film.

KIUAS' second full-length album, "Reformation", was released in May 2006.

KIUAS is:

Ilja Jalkanen - Vocals
Mikko Salovaara - Guitars
Markku Näreneva - Drums
Atte Tanskanen - Keyboard
Teemu Tuominen – Bass

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Kiuas Reveal New Album Details

Finnish power metallers KIUAS have issued the following update:

"Alright, the new album is now mastered, and hence the long months of work with it are finally over. The third KIUAS record will be called 'The New Dark Age' and date of release is the 5th of March (in Finland, other countries to be announced)."

"The tracklist is as follows:

01. The Decaying Doctrine
02. Conqueror
03. Kiuas War Anthem
04. The New Dark Age
05. To Excel and Ascend
06. Black Rose Withered
07. After the Storm
08. Of Sacrifice, Loss and Reward
09. The Summoning
10. The Wanderer's Lamentation
Bonus track for Japan release:
11. Towards the Hidden Sanctum" More...

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