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Shape of Despair

Formed: 1995
From: Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Shape of Despair News

Below is our complete Shape of Despair 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.

Shape Of Despair Re-Issuing Albums On Vinyl

Aftermath Music has issued the following announcement about releasing previous albums from Finnish doom act Shape of Despair on vinyl:

"News from Aftermath music for all the vinyl lovers & collectors: we are proud to present the back catalogue from the most influential doom band of the 21st century, Shape of Despair, on vinyl.

"Before we close the chapter of 2012, both 'Angels of Distress' (late November) and 'Shades of...' (late December) will be released, with new and improved artworks. Both of these are strictly limited to 250 copies. Pre-orders will go online on October 20th." More...

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Shape Of Despair To Play Hammer Open Air

Finland's Shape of Despair has issued the following announcement about playing the upcoming Hammer Open Air festival:

"Now it's gonna finally happen, the very first Shape Of Despair live-show. Hammer Open Air Metal Festival 2012 After-party at Klubi, Turku on Saturday 21.7. Let it be written in your scars. More info at the Hammer Open Air official website."

The festival's currently announced lineup is as follows:

Deströyer 666 (AU): Black/Thrash Metal
Asphyx (NL): Death Metal
Root (CZ): Black Metal
Gehennah (SE): Black/Thrash
Necrophobic (SE): Black/Death Metal
Portrait (SE): Heavy Metal
Charnel Winds (FI): Black Metal
The 11th Hour (NL): Epic Doom Metal
Jess And The Ancient Ones (FI): Occultic Heavy Rock
Forgotten Horror (FI): Blackened Thrash Metal
Swallowed (FI): Death Metal
Gorephilia (FI): Death Metal
Krypts (FI): Death Metal
Cryptborn (FI): Death Metal
Vorum (FI): Death Metal
Damngod (FI): Groove Death Metal
Devastracktor (FI): Thrash Metal
Cannibal Accident (FI): Grindcore

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Shape Of Despair Announces New Vocalist

Finland's Shape of Despair has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new vocalist:

"Time to share some news: Just before this year, SOD and Pasi Koskinen parted ways. We got very few close persons in mind who could fit inside the band's chemistry and share the same passion for our music.

"Welcome our newest member Henri Koivula.

"Henri is known from his other band Throes of Dawn, which released magnificent The great fleet of echoes - album last year. As for now, we are already started rehearsing our older songs and most importantly new songs. New songs are in progress and full album is planned to be released on next year 2012.

"But before anything, be sure to grab yourself our vinyls 'Written in my scars' and soon to be out split with Portugese doomer Before the rain where we've performed Lycia's Estrella."

Shape of Despair tracks are also available for streaming online by heading over to the band's MySpace page.

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Shape Of Despair Streaming New Song

Finland's Shape of Despair has announced a new EP release titled "Written in My Scars." The artwork for the new EP can be viewed at this location. The band is also currently streaming a new song online from the EP. The title track can be heard via the Solarfall Records MySpace page.

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Skepticism Tribute Coming Up Soon

Poland's Foreshadow Productions have released the following update:

A massive project on which we have been working for four years now is taking the final shapes. We have gathered 12 bands from all over the world. They recorded their own versions of some of SKEPTICISM songs, which we will release as a double CD set under the name of "Entering the Levitation: a Tribute to Skepticism". The whole album will be released together with two labels from USA , namely Red Stream and Oak Knoll. The official release date has been set to the 4th June 2007.

Here is the final tracklist: More...

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Season Of Mist And Spinefarm Ink Licensing Deal

Metal label Season Of Mist have announced a North American licensing deal consisting of four releases from Finland's Spinefarm/Spikefarm Records.


The official North American street date for all four will be August 9th, 2005 and will be available via Caroline Distribution as well as direct from Season Of Mist (USA).

Further details are as follows: More...

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Shape Of Despair To Release New Album In Summer

On 29.03.2005 Shape of Despair, featuring singer Pasi Koskinen ( ex- AMORPHIS, AJATTARA) will enter Sundicoop Studios to record one new track called Sleeping Murder. The track will appear in the new, low priced self-titled CD which will be out this summer on Spikefarm/Spinefarm. Beside this track, the CD will include rare and unreleased tracks.

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Shape Of Despair's Guirarist Launches Side Project

Shape Of Despair's guitarist Jarno Salomaa has a new side project called THE MIST AND THE MORNING DEW. The band is already signed to the U.S. based label Vendlus Records. Click here to check out the project's new website.

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Shape Of Despair Post New Audio Sample Online

SHAPE OF DESPAIR, the Finnish Funeral doom band featuring former AMORPHIS singer Pasi Koskinen and his wife Natalie, released their new album "Ilusion's Play" on September 22nd through Spinefarm. An audio clip of the song 'Curse Life' can be found at this location (click on Music)

On related news, the band has confirmed two upcoming shows:

28.10- at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland (with REVEREND BIZARRE, RAPTURE and ENSIFERUM)
14.11- at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland (with SKEPTICISM and ESOTERIC)

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