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Tarot

Formed: 1985
From: Kuopio, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Tarot News

Below is our complete Tarot 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.

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Tarot To Issue DVD Next Spring

The long running Finnish metallers TAROT founded by the Hietala brothers; guitarist Zachary and bassist/vocalist Marco (also of NIGHTWISH fame) are scheduled to release a DVD next spring, depending upon Marco’s touring commitments. “The (Tarot) guys are having a holiday now,” says the bassist. “When (Nightwish) has a week off in November (after the current US run), I will go to Kuopio, see the guys and check out how the editing is going. We filmed one of the last Finnish shows (Aug 17th, Rupla club). It will probably be released in May, maybe April, if we can get everything done. We’re doing two shows in Germany, as special guests of Nightwish, right before the end of this year. I’ll be doing two shows a night! It will be quite hectic days, but if Zakk Wlyde can do it, with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and OZZY… The guys would love to come to North America, but right now, that’s impossible, because (Nightwish) takes so much of my time.”

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Tarot Film DVD In Finland

Finnish metallers TAROT returned to Club Rupla in Kuopio (Finland) on Friday, August 17th to play their second last gig in Finland before their upcoming break. The venue is the same where Tarot played for the first time in Kuopio 25 years ago.

The show will be filmed and recorded for a future DVD/CD release. The band's setlist was as follows: 'Crows Fly Black', 'Traitor', 'Pyre Of Gods', 'Wings Of Darkness', 'Back in The Fire', 'Tides', 'Bleeding Dust', 'Veteran Of Psychic Wars', 'Crawlspace', 'Angels of Pain', 'Warhead', 'Follow Me Into Madness', 'Before The Skies Come Down', 'Ashes To The Stars', 'Undead Son', 'You'. Encore: 'Rider Of The Last Day', 'I Rule'.

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Metallysee Booking Agency Explains Cancellations

Metallysee Booking Agency, the long-running Belgian company which was recently blamed for a string of European tour cancellations by such bands as FINNTROLL, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, MARDUK, ENSLAVED and UNLEASHED — has released the following statement:

"For all of those that have been writing in with their hate mail, let me take a moment now to explain the recent mishaps that have been happening at my company, Metallysee Booking Agency.

"First of all, my name is Johan De Mesmaeker and I am one of the owners of Metallysee. I have had this company for more than 22 years, and during that time I have put many bands on tour in Europe. Many who have gone on to become bigger acts and many that have gone on to other booking agencies.

"During the past year, I had to take a leave from running the day-to-day operations of my company due to personal reasons and in my place was my (former) employee named Henk Mol (of Vain Productions). Together with my business partner Gina, Henk was responsible for putting the tours together and making sure that things functioned as they should. Well, as we know now, things didn't happen exactly this way.

"With my sister not knowing anything about the business (or the bands), Henk was pretty much in control of everything. In the case of the Earthshaker Roadshock tour, he, and HE ALONE, made the cost of this tour so high that it was impossible to continue that tour. Some bands were contracted to be paid more than they should have, while other bands were contracted to be paid when in fact they should have been paying us tour support. The same was the case with the MARDUK tour.

"In order to keep my company alive, I had no choice but to cancel these tours to avoid myself going into bankruptcy and to be able to continue in a business that I've been involved in for many years.

"In the case of Henk Mol, on the eve of the Earthshaker tour he conveniently 'quit' his position (and even has the NERVE to go back to some bands on our roster to tell them how he 'left' Metallysee and is in the process of starting his own booking agency and would like to book their tours from now on).

"Now while I don't absolve myself from any responsibility of these recent errors, the fact remains that before I took my leave, I have been doing the No Mercy and X-Mas tours (for example) twice a year for the past nine years that were completely successful. As most of you know, some of these tours had up to 8 and 9 bands and they always went to the [end] and everyone was always paid in full.

"In conclusion, I hope that this answers some questions that people have been asking. Slowly, I will rebuild my company and continue to book tours for the European market.

"To the bands that these problems have affected — FINNTROLL, AFTER FOREVER, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, TAROT, MACHINE MEN, ALL ENDS, MARDUK, ENSLAVED, MELECHESH, KEEP OF KALESSIN, GOATWHORE, PANTHEON I, UNLEASHED and BELPHEGOR — I offer my sincere apologies and will make every effort in time to compensate them for their losses. To the fans, labels, managers and my longtime promoter partners, I also offer my apologies."

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Tarot Comment On Roadshock Tour Cancellation

The organizers of the Earthshaker Festival were forced to cancel their pre-festival Roadshock Tour featuring FINNTROLL, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, AFTER FOREVER, TAROT, MACHINE MEN and ALL ENDS following the May 4th show in Nürnberg, Germany. Tarot guitarist Zachary Hietala has issued the following statement regarding the cancellation:

"Tarot is very sorry for the cancelling of the Earthshaker 2007 tour. This is really sad to us and you fans. You were great at the gigs that we were able to play. So great thanks to all of you, we love you."

"Metallysee agency fucked up the whole tour and we couldn't do anything else than getting ourselves back to home. Each band on the tour tried to do all the gigs, but Metallysee simply didn't handle any of the promised things." More...

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Within Temptation Confirmed For Artmania Festival

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band WITHIN TEMPTATION has been confirmed for the Artmania Festival, set to take place June 15-17 in Sibiu, Romania. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

WITHIN TEMPTATION
ANATHEMA
MY DYING BRIDE
THE GATHERING
HAGGARD
TAROT

Check out a poster for the event at Metalfan.ro.

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Machine Men Added to Earthshaker Roadshock Tour

MACHINE MEN have just been confirmed for the Earthshaker Roadshock Tour 2007 which kicks off towards the end of April, prior to that the band will delight their Finnish fans with a number of shows:

MACHINE MEN Live:

26.01.2007 Levi (FI) @ Hulluporock
27.01.2007 Levi (FI) @ Hulluporock
09.03.2007 Kuopio (FI) @ Henry's Pub
16.03.2007 Lahti (FI) @ Nightlife
17.03.2007 Oulu (FI) @ Teatria
23.03.2007 Jyvaeskylae (FI) @ Lutakko
24.03.2007 Helsinki (FI) @ Tavastia
28.03.2007 Tampere (FI) @ Klubi
29.03.2007 Turku (FI) @ Klubi
30.03.2007 Mikkeli (FI) @ Vaakuna
31.03.2007 Salo (FI) @ Bar Maksim

Earthshaker Road Shock Tour 2007 with Finntroll, After Forever, Tarot, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, All Ends

27.04.2007 Antwerpen (B) @ Hof Ter Lo
28.04.2007 Osnabrueck (D) @ Halle Gartlage
29.04.2007 Hamburg (D) @ Markthalle
30.04.2007 Adelsheim (D) @ Live Factory
01.05.2007 Berlin (D) @ Postbahnhof
02.05.2007 Muenchen (D) @ Backstage
03.05.2007 Frankfurt (D) @ Batschkapp
04.05.2007 Nürnberg (D) @ Hirsch
05.05.2007 Wien (AT) @ Planet Music
06.05.2007 Padova (I) @ Sottosopra Est
07.05.2007 Pratteln (CH) @ Z 7
08.05.2007 Essen (D) @ Zeche Carl
09.05.2007 Saarbruecken (D) @ Garage
10.05.2007 London (UK) @ Scala
11.05.2007 Heerhugowaard (NL) @ De Waerdsetempel
12.05.2007 Strasbourg (F) @ La Laiterie
13.05.2007 Paris (F) @ Locomotive

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Tarot Post 'Ashes To The Stars' Video Online

TAROT, the Finnish group led by NIGHTWISH/ex-SINERGY bassist Marco Hietala, has posted its video for the song "Ashes to the Stars", to the band's official web site. The track comes off the group's latest album, "Crows Fly Black", which was released in Finland in late October.

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Spinefarm Metal DVD 2 Out Now

Spinefarm Record has released "Spinefarm Metal DVD 2." The contents:

1. Children of Bodom - Trashed, Lost & Strungout
2. To/Die/For - Little Deaths
3. Finntroll - Trollhammaren
4. Norther - Mirror of Madness
5. Tarot - Pyre of Gods
6. Entwine - Bitter Sweet
7. Children of Bodom - Sixpounder
8. Turmoin Katilot - Verta Ja Lihaa
9. Nightwish - Bless the Child
10. Ajattara - Haureus
11. Norther - Death Unlimited
12. Ram-Zet - Queen
13. Lowe Motor Corporation - Soul of a Pagan
14. Rotten Sound - Burden
15. Reverend Bizarre - Doom Over the World
16. Amoral - Other Flesh
17. Sonata Arctica - The Cage (Tavistia live)
18. To Separate the Flesh from the Bones - The Final Extinction (Tavastia live)
19. Rotten Sound - Targets (Tuska live)
20. To Separate the Flesh from the Bones - Drowned in Semen (Tavastia live)
21. Sonata Arctica - Kingdom for a Heart (Tavastia live)
22. Ensiferum - Battle Song (Party San live)
23. Children of Bodom - Bodom Beach Terror (Tuska live)

For more information, visit the Spinefarm Records website at www.spinefarm.fi.

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Eternal Tears Of Sorrow Reunite

Finnish gothic metallers ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW have reunited. The band have signed a new record deal with Spinefarm Records.

The followup to their last album, A Virgin And A Whore (2001), will also feature two new members: guitarist Risto Ruuth (SCYRON) and keyboardist Janne Tolsa (TAROT). Rounding out the lineup is bassist/vocalist Altti Veteläinen, guitarist Jarmo Puolakanaho and drummer Petri Sankala.

Eternal Tears Of Sorrow are preparing new songs for their fifth album that will be recorded during this year. The title, song list and the release date of the album will be announced later. More info can be found at their website eternaltears.info.

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Hilselinko Seeks Finnish Metal Talent For FME

Hilselinko seeks for the most interesting new metal talent in Finland for the Finnish Metal Expo, which is set to take place in Helsinki, Kaapelitehdas on January 28 and 29 of next year. The Finnish Metal Expo gathers consumers, musicians and businesses under the same roof. International Metal Meeting is a professional event for the industry.

Among the bands announced for live shows are the following:
Tarot
Sonata Arctica
Mnemic (DEN)
Finntroll
Machine Men
Total Devastation
Callisto
Godsplague
Pain Confessor
Purity
Hevein
The Scourger

For more info, visit the official FME website.

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