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Formed: 1996
From: Helsinki, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Ajattara News

Below is our complete Ajattara 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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Lordi Drummer, "Otus" Passes Away

Finnish heavy metal outfit Lordi has announced that drummer Tonmi Lillman, also known as "Otus," has passed away at the age of 38. The cause of death is presently unknown. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Our dear friend and band mate, "Otus" Tonmi Lillman, has sadly passed away. He will be greatly missed and we send our condolences to his family and friends.

"Otus: we thank You from the bottom of our hearts for the short time we got to know you and spend with you together.

"Rest in peace, friend."

Lillman joined the group in late 2010, replacing long time drummer Sampsa Astala, AKA, "Kita." He joined after the release of the band's latest studio album, "Babez For Breakfast" and as such, had not recorded an album with Lordi. He had also spent time with such bands as Ajattara, To/Die/For, Sinergy and Vanguard.

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Ajattara Updates Tour Schedule

Finland's Ajattara has announced the following upcoming tour dates:

12/10 2010 St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
2/10 2011 Pub Katse Jyväskylä, FINLAND
2/11 2011 Nosturi Helsinki, FINLAND
2/12 2011 Rockin´Hood Salo, FINLAND
2/17 2011 Yo-talo Tampere, FINLAND
2/18 2011 Kerubi Joensuu, FINLAND
2/19 2011 RYTMI-KATTI KOUVOLA, Kymenlaaks, FINLAND

You can also check out sample Ajattara tracks via the band's MySpace page.

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To/Die/For Calls It Quits

Vocalist Jape of Finnish metallers To/Die/For has issued the following announcement about the band calling it a day:

"My nerves, stress level and Life came to the point that i really need to get some rest, and say goodbye for these Stressful and still nice days with TDF Since 2005 we have been through so many shitty things. We have been unlucky to meet so many shitty promoters etc. FUCK YOU ALL (this is for all of those so called promoters who ruined some of our tours,and are also one of TDF..s killers.) Also i have to thank some promoters, like AYU from Mexico! and of course we met other great and friendly promoters too around the world!but...a few asshole really can kill you!?

"Italy visit a couple of years ago, and U.S tour 2007 really sucked a huge part of my/our energy and motivation. It was a miracle that i continued after U.S tour until these days! Now, one booking agency tried to handle our first South-American tour and also things with this did not work.Local promoters here and there did not pay their part for the main promoters in time etc. They just could not handle things which had to be clear. I am so sad and pissed off this tour did not happen...AGAIN! We are so sorry for our fans there.

"There was only 9 shows totally confirmed for almost five weeks? And many more not that “handled” things. They seemed to be working very hard for us, but still...Again i felt like “we have been through this shit before” Also all these line-up changes always stressed me a lot and made me sad, but still everyone who played with me in TDF were great persons! Every line-up change killed a little part of me...well exept one!

"With our latest line-up we tried to write new songs, and we had some “raw”songs, but there was One big problem! No one seemed to like same kind of songs. Latest album came out in 2006 and after that we had only one new song? And we are not satisfied with it eather. Somethings must be wrong i think!? More...

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Ajattara Announces New Album Release Date

Finnish metal band Ajattara have announced that their upcoming album "Noitumaa" will be released on April 15th through Ranka Recordings. The album cover art can be viewed here.

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Ajattara Recording New Album

AJATTARA has started to record sixth album in D-Studio Finland.

AJATTARA's latest album "Kalmanto," which was released on week 37 of 2007, went directly to #18 in Finnish albumcharts.

AJATTARA is the Finnish band featuring former AMORPHIS frontman Pasi Koskinen (a.k.a. Ruoja). The band's current line up is as follows:

Ruoja (Pasi Koskinen) - Vocals and Guitar
Kalmos (Vesa Wahlroos) - Guitar and Backing Vocals
Tohtori Kuolio (Juha Harju) - Bass and Backing Vocals
Raajat (Janne Immonen) - Synth
Malakias IV (Tonmi Lillman) - Drums

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Thomas Vee Joins Roddick Bleu

Since his departure from IconofeaR, Thomas Vee has joined up with Roddick Bleu. The band formed in 2007 with Darth Helander, EZMoe and Pexi Sauvolainen (Ajattara, Am i Blood, Hate Division) and Thomas Vee on vocals. Roddick Bleu performed it's first live show and recorded 8 tracks at Matias Helle's (Sear) Studio to be released in the future. A couple of tracks are free to download here.

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Ajattara Post New Track Online

A brand-new Ajattara track, entitled "Lautuma", has been posted online. The song is taken from the band's upcoming full-length album, "Äpäre", due on March 22, 2006 via Spinefarm Records.

Listen to it here.

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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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More Tuska Open Air Details Revealed

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival has added more international and Finnish acts to the 2005 roster. The line-up is almost complete with only 1 more artist to be added for Saturday afternoon as well as the winner from the band contest at Rotonde-Festival, France, which is to be held later this spring. This year's Tuska-Festival is more international than ever, with nearly half of the artists coming from abroad. The evening clubs will most likely see some international action as well.

New additions in Finnish professionalism will be represented by Apocalyptica, whose cello metal is witnessed way too rarely on their native soil. Apocalytica just recently supported Rammstein on their European tour and appeared stateside on a few selected dates.

German precision and universal greatness is brought to you by the mighty Gamma Ray. The band last appeared on the bill at Tuska 2000 and have since built their fanbase by selling out club shows on a regular basis.

Other additions include up-and-coming death metallers Amoral, Finnish-singing Stam1na and Viikate, as well as Callisto who are about to embark on a European tour in a few weeks.

The search continues for one more, either domestic or foreign artist.

Ticket sales for Tuska 2005 start on Friday April 1st. Three-day ticketcosts 67 euro, one-day ticket 32 euro. Go to www.lippupalvelu.fi to purchase tickets.

Current Tuska 2005 line-up reads 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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First Acts For Tuska Open Air Confirmed

The eighth annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival which takes place at Kaisaniemi in Helsinki, Finland from July 15-17th. Reunited German metal legends ACCEPT will headline on the 17th.

Other confirmed acts include: TESTAMENT, CHILDREN OF BODOM, EVERGREY, NAGLFAR, SCARVE, FINNTROLL, ROTTEN SOUND, THUNDERSTONE, AJATTARA, TERASBETONI, TURMION KATILOT, DEATH CHAIN, PAIN CONFESSOR.

33,000 are expected to attend the event. Tickets for Tuska 2005 will go on sale later this spring through Lippupalvelu. For more information, grab a Finnish dictionary and head to tuska-festival.fi.

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