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Sweden's DARKANE and Germany's SUIDAKRA have just been confirmed for Chicago Powerfest 2008. The sixth annual metal festival will take place on Friday/Saturday, May 2-3, at The Pearl Room in Mokena, IL. There will also be an official Powerfest "kick-off" show on May 1, featuring ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, TYR and ELUVEITIE, who will be making a stop along their Paganfest tour.
As previously announced, Powerfest promoters, CRJ Productions, have introduced an official fan sponsorship/VIP program this year that will give fans a higher level of participation in the fest and a chance to take advantage of some cool perks.
After a support slot for ICED EARTH and ANNIHILATOR, Finnish warlords TURISAS will be on the road again in March and April 2008.
Commented Warlord Nygard: "The tour with ICED EARTH and ANNIHILATOR in October was great; we made a lot of new friends and fans, and both bands were great guys to be on the road with. The reactions were awesome, even if there was a lot of people in the crowd who had never heard of us before. However, we could easily understand that some of our fans weren't prepared to pay the tickets on some 30 euro for seeing us play for 30 minutes — that's one euro a minute if you were not too bothered about the other two bands! This is why we are now returning to play full headline sets in Europe for a reasonable ticket price. We are all very excited about getting back on the road and doing our first headlining European tour."
TURISAS European tour dates:
Mar. 01 - Northampton, UK @ Soundhouse
Mar. 02 - Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
Mar. 03 - Aberdeen, UK @ Moshulu
Mar. 04 - Edinburgh, UK @ Studio 24
Mar. 05 - Liverpool, UK @ Academy 2
Mar. 06 - Norwich, UK @ Waterfront
Mar. 07 - Peterborough, UK @ Park
Mar. 08 - Leeds, UK @ Cockpit
Mar. 10 - Exeter, UK @ Cavern
Mar. 11 - Cardiff Clwb, UK @ Ifor Bach
Mar. 12 - Southampton, UK @ The Brook
Mar. 13 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
Mar. 14 - Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
Mar. 15 - Haarlem, Netherlands @ Patronaat
Mar. 16 - Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Doornroosje
Mar. 18 - Hamburg, Germany @ Marx
Mar. 19 - Karlsruhe, Germany @ Substage
Mar. 20 - Munich, Germany @ Metropolis
Mar. 21 - Winterthur, Switzerland @ Salzhaus
Mar. 22 - Bochum, Germany @ Matrix
Mar. 23 - Berlin, Germany @ Kato
Mar. 25 - Vienna, Austria @ Planet Music
Mar. 26 - Bratislava, Slovakia @ Randal
Mar. 27 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Rock Café
Mar. 28 - Lichtenfels, Germany @ Ragnarök Festival
Mar. 29 - Osnabrueck, Germany @ Tomahawk Festival
Mar. 31 - Malmö, Sweden @ KB
Apr. 01 - Gothenburg, Germany @ Musikens Hus
Apr. 02 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ The Rock
Apr. 03 - Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
Apr. 04 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben More...
ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, TÝR and ELUVEITIE will team up for the Paganfest USA tour beginning in April. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Apr. 25 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Apr. 26 - Montreal, QC - Medley
Apr. 27 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Apr. 28 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Apr. 29 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
May 01 - Chicago, IL - The Pearl Room (Chicago Powerfest)
May 05 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
May 06 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
May 07 - Sacramento, CA - The Boardwalk
May 10 - Orange County, CA - California Metalfest
May 15 - Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
May 16 - San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit
May 22 - New York, NY - BB King Blues Club & Grill
More dates will be announced soon.
Commented ENSIFERUM bassist Sami Hinkka comments: "Across the oceans, through the storms. Towards Vinland, brave warriors of the North! The time has come for us to unite, brothers and sisters; hold your swords up high! With our allies; ELUVEITIE, TÝR and TURISAS, eternal glory and victory waits for us! May beer flow and the Skydome rumble during our quest, so that even the Gods know, it is time for a Paganfest..."
ENSIFERUM recently entered the German chart at position No. 37 with its third album, "Victory Songs". The CD also debuted on the Finnish national chart at No. 6.
"Victory Songs" was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki with producer Janne Joutsenniemi. A limited-edition version of the album includes an extra track, "Lady in Black", and a bonus DVD. An e-card for the CD can be found here. Check out the video for the song "Ahti" at YouTube.
The fourth edition of Finnish Metal Expo will take place in Helsinki, February 15th-16th, with a meeting of international metal professionals (journalists, labels, promotions, etc.) being held a day earlier. On the 15th, the organizers will recognize fan-voted awards to Finnish artists/bands. The band schedule is as follows:
Friday, February 15th: TURISAS, MUNICIPAL WASTE, MUSTASCH, SOTAJUMALA, DISCARD, Finnish Metal Awards
Saturday, February 16th: SOILWORK, STAM1NA, KORPIKLAANI, NORTHER, THE SCOURGER, THE SORROW, KIUAS, AMBERIAN DAWN, tba
Finnish bashers TURISAS, fresh off a European tour with ICED EARTH and ANNIHILATOR, have issued the following update:
2007 has been an amazing year for Turisas with the release of their epic new album The Varangian Way, playing the main stage at the Download Festival, Metal Hammer's Get In The Ring and Kerrang Magazine's Day Of Rock shows in London, a sold out UK tour, Wacken, Tuska and Graspop Festivals, and touring Europe with Iced Earth and Annihilator .. and finishing off with the year in style with a show stealing performance at last weekend's inaugural Hard Rock Hell Festival in Minehead. So what better way to start 2008 than bringing everyone's favourite Viking warriors back to the UK to play some more shows.
Warlord Nygard comments on the forthcoming tour: "We just got back home from Hard Rock Hell festival in Minehead, which surely was a great and rather interesting experience … we are still trying to cure our hangovers! We did our first UK tour this September, and the response was overwhelming – with sold out dates and crazy crowds everywhere! In March we will return to tour cities and towns we didn't play in September and we're expecting you guys to prove us right in not only touring the main 4-5 cities, but trying to play as much of the country as we can and meet as many of you battle metallers as possible"
Turisas' UK tour schedule is as follows. The support act will be announced soon:
1 - Northampton - Soundhaus
2 - Sheffield - Corporation
3 - Aberdeen - Moshulu
4 - Edinburgh - Studio 24
5 - Liverpool - Academy 2
6 - Norwich - Waterfront
7 - Peterborough - Park
8 - Leeds - Cocpit
10 - Exeter - Cavern
11 - Cardiff - Clwb Ifor Bach
12 - Southampton - The Brook
13 - London - Electric Ballroom
14 - Brighton - Concorde 2
Finnish folk metal warriors TURISAS have been added to ICED EARTH's forthcoming European tour. Also scheduled to appear are Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR. The dates are as follows:
Oct. 08 - Köln, Germany - Live Music Hall
Oct. 09 - München, Germany - Backstage Werk
Oct. 10 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
Oct. 12 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Razzmatazz 1
Oct. 13 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
Oct. 15 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Konzertfabrik Z7
Oct. 16 - Graz, Austria - Orpheum
Oct. 17 - Wien, Austria - Planet Music
Oct. 18 - Brno, Czech Republic - Fleda
Oct. 19 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
Oct. 21 - Malmö, Sweden - Kulturbolaget
Oct. 22 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
Oct. 23 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Tradgarn
Oct. 25 - Stockholm, Sweden - Tirol
Oct. 26 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpenhuset
Oct. 28 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Oct. 30 - Stuttgart, Germany - LKA Longhorn
Nov. 01 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Club 013
Nov. 02 - Antwerpen, Belgiium - Hof Ter Lo
TURISAS recently unleashed its video for "Rasputin", a cover version of the old BONEY M disco classic every fan should already recognize from the band's live shows.
Band mastermind Warlord comments: "This video is pretty far from what you'd expect from a TURISAS video — or any metal video for that matter! The idea to the video is just as wild as the cover song itself: a battle metal band covering a '70s disco hit. Just as the song, it is a crossover of the '70s kitsch attached to the BONEY M track, but performed by us as we do it. Director Vesa-Matti Vainio and the whole crew did a great job on this one, and to me this is a good pick for our first video ever. I assure you, there are plenty of ideas on epic spectacles to be looked into later."
TURISAS' version of "Rasputin" will be released as a single on the following dates:
Germany: Friday, September 21, 2007.
UK / France: Monday, September 24, 2007.
Spain: Tuesday, September 25, 2007.
Finland: Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The CD single will also include the band's classic tune "Battle Metal". The strictly limited picture 7" vinyl version will feature "The Court of Jarisleif" as the B-side.
Turisas continue to establish their brand of battle metal on their sophomore effort, "The Varangian Way", which is set for a July 17th release. Also, on their website Turisas have created an interactive map with the song titles in which you click the song title on the map and vocalist Warlord pops up in a video to explain the story behind the song and at the beginning of the map, explains the concept of the album. Check it out at the band's website: http://www.thevarangianway.com/main.html
Britain's Download Festival (Downloadfestival.co.uk) is set to take place June 8th - 10th at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England. This year's festival will be webcast live the festival website here.
To view the complete festival lineup, go here.
The 2007 Tuska Open Air Festival is scheduled for June 29th - July st at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. ISIS, MISERY INDEX, THUNDERSTONE, TURISAS, PROFANE OMEN are the latest acts confirmed.
Acts on the bill now include: More...
Five more bands have been announced for this year’s Download Festival at Donnington Park on June 8-10. Battle metal warriors Turisas as well as Bloodsimple, Drive By Argument, ANJ and I Was A Cub Scout have all been added to the bill, joining headliners My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park and Iron Maiden.
Finnish battle beasts TURISAS strike back with the frenetically awaited follow-up release to 2004's acclaimed debut "Battle Metal". Titled "The Varangian Way", this opulent and inspired masterpiece, which was recorded at Sound Supreme Studio and then mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studio (NIGHTWISH, H.I.M., APOCALYPTICA), transcends all sub-genres within the heavier metal worlds and unites each and all of their different elementary nuances into an experience unlike any other in a current scene of copycat bands.
Vocalist and producer Warlord explains the complex ideas behind this stunning new opus: "The album is based on a concept story which is fictional, but strongly tied to real historical persons and events. It's a journey of a group of Northmen, who travel down the East-European river route through the lands of modern day East Europe. This was an important trade route in the 9th-11th centuries and the Northmen going in this direction were called Varangians who took this route to Kiev and finally Constantinople. The album follows this journey and the songs are events that take place on the road. As much as it is a journey of these men, it is also a journey in a search for self and identity — something which the protagonist is going through throughout the story. The varying surroundings can clearly be heard on the album as it features a lot of influences from the different cultures and people our travellers would have encountered on their journey. More...
In what may be the tour of the year, Century Media viking masters TURISAS have been confirmed to support Eurovision 2006 winners LORDI in the UK:
October 26 – Nottingham @ Rock City
October 27 – Birmingham @ Academy
October 29 – Manchester @ Academy
October 30 – Glasgow @ Garage
October 31 – London @ Forum
Georg Laakso, the guitarist of Turisas, who was badly injured in a severe car-accident in October 2005 has left the band.
"Nearly nine months has passed since the accident took place, and after six years in the band, I have now come to the point where I am forced to leave Turisas.
"I have been diagnosed with spinal cord injury which has an effect on all the functions in my body. In practice it means that nothing from my chest and below is working properly or at all, and I am now tied to a wheelchair - most likely for the rest of my life. Unfortunately my fingers are not working either and it is very unlikely that I will be able to play the guitar - or any instrument for that matter - ever again. To avoid sounding too gloomy I would like to point out that considering the circumstances I should have been dead many times already. Thanks to hard rehabilitation, zest for life and persistency I have already made some progress and I am slowly re-learning the basics of life. I have a hard battle of my own ahead of myself, but battles are meant to be won.
"I would like to thank all of you for the support you have given me during these hard months. All the letters, cards and greetings have gladden my heart enourmously. A big thank you to everyone of you! I would have wanted to inform you much sooner, but my constitution and the unclarity in things have made it impossible for me to give any kind of a reasonable statement earlier than now. I know that also this is still pretty vague, but I am hoping to be able to give you more information when things first come clear to myself. There is no such thing as giving up!"
Turisas is not looking for a replacing guitarist at the moment, but will continue doing all upcoming shows with only one guitarist as the band has already done since the accident took place. The band is currently concentrating on the work for a new album with a release tentatively scheduled for first early 2007. Witness Turisas in battle this summer:
Aug. 11 Bad Berka, D - Party San Open Air
Aug. 18 Dinkelsbühl, D - Summerbreeze Festival
Aug. 19 Brande-Hörnerkirchen, D - Hörnerfest 2006
Finnish pagan folk metal band TURISAS have lined up the following dates during the summer:
Jul. 14 - Dong Open Air - Neukirchen-Vlyun, GER
Jul. 15 - Bloodstock Open Air - Derby shire, UK
Aug. 11 - Party.San Open Air - Bad Berka, GER
Aug. 18 - Summebreeze festival - Dinkelsbühl, GER
Aug. 19 - Hörnerfest 2006 - Brande-Hörnerkirchen, GER
TURISAS' debut album, "Battle Metal", was released in July 2004 through Century Media Records. "Battle Metal" was produced by Terje Refsnes (TRISTANIA, MORGUL) at Sound Suite Studios in Marseiile, France, and "offers the most precious ingredients of epic viking metal, almost sounding like a mixture of bands such as IN EXTREMO, FALKENBACH, NIGHTWISH and FINNTROLL," according to an official press release.
Norwegian symphonic metal band TRISTANIA have parted ways with vocalist Kjetil Ingebrethsen.
Commented Kjetil: "After four amazing years, I have decided to leave TRISTANIA. There is no bad blood between us at all, and we are still good friends. This is a choice I had to make, just for my own part, and it was the right time to do it now — before the new album.
"I just want to take the opportunity to thank all the fans I have met, and bands I have shared stage with, during tours and festivals. It's been a blast — you will truly be remembered!
"To the TRISTANIA 'family'; Einar, Vibeke, Kenneth, Anders, Rune, Svein Terje, Østen and Carlo — it's been fantastic to be a part of you these years, thank you so much for everything."
The remaining members of TRISTANIA have issued the following statement regarding Kjetil's departure: More...
Five more bands have been confirmed for BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR, which takes place on 14th-15th July 2006. The festival, in its second year, will offer the UK an equivalent show to the major European Metal Festivals, albeit on a smaller scale for a 5000 capacity. However all the things you would expect from such a festival will be present. Food, Stalls, Camping, Beer tent (housing the second stage) with Metal Karaoke up to 2am each night for those of you who can stand 14 hours of metal per day.
The following bands were just confirmed for Bloodstock Open Air 2006:
Metal Church (Friday)
Callenish Circle (Saturday)
and The UK's own THRASH TILL DEATH TOUR appearing on STAGE 2 on Friday 14th July.
The full BOA lineup currently consists of: More...
British Doom Metallers MY DYING BRIDE have been confirmed as the headliners of the 6th annual Bloodstock Festival to be held at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, UK on 29th-30th September 2006. MY DYING BRIDE are only the second UK band to have headlined the event, previously SAXON headlined in 2001 and 2003.
The current Bloodstock line-up is shaping up as follows:
AXEL RUDI PELL
MY DYING BRIDE
Another 6 bands are to be announced over the forthcoming weeks, including 2 special slots given over to bands that have entered a raffle to play the show. Any band interested in entering the raffle should contact the organisers at the BLOODSTOCK festivals new website.
In related news, the second BLOODSTOCK OPEN-AIR festival is taking place on July 14th-15th 2006 at Catton Hall, South Derbyshire, UK. Currently confirmed bands are:
More bands will be announced over the forthcoming weeks. Tickets (which will be sent out during April) for both shows are available from bloodstock.uk.com.
The ultimate Battle Metal force Turisas continues its successful first strike. After the triumphant tour with Die Apokalyptischen Reiter in February of this year, the band is heading into the summer festival season, adding a headline show in Cologne on July 22nd and supporting In Extremo. Everyone who recently saw their intense live performances and worshipped their epic anthems off their debut album “Battle Metal” will be ready to conquer the front rows again.
Turisas have also moved over to the dedicated next songwriting phase for their upcoming new album, as vocalist Warlord Nygard himself states: “The new material is shaping up and we are looking forward to start out recording the first demos of new songs this summer. Some really interesting and musically ambitious material I can tell you.”
Turisas tour dates:
Jun. 25 (FIN) Nummijärvi Nummirock
Jul. 21 (D) Geiselwind Earthshaker Festival
Jul. 22 (D) Köln Underground
Jul. 23 (D) Neuhaus a.d. Pegnitz Burg Veldenstein + In Extremo
Aug. 05 (D) Wacken Wacken Open Air
Aug. 06 (NL) Arnhem Goudvishal
Aug. 07 (B) Landegem/Gent Sporthall- Summer Festival
Aug. 08 (LV) Riga Salamandra
Finnish "pagan battle metal" act TURISAS have posted the following update on their official web site:
"Things are moving along in the TURISAS camp. We have moved on to a more intensive songwriting phase: new material is shaping up and we are looking forward to start out recording the first demos of new songs this summer. Some really interesting and musically ambitious material I can tell you. Also a loose idea of a thematic entity for the album is being planned. The actual album recordings will hopefully take place around fall/winter if everything works out."
TURISAS' debut album, "Battle Metal", was released last July through Century Media Records. "Battle Metal" was produced by Terje Refsnes (TRISTANIA, MORGUL) at Sound Suite Studios in Marseiile, France, and "offers the most precious ingredients of epic viking metal, almost sounding like a mixture of bands such as IN EXTREMO, FALKENBACH, NIGHTWISH and FINNTROLL," according to an official press release.
Hammerfall and Equilibrium are the latest bands to be added to the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.
Here is the complete roster of confirmed bands thus far: More...