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Profane Omen

Formed: 1999
From: Lahti, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Profane Omen 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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Roundtrip To Hel, Part III

[Continued from Part II]

SUNDAY, 6/29 - 13:00

“We have less than thirty minutes to catch the bus.”

THAT gets me moving. Did I mention I’ve developed Midnight Sun Syndrome since arriving in Finland? According to the current DSM edition, its chief symptom is “a complete ignorance and lack of regard for the time of day and nonchalant indifference toward tardiness; see also ‘The Casual Southerner.’”

I enter the bathroom. Nera, a shy, tiny black cat, scampers between my legs and out the door. I almost trip and plant a bare foot smack in the litter box. I’m still waking up.

As the mornings have ticked by - it’s still “morning” to us this weekend - it’s gotten more and more difficult to grease the joints, clear the skull, and get going. Tuska is not a camping festival, so I’ll be damned if I’m going to forsake the comforts of home at my disposal. A shit, shower, and shave is as good as a full-immersion baptism after a night of drinking.

My ill-advised windmilling at Omnium Gatherum last night really did a twisting number on my hair, which is in danger of Chris Barnesing. Lacking a brush, I clumsily yank apart the knotted strands and clumps cemented together with dried sweat.

And then, Rachel’s muffled yell over the running shower, through the closed door: “You ready?” Not even close. More...

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Bloodstock Festival Reveals Full 2014 Lineup

The final bands have now been announced for this year's edition of the Bloodstock Festival, which takes place from August 7th - 10th (get ticket info and other details over here). The organizers of the festival comment:

"The ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals have rocked to a conclusion and some more lucky young bands are joining the New Blood stage at Catton Park next month, plus there's a few last additions for the Sophie and Jagermeister stages.

"Balls Deep bring their trad groove metal to the Sophie Lancaster stage. The Brit outfit have been busy honing their ‘Pro-Pain cut with Black Sabbath’ sound, coming on like the bastard sons of Pantera and classic heavy metal.

"Over on the Jagermeister stage, female-fronted power metallers Aceldama will be impressing allcomers with their high octane performance and audience interaction, while New Blood stage stoner rocker’s Resin will be offering an additional acoustic spin on their new material.

"Meanwhile, the New Blood stage welcomes the last clutch of winners from the last batch of M2TM roadshow finals. Goat Leaf bring their doom groove from the Sheffield heats, Oakhaart’s tech death noise hails from Gloucestershire, impressing judges at the Bristol event, Sinpathetic grace us with their death metal from the Preston night, Eradikator’s thrash metal won out in Birmingham, and lastly but not least, Cacodaemonic's unholy, neo-classical infused death metal represents Nottingham."

The full 2014 festival lineup will be as follows: More...

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Bloodstock Announces Art Exhibition

The work of JRR Tolkien has long been a favorite muse of rock and metal artists. This year's Bloodstock bands Megadeth, Amon Amarth, and Dimmu Borgir all have used Tolkien references in their work, along with many others (Nightwish, Gorgoroth and even the likes of Led Zeppelin to name but a few).

Now Bloodstock’s co-founder, fantasy artist Paul Raymond Gregory, is thrilled to bring the two themes together and launch a major art exhibition at Bloodstock this year.

Christened the Rock and Metal (RAM) Gallery, the exhibition is to be a permanent addition to the festival and will provide a showcase for a changing selection of rock-related art and memorabilia. Paul Raymond Gregory’s extensive body of work includes many famous album sleeves and monolithic pieces inspired by the writings of JRR Tolkien. Paul’s first ever album cover commission was in 1984 for Saxon’s "Crusader," so launching the RAM Gallery on the 30th anniversary of Paul’s artistic debut in the metal world is fitting indeed.

This year’s first showing will include all the original Bloodstock festival artwork, going right back to the first indoor event in 2001, plus a wide range of Paul’s album art including the sleeve of Saxon’s latest release "Sacrifice." Representing Paul’s Tolkien work, there will also be a large triptych inspired by The Silmarillion opus (from whence Marillion derived its name). The painting will be mounted in a bespoke hand-carved frame created by framer John Davis. Although John has framed much of Paul’s other work, the triptych features the first frame actually designed by Paul himself. In addition, Paul will be signing copies of his book "Beyond Time And Place," which showcases artwork from the breadth of his career.

The exhibition will also include a small selection of bespoke handmade guitars created by young artist/musician Cynosure who is working to re-define the guitar, not just as a functional instrument, but as a working, playable piece of art.

The current Bloodstock Festival 2014 lineup is shaping up as follows: More...

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Finntroll Announces "Nattfödd" Anniversary Shows

Finntroll has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming tour dates celebrating the "Nattfödd" album:

"It has been 10 years almost to the date since Nattfödd was released, and we thought that we should do some shows to celebrate the first decade. On this tour we will play the Nattfödd album in it’s entirety every day, and then some... Be sure not to miss this!"

19.09.14 Fri DK Aarhus Voxhall
20.09.14 Sat D Hamburg Metal Days
21.09.14 Sun D Berlin C-Club
22.09.14 Mon CZ Prague Rock Café
23.09.14 Tue AT Wien Viper Room
24.09.14 Wed SVK Bratislava Majestic Music Club
25.09.14 Thu HU Budapest Club 202
26.09.14 Fri RO Timisoara Club Daos
27.09.14 Sat RO Bucharest Metalhead Meeting
29.09.14 Mon SLO Ljubljana Gala Hala
30.09.14 Tue IT Bologna Zona Roveri
01.10.14 Wed CH Luzern Schüür
02.10.14 Thu FR Audincourt Le Molocco
03.10.14 Fri FR Caen Le Cargo
04.10.14 Sat UK London The Dome
05.10.14 Sun UK Bristol The Fleece
06.10.14 Mon FR Paris Le Divan Du Monde
07.10.14 Tue D Bochum Matrix
08.10.14 Wed D Mühltal Steinbruch Theater
09.10.14 Thu D Schwäbisch Hall Kantine
10.10.14 Fri D Straubing Metal Invasion
11.10.14 Sat D Glauchau Alte Spinnerei
12.10.14 Sun D Hannover Musikzentrum More...

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Profane Omen Posts "Trails" Music Video

Finland's Profane Omen released a new music video for the track "Trails." The song appears on the new release "Reset," which is set to drop via Spinefarm Records on March 14th. The video was directed by Tage Rönnqvist.

The track list for "Reset" is:

1. The Instigator
2. Mind the Trap
3. Trails
4. Intruder
5. Percules
6. Incognito
7. The Ego
8. The Garden
9. Sonic Wings

Check out "Trails" here: More...

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Profane Omen Posts Lyric Video

Profane Omen has issued the following announcement about posting a new lyric clip online:

"Here it is, the first whole song from 'Reset!' It’s called 'Sonic Wings' and we made it a lyric video for your entertainment. Share it, will you? And maybe even let us know what you think.

"We are also proud to announce the first shows for over a year. We will be taking a tour around Finland after the release. We are going to be tough on those gigs. Tough as a coffin nail. Be there! More shows will be announced during the spring."

8.3. Orimattila, Pub Arvid
19.3. Tampere, YO-Talo
20.3. Oulu, Nuclear Nightclub
21.3. Joensuu, Kerubi
22.3. Lahti, Finlandiaklubi
26.3. Kuopio, Henry's Pub
27.3. Jyväskylä, Lutakko
28.3. Helsinki, Nosturi
29.3. Hämeenlinna, Suistoklubi More...

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Profane Omen Posts Album Teaser

Profane Omen will be releasing a new album this coming March 14th via Spinefarm Records. Now the band has posted a teaser trailer, available below, and also issued the following statement:

"Aaaarrrghhhs and grunts!

"So, here's some taste of the 4th Profane Omen album! We wanted to put out a teaser and present a wider scale of the songs on this new piece in a one huge green headache to ease the wait (ours and yours) until March.

"On this album we left the softer songs out and focused on the energy that we possess. We sincerely hope you like it!

"If your eyes hurt, just close them and listen." More...

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Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2012, Day 1

We were greeted with the first hints of summer upon arriving at Suvilahti for day one of Tuska Open air metal festival. Ahead was three full days of metal, with a lineup that would please even the trickiest of metal fans. With program guide in hand, with the most interesting acts already chosen; Day one began.

Starting the festival was Finnish thrash metallers Profane Omen. They were a perfect choice to start the weekend, and although the start time was quite early for many, Profane Omen infused the crown that arrived with enough energy to shake off even the most persistent drowsiness. Jules didn’t allow for lethargic audience members with his typical stage antics of headbanging and giving each and every song his all. They played a healthy mix of old songs and new and thus began Tuska 2012.

One thing that was quite difficult was managing take in all the festival had to offer. Having a nasty case of strep all weekend, I was lucky to be able to keep up the pit hopping and running from stage to stage to see as many acts as possible. Starting a mere 15 minutes after Profane Omen was Alcest. More...

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Profane Omen Releases "Bound To Strive" Video

Finland's Profane Omen has posted a new music video online for the song "Bound To Strive," filmed in Nosturi, Helsinki on April 20th, 2012. Check out the video clip below, directed by Pete Voutilainen/One Eye Media and edited by Ykä Järvinen.

Profane Omen is:

Jules Näveri - vocals
Williami Kurki - guitars
Antti Kokkonen - guitars & backing vocals
Samuli Mikkonen - drums & percussions

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Amon Amarth Pillages Helsinki

Tavastia is one of those legendary metal bars in Helsinki that goes all the way back to the 60’s. Hordes of metal bands have played there, and it’s one of those places that if you’ve lived in Helsinki long enough, it becomes a regular stop.

So it was much to my own amazement when I realized I had actually never been there! Truly I couldn’t have thought of a better night to be there, then when Amon Amarth would be taking the stage. More...

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Spinefeast at Sea Festival 2012

Tis the season apparently for metal cruises, and I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Spinefeast at Sea cruise from Helsinki, to Tallin last Thursday and Friday! The cruise was organized by Spinefarm Records, and with perfect timing as the label was celebrating its 20th birthday this year.

Here in Finland, these cruises to Tallin, Estonia are known for being somewhat of a booze cruise, and almost every Finn has been on one of these journeys to either Stockholm, Tallin, or St. Petersburg. The tax free alcohol and overall party mood are always a safe bet for a good time and I for one can’t think of a better accompaniment to my inexpensive alcohol consumption then to have a solid 20 hours of metal oriented fun! Aboard the ship, called The Baltic Princess, were opportunities for drinking, dancing, metal karaoke and of course an exciting and diverse lineup of 8 bands. More...

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Profane Omen Announces Russian Show Dates

Finnish band Profane Omen checked in with an update and announced a string of Russian tour dates in support of the latest LP "Destroy!" (see Metal Underground's review at this location) The update reads:

"Howdy and happy holidays everyone! We hope you have well survived the holiday hams, turkeys and woolly socks, and you're ready for what we have to offer for you next year!

We'll start up our year by going to Russia for three shows! Our Russian mini-tour stops at Saint Petersburg (January 13th), Moscow (January 14th and Tver (January 15th)! Harashoo!

Our January looks pretty much fully booked after this trip too when we hit the The Baltic Sea in the form of Spinefeast. After that our buddies SANCTIMONY from Latvia join us for couple of gigs in Finland (Lahti and Helsinki) and the exciting month will be crowned on January 31st at The Circus in Helsinki, where we warm up the stage for ARCH ENEMY!

Unfortunately, half of the shows we have to play without our low tune maister Antti Seroff who recently underwent a shoulder operation. We're hoping to have him back on the saddle as soon as possible and wish the best of recovery. During Seriff's sick leave the bass will be handled by Pyry Hanski who has been the webmaster of our homesite for few years now and you might have catched him in live action in the ranks of BEFORE THE DAWN.

Check out the whole schedule of our upcoming shows at our website.

See ya on the road!!!"

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Metalheim Festival 2011

The week leading up to Metalheim festival was taut with anticipation, and excitement. The festival is hosted by the wonderful people at Metalheim Productions and takes place in two cities, Helsinki and Oulu. Each day featured five bands, and they travel between the two cities so we all partake in the epicness of the tour.

This year’s agenda boasted a fantastic lineup both days. Naturally, the week dragged on and on; and with a brand new Canon eos just waiting to be used, it felt like eternity until Friday. I finally arrived at Nosturi, and was lucky indeed to be able to interview Ville Sorvali of Moonsorrow, and later met with Kari, Gunnar and Terji of Tyr. Read the interview with Ville Sorvali here, others coming soon! More...

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Profane Omen Posts New Music Video

Finnish band Profane Omen posted a new music video for he song "Wastehead." The song appears on the band's latest album "Destroy!" recently released on Spinefarm Records.

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Profane Omen Posts New Album Teaser

Profane Omen has announced the band's new album "Destroy!" will be released on September 28th through Spinefarm Records. A teaser clip for the album has been posted online and can be viewed below.

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Hail! Issues New Tour Recap

Hail!, the group featuring David Ellefson, Jimmy Degrasso (ex-Megadeth), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) and Tim "Ripper" Owens, has issued the following recap of their recent European tour dates:

"SEPTEMBER 9 2009 (9,9,09, or maybe upside down 666?) We finished up our Denmark shows on Tuesday September 8 and flew Finnair flight #666 to Helsinki on Wednesday (‘Hell, and fire, were sworn to be released’). Aside from some hellish turbulence on landing the flight was otherwise non-eventful and was our only day off on the tour.

"SEPTEMBER 10, 2009 Ironically, the venue in Helsinki was an old church refurbished into a hip night club and music venue called DANTE'S HIGHLIGHT (seems a bit sacrilegious, doesn't it?). In its honor, during the set Andreas broke into ‘The Number of The Beast’, which we all joined in on up until the second verse when we realized we didn't exactly know the rest of the song very well without rehearsing it! Actually, that's been a cool trait of HAIL!, where we bust into songs not on the set list for about 90 seconds and then stop part way through, pretty much playing them off the cuff. It's comes from inspiration and is certainly something most metal bands never get to do outside of a casual and relaxed setting like this.

"We also invited Helsinki up-and-comer Jules Navari from PROFANE OMEN onstage to sing ‘Walk’ with us, which he kicked ass on. Later, Andreas and Roy finished ‘South of Heaven’ and segued into SLAYER's ‘Jesus Save's’. Must have been in honor of the church and flight #666! More...

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Profane Omen Posts "Left To Disintegrate" Video

Finnish metal band Profane Omen has posted a new video online for the track "Left To Disintegrate," which comes from the album "Inherit The Void." The video can be viewed below. More...

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Profane Omen Posts Album Teaser Video Online

PROFANE OMEN posted a video as teaser for their upcoming album "Inherit The Void." The video, which contains an overview of the material and impressions from the studio-work, can be seen below.

The tracklisting for "Inherit The Void" is:

Seconds (Intro)
Base
Information
Superpowertrip
I Have Seen
Left To Disintegrate
In The Middle I Breathe
Right To Retaliate
Generation Doom (Count Me Out)
Dealers Of Guilt
Dodge

The album will be published in March 2009 through Playground Music Scandinavia. More...

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Profane Omen Announces Album Title

Finnish metal band PROFANE OMEN has set "Inherit The Void" as the title of its sophomore full-length album, due in early March 2009 through Playground Music Scandinavia. The group is once again recording the effort with producer Ville Sorvali of MOONSORROW and Aleksanteri Kuosa. A studio diary documenting the recording sessions for the group's upcoming CD can be found at http://profaneomen.blogspot.com

PROFANE OMEN vocalist Jules Näveri, who is also a member of ENEMY OF THE SUN, recently helped out fellow Finns AMORAL for one gig after their vocalist left the group.

Based in Lahti, Finland, PROFANE OMEN was formed in 1999 and released its debut album, "Beaten into Submission", in 2006. An EP, "Disconnected", followed in 2007.

PROFANE OMEN is:

Jules Näveri (ENEMY OF THE SUN) - Vocals
Antti Kokkonen (Andy J. Bonfire) - Guitar
Williami Kurki - Guitar
Tuomas Saarenketo - Bass
Samuli Mikkonen - Drums

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Coma Clinic Posts New Promo Songs Online

Finland's Coma Clinic is a new band from Misery Inc. mastermind Janne Tolonen (ex-Profane Omen). Two years ago Tolonen and vocalist Henri Eerola (recently known from his work in Pentatonik) decided to team up but the collaboration did not finally take place until this spring.

The first product from Coma Clinic is promotional CD containing three songs. Unafraid to break some boundaries, the effort mixes modern trash-metal with overflowing melodies and the intensity of hardcore.

All guitar solos were played by young, promising guitar hero Kimi Rautiainen (also in Exsecratus).

You can check out the three promo songs on the band's MySpace page.

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