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Amaran

Formed: 2000
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Amaran News

Below is our complete Amaran 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.

Demonical Announces More Tour Dates

DEMONICAL, the new Swedish death metal band featuring past and present members from CENTINEX, GRAVE, REGURGITATE, INTERMENT, AMARAN, WORLD BELOW and DELLAMORTE, has scheduled the following dates:

May 17 - Oslo, Norway - Club Maiden (with GRAVE)
Jul. 11 - Trutnov, Czech Republic - Obscene Extreme Festival
Jul. 12 - Pecs, Hungary - Rock Maraton Festival
Jul. 13 - Prague, Czech Republic - Exit Chmelnice
Jul. 18 - Pössneck, Germany - Hells Pleasure Festival
Sep. 12 - Krugsdorf bei Pasewalk, Germany - Tunes of Death Festival

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Demonical Issues Vocalist Update

DEMONICAL, the new Swedish death metal band featuring past and present members from CENTINEX, GRAVE, REGURGITATE, INTERMENT, AMARAN, WORLD BELOW and DELLAMORTE, recently parted ways with vocalist Ludvig Engellau due to "musical and personal reasons."

The group has since issued the following update: "We still haven't decided who will be the new permanent vocalist in DEMONICAL and as there is no hurry really, we will not take any rash decision either."

"As stated earlier we had a guy named Widda with us on the tour in Finland. For the Metalmania festival in Poland we tried something different and gave Lisa (yep, that's a female) the opportunity to front the band. Both were great and did excellent jobs so big hails to them!!" More...

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Demonical Announce More Dates

DEMONICAL, the new Swedish death metal band featuring past and present members from CENTINEX, GRAVE, REGURGITATE, INTERMENT, AMARAN, WORLD BELOW and DELLAMORTE, has scheduled the following dates:

Mar. 08 - POL - Katowice - Metalmania Festival
Apr. 04 - SWE - Stockholm - Tantogården (w/ NECROPHOBIC)
May 09 - SWE - Västerås - Taj Mahal (w/ TRAUMA MORALIS, FACIAL ABUSE)
Jul. 18 - GER - Pössneck - Hells Pleasure Festival
Sep. 12 - GER - Krugsdorf bei Pasewalk - Tunes of Death Festival

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Amaran Call It Quits

Swedish progressive metallers AMARAN have called it quits. The group's official statement on the matter reads as follows:

"This year comes to an end and we are sad to say that AMARAN does the same. Since Johanna [DePierre, vocals] left us in July we have really been struggling looking for a replacement. We have tried by contacts, friends, ads, headhunting, hostile kidnapping and threat without any success. Our bad luck always seems to keep up with us. This issue has simply unplugged our tub of motivation, and we all decided to put AMARAN six feet under.

"We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in any way with us during these AMARAN years. As a final word, we suggest you to keep your eyes open during the forthcoming year. A new year seems to be a good time to start up something new..."

AMARAN's sophomore effort, "Pristine In Bondage", was released in January 2004 through Listenable Records. The follow-up to "A World Depraved" was recorded at Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden and was the group's first since the departure of bassist Mikael Andersson (he had since been replaced by JULIE LAUGHS NO MORE drummer Ronnie Bergerståhl).

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Amaran Guitarist Leaves Band

France's Listenable Records has issued a statement in response to Swedish progressive Amaran guitarist Kari Kainulainen's assertion that his disatisfaction with the label was the main reason he chose to leave the band.

Listenable's statement reads as follows:

We feel Amaran has always been a very promising band and we've always tried to support them as much as possible as well as all the other artists on our roster.

The band has unfortunately become frustrated because we didn't want them to record the new album so soon like one year after the 'Pristine in Bondage' album release coz we could only release this new album in September 2005 (9 months later) in order to give it the right focus and use our best efforts to possibly put them on tour right after the release, which is quite hard considering the heavy competition in European tours nowadays and also get a release date in coordination with the Japanese company involved in this new album with us.

We thought a recording period right before the summer was also more suitable to us financially due to the priorities we have coming out first semester 2005. We kept being unaware of this growth of frustration (apparently leading to Kari's departure) until the news was spread today on the 23rd of November.

We're hoping the fans willl not have misconceptions reading Kari's news and about our work.

Amaran's sophomore effort, "Pristine In Bondage," was released in January through Listenable Records. The follow-up to "A World Depraved" was recorded at Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden and is the group's first since the departure of bassist Mikael Andersson (he has since been replaced by Julie Laughs No More drummer Ronnie Bergerståhl).

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Katatonia To Tour Europe With Amaran

Katatonia have made the following update on their official website:

"In connection with the Progpower Fest in the Netherlands in October, Katatonia (alongside friends Amaran) will team up for our third mini-tour together. The trip from Sweden down to the Progpower Fest will include dates in Denmark, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands exclusively along the way. The Danish date has already been set and the additional dates are soon tba. These gigs will close Katatonia's touring schedule for 2004, so don't miss out!!!”

Confirmed dates include: More...

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More Bands Confirmed For 2000 Decibel Festival

More bands have been announced for this year’s 2000 Decibel-festival, which will be held May 21st and 22nd in Bengtsfors , Sweden (180 km north of Gothenburg). Five of the bands will play on the festivals two main stages. They are Amaran, Beseech, Merciless, Naglfar and last but definitely not least The Haunted, who at the festival probably will do their first ever show (at least in Sweden ) with original singer Peter Dolving back in the band.

We can also present all the bands that will play on the tent stage. They are Beyond, Electric Earth, Gorefight, Ironware, Repulse, Shattered, Shiftlight, Silent Scythe, Sovereign, Syconaut, Trendkill and The Generals.

Already confirmed for the festival are Cans, Hypocrisy, Pain Of Salvation, Vintersorg, Ablaze My Sorrow, Arise, Astral Doors, Count Raven, Draconian, God Among Insects, Grand Magus, Lefay, Morifade, Månegarm, Notre Dame, Persuader, Tad Morose and Wolf.

There is only one more band to book before this year’s line-up is finalized.

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Katatonia Nominated For A Manifest Award

KATATONIA are nominated for a Minifest Award held by the Swedish Independent Musicproducers. The ceremony will take place on January 29 in Stockholm. The nominees in the 'Best Hard Rock/Punk' section are:

Arch Enemy – 'Anthems of Rebellion'
Burst – 'Prey On Life'
Cult Of Luna – 'The beyond'
Katatonia – 'Viva Emptiness'
Nasum – 'Helvete'

Katatonia took the 2nd spot at the Finnish Metal Music Awards held on January 3 in Helsinki, in the 'Best Foreign Act' category. Iron Maiden came in first and Dimmu Borgir third.

The band has also added some new dates on their oncoming Scandinavian tour together with AMARAN. The release date of Katatonia's 'Brave yester Days' has been set for February 23. The double cd comes in a digipac format and a 16 page booklet.

The official toudates are as follows: More...

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