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

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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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France's Raismesfest Line-up Complete

Raismes, north of France, will welcome the 8th edition of Raismesfest, heavy & melodic metal festival on the 10th and 11th of September.

Saturday 10:

- (local band to be chosen after the contest that will take place in Raismes on June 4th*)
- Edenbridge
- Dragonforce
- Nightmare
- Manigance
- Loudness
- Sonata Arctica

Sunday 11:

- Conscience
- Wild West
- The Old Dead Tree
- Anyone's Daughter
- Deadsoul Tribe
- Anathema

One day ticket: € 15 (€ 20 without reservation)
Two days ticket: € 25 (€ 30 without reservation)
Camping: € 5

For more information, visit www.raismesfest.com.

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Sonata Arctica To Embark On European Tour

Sonata Arctica will embark on their first ever European headlining tour in September. Tour dates are as follows:

Sept 08 Markthalle in Hamburg, Germany
Sept 09 Willem 2 in `S-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
Sept 10 Raismes Festival in Raismes, France
Sept 12 Theatre Barbey in Bordeaux, France
Sept 13 Havanna Café in Toulouse, France
Sept 14 Transbordeur in Lyon, France
Sept 16 Planet Music in Vienna, Austria
Sept 17 Wigwam in Budapest, Hungary
Sept 19 Backstage in Munich, Germany
Sept 20 Rolling Stone in Milan, Italy
Sept 21 Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Germany
Sept 23 Hof Ter Lo in Antwerp, Belgium
Sept 24 Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland
Sept 25 Zeche in Bochum, Germany

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NEHMF 2005 Live Report

It’s that time of year again- birds are chirping, trees are blossoming, the city’s Crowne Plaza Hotel is bombarded with numerous metal parties. And, of course, the local businesses in Worcester, MA hand out flyers that read “Dear metalheads (!!!), if you’re wondering where to get drunk tonight, come to our pub”.

It’s the New England Metal Fest weekend, which was held on April 22-24 and welcomed fans from all corners of the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and even UK. Probably the biggest and best festival on this side of the Atlantic. At least this year’s. I was giddy with excitement about this event since January and I lived to share my observations and opinions. More...

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Wild West, Old Dead Tree Added To Raisemesfest

Raismesfest has announced two new bands, Wild West and The Old Dead Tree.

It seems that Saturday (Sept. 10) will be more power metal oriented and Sunday (Sept. 11) is going to be slighty doom/gothic oriented:

Sept. 10 Sonata Arctica, Edenbridge, Manigance, Wild West
Sept. 11 Anathema, Dead Soul Tribe, Anyone's Daughter, the Old Dead Tree

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Dragonland Confirmed For Thirteenth Day Fest

Swedish power metal band Dragonland are finally confirmed for the first festival in 2005. On July 24th 2005 they burn the stage on the Thirteenth Day Festival in The Academy, Birmingham, UK. First confirmed bands playing the festival are Sonata Arctica as headliner, Finntroll, Norther, Epica and many more.

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Schedule For NEMHF 2005 Announced

The 7th Annual New England Metal And Hardcore Festival is set to take place April 22-24 in Worcester, MA. As previously announced, this year's festival features stellar headlining acts such as KING DIAMOND, HATEBREED, DANZIG, OBITUARY, NILE, HYPOCRISY, DARK TRANQUILLITY and BEHEMOTH among others.

The following set times have been posted ( subject to change):

Main Stage Friday, April 22:

3:00 - 3:20- Winter Solstice
3:30 - 3:50- Kylesa
4:00 - 4:20- The Esoteric
4:30 - 4:50- Nora
5:00 - 5:20- Since the flood
5:30 - 5:50- Haste The Day
6:00 - 6:20- Premonitions Of War
6:30 - 7:00- All That Remains
7:15 - 7:45- Throwdown
8:00 - 8:30- As I lay dying
9:00 - 10:00- Obituary
10:30 - 11:30- Unearth
12:00 - 1:00- Hatebreed

Second Stage, Friday:

3:10 - 3:30- Ion Disonanance
3:40 - 4:00- Catastrophic
4:10 - 4:30- Scurvy
4:40 - 5:00- T.B.A.
5:10 - 5:30- The Minor Times
5:40 - 6:10- With Honor More...

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Danzig Confirmed To Headline NEMHF

Danzig and special guest Doyle have been confirmed as the Saturday headliner for the seventh annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.

In addition to the regular Danzig set, Doyle with join the band for a blistering 30-minute set of classic Misfits material. Danzig and Doyle have performed together just three times during Danzig’s recent tour – their first performances together in over 21 years.

Hatebreed, Unearth and Obituary will headline Friday night.

Saturday’s other headliners will include Chimaira and Cryptopsy.

Sunday’s headliners are King Diamond, Nile and Soilwork.

Also appearing are A Life Once Lost, All Shall Perish, All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder, Blood Has Been Shed, Bury Your Dead, Dark Tranquility, Darkest Hour, Evergreen Terrace, Full Blown Chaos, Glass Casket, Hypocrisy, If Hope Dies, Internal Bleeding, Ion Dissonance, It Dies Today, Kylesa, Maroon, Misery Signals, Mnemic, Premonitions Of War, Pro-Pain, Red Chord, Reflux, Remembering Never, Scurvy, Sonata Arctica, Stemm, Strapping Young Lad, The Acacia Strain, The Agony Scene, The Esoteric, The Killing, The Minor Times, Throwdown, Trivium, Winter Solstice, and many more to be added.

Single day tickets are $35 per day. Three-day passes are $99. Tickets are on sale at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.

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Sonata Arctica, Norther, To Play Thirteenth Day

Sonata Arctica, Norther, Intense and Season's End are the play Thirteenth Day 2005, a festival that happens at the Birmingham Academy on July 24.

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6 Bands Confirmed For France's Raisemesfest

Raismesfest announced that the following bands will be performing for the 8th edition of the festival (September 10 & 11, France):

Sonata Arctica
Anathema
Manigance
Dead Soul Tribe
Edenbridge
Anyone's Daughter

For more information, visit Festival de Raismes.

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Sonata Arctica Add Dates To North American Tour

Sonata Arctica have added new dates to their forthcoming North American tour starting in April. Their itinerary now includes: More...

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Candlemass Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Reunited Swedish doom legends Candlessmass have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.

The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...

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Sonata Arctica Confirm Finnish Festivals

Sonata Arctica have confirmed they will be playing two festival dates in Finland this summer. They are as follows:

June 10 - 11 at Sauna Open Air Metal Festival in Tampere
July 17 at Ilosaarirock in Joensuu

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Slayer On Sauna Open Air 2005

This year’s edition of Finland’s Sauna Open Air festival is scheduled to take place from June 9th - 11th in Tampere, Finland (main outdoor concerts in Ratina Stadion Park, indoor concerts in clubs).

Acts scheduled to perform currently include:

Thursday, June 9th - SLAYER, MASTODON, MOKOMA
Friday, June 10th - DIO, TERASBETONI

Other confirmed acts (placement on bill to be confirmed) include: SONATA ARCTICA, SENTENCED and DREAMTALE.

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Hammerfall, Equilibrium Added To Wacken Open Air

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...

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Tristania Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2005

The 2005 edition of the Wacken Open Air Festival is scheduled to take place August 4th - 6th in Wacken, Germany. The latest acts confirmed for the festival are TRISTANIA, NAGLFAR and SONATA ARCTICA.

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Dream Theater Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival

Sweden Rock Festival will take place on June 9 to 11, 2005 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The progressive metal band Dream Theater have just been confirmed for the festival. Other confirmed band are as follows:

Swedish bands: Morgana Lefay, Satanic Slauter, Symphorce, Crystal Eyes, Yngwie Malmsteen, Candlemass, Hammerfall, Therion, Hellfueled, Statetrooper, A.C.T, Thryfing

Foreign bands: Mötley Crüe (US), Accept (D), DIO (UK), Saxon (UK), Kansas (US), Styx (US), Blackfoot (US), Magnum (UK), Sebastian Bach (US), Helix (CAN), Vixen (US), Sonata Arctica (FIN), Robin Trower (US), Nazareth (UK), Shakra (CH), Force Of Evil (DK)

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Over 40 Bands Confirmed For NEMHF

The organizers of the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival have announced most of the bands that will perform at this year's event, set to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24, 2005 at The Palladium in Worcester. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:

Friday, April 22, 2005 (doors open at 3:00 p.m.): More...

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More Nightwish, Sonata Arctica Dates Announced

Nightwish will be touring the US once again in the New Year with Sonata Arctica. Confirmed dates so far:

Apr. 18 Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club
Apr. 20 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Apr. 21 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Apr. 23 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Apr. 25 New York, NY @ BB King's
Apr. 28 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
May 8 San Francisco @ The Fillmore
May 10 Seattle, WA @ The Showbox

For those of you having yet to experience Nightwish, check out the E-card here.

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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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Nightwish, Sonata Arctica To Tour US In 2005

Nightwish will be returning to the US with Sonata Arctica in tow. The first confirmed date is:

April 25 - New York, NY @ B.B Kings Blues Club

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