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Below is our complete Mehida 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.

Cain's Offering Signs To Frontiers Records

Frontiers Records has announced the signing of Cain's Offering for their debut album “Gather the Faithful,” to be released on August 28th in Europe and September 11th in the USA.

The band is the new artistic creation of Jani Liimatainen, the guitarist/songwriter formerly of Sonata Arctica and Altaria. In 2007 Jani parted ways with Finnish power metal act Sonata Arctica, a band he has contributed to found in 1996 and to which he devoted his full time and energy for more than 10 years.

Following his departure from one of Finland's biggest music exports in recent years, all eyes were set upon his newest creation: Cain's Offering. “After parting ways with Sonata Arctica, I took 'a leave of absence' from the metal circles, feeling that I had not much to offer at the time and that I needed a break to charge my batteries” states Liimatainen. “After a year or so the hunger to play metal returned with a vengeance, and so I decided to put together a new group of my own. I gave a call to a few friends, and voila: Cain's Offering! Cain’s Offering is a collaboration of a world-class musicians and one of the best singers in the world of Heavy Metal. All of these guys are handpicked from the very best the Finnish metal scene has to offer and I’m very proud to have them join me in this band.”

Joining Jani are vocalist Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius, Kotipelto), keyboardist Mikko Harkin (Solution.45, Mehida, ex-Sonata Arctica, ex-Wingdom, ex-Kenziner), bassist Jukka Koskinen (Norther, Wintersun) and drummer Jani "Hurtsi" Hurula (Paul Di'Anno).

Drawing its musical influence from both the classic hard rock scene, the fast-paced European power metal and a very modern heavy metal sound, Cain's Offering is a perfect example of today's living and breathing Finnish music scene. “To me Cain's Offering is a perfect combination of the things I value in music: beautiful melodies, emotions, top-notch musicianship and some kick-ass Metal! Basically it represents music as I like to hear it; every element is in its rightful place. I feel that what we came up with has all the traditional values, that so many metal-heads, myself included, hold so dear, but with a fresh new twist to it” says Jani. “Lyrically the songs deal with very basic, almost primal emotions and subjects most people will be able to relate to … and … there are absolutely no dragons allowed :)”

“Gather The Faithful” includes the following songs:

My Queen Of Winter
More Than Friends
Oceans Of Regret
Gather The Faithful
Into The Blue
Dawn Of Solace
Thorn In My Side
Morpheus In A Masquerade
Stolen Waters
Elegantly Broken

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Slechtvalk Confirmed For Fear Dark Festival 2009

Dutch viking-black metal band Slechtvalk has been confirmed once again for Germany's Fear Dark Festival. The band has not played many live gigs, so this is a great chance to catch them live.

Previously confirmed is Swedish death-metal band Miseration, featuring vocalist Christians Älvestam (ex-Scar Symmetry) and guitarist Jani Stefanovic (Mehida, ex-Sins Of Omission). They will start their upcoming European tour at our Fear Dark Festival. Their tour will end at Legacy Fest in Germany.

The Fear Dark Festival takes place on May 15, 2009 in De Kelder, Amersfoort.

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Brainstorm Festival Details Announced

On November 21, 22 and 23, 2008 the first edition of the BRAINSTORM FESTIVAL will take place in Club Gigant in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.

The following bands are already booked for the festival:

Seventh Angel (UK)
Rebellion (D)
Eluveitie (CH)
Thy Majestie (ITA)
Seventh Avenue (D)
Mehida (FIN/S)
Morphia (NL)
Mena Brinno (USA)
World To Ashes (D)
Picture Of The Moon (NL)

Three more bands are to be announced. For more information, visit the festival's official site.

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Mehida Are Hard At Work On Second Album

MEHIDA, the Finnish/Swedish melodic metal band featuring former CANDLEMASS/current THERION singer Thomas Vikström, has issued the following update:

"The recording of the second MEHIDA album is going on full steam and all the people who liked the approach of the first one can expect the follow up album to be even stronger and more powerful. We'll be working with the album during the spring 2008, and the second album should be out in next year or so — still depending on schedules and such."

In other news, MEHIDA has posted the Christmas song "O Holy Night" ("O Helga Natt"), performed in Swedish, on the band's MySpace page. More...

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Mehida Signs To Napalm Records

MEHIDA, a new band of Mikko Harkin (ex-Sonata Arctica) and Thomas Vikström (Therion, ex-Candlemass) has signed to Napalm Records. Ex-Am I Blood guitarist Jani Stefanovic (ex-Am I Blood) is also involved in the project. "MEHIDA manage an extraordinary feat by converging their progressive roots and technical prowess with strong, memorable vocal lines and first-class songwriting," states the label.

The release of the band's debut album, "Blood & Water" is set for 31.8.2007.

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