From: Helsinki, Finland
Last Known Status: Active
Amberian Dawn is an independent Finnish metal band. Their music is melodic, dramatic and powerful metal with female classical vocals. Comprised of Tuomas Seppälä (keyboards), Heikki Saari (drums), Peter James Goodman (vocals) and Tommi Kuri (bass), past musical activity has included Virtuocity, Atheme One, Norther Thaurorod, and Lathspell.
As the songs for their first effort neared completion in composition, he band quickly added Heidi Parviainen (Iconofear/Agonia) to replace Goodman on vocals, and Kasperi Heikkilä (Guardians of Mankind, Merging Flare, Iconofear) to take over guitar for original part-timer Sampo Seppälä (Antheme One). They are currently recording their first album, due out in late 2007.
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The symphonic metallers in Amberian Dawn recently unveiled details on upcoming brand new album "Magic Forest," which is due out July 7th in the UK, and July 8th in USA/CAN on Napalm Records.
The band has now released the title track online, which can be heard below, and order info is available at this location. The track list for "Magic Forest" is:
1. Cherish My Memory
2. Dance Of Life
3. Magic Forest
4. Agonizing Night
6. Son of Rainbow
7. I'm Still Here
9. Endless Silence
10. Green-Eyed More...
Finnish symphonic metal act Amberian Dawn announced the release dates for the upcoming new release "Magic Forest" via Napalm Records. The album will drop on June 27th (EU) and July 8th (North America) with Japanese, Asian and South American dates still to be announced. The band will also issue a new music video ahead of the release.
The album was funded via a successful IndieGoGo campaign and is the first new original full length album to feature new vocalist Päivi "Capri" Virkkunen, who joined the band in December 2012. In 2013, the band issued a compilation of re-recorded tracks entitled "Re-Evolution" with Virkkunen at the helm.
The track list for "Magic Forest" is:
1. Cherish My Memory
2. Dance Of Life
3. Magic Forest
4. Agonizing Night
6. Son of Rainbow
7. I'm Still Here
9. Endless Silence
10. Green-Eyed More...
Amberian Dawn has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Napalm Records:
"We're happy to announce that we've signed a worldwide deal with legendary Napalm Records. Release date of our new album 'Magic Forest' is scheduled for June 2014.
"Our deal covers all territories, including USA and that's really important to us since we haven't got our CD's released there properly yet despite that we have a lot of fans there. We love the fact that Napalm is able to get our music available everywhere."
Songwriter Tuomas Seppälä also comments: "I'm very glad about this new deal with Napalm Records. I'm sure that our co-operation will be successful and enjoyable. This label showed us some interest already in very beginning of our career so I feel very comfortable in landing on this great label. Together with our booking agency/management Twisted Talent Concerts we're surely going to make something happening here.
"New album Magic Forest is AD's first studio album with singer Capri. Now with her I've been able to fulfill some of my early dreams with musical styles and this new style is really big, fresh and naturally flowing. New sound is more keyboard driven and the vocal lines have some strong influence of 1980's. But since this is AD, there's of course also some fast songs included and some really serious guitar & keyboard shredding too. Mr. Jens Johansson of Stratovarius once again contributed some really awesome playing in form of one keyboard solo. Thank you Jens, you've been supporting us so many years now. More...
Amberian Dawn has been recording a new album, and an IndieGoGo campaign was launched to fund its release. The band has now checked in with the following update about the campaign failing to reach its goal:
"Our IndieGoGo project for new studio album has now ended. We didn't reach the goal we set for covering the costs of producing this album.
"We're still going to continue producing this album and also we're going to deliver all the perks which are purchased during our campaign. We just have to find new ways to get rest of the funding.
"Despite we didn't achieve our goal on IGG, you made it possible for us to continue with recordings. We really appreciate your support andwant to THANK YOU with all of our hearts.
"We'll keep you updated about the recordings, release date and when we're able to deliver the perks you've purchased to you." More...
Amberian Dawn has checked in with the following update from the studio as the band work on a new album:
"What a perfect day to spend your Friday... Day 2 of vocal recordings with Capri is now behind! We had a lot of fun and those new songs composed just for her are really starting to sound awesome.
Amberian Dawn recently launched a crowd funding campaign to record an upcoming new album (get full details on the campaign and make your contribution right here). Now the band has checked in with the following recording update:
"We had fun and we recorded some guitars tracks for the new album last weekend. This coming weekend Capri will be heading to studio to record first vocals parts. How cool is that! Project 'Magic Forest' is progressing well and we are so happy for your support!" More...
Finnish act Amberian Dawn - who launched a crowd funding campaign for the band's upcoming new release "Magic Forest" and subsequent tour - posted a video of guitarist Emil Pohjalainen playing a solo demonstration for the title track. the album is tentatively scheduled for a 2014 release.
Check out the demonstration video here:
Finnish act Amberian Dawn launched a crowd funding campaign for the band's upcoming new release and subsequent tour, tentatively scheduled for a 2014 release. The band offers perk packages for the album and pledges can be made over at this location. A video introducing the campaign can be seen here:
Amberian Dawn has posted a teaser trailer online for new album "Re-Evolution," which is due out June 17th, 2013. Check it out below.
"Re-Evolution" features re-recorded versions of classic Amberian Dawn songs with new singer Päivi "Capri" Virkkunen, who joined the band late last year.
Amberian Dawn posted a new music video for the track "Kokko - Eagle Of Fire." The song originally appeared on the band's 2009 release "The Clouds of Northland Thunder," which was re-recorded for the upcoming compilation "Re-Evolution," which is scheduled for release on June 14th (Finland) and June 17th (World) via KHY Suomen Musiikki Oy, with world distribution via Pure Steel Records. The release features Amberian Dawn tracks re-recorded with new vocalist Päivi "Capri" Virkkunen, who joined the band in December of 2012.
The track listing for "Re-Evolution" is as follows:
3. Kokko - Eagle of Fire
4. Lily of the Moon
5. Come Now Follow
6. Crimson Flower
7. Circus Black
8. Lost Soul
9. Cold Kiss
10. River of Tuoni
11. Charnel's Ball
Check out "Kokko - Eagle of Fire" here: More...
Amberian Dawn's Tuomas Seppälä has posted the following announcement about the band releasing the "Re-Evolution" compilation:
"It's time for Re-Evolution and a great pleasure for us to share the cover art of our brand new compilation album 'Re-Evolution' with you. It was designed by Jan 'Örkki' Yrlund at Darkgrove Design:
"We all thought that the best way to introduce our new singer Capri to our fans is by re-recording a compilation album of our best songs. It was very important for us to give you all a broad overview about Capri's great talent in all its facets and present her vocal sound and way of singing to you before we start recording a whole new studio album.
"We hope very much that you like the fresh sound created through Capri's voice and the re-recording of the music parts which was necessary due to some required key changes. I believe that this compilation album is an excellent 'visiting card' of the new Amberian Dawn sound and style, all in all we all are really happy with the results we achieved.
"Re-Evolution will be released in Finland by late spring 2013 through KHY Suomen Musiikki. Album was mixed by Mikko P. Mustonen and mastered by Henkka Niemistö at Chartmakers. We plan to release this album digitally worldwide at the same time. The exact release date will be announced very soon.
"Furthermore a music video for 'Kokko - Eagle of Fire' will be shot and put online in April 2013. This video is going to be produced by Routafilmi, the same company which brought out one of our earlier videos (Arctica). The track listing is: More...
Following last week's lead, there's not much in the way of metal landing on the Rock Band Network today, with two new tracks for Xbox players and only a single song from the ever-present Amberian Dawn coming to the PS3.
Xbox 360 gamers now have access to these tracks on the Rock Band Network:
I See Stars - “Endless Sky” (160 MSP)
Psychostick - “This is Not a Song, It’s a Sandwich!” (160 MSP)
This song will be available on the PS3 starting February 5th (North America) and 6th (Europe):
Amberian Dawn - "Charnel's Ball" ($1.99), Metal
If the slim pickings on the RBN has you down, cheer up with Psychostick's latest music video for "Dogs Like Socks," which is exactly what it sounds like and can be viewed here.
Finnish symphonic metal act Amberian Dawn announced the replacement for outgoing vocalist Heidi Parviainen, who split with the band back in November. New vocalist Päivi "Capri" Virkkunen was revealed along with sound samples in the video appearing below. The band plans to issue a compilation of re-recorded tracks with Capri on vocals to be issued in 2013.
The announcement on the band's official website reads:
"Hey all. As announced recently we have spent quite some time with the search for a new singer. A pretty hard task, but we think we managed to find an extraordinarily talented singer.
"We are very proud to present you Capri! She is from Finland and a professional vocalist with a strong background: she has worked for a vast amount of different kinds of studio- and live-projects (musicals, lead and backing vocal recordings, live shows etc). Capri has a classical training but is still 100 percent a rock singer. We are sure she will bring AD to a new level by interpreting AD songs with a different kind of style and emotion."
"And since we all thought that Capri can sing those “classic” AD songs with new and refreshing style and sound, we decided to re-record a selection of our best songs again with her. Also 75% of the music stems are going to be re-recorded. Mikko P. Mustonen, who did orchestral arrangements for our previous album (Circus Black) will add some more colour to those songs with awesome orchestral additions. He's also going to mix this album. Release dates, track listing and cover art are to be announced later."
Songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist Tuomas Seppälä commented: "Finding Capri and getting her join AD is like a big dream coming true to me. Capri shares the same taste in music as I and that's why is obvious that our new partnership is like “match made in heaven”. She really makes my compositions to shine like never before and I'm so impressed about her every way. I'm as excited as back then, when I found our original singer Heidi. Now my main focus is to make the whole world to hear about Capri and start composing new songs for her. But first, we're all concentrating on recording this compilation album with Capri and then I'll start working with new material for new studio album." More...
With Friday here again the Rock Band Network now has new tunes for metalheads to rock out with over the weekend. Xbox 360 players now have these tracks available to purchase:
Amberian Dawn – “Charnel’s Ball” (160 MSP)
Anarchy Club – “A Single Drop of Red (The Gentleman)” (80 MSP)
Emmure – “Protoman” (160 MSP)
Escape the Day – “Turn Back Time (Rock Band Edition) (2x Bass Pedal)” (160 MSP)
Strikken – “Re-Live (2x Bass Pedal)” (80 MSP)
Meanwhile, the PS3 players will have these tracks to look forward to on 12/4 (12/5 in Europe):
Within the Ruins - "Controller" ($1.99)
Lich King - "Act of War" ($0.99)
Happy Friday Rock Banders! This week's new lineup of Rock Band Network tracks include Nightrage and The Minotaur Project on the Xbox side, along with recurring acts Amberian Dawn and Halcyon Way for the PS3 fans.
Here's what Xbox 360 players can now download through the RBN:
Nightrage – “Sham Piety” (160 MSP)
Nightrage – “Sham Piety (2x Bass Pedal)” (160 MSP)
One Year Later – “Absolution” (160 MSP)
One Year Later – “Absolution (2x Bass Pedal)” (160 MSP)
The Minotaur Project – “Shattered Satellites and Brutal Gods” (80 MSP)
The Minotaur Project – “Shattered Satellites and Brutal Gods (2x Bass Pedal)” (80 MSP)
For PS3 players, these tracks become available on 11/13 (North America) and 11/14 (Europe):
Amberian Dawn – “Cold Kiss” ($1.99), Metal
Halcyon Way – “Our Finest Hour” ($0.99), Metal
Finnish act Amberian Dawn has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:
"Goodbye Heidi, welcome back Joonas and Emppu. Amberian Dawn sadly announce the departure of Heidi Parviainen. The first chapter of Amberian Dawn's story is closed. The band and vocalist Heidi Parviainen, who has been a member of Amberian Dawn from the beginning, have decided to part ways.
"The decision to part company at the end of the year was made consensually in early 2012, thus meaning Amberian Dawn's appearance at Metal Female Voices Fest was their last show together. Amberian Dawn wishes Heidi all the best for her future and thanks her deeply for the work, effort and contribution she provided during all these years. More...
Well Xbox players, looks like you'll have to live with what metal already exists on the Rock Band Network this weekend, because you aren't getting a single new track this week.
PS3 fans finally get to play catch up though, as three Amberian Dawn tracks are coming to that platform next week. These songs will be available on the PS3 starting 8/21/2012 (North America) and 8/22/2012 (Europe):
Amberian Dawn - "Circus Black" ($1.99)
Amberian Dawn - "War in Heaven" ($1.99)
Amberian Dawn - "Sampo" ($1.99)
Finland's Amberian Dawn has issued the following announcement about replacing Krypteria at the upcoming Metal Female Voices Fest 2012:
"Hey, we are very happy to announce that it's confirmed that Amberian Dawn will perform at Metal Female Voices Fest again.
"We're replacing Krypteria which was announced before. AD had great time playing on MFVF 2009 and once again we're going to give a stunning show for you. See you all in Octoberhalle on October 20th 2012."
The pickings for metal have been slim for quite some time on the Rock Band Network, and this week again only features a handful of new tracks for the headbanging crowd. Xbox 360 enthusiasts can now download these two songs:
Asking Alexandria – “To the Stage” (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way – “On Black Wings” (80 MSP)
The PS3 version will also get the following tracks on 7/31/2012 (North America) and 8/1/2012 (Europe):
Carnifex – “Until I Feel Nothing” ($1.99)
Amberian Dawn – “Come Now Follow” ($1.99)
As previously reported, Rock Band and Rock Band Reloaded will be removed from the iTunes App Store at the end of the month, following the expiration of the license with maker Harmonix.
Rock Band players rejoice - there are finally new metal songs hitting the Rock Band network again this week! The Xbox 360 edition already has new tracks from Amberian Dawn and Nightrage, while the PS3 version will see new songs from Devin Townsend and Greek death metal demons Septicflesh next week.
These songs are currently available for the Xbox 360:
Amberian Dawn – “Circus Black” (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn – “Circus Black (2x Bass Pedal)” (160 MSP)
Edenshade – “Another Purity Failing (2x Bass Pedal)” (80 MSP)
I, Omega – “The Ravenous” (160 MSP)
Nightrage – “So Far Away/Delirium Of The Fallen” (160 MSP)
Spires – “The Infinite Descent (2x Bass Pedal)” (80 MSP)
These tracks hit the PS3 on Tuesday, 6/26/2012 (North America) and 6/27/2012 (Europe):
Devin Townsend – “By Your Command” ($1.99)
Septicflesh – “Anubis” ($1.99)