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Amberian Dawn

Formed: 2006
From: Helsinki, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Background

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.

Latest Amberian Dawn News

Below is our complete Amberian Dawn 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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Bands Describe Their Personal Video Games

Arcade Sushi asked musicians from a variety of metal bands what would happen if a developer made a game specifically about them.

The full article includes answers from Sworn Enemy, Avatar, Red Fang, Lord Dying, Vintersorg, and more. Excerpts from the article follow:

The Atlas Moth

If The Atlas Moth had a video game it would be a survival horror game set at an immigration office. You'd have to sneak around solving puzzles and collecting paperwork, while avoiding being spotted and killed by border guards. It could be called Temporary Resident Evil.

Pet the Preacher

Our game would be called "Oh Sh--." It is a roleplaying game where you have to locate and capture a preacher who is on a rampage in a big, futuristic city. He is drunk, drugged and violent, raging around town comitting crimes and partying. You are the preacher's son, and every time you see him do something sick in the news or read about him in a newspaper, you go, "Oh sh--." Also, your character does not have any legs, so he can't catch the preacher, which also means you can't win the game. It will not be a seller.
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Amberian Dawn Releases New Music Video

It's going to be magical: the Finnish symphonic metal band Amberian Dawn today releases a music video from upcoming album "Magic Forest." Check it out below, courtesy of Metal Insider.

The album is set to be released on July 7th in the UK & July 8th in North America on Napalm Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. Cherish My Memory
2. Dance Of Life
3. Magic Forest
4. Agonizing Night
5. Warning
6. Son of Rainbow
7. I'm Still Here
8. Memorial
9. Endless Silence
10. Green-Eyed More...

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Amberian Dawn Posts "Magic Forest" Video Preview

Finnish symphonic metal act Amberian Dawn released a preview clip of the upcoming music video for "Magic Forest." The song is the title track of the band's upcoming new release, which is set to drop via Napalm Records on June 27th (EU) and July 8th (North America). The full video is expected soon.

An interactive preview, featuring clips from the entire release can be found at this locaiton.

The track list for the new release is:

1. Cherish My Memory
2. Dance Of Life
3. Magic Forest (streaming here)
4. Agonizing Night
5. Warning
6. Son of Rainbow
7. I'm Still Here
8. Memorial
9. Endless Silence
10. Green-Eyed

Check out the video preview here: More...

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Amberian Dawn Posts "Magic Forest" Preview Clip

Finnish symphonic metal act Amberian Dawn posted a preview for the new album "Magic Forest." The interactive clip features snippets from the entire new album, which is set for release via Napalm Records on June 27th (EU) and July 8th (North America).

"Magic Forest" was successfully crowd funded via IndieGoGo and is the first new original full length album to feature vocalist Päivi "Capri" Virkkunen, who joined the band in December of 2012. The track list for the new release is:

1. Cherish My Memory
2. Dance Of Life
3. Magic Forest (streaming here)
4. Agonizing Night
5. Warning
6. Son of Rainbow
7. I'm Still Here
8. Memorial
9. Endless Silence
10. Green-Eyed

Check out the preview clip here: More...

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Amberian Dawn Streams New Album's Title Track

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
5. Warning
6. Son of Rainbow
7. I'm Still Here
8. Memorial
9. Endless Silence
10. Green-Eyed More...

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Amberian Dawn Announces Release Dates For New LP

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
5. Warning
6. Son of Rainbow
7. I'm Still Here
8. Memorial
9. Endless Silence
10. Green-Eyed More...

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Amberian Dawn Signs With Napalm Records

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...

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Amberian Dawn Comments On IndieGoGo Camapaign

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...

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Amberian Dawn Issues Studio Report

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.

"You can check out how our IndieGoGo project for this new album is progressing right here and pre-order this CD, signature version, MP3's package etc." More...

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Amberian Dawn Issues Recording Update

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...

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Amberian Dawn Posts "Magic Forest" Demo Solo

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:

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Amberian Dawn Launches Pledge Drive For New LP

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:

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Amberian Dawn Posts "Re-Evolution" Trailer

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.

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Amberian Dawn Posts New Music Video

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:

1. Valkyries
2. Incubus
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...

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Amberian Dawn To Release New Compilation

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...

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New Metal Tracks Available On Rock Band Network

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.

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Amberian Dawn Announces New Vocalist

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...

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New Metal Available For The Rock Band Network

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)

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New Metal Songs Hitting The Rock Band Network

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

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Amberian Dawn Splits With Vocalist

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...

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