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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There's quite the eclectic lineup for Xbox 360 users of the Rock Band Network this weekend, from the pirate metal of Alestorm to the prog metal of Halcyon Way and even onto the black metal of Watain. These tracks are now available on the Xbox 360:
Christian Death - "Narcissus Metamorphosis Of" (160 MSP)
Alestorm - "Shipwrecked (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Codex Alimentarius - "Baptised" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Inside Looking Out (The Icon & The Ghost) (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Machinae Supremacy - "Force Feedback" (160 MSP)
Solution .45 - "Gravitational Lensing (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Watain - "Underneath the Cenotaph (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Powerman 5000 - "Do Your Thing" (160 MSP)
Unfortunately PS3 users have much less new material to look forward to, with only the following single metal track hitting the Rock Band Network this coming Tuesday, February 14th:
Amberian Dawn - "My Only Star" ($1.99)
Amberian Dawn has issued the following announcement about working on a music video for the "Cold Kiss" track:
"We're glad to announce that digisingle COLD KISS (featuring Timo Kotipelto) is now available. US release in May, UK & Japan TBA. Later we're releasing a music video of COLD KISS too.
"The initial release date of album CIRCUS BLACK is February 29th 2012. Stay Metal."
The album's track listing is as follows: More...
Amberian Dawn has issued the following announcement about guest vocalists appearing on the upcoming "Circus Black" album:
"We're glad to introduce you two more male vocalists, who are guesting on our next album, CIRCUS BLACK. Great Finnish singers, Tuomas Nieminen (ex- Adamantra, Throne of Chaos etc.) and Nils Nordling (ex- Dreamtale, Animal House etc.) are singing vocal parts on one song, 'I Share With You This Dream.'
"As announced before, also Timo Kotipelto is making a guest appearance on CIRCUS BLACK album. Release date is February 29th. You can pre-order your copy of CIRCUS BLACK from Record Shop X. Stay Metal." More...
Finnish power metal band Amberian Dawn announced more details on the band band's upcoming fourth studio album. The LP will be entitled "Circus Black" and will be released on February 29, 2012 through Spinefarm Records. The album cover art and track listing are as follows:
1. Circus Black (3:48)
2. Cold Kiss (3:30)
3. Crimson Flower (4:23)
4. Charnel’s Ball (4:26)
5. Fight (3:19)
6. Letter (4:28)
7. I Share With You This Dream (3:36)
8. Rivalry Between Good and Evil (Instrumental) (3:59)
9. Guardian (5:09)
10. Lily of the Moon (4:07)
Stratovarius vocalist Timo Kotipelto will provide lead vocals on "Cold Kiss" and keyboardist Jens Johansson (Stratovarius, Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force) contributed a keyboard solo on "Crimson Flower."
The band commented on the album: "Circus Black is the most impressive AD album so far. Musically it represents the most sophisticated and most symphonic edge of AD-music. There’s more diversity on this album than never before. This is the first time we used a real choir and we gathered some really excellent professional opera singers together to be able to achieve the best sounding choir possible. This choir was conducted by Mikko P. Mustonen from Pathos Music. He also arranged the choir and orchestral parts. We managed once again to get some world-class guests on this album. So, the production is our biggest so far and the final polish on this album was given by Teropekka Virtanen (mixing engineer) and Mika Jussila (mastering engineer) at legendary Finnvox Studios in Finland."
Amberian Dawn has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting Stratovarius members for the band's upcoming studio album:
"Hey all, we're proud to announce, that we're once again going to have some top musicians guesting on our next studio album.
"Timo Kotipelto (vocals) and Jens Johansson (keyboards) of Stratovarius will make guest appearances on our forthcoming new studio album, which is going to be released on early 2012. We'll give you later more details concerning the exact release date, cover art etc.
"This album is once again going to be released via Spinefarm Records/Universal Music Group."
More of the usual suspects are showing up in the latest batch of newly added tracks to the Rock Band Network. Xbox fans can look forward to music from All Shall Perish and Halcyon Way over the weekend, while PS3 players will have access to more Arch Enemy and Rock Band champions Amberian Dawn next week.
The newly added Xbox 360 tracks are as follows:
All Shall Perish - "Embrace The Curse (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Death of a Dream (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Prototype - "The Way It Ends" (80 MSP)
The PS3 releases for 11/22/2011 (North America) and 11/23/2011 (Europe) will be:
Amberian Dawn - "Passing Bells" ($1.99)
Arch Enemy - "Nemesis" ($1.99)
Finnish metal band Waltari recently celebrated their 25th anniversary as a band. Formed in 1986, they’ve become known in their careers as a band that excels at combining different styles of music, especially creating diverse and refreshingly open minded variations within rock and metal. So it was only natural that at their anniversary show at Nosturi in Helsinki, some of the areas diverse quantity of musicians within the Finnish musical community (and a few other from other areas! ) would be taking the stage to perform with these heroes of rock.
First up to take the stage was Lord Bishop of Lord Bishop Rocks. I cannot stress the diversity of this show enough, especially in the case of getting to hear this upbeat 70’s influenced rock. The charismatic Lord Bishop played well with the musicians of Waltari, and the effect was an intro to the night that spoke purely of the good times ahead.
Amberian Dawn has checked in with the following album update and request for fans to guess which guest musicians will appear on the release:
"We have always used guesting vocalists and musicians on our albums. This new forthcoming album is not making an exception. We're managed to get some really interesting people to contribute their talent on this new album.
"The next Amberian Dawn album is coming out in early 2012. The exact release date, cover art etc. will be announced shortly after this competition ends.
"Now we are having a contest on Facebook. All you need to do is guess who the guesting vocalist or the musician is. From all valid entries with a correct answer, one winner selected at random will receive a signed poster and signed new CD as soon as it's going to be released. The candidates in this competition are:
Roy Khan (Kamelot etc.)
Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius)
Simone Simons (Epica)
Jens Johansson (Stratovarius, Yngwie Malmsteen etc.)
"To enter this competition, go to our official Facebook site or straight to the poll here. You only need to vote for either a guesting vocalist or guesting musician. You can vote only once. The winner will be contacted directly via Facebook."
Amberian Dawn has checked in with the following announcement about finishing the recording and beginning the mixing process for the band's upcoming new album:
"So, after hundreds and hundreds of hours spent in studio by playing, recording other people playing and producing the album, I'm really happy to realize that we're finally at this very magical moment, when the mixing sessions have started :)
"I and the whole band have put even more effort on this album than never before and I'm sure that this new album is going to be best AD album so far...Some songs on this album are propably best that I've ever composed and there's also one instrumental song on this album, which I wrote in 1992 and it was supposed to be released on some Rock Opera project. Unfortunaly this project never happened due some unfortunate happenings. But now, after 20 years, this one song is going to be released. All other songs are new and are not covered with dust ;)
"If you liked the sounding of 'The Clouds of Northland Thunder,' which was mixed by Teropekka Virtanen, you'll going like the fact that this new album is going to mixed by the same guy at legendary Finnvox Studiosin Finland...
"As you know, guitarist Kasperi Heikkinen injured at summer and was unable to play at all for several months. That's why Kasperi was replaced by our ex-guitarist Emppu on our latest European Tour this fall. It even seemed like Kasperi wasn't able to play on this new album at all. But a miracle happened and Kasperi got his hand better only a few days before the mixing sessions started and he was able to play something on this new album after all !! So, Kasperi is back on our happy line-up again.
"We're announcing a release date and a cover art very soon....pics and video footage from studio also coming up quite soon..."
Hopefully your collection of Rock Band metal tracks has already got enough material to keep you rocking through the coming weekend, as this is one of the slimmest weeks for new songs on both Xbox and PS3 editions of the Rock Band Network.
The Xbox 360 version of the game has now received a 2X bass pedal version of the All Shall Perish track "Never... Again," while the PS3 edition will get the Amberian Dawn track "Willow of Tears" on October 25th, 2011 in North America and October 26th in Europe.
Check back again next week for the latest roundup of metal tracks hitting the Rock Band Network.
It's a sad day for metal fans looking for something new on the Xbox 360 version of the Rock Band Network, with only a song from Attack Attack! being of possible interest in this week's lineup. PS3 fans are getting all the love this time around, with the Rock Band Network announcing it is now adding songs with 2X bass pedal support.
The following tracks hit the PS3 edition on Tuesday, 10/11/2011 (North America) and Wednesday, 10/12/2011 (Europe):
After the Burial - "Your Troubles Will Cease and Fortune Will Smile Upon You"
Amberian Dawn - "City of Corruption"
Cynic - "The Space for This"
These PS3 tracks will also be available with 2X bass pedal support:
After the Burial - "Your Troubles Will Cease and Fortune Will Smile Upon You (2x Bass Pedal)"
Amberian Dawn - "City of Corruption (2x Bass Pedal)"
Asking Alexandria - "Morte et Dabo (2x Bass Pedal)"
Between the Buried and Me - "Alaska (2x Bass Pedal)"
Cynic - "The Space for This (2x Bass Pedal)"
Amberian Dawn will be embarking on the "Out of the Dark" tour with Tristania, Van Canto, Xandria, and Serenity at the end of the month. The band has now posted a brief video greeting clip about the tour, which can be viewed below.
It's an unfortunately quiet week for metal fans this week, with almost nothing in the headbanging category hitting the Rock Band Network. Xbox 360 players get a new Asking Alexandria song, while another Amberian Dawn track will be headed to the PS3 edition. The newly added Xbox tracks (including the non-metal additions) are as follows:
Asking Alexandria - "A Prophecy (RB3 version)" (160 MSP)
Hedras Ramas - "Stellar Crash" (160 MSP)
Mafia Track Suit - "Funeral on Parade" (80 MSP)
Jutbox - "OH-KAY!" (80 MSP)
Parry Gripp - "Space Unicorn" (80 MSP)
DJ Raptorz - "He's Our Savior" (80 MSP)
DJ Raptorz - "He's Our Savior (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Tina Guo - "Forbidden City" (160 MSP) More...
Metal fans looking looking for new songs to try out on the Rock Band Network this weekend can look forward to new tunes from Septicflesh, All Shall Perish, Amberian Dawn, and Halcyon Way. PS3 users also get new music from Asking Alexandria and Tesseract starting on September 6th.
The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 tracks, including the non-metal songs, is as follows:
All Shall Perish - "Spineless" (160 MSP)
All Shall Perish - "Stabbing to Purge Dissimulation (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn - "War in Heaven (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Chaotrope - "Fading Sacrifice" (80 MSP)
Conflicted - "Victor(ia)" (160 MSP)
Eminence - "Devil's Boulevard (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "The Age of Betrayal" (80 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "The Age of Betrayal (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Scum of the Earth - "Bombshell From Hell" (80 MSP)
Septicflesh - "Anubis" (160 MSP)
Septicflesh - "Anubis (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Without Mercy - "Slit" (160 MSP) More...
A video trailer for the upcoming "Out of the Dark" Tour featuring Tristania, Van Canto, Xandria, Amberian Dawn and Serenity can be seen below.
Confirmed "Out of the Dark" Tour dates:
30.09.2011 Karlsruhe, Germany -Substage
01.10.2011 Prague, Czech Republic - Abaton
02.10.2011 Budapest, Hungary - Club 202
04.10.2011 Milan, Italy, Alcatraz
05.10.2011 Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
06.10.2011 Paris, France - Le Bataclan
07.10.2011 Haarlem, Netherlands - Patronaat
08.10.2011 Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob (without Xandria)
09.10.2011 London, UK - O2 Academy Islington
11.10.2011 Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall
12.10.2011 Munich, Germany - Backstage
13.10.2011 Neu-Isenburg, Germany - Hugenottenhalle
14.10.2011 Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
15.10.2011 Dortmund, Germany - FZW
This week's lineup of new Rock Band Network track is a little more diverse than usual, with songs from After the Burial, Amberian Dawn, Devin Townsend, Myrath, and Skindred. The PS3 edition will also be getting a new After the Burial track next week.
The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 tracks, including all the non-metal songs, is as follows:
After the Burial - "My Frailty" (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn - "War in Heaven" (160 MSP)
Blue Water Dance - "Making Love (To a Foreign Woman While Reading Time Magazine" (160 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "Hyperdrive" (160 MSP)
Skindred - "Stand for Something (RB3 version)" (160 MSP)
Terrorhorse - "Magnolia" (160 MSP)
Terrorhorse - "Magnolia (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Myrath - "Madness" (160 MSP) More...
After Revamp dropped off the upcoming "Out of the Dark" tour with Tristania, it has now revealed that Serenity will be filling the empty tour slot. Also appearing on the bill are Van Canto, Xandria, and Amberian Dawn.
The dates for the tour are as follows:
30.09.2011 (D) KARLSRUHE / Substage
01.10.2011 (CZ) PRAGUE / Abaton
02.10.2011 (H) BUDAPEST / Club 202
04.10.2011 (I) MILAN / Alcatraz
05.10.2011 (CH) PRATTELN / Z7
06.10.2011 (F) PARIS / Le Bataclan
07.10.2011 (NL) HAARLEM / Patronaat
08.10.2011 (B) VOSSELAAR / Biebob
09.10.2011 (GB) LONDON / O2 Academy Islington
11.10.2011 (D) COLOGNE / Live Music Hall
12.10.2011 (D) MUNICH / Backstage
13.10.2011 (D) NEU-ISENBURG / Hugenottenhalle
14.10.2011 (D) HAMBURG / Markthalle
15.10.2011 (D) DORTMUND / FZW
Revamp has issued the following announcement about dropping off the upcoming "Out of the Dark" tour with Tristania:
"Floor Jansen, front woman of Revamp, has not fully recovered from a burn out yet. For that reason Revamp regretfully cancelled participation in the European Out of the Dark Tour with Van Canto, Tristania, Xandria & Amberian Dawn. Here's a personal video from Floor explaining why we had to cancel the tour."
For all you metal hungry Rock Band fans gearing up for the weekend, the Rock Band Network has now added on new tracks from Mastodon, After the Burial, Musica Diablo, and Winter Crescent. A listing of all the newly added Xbox 360 Rock Band Network songs, including all the non-metal tracks, can be found below.
After the Burial - "Pendulum (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Ethereal Collapse - "Category I: Slave to the Empirical (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Fallen Angel - "On and On" (160 MSP)
Mastodon - "Megalodon (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Musica Diablo - "Betrayed (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Serianna - "Inheritors (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Shakespeare in Hell - "Poor Yorick (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Winter Crescent - "Battle of Egos Part I" (80 MSP)
Winter Crescent - "Battle of Egos Part I (2X Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Dan Markland - "If I Was King" (80 MSP) More...
Amberian Dawn has posted in-studio footage of the band recording an upcoming album, which can be viewed below. The group also commented on the clip:
"Hey, recording sessions of the new Amberian Dawn album have begun.
"Here's the first video trailer from these recording sessions. First on line is our drummer Heikki Saari. With this video trailer we also want to welcome our original drummer back on the line-up. New AD album is planned to be released on early 2012 by Spinefarm Records.