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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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More Amberian Dawn Songs Hit The Rock Band Network

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)

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Amberian Dawn Replacing Krypteria At MFVF 2012

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."

Additional details on this year's edition of the MFVF can be found at the festival's official website here. More...

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More Metal Songs Land On The Rock Band Network

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.

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New Metal Songs Coming To The Rock Band Network

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)

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Amberian Dawn Posts New Music Video

Finnish power metal band Amberian Dawn posted a new music video for the track "Cold Kiss." The song appears on the band's forthcoming fourth release "Circus Black," which is due out on Spinefarm Records today in Europe, March 6, 2012 (Canada) and April 24, 2012 (USA).

The album's track listing is 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)

Check out "Cold Kiss" here: More...

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Amberian Dawn Posts "Circus Black" Trailer

Amberian Dawn has posted a teaser trailer online for the new album "Circus Black," which can be viewed below. "Circus Black" is set for release on the following dates:

Finland 29.2.2012
Europe 2.3.2012
Canada 6.3.2012
US 24.4.2012 (Digi)
UK 29.2.2012 (Digi)
Japan & Asia May 2012 More...

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Eclectic Song Mix Hitting The Rock Band Network

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)

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Amberian Dawn Working On New Music Video

Amberian Dawn has issued the following announcement about working on a music video for the "Cold Kiss" track:

"Hey all,

"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...

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Amberian Dawn Announces Guest Musicians

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...

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Amberian Dawn Announces Details Of New LP

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."

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Amberian Dawn Taps Stratovarius Members

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."

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Rock Band Network Continues To Add More Metal

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)

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Waltari Celebrates 25 Years of Music

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.

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Amberian Dawn Issues Album Update

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:

Vocalists:
Roy Khan (Kamelot etc.)
Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius)
Simone Simons (Epica)

Musicians:
Jens Johansson (Stratovarius, Yngwie Malmsteen etc.)
Jan Hammer
Hans Zimmer

"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."

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Amberian Dawn Mixing New Album

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..."

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More Amberian Dawn Coming To The Rock Band Network

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.

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New 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)"

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Amberian Dawn Posts Tour Update Video

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.

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The Rock Band Network Has A Slow Metal Week

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:

Metal

Asking Alexandria - "A Prophecy (RB3 version)" (160 MSP)
Hedras Ramas - "Stellar Crash" (160 MSP)

Alternative

Mafia Track Suit - "Funeral on Parade" (80 MSP)

Hip-Hop/Rap

Jutbox - "OH-KAY!" (80 MSP)

Novelty

Parry Gripp - "Space Unicorn" (80 MSP)

Other

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...

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Septicflesh And More Added To Rock Band Network

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:

Metal

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...

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