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Northern Kings

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Below is our complete Northern Kings 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.

Raskas Joulu 2009 Tour Underway

The traditional Raskas Joulu (Heavy Christmas) tour is on the road again already for the fifth time. The Raskas Joulu project consists of many well known Finnish metal musicians who will perform classic Christmas songs in their own style.

The vocalists of the Raskas Joulu 2009 tour are:

J. Ahola (Teräsbetoni, Northern Kings)
Marco Hietala (Nightwish, Tarot, Northern Kings, Sapattivuosi)
Ilja Jalkanen (Kiuas)
Ari Koivunen (solo, Amoral)
J-P Leppäluoto (Charon, Harmaja, Northern Kings)
Antony Parviainen (Machine Men)
Tommi "Tuple" Salmela (Tarot)

The tour dates are as follows:

Nov 24 Private Christmas Party, Vantaa (J. Ahola, Ari, Ilja)
Nov 27 Night Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä (Antony, Tuple, Ilja)
Nov 28 Puustelli, Nivala (Antony, Tuple, Ilja)
Dec 04 Raahe-Sali, Raahe (Ari, Tuple, JP)
Dec 05 Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki (Ari, Tuple, JP)
Dec 10 Puijonsarvi, Kuopio (Marco, Tuple, Ari, Ilja)
Dec 11 Bar'n'Night Vaakuna, Mikkeli (Antony, Ari, Ilja)
Dec 12 Rikala-Sali, Salo (Antony, J. Ahola, Ilja)
Dec 16 Klubi, Turku (Marco, Tuple, JP)
Dec 17 YO-Talo, Tampere (Marco, J. Ahola, JP)
Dec 18 Nosturi, Helsinki at 18:45, no age limit (Marco, J. Ahola, JP, Ilja, Ari)
Dec 18 Nosturi, Helsinki at 21:30, age limit 18 years (Marco, J. Ahola, JP, Ilja, Tuple, Antony)
Dec 19 Osmantupa, Eura (Marco, J. Ahola, Ilja)
Dec 26 Puustelli, Alavus (JP, Tuple, Antony)

The band's lineup consists of:

Erkka Korhonen - Guitars & backing vocals, musical director
Tuomas Wäinölä - Guitars
Mirka Rantanen - Drums
Erkki Silvennoinen - Bass
Vili Ollila - Keyboards

Check out some of their music on the Raskas Joulu Myspace player.

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Just For Fun

11 Metal Covers Of Michael Jackson Songs

We figured we'd wait until you're thoroughly sick of hearing about Michael Jackson's death before posting our own article. Inspired by Metalunderground.com reader Gorecunt's Facebook note, I've compiled a list of metal Michael Jackson covers from YouTube, some more serious than others. While Jacko really has nothing to do with metal, some of our readers may still have enjoyed his music. Please raise your hands to be banned (just kidding). As such, this is all purely for fun, regardless what you think of him. Eleven metal(ish) covers of Michael Jackson songs can be seen below (with a couple of bonuses as well), after the jump. More...

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Northern Kings To Release Michael Jackson Cover

"Rethroned", the second album from NORTHERN KINGS will be re-released in Japan on February 25 via Warner Music Japan. The Japanese version of the CD will include a bonus track — a cover of MICHAEL JACKSON's "They Don't Care About Us".

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Northern Kings Announce Release Of New Album

NORTHERN KINGS is going to release their sophmore album "Rethroned" through Warner Music Finland on 19th November 2008. The tracklist of "RETHRONED" is the following:

1. Training Montage, Wanted Dead Or Alive
2. Kiss From A Rose
3. A View To Kill
4. Nothing Compares 2 U
5. My Way
6. Strangelove
7. Take On Me
8. I Should Be So Lucky
9. Killer
10. Roisin Dubh( Black Rose): a Rock Legend

NORTHERN KINGS:

MARCO HIETALA (Nightwish, Tarot)
JP LEPPÄLUOTO (Charon)
TONY KAKKO (Sonata Arctica)
JARKKO AHOLA (Teräbetoni)

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Teräsbetoni To Represent Finland For Eurovision

Teräsbetoni, will represent Finland at this year's Eurovision at Belgrade, Serbia on 24th May. This is the second time since 2006 since a heavy metal band has represented Finland at Eurovision. Lordi won Eurovision for Finland in 2006. Teräsbetoni will perform the hit single "Missä Miehet Ratsastaa" (aka "Where All The Men Ride Forth"), taken from their No.1 best-selling album, "Myrskyntuoja."

Meanwhile, J. Ahola, The lead singer of Teräsbetoni, is prepping for the UK June 16th release of the album "Reborn" by Northern Kings, a Finnish symphonic rock operatic supergroup comprising four of Finland's premiere heavy metal vocalists. Already certified gold in Finland, "Reborn" is being perceived as heavy metal's answer to operatic vocal groups like Il Divo and the 3 Tenors. Originally named Hell Divo, Northern Kings recorded versions of their favorite songs from the 80s and early 90's, in a symphonic rock style with orchestral arrangements, including Radiohead's "Creep" and David Bowie's "Ashes To Ashes." More...

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Northern Kings Ready Debut Release

Northern Kings, Finland’s premier symphonic power metal supergroup, are not your average covers band, featuring four operatic male vocalists performing classic tracks in their own unique symphonic rock style that really must be heard to be believed. The four members are all successful frontmen in their own right; singing in a handful of the biggest Finnish metal acts of recent times - Nightwish, Teräsbetoni, Tarot, Sonata Arctica and Charon. Their new record, "Reborn," will be released in the UK on Monday, June 16, and features critically acclaimed, awe-inspiring covers of Journey’s "Don’t Stop Believing," Tina Turner’s "We Don’t Need Another Hero," Mr. Mister’s "Broken Wings," Billy Idol’s "Rebel Yell," David Bowie’s "Ashes to Ashes," Jethro Tull’s "Fallen on Hard Times," Peter Gabriel’s "Sledgehammer," Electric Light Orchestra’s "Don’t Bring Me Down," Phill Collins’ "In The Air Tonight," Radiohead’s "Creep," Lionel Richie’s "Hello" and Dire Straights' "Brothers In Arms."

For more info and to hear some of their songs, visit the band's MySpace page.

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