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Moonsorrow

Formed: 1995
From: Helsinki, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Moonsorrow News

Below is our complete Moonsorrow 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.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Blastfest Confirms Finntroll, Moonsorrow, And More

Norway’s Blastfest has just unveiled another seven great reasons why you need to book the 19th – 21st of February 2015 off work.

Today the festival organizers announce the addition of seven more bands to the billing including Finnish folk metal upstarts Finntroll, melodic black metal sextet Moonsorrow and Ireland’s men of myth Primordial. Also confirmed today are Djevelcult, Tortorum, Crib 45, and Morgoth.

The Bergen festival is only in its second year and previously announced acts such as At The Gates, Decapitated, Rotting Christ, Destruction and Asphyx for the 2015 edition. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Moonsorrow To Release "Biggest Box Set In History"

Finnish label Blood Music has announced May 28th as the pre-order launch date for the long-awaited Moonsorrow 14xLP box set, which the label is billing as "the largest metal box set in history." Further details will be announced in the days running up to the pre-order launch.

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Aurora Infernalis Festival Lineup Announced

The 2012 edition of the Aurora Infernalis Festival is set to take place this coming October 26th and 27th in Arnhem, the Netherlands. This year the festival's organizers have arranged a Darkthrone cover band with members from Troll, Isvind, and Covenant who are going to play Darkthrone's "A Blaze in the Northern Sky" album.

The festival will be held in two venues. On Friday in Willemeen, Arnhem, Holland and on Saturday at Luxor Live, Arnhem, Holland. Tickets and info on the festival can be found here, and the lineup is as follows:

October 26th - ARCHGOAT (Fin), ONE TAIL, ONE HEAD (Nor), FUNERAL WINDS (Nld), ISVIND (Nor), WOLFHETAN (Ger)

October 27th - PRIMORDIAL (Ire), AURA NOIR (Nor), MOONSORROW (Fin), TULUS (Nor), THULCANDRA (Ger) After show: A Blaze in the Northern Sky Tribute (Nor)

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Korpiklaani Announces North American Tour

Finnish traditional folk metal pioneer, Korpiklaani, has announced its headlining “Manala North American Tour,” which is set to kick off in late-August. Moonsorrow, Týr, and Metsatöll will accompany Korpiklaani on the run, which will come in the wake of the group’s eighth studio album, "Manala," due out August 14th on Nuclear Blast.

A full list of tour-dates can be seen below. To get a taste of the new album, check out the lyric video for "Kunnia" at this location.

Aug 25 Mexico, MEX @ Circo Volador (Korpiklaani ONLY)
Aug 28 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Theatre
Aug 29 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
Aug 30 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Aug 31 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Sep 1 Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's
Sep 2 St Paul, MN @ Station-4
Sep 3 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
Sep 4 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Sep 5 Billings, MT @ Manny's
Sep 6 Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
Sep 8 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Sep 9 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
Sep 10 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Sep 11 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Sep 12 Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
Sep 13 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Sep 14 Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
Sep 15 Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point
Sep 18 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Sep 19 Buffalo, NY @ Club Infinity
Sep 20 Reading, PA @ Reverb
Sep 21 Springfield, VA @ Empire
Sep 22 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Sep 23 Worcester, MA @ Palladium More...

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Two More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

Finnish pagan metal outfit Moonsorrow and German power metal group Freedom Call have been confrmed as the latest two bands to take part in this years edition of the British metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air, which will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.

Speaking on the confirmation, Moonsorrow stated: "We are truly excited to take part in Bloodstock Festival 2012. It's been way too long since we played on the British soil in 2008 and we know that lately there has been a huge demand for Moonsorrow to play in the UK. So, all our loyal fans in the UK, we want to see a massive crowd of insane berserks during our set. Don't let us down because we promise we don't let you down, cheers!"

Freedom Call added: "The Bloodstock Festival is the pulsating heart of Heavy Metal...a great audience, which knows exactly to revel."

The lineup for the festival is now as follows: More...

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Moonsorrow Signs With Century Media

Finnish crusaders of epic heathen metal, Moonsorrow, and Century Media Records are proud to announce a worldwide deal. In regards to the signing, the band comments: "Moonsorrow is thrilled to start working with Century Media, a label that is home to many fellow artists already! We never make our music half way or with compromises and we know our art is in good hands with people who have the same mentality in running a record label. Now, after a year since the release of our last album we are ready to begin creating something new. The new chapter in this epic journey of Moonsorrow!"

Jens Prueter, Head Of A&R at Century Media Europe also says: "I followed Moonsorrow since their early days and I'm very proud to welcome them now to Century Media Records. They'll be in good family along with their countrymen Finntroll, Turisas, and Insomnium. Two of the band members already have some history with us: Henri Sorvali is also part of Finntroll (even if he rarely plays live with any band) and Marko Tarvonen once moved from drums to guitar in the overlooked Death Metal allstar band Chaosbreed, who released an album that is as 'brutal' as its title.

"Much has been said about the dark soul of Finnish Metal. A sound that is hard to copy for any non-domestic band. A sound out of endless woods, deepest sorrow and epic majesty. Moonsorrow is probably the most epic of all Finnish bands, not only because most of their songs are over 10 minutes long (sometimes even over 30 minutes), but mainly because they are able to tell stories that are older than written culture. You can follow them even if you don't understand a single Finnish word. Moonsorrow is able to take you on journey through heathen times. I'm guessing I'm not the only one who can't wait for the next chapter." More...

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"Fortress Europe" Book Available As Free PDF

The complete book “Fortress Europe (The Big Shiny Prison Vol. II) ” is now online as a free PDF download. 10 years in the making, “Fortress Europe” is the long promised beast of nonfiction journalism from underground USA journalist Ryan Bartek.

Clocking in at 222 pages, this career defining & genre bending work details the author's travels throughout the European Underground in Summer 2011.

Refuting every stereotype of traditional journalism, “Fortress Europe” combines the classic autobiographical road novel with the current state of European Counterculture. The result is an odyssey of monumental scope featuring face-to-face interviews with a number of legends in extreme metal, hardcore punk, industrial, experimental, psychedelic & good old rock n' roll.

Appearances include Laibach, Wolfbrigade, Rotting Christ, Killing Joke, Funeral Winds, Enochian Crescent, Moonsorrow, Fondlecorpse, Defeated Sanity, First Blood, Hello Bastards, Armed Response Unit, Melting Walkmen, Abortion, Panthiest, CNK, Arkangel, HATE, Repulsione, Dehuman, Dickless Tracy, General Surgery, Grind The Enemy, Fides Inversa, Excavated, Terri Bomb, Flowers of Flesh & Blood, Knuckledust, Chiens, Vanguard, Splitter, Pyramido, Fen, Black Breath, Ingurgitating Oblivion, Scavenger Brats, El Schlong, Spacemen 3 & legendary Detroit writer/60's radical Mr. John Sinclair.

“Fortress Europe” also includes a bonus section featuring commentary by members of Brutal Truth, Master, Agathocles, Battlelore, Corpus Christii, Manzer, Seita, Cruadalach, Livstid, Nahemah, Der Blutharsch, Mincing Fury & Primordial.

The free PDF download is available online at this location. You can also read through the book on Scribd here. More...

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Breaker Confirmed For Bang Your Head 2012

Cleveland, Ohio metallers Breaker been confirmed for this year's edition of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place July 13th - 14th, 2012 in Balingen, Germany.

Breaker will perform an exclusive European reunion show with original vocalist Jim Hamar to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the release of the landmark "Get Tough!" album on Auburn Records.

This will be Breaker's fifth visit to Germany and second to Bang Your Head. The band's only previous festival appearance in Germany with Hamar on vocals was at Wacken Open Air in 2000.
Visit the Bang Your Head website for more information.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...

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"Fortress Europe" First Chapter Available Online

Underground journalist Ryan Bartek has just released chapter one of his forthcoming book “Fortress Europe (The Big Shiny Prison Vol. II)” as a free PDF download. "Fortress Europe: London" features interviews with members of Killing Joke, Pantheist, Hello Bastards, Armed Response Unit, Fen, Flowers of Flesh and Blood, as well as a barrage of industry insiders and renowned metal/punk journalists.

Also included in this PDF download is the prologue to “Fortress Europe,” which was released earlier this year and features face-to-face interviews with Polish death metal legion Hate, Grecian black metal kingpins Rotting Christ, and the USA’s own blackened extreme metal machine Lecherous Nocturne.

"Fortress Europe: London" details the first week of Bartek’s travels throughout the European underground during Summer 2011. “Fortress Europe (The Big Shiny Prison Vol. II)” is the follow up to 2009’s “The Big Shiny Prison” -- a book in which the author traveled the USA covering all forms of counterculture fringe through a genre-bending combination of nonfiction journalism and the classic autobiographical road novel.

"Fortress Europe: London" can be downloaded here or can viewed via Google Docs at this location. More...

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Channel Zero Playing 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise organizers have checked in with the following announcement about the latest addition to the festival:

"Please Welcome CHANNEL ZERO On Board! Did they forget about their scouting party that was in The Netherlands some time ago? What happened to them? They went South to Belgium and straight to the capital city of Brussels. Sailors, please welcome Belgium's premier Heavy Metal Band: CHANNEL ZERO on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival!

"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012.

"Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$289 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out this location for more information and book your cabin NOW!"

The following 33 (out of a total of 40 bands) have been confirmed: More...

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Venom To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Venom as the latest band to appear at the festival:

"Injected With Deadly Toxin: Please Welcome VENOM On Board! To travel from the North Sea into the Atlantic Ocean, they must sail around the British Isles. Before doing so they decided to visit a town in North East England that they are familiar with from last year: Newcastle, and what a welcome they got! On arrival they all got injected by a deadly toxin: VENOM!

"70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival now sails through the Channel into the Atlantic. Our course: Straight West. Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean 'Majesty of the Seas' from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012."

30 out of a total of 40 bands on board have been confirmed. The current lineup is as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
PRETTY MAIDS
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VENOM
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Pretty Maids Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Pretty Maids for the floating festival:

"It's getting to be winter up there in the Baltics. The days are getting shorter and you have to wait long periods to see the sun. Tired of waiting in Finland, they sailed over to Denmark. After they passed through the Great Belt they made a short stop in the city of Horsens. They should have gone there earlier, because you know what they found? Some really PRETTY MAIDS! Full steam ahead through the Skagerrak!

"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012."

So far 29 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known. Currently confirmed bands are as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
PRETTY MAIDS
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Metalheim Festival 2011

The week leading up to Metalheim festival was taut with anticipation, and excitement. The festival is hosted by the wonderful people at Metalheim Productions and takes place in two cities, Helsinki and Oulu. Each day featured five bands, and they travel between the two cities so we all partake in the epicness of the tour.

This year’s agenda boasted a fantastic lineup both days. Naturally, the week dragged on and on; and with a brand new Canon eos just waiting to be used, it felt like eternity until Friday. I finally arrived at Nosturi, and was lucky indeed to be able to interview Ville Sorvali of Moonsorrow, and later met with Kari, Gunnar and Terji of Tyr. Read the interview with Ville Sorvali here, others coming soon! More...

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Children Of Bodom To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Children of Bodom is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, which takes place from January 23rd - 27th, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas.” So far 28 out of 40 bands have been confirmed, and the currently announced list is as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Black Troll Winterfest Trailer Posted

A trailer for the upcoming Black Troll Winterfest was posted (seen below). The event takes place on November 12, 2011 at Rwe Halle in Mülheim, Germany.

Confirmed bands for the festival are:

Immortal
Ensiferum
Primordial
Tyr
Moonsorrow
Suidakra
XIV Dark Centuries
Waylander
Odroerir
Northland
Crimfall
Crudalach
Draugr
Negator
Chain of Dogs

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Kamelot Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal Lineup

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about adding Kamelot to the 2012 lineup:

"Tonight they anchored in the Tampa Bay where it came to them like a knight in a dark night: Please welcome Kamelot on board 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival. Are they staying in the Sunshine State for longer or will they sail onwards? You shall know soon..."

The cruise sets sail on January 23rd, 2012 from Miami FL and returns on January 27th. So far the following 26 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known:

AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Atheist Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about Atheist being the latest act confirmed for the festival:

"70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival passed the Florida Straight and then turned North. They decided to make a short stop in Sarasota to look for more signs, but the people there don't believe in signs, in fact they don't believe in anything, they are ATHEIST! 25 out of 40 as they continue to sail along the US Gulf Coast...

"Make no mistake, 70,000 Tons of Metal is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass! So far 25 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known: More...

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Draugr To Play Black Troll Winterfest

Italy's Draugr has issued the following update about performing at the Black Troll Winterfest:

"We are very proud to announce our participation at the Black Troll Winterfest. The gig will take place on November 12th, 2011 in Mulhein an der Ruhr (Germany).

"At this epic event will play other legendary bands as Immortal, Moonsorrow, Ensiferum, Primordial, and so so on...

"We MUST thank all of the 941 fans that help us to make this dream come true with their vote! Watch out Mulheim! The Horde is coming!"

Additional details on the Black Troll Winterfest are available by navigating over to this location.

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Suffocation Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Suffocation is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, which sets sail on Monday, January 23rd, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas" from Miami, FL. So far 22 of a total of 40 bands have been confirmed. The current list is as follows:

AMORPHIS
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PESTILENCE
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Cannibal Corpse To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Cannibal Corpse is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. The currently announced acts (with 19 of 40 being confirmed so far) are as follows:

AMORPHIS
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
PESTILENCE
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE

The cruise will sail Monday, January 23rd, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27th, 2012.

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