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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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Finntroll Posts New Song Online

FINNTROLL has announced that they will release their new album entitled "Nifelvind" in February 2010. The album was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios (Apocalyptica, Amorphis, Ensiferum, etc.) in Helsinki, Finland and mastered by Mika Jussila (Children Of Bodom, Sonata Arctica, Him, etc.) at Finnvox Studios. The album cover artwork was done again by the band's own guitarist Skrymer. The band has also posted the first track, “Under Bergets Rot,” from their new album on their MySpace page.

Nifelvind will be released on the following dates:

FINLAND: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX / ITALY: Friday, February 19, 2010
UK / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, February 22, 2010
SPAIN / PORTUGAL: Tuesday, February 23, 2010
SWEDEN / HUNGARY: Wednesday, February 24, 2010
North America: Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 More...

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Swallow The Sun Announces North American Tour

Swallow The Sun has announced they will be embarking on a U.S. tour alongside Finntroll, Moonsorrow, and Survivor's Zero. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

6.4 Jaxx, Springfield, VA, US
7.4 Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA, US
8.4 Gramercy Theater, New York, NY, US
9.4 Palladium, Worcester, MA, US
10.4 Club Soda, Montreal, QC, Canada
11.4 Imperial de Quebec, Quebec, QC, Canada
12.4 Opera House, Toronto, ON, Canada
13.4 Peabody's, Cleveland, OH, US
14.4 Blondie's, Detroit, MI, US
15.4 The Rave, Milwaukee, WI, US
16.4 Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL, US
17.4 Station 4, St. Paul, MN, US
19.4 Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO, US
21.4 El Corazon, Seattle, WA, US
22.4 Red Room, Vancouver, BC, Canada
23.4 Peters Room, Portland, OR, US
24.4 Thee Parkside, San Francisco, CA, US
25.4 House of Blues, West Hollywood, CA, US
26.4 U.B.'s Bar, Mesa, AZ, US
27.4 The Rock, Tucson, AZ, US
29.4 Emo's, Austin, TX, US
30.4 Meridian, Houston, TX, US
1.5 The Ridglea Theater, Fort Worth, TX, US

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Moonsorrow Cancels Tour Date Due To Bassist Injury

Finnish metallers Moonsorrow have issued the following announcement about canceling their November 14th tour date:

"Moonsorrow's show in Bulgaria canceled!! We are very sorry to announce that we had to cancel our show in Sofia on November 14th. Our bassist/vocalist Ville Sorvali's back had to be operated in an emergency situation. An intervertebral disc in his back was ruptured resulting in a pinched spinal nerve, so he could not even walk for days. The operation went smoothly and he should recover in time for the shows in Russia. We are extremely sorry about the cancellation and we hope to play in Bulgaria sometime later! Any pre-ordered tickets will be refunded by the organizer."

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Barren Earth Launches Minisite For New EP

The new Barren Earth minisite is now online, including band and release information and audio samples from their debut EP, "Our Twilight," which is due out November 9th (11th Finland, 17th US).

With former members of Amorphis, plus current members of Swallow the Sun, Moonsorrow, and Kreator, Finland’s Barren Earth presents this 4-track EP of progressive and folk textured death metal.

The CD is now available to pre-order here.

It can also be announced that the band will play their very first gig, in support of the release, at Dantes Highlight in Helsinki on Thursday 19th November 2009.

Look out for the full-length debut album, coming early 2010, containing the extended version of "Our Twilight."

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Korpiklaani Comments On Upcoming Paganfest Tour

Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani have issued the following statement about the upcoming European Paganfest tour:

"We are all packed now, doing the last checks before boarding and heading Germany for the first show of this year's Paganfest. This big European tour will start off tomorrow in München. We will tour in many European countries and hope to see many of our old friends there, and meet new ones!

"We are asked to headline this Paganfest Tour together with Die Apokalyptischen Reiter. Of course more bands take part in this great tour: Unleashed, Alestorm, Ex Deo and our old Paganfest friends Swashbuckle. During some evenings we will have special guests, like our fellow countrymen Moonsorrow and Norway’s Einherjer.

"We will keep you all updated, and hope to meet you at Paganfest!"

Korpiklaani's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Paganfest 2 Comes To New York City

On Monday May 4th, 2009 I went to the Blender Theater at Gramercy in New York City to see Paganfest 2, which featured Korpiklaani, Primordial, Moonsorrow, Blackguard, and Swashbuckle. The venue featured movie theater style seating in the back and a comparably small general admission area. The crowd had already packed in well as the first band took the stage. More...

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PaganFest New York Venue Changed

The upcoming PaganFest show in New York on Monday, May 4th has changed venues. The gig will be moved from The Irving Plaza to Blender Theatre at Gramercy. All tickets already purchased will be honored at new venue.

Paganfest America features Finnish headliners Korpiklaani, Ireland's Primordial, Finland's Moonsorrow, Canada's Blackguard and New Jersey pirate metallers Swashbuckle.

PaganFest American Part 2 tour dates are as follows: More...

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Moonsorrow Has Equipment Stolen In Montreal

Moonsorrow has issued the following update about having a guitar and some other equipment stolen in Montreal:

"Moonsorrow played in Montreal at the Medley club on april 29th. Sometime during the day/night someone broke in the tour bus and stole our very special ESP custom shop Star guitar. The guitar is cream white with abalone star shaped inlays and gold hardware.

"The guitar can be easily recognized by the star inlays on frets 3, 5, 7, 12, 15 and 17 and creamy "vintage white" color. The back of the neck is not painted. It was in a rectangular flight case made by Finnish company Transit Case.

"The guitar..s serial number is: T0842201. A picture of the guitar can be viewed here.

"If you have seen the guitar, or you know where it is, PLEASE contact police, and send e-mail to:
mitja.harvilahti@gmail.com You can also call or send SMS to +358451376836. More...

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Ex Deo Confirmed For PaganFest Europe 2009

EX DEO, the new band led by KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono, will make their live debut this September/October on the special edition trek of Europe’s biggest pagan/folk-metal tour, PaganFest.

Co-headlining throughout will be Finland’s KORPIKLAANI and Germany’s DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER. Support will come from Sweden’s UNLEASHED, United Kingdom’s ALESTORM, EX DEO and Canada’s BLACKGUARD.

Special appearances will be made by Finland’s MOONSORROW and Norway’s Einherjer on select dates (marked "Extended Show" below).

Here are the latest PAGANFEST EUROPE 2009 tour dates: More...

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Loads More Bands Confirmed For Hellfest

Plenty more bands have been confirmed for this years edition of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest. Among the new names confirmed are Deicide, Gojira, Pentagram, Amebix and Soilent Green. A press release from the festivals organizers reads as follows:

"Hello everyone!

As promised, here is the list to be added to that of December 2008!

Nobody will be surprised to see names to satisfy all those who are fans of Hellfest and it will be Christmas all over again!

"Who can already boast having seen the fathers of American Doom PENTAGRAM, the American Black Sabbath founded by Bobby Liebling who, unfortunately, didn't have as much fame but, nevertheless remains THE reference for all fans of these slow and wicked musics! The first and only date in Europe will be at Hellfest! the real godfather of US Doom!

"Not to forget without whom such artists as Neurosis, Napalm Death, Sepultura and many others, would never have found their different sounds! The inventor of Crust, AMEBIX is back in Europe for one date only, connaisseurs will be happy and all others will listen attentively as extreme music wouldn't be the same without them! More...

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More PaganFest Tour 2009 Dates Announced

PaganFest America have just released their first batch of dates. The dates so far are as follows:

04/28 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON - CANADA
04/29 - Medley – Montreal, QC - CANADA
04/30 - Imperial - Quebec City, QC - CANADA
05/01 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
05/04 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
05/07 - Chicago Powerfest - Chicago, IL
05/08 - The Lab - St. Paul, MN More...

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Paganfest USA Part 2 Lineup, First Date Revealed

Initial details on the follow-up to the highly-successful and introductory run of PaganFest USA earlier this year have been revealed.

Part 2 of PaganFest USA is set to feature Ireland's PRIMORDIAL, Switzerland's ELUVEITIE, Finland's MOONSORROW, and Canada's BLACKGUARD (formerly known as Profugus Mortis), Finland's KORPIKLAANI, and New Jersey Pirate Metalers SWASHBUCKLE for mid 2009.

The first date of this unique trek has been exclusively revealed on the PaganFest USA MySpace as May 7, 2009 at Chicago's Powerfest. Details and ticket purchase links for PaganFest USA: PART 2 will be updated on the official MySpace page as they come in so please keep checking back often!

KATAKLYSM frontman and ROCK THE NATION USA's general manager Maurizio Iacono comments:

"As this years Paganfest was a great discovery for many people and a HUGE success, we are proud to bring it back again for 2009!

"The demand for the tour is growing and people are really excited. We chose to bring the best and some new blood as well for the next run. We hope (like this year) that all the pagan followers will come back in big numbers and raise their drinks in the air and celebrate a majestic evening not to be forgotten anytime soon!"

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Moonsorrow Reveal "Tulimyrsky" EP Artwork

Finnish folk/pagan metal band MOONSORROW will release its new EP, "Tulimyrsky" (Firestorm), on April 30 via Spikefarm Records. The CD will contain over 60 minutes of music, including a cover version of METALLICA's "For Whom The Bell Tolls".

"Tulimyrsky" (cover artwork) track listing:

01. Tulimyrsky (new song)
02. For Whom The Bell Tolls (METALLICA cover)
03. Taistelu Pohjolasta (from the "Tämä Ikuinen Talvi" demo)
04. Hvergelmir (from the "Metsä" demo)
05. Back To North (MERCILESS cover)

MOONSORROW has been confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air festival, set to take place August 15-17, 2008 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire England. This will be the band's only UK festival appearance of 2008.

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Moonsorrow Delay New EP, "Tulimyrsky"

"Tulimyrsky" (Firestorm), the new EP from the Finnish folk/pagan metal band MOONSORROW, has had its release date (through Spinefarm Records) pushed back to April 30 from the previously announced March 26.

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. Tulimyrsky (new song)
02. For Whom The Bell Tolls (METALLICA cover)
03. Taistelu Pohjolasta (from the "Tämä Ikuinen Talvi" demo)
04. Hvergelmir (from the "Metsä" demo)
05. Back To North (MERCILESS cover)

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Korpiklaani To Play First Ever Romanian Show

Finland's KORPIKLAANI have issued the following update:

"Dear friends,

We are happy to announce that we will move our asses to two countries we have never been before. We will play on Rock 'n Lasi Open Air in Romania (May 24th) and at Lagoa Burning Live Festival in Portugal (July 27th).

Soon we will join the other (great) bands for the big European Paganfest Tour. The Paganfest at Masters Of Rock Café (April 13th), Zlin (Czech Republic) is already sold out.

Would be cool to meet all of you (again)!"

Korpiklaani

Pagafest Europe features ENSIFERUM (headliner), KORPIKLAANI, MOONSORROW, TYR and ELUVEITIE. Dates are as follows:

April
2 - Bremen, Germany - Tivoli
3 - Tilburg, Holland - O13
4 - Antwerp, Belgium - Hof Ter Loo
5 - Essen, Germany - Funbox Amalie
6 - London, UK - Koko
7 - Leeds, UK - Rios
8 - Dudley, UK - JBs
9 - Paris, France - Locomotive
10 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
11 - Linz, Austria - Posthof
12 - Wien, Austria - Planet Music
13 - Zlin, Czech Republic - Masters of Rock Cafe (SOLD OUT)
14 - Budapest, Hungary - Petoefi Hall
15 - Innsbruck, Austria - Hafen
16 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
17 - Berlin, Germany - SO 36
18 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser
19 - München, Germany - Backstage
20 - Graz, Austria - Orpheum
21 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
22 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp

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Moonsorrow Confirmed For Summer Nights Fest

Finnish folk/pagan metallers MOONSORROW have been confirmed for the Summer Nights Open Air festival, set to take place June 20-21 at Castle Frauenstein in Mining am Inn, Austria. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

BEFORE THE FALL
BELPHEGOR
BLACK MESSIAH
BLOODFEAST
DARK FORTRESS
DARKSIDE
EQUILIBRIUM
FALL OF SERENITY
FEAR MY THOUGHTS
GODDAMNED X
IN SLUMBER
INZEST
MAROON
MASTIC SCUM
MAYHEM
MOONSORROW
NEAERA
NECROPHAGIST
OBITUARY
OUTRAGE
PERISHING MANKIND
RIGER
SERENITY
THIRDMOON
ULTRAWURSCHT
VARG
VOLBEAT
WOLFCHANT

The festival will feature two stages with more than 40 international metal bands. For more information, visit www.summer-nights.at.

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Moonsorrow Announce EP Tracklisting

Finnish metallers MOONSORROW recently began recording a new EP called Tulimyrsky.

The EP is to be issued in late March, and will feature the following tracklisting: 'Tulimyrsky' (new song), 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' (METALLICA cover), 'Taistelu Pohjolasta' (from the Tämä Ikuinen Talvi demo), 'Hvergelmir' (from the Metsä demo), 'Back To North' (MERCILESS cover).

Moonsorrow are confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which takes place at Catton Hall in Derbyshire England, Friday, August 15th through Sunday, August 17th, 2008. This will be the band's only UK festival appearance of 2008.

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Moonsorrow Start Work On New EP

Finnish metallers MOONSORROW have started recording the new EP called Tulimyrsky. The release date is set in late March. More info will be available soon.

Moonsorrow are confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which takes place at Catton Hall in Derbyshire England, Friday, August 15th through Sunday, August 17th, 2008. This will be the band's only UK festival appearance of 2008.

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Kataklysm Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have been confirmed for this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival, set to take place August 15-17, 2008 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

AT THE GATES
COMMUNIC
DIMMU BORGIR
ELUVEITIE
EVILE
HELLOWEEN
KATAKLYSM
MOONSORROW
OPETH
PRIMAL FEAR
SOILWORK
SWALLOW THE SUN
TÝR

KATAKLYSM will perform at the Rebel Radio "Birthday Bash" alongside TROUBLE on January 27 at The House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois. More bands will be announced soon.

KATAKLYSM has recruited producer Jason Suecof (CHIMAIRA, TRIVIUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) to mix the band's new album beginning in early February. "Prevail" will feature several guest appearances to be announced at a later date. The album is scheduled for a late spring/early summer release via Nuclear Blast Records.

KATAKLYSM recently decided to "immortalize" the character that was featured on the cover of their most recent album, "In the Arms of Devastation", and have him re-appear as the main character — dubbed "The Heartbeast" — on their next offering, "Prevail".

Commented vocalist Maurizio Iacono: "We had so [much] killer feedback on the artwork but especially on the character that we decided to keep him as the band's fifth band member... kinda like IRON MAIDEN did with 'Eddie.' We have the perfect concept for the next album art... it will be bad-ass!"

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Tyr Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Faroe Islands based metallers TÝR have been announced as the latest act to perform at the Bloodstock Open Air 2008 which is scheduled for August 15th - 17th at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England.

Other bands scheduled to play at the event will are: DIMMU BORGIR, AT THE GATES, OPETH, PRIMAL FEAR, MOONSORROW, SOILWORK, SWALLOW THE SUN, TÝR, COMMUNIC, EVILE and ELUVEITIE.

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