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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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Arch Enemy Confirms Festival Appearance

Swedish melodic death metal act Arch Enemy has been confirmed for this year's edition of the Metalcamp festival, set to take place between July 11th and 16th, 2011 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The confirmed line-up includes:

ABINCHOVA
ACCEPT
ACHREN
ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ARCH ENEMY
ARKONA
AVA INFERI
BLIND GUARDIAN
BRAINSTORM
BREZNO
BULLDOZER
DEATH ANGEL
DEICIDE
HATE
HEAVEN´S GREY
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ
IN EXTREMO
IN SOLITUDE
KALMAH
KREATOR
KYLESA
MERCENARY
MOONSORROW
MOONSPELL
OBSCURA
OCTOBER FILE
RISING DREAM
SERENITY
SUICIDAL ANGELS
TAAKE
THAUROROD
THE OCEAN
VANDERBUYST
VIRGIN STEELE
WATAIN
WINTERSUN

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Moonsorrow Posts New Album Cover

Moonsorrow has issued the following announcement about posting the artwork online for the band's upcoming album:

"The new Moonsorrow album! Drag your arses to our official website to see how the new Moonsorrow album looks like! Also release dates can be found there. More information about the album and pre-orders very soon."

The release dates for "Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa" are as follows:

UK - Feb 21
Finland - Feb 23
Germany, Switzerland, Austria - Feb 25
Rest of Europe - Feb 28

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Moonsorrow Reveals New Album Title

Finnish pagan metal act Moonsorrow has announced that it will release their new album, "Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa," through Spinefarm Records on the following dates with
a record release party to be held on April 1 at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland.

February 21 - U.K.
February 23 - Finland
February 25 - Germany, Switzerland, Austria
February 28 - Rest of Europe

A North American release date will be announced shortly.

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Hatebreed To Play Summer Breeze 2011

Hatebreed has been confirmed to perform at the 2011 edition of the Summer Breeze Open Air. The festival is set to take place from August 18th - 20th, and additional details can be found here. The organizers of the festival commented:

"Summer Breeze has already survived a few tremors over the last few years, but the most severe eruption of them all is yet to come. Hatebreed are gearing up to utterly destroy Dinkelsbühl in 2011 with their killer songs. No other band out there combines the attitude and aggression of hardcore and the uncompromising heaviness of metal in such a perfect way. Scene icon Jamey Jasta and his wrecking crew are the epitome of unleashed energy, the embodiment of credibility, the essence of groove, the purest form of brutality, the rulers of all pits and the blueprint for a whole generation, all rolled into one. Please welcome one of the most important and influential bands of the last decade for the first time at Summer Breeze! Hard, harder, Hatebreed!"

The currently announced lineup is as follows: Arch Enemy, Tyr, Kvelertak, Suicidal Tendencies, Bolt Thrower, J.B.O., Witchery, Farmer Boys, Kalmah, Hail of Bullets, Corvus Corax, Hammerfall, Skeletonwitch, Excrementory Grindfuckers, Kampfar, Hayseed Dixie, Turisas, Marduk, Sonic Syndicate, Decapitated, Moonsorrow, Sodom, and Hatebreed.

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More Bands Announced For Tuska Festival

Church of Misery has been confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Tuska Open Air festival, which will take place at Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland during July 22nd - 24th. The festival will now feature the addition of a fourth stage. The currently confirmed bands for the festival are as follows:

At The Gates
Arch Enemy
Exodus
Meshuggah
Killing Joke
Enslaved
Moonsorrow
Witchery
Agnostic Front
Kvelertak
Spiritual Beggars
Grave
Mygrain
Church Of Misery
Misery Index

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Details Announced For 2011 Pagan Fest Tour

The 2011 edition of the European Pagan Fest tour will be headlined by Korpiklaani, with support from Moonsorrow, Unleashed, Kivimetsan Druidi, Varg, and Arafel. Eluveitie and Heidevolk will also be appearing on select dates. The currently announced dates are as follows:

3/4 - Wien, Austria - Arena
3/5 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser
3/6 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
3/7 - Bad Arolsen, Germany - Outback
3/8 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
3/9 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
3/10 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
3/11 - Geiselwind, Germany - Music Hall (extended show with special guests ELUVEITIE and HEIDEVOLK)
3/12 - Oberhausen, Germany - Turbinenhalle (extended show with special guests Eluveitie and Heidevolk)
3/13 - Tilburg, Netherlands - O13 (extended show with special guests Eluveitie and Heidevolk)
3/14 - Paris, France - Trabendo
3/15 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Docks
3/16 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
3/17 - Innsbruck, Austria - Hafen
3/18 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
3/19 - Linz, Austria - Posthof
3/20 - Prague, Czech Republic - Abaton
3/21 - Katowice, Poland - Studio
3/22 - Budapest, Hungary - WigWam
3/23 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Cvetlicarna Mediapark
3/24 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
3/25 - Stuttgart, Germany - LKA Longhorn (extended show with special guests Eluveitie and Heidevolk)
3/26 - Antwerpen, Bellgium - Hof Ter Loo (extended show with special guests Eluveitie and Heidevolk)
3/27 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg (extended show with special guests Eluveitie and Heidevolk)

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Moonsorrow Enters The Recording Studio

Moonsorrow has issued the following announcement about entering the studio to record a new album:

"On Thor's day, September 2nd, Moonsorrow will finally enter the studio to record their next full length album! We have been working on the new material throughout the summer, and despite the extremely hot weather we've had in Finland, none of it is present in the atmosphere of the new songs. This stuff is Cold, Heavy and Crushing.

"Lyrically we're dealing with life after the end of the world, so there is no light at the end of that tunnel either. The album will be recorded in various studios around Finland and it will be released in late February 2011. Check out the studio diary for daily - or almost daily - updating at this location."

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Moonsorrow/Barren Earth Drummer Starts New Blog

Marko Tarvonen, drummer for Moonsorrow and Barren Earth, has started a new blog through Modern Drummer's website. An excerpt from the latest entry follows:

Marko Tarvonen is my name, and I’m writing from Detroit. I’m on tour with my band Moonsorrow. We come from Finland and play epic melodic metal with some black metal influences mixed with some folkish and progressive rock touches. On the bill are also Finntroll and Swallow The Sun, so this really is a Finnish metal tour. I believe it’s the first time something like this is going on in the North America. So far the response has been really great. Thanks so much to our fans in U.S.A. and Canada!

I started to play the drums when I was seven years old. My mother thought I had some potential to become a drummer, so my parents bought me my first drumset. That same year, 1985, I entered the Pop & Jazz Conservatory in Helsinki. I took lessons there for just over ten years, until I decided to quit because of lack of time and a growing interest to form my own bands playing my own tunes and such. After my teenage metal years I really got into progressive rock and started to admire drummers like Bill Bruford, Carl Palmer, and Phil Collins—quite the obvious choices from the British prog scene. They influenced the playing style that I have today. Even though I hit hard playing in metal bands, I’ve kept my proper technique, and that really helps with the physics of your body—no problems with your hands, feet, or back when you keep the basic technique and posture together.
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Brutal Assault Festival Confirms Two More Bands

The organisers of the Czech Republics Brutal Assault festival has announced two more bands for this years edition of the event. New York hardcore legends Agnostic Front will now be performing at the festival, along with other new confirmation, Swedish black metal artists Watain. The festival takes place in the town of Josefov from August 12th-14th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Moonsorrow To Play Brutal Assault Fest

Moonsorrow drummer Marko Tarvonen has issued the following statement about the band appearing at the 2010 edition of the Brutal Assault festival:

"We will play the only summer festival show in Brutal Assault 2010 on 14th August. Such a great festival with so many brilliant bands so if you wanna see us playing the same ol' shit before the next album you better be there headbanging to Pimeä or even Aurinko ja Kuu or then just to chill out with your friends. Let's drink some best Czech beer in the world and have some big fun once more before the studio torture starts in September. ARE YOU WITH US??????????????? Alright I'll shut up then...."

Additional details on the festival can be found here. Other confirmed acts for the show include: Arsis, Bleed From Within, Candlemass, Cannibal Corpse, Children of Bodom, Converge, Demonic Resurrection, Despised Icon, Fear Factory, Ihsahn, Graveworm, My Dying Bride, Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, and more.

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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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