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Finntroll

Formed: 1997
From: Helsinki, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

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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 To Do First U.S. In Store Appearance

Finnish cult icons FINNTROLL continue their conquest of North America in support of their fifth full-length "Ur Jordens Djup". The group has also just announced its first in-store appearance, which is set to take place at Zia Records in Tempe, AZ on Sunday, October 7 at 5:30 p.m. the details are as follows:

Sunday, October 7:

Zia Records
5:30 – 6:30
105 W. University Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 829-1967

FINNTROLL's fifth album, "Ur Jordens Djup", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 91. The CD, which was recorded by Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, is the group's first release with new vocalist Mathias Lillmåns (a.k.a. Vreth; TWILIGHT MOON) following the departure of Tapio Wilska (SETHIAN, ex-WIZZARD, former session vocalist for NIGHTWISH) last spring. Lillmåns is reportedly 24 years old, and like FINNTROLL's original vocalist, Katla Mathias, is Fenno-Swedish, with Swedish as his mother tongue.

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Diamond Head Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell

UK NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD are the latest act confirmed for Britain's Hard Rock Hell - The Winter Ball festival which is taking place from November 9th - 11th at Butlins in Minehead, UK (Somerset).

The festival billing is as follows: 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, AMENTI, BEYOND THE GRAVE, CHTHONIC, CRADLE OF FILTH, CRUCIFIED BARBARA, DIAMOND HEAD, FASTWAY, FINNTROLL, GIRLSCHOOL, GMT, GRAND MAGUS, LAUREN HARRIS, MCQUEEN, MY DYING BRIDE, RAVEN, SAXON, TESLA, THE 69 EYES, TIAMAT, TWISTED SISTER, UFO, VIXEN, WOLF, ZERO CIPHER.

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Finntroll Confirm 2 Shows For Reykjavik, Iceland

According to FINTROLL guitarist Routa, the band will play ywo shows in Reykjavik, Iceland prior to their North American tour, which kicks off in September. They will play the Gaukur a Stong on September 15th and 16th before heading to the U.S.

As previously reported, Finntroll's North American tour schedule is as follows:

September
19 - West Springfield, VA at Jaxx
20 - New York, NY at B.B. Kings
21 - Poughkeepsie, NY at The Chance
22 - Bedford, NH at Mark’s Place
23 - Montreal, QC at Club Soda
24 - Quebec City, QC at L'Imperial
25 - Toronto, ONT at The Funhouse
26 - Cleveland, OH at Peabody’s
27 - Detroit, MI at I-Rock
28 - Mokena, IL at The Pearl Room
29 - St. Paul, MN at Station 4

October
2 - Seattle, WA at Studio 7
3 - Portland, OR at Roseland Grill
4 - San Francisco, CA at Slim’s
5 - Los Angeles, CA at Key Club
6 - Santa Ana, CA at Galaxy Theatre
7 - Tempe, AZ at The Clubhouse
9 - Ft. Worth, TX at Ridglea Theatre
10 - San Antonio, TX at White Rabbit
11 - Houston, TX at Meridian
13 - Mexico City, Mexico at Circo Volador
14 - Monterrey, Mexico at Café Iguana

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Six Feet Under, Nile, Finntroll European Dates

SIX FEET UNDER will join forces with NILE, FINNTROLL and BELPHEGOR for a European tour this coming fall. Here are the confirmed tour dates:

Nov. 29 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z 7
Nov. 30 - Lichtenfels, Germany - Stadthalle
Dec. 1 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
Dec. 2 - Lindau, Germany - Vaudeville
Dec. 3 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013
Dec. 4 - Paris, France - Locomotive
Dec. 5 - Saarbruecken, Germany - Garage
Dec. 6 - Innsbruck, Austria - Hafen
Dec. 7 - Vienna, Austria - Planet Music
Dec. 8 - Linz, Austria - Posthof
Dec. 9 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
Dec. 10 - Graz, Austria - Orpheum
Dec. 11 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
Dec. 12 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Dec. 13 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
Dec. 14 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser
Dec. 15 - Werl, Germany - Stadthalle (Satans Convention)

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Blood of Cain to Support Finntroll In Hollywood

Northern California's BLOOD OF CAIN will support FINNTROLL on October 5, 2007 at the Key Club in Hollywood, California.

In other news, BLOOD OF CAIN has posted a clip from its new single, "Sirena", on the band's MySpace page. Several other songs are available from the group's first independent release.

According to a press release, BLOOD OF CAIN "forge an alloy of melodic thrash, death metal, power metal, and other genres into a massive sound that must be heard to be experienced. Fire pulled down from the gods meets blood, sweat and pain dredged up from the depths of the earth in a brutally passionate transformation."

Upcoming BLOOD OF CAIN shows:

Jul. 20 - The Kennel Club - Sacramento, CA (w/ SENTINEL BEAST)
Jul. 25 - LaSalles - Chico, CA (w/ THE SAMMUS THEORY)
Aug. 16 - NorCal Metal and Aggressive Music Festival - The Women's Center - Chico, CA
Sep. 01 - Rebecca's Lodge - Lower Lake, CA (w/ BLED, PSYCHOSOMATIC)

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Metallysee Booking Agency Explains Cancellations

Metallysee Booking Agency, the long-running Belgian company which was recently blamed for a string of European tour cancellations by such bands as FINNTROLL, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, MARDUK, ENSLAVED and UNLEASHED — has released the following statement:

"For all of those that have been writing in with their hate mail, let me take a moment now to explain the recent mishaps that have been happening at my company, Metallysee Booking Agency.

"First of all, my name is Johan De Mesmaeker and I am one of the owners of Metallysee. I have had this company for more than 22 years, and during that time I have put many bands on tour in Europe. Many who have gone on to become bigger acts and many that have gone on to other booking agencies.

"During the past year, I had to take a leave from running the day-to-day operations of my company due to personal reasons and in my place was my (former) employee named Henk Mol (of Vain Productions). Together with my business partner Gina, Henk was responsible for putting the tours together and making sure that things functioned as they should. Well, as we know now, things didn't happen exactly this way.

"With my sister not knowing anything about the business (or the bands), Henk was pretty much in control of everything. In the case of the Earthshaker Roadshock tour, he, and HE ALONE, made the cost of this tour so high that it was impossible to continue that tour. Some bands were contracted to be paid more than they should have, while other bands were contracted to be paid when in fact they should have been paying us tour support. The same was the case with the MARDUK tour.

"In order to keep my company alive, I had no choice but to cancel these tours to avoid myself going into bankruptcy and to be able to continue in a business that I've been involved in for many years.

"In the case of Henk Mol, on the eve of the Earthshaker tour he conveniently 'quit' his position (and even has the NERVE to go back to some bands on our roster to tell them how he 'left' Metallysee and is in the process of starting his own booking agency and would like to book their tours from now on).

"Now while I don't absolve myself from any responsibility of these recent errors, the fact remains that before I took my leave, I have been doing the No Mercy and X-Mas tours (for example) twice a year for the past nine years that were completely successful. As most of you know, some of these tours had up to 8 and 9 bands and they always went to the [end] and everyone was always paid in full.

"In conclusion, I hope that this answers some questions that people have been asking. Slowly, I will rebuild my company and continue to book tours for the European market.

"To the bands that these problems have affected — FINNTROLL, AFTER FOREVER, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, TAROT, MACHINE MEN, ALL ENDS, MARDUK, ENSLAVED, MELECHESH, KEEP OF KALESSIN, GOATWHORE, PANTHEON I, UNLEASHED and BELPHEGOR — I offer my sincere apologies and will make every effort in time to compensate them for their losses. To the fans, labels, managers and my longtime promoter partners, I also offer my apologies."

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Finntroll Announce Mexican Dates

Finland's FINNTROLL will play two shows in Mexico in October, immediately following the group's U.S./Canadian run. The details are as follows:

Oct. 13 - Mexico City, Mexico @ Circo Volador
Oct. 14 - Monterrey, Mexico @ Café Iguana

FINNTROLL's fifth album, "Ur Jordens Djup", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 91. The CD, which was recorded by Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, is the group's first release with new vocalist Mathias Lillmåns (a.k.a. Vreth; TWILIGHT MOON) following the departure of Tapio Wilska (SETHIAN, ex-WIZZARD, former session vocalist for NIGHTWISH) last spring. Lillmåns is reportedly 24 years old, and like FINNTROLL's original vocalist, Katla Mathias, is Fenno-Swedish, with Swedish as his mother tongue.

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More Bands Added To Finland's Tuska Open Air

The 2007 Tuska Open Air Festival is scheduled for June 29th - July st at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. ISIS, MISERY INDEX, THUNDERSTONE, TURISAS, PROFANE OMEN are the latest acts confirmed.

Acts on the bill now include: More...

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Finntroll Unleash New Album, Post New Track Online

With renewed vigor and a fiery new frontman, Finnish cult icons FINNTROLL crawl up from their clammy cavern clutching their fifth full-length Ur Jordens Djup, which is set for an April 24th release (Century Media Records).

After many nights of drunken debauchery at Sonic Pump studios, where they certainly overstayed their welcome, Finntroll are proud to bring you another fine example of their trademark blackened pagan folk metal. The Trolls have posted the new track, 'Korpens Saga', on their official Myspace page; look for a video for the track in the coming weeks. More...

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Finntroll Set US Release and Tour Dates

After many nights of drunken debauchery at Sonic Pump studios, where they certainly overstayed their welcome, FINNTROLL are proud to bring North America another fine example of their trademark blackened pagan folk metal on April 24. The band has posted "Korpens Saga" on their MySpace page, a track taken from their forthcoming album Ur Jordens Djup online.

Under the guidance of producer extraordinaire Nino Laurenne, who has similarly assisted goth legends Nightwish and Amorphis, FINNTROLL have crafted their most consistent concoction of cavernous chaos yet, including a 13-minute closer. The effort is drenched in atmosphere, guitarists Skrymer and Routa creating a maelstrom of metal mayhem amidst the pull and sway of pagan polka.

Ur Jordens Djup marks a unique chapter for the band with a new vocalist who will be making his live North American debut in September on a full U.S. tour (see below for dates). With former vocalist Wilska’s departure in 2006, the remaining members scoured their native homeland for a suitable replacement, only to stumble upon the like-minded and equally inebriated Vreth. After a few pints, a number of wild practice sessions, and a covert initiation rite, FINNTROLL welcomed Vreth with open arms.

Here is FINNTROLL's Headlining US Tour schedule: More...

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Finntroll Post New Song Online

FINNTROLL will release their new album, Ur Jordens Djup, through Century Media in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Benelux on March 30th. A track from the album, 'Korpens Saga', is currently available online at the following locations: Century Media artist page and Century Media Germany’s Myspace.

Recorded in September 2006 at Helsinki’s Sonic Pump Studios, Ur Jordens Djup marks the first Finntroll studio recording with new vocalist Mathias "Vreth" Lillmåns.

The tracklist is as follows: 'Gryning', 'Sång', 'Korpens Saga', 'Nedgång', 'Ur Djupet', 'Slagbröder', 'En Mäktig Här', 'Ormhäxan', 'Maktens Spira', 'Under Två Runor', 'Kvällning'.

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Chthonian First Video Available

CHTHONIAN, the black metal act featuring FINNTROLL frontman Vreth - better known outside the band as Mathias Lillmåns - have uploaded the video for Thirteen, taken from their forthcoming debut "Of Beatings And The Silence In Between". Go to this location to check it out. Audio samples are also available at the same location. More...

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Finntroll Post New Album Sample

FINNTROLL have posted a teaser sample from their upcoming album at their official website. "Ur Jordens Djup", due out later this month, features the following tracks: More...

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Finntroll Release More Tour Dates

More dates have been released for FINNTROLL’s highly anticipated return to North America later this year:

September 18 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
September 19 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 20 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 21 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
September 22 - Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace
September 23 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
September 24 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
September 25 - Toronto, ON @ Funhaus
September 26 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
September 27 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
September 28 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
September 29 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
October 2 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
October 3 - Portland, OR @ Roseland
October 4 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
October 5 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
October 6 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater
October 7 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
October 8 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch pad
October 9 - Ft Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
October 10 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
October 11 - Houston, TX @ Meridian

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Finntroll Release More Tour Dates

More dates have been released for FINNTROLL's highly anticipated return to North America:

September 19 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 20 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 21 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
September 29 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
October 10 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
October 11 - Houston, TX @ Meridian

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Finntroll Release First North American Tour Date

Finland's FINNTROLL have announced the first date for their highly anticipated return to North America:

September 19 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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Finntroll To Release New Album In March

Spinefarm Records has set a March 28 Finnish release date for the fifth album from FINNTROLL, entitled "Ur Jordens Djup" ("From the Depths of the Earth"). The CD, which was recorded by Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, will be the group's first release with new vocalist Mathias Lillmåns (a.k.a. Vreth; Twilight Moon) following the departure of Tapio Wilska (Sethian, ex-Wizzard) last spring. Lillmåns is reportedly 24 years old, and like FINNTROLL's original vocalist, Katla Mathias, is Fenno-Swedish, with Swedish as his mother tongue.

"Ur Jordens Djup" track listing: More...

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Finntroll Confirmed For Summer Breeze Festival

FINNTROLL has been confirmed for the tenth-anniversary edition of Germany's Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 16-18, 2007 in Dinkelsbühl. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

AMON AMARTH
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
COMMUNIC
CREMATORY
DARK FUNERAL
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
DORNENREICH
DORO
EISBRECHER
FEAR MY THOUGHTS
FINNTROLL
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR
HELRUNAR
HEVEIN
ILLDISPOSED
IMMOLATION
IN EXTREMO
KEEP OF KALESSIN
KRYPTERIA
MOONSORROW
NECROPHOBIC
SAMSAS TRAUM
SECRETS OF THE MOON
SIRENIA
TANKARD
TANZWUT

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Machine Men Added to Earthshaker Roadshock Tour

MACHINE MEN have just been confirmed for the Earthshaker Roadshock Tour 2007 which kicks off towards the end of April, prior to that the band will delight their Finnish fans with a number of shows:

MACHINE MEN Live:

26.01.2007 Levi (FI) @ Hulluporock
27.01.2007 Levi (FI) @ Hulluporock
09.03.2007 Kuopio (FI) @ Henry's Pub
16.03.2007 Lahti (FI) @ Nightlife
17.03.2007 Oulu (FI) @ Teatria
23.03.2007 Jyvaeskylae (FI) @ Lutakko
24.03.2007 Helsinki (FI) @ Tavastia
28.03.2007 Tampere (FI) @ Klubi
29.03.2007 Turku (FI) @ Klubi
30.03.2007 Mikkeli (FI) @ Vaakuna
31.03.2007 Salo (FI) @ Bar Maksim

Earthshaker Road Shock Tour 2007 with Finntroll, After Forever, Tarot, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, All Ends

27.04.2007 Antwerpen (B) @ Hof Ter Lo
28.04.2007 Osnabrueck (D) @ Halle Gartlage
29.04.2007 Hamburg (D) @ Markthalle
30.04.2007 Adelsheim (D) @ Live Factory
01.05.2007 Berlin (D) @ Postbahnhof
02.05.2007 Muenchen (D) @ Backstage
03.05.2007 Frankfurt (D) @ Batschkapp
04.05.2007 Nürnberg (D) @ Hirsch
05.05.2007 Wien (AT) @ Planet Music
06.05.2007 Padova (I) @ Sottosopra Est
07.05.2007 Pratteln (CH) @ Z 7
08.05.2007 Essen (D) @ Zeche Carl
09.05.2007 Saarbruecken (D) @ Garage
10.05.2007 London (UK) @ Scala
11.05.2007 Heerhugowaard (NL) @ De Waerdsetempel
12.05.2007 Strasbourg (F) @ La Laiterie
13.05.2007 Paris (F) @ Locomotive

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Finntroll Finishing Work On New Album

According to Spinefarm Records, FINNTROLL is finishing work on their new, as-yet-untitled studio album. A March 2007 release has been set and it will feature the debut of new vocalist Mathias "Vreth" Lillmåns. The band have described the album as "disturbed but catchy as hell". A massive tour is due to follow the album release.

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