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Below is our complete Finntroll 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.
Finland's FINNTROLL have announced the first date for their highly anticipated return to North America:
September 19 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
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...
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):
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
FEAR MY THOUGHTS
KEEP OF KALESSIN
SECRETS OF THE MOON
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
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.
The Bang Your Head festival has confirmed the following bands:
The Bang Your Head festival is a 2 day music festival that takes place in Balingen, Germany. The festival has been in exisistance since 1996.
SOULGRIND, the Finnish band featuring former LULLACRY frontwoman Tanja "Whisper Lilith" Kemppainen (a.k.a. Tanya), has announced the addition of former FINNTROLL singer Tapio Wilska as its new bassist. "We had our wild welcome party last Saturday and everybody is still in the state of shaking shock," reads a statement from the group. "Wet, wild and loud it was."
SOULGRIND recently entered D studio to begin recording their eighth album, "Pakana", for an October/November release. "Pakana" is the follow-up to "The Origins of the Paganblood", which was issued in January 2005 via France's Holy Records.
"Pakana" track listing (not final sequence):
01. Under The Cloud Of Gloom
02. Northbound Reverend
04. Against The Grain
05. The Path Of Screams
06. Frost Shines Blue
07. Through The Gates Of Desperation
08. The Second Over Tuoni's Realm
09. As Bronze May Be Much Beautified
11. The Soul Of The Battle
12. Lost Gardens Beyond The Sunset More...
SODOM and FINNTROLL have been confirmed for the End of 2006 Dayz festival, set to take place Decemebr 29-31 at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland. The festival billing is shapimng up as follows:
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
More bands will be announced soon.
Finland's FINNTROLL are scheduled to enter the studio in late September to begin recording the follow-up to 2004's "Nattfödd", tentatively due in early 2007. The upcoming CD will mark the band's first release with new singer Vreth, who replaced previous frontman Tapio Wilska (SETHIAN, ex-WIZZARD, former session vocalist for NIGHTWISH) this past spring.
FINNTROLL have updated their summer festival schedule for Europe. It is now as follows:
12 - Rockmaraton in Budapest, Hungary
16 - Evolution Festival in Brescia, Italy
28 - Metalway Festival in Gernika, Spain
4 - Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany
17 - Summer Breeze Festival in Abtsgmünd, Germany
Finland's FINNTROLL have posted the following message on their official web site:
"Yes, FINNTROLL shall molest Europe throughout the summer at various festivals like: Wacken, Summer Breeze, Sauna Open Air (only show in Finland this year) and few others. We have a replacement for [vocalist] Wilska and we are very anxious to introduce this new face to you all...so don't worry. We will release OFFICIAL statement about this matter when we feel the time is RIGHT, so little patience please. At the moment things are quite hectic over here as we are working on new album, which will be (hopefully) released early next year."
FINNTROLL have secured the services of TWILIGHT MOON frontman Mathias Lillm?ns as the group's new lead singer. Lillm?ns is reportedly 23 years old, and like FINNTROLL's original vocalist, Katla Mathias, is Fenno-Swedish, with Swedish as his mother tongue.
FINNTROLL parted ways with frontman Tapio Wilska (SETHIAN, WIZZARD, former session vocalist for NIGHTWISH) in January after "reach[ing] a situation in which we [found] it impossible to continue FINNTROLL" with their previous vocalist, according to a statement issued by the group a short time after the split.
FINNTROLL in January completed a short North American tour with German thrashers SODOM. The band's next live appearance is scheduled for June 4 at the Rock Hard Festival in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
Finland's FINNTROLL have secured the services of TWILIGHT MOON frontman Mathias Lillmåns as the group's new lead singer. Lillmåns is reportedly 23 years old, and like FINNTROLL's original vocalist, Katla Mathias, is Fenno-Swedish, with Swedish as his mother tongue.
Finntroll, who recently parted ways with singer Tapio Wilska, have posted the following message on their official website explaining their No Mercy Tour (which features Cannibal Corpse, Kataklysm and Legion of the Damned) cancellation:
"We are more than sorry to inform that we are forced to cancel the No Mercy - Tour. We are still searching for a new vocalist and we feel that it's only fair to the fans that next shows what Finntroll will do, will be with a new line-up, not with temporary replacements.
"We are at least as dissapointed as some of you for not being able to do the tour, but we'll hope that next opportunity to see you all along the road somewhere will happen really soon. Until then...Rot'n'Troll."
FINNTROLL vocalist Tapio Wilska has announced that he's been asked to leave the band:
"With a heavy heart I bring you the following news: In a band meeting one hour ago I was fired as a singer of FINNTROLL. Reasons are many and for the most part private, but personal differences and lack of discussion have led my bandmates to doubt my commitment for this band. I believe this will be discussed widely in the following days and more info will undoubtedly be out soon for your viewing pleasure. I will only say the following: These past three years have been the best times of my life and I want to thank all the friends I've gained from this, crews past and present, supporters who came to our shows and shared the good and the bad times. I will always cherish you in my heart. Thanks for my now ex-bandmates for sharing this experience with me. Life goes on and wounds will heal. The future remains to be seen.
Thank all of you and see you sometime, somewhere."
Norwegian Black/ Death metallers GRIMFIST have posted the following update:
Greetings my friends!! It´s 2006 and a whole new year filled with endless possibilities and challenges. We´ll start off with announcing that Grimfist will participate at the No Mercy festivals 2006!! We´re really looking forward to do this tour, and can promise you we´ll fucking slay!! Check out dates, venues and line-up below.More...
Finntroll have announced three festivals in 2006:
Jun. 04 Rock Hard Festival, Germany
Aug. 04 Wacken Open Air, Germany
Aug. 17 Summer Breeze Festival, Germany
Upcoming Finntroll tour dates:
Jan. 06 Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Jan. 07 Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Jan. 08 New York, NY - BB King's
Jan. 09 Montreal, CAN - Medley
Jan. 10 Quebec City, CAN - L'Imperial
Jan. 11 Toronto, CAN - The Opera House
Spinefarm Record has released "Spinefarm Metal DVD 2." The contents:
1. Children of Bodom - Trashed, Lost & Strungout
2. To/Die/For - Little Deaths
3. Finntroll - Trollhammaren
4. Norther - Mirror of Madness
5. Tarot - Pyre of Gods
6. Entwine - Bitter Sweet
7. Children of Bodom - Sixpounder
8. Turmoin Katilot - Verta Ja Lihaa
9. Nightwish - Bless the Child
10. Ajattara - Haureus
11. Norther - Death Unlimited
12. Ram-Zet - Queen
13. Lowe Motor Corporation - Soul of a Pagan
14. Rotten Sound - Burden
15. Reverend Bizarre - Doom Over the World
16. Amoral - Other Flesh
17. Sonata Arctica - The Cage (Tavistia live)
18. To Separate the Flesh from the Bones - The Final Extinction (Tavastia live)
19. Rotten Sound - Targets (Tuska live)
20. To Separate the Flesh from the Bones - Drowned in Semen (Tavastia live)
21. Sonata Arctica - Kingdom for a Heart (Tavastia live)
22. Ensiferum - Battle Song (Party San live)
23. Children of Bodom - Bodom Beach Terror (Tuska live)
For more information, visit the Spinefarm Records website at www.spinefarm.fi.
Finntroll has just announced a couple more North American tour dates with Sodom. Tour dates are as follows:
Jan. 06 Jaxx - Springfield, VA
Jan. 07 The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
Jan. 08 BB King's - NY, NY
Jan. 09 Medley - Montreal, Canada
Jan. 10 L'Imerial - Quebec City, Canada
Jan. 11 The Opera House - Toronto, Canada
According to a posting at SwedishMetal.net, HYPOCRISY drummer Horgh (ex-IMMORTAL) passed out Saturday morning (July 23) while partying with FINNTROLL at the Earthshaker Fest in Germany and had to be taken to the hospital. Rumors quickly began to spread that HYPOCRISY would be forced to cancel their gig at the festival, with HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Togtgren attempting to diffuse the situation by explaining that Horgh was "still alive." Fortunately, Horgh recovered in time for the HYPOCRISY gig to take place as scheduled.
HYPOCRISY's new album, "Virus" is scheduled for release on September 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. A video for the song "Scrutinized" was shot last month and will begin airing soon.
Finntroll guitarist Routa has posted this message on the band's official website:
First of all...concerning Kauhajoki-gig in Finland. It's been cancelled because of various reasons. But we try to get there sometime in a near future. Sorry for that.....
We also have had lots of questions about if we're gonna make a tour in US near future. Well...We can only say something is going on, but nothing confirmed yet. So keep ye pants on...When and if some tour will be confirmed, you are first one to be informed about that. Rock.