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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 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.
We can reveal two more dates for the upcoming 2006 tour that will feature the likes of European heavyweights FINNTROLL and SODOM.
January 7 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theatre
January 11 - Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
Other released dates include:
January 6 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
January 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
Finntroll has added some more dates to their upcoming tour. Tour dates are as follows:
Jul. 21 Earthshaker Fest - Geiselwind, Germany
Jul. 24 Thirteenday Fest - Birmingham, England
Jul. 29 Pitea, Sweden
Jul. 30 Q-Stock - Oulu, Finland
Jul. 31 Henry's Pub - Kuopio, Finland
Aug. 04 - 06 Wacken Open Air Festival - Germany
Aug. 13 Kasino - Kauhajoki, Finland
Aug. 20 Barther Metal Open Air - Barth, Germany
Sept. 30 34.000 Tons of Metal - Metal ferry on Baltic Sea
After the very successful Death Metal Special with expert for extreme tunes Philipp Schulte and Metalcore Shooting Stars Maroon, Century Media and NBC Giga TV joined forces again to strike back with the mightiest of all Humppa bands around – Finntroll. Turn on your TV on May 2nd 2005 at 18:00 CET for this one hour live feature. Expect an interesting interview, a competition and the legendary “Trollhammaren” video clip!
Attentive fans will have noticed that May 2nd is exactly the day where the touring package Finntroll, labelmates Naglfar and Amoral will crush the stages of the Matrix in Bochum, Germany. Apropos tour: This tour can easily be called a triumphal procession for both Finntroll and Naglfar. Tour dates: More...
Swedish power metal band Dragonland are finally confirmed for the first festival in 2005. On July 24th 2005 they burn the stage on the Thirteenth Day Festival in The Academy, Birmingham, UK. First confirmed bands playing the festival are Sonata Arctica as headliner, Finntroll, Norther, Epica and many more.
Tuska Open Air Metal Festival has added more international and Finnish acts to the 2005 roster. The line-up is almost complete with only 1 more artist to be added for Saturday afternoon as well as the winner from the band contest at Rotonde-Festival, France, which is to be held later this spring. This year's Tuska-Festival is more international than ever, with nearly half of the artists coming from abroad. The evening clubs will most likely see some international action as well.
New additions in Finnish professionalism will be represented by Apocalyptica, whose cello metal is witnessed way too rarely on their native soil. Apocalytica just recently supported Rammstein on their European tour and appeared stateside on a few selected dates.
German precision and universal greatness is brought to you by the mighty Gamma Ray. The band last appeared on the bill at Tuska 2000 and have since built their fanbase by selling out club shows on a regular basis.
Other additions include up-and-coming death metallers Amoral, Finnish-singing Stam1na and Viikate, as well as Callisto who are about to embark on a European tour in a few weeks.
The search continues for one more, either domestic or foreign artist.
Ticket sales for Tuska 2005 start on Friday April 1st. Three-day ticketcosts 67 euro, one-day ticket 32 euro. Go to www.lippupalvelu.fi to purchase tickets.
Current Tuska 2005 line-up reads as follows: More...
Reunited Swedish doom legends Candlessmass have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.
The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...
Hammerfall and Equilibrium are the latest bands to be added to the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.
Here is the complete roster of confirmed bands thus far: More...
The reunited Finnish metallers STRATOVARIUS, complete with vocalist Tim Kotipelto, will launch their first North American tour in September. It is not planned to be the usual handful of dates, but a full-blown club tour, from Atlantic to Pacific.
FINNTROLL, the dark metal outfit who mix native humpa rhythms and Finnish-only lyrics into a death metal approach, will engage in their own tour, in September.
The eighth annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival which takes place at Kaisaniemi in Helsinki, Finland from July 15-17th. Reunited German metal legends ACCEPT will headline on the 17th.
Other confirmed acts include: TESTAMENT, CHILDREN OF BODOM, EVERGREY, NAGLFAR, SCARVE, FINNTROLL, ROTTEN SOUND, THUNDERSTONE, AJATTARA, TERASBETONI, TURMION KATILOT, DEATH CHAIN, PAIN CONFESSOR.
Metal Church and Endhammer have been confirmed for Germany's Wacken Open Air festival on August 4-6 in Wacken.
A list of bands confirmed to appear so far:
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Sweden’s blackest of the black, Naglfar, have signed a new worldwide record contract with Century Media Records. Their new album, tentatively titled “Pariah”, is currently being recorded at Ballerina Studios in the band’s hometown of Umea. A wise decision as both preceding albums, “Diabolical” and “Sheol”, had been recorded in this studio and gave the band’s razor sharp sound its keen edge.
“Pariah” will be released in Spring 2005 and the new material promises to solidify Naglfar's reputation as one of the best – if not the best – bands in their musical genre. The expectations are of course high as the band’s last masterpiece “Sheol” received excellent feedback without exception all over the globe, i.e. achieving the highest praise from the press - Album Of The Month in Legacy (D) and Heavy, Oder Was!? (D), or 10 out of 10 points Rock Hard (D), to name just a few -- and climbing to top ten positions in the reader’s year-end polls of various magazines.
Naglfar, who had rewritten the rules of black metal with their debut “Vittra” in 1995 (this album ranks amongst the 300 best metal albums of all time in Rock Hard magazine) and have released the most brutal album of 1998 with their second output “Diabolical” (featuring immortal classics like “The Brimstone Gate” or the infamous “Horncrowned Majesty”), have always had a high standing in the black and death metal scene, which fully manifested itself with their last album “Sheol”, gaining the band many more fans than ever before.
According to this history, it is no surprise that “Pariah” is one of the most-awaited albums in the metal scene this year. But from a band that has always delivered the highest quality, one can expect that “Pariah” will again be a damn classic of pure melodic Swedish black metal that will break the competition’s neck.
Although the final tracklist is still to be announced, “Pariah” will contain the following tracks: More...