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Formed: 1995
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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Amon Amarth Announces More Tour Dates

Amon Amarth have announced more tour dates for their North American run. Support on the trek will come from Ensiferum, Belphegor and The Absence.

October 1 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
October 2 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Avalon
October 3 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
October 4 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
October 5 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
October 6 - Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Culture Centre
October 8 - Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
October 9 - Calgary, AB @ The Warehouse
October 10 - Regina, SK @ Ridell Centre
October 11 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
October 12 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
October 13 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
October 15 - Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix
October 16 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
October 17 - Quebec City, QC @ Theatre Imperial
October 18 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
October 19 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
October 20 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
October 21 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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Vikings Set Sail For North American Paganfest

To begin with, Korpiklaani was not present for this leg of the Paganfest tour, and it’s nothing short of a tragedy that North Americans had to miss out on the Forest Clan for this event.

Eluveitie was also not in attendance, supposedly because they didn’t file the proper paperwork with the Canadian customs in a timely fashion, so Gwynbleidd was on hand to fill in as an opener at the Medley in Montreal, Quebec. These New Yorkers weren’t quite as folksy as their Scandinavian counterparts, yet they offered a melancholic, progressive metal – slow, dark material, somewhat similar to High On Fire, and they set the stage quite nicely for Tyr.

Tyr looked the same as ever, long-haired and bare-chested, and they treated the crowd to a song from their newest album, “Land”. Fans were pleased to see “Hail to the Hammer” and the Faroese “Ramund Hin Unge” get some play, as well as “Wings of Time”. Unfortunately, their set was cut mercilessly short after a few songs, and they were replaced by Turisas. It is safe to say, even among the crazy Ensiferum fans, that Turisas stole the show that night. They swept up the crowd into the palm of their head and collectively placed it in their pocket. More...

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Korpiklaani Speaks On The Paganfest Tour

Korpiklaani have posted the following message via their official website:

"After this great Paganfest tour we like to thank all fans who filled the venues with their enthusiasm. It was heartwarming to see how many of you showed up to see us all!

This tour was a great enjoyment for us, being together with all these cool friends from all these brilliant bands was an absolute highlight. We had a great time and lot of fun together. So thanks to all bands, also the local supporting bands, technicians, organization and of course to you... the audience!

We wish the other Paganfest bands very happy touring in the USA!" More...

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Paganfest Changes A Couple Of Venues

The May 11 Paganfest stop, featuring Ensiferum, Turisas, Tyr and Eluveitie, has been moved to a new venue. The show will now take place at Chasers Bar and Nightclub in Scottsdale, AZ.

The May 12 show in El Paso was also recently moved to a new venue. The show will now take place at Club 101 in El Paso, TX.

Here are the latest Paganfest 2008 tour dates: More...

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Ensiferum Bassist Posts Tour Update

ENSIFERUM bassist Sami Hinkka has checked in with this latest road report from the band's current spot on the Paganfest tour across Europe:

April 19, 2008 - Germany, München, Backstage

"Pfff...another gig with fever, this really starts to piss me off!! During the first song I thought I'm gonna die. Well, I survived.

Another sold out gig and another great audience (I notice that I start to repeat myself...). I try to kick others to write here too because I haven't done anything worth mention today (Finnish comedy series, some Monty Pythons and lot of sleep).

There is no döner place near here but we got some late night snack from Burger King!!! Oh yes, you might not know but there isn't any Burger Kings in Finland, so that's also something we HAVE to do every time when it's possible!

I'm off to shower (hopefully warm one this time...) and back to sleep. Rock 'n Roll glamour, eh?"

April 20, 2008 - Austria, Graz, Orpheum

"Oh Yeah! No more fever!

Very nice venue, good lights, good food, perfect!

Even though it was Sunday people were really in to music! One of the best gigs ever!!! Thank you one more time!! Markus had a surprise act (even for us!) while he dropped his kilt and posed with his ...well, let's say, not so beautiful underwear.

Now we are in a bit of hurry because we have to drive almost 900km to the next venue. So, see ya tomorrow!"

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Tyr Delay New Album, "Land," and Reveal Artwork

Faroe Islands metallers TÝR will release their fourth full-length album, "Land", on May 30 in Europe and June 10 in the U.S. via Napalm Records. According to the band, the follow-up to 2006's "Ragnarok" "contains mostly Faeroese, but also Icelandic and Norwegian traditionals, re-arranged into heavy metal. The second most prevalent language is English." The CD was recorded at Jacob Hansen's (RAUNCHY, ROB ROCK, HATESPHERE, MERCENARY) studio in Ribe, Denmark.

"Land" track listing is as follows:

01. Gandksvaedi Tróndar
02. Skinlars Visa
03. Gátu Rima
04. Brennivin
05. Ocean
06. Fipan Fagra
07. Valkyrjan
08. Lokka Tattur
09. Land
10. Hail To The Hammer More...

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Complete NEMHF 2008 Lineup Revealed

The complete lineup for the 10th Anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, set for weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachussetts has been confirmed.

The largest and most successful metal festival in the United States will be presented this year by ESP, Randall, EMG, exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, and "Summer Slaughter Tour" second stage sponsor Sumerian Records.

"When we first started, we never could have much this festival would have grown," said festival co-founder Scott Lee. "It started out of our love for metal and it’s been amazing to be able to share that with fans who love it as much as we do. It’s also gratifying to be able to give exposure to up-and-coming bands and watch them develop into international stars."

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Doors will open Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday will kick off the full two-stage set up at 11:30 a.m. with for the Fallen Dreams, Veil of Maya, Trap Them, COCKPUNCH!, Xtryrantx, Winds of Plague, From A Second Story Window, Soilent Green, Arsis, Sleeping Giant, Stick to Your Guns, First Blood, Disfear, Municipal Waste, The Ghost Inside, Embrace the End, The End, Keep Of Kalessin, Monstrosity, Skeletonwitch, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Heaven Shall Burn, Vital Remains, Kataklysm, Hate Eternal, The Acacia Strain, Overkill, Behemoth, Shadows Fall, and Dimmu Borgir.

Sunday’s lineup includes Classic Struggle, Stray from the Path, Waking the Cadaver, Unholy, Cold World, Recon, Elysia, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, On Broken Wings, Dead to Fall, Full Blown Chaos, Ligeia, Since the Flood, Shai Hulud, Hemlock, After the Burial, Unexpect, Thy Will Be Done, Born of Osiris, Impending Doom, Kid Deposit Triumph, Vanna, Emmure, A Life Once Lost, Despised Icon, God Forbid, Eluveitie, Tyr, Turisas, Ensiferum, Nevermore, Meshuggah, and Ministry. The show will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The full schedule of set times will be announced soon.

The festival will also host the popular vendor area, where fans can pick up an assortment of rare CDs, t-shirts, and other memorabilia. Artists performing at the show will be on hand for meet and greets throughout the three days.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, MTV’s Headbanger’s Blog, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.

Tickets are $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass.

Tickets are available at all Strawberries and FYE Stores, online at tickets.com and enterthevault.com, or by calling 1-800-477-6849.

The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, MA.

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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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Suidakra Confirm Release Date Of Upcoming DVD/CD

SUIDAKRA is gearing up for the release of a DVD / CD Best Of package entitled "13 Years Of Celtic Wartunes". It will be released on April 25th. The DVD will feature Suidakra's 2007 performance at the Wacken Open Air and an acoustic show, while the CD will feature re-mastered and newly recorded songs.

Suidakra will play the following west coast dates on the upcoming Pagafest Tour in the US, also featuring ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, TYR and ELUVEITIE:

May
5 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
6 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
7 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
8 - Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
9 - Santa Clara, CA - The Avalon
10 - Long Beach, CA - The Vault

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Tyr Confirm New Album Title and Release Date

Faroese pagan metal band TÝR have issued the following update:

"The new album by Týr will be called Land. It is scheduled for release on May 8th and it contains mostly Faeroese, but also Icelandic and Norwegian traditionals, re-arranged into heavy metal. The second most prevalent language is English."

ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, Týr and ELUVEITIE will join forces for the Pagan Fest North American tour, running through April and May, with SUIDAKRA joining the tour for six west coast dates. More...

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10th Annual NEMHF Details Revealed

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, the largest and most successful metal festival in the United States.

This year’s show, presented by ESP, Randall, EMG, and exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, will take place the weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., its home since its inception. Sumerian Records will sponsor the “Summer Slaughter Tour” second stage.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Saturday will be headlined by Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, and Behemoth. Ministry, Meshuggah, and Nevermore will close out the festival on Sunday night.

Other bands scheduled to perform include: A Life Once Lost, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Belay My Last, Born of Osiris, Braindrill, Classic Struggle, Cockpunch!, Cold World, Dead to Fall, Demiricous, Dillinger Escape Plan, Disfear, Eluveitie, Elysia, Embrace the End, Emmure, The End, Ensiferum, First Blood, From a Second Story Window, Full Blown Chaos, The Ghost Inside, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Hemlock, High on Fire, Impending Doom, Job for a Cowboy, Keep Of Kalessin, Kid Deposit Triumph, Ligeia, Mensrea, Monstrosity, Municipal Waste, On Broken Wings, Overkill, Recon, Red I Flight, Rhinoceros, Shai Halud, Shipwreck a.d., Since the Flood, Skeletonwitch, Sleeping Giant, Soilent Green, Sons of Azrael, Stick to Your Guns, Stray from the Path, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Trap Them, Turisas, Tyr, Unexpect, Unholy, Vanna, Veil of Maya, Vital Remains, Waking the Cadaver, Winds of Plague, Withered, and Xtyrantx.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. EST. The cost is $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass. Tickets available at all Strawberries / FYE Stores, by calling (800) 477-6849 or online at tickets.com.

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New Dates Added To Pagan Fest Tour

A few more dates have been added to the Pagan Fest Tour, which features Ensiferum, Turisas, Tyr and Eluveitie.

New dates are as follows:

May 09 San Francisco, CA - Fat City
May 13 Albuquerque, NM - The Launchpad
May 21 Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock

Confirmed tour dates: More...

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Mercenary, Cynic, Machine Men Confirmed For Wacken

Mercenary, Cynic and Machine Men have recently been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air Festival, which takes place July 31 to August 2 in Wacken, Germany.

Other bands set to perform at the festival:

3 Inches lf Blood
As I Lay Dying
At the Gates
Autumn
Avantasia
Axel Rudi Pell
Axxis
Before the Dawn
Carcass
Children of Bodom
Corvus Corax
Crematory
Destructor
Dream of an Opium Eater
Enemy of the Sun
Ensiferum
Excremetory Grindfuckers
Exodus
Girugamesh
Gorerotted
Gorgoroth
Grave
Hatebreed
Headhunter
Iron Maiden
Kamelot
Killswitch Engage
Kreator
Krypteria
Lord Belial
Lordi
Nifelheim
Nightwish
Obituary
Opeth
Powerwolf
Primordial
Psycho Punch
Sabaton
Saltatio Mortis
Soilwork
Sonata Arctica
The Bones
Van Canto
Warbringer
Watain

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Ensiferum Add New Dates To Tour

As previously reported, ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, TYR and ELUVEITIE will join forces for the Pagan Fest North American tour, running through April and May. Dates have now been announced for El Paso, TX and Hollywood and Long Beach, CA.

Confirmed dates currently include:

April
25 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
26 - Montreal, QC - Medley
27 - Worchester, MA - The Palladium
28 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
29 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
30 - Detroit, MI - Harpo’s

May
1 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Powerfest
3 - Denver, CO - Cervantes
5 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
6 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
7 - Sacramento, CA - The Boardwalk
8 - Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues **
10 - Long Beach, CA - The Vault **
11 - Phoenix, AZ - The Cell Block
12 - El Paso, TX - Chics **
14 - Tulsa, OK - Crush Lounge
15 - Fort Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
16 - San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit
17 - Houston, TX - Java Jazz
22 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club

** new dates

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Ensiferum Explain Cancellation Of Illingen Show

ENSIFERUM have issued the following update:

"Ensiferum is very sorry for the cancellation of the Hexentanz gig in Illingen, Germany (on December 15th). Our guitar player Markus had to go to a hospital on the previous day in Switzerland and he had to stay in the hospital for a few days. At this moment Markus is doing fine and future gigs will be played as planned."

"We want to thank the incredible audience, crew and bands CHTHONIC and INSANIA for a great tour. Special thanks goes to the audience in Pratteln's Z7 club for understanding and to the staff for good work and great help. We salute you!"

Ensiferum plays a gig on February 4th at Helsinki Icehall, where the headliner is the legendary MEGADETH." More...

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Ensiferum Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2008

The following bands have been confirmed for next year’s installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, which is set to take place from July 31st to August 2nd in Wacken, Germany:

AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
AUTUMN
AVANTASIA
AXEL RUDI PELL
AXXIS
BEFORE THE DAWN
CARCASS
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORVUS CORAX
CREMATORY
DESTRUCTOR
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
ENEMY OF THE SUN
ENSIFERUM
EVOCATION
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
GIRUGÄMESH
GOREROTTED
GORGOROTH
HATEBREED
HEADHUNTER
IRON MAIDEN
KAMELOT
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
KREATOR
KRYPTERIA
LORD BELIAL
LORDI
NIFELHEIM
NIGHTWISH
OBITUARY
POWERWOLF
PRIMORDIAL
SABATON
SALTATIO MORTIS
SONATA ARCTICA
THE BONES
VAN CANTO
WARBRINGER

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Ensiferum Release More "Pagan Fest" Tour Dates

More dates have been released for the “Pagan Fest USA” North American tour next year that will feature ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, TYR, and ELUVEITIE:

April 25 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
April 26 - Montreal, QC @ Medley
April 27 - Worchester, MA @ The Palladium
April 28 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
April 29 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
April 30 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
May 1 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Powerfest
May 3 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes
May 5 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 6 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
May 7 - Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
May 10 - Orange County, CA @ California MetalFest
May 11 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Cell Block
May 14 - Tulsa, OK @ Crush Lounge
May 15 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
May 16 - San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
May 17 - Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
May 22 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

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Korpiklaani Added To Summer Breeze Festival

The following bands have been confirmed for next year’s installment of the Summer Breeze festival, which is set to take place from August 14th to 16th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany:

ALL ENDS
ASP
BEHEMOTH
BORN FROM PAIN
DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA
ENDSTILLE
ENSIFERUM
EXODUS
KATAKLYSM
KORPIKLAANI
PRIMAL FEAR
PRIMORDIAL
SONIC SYNDICATE
THE VISION BLEAK

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Primal Fear Confirmed For Summer Breeze Festival

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR are the latest acts confirmed for the Summer Breeze Festival which is scheduled for August 14th - 14th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Acts on the bill now include: ASP, BORN FROM PAIN, DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA, ENSIFERUM, ENDSTILLE, EXODUS, KATAKLYSM, PRIMAL FEAR, PRIMORDIAL, SONIC SYNDICATE, THE VISION BLEAK.

Organizers are announcing a new band each day in December via their Adventskalender!

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Exodus Confirmed For Summer Breeze Festival

US thrash legends EXODUS are the latest act confirmed for the Summer Breeze Festival which is scheduled for August 14th - 14th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Acts on the bill now include: DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA, ENSIFERUM, ENDSTILLE, EXODUS, KATAKLYSM, PRIMORDIAL, SONIC SYNDICATE, THE VISION BLEAK.

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