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Formed: 1989
From: Oulu, Finland
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Latest Sentenced News

Below is our complete Sentenced 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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Poisonblack Parts Ways With Guitarist Janne Markus

Finnish metal band Poisonblack, featuring former SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala, has announced the departure of guitarist Janne Markus.

The band comments, "After four years and two albums we have to announce that Janne is no longer in the band.His goals and ambitions couldn't have come true in poisonblack and we totally understand and respect that.His creativity needs a different setting than poisonblack can and ever will provide.This is the one and only time we`re going to explain the reasons behind his departure,so do not bother asking.We thank him for the music, the unforgettable moments we all shared together on - and offstage and wish him the best for the future."

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Australian Musicians Honor Miika Tenkula

Marking to the exact day the death a year ago of talented Finnish guitarist Miika Tenkula, admirers of his work from past and current line ups of estblished Australian metal bands: Nazxul, Lord, Darker Half, Anno Domini and Rampage will be performing a set of Sentenced covers on February 19th in Sydney, Australia in rememberence.

Under the banner of Frozen, named after one of their land mark releases, a set of over an hour of classic Sentenced songs will be performed to honour and pay tribute to Miika. Sentenced never performed on Australian soil so this show is a chance for Australian fans to experience these classic songs live.

All involved in this project are fans of Miikas work and are all eager to pay tribute to an artist taken well before his time was due. Support for the show will be The Veil and Requiem of the Damned.

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Netherbird Seeking Fan Input On Guitar Solo

Netherbird had previously announced they were seeking fan submissions for a guitar solo on their upcoming cover of “Nepenthe” by Sentenced. The band has now issued the following statement about allowing fans to vote on the top four solo submissions:

"Greetings, the response for our solo/lead challenge has been massive and we are damn proud for all the great contributions! Solos are interesting since they can be done in so many ways and combine technique and feeling and it is damn hard to pick a winner, so we need your help friends! Below you find the four candidates, make a comment where you state which one you like the most and then we will count the votes on December the 10th and the one with most votes gets included!

"We hope all enjoyed contributing even if you didn't get picked this time around! You are truly amazing and we are damn fortunate to have friends such as YOU! So give these guys (yeah, sadly not a single contribution from a female guitarist but we hope that will change if do something like this another time!) a go and pick your favorite!"

The submissions can be found below. More...

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Netherbird Seeking Fan To Play Guitar Solo

Sweden's Netherbird has issued the following announcement about seeking a fan to play a guitar solo on an upcoming release:

"We have two releases coming up and for one of them there is a little spot where you (yes YOU) could join the ranks of Netherbird as the lead guitarist! So if you play the guitar or if you know a friend who has got the skills, read on! We will cover four tracks and one of these is the fantastic 'Nepenthe' by Sentenced. Are you a skilled lead guitarist with access to equipment to record a solo for this tune? Then dont be afraid to give this a go!

"Below is a player where you can hear the part of the tune and instructions on where to start playing you solo and where to end! You can also download the music as MP3. Record your lead and send it (or a link to a place where we can here it) to lead@netherbird.com. We will listen to all contributions and the ones we like the most will be placed for a vote on netherbird.com and the one with the most votes will be included on the song. More...

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Sentenced Comments On Guitarist's Cause Of Death

Guitarist Miika Tenkula of Finnish metal band Sentenced died on February 18th, 2009. The band has issued the following statement regarding the cause of his death:

"To stop rumours about Miika Tenkula's cause of death, his family wishes to state the following: Miika had a genetic heart condition and died from a sudden attack at his home on February 18th, 2009.

"For those wondering where Miika is buried: his grave can be found at the Kirkkosaari cemetery in his hometown Muhos, Finland."

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Sentenced Speaks On Late Guitarist Miika Tenkula

Defunct Finnish metal act Sentenced has issued a statement regarding the death of guitarist Miika Tenkula. It reads as follows: "Sentenced mourn the loss of Miika Tenkula, a dear friend, a truly remarkable artist and musician, and the very soul of what used to be Sentenced. Rest now, brother - in your music and our hearts you will live forever."

An official tribute video has been posted online and can be viewed below. More...

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Sentenced Guitarist Miika Tenkula Found Dead

Blabbermouth.net reports: Miika Tenkula, former lead guitarist and main songwriter of the acclaimed Finnish band SENTENCED, was found dead at his home earlier today (Thursday, February 19). He was 34 years old.

Nalle Österman (GANDALF, LULLACRY, CHAOSBREED) tells BLABBERMOUTH.NET, "It's true, confirmed personally by [former SENTENCED] drummer Vesa Ranta.

"The fact remains that Miika had a serious drinking problem for many years which escalated after SENTENCED was buried. They don't call it King Alcohol for nothing...

"The metal scene in Finland mourns now for one of the most talented metal guitarists to ever emerge from [the country]."

The official cause of Miika's death has not yet been released.

Read the full article at Blabbermouth.

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Century Media Celebrates 20th Anniversary

2008 has become an extremely exciting year in the history of Century Media Records, one of the world's most respected independent homes for heavy music, as the label is celebrating its 20th anniversary!

The company's Anniversary year started off with an extremely successful, first-ever yard sale/party at the Century Media office in Dortmund (Germany) in June, where several hundred guests partied out on exclusive live shows by Angel Dust and Turisas. A video with impressions from the event can be seen at this location. A photo gallery for this event can be viewed here.

To further celebrate this anniversary Century Media Records will release the very special 2CD compilation "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes" on September 15th in Europe and on October 14th in North America. The various artists covers-release includes 32 mostly exclusive recordings and will be available in stores for the price of one CD. Sticking to the "keep it in the family" slogan, CM approached their artists about covering songs from other acts within the label's repertoire and the response from the musicians was overwhelming.

Some choices were obvious and homages to the bands that influenced them, others were inspired picks. This combination ended up leading to a heavily entertaining and truly special final result across all sub-genres of heavy music.

Here is the tracklisting: More...

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Sentenced Reveal DVD Details

Details on Sentenced's forthcoming and final DVD, titled "Buried Alive" have been released. The concert was filmed by Finnish director Mika Ronkainen during the band's final gig in their hometown of Oulu, Finland on October 1, 2005. A DVD screening was held on September 9, 2006 at the Oulu Music Video Festival. The concert features a 25 song setlist, including a very special performance with former vocalist Taneli Jarva. "Buried Alive" is due out on November 27th in Europe via Century Media. More...

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Poisonblack Forced To Cancel Live Dates

Finnish gothic metallers POISONBLACK, featuring former SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala, recently issued the following brief update:

"Poisonblack have to unfortunately cancel gigs between October 26th - 29th. Next gig is October 30th in Berlin."

Cancelled dates were scheduled for October 28th at Klubben in Stockholm, Sweden and October 29th at Tragarn in Gothenburg, Sweden. A reason was not given for the cancelled dates. Poisonblack's upcoming tour of Finland now includes the following dates: More...

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Sentenced Wins Three Finnish Metal Awards

Sentenced have won three awards at the Finnish Metal Awards 2005, which took place at the Finnish Metal Expo on February 17: Band of the Year, Album of the Year and Cover Art of the Year (for "The Funeral Album").

A photo of the band has been posted at this location.

Sentenced disbanded after their last show in their hometown of Oulu, Finland on October 1, 2005. Frontman Ville Laihiala is currently working on a new album with Poisonblack.

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Sentenced To Play "Wake" Gig In Oulu On Sept 30

Last Wednesday, the tickets for the long-awaited Funeral of Sentenced at Club Teatria were sold out in an hour. Due to the wide demand for the tickets, the band will play another gig to please the fans who were left without a ticket for the actual Funeral. The additional concert, ‘The Wake' as the band calls it, will be at Club Teatria, Oulu, on Friday, September 30th, 2005 – the night before the Funeral.

'The Wake' will not be another Funeral, but the band promises not to throw a routine gig, either. The expected duration of the concert on Friday is 90-100 minutes.

The tickets for the Wake show will become available on September 7th. They will be sold through Lippupalvelu (Ticket service Finland) from 9:00 Finnish time (GMT+3)) on, and at Levykauppa Äx from 8:00 Finnish time (GMT+3) on. The ticket price will be 22 euros.

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Sentenced To Play Last Show In Oulu, Finland

The very last show of Sentenced is confirmed for Saturday, October 1st, 2005, and it will be at Club Teatria, Oulu, Finland. The show will be filmed and recorded, and released later as a live-DVD.

The tickets for the last concert will most likely become available on August 29th, 2005. They will be sold by at least Levykauppa in Oulu and the following internet site: http://www.ticketservicefinland.fi/Lippu.html. The site works also in English and it is possible to order tickets also from outside Finland through their service.

Sentenced wil play two shows in Mexico this weekend:

Aug. 20 Monterrey
Aug. 21 Mexico City

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Sentenced's "Ever-Frost" Video Available Online

Sentenced's "Ever-Frost" video has been made available for download again. Check it out at their official website.

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The Black League Begin Recording New Album

THE BLACK LEAGUE, the Finnish band fronted by former SENTENCED vocalist Taneli Jarva, have entered Seawolf Studios in Suomenlinna (just outside Helsinki) to begin recording their fourth full-length album, tentatively entitled "A Place Called Bad". The band have undergone several major lineup changes in the last few months, resulting in the departure of both drummer "Sir" Kimmo Luttinen and basist Mikko "Florida" Laurila. Relocated in Helsinki, Jarva and guitarist Maike Valanne have enlisted Heavy Hiltunen (guitar), Rale (drums) and I.T. (bass), while also bringing in original guitar player Alexi Ranta to play guest lead guitar on one song.

In addition to revamping the group's lineup, THE BLACK LEAGUE have terminated their working relationship with their former record label Spinefarm and have signed a contract with indie visionaries WolfGang Records/MajorLeidén Productions, whose current roster includes HANOI ROCKS, WIGWAM, BLAKE and THE GRAMMERS.

The follow-up to 2004's "Man's Ruin Revisited", "A Place Called Bad" is scheduled for release in the fall.

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Bonus Tracks On Jap Version Of New Sentenced Album

Sentenced will be releasing their latest effort, "The Funeral Album", in Japan on July 21 via Avalon/Marquee Inc. The Japanese version of the album will include two bonus tracks: live versions of "Nepenthe" and "Brief is the Light".

"The Funeral Album" entered the Finnish national chart this week at position No. 1. View the entire chart at this location.

The follow-up to 2002's "The Cold White Light", "The Funeral Album" was recorded primarily at Finnvox and Tonebox studios (both in Finland), and mixed and mastered at Finnvox. Producing the effort was Hiili Hiilesmaa, who also worked with the group on their last two albums, 2000's "Crimson" and "The Cold White Light". A farewell DVD, entitled "Buried Alive", is planned for release in early 2006. The Sentenced track "May Today Become the Day", taken from "The Funeral Album", has been made available for download at this location.

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Sentenced's "The Funeral Album" Tops Finnish Chart

Sentenced's "The Funeral Album" has entered the Finnish national chart at position No. 1. View the entire chart at this location.

The follow-up to 2002's "The Cold White Light", "The Funeral Album" was recorded primarily at Finnvox and Tonebox studios (both in Finland), and mixed and mastered at Finnvox. Producing the effort was Hiili Hiilesmaa, who also worked with the group on their last two albums, 2000's "Crimson" and "The Cold White Light". A farewell DVD, entitled "Buried Alive", is planned for release in early 2006. The Sentenced track "May Today Become the Day", taken from "The Funeral Album", has been made available for download at this location.

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Sentenced Single Debuts At #1 On Finnish Charts

The Northernmost killers did it again. Sentenced's single "Ever-Frost" entered the national Finnish album charts at position 1. It can't get any better.

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Sentenced Final Album Details

SENTENCED’s final album, The Funeral Album, will be released in a special limited edition CD package in Europe on May 30th. The album was recorded over a 2 month period in different studios.

The Funeral Album’s total running time is 49:53 and the following titles are included: ‘May Today Become the Day’, ‘Ever-Frost’, ‘We Are But Falling Leaves’, ‘Her Last 5 Minutes’, ‘Where Waters Fall Frozen’, ‘Despair-Ridden Hearts’, ‘A Long Way To Nowhere’, ‘Vengeance Is Mine’, ‘Consider Us Dead’, ‘Lower The Flags’, ‘Drain Me’, ‘Karu’, ‘End Of The Road’.

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More Tuska Open Air Details Revealed

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...

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