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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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More Tuska Open Air Confirmations Announced

Dimmu Borgir, Monster Magnet, Sentenced, Destruction, Primal Fear, Bal-Sagoth, Lake of Tears and Wintersun are the latest bands confirmed for the eighth annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, set to be held July 15-17 at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. The 2005 festival will once again present more than 30 bands from different styles of metal, several of which will be announced at a later date.

Saturday, July 16 will be headlined by the infamous Norwegian black metallers Dimmu Borgir. Their Tuska performance will be one of few selected festival shows the band will do next summer. Dimmu Borgirwere originally scheduled to play at Tuska 2004 but after being offered one of the headlining slots at Ozzfest, they obviously had to cancel their appearance.

In addition to the already confirmed acts, more Finnish and international artists will be added to the roster.

Tickets for Tuska 2005 will go on sale April 1 through Lippupalvelu. The three-day ticket costs 67 euros and one-day tickets cost 32 euros.

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Candlemass Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

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.

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Sentenced To Play Some Final Last Shows

Sentenced will play some final live shows after the release of their very last studio album entitled “The Funeral Album” (due May 30th 2005). Besides the Sauna Open Air in Finland, the acclaimed Wacken Open Air and Rock Hard Festival 2005 just got confirmed. It will be the last signs of life as a band in Germany and take place in pitch-black darkness - a real treat for melancholics.

May 13 - 15 (D) Gelsenkirchen - Amphitheater, Rock Hard Festival
August 4 - 6 (D) Wacken - Wacken Open Air

More dates will follow.

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Slayer On Sauna Open Air 2005

This year’s edition of Finland’s Sauna Open Air festival is scheduled to take place from June 9th - 11th in Tampere, Finland (main outdoor concerts in Ratina Stadion Park, indoor concerts in clubs).

Acts scheduled to perform currently include:

Thursday, June 9th - SLAYER, MASTODON, MOKOMA
Friday, June 10th - DIO, TERASBETONI

Other confirmed acts (placement on bill to be confirmed) include: SONATA ARCTICA, SENTENCED and DREAMTALE.

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Sentenced Leaves Funeral Statement

Finland's Sentenced has posted the following message on their official website:

We’d better put this out in the open before you hear it somewhere else.
The title of the new album is ”The Funeral Album”, and with it we, SENTENCED, are coming to the end of our road. This album will be our last one.

The decision is mutual, thoroughly thought over and final.

Metaphorically speaking, this is a mass suicide of 5, and the new album is the kind of note we want to leave behind. One last time around for good-byes.

The decision was made during 2004. The reasons are many, and I don’t feel any need to go into details here. I will say however, that everyone will walk away as friends. In my eyes we are even not splitting up, but ending our recording career together. And there is major difference between those two. Our wish was always to go out with style and at the peak of our so called success. I think with ”The Funeral Album” we will do exactly that.

Once the album is released, there will be an undefined number of farewell shows. When, where and how many, those are questions that at this point remain open. Intense and long touring, however, will unfortunately not follow, and most of these shows will take place on festivals where we can reach as much people as possible at one time. At the moment it seems that all of these funeral shows will be in Europe.

If everything goes as planned, we will also make a live-DVD out of those last shows and include a lot of stuff from the past on it. Not to mention all the music-videos we have done during the years. The working title for the DVD is ”Buried Alive”.

After that SENTENCED is no more.

And: THIS IS IT. There will not be a re-union, come-back, or any other pathetic and soap-operish circus that seems to be in fashion these days. SENTENCED will rest in peace.

We will make the most out of the band’s last year, and hope you will all join us.

See you on the last run.
/Lopakka & SENTENCED

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Sentenced Finish Recording New Album

Guitarist Sami Lopakka from Finland's SENTENCED has posted the following update:

"After spending about 2 months in different studios the new album is finally finished. Its total running time is 49:53 and the following titles are included:

1. May Today Become the Day
2. Ever-Frost
3. We Are But Falling Leaves
4. Her Last 5 Minutes
5. Where Waters Fall Frozen
6. Despair-Ridden Hearts
7. A Long Way To Nowhere
8. Vengeance Is Mine
9. Consider Us Dead
10. Lower The Flags
11. Drain Me
12. Karu
13. End Of The Road

What you can expect is a variation of different kinds of songs, and for sure some surprises. In addition to the traditional instruments we used everything from scissors, zippers, compressed air and spoons to harmonicas and a children choir… but not to worry: as far as I understand anything anymore, we still have managed to maintain a sense of style.
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Sentenced Tracklisting Revealed

According to Metal-Rules.com, the final running order of the songs for Sentenced's yet unnamed new album to be released in April 2005 is:

1. May Today Become the Day (4.00)
2. Ever-frost (4.19)
3. We Are but Falling Leaves (4.28)
4. Her Last 5 Minutes (5.40)
5. Where Waters Fall Frozen (0.56)
6. Despair-ridden Hearts (3.41)
7. Vengeance Is Mine (4.15)
8. A Long Way to Nowhere (3.27)
9. Consider Us Dead (4.51)
10. Lower the Flags (3.34)
11. Drain Me (4.34)
12. Karu (1.04)
13. End of the Road (5.00)

Total running time: 49.53

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Sentenced Enter Studio To Record New Album

Finnish metallers SENTENCED have issued the following update on their official website:

Sentenced will enter studio next week to record yet unnamed new album with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa [ who also produced their two previous albums]. Recordings should be over before Christmas and new album should come out in April 2005. There's 14 new songs composed for the new album.

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Wacken Open Air Festival DVD Info

Armageddon Over Wacken
Various Artists
Street Date: October 19, 2004
Catalog Number: CMU 61127

Wacken Open Air is a yearly metal festival held in the small farming town of Wacken, Germany.The festival started out 14 years ago and has now amassed an attendance up to 35,000 people and is the largest metal gathering in Europe. Crash Music is proud to release the live concert two DVD set.

The DVD includes performances by many well known metal gods such as Twisted Sister, Saxon, Nile, The Crown, Testament, Vader, In Flames, Gamma Ray and many more. Also includes backstage and behind the scenes footage of the Wacken Open Air festival. The DVD was shot in 5.1 Surround Sound for exceptional audio quality.

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Festivalbussen Arrange Busses To Metalcamp

The Swedish company Festivalbussen.com will arrange busses to the Metalcamp festival in Slovenia. Some Swedish metal bands will be playing at the festival: Hypocrisy, Dark Funeral, Katatonia and Vintersorg. There will also be other bands like Danzig, Apocalyptica, Sentenced, Primal Fear, Destruction, Dew Scented, Fleshcrawl, Finntroll and more.

The location is situated in the Julijske Alp National park, in the city Tolmin, close to the beautiful surroundings of the Soèa river. The possibility to chill out on a sand beach or to swim in one of the purest rivers in Europe is unique in the European Festival history.

There will be 2 outdoor stages, camping ground inside the festival area, low-priced beer (1,5€), cheap food (hamburger about 2€), and of course some of the best metal bands on earth! So just everything what a Metalhead needs for the party of the year!

The festival take place August 20-21 and Festivalbussen.com will probably arrange buses if there is enough folks interested in this journey. Visit www.festivalbussen.com and www.metalcamp.com for more info!

The price will probably be 1495 SEK exkl entrance ticket (€49)

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Sentenced Added To Rock The Nations 2004 Lineup

Rock The Nations Open Air Festival 2004 is scheduled to take place July 3rd and 4th in Istanbul, Turkey.

The latest acts to be added to the lineup are SELF TORTURE and SENTENCED.

The current roster of acts confirmed for the festival now includes: SENTENCED, SELF TORTURE, CIRCLE II CIRCLE, MEZARKABUL (Pentagram), BLAZE, DESTRUCTION, EPICA, CENOTAPH, KATATONIA, PAUL DI'ANNO, U.D.O, PAIN OF SALVATION, AMON AMARTH, MARDUK, MALEVOLENT CREATION, HATEBREED, CALIBAN, MORE THAN EVER, SOLITUDE, MORIBUND OBLIVION, RADICAL NOISE and ASAFATED.

More bands will be added to the lineup soon.

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Crematory Confirmed For Summer Breeze

German Gothic metallers CREMATORY are the latest act confirmed for this year’s edition of the Summer Breeze festival which takes place August 19th - 21st in Abstgmund, Germany.

The current line-up for the festival includes: SENTENCED, BESEECH, HYPOCRISY, SONATA ARCTICA, MÖRK GRYNING, VINTERSORG, KATATONIA, EVERGREY, GREEN CARNATION, HONEY THIEF, ENSIFERUM, DISILLUSION, SLEEPINGODSLIE, BUSTA HOOTA, HONIGDIEB, SIX FEET UNDER, SODOM, TANKARD, THE DUSKFALL, VOMITORY, MNEMIC, LAKE OF TEARS, GOREROTTED, FLESHCRAWL, PRIMORDIAL, U.D.O., HATESPHERE, CRIMINAL, BRAINSTORM, PARAGON, SCHANDMAUL, PSYCHOPUNCH, GODDESS OF DESIRE, MENHIR, XANDRIA, DEAD SOUL TRIBE, SALTATIO MORTIS, FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING and DIE HAPPY.

More acts will be announced soon.

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Sentenced Frontman To Do Vocals For Poisonblack

SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala has taken over the lead vocal duties in his side-project POISONBLACK following the departure of CHARON singer Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto.

Laihiala's decision to handle the vocals himself comes less than a month after reports surfaced that the group's new singer would be a Canadian vocalist whose name had never been officially revealed. Until now, that is.

In a statement posted on his official web site, Toronto, Ontario-based solo artist Christopher (COME CLOSER) has addressed the rumors that he has been chosen to become the new frontman for POISONBLACK. His statement reads as follows:

"I've been getting a sizeable amount of e-mails from various strangers, friends, and colleagues regarding the rumour that I am the new singer of POISONBLACK. Today I can address this rumour once and for all.

"I WAS to be the new singer of POISONBLACK. I had my passport ready, vodka in hand, and ready to fly to Finland to lay the vocal tracks down on the next POISONBLACK album and possibly trade anti-depressants with Timo Tolkki. Ville Laihiala and I have been communicating for 3 or so months trying to get me over to Finland to record and hash out the logistics of this possible long-distance relationship.
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Sentenced Confirmed For Gates Of Metal 2004

The Gates Of Metal 2004 festival is scheduled to take place on July 31st in Hultsfred, Sweden. The latest acts to be confirmed for the festival include: SENTENCED, DRAGONFORCE and WITHIN TEMPTATION.

The confirmed list of acts scheduled to perform currently includes: SENTENCED, DRAGONFORCE, WITHIN TEMPTATION, RUNNING WILD, MESHUGGAH, SONATA ARCTICA, SODOM, FINNTROLL, THE STORYTELLER, PAGAN'S MIND and ARISE.

More acts will be announced soon. Tickets for Gates of Metal 2004 are available at Ticnet . A ticket costs 550 SEK (+ fee). Camp site for tents is included in the ticket price.

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Sentenced Check In, Announce Festival Dates

Here's from the official Sentenced site, Sentenced.org:

"Sentenced have announced plans to play a few European festivals during the summer, including Summer Breeze, which is set to take place August 19-12, 2004 in Abtsgmünd, Germany.

"We will throw in some brand-new stuff during our show this summer, because we don't want to play a 'best of Sentenced' kind of set this time around. That would be too boring," drummer Vesa Ranta said.
The band are currently writing and rehearsing the new material.

"We haven't worked on too many new songs yet as a band, but I know that Miika [Tenkula, guitarist], Sami [Lopakka, guitarist] and Ville [Laihiala, singer] have written lots of new material [on their own]. We are now rehearsing at a small studio and it's a very good place to build new songs.

"We are going to enter the studio next autumn, so I guess that the new album will arrive in the beginning of the next year. But it's up to record company of course...

"I guess it will take about two months to record the new album... It's a lot longer than it used to take during the old days when we used to record albums in a week... For example, it only took ten days to make [1993's] North From Here," Ranta laughed."

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