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Formed: 1996
From: Espoo / Helsinki, Finland
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Latest Norther News

Below is our complete Norther 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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Norther Drummer Joins Whorion

Whorion has checked in with this announcement about recruiting Heikki Saari from Norther on drums:

"Time to reveal last piece of the mystery, we proudly announce that Heikki Saari has been attached lines of Whorion as full time member.

"With this master behind drums, together we march towards to the cold and bitter end. Heikki's playing is known for bands such as Norther, Tuoni and Naildown. The bar has been raised, see the machine struggling through patterns of Whorion."

Heikki comments: "I am happy to announce, that from now on i will be working as a full-time member on Finnish Technical Death Metal group Whorion. See the news piece and my practice video below!" More...

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Norther To Split After One Last Show

Finnish metal band Norther has decided to call it quits after sixteen years, leaving behind a legacy of six full length albums, the last of which was the 2011 Century Media Records release "Circle Regenerated." The band announcement reads as follows:

"We hereby announce after a long and careful consideration that we have decided to quit Norther.

"During the last year it has become clear that we are not able to tour or do shows as much as we would want to, this being due to members´complicated and time consuming life situations. We have been forced to find session members and turn down too many gig offers. We simply cannot act as an active and working band and it is clear that these issues are not solved in the future. This is everything but an easy decision for all of us, but all this have taken the band to the point that pulling the plug is the right thing to do. There is no drama, this is a mutual decision and we all remain as good friends. The last show of Norther will be on the 10th of August at Brutal Assault Festival 2012 (CZ).

"However, most of us will continue in other bands: Jukka in Wintersun and Amberian Dawn, Aleksi in Medicated and ASXX, Daniel in Naildown, Heikki in Naildown, Tuoni and Amberian Dawn, and Kristian in his solo project.

"Norther would like to thank especially our FANS, friends and partners for their support for the past 12 years. Also great hails goes to Tomi Luoma, our ex-members Toni Hallio and Petri Lindroos, and producer Anssi Kippo for their contribution. It has been one hell of a ride and together we shared truly unforgettable moments!!

"Thank you,

"Aleksi, Jukkis, Tuomas, Kride, Heikki, Daniel"

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Amon Amarth Confirms For Brutal Assault 2012

Swedish death metal giants Amon Amarth are the latest band to confirm an appearance at the Brutal Assault 2012 Festival. The festival will be held from August 9-11, 2012 at the Old Army Fortress in Josefov, Czech Republic.

Amon Amarth will join the following bands who had previously confirmed:

Arcturus
Arkona
Be'lakor
Cattle Decapitation
Converge
Dimmu Borgir
Dodheimsgard
General Surgery
Heathen
Heaven Shall Burn
Immortal
Incantation
Ministry
Moonspell
Norther
Paradise Lost
Protest The Hero
Sodom
Textures
The Black Dahlia Murder
Virus

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Aleksi Sihvonen Forms New Project ASXX

Aleksi Sihvonen of Norther has formed a new project titled ASXX, which is streaming a new song online. You can check out the track "Escape" in the player below. The band's Facebook page was also updated with the following statement:

"ASXX is a project of Aleksi Sihvonen (Norther, Medicated, ex-Imperanon). The idea behind ASXX is simple: A piece of music is composed. Then a drummer who was chosen to play that particular song lays down the drum tracks and Aleksi does the rest. That's it. Hope you enjoy and spread the word!"

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Brutal Assault 2011

The organisers of the Czech Republic's Brutal Assault festival has announced a further three confirmations for this year's event. Newly added to the bill are Scottish hardcore punk/crossover thrash legends The Exploited, Bay Area thrash veterans Forbidden and American mathcore outfit The Dillinger Escape Plan. The festival will take place from August 11th-13th in Josefov, Czech Republic.

The lineup is as follows: More...

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Norther Posts Entire New Album Online

Norther is currently streaming the band's entire new album "Circle Regenerated" online. To check out all the tracks from the album, head over to the Record Shop X website at this location. You can also view the "Circle Regenerated" album artwork below.

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Norther Posts New Album Teaser Track

Norther has posted online a teaser medley track containing snippets from the band's upcoming album "Circle Regenerated." You can check out the teaser song by heading over to the Norther Facebook page at this location. "Circle Regenerated" is due out in April and the cover artwork can be viewed below.

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Thaurorod Announces Nummirock Appearance

Thaurorod has been confirmed to play the mid-summer metal festival Nummirock, which is set to take place from June 23rd - 25th, 2011. Other confirmed artists at Nummirock include The Haunted, Legion of the Damned, Amorphis, Eluveitie, Before the Dawn, Teräsbetoni, Norther, and more. For more information on the festival, head over to this location.

In just a few days Thaurord also starts the Power of Metal tour with Symphony X, Nevermore, Psychotic Waltz, and Mercenary. The currently announced dates are as follows:

25.02.2011 DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
26.02.2011 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
27.02.2011 BE - Antwerpen, Hof Ter Loo
28.02.2011 FR - Paris, Elysee Montmartre
01.03.2011 FR - Toulouse, Phare
03.03.2011 ES - Barcelona, Apollo
04.03.2011 FR - Lyon, Transbordeur
05.03.2011 IT - Florence, Viper
06.03.2011 CH - Pratteln, Z7
07.03.2011 IT - Milan, Alcatraz
08.03.2011 LU - Esch zur Alzette, Kulturfabrik
10.03.2011 SI - Ljubljana, Cvetlicarna
11.03.2011 DE - Munich, Backstage
12.03.2011 AT - Wien, Gasometer
13.03.2011 AT - Wörgl, Komma
14.03.2011 HU - Budapest, Petoefi Hall
16.03.2011 DE - Frankfurt, Batschkapp
17.03.2011 DE - Hamburg, Markthalle
18.03.2011 NL - Amsterdam, Melkweg
19.03.2011 DE - Geiselwind, Music Hall
20.03.2011 NL - Tilburg, 013

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Norther Completes Work on New Album

Norther has completed work on their new album, "Circle Regenerated." Kristian Ranta (guitars) comments on the competition & work in the studio:

"We have now reached the voting state with our cover art competition. Please give your vote for the best cover to be selected as the official album cover for our upcoming new album 'Circle Regenerated.' Huge thanks to everyone for participating!"

"As you may know, we have been in the studio lately recording our 6th full length album – 'Circle Regenerated.' Things have gone pretty well despite some minor schedule problems. We are now finalizing our recordings and after that the mixing will start. The album will be out through Century Media early 2011. The material is a bit different, and a lot better from what we have done before!"

"Our new guys, Aleksi and Daniel have contributed tremendously and the team is working better than ever. We are absolutely thrilled to get this stuff out to you guys!"

"Meanwhile you can check out some of our studio videos here:

Part 2
Part 3"

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Norther Posts Third Studio Video Online

Finnish melodic thrash metal act Norther has posted a third video update online. The band are currently working with producer Anssi Kippo to create its sixth full length album, "Circle Regenerated." The album is planned for an early 2011 release through Century Media Records.

You can view the video below:

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Norther Posts Second Studio Video Online

Finnish melodic thrash metal act Norther has posted a second video update online. The band are currently working with producer Anssi Kippo to create its sixth full length album, "Circle Regenerated." The album is planned for an early 2011 release through Century Media Records.

You can view the video below:

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Metality.net Releases Free Metal Compilation

METALITY.net, in cooperation with Metalhit.com, released their first digital compilation album, "METALITY - The Compilation." It's been out a while now, but free music is always worth passing on to our readers.

1. THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL "Lords of War"
2. FOMENTO "The Die Is Cast"
3. NEOSIS "Unwilling Fate"
4. NERVECELL "Vicious Circle of Bloodshed"
5. NORTHER "Break Myself Away"
6. DEMONIC RESURRECTION "The Unrelenting Surge"
7. DAYLIGHT DIES "A Portrait in White"
8. SCARAB "War to End"
9. CiLiCE "Mental Breakdown"
10. EMPYREON "Beyond Perception"
11. MANTRIC "Symptoms"
12. BREEZE OF THE DYING FOA "Act I"
13. DREAMSHADE "Our Buried Secrets"
14. CHROMIUM "All I Have"
15. BENEVOLENT "Haunting Shores"
16. A THOUSAND REASONS "Strength and Fight"
17. WARTHANE "Lord Oblivion"
18. VOICE OF THE SOUL "Farewell to Hope"
19. COAT OF ARMS "Ballad of the Mariner"
20. PAURA "Scars of Life"
21. BILOCATE "Inoculate"
22. CRESCENT "Jerusalem"
23. POST MORTEM "Whispers of Ages"
24. A SHOT OF ADRENALINE "The Human Plague"
25. DEPTH "Memento Mori"

There are three3 bonus tracks available on the download version of the album, including:
1. BLACKWELL "Deliverance"
2. KILL THE ROMANCE "Trespasser"
3. THE CROW MURDER "Doubt"

You can download the whole thing here, individual tracks here or preview them first on a player here.

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New Norther Single Available for Download

Norther has released a new single, "Break Myself Away," available for download at this location.

Although the single is free to download for anyone, you may pay an amount of your selection by donating via PayPal. All the income will be used for the recording costs of the upcoming sixth full-length studio album. For more information, visit www.norther.net.

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Norther to Release New Single Soon

Norther has checked in with the following update:

"We have decided to release our brand new single soon. This new online single will be available for download, and listening in a couple of weeks at our official MySpace and Facebook -pages. It is also the first official Norther recording with Aleksi in the vocals and Daniel in the guitar.

"However, while you are waiting, there is a sneak preview available as a behind the scenes -video to see what happened in the studio and get a taste of what`s coming up! Also check out the new band photo at out profile!"

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Norther Recruits Guitarist, To Record New Album

Finnish metallers Norther has checked in with a new album update and the addition of guitarist Daniel Freyberg:

"During the last couple of months Daniel from Naildown has been helping us out with our recent live duties. Since he turned out to be a perfect fit in every way we decided to offer him to become a permanent member of the band. Besides his skillfull guitar work he is also a talented songwriter."

Freyberg comments: "I have really been enjoying my time in Norther from the very first show. After getting so well along with the guys, I was very pleased when they asked me to become a permanent member of the band. I really believe that together we´re going to create the strongest Norther album ever!"

"We have started composing new material for the next full length studio album which will be tentatively out in autumn 2010. At the moment we have a big bunch of great tracks from which we will start choosing the best ones for the album.. 'The cream always rises to the top so no filler allowed.'

"As a grand opening for our fans we are heading to Astia Studios next weekend to record one new song with our longtime producer Anssi Kippo. This exclusive song is going to be released as an online single during April 2010."

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Cain's Offering Signs To Frontiers Records

Frontiers Records has announced the signing of Cain's Offering for their debut album “Gather the Faithful,” to be released on August 28th in Europe and September 11th in the USA.

The band is the new artistic creation of Jani Liimatainen, the guitarist/songwriter formerly of Sonata Arctica and Altaria. In 2007 Jani parted ways with Finnish power metal act Sonata Arctica, a band he has contributed to found in 1996 and to which he devoted his full time and energy for more than 10 years.

Following his departure from one of Finland's biggest music exports in recent years, all eyes were set upon his newest creation: Cain's Offering. “After parting ways with Sonata Arctica, I took 'a leave of absence' from the metal circles, feeling that I had not much to offer at the time and that I needed a break to charge my batteries” states Liimatainen. “After a year or so the hunger to play metal returned with a vengeance, and so I decided to put together a new group of my own. I gave a call to a few friends, and voila: Cain's Offering! Cain’s Offering is a collaboration of a world-class musicians and one of the best singers in the world of Heavy Metal. All of these guys are handpicked from the very best the Finnish metal scene has to offer and I’m very proud to have them join me in this band.”

Joining Jani are vocalist Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius, Kotipelto), keyboardist Mikko Harkin (Solution.45, Mehida, ex-Sonata Arctica, ex-Wingdom, ex-Kenziner), bassist Jukka Koskinen (Norther, Wintersun) and drummer Jani "Hurtsi" Hurula (Paul Di'Anno).

Drawing its musical influence from both the classic hard rock scene, the fast-paced European power metal and a very modern heavy metal sound, Cain's Offering is a perfect example of today's living and breathing Finnish music scene. “To me Cain's Offering is a perfect combination of the things I value in music: beautiful melodies, emotions, top-notch musicianship and some kick-ass Metal! Basically it represents music as I like to hear it; every element is in its rightful place. I feel that what we came up with has all the traditional values, that so many metal-heads, myself included, hold so dear, but with a fresh new twist to it” says Jani. “Lyrically the songs deal with very basic, almost primal emotions and subjects most people will be able to relate to … and … there are absolutely no dragons allowed :)”

“Gather The Faithful” includes the following songs:

My Queen Of Winter
More Than Friends
Oceans Of Regret
Gather The Faithful
Into The Blue
Dawn Of Solace
Thorn In My Side
Morpheus In A Masquerade
Stolen Waters
Elegantly Broken

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Video Interview With Norther Posted Online

A new video interview has been posted online with Finnish metallers Norther. The video, which can be viewed below, features the band's new vocalist Aleksi Sihvonen. More...

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Norther Announces New Vocalist

Finnish metal band Norther has announced that Aleksi Sihvonen will be taking over their vocal duties. An MP3 of Aleksi performing the song "Frozen Angel" can be heard here. The band issued the following statement about recruiting the vocalist:

"After a hard search for a new vocalist we are honored to announce Aleksi Sihvonen as our new lead singer. He is a creative and diverse vocalist with loads of experience. He will surely add new input to the band with his talent and variable singing styles, and most importantly: his personality fits to the band perfectly.

"Besides this we have recruited, our old friend, Daniel Freyberg as live guitarist to complete our team. We also want to thank all of you worldwide who applied for the new vocalist spot!

"We hereby welcome our great new guys, Aleksi and Daniel, to the band and we will present you the fresh NORTHER line-up live soon!" More...

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Norther Searching For New Vocalist

Finnish metal band Norther recently announced that they were parting ways with vocalist Petri Lindroos and as a result, are now searching for a new full time vocalist. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Norther is now looking for a new full time singer. We are looking for a versatile, creative individual with high motivation and a preferable capability of singing in different styles.

"The person we are looking for must be at least 20 years of age and preferably live in Finland. Guitar playing skills are considered as an advantage but not necessary.

"If you feel you might be the one, please download the following instrumental version of our song Frozen Angel. Return it to us with your own vocals recorded on top to singer@norther.net in MP3 format. You can download the song here, and the lyrics here. It is also possible to send a free-form audio or video sample of yourself. More...

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Norther Parts Ways With Singer Petri Lindroos

Finnish metal band NORTHER has announced the departure of long-time singer/guitarist Petri Lindroos and published the following statement:

"NORTHER was forced to let Petri go to be able to continue. Petri's full time engagement in Ensiferum increasingly prevented NORTHER from functioning as an active band. Petri wishes NORTHER all the best for the future. The current NORTHER crew, Kristian, Jukka, Tuomas and Heikki wants to thank Petri for all these great years together and wishes him the best of luck with Ensiferum."

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