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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 Announce More Tour Dates

Finnish metallers NORTHER have lined up the following dates:

Jan. 20 - Nivala, FIN @ Tuiskula
Feb. 09 - Mikkeli, FIN @ Night Vaakuna (NEW DATE)
Mar. 03 - Helsinki, FIN @ Gloria (NEW DATE)
Jul. 12 - Vizovice, CZR @ Masters Of Rock Festival
Aug. 02 - Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air

NORTHER's video for the new song "Frozen Angel" has been posted online at this location (MPG file, 41 MB). The track is featured on the soundtrack to the new Finnish film "V2: Jäätynyt Enkeli", which is being released in Finland on January 5 via King Foo Entertainment. Also scheduled to appear on the soundtrack are AMORPHIS, KOTIPELTO and THUNDERSTONE, among other artists.

NORTHER will release a new five-song EP, entitled "No Way Back", in February 2007. According to a posting on the group's web site, "this album is made in co-operation with Suomen Musiikki and Mr. Kari Hynninen."

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Wacken Open Air 2007 Confirm Lordi and Mendeed

LORDI and MENDEED are the latest acts confirmed for the Wacken Open Air 2007 (www.wacken.com) is scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.

Acts on the bill now include: 1349, AMORPHIS, BELPHEGOR, BENEDICTUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BLACK MAJESTY, BLIND GUARDIAN, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CHTHONIC, COMMUNIC, DESTRUCTION, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, DIMMU BORGIR, DISILLUSION, ENSLAVED, FALCONER, GRAVE DIGGER, HAGGARD, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, J.B.O., KAMPFAR, LACUNA COIL, LETZTE INSTANZ, LORDI, MENDEED, MOONSORROW, MOONSPELL, MUNICIPAL WASTE, NAPALM DEATH, NEAERA, NORTHER, RAGE & LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTER, SACRED REICH, SAMAEL, SAXON, SCHANDMAUL, SODOM, SONIC SYNDICATE, STORMWARRIOR (featuring GAMMA RAY's Kai Hansen), STRATOVARIUS, SWALLOW THE SUN, THE VISION BLEAK, THERION, TYR, UNHEILIG, VADER and VOLBEAT.

More details as they become available.

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Ensiferum Plan Studio Time In November

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM will enter the studio in November to begin recording their third album for a tentative February 21, 2007 release through Spinefarm Records.

ENSIFERUM recently entered the Music DVD chart in their home country at position No. 2 with their "10th Anniversary Live" (Spinefarm) effort. The disc was recorded at the band's 10th-anniversary celebration concert, which took place December 31, 2005 at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland.

ENSIFERUM, who feature in their ranks NORTHER frontman Petri Lindroos, released an EP, entitled "Dragonheads", in February via Spinefarm. The mini-CD was recorded and mixed in November at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki by Nino Laurenne (THUNDERSTONE) and was mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios. It contains one new track, new studio recordings of several old demo songs, and a couple of traditional Finnish folk covers.

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Norther Forced To Cancel No Mercy Tour

Norther were to replace Finntroll on the No Mercy Festivals 2006 European Tour with Cannibal Corpse, Kataklysm and Legion of the Damned. However, things didn't work out. Bassist, Jukka Koskinen, posted the following message on the band's official website:

"Unfortunately, we have to inform that we are forced to cancel the No Mercy Tour.
This cancellation was NOT our decision. Honestly we're so pissed off and maybe some of you because of what happened.
At the moment it maybe much better not to say anything more…it would be fatal. We were so much looking forward to tour the Europe
since we haven't in a couple of years. But this chance got ruined…
It seems like we're still doing the two last shows of the tour in Antwerpen and Tillburg.
We'll confirm them as soon as we know… Again we're more than sorry of what happened.
Hopefully we'll have "better luck" later this year…"

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Norther Added To No Mercy Festivals 2006

Finnish metallers Norther will be joining the No Mercy Festivals 2006 European Tour with Cannibal Corpse, Kataklysm and Legion of the Damned. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Apr. 04 Essen, GER - Zeche Carl
Apr. 05 Ludwigsburg, GER - Rockfabrik
Apr. 06 Berlin, GER - Fritz
Apr. 07 Glauchau, GER - Alte Spinnerei
Apr. 08 Prague, CZR - Abaton Club
Apr. 09 Wien, AUT - Planet Music
Apr. 10 Munich, GER - Backstage
Apr. 11 Pratteln, SWI - Z7
Apr. 12 Strasbourg, FRA - La Laiterie
Apr. 13 Frankfurt, GER - Batschkapp
Apr. 14 Dornbirn, AUT - Spielboden
Apr. 15 Paris, FRA - La Locomotive
Apr. 16 Antwerpen, BEL - Hof Ter Loo
Apr. 17 Tilburg, NETH - 013

Other Norther tour dates in Finland:

Mar. 09 Hki - Tavastia Klubi
Mar. 24 Tku - Palatsi
Jun. 15 Kouvola - TBA
Jun. 23 JoensuuI - losaari Juhannusfestivaali
Jul. 01 Helsinki - Tuska Festival
Jul. 08 Nivala - Tuiskurock

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Norther Post Instrumental Song Online

Norther has posted a new instrumental song, entitled "Instru Mental," which did not make it on to their latest album, "Till Death Unites Us." The song was done by guitarist Kristian Ranta and keyboardist Tuomas Planman. Check it out at this location.

Norther will be touring their home country of Finland over the next few weeks. Tour dates are as follows:

Feb. 25 Kuopio, FIN - Henry's Pub
Mar. 09 Helsinki, FIN - Tavastia Klubi
Mar. 10 Seinäjoki, FIN - Kuus-Nolla
Mar. 24 Turku, FIN - Palatsi
Apr. 13 Tampere, FIN - Eastermaster

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More Bands Confirmed For Tuska Open Air

VENOM, CELTIC FROST and OPETH are among the confirmed bands for the ninth annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, set to take place June 20 – July 2 at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. A total of 32 bands will perform on three stages over the course of three days. In addition, a couple of dozen bands will be appearing at the infamous evening clubs during the three-day festival run. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...

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New Norther Song Posted Online

A new Norther song, entitled "Evil Ladies," has been posted at the Spinefarm Records website. Check it out here. Norther's new album, "Till Death Unites Us," will be released in Finland on January 22.

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Norther To Play Charity Event In Helsinki

Norther have announced that they will be playing a charity event at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland on January 7. THe band will play some new songs for their forthcoming album, "Till Death Unites Us," which is set to be released on January 25 in Finland. Tickets for the event are available at Tiketti.

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Norther Post New Album Cover Online

Norther has posted the cover of their fourth studio album, "Till Death Unites Us," at this location.

"Till Death Unites Us" will be released in Finland on January 22. The tracklisting for the album (in no particular order):

Scream
Throwing My Life Away
The End of Our Lives
Evil Ladies
Drowning
Die
Everything
Alone in the End
Norther
Omen
Fuck You
Wasted Years

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Norther Announce New Drummer

Norther has announced their new drummer, Heikki Saari (photo), who also plays in Virtuocity.

Norther will be releasing their fourth studio album to be "Till Death Unites Us" on the January 22, 2006 in Finland.

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Two Norther Gigs In Finland Revealed

According to Norther fansite, Endless War, Norther is going to spread their death in the following gigs:

2Feb. 25 Kuopio, Finland - Henry's Pub
Mar. 10 Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia

More info will come as soon.

Norther will be releasing their fourth studio album, "Till Death Unites Us," on the January 22, 2006.

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Norther Reveals New Album Details

Norther has revealed the name of their fourth studio album to be "Till Death Unites Us," featuring the single "Scream" (to be released January 11). The album will released on the January 22, 2006 in Finland. Info about other countries will be announced soon.

The tracklisting for the album (in no particular order):

Scream
Throwing My Life Away
The End of Our Lives
Evil Ladies
Drowning
Die
Everything
Alone in the End
Norther
Omen
Fuck You
Wasted Years

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Spinefarm Metal DVD 2 Out Now

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.

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Norther Begin Recording New Album

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

Hello all!!

Norther is currently in Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. If you happen to be around,
drop us an email and let's have a beer

Some pics should follow quite soon.

The new stuff kicks serious ass!

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Gashouse Garden Launches Website

Gashouse Garden, the side project formed by Kristian Ranta (Norther) and Jaska Raatikainen (Children of Bodom), has posted the following message on the official Gashouse Garden website:

Hello everybody!

Finally here... welcome to the official webpage of Gashouse Garden. GG is a project band from Finland and you can check out the members from the Band section. There are three demo songs available for download. If you feel that you have something to offer us or just want to ask questions contact us at info@gashousegarden.com.
Enjoy!!

br, Kride

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Dragonland Confirmed For Thirteenth Day Fest

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.

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Sonata Arctica, Norther, To Play Thirteenth Day

Sonata Arctica, Norther, Intense and Season's End are the play Thirteenth Day 2005, a festival that happens at the Birmingham Academy on July 24.

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New Norther Songs Posted Online

Three tracks from the upcoming Norther EP, "Solution 7", have been posted online in streaming audio. Check out the songs "Hellhole", "Day Zero" and a new version of "Chasm" at this location.

Due on March 30 in Finland via Spinefarm and June 13 in outside territories, "Solution 7" was mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki. Recording sessions for the disc began on December 24 at Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland. The CD contains five songs, including a new version of "Chasm".

Norther's third full-length album, "Death Unlimited", was released last year through Spinefarm Records.

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Norther To Complete New EP This Week

Finland's NORTHER are currently mixing and mastering their new EP, "Solution 7", at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki. The band expect to be done with everything by the end of this week.

"Solution 7" is scheduled for release on March 30 in Finland via Spinefarm and June 13 in outside territories. The CD will reportedly contain five songs, including a re-recording of an old song. Recording sessions for the disc began on December 24 at Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland.

NORTHER's third full-length album, "Death Unlimited", was released last year through Spinefarm Records.

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