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Formed: 1998
From: Seinäjoki, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Celesty News

Below is our complete Celesty 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.

Celesty Announces Indefinite Hiatus

Finnish power metal band Celesty has announced that the band will take an undisclosed indefinite hiatus. In 2011, the band was working on its fifth release and follow up to the well received 2009 release "Vendetta." The following announcement appeared on the band's official website:

"Dear Celesty Fans

"We are sorry to announce that Celesty will go to indefinite hiatus. During the time, when 5th album songs have been in progress, there has been mixed feelings in the air for a longer period of time now. Situation in the band has come to the point, where only solution is to take a break. Will that break be a year or ten, we don´t know, but this is the only way to take the time that we need. This decision is mutual by all members of the band."

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Celesty Parts Ways With Guitarist

Finnish Spinefarm-signed power metal act Celesty is parting ways with guitarist Tapani Kangas. The band commented on the split:

"There's no friction or drama behind the scenes, the decision was deliberate and mutual. Celesty is not looking for a replacement and continues as a five-piece. During the forthcoming live shows the rhythm guitar will be handled by Tuomas Laasanen. Celesty would like to thank Tapani for the past twelve years and wishes him successful career!"

Tapani Kangas also stated: "12 awesome years, 4 albums, people, fans, shows and great memories. Unfortunately after a long consideration I have decided to separate ways with Celesty. I cant give the full concentration that the band deserves because of my personal schedules with work/music. Celesty and guys will always be in my heart, and these memories, years and friendship for life will never be taken away from me! Thank you and stay metal!"

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Kiuas Announces U.K. Tour

For the first time in the company's history, three acts signed to the Spinefarm label will embark on a series of U.K. shows in tandem, flying the flag for epic heavy metal with Finnish five-piece Kiuas, folk metal with Estonian quartet Metsatoll, and power metal with Finnish sextet Celesty. Kiuas will headline all of the shows. The currently announced dates are as follows:

10/20 - Wrexham, Central Station
10/22 - Sheffield, Corporation
10/23 - Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
10/24 - Nottingham, Basement
10/26 - London, Underworld

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Celesty Announces New Vocalist

The Finnish power metal sextet Celesty has recruited Tony Turunen as their new lead vocalist.

"This feels awesome!" Tony admits. "This is a new and interesting challenge for me. I'm eagerly waiting to see what the future holds for me and the band."

Dozens of singers applied for the position, but in the end the decision was easy and unambiguous. "He's not only a great singer, but also a talented lead vocalist with a very powerful stage presence. Plus he's a great guy!" summarizes drummer and composer Jere Luokkamäki.

Celsty's search for a new vocalist began in December. Even if the band was sure who they wanted, the new vocalist had to wait for the confirmation until February. "A good friend of mine mentioned that Celesty was looking for a new lead vocalist. Since I had listened a lot to their latest album Vendetta, I decided to apply for the position." Tony explains. "Of course I hoped they'd choose me, but I was still surprised when the band invited me to meet them in a studio. Eventually I recorded vocals for three songs in January. After some time, which actually felt reeeaaally long, the band welcomed me to be their new singer."

"I feel positive about the future, and I already have lots of ideas for the band. I will do my best and be creative, both in the studio and during live shows. My expectations for the band are extremely high!" says Tony, whose first live show with Celesty will be in March.

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Celesty Parts Ways With Vocalist

Finnish metallers Celesty have issued the following statement about parting ways with their vocalist:

"Symphonic power metal band Celesty is sorry to announce that vocalist Antti Railio has decided to pursue a different path than the band. The remaining members of Celesty would like to take this moment to wish Antti success in his vocal career but they are ready to take the next step for the future of the band. With this said Celesty is moving on and already in the throws of creating new and more powerful, innovative music for their next CD. While they are busy creating they are also in search of just the right singer to bring a new edge to their music.

"As you know Celesty brings power and fantasy to the world of metal and Celesty is soon ready to audition singers for their newest project. Those who believe they have what it take to help the band blast into 2010 should send an informal application to Celesty: rekry@celesty.net This should include mp3 samples or links to where the music can be seen and heard. The band is located in Seinajoki Finland. Keeping it real, keeping it power!!!"

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Celesty Posts Music Video Online For "Fading Away"

Finnish symphonic power metallers Celesty have posted a video online for their song "Fading Away," which comes from their upcoming album "Vendetta." The video was shot in a quarry 100 miles from Seinäjok by director Markus Nieminen and it can be viewed below. Drummer Jere Luokkamäki issued the following statement about the video:

"It required some Sisu to shoot the video for full twelve hours in sub-zero Finnish winter. But in the end it was definitely worth all the freezing - the video came out even cooler (heh) than I thought!" More...

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Celesty Completes Recording New Album

Finnish metallers, CELESTY, have finished the recordings of their fourth studio album. The mixing of the album will begin in November/December after the renovation of the studio is finished. Meanwhile the band is furiously rehearsing the new material for their upcoming live shows.

"The recordings were completed without any major problems and we’re happy to announce the new album will sound extremely massive and bombastic! The mixing process will be a serious challenge for Samu Oittinen of Fantom Studio since the songs have so many tracks – in fact, we’re getting close to the Finnish record of amount of tracks on an album!”, says Jere Luokkamäki, the drummer of Celesty. More...

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Celesty Sign with Spinefarm Records

CELESTY has issued the following update on their official Myspace blog:

"Celesty has signed a new world wide record deal with legendary Finnish label, Spinefarm Records. Lately Celesty has composed new songs to their upcoming album and band will head to the studio this summer!!! The new album’s release is scheduled for autumn 2008."

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Celesty Post Helsinki Concert Highlights Online

Finnish power metal band CELESTY has posted a 10-minute video clip featuring highlights from the band's October 24, 2007 concert at Rocktown in Helsinki. Watch it here.

CELESTY's third full-length effort, "Mortal Mind Creation", was released on October 30, 2006 via Dockyard 1. Two songs from "Mortal Mind Creation" — "Lord of Mortals" and "Arrival" — have been posted online on the band's MySpace page.

The follow-up to 2004's "Legacy of Hate", "Mortal Mind Creation" was recorded at Midas Studios in Vaasa, Finland with producer Sami "Hannu" Koivisto, who has previously worked with AMORPHIS, NORTHER, WALTARI and NICOLE.

CELESTY vocalist Antti Railio earlier in the year competed in the Finnish "American Idol"-style show called "Idols". More...

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Celesty Post 'Mortal Mind Creation' Artwork Online

Finnish metallers CELESTY have posted the cover artwork for their third full-length effort, "Mortal Mind Creation", at this location. Due on October 23 via Dockyard 1, the follow-up to 2004's "Legacy of Hate" was recorded at Midas Studios in Vaasa, Finland with producer Sami "Hannu" Koivisto, who has previously worked with AMORPHIS, NORTHER, WALTARI and NICOLE.

"Mortal Mind Creation" track listing:

01. Lord of Mortals
02. Unreality
03. Demon Inside
04. War Creations
05. Empty Room
06. Among The Dreams
07. Back In Time
08. Arrival
09. Last Sacrifice
10. Final Pray (Japanese bonus) More...

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Celesty Mixing 'Legacy of Hate'

CELESTY are mixing their second album 'Legacy Of Hate' at Fantom Studios in Finland. Antti Railio is the new talented singer in the band. Richard Andersson (Time Requiem) will appear as guest musician in a track and the band has also had the participation of a choir in the recording.

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