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Latest Shear News

Below is our complete Shear 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.

Gloryhammer Announces New Shows

Gloryhammer, the ridiculously over-the-top power metal band from Chris Bowes (or, as Alestorm calls it, "Christopher's stupid side project"), is gearing up for a European tour in December with support from Shear and Twilight Force.

If you like power metal about dragons and unicorns, or if you want to just point and laugh at Chris dressed up in a ridiculous costume, get your ass to one of these shows:

5.12 - Paris, FR - Boule Noire
6.12 - Pratteln, CH - Z7
7.12 - Brescia, IT - Colony Club
8.12 - Munich, DE - Backstage
9.12 - Frankfurt, DE - Nachtleben
10.12 - Hamburg, DE - Marx
11.12 - Berlin, DE - Maschinenhaus
12.12 - Cologne, DE - Underground
13.12 - Bochum, DE - Matrix
14.12 - Vosselaar, BE - Biebob
20.12 - London, UK - Boston Music Room More...

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Shear Posts In-Studio Videos

Shear's new album "Katharsis" is set to drop via Lifeforce Records on March 24th in Europe and on April 1st in North America.

The band has also now released two in-studio video clips showcasing the creation of the album, which can be seen below. Pre-orders for "Katharsis" are available at this location.


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Shear Announce New Album, Guest Appearances

Finnish metal/rock upcomers Shear have revealed the album artwork cover and title of the forthcoming sophomore release. "Katharsis" is set to drop via Lifeforce Records on March 24th in Europe and on April 1st in North America.

The artwork for the new effort was handled by Remko Tielemans, who is also known for his position as bass player in Textures. "Katharsis" was recorded Sound Supreme Studio, Mökkitie and 5by5 Studio (also mixed) between April-October 2013. Mastering was handled by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios. The album will feature a guest appearance by Stratovarious keyboardist Jens Johansson.

According to the press release: "the Finnish sextet impresses with a mature and beneficial designed sound, that is catchy and heavy at the same time. Just as important: Shear are playing authentic and honest music that is based on deep-seated emotions and a latent slope to great hymns. This is their 'Katharsis.' The chosen style is of subordinate importance for the effect of the perfectly balanced songs. Metal and rock come to fruition to create a Scandinavian heavy sound with a fresh approach and a convincing self-conception.

"Listening to 'Katharsis' you will fall in love with the charismatic voice of Alexa Leroux. But keep in mind: Shear is more than a female-fronted fairytale. Somewhere in between melodic metal, symphonic power and classical rock the Finns are heading for well-written and – simply – beautiful music with a unique charm." More...

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Killing Joke Added To Hammerfest 4

Hammerfest 2013 has just announced that along with St. Vitus, the festival line-up has just added legendary band Killing Joke. Angel Witch and a veritable who's who of metal will also be appearing at the Hammerfest 4 festival, which will take place on March 14th-16th at Haven Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales. Below is the current full line-up of bands appearing, with more information available over at the Hammerfest 4 website.

Killing Joke
Saint Vitus
Napalm Death
Angel Witch
Iron Saviour
Sister Sin
Evil Scarecrow
M-Pire of Evil
Attica Rage
Texas Hippie Coalition
Def Con One
Chimp Spanner
Commander In Chief
Sacred Mother Tongue
Serpent Venom
Vicsous Nature
Last Witness
Iron Knights
Line of Fire
Flayed Disciple
Bloodshot Dawn
Bull Riff Stampede
Making Monsters
Black Acid Souls
Deadman Sugar
Fire in the Empire
Goddamn Electric

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Shear Streaming Entire Album Online

Finnish, female-fronted act Shear has now released the "Breaking the Stillness" album in Europe. In celebration of the release, the full album is now available for streaming at this location. The "Breaking the Stillness" track listing is as follows:

1. The Awaking
2. In Solitude
3. Scorched
4. Someone Else's Eyes
5. Wounded
6. Redemption Awaits
7. Stillness
8. Crowned By Fools
9. No Way Out
10. Be Here Now

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Shear Streaming New Song "Someone Elses's Eyes"

On the Lifeforce Records Facebook profile you can now find the brand new song “Someone Else’s Eyes” from Shear’s upcoming album “Breaking The Stillness."

"Someone Esle's Eyes" is the fourth cut off the upcoming album, and Lifeforce Records commented on the track: "This song demonstrates the recognizable sound of SHEAR including the seamless interplay between the guitars, bass, and drums combined with the strong vocal melodies. The song flows from a heavier verse to a memorable and atmospheric chorus. SOMEONE ELSE’S EYES gives you a first glance of one of the many versatile tracks of the upcoming album of SHEAR."

You can also check out a fan-filmed video for the song "No Way Out" in the player below. The band's Lifeforce Debut "Breaking the Stillness" is set for release this coming March, 2012. More...

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Shear Signs With Lifeforce Records

Finnish power metal band Shear, which sports members of Amoral and Elenium, announced that the band has signed with Lifeforce Records. Shear released the debut EP "In Solitude" in 2010 and plans to release a full length LP in March of 2012. Details of that release are expected shortly.

For video studio reports on the upcoming new release, head on over to this location and this location.

The current lineup of Shear is:

Alexa Leroux – vocals
Mikael Grönroos – guitars
Lauri Koskenniemi – guitars
Eerik Purdon – bass
Lari Sorvo – keyboards
Juhana Karlsson – drums

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Shear Posts More Studio Footage Online

Finnish act Shear has posted more footage online from the band's time at Stereotype Studios in March and April, 2011. You can check out the third and fourth studio updates below, or head over here to check out the previously uploaded second studio video clip.


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Shear Posts Studio Footage Online

Finnish metal act Shear has posted some new footage taken from the recording studio. You can view the footage in the player below.

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Shear Offering EP As Free MP3 Download

Finland's Shear have announced they are currently offering their entire "In Solitude" EP as a free MP3 download. All four tracks from the EP can be found at this location. The EP was recorded at Arcada Studios from August - September 2009 by Mikael Grönroos. Sample Shear tracks can also be heard via the band's official MySpace page.

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Shear Streaming Two New Songs

Finland's Shear is currently streaming two new songs online. The tracks "Trapped In A Shell" and "Mistakes," along with several other previously uploaded tracks from the band's new EP "In Solitude," can be heard via the Shear MySpace page.

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Shear Streaming New Song Online

Finland's Shear has issued the following brief update about streaming a new song online from their new EP "In Solitude:"

"Due to the amazing amount of positive feedback, we decided to upload a new song to MySpace - this is our way of saying thanks for the support guys! The new song is called 'Scorched' and is the second track from the In Solitude EP. Hope you enjoy it!"

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