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Formed: 2000
From: Oulu, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

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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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Poisonblack Posts New Finnish Tour Dates

Poisonblack — the Finnish band featuring former Sentenced frontman Ville Laihiala — has scheduled a number of headlining tour dates in its home country immediately following its European tour with Dark Tranquility and Fear My Thoughts.

"A Dead Heavy Day," the new album from Poisonblack recently entered the Finnish chart at position No. 6. The album was made available as standard CD, LP plus bonus CD as well as limited-edition CD plus bonus DVD containing a "Making Of A Dead Heavy Day," the video for the single "Rush" (taken from the band's 2006 effort "Lust-Stained Despair"), and seven songs filmed at an exclusive semi-acoustic gig at Radio Mega in the band's hometown of Oulu.

Here are the Poisonblack tour dates: More...

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Dark Tranquillity Announces European Tour Dates

Celebrating the 20-year anniversary of Century Media Records, Dark Tranquillity, Poisonblack (featuring ex-Sentenced frontman Ville Laihiala) and Fear My Thoughts team up for the Where Death is Most Alive European tour.

Tour dates are as follows:

Oct. 24 Berlin, Germany - Kato
Oct. 25 Hamburg, Germany - Grünspan
Oct. 26 Doordrecht, Netherlands - Bibelot
Oct. 27 Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
Oct. 28 Paris, France - Locomotive
Oct. 29 Lyon, France - Ninkasi kao
Nov. 01 Bologna, Italy - Estragon
Nov. 02 Rome, Italy - Alpheus
Nov. 04 Treviso, Italy - New Age
Nov. 05 Ljubljana, Slovenia - Gala Hala
Nov. 06 Vienna, Austria - Szene
Nov. 07 Graz, Austria - Orpheum
Nov. 08 Winterthur, Switzerland - Salzhaus
Nov. 09 Munich, Germany - Backstage
Nov. 10 Stuttgart, Germany - Röhre
Nov. 11 Cologne, Germany - Underground
Nov. 12 Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset

The October 31st show in Milan, Italy will be recorded for an upcoming Dark Tranquillity DVD.

For more info, visit the tour's official Myspace page.

Dark Tranquillity have confirmed their performances on the Close-Up Made Us Do It Tour, supported by Engel and Dead by April. Dates for this tour are:

Nov. 13 Oslo, Norway - John Dee
Nov. 14 Göteborg, Sweden - Brewhouse
Nov. 15 Skövde, Sweden - Valhall
Nov. 16 Stockholm, Sweden - Tyrol
Nov. 18 Östersund, Sweden - Hårdrocksklubben
Nov. 20 Linköping, Sweden - Platens
Nov. 21 Malmö, Sweden - KB
Nov. 22 Huskvarna, Sweden - Folkets Park

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Poisonblack Studio Video Now Available

Finnish gothic metal band Poisonblack has posted the first in a series of videos detailing their time in the studio recording their upcoming album "A Dead Heavy Day". The video can be viewed below. More...

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Poisonblack Release New Album Tracklisting

Finnish gothic metal band Poisonblack announced the tracklisting for their upcoming album "A Dead Heavy Day" on their website today. The tracklisting will be as follows:

1. Intro
2. Diane
3. Left behind
4. Bear the cross
5. A dead heavy day
6. Me myself and I
7. X
8. Human-compost
9. The days between
10. Hatelove
11. Low life
12. Only you can tear me apart

The new album will be released in Europe on September 1st, but no official release date has been set for North America.

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Poisonblack Announce New Touring Keyboardist

POISONBLACK keyboardist Marco Sneck is currently on tour in Canada with his other band, KALMAH, and will be unable to join Poisonblack for their upcoming dates in Greece.

The band have announced that Veli-Matti Kananen will replace him for the dates.

The tour dates (with AMORPHIS) are as follows:

19 - Thessaloniki - Hydrogios, Greece
20 - Athens - Gagarin, Greece

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Poisonblack Begin Recording New Album

POISONBLACK, the Finnish band featuring former SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala, has entered Soundmix Studio in the group's hometown of Oulu with producer Kari Vähäkuopus to begin recording its third album, entitled "A Dead Heavy Day".

Commented drummer Tarmo Kanerva: "On the one hand, there is going to be some really melodic songs, and on the other hand, the heavy stuff is heavier than anything we have ever done before. Still, you won't need to be afraid of dramatic changes. It'll be the typical POISONBLACK sound."

POISONBLACK last year entered the Finnish national album chart with its sophomore CD, "Lust Stained Despair", at position No. 2. The group's video the song "Rush" can be viewed here. Also available at YouTube.com is a video clip of POISONBLACK mainman Ville Laihiala performing the band's song "Pain Becomes Me" acoustically. Check it out at this location. More...

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Poisonblack Forced To Cancel Live Dates

Finnish gothic metallers POISONBLACK, featuring former SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala, recently issued the following brief update:

"Poisonblack have to unfortunately cancel gigs between October 26th - 29th. Next gig is October 30th in Berlin."

Cancelled dates were scheduled for October 28th at Klubben in Stockholm, Sweden and October 29th at Tragarn in Gothenburg, Sweden. A reason was not given for the cancelled dates. Poisonblack's upcoming tour of Finland now includes the following dates: More...

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New Poisonblack Album Available Online

The much-anticipated new POISONBLACK album, Lust Stained Despair, featuring ex-Sentenced frontman Ville Laihiala on lead vocals and guitars, is now available in stores. This offering is a voracious hard rock assault laden with mesmerizing gothic overtones and is definitely a must for Amorphis, H.I.M. and Katatonia fans.

Click below to check out the stunning new track “Rush.” http://mp3.centurymedia.com/Poisonblack/LustStainedDespair/Poisonblack_Rush.mp3

The new video for “Rush” has also been posted on the Century Media YouTube page listed below. http://www.youtube.com/user/CenturyMedia

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Poisonblack Talk About New Album

POISONBLACK's Ville Laihiala says the band's forthcoming second album Lust Stained Despair sounded "like sh--" the first time he heard it. The band recorded the LP more than two years ago, but it didn't quite live up to the ex-SENTENCED frontman's standards. "That's the reason why we postponed it," he explained. "And also, I opened a bottle, and it stayed open for six months, so that was also a reason."

But this spring, the Finnish gothic metallers headed back into Tonebox Studio, in the band's hometown of Oulu, Finland, to record several new tracks and revisit others. "We recorded three new songs and some additional keyboards here and there, and then I flew to Denmark to mix it, so it would sound the way it sounds right now," Laihiala explained. "I am happy with it now. Everything feels great. We know we have a pretty strong album that we really feel honest about, and we've been rehearsing like apes."

The album, which is due in stores August 22, features 11 mind-melting tracks, including "Hollow Be My Name," "Soul in Flames" and "Pain Becomes Me." The singer said he tried to make the lyrical content "clever, and talk about getting rid of stuff through sex and whatever, because when I was 12, the only two things I had in life were music and masturbation. I know what I was thinking when I wrote those things, and the lyrics should have their own meaning to people."

But the follow-up to 2003's Escapexstacy is a different sound for POISONBLACK, according to Laihiala. "We were really trying to find a sound of a band playing live," he said. "Obviously, we wanted to do effects with keyboards. But there's only two rhythm guitarists, and we don't sound like eight guitarists live." So the album needed to sound more simplified than the band's debut offering.

Last month, POISONBLACK shot a clip for the track "Rush," even though Laihiala didn't want to. "I've always hated doing them, because I think they're a waste of money. Obviously, I care about how it looks — that it's not us eating diapers or whatever. But still, it doesn't play a big role in this [band]. It's not the reason why people do music."

This fall, POISONBLACK will tour Europe in support of LACUNA COIL — the trek begins September 22 and runs through November 8. Laihiala said he'd eventually like to tour the U.S. but added that "in the past, we've had a lot of issues with alcohol, and I kind of have this weird feeling of self-confidence to go back out on tour, but not too much immediately — I need to adjust my head again to the bus and that lifestyle."

Laihiala says he has managed to get his drinking under control, and gone are the days when he'd be drunk for three weeks straight, eating nothing but potato chips. But that doesn't mean he doesn't still like to imbibe.

"Some of us, including myself, drank booze for the wrong reasons," he said. "We dealt with those reasons, and the level of alcohol use is pretty much the same as it used to be — but for the right reasons."

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Poisonblack E-Card With New Song Rush

The POISONBLACK Ecard with the song “Rush” and its amazing videoclip, an acoustic performance of “Pain Becomes Me” from singer Ville Laihiala (ex-Sentenced), and the chance to win cool goodies and subscribe to updates about the band can be found by cutting and pasting the following link into a new window: http://ecard.centurymedia.com/poisonblack/ . Set to be released August 22, POISONBLACK’s Lust Stained Despair is a voracious hard rock assault laden with mesmerizing gothic overtones. European audiences will have the opportunity to see the band live supporting Italy’s LACUNA COIL this fall. More information on the band can be found here.

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Poisonblack Set To Support Lacuna Coil

Finland’s POISONBLACK will support LACUNA COIL on their highly anticipated European tour to present their upcoming album “Lust Stained Despair” live. POISONBLACK’s new masterpiece “Lust Stained Despair” was mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, SICK OF IT ALL) at Antfarm Studios and is due to hit UK shops September 4th 2006.

POISONBLACK was founded by Ville Laihiala, the voice of the legendary, but now defunct SENTENCED, the founders of melancholy-driven Finnish rock that had several number one singles and gold albums in Finland.

Expect their ever-so slightly raunchy video for the track ‘Rush’ to be available very soon.

Check them out live on tour with LACUNA COIL this October.

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Sentenced Wins Three Finnish Metal Awards

Sentenced have won three awards at the Finnish Metal Awards 2005, which took place at the Finnish Metal Expo on February 17: Band of the Year, Album of the Year and Cover Art of the Year (for "The Funeral Album").

A photo of the band has been posted at this location.

Sentenced disbanded after their last show in their hometown of Oulu, Finland on October 1, 2005. Frontman Ville Laihiala is currently working on a new album with Poisonblack.

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Amorphis To Be Joined By Charon Singer

Charon/ex-Poisonblack frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto will handle the vocal duties for Amorphis on the group's upcoming U.S. tour with Type O Negative. At the moment, there are no plans for Leppäluoto to join Amorphis on a full-time basis.
"When we first started thinking about this singer situation [following Pasi Koskinen's departure], nobody came to our minds," guitarist Esa Holopainen told Finland's Sonera Plaza. "But then we found out that J-P could be very good substitute for Pasi. I sent him all the Amorphis CDs and he is practicing our songs very hard at the moment... But let's see later who will handle the 'death metal vocals' in some of our songs."

As previously reported, Amorphis's tour with Type O Negative is scheduled to kick off in early October. Confirmed dates so far include the following:
Oct. 07 – Toad's Place – New Haven, CT
Oct. 11 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
Oct. 12 - Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA
Oct. 15 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 30 - Eagles Club/The Rave/Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
Amorphis' most recent CD, "Far From The Sun", will receive its long-overdue North/South American release on September 7 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album will be packaged as a special version with three bonus songs, including an acoustic version of the title track, "Far From The Sun".

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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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