The Finnish band HIM set up a pleasant surprise for the audience of Qstock festival in Oulu, Finland with a secret performance. The festival had originally booked Ville Valo's solo project Rambo Rimbaud, but Valo and the rest of the band apparently decided otherwise and introduced their new drummer, Jukka "Kosmo" Kröger, on stage. Jukka previously played in the Finnish pop-rock group Herra Ylppö & Ihmiset.
Finland's Amoral announced what they had been teasing the day before: singer Niko Kalliojärvi has returned to the band after a seven year absence. The progressive band is now a six-piece again. Kalliojärvi's return has been cooking up since last year, and he will be largely present on the band's 7th studio album, on which they are currently working on, with an early 2016 release planned.
Have you been anticipating the third Chaos Divine album Colliding Skies? If so, there is good news for you, because the prog metallers are streaming the album in its entirety on SoundCloud. It is also available below. Colliding Skies will be released on March 6th through Firestarter Music. You can discover and stream the record all this week, so enjoy it while you can!
The Finnish Gothenburg metal band MyGrain have announced the departure of their guitarist Resistor, who had been in the band since the beginning. He was replaced by Joni Lahdenkauppi, who had previously filled in for them on their European tour supporting fellow Finns Insomnium. You can read Resistor's message about his departure below and watch a video from their sold out Nosturi show which was his last one with the band.
Finnish Gothenburg metallers MyGrain have made their entire upcoming new album Planetary Breathing available for streaming ahead of its release. You can listen to it over here. Planetary Breathing will be released in Europe on September 27th through Spinefarm Records.
Finnish melodic death metal band Noumena is offering a pre-listening of their upcoming album Death Walks With Me at this location. It will be streaming until it is released on April 18th by Haunted Zoo Productions. Ville "Vilhelm" Lamminaho's comments (in Finnish) about each track of the album are also included.
Finnish melodic death metal band Noumena has released a lyric video for "Handful Of Dust", a song taken off their upcoming album Death Walks With Me, scheduled for release on April 18th under Haunted Zoo Productions. The video can be streamed below. "Handful Of Dust", the opening track off the new release, is the first taste of what you can expect to hear from the group after Anatomy Of Life.
Beyond, the upcoming new album from the Finnish melodic death metallers Omnium Gatherum, is currently streaming exclusively and in its entirety for free at this location. It will be available for one week. The article also includes song-by-song commentary from Markus Vanhala and Jukka Pelkonen in both Finnish and English.
Finnish metal musician Tuomas Saukkonen stunned the local scene by announcing that he has disbanded all his previous projects (including Before The Dawn) and started a new one under the name Wolfheart. There will be a farewell show where Before The Dawn, Black Sun Aeon and Routasielu will get up on stage for the very last time.
Finnish melodic death metal band Omnium Gatherum has released a new track off their upcoming album Beyond, set to be released in Europe on February 25th and in North America on March 5th through Lifeforce Records. "New Dynamic" is streaming via the YouTube channel of Lifeforce Records and you can listen to it below.
Finnish melodic death metallers Omnium Gatherum have announced details for their upcoming new album. It will be entitled Beyond and is set to be released on February 25th in Europe and March 5th in North America via Lifeforce Records.
Unsung Heroes, the entire new album from the Finnish folk metallers Ensiferum, has been made available for streaming at this location. The album was released in Finland today on August 24th and will hit stores on August 27th and August 28th in the rest of Europe and North America through Spinefarm Records.