Imagine a weekend of nothing but pure heavy fucking metal.
Imagine being surrounded by the friendliest 15,000 people who share the same passion for heavy metal music and lifestyle. Imagine a place where it is respectable to have beer for breakfast and drinking until you drop in an accomplishment. Imagine a festival where you can see over 100 heavy metal bands and pretty much none of them suck.
Ladies and gents, this ain’t no heavy metal fairytale!
This is Bloodstock Open Air – the greatest heavy metal music festival of our times. It’s a place where metal heads run free, headbang until their heads roll off, shout ‘SLAYEEER!’ and avoid shower for 4 days straight.
It just does not get any better than this.
Our Metal-Rules.com UK team were privileged to attend Bloodstock Open Air 2013 and see things for themselves…here’s a ‘little’ insight of what went down.
Finnish masters of melancholic dark metal, AMORPHIS, have made the official music video for the song “The Wanderer” available for viewing here http://smarturl.it/TheWanderer
The clip was shot by iconic director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, DREAM EVIL, MNEMIC) and comes from the band’s latest album, Circle, which was released on April 30 (North America) via Nuclear Blast records. “We’ve had super fun shooting this new video with Patric Ullaeus who did an amazing job as always,” commented the band. “See for yourselves – for us, it’s one of our favourite music videos from all the ones we’ve done so far! Enjoy & keep rocking!”
Finnish masters of melancholic dark metal, AMORPHIS, recently completed an official music video for the song “The Wanderer” with director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, DREAM EVIL, MNEMIC). The track comes from the band’s upcoming album, Circle, which was released on April 30 (North America) via Nuclear Blast records. “We’ve had super fun shooting this new video with Patric Ullaeus who did an amazing job as always,” commented the band. “See for yourselves – for us, it’s one of our favourite music videos from all the ones we’ve done so far! Enjoy & keep rocking!” The video will premiere online next Tuesday, June 11. In the meantime, screenshots from the shoot can be found attached below.
Finnish masters of melancholic dark metal, AMORPHIS, have released the music video for the song “Hopeless Days” here http://youtu.be/KY0bUjF0YQ8. The track comes from the band’s upcoming album, Circle, which will be released on April 30 (North America) via Nuclear Blast records. The follow-up to 2011’s highly successful masterpiece The Beginning Of Times (Finnish charts: #1, German charts: #16) was produced and mixed by no less than HYPOCRISY and PAIN mastermind Peter Tägtgren (CHILDREN OF BODOM, CELTIC FROST, IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR). Tracking was done at Petrax Studio in Hollola (NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, KORPIKLAANI) and 5K Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Cover artwork was created by Tom Bates (BLEED FROM WITHIN, DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL – www.facebook.com/artoftombates).
A video that includes snippets of all songs from Circle,along with track-by-track commentary by guitarist and founding member Esa Holopainen, can be foundhere http://youtu.be/qbCj7cYk-Kg
Finnish masters of melancholic dark metal, AMORPHIS, have released a video that includes snippets of all songs from the band’s upcoming album Circle,along with track-by-track commentary by guitarist and founding member Esa Holopainen.
The legendary Finnish thrash/speed band Stone was originally formed in mid 80’s. The band released four studio albums and one live album, before disbanding in 1992 to pursue different musical directions. In year 2000 band reunited briefly and in 2008 they did five shows including appearances at the Ruisrock and Tuska festivals. Last autumn, the band announced, somewhat surprisingly, that it intends to make a small-scale tour in the spring of 2013. It seems that at present there is a huge demand for the band. Five sold out shows and over 5000 tickets sold is an impressive achievement for any band in Finland. Official reason given for this comeback was the release of new Stone box set, but yes, perhaps the band just decided to respond the audience’s call and gave them what they wanted. Please welcome one more time: Janne Joutsenniemi, Roope Latvala, Markku “Nirri” Niiranen and Pekka Kasari, GET STONED!!
AMORPHIS Release Lyric Video For ‘Hopeless Days’ Single
Finnish melancholic dark metal masters AMORPHIS will release their 11th studio album, Circle, on April 19th via Nuclear Blast. The band have released the single for the track, ‘Hopeless Days’, as well as a lyric video for the track:
Amorphis will be celebrating the release of Circle at a special record release show, on April 25th at The Circus in Helsinki, Finland. At this show, Amorphis will be performing Circle in its entirety. Further details at this location.
The tracklist of Circle is follows:
‘Shades Of Gray’
‘Into The Abyss’
‘Enchanted By The Moon’
‘A New Day’
Finnish forerunners of melancholic dark metal, AMORPHIS, have posted their first studio report detailing the making or their as-of-yet-untitled 11th album, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLdUj7wm2PM&feature=youtu.be . The follow-up to 2011’s highly successful masterpiece The Beginning Of Times (Finnish charts: #1, German charts: #16) is being produced and mixed by no less than HYPOCRISY and PAIN mastermind Peter Tägtgren (CHILDREN OF BODOM, CELTIC FROST, IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR).
“We had to face the fact that if we want to develop our music and sound we need a producer who has a vision and whom we can accept as an authority,” commented AMORPHIS guitarist and founding member Esa Holopainen. “I know that we’re not the most flexible guys when it comes to letting outsiders into our camp for telling us how to do things. We spent one evening at our management office, talking about the right producer and the recording sessions in general. As usual, the best decisions are not far to seek. We’ve been talking to Peter about him producing AMORPHIS for ages. I think the first time we spoke about this was when we met first at the Nuclear Blast festival tour in 1994, and it was in Helsinki around a year ago when we last speculated about the idea. We’ve been following Peter‘s career – he’s developed as a musician and especially as a producer over the years. Plus he’s one of the true survivors from the 90′s death metal scene who is still around just like us, so we share kind of an old school mental level.”
The recordings are currently taking place in the famous premises of Petrax Studio in Hollola (NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, KORPIKLAANI) and 5K Studios in Helsinki. Esa explains:
“We’ve decided to record in Finland so that Peter can come here to escape to Petrax in the countryside with us, in order to record all the drums plus some additional lines. Later on, we’ll continue in Helsinki at 5K Studios to lay down the rest of the material. The mixing will be done with Peter in the Swedish Abyss Studios. We’ll keep you posted about how the sessions proceed!”
AMORPHIS’ 11th studio album is planned for a March/April 2013 release via Nuclear Blast Records.
Morgana Lefay, who have been inactive since 2007, have been confirmed for an exclusive show at the Sweden Rock Double Cruise in early October. Also confirmed for the Sweden Rock Double Cruise is the legendary Finnish metal band Amorphis.
The line-up so far:
Melodic cruise, 4-5 October
RAGE (melodic set)
Two more bands to be announced!
Hard cruise, 5-6 Oktober
RAGE (hard set)
Two more bands to be announced!
Rates: Tickets including cabin from 595 SEK (approx. 66 Euro) per cruise. Book tickets for both cruises and get a free T-shirt!
Check-in first cruise: at the Silja terminal in Värtahamnen, Stockholm, October 4th no later than 18.15.
Check in second cruise: at the Silja terminal in Värtahamnen, Stockholm, October 5th no later than 18.15.
The massive touring Sonisphere festival landed in Finland for the fourth time in a row. The first two Sonisphere festivals were arranged on the other side of Finland. For financial reasons the festival was moved to the capital, Helsinki, last year when Slipknot headlined the one-day event with several support acts. Obviously the turn-out at last year’s festival didn’t please the organization and for this year Metallica were recruited to headline. Nearly 50,000 tickets were sold like hot cakes when the line-up of Sonisphere was announced. Besides Metallica, Machine Head, Amorphis, Gojira, Ghost, and finally Hardcore Superstar had been booked to appear at the one-day festival on one stage. Of course, the celebration of Metallica’s multi-million selling BLACK album was the main bait to attract the audience.
The Tuska Open Air Festival has become one kind of institution amongst all metal festivals in Europe. Tuska was previously arranged in the heart of Helsinki in the central park Kaisaniemi during the past 10 years. The park underwent construction to have a better environment and other mandatory improvements. The organization of Tuska didn’t have a choice but to find and switch the whole festival to a new area. This new area is still located in Helsinki, but only a few kilometers away, to a place called Suvilahti. Having this area was definitely a big part of the whole idea and concept of Tuska. The Kaisaniemi park brought an intimate picnic and park feeling with the grass and trees. Whereas Suvilahti was more like an industrial environment with the burning and redhot asphalt under the feet.
Another thing forcing Tuska to make a change was the date. Originally the festival was supposed to be in the beginning of July, but another big more international based festival took over the date and Tuska was postponed until three weeks later. Well at least some people got pissed off at the changed date. Obviously a few band negotiations needed to start all over. Hopefully Tuska will return back to the original date. However, the line-up looked amazing after all. Morbid Angel and Amon Amarth were headliners, so was Devin Townsend once again. Cult metal bands like Hell, Bulldozer and then something type of stuff such as Jex Thoth, Church Of Misery. The festival was an utter success although the event wasn’t sold out. All in all 28000 people visited Tuska during three days.
Metal-Rules.com was present to check out a lot of bands and check out the new Tuska area.
Finnish melancholic dark rock/metal icons AMORPHIS will be direct support to the metallic operatic powerhouse NIGHTWISH for an exclusive North American performance in early 2012. The show will take place at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City on January 21, 2012. Joining them will be DOMMIN. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.
“The opportunity of playing exclusive show with NIGHTWISH came about around February,” commented guitarist Esa Holopainen. “We were totally exited about the idea as we didn’t have a chance to do a tour in the US with the Skyforger album. Now we have a special show where we will try to offer as much material as possible from the last two albums. It’s a great privilege to be part of an evening which is going to be memorable and special for everyone.”
Listen to samples of all the songs from AMORPHIS’ new album The Beginning of Timeshere. The Beginning Of Times will be released on May 27, 2011 (Europe) and June 7, 2011 (North America).
AMORPHIS have released the video clip for the bands hit single “You I Need”.
Germany’s Metal Hammer Magazine recently attended the filming of video shoot for “You I Need” in Berlin, Germany. Check out photos from the set here.
Visit the band’s Facebook profile to listen to the tracks “My Enemy” and “You I Need”. Both songs come from their highly anticipated upcoming effort The Beginning Of Times.
The first album trailer for their upcoming album The Beginning Of Times can be watched below: