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Abbath Moonsorrow and Grave booked to Brutal Assault

April 24th, 2016

Black Friday announcement with ABBATH, MOONSORROW and GRAVE!

This time we’re about to bring more orthodox stuff to the table, starting with Norwegian giant gone solo ABBATH! The aptly named DARKENED NOCTURN SLAUGHTERCULT will perform their blood soaked ritual at this BA. We are also welcoming the pagan veterans MOONSORROW. Germans DUST BOLT bring thrash metal as well as their partners in crime LOST SOCIETY from Finland. Blasphemous Polish death metal act EMBRIONAL will be part of the line-up as well as Swedish melodic doom/death act OCTOBER TIDE and lycanthro punk originators WOLFBRIGADE. Fans of modern forms of metal would appreciate young Australian metalcore with mathcore elements JACK THE STRIPPER. American songwriter KING DUDE will perform his dark neo folk. Unfortunate news in the end, NILE had to pull out the fest, however we managed to get two other great death metal acts on the bill to compensate this loss. Namely the godfathers of Swedish death metal GRAVE and the returning turn-of-the-millenium Brazilian prospects REBAELLIUN!

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MOONSORROW, with TYR and METSATÖL: The Gramercy New York, NY, September 22nd, 2012

October 12th, 2012


The Gramercy – New York, NY

September 22nd, 2012

Words and pictures by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus


Another night of Scandinavian Viking metal in New York City! Who knew so many Vikings liked pillaging the Big Apple? Certainly not me.

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September 9th, 2012

Bloodstock Festival 2012

@ Catton Park, Derbyshire, UK

9th – 12th August

Review by Joffie Lovett

Photography by Jamie Hunter

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MOONSORROW signs with Century Media Records

April 10th, 2012

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Finnish crusaders of epic heathen metal, MOONSORROW, and Century Media Records are proud to announce a worldwide deal! In regards to the signing, the band comments: “MOONSORROW are thrilled to start working with Century Media, a label that is home to many fellow artists already! We never make our music half way or with compromises and we know our art is in good hands with people who have the same mentality in running a record label. Now, after a year since the release of our last album we are ready to begin creating something new. The new chapter in this epic journey of MOONSORROW!”

Jens Prueter, Head Of A&R at Century Media Europe: “I followed MOONSORROW since their early days and I’m very proud to welcome them now to Century Media Records. They’ll be in good family along with their countrymen FINNTROLL, TURISAS and INSOMNIUM. Two of the band members already have some history with us: Henri Sorvali is also part of FINNTROLL (even if he rarely plays live with any band) and Marko Tarvonen once moved from drums to guitar in the overlooked Death Metal allstar band CHAOSBREED, who released an album that is as ‘brutal’ as its title.”

“Much has been said about the dark soul of Finnish Metal. A sound that is hard to copy for any non-domestic band. A sound out of endless woods, deepest sorrow and epic majesty. MOONSORROW are probably the most epic of all Finnish bands, not only because most of their songs are over 10 minutes long (sometimes even over 30 minutes), but mainly because they are able to tell stories that are older than written culture. You can follow them even if you don’t understand a single Finnish word. MOONSORROW are able to take you on journey through heathen times. I’m guessing I’m not the only one who can’t wait for the next chapter.”

MOONSORROW was founded in 1995 by the cousins Henri and Ville Sorvali with the goal of creating metal art with a good touch of national romanticism and a distinctively pagan approach. Between 1996 and 2001, MOONSORROW released 4 demos and an album before signing with Spinefarm Records. During this time, the line-up was completed with Marko ‘Baron’ Tarvonen, Mitja Harvilathi and Markus Eurèn– a winning team that hasn’t changed since then. The 2nd album, Voimasta Ja Kunniasta, was released in 2001, and its follow-up, Kivenkantaja (2003), hit the Finnish album charts at #16. It also took the band to their first shows abroad in 2004. Verisäkeet (2005) reached the charts as well, and MOONSORROW played their 1st show on the other side of the Atlantic, in addition to joining PRIMORDIAL for the band’s 1st full European tour, both in 2006. During that year, Janne Perttilä (also in BARREN EARTH) joined as live guitarist for the continuing extensive touring.

Their 5th album, Viides Luku – Hävitetty (2007) included just two songs, both of them checking in at around the 30-minute mark, paving the way to new heights of epic pagan art, which continued on the 68-minute long Tulimyrsky EP with another 30-minute song.

2011 saw the release of the most majestic album of the year, Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa– a full-fledged concept album about a world after annihilation.

MOONSORROW 2012 line-up:
Ville Sorvali – bass & lead vocals
Henri Sorvali – guitars, keyboards & vocals
Mitja Harvilahti – guitars & vocals
Markus Eurén – keyboards
Janne Perttilä – guitars & vocals
Marko Tarvonen – drums & vocals

Don’t miss MOONSORROW on this year’s European summer festivals and stay tuned for more tour updates!

MOONSORROW live 2012
14.04.2012 Ragnarök Festival, Lichtenfels Germany
15.06.2012 Hellfest, Clisson, France
13.07.2012 Bang Your Head, Balingen, Germany
14.07.2012 Rockharz, Ballenstedt, Germany
28.07.2012 Fosch Fest, Bagnatica, Italy
11.08.2012 Alliance Metal Festival, Lviv, Ukraine


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FINNTROLL / MOONSORROW – The Gramercy Theater, New York, NY, April 8, 2010

April 18th, 2010


Words and pictures by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus

The Gramercy Theater – New York, NY

April 8th, 2010

Finntroll / Moonsorrow

Having spent the previous evening being enchanted and thoroughly worn out by none other than Opeth, I wondered if I would have enough energy for Finntroll, who ranks very high amongst my all-time favorite bands. There’s something about the marvelously bizarre Trollish shtick and polka melodies of these Finnish madmen that I find unreasonably captivating. I’ve been hooked since their second album of bouncy priest-devouring tunes, JAKTENS TID, and their newest effort NIFELVIND overwhelmed me with their most creative, heaviest music to date. But before Finntroll could take the stage, three bands I was unfamiliar with had sets to perform.

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Bloodstock Open Air 2008

October 17th, 2008

All pics and words by HannTu

(except where noted)

For an introduction to what Bloodstock Open Air is all about, check out my preview of it here. Suffice it to say that BOA is the only proper UK outdoor metal festival that is devoted to true metal of all genres. This would be the first time I was making the trip up to the Midlands to cover this amazing festival.

Reaching there late Thursday night, we set up camp and went off to explore. BOA has one of the most random things I’d expect at a metal festival: a shisha tent! Armed with a 1.5 litre bottle of JD and two bongs of shisha, we spent the night there meeting weird and crazy people (Frida from Sweden, if you’re reading this, get in touch!). After a disgusting fry-up at the All-Day Breakfast bar, I went off to bed to catch some shut-eye before Friday’s bands. Good start to BOA!

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Paganfest UK 2008 – KOKO Camden, London

April 13th, 2008



KOKO Camden, London

April 6, 2008

All live pics and review by HannTu

Appropriately enough, it was clear and slightly snowy the evening of Paganfest, and with a 5pm start, there was ample time for all five bands to show their quality. It was a night for singing, dancing and some rocking heavy metal! As far as I was concerned, this was a perfect night: firstly, the lights were amazing, meaning I captured some great shots and secondly, the bouncers let us stay the entire show in the photo pit. The downside is that I rarely took any notes, so the report will be slightly short on words. But big on pictures. Lots and lots of pictures. Enjoy, as I did.


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Children of Bodom / Moonsorrow / Kiuas – The Astoria, London

March 11th, 2008

Children of Bodom

with Moonsorrow and Kiuas


The Astoria, London

8th March 2008

All live pics and review by HannTu

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HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR 2007 – Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany

September 1st, 2007


by Herr Nabel


12.7. – 14.7.2007,

Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany

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