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SWEDENROCK 2014 – Solvesborg Sweden

July 19th, 2014

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Article and pictures by Arto Lehtinen,
Marko Syrjala, and Patrick Clement

Hell yeah! It’s time to enter the mighty Swedenrock Festival. A fantastic and the most enjoyable rock and metal festival on earth. It has to be pointed out that Metal Rules has covered Sweden Rock since 2001! Therefore, it is quite logical to cover the festival again. The 2014 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Approximately 80 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past decade as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t an exception as the fest was sold out despite a lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article on several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather was both rainy and sunny during these four days. The Metal-Rules.com team was there to witness the bands, not for some kinda beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!

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Hellfest Festival 2014

July 14th, 2014

Hellfest Festival 2014

@ Clisson, France

20th-22nd June 2014

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs & Graham Hilling
Photos by Graham Hilling

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PaganFest North America V Calgary, Alberta, May 7th, 2014

June 14th, 2014

PAGANFEST NORTH AMERICA V

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Korpiklaani, Turisas, Chthonic, Varg, Winterhymn

The Republik. Calgary, Alberta  2014

It was painful to go  inside on the first sunny day in a week!  As I waited in line enjoying the last few warm rays of sunset I watched the faithful.  Many people were dressed up and faces painted. Countless folk/pagan/Viking shirts made me think this is one of the strongest sub genres right now. Doors open an hour behind schedule which for once didn’t bother me as it was fine to soak up a last few rays of sunset while in line.

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Korpiklaani and Turisas rock Paganfest North America 2014 at the Hollywood House of Blues!

May 21st, 2014

Korpiklaani and Turisas rock Paganfest North America 2014 at the Hollywood House of Blues!

May 13 – House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

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Review &  photos by Metalette

Every year, Paganfest brings out a fascinating crowd – a subdivision of the LA metal scene that you otherwise never get to see! The SoCal vikings and heathens come out to party in their chainmail and warpaint and tattered fur, and many fans sport plastic-horned helmets if nothing else. The festival also draws an admirably diverse group of fans; all age-ranges, races, and genders appreciate the uniquely good time that is offered at Paganfest. I kid you not, there was a white-haired old lady sitting in the VIP section, bopping her head along to all the bands’ sets.

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Turisas @ O2 Academy, Islington

October 21st, 2013

Turisas

W/ Revoker, Astrohenge

@ O2 Academy Islington, London

9th October 2013

Review by Caitlin Smith

Photography by Michelle Murphy

Finnish folk metallers Turisas invite you once again to stand up and fight with them once again. Never too long from British soil, this band have always been able to pull a crowd, and entering the venue, I can see that this was going to be no exception. As usual the room is awash with red and black stripes painted like battle lines across faces, proudly proclaiming their allegiance for the night.

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TURISAS release “Into The Free” from new album ‘Turisas2013′

July 18th, 2013
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With the September 3 release of their new album ‘Turisas2013′ rapidly approaching, TURISAS are proud to unveil a second track from the album, the adrenalized anthem “Into The Free” – click here to listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-FQCokApVE.

 

Says TURISAS violinist Olli Vanska of the track: “‘Into The Free’ shows a completely different side of the new album: it’s fast, uplifting, raw and contains some super catchy sing-along parts. We already played this ‘freedom anthem’ on a couple of summer festivals and the reception was really good right from the start. As an instant crowd mover, I believe the song has already earned its place in the setlist of the upcoming tours.”

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TURISAS Debuts New Song “For Your Own Good” From Upcoming Album ‘Turisas2013′

June 27th, 2013

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The red and black are back! With their new album ‘Turisas2013′ set for a September 3 release in North America, TURISAS are giving fans a first taste of the new material – the album’s opening track, “For Your Own Good,” can now be heard here: http://youtu.be/eRym6gz4bVA.

“‘Turisas2013′ is a very varied album, it has some of the heaviest and fastest tracks that we’ve ever done, but ‘For Your Own Good’ comes more from the lighter end,” says TURISAS frontman Mathias Nygard of the track “It’s a very catchy song and we hope you’ll enjoy the track that we picked to give you a very first taste of the many flavours to come.”

In addition to its September 3 release in North America, ‘Turisas2013′ is scheduled for worldwide releases August 21 in Finland, August 26 in Europe, and September 2 in the U.K. Read the rest of this entry »

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TURISAS reveals cover artwork for upcoming album, ‘Turisas2013′

June 18th, 2013

Get ready for TURISAS to paint your town red and black again! The band has now revealed the first details about their upcoming album: Turisas2013 is scheduled to be released on September 3rd in North America (August 26th in Europe) via Century Media Records.

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TURISAS – Comments on Current Tour

February 1st, 2013
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Turisas – 2013 concert poster

In a recent interview with Turisas violinist Olli Vänskä, Olli talked about the tour and the timing of the tour before the release of their new album:

What was the thinking behind doing the tour now, instead of waiting a couple months when the album release was closer?

We knew that we were going to release the album this spring and there was a gap where we knew we could do a U.S. tour. Earlier years we were really bad about scheduling things in a smart way. We’ve had like one year between tours in the U.S. and we know how important it is to be there. We thought that we’d do some groundwork for the actual album release tour and a little bit of testing the waters to be able to reap whatever we sowed last year on Paganfest, which was really good and I’m glad it went well. We thought that this was a good place to return.

We will be doing some shows here and there in Europe as well and going to Israel for the first time and doing a festival in Belgium or something like that and then have the album release in May and do the summer festivals and then probably come back to tour in the states next fall. So it’s all part of a master plan.

It’s definitely a good way to remind folks you’re still around, people’s attention spans being what they are these days.

Absolutely. That was kind of the main idea behind it. We wanted to step up the pace with the album, the last two coming three years after the one before it, and you know how the industry is these days. But even though it’s only been two years since Stand Up And Fight, we don’t see that we are rushing anything.

We are just trying to keep the heat that we’ve already built so we don’t have to start back at the level we began at when the last album came out. You want start where you finished off, so yeah, we want to get the name out there and get people excited about the new album before it comes out.

This bill is a bit different that what you’ve come over with before – last time with Paganfest, before that more of a black metal thing with Cradle of Filth and Nachtmystium. This one is a real mixed bag of styles.

Paganfest was great, but that folk/Viking/Pagan/whatever shit – not shit, that’s the wrong word, but you know what I mean, there’s just so many genres there – everything that comes from Finland people just brand as folk metal, so that’s established, even if it’s not entirely accurate. The idea for this was to broaden the scope of the whole horizon in a way that shows there’s something more to what we do and get away from the idea that if you’re a folk metal band you should only tour with folk metal bands or if you’re a death metal band you should only tour with death metal bands.

As long as there is some kind of touching point between the bands and people can feel that there is something interesting there, it should work. If we went out with some really technical math-metal band, it might be a bit weird, but Firewind is kind of traditional power metal that is very anthemic, which much of our music is. And Stolen Babies are bit avant garde, they have a folk side to them. So there is some common ground there.

I think the variety of the bill is not a weakness, it’s a good thing. There are these insane package shows that have like five death metal bands in a row, each one more brutal than the rest.

 

“Guards of Glory – North American Tour 2013″ feat. TURISAS with special guests FIREWIND, STOLEN BABIES

Sat/Feb-02–Jacksonville, FL–Roc Bar

Sun/Feb-03–Atlanta, GA–The Masquerade – Downstairs

Tue/Feb-05–Richmond, VA–Empire

Wed/Feb-06–New York, NY–Gramercy Theatre

Thu/Feb-07–Worcester, MA–The Palladium – Upstairs

Fri/Feb-08–Montreal, QC–Les Foufounes Électriques

Sat/Feb-09–Toronto, ON–The Mod Club

Sun/Feb-10–Chicago, IL–Bottom Lounge

Mon/Feb-11–Cleveland, OH–Peabody’s Downunder

Wed/Feb-13–Minneapolis, MN–Mill City Nights

Fri/Feb-15–Denver, CO–Marquis Theatre

Sat/Feb-16–Salt Lake City, UT–In the Venue

Mon/Feb-18–Seattle, WA–Studio Seven

Tue/Feb-19–Vancouver, BC–Biltmore Cabaret

Wed/Feb-20–Portland, OR–Branx

Thu/Feb-21–Oakland, CA–Oakland Metro OperaHouse

Fri/Feb-22–West Hollywood, CA–Key Club*

Sat/Feb-23–Santa Ana, CA–The Constellation Room*

Mon/Feb-25–Tempe, AZ–910 Live*

Thu/Feb-28–Dallas, TX–Door*

Fri/Mar-01–San Antonio, TX–White Rabbit*

Sat/Mar-02–Houston, TX–Warehouse Live*

Mon/Mar-04–Orlando, FL–The Social*

Tue/Mar-05–Ft. Lauderdale, FL–Culture Room*

Wed/Mar-06–Tampa, FL–State Theatre*

 

*=TURISAS and FIREWIND only

 

A special VIP Meet & Greet package is available for all the shows. For full details, please see http://turisas.myshopify.com/

 

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TURISAS – Interview with violinist Olli Vänskä

January 30th, 2013

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By Peter Atkinson

Turisas violinist Olli Vänskä is a bit out frazzled and all apologies as he calls in from the studio in Helsinki, Finland, where the “battle metal” horde are rushing to finish work on their as-yet-untitled fourth album.

“I am calling late,” he says. “I had two interviews today. One of them I nailed right on time, this one I didn’t. I’m so sorry man. It’s a little crazy here.” Read the rest of this entry »

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TURISAS enters studio to record new album; announces line-up change

November 22nd, 2012
   

 

Battle metallers TURISAS have officially started recording their upcoming 4th studio album. The band is currently recording drums at Atomic Spa studio in Helsinki, Finland, and they will continue the recordings in different locations until the end of January. This follow-up to 2011′s Stand Up And Fight is scheduled for a worldwide release in May 2013 via Century Media Records.

 

TURISAS has also announced a few line-up changes in conjunction with the band entering the studio. After spending 15 years with TURISAS behind the kit, original member, Tuomas “Tude” Lehtonen, has decided to part ways with the band. Lehtonen explains the reasons behind his decision:

 

“I can’t tell you how hard it feels to step away from the path we’ve been walking together for the last 15 years – and to start a new era in my life without the band. There are many reasons for me to quit the band. The stress from the years spent on the road and different artistic visions have lead to a mutual decision for me to step back and hand over the drumsticks to the next guy. In any case, it has been a great experience and all the memories from being on the road are something that I will always cherish. The biggest thanks go to all of the past and present members of the band, not to forget all the technicians and fellow drummers I’ve met on shows and on tour – and, of course, especially to all the fans that have allowed us to grow to the level that TURISAS are at today. Good luck and lots of success to all my bandmates – I feel that I will never be straying too far away from the band. I shall always be proudly carrying the heart of TURISAS wherever I go. The man can leave the band but the band will never really leave the man. Battle Metal!”

 

Along with Lehtonen, TURISAS’ current tour bass player, Jukka-Pekka Miettinen, will part ways with the band as he needs to focus on his own musical projects. The relationship with both members remains friendly and amicable. Their official farewell party will happen at TURISAS’ special New Year’s Eve show on December 31st, 2012 at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland.

 

In light of Lehtonen’s and Miettinen’s departure, TURISAS is proud to welcome two new members to the band: their new drummer, Jaakko Jakku, who has already started recording his drum parts for the upcoming album, and their new bassist, Jesper Anastasiadis. Both are excellent musicians with great personalities, and the rest of the band is already looking forward to the upcoming shows.

 

After the new album is finished at the end of January, TURISAS will appear on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise (http://70000tons.com/), which kicks off on January 28th in Florida; then they’ll head out on their headlining “Guards Of Glory” tour throughout North America and Latin America. Support in North America will come from FIREWIND, as well as STOLEN BABIES. See below for a list of tour dates (with more to be announced soon!):

Revolver Magazine presents: “Guards of Glory – North American Tour 2013″ feat. TURISAS with special guests FIREWIND, STOLEN BABIES

Sat/Feb-02–Jacksonville, FL–Roc Bar

Sun/Feb-03–Atlanta, GA–The Masquerade – Downstairs

Tue/Feb-05–Richmond, VA–Empire

Wed/Feb-06–New York, NY–Gramercy Theatre

Thu/Feb-07–Worcester, MA–The Palladium – Upstairs

Fri/Feb-08–Montreal, QC–Les Foufounes Électriques

Sat/Feb-09–Toronto, ON–The Mod Club

Sun/Feb-10–Chicago, IL–Bottom Lounge

Mon/Feb-11–Cleveland, OH–Peabody’s Downunder

Wed/Feb-13–Minneapolis, MN–Mill City Nights

Fri/Feb-15–Denver, CO–Marquis Theatre

Sat/Feb-16–Salt Lake City, UT–In the Venue

Mon/Feb-18–Seattle, WA–Studio Seven

Tue/Feb-19–Vancouver, BC–Biltmore Cabaret

Wed/Feb-20–Portland, OR–Branx

Thu/Feb-21–Oakland, CA–Oakland Metro OperaHouse

Fri/Feb-22–West Hollywood, CA–Key Club*

Sat/Feb-23–Santa Ana, CA–The Constellation Room*

Mon/Feb-25–Tempe, AZ–910 Live*

Thu/Feb-28–Dallas, TX–Door*

Fri/Mar-01–San Antonio, TX–White Rabbit*

Sat/Mar-02–Houston, TX–Warehouse Live*

Mon/Mar-04–Orlando, FL–The Social*

Tue/Mar-05–Ft. Lauderdale, FL–Culture Room*

Wed/Mar-06–Tampa, FL–State Theatre*

 

*=TURISAS and FIREWIND only

 

A special VIP Meet & Greet package is available for all the shows. For full details, please see http://turisas.myshopify.com/

 

In addition to previewing material from their upcoming release, TURISAS will be touring in support of their latest release, Stand Up And Fight, which is available for purchase at CM Distro here and at iTunes here.

TURISAS online:

http://www.turisas.com/

http://www.myspace.com/turisasofficial

http://www.facebook.com/turisas

http://www.twitter.com/turisasofficial

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Finnish Metal Expo 2012

March 31st, 2012
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The Finnish Metal Expo has become more an indoor metal festival in the heart of the Finnish nuclear winter. The line-up of the FME 2012 offered a great and wide deal of metal from the extreme to the more AOR based approach. Even though the whole idea of the metal expedition has dried out within these years, instead bands seem to draw more interest. Nearly 4000 metal worshippers have crawled thru the wintery Helsinki to attend the Finnish Metal Expo. Here is the brief article with a lot of great pictures from The Finnish Metal Expo.

Article and pictures by Marko Syrjala and Arto Lehtinen


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TURISAS to headline Guitar World, Full Metal Jackie, and Metal Injection present: “PaganFest: America Part III”; EX DEO drops off tour

February 14th, 2012

Battle metallers TURISAS will be heading back to North America this spring for Guitar World, Full Metal Jackie, and Metal Injection present: “PaganFest: America Part III”, their first-ever US headlining run! Joining the Finnish sextet on their triumphant return to the States is a gathering of bands from across the world: Scotland’s ALESTORM, Russia’s ARKONA, and the US’s very own HUNTRESS (Rome’s EX DEO has now dropped-off the tour). In regards to their departure from PaganFest, EX DEO’s Maurizio Iacono comments:

“It is with deep disappointment that I am obliged to pull EX DEO off this year’s PaganFest. We were all excited to play this festival and premier some new material, but unfortunately our new album ‘Caligvla’ has been delayed, and we need to finish it and make it perfect. Add to that, the KATAKLYSM DVD is also on its final production phase…We decided it would be best to concentrate on giving every bit of attention to the album you have been waiting for, and also for the KATAKLYSM documentary to kick major ass.”

“This being said, we will still perform with EX DEO on the Montreal & Toronto shows with PaganFest, as we will be in studio in the area, closing up the album ‘Caligvla’. Everything else is cancelled for EX DEO. We will return to support the album in the fall…”

“Word from Rome is that the plans are already in motion for world conquest! We ask our fans to support PaganFest and the great bands playing this year!”

In conjunction with Guitar World, Full Metal Jackie, and Metal Injection, exclusive PaganFest contests and behind-the-scenes content from all the bands on this epic bill will be launched in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! Special VIP ticket packages are also available here for diehard TURISAS fans– be sure to order yours while you still can! Check the dates below to see when “PaganFest” will be coming to a city near you.

Guitar World, Full Metal Jackie, and Metal Injection present: “PaganFest: America Part III” tour dates feat. TURISAS with ALESTORM, ARKONA, HUNTRESS

3/29 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
3/30 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
3/31 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
4/1 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda **PaganFest with EX DEO**
4/2 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House **PaganFest with EX DEO**
4/3 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
4/4 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s
4/5 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
4/6 – Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/7 – Louisville, KY @ Vernon Club
4/8 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
4/9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/11 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
4/12 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
4/13 – Denver, CO @ The Marquis
4/15 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/16 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
4/17 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/18 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
4/19 – Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live

TURISAS online:
http://www.turisas.com/
http://www.myspace.com/turisasofficial
http://www.facebook.com/turisas
http://www.twitter.com/turisasofficial

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TURISAS to headline “PaganFest: America Part III” tour

January 28th, 2012
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Battle metallers TURISAS will be heading back to North America this spring for “PaganFest: America Part III”, their first-ever US headlining run! Joining the Finnish sextet on their triumphant return to the States is a gathering of bands from across the world: Scotland’s ALESTORM, Rome’s EX DEO, Russia’s ARKONA, and the US’s very own HUNTRESS.

In regards to this upcoming tour, TURISAS front-man Mathias Nygard comments:  “It took time, but finally we had a chance to make it back to North America. After many successful tours there with acts like CRADLE OF FILTH and DRAGONFORCE during the past few years, it’s great to return as a headliner. This is a killer combo with great variety– some of the most twisted acts of the folkier side of metal!  Be prepared for a great night out– I expect to witness some crazy audiences!”

So don’t miss out! Check the dates below to see when TURISAS and “PaganFest” will be coming to a city near you.

“PaganFest: America Part III” tour dates feat. TURISAS with ALESTORM, EX DEO, ARKONA, HUNTRESS
3/29 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
3/30 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
3/31 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
4/1 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
4/2 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
4/3 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
4/4 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s
4/5 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
4/6 – Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/7 – Louisville, KY @ Vernon Club
4/8 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
4/9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/11 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
4/12 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
4/13 – Denver, CO @ The Marquis
4/15 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/16 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
4/17 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/18 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
4/19 – Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live

 

TURISAS online:
http://www.turisas.com/
http://www.myspace.com/turisasofficial
http://www.facebook.com/turisas
http://www.twitter.com/turisasofficial

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HEIDENFEST 2011

December 29th, 2011

Heidenfest 2011

11th October 2011 Kentish Town HMV Forum

 Review by Jo Blackened

Photography by Michelle Murphy

 

Heidenfest is an annual touring Folk Metal festival and we were happy to have the opportunity to be here to see what all the excitement was about in the UK, with bands; Finntroll / Turisas / Alestorm / Arkona / Trollfest and Skálmöld lined up it is no surprise this is such a great anticipated tour!

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