Korpiklaani Filming Tour Documentary With Kimmo Kusniemi

Finnish folk metal group Korpiklaani is currently touring Russia in support of latest album “Noita” (reviewed here).

Travelling with the band on these 15 shows is Kimmo Kusniemi, who will make a documentary for TV and DVD. Kimmo has previously produced a documentary on the Finnish Metal scene in 2008, the 90 minute long “Promised Land of Heavy Metal.”

Kimmo will also follow Korpiklaani on the upcoming Finnish Tour “V***u Soikoon.” Stay tuned for full documentary details, and for now you can catch the folk metal superstars live on these dates:

02.12. RUS Novosibirsk – Otpusk
03.12. RUS Kranoyarsk – Havana
05.12. RUS Irkutsk – Megapolis
06.12. RUS Khabarovsk – Velicano
07.12. RUS Vladivostok – Sanremo
09.12. RUS Yaroslavl – Gorka
10.12. RUS Moscow – Volta
11.12. RUS Nizhny Novgorod – Milo Concert Hall

V***u Soikoon! Tour w/ METSATÖLL*
17.03. FIN Tampere – Yo-Talo*
18.03. FIN Helsinki – Nosturi*
24.03. FIN Oulu – Hevimesta*
25.03. FIN Kuopio – Rauhalahden Kylpylä*
31.03. FIN Vaasa – WS-Arena
01.04. FIN Jyväskylä – Lutakko

05. – 08.07. D Ballenstedt – Rockharz Open Air
05. – 08.07. E Viveiro – Resurrection Fest
20. – 23.07. UA Dovzhanka – Faine Misto
12.08. P Vagos – Vagos Metal Fest

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ICS Vortex Posts Footage From First Live Show At The Finnish Metal Expo 2012

ICS Vortex recently performed the band’s first live gig in support of the debut album “Storm Seeker” (reviewed here) at the Finnish Metal Expo 2012.

Footage has now been posted online from the show of ICS Vortex playing Borknagar’s “Colossus.” Check out the video clip below.

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Before The Dawn Comments On Winning Finnish Metal Awards

Finnish dark/melodic death metallers Before The Dawn have come away big winners at this year’s Metal Awards of their home country.

The 8th annual Helsinki Metal Meeting took place at the Cable Factory in Helsinki from Friday, February 17th to Saturday, February 18th with about 3800 metal heads taking part in the festivities. Not only did Before the Dawn make it into the top 10 of every category, but main man Tuomas Saukkonen has also officially been honored as “Musician Of The Year” for the 2nd time in a row. The honoree proudly states:

“After over a decade of blood, sweat and tears for the art of song writing with the result of 14 albums and almost 200 songs recorded I feel deeply honoured by the Finnish Metal Awards “musician of the year” victory for the 2nd time in a row! It is easy to do well when you get to work with the best guys in the industry and have the best fans in the world!!!”

The band’s results in detail are as follows:

Band Of The Year 2011 – #7
Album Of The Year 2011 (Deathstar Rising) – #8
Vocalist Of The Year 2011 (Tuomas Saukkonen) – #7
Musician Of The Year 2011 (Tuomas Saukkonen) – #1
Album Artwork Of The Year 2011 (Deathstar Rising) – #7

Check out the full results at this location.

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ICS Vortex Announces First Live Show At Finnish Metal Expo

Norway’s ICS Vortex, which released the the debut album “Storm Seeker” (reviewed here) in August 2011 via Century Media Records, will be making the band’s live-debut at this weekend’s Finnish Metal Expo in Helsinki. Further details on the expo are available at this location.

The live band’s line-up for the event has now been revealed to be as follows:

ICS Vortex – guitar/vocal
Jens Ryland – guitar
Steinar Gundersen – bass
Baard Kolstad – drums

Former Dimmu Borgir and current Borknagar/Arcturus member ICS Vortex has checked in to comment as follows: “My buddy Asgeir Mickelson recently (and undramatically) handed over the drums to Baard Kolstad. I was not planning on guitar work live, but since Terje Andersen’s duties elsewhere for the second time collided with ICS Vortex, we decided together that it is was best to let go and part as friends.”

ICS Vortex will also be taking part of a special signing session at FME (at the Century Media booth) on Friday, February 17th at 6:15 PM. The stage time for their show is 9:15 PM – 10 PM, just before Paradise Lost and Edguy.

Next to this debut gig at FME, ICS Vortex has also been confirmed as a headlining act on the Farmer Fest 2012 in Bigues i Riells / Barcelona on September 1st, 2012, marking the band’s debut show in Spain. Here are the upcoming shows of ICS Vortex:

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Swallow The Sun Announces Finnish Tour Dates Feb/March 2012

Finnish melodic death/doom band Swallow The Sun has announced the first string of tour dates in Finland in promotion of the band’s forthcoming LP “Emerald Forest and the Blackbird,” which is scheduled to be released on February 1, 2012 through Spinefarm Records.

Swallow The Sun will play the following confirmed dates in Finland with The Man-Eating Tree providing support:


19.1.2012 Spinefeast at Sea *


11.2. Oulu, Nuclear Nightclub *
17.2. Finnish Metal Expo *
18.2. Kuopio, Henry’s Pub
23.2. Tampere, YO-Talo
24.2. Kouvola, Rytmi-Katti
25.2. Joensuu, Kerubi


2.3. Turku, Klubi
3.3. Vaasa, Amarillo
9.3. Helsinki, Nosturi

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