Jari Mäenpää (ex Ensiferum) of Wintersun Addresses Controversies About Crowdfunding,“Time II” Album, and More in A New Video Message to Fans

Jari Mäenpää of Wintersun has his fanbase excited in 2024, announcing the long awaited release of Time II, and releasing the tracklisting and artwork for the album, as well as a larger Time Package digital release with many extras aimed at delighting die-hard fans. Over the years Jari and the band have been much maligned over the handling of “crowdfunding” – the plan to raise funds for a studio to operate individually as a band, his annoyance at fan criticism and impatience with him, and more. To Jari’s credit, the video below explains the entire history of the plans for Time II, The Forest Seasons album (2017), the exact amounts of money they raised from fans, what the money was spent on, and future plans. Pre-orders will open via Indiegogo on March 1st, A new single and video are due this summer for the album, due later in 2024. Watch the video now! Continue reading

Crownshift (Nightwish, Children Of Bodom) Announce Debut Album, Signing to Nuclear Blast

Comprising of members coming from Nightwish, Children Of Bodom, Wintersun, and Finntroll, new Finnish metal band, Crownshift have just signed to Nuclear Blast Records. They have also recently joined the roster of Till Dawn They Count Ltd management (Nightwish, Beast In Black, Sonata Arctica). This comes in sync with the announcement that their debut album is coming, it’s first single and music video due to land January 17th. Keep reading for more.

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Dave Mustaine of Megadeth Shares a Message to Fans About The Future of Kiko Loureiro With The Band


Dave Mustaine of Megadeth has now weighed in on the status of guitarist Kiko Loureiro. Kiko announced to fans yesterday on social media about his status in the band for 2024. Kiko has been off the road for the last half of 2023 with a “family issue.” Teemu Mäntysaari (Wintersun) completed Megadeth’s 2023 “Crush The World” 2023 tour dates as the lead guitarist in Kiko’s place. Dave has now said that Teemu will stay on in Megadeth for the time being, in a new post.


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70000 Tons Of Metal Adds Vio-Lence, Ross The Boss, Seven Witches, Toxik, Aeternam and Brujeria

House of Blues, Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV 8/18/19

The 70000 Tons Of Metal is right around the corner, kicking off next week, and have confirmed some late additions to the cruise. Setting sail with the current bands on the bill and the fans are Vio-Lence, Ross The Boss, Seven Witches, Toxik, Aeternam and Brujeria. Round X (10) of 70000 Tons Of Metal will sail January 7 to January 11, 2020.Continue reading

Michael Schenker Fest, Sortilège, Soen, Trollfest, Grave Digger, and More Booked for 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

The tenth annual 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise has been dropping some incredible bookings for the 2020 cruise this January. Recently added bands are Michael Schenker Fest, Sortilège, Soen, Trollfest, Grave Digger, and more have been added to the cruise lineup! Schenker’s appearance makes the Official 50th Recording Anniversary for him as an artist. For the cruise he will be joined by a very special compliment of musicians:Continue reading

Watch Video of Wintersun Performing Songs From Their Debut Album Live on Tour

Wintersun kicked off a series of fifteenth-anniversary concerts last night in Finland, celebrating their self-titled album released on September 13th, 2004 via Nuclear Blast. Watch fan-filmed video of the band performing ‘Sadness and Hate’, ‘Starchild’, and ‘Storm’ right now!Continue reading

Soilwork, Omnium Gatherum, Grave, Lordi, Visions Of Atlantis and More Booked For Rockharz 2019

Soilwork, by Rich Price Photography

Rockharz Open Air has added a flurry of new bands for this July’s festival! Soilwork, Omnium Gatherum, Grave, Lordi, Visions Of Atlantis, Burning Witches, Combichrist, Elvellon, Hell Boulevard, J.B.O., Lacrimas Profundere, and Witt have joined the event. The fest already boasts Amon Amarth, Dimmu Borgir, Saltatio Mortis, Children of Bodom, Cradle of Filth, Hypocrisy, Epica, DragonForce, Wintersun, Korpiklaani Overkill and many more! Rockharz Open Air will take place at Flugplatz Ballenstedt from July 3rd to July 6th, 2019. Tickets are available now at the link below.

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