Amorphis, Dark Tranquillity, Moonspell, & Omnium Gatherum Announce 2018 North American Tour

Amorphis and Dark Tranquillity have announced a co-headlining North American tour. Moonspell and Omnium Gatherum will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

09/07 New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
09/08 Montreal, QUE – Cafe Campus
09/09 Quebec City, QUE – Imperial de Quebec
09/10 Toronto, ONT – Opera House
09/11 Ft. Wayne, IN – Pierre’s
09/12 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
09/13 Joliet, Il – The Forge
09/14 Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
09/15 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
09/17 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
09/18 Calgary, AB – Dickens
09/19 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
09/20 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
09/22 Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre
09/23 Anaheim, CA – City National Grove
09/24 West Hollywood, CA – Whiskey a Go Go
09/25 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
09/26 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
09/27 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
09/28 Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid joe’s
09/29 Denver, CO – Herman’s Hideaway
10/01 Dallas, TX – Trees
10/02 San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
10/03 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
10/05 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
10/06 West Palm Beach, FL – Kelsey Theater
10/07 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
10/09 Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub and Billiards
10/10 Durham, NC – Motorco
10/11 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
10/12 Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
10/14 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall

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Former HIM & Amorphis Members Join Forces In Flat Earth

Former HIM members Mikko “Linde” Lindström and Gas Lipstick (ex-HIM) have joined forces with Niclas Etelävuori (ex-Amorphis) and Anttoni “Anthony” Pikkarainen (Polanski) in a new band called Flat Earth. The group are recording their debut album at Finnvox in Helsinki with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa. More info can be found HERE.

The press release said the following about the band:

“Flat Earth is anything but your run-of-the-mill ‘supergroup. The fearsome foursome is an ideal amalgamation of love for music, every bandmember’s unique skillset and battle-tested charisma, completed with a dynamic of a band that has been playing together for aeons.

The audible musical signposts point to the heydays of alternative rock, take a nonchalant bow to the forefathers of all things heavy with a pinch of wistful psychedelia,” the press release continues. “Magnetically melodic, playful, exhilaratingly unconstrained and thoroughly permeated by vocalist Anthony’s passionately melancholic overtones, FLAT EARTH delivers in the same parcel both the beauty and the beast.

“Gas and Niclas’s robust-yet-subtle rhythmic dynamic work pave the perfect runway for Linde’s guitar solos to freewheel and Anthony’s maudlin-yet-contemplative singing that gives the band’s sound a tint of mawkish desperation that sets them apart from any other band you’ve heard.”

Behemoth, Samael, Etc. Added To 2018 Wacken Open Air

More bands have been added to the 2018 Wacken Open Air festival. The event will take place August 2-4 in Wacken, Germany, and the updated lineup includes: Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild, Dimmu Borgir, Behemoth, In Extremo, Arch Enemy, Vince Neil, Samael, Doro, Children Of Bodom, Dirk Schneider, Amorphis, Sepultura, Amaranthe, Epica, Firewind, Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Walking Dead On Broadway, and Bannkreis.

Amorphis Re-Sign With Nuclear Blast

Amorphis have officially re-signed with Nuclear Blast. You can check out a video announcement below:

Guitarist Esa Holopainen said the following:

“I’m really happy to announce that Amorphis got re-signed to Nuclear Blast! It’s nice to be working with such professional and familiar people. Amorphis has done a lot of touring for the past two years around the globe and now it’s time to head back to the studio. This means that the new album will be released next year! It has also been a really nice experience for all of us to play with [bassist] Olli-Pekka [Laine] again and for that reason we’re glad to have him participating in the making of the new record.”

In other news, the band will also be streaming their September 23 at the Circus in Helsinki, Finland. It will be filmed in 360° with more info available at amorphis360.com.

Niclas Etelävuori Exits Amorphis

Amorphis bassist Niclas Etelävuori has announced his departure from the band. He will be leaving due to “mismanagement.” For now, original Amorphis bass player Olli-Pekka Laine will be rejoining the group for their upcoming shows.

The band said the following:

“Dear all,

We just arrived back home from almost an 8 week North American tour that was a great success in many ways.

A humble thank you to all who came to the shows and meet & greets to tell us that we were truly missed last 8 years. Next tour will take place much sooner, that’s for sure.

There are a lot of things happening right now in Amorphis camp but the saddest part is that our dear brother Niclas Etelävuori has decided to part ways with Amorphis. His decision has nothing to do with the band, no bad blood, no hard feelings between us so it is better that you read his statement and thoughts below. It’s really hard to describe the feelings everyone is going through right now, especially when we have worked as a family with him for so many years. People should understand that Amorphis has always been a democratic band and it’s pretty obvious that not all choices can please everyone. Some people don’t get along with each other, that’s life. The focus and all decisions have still aimed for the greater good and only what is best for AMORPHIS. We will continue with our current management as we feel that there is no distrust between us whatsoever.

Even in these circumstances the show must go on, so we are happy to announce that our old friend and original Amorphis bass player Olli-Pekka (Oppu) Laine is going to play the forthcoming shows and festivals with us. It’s been a long time since we played together but it sure is going to be nostalgic and great fun. Rest of the year continues busy as we are now heading to Russia after couple of weeks and from there to Radio Rock (FIN) cruise before the festival season starts. Under The Red Cloud tour will end in September and after that we start to work on a new album. We’ll keep you informed about that later on.

Most of all, we want to wish Niclas nothing but the best in the future and he will always remain as a close brother to us.

Shine on!

TomiJ, Esa, TomiK, Santeri, Jan”

Etelävuori added:

“Hello everyone,

I’ve been avoiding hanging on Facebook since it was invented but now I feel it’s probably the only way to get my message out as intended so I have to start now.

I’m very very sad to inform you that after 17 years I’ve decided to leave my duties as bass player of Amorphis. This is probably the hardest decision I ever made in my life. I still love the music and the guys and the crew are still my brothers and I wish them all all the best in the future. There’s absolutely no bad blood between us.

The reason for my departure is 100% due to the (mis)management of the band. It probably sounds crazy to most of you, but that’s how it is (music business can sometimes be very complicated). I got the guy his job back in the day and now I only heard lies and bullshit for the last many years, I just had enough so I gotta go I can’t work or live like that. It is pretty obvious to me that the manager only works for his own best interest not for the bands best interest, and that’s not how it should be.
Strange enough for me ”most” of the band still wants to continue on this path so I better find another one.
We all gotta do what we believe in and I don’t believe in our manager anymore. I have left the door open if the band would decide to change things.
Staying true to yourself is most important in life and that’s what I’m trying to do, you only live once and life is too short for bullshit. I could probably write a book about it but I’ll save that for later now I’m too tired and I have to look for a new job.

I’d like to thank all the fans, companies, people I’ve met and worked with all over the world over the years it’s been a blast. I hope we meet again some sunny day.

Regards,
Niclas

p.s. Bands never let your booking agent be your manager!!! (just a little advice, that we didn’t take)”

All Out War, The Convalescence, Affiance, And Sirens & Sailors, Added To 2017 New England Metal And Hardcore Festival

All Out War, The Convalescence, Affiance, and Sirens & Sailors have been added to the 2017 New England Metal And Hardcore Festival. The event will take place at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on April 21-22 and previously announced acts include: Testament, Sepultura, Prong, Kublai Khan, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Varials, Left Behind, Precious, Sabaton, Katatonia, Hammerfall, Amorphis, Caspian, Delain, Swallow The Sun, Battle Beast, Leaves Eyes, Circuit Of Suns, Harm’s Way, Cruel Hand, Traitors, Currents, Face Your Maker, I AM, Cryptodira, Unwill, and Angel Vivaldi.