Amorphis Guitarist Esa Holopainen Recruits Soilwork, Katatonia, Leprous, Etc. Members For Debut Silver Lake Album

Amorphis guitarist Esa Holopainen has revealed the details for the debut album from his solo project Silver Lake. The self-titled effort will be released on May 28 and it will feature members of Soilwork, Katatonia, Leprous, and more.

“Silver Lake” Track Listing:

01. “Silver Lake” (instrumental)
02. “Sentiment” (feat. Jonas Renkse of Katatonia)
03. “Storm” (feat. Håkan Hemlin of Nordman)
04. “Ray Of Light” (feat. Einar Solberg of Leprous)
05. “Alkusointu” (feat. Vesa-Matti Loiri)
06. “In Her Solitude” (feat. Tomi Joutsen of Amorphis)
07. “Promising Sun” (feat. Björn ‘Speed’ Strid of Soilwork / The Night Flight Orchestra)
08. “Fading Moon” (feat. Anneke Van Giersbergen)
09. “Apprentice” (feat. Jonas Renkse of Katatonia)

Holopainen commented:

“At first, I really didn’t know if the album would turn out to be purely instrumental or would there be vocalists as well. However, one thing was certain, I wouldn’t be the singer of Silver Lake. Many times, when people think about a guitarist’s solo album, they get the impression of technical stuff with a huge amounts of notes played extremely fast. Well, I‘m not a big fan of that kind of music. Whenever I write, I always want to pile up interesting songs, and not just shred for the sake of it.”

Amorphis Recording New Album

Amorphis have entered Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland to begin the recording process for their new album. The effort is expected to be released later this year.

Nightwish Postpone European/UK Tour With Amorphis And Turmion Kätilöt To Late 2021

Nightwish have postponed their European/UK tour with Amorphis and Turmion Kätilöt due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now scheduled to take place in late 2021.

Tour Dates:

11/17 Dublin, IRE – 3Arena
11/18 Birmingham, UK – Resorts World Arena
11/22 Amsterdam, NET – Ziggo Dome
11/23 Amsterdam, NET – Ziggo Dome
11/24 Luxembourg, LUX – Rockhal
11/25 Dusseldorf, GER – ISS Dome
11/27 Leipzig, GER – Arena
11/28 Gilwice, POL – Arena
11/30 Budapest, HUN – Budapest Sportarena
12/02 Stuttgart, GER – Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
12/03 Milan, ITA – Lorenzini District
12/05 Bamberg, GER – Brose Arena
12/06 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion
12/07 Paris, FRA – AccorHotels Arena
12/09 Frankfurt, GER – Festhalle
12/10 Antwerp, BEL – Lotto Arena
12/13 London, UK – SSE Arena Wembley
12/15 Munich, GER – Olympiahalle
12/17 Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena
12/19 Vienna, AUT – Stadthalle (club)
12/20 Prague, CZE – O2 Arena
12/21 Berlin, GER – Max-Schmeling-Halle

Amorphis Guitarist Esa Holopainen Signs With Nuclear Blast For New Solo Project Silver Lake

Amorphis guitarist Esa Holopainen has signed a new deal with Nuclear Blast Records for his new solo project Silver Lake. The band’s new album was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland and it is expected to be released later this year.

Holopainen commented:

“As some of you might have noticed, I’ve been working on my first solo album. Well actually, I’d rather call this a project which I’m leading as it includes different musicians and vocalists that I’ve had great privilege to meet during these years. I’ve had this idea in the back of my head for years and now that Covid-19 hit hard on all of us, it was time to be creative and start this project.

The project is titled Silver Lake by Esa Holopainen and I am really happy to announce that Silver Lake is now signed to Nuclear Blast, which was a very obvious choice as NB is also Amorphis’ record label and I know all the label-personnel super well. Another natural move is that Grey Beard Concerts & Management is managing my solo stuff as well. I look forward to revealing more news about the artists who are collaborating with me in Silver Lake.”

Markus Staiger, owner and CEO of Nuclear Blast Tonträger Produktion und Vertriebs GmbH, added:

“An old friendship of almost three decades that goes back to the very beginnings of Amorphis connects me to Esa Holopainen. Back then we just licenced the band from Relapse for the European market.

Esa Holopainen is a remarkable guitarist, whose innovative way of playing is super recognizable. You can hear it right away if he’s involved, and it was just natural for us to work together in releasing his solo album.

I was so surprised of how diverse the final product sounded and how Esa keeps revealing hidden sides of his music. The fact that many friends worked on the album as guests just makes this fantastic record complete and I’m convinced that not only fans of Amorphis will love it.

I want to thank Esa for his loyalty and this truly beautiful jewel of an album.”

Listen To Previously Unreleased Live Recordings Of The Late Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom) Singing Death’s “Within The Mind” And “Defensive Personalities”

Journalist and author Björn “Nalle” Österman has paid tribute to the late Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom) and the late Chuck Schuldiner (Death) by releasing live audio of Laiho singing Death’s “Within The Mind” and “Defensive Personalities” during a March 1, 2002 memorial concert for Schuldiner at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland. Laiho performed the tracks with a supergroup called Evil Chucks. That band consisted of guitarist Mitja Harvilahti (Moonsorrow), guitarist Janne Perttilä (Moonsorrow, Barren Earth), bassist Oppu Laine (Amorphis, Chaosbreed, Barren Earth), drummer Nalle Österman (Gandalg, Chaosbreed), and several guest vocalists.

[via Blabbermouth]

Amorphis To Release “Vinyl Collection 2006 – 2020” Box Set In May

Amorphis will be releasing a new vinyl box set titled “Vinyl Collection 2006 – 2020” on May 21. The set will come with vinyl pressings of “Eclipse,” “Silent Waters,” “Skyforger,” “Magic And Mayhem,” “The Beginning Of Times,” “Circle,” “Under The Red Cloud,” “Queen Of Time,” and a bonus live album titled “Live At Helsinki Ice Hall.” The latter was recorded during the band’s December 7, 2019 show in Helsinki, Finland and it will also be available digitally and as a 2CD set. Pre-orders for the vinyl box set can be found HERE.

Amorphis To Release “Brother And Sister” Vinyl Single

Amorphis will be releasing a new vinyl single titled “Brother And Sister” on December 18. The effort, which can be pre-ordered HERE, will be limited to 666 copies and it will come with the title track and another song titled “As Mountains Crumble.“ Both of those tracks were previously available on the digipak edition of the band’s latest album “Queen Of Time.“ New limited edition vinyl pressings of that record will also be released on October 23. Keyboardist Santeri Kallio commented:

“Two great songs from ‘Queen Of Time‘ sessions in vinyl which is great. Atmospherical ‘Brother and Sister‘ and majestic prog-driven ‘As Mountains Crumble‘ were also good candidates for the ‘Queen of Time‘ album final track list, but in the final run ended up as an album bonus tracks to give a special edge for different releases. With this release it is great to see these songs get more attention they deserve.”

Nightwish, Amorphis, Etc. Fire Booking Agent John Finberg Following Sexual Harassment, Bullying, Etc. Allegations

John Finberg, the owner of First Row Talent who worked as a booking agent for Nightwish, Epica, Amorphis, Delain, Amaranthe, Suffocation, Sonata Arctica, Overkill, etc., has been accused of sexual harassment, bullying, racism, sexism, and more. The allegations were shared in a new expose from Metalsucks, which details a number of disturbing incidents involving Finberg. You can read that piece HERE. You can also find statements from various artists, who have taken to social media to distance themselves from Finberg, below:

Nightwish Announce Rescheduled Dates For European/UK Tour With Amorphis And Turmion Kätilöt

Nightwish have announced the rescheduled dates for their European/UK tour with Amorphis and Turmion Kätilöt. The trek is now set to take place in May 2021. Tuomas Holopainen commented:

“During these most peculiar and challenging times, we’ve been forced to reschedule our shows, and that’s now also the case with the European leg of the ‘Human :II: Nature’ world tour. This is a most unfortunate, but necessary move in order ensure everyone’s safety and make the best out of this bizarreness that all of you and us are going through. It’s not for forever though, and The Caravan will soon be on the move again. Until then, take care of each other and see you all in the spring of 2021!”

Tour Dates:

05/01 Birmingham, UK – Resorts World Arena
05/02 London, UK – SSE Arena Wembley
05/03 Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
05/04 Antwerp, Belgium – Lotto Arena
05/05 Dusseldorf, Germany – ISS Dome
05/07 Frankfurt, Germany – Festhalle
05/08 Stuttgart, Germany – Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
05/09 Amsterdam, Holland – Ziggo Dome
05/10 Amsterdam, Holland – Ziggo Dome
05/12 Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
05/14 Milan, Italy – Lorenzini District
05/17 Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle
05/19 Leipzig, Germany – Arena
05/20 Prague, Czech Republic – 02 Arena
05/21 Bamberg, Germany – Brose Arena
05/23 Luxembourg – Rockhal
05/25 Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
05/26 Berlin, Germany – Max-Schmeling-Halle
05/27 Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena
05/29 Gliwice, Poland – Arena
05/31 Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Sportaréna

Music From DragonForce, Helloween, Sebastian Bach, Etc. To Be Featured On “Heavy Metal” Pinball Machine

As previously reported, Stern Pinball, Inc. will be releasing a limited edition pinball machine based on Heavy Metal magazine later this year. The soundtrack for that game has since been revealed and it can be found below along with a new teaser video:

Soundtrack:

01. “Veteran Of The Psychic Wars” – Blue Öyster Cult
02. “Takin A Ride (Heavy Metal)” – Soundswitch
03. “World Of Fantasy” – Helloween
04. “Cosmic Power Of The Infinite Shred Machine” – DragonForce
05. “Heavy Metal” – Justice
06. “Midnight Flyer” – The Night Flight Orchestra
07. “I Must Be Dreamin'” – Cheap Trick
08. “Heavy Metal” – Sebastian Bach (feat. Brendon Small)
09. “At The Edge Of Time” – Blind Guardian
10. “Space Police” – Edguy
11. “Sky Is Mine” – Amorphis
12. “Lightyears From Home” – Primal Fear

The machine can be pre-ordered HERE and a description of it can be found below:

“The Heavy Metal pinball machine commemorates the 300th issue of Heavy Metal, which has been running since 1977 and inspired the 1981 animated movie of the same name. An exclusive variant cover edition of issue 300 will be included with every machine.

The original art created for the Heavy Metal pinball machine art pays tribute to characters and worlds from the magazine’s storied history. New additions from its upcoming publications join this shared universe for the first time. Gameplay revolves around the warrior heroine, Taarna and the undead tailgunner, Nelson. Both, will speak for the first time ever, supporting the in-game narrative.

EXCLUSIVE HEAVY METAL SOUNDTRACK! Featuring Sebastian Bach, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Brendon Small, and more.

Original hand drawn Heavy Metal artwork
Exclusive custom painted heavy Metal Action Figures
DMD display
Commercial Quality
Coin Operated
First ever Chameleon paint armor kit
Technical Specifications :
LED LIGHTING
2 STEEL RAMPS AND RAILS
PASSIVE TWO BALL LOCK
3 POP BUMPERS
OPTO SPINNER
3 DROP TARGETS
Dimensions :
Boxed -H: 56” D: 31” W: 31” Weight 280 LBS.
Unboxed – H: 75.5” D: 55” W: 27” Weight 250 LBS.”