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July 2005


Thursday, July 7, 2005

Skyclad confirmed for Tuska Open Air
Posted by: Matze @ 21:18 CET

The organizers of this year's Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Helsinki, Finland have been forced to make a couple of slight but very regrettable changes in the program.

British cult band BAL-SAGOTH have been forced to cancel their performance at the festival. For some time now, the band have stated on their web site that the recordings of their forthcoming album are still in their final stages. As a result, the Tuska organizers have received the following message from the band's frontman Byron:

"BAL-SAGOTH will regrettably not now be playing the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Helsinki, Finland as previously planned. This is due to the fact that the band are in the final stages of recording the long awaited and much delayed sixth and final album, and all available time and effort is being directed towards the completion of the opus. However, BAL-SAGOTH greatly look forward to playing in Helsinki and meeting their steadfast Finnish supporters later in the year once the sixth album has been completed."

Plans for a club show in Helsinki this autumn are currently underway.

Replacing BAL-SAGOTH at this year's festival will be British folk metal pioneers SKYCLAD. The band were one of the first to combine traditional metal with folk influences in a way that has attracted a large number of followers. SKYCLAD's last studio album, "A Semblance of Normality", was released in 2004.

Immediately prior to their Tuska appearance, SKYCLAD will perform two days in a row at the Dong Festival in Germany, with a regular performance scheduled for Friday, July 15 and an acoustic one slated for Saturday, July 16. SKYCLAD will perform at Tuska on Sunday, July 17 at 4:45 p.m. on the Sue Stage.

There are still a few hundred tickets left for Friday, July 15. All other tickets are sold out. Remaining tickets for Friday cost 32 euros each and they are sold at Tiketti (www.tiketti.fi) and Lippupalvelu (www.lippupalvelu.fi).

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival is set to be held July 15-17 at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. Bands slated to appear at the festival include MONSTER MAGNET, APOCALYPTICA, FINNTROLL, PRIMAL FEAR, DESTRUCTION, DIMMU BORGIR, TESTAMENT, GAMMA RAY, ACCEPT, SENTENCED, CHILDREN OF BODOM and EVERGREY.

For more information, visit www.tuska-festival.fi.


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Monday, July 4, 2005

Coroner rule out reunion ... :(
Posted by: Stéphane @ 0:26 CET

The legendary technical metal band CORONER from Zurich, Switzerland have reportedly ruled out the possibility of a reunion, despite the recent offer of a festival appearance as well as other live performances.

According to a posting on The Unofficial Coroner Web Site, "Marky [Marquis Marky, a.k.a. Marky Edelmann, drums] wrote [in a recent e-mail that] he met Ron [Royce, a.k.a. Ron Broder, bass/vocals] and Tommy [Vetterli, a.k.a. Tommy T. Baron, guitar] two weeks ago to talk about the reunion. Unfortunately, he said it was now 100% sure there would be no CORONER reunion or live shows. He explained the main reason was that neither he, Ron, nor Tommy had the time it would require to do this properly, and also that neither of them liked to, I quote, 'reheat things, except spaghetti sauce.'

"Marky explicitly asked me not to post his e-mail on the web, but he said that they were all extremely touched by the interest of all the fans and — for this very reason, I believe — they would meet again in two weeks for two other things he doesn't want me to reveal yet. Both things are still very uncertain, and one of them — the most uncertain of the two — is particularly exciting, although it's not a reunion, and it's not a new album.

"Keep checking the CORONER Message Board and this site for news because one of the things he talked about, if it happens, will be an exclusive time-limited opportunity that will be announced here.

"More news about all those mysteries as soon as I hear from Marky again and get the green light from him! :)"

(source : blabbermouth)


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