The amazing artwork from the self-titled debut album "Wintersun", courtesy of Necrolord already gives you a hint where this act might come from, exactly, Finland! Hailing from the land of the thousand lakes where the winters are long and cold, WINTERSUN is the new project of singer and multi instrumentalist Jari Mäenpäa, who recently left his former band ENSIFERUM.

Powerful and majestic with a lot of energy, the music of WINTERSUN mainly flows with great melodies influenced by folk and Scandinavian traditional music. If you enjoy bands like AMORPHIS (in their early days), CHILDREN OF BODOM, FINNTROLL or ENSIFERUM, "Wintersun" is the right choice for you! Lyrically the album deals with mastermind Jari's life, feelings, emotions, hallucinations and dreams, facts that make the record a very personal piece of work. Beside Jari, drummer Kai Hahto from the Finish Grindcore/Death Metal band ROTTEN SOUND playes on "Wintersun" and provided the album with a hellish pummelling in all of the right parts. The rest – vocals, guitars, bass and programming – was done completely by the perfectionist Mäenpäa.

They both managed to create a diversified song spectrum from speed metal tracks over heavy guitar tracks to bombastic mid tempo opuses. While fast songs like opener 'Beyond The Dark Sun' and 'Winter Madness' stress out the high technical abilities of WINTERSUN, epic songs with big choruses like 'Sleeping Stars' and 'Death And The Healing' show the unique feeling of Jari for emotional and melancholic melodies. The vocals always fit perfectly to the present mood – Jari masters everything, no matter if you take melodic clean vocals, brutal screams or Viking-like chants. Currently WINTERSUN are searching for band members to be able to play live concerts. And you can be sure: As soon as Jari and Kai have completed their line-up, you'll get a pure feast of Finish Metal also on stage! WINTERSUN is epic Melodic Death Metal once more over the top!

The band wanted to increase their success after the release of "Wintersun" with a new album. After a few years of hard work on new material the album “Time I” was released in October 2012. Because of the very extensive elements, the whole works of the “time saga” is split in the two individual albums" Time I" and "Time II".

Now - after another 5 years - WINTERSUN return with their 3rd studio album entitled »The Forest Seasons«. Its release is accompanied by a massive crowdfunding campaign the band set up to finance their planned WINTERSUN headquarters. After finishing this Indiegogo campaign with an impressive amount of several hundreds of thousands euros, the band also confirmed their new guitar player Asim Searah, who will play his live debut at this year’s summer festivals.

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"Fleshgod Apocalypse is a brutal death metal band from Rome, Italy formed in 2007 by Hour of Penance member Francesco Paoli (Drums/Guitars/Backing vocals) , Christiano Trionfera (Guitars) and Paolo Rossi (Vocals/Bass,Promaetheus Unbound). Francesco Struglia joined the band after on Drums but leaving in 2008 due to personal interest change and other commitments. The band was previously known as the death/thrash metal actTyrannic Ethical Reconstruction." - last.fm

Arsis, a musical term meaning "silence", was formed in 2001 by guitarist/songwriter James Malone and drummer Michael Van Dyne. Their music is the product of strong classic metal influences such as Racer X, Iron Maiden, Dio, King Diamond, Black Sabbath, and Alice Cooper, as well as the more contemporary influences of bands such as Emperor, Death, and Morbid Angel. The duo recorded two demos that gained them considerable attention in 2002, and began playing live shows in early 2003 with the aid of session musicians.

In the fall of 2003, Arsis signed with Willowtip Records. Their debut album, "A Celebration of Guilt", was released on March 30, 2004 and was immediately showered with rave reviews from metal press worldwide. In the months following, Arsis toured the east coast with a number of diverse metal acts, including Set Ablaze, Misery Index, Invocation of Nehek, Incantation, and Mortician. "A Celebration of Guilt" went on to win Album of the Year honors on Metalreview.com, was featured on numerous Top 10 of 2004 lists, and was given a full overseas release via Earache Records on July 11, 2005.

"A Diamond for Disease" was released on October 25, 2005. Released to critical acclaim, this special mini-cd includes the epic 12-minute title track, and was featured on Decibel Magazine's Top 40 of 2005 list. In 2006, Arsis took part in the hugely successful "Carving North America's Epitaph Tour" (alongside Necrophagist, Cattle Decapitation, Neuraxis, and Alarum), toured the east coast with Becoming the Archetype, and toured the U.S. with Dead to Fall and Misery Signals shortly after. Arsis' much anticipated second full-length release, "United in Regret", will hit stores via Willowtip Records on November 7, 2006. Also look for Arsis on the road this October through November with All Shall Perish and The Faceless, and on tour this December with Napalm Death, A Life Once Lost, Dead to Fall, and Animosity.

FIRES OF LIFE out April 30 in North America & May 13 in Europe!

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