Wacken Metal Battle 2010 Semi-finals

Shear has advanced to the semi-finals of Finland’s Wacken Metal Battle 2010. The winner of the competition will play in August at the Wacken Open Air 2010 festival. The semi-finals will take place in Torvi, Lahti, 10th of June.

Gig confirmed

A new gig has been confirmed. The gig will be on Saturday 17th of April at Vernissa, Vantaa. Other acts will be Mona Kills and Two-by-Four. Doors open at 20.00 and tickets are 5 euros. More information about the venue at VELMU site.

Furthermore, Classic Rock Magazine has chosen Shear’s In Solitude EP as the track of the day.

New Interview

Finnish Underground recently interviewed us. For the interview head over to their site !

We’re also participating in the finnish radio station’s band competition “Rockstarba”. If you feel like voting for us head over to the Radio Rock site. Voting doesn’t require registration.

Complete In Solitude EP now downloadable

The complete In Solitude EP is now downloadable in mp3 format. Head over to our discography page to grab it. Hope you guys enjoy it!

New live pictures

We’ve added new live pictures from our gig at Dante’s Highlight. Be sure to check the gallery out.

The pictures are taken by Tage Rönnqvist. Visit his site for some backstage footage and a brief gig report.

Toni Salminen also took some pictures at the gig. Check them out at metalscope.net.

Two new songs listenable on MySpace

We’ve now uploaded two new songs to MySpace from the ‘In Solitude’ EP. This means the complete EP is now listenable on our myspace page. Hope you enjoy the songs!

Furthermore, we have confirmed a gig at Dante’s Highlight, Helsinki 4th of March with Amarantine. See you there!

Small update

We’ve added a couple of promo pictures from our promo shoot session to our site. The photos are available on our media page.

Furthermore, the dutch website metalfan.nl interviewed us. The interview in dutch can be found here.

New track listenable on myspace

Due to the amazing amount of positive feedback, we decided to upload a new song to myspace – this is our way of saying thanks for the support guys! The new song is called ‘Scorched’ and is the second track from the In Solitude EP. Hope you enjoy it!

The song is listenable on our myspace page.

Video footage from the studio

While we recorded our EP ‘In Solitude’ we managed to grab some video footage of the recordings . We decided that it might be fun to share it with you guys. Feel free to check out some footage of Juhana recording drums, Eerik recording bass and Lauri working on the guitars. The footage can be found on our YouTube channel.

Announcing lineup and release of EP

Finally it is time for us to officially announce our lineup. The members of Shear have played in many familiar metal bands such as Amoral, Omnium Gatherum, Imperanon, Elenium and Crystal Blaze, which won the Finnish Wacken Metal Battle in 2007.

The lineup of Shear is:

Alexa Leroux – vocals
Mikael Grönroos – guitars
Lauri Koskenniemi – guitars
Eerik Purdon – bass
Lari Sorvo – keyboards
Juhana Karlsson – drums

Our first release is entitled ‘In Solitude’. The four track EP was recorded in fall of 2009 and mastered at Chartmakers studios. The title track ‘In Solitude’ and a sample collection of all four songs are listenable on our myspace page.