July 5, 2015
Finland’s GRÖNHOLM has released the official video for the song “Strangers”, which can be found on their upcoming Power Prog release, Relativity Code For Love, due out worldwide on September 18 on CD, download card, as digital download and as stream.
July 5, 2015
Organizers of the Kingdom Of Hegyalja festival in Tokaj, Hungary have been forced to cancel the event. NIGHTWISH was due to perform at the festival, but they will now play a headline show in Budapest, Hungary on July 15th at Petöfi Music Garden.
The purchased tickets for this festival will be valid for the new venue, for refund or ticket exchange. Fans are advised to contact their ticketing service or point of purchase.
Following is a statement from the organizers of the Kingdom Of Hegyalja festival regarding the cancellation:
“Due to unexpected problems relating to land-lease the festival between July 15th – 19th will not go ahead at Tokaj-Rakamaz. We have not got the festival site at our hands in the format we previously agreed on with the local municipality, thus we made the hurtful decision not to go ahead with our event. We are working tirelessly on rearranging shows at selected venues, and will provide information in due course.”
Nightwish have added a show in their homeland to their upcoming Europan tour this winter. They will play the Barona Arena in Espoo on November 13th. Ticket sales start this Friday, June 12th at this location.
In addition, the band’s first of two show in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on November 19th, is officiall sold out according to the official Nightwish website.
Nightwish’s European tour schedule this winter is as follows. Arch Enemy and Amorphis are on the bill as support for the duration.
13 – Espoo, Finland – Barona Arena
15 – Stockholm, Sweden – Stora Arenan
16 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Falconer
18 – Hamburg, Germany – O2 World
19 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Heineken Music Hall (SOLD OUT)
20 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Heineken Music Hall
21 – Oberhausen, Germany – König-Pilsener-Arena
23 – Lyon, France – Hall Tony Garnier
25 – Paris, France – POPB-Bercy
26 – Toulouse, France – Le Zénith
28 – Basel, Switzerland – St. Jakobshalle
29 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
1 – Munich, Germany – Zenith
3 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
4 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
5 – Nürnberg, Germany – Arena
7 – Prague, Czech Republic – Tip Sport Arena Prague
10 – Bucharest, Romania – Polivalenta Hall
14 – Leipzig, Germany – Arena
15 – Berlin Max, Germany – Schmeling-Halle
16 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Rockhal
17 – Antwerp, Belgium – Lotto Arena
19 – London, England – Wembley SSE Arena
On April 9th, Nightwish – featuring Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen – kicked off their Endless Forms Most Beautiful World Tour in New York City at the Hammerstein Ballroom.
The setlist on the night, featuring seven songs from the new album, was as follows:
“Shudder Before The Beautiful”
“Yours Is An Empty Hope”
“She Is My Sin”
“Endless Forms Most Beautiful”
“I Want My Tears Back”
“The Greatest Show On Earth”
“Ghost Love Score”
“Last Ride Of The Day”
July 4, 2015
ANUBIS GATE has officially pulled out of the Prog Power 2015 festival lineup. The band comments:
“It is with deep regret that we have to announce the following: Anubis Gate will have to cancel this year’s Prog Power US Festival. This is an event that we have been looking forward to for years now, but due to unfortunate health problems within the band, we see no other way but to cancel the show. We hope for your understanding and pray that all who have been looking forward to the show and bought tickets will accept our deep-felt apologies. It is really out of our hands, and even though we should have wanted a replacement for Kim it is impossible at this hour. Hopefully we’ll see you sometime in the future, when the ‘clouds have passed.'”
Kim Olesen had this to say to the fans: “Dear Anubis Mates. I have recently been diagnosed with a deep depression and panic anxiety (meaning that I suffer from heavy panic attacks). It is with the greatest of regrets that I have had to realize that I am simply not well enough to go through the logistics of playing so far away from home. I was looking enormously forward to playing in front of you all, indeed it would have been a highlight of my career as a musician. And, of course, I was also looking forward to meeting so many people I know from social medias, it would have been a hangout that I would cherish for the rest of my life.
“But the reality is that even though I am in treatment and the depression side of things has seen progress, the panic anxiety is taking much longer to subside than I had anticipated and hoped for. My doctor and therapist’s verdict is clear; the risk I would be taking is that my condition could become chronical. I am glad that my fantastic bandmembers Henrik, Michael and Morten have been supportive through what is a very hard time for me, as has my family, friends and all other relations as well. I understand how disappointed everyone will be with this (not least myself) but I also take comfort in the fact that Anubis Gate fans are the best fans and supporters any band could wish for.”
July 4, 2015
Germany’s Old school-thrashers DARKNESS from Essen released the EP “XXIX“ in May 2015. DARKNESS’ first album DEATH SQUAD from 1987 is regarded as thrash-classic and is known for this still today. The new line up is Lee (vox), Arnd und Meik (git), Dirk (ba) und Lacky (dr).
The EP includes “L.a.W.“ and “Hate is my Engine“, two new songs and furthermore “Death Squad” and “Burial at Sea“, two classics in a new musical shape, taken from the debut album. The EP is supposed to be a foretaste for the new album. The EP is available by mailorder at http://www.sektor12shop.de can be downloaded in all online shops worldwide.
Source: Metal Rules
July 4, 2015
Alternative metal band DEFTONES have finished the tracking process for their forthcoming album. In late April, frontman Chino Moreno revealed that all of the music had been recorded, but he was still “slowly” getting the vocals done at his home studio in Oregon.
Well, Moreno has now finished up his work, as he took to Facebook last night to announce, “finished recording my voice parts for [the] record.”
Presumably, mixing and mastering will now take place. No word yet on whether or not the album will still be available in late September, as Moreno had estimated two months ago, but rest assured that it’s on its way.
July 4, 2015
The organizers of 70000 Tons Of Metal have confirmed the addition of SODOM and ROTTING CHRIST to the 2016 edition of the cruise.
Next year’s lineup now holds: Ancient Rites, At The Gates, Carach Angren, Children Of Bodom, Delain, DragonForce, Epica, Firewind, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Iced Earth, Moonspell, My Dying Bride, Lacuna Coil, Rotting Christ, Sodom, Thyrfing, Turisas, and Visions Of Atlantis.
After five consecutive sellouts, 70000 Tons Of Metal, The Original, is gearing up for Round 6 of The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!
There are many Oceans and many ships, but 70000 Tons Of Metal always was and is the leading light of a new trend: They are truly The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise. It’s not enough that 70000 Tons Of Metal 2016 will sail on one of the biggest cruise liners on the planet, the 154,000ton Independence Of The Seas: On 70000 Tons Of Metal you get unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board, not just one show per band with assigned seating based on which cabin category you booked. On The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise you can come and go to any and all events as you please. With 60 Bands on board you get access to 120 shows, 70000 Tons Of Karaoke until sunrise, as well as Clinics and Work-Shops with the musicians on board. Next year for the first time ever they are introducing #SuperMetalSunday: The last day of the cruise will coincide with the 2016 SuperBowl which will be screened live on board but it will also include Jamming In International Waters the 70000 Tons All Star Jam that makes Metal history year after year, their infamous Belly Flop Contest and the last night of 70000 Tons Of Karaoke in a very special, yet to be revealed location! Did we mention they have bars on board that never close? Yes, you heard right: They have bars on board that never close!
July 3, 2015
NAPALM DEATH have just made an unreleased track from the sessions of their latest album Apex Predator – Easy Meat available as charity download for Nepal. Look for the track “Earthwire” and further information here.
July 3, 2015
Here are some photos straight from VAN HALEN rehearsals that have been posted on Instagram by Wolfgang and Malcolm Van Halen. You can follow them on Instagram at these links:
Malcolm Van Halen Instagram
Van Halen’s tours starts THIS SUNDAY, July 5th, in Seattle! Stay tuned to VHND this weekend for more the setlist and the first photos and videos from the tour!
July 3, 2015
Den Headz, the upcoming POWERWOLF album, Blessed & Possessed, will be released worldwide on July 17th via Napalm Records. Today the wolves have released a brand new lyric video for the song “Out In The Fields” which is a cover of the Gary Moore classic.
Roel Van Helden commented on the song and lyric video: “Like most of us, I began listening to metal when I was 11 years old. Later I discovered Thin Lizzy, who just like Iron Maiden – had a big influence on me. I still love to spin Gary Moore’s records while having a good glass of wine. Also his blues phases were genius!”
Powerwolf mixed Blessed & Possessed at Studio Fredman with Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at the helm of the desk. Jens Bogren laid final touches to the songs, mastering the album at Fascination Street.
“We have just had the pleasure to listen to the mastered album for the very first time”, Matthew Greywolf recently reported. “We’re more than proud and satisfied with the result, and yet can hardly believe to have finished this intense production. Both Fredrik Nordström and Jens Bogren did killer jobs giving these songs exactly the sound they need.”
Blessed & Possessed is scheduled for a July 17th release via Napalm Records. Once again guitarist Matthew Greywolf was responsible for the album’s artwork, which can be seen above.
July 2, 2015
NWOBHM outfit RAVEN will soon return to the road in North America supporting latest release “ExtermiNation”.
The tour kicks off August 27th in Baltimore, MD and runs through September 9th in Vienna, VA. A complete list of dates can be found below. If you missed it, check out the band’s recent video for “Battle March/Tank Treads” at this location.
8/27: Baltimore, MD @ Club Orpheus
8/28: Brooklyn, NY @ Nihil Gallery
8/29: Kenilworth, NJ @ 10th Street Live
8/30: Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe’s
8/31: Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
9/1: Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electrique
9/2: Toronto, ON @ Garrison
9/3: Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
9/4: Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
9/5: Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St. Pub
9/6: Dayton, OH @ Rockstar Pro Arena
9/7: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
9/9 Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java