Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Palace Of The King, Crobot and Airbourne Gig Review 28/11/16 Electric Ballroom

It’s not your Las Vegas grand hotel style residency, but over the next two evenings Airbourne and company will call Camden’s Electric Ballroom their home. 

Palace of the king: Photo Credit Nathan KP

As the crowd begins massing, escaping from the frosty throws of the London chill of winter. Up first and from warmer climates are `Palace Of The King` (5) hailing from the land down under something of course they have in common with tonight’s host `Palace` kick off tonight’s hard rock party. `Palace` are a relatively new band, being roughly 4 years old it kind of feels like on tonight’s showing they haven’t quite found that killer part of their set, often the band would allow each member to shine which is fine if you’re the headliner but here it slowed down their pace, not something you want to do in a 30 minute set. `Palace` did however during their actual songs shine brightly with a killer voice coming from singer Tim Henwood, after seeing them here it might be an idea to kick out the interludes and just kick it into high gear with their kick ass songs. 

Crobot: Photo Credit Nathan KP

Next up are Seattle’s `Crobot` (7) and it really theirs a 70's hard rock revival tonight. Mixing the sounds of Led Zeppelin with Deep Purple, Crobot certainly have some swagger. Front-man Brandon Yeagley definitely knows how to command a stage; his movement is more akin to some sort of cockerel/Snake hybrid. Crobot hit it off like a support band should, warming up the rabble for tonight’s Australian wild men. Crobot do peter off a little in the middle after a blistering opening but they certainly recapture the audience’s attention as they hit into overdrive before coming off stage. 

Airbourne: Photo Credit Nathan KP

Now if you’ve ever been to an `Airbourne` (10) gig then you will know honestly they are one of the best live bands out there. Full of grit, passion, explosive behavior and with front-man/guitarist Joel O’Keefe they set the Electric Ballroom ablaze. If bands like AC/DC and Motorhead are the godfathers of hard rock then these are surely their devilish offspring and on tonight’s showing and many others, Joel and company can hold that title with no doubt. The band takes to the stage with fire in their stomachs, backed by a wall of Marshall amps they mean business. 
Airbourne’s diamond in the rough is Joel; his unbound, relentless energy is a true wonder to behold, jumping from the P.A. to smashing beer cans against his head whilst on the shoulders of a roadie in the middle of the crowd purely shows he is a true wild man of rock, a throw back to when rock n roll was unpredictable and dangerous. Tonight’s crowd are moving and grooving to Airbourne and when Airbourne are all done, the crowd are sea of sweaty messes yet with the biggest smiles on their faces. Airbourne came, conquered the Electric Ballroom and will be guaranteed to do so for years to come. 

Overall
8/10 – For those about to Rock, Airbourne salutes you. 

KISS ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

TOUR ADDS
Denmark, Italy, Czech Republic and the UK
to
Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria and Holland

KISS, America’s #1 Gold Record Award winning group of all time in every category, are pleased to announce further Arena shows across Europe in May 2017. Having already announced Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria and Holland, KISS now add Denmark, Italy, Czech Republic and the UK.

Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer slayed the USA across July, August and September 2016 with a SOLD OUT Arena tour. They heard the calls from their European fans and they return for the first time since 2015’s series of SOLD OUT Festival and Arena shows across Europe.

Hot on the heels of the bands 6th sold out KISS KRUISE. The KISS KRUISE Creatures of The Deep saw the KISS ARMY sail from Miami to Cozumel and Grand Cayman for six days of KISS mayhem from the 4th to the 9th November 2016. KISS KRUISE VII is set for 2017…

KISS are one of the most iconic and influential rock acts of all time. The band have released 44 albums and sold over 100 million records worldwide. Consummate live performers, the band’s illustrious career is marked by record breaking global tours. KISS across Europe in 2017 is not to be missed. Visit KISSONLINE.COM for information on Tickets and VIP Packages. 

Dates in black already announced. Further dates in red announced Tues 29th Nov 2016 
Mon 1st May 2017 Olympiski, Moscow RUSSIA
Thurs 4th May 2017 Hartwell Arena, Helsinki FINLAND
Sat 6th May 2017 Tele2 Arena, Stockholm SWEDEN
Sun 7th May 2017 Spektrum, Oslo NORWAY
Tues 9th May 2017 Forum Horsens, Horsens DENMARK
Wed 10th May 2017 Scandinavium, Gothenburg SWEDEN
Fri 12th May 2017 Westfallenhalle, Dortmund GERMANY
Sat 13th May 2017 Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart GERMANY
Mon 15th May 2017 Pala Alpitour, Torino ITALY
Tues 16th May 2017 Unipol Arena, Bologna ITALY
Thurs 18th May 2017 Olympiahalle, Munich GERMANY
Sat 20th May 2017 BVV, Brno CZECH REPUBLIC
Sun 21st May 2017 Stadthalle, Vienna AUSTRIA
Tues 23rd May 2017 Festhalle, Frankfurt GERMANY
Wed 24th May 2017 Ahoy, Rotterdam HOLLAND
Sat 27th May 2017 SSE Hydro, Glasgow UK
Sun 28th May 2017 Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham UK
Tues 30th May 2017 Manchester Arena, Manchester UK
Wed 31st May 2017 o2 Arena, London UK

RUSSIA – presale 11.30am CET 29th Nov 2016. General onsale 10am CET 30th Nov 2016

FINLAND – General onsale 8am CET 5th Dec 2016

SWEDEN - presale 10am CET 29th Nov 2016. General onsale 9am CET 2nd Dec 2016

NORWAY - presale 10am CET 1st Dec 2016. General onsale 10am CET 2nd Dec 2016

DENMARK - presale 10am CET 30th Nov 2016

GERMANY - presale 10am CET 29th Nov 2016. General onsale 10am CET 2nd Dec 2016
ITALY - presale 9am CET 30th Nov 2016

CZECH REPUBLIC - General onsale 9am CET 2nd Dec 2016

AUSTRIA - presale 10am CET 1st Dec 2016. General onsale 10am CET 2nd Dec 2016

HOLLAND - presale 10am CET 1st Dec 2016. General onsale 10am CET 2nd Dec 2016

UK - presale 11.30am GMT 29th Nov 2016. General onsale 9am GMT 2nd Dec 2016

ABOUT KISS:
As America’s #1 Gold Record Award winning group of all time, and that’s in every category, KISS can easily be named one of rock’s most influential bands. The Rock N Roll Hall of Famers have released 44 albums and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. Honored by their peers, KISS received the illustrious ASCAP Founders Award in 2015. Over 40 years of record-breaking global tours have brought KISS to their fans. They kicked off their recent world tour with 5 headlining shows in Japan and a #1 single in 2014 “Samurai Son” with pop group, Momoiro Clover Z. Their 40th Anniversary World tour also rocked North America, South America and Australia. Additionally, once a year the “KISS Army” becomes the “KISS Navy” as fans from across the globe board the KISS Kruise (2017 will mark their 7th voyage). KISS teamed up with Warner Brothers in 2014 to create the well-received original movie ScoobyDoo and KISS: Rock And Roll Mystery. Other high-profile appearances have included the Super Bowl, the Winter Olympics, Rockin' The Corps concert, a FOX alliance with KISS appearing in multiple episodes of Family Guy, plus two special guest performances on American Idol finales. KISS has been featured in major advertising and marketing campaigns for John Varvatos, Google Play, Hello Kitty— even appearing in a Dr. Pepper Super Bowl commercial and advertising campaign in support of their Hottest Show On Earth tour. KISS founding band members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have also entered the culinary world by opening a string of successful restaurants aptly named Rock & Brews. KISS is dedicated to numerous Veterans Organizations including: Vet Tix, The Wounded Warriors Project, The USO, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Hiring Our Heroes” program, The Legacy Organization in Australia, Help For Heroes United Kingdom and The Dr. Pepper Snapple Groups Wounded Warriors Support Foundation.

For more information, visit www.KISSOnline.com

Sunday, 27 November 2016

KATAKLYSM tour video for "MTV Headbangers Ball Tour" released!


Prepare for an icy metal winter, because Canadian hyperblasters, KATAKLYSM, will return to Europe in December 2016 as part of the MTV Headbangers Ball Tour! The varied line-up will be completed by US heavy metallers ICED EARTH, Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM and US metalcore stalwarts UNEARTH. In support of this impressive tour combo, KATAKLYSM release an official tour video for 'The World Is A Dying Insect' off their latest album Of Ghosts And Gods. 


Catch KATAKLYSM on one of the following dates to see the kings of Northern Hyperblast and straight death metal live:

MTV Headbangers Ball Tour
w/ ICED EARTH, ENSIFERUM, UNEARTH
01.12. D Berlin - Huxley's
02.12. D Oberhausen - Ruhrpott Metal Meeting
03.12. D Leipzig - Hellraiser
04.12. D Hamburg - Markthalle
05.12. NL Tilburg - 013
07.12. F Paris - Bataclan
08.12. D Saarbrücken - Garage
09.12. D Geiselwind - Christmas Bash
10.12. D Giessen - Hessenhallen
11.12. B Torhout - De Mast
13.12. CH Pratteln - Z7
14.12. CH Pratteln - Z7
15.12. D Stuttgart - LKA
16.12. A Wien - Arena
17.12. D München - Backstage
18.12. CZ Zlin - Euronics

»MTV Headbangers Ball« was broadcasted for the first time on April 18th, 1987 and quickly became one of the most popular shows on MTV. The show was on air for eight years in the USA and six years in Europe. Besides music videos, the show also featured interviews with bands as well as specials on particular acts or festivals. The "Triple Thrash Treat" section created a TV platform for more extreme forms of metal, a tradition continued by this series of live events. Just like the TV show, the festival tour aims at presenting the endless variety of metal music offering a platform for established artists as well as newcomers.


KATAKLYSM will present their current masterpiece Of Ghosts And Gods for another time on this upcoming tour: http://nblast.de/KATAKLYSMGhosts.

Guitarist J-F Dagenais has tracked drums, guitars and bass for the album, while vocals were recorded by producer Mark Lewis (WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, CANNIBAL CORPSE). The entire process was mixed and mastered in the UK by legendary producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, AMON AMARTH). The artwork from KATAKLYSM's explosive new album was created by up-and-coming dark and macabre artist, Surtsey (www.facebook.com/ocvltadesigns).


More info:

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FIREWIND launch first single from new album


Greek melodic Power metal masters FIREWIND, the group led by guitar-wizard and Ozzy Osbourne band member Gus G., are starting the promotional campaign leading up to the release of their 8th studio album, 'Immortals', which will be released on January 20th, 2017 via the band’s longtime label partner Century Media Records in Europe.

A first single from the upcoming album is being released today - check out the album’s opening track “Hands Of Time” here: 

FIREWIND’s Gus G. checked with the following comment about “Hands Of Time”: 
“We know it's been long overdue, but finally we can present a new song! "Hands Of Time" is the opening track off our new album "Immortals" and I'd say it's a return to a sound that many of our fans have longed for. Fast, melodic with a big chorus, big production, guitar / keyboard solos & of course great performance by our new singer, Henning Basse. Enjoy!“

“Immortals” marks the first time FIREWIND used an outside co-producer, working with Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69), who not only engineered, mixed and mastered the album, but also co-wrote it together with Gus G. The album’s tracklisting reads as follows:

FIREWIND – “Immortals”:
1. Hands Of Time
2. We Defy
3. Ode To Leonidas
4. Back On The Throne
5. Live And Die By The Sword
6. Wars Of Ages
7. Lady Of 1000 Sorrows
8. Immortals
9. Warriors And Saints
10. Rise From The Ashes

Next to the standard jewel case CD and Digital Download formats, “Immortals” will also be released as LP on 180gr vinyl with a poster as well as the entire album on CD as bonus. Additionally, there will also be a limited edition Mediabook CD with expanded booklet, a bonus track and 3 stickers.

You can additionally already check out a few sample riffs off “Immortals” in a play-through clip that Gus G. recorded in co-operation with Toontrack’s EZmix 2 and the Metal Guitar Gods 4 EZmix Pack expansion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E7SFBKYVcU

Gus G. and Toontrack also launched a "Metal Month Masterclass" series of video guitar lessons here:

In order to support the release of “Immortals”, FIREWIND are set to hit the road across Europe and the UK. Those dates as well as some first festival dates confirmed for 2017 and also a string of GUS G. solo shows in Asia are as follows:

FIREWIND – Europe & UK Tour 2017
Special Guests: Manimal & Scar Of The Sun
15.02.2017 Glasgow (UK) - Audio
16.02.2017 Manchester (UK) - Academy 3
17.02.2017 Sheffield (UK) - Corporation
18.02.2017 Wolverhampton (UK) - Slade Rooms
19.02.2017 London (UK) - Underworld
21.02.2017 Southampton (UK) - Engine Rooms
22.02.2017 Paris (France) - Backstage by the Mills
23.02.2017 Strasbourg (France) - La Laiterie
25.02.2017 Vienna (Austria) - Szene
26.02.2017 Budapest (Hungary) - A38
27.02.2017 München (Germany) - Feierwerk
28.02.2017 Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal
01.03.2017 Bochum (Germany) - Rockpalast
02.03.2017 Vosselaar (Belgium) - Biebob

FIREWIND – European Festivals 2017:
16.06.2017 Duisburg (Germany) - Rage Against Racism
13-15.07.2017 Balingen (Germany) - Bang Your Head
09-12.08.2017 Villena (Spain) - Leyendas del Rock
08.09.2017 Olen (Belgium) - Olensfest

GUS G – Live 2016/2017:
10.12.2016 Maasmechelen (Belgium) - Maasvallei
20.01.2017 Anaheim, CA (USA) - The Grove (w/ Metal Allegiance, Marty Friedman)
22.03.2017 Tokyo (Japan) - Club Quattro
23.03.2017 Osaka (Japan) - Club Quattro
25.03.2017 Seoul (South Korea) - Vhall

In related news, Century Media Records will be re-releasing FIREWIND’s albums number three, “Forged By Fire” (2005), and four, “Allegiance” (2006), for the first time ever on LP format on January 20th, 2017 as well. Both records will be available each on 180 gr. vinyl and will include the full album on CD as bonus. Stay tuned for pre-order links coming soon…

FIREWIND Line-Up
Henning Basse - Vocals
Gus G. - Guitar
Petros Christo - Bass
Bob Katsionis - Keyboards
Jo Nunez - Drums

FIREWIND Discography
Between Heaven And Hell (CD, 2002)
Burning Earth (CD, 2003)
Forged By Fire (CD, 2005)
Allegiance (CD, 2006)
The Premonition (CD/LP, 2008)
Live Premonition (CD/DVD, 2008)
Days Of Defiance (CD/LP, 2010)
Few Against Many (CD/LP, 2012)
Apotheosis - Live 2012 (CD, 2013)
Immortals (CD/LP, 2017)

FIREWIND online

AVERSIONS CROWN to release "Xenocide" in January


Australian metal destroyers AVERSIONS CROWN will release their sophomore release, Xenocide on January 20th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Today, the band has released a lyric video for the brand new track "Ophiophagy" here: 

“Here’s your first taste of mayhem from Xenocide", comments vocalist Mark Poida. "Ride the groove and bang your head. As above, so below.”

Xenocide was tracked by Adam Merker at Studio Anders Debeerz in Brisbane and mixed and mastered by Mark Lewis (WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) from Audio Hammer.

Xenocide track listing:
01. Void
02. Prismatic Abyss
03. The Soulless Acolyte
04. Hybridization
05. Erebus
06. Ophiophagy
07. The Oracles Of Existence
08. Cynical Entity
09. Stillborn Existence
10. Cycles of Haruspex
11. Misery
12. Odium

Check out the lyric videos for " Erebus" and " Parasites".

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GHOST ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPE TOUR DATES...


Grammy® Award-winning band Ghost have announced the UK/ European leg of their Popestar headline tour - a 29 city run that will start with six rituals in Great Britain.

These dates mark the bands return to UK shores following their extremely special seated show last March at London’s legendary Palladium – the world famous theatre situated in the heart of the West End.

Popestar UK/ Europe Tour Dates
MARCH
Fri 24 ENG, Norwich UEA
Sat 25 WAL, Cardiff Great Hall
Sun 26 ENG, London Forum
Tue 28 ENG, Leeds O2 Academy
Wed 29 SCO, Glasgow 02 ABC
Fri 31 ENG, Manchester Apollo

APRIL
Sat 1 ENG, Birmingham 02 Academy
Sun 2 ENG, Brighton Dome
Tue 4 LUX, Luxembourg Rockhal Club
Wed 5 GER, Cologne E-Werk
Thu 6 HOL, Amsterdam HMH
Sat 8 GER, Hamburg Docks
Sun 9 GER, Wiesbaden Schlachtof
Mon 10 BEL, Brussels AB
Tue 11 FRA, Paris Olympia
Thu 13 SPA, Barcelona St. Jordi Club
Fri 14 SPA, Madrid Barclaycard Center
Sat 15 POR, Lisbon Sala Tejo @ MEO Arena
Sun 16 SPA, Bilbao BEC
Tue 18 SWI, Zurich Volkshaus
Wed 19 ITA, Milan Alcatraz
Thu 20 AUT, Vienna Gasometer
Fri 21 POL, Warsaw Stodola
Sun 23 GER, Munich Kesselhaus
Tue 25 GER, Berlin Huxleys
Wed 26 DEN, Copenhagen Valby Hallen
Thu 27 NOR, Oslo Spektrum
Fri 28 SWE, Stockholm Hovet
Sun 30 FIN, Helsinki ICE Hall

Tickets for these dates are available now from all the usual outlets.

Ghost will perform psalms from their surprise EP, ‘Popestar’ - released on CD, vinyl, and digital via Spinefarm Records/Loma Vista Recordingslast September – in addition to songs from their current album, ‘Meliora’ and beyond. The EP contains interpretations of selections by Echo and the Bunnymen, Simian Mobile Disco, Eurythmics, and Imperiet. 

Latest album, ‘Meliora’, released in August 2015, was met with huge critical acclaim, and has performed incredibly well in charts around the world, reaching No. 8 on the US Billboard Chart and No. 23 in the UK.

Watch the music video for ‘Square Hammer’, directed by Zev Deans, HERE.

ACCEPT release first trailer for 'Restless And Live'


Metal icons, ACCEPT, recently made the release of their new live package called Restless And Live, public. This package will include the entire show ACCEPT played at Bang Your Head!!! Festival 2015 on Blu-ray/DVD plus two Live CDs with different recordings during the European tour. The release will be available in stores from January 13th, 2017 (Nuclear Blast). To provide you with a taster of this new masterpiece, the band led by axe man Wolf Hoffmann present their first trailer for their upcoming Blu-ray/DVD today. In this clip, Wolfand ACCEPT producer Andy Sneap talk about the setlist and about new as well as old classics from ACCEPT. 

Watch the video here: 

"When you do a live show you obviously have an opener and an ending, and in between you only have a certain amount of songs that you can choose from, because especially at festivals you only get a limited amount of time to play. When we do headline shows we have a little more room to play with and we can pick a few more songs.", comments Wolf Hoffmann. "What is interesting to me is, that when you listen to the stuff back to back there doesn't seem to be any discrepancy between the stuff that we recorded or wrote 30 years ago and our more recent material! And the fans tell me the same thing, it really blends together rather well."

Watch the live videos for the tracks below:
'Restless And Wild [Live]': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dwynky4SNvI

Restless And Live - Tracklisting:
Blu-ray / DVD
01. Stampede
02. Stalingrad
03. London Leatherboys
04. Restless And Wild
05. Dying Breed
06. Final Journey
07. Shadow Soldiers
08. Losers And Winners 
09. 200 Years
10. Midnight Mover
11. No Shelter
12. Princess Of The Dawn
13. Dark Side Of My Heart
14. Pandemic
15. Fast As A Shark
16. Metal Heart
17. Teutonic Terror
18. Balls To The Wall

CD1
01. Stampede
02. Stalingrad
03. Hellfire
04. London Leatherboys
05. Living For Tonite
06. 200 Years
07. Demon's Night
08. Dying Breed
09. Final Journey
10. From The Ashes We Rise
11. Losers And Winners
12. No Shelter
13. Shadow Soldiers
14. Midnight Mover

CD2
01. Starlight
02. Restless And Wild
03. Son Of A Bitch
04. Pandemic
05. Dark Side Of My Heart
06. The Curse
07. Flash Rockin' Man
08. Bulletproof
09. Fall Of The Empire
10. Fast As A Shark
11. Metal Heart
12. Teutonic Terror
13. Balls To The Wall

Side A
01. Stampede
02. Stalingrad
03. Hellfire
Side B
01. London Leatherboys
02. Living For Tonite
03. 200 Years
04. Demon's Night
Side C
01. Dying Breed
02. Final Journey
03. From The Ashes We Rise
Side D
01. Losers And Winners
02. No Shelter
03. Shadow Soldiers
04. Midnight Mover
Side E
01. Starlight
02. Restless And Wild
03. Son Of A Bitch
04. Pandemic
Side F
01. Dark Side Of My Heart
02. The Curse
03. Flash Rockin' Man
Side G
01. Bulletproof
02. Fall Of The Empire
03. Fast As A Shark
Side H
01. Metal Heart
02. Teutonic Terror
03. Balls To The Wall

ACCEPT live:
w/ SABATON, TWILIGHT FORCE
06.01. D Hamburg - Sporthalle
07.01. D Oberhausen - König Pilsener Arena
08.01. B Antwerp - Lotto Arena
10.01. IRL Dublin - Vicar Street
11.01. UK Glasgow - o2 Academy
13.01. UK Manchester - o2 Apollo
14.01. UK London - o2 Brixton Academy
15.01. F Lille - Aeronef
16.01. F Paris - Olympia
18.01. F Toulouse - Le Bikini
19.01. E Bilbao - Santana 27
20.01. P Porto - Coliseu Do Porto
21.01. E Madrid - Barclaycard Center
22.01. E Barcelona - Sant Jordi
24.01. F Lyon - Transbordeur
25.01. I Milan - Live Club
27.01. A Vienna - Gasometer
28.01. D Ludwigsburg - MHP Arena
29.01. NL Amsterdam - Heineken Music Hall
31.01. D Frankfurt - Jahrhunderthalle
01.02. D Saarbrucken - Saarlandhalle
03.02. CH Basel - St. Jakobshalle
04.02. D Bamberg - Brose Arena
05.02. D Munich - Zenith
24.02. FIN Helsinki - Icehall
25.02. EST Tallinn - Kultuurikatel
27.02. PL Gdansk - Ergo Arena
28.02. PL Wroclaw - Hala Stulecia
01.03. PL Warsaw - Torwar
03.03. PL Cracov - Wisla Hall
04.03. CZ Prague - Tip Sport Arena
05.03. H Budapest - Barba Negra
06.03. SRB Belgrade - Belexpo
08.03. GR Athens - Peiraios Academy
09.03. GR Thessaloniki - Fix Factory Of Sound
10.03. BG Sofia - Universiada Hall
11.03. RO Bucharest - Arenele Romane
13.03. HR Zagreb - Dom Sportova
14.03. SK Bratislava - Aegon Arena
15.03. D Berlin - Columbiahalle
17.03. S Norrköping - Himmelstalundshallen
18.03. S Sandviken - Göransson Arena
19.03. S Örebro - Conventum Arena
21.03. DK Copenhagen - Valby Hallen
22.03. S Lund - Sparbank Skane Arena
24.03. S Stockholm - Hovet
25.03. S Gothenburg - Frölundaborg
26.03. N Oslo - Sentrum Scene
27.03. N Haugesund - Byscenen
29.03. N Trondheim - Samfundet Storsalen
31.03. S Umea - Umea Energi Arena Vind
01.04. S Lulea - Lulea Energi Arena


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NIGHTWISH release live clip 'Stargazers'!


"We were here!" - once again, NIGHTWISH carve their name into the walls of music history and after touring for a year and a half throughout every corner of the world, their time has come to immortalize the Endless Forms Most Beautiful World Tour 2015 - 2016 on DVD. On December 16th, the symphonic metal visionaries are set to release their new live milestone Vehicle Of Spirit, featuring two full concerts and plenty of bonus material. Their sold-out Wembley show in front of 12.000 fans was not the only milestone on this almost 2-year-long tour - in Tampere, Finland, the band entered yet undiscovered grounds. The show in Ratina Stadion was a home crowd speciality (for 4/6th of the band) with the biggest stage production they've ever had! To share this lovely and nostalgic atmosphere with you all, the band releases their live clip of the song 'Stargazers', which was performed live in Tampere, today. 


Catch up on the previously released clips:
'Shudder Before The Beautiful' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15H-TBrCyKw
Watch the official trailer here: https://youtu.be/R6Xr8Zk9_io

The DVD tracklist racks up as follows:
DVD1 (The Wembley Show)
01. Shudder Before The Beautiful
02. Yours Is An Empty Hope
03. Ever Dream
04. Storytime
05. My Walden
06. While Your Lips Are Still Red
07. Élan
08. Weak Fantasy
09. 7 Days To The Wolves
10. Alpenglow
11. The Poet And The Pendulum
12. Nemo
13. I Want My Tears Back
14. Stargazers
15. Ghost Love Score
16. Last Ride Of The Day
17. The Greatest Show On Earth

DVD2 (The Tampere Show)
01. Shudder Before The Beautiful
02. Yours Is An Empty Hope
03. Amaranth
04. She Is My Sin
05. Dark Chest Of Wonders
06. My Walden
07. The Islander
08. Élan
09. Weak Fantasy
10. Storytime
11. Endless Forms Most Beautiful
12. Alpenglow
13. Stargazers
14. Sleeping Sun
15. Ghost Love Score
16. Last Ride Of The Day
17. The Greatest Show On Earth

DVD3 (Extras)
01. Weak Fantasy (Vancouver)
02. Nemo (Buenos Aires)
03. The Poet And The Pendulum (Mexico City)
04. Yours Is An Empty Hope (Joensuu)
05. 7 Days To The Wolves (Espoo, Barona Arena)
06. Sleeping Sun (Masters Of Rock)
07. Sahara (Tampa Bay)
08. Edemah Ruh acoustic (Nightwish Cruise)
09. Last Ride Of The Day (Rock In Rio feat. Tony Kakko)
10. Élan (Sydney)
11. Richard Dawkins Interview From Wembley

Sold out arenas and spectacular shows with never before seen pyro effects, wind machines, video screens and of course NIGHTWISH's incomparable melodies are the elements that made their latest tour so unique. Special highlights for the band have been two particular shows though:
The one in London, where they not only played their hymns such as 'Élan' and the majestic 'The Greatest Show On Earth' to more than 12.000 fans, but also welcomed the world famous scientist Richard Dawkins live on stage with them. Richard Dawkins´ works had a massive impact on the thematical orientation of their latest studio album ”Endless Forms Most Beautiful”. Finland's Tampere show however was a home run for the band and never before have NIGHTWISH had such an immense stage production:

"I would say the main part of the DVD are those two shows, both Wembley and Tampere. Wembley is mentioned first due to its recognizability and legendary status. I remember the show being very special, both a goal achieved, and a starting point. The crowd was heartwarming. The presence of Richard Dawkins on stage was just mind-blowing. The overall experience was a once-in-a-lifetime thrill ride! The show in Ratina Stadion, Tampere, was a home crowd speciality (for 4/6th of the band) with the biggest stage production we've ever had. A lovely atmosphere throughout the concert, with many same faces in the front row as there were 15 years ago. Heartfelt."

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BATTLE BEAST to unleash new studio album "Bringer Of Pain" on February 17th, 2017!


Silence was reigning the camp of Finnish heavy metallers, BATTLE BEAST, during the last weeks. But now this tranquillity has come to an end - the band with frontwoman Noora Louhimo has returned and are set to release their fourth studio record titled 'Bringer Of Pain', on February 17th, 2017 through Nuclear Blast Records! Recorded and produced at JKB Studios by keyboardist Janne Björkroth, the 10-track album was also mixed by him alongside Viktor Gullichsen and Mikko Karmila, while mastering was done by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios. The cover artwork was crafted by Jan Yrlund. Additionally, 'Bringer Of Pain' is BATTLE BEAST's first album recorded with guitarist Joona Björkroth. More details and the first single 'King For A Day' to be revealed soon, stay tuned!

Watch a first trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVO3l12iZaI

BATTLE BEAST is:
Noora Louhimo | vocals
Joona Björkroth | guitars
Juuso Soinio | guitars
Eero Sipilä | bass
Janne Björkroth | keyboards
Pyry Vikki | drums

More info:

Friday, 25 November 2016

BLACK STAR RIDERS release first trailer for 'Heavy Fire'


A week ago, Black Star Riders announced their third studio album, "Heavy Fire", set for release via Nuclear Blast Entertainment in February 2017. Today, the band have revealed the first video trailer in which frontman Ricky Warwick explains the writing process behind the forthcoming album and looks forward to the band's March 2017 UK tour: 

When discussing the writing of "Heavy Fire", Ricky comments: 
"Myself and Damon Johnson work really well together. We went to our manager's house in Southern California - he was away for a week so Damon flew in from Nashville and I drove down from my place in LA and we hung out there for a week. I brought in a bunch of ideas and lyrics and Damon brought in some stuff too. By the end of the four or five days we had ten or twelve solid songs together, which was great. We work very quickly together because we're always very well prepared and we're always writing individually"

ICYMI, watch the lyric video for 'When The Night Comes In' here: https://youtu.be/aR-w6_IH7hE

The band's previous album, “The Killer Instinct”, was released in 2015 to widespread critical acclaim and went on to score multiple radio playlists. A solid year of worldwide touring culminated in December 2015 in an UK arena tour alongside Def Leppard and Whitesnake.

2016 saw the band return to the studio with “The Killer Instinct’s” producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, The Foo Fighters, Mastodon), at his studio just outside Nashville. The resultant album is Black Star Riders most accomplished work to date. From the immediate riffs of album opener “Heavy Fire” to the instant hooks of first single “When The Night Comes In”, from the dirty bass groove of “Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed” to the familiar and trademark dual guitars of Gorham and Johnson on “Testify Or Say Goodbye”, this is an album that will further cement BSR’s reputation as one of the world premiere rock acts.

"Angst, passion, power, glory, love, truth, lies, loyalty, questions that begged to be answered. There's a guitar army coming…and it's bringing the " Heavy Fire"" – Ricky Warwick (vocals), Black Star Riders.

"Not many new bands get to record three albums these days. Without doubt this is BSR'S best album so far. We had a great time recording it and can't wait to play the new songs live on tour in March." – Scott Gorham (guitars), Black Star Riders

Following on from their critically acclaimed albums ‘All Hell Breaks Loose’ and ‘The Killer Instinct’ which have paved the way for Black Star Riders to be recognized as a power force in the modern day of Rock n’ Roll, ‘Heavy Fire’ will be once again released by Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The band have also brought in Pledgemusic, one of the most innovative and successful platforms of the modern music world, to give fans extra special product and experiences to go along with the album’s release.

Tracklistings below: 
CD
1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
6. Testify Or Say Goodbye
7. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
8. True Blue Kid
9. Ticket To Rise
10. Letting Go Of Me

The Limited Edition Digibook CD will have above Tracklisting plus
Bonus Track
11. Fade

Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl
Limited Edition Picture Disc
Side One
1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
Side Two
1. Testify Or Say Goodbye
2. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
3. True Blue Kid
4. Ticket To Rise
5. Letting Go Of Me

After a full year off the road, Black Star Riders (Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Robert Crane and Jimmy DeGrasso) are back with a 16 date UK & Ireland run, joined on the first five dates by Scottish rockers Gun and The Amorettes and then Sweden’s own Backyard Babies with Gun on the remaining 11 shows.

Dates for Black Star Riders 2017 UK & Ireland Tour are:
W/ Gun and The Amorettes (below)
Thursday 2nd March Tramshed, Cardiff
Friday 3rd March William Aston Hall, Wrexham
Saturday 4th March Academy, Dublin
Sunday 5th March Limelight, Belfast
Tuesday 7th March Ironworks, Inverness
W/ Backyard Babies and Gun (below)
Wednesday 8th March O2 ABC, Glasgow (Co-Headline Show with Gun)*
Thursday 9th March O2 ABC, Glasgow (Co-Headline Show with Gun)*
Friday 10th March O2 Academy, Newcastle*
Saturday 11th March O2 Academy, Leeds*
Sunday 12th March O2 Ritz, Manchester*
Tuesday 14th March Rock City, Nottingham
Wednesday 15th March UEA, Norwich
Thursday 16th March O2 Academy Bristol*
Friday 17th March O2 Kentish Town Forum, London*
Saturday 18th March O2 Institute, Birmingham*
Sunday 19th March O2 Academy, Bournemouth*

Tickets are onsale now. For Ticket Info please visit www.blackstarriders.com
* Tickets from ticketweb.co.uk

“Heavy Fire” is released through Nuclear Blast Entertainment on the 3rd February 2017.


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