Greek melodic Power metal masters Firewind, the group led by guitar-wizard and Ozzy Osbourne band member Gus G., are proud to announce the release of their upcoming 8th studio album, 'Immortals', which will be released on January 20th, 2017 via the band’s long-time label partner Century Media Records in Europe.
Gus G. checked in to comment about 'Immortals' and its artwork (which can be seen above!) as follows: “Today we're very happy to reveal the cover artwork for our 8th studio album. It's titled "Immortals" and it's the first concept album Firewind has ever made. Since we're from Greece, we thought it would be a cool idea to make a concept of Greek history and heritage. So, on this album we focused on the legendary battles of Thermopylae and Salamis during the 2nd Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC. The artwork was once again created by our long-time collaborator, Gustavo Sazes and we feel it reflects the vibe we tried to capture on this album - Epic, Powerful, Glorious, Everlasting.”
'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.
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 Media-book CD with expanded booklet, a bonus track and 3 stickers. Look out for more details and pre-order details soon…
A first album’s online single is set to debut on November 25th, but in the meantime you can already check out a few sample riffs 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:
Gus G. and Toontrack have also launched a regular "Metal Month Masterclass" series of video lessons, of which the first two episodes can be seen here:
1. Arpeggios: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv4jKjnb5zM
2. Phrasing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3rJScx9nAk
3. Alternate Picking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAhtDn9Nco8
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 – European & 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
The Swedish melodic metal band Enbound just released a music video for the track "Give Me Light". The new Enbound album "The Blackened Heart" will be released on November 18th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.
Lee Hunter [Lars Säfsund - Work of Art] - Vocals
Swede - Bass
Marvin Flowberg - Guitars
Mike Cameron Force [ex. Zonata] - Drums
"The Blackened Heart" contains a nice mix of heavy and up tempo songs, all with their own strong and grasping melodies. Enbound prove with "The Blackened Heart" that they can handle any angle of melodic metal. Like on their debut album, the characteristic powerful arrangements remain with the fantastic and emotional vocals from Lee Hunter on top.
The album was mastered by Jacob Hansen [Amaranthe, Volbeat, Primal Fear] and guests on the album includes Linnéa Wikström [Kamelot, Therion] and Mike LePond [Symphony X].
Celebrating their 10th anniversary next year, the melodic metal quartet Dead End Finland is releasing their third full-length album worldwide on the 4th of November 2016 via Inverse Records. The album bears the name Slaves To The Greed and continues on the same path with previous albums, but taking all the musical dimensions even further and deeper.
Slaves to the Greed´s production value is top notch, no wonder it took over two years to get this album done. Each instrument and each sound were perfectly validated. With number of tracks reaching over 200 in some songs, the sound of this album is absolutely massive.
Slaves to the Greed was recorded, like previous albums at the prestigious D-Studio and they are so very pleased with the result. The sound is fuller and heavier, however crystal clear and dynamic. The band really hope that the album is listened to as a whole, because it has been built that way. Still it is not exactly a concept album and every track has it´s own story.
Dead End Finland recommend to put your headphones on and spend a joyful 45 minutes of listening. They hope that this album will reveal something new every time you listen it. There's maybe not any hidden messages when playing it backwards, but if you turn it loud and play it with 150db volume, it sounds louder than Jumbo jet.
Listen to the album on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6eLZAWtS0NbQ9PMQMTHlEz
Finnish female fronted metal group, Evil Drive, have released a video for the new single of their, still untitled upcoming, second album to be released via Mighty Music worldwide on early 2017.
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Äänilaitos studio in Kotka with Juuso Elminen (Domination Black) "Anti-Genocide" presents Evil Drive's melodic metal reinforced by Viktoria Viren's over-the-top growling with one of the tightest guitar sections in the scene. The video was shot and filmed by the bands long time trusted friend Tino-Viljami Vanhala. Viktoria Viren comments: "Anti-Genocide has a totally different theme and feeling compared to our debut album 'The Land Of The Dead, which was all about the current world politics and war".
The new track is about the history of the American Indians and about the fate they had to suffer when the "white men came and took over their land". "Anti-Genocide" also presents the bands updated line-up which now features guitarist Juha-Pekka "J-P" Pusa who recently replaced the band's original guitarist Niko Huusari.
Ville Wiren comments:
"The new line-up makes the band sound better than ever. J-P definitely brings us a lot of new energy and ideas and helps the band to find a completely new level. We've finally found ourselves, our musical style and finally have access to all the musical tools we've ever wanted: strong growling vocals, two great guitarists, and a great rhythm section. We trust that our upcoming album will be a turning point for Evil Drive, and we are excited to be with Mighty Music for this new chapter".
Watch the video right here:
The Spanish Melodic Metal act Death & Legacy have just released his second album entitled “Silence”.
The band has a lead female singer in the melodic style and a male singer (also guitarist) using growls occasionally. The album was mastered at the well-known Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland. The first video clip ‘What Never Will Be’ was directed and produced by Krea Films Producciones,
one of the main references in the production of video clips in Spain.
Death & Legacy ‘What Never Will Be’ video clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0M2LxfkBIU
The band will tour in Spain & Portugal with The Agonist
The Agonist + Death & Legacy (Spain/Portugal)
Oct 7: Barcelona, Spain @ Sala BeCool
Oct 8: Castellon, Spain @ La Burbuja
Oct 9: Sevilla, Spain @ Sala Malandar
Oct 11: Lisbon, Portugal @ Stairway Club
Oct 12: Madrid, Spain @ Sala Lemon
Oct 13: Bilbao, Spain @ Azkena Bilbao
A new spark of hope has started glowing in the darkness of the rock music scene and with their untamed female lead vocals and haunting melodies the new wildfire named Forever Still is starting to spread from Denmark. Hailing from the same musical shores as Lacuna Coil, Flyleaf, Halestorm or BMTH, the band has been building a solid fan base since 2013 and toured tirelessly throughout Europe. Now they are ready to unleash their fresh debut record entitled Tied Down on October 21st.
"People who have followed the band for a while know that we’re very self-sufficient and haven’t been in a rush signing with a label", singer Maja Shining states. "If we were to sign, we wanted to find someone who believed as much in the band as we do, without wanting to change us and who wants to work hard together with us to push it to the top. We believe we’ve found that in Nuclear Blast and we’re very excited to start working with them and reach new heights with the band."
While many young rock bands with a charming frontwoman are often labelled as ‘industry products’ or ‘engineered’, nothing is artificial or marionette-like about Forever Still – writing their own songs is obvious for Maja and multi-instrumentalist Mikkel Haastrup, but the band also put their heart and soul into every other aspect affiliated with their music. Over the years they have booked their own tours, shot their band photos and music videos themselves, produced and mixed their new songs and have consequently climbed their self-constructed ladder to success.
Something that instantly impressed Nuclear Blast CEO Markus Staiger:
"With Forever Still it was love at first sight! The Metal Hammer article in which they had been named 'Band Of The Month' immediately caught my attention and after checking out their music via their homepage, I was overwhelmed! This band is young, ambitious, sounds fresh and has a massive amount of potential hits! Their modern and melodic metal is breathtaking and with singer Maja, Forever Still has the perfect frontwoman! We loved the DIY-Status of the band and their high ambitions and it's an honour to welcome them to the Nuclear Blast family!"
Their first album Tied Down is a journey through emotional devastation, hope and recovery, it mixes passionate clean vocals with raging screams from singer Maja and contains rock hymns that instantly capture the listener.
Forever Still have also just unleashed a new video for single 'Miss Madness' - watch it above
"The clip for 'Miss Madness' was shot at the oldest amusement park in the world over the course of 6 months. Half of it in the summer time and the other in the winter time to portray the contrast filled dream and the brutal reality for 'Miss Madness' herself", singer Maja Shining remembers.
But shooting the video in the middle of the crowded amusement park 'Bakken' was of course not particularly easy - you have to let yourself go, ignore the staring people and Maja laughs when she's thinking back to the scenery: "...haha, it was exactly as horrible as you can imagine!"
And since the madness is just about to begin, Forever Strill's debut album Tied Down is now available for pre-order. The physical copy will be a special CD+DVD digipack:
If you prefer to get a digital version:
Romania's Scarlet Aura have just unveiled their new single, 'Immortal In Your Eyes” which is taken from the album "Falling Sky". The album has an official release date of 7th October 2016 via Pure Rock Records
Scarlet Aura is one of the hottest favourites for the throne of Melodic Metal! In 2014 they won the Metal challenge "The Black Sea Battle of the Bands" in Kavarna Rock Fest and went on stage with Pretty Maids, Sabaton, Gotthard, Helloween, Accept and Manowar and many more huge artists.
Meanwhile they reached headliner status on festivals in Eastern Europe.
Now Scarlet Aura with their fantastic female vocalist Aura Danciulescu will go on tour with Tarja Turunen and present their new album "Falling Sky" to the whole world. Songs like "My Own Nightmare" and "Immortal In Your Eyes" cry for a big audience and need to be played in Radio and TV. Made in the best studios and produced by the living legend Roy Z, you can expect that the sound is over the top. So now Scarlet Aura are THE new discovery in Melodic Metal!
"Immortal In Your Eyes“ – SCARLET AURA @ PURE ROCK RECORDS soundcloud
The release date for Scarlet Aura's new album "Falling Sky“ on CD is October 07th, 2016. The pre-order phase will start on September 23rd 2016.
Scarlet Aura is one of the hottest favourites for the throne of Melodic Metal! In 2014 they won the Metal challenge "The Black Sea Battle of the Bands" in Kavarna Rock Fest and went on stage with Pretty Maids, Sabaton, Gotthard, Helloween, Accept, Manowar and many more huge artists. Meanwhile they reached headliner status on festivals in Eastern Europe.
Now Scarlet Aura with their fantastic female vocalist Aura Danciulescu will go on tour with Tarja Turunen and present their new album "Falling Sky" to the whole world.
Songs like "My Own Nightmare" and "Immortal In Your Eyes" cry for a big audience and need to be played in Radio and TV. Made in the best studios and produced by the living legend Roy Z, you can expect that the sound is over the top. So now Scarlet Aura are THE new discovery in Melodic Metal!
SCARLET AURA @ PURE ROCK RECORDS
"Falling Sky“ @ PURE ROCK RECORDS
The Raven Age ft. Iron Maiden's bassists son George Harris announce new album - 'Darkness Will Rise'
UK metallers The Raven Age (ft. George Harris) will be releasing their debut album Darkness Will Rise this December
As you may know guitarist George Harris is the son of Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris and the band have been on the road with Maiden supporting them on ‘The Book Of Souls’ World Tour, which saw them play 36 countries over the past 6 months and concluded at Wacken Open Air festival on 4th August.
Hailing from Harlow the 5-piece have been making big waves on the metal scene. In 2014 they released their self-titled debut EP, which has achieved over 1,000,000 streams and following its release climbed to number 1 on Amazon’s Hot New Release Chart and number 16 on the Top 100 Amazon Rock and Metal Chart. The EP features the track 'Angel In Disgrace’ which reached number 3 in the iTunes Metal Chart in Australia.
Darkness Will Rise can be pre-ordered with an exclusive free track ‘Trapped Within The Shadows’ from - http://theravenage.org/
Melodic Black Metallers Withering Soul have partnered with Brave Words for the exclusive premiere of the official music video for "Hour of Obstinacy." Check it out at:
The song is taken from 2015 Mortal Music release Adverse Portrait. Order the album from Amazon, iTunes, and other digital retailers.
Adverse Portrait was engineered and mixed by Chris Wisco at Belle City Sound, and mastered by Dennis Israel at Clintworks Audio. Cover art is by Pierre-Alain D of 3mmi Design.
"The terrifying atmosphere that shrouds each song in horror and the lethal sound the guitars and drums create, Adverse Portrait is an album melodic black metal fans should not miss."
- Metal Reviews
"There is nothing withering about this band what so ever, they are steadfast and forthright and capture with a contagious melodic soul that simply cannot be ignored!" 5/5
- RAM Zine
"The band play Melodic Black Metal that has speed and melody in abundance yet knows the value of restraint."
- Wonderbox Metal
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