Dutch symphonic metallers Within Temptation announce immersive event 'The Aftermath - A Show In A Virtual Reality'
Dutch powerhouse Within Temptation are continuing to break through barriers and have announced a spectacular immersive event, The Aftermath – A Show In A Virtual Reality, which will combine music with bleeding-edge technology to create an out of this world event like no other.
Frontwoman Sharon Den Adel comments:-
“During the whole pandemic we weren’t keen on doing a livestream. The magic of seeing and hearing a band perform live – combined with the energy of the crowd – is something you cannot simply recreate with a livestream. So, for a long time we were clueless. One thing we knew for sure: we would not compromise on a livestream if we could offer something out of the ordinary, something jaw dropping, intriguing, spectacular and mythical!
Then we found it: a world that we could shape into our wildest fantasies and in which we, as a band, could perform while still maintaining the dynamics and magic of our traditional live-show. We are absolutely thrilled to invite you to Within Temptation: The Aftermath – A Show In A Virtual Reality. A show that takes place in different scenes of a post-apocalyptic world, in which we are witness of the aftermath of destruction of mankind. A world in which it is unknown if anyone or anything of the human race survived. It is a search for answers - about both its becoming as well as its legacy.
The Aftermath is a show fuelled by bleeding-edge technology that enables the band to do a performance that’s out of this world – literally! In this one-hour show Within Temptation will play a variety of newer and older songs in four different worlds, that interact with both the band and the music. Expect guest singers from all over the world to join the band on stage for striking duets in even more striking settings.
With this show, Within Temptation builds a bridge between the now and the next time the band will be able to play again. “We are absolutely gutted that the Worlds Collide Tour has been pushed back again and we cannot perform live in the same venue as our fans. With this digital show we hope that the fans can still feel our energy, our love for - and above all: our passion for music. Take care and we hope to see you on July 8 or July 9”.
THE AFTERMATH – A SHOW IN A VIRTUAL REALITY
Tickets are available for €24,99 (1 person) or €29,99 (2 or more people watching in the same room) at within-temptation.com
Along with the immersive event, Within Temptation have announced the release of a brand-new single ‘Shed My Skin’, which will be out two weeks before the show. For this song Within Temptation have teamed up with German metalcore band Annisokay. This collaboration has resulted in a bombastic, heartfelt metal anthem.
‘Shed My Skin’ is the third single of the series of Within Temptation’s independent releases and will be out via all streaming services on June 25th, 2021. The official music video of this song will premiere during Within Temptation: The Aftermath – A Show In A Virtual Reality on July 8th and July 9th, 2021.
Taiwanese symphonic extreme metallers Chthonic mark triumphant return to stage with "Chthonic Megaport 2021" on May 19
Fans who missed symphonic extreme metal masters Chthonic’s triumphant return to the stage to headline Taiwan’s massive Megaport Festival in March will have the opportunity to experience the show with the release of the Chthonic Megaport 2021 live album and video on May 19.
Chthonic Megaport 2021 will be available digitally and as a special limited “anti-epidemic bundle” including a physical CD, Chthonic medical-quality mask, a Chthonic mask lanyard, large and small Chthonic mask containers and a small Chthonic spray can for sanitizer will be available. Pre-orders are available at https://ciongzo.com/en/product_detail.php?id=602.
After making history by successfully managing the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan was able to move forward with the Megaport Festival, the first large-scale rock festival since the unprecedented global lockdown. Taking place March 27-28 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the festival featured more than 100 artists on 10 stages. Founded in 2006 by Chthonic’s Freddy Lim, who left the organizing team after being elected as a member of Taiwanese Parliament in 2016, Megaport Festival attracts tens of thousands of people every year, with this year’s festival selling out its 20,000 tickets within five minutes. For their performance, Chthonic was joined by Audrey Tang, a long-time Chthonic fan who currently holds the seat of Digital Minister in Taiwan's cabinet.
Lim shared his thoughts on the occasion:-
“I felt very excited and grateful when I stood on the stage. I cherished the connection between the crowd and me, and I also wanted to cheer up the people around the world who watched the show through the live broadcast so much.”
Lim also used the Megaport appearance as an excuse to reclaim his once-fit body, which he shows off on the album’s cover and in the “Set Fire to the Island” video:-
“I have always been fit in the past. But after entering politics and having a baby, I didn't have enough time to exercise, so I was a little out of shape. Last year I promised the fans that if the Megaport Festival was held as scheduled, I will get my fit body back and take off my shirt in this show. So, I take off my shirt later in the song! Good to have my fit body back!”
While Taiwan is considered home of Austronesian peoples and a mystic island nation in the Orient, advanced technologies, modern cities, and upholding human rights and progressive values are also part of the image of Taiwan, and Chthonic gives the best interpretation of the contrasting images of the country. Chthonic's lyrics are inspired by Taiwanese mythology, folk stories and history, and the music incorporates elements of traditional Taiwanese folk music, enka and sorrowful melody from Taiwanese opera, accompanied by traditional Taiwanese musical instruments, such as hena, zheng - also known as "box zither"- and pgaku flute. Contemporary symphonic black metal, melodic death metal, blood-boiling riffs and solos are also integral parts of Chthonic's music.
Several of Chthonic's albums have entered the In Taiwanese pop-music charts, and the band has been awarded the Golden Melody Award, the Taiwanese version of the Grammy Award. With exception of its earlier works, Chthonic's albums include Seediq Bale (2007), Mirror of Retribution (2009), Takasago Army (2011) and Bú-Tik (2013) were all released worldwide, with positive feedback from music critics. The band took on a lower profile with a reduced number of performances after Lim’s election into the Parliament in 2016, but they still released the album Battlefields of Asura in 2018, which won the Golden Melody Award for Best Band, as well as a number of other nominations. In 2019, Chthonic held a concert with a symphony orchestra in the square in front of Taiwan’s Presidential Office. It attracted 50,000 people, and its live video and audio was digitally released in 2020.
From Fuji Rock and Summer Sonic in Japan to Ozzfest in the US, Download in the UK and WOA in Germany, Chthonic has performed at major music festivals around the world, and has had toured hundreds of shows in Europe, North America and Asia. The group has also worked with many internationally renowned artists, including Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe, Trivium’s Matt Heafy, guitarist Marty Friedman, Japanese folk singer Hajime Chitose, and Hong Kong diva Dennise Ho.
South Korean Symphonic Metallers Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy announce rescheduled dates with Fleshgod Apocalypse
South Korean symphonic metal group Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy have announced the new dates supporting the excellent Italian band Fleshgod Apocalypse on the first leg of their huge European tour in 2021. The band will be appearing on all the dates from 30.09.21 to 11.10.21 which takes in Germany, France, England, Spain and Portugal. There are not many chances to catch Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy live in Europe so although these dates are a way off, be sure to note it in your dark and gothic calendars. Also appearing on these shows will be Canadian death metal group Ex Deo. This is a line-up not to be missed!
The Lord Ov Shadows, the most recent album from Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy, won “Best Metal Album of The Year” at the 2019 Korean Music Awards.
The Lord Ov Shadows comprises of over 46 minutes of outstanding relentlessness and doom, an absolute must for lovers of the genre. Classical gothic music is the primary essence of Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy, with anguished vocals and brooding instruments performing chapters and poems which evoke nothingness and wholeness, darkness and daylight, beauty and ugliness! Read more about The Lord Ov Shadows …here
Available now from: Shop Sliptrick | Spotify | Apple Music | & other major stores
The Lord Ov Shadows | Released on January 22nd, 2019 via Sliptrick Records
Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy are:
Material Pneuma – Vocals
Gash – Guitars
Senyt – Guitars
Reverof – Bass
Confyverse – Drums
Genie – Keyboards
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Imperial Age are happy to announce their first 120-minute online show streaming from the heart of Russia - Moscow! Tune in for full two hour set plus exclusive extras at 6:00pm UK on Saturday April 25, 2020
Tune in here: http://www.imperial-age.com/stream/
Due to the current events connected with COVID-19 and postponed UK tour dates till September, the band have made a decision to play a big online gig for those who are spending their time in self-isolation, but still want to take part in worldwide metal events and keep rocking.
Explosive guitar riffs, powerful voices and beautiful ladies will capture your attention on Saturday April, 25 at 19.00 CET (6 pm GMT).
Each of you has a unique opportunity to join the stream and become a part of an exclusive metal event while enjoying a spectacular show of Russian Symphonic Metal.
Imperial Age will introduce their new songs from the upcoming album for the first time and all the hits from the previous ones. Between the songs the members of the band will answer the most intriguing questions from the online chat, share their reflections on the current situation in the world and tell you about their future plans.
Don‘t miss a chance to see your favourite band and to spend an unforgettable night with Russian divas and metalists!
The admission is absolutely free of charge! You can make your donations before, during and after the show and support the band.
Evanescence and Within Temptation are pleased to announce they have rescheduled their highly anticipated co-headline ‘Worlds Collide’ European tour.
The European arena tour that was originally due to kick off on this weekend will now move to September. All existing tickets & VIP packages will remain valid for the rescheduled dates and all venues remain the same - except for Hamburg & Frankfurt. The Hamburg show will move to the Barclaycard Arena; all tickets will be honoured at the new venue & extra tickets to this show will be on sale immediately. We expect to have an update on Frankfurt shortly.
Evanescence is currently in the studio working on a brand new album and will be releasing the first offering from it this month.
Within Temptation is working on brand new music which will be released in the near future to coincide with the new tour dates.
For more information, please visit www.worldscollidetour.net
WED 2nd Glasgow, UK The SSE Hydro Arena (tickets valid from original April 28 show)
THU 3rd Leeds, UK First Direct Arena (tickets valid from original April 30 show)
SAT 5th Birmingham, UK Arena Birmingham (tickets valid from original May 1 show)
SUN 6th London, UK The O2 (tickets valid from original April 7)
TUE 8th Amsterdam, NL Ziggo Dome (tickets valid from original April 21 show)
WED 9th Amsterdam, NL Ziggo Dome (tickets valid from original April 22 show)
FRI 11th Brussels, BE Palais 12 (tickets valid from original April 4 show)
SAT 12th Brussels, BE Palais 12 (tickets valid from original April 24 show)
MON 14th Paris, FR Accor hotels Arena (tickets valid from original April 5 show)
THU 17th Hamburg, DE Barclaycard Arena (tickets valid from original April 17 show)^^
FRI 18th Leipzig, DE Leipzig Arena (tickets valid from original April 18 show)
MON 21st Berlin, DE Velodrom (tickets valid from original April 9 show)
TUE 22nd Munich, DE Zenith (tickets valid from original April 15 show)
THU 24th Düsseldorf, DE Mitsubishi Electric Halle (tickets valid from original April 20 show)
FRI 25th Esch-Sur-Alzette, LU Rockhal (tickets valid from original April 26 show)
SUN 27th Zurich, Switzerland @ Hallenstadion (tickets valid from original April 12th show)
TUE 29th Milan, IT Mediolanum Forum Milan (tickets valid from original April 14 show)
THU 1st Madrid, ES Palacio Vistalegre ** (tickets valid from Original May 3 show)
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Cello metal giants Apocalyptica unite with Epica to entertain audiences all over the continent from Budapest to Barcelona on the Epic Apocalypse Tour. The two will co-headline and will be joined by the exciting, progressive metal band Wheel, who will open each night with their engaging juxtapose of time-defying grooves and deep social exploration.
Eicca Toppinen states that:-
“This is all about adventure, exploration and bringing the dynamic excitement of symphonic metal to yet more fans both old and new. Both ourselves and Epica have the chance to reach each other’s audiences and also continue on our own exciting, and unique journeys. As we’ve said before, Cell-0 is, for us, a return to our roots while exploring new artistic universes within that realm, and this tour will help our horizons expand even further. So come one, come all, because we are going to present a great night of entertainment.”
Simone Simons from Epica is equally excited:-
“To celebrate the upcoming release of our long awaited 8th album, we are going to bring the 'Epic Apocalypse Tour' to Europe together with our friends from the mighty Apocalyptica. It's a great new step as we'll be playing some new, bigger venues which allows us to add some new exciting production to the show as well. We couldn't be more excited to present our new songs and to finally tour with Apocalyptica. See you there!”
With Apocalyptica and Epica guaranteed to push each other to new heights every night - not to mention some exciting new production - the Epic Apocalypse Tour is not one to miss under any circumstances.
EPIC APOCALYPSE UK & EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
21st - Switzerland, Zurich, Komplex
22nd - Switzerland, Lausanne, Metropole
23rd - Italy, Milan, Fabrique
25th - Hungary, Budapest, Barba Negra
26th - Czech Republic, Brno, Hala Vodova
27th - Germany, Munich, Tonhalle
29th - Sweden, Stockholm, Berns
30th - Norway, Oslo, Sentrum
31st - Denmark, Copenhagen, Amager Bio
2nd - Germany, Hannover, Capitol
3rd - Germany, Hamburg, Docks
4th - Germany, Berlin, Columbiahalle
6th - Poland, Warsaw, Progresja
8th - Germany, Leipzig, Haus Auensee
9th - Austria, Vienna, Gasometer
26th - Portugal, Lisbon, Coliseum
28th - Spain, Murcia, Gamma
29th - Spain, Madrid, La Riviera
30th - Spain, Barcelona, Razzmatazz
3rd - France, Paris, Zenith
4th - Belgium, Brussels, AB
5th - UK, London, Roundhouse
7th - UK, Bristol, 02 Academy
8th - UK, Glasgow, Academy
9th - UK, Manchester, Academy
11th - Netherlands, Amsterdam, Afas
12th - Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Dan Atelier
15th - Germany, Cologne, Carlswerk Victoria
16th - Germany, Wiesbaden, Schlachtof
17th - Germany, Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena
General sale will commence on Friday Feb 21st at 9am GMT, 10am CET. Apocalyptica VIP upgrades will also go on sale at the same time. Apocalyptica links for both VIP and regular tickets can be found in the following two locations.
VIP - https://apocalyptica.merchcowboy.com/tickets.html
REGULAR - https://www.apocalyptica.com/#dates
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Top Russian outfit Imperial Age are offering four young UK bands the chance to support them on their upcoming UK tour which kicks off at The Dome in London on April 16, 2020.
If your band wants an opportunity to play up to a sixty minute set at one of the shows below then get entered at the link below.
Imperial Age comment:-
“We have received a lot of requests from a lot of bands all over the world to join us at our UK concerts in April 2020. We have given it a thorough thought and this is what we have come up with this -
These days its very hard for new bands to get themselves heard. Labels don‘t sign new bands, they want them to build up a fanbase first – and even then its extremely hard. Promoters aren't really interested in them either. Usually bands have to pay an arm and a leg for everything, and the conditions aren't good.
We have experienced this ourselves and only huge support from you – our fans, allowed us to start doing music full-time without the help of a record label.
However, Destiny has been very good to us, and a few years ago we were very kindly helped by Christofer Johnsson when he allowed us to join the Therion European tour at a time when we were totally unknown in Europe. So we would like to give back as much as we can.
We want to give new bands an opportunity – so we will be setting up a competition among young UK bands.”
Check out how your band could make this happen here plus terms and conditions: http://www.imperial-age.com/support-competition/
Being already possibly the first Russian metal band to ever successfully tour the UK as headliners, Imperial Age have announced dates of their second - and bigger - UK tour in April 2020, kicking off at The Dome in London.
Prior to working on the highly anticipated follow up to 2018‘s ’The Legacy Of Atlantis‘ you can catch them here:
16th LONDON – The Dome
17th BIRMINGHAM – Asylum
18th MANCHESTER – Rebellion
19th GLASGOW – Ivory Blacks
Watch out for special news concerning support bands soon
Founded in Moscow by singers / songwriters Alexander “Aor” Osipov and Jane “Corn” Odintsova in 2012, Imperial Age has become Russia‘s most famous symphonic metal band and the country‘s second most-internationally-touring rock act, achieving acclaim from fans, press and even the founder of symphonic metal – Christofer Johnsson (Therion) – himself.
Between 2016 – 2019 the band toured Europe 4 times, with a total of 103 concerts (out of those 38 as headliners).
Musically, Imperial Age combine heavy metal with a symphony orchestra, folk instruments, 3 lead singers (1 male and 2 female) and a full choir.
The records feature multiple collaborations with musicians from DIMMU BORGIR, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, THERION, ARKONA and the Moscow Conservatory Chamber Choir.
Lyrically, the band deals with the idea of ancient prehistoric advanced civilizations (Atlantis, Hyperborea, Lemuria) and their legacy in the form of the Western Magical Tradition (Hermetism, Kabbalah etc.) carried through history by secret societies and magical orders (Orphism, Templars, Rosenkreuz, Freemasons, Golden Dawn etc).
As of 2019, Imperial Age have self released 2 studio albums and 1 EP
The records feature multiple collaborations with musicians from DIMMU BORGIR, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, THERION, ARKONA and the Moscow Conservatory Chamber Choir. All artwork by Jan Yrlund (MANOWAR). Mixing and mastering by Sergei Lazar (ARKONA).
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French Symphonic Metallers Beneath My Sins announce next shows and 2020 UK tour with Tezaura & Serpentyne
French Symphonic Metallers Beneath My Sins have announced the band's next shows and 2020 UK tour with Tezaura & Serpentyne. See the confirmed dates below.
2019 - FRANCE
Dec. 20, 2019 Bordeaux (FR - 33) @Salemwith Amethys, Nox
Dec. 21, 2019 Toulouse (FR - 31) @La cave à rock - Sortie d'Usine #2
2020 - FRANCE
Jan 17, 2020 Mons (BE)@La LorgnetteAcoustic show, w/ Beyond The Fields We Know
Jan 18, 2020 Arras (FR - 62) @GlanworthAcoustic show, w/ Burnt Umber
BACK TO THE UK with TEZAURA & SERPENTYNE
Apr 10, 2020 Abertillery (UK)@The Dolls House w/ Wales Dementia Awereness Fest
Apr 11, 2020 Manchester (UK)@Rebellion Manchester
Apr 12, 2020 Birmingham (UK)@Tower of song w/ Quinphonic Festival
Apr 13, 2020 Swansea (UK)@The Bunkhouse Swansea
Apr 15, 2020 Leicester (UK)@Firebug
Apr 16, 2020 Edinburgh (UK)@Bannermans Bar
Apr 17, 2020 Glasgow (UK)@Ivory Blacks
Apr 18, 2020 London (UK)@The Unicorn Camden Live
May 2020 IT @TBA
Just recently Beneath My Sins signed a record deal with Pride & Joy Music for their new album “I Decide”, coming out on March 20th, 2020!! More information TBA.
Beneath My Sins is a French symphonic metal band created in December 2015 by the guitarist Clement Botz and the singer Emma Elvaston. Former members of Evolvent, they have together taken their first steps in the metal scene and in the musical composition. In March 2017, Beneath My Sins released their first album “Valkyries of Modern Times”, promoted during shows in Belgium with Skeptical Minds and during two European tours shared with the Russian thrash metal band, Pokerface. Quickly perceived as the emerging symphonic metal band of the French scene, Beneath My Sins had the opportunity to tour with the famous Canadian band Kobra And the Lotus during their stay in France in June 2018 and Imperial Age in 2019.
In September 2018, the band got in contact with Fabio D’Amore, bassist from Serenity. After a few meetings and discussions they all agreed that he would provides his services as a producer to the band. Thanks to this collaboration, the band was able to record under professional conditions and to work with famous names of the music business. Many talented guests such as Matteo Sisti from Eluveitie, Melissa Bonny from Ad Infinitum, Michele Guaitoli from Temperance and Visions of Atlantis and Fabio Lethien Polo from Elvenking also joined the ship for one or more songs. While awaiting the release of the album, the band has worked on an acoustic set warmly welcomed in France.
Due to phenomenal demand Within Temptation and Evanescence have added three more dates to the UK leg of their 'Worlds Collide' tour as well as three more in Europe. VIP pre-sale begins 9 a.m. GMT 29th October followed by general on sale at 9 a.m. on 1st November. Tickets are available HERE.
Fronted by two of the most influential and creative women in the rock world in the form of Amy Lee from Evanescence and Sharon den Adel from Within Temptation, the extra UK dates take in Glasgow, Leeds, and Birmingham.
Den Adel commented:-
"It is beyond our greatest expectations that a lot of our shows with Evanescence would sell out so quickly! We are super grateful for this. Surprise! We’ve got a surprise for Belgium, Luxembourg and the UK: we are adding some extra shows end of April and beginning of May. Check out the extra dates!
“We are very excited to announce that due to the overwhelming response to our upcoming tour with Within Temptation, we are adding 5 more dates!”
Full tour dates are:
Sat 4th Belgium, Brussels Palais 12 (SOLD OUT)
Sun 5th France, Paris Accor Hotel Arena
Tues 7th UK, London, The O2
Thurs 9th Germany, Berlin Velodrome
Sat 11th Germany, Frankfurt Festhalle
Sun 12th Switzerland, Zurich Hallenstadion
Tues 14th Italy, Milan Mediolanum Forum
Wed 15th Germany, Munich Zenith
Fri 17th Germany, Hamburg Sporthalle
Sat 18th Germany, Leipzig Arena
Mon 20th Germany, Dusseldorf Mitsubishi Hall
Tue 21st Netherlands, Amsterdam Ziggodome (SOLD OUT)
Wed 22nd Netherlands, Amsterdam Ziggodome
Fri 24th Belgium, Brussels, Palais 12*^
Sun 26th Luxembourg, Luxembourg City, Rockhall Mainhall*^
Tue 28th UK, Glasgow, The SSE Hydro *
Thur 30th UK, Leeds, First Direct Arena*
Fri 1st UK, Birmingham, Arena*
*= New dates
^= New dates on sale Thursday, October 31st at 10am CEST.
A variety of VIP ticket packages are available to ensure fans obtain the best seats in the house. Other VIP benefits include the opportunity to meet the band and attend their sound check, plus receive exclusive merchandise items.
For full details go to: www.evanescence.com and www.within-temptation.com
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