With crowdfunding on the increase, it was only to be expected that a number of platforms would arrive offering fan funding to help independent bands and artists bring in a more constant revenue stream. Their subscribers are offered exclusive content or ‘perks’ in order to perpetuate their subscription, but in the end some free digital content isn’t really much of a step up from what most artists offer direct on their social media pages and at least with crowdfunding you can get your hands on physical stuff that you can keep for the future.
In answer to this, London metal band Evyltyde have launched their very own retro-style Fan Club which combines the best of both worlds - exclusive online content via their website and physical merchandise that you receive every quarter, including a cool looking printed Fanzine.
“I really don’t like social media,” remarks Danny Merton [Evyltyde guitarist and fanzine editor]. “It’s a necessary evil, but now it’s bloated and unwieldy and so much information gets missed by people. For some things the immediacy of it works for us, but it also means that everything’s become disposable and eventually it will be deleted or go missing. This idea of having everything stored digitally is great for now, but what happens in 10 or 20 years? How many new phones, laptops, tablets and social media accounts will you have had over that time? How big will the online servers need to be to cope? There is a huge scope for loss on any of these things, I mean; I know plenty of people who lose all their contacts every time they upgrade their phones.”
The Evyltyde Fanzine is in its first edition and features legendary rock vocalist, Graham Bonnet on the cover. It contains articles written by the band members about their tours earlier this year  with Graham Bonnet Band and Swedish rockers Nocean, plus other news and info including an introduction to the band’s latest bass player - Noah Scott. There’s even a word search puzzle!
“The fanzine is a great opportunity to tell our fans the full story,” comments Hannah Delany [Evyltyde vocalist and fanzine contributor], “which you just can’t do on social media. The fanzine gives us a chance to reflect on events and then tell everyone the things that we find interesting, or funny, or stupid - rather than just throwing stuff out there to see what other people think.”
Along with the fanzine, subscribers also get a whole host of merchandise that they’d normally have to buy individually and they also get all of the band’s music releases at no additional cost, but probably the icing on the cake is that Fan Club members get AAA access to Evyltyde shows and discounts on other shows as well.
“What we wanted was something that once you’ve signed up, you wouldn’t have to keep putting your hand in your pocket to buy merch, or watch the band, or whatever,” adds Danny, “and it also means we have to work even harder at coming up with new stuff - which is a great motivator for us.”
Subscriptions are just £5 per month for UK residents and £6 per month for subscribers overseas and you can get more information on what’s included in the Fan Club (as well as subscribe) at the Evyltyde website - www.evyltyde.com
After touring for a year and a half throughout almost every corner of the world and leaving fans of all nationalities breathless, the time has come for Nightwish to immortalise their ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’ tour on DVD. Therefore, the symphonic metal visionaries are set to release their new live milestone ‘Vehicle Of Spirit’ on November 4th, featuring not only two full concerts, but also plenty of bonus material.
"The title ‘Vehicle Of Spirit’ came from a friend of Troy's, who after seeing our show a few years ago defined Nightwish as 'A vehicle of spirit that defies category'. That beautiful description has followed us ever since, and felt like a perfect match as the DVD title," states keyboardist and songwriter Tuomas Holopainen.
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 NIGHTWISH had never before had such an immense stage production with them.
"I would say the main part of the DVD are those two shows, both Wembley and Tampere. Wembley is mentioned first due to its recognisability and legendary status. I remember the show being very special, both a goal achieved, and a starting point. The crowd was heart-warming. 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."
When it comes to the fine artwork of the DVD, Nightwish decided to walk a different path this time and come up with a little alternative idea, as Tuomas explains:
"We didn't want to include a traditional band shot for the cover, as on the previous DVD release ‘Showtime, Storytime’. So we started brainstorming on different options and the idea of a classic silent movie era Hollywood visuals quickly came up. With those classic slogans the cover has a little tongue-in-cheek-touch to it, but it's still classy and eye catching in its simplicity and originality."
Iron Maiden’s The Book of Souls World Tour has been on the road since late February, playing to over 1.5 million fans with 72 shows in 36 counties and six continents. They will play the final show on Thursday, 4 August in Germany at Wacken Open Air Festival. ARTE Concert is going to feature the entire iconic performance on Livestream. The spectacular gig will get lavish camera attention and can be accessed anywhere in the world – a sensational experience for anyone who cannot get to show.
Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood says:
"We decided to finish the tour at Wacken as it is the ideal way to end this magical tour playing to 80,000 core metal fans at this legendary Metal festival. Wacken has become such as international event with many thousands of fans from many other countries around the world joining and celebrating with the German fans so it is perfect for the final show of a memorable tour. Everywhere we’ve played the fans have been amazing and the reaction to the new songs and stage show has been phenomenal.
The band has loved every minute on stage. So when Wacken and ARTE asked us to consider a live stream of our performance there we jumped at the chance to give our fans an end of tour gift. Streaming this final show live globally allows us to thank the many fans we played to so far, and, for those who couldn’t get to see us this time round, a chance to see just how spectacular the live concert is and what they missed! ”
Wolfgang Bergmann (ARTE):
“The festival summer by ARTE concert is heading for an exceptional highlight, showing a live stream of British legends Iron Maiden performing their final show of an incredible tour at the Wacken Open Air. An audience of millions, in Europe and for the first time worldwide, know by now that ARTE is taking the festivals to anywhere you are.”
Holger Hübner / Thomas Jensen (ICS / Wacken):
“We are incredibly happy to be able to give all these Iron Maiden and Wacken Open Air fans, worldwide, this highlight at the close of the spectacular ‘Book of Souls’ Tour. Heavy Metal fans are the best fans in the world, and Iron Maiden fans are unparalleled. It is so brilliant that everybody who could not get a ticket for the W:O:A, will be able to enjoy this ‘Night To Remember’.”
Iron Maiden at Wacken Open Air with The Book Of Souls World Tour 2016. On Thursday, 4 August, from 9.30 pm CET.
Exclusive and worldwide on Livestream at http://concert.arte.tv/de/wacken and www.wacken.com
Supergroup Hellyeah release new video for ‘I Don’t Care Anymore’ (originally by Phil Collins) The video starts out dark with singer Chad staring cold eyed into the screen and if you think it'll get any lighter you'll be sorrowfully let down. the frustration captured on Chad's face holds through out and adds another dimension to the Phil Collins Classic.
Covering a popular song is always a daring move by any act but Hellyeah have added their own angry signature on this one. As Chad Gray's voice growls, Dimebag's Guitar wails one beyond the grave, his unmistakable silhouette flashes across the screen.
Describing the process of recording the vocals as emotional, Gray went on to say…
"So I go in. And Kevin's [Churko, producer] got me all stoked to do this. So we go in and then we sit down. And I kind of sit up on top of this stool. I kind of sit on the back, a little perched, like a gargoyle, when I sing. And he got the mic all placed. And he's, like, 'Okay, are you ready? Are you ready to do this?' I mean, he's so stoked for it. And I was, like, 'Why is this guy so stoked for it?' And he's just, like, 'I just know you're gonna crush this.'
Just the emotion of it and everything like that… So as he's walking out, he shuts the lights off in the studio, and I'm, like, looking at him: 'What's the deal?' He's, like, 'I'm setting the mood, man. I'm setting the mood.' And I start singing the lines. And it's just… Whatever the timbre of my voice was that day, or whatever, it was just really awesome and perfect in a very non-perfect way. And he's just got his down and he's just… He just comes up and just hits the talkback and he's, like, 'Dude, you're gonna be singing this song for the rest of your life."
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
Arch Enemy will play the biggest stage production of their career at next week’s Wacken Open Air on Saturday, August 6th around midnight, making this the pinnacle of a highly successful album campaign. It all started in March 2014 when the band announced the new singer Alissa White-Gluz and the video for the album title track 'War Eternal', which became the most successful video in the band’s career and reached close to 20 million YouTube views.
The album reached the highest US and German chart positions in the band’s career and Arch Enemy played over 200 shows in over 40 countries around the world. In late 2014 Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore) joined Arch Enemy during the world tour with Kreator and in 2015 they played arenas as direct support of Nightwish.
Wacken Open Air won’t be the last 'War Eternal' show - see further show dates below, including a run of 4 UK headline shows next month - but it’s going to be something very special. Therefore, don’t miss their press conference at
Wacken on Friday August 5th at 5:00pm – 5:45pm CET in the press tent / VIP area.
Fans can stream the press conference online at: www.facebook.com/archenemyofficial
Watch the trailer here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnEjwOsyjBM&feature=youtu.be
Arch Enemy Live:
04.08.2016 Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
06.08.2016 Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
07.08.2016 RheinRiot 2016, Cologne, Germany (with Devildriver, Aborted and more)
10.08.2016 Foir Aux Vins Festival, Colmar, France
11.08.2016 Hirsch, Nuremberg, Germany
12.08.2016 Brutal Assault Festival, Josefov, Czech Republic
13.08.2016 Metal on the Hill, Graz, Austria
15.08.2016 Klub B90, Danzig, Poland
17.08.2016 Barba Negra Track, Budapest, Hungary
19.08.2016 Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbuehl, Germany
20.08.2016 Himos Park, Jämsä, Finland (with Nightwish)
21.08.2016 Waterfront, Norwich, United Kingdom (supported by Soilwork)
22.08.2016 Corporation, Sheffield, United Kingdom (supported by Soilwork)
23.08.2016 Tramshed, Cardiff, United Kingdom (supported by Soilwork)
24.08.2016 Engine Rooms, Southampton, United Kingdom (supported by Soilwork)
26.08.2016 Reload Festival, Sulingen, Germany
27.08.2016 Neuborn Open Air Festival, Wörrstadt, Germany
22.09.2016 La Belle Électrique, Grenoble, France
23.09.2016 LA BAM, Metz, France
24.09.2016 Wuennstock Herbst Festival, Bad Wuennenberg, Germany
25.09.2016 Femme Metal Event, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Today, Chilean doom-lords Condenados reveal the cover art and track-listing to their forthcoming album for Shadow Kingdom Records, The Tree of Death. The album is slated for a fall release, and tours of Europe and Latin America will follow later in the year. Dates for both shall be announced shortly.
Musically and aesthetically, Condenados' The Tree of Death has strong symbolic art that manifests the most basic instincts of human beings, lyrically channeled through Goetia’s demonology. The cover art was crafted by esteemed Italian artist Paolo Girardi, who has worked with such bands as Manilla Road, Inquisition, Cauchemar, and Blasphemophager among others. The artwork for The Tree of Death is already being acclaimed across social media networks as one of the most incredible works done by Girardi.
The Tree of Death features special appearances of well-known metalheads like Olof Wikstrand, vocalist of Sweden's Enforcer, who was in charge of the mixing and mastering process. Also, the recording of the album took place in Equinox Studios in Rancagua, Chile, assisted by the guitarist and vocalist of Wrathprayer and Oraculum.
The Tree of Death is 35 minutes long, and a teaser video for album track "Demon's Heard" can be heard/viewed HERE. Simultaneously with the album's release, Condenados will reveal a video for "Demon's Head," whose theme will address the adverse effects of playing with black magic without having the knowledge of the art. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
In March, Czech Industrial Metallers Liveevil released their new, fourth album "Blacktracks" via MetalGate. Now the band has published a lyric video for the song "Vibes". You can watch the video below.
February 2016; Enter Shikari head out on a tour of the UK, taking in some of the biggest venues they have ever headlined in their decade-long career.
In the DIY fashion that the band have become synonymous with, the video screen content and programming for the front of house quadrophonic audio system has all been created and slaved over for months by the band themselves. Wary of the potential disaster / glorious victory that lies ahead, but never ones to shy away from lifting the curtain to show the inner-workings of their endeavours, the band consider it a wise move to ensure someone is on hand to capture it all on video.
Enter Shikari met photographer / videographer Alexey Makhov on one of their now regular trips to Russia; so when he mentioned his availability prior to the tour, it struck everyone as a no-brainer.
The resulting 30 minute mini-documentary mixes beautifully shot & edited live footage, behind the scenes access, and candid interviews with the band; following them from the tour’s production rehearsals right through to its conclusion at a sold out show at London’s 9000 capacity Alexandra Palace.
Frontman Rou Reynolds had this to say on the subject
“It was great to have Alexy along to document the biggest tour of our lives. He captured both the tension behind the scenes and the emotional release on stage perfectly! "
A full audio recording of the Alexandra Palace show, however, DOES exist, and has now been mixed and mastered. Details of what will be happening with that will be forthcoming shortly.
Enter Shikari have a small number of European festival dates remaining this summer, along with an outdoor headline show at Budapest’s Barba Nagra Track, before heading to Japan and finally rounding off their live 2016 with a short Australian run.
ENTER SHIKARI - LIVE 2016
30th - Amber Beach Party Festival - Russia
11th - Kubana Festival - Latvia
19th - Zaxidfest Festival - Ukraine
20th - Rock Am See festival - Germany
22nd - Here Come The Wolves Festival - Austria
24th - Barba Negra Track, Budapest - Hungary
25th - Czad Festival - Poland
3rd - Home Festival - Italy
6th - Tokyo, Japan
8th - Osaka, Japan
9th - Nagoya, Japan
10th - Tokyo, Japan
19th - Melbourne, Australia
20th - Brisbane, Australia
21st - Sydney, Australia
22nd - Adelaide, Australia
24th - Fremantle, Australia
Swiss Downtempo / Deathcore act Life's December have announced their new album "Fatigue". "Fatigue" is planned to be released via Dark Wings (who already released the album's predecessor "Colder") October 14th, 2016.
Furthermore, with "Construct" you can already listen to a first song taken from "Fatigue". The official video for the song can be watched here.
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Nirnaeth have just unleashed their brand new music video for the song “Nihil in Me” taken from their forthcoming split 7″ EP with fellow French Black Metallers Azziard to be released on August 12.
Produced by France’s Bulldog Productions and filmed in just one day, the grim video perfectly depicts Nirnaeth’s new embodiment seven years after its latest full-length and its orthodox and more straight-to-the-point, even if at time more Thrash-y, dark arts.
The EP, with artwork by Above Chaos (Bethlehem, Tsjuder, Naglfar…), is available for pre-orders in two versions: a 100 copies collector edition solid white vinyl exclusively available from the artists or through the KAOTOXIN SHOP and a 400 copies limited edition black vinyl. A free digital download of the EP is also available at the KAOTOXIN DIGITAL SHOP.
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