SPV has issued the following:
“Heavenly Ecstasy”, the new studioalbum of Norway progressive metal gods PAGAN`S MIND, received outstanding reviews and reactions from the fans and media worldwide. Released in May 2011 through Steamhammer / SPV the album charted at #2 in their home country and also entered the charts in Sweden and Finland and the first time the US Billboard Charts.
Shows in England and Benelux were packed and festival appereances at several prestigious festivals in Europe were a success. To keep the machine rolling PAGAN`S MIND will tour Europe together with SYMPHONY X and headliner shows are also confirmed. Here are the dates:
PAGAN`S MIND live 2011:
On tour with SYMPHONY X
28.09. D-Hamburg – Knust
29.09. D-Bochum – Zeche
02.10. D-Berlin – C-Club
04.10. D-Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
05.10. D-Munich – Backstage Halle
07.10. I-Milan – Live Club
08.10. I-Rimini – Velvet
09.10. I-Rome – Alpheus
12.10. E-Barcelona – Salamandra
13.10. E-Madrid – Sala Penelope
14.10. P-Lisbon – Incrivel Almadense
15.10. P-Porto – Hard Club
16.10. E-Santiago de Compostela – Capitol
18.10. F-Bordeaux – Theatre Barbey
19.10. F-Lyon – Ninkasi Kao
20.10. CH-Pratteln – Z7
23.09. NO-Lillehammer – Felix
24.09. NO-Trondheim – Rockheim
28.10. NO-Drammen – Union Scene
29.10. NO-Skien – Parkbiografen
15.12. NL-Tilburg – 013
16.12. NL-Amsterdam – Melkweg
17.12. B-Vosselaar – Biebob
18.12. NL-Zwolle – Hedon
Before the tour with SYMPHONY X a new digital single will be released on September 23rd. The tracklisting for “Walk Away In Silence” will be:
1. Walk Away In Silence 5:08
2. Intermission 5:41
3. Crazy Nights 4:13 (Loudness cover version)
And on top the previous single “Intermission” will receive a gold award in Sweden for more than 10.000 sold copies. It`s the first award for the band and for sure not the last.
Video for “Intermission”:
With the long-awaited seventh full-length album out this month on Spinefarm Records, Extreme Metallers SHINING are set to release a CD single which will only be available in their home country of Sweden. The single will comprise two tracks, one being “Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel”, taken from the new album “VII / Född Förlorare”, whilst the second will be a previously un-released cover of the ALICE COOPER song “Prince of Darkness”.
This will be the first time that SHINING has released a single, and founder and front man Niklas Kvarforth is hopeful that the new video, which was filmed recently and is currently being edited, will be included along with the two tracks. “We are trying to get the video included, but the people behind the single are a little nervous, and probably quite rightly so given its subject matter and content. We are looking into the possibility of maybe including a censored version. We’ll see how that pans out, but whatever happens, the uncensored version will definitely appear very soon, so SHINING fans who have been waiting for it, will not be disappointed”.
Following the Swedish release, the band will consider the possibility of releasing a different version of the single elsewhere.
More information about SHINING can be found on the band’s MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/shininghalmstad
HERE is the track “Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel” from the new album.
Below you can see SHINING performing the track “I och med insikt skall du förgå” from the IV album “The Eerie Cold“, live at Party.San 2009. © Party.San Open Air 2009.
Nuclear Blast has issued the following update:
Finnish melancholic dark metal/rock icons AMORPHIS have released the official video clip for the first single “You I Need”, taken from the forthcoming album “The Beginning Of Times”. Check out the clip below!
Furthermore the band just announced the dates for their tour in support of the bands upcoming masterpiece The Beginning Of Times which will be out May 27, 2011 via Nuclear Blast.
Check out both singles, You I Need and My Enemy, at the official AMORPHIS facebook profile http://www.facebook.com/amorphis
“The Beginning Of Times” TOUR DATES:
2012-01-03 Saarbrücken (Garage) Germany
2012-01-04 Nürnberg (Hirsch) Germany
2012-01-05 Salzburg (Rockhouse) Austria
2012-01-06 Graz (Explosiv) Austria
2012-01-07 Bratislava (Majestic Music Club) Slovakia
2012-01-08 Budapest (Club 202) Hungary
2012-01-10 Vienna (Szene) Austria
2012-01-12 Aschaffenburg (Colos-Saal) Germany
2012-01-13 Eindhoven (Dynamo) Netherlands
2012-01-15 Hengelo (Metropol) Netherlands
2011-02-12 Helsinki (Radio Rock Cruise) Finland
2011-05-07 Haugesund (Karmoygeddon Festival) Norway
2011-05-27 Mining (Metalfest Open Air Austria) Austria
2011-05-28 Pratteln (Metalfest Open Air Switzerland) Switzerland
2011-05-29 Dessau (Metalfest Open Air Germany) Germany
2011-06-11 Gelsenkirchen (Rock Hard Festival) Germany
2011-06-23 Jämsä (Himos Festival) Finland
2011-06-24 Nummirock (Kauhajoki) Finland
2011-06-26 Dessel (Graspop) Belgium
2011-07-07 Ballenstedt (Rock Harz Open Air) Germany
2011-07-08 Gävle (Getaway Rock) Sweden
2011-07-10 Turku (Ruisrock) Finland
2011-07-13 Tokaj (Hegyalja Fesztival) Hungary
2011-07-14 Vizovice (Masters Of Rock) Czech Republic
2011-07-15 Balingen (Bang Your Head) Germany
2011-07-16 Tolmin (Metalcamp) Slovenia
2011-07-24 Helsinki (Tuska) Finland
2011-07-29 Oulu (Ostock) Finland
2011-08-06 Sotkamo (Sotkamon Syke) Finland
2011-08-13 Chemnitz-Mittelbach (Rock im Betonwerk) Germany
2011-08-27 Andernach (Summer’s End Festival) Germany
2011-11-01 Tallinn (Rock Cafe) Estonia
2011-11-02 Riga (Melna Piektdiena) Lithuania
2011-11-03 Minsk (Reactor ) Bulgaria
2011-11-04 Vilnius (Mulen Ruzas) Lithuania
2011-11-05 Cracow (Kwadrat) Poland
2011-11-08 Sibiu (Oldies Pub) Romania
2011-11-09 Bucharest (Silver Church Club) Romania
2011-11-10 Sofia (The 4th kilometer) Bulgaria
2011-11-11 Istanbul (Romeo and Juliette) Turkey
2011-11-12 Thessaloniki (Block 33) Greece
2011-11-13 Atehens (Gagarin 205) Greece
2011-11-15 Treviso (New Age) Italy
2011-11-16 Milan (Alcatraz) Italy
2011-11-17 Lyon (Ninkasi Kao) France
2011-11-18 Barcelona (Bikini) Spain
2011-11-19 Madrid (Sala Heineken) Spain
2011-11-20 Porto (Club Hard) Portugal
2011-11-22 Santiago de Com. (Sala Capitol) Spain
2011-11-24 Barakaldo (Rock Star Live) Spain
2011-11-25 Toulouse (Le Phare) France
2011-11-26 Paris (Divan du Monde) France
2011-11-27 London (O2 Academy Islington) Great Britain
2011-12-26 Jena (F-Haus) Germany
2011-12-27 Bochum (Zeche) Germany
2011-12-28 Osnabrück (Hyde Park) Germany
2011-12-29 Hannover (Capitol) Germany
2011-12-30 Karlsruhe (Substage) Germany
2011-12-31 Pratteln (Z7) Switzerland
Finnish rockers AMORAL has released their first single from the upcoming “Beneath” album today. The hard rock/metal hybrid “Same Difference” gives a little taste of things to come on the upcoming album, due for release in October.
“Same Difference” is available as a digital single from the iTunes Store http://itunes.apple.com/fi/album/same-difference-single/id437241301 and can be streamed below.
“‘Same Difference’ is one of my favorite tracks off the new album,” comments band’s guitarist Ben Varon. “Ari [Koivunen, vocals] sounds better than ever on it, and the back-to-back leads with our new guitarist Masi Hukari are something new for us. Hard rockin’, lots of riffs and big choruses, just like we like it!”.
AMORAL has issued the following update on band’s website:
Finnish rockers Amoral will release their first single from the upcoming “Beneath” album on may 17th. The hard rock/metal hybrid “Same Difference” gives a little taste of things to come on the upcoming album, due for release in October.
“Same Difference is one of my favorite tracks off the new album.”, guitarist Ben Varon says of the new single. “Ari (Koivunen, vocals) sounds better than ever on it, and the back-to-back leads with our new guitarist Masi Hukari is something new for us. Hard rockin’, lots of riffs and big choruses, just like we like it!”
Same Difference will be available as a digital single from the iTunes Store. The song will make it’s debut on Finnish radio station Radio Rock on May 16th at 18.00 CET. You can listen to the station online at www.radiorock.fi.
Swedish “pop/metal” band DEAD BY APRIL has issued the following update:
“After months of recording we are finally proud of letting you all know that the first single from our upcoming album will be ‘Within My Heart’. It will be out digitally on the 16th of May and our aim is to get it out worldwide to as many of you as possible. Apart from ‘Within My Heart’, we will release two other songs — one you may have heard previously and the second is a completely new one. In the meanwhile, check out this teaser of the song [see below] and let us know what you think of it.”
Due later in the year via Spinefarm Records, DEAD BY APRIL‘s sophomore album was produced by Swedish studio-meister Jacob Hellner (RAMMSTEIN) at his own Big Island Studio in Stockholm. The CD was mixed by fellow RAMMSTEIN regular Stefan Glaumann and features the session guitar work of Pontus Hjelm, who left DEAD BY APRIL last year to focus more on the writing and production side; his songs (including “More Than Yesterday”; the demo version of which appeared on the compilation mini-album “Stronger”, recently released via Spinefarm) will also be included, providing the all-important continuity with the self-titled debut, a Top 2 outing in Sweden.
“Losing You”, the first single from DEAD BY APRIL, topped the official chart in the band’s home country.
For more information, visit DEAD BY APRIL‘s MySpace page.
Fan-filmed video footage of DJERV — the Norwegian band featuring singer Agnete Kjølsrud of ANIMAL ALPHA, drummer Erlend Gjerde of STONEGARD and WARDRUNA and guitarist Stian Kårstad of TRELLDOM — performing on April 22, 2011 at Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway during the Inferno festival can be viewed below.
“Madman”, the new single from DJERV, is available for free download at this location. The song comes off the group’s debut album, which will be released in June via Indie Recordings (except in Poland and Czech Republic, where the CD will be made available through Mystic Production).
“Madman”, the new single from DJERV — the Norwegian band featuring singer Agnete Kjølsrud of ANIMAL ALPHA, drummer Erlend Gjerde of STONEGARD and WARDRUNA and guitarist Stian Kårstad of TRELLDOM — is available for free download at this location. The song comes off the group’s debut album, which will be released in June via Indie Recordings (except in Poland and Czech Republic, where the CD will be made available through Mystic Production).
DJERV consist of the three core members — Agnete Kjølsrud, Stian Kårstad and Erlend Gjerde. The lineup is completed by guitarist Stamos Koliousis from MENCEA and bassist Victor Brandt from ENTOMBED, who join them for their live performances.
DJERV spent most part of the fall of 2010 working on its debut album, which is set to be released in the summer of 2011. The album was engineered by Daniel Bergstrand (IN FLAMES, MESHUGGAH) in Oslo, before the band traveled to Los Angeles to team up with Grammy Award-winning producer Matt Hyde (SLAYER, HATEBREED, MONSTER MAGNET) to work on the mix. The effort was mastered by Tom Baker at Precision Mastering, and it was written and produced in its entirety by DJERV.
“Normally it takes me like 30 seconds to figure out how to mix an album, to decide what sound I’m going for, as the inspiration of the band is so obvious to spot out. But when listening to the DJERV album, I had no obvious direction on the mix as their music is truly unique. It’s absolutely awesome and it’s totally different from anything else I’ve heard in a long, long time. Working with a singer at Agnete‘s level is truly rewarding and something one very rarely get to do. Her control, range and performance is stunning — not to mention the great lyrics! She is definitely one of THE best singers I’ve had the pleasure working with, and I really hope I get to do it again.”
Drummer Erlend Gjerde comments: “We tried to explore the borderlines between rock, metal and on some tracks there are more or less obvious black metal references. The overall sound is quite stripped down, groove-oriented and melodic, yet it has those cold black metal-influenced riffs accompanying the dark moods of the music . We are very happy with the way it turned out, now it’s just the painful wait of hearing what everybody else thinks. Fingers crossed it go down well.”
Former NIGHTWISH frontwoman Tarja Turunen will release a new digital-only single, “Underneath”, on April 22. The three-song single will be made available Austria, Switzerland, Russia, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Ukraine, France and U.K. It includes two unreleased versions of the beautiful ballad “Underneath” plus a non-album track in Spanish language.
“Underneath” track listing:
01. Underneath (radio mix)
02. Underneath (orchestral mix)
03. Montañas De Silencio
In North America, the single will be released on May 24 as an exclusive limited edition seven-inch vinyl with two tracks: “Underneath” (radio mix) and “Underneath” (orchestral mix).
“You I Need”, the new single from Finnish metallers AMORPHIS, is available for streaming at this location. The song, which will be released digitally in Finland on April 20 and in other countries on April 22, comes off the band’s new album, “The Beginning Of Times”, due on May 27 via Nuclear Blast Records.
“The Beginning Of Times” is described as “the most challenging AMORPHIS album so far in terms of both music and lyrics.” Its central character is the iconic hero of Finnish mythology, Väinämöinen, whose tale has been masterfully retold by lyricist Pekka Kainulainen.
“The Beginning Of Times” was produced by the band; vocals were recorded under the guidance of Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH, TAROT) in his home studio in Kuopio. Like its predecessors, the album was mixed by Mikko Karmila. Its cover artwork shows Travis Smith‘s magnificent interpretation of the mythological birth of the world from a goldeneye’s egg.
“The Beginning Of Times” track listing:
01. Battle For Light
03. My Enemy
04. You I Need
05. Song Of The Sage
06. Three Words
09. On A Stranded Shore
11. Crack In A Stone
12. Beginning Of Time
13. Heart’s Song (digipack bonus track)