In the clip below, PAGAN’S MIND vocalist Nils K. Rue sings the holiday classic ‘White Christmas’ for Norway’s Radio Grenland TV:
Having appeared on Norwegian melodic metal-outfit NERGARD’s debut concept album Memorial For A Wish, Rue is confirmed to appear on the follow-up.
The new album, which ends the tragic story about the unfortunate man Peter O’Donnell, is scheduled for release in late 2014 and will feature a string of well-known names. So far Tony Mills (ex-TNT, ex-SHY) and Andi Kravljaca (AEON ZEN) have been confirmed, as well as the up and coming Ben Rodgers (TELLUS REQUIEM) and Thomas Løseth (TEMPO).
The video for ‘A Question Of God’ featuring Tony Mills, from Memorial For A Wish can be seen below:
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Norwegian Melodic Metalact NERGARD annonces Nils K. Rue (PAGAN’S MIND) as the next singer in the line-up for the follow-up album to “Memorial for a Wish” which was released in April of 2013 as the first part of a two-act metalopera. The new album, which ends the tragic story about the unfortunate man Peter O’Donnell, is scheduled for release in late 2014 and will feature a string of well-known names. So far Tony Mills (ex TNT, ex Shy) and Andi Kravljaca (Aeon Zen) have been confirmed + the up and coming Ben Rodgers (Tellus Requiem) and Thomas Løseth (Tempo).
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Musicvideo “A Question of God” feat Tony Mills
ProgPower Europe 2014 has issued the following announcement:
Check out below thw special video announcement of the first 8 bands to perform at ProgPower Europe 2014. The bands are announced in random order, with the help of some of our regular visitors from The Netherlands, UK, Germany and Norway.
ProgPower Europe is a progressive metal festival in the Dutch village of Baarlo (Limburg) with a wide variety of upcoming and established bands in the genre.
ProgPower is not only known for the music, but also for its unique atmosphere and great afterparties. It’s no surprise that ProgPower has many regular visitors who celebrate progressive metal in Baarlo every year. So join the ProgPower family! The 16th edition of ProgPower Europe in 2014 is scheduled for October 3-5, 2014.
Confirmed Line-Up, so far:
PAGAN’S MIND, JOLLY, HEADSPACE, CHIMPSP ANNER, VULTURE INDUSTRIES, AEON ZEN, TENEBRIS, PROSPEKT
Singer Nils K. Rue from Norwegian power metal band PAGAN’S MIND kicked off the 2013 season of the Norwegian leg of The Voice in late August performing the classic IRON MAIDEN song ‘Run To The Hills’ on his Blind Audition.
Rue updates fans on Facebook about the contest:
“First of all thank you so very much for all your nice comments – it warms my heart and soul. In just a few weeks or so the video has reached 35,000 views which is more than almost any video of the band on YouTube. Commercial media has that power and approximately 750,000 Norwegians saw this on air on Friday night, which is a record back here. It’s all in the love of music that I did this. To push the band name more, to get contacts and to get more recognition for my singing here in Norway. I wish I could say it differently but even if Pagan’s Mind has lots of fans outside of Norway, none of us are able to live off the music. It’s a hard competition and my dream is still to live off my singing, so I thought what the heck – lets give it a try. Actually it was my fiancee Renée on the picture that applied for me without me knowing about it, and when one of the producers called me I said yes. For me, its just been a fun thing and nothing too serious- but it has already given me and the band national recognition, and as a plus giving the youngsters some old-school metal in the jungle of pop music, thought it would be a good thing. Thanks again everyone.”
Jorn Viggo Lofstad, virtuoso guitarist in popular Norwegian metal band PAGAN’S MIND was recently interviewed on a songwriting website about the creative songwriting process he and his band use to write music. In addition, Lofstad shared details of his future as a musician as well as insights into the upcoming releases by himself and Pagan’s Mind.
Many songwriters struggle with the problem of whether to plan out songs in advance or improvise them in the moment. When asked about this, Lofstad responds: “I generally write songs in a pretty spontaneous manner. I never think to myself that I am going to sit down and start writing a song. Whenever I write by myself, it’s like a singer-songwriter approach. Many times I will grab my acoustic guitar and just play ideas until I come up with something that sounds good enough to record. Then I record the idea on my phone to review them later and eventually take them with me to the studio where I do pre-production with them. That’s how I normally go about it.”
Additionally, most songwriters struggle to learn music theory concepts and it is highly debated whether or not one should even bother. Lofstad addresses this topic by saying: “Understanding things from a theoretical standpoint is not too important in my opinion. I have always played music by ear. This is in contrast to the other members in the band who are very knowledgeable about all things music. Many times I will play something that sounds good, and later they will explain to me what I did. Usually I will just play something to them and they understand, so it’s cool.”
Lofstad also discusses his plans for releasing new music, and gives insight into when the next album will be released by Pagan’s Mind. On the topic of the next album release for Pagan’s Mind, Lofstad says, “Lately we’ve been trying to build a bridge between the progressive style and a more melodic heavy metal style. For now, the stuff we have been working on sounds similar to our older stuff. It has a very epic and heavy feel to it. Currently we have an album of about ten to twelve songs that we will release. The album will be out between 2013 and early 2014.”
He then goes on to reveal his plans for a new solo project:
“I’ve got a ton of stuff I have created that has never been released. In Pagan’s Mind we have our own particular style, we can play a little heavy metal but it also needs to fit into our genre that we have established over the years. Currently I have about sixteen songs that are totally finished and I am just looking for the right singer now. Then after we (Pagan’s Mind) have released our next album, I will begin recording a debut album with this new band. I’m not leaving Pagan’s Mind or anything, but I am really excited for these other tracks and I have a lot of confidence in their quality. I can’t wait for people to hear it.”
The entire Jorn Viggo Lofstad interview can be found at here.
Norwegian power metallers PAGAN’S MIND have checked in with the following message:
“Hiya friends and fans, this up and coming Friday (30th) at 20.00 CET our one and only Nils (K. Rue) will kick off the 2013 season of the Norwegian leg of “The Voice” on the big commercial station TV2 – so stay tuned in front of your television sets as Nils will be performing none less than the classic Iron Maiden song “Run To The Hills” on his “Blind Audition”. Thats something else than doing auditions singing Justin Bieber and Beyonce, wouldnt you think? Viewers will be around 800,000!”
Norwegian metallers PAGAN’S MIND have released the following statement:
“We regretfully have to postpone the scheduled show with LEPROUS in Tel Aviv on January 11. Steinar [Krokmo, bass] has spent the last week in hospital, and is still in treatment although no longer in intensive care. We are not able to regroup in time for the planned departure to Israel.
“In talks with the Israeli promoter, we have decided to postpone the show until further notice.
“We want to thank the fans and promoter for their patience and understanding, and hope to make up for this show as soon as possible.”
“Heavenly Ecstasy”, the sixth album from the PAGAN’S MIND, entered the official chart in the group’s home country at position No. 10 (international artists) and No. 2 (Norwegian artists).
“Heavenly Ecstasy” was released in May 2011 via SPV/Steamhammer. The follow-up to 2007’s “God’s Equation” was mixed by Stefan Glaumann at Toytown Studios (RAMMSTEIN, MADONNA, WITHIN TEMPTATION) in Stockholm, Sweden. The effort was made available in four configurations: a limited-edition digipak with two bonus tracks, 28-page booklet and poster; a double gatefold LP with two bonus tracks on orange-colored vinyl; as a standard jewel case; and as a digital download.