8. April 2015
To celebrate Sonata Arctica´s European Tour 2015 The band will have ready the printed version of the Sonata Arctica book English edition in May 2015.
If you purchase the book between the 1st and the 15th of April you will be the first to receive the book delivered in May 2015 for a special price of 25 euros (normally 36 euros) + delivery cost.
The Sonata Arctica book English edition will be exclusively available only from the publisher´s webstore, from this link:
25. February 2015
“666 Weeks Beyond Eternity” / Re-Release of the classic “Eternity” Album
2014 saw FREEDOM CALL heavily playing on the “Light over the Beyond” Tour, which the guys surrounding Frontman Chris Bay and guitar player Lars Rettkowitz kicked off in the US, just to keep it going on an European Trek! The Band demonstrated their extraordinary positive approach to life and the subtle spirit of their Album “Beyond”!
With the return of founding member, bassist Ilker Ersin and the addition of “Drum Wizard” Ramy Ali, an unstoppable force has been created, which is, without any doubt, the strongest line-up in FREEDOM CALLs History.
After the release of their very strong “Beyond” album in 2014, which was a direct hit into any Power Metal Fans heart and surely brought the guys back to their roots, the Band is already back in full steam in 2015.
To show their nearly ceaseless motivation and their outstanding strong team spirit, FREEDOM CALL declare a very unusual, but very “hellish” anniversary: “666 weeks since the genesis of Eternity”. This occasion, will see the re-release of their 2002 landmark Album “Eternity”, in a very special 2 CD digipak edition with tons of bonus material, including the brandnew hymn “666 Weeks Beyond Eternity”!
There will be some serious feasting on an exclusive tour, which will see FREEDOM CALL perform only songs from the “Eternity” record……
“Eternity-666 Weeks Beyond Eternity”” will be released in Scandinavia on April 22nd, in Germany on April 24th, in Europe on April 27th and in the USA on April 28th as a 2 CD digipak version and download through SPV/Steamhammer.
CD 1 (remastered, new sequence)
- The Spell
- The Eyes Of The World
- Flying High
- Island Of Dreams
- Bleeding Heart
- Flame In The Night
- Metal Invasion
- Ages Of Power
- Turn Back Time
- Land Of Light
- 666 Weeks Beyond Eternity (brand new song)
- Metal Invasion (live 2011)
- Warriors (live 2011)
- Land Of Light (live 2011)
- The Eyes Of The World (live 2004)
- Metal Invasion (special version 2013)
- Warriors (unplugged 2014)
- Flame In The Night (performed by Powerworld)
- Land Of Light (performed by Neonfly)
- Warriors (performed by Hannes Braun)
24. February 2015
We are pleased to announce that Finntroll will be performing at CHRISTMAS BASH 2015!
Check out the flyer and don’t miss this show in Geiselwind, Germany in December!
6. February 2015
“Falling Home”, the critically acclaimed acoustic album by Swedish progressive rock innovators Pain of Salvation, was recently released domestically in North America as well via InsideOutMusic and now the band is proud to debut the new promotional video clip for the album’s title track.
Check out the atmospheric clip for “Falling Home”, which was shot in Iceland by director Hilmir Berg Ragnarsson and produced by Hilmir Berg Ragnarsson and Soley Astudottir, via the InsideOutMusic YouTube channel here: http://youtu.be/aGILlGzW1Jc
Or see it within Germany here: http://www.muzu.tv/pain-of-salvation/falling-home-video/2359626/
Pain of Salvation’s Daniel Gildenlöw commented as follows:
“I started last year with four months in the hospital, battling flesh eating bacteria, and somehow managed to bounce back to see myself playing Vegas dressed in a rabbit suit. That considered, it felt perfect to end the year knee deep in snow on Iceland, shooting a video for “Falling Home” in a blizzard, with a dead coyote draping my freezing shoulders. I mean, who would have guessed a few years back that the latter would actually turn out to be one of the more normal situations of my 2014? :)
I loved every minute on Iceland, and my all-in personality could not have asked for more. When we were not pushing through the snow outside, we’d sit hours on hours in a cold basement of an old power plant, singing the song over and over again with numbing hands and feet, while the Reykjavik sun was setting outside the heavy concrete walls. Damn, we threw ourselves into this video, whole-heartedly and passionately, and I think anyone watching it will feel that.
Huge thanks to everyone who helped out with this video, but most of all to Hilmir and Sóley!”
“Falling Home” is a very special acoustic release, which contains reimagined versions of favourite catalogue-songs, two cover versions (“Holy Diver” by Dio and “Perfect Day” by Lou Reed) and a brand new song (The title track, “Falling Home”). Next to the Jewel Case CD and the Digital Download formats, “Falling Home” is also available in Europe as limited edition Digipak CD with expanded artwork and two bonustracks and also as limited Gatefold LP version on 180gr. vinyl (On black vinyl, but also 200x copies on white vinyl exclusively from the IOM Webshop).
Order “Falling Home” from the InsideOut Shop as physical formats here:
Or as digital download here:
“Falling Home” promotional online links:
“1979” video: http://youtu.be/QiZh2fh_1Rk
“1979” video (Germany): http://www.muzu.tv/pain-of-salvation/1979-official-video-video/2315304/
“Holy Diver”: https://soundcloud.com/officialinsideoutmusic/pain-of-salvation-holy-diver
16. January 2015
Since we already did the revisiting of the Ecliptica on record, we couldn’t resist to try this live as well. This is the first time in the history of Sonata Arctica that we will perform an entire album front to back, in a live setting. We think it’s only fitting that it’s our debut that gets this treatment since it started the whole thing. These shows will be very special and a once in a lifetime thing, so don’t miss out on this.
We are looking forward to this challenge and the whole band is really excited about these unique nights. See you all out there!!!
We already announced @FREEDOM CALL as special guests, who will celebrate the 10th anniversary of ‘Eternity’ with a special set around that album.
And now we are happy to complete the package with power metal newcomers @TWILIGHT FORCE from Falun, Sweden.
Meet us on the following dates:
Ecliptica over Europe Tour 2015
Special Guests: FREEDOM CALL & TWILIGHT FORCE
30.04. 2015 FR – Lille @ Le Splendid
01.05. 2015 UK – London @ O2 Academy Islington
02.05. 2015 NL – Eindhoven @ Effenaar
03.05. 2015 NL – Utrecht @ Tivoli Pandora
05.05. 2015 DE – Hamburg @ Markthalle
06.05. 2015 DE – Aschaffenburg @ Colos-Saal
07.05. 2015 DE – Berlin @ Postbahnhof
08.05. 2015 DE – Bochum @ Matrix
09.05. 2015 CH – Pratteln @ Z7
11.05. 2015 IT – Bologna @ Estragon
12.05. 2015 DE – München @ Backstage
13.05. 2015 HU – Budapes @ Club 202
14.05. 2015 PL – Cracov @ Fabryka
15.05. 2015 PL – Warsaw @ Progresja
20. December 2014
‘It’s been some months since we released the re-recorded version of our debut album Ecliptica and of course we couldn’t resist the temptation of attempting to play the whole album front to back live. Hence, we’re happy to announce the Ecliptica special shows in Europe. On these shows we’ll perform Ecliptica in it’s entirety as well as assorted hits from our catalog. This is a one time thing only, don’t miss it.
As special guest we will bring Freedom Call, who will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their ‘Eternity’ album and play a special set around that album.
See you all out there!!!’
Ecliptica over Europe Tour 2015
Special Guests: FREEDOM CALL
Metal Hammer, Musix, Blast, Rock it + Powermetal.de & Dragon Productions present:
30.04.2015 FR – Lille @ Le Splendid
01.05.2015 UK – London @ O2 Academy Islington
02.05.2015 NL – Eindhoven @ Effenaar
03.05.2015 NL – Utrecht @ Tivoli Pandora
05.05.2015 DE – Hamburg @ Markthalle
06.05.2015 DE – Aschaffenburg @ Colos-Saal
07.05.2015 DE – Berlin @ Postbahnhof
08.05.2015 DE – Bochum @ Matrix
09.05.2015 CH – Pratteln @ Z7
11.05.2015 IT – Bologna @ Estragon
12.05.2015 DE – München @ Backstage
13.05.2015 HU – Budapest @ Club 202
14.05.2015 PL – Cracov @ Fabryka
15.05.2015 PL – Warsaw @ Progresja
18. December 2014
We are glad to announce that Finntroll will continue celebrating 10 years of NATTFÖDD with several shows in France in March 2015!
Special guests: HateSphere and Profane Omen
17. December 2014
The German Death Metal machine HACKNEYED have just uploaded a making-of “The Flaw Of Flesh” video to YouTube, providing behind-the-scenes impressions of their video shooting.
The song is taken from the upcoming new studio album (release: spring 2015) and the video clip will be released on Christmas Eve, December 24th 2014.
Watch the “Making OF” here
The first video teaser can be seen here.
“Check out the exclusive video premiere for our brand-new song “The Flaw of Flesh” on December 24th! Preparations for our upcoming fourth studio album are at full blast and this track will give you a foretaste of what to expect. Mark the date. Be prepared. We’re back. More power, new influences and bone-crushing new sound!”
17. December 2014
In 2012, long-running Swedish black metal legends DARK FUNERAL signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records and now, after completing the search for a new frontman, unveil the first glimpse at their future blasphemies with their brand new song “Nail Them To The Cross”!
Check out the video here: http://youtu.be/plh22lTpnjY
German fans use this link: http://www.muzu.tv/dark-funeral/nail-them-to-the-cross-official-video-video/2340571/
“Nail Them To The Cross” was recorded at Dugout Studios in Uppsala/Sweden and was mixed and mastered by Daniel Bergstrand. The video clip was directed by Owe Lingvall.
A strictly limited 7” single including “Nail Them To The Cross” and another new song will be released in early 2015!
A new dawn rises and DARK FUNERAL open the gates to a new chapter of furious, intense and merciless black metal.
DARK FUNERAL live:
23.01.2015 Meh Suff! Winterfestival – Zürich CH
20.02.2015 Blastfest – Bergen, NO
15.05.2015 Steelfest – Hyvinkaa, FIN (Special TSOTBA set)
19.06.2015 Nummirock – Nummijarvi, FIN
04.07.2015 In Flammen Open Air – Torgau, DE
22.08.2015 Kaltenbach Open Air – Spital am Semmering, Austria
8. December 2014
The Sonata Arctica book is now available in english e-book, buy and download:
The Book tells the story about Kemi’s most notable musical export.
With the voice of the band itself and the people close to them Sonata Arctica tells the story about the bands rise to international fame. It´s also a story about the luck the band had in the beginning and the lucky coincidences that rarely happen to bands.
In the book there’s also a complete discography and a lot of previously unreleased pictures spanning the bands whole career.
There will be also a short story The Key in the book by Tony Kakko himself.
As told by themselves and those close to them, SONATA ARCTICA is the story of an internationally successful rock band, its people and their success. It is a personal growth story of a group of musicians and an honest-to-God account of a career filled with amazing strokes of luck and grueling hard work; musical oddities and skyrocketing success; the story about a band’s metamorphosis from a group of green-horned oafs to seasoned professionals with an unbroken string of Gold Records under their belts.
This is a heart and soul account of a close-knit but turbulent fraternity with all of their joys and sorrows; about painful but unavoidable line-up changes; a tale of beating all the odds and about music as a calling often not quite as glamorous as hyped.
The book includes the debut short story by the singer of SONATA ARCTICA, Tony Kakko.
3. December 2014
On the “Alive Again” tour, fans can expect a wealth of new music from the band as well as some fresh deep cuts from the catalogue. The new album, The Grand Experiment, should be hitting the streets early February, 2015 although that is an estimated release date. Watch for the forthcoming video for the title track “Grand Experiment” to be released in January 2015.
05.03.2015 CH – Pratteln @ Z7
06.03.2015 NL – Zoetermeer @ De Boerderij
07.03.2015 UK – London @ Islington Assembly Hall
08.03.2015 BE – Verviers @ Spirit of 66
09.03.2015 FR – Paris @ Divan du Monde
11.03.2015 DE – Aschaffenburg @ Colos-Saal
12.03.2015 DE – Mannheim @ Alte Seilerei
13.03.2015 DE – Hamburg @ Markthalle
14.03.2015 DE – Bochum @ Matrix
1. December 2014
We are pleased to announce that PRIMORDIAL will be performing @ Greece on 13 -14.03.2015 !
Check the facebook event for more info!