Pain of Salvation – Announce release of “Falling Home” acoustic album and will be playing two special sets at ProgPower Europe festival!

2. October 2014

Having just wrapped up a tour of North America (with dates across the USA, Canada and Mexico), Swedish progressive rock innovators Pain of Salvation are now announcing their much anticipated acoustic album, “Falling Home”, which will released in Europe on November 10th, 2014 via the band’s longtime label partner InsideOutMusic.

“Falling Home” is a very special album, 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”). Here is the track-listing for the standard version of the release:

Pain of Salvation – “Falling Home”:
1. Stress
2. Linoleum
3. To The Shoreline
4. Holy Diver
5. 1979
6. Chain Sling
7. Perfect Day
8. Mrs. Modern Mother Mary
9. Flame To The Moth
10. Spitfall
11. Falling Home

Next to the Jewel Case CD and the Digital Download formats, “Falling Home” will be also available as limited edition Digipak CD with expanded artwork and two bonustracks (“She Likes To Hide” and “King Of Loss”) and also as limited Gatefold LP version on 180gr. vinyl.

The pre-order for “Falling Home” starts on October 13th, 2014 here:

In the meantime, Pain of Salvation will be playing two very special sets on this weekend’s 2014 edition of the ProgPower Europe festival at JC Sjiwa in Baarlo, The Netherlands: On Saturday, October 4th, Pain of Salvation will be playing a newly announced, additional 70 minutes set of old material and then on their initial slot of Sunday, October 5th, they will playing a full headline set including a section dedicated to their classic “Remedy Lane” album. Check here for more details:

These are the upcoming shows for Pain of Salvation in Europe:

Pain of Salvation – European dates 2014:
04.10.2014 Baarlo (The Netherlands) – ProgPower Europe
05.10.2014 Baarlo (The Netherlands) – ProgPower Europe
10.11.2014 Wroclaw (Poland) – International Drumfest
11.10.2014 Opole (Poland) – International Drumfest
More shows will be announced soon…

In related news, InsideOutMusic has recently released Pain of Salvation’s classic albums “The Perfect Element Part I” from 2000 and “Remedy Lane” from 2002 in the LP format for the very first time ever. The limited coloured vinyl editions were quickly sold out, but you can still obtain the Gatefold 2-LP (Plus bonus CD!) in the classic black vinyl versions here:

Pain of Salvation’s latest album release, “Road Salt Two”, managed to enter the official national charts upon release in Autumn of 2011 in the following European countries: Sweden at # 24, The Netherlands at # 82, Finland at # 31, and Norway at # 51 in its second week (first week was at # 94).

More details on “Falling Home” will be available soon…

Pain  of Salvation Line-Up 2014:
Daniel Gildenlöw – lead vocals, acoustic guitars
Ragnar Zolberg – acoustic guitars, vocals
Léo Margarit – drums, vocals
Daniel D2 Karlsson – rhodes, organs, vocals
Gustaf Hielm – acoustic basses, upright bass, vocals

Pain of Salvation online:


Visit the InsideOut Shop:

CRIPPER in mixing progress of new album ‘Hyena’!

30. July 2014

First two webisodes online!

German Death/Thrashers CRIPPER are in the process of mixing their new album.

Here’s an update straight from the studio: “Fellas, a big step in the progress of producing “Hyena” is done. We are happy to announce that all recordings are finished and we are entering the mixing phase now. It’s still 4 months from now until release, but to give you some sneak peeks, here’s another podcast for you. Besides the audio recordings, we also filmed our whole set at Metaldays festival in Tolmin/Slovenia. Strangely enough, it was the first time ever that we played in the rain, even though the overall festival weather was brutally hot and sunny! The audience didn’t mind, neither did we. Crowdsurfers, circle pits, wall of death and a rowing pit made all our worries disappear – thanks to everyone getting soaked with us! We had a massively positive feedback at our signing session, where the line of people wouldn’t stop for a whole hour. Crazy shit!

Check out the first webisode at THIS location and click HERE for the brand new, second edition!

CRIPPER convince with their enthralling mix of old-school and modern Thrash Metal. Served with technical refinement and a lot of groove, they kick ass while being varied and distinct. Since their founding in 2005, the guys and gal from Hannover, Germany left their marks as being a rousing live band, carrying the audience with dashing songs and sweaty shows. On tours with Overkill and Onslaught, CRIPPER spread their virus throughout Europe. Once a big festival got infected, they gladly book the band repeatedly – therefore CRIPPER played several times on festivals like Summer Breeze, Wacken Rocks, Metalfest and Rockharz Open Air. But there’s even more – boarding the well-known 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise ship from Miami twice, playing the Brutal Assault festival in the Czech Republic, shows at the Bang Your Head, in Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Switzerland and being invited to enter the stage of the Slovenian Metaldays 5 (!) times let CRIPPER gain international recognition and a continuously growing fanbase.

08/08/14 CZ – Jaromer – Brutal Assaul
14/08/14 DE – Gardelgen – Metal Frenzy Open Air
16/08/14 DE – Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze
19/09/14 DE – Hannover – Stumpf
20/09/14 DE – Greven – Backyard Festival
18/10/14 DE – Kiel – Rock City
12/12/14 NL – Eindhoven – Metal Meeting
13/12/14 BE – Genk – Iron Steel Fest
31/12/14 DE – Nürnberg – Aqua Ruction

CRIPPER signs to Metal Blade Records!

12. June 2014

Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the addition of German Thrashers CRIPPER to it’s roster!


CRIPPER convince with their enthralling mix of old-school and modern Thrash Metal. Served with technical refinement and a lot of groove, they kick ass while being varied and distinct. Since their founding in 2005, the guys and gal from Hannover, Germany left their marks as being a rousing live band, carrying the audience with dashing songs and sweaty shows. On tours with Overkill and Onslaught, CRIPPER spread their virus throughout Europe. Once a big festival got infected, they gladly book the band repeatedly – therefore CRIPPER played several times on festivals like Summer Breeze, Wacken Rocks, Metalfest and Rockharz Open Air. But there’s even more – boarding the well-known 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise ship from Miami twice, playing the Brutal Assault festival in the Czech Republic, shows at the Bang Your Head, in Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Switzerland and being invited to enter the stage of the Slovenian Metaldays 5 (!) times let CRIPPER gain international recognition and a continuously growing fanbase.

So far CRIPPER have released three studio albums and with that formed their distinctive style. The creative works of this highly motivated selfmade-team is always showing through in three different aspects: the album artworks, merchandise and so far four complex and artistic music video productions the band has self-produced from start to finish. Some new song material is ready by now – the cornerstones of the upcoming album are set. Fire at will!

Comments CRIPPER on the signed contract: “Crazy shit! We are part of the Metal Blade family now! Cripper is a self-made band. Despite never being signed to a real label, we have released 3 albums, toured Europe a couple times and even made it across the ocean twice. Being control freaks in every possible way, we were very content with our situation, but still we started to feel like it is time for a change. We were highly motivated to produce a new demo to see if Metal Blade liked our new stuff. To make a long story short: they did, and so we are here now, ready to walk trough newly opened doors and taking the opportunity to reach more people with our music. With Metal Blade we keep our self-made attitude regarding our artistic freedom and full control, only now we get the chance to present ourselves on a much larger platform. Our upcoming album with the title “Hyena” is in the making and we hope to release it worldwide in November!”

Britta Görtz – vocals
Christian Bröhenhorst – guitars
Jonathan Stenger – guitars
Dennis Weber – drums
Gerrit Mohrmann – bass

Psychopunch is coming to Germany!

5. June 2014

While our world´s feverish impatience has been the undoing of many a hopeful rock band, Psychopunch are among its most consistent and stalwart quantities. During the 15 years of their career to date, this Swedish punkrock act has wowed countless clubs and festivals and presented its breathtaking stage show in small, seedy dives with just as much relentless intensity as on huge open-air stages. Don´t miss them! They´re also bringing the marvellous “The Dirters” with them!!
“Join the Smakk Valley train” Tour 2014
Special guest: The Dirters
05.09.2014 DE – Flensburg @ Roxy
06.09.2014 DE – Hamburg @ Rock Café St. Pauli
07.09.2014 DE – Rostock @ Zuckerfabrik
09.09.2014 DE – Kassel @ Schlachthof
10.09.2014 DE – Frankfurt @ 11er
12.09.2014 DE – Berlin @ Comet
13.09.2014 DE – Chemnitz @ Rock`n`Ink Tattoo Festival
16.09.2014 DE – Cologne @ Underground
17.09.2014 DE – Osnabrück @ Bastard Club
19.09.2014 DE – Dusseldorf @ Pitcher
20.09.2014 DE – Lichtenfels @ Paunchy Cats
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2. June 2014


THE SIRENS – 3 Pioneering Female Metal Singers Join Forces Live On Tour

In this day and age female fronted metal bands are normal part of everyday life. They are so common, in fact, that it’s a waste of breath making the distinction between them and bands with a hairy, ugly guy behind the microphone. There was a time, however, when the idea of a woman fronting a full-on metal band was dismissed by metal fans and press alike as absurd. The world accepted Doro Pesch fronting Warlock and Sabina Classen leading Holy Moses in the ’80s, sure, but it wasn’t until the rise of The 3rd And The Mortal, The Gathering and Theatre Of Tragedy in the early ’90s that the movement towards equality in metal truly began. Now, in celebration of a revolution that launched an entirely new musical genre, vocalists Kari Rueslåtten (The 3rd And The Mortal), Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering) and Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull (Leaves’ Eyes, Theatre Of Tragedy) have united for a journey into the past presented live on stage: The Sirens.


The seeds for The Sirens were planted when Anneke approached Kari in early 2013 with the proposal of doing a duet for her Drive album (released in 2013). Regarded by Anneke as an inspiration going in to do The Gathering‘s breakthrough album, Mandylion, her intention was to pay tribute to Kari via the collaboration. The song didn’t make the final cut as it didn’t fit the album, but they remained in touch. Then, in July 2013 Anneke and Liv had a chance meeting at the Masters Of Rock festival in the Czech Republic, and The Sirens concept was born.

“We had a few minutes only to talk in between our gigs,” Liv recalls, “but we agreed that we really should get together and tour. We both had to smile then, thinking that we were, with Kari, the ‘originals’ within our scene. Moreover, all three of us being mothers and still highly busy in music and art. Anneke told me that she had just talked to Kari, and that was the ‘go’ for The Sirens

It would be fair to call Kari the catalyst for The Sirens, as both Anneke and Liv saw her as a role model when they first made their way into music.

“I find it hard to believe that I once inspired them,” Kari admits, “but if so it is truly flattering. It is a fantastic feeling to know that I will be singing live with two such amazing vocalists!”

The Sirens tour will be split into two parts, including festival appearances, and staged at the end of 2014 in October and December. It will be a full concert showcasing the trio, one band, and a setlist featuring songs from The 3rd And The Mortal, The Gathering and Theatre Of Tragedy as well as tracks from Kari, Anneke and Liv’s respective solo careers. They will sing alone, perform duets, capping off the night with all three of them on stage, with a show that is expected to clock in at around 100 minutes each night. Thus, it’s a trip down memory lane produced for the here and now with brand new and unexpected elements, making The Sirens a nostalgia-fuelled reminder of who started it all and why it worked. And at the end of the night nobody will leave disappointed.

“The female fronted scene has become so big all over the world, sometimes it’s hard to believe the three of us were at the very beginning of it,” says Anneke. “I am very proud of that. Without intentionally wanting to start a new genre, our bands made it okay to sound and look as a girl singer on a metal stage. It was all very new and exciting. I think the tour is great to, in a way, celebrate those early days now that a third-wave of bands is appearing on the scene.”

There are noteworthy parallels in the lives of Kari, Anneke and Liv that bind them together. All three fronted influential bands, they went on to have lucrative solo careers and remain active, and they’ve successfully balanced music with family life. It’s clear the trio share a chemistry that will make The Sirens a rousing success.

“I’m looking forward to it a lot,” Anneke says. “Making music with kindred spirits is such a wonderful feeling. I also love harmonizing with more than one singer on stage, so that will be a cool aspect of the show as well.”

“The fans have been waiting for this for years and years,” Liv adds. “I can’t wait to share stage with Kari and Anneke. They are absolutely lovely and we have so much in common. This is a kind of magic.”

THE SIRENS in concert 2014

14.10.2014 DE Bonn, Harmonie

15.10.2014 FR Colmar, Grillen

16.10.2014 UK London, Proud

18.10.2014 BE Wieze, Metal Female Voices Fest

17.12.2014 NL Zoetermeer, Boerderij

18.12.2014 DE Jena, F-Haus

19.12.2014 DE Nagold, Alte Seminarturnhalle

20.12.2014 FR Paris, Divan Du Monde


More dates to be announced soon!

Anneke van Giersbergen proved her credentials and immense vocal talent for 13 years as frontwoman of The Gathering. Their first joint effort Mandylion was considered a groundbreaking achievement upon its release in 1995. In 2007 Anneke felt it was time to begin her own solo career. The charismatic singer quickly established herself as a solo artist. In 2012 she was nominated for two Edison awards, Holland’s most prestigious music prize, for her album Everything Is Changing. The album took Anneke all over the world as she toured over 25 different countries. In recent years Van Giersbergen also found time to collaborate with some of her long-time friends and musical peers, lending her powerful voice to the likes of Anathema (Falling Deeper), the eccentric Devin Townsend (Addicted!, Epicloud, The Retinal Circus) and fellow Dutchmen Within Temptation (Black Symphony). Her fifth studio album, Drive, was released worldwide by Inside Out Music in September 2013.

Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull began her career in 1994 in her home town of Stavanger, Norway as soprano vocalist and founding member of Theatre Of Tragedy. Their self-titled debut, released in 1995, made waves across the metal scene due to the combined female soprano vocals and death metal growls. Theatre Of Tragedy‘s breakthrough came the following year with Velvet Darkness They Fear, and in 1998 Liv released her first solo album, Deus ex Machina. In 2003 she launched Leaves’ Eyes with members of Atrocity, parting ways with Theatre Of Tragedy that same year. In 2004, she was nominated for a Grammy Award for her duet on Cradle Of Filth‘s ‘Nymphetamine’, one of many guest vocal appearances over the course of her career. Liv has sold upwards of 500,000 records with Theatre Of Tragedy, toured through more than 40 countries on five continents, and has charted consistently with Leaves’ Eyes, Theatre Of Tragedy, and as a solo artist. She has done guest vocal appearances for acts such as Doro, Týr, Primal Fear, Atrocity, Delain and others and currently gearing up for the release of her 5th solo studio album.

Kari Rueslåtten began her career at the age of 19 with The 3rd and the Mortal, recording the Sorrow EP in 1994 and one full length album with the band, Tears Laid In Earth, also in 1994 before deciding to leave. She recorded one album with Storm in 1995, Nordavind, before choosing in favour of a solo career that has since yielded five albums. Kari Rueslåtten was nominated to the Norwegian Grammy awards for her first solo-album, Spindelsinn, in 1997. Although Kari’s time with The 3rd And The Mortal was short, she is best known and highly respected in metal circles for her performances. Nightwish keyboardist/founder Tuomas Holopainen has stated publicly numerous times that both Kari and Liv were huge inspirations in launching his band, and he appears as a guest musician on Kari’s latest solo album, Time To Tell, released in 2014. Kari has previously worked with Martin Eden (known from his work with Björk, Nellee Hooper) and her music has been remixed by artists including Rawthang and Art of Fighters. She is due to make a guest appearance on the upcoming album from Norwegian rock legend Åge Aleksandersen.

Carl Begai


23. May 2014

Mastersound Entertainment and Dragon Productions have joined forces! Dragon Productions will take care of the booking of concerts, tours and festivals in Europe and other countries for our acts LEAVES’ EYES, ATROCITY and LIV KRISTINE!

Dragon Production comments: “We are proud to announce that LEAVES’ EYES, ATROCITY and LIV KRISTINE have joined our roster and we’re looking forward to a successful cooperation with these great acts!”untitleduntitled


8. May 2014

Sweden is known for good music and beautiful women – CRUCIFIED BARBARA have both!!

They´ll release their new album “In The Red” in August and then head out to kick your asses all over Europe!
Danish Rock´n´Roll heroes SUPERCHARGER and Crucified Barbara´s fellow countrymen JUNKSTARS will be with them on that mission!

So come out and ROCK with them!! \m/

18.09.14 NO – Oslo @ John Dee
19.09.14 DK – Kopenhagen @ High Voltage
20.09.14 D – Lünen @ Lükaz
21.09.14 D – Köln @ Underground
23.09.14 D – Mühltal @ Steinbruch Theater
24.09.14 D – München @ Backstage
25.09.14 AT – Kufstein @ Kulturfabrik
26.09.14 D – Nürnberg @ Rockfabrik
27.09.14 D – Aalen @ Frapé
28.09.14 AT – Wien @ Viper Room
30.09.14 SVK – Bratislava @ Randal Club
01.10.14 HU – Budapest @ Dürer Kert
02.10.14 SLO – Ljubljana @ Gala Hala
03.10.14 IT – Novara @  Romagnano Sesia
04.10.14 IT – Ravenna @  Pinarella di Cervia
05.10.14 IT – Conegliano Veneto @  Apartamento Hoffmann
07.10.14 CH – Pratteln @ Z7
09.10.14 UK – Manchester @ Academy 3
10.10.14 UK – Glasgow @ Audio
11.10.14 UK – York @ Fibbers
12.10.14 UK – London @ The Dome


Behold, FINNTROLL is coming to Europe

29. April 2014

It´s been 10 whole years since Finntroll released their album “NATTFÖDD” and the smash hit “TROLLHAMMAREN” on it! That calls for a party!!

Get ready Europe! The Trolls will come and burn down your cities with the crazy Danes HateSphere and since Finns like to party with more Finns, they´re also bringing the incredible Profane Omen with them!!

Here are the dates, so you know when to lock up your booze:

19.09.14 DK – Aarhus @ Voxhall
20.09.14 DE – Hamburg @ Metal Days
21.09.14 DE – Berlin @ C-Club
22.09.14 CZ – Prag @ Rock Café
23.09.14 AT – Wien @ Viper Room
24.09.14 SVK – Bratislava @ Majestic Music Club
25.09.14 HU – Budapest @ Club 202
26.09.14 RO – Timisoara @ Club Daos
27.09.14 RO – Bucharest @ Metalhead Meeting
29.09.14 SLO – Ljubljana @ Gala Hala
30.09.14 IT – Bologna @ Zona Roveri
01.10.14 CH – Luzern @ Schüür
02.10.14 FR – Audincourt @ Le Molocco
03.10.14 FR – Caen @ Le Cargo
04.10.14 UK – London @ The Dome
05.10.14 UK – Bristol @ The Fleece
06.10.14 FR – Paris @ Le Divan Du Monde
07.10.14 DE – Bochum @ Matrix
08.10.14 DE – Mühltal @ Steinbruch Thetaer
09.10.14 DE – Schwäbisch Hall @ Kantine
10.10.14 DE – Straubing @ Metal Invasion
11.10.14 DE – Glauchau @ Alte Spinnerei
12.10.14 DE – Hannover @ Musikzentrum

Tickets available now at
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CRYPTEX – Studio Podcast (Part II)

19. April 2014

CRYPTEX just released the second podcast with an insight into their current work on the coming album.
Great classic prog rock is shaping up!

Check it out here: Studio Podcast (Part II)

And don’t miss Part I.


PAIN OF SALVATION will headline ProgPower Europe 2014!

18. April 2014

PAIN OF SALVATION just confirmed and announced to headline ProgPower Europe 2014!


The Swedish band that has more than earned its merits in the Progressive Metal scene returns to ProgPower Europe! From their debut album Entropiato The Perfect ElementBE and the Road Salt albums Pain of Salvation have a created a diverse catalog that many are looking forward to seeing on the ProgPower stage.



By announcing Sunday’s headliner the ProgPower Europe organization have completed their 2014 line-up.


PRIMORDIAL announce title of new album and German release shows. Exclusive ticket pre-sale about to start Wednesday, 16.04.2014, 9:00 am!

15. April 2014

Irish Pagan Metal Gods PRIMORDIAL have finished the songwriting for their new album “Where Greater Men Have Fallen” to be released later in the year on the 21st of November, 2014!

Meanwhile PRIMORDIAL have announced three exclusive release shows in Germany for November with support from their Swedish labelmates PORTRAIT and Swiss BÖLZER.


Special guests: PORTRAIT / BÖLZER

20.11.2014 DE – Hamburg @ Knust

21.11.2014 DE – Essen @ Turock

22.11.2014 DE – Berlin @ Brutz & Brakel Stromgitarrenfest


There´s an exclusive pre-pre-sale of the shows at which starts on Wednesday, April 16th 9:00 am and lasts until April, 21st.

Fans buying their tickets through eventim will get an exclusive hardticket in the design of the poster.

Comments PRIMORDIAL: “Time moves slowly…..but it does move and the rusty gears have been grinding lately a new Primordial album will come this year, November to be more precise….. the working title right now is ‘Where greater men have fallen’ and in just as we did for
the last album we have a weekend of release shows in Germany right as it hits…. we will be supported by Sweden’s Portrait and Switzerland’s Bolzer on the three nights all for a very healthy ticket price and there will be special releases, merch and music just for these shows. Hold you fire…”

All three shows include signing sessions with PRIMORDIAL. The new album will be available for purchase in all configurations at the shows and there will be exclusive merchandise available as well.


PRIMORDIAL headline Brutz & Brakel / Berlin on 22.11.2014!

15. April 2014


The Brutz & Brakel Stromgitarrenfest / Berlin announces PRIMORDIAL as headliner for Saturday, November 22nd.

Hold on a second for more Primordial news tonight!

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