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2. June 2014

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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.

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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.

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DRAGON PRODUCTIONS and MASTERSOUND ENTERTAINMENT join forces!

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

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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

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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 www.eventim.de/finntroll
Appropriate attire for the shows available at www.finntroll-store.com

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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!

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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.

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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 www.eventim.de 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.

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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!

www.brutzundbrakel.de

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MOTORJESUS post lyric video for “Back In The Action-Car”

15. April 2014

Here is another lyric video for a track from MOTORJESUS’ latest album “Electric Revelation”, released on February 21st, 2014 via Drakkar Records [a division of Drakkar Entertainment GmbH / SONY MUSIC]: Motorjesus “Back In The Action-Car” [Lyric Video]

More shows for fall are being booked right now!

Swedish Heavy Metal gang PORTRAIT releases 2nd song taken off new album ‘Crossroads’ exclusively via Rock Hard Germany!

11. April 2014

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Swedish Heavy Metallers PORTRAIT have just released the 2nd song taken off their new album ‘Crossroads’ due April, 25th via Metal Blade Records. Surf over to our partners Rock Hard Germany to listen to “We Were Not Alone” HERE.

You can still stream the 1st single “In Time” at www.metalblade.com/portrait, where fans can also pre-order copies of ‘Crossroads’ on CD, vinyl and digital downloads.

Comments PORTRAIT: ‘Crossroads’ is a sevenfold blessing and curse upon a dying music scene, an album imbued with something untouchable and yet undeniable. ‘We Were Not Alone’ is a haunting mid-tempo song that should not disappoint any real headbanger!”

The relentless, Swedish heavy metal monster known as PORTRAIT was born in the year 2006 with the intention to exterminate the entire world.

After the release of a demo, two singles and their self-titled full length debut PORTRAIT released their Metal Blade debut ‘Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae’ in 2011. After numerous tours and festival apperances the band began to focus on the third album, entitled ‘Crossroads’. The writing and recording process took about a year and Tore Stjerna of Necromorbus Studio handled the production together with the band.

“This is our most important album up to date in so many ways, and we couldn’t be more satisfied with the final outcome. To me personally, PORTRAIT has finally become what I have always wanted the band to be, and we are hungrier than ever. The new album will speak for itself, and the year 2014 will be a year of Truth and of Conquest. Beware!” – Christian Lindell, guitars

‘Crossroads’ tracklisting:
01. Liberation
02. At the Ghost Gate
03. We Were Not Alone
04. In Time
05. Black Easter
06. Ageless Rites
07. Our Roads Must Never Cross
08. Lily

Swedish Heavy Metal gang PORTRAIT announce new album ‘Crossroads’ April, 25th!

11. March 2014

Landing page launched, first song online!

Swedish Heavy Metallers PORTRAIT announce the release of their new album ‘Crossroads’ for April, 25th. The band is finally prepared to unveil the album title, art, and release the first single from the record. “In Time” is streaming now on www.metalblade.com/portrait, where fans can also pre-order copies of ‘Crossroads’ on CD, vinyl and digital downloads.

Comments PORTRAIT: “‘Crossroads’ is a sevenfold blessing and curse upon a dying music scene, an album imbued with something untouchable and yet undeniable. This first single ‘In Time’ was the first song written for ‘Crossroads’ and is one of the more straight-forward ones of the album. Bang or be banged!”

The relentless, Swedish heavy metal monster known as PORTRAIT was born in the year 2006 with the intention to exterminate the entire world.

After the release of a demo, two singles and their self-titled full length debut PORTRAIT released their Metal Blade debut ‘Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae’ in 2011. After numerous tours and festival apperances the band began to focus on the third album, entitled ‘Crossroads’. The writing and recording process took about a year and Tore Stjerna of Necromorbus Studio handled the production together with the band.

“This is our most important album up to date in so many ways, and we couldn’t be more satisfied with the final outcome. To me personally, PORTRAIT has finally become what I have always wanted the band to be, and we are hungrier than ever. The new album will speak for itself, and the year 2014 will be a year of Truth and of Conquest. Beware!” – Christian Lindell, guitars

‘Crossroads’ tracklisting:Portrait-Crossroads

1. Liberation

2. At the Ghost Gate

3. We Were Not Alone

4. In Time

5. Black Easter

6. Ageless Rites

7. Our Roads Must Never Cross

8. Lily

PORTRAIT is:

Per Lengstedt – vocals

Christian Lindell -guitars

David Olofsson – guitars

Mikael Castervall – bass

Anders Persson – drums

http://www.facebook.com/portraitsweden

’77 add mores dates to their European tour

22. February 2014

After the exciting announcement of their european tour with danish legends D-A-D, spanish Rock’n’Rollers ’77 will continue their tour throughout mainland Europe, playing a bunch of dates as in countries like Germany, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and the Netherlands, where their popularity is growing day by day. The bands third album ‘Maximum Rock and Roll’ is receiving the best reviews of their career and it seems, that the world is ready for ’77s infectious high voltage Rock’n’Roll shows. You’ve been warned, don’t miss them!

Find TOURDATES here!

http://www.77rocks.com
http://www.twitter.com/77rocks
https://www.facebook.com/BigSmokerPig

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