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SONATA ARCTICA announce “The Raven Still Flies Over Europe” tour for November and December of this year

10. July 2019

On September 6th, Finnish melodic metal titans SONATA ARCTICA will release their tenth studio album, called »Talviyö« (which means »Winter Night«), including eleven new tracks. Today, the band proudly announce their “The Raven still flies over Europe” tour, that is going to kick off on November 11th in Stockholm. On the tour, SONATA ARCTICA will be accompanied by EDGE OF PARADISE and TEMPLE BALLS.


The band states:

‘After working our asses off since last summer with our new album, we finally got it done and now is the time to go back out on the road with some exciting new material and new shenanigans and what have you.

Last spring we had a really amazing time touring in Europe with the acoustic stuff and I’m sure it will be just as fun to come back once again and make some new memories together. We got a couple of killer support bands with us, so there’s definitely some great nights ahead for all of us. Cheers!’

The pre-order for the German tickets will start on July 11th on Eventim.de, on all other ticket seller pages on July 13th.

 EMP, Metal Hammer, Musix, Rock It, Hardline, Metal.de, Nuclear Blast & Dragon Productions present
 
SONATA ARCTICA
The Raven still flies over Europe 
 
+ Edge of Paradise
+ Temple Balls
 
11.11.2019 SE - Stockholm, Kraken
12.11.2019 NO - Oslo, Parkteatret
13.11.2019 NO - Trondheim, Byscenen
15.11.2019 SE - Trollhättan, Folkets Park
16.11.2019 DK - Aarhus, Train
17.11.2019 DE - Berlin, Bi Nuu
18.11.2019 DE - Mannheim, MS Connexion Complex
19.11.2019 DE - Leipzig, Hellraiser
21.11.2019 SK- Zvolen, Rates Arena
22.11.2019 RO - Cluj Napoca, Form Space
23.11.2019 BG - Sofia, Music Jam Club
25.11.2019 HU - Budapest, Barba Negra
26.11.2019 AT - Vienna, ((Szene))
27.11.2019 CH - Pratteln, Z7
29.11.2019 IT - Padova, Hall
30.11.2019 IT - Milan, Live Club
01.12.2019 FR - Lyon, Le Ninkasi Kao
02.12.2019 FR - Paris, La machine du Moulin Rouge
04.12.2019 ES - Madrid, La Riviera
05.12.2019 ES - Barcelona, Salamandra
06.12.2019 FR - Limoge, Cc John Lennon
07.12.2019 BE - Izegem, Cultuurhuis De Leest
08.12.2019 FR - Pagney, Chez Paulette
11.12.2019 UK - London, The Electric Ballroom
12.12.2019 NL - Tilburg, 013
13.12.2019 DE - Hamburg, Markthalle
14.12.2019 DE - Bochum, Matrix
 

More info:
www.sonataarctica.info
www.facebook.com/sonataarctica
www.nuclearblast.de/sonataarctica

D-A-D announce the European leg of ‘A Tour For The Loud’

27. June 2019

After the release of their new album ‘A Prayer For The Loud’ last week and entering the Danish charts at #1, D-A-D announce the European leg of ‘A Tour For The Loud’.

“This will be the real thing” says D-A-D’s lead singer Jesper Binzer. “Playing festivals is fine and dandy, but an hour of D-A-D is just scraping the surface – shows in your local rock club will always be what Rock’n’Roll is all about – a sweaty gathering of the loud… and that’s just what we’ll be doing! What about you? Are you coming?”

24 shows and 9 countries in 4 weeks.

A real tour for the loud!

RIOT V announces Armor of Light Eurotour 2019 with Asomvel and Indian Nightmare

15. May 2019

New York City’s heavy metal warriors RIOT V announces ‘Armor of Light Tour 2019’ with UK classic rockers ASOMVEL and the Berlin metal punk phenomenon INDIAN NIGHTMARE.

RIOT V will perform at Sabaton Open Air, Turock Open Air and headline the traditional Trveheim Festival. In between, the band will be touring over selected club shows in Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and Switzerland.

Tickets available here: http://www.tiny.cc/riotvtickets

Deaf Forever, Metal.de & Dragon Productions presents:
‘Armor of Light 2019’

16/Aug Falun (SE) Sabaton Open Air *
17/Aug Essen (DE) Turock Open Air *
18/Aug Arnhem (NL) Willemeen
19/Aug Gent (BE) The Crossover
20/Aug Kassel (DE) Goldgrube
21/Aug Luzern (CH) Schüür
22/Aug Leipzig (DE) Hellraiser
23/Aug Mannheim (DE) 7er Club
24/Aug Hallbergmoos (DE) Trveheim Festival *
*Only Riot V

Also visit:
www.areyoureadytoriot.com

www.asomvel.com

www.fb.com/Indian-Nightmare-1564014753877177

www.dragon-productions.eu

www.deaf-forever.de

www.metal.de

NITROGODS ANNOUNCES ‘REBEL DAYZ TOUR 2019’ WITH PSYCHOPUNCH AND MAXXWELL

19. March 2019

NITROGODS are coming with their strongest Album to date “Rebel Dayz” on tour!
14 Tracks with the raw violence and power of their lieve shows, full dirtiness and Rock’n’Roll. Along with them are the Swedish Pioneers PSYCHOPUNCH and the Swiss Heavy Rockers MAXXWELL.

Henny from the Nitrogods states:
With the new album, we are as close the live sound of Nitrogods as ever. We are eager to release this monster on humanity, and looking forward to the “Rebel Dayz” tour in the fall with our Swedish friends Psychopunch and the superb Maxxwell from Switzerland.

Jarmo from Psychopunch adds:
With a new record label (Massacre Records) and a new studio album (release fall 2019), we just can´t wait to go on tour with our friends in Nitrogods. This package will ROCK and whatever you do…don´t miss out on the chance to be a part of this amazing and wild Rock´n´roll adventure! See you out there!

Tickets available here: www.tiny.cc/nitrogodstickets

Dragon Productions & Rock Hard Magazine presents:
“REBEL DAYZ TOUR 2019”
Nitrogods, Psychopunch & Maxxwell
25.10.19 DE – Oberhausen, Helvete
26.10.19 DE – Andernach, JUZ
27.10.19 BE – Diest, Moonlight Music Hall
28.10.19 DE – Kassel, Goldgrube
29.10.19 DE – Hamburg, Bambi Galore
30.10.19 DE – Osnabrück, Bastard Club
31.10.19 DE – Husum, Speicher Husum e.V.
01.11.19 DE – Oldenburg, Cadillac
02.11.19 DE – Dresden, Chemiefabrik
03.11.19 DE – Nürnberg, Der Cult
05.11.19 DE – München, Backstage
06.11.19 AT – Salzburg, Rockhouse Bar
07.11.19 DE – Freiburg,  Crashclub
08.11.19 CH – Burgdorf, Sägegasse
09.11.19 CH – Luzern, Schüür
10.11.19 DE – Mannheim, MS-Connexion

Visit also:
www.massacre-records.com
www.nitrogods.de
www.psychopunch.rocks
www.maxxwell.ch
www.dragon-productions.eu
www.rockhard.de

We proudly welcome Ghost Ship Octavius to the Dragon family!

25. February 2019

The American progressive metal sensation featuring the drummer Van Williams (ex-Nevermore), guitar player Matthew Wicklund (ex-God Forbid, Official: Himsa) and vocalist/guitarist Adōn Fanion, released there second album “Delirium” last Friday via Mighty Music.

Van Williams states: ‘Ghost Ship Octavius are happy to announce that we will be working with Dragon Productions for European bookings. We are very excited to have them on our team and we look forward to getting GSO into a country near you! GSO or GTFO!’


Check out their brandnew video at this location:
https://youtu.be/YrQf711aOFk

With foundations in Progressive Metal, GSO are forging a fresh pathway in the metal genre by exploring emotional and melodic writing firmly founded in technical playing and memorable hooks with a common theme of darkness, hope and ghostly imagery with chilling, arctic elements throughout.

ghostshipoctavius.com/
https://www.facebook.com/GhostShipOctavius/
https://www.instagram.com/ghostshipoctavius/
https://twitter.com/gsoctavius
https://www.instagram.com/ghostshipoctavius/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7E1Soj4kGw9zyhIJWZyOhx

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST Announces New Drummer

15. February 2019

Legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker‘s MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST project has recruited drummers Simon Phillips and Bodo Schopf following the recent passing of Ted McKenna. Simon, who played on the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP debut album, will return as the main drummer on the upcoming second MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST LP. Due to his schedule, he is unable to be the live drummer for the upcoming U.S. tour. This role will be completed by Bodo Schopf, who played on “Perfect Timing” and “Save Yourself”. With the sudden passing of McKenna, Bodo will be featured on the upcoming record but in a smaller role as he had the important job of preparing for the U.S. tour.

Michael states: “We are very grateful to Bodo for being a team player and working out with Simon what needs to be done in order for us to continue as smooth as possible and also to Simon for helping us to make it all possible. Bodo is the perfect choice to continue as the permanent drummer for MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST. It is a perfect balance between the musicians from the past. It includes everything as a family to continue MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST.”

Bodo comments: “I am very sorry that Ted had to leave us under these tragic circumstances and I’m proud to rock for him and all the MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST fans. RIP Ted.”

Following the release of its successful first album “Resurrection”, MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST is currently recording the follow-up, co-produced by Schenker and Michael Voss, which is tentatively scheduled to be released in August.

McKenna, who has also played with THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND, Rory Gallagher and Ian Gillan, died last month at the age of 68. He passed away from a haemorrhage during elective surgery.

Michael comments: “We are totally heartbroken to hear about Ted McKenna — our amazing drummer and dearest friend — passing away. It’s a massive shock and a huge loss to lose Ted so suddenly. He always had a smile on his face and was one of the most sincerely genuine people you could ever have the pleasure of meeting. One of the great rock drummers, he always played from the heart and his heart was music. Rest in peace, Ted. We will miss you.”

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST will kick off its U.S. tour on April 15 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. The trek will include performances in Vancouver, Chicago, and New York before concluding on May 18 in Austin.

Welcome YEAR OF THE GOAT!

13. February 2019

So we welcome Swedish dark doom rock masters YEAR OF THE GOAT to the roster…


Formed back in 2006 they have released two full lengths and a handful of EPs with a new album ready to drop on Napalm Records over the coming months…..


Inspiration from the 60s and 70s sits side by side with traditional metal and classic nwobhm influences,
mellotrons swirl, organs sound out alongside one of the most distinctive and soulful voices in modern metal!
….and the riffs? they have the riffs….majestic, retro, progressive but above all tunes that have staying power


Welcome to Dragon Productions YEAR OF THE GOAT!!!

For booking contact : alan@dragon-productions.com

English NWOBHM legends SATAN announces ‘Cruel Winter’ European tour with RAM & Screamer

13. December 2018

English NWOBHM legends SATAN announces ‘Cruel Winter’ European tour with RAM and Screamer for ten dates in six countries.


Comments Satan: “it may be called the Cruel Winter tour but things are going to get decidedly HOT when Satan, Ram & Screamer roll into town. We are stoked to get back to some places we haven’t played in thirty years! Watch out Europe, something wicked this way comes”

 

SATAN are in full promotion swing of their current album ‘Cruel Magic‘ which has been released in September of 2018. The album is a huge success for band and label which culminated in a sensational German chart entry on position 28.

Swedish labelmates and defenders of the faith RAM have been recruited as direct support. RAM will be performing a greatest hits mix of their fantastic catalogue including a good chunk of tracks from their latest album ‘Rod‘ (2017)!

 

Comments RAM: ‘We are proud and excited to announce that we will hit the road with the absolute legendary NWOBHM band SATAN in feburary. This tour will be a deadly alloy of two generations of Metal, the innovators and the defenders. We are also thrilled to see that our fellow Swedes Screamer are on the bill. EUROPE, THE HEAVY METAL TYRANNY RETURNS, BANG YOUR HEAD OR LOSE IT!

Opening up each night will be Swedish Heavy Metal road warriors SCREAMER.

 


DEAF FOREVER, Metal.de & Dragon Productions present:
‘CRUEL WINTER TOUR 2019’
Satan, RAM & Screamer

14.02.2019 DE – Essen, Turock
15.02.2019 NL – Tillburg, LittleDevi
16.02.2019 BE – Beveren – Leie, ‘t Klokhuis
17.02.2019 DE – Trier, Mergener Hof
18.02.2019 DE – München, Backstage
19.02.2019 CH – Aarau, Kiff Aarau
20.02.2019 DE – Kassel, Goldgrube
21.02.2019 DE – Weiden, Salute-Rockmusikclub
22.02.2019 FR – Colmar, Le Grillen
23.02.2019 IT – Parma, Fight For Metal Fest 8

Psychotic Waltz headliner ProgPower Europe 2019

13. November 2018

 

Californian prog metallers Psychotic Waltz have been announced as the first headline act for ProgPower Europe 2019. They join already-announced British prog rockers Voices From The Fuselage, Australian proggers Teramaze and Andalucian prog metallers Persefone on the bill.

 

“Psychotic Waltz are on our list for a long time. With a new album to come, we are pleased to finally have them on stage at ProgPower Europe in 2019. Psychotic Waltz is one of these bands that is still missing on our list of bands that have played the festival before. But now, after 20 years it finally will happen, it definitely will be one of the highlights.” 

 

The original line-up of Psychotic Waltz reunited in 2011 after a break of nearly 15 years. The band are currently writing material for a new studio album, which will be their first since 1996’s Bleeding. The band plan to enter the recording studio in Spring 2019.

 

ProgPower Europe 2019 will take place in the first weekend of October, Friday 4 – Sunday 6 October. Psychotic Waltz will headline the event on Saturday October 5.

SONATA ARCTICA announces “acoustic adventures” for March 2019!

7. November 2018

 

It’s been very silent in the band camp of Finnish melodic metal titans SONATA ARCTICA recently. But this break has been put to good use: the band has entered the studio to start the recording process for their tenth studio album, due in 2019 through Nuclear Blast. But before their new record will see the light of day, SONATA ARCTICA will embark on a special journey – their very first acoustic run across European soil! Support will be provided by special guests, Los Angeles, CA based metallers WITHERFALL. Further details can be found below.

 

Keyboardist Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg comments, “We’ve been locked up in the studio since the end of the summer working on our next studio album and decided we needed to take a break and go out and play some shows. In the summer of 2016 we did an acoustic summer tour in Finland which was a lot of fun for both us and our fans; in fact it was so great that we wanted to do it again and this time we’re not settling for just Finland – but taking this show all around Europe for the first time ever. Now is a unique chance to hear our music in a completely different setting and we’re sure these evenings will be something really special. Our set will also include some stuff we’ve never played live before, and who knows maybe even a new song from the upcoming album. See you at the shows!”

 

»Acoustic Adventures«
Presented by
Rock Hard, ROCKS, musiX, Rock It!, metal.de & Nuclear Blast

 

w/ WITHERFALL

13.03. NO –  Oslo, Parkteatret
14.03. SE – Stockholm, Södra Teatern
15.03. SE – Malmö, Palladium
16.03. DE – Hamburg, Fabrik
17.03. NL – Eindhoven, Effenaar
19.03. UK – London, Islington Assembly Hall
20.03. NL – Haarlem, Patronaat
21.03. DE – Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal
22.03. FR – Paris, Le Trabendo
23.03. FR – Lyon, Ninkasi Kao
24.03. IT – Milan, Teatro Dal Verme
26.03. CH – Pratteln, Z7
27.03. DE – Nuremberg, Hirsch
28.03. CZ – Prague, Roxy
29.03. DE – Stuttgart, Im Wizemann (Club)
30.03. DE – Bochum, Christuskirche

 

SONATA ARCTICA is:

Tony Kakko – Lead vocals, keyboards

Tommy Portimo – Drums

Elias Viljanen – Guitars

Henrik Klingenberg – Keyboards, Backing Vocals

Pasi Kauppinen – Bass

 

SONATA ARCTICA:

http://www.sonataarctica.info/

https://www.facebook.com/sonataarctica/

https://www.instagram.com/sonataarcticaofficial/

https://twitter.com/sonataarctica

 

WITHERFALL:

https://www.witherfall.com/

https://www.facebook.com/witherfall/

https://www.instagram.com/witherfallofficial/

https://twitter.com/witherfall

Hamferð announces Scandinavian tour!

26. September 2018

Following their release of the monumental ‘Támsins likam‘ on Metal Blade Records earlier in the year, and after touring Central Europe extensively, Faroese Doom Metal act Hamferð will embark on an exclusive tour of Scandinavia. This includes their very first visit to Sweden after 8 years of international touring.

 

Singer Jón Aldará adds: “Doing a proper tour for our neighbours in the North has been on our wish-list for a long time now. We are thrilled that it is finally happening, and that we have been able to include Sweden. Not having played there yet is close to being a tragedy. Also, going back to Norway and Denmark is a treat, since they have always been incredibly kind to us. There’s no denying that we have a close cultural bond with our Nordic brothers and sisters, so this tour will be a special experience without a doubt.

 

Joining them on tour will be Faroese blackened doomsters Svartmálm, who released their scorching eponymous debut album in February this year.

 

The dates are as follows:
Hamferð
+ Svartmálm
05.12.2018 DK – København – Beta 2300
06.12.2018 DK – Odense – Posten
07.12.2018 SE – Göteborg – Sticky Fingers
08.12.2018 NO – Oslo – Revolver
09.12.2018 NO – Trondheim – Hjorten Scene

 

Further Hamferð live shows include Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

 

Hamferð live:
02.10.2018 DE – Stuttgart, Club Zentral (w. Egonaut)
03.10.2018 DE – Leipzig, Hellraiser (w. Egonaut)
04.10.2018 DE – Hamburg, Bambi Galore (w. Egonaut)
05.10.2018 DE – Paderborn, Metal Inferno Festival
06.10.2018 BE – Saint Georges, From Dusk til Doom 4
07.10.2018 NL – Tilburg, Little Devil

 

Támsins likam‘ has been released in January via Metal Blade Records! Please surf over to metalblade.com/hamferd to check out music and videos from the album.

 

HAMFERÐ is:
Jón Aldará – Vocals
John Egholm – Guitar
Theodor Kapnas – Guitar
Ísak Petersen – Bass
Esmar Joensen – Keyboards
Remi Johannesen – Drums

 

http://hamferd.com
https://www.facebook.com/Hamferd
https://www.instagram.com/hamferdofficial
https://www.youtube.com/hamferdofficial

ROSS THE BOSS announces tour with BULLET and special guests CRYSTAL VIPER for part 1 and PORTRAIT for part 2 of the tour

20. June 2018

A seriously great real metal package is coming to town: Manowar co-founding guitarist ROSS THE BOSS announces headline tour all over Europe to promote his recently released album ‘BY BLOOD SWORN. His band features siren Marc Lopes on lead vocals, Symphony X bassist Mike LePond on bass and Steve Bolognese on drums.

 

ROSS THE BOSS states:

“On April 20th we released a very ambitious album, BY BLOOD SWORN.  Now in the fall we will perform some of these great new tunes plus the timeless classics. Hope everyone will be there to witness the onslaught!”

 

Alongside the ROSS THE BOSS band, Sweden’s BULLET will raise the value of the tour package as co-headliner. The band released their latest critically acclaimed album ‘DUST TO GOLD’ just as Ross on April 20th.

 

BULLET says:

Are you ready for the second leg of the ”Dust to Gold” European tour? We are!!!

Feels great to be back with a new tour especially with the legend Ross the Boss.

See you all on the Heavy Metal Highway!!!!

 

And as if that is not enough CRYSTAL VIPER will join in as special guest for the first part of the tour from October 16th – 22nd. After that Sweden’s PORTRAIT will take over the special guest slot for the shows from October 24th until November 3rd, including the Metal Hammer Paradise and Aalborg Metal Festival.

 

200 minutes of real classic heavy metal every night, don’t miss that!

 

 

Metal Hammer, Guitar & Dragon Productions present:

 

Ross the Boss

Bullet

Crystal Viper

 

16.10. ES – Oviedo, Sir Laurens

17.10. ES – Madrid, Caracol

18.10. ES – Barcelona, Bóveda

19.10. FR – Grenoble, Ilyade

20.10. IT – Parma, Campus Industy

22.10. FR – Colmar, Le Grillen

 

 

Ross the Boss

Bullet

Portrait

 

24.10. CH – Winterthur, Gaswerk

25.10. DE – Köln, Essigfabrik

26.10. DE – Bochum, Matrix

27.10. DE – Andernach, JUZ

30.10. DE – Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal

31.10. DE – Hamburg, Markthalle

01.11. DE – Rheine, Hypthalamus

02.11. DE – Metal Hammer Paradise

03.11. DK – Aalborg Metal Festival