Finally, it has been officially confirmed: Blind Guardian will come to Australia!
Blind Guardian have started selling tickets for their shows on the 16th and 17th of February, 2007 at the Forum Theater, Melbourne. They are available online at http://premier.ticketek.com.au and Metal Mayhem in Melbourne.
Sonata Arctica's "best of" collection, entitled "The Collection 1999-2006", will be streamed online in its entirety this Friday, November 10 at http://www.heavylaw.com. In addition to material from the band's studio albums, the CD includes new versions of the songs "My Land" and "Replica", both of which originally appeared on the group's 1999 debut, "Ecliptica".
"The Collection 1999-2006" track listing:
01. The Ruins of My Life
02. 8th Commandment
03. Don't Say A Word
04. Victoria's Secret
06. Wolf & Raven
07. Black Sheep
09. Kingdom for a Heart
11. My Land (2006 re-make)
A press conference today saw broadcaster YLE announce the names of the twelve acts that will join in the contest to represent Finland when the contest takes place in Helsinki next May.
The acts taking part are:
Beats and Styles
Jani and the Jetsetters
Jann Wilde and Rose Avenue
The artists were chosen after discussions with Finnish record companies and the host broadcaster YLE.
There will be four semi-finals, each featuring two songs from three of the acts. The viewers will get to decide which of the two songs should go through to the national final that will take place on 17 February 2007.
Female-fronted Dutch art-rok act The Gathering has posted the following on their official website:
Both Ankara and Izmir's gigs are cancelled. Istanbul is still on the timetable, so the Gathering will go to Turkey, only for one gig though...
The decision was made by the Turkish booker, it was not in control of the band!
The Gathering would like to apologise for the fans that had planned to visit Ankara or Izmir concerts.
The band also confirmed two Greek live dates in February. The details are as follows:
Feb. 03 - Mylos - Thessaloniki, GRE
Feb. 04 - Gagarin 205 - Athens, GRE
"Great news - the new Type O Negative opus, entitled Dead Again, has now entered the mixing process! The new disc will include an appearance by Lycia vocalist Tara VanFlower. Tentative release date remains sometime in early 2007, hopefully additional live dates may be announced around then as well. Stay tuned for word on the website street team; for now you can check out the freshly minted banners, icons, and other assorted media posted on the recently resurrected media page."
Finnish power metallers Twilightning entered Astia Studio in Lappeenranta, Finland last week to begin recording their third album for an early 2007 release via Spinefarm Records. "We finished the drums ten songs . . . and the recordings will continue on the 20th of this month in Music-Bros. studio in Imatra with Miitri Aaltonen," the group writes on its web site.
Twilightning 's last release was the "Bedlam" EP which was recorded at Astia and was mixed at the Finnvox facility in Helsinki.
Twilightning 's sophomore full-length album, "Plague-House Puppet Show", was issued in 2004.
Seattle metallers Metal Church have uploaded tue original 1983 demo recordings of the songs "Hitman" and "Deathwish" (both instrumental and with David Wayne's vocals), along with two other early works. Click here to read the history of these songs as well as download them.
A trailer for the upcoming Finnish movie "Vares 2", featuring music from the Finnish metal band Norther, has been posted online at this location. The Norther members also appear in the film, which is based on a best-selling Finnish detective book series. It will be released in Finnish theaters in January 2007.
Swedish black metallers Marduk have now confirmed that their upcoming studio album will be the band's final effort to feature drummer Emil Dragutinovic. A source close to Emil stated that the drummer officially quit the group on November 1 but has agreed to perform on the new CD as a session musician (but only "if he gets paid upfront").
Marduk will enter Endarker studio in December 2006/January 2007 to begin recording the new CD for an April 2007 release. A "massive" tour will follow.
Several video clips of Nevermore performing at the Esplanade Hotel in Melbourne, Australia on October 28 have been posted online at YouTube.com here.
Nevermore filmed its performance at the Zeche club in Bochum, Germany October 11 for its first-ever DVD, tentatively due in early 2007. The concert was originally slated to take place September 12 but had to be rescheduled after Nevermore vocalist Warrel Dane came down with an infection.
Nevermore also filmed its headlining performance on August 25 at the Studio Seven in Seattle, Washington for the upcoming DVD. The planned double-DVD set will also contain a full Nevermore documentary, live footage from throughout the band's career, all of their promotional videos and more extras.
Swedish Gothic metallers Beseech, who recently announced their decision to split up after over 15 years in the business, will play their final gig on December 15 at Trägårn in their hometown of Borås, Sweden. More info - in Swedish - can be found here.
The band has also revealed plans to release a DVD in early 2007 containing a remixed live show (with 5.1 Surround Sound) and "tons of material" from various concerts, studio sessions, backstage footage and "other crazy things that happen on tour."
Finnish Heavy Metal band Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus have called it quits according to Noise.fi. The band went on a definite hiatus in the fall of 2004 after recording "Hartes Land" but have now decided that it was time to split. The group's members have individual projects in Seppo Alvari & Mamboo Kings, Dark Days Ahead, and Where Victims Lie. Timo Rautiainen is leading member of the Finnish Heavy Metal band Lyijykomppania.
Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus was one of the first bands which brought metal with Finnish lyrics to mainstream in their home country.
A full report, translated from Finnish, can be found at this location.
Sweden's Soilwork has replaced Six Feet Under (who cancelled) as the headliner of the X-mas Festivals tour, which is schedule to kick off early December. Also scheduled to appear are Gorefest, Belphegor, Trail Of Tears and Darzamat. The dates are as follows:
Dec. 08 - D - Berlin @ K17
Dec. 09 - D - Engeldorf (Leipzig) @ Hellraiser
Dec. 10 - A - Wien @ Planet Music
Dec. 11 - D - München @ Backstage
Dec. 12 - CH - Pratteln @ Z7
Dec. 13 - D - Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
Dec. 14 - D - Frankfurt @ Batschkapp
Dec. 15 - FR - Strasbourg @ La Latterie
Dec. 16 - BE - Antwerpen @ Hof Ter Loo
Dec. 17 - NL - Tilburg @ 013
Dec. 18 - D - Essen @ Zeche Carl
Dec. 19 - FR - Paris @ La Locomotive