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Formed: 2011
From: Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Beyond The Bridge News

Below is our complete Beyond The Bridge news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Serenity Announces 2014 "War Of Ages" Tour Dates

Austrian symphonic metal act Serenity announced a string of European tour dates in 2014 in support of the band's latest album "War of Ages," which was released early this year via Napalm Records (see review here). German progressive metal band Beyond the Bridge will provide direct support.

The dates announced so far are:

10.04.2014 AT - Innsbruck
11.04.2014 DE - München
12.04.2014 DE - Flensburg (!!! NEW !!!)
13.04.2014 NL - Almelo
15.04.2014 DE - Frankfurt
16.04.2014 DE - Dortmund
17.04.2014 DE - Hamburg
18.04.2014 NL - Purmerend (!!! NEW !!!)
19.04.2014 BE - Mons (PPM-Fest)
20.04.2014 AT - Vienna
21.04.2014 HU - Budapest

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Beyond The Bridge Posts Tribute Video

German progressive metal act posted a new music video for the track "Come, Oh Night." The video is a tribute to the fallen bandmate and composer Simon Oberender, who passed away three weeks after the band's first U.S. appearance at ProgPower USA (a review of the performance is over here).

Oberender's contributions included: keyboardist for Amanda Somerville's project Trillium, organist for Avantasia ("The Angel of Babylon" and "Wicked Symphony"), organist for Edguy ("Age of the Joker"), Gregorian vocals for Epica ("Requiem for the Indifferent"), choir vocals for Rhapsody of Fire ("The Frozen Tears of Angels" and "The Cold Embrace of Fear") and he also took part in the "Silverthorn choir" as part of Kamelot's "Silverthorn."

The video features keyboardist Christopher Tarnow and vocalist Herbie Langhans. Check it out here: More...

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Best Newcomers Of 2012 Explored: Part 5

There's a slew of new heavy metal bands popping up across the globe covering just about every imaginable sound, and plenty more appearing on the horizon. Thanks to easy access to digital tools and online methods of music distribution, the metal scene as a whole has an exploding population, and every year we try to keep up with the best new talent in our year-end “best of” awards.

To help get you acquainted with the best new metal out there, we’ll be briefly covering the bands nominated by our contributors for the “Best Newcomer” category of Metalunderground.com’s recent 2012 awards.

Senior reviewer Progressivity_In_All nominated the following acts for best newcomer of 2012: Beyond The Bridge, Storm Corrosion, The Great Gamble, Aoria, and Lance King. You can also find yesterday's coverage of nominees by clicking here.

Beyond the Bridge

As CROMCarl noted previously, Beyond the Bridge's debut album (reviewed here) masterfully announces their arrival in the metal universe as a prospective heavyweight. Imagine a hypothetical scenario where George Lucas arrives in Hollywood for the first time and immediately directs Star Wars as his very first film. That's about the equivalent of Beyond The Bridge releasing "The Old Man and the Spirit" as their debut. More...

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Best Newcomers Of 2012 Explored: Part 3

There's a slew of new heavy metal bands popping up across the globe covering just about every imaginable sound, and plenty more appearing on the horizon. Thanks to easy access to digital tools and online methods of music distribution, the metal scene as a whole has an exploding population, and every year we try to keep up with the best new talent in our year-end “best of” awards.

To help get you acquainted with the best new metal out there, we’ll be briefly covering the bands nominated by our contributors for the “Best Newcomer” category of Metalunderground.com’s recent 2012 awards.

Writer/reviewer CROMCarl nominated the following acts for best newcomer of 2012: Huntress, Civil War, Beyond the Bridge, Symbolica, and Monument. You can also find yesterday's coverage of nominees at this location. More...

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Unearthing The Metal Underground: Simon Oberender

Once in awhile, select troubadours of the heavy metal genre burn hot and bright, much like super-massive stars, and die by exploding in spectacular supernovas well before their time. They never quite make it out of the underground into wider fame, but end up touching quite a few projects in their lifetimes and leaving their mark in unique ways. Optimistically continuing with the astronomical metaphor, the stellar winds and supernovae from the explosion seed space with elements for future stars, fittingly paralleling the life and death of these musicians. Few, however, are accomplished audio engineers as well. This week, we commemorate the underground projects of one such engineer and musician, recently deceased: Simon Oberender.

Audio engineers don’t get half as much credit as the musicians they record for making heavy metal sonically live up to the first half of its title, though they’re ultimately responsible for making sure that the music translates to “heavy” on record. Moreover, as time goes by, they’re being asked to perform increasingly difficult tasks, like “give us a 30-part choir, Gregorian chant section, ethnic hand percussion, and a big organ” while also dealing with the traditional metal rhythm section. As an engineer at Sascha Paeth’s famed Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany, Simon tackled the aforementioned tasks and also performed on an impressive amount of projects, including 4 Epica releases, 3 Kamelot releases, 3 Avantasia releases, 2 Edguy releases, Mayan’s debut release, and 2 Rhapsody of Fire releases.

Aside from these main projects, Simon had also worked on other lesser-known projects. The first of the ones we will spotlight this week is his most recent band, Beyond The Bridge.

Beyond The Bridge

Based out of Germany, Beyond The Bridge is a progressive metal band with a bafflingly impressive debut album (reviewed here) centered on a lofty concept summed up in the title, “The Old Man and the Spirit.” The band recently played their third-ever show at the ProgPower USA festival, making their USA debut just two weeks and two nights ago. Not only was Simon double-slinging instruments with the band live, playing two keyboards and electric guitar, but he was also singing in the choir on the album and served as the albums’s mixing and mastering engineer.

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Beyond The Bridge's Simon Oberender Passes Away

German progressive metal band Beyond the Bridge announced the devastating loss of keyboardist/guitarist Simon Oberender today. The cause of death was not announced. Less than two weeks ago, Oberender performed with the band at ProgPower USA in Atlanta as part of the band's first ever performance in the United States (a review of the performance can be found at this location). His contributions as both a musician and a producer on the band's debut LP "The Old Man and the Spirit" will be everlasting (see Metal Underground.com's review at this location).

Oberender was also a member of Amanda Somerville's project Trillium as keyboardist. His other contributions included: organist for Avantasia ("The Angel of Babylon" and "Wicked Symphony"), organist for Edguy ("Age of the Joker"), Gregorian vocals for Epica ("Requiem for the Indifferent"), choir vocals for Rhapsody of Fire ("The Frozen Tears of Angels" and "The Cold Embrace of Fear") and he also took part in the "Silverthorn choir" as part of Kamelot's forthcoming LP "Silverthorn."

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The ProgPower USA Experience From A Newbie

If there was ever an event for a first time festival goer, it would be ProgPower USA. Unfortunately, fans here are spoiled by the incredible privileges, some of which could never be properly duplicated by any of the huge European festivals. In Atlanta, you won’t find camping sites, 80,000 people and huge immense lines for signing sessions. What you will find is a community of about 1200 well-educated and well versed fans that throw an amazing party and represent some of the nicest people from all over the U.S. and the world. However, it is a party which also includes the many members of the best bands you can find in the world (not just those who are playing) all within an incredibly intimate setting of a venue that is as unmatched in sound quality as it is fan friendly. For its first 12 years, ProgPower USA seemed out of my reach for reasons I cannot fully explain or comprehend (stupidity comes to mind). However, lucky #13 consisted of a lineup which I personally felt was the strongest in its history (though called “weak” by progressive fan standards), and was perfect for my very first taste of the ProgPower USA experience. As soon as this lineup was announced last year, I drew up the battle plan to attend. The ability to see Serenity, Mystic Prophecy, Pretty Maids and so many others make their debut U.S. performances was something of a dream for this aging fan boi. Topping it off was a headline performance my current favorite Epica, so finding a way to get there became mandatory. What transpired exceeded all my hopes and expectations, a dream I wish I never woke from. (For complete reviews, check out Metal Underground.com's road reports on Day One, Day Two and the pre-show with Nightwish & Kamelot by colleague Progressivity_In_All.) More...

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ProgPower USA XIII: Day Two

The morning of September 15th was a bit hazy for most attendees, as the Artmore post-show celebrations had famously ensued when Epica finished up Day One's show at 2:30 in the AM. Really, where else were you going to go after getting 12 straight hours of show time, knowing that the bands you just saw on stage would be mingling with you in the courtyard? It just didn't make sense to go home. Nightwish and Kamelot were off on their tour after playing the pre-ProgPower show on Thursday.

One of the other fun things about ProgPower is that it brings out members of other bands who aren't playing, but just want to see a great show. In the courtyard later in the day, I would run into Pyramaze vocalist Urban Breed (ex-Tad Morose) as well as Oklahoma-based progressive metal band Vangough. I met the members of Vangough at a Mexican restaurant a block up from the venue for lunch and an interview about their most recent album, "Kingdom of Ruin," and their future. Festivities for Day Two kicked off at 2:30 in the afternoon. Brace yourselves, because this is going to be a long write-up. More...

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ProgPower USA XIII: Day One

While the rest of the world went to work or whatever it is they normally would do on a Friday, the contingent of the lovers of loud and fast music down on Peachtree St in Atlanta were being awesome. The day that many metal fans were waiting for since Day Two of the 2011 festival had finally come around -- Day One of the 2012 festival had arrived, bringing with it headliners Epica and support bands Sinbreed, Kingcrow, Amaranthe, Serenity, Primordial, and Redemption. The night before, Nightwish and Kamelot had thrilled in the same venue.

With several levels of ticket options available to attendees, gold badge attendees were given early access to the festival's merchandise room. Like the gaping maw of a hungry beast, the doors to the merchandise room were opened at noon and soon swallowed absurd amounts of money with little effort from the wallets of attendees. For attendees who found the dilemma of "I just need ONE more CD," without having the money for it, there was an ATM around the hall so that "one more" could then turn into "ten more" without a worry. More...

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Beyond The Bridge Streams New LP In Its Entirety

German progressive metal act Beyond The Bridge is streaming its entire debut LP entitled "The Old Man and the Spirit" exclusively on Guitar World's website at this location. The album is scheduled for release on January 20, 2012 (EU) and January 24, 2011 (North America) through Frontiers Records.

The track listing for "The Old Man and the Spirit" is as follows:

1. The Call
2. The Apparition
3. Triumph of Irreality
4. The Spring of It All
5. World of Wonders
6. The Primal Demand
7. Doorway to Salvation
8. The Struggle
9. The Difference Is Human
10. Where the Earth and Sky Meet
11. All A Man Can Do

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Beyond The Bridge Posts Album Trailer

Beyond the Bridge is set to release the new album "The Old Man and the Spirit" January 24th via Frontiers Records. A brand new electronic press kit for "The Old Man and the Spirit" has been released and is available for viewing below.

"The Old Man and the Spirit" is a concept album dealing with the polarity of human sensuousness and superhuman awareness. Two main characters interpret the music on this theatrical and challenging record: "The Spirit," who is the personification of all wisdom and awareness that is unachievable to mankind but that lacks of the ability to feel, and her opponent "The Old Man:" a bon vivant who has lived through all highs and lows of human sensations. These two characters are interpreted by the two band singers: a female Dilenya Mar and a male Herbie Langhans.

But the operatic and cinematic setting of the album was put together by the bands' two masterminds: guitar player Peter Degenfeld and the classically trained ivory tinkler Christopher Tarnow. "From the beginning it was our intention to do an album presenting one big piece of music" tells Degenfeld. "One of the very first things that came about were the two characters together with the basic content of the story. Basically before the notes were written, we knew what each song had to sound and feel like and what the lyrics had to say. With these restrictions we started the songwriting process. In the end writing songs under these self-imposed limits turned out to be just great."

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Beyond The Bridge Posts Album Teaser

Beyond the Bridge has posted another teaser clip online for the upcoming "The Old Man And The Spirit" album, which can be viewed below. The band commented:

"To ease the pain of the waiting period for the release of the album on january 20, 2012 and celebrate each day in anticipation, we followed an old german tradition and created a little Advent Calendar for you.

"Today: Door #16 - Another little poem."

The album is set for release on January 20th, 2012 (EU) and January 24th, 2011 (North America).

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Beyond The Bridge Posts Advent Calendar Clip #12

Germany's Beyond the Bridge is set to release "The Old Man And The Spirit" on January 20th, 2012 (EU) and January 24th, 2011 (North America). The band has now posted a new teaser clip online, and the band commented:

"To ease the pain of the waiting period for the release of the album on January 20, 2012 and celebrate each day in anticipation, we followed an old German tradition and created a little Advent Calendar for you. Today: Door #12 - A little poem."

The previously posted video for Door #11 is also available at this location.

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Beyond The Bridge Posts New Advent Calendar Clip

Germany's Beyond the Bridge is set to release "The Old Man And The Spirit" on January 20th, 2012 (EU) and January 24th, 2011 (North America). The band has now now posted another brief teaser video online, which is available below, and Beyond the Bridge commented:

"To ease the pain of the waiting period for the release of the album on January 20, 2012 and celebrate each day in anticipation, we followed an old German tradition and created a little Advent Calendar for you.

"Today: Door #9 - The Bird." More...

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Beyond The Bridge Posts Advent Calendar #2

German prog rock/metal act Beyond the Bridge will release "The Old Man And The Spirit" on January 20th, 2012 (EU) and January 24th, 2011 (North America). The band has now posted a brief teaser clip online, which is available below, and Beyond the Bridge commented:

"To ease the pain of the waiting period and celebrate each day in anticipation, we followed an old german tradition and created a little Advent Calendar for you. Today: Door #2 - How Peter writes a song."

Beyond the Bridge also recently contributed a tale to our Pit Stories column about a once in a lifetime crowd surfing experience. Check out the full story here. More...

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Pit Stories: Once In A Lifetime Crowd Surfing

We've been tracking down metal fans and bands everywhere to get their best stories from the pit. This week, German prog rock/metal band Beyond the Bridges shares the following story of a bassist embarking on a glorious crowd surfing trip, and a vocalist who wasn't quite as lucky:

Actually we're not a hardcore extreme death metal band, which kicks ass with hard riffs and death-bringing blastbeats. In fact the music of Beyond the Bridge is meant to a polyrhythmic head-nodding audience. But even “BtB” has a dark past as a school-band with alternative-indie-progressive-rock songs, only known in and around Frankfurt, Germany.

A single legendary gig we had one night in one of the most famous clubs in Frankfurt, a newcomer band contest. Hundreds of fans were traveling with us and celebrated until the last encore. We saw nothing but raised hands, time for stage diving. Bass man “Dömsen,” our featherweight, jumped down the stage and was carried all the way to the FOH, yeah!

Our singer at that time, was jumping down, too, but he wasn´t that kind of airy as Dömsen was. And the crowd felt that their own security is more important than taking the once in a lifetime opportunity of touching the singer of a rock band. But it was indeed a once in a lifetime experience for the singer.

Beyond the Bridges recently signed with Frontiers Records and "The Old Man And The Spirit" album is scheduled for release on January 20th, 2012 (EU) and January 24th, 2011 (North America). For more details on Beyond the Bridges, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

Check back in again next Tuesday as Metalunderground.com continues to share more Pit Stories from metal bands and fans.

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Beyond The Bridge Signs With Frontiers Records

German progressive metal band Beyond The Bridge signed with Frontiers Records. The band's debut will be a rock opera entitled "The Old Man And The Spirit" and is scheduled for release on January 20, 2012 (EU) and January 24, 2011 (North America).

Frontiers Records provided the following information on the band and the debut release:

" 'The Old Man and the Spirit' is an ambitious concept album dealing with the polarity of human sensuousness and superhuman awareness. Two main characters interpret the music on this theatrical and challenging record: 'the Spirit', who is the personification of all wisdom and awareness that is unachievable to mankind but that lacks of the ability to feel, and her opponent 'the Old Man': a bon vivant who has lived through all highs and lows of human sensations. These two characters are interpreted by the two band singers: a female Dilenya Mar and a male Herbie Langhans.

"But the operatic and cinematic setting of the album was put together by the two bands’ masterminds: guitar player Peter Degenfeld and the classically trained ivory tinkler Christopher Tarnow. 'From the beginning it was our intention to do an album presenting one big piece of music' tells Degenfeld. 'One of the very first things that came about were the two characters together with the basic content of the story. Basically before the notes were written, we knew what each song had to sound and feel like and what the lyrics had to say. With these restrictions we started the songwriting process. In the end writing songs under these self-imposed limits turned out to be just great'.

"While 'The Old Man and The Spirit' is undoubtedly a demanding musical statement, Beyond The Bridge are determined to make their steps to bring their music on tour. 'We put a lot of effort into the goal of creating the studio sound on stage and we have already rearranged some parts to make them more suitable for live performances', explains Degenfeld. More...

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