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Latest Manticora News

Below is our complete Manticora 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.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Manticora To Release New Music Video

Manticora has issued the following announcement about gearing up to release a new music video:

"Manticora has released 6 albums since 1999 and their new and 7th opus, entitled 'Safe' is released on September 20th 2010. The band delivers dark, thrashy power metal in the Blind Guardian, Iced Earth, Nevermore and Metallica style. For the new album, Manticora has shot their first official video for the song 'From The Pain Of Loss (I learned about the truth).' A song that shows darker and thrashier path, than the band has normally taken, but still energetic as Hell! The video will be released as a world premiere on www.wackentube.com on the 22nd of September, 2010."

Manticora also has the following upcoming European headlining dates:

9/24 Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
10/1 Bastard Club, Osnabrück, Germany
10/2 The Rocktemple, Kerkrade, The Netherlands
10/3 De Pul, Uden, The Netherlands
10/4 Nouveau Casino, Paris, France
10/8 Eventstage, Zizers, Schweiz
10/9 Mephisto Club. Alessandria, Italy
10/11 Spinnerei, Traun, Austria
10/12 Reigen, Wien, Austria
10/13 Randal Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
10/14 Crazy Mama, Budapest, Hungary
10/16 Turock, Essen, Germany
10/29 The Rock, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Shadow Gallery Announces More European Tour Dates

Pennsylvania metal band Shadow Gallery has announced more European tour dates. Their complete tour schedule is as follows:

October 2 - Baarlo - Netherlands - ProgPower Europe Festival
October 3 - London - England - House of Progression - with Maplerun
October 4 - Paris, France - Nouveau Casino - with Manticora & Divided Multitude
October 6 - Milan - ITALY - Alcatraz - with Maplerun
October 8 - Thessaloniki- Greece - 8Ball - with Maplerun
October 9 - Larissa - Greece - Stage Club - with Maplerun
October 10 - Athens - Greece - KYTARRO - with Maplerun
October 13 - Warsaw, Poland - Progresja - with Maplerun
October 14 - Bratislava, Slovakia - MMC Club - with Maplerun
October 16 - Essen Germany - Turock - with Maplerun, Divided Multitude, Manticora
October 17 - Vosselaar - Belgium - BIEBOB - with Maplerun

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Manticora Members Perform Solos For Hexfire Album

Martin Arendal and Kristian Larsen of the Danish power metal band Manticora have recently recorded guest guitar solos that will appear on the debut album from Hexfire. Kasper Gram of Manticora had also previously laid down a guest bass solo for one of the tracks on the new album.

Hexfire guitarist Jacob Liszko commented on the guest appearances: "First we got an excellent bass solo from Kasper of Manticora, now we have storming guitar solos from Martin and Kristian! If I were to describe them as guitarists, I would call them real shredders! They’re so fast that it’s even hard to hear all the notes they play, ha ha. Moreover, all the harmonic guitar tracks they record are amazing. I’m really impressed.”

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Manticora Reveals New Album Details

Danish metal band Manticora has completed the recordings of a 7th full length album, entitled "Safe," at Jailhouse Studios. The album was once again produced and mixed under the guiding hands of Tommy Hansen. The "Safe" track listing is as follows:

1. In The Abyss Of Desperation
2. Silence The Freedom
3. Complete
4. From The Pain Of Loss (I Learned About The Truth)
5. A Lake That Drained
6. Carrion Eaters
7. Safe
8. Embryonic Man (bonus track Japan)

Upon renewing their deal for Japan with Stay Gold / Art Union Records for the release of the album, Manticora has also signed with US based label Nightmare Records for the rest of the world. The releases in Europe and North America have been set for September 20th and 21st, respectively. In September 2010 Manticora will embark on a headliner tour throughout Europe. Support on the tour will come from Norwegian power/prog band Divided Multitude. More...

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Manticora Offering Mini-CD As Free Download

Manticora has issued the following statement about offering an earl mini-CD titled "Dead End Solution" as a free download:

"A looooong time ago we decided to record a mini cd to promote ourselves and to shop the result to a record label....You've probably heard this story before, since this is the traditional way to be heard by other people than your friends and family. We've always been hiding this release since the outcome could have been better, and the fact is that it simply sold out after a lot of concerts - and there was no need for us to re-print it, since we eventually landed the record deal.

"Dead End Solution was recorded and mixed over a weekend due to the fact that we didn't have much money........anyway, you can judge the result yourselves. The story continues today and we've now released 6½ albums including this mini cd.

"Since our fans can't find Dead End Solution anywhere (other than split up as bonus tracks for our re-releases of the first 3 albums) and have been asking for it for years now, we've decided to put it on our website for FREE download. Consider this as a token of gratitude. We really appreciate the huge interest in this mini cd - an interest that has been increasing every year. THANK YOU!"

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Missing Tide Signs To Lion Music

Danish metal band Missing Tide, which features members from Royal Hunt, Pretty Maids, Manticora, and Kingdom Come, has signed to Lion Music. The band will be releasing their debut album, "Follow the Dreamer," on November 6th through Lion Music.

Missing Tide's lineup is as follows:

Henrik Brockmann (Royal Hunt) - Vocal
Jacob Kjaer - Guitar
Allan Tschicaja (Pretty Maids) - Drums
Kasper Gram (Manticora) - Bass

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Fool's Game Readies New Album, "Reality Divine"

CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC has announced the release of FOOL'S GAME's debut album, “Reality Divine,” in September 2009.

FOOL’S GAME is the brain-child of guitarist/song-writer MATT CROOKS, pursuing new musical experiences after leaving his previous band DIVISION.

To carry on this project, Crooks recruited some excellent musicians among the ranks of his friends, and so FOOL’S GAME was born with the participation of MATT JOHNSEN (PHARAOH, guitars), LARS F. LARSEN (MANTICORA, vocals), JOHN MACALUSO (STARBREAKER, ex YNGWIE, ex ARK, drums) and NICK VAN DYK (REDEMPTION, keyboards).

The music of FOOL'S GAME is best described as a modern Judas Priest, mixed with an old-fashioned Iced Earth. Add a bit of each of the bands, the members have represented earlier on or are still part of, and you have a dark, thrashy, melodic power metal album.

Here is the "Reality Divine" tracklisting:

Mass Psychosis
When The Beginning Meets The End
Sowing Dead Seeds
As the Field Of Dreams Was Abandoned
The Conqueror Worm
Prelude To The Fair
She Moved Through The Fair
The Wild Swans At Coole
On Endless Planes Of Ignorance

You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.

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Circle II Circle Announces Headlining Tour

Florida metallers, Circle II Circle, have issued the following update regarding their upcoming tour:

"We can gladly announce the first confirmed 18 shows of the CIRCLE II CIRCLE Headlining European Tour 2009 - aptly titled 'Delusions Of GrandTour 2009'"

"Support on the entire tour will come from Denmark's MANTICORA and UK/Italy's POWER QUEST. " More...

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Circle II Circle Announces New Guitarist

Florida metallers, Circle II Circle, welcomes guitarist Bill Hudson (known from Power Quest, Cellador and The Supremacy a.o.) to the band.

Circle II Circle commented: "We're sad about parting ways with Evan, but the addition of Bill into the band is gonna keep us going strong. We start our North American tour with Jon Oliva's Pain and Manticora September 20." More...

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Circle II Circle Reveal New Album Details

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the band led by ex-SAVATAGE singer Zak Stevens, will release its new album, "Delusions of Grandeur", on April 25 via AFM Records. The CD will be issued as a regular jewel case, a limited edition featuring bonus material, and on picture vinyl.

"Delusions of Grandeur" (cover artwork) track listing:

01. Fatal Warning
02. Dead Of Dawn
03. Forever
04. Echoes
05. Waiting
06. Soul Breaker
07. Seclusion
08. So Many Reasons
09. Chase The Lies
10. Every Last Thing

Digipack bonus material:

11. Revelations (live video clip)
12. Stay (audio)

CIRCLE II CIRCLE will release a new four-track single on March 28 via AFM Records. Entitled "Every Last Thing", it will include a non-album and a live video clip. More...

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Helloween Confirm Latin America Dates

German power metallers HELLOWEEN have confirmed the following Latin American live dates with special guests GAMMA RAY:

11 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Obras
13 - Santiago, Chile - Caupolican
15 - Curitiba, Brasil - Hellooch
17 - Rio de Janeiro, Brasil - Citibank Hall
18 - Belo Horizonte, Brasil - Chevrolet Hall
20 - Sao Paulo, Brasil - Credicard Hall
22 - Porto Alegre, Brasil - Pepsi Stage
24 - Manaus, Brasil - Arena Amadeu Teixeira
26 - Fortaleza, Brasil - Venue TBA
27 - Recife, Brasil - Chevrolet Hall
30 - Lima, Peru - Anfiteatro del Parque de la Exposicion

2 - San Salvador, El Salvador - Venue TBA
4 - Guadalajara, Mexico - Estudio Cavaret
8 - Monterrey, Mexico - Venue TBA
10 - City, Mexico - Circo Volador More...

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Manticora Post MP3 Samples and Artwork Online

Danish metallers MANTICORA have completed work on their forthcoming album, The Black Circus Part 2 (pictured - click left), with producer Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN) at Jailhouse Studios in Horsens, Denmark. The tracklisting is as follows: 'When The Soulreapers Cry', 'Of Madness In Its Purity', 'Forever Carousel', 'Enchanted Mind', 'Wisdom', 'Help Me Like No One Can', 'Creator Of Failure', 'Keeper Of Time', 'The Twilight Shadow', 'The Vision', The Pain You Offer'.

To listen to MP3s from the album head to this location (go to Media section). More...

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Gates Of Metalbaten Cruise Details Revealed

Gates of Metal Festival and Metalbåten will create a new cruise which will be called Gates of Metalbåten (The Gates of Metal Boat). The cruise is between Sweden and Finland at the Silja Festival ferry on the 26-27 of April next year.

Seven bands will perform at the ferry and so far Evergrey, Dark Funeral, Nocturnal Rites, Sonic Syndicate and Manticora are confirmed. The Gates of Metal Boat will be a kick-off for the Gates of Metal festival which will be held for the fifth time in Hultsfred on the 3-4 of August.

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Manticora To Record Two New Albums

Danish power metallers MANTICORA will enter Jailhouse studios in Horsens, Denmark on April 7 to begin recording two new full-length albums with producer Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, TNT, PRETTY MAIDS, FATE). More information about the month-long session will be made available soon.

In other news, MANTICORA have announced that they have parted ways with guitarist Stefan Johansson. "Stefan jumped in on guitar right before our European tour with ANGRA/EDENBRIDGE, and he played with us on all our gigs in 2005," the band write on their web site. "We had a lot of fun, and Stefan did a great job. However, we've found out during the writing-stages of the new material, that his writing style just didn't fit to MANTICORA. So, we've decided to ask Martin Arendal once again to rejoin us for the recording of lead guitars on the new album(s). Thanks to Stefan for your time in MANTICORA — we wish you the best of luck!!!!"

MANTICORA's fourth CD, "8 Deadly Sins", is available now on Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Hyperion" (Scarlet Records) was recorded at Jailhouse and features artwork by Mattias Norén.

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Live Report from ProgPower VI

The weekend of September 16-17th was quite a memorable one for me. I traveled down to Atlanta, Georgia from my New Jersey home to attend ProgPower VI. This year’s ProgPower consisted of Angra headlining Friday night’s show along with Conception, Orphaned Land, Circus Maximus, and Manticora opening. Saturday’s line up consisted of Stratovarius headlining, along with Therion, Pink Cream 69, Symphorce, and Stride opening.

During my stay, I was able to interview Mati from Orphaned Land and met Mark Edwards from Overlorde. Both guys were exceptionally kind, down to earth, as well as excellent guitar players and should definitely be listened to when the opportunity arises. Though Overlorde did not play, Orphaned Land did and put on quite an amazing show. During their set I found out that one of the guys standing in front of me was so dedicated to the band, that he flew all the way from Israel, where Orphaned Land is from, just to see them! What makes Orphaned Land such a band to command this response from a fan is the fact that they are very energetic on stage, quality musicians, and are able to bring everyone at the concert together. To see Orphaned Land is its own experience in itself. No matter who plays with Orphaned Land, the show will be memorable! More...

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ProgPower USA VI Sells Out In 3 Days

ProgPower USA VI has officially sold out just three days after tickets went on sale to the general public.

“I don't think my attendees realize how truly grateful I am for their continued loyalty and support,” said promoter Glenn Harveston. “This is the fourth consecutive sell-out thanks to them. I don't think anyone had a clue that tickets would move so fast this year. My heartfelt thanks to the public for allowing me to continue with what I believe is the best concert experience in North America.”

This year’s stellar lineup will host Angra, Conception, Orphaned Land, Circus Maximus, and Manticora on Friday, September 16. The festival’s second night, Saturday, September 17, will feature Stratovarius, Therion, Pink Cream 69, Symphorce, and Stride.

ProgPower be held at Earthlink Live in Atlanta. Doors are scheduled to open at 4:30 p.m. on both days.

A ProgPower USA VI Pre-Show Party will be held Thursday night at The Loft. After a great experience performing at last year’s ProgPower, Germany’s Dreamscape is returning to headline the pre-party. Orphaned Land will perform an acoustic set with material different from their Friday set. Avian, featuring Lance King (ex-Balance of Power, Pyramaze) on vocals, and Outworld, featuring guitar virtuoso Rusty Cooley, will also perform. Ticket information for the pre-party will be released in the coming weeks.

ProgPower USA is one of America’s most highly praised festivals. There is currently a three-year wait on the Gold Badge waiting list. Last year ProgPower USA drew fans from 32 states and 12 counties including Japan and Australia.

ProgPower USA is sponsored by Pacific Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Shure Microphones, Planet Waves Gear, J.’Addario Strings, and Evans Drumheads.

Earthlink Live is located at 1375 Peachtree Street NW in Atlanta.

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ProgPower Fest 2005 Line-up

This years ProgPower Festival will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on September 1-2. Bands preforming are:
Orphaned Land, Therion, Stratovarius, Angra, Conception, Symphorce, Pink Cream 69, Manticora, Circus Maximus, and Stride.

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Edenbridge To Join Angra For European Tour

ANGRA, EDENBRIDGE and MANTICORA will be teaming up for an European tour starting next month. Complete list of dates includes: More...

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Manticora Posts New Song, Tracklist Revealed

Danish power metal merchants Manticora have posted a two-minute sample of their new track "Creator of Failure."

"Creator of Failure" comes off the group's fourth album, "8 Deadly Sins", that will be released in Japan through King Records in mid-October, in Europe through Massacre Records on the 25th of October, in France early November through NTS Records, and in USA through Nightmare Records early November 2004. The follow-up to 2002's "Hyperion" (Scarlet Records) was recorded at Jailhouse studios in Horsens, Denmark and features artwork by Mattias Norén. More...

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