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Freedom Call

Formed: 1998
From: Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Freedom Call News

Below is our complete Freedom Call 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.

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Freedom Call Releases "Union Of The Strong" Video

German power metal act Freedom Call released a music video for the new track "Union of the Strong." The song is the opener of the forthcoming new album "Beyond," which is set for release on February 24th (EU) and March 4th (USA) via Steamhammer/SPV Records.

The track list for "Beyond" is:

1. Union Of The Strong
2. Knights Of Taragon
3. Heart Of A Warrior
4. Come On Home
5. Beyond
6. Among The Shadows
7. Edge Of The Ocean
8. Journey Into Wonderland
9. In The Rhythm Of Light
10. Dance Off The Devil
11. Paladin
12. Follow Your Heart
13. Colours Of Freedom
14. Beyond Eternity

Check out "Union of the Strong" here: More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal: Day Four

I woke up with a four alarm hangover….it was my birthday! For the second year in a row, I just couldn’t believe that I would spend it in such “majesty on the seas” with bands I admire and musicians I worship. I rose after just 4 ½ hours and reached for the knife that felt buried in my left temple. A quick look out the porthole of the room revealed a cloudy, foggy and rainy day. I stumbled to the shower and managed to get ready for the first show – Atrocity on the pool deck. I took the elevator to floor 11 to get some breakfast and I peaked through the back stage door (just out the elevator) and the rain was torrential. Ok…how is this going to work? More...

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Footage Of 70,000 Tons Of Metal Available

With the 2014 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal in the books, footage of various bands filmed by Metal Underground.com is available for viewing below. Road Reports for the first three of four days of the event can be seen here:

70,000 Tons of Metal Report - Day One

70,000 Tons of Metal Report - Day Two

70,000 Tons of Metal Report - Day Three

Check out various footage here: More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Finalizes Lineup

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the final band just as the floating festival sets sail today. It was no surprise as Germany's Atrocity was named. The band makes up the majority of Leaves' Eyes, who are also on the cruise, and both acts will set out on a North American Tour with Moonspell this weekend right after the cruise returns to Miami on Friday morning (see tour dates here).

The sold out event will set sail at 4:00pm today from Miami with a stop at Costa Maya, Mexico on Wednesday before heading back to Miami on Friday morning. Metal Underground.com will also be onboard to provide daily reports on all of the festival activities.

The final lineup is as follows:

Atrocity
Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Keep of Kalessin
Leaves' Eyes
Massacre (playing selections from the upcoming new album "Back From Beyond") More...

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70,000 Tons Announces 2 More Acts; Reports Sellout

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced two of the final three acts as the final weekend before the floating festival sets sail in three days (Monday, January 27th) has arrived. California's Nekrogoblikon and Tampa death metal act Massacre were welcomed onboard in the last 24 hours.

Massacre will be performing some songs from their forthcoming album "Back From Beyond" during the band's two sets.

In addition, UMC reported that the event has sold out, however there are still single tickets in shared cabins still available. For more information, head on over to www.70000tons.com. The cruise dates are from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. Metal Underground.com will also be onboard to provide reports on all of the activities.

There is at least 1 more band to be announced (it is unknown whether any add on acts will be announced as have been in past years) and the current lineup including the latest is as follows:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Keep of Kalessin
Leaves' Eyes
Massacre (playing selections from the upcoming new album "Back From Beyond") More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Names Three New Acts

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, launched another volley of acts for the upcoming floating festival, which sets sail in 11 days: New Jersey's Swashbuckle, Norway's Keep Of Kalessin and International act Twilight Of The Gods.

For Swashbuckle, it will be the band's second appearance on the cruise and Twilight of the Gods appeared on the first cruise as a Bathory tribute band and will pay homage to Quorthon in one of the band's two sets this year.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Swashbuckle, Keep Of Kalessin and Twilight Of The Gods join the previously announced acts, with 3 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes More...

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Freedom Call, Unearth And Hatesphere Added To 70K

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, launched another volley of acts for the upcoming floating festival, which sets sail in 11 days: Germany's Freedom Call, Boston's Unearth and Danish death thrashers Hatesphere.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Freedom Call, Unearth and Hatesphere join the previously announced acts, with 6 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes
Novembers Doom
Obituary (debuting the band's forthcoming new album in its entirety)
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Poltergeist
Pungent Stench
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Vicious Rumors (playing "Digital Dictator" album in its entirety)
Xandria More...

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Freedom Call Reveals "Beyond" Details

The German melodic metal band Freedom Cal has scheduled a March 4th, 2014 North American release date for latest studio album, "Beyond."

The album will be released as a limited box set version including bonus CD, book and poster, a 2LP gatefold colored vinyl version including bonus tracks, a digi version, and download.

"Beyond" was recorded by the current line-up featuring Chris Bay, Lars Rettkowitz (guitar), Ilker Ersin (bass) and Ramy Ali (drums) at the Separate Sound Studio in Nuremberg and Freedom Call's own studio. The album was produced by Chris Bay and Stephan Ernst.

The box set track listing is as follows:

1. Union Of The Strong 5:02
2. Knights Of Taragon 4:44
3. Heart Of A Warrior 3:13
4. Come On Home 4:03
5. Beyond 7:49
6. Among The Shadows 3:45
7. Edge Of The Ocean 3:37
8. Journey Into Wonderland 3:59
9. In The Rhythm Of Light 4:03
10. Dance Off The Devil 3:45
11. Paladin 4:09
12. Follow Your Heart 3:51
13. Colours Of Freedom 4:15
14. Beyond Eternity 3:03 More...

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Freedom Call Posts "Rockin Radio" Video

Melodic "happy metal" act Freedom Call will release "Ages Of Light" on April 29th, 2013 (May 7th 2013 in the U.S.) and will mark the band's 15th anniversary.

Today Freedom Call is pleased to debut a brand new video for the song "Rockin Radio," which can be found on disc two of "Ages of Light." The band has teamed up with Noisecreep for the exclusive premiere. Check out the video for the "Killerbilly Version" of the song right here. More...

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Freedom Call Announces "Ages Of Light" Release

Melodic metal act Freedom Call's balance sheet is certainly something to be proud of: the group surrounding vocalist/guitarist Chris Bay has released a total of seven studio albums and two live releases. Freedom Call is also ever-present live on the stage, having toured not only with the likes of Saxon, Edguy, Blind Guardian, and Hammerfall, but also having played successful tours on its own since 2010.

Freedom Call's exceedingly melodic songs are frequently referred to as "happy metal," with the group earning the title of "Happiest Metal-Band In The World." The release of "Ages Of Light" on April 29th, 2013 (USA: May 7th 2013) is set to mark the band's 15th anniversary. The following press release was issued about the upcoming collection:

"This full-to-the-brim best-of release includes 18 classics from their creative career to date, among them 'We Are One' from their 1999 debut, the anthemic 'Freedom Call' off Crystal Empire (2001), 'Warriors' and 'Land Of Light' from their 2002 release Eternity, a live version of 'Metal Invasion' and the topical 'Power & Glory' off Land Of The Crimson Dawn (2012). 'Those 18 numbers are usually celebrated at our gigs, or even requested with a vengeance,' explains Chris Bay, who has another real ace up his sleeve: the bonus CD Masqueraded presents six Freedom Call tracks in new and unusual guises: a ska version of 'Metal-Invasion', 'Mr. Evil' as a melodic reggae track, 'Hero On Video' as a speed ska number and 'Rockin' Radio' (which is also supported by a video clip) in a killerbilly version.

"Masqueraded is complemented by 'Freedom Call' in campfire strumming style (including music sheet/tablature) and 'Age Of The Phoenix' in a power swing outfit. It would hardly be possible to present these tracks more colourfully or diverse. Bay adds, 'Our intention with Masqueraded was to inspire musicians and music fans to create their own, personal version of one of our songs - irrespective of musical style - and send it to us.' More...

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Announces European Tour

Luca Turilli's Rhapsody announced the first leg of the "Cinematic World Tour" to commence in Annecy, France on November 9, 2012 with support from Germany's Freedom Call and Orden Ogan as well as Italy's Vexillum.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

09.11.2012 FR Annecy
10.11.2012 BE Charleroi - Coliseum
12.11.2012 UK London - O2 Islington
14.11.2012 ES Bilbao - Sala Santana 27
15.11.2012 ES Madrid - Caracol
16.11.2012 ES Barcelona - Sala Bikini
20.11.2012 AT Worgel
22.11.2012 IT Bologna - Estragon
23.11.2012 IT Milan - Live Club
24.11.2012 IT Rome - Orion
25.11.2012 IT Treviso - New Age
26.11.2012 FR Lyon - Le Transbordeur
28.11.2012 HU Budepest
29.11.2012 CZ Prague
30.11.2012 DE Munich
01.12.2012 DE Geiselwind
03.12.2012 DE Cologne
04.12.2012 NL Zoetermeer
05.12.2012 DE Bochem
06.12.2012 DE Hamburg
09.12.2012 FR Paris - Le Trabendo
10.12.2012 FR Strasbourg - La Laiterie (LT Rhapsody Only) More...

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Freedom Call Bassist Speaks Out On Illness

Bassist Samy Saemann of the power metal band Freedom Call, who fell ill after the band's recent performance at Bloodstock in the United Kingdom, issued the following statement to fans about his condition:

"Hi Callers & friends,

"Thank you so much for all the get well wishes, it's good to know there's somebody outhere who's thinking of me:) Meanwhile I'm on the right way to recover. After a gastroscopy and two days of eating gruel and biscuits in a german hospital they could find out the reason of my illness. A 3 cm long chap in the stomach lining caused by a badly vomitting. But, ..."doesn't kill you, makes you stronger" and in this case the injury is healing. A special thanks again to the Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham, it's staff was taking care of me in a touching and unbureaucratic way. Also a big thanx to the airline KLM, which provided a unbelievably great service. I also wanna say thanx to Chris [Bay, vocalist/guitarist], who joined me in this difficult situation, supported me and was there for me. Now I'm ready for a new show on Friday, 25 August in Oberwolfach, this time without blood soup, but with fennel tea and cakes!"

On August 11, 2012, the band had just completed its set at Bloodstock and was heading for the airport when Saemann fell ill. Staff at KLM Airlines keep close watch and care as they flew the band back to Nuremberg. Freedom Call is currently touring in support of the latest album "Land Of The Crimson Dawn" (reviewed here). More...

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Two More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

Finnish pagan metal outfit Moonsorrow and German power metal group Freedom Call have been confrmed as the latest two bands to take part in this years edition of the British metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air, which will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.

Speaking on the confirmation, Moonsorrow stated: "We are truly excited to take part in Bloodstock Festival 2012. It's been way too long since we played on the British soil in 2008 and we know that lately there has been a huge demand for Moonsorrow to play in the UK. So, all our loyal fans in the UK, we want to see a massive crowd of insane berserks during our set. Don't let us down because we promise we don't let you down, cheers!"

Freedom Call added: "The Bloodstock Festival is the pulsating heart of Heavy Metal...a great audience, which knows exactly to revel."

The lineup for the festival is now as follows: More...

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Freedom Call Posts "Making Of Hero On Video," Pt 3

German melodic metal group Freedom Call posted part three of the making of the music video for the track "Hero on Video." The song is taken off the the band's latest album "Land of the Crimson Dawn," which released through SPV/Steamhammer Records (see Metal Underground's review here. The full music video can be seen at this location.

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Freedom Call Posts "Making Of Hero On Video," Pt 2

German melodic metal group Freedom Call posted part 2 of the making of the music video for the track "Hero on Video." The song is taken off the the band's latest album "Land of the Crimson Dawn," which is was released last week. The full music video can be seen at this location.

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Freedom Call Streaming "Sun In The Dark"

Freedom Call's new album "Land of the Crimson Dawn" is due in stores this coming February 28th on SPV/Steamhammer. The band has now teamed up with BraveWords.com to premiere the track "Sun in the Dark" through the site's "Knuckle Tracks" player. Get a first listen here.

Noisecreep.com is also currently streaming the video for the song "Hero On Video," which can be found at this location. More...

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Freedom Call Releases New Video

Freedom Call has debuted a new clip for the song "Hero On Video" through Noisecreep.com at this location. The song is taken off the upcoming album "Land of the Crimson Dawn," which is scheduled for release on February 27th, 2012 (EU), February 24th, 2012 (Germany) and February 28th, 2012 (North America).

"The new tracks simply have more of that rock'n'roll feel," says Freedom Call's Chris Bay, "everything sounds much rawer, there's more focus on the guitars than before, and the musicians had more freedom during the recordings than they used to have."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Age of the Phoenix 3:37
2. Rockstars 5:08
3. Crimson Dawn 6:29
4. 66 Warriors 5:20
5. Back into the Land of Light 5:39
6. Sun in the Dark 4:49
7. Hero on Video 3:50
8. Valley of Kingdom 4:32
9. Killer Gear 4:42
10. Rockin` Radio 4:13
11. Terra Liberty 4:09
12. Eternity 4:23
13. Space Legends 4:04
14. Power & Glory 3:30 More...

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Freedom Call Unveils Album Art And Track Listing

German power metal band Freedom Call has unveiled the album artwork and track listing for the forthcoming LP "Land of the Crimson Dawn" which is scheduled for release on February 27, 2012 (EU), February 24, 2012 (Germany) and February 28, 2012 (North America). The digipak version will contain a six Freedom Call cover songs by various artists.

Singer/guitarist Chris Bay commented on the songs for the new LP: "The new tracks simply have more of that rock'n'roll feel. Everything sounds much rawer, there's more focus on the guitars than before, and the musicians had more freedom during the recordings than they used to have."

The track listing for "Land of the Crimson Dawn" is as follows: More...

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Power Quest To Support Freedom Call

Power Quest, which recruited a new front man last month, has issued the following announcement about upcoming shows with Freedom Call:

"Following on from an overwhelmingly successful first show with new vocalist Colin Callanan in Wakefield in November, Power Quest are pleased to announce they will be returning to Europe in March 2012 as special guests of German power metal legends Freedom Call. The dates are as follows:

08.03.12 Thu CH Pratteln @ Z7?
09.03.12 Fri GER Kaufbeuren @ Allkart Halle (Partyraum)?
10.03.12 Sat GER Aschaffenburg @ Colos-Saal?
11.03.12 Sun GER Bochum @ Zeche

"Prior to that tour, Power Quest will be starting 2012 by headlining day 1 of the Arctic Festival in London, at the Bridgehouse2, on Friday January 6th.Tickets are available via the following link here.

"In the meantime, the Power Quest camp would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and all the very best for the coming year. Thank you for all your support during 2011, especially everyone who came out to see us at Bloodstock, Hammerfest, on tour with Symphony X and Crimson Glory or at one of our own headline shows in the UK and Europe! ?See you somewhere on tour in 2012!"

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Freedom Call Announces New Album Release

German melodic metal band Freedom Call will release the new studio album "Land Of The Crimson Dawn" on February 24th in Germany, February 27th in Europe, and February 28th in the USA/Canada. Singer and Guitarist Chris Bay offers this news to the fans:

"We started in the beginning of September to record the first tracks for the new album. The band was working the past months intensely creative and did a fantastic job! Now we're happy and satisfied with the result and will finish the recordings in the next days!

"The new studio album will include 14 full-valued songs and some very special bonus tracks. The title of the new Freedom Call studio album will be: 'Land of the Crimson Dawn!' A new world, a new dimension full of attraction, fascination and illusions. Let us travel together, far beyond in any power of imagination, through the Valley of the Crimson Dawn, an illuminating part of the glorious Land of Light. Immerse into the world of craft to fight, to enjoy the excitement to survive or surrender. Always on the edge to reality..."

Freedom Call also has the following upcoming live shows:

18.11. GB-London - Underworld
19.11. GB-Manchester - Roadhouse
20.11. GB-Wakefield - Snooty Fox
21.11. GB-Newcastle - Trillians
22.11. GB-Grimsby - Yardbirds
23.11. GB-Birmingham - Roadhouse
26.11. CH-Zurich - Dynamo

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