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A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.
The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:
01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
11. MALEVOLENT CREATION - Assasin Squad
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
34. ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - So Grim, So True, So Real
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
40. SONATA ARCTICA - Caleb
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
52. NIGHTWISH - Eva
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
67. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Riders On The Storm
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...
In a post on their official website, Evergrey announced that their new bassist is Jari Kainulainen, formerly of Stratovarius. Here's part of the statement from Evergrey frontman Tom Englund:
"We got along great and it of course also helps a lot that Jari is a very experienced player when it comes to playing live with his several world tours together with Stratovarius as proof."
"This was one of the main things we were looking for in a bass-player except for the playing of course, so that we wouldn’t end up with a person who after 100 gigs finds out that this was not what he was meant for, cause this is, whether you believe so or not, a very weird and demanding life that let’s you experience the greatest things in the world as well as the sickest, most draining moments of utter insecurity - that of course immediately vanishes as soon as we get to play for you guys! We are so much looking forward to the coming months of recording and playing and it honestly feels like a fresh start and an injection I think we needed."
Kainulainen's first show with Evergrey will be at the Fosen Rock Festival in Fosen Norway on August 25th.
As previously reported, Everygrey parted ways with bassist Fredrik Larsson earlier this year, only nine months after he was recruited as the replacement for Michael Håkansson.
For those of you missing Wacken Open Air, several band performances, interviews, and other footage is being streamed online during festival hours. Keep in mind that Germany is 6 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time, so make appropriate adjustments when arranging to watch your favorite band.
Extended Schedules, including the Headbangers Ballroom, can be found at the following locations:
Friday, Aug 3
23:00-00:15 DIMMU BORGIR
True Metal Stage
21:15-22:45 BLIND GUARDIAN
00:30-01:45 ICED EARTH
(4am EST)11:00-11:45 BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
Saturday Aug 4
(5am EST)12:00-12:45 SONIC SYNDICATE
16:00-17:00 DIR EN GREY
18:45-20:00 DESTRUCTION + guests
00:45-01:45 CANNIBAL CORPSE
True Metal Stage
12:50-13:50 SACRED REICH
20:15-21:30 TYPE O NEGATIVE
23:15-00:30 IN FLAMES
02:00-03:00 SUBWAY TO SALLY
13:55-14:40 HEAVEN SHALL BURN
16:00-17:00 DIMENSION ZERO
21:45-23:00 STORMWARRIOR feat.Kai Hansen
Headbanger's Ballroom Notable mentions:
18:10-18:40 SWALLOW THE SUN
Video footage of 22-year-old heavy metal singer Ari Koivunen performing two Finnish metal/hard rock classics on the national TV talent show "Idols" last night (Thursday, March 29) has been posted online on YouTube:
Ari Koivunen was one of two contestants who advanced to the show's final, which will be broadcast live on MTV3 from the Helsinki Ice Hall next Friday, April 4.
Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen was the guest judge on last night's program.
Ari is from Lahti, the Finnish town that has given birth to such metal acts as PROFANE OMEN, BEFORE THE DAWN and ENTWINE. One of his hobbies is "Hevikaraoke" (Finnish "heavy metal" karaoke); in 2005 he won the Finnish karaoke championships. Among his favorite bands are IRON MAIDEN, RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, DIO, PROFANE OMEN and HELLOWEEN.
Watch previous Ari Koivunen "Idols" performances:
IRON MAIDEN's "The Evil That Men Do": video
DEEP PURPLE's "Perfect Strangers": video
WHITESNAKE's "Here I Go Again": video
STRATOVARIUS' "Hunting High And Low": video
LED ZEPPELIN's "Rock and Roll": video More...
LORDI and MENDEED are the latest acts confirmed for the Wacken Open Air 2007 (www.wacken.com) is scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.
Acts on the bill now include: 1349, AMORPHIS, BELPHEGOR, BENEDICTUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BLACK MAJESTY, BLIND GUARDIAN, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CHTHONIC, COMMUNIC, DESTRUCTION, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, DIMMU BORGIR, DISILLUSION, ENSLAVED, FALCONER, GRAVE DIGGER, HAGGARD, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, J.B.O., KAMPFAR, LACUNA COIL, LETZTE INSTANZ, LORDI, MENDEED, MOONSORROW, MOONSPELL, MUNICIPAL WASTE, NAPALM DEATH, NEAERA, NORTHER, RAGE & LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTER, SACRED REICH, SAMAEL, SAXON, SCHANDMAUL, SODOM, SONIC SYNDICATE, STORMWARRIOR (featuring GAMMA RAY's Kai Hansen), STRATOVARIUS, SWALLOW THE SUN, THE VISION BLEAK, THERION, TYR, UNHEILIG, VADER and VOLBEAT.
More details as they become available.
STRATOVARIUS guitarist/mainman Timo Tolkki has issued the following update on the songwriting process for the group's new album:
"Everything has gone very smoothly and I have written seven songs by now. I expect to complete the songwriting by the STRATOVARIUS tour that kicks off [in] Canada. After that we will record the demos and enter the studio somewhere around February. Release date should be either October 2007 or February 2008, followed by a world tour. I already have the album title and for those who want to guess, it's two separate words that both start with 'R.' The song material is more traditional STRATOVARIUS, it is very melodic and quite reminescent to 'Visions'/'Episode' era. After last album I wanted to write more traditional STRATOVARIUS songs. There are double-bass-drum songs as well."
STRATOVARIUS will be touring North America this fall in support of their latest, self-titled effort, which was released in the U.S. in September 2005 via Sanctuary. A video for the album's first single, "Maniac Dance", was shot in April 2005 in Helsinki by director and Tolkki's old schoolmate Antti Jokinen (BEYONCÉ, WYCLEF JEAN, KORN, MISSY ELLIOT, NIGHTWISH, SHANIA TWAIN, CELINE DION).
BLIND GUARDIAN, SAXON, STRATOVARIUS, GRAVE DIGGER, THERION, SAMAEL and SCHANDMAUL have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. Also scheduled to perform at the festival is the reunited Norwegian black metal band IMMORTAL, who will make its only German appearance at Wacken.
STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto will enter Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland in August to begin recording his third solo album, tentatively due in early 2007 via his own label, High and Loud Records.
Finnish power metallers STRATOVARIUS will be playing at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City on October 2nd. More North American tour dates are expected to be announced shortly.
Bloodstock Open Air has announced three headliners: Edguy, Stratovarius and Rage
Edguy will return to the UK to headline the Friday night (July 14, 2006) of Bloodstock Open Air with their full European Headline show.
"After gaining fantastic reviews from their recent tour with Dragonforce, we felt it only right that the freshest most exciting band to emerge from Germany in the last decade (Powerplay – issue 74 March), offer their disappointed UK fans the chance to see the full show as performed across Europe. Expect a few rockets tonight!"
STRATOVARIUS will be jetting in fresh from their Rockperry festival show in Finland the night before to offer their UK fans their only appearance here in 2006 on July 15. So for those of you who missed out on their London show last November, then now's your chance to catch their full European headline set.
Rage will be making a rare UK appearance on Friday 14th July, making this night one of the most Metal nights Bloodstock has ever seen.
Nevermore have announced that they will be playing this year's installment of the Gods of Metal festival, which is set to take place in Italy on June 3-4. The festival also features Stratovarius, Dimmu Borgir, Sonata Arctica, Testament, and more.
Nevermore have also been confirmed for the Live N Louder festivals in Mexico City, Mexico on October 7th, Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 12th and Sao Paulo, Brazil on October 14th.
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...
STRATOVARIUS' brand-new self-titled effort has entered the Finnish album chart at position No. 4. View the whole chart at this location.
"Stratovarius" is scheduled for release in the U.S. on September 13 via Sanctuary. A video for the album's first single, "Maniac Dance", was shot on April 15 in Helsinki by director and guitarist Timo Tolkki's old schoolmate Antti Jokinen (BEYONCÉ, WYCLEF JEAN, KORN, MISSY ELLIOT, NIGHTWISH, SHANIA TWAIN, CELINE DION).
STRATOVARIUS will be teaming up with INTO ETERNITY for a North American tour beginning in mid-September.
Stratovarius has posted the following message on their website to clarify fake VIP tickets that have been sold to their fans in Chile:
We would like to clear up any confusion regarding "fan meetings" before and at the show this past weekend in Santiago, Chile.
Apparently there was a) VIP tickets sold for the show with a higher price and with some vague promise for a chance to meet the band; and b) tickets sold for some "welcome party" at a club called the Rockola.
We just want to make clear that the band NEVER authorized any sort of fan meeting in exchange for money. In fact, we feel it's a huge rip-off to charge our fans for anything other than either a musical performance or for merchandise.
After finding this out the same day we arrived, some of us went to the Rockola at least, so as to not totally disappoint fans who had already paid money to "meet the band".
Due to extremely poor security, the situation at the Rockola was chaotic to the point of being dangerous. If we seemed like we were a bit uncomfortable there, it was because of that issue.
In the future, if someone makes a promise that the band will appear to sign autographs/ take pictures/ etc in exchange for money you can be damned sure that a) they didn't tell us about it; and b) that we most likely will not show up. So that's that, please don't waste your money.
But other than that, the shows are going amazingly great and Chile was definitely just a spectacular experience for us! See you soon!
Stratovarius, who were this year's "Wacken Surprise Act," just performed at Wacken Open Air 2005. Three songs were played: "Hunting High and Low," "Black Diamond" and "Maniac Dance."
Singer Timo Kotipelto comments: "It was great to be back on stage!"
Guitarist Timo Tolkki says: "Hey Jens stop updating that stupid web page and come and DRINK!!!!!"
The band's new bass player Lauri Porra says: "Drinking????? WOOHOO"
There is a picture from the performance posted at this location.
The video for STRATOVARIUS's track "Maniac Dance" has been released online here. The song is off of their upcoming self titled album which will be in stores on September 5th. The band will also be embarking on a massive world tour in support of the album. Confirmed dates are as follows, with even more expected to be released:
Swedish power metallers NOCTURNAL RITES have set "Grand Illusion" as the title of their new album, due in Europe on September 19 via Century Media Records.
The follow-up to 2004's "New World Messiah" was recorded and mixed at Toontrack Studioin Umeå, Sweden and features guest appearances by Stefan Elmgren (HAMMERFALL), Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS), Henrik Danhage (EVERGREY), Kristoffer W. Olivius (NAGLFAR) and Swedish cross-country skiing world champion, Per Elofsson.
"Grand Illusion" will include a bonus DVD featuring three videos from "New World Messiah", the brand-new "Fools Never Die" video, a "Making of Grand Illusion" segment and extra footage from the "Demons of the Opera" show.
"Grand Illusion" track listing:
01. Fools Never Die (3:54)
02. Never Trust (4:43)
03. Still Alive (4:02)
04. Something Undefined (4:08)
05. Our Wasted Days ((5:17)
06. Cuts Like A Knife (5:10)
07. End of Our Rope (5:26)
08. Never Ending (4:29)
09. One by One (4:23)
10. Deliverance (5:00)
NOCTURNAL RITES will support NIGHTWISH on their Swedish tour in September. The dates are as follows:
Sep. 08 – Stockholm, SWE @ Arenan
Sep. 09 - Göteborg, SWE @ Lisebergshallen
Sep. 11 - Umeå, SWE @ SkyArena
Into Eternity will be opening for Stratovarius in September and October. Dates are as follows:
09/19 Jaxx- West Springfield, VA
09/20 The Trocadero- Philadelphia, PA
09/21 BB King’s- New York, NY
09/23 Medley- Montreal, QC
09/24 Le Capitole- Quebec City, QC
09/25 The Opera House- Toronto, ON
09/27 House of Blues- Cleveland, OH
09/28 House of Blues- Chicago, IL
09/29 Fine Line Music Café- Minneapolis, MN
09/30 Pyramid- Winnipeg, MB
10/02 Starlite Room- Edmonton, AB
10/03 Warehouse- Calgary, AB
10/05 Commodore Ballroom- Vancouver, BC
10/06 Studio Seven- Seattle, WA
10/08 The Pound- San Francisco, CA
10/09 Galaxy Theatre- Santa Ana, CA
10/10 Key Club- West Hollywood, CA
In a recent interview with BW&BK, Stratovarius vocalist Timo Kotipelto defended the band's decision to tone down their trademark high speed, high-end vocal sound on their forthcoming album, simply titled "Stratovarius."
“To be honest, the feedback is more postive than I expected it to be," says Kotipelto. "We’ve heard only good things about this album. But, I’m prepared for people not to like it because it’s different. It was a good thing for me especially that Timo (Tolkki/guitars) composed these songs, because if he would have suggested in December doing songs that were the same shit like on Elements Part 1 and 2 I would have told him ‘Fuck you, I don’t need this.’ I wanted to do something different.”
"Some fans are going to be pissed off, sure,” he concedes, “but we’ve done this power epic whatever-you-want-to-call-it metal for 10 albums and we’ve taken it as far as we can. There was no way. The next thing would have been Elements Part 3 with a 1,000 piece orchestra, extremely fast songs and dog-whistle vocals, so what would be the point of that? We’re not 20 year old kids anymore, so we don’t have to prove anything.”
The new album comes in the wake of a year long feud between Kotipelto and Tolkki following the singer's dismissal in 2003. Differences were patched up following Tolkki being diagnosed as a manic depressive. Watch for the full story in BW&BK #91.
In a posting on Stratovarius' official website, the band announces that they have found a new bass player:
Long-time bass player Jari Kainulainen has left Stratovarius. There is no drama or bad blood. Jari just doesn't have it in his heart to tour this heavily anymore.
Jari is not dropping out of the scene, he will continue to play metal.
The new bass player is Lauri Porra. He is 27 years old and a native of Helsinki, Finland. He looks like this. He has previously played with Sinergy, Warmen and Kotipelto.
Says Lauri: "I'm very honored to be invited to play with Stratovarius and follow in the steps of such a great bass player as Jari. I'm really looking forward to going on the road with Stratovarius, to meet some old friends, and to hopefully make lot of new ones."