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Latest Labyrinth News
Below is our complete Labyrinth 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.
Less than a day removed from the announcement that Roberto Tiranti has departed Labÿrinth, the band has named his replacement: Ring of Fire/ex-Iron Mask/ex-Yngiwe Malmsteen vocalist Mark Boals.
The announcement from guitarist/composer Olaf Thorsen reads: "As everybody already knows, Roberto has decided to part ways with the band in order to start his solo career. We wish him all the best and we thank him for the long walk we have had together. At the same time "the show must go on", as somebody said, and the good news is that we have started working on the new album. This is not the only good news, anyway, 'cause we are incredibly excited and honored to announce that our new singer is none other than a top-notch artist and a piece of history in the metal world: we warmly welcome Mr. Mark Boals on board and we can't wait to let you all listen to some of the new songs we are working on! Sincerely yours, Labyrinth" More...
Italian progressive/power metal act Labÿrinth announced that vocalist Roberto Tiranti has split with the band, following another split with his other band A Perfect Day a couple of months ago, in an effort to pursue a solo career. The band has not made an official statement about the split, nor has a replacement been announced.
The statement from Tiranti reads:
"It is never easy to write this kind of public statements, but I think it's fair to be clear and sincere towards those that for many years have granted us esteem and love.
"From now on I am no longer the singer of Labyrinth, after almost 18 years I leave the band that more than any other has given me in terms of satisfaction, blazon and experience in Italy but even more abroad.
"6 albums, an EP and a 'Best Of,' a lot of music written all together with a common goal, so much life shared that cannot be wiped out and the awareness of having friends I can count on and hopefully meet again in the future to write other music together.
"Everyone is useful, no one is indispensable and I think that also this time the band will be able to face this with the usual strength and ability to reinvent itself. I've had the best band I could have had to express myself in that field and I'm sure I won't ever be part of any other band of similar type, it would be stupid, incoherent and unfair to Labyrinth. At the moment I'm working on my first solo album on which I am spending a lot of energies, moreover the collaborations with Ken Hensley, Wonderworld and Mangala Vallis keep going on. My priorities obviously go to my solo project, in order to create a firm-based foundation for the future.
"THANKS TO LABYRINTH, THANKS TO YOU ALL." More...
Guitarist/songwriter Olaf Thörsen posted an update on the status of both Labyrinth and Vision Divine. In a post on his official Facebook Page, he stated that Labyrinth material is almost completed and this month he will begin work on the new Vision Divine album.
The post reads:
"Sorry for the quite long silence, but as you will read here, I'm quite busy at the moment. Anyway, this is a news update, so let's go...
"Some news from the front:
"Labyrinth: the new promo, with 5 new songs, is almost ready. We're finishing the last parts (including a couple of solos from me) then it's ready to go.
"Vision Divine: Tomorrow it's July and as planned, I will start the songwriting for the new album. I already have 4-5 songs in my mind, so I'm pretty sure it won't take too long before we can start handling something consistent. DSTN has set the bar quite high, but I'm pretty sure we can do even better." More...
If you attend Progpower, make sure you opt for the VIP gold badge over the regular. This will get you in to the “Insider Sale” where you will be able to purchase CDs of all of the bands that will be playing at next year’s festival. Gold badge attendees this year were treated to this sale in the vendor room long before the doors opened to regular attendees. Among the CDs on sale were some albums that previously had not received a US distribution, such as Amaranthe's debut.
When the doors finally opened, everyone was eager to get in and out of the bright Atlanta sun for another twelve hours. Being such an exclusive event, you could instantly strike up a conversation with any stranger you meet and be on the same page. With social barriers down, everyone was talking with everyone, discussing albums, bands, and previous ProgPower festivals.
UK-based progressive-symphonic band Haken was first up for the day, though the place was only half full about ten minutes before the band’s set. Clearly, the after-parties of the night before had been great. The venue eventually filled up in time for Haken’s second song. It was to be an exciting set, although a bit short. Seeing guitarists Richard Henshall and Charles Griffiths, as well as keyboardist Diego Tejeida rip some masterful solos did the trick on kicking hangovers from the night before. More...
Italian melodic power metallers VISION DIVINE, the brainchild of ex-LABYRINTH mastermind Olaf Thörsen, have issued the following statement:
"Michele Luppi is no longer singing with VISION DIVINE."
"Beside any speculation which could be done regarding the truth behind all this, we simply believe it was the right time to both make the right choice. We wish Michele all the best with his future and we thank him for the great time we had together."
"The new singer will be announced on May 1st."
"We'd like to specify that the band will respect any scheduled activity, and nothing will be delayed."
"Thanks for your support and see you soon on stage."
Italian metallers LABYRINTH are touring Japan, in support of their new album 6 Days To Nowhere, available through V2 Records.
The band have also just announced a new date in Italy on February 9th.
Upcoming dates currently include:
3 - Tokyo Shibuya, Japan - O-EAST
5 - Nagoya, Japan - Bottom Line
6 - Osaka, Japan - Shinsaibash Club Quattro
15 - Pinarella di Cervia (Ra), Italy - Rockplanet
2 - Genova, Italy - Logo Loco
8 - Verona, Italy - Lucille
9 - Romagnano Sesia (No), Italy - Le Piccole Iene (New Date)
2 - Milano, Italy - Alcatraz (Gods Of Metal Festival)
Italy's LABYRINTH have signed with Scarlet Records.
Says the label, "It’s finally confirmed that Labyrinth, one of Europe’s leading and most acclaimed metal acts, signed a deal with Scarlet Records.
The band, who’s debut mini-album Piece Of Time dates back to 1995, emerged immediately after as one of the most talented of their time, signing an important deal with Metal Blade Records and releasing the classic album Return To Heaven Denied (1998), a real masterpiece that allowed them to reach unbelievable sales results. More...
Long-running Italian black/thrash metallers NECRODEATH have announced the addition of rhythm guitarist Pier Gonella (LABYRINTH) to the group's ranks. Gonella joins the band as the replacement for Claudio, who recently left NECRODEATH for personal reasons.
NECRODEATH have finished recording their sixth studio album, "100% Hate", and will fly to Sweden in the near future for the final mastering. The follow-up to 2003's "Ton(e)s of Hate" was recorded at Outer Sound studios in Rome and features a guest appearance by VENOM frontman Conrad "Cronos" Lant.
Cronos had the following to say following his recording session: "I've liked NECRODEATH since their first album - great intensity and enthusiasm, as well as heavy as fuck. It was a pleasure to record my voice for one of their new songs. Their new album promises to be a monster-sized slice of intense metal. Can't fuckin' wait. Hell yeah!!!"
Due on April 17 via Scarlet Records, "100% Hell" is described in a press release as "the most diverse NECRODEATH album to date, containing 10 furious tracks spanning from the fast thrashing assault of the mid-eighties to the groove-oriented sonic holocaust displayed with the latest efforts."
NECRODEATH's current lineup is completed by vocalist Flegias (CADAVERIA), guitarist Andy (ANDRASTA), bassist John (CADAVERIA, DYNABYTE, RAZA DE ODIO) and drummer Peso (RAZA DE ODIO).
Italian power metallers Secret Sphere have set a May 30 release date for their new album, "Heart & Anger." The CD will surface in Japan on April 21.
Commented the band in a statement:
The album is one of the most powerful and melodic of Secret Sphere, with symphonic parts performed by Secret Symphony Orchestra, born for this special occasion, 50 classical musicians, some of them from Alla Scala theatre, Milan. Choirs are performed by the opera singers of Micrologus ensemble and by Vera Quarleri, Marco Mesemi (Morgana singer) and Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth singer), who also sings as special guest on the song "First Snake" with Ramon.
We worked on the album for more than one year and we finally got one of the best results concerning composition, quality and above all, emotions! Drums have been recorded in Sweden by our great friend and drummer Daniel Flores, already playing with Mind's Eye.
Recordings took place at One Voice Studio (Chivasso, Italy) by Daniele Giordana (f.o.h. with Biohazard, Agnostic Front) and at Sheepvalley studios (Stockholm, Sweden). All mixed by Achim 'Akeem' Köhler (productions like Brainstorm, Silent Force) at House of Audio (Winterbach, Germany).
Labyrinth and Angra have been confirmed as the support acts for Dream Theater on their upcoming Italian tour.
Jun. 21 Fucecchio (Fi), Buca S.Andrea
Jun. 22 Ascoli Piceno, Piazza Del Popolo
Jun. 23 Stra (Ve), Villa Pisani
Labyrinth's new album will be entitled "Freeman". Recorded and mixed at Elnor Studio in Milan, Italy and mastered at The House Of Audio Studios in Germany, the album is being called "a big step in the new frontier of Labyrinth's sound". "Freeman" will be released in March 2005.
It's difficult to say in which direction the 2005 Lab's sound is gone, if we consider that in the 10 tracks on "Freeman" we can find the most various things. From the band's most aggressive song ever, 'Dive In Open Waters', to the mid-tempos with killer riffs and harmonics melodies and '70's - or speedy - periods, to disquieting 'Malcom Gray', a song that will give a thrill to more than a few people!"
Arise records will also re-release "No Limits" (originally released in 1996), the first album of the band with Fabio Lione (Rhapsody) on lead vocals. The album has been re-mastered and contains 2 bonus tracks and new graphics. Out in March 2005.
Italian traditional heavy metallers Mesmerize have completed the recording process for their fourth album, tentatively due in February 2005 through Dragonheart Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Off the Beaten Path" is being recorded in part at drummer Andrea Garavaglia's Octopussy studio with engineer Giovanni Spinotti, who has previously worked with Labyrinth. Songtitles set to appear on the as-yet-untitled album include "The Burn", "Princess of the Wolves", "Bitter Crop", "Hot Lead, Cold Steel", "Field of Heroes", "Bloody Mary", "Best Place for a Knife", "Windchaser", "Triumph of the Darksword", "Lure of the Temptress" and "Monkeys In Sunday Best".
"We had the pleasure to have a talented young violinist, Vito Gatto, record some great melodies that really enrichen the sound of four songs," the band write on their web site.
"We're beginning the final remix just this week; we're gonna have a forced break next week, so we're planning to have the final result by mid-November. After that, the mix has to be mastered, so we should be able to deliver the finished work to Dragonheart by late November; if everything goes smoothly the album will be released around February.
"We are still working on the cover concept that will also influence the album title, which still has to be decided."
Prior to hitting the road with Saxon, Dream Evil have to announce some bad and some good news: Lead-Guitarist Gus G. is leaving the band to focus some more on his own band Firewind.
Gus G. gave us a short statement:
Hello my friends! Hope this message finds u well. I would like to announce to you, that I've decided to leave Dream Evil for different reasons, mainly personal. I would also like to concentrate on my own band, Firewind. However, this doesn't mean that I'm not friends with the guys in the band. I split with them under very friendly circumstances. I wish them the best in the future. As for me, you can count on hearing my new releases coming up later this year. I'm sorry if I dissapoint some of you, but...the show must go on! Stay Metal!
The rest of the guys in Dream Evil are sad about the split, but are happy as well to have found a brillant new lead-guitar player. Here is thje band’s statement about the line-up change:
There are no hard feelings; we are still best friends and we wish Gus nothing but the best in his future musical carrier. Second! The good news: Dream Evil is happy to announce that guitar virtuoso and axe-swinger Mark U Black is our new lead guitarist. This guy rips and shreds like a maniac in a true 80's guitar hero style We feel that with Mark’s skills and his ability to give Dream Evil his full time attention, this change will bring Dream Evil to the next level. We have already played some festival shows with him in Europe, and he delivered! We are very much looking forward to joining Saxon on the road in September/ October as we continue to spread the word about our latest album "The Book Of Heavy Metal." All right in the night!
Next to the Saxon tour, Dream Evil are going to play a very special show in London this year. Together with their Italian label-mates Labyrinth they will set the “Underworld’s” stage on fire on November 13th, 2004. For those who can’t be there, check the latest Dream Evil video clip "The Book Of Heavy Metal" on www.centurymedia.de.
Saxon “Lionheart worldtour” 2004 with Dream Evil (and Metalium*): More...
Italian melodic power metal newcomers Odyssea is the band of the new Labyrinth guitarist Pier Gonella and musically follows the tradition of the most important Italian power-metal bands (Labyrinth, Vision Divine). Combining an incredible guitar work and classical, progressive influences, Odyssea debut album "Tears In Floods" offers also the amazing contribution of Labyrinth singer Roberto Tiranti in the song titled "Fly." Not the usual "Italian power metal stuff," but something really different that will surprise a lot of metalheads. "Tears In Floods" will be released in Japan through King Records with 3 bonus tracks. European release is scheduled for early October 2004.