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Brainstorm

Formed: 1989
From: Heidenheim, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Brainstorm News

Below is our complete Brainstorm 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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Brainstorm Announces "Memorial Roots (Re-Rooted)"

A reworked edition of Brainstorm's "Memorial Roots" album will be released on September 16th via AFM Records. "Memorial Roots (Re-Rooted)" not only gathers all 16 tracks that were initially recorded for the album, but all these songs have been completely remixed by Brainstorm's longtime-engineer Achim Köhler. A remixed version of "Shiver" is available for streaming below.

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AFM Records Announces 20 Year Compilation

2016 marks the 20th anniversary for Germany-based metal label AFM Records. Being in the business for two decades now and working with the “who's who” of the scene, the company is proud to present a special compilation of highlights and new tracks titled “20 Years - Metal Addiction."

Of course all the big names who were (and are) crucial for the label’s evolution during the years are featured here: Doro, U.D.O., Fear Factory, Evergrey, Avantasia, Rhapsody Of Fire, Danzig, Leaves’ Eyes, Edguy, Destruction, Masterplan, D-A-D, Ministry and many more.

Two brand new, previously unreleased songs by Iron Mask and Eden’s Curse perfectly round off this extensive release, which comes up with a total of 52 tracks on 3 CDs. More...

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Brainstorm Asks "How Much Can You Take"?

German power metal outfit Brainstorm is streaming the new track "How Much Can You Take." The song appears on the new album "Scary Creatures," which is due out January 15th (EU) and February 5th (USA) via AFM Records.

The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. The World To See (see music video here)
2. How Much Can You Take
3. We Are... (song streaming here)
4. Where Angels Dream
5. Scary Creatures
6. Twisted Ways
7. Caressed By The Blackness
8. Scars In Your Eyes
9. Take Me To The Never
10. Sky Among The Clouds
11. Lift Your Eyes To See (Bonus Track - Limited Digipak)

Check out "How Much Can You Take" here: More...

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Brainstorm Declares "We Are..." The Ones!

German power metal outfit Brainstorm released a lyric video for the new track "We Are..." The song appears on the upcoming album "Scary Creatures," which is due out January 15th, 2016 via AFM Records.

The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. The World To See (see music video here)
2. How Much Can You Take
3. We Are...
4. Where Angels Dream
5. Scary Creatures
6. Twisted Ways
7. Caressed By The Blackness
8. Scars In Your Eyes
9. Take Me To The Never
10. Sky Among The Clouds
11. Lift Your Eyes To See (Bonus Track - Limited Digipak)

Check out "We Are.." here: More...

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Brainstorm Releases New Music Video

German power metal outfit Brainstorm just released a new video clip for "The World To See," taken off the upcoming album "Scary Creatures" due out January 15th, 2016 via AFM Records. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. The World To See
2. How Much Can You Take
3. We Are...
4. Where Angels Dream
5. Scary Creatures
6. Twisted Ways
7. Caressed By The Blackness
8. Scars In Your Eyes
9. Take Me To The Never
10. Sky Among The Clouds
11. Lift Your Eyes To See (Bonus track - Limited Digipak) More...

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Brainstorm Details "Scary Creatures"

Following up on the success of 2014’s “Firesoul” album, German power metallers Brainstorm didn’t waste any time to enter the studio and record a brand new masterpiece which is titled “Scary Creatures,” which will hit the stores on January 15th, 2016 via AFM Records. The album will be available as a standard CD, limited digipak (with bonus track), Limited Box Set (incl. statue and Digipak) and Limited Colored Vinyl (500 units in golden vinyl).

The band continues where "Firesoul" left off one and a half years ago. Mix and mastering was once again handled by Achim Koehler. But right away you feel that "Scary Creatures" is just that notch better than "Firesoul," more anthemic, heavy and all musicians plus vocalist Andy B. Franck delivering to the max. Starting with the infectious opening track "The World To See" (which will also be the album’s first single and video clip), Brainstorm once again prove why they are one of the most popular and respected metal acts in the European scene. The band will embark on European tour in February 2016, followed by many festivals around the world in the Summer.

Vocalist Andy B. Franck states: "'Scary Creatures' is a very emotional, an almost personal, album. All songs reflect the events and feelings of the past months, which made the music incredibly intense. To me, 'Scary Creatures' is the logical successor to 2014's 'Firesoul' and perfectly bridges to Brainstorm 2016. Also for the first time we achieved that many of the band members' children were integrated into several songs. It's another reason why the new album is very valuable and unique to us. Add to this the rough lyrical concept dealing with several atrocities all over the world in the past centuries, 'Scary Creatures' turned out to become an impressive metal album we all are proud of."

The track list is:

1. The World To See
2. How Much Can You Take
3. We Are...
4. Where Angels Dream
5. Scary Creatures
6. Twisted Ways
7. Caressed By The Blackness
8. Scars In Your Eyes
9. Take Me To The Never
10. Sky Among The Clouds
11. Lift Your Eyes To See (Bonus track - Limited Digipak)

+ Bonus Live DVD
(incl. "The World To See" video clip & Live concert Essen 2014 (performing the entire 'Firesoul' album plus many more songs) More...

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Brainstorm To Unleash "Scary Creatures" In January

German power metal act Brainstorm will enter the studio in early August to record the follow-up to 2014’s "Firesoul" album. The 11th full length studio album will be entitled "Scary Creatures" and is set for release in January 2016 via AFM Records (exact date to be announced soon). Once again, the band will work with producer Achim Köhler

More information is expected over the course of this year. Stay tuned. More...

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Alestorm Announces New Tour Dates

Alestorm has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming tour dates:

"Ahoy dudes and babes! We can finally reveal to you the first dates of our massive headlining world tour to celebrate the release of our upcoming album 'Sunset on the Golden Age!'

"In September and October 2014 we are gonna be hitting the shores of mainland Europe, joined by the German power metal wizards Brainstorm, and the Australian wacky folk metal psychopaths of Troldhaugen.

"But wait, there's more! We'll be adding a few more gigs to this tour in other countries as soon as they're confirmed, and for those of you in the rest of the world...stay tuned! We'll be coming to party in your cities very soon."

"Sunset on the Golden Age" is due out August 5th in North America, and you can catch the band live on these dates: More...

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Brainstorm Posts "Erased By The Dark" Lyric Video

Brainstorm posted up a lyric video for the new track "Erased by the Dark." The song appears on the band's upcoming album "Firesoul," which drops tomorrow, April 4th in Europe and April 15th in the United States via AFM Records.

The track listing is:

1. Erased By The Dark
2. Firesoul (see music video here)
3. Descendants Of The Fire
4. Entering Solitude
5. Recall The Real
6. Shadowseeker
7. Feed Me Lies
8. What Grows Inside
9. The Chosen
10. … And I Wonder

Check out "Erased By the Dark" here: More...

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Brainstorm Releases "Firesoul" Music Video

German power metal band Brainstorm released a music video for the title track of the new album "Firesoul." The release will drop on April 4th on CD, limited digipak, limited special edition and limited vinyl LP via AFM Records.

The track listing is:

1. Erased By The Dark
2. Firesoul
3. Descendants Of The Fire
4. Entering Solitude
5. Recall The Real
6. Shadowseeker
7. Feed Me Lies
8. What Grows Inside
9. The Chosen
10. … And I Wonder

Check out "Firesoul" here: More...

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Brainstorm Unveils Album Artwork & Track Listing

German power metal band Brainstorm released the artwork (shown below) and track listing for the upcoming release "Firesoul." The album will be released on April 4th on CD, limited digipak, limited special edition and limited vinyl LP.

The track listing is:

1. Erased By The Dark
2. Firesoul
3. Descendants Of The Fire
4. Entering Solitude
5. Recall The Real
6. Shadowseeker
7. Feed Me Lies
8. What Grows Inside
9. The Chosen
10. … And I Wonder More...

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Brainstorm Enters The Studio

German power metal act Brainstorm has set "Firesoul" as the title for the band's new album, which will be released in early April.

The band has entered the House Of Audio studios with Achim Köhler (who worked on previous albums "Soul Temptation" and "Liquid Monster"). Vocalist Andy B. Franck comments:

"Hi there! We’re still recording parts for our new album 'Firesoul.' Without being overconfident we can say that we are very happy and proud to record one of our best albums so far. It’s awesome to work with Achim Köhler again and the new material exceeds our own expectations. I LOVE it and now we will take care that these killer tracks will get the sound they need. Stay tuned!"

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Brainstorm To Enter Studio For New Album

Brainstorm broke its mini hiatus to announce that the band will enter the studio on October 7th to record the band's 10th studio release entitled "Firesoul." The album is tentatively set for a March 2014 release date.

The announcement came via the band's Facebook Page: "So, finally we're proud to announce our brand new, but 10th studio album FIRESOUL, to be released in March 2014. On Monday, Oct. 7th 2013 we'll start recording the new shit. Together with Achim Köhler, who also produced our albums 'Soul Temptation' and 'Liquid Monster' (for ex.) we'll enter the famous 'House Of Music' Studios. It's a return to an amazing place to record the maybe best effort so far. Starting next Monday, Dieter Bernert will start recording the drums and from that day on, you'll get all the latest infos, pics and studio reports straight from out of the studio. Where? HERE! The silence is over, all guns fully loaded... it now starts burning inside you: F I R E S O U L" More...

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Graspop Metal Meeting Live Stream Available

Couldn't make it to Belgium this weekend for the Graspop Metal Meeting? Good news is that the festival will be streaming live over at this location. The live stream has two channels streaming from the various stages.

Scheduled to appear at the annual festival are:

Friday, June 28th:

Twisted Sister
Korn
Soulfly
Papa Roach
Helloween
Grave Digger
Heathen
Crucified Barbara
Kreator
Mayhem
Dark Funeral
Korpiklaani
Unleashed
Varg
Coal Chamber
Heaven Shall Burn
Prong
All That Remains
Asking Alexandria
Veil of Maya
Katatonia
Rotting Christ
Entombed
Love and Death
Bliksem
The Monolith Deathcult
Generation Kill More...

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AFM Records Releasing New Compilation

The AFM Records label compilation "All For Metal" now continues with part 3. This time "All For Metal III" includes 26 video clips on DVD and a bonus CD with 15 tracks. The compilation will see release on November 30th, 2012 and the track listing is:

DVD
01. Orden Ogan - The Things We Believe In
02. U.D.O. - Leatherhead
03. Kissin’ Dynamite - Money, Sex & Power
04. Masterplan - Time To Be King
05. Heavenly - Fullmoon
06. Shakra - Back On Track
07. The Last Vegas - Evil Eyes
08. Morton - Weeping Bell
09. Triosphere - Marionette
10. Brainstorm - In These Walls
11. Iron Mask - God Punishes, I Kill
12. Crystal Viper - Witch’s Mark
13. At Vance - Facing Your Enemy
14. Wolfpakk - Reptiles Kiss
15. Sinner - Back On Trail
16. Oz - Dominator
17. Elvenking - The Loser
18. Nightmare - Sunrise In Hell
19. Epysode - Obsessions
20. Stahlmann - Tanzmaschine
21. A Life Divided - Heart On Fire
22. Eisbrecher - Eiszeit
23. The Murder Of My Sweet - Unbreakable
24. Lake Of Tears - House Of The Setting Sun
25. The New Black - The King I Was
26. Lyriel - Leverage
27. All Hail The Yeti - The Art Of Mourning
28. Black Messiah - Windloni
29. Ektomorf - The One
30. Solution .45 - Gravitational Lensing
31. Fear Factory - The Industrialist
32. Ministry - Ghouldiggers
33. Suidakra - Dowth 2059
34. Korzus - Truth
35. Onslaught - The Sound Of Violence
36. Tankard - Rules For Fools More...

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Primal Fear Announces Metal Nation Tour 2012

German power metal band Primal Fear announced that the band will tour Europe with country mates Brainstorm on what is dubbed the "Metal Nation 2012 Tour." There will also be a special guest opener, which has not yet been announced.

Primal Fear will support its new LP "Unbreakable" which is due out on January 20th, 2012 (EU) and January 24th, 2012 (North America) through Frontiers Records (see Metal Underground's review at this location). Brainstorm will be supporting its latest album "On the Spur of the Moment" released through AFM Records (see Metal Underground's review at this location).

The confirmed dates on the tour are as follows:

30. März 2012 D - Leipzig - Hellraiser
31. März 2012 CZ - Zlin - Masters of Rock Cafe
01. April 2012 CZ - Prag - Matrix
03. April 2012 AUT - Wien - Szene
04. April 2012 HU - Budapest - Club 202
07. April 2012 BUL - Sofia - Hristo Botev Hall
08. April 2012 ROM - Bukarest - The Silver Church
10. April 2012 D - Berlin - C-Club
11. April 2012 D - Kassel - Fiasko
12. April 2012 NED - Kerkrade - Rock Temple
13. April 2012 D - Burglengenfeld - VA Zentrum
14. April 2012 D - Bochum - Matrix
15. April 2012 D - Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
17. April 2012 CH - Pratteln - Z7
19. April 2012 ES - Gijon - Sala Albeniz
20. April 2012 ES - Pamplona - Sala Totem
21. April 2012 ES - Huesca - Sala Jai Alai
22. April 2012 ES - Madrid - Sala Ritmo y Compas

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Brainstorm Reveals Album's North American Release

Following the band's first album under the AFM banner with 2009's "Memorial Roots," German power metal kings Brainstorm will set loose sophomore full-length for the label with the North American release of "On The Spur Of The Moment" on November 8th. AFM also commented on the release:

"An AFM label priority, the newest product of this fine German export -- the band's ninth full-length release to date -- On The Spur Of The Moment is an incredible power metal album, that more than ever emphasizes the exceptional status of Brainstorm within the diehard power metal communities of the world. Showcasing the band's musicianship on all levels, the record takes their majestic power metal energy to greater heights with an incredibly layered ten anthems, recorded by Axel Heckert in Ludwigsburg, Germany's Studio 22. Brainstorm's tight-knit lineup of vocalist Andy B. Franck, guitarists Torsten Ihlenfeld and Milan Loncaric, bassist Antonio Ieva and drummer Dieter Bernert remains solid."

You can check out a studio diary from the recording of the album here. The "On The Spur Of The Moment" track listing is as follows:

1. Below The Line
2. In The Blink Of An Eye
3. Temple Of Stone
4. In These Walls
5. Still Insane
6. Dark Life
7. No Saint - No Sinner
8. Where Your Actions Lead You To Live
9. A Life On Hold
10. My Own Hell

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Brainstorm Posts Studio Diary, Pt. 1

German power metal band Brainstorm posted part one of a studio diary ahead of the band's new LP "On the Spur of the Moment" (shown below). The album is due out on September 30, 2011 through AFM Records.

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Brainstorm Streams New Song From New LP

German power metal band Brainstorm are streaming new track "Where Your Actions Lead You To Live" from the forthcoming LP "On The Spur Of The Moment." The album is due out on September 30, 2011 through AFM Records.

BRAINSTORM - Where Your Actions Lead You To Live by AFM Records

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Brainstorm Releases "In These Walls" Clip

Brainstorm has released a new video clip online for the song "In These Walls", taken from the upcoming new album "On The Spur Of The Moment." Check out the clip below. "On The Spur Of The Moment" is set for release on September 30th, 2011.

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