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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 To Release Best-Of Album

German power metal veterans Brainstorm has announced that they will be releasing a two-disc compilation album on November 9th in Europe through Metal Blade Records. The record will be entitled, "All Highs No Lows."

The tracklisting is as follows:

Disc 1:
"Falling Spiral Down"
"Fire Walk With Me"
"End In Sorrow"
"How Do You Feel"
Liquid Monster:
"Worlds Are Coming Through"
"All Those Words"
"nside The Monster"
Soul Temptation:
"Highs Without Lows"
"The Leading"
"Doorway To Survive"
Trinity of Lust:
"Shiva's Tears"
"Soul Temptation" More...

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Jaded Heart To Support Primal Fear On Euro Tour

German hard rockers JADED HEART have announced the following tour dates in Europe in support of PRIMAL FEAR and Brainstorm to coincide with the release of the forthcoming studio album “Perfect Insanity” on October 16th in Europe.

Here are the PRIMAL FEAR, BRAINSTORM, and JADED HEART European tour dates:

23.10.2009 Fr ES-Barcelona Salamandra 1
24.10.2009 Sa ES-Madrid Heineken
25.10.2009 So ES-Villaba/Navarra Sala Totem
26.10.2009 Mo FRA-Bordeaux Theatre Barbey
28.10.2009 Mi ITA-Milan Music Dome
29.10.2009 Do CH-Pratteln Z7
30.10.2009 Fr D-Geiselwind Event Halle
31.10.2009 Sa D-Hamburg Markthalle
02.11.2009 Mo Sweden-tba
03.11.2009 Di Sweden-tba
04.11.2009 Mi Sweden-tba
06.11.2009 Fr DEN-Kopenhagen The Rock
07.11.2009 Sa D-Olsberg-Bruchhausen Schützenhalle
08.11.2009 So D-Bochum Matrix
09.11.2009 Mo D-München Backstage
11.11.2009 Mi D-Ludwigsburg Rockfabrik
12.11.2009 Do NED-Kerkrade Rocktemple
13.11.2009 Fr CZ-Pilzen Serikovka
14.11.2009 Sa CZ-Kurim House of Culture

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Brainstorm Reveals New Album Details

Brainstorm has announced the tracklisting for their new album, "Memorial Roots" [cover], which is as follows:

01. Forsake What I Believed
02. Shiver
03. The Conjunction Of 7 Planets
04. Cross The Line
05. Nailed Down Dreams
06. Blood Still Stains
07. Ahimsa
08. The Final Stages Of Decay
09. Victim
10. When No One Cares
11. Would You More...

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Rock City Open Air Cancelled

Romania's forthcoming metal festival, Rock City Open Air, appears to have either cancelled or postponed. A message from black metal legends Mayhem reads as follows:

"Unfortunately, Mayhem will not perform in Romania next week as the whole festival has been canceled (or apparently postponed). We are deeply sorry for the fans who wanted to see us performing there. This is of course totally out of our control.

"A statement regarding the reason of the cancellation should be posted on the festival's MySpace page soon."

This news come after the recent news that Immortal, Blood Red Throne, Macbeth and Trail Of Tears have all pulled out of the event. The festival was scheduled to be held from August 20-23rd in Fetesti, Romania.

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Crimson Glory Announces ProgPower Guest Vocalists

Crimson Glory is pleased to announce that they have confirmed the following special guest vocalists to perform with them during their headlining set at ProgPower USA X:

Wade Black (Crimson Glory/Leatherwolf)
Zak Stevens (Savatage/Circle II Circle)
Lance King (Pyramaze/Balance of Power)
Nils K. Rue (Pagan’s Mind)
Chris Salinas (Zero Hour/Power of Omens)
Ronny Monroe (Metal Church)
Andy B. Franck (Brainstorm/Symphorce/Ivanhoe)
Sean Peck (Cage)
Danilo Herbert (Mindflow)
Joakim Brodén (Sabaton)
Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus)
David Vanlanding (Crimson Glory/Michael Schenker Group) More...

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Brainstorm To Release New Album In October

German heavy metal outfit Brainstorm has posted a brief message regarding their recent signing to AFM Records and their next studio album. The message reads as follows:

"It’s managed! With the german label AFM Records, we found a strong partner to do the next step in our career. We are proud to be part of the AFM family and we expect a good cooperation with the AFM team. Since a few weeks, we are working in the Gate Studios (EPICA, KAMELOT, EDGUY) to record the material for our new CD.

"The new album will be released in October 2009. Furthermore, a lot of live shows are already booked."

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Sonata Arctica Confirmed For Monterrey Metal Fest

Sonata Arctica are the latest band to be confirmed for the Monterrey Metal Fest, which will take place on September 16th in Mexico. The other bands confirmed for the festival are Atheist, Brainstorm, Children of Bodom, Doro, Samael, Whiplash, Amorphis, Maligno, Uli Jon Roth, and Stravaganzza

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Brainstorm Signs To AFM Records

German heavy metal outfit Brainstorm has signed a new record deal with AFM Records. The label will release the groups next album towards the end of the year or early next year. The band will be heading to North America this September as part of the ProgPower USA tour.

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Jaded Heart Announces European Tour Dates

Germany's Jaded Heart has announced the following European tour dates alongside Brainstorm and Primal Fear:

23/10 ES - Barcelona - Salamandra 1
24/10 ES - Madrid - Heineken
25/10 ES - Navarra - Sala Totem
26/10 FR - Bordeaux - Theatre Barbey
28/10 IT - Milan - Music Dome
29/10 CH - Pratteln - Z 7
30/10 GER - Geiselwind - Event Halle
31/10 GER - Hamburg - Markthalle

02/11 Scnadinavia - tba
03/11 Scandinavia - tba
04/11 SWE - Bollnaes - Militaerpalatset
06/11 DK - Kopenhagen - The Rock
07/11 GER - Olsberg - Schuetzenhalle
08/11 GER - Bochum - Matrix
09/11 GER - Munich - Backstage
11/11 GER - Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
12/11 tba
13/11 CZ - Pilsen - Serikovka
14/11 CZ - Kurim - House Of Culture

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Brainstorm Finishing Work On New Album

German heavy metal group Brainstorm has revealed that they are coming close to finishing writing for their new album. A message from the band reads as follows: "Hi Brainiacs,

"After some time of silence here is an update of what we are doing right now and where you can meet us live on stage in 2009.

"We have intensively been working on new songs. Milan and me wrote tons of riffs and we are in the final stages of songwriting right now. The new songs sound killer and they even still grow every time we rehearse. Watch out for more news here soon.

"Besides this, here are some more live dates for your kind attention (** = new dates): More...

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Brainstorm Issues Studio Update

Guitarist Torsten "Todde" Ihlenfeld, of the German metal band Brainstorm, has issued the following update form the studio:

"We have intensively been working on new songs and are about to start pre-production for the new album soon. Milan and me wrote tons of riffs and we are in the final stages of songwriting right now. The new songs sound killer and they even still grow every time we rehearse. Watch out for more news here soon." More...

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Paul Di'Anno & Blaze Bayley To Play Romanian Show

Romanian rock festival Rock City Open Air will feature two former Iron Maiden vocalists this year in the form of Paul Di'Anno and Blaze Bayley. The festival will be held from August 20th - 23rd in the city of Fetesti.

The lineup is as follows:

Amon Amarth
Ancient Rites
Blaze Bayley
De Profundis
Eastern Front
Hanzel Und Gretyl
Moribund Oblivion Sirenia
Paul Di'Anno
The Cold Existance
The Revenge Project
Theatres Des Vampires

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More Bands Confirmed For Summer Breeze Open Air

The following bands have now been confirmed for Germany's Summer Breeze Open Air Festival 2009:

Amon Amarth, Amorphis, Backyard Babies, Battlelore, Before the Dawn, Beneath the Massacre, Brainstorm, Callejon, Cataract, Corvus Corux, Dagoba, Entombed, Epica, Equilibrium, Evocation, Firewind, Ghost Brigade, Grand Magus, Grave, Hate Eternal, The Haunted, Katatonia, Legion of the Damned, Misery Index, Narziss, One Way Mirror, Opeth, Powerwolf, Raunchy, Sacred Steel, Unhelig, Unsun, Vader, Volbeat, Vomitory, Vried, Waylander, Wintersun.

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Brainstorm Announces 2009 Festival Appearances

German heavy metallers Brainstorm will be appearing at several festivals in 2009 with the following confirmed thus far:

19 - Kerkrade, Holland - The Rock Temple
25 - Haugesund, Norway - Karmageddon Fest

13-15 - Dinkelsbühl, Germany - SummerBreeze Festival
28 - Losheim, Germany - Rock Area Festival

25, 26 - Atlanta, GA - ProgPower X

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Amon Amarth, Brainstorm On Summer Breeze 2009

A number of bands have already been confirmed for the Summer Breeze 2009 festival. Those bands are:

BURANUS (Corvus Corax)

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Brainstorm Begins Work On New Material

Brainstorm frontman Andy B. Franck has posted the following brief message online, which explains why the band will not be playing any more shows in 2008:

"The reason is quite simple," says Franck. "Right now, we started writing new songs for the next album. That was just a quick note, but I'll keep you informed! So stay tuned for more...


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Firewind Announces European Tour With Brainstorm

FIREWIND have announced a European headlining tour entitled "The Premonition". Special guest for the Spanish and French dates will be Germany's BRAINSTORM and Finland’s KIUAS (for the whole European tour).


11/12 - FR Lyon @ Marche Gare
11/13 - FR Toulouse @ Havanna
11/14 - ES Bilbao @ Santana 27
11/15 - ES Vigo @ A
11/16 - ES Madrid @ Ritmo & Compas
11/17 - ES Hospitalet/Barcelona @ Salamandra
11/19 - FR Paris @ La Locomotive
11/20 - FR Colmar @ Grillen
11/21 - IT Milan @ Zoe (special guest: Kiuas)

More dates and ticket information to be announced.

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Brainstorm Guitarist Checks In

Guitarist Torsten "Todde" Ihlenfeld from German power metallers BRAINSTORM has issued the following update:

"Hi Brainiacs, the Braintrain rolled through Europe on full steam and we are back home now preparing for the summer festivals and more shows in the fall (see picture collage). Let me say that this tour really was a blast - and so typical for Brainstorm with all the hassle in the run-up for the tour such as the re-booking of some dates due to reasons beyond our control... the whole band starting the tour with a flu, lost cymbals, some serious food poisoning, all the usual SPINAL TAP tour adventures and not to forget myself, as I had to sit out some dates of the tour due to very important and serious family issues that beared no delay. Having said that, I would like to thank our good friend and guitar-wizard Tom Naumann for helping out here on guitars and doing an amazing job in filling in for me on the dates that I unfortunately had to miss. You delivered the goods, brother! Thanks a lot." More...

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Brainstorm Launch European Tour

Germany's BRAINSTORM kick off their European tour today (March 4th) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The five-piece just released their current album, "Downburst", and will play a wide selection of songs from their discography on this tour including lots of new tunes.

Brainstorm will be playing a minimum of 90 minutes on each show (minimum being the operative word). Support comes from PAGAN'S MIND and additionally, on some exclusive dates, Dracula's sons POWERWOLF.

Also, Brainstorm will be doing an exclusive in-store on March 11th at Media Mark in Pratteln, Switzerland. The in-store begins at 6 PM (CET). Tour dates:

4 - Kopenhagen, Denmark - The Rock (no Powerwolf)
5 - Hamburg, Germany - ?Markthalle (no Powerwolf)
6 - Osnabrück, Germany - Bastard Club (no Powerwolf)
7 - Weert, Netherlands - De Bosuil (no Powerwolf)
8 - Memmingen, Germany - Kaminwerk
9 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
11 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
12 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
14 - Mulhouse, France -? Noumatruff
15 - Vosselaar, Germany - Biebob (no Powerwolf)
16 - Langen, Germany - Stadthalle
18 - Bochum, Germany - Zeche
19 - Nürnberg, Germany - Hirsch
20 - Wörgl, Austria -? Komma
21 - Wien, Austria -? Szene
22 - Budapest, Hungary - Avalon Club (no Powerwolf)

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ProgPower UK Cancelled

This year's ProgPower UK, which was scheduled for March 28-29 in Bristol, England, has been cancelled. The following message has been posted on wwwww.progpoweruk.com:

"This is the hardest decision we have ever had to make, but it is with great regret that we have had to cancel ProgPower UK III.

"We have made no secret of the financial difficulties that have dogged our first two years, which is why we made a significant number of changes for year three. However, ticket sales have been extremely poor and, as a result, there is no way we can stage the festival without losing a substantial amount of money – again.

"This decision has not been taken lightly and we are fully aware of both the disappointment and inconvenience it will cause. However, we simply cannot afford to keep pumping money into ProgPower UK and we can assure you that we are as disappointed about this as you no doubt are.

"As a result of this, ProgPower UK LLP will cease trading with immediate effect.

"Ticket holders who purchased tickets via cheque or Paypal through the ProgPowerUK website will be refunded by the method through which the tickets were purchased. This will be done within twenty-eight days.

"If you purchased tickets at Bristol Ticket Shop, please contact them directly for a refund.

"Please direct any enquiries to enquiries@progpoweruk.com All enquiries will be dealt with, but please be patient.

"We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has supported us over the past three years, and also thank Rene Janssen and his team giving us the opportunity to make ProgPower UK a reality.

"The ProgPower UK Team"

The following bands were scheduled to perform at ProgPower UK:

Circus Maximus
Diablo Swing Orchestra
Thy Majestie
Vanden Plas

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