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Formed: 1989
From: Heidenheim, Germany
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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 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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Brainstorm Post New Songs Online

German melodic metallers BRAINSTORM will release their new album, "Downburst", on January 22 in North America, January 25 in Germany/ Austria/ Switzerland/ Italy and January 28 in the rest of Europe. A special MySpace page featuring two songs off the upcoming album can be found at this location. Fans can also check out some new pictures, pre-order "Downburst" in various limited edtions and participate in competitions.

"Downburst" track listing:

01. Falling Spiral Down
02. Fire Walk With Me
03. Stained With Sin
04. Redemption In Your Eyes
05. End In Sorrow
06. How Do You Feel
07. Protect Me From Myself
08. Surrounding Walls
09. Frozen
10. All Alone
Bonus tracks (limited version):
11. Crawling In Chains
12. Hold Tight More...

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Apocalyptica Confirmed For Metalcamp 2008

The 2008 edition of Slovenia's Metalcamp festival (www.metalcamp.com) is scheduled to take place July 3rd - 9th in Tolmin.

The latest act confirmed is APOCALYPTICA.


More details to follow.

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Brainstorm Announce New Bassist

German metallers BRAINSTORM have announced the addition of bassist Antonio Ieva to the group's ranks. "He impressed us not only with his playing skills at the auditions, which led to his invitation to play the show in Hungary with us (and where he impressed us even more), the chemistry was amazing from the first moment we met," the groups writes in a statement. "After some very intense rehearsals over the last weeks and months we feel that Toni is the right man for the job and we will baptize and seal this new alliance on our upcoming tour. Give him a warm welcome and pay us a visit on our upcoming tour to assure yourselves — this guy rocks!"

As previously reported, BRAINSTORM will team up with PAGAN'S MIND and POWERWOLF for a European tour in March 2008.

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Engrave Guitarist Killed By Brother In Law

Guitarist Mario Gutierrez of the Los Angeles-based death/thrash band ENGRAVE died late last week of gunshot wounds sustained during an argument with his brother-in-law. According to the Los Angeles Times, Gutierrez, a 37-year-old Latino man, was shot in El Sereno, California at about 10:45 p.m. on November 22, Thanksgiving, and died at the scene. LAPD Hollenbeck detectives said that Gutierrez and his brother-in-law got into an argument during the family's Thanksgiving gathering over a remark the brother-in-law had made about Gutierrez's wife. The argument escalated to pushing and shoving, then spilled out onto the street where Gutierrez was shot. The 27-year-old brother-in-law turned himself into a police a few hours later.

Combining former members of local bands BRAINSTORM and ENTITY, ENGRAVE was formed in Los Angeles in early 1997, according to All Music Guide. With a sound showcasing elements of both traditional death and early thrash metal, the band featured Emilio Marquez, Mario Gutierrez, Adrian Villanueva, and Robert Cardenas. Their first album, "The Rebirth", was issued through SOD magazine's own independent imprint in 1998. A demo, called "The Infernal Bleeding", followed in 1999, and 2001 saw their debut reissued with bonus tracks by WWIII Records. Jimmy Ash replaced Villanueva prior to the band's performance at the Milwaukee Metalfest later that year.

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Brainstorm To Tour With Pagan's Mind

German metallers BRAINSTORM have announced dates for their upcoming tour, with guests PAGAN'S MIND and POWERWOLF.

Dates include:

4 - Copenhagen, Denmark at The Rock
5 - Hamburg, Germany at Markthalle
7 - Weert, Netherlands at De Bosuil
8 - Memmingen, Germany at Kaminwerk
9 - Saarbrücken, Germany at Garage
11 - Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7
12 - Ludwigsburg, Germany at Rockfabrik
14 - Paris, France at Venue TBA
15 - Vosselaar, Belgium at Biebob
16 - Langen, Germany at Stadthalle
18 - Bochum, Germany at Zeche
19 - Nürnberg, Germany at Hirsch
21 - Vienna, Austria at Szene
22 - Budapest, Hungary at A Zene Haza

As previously reported, after celebrating their tenth anniversary with the re-releases of their first two efforts (Hungry and Unholy) and the release of their first ever 2-DVD set Honey From The B's, Brainstorm are set to release their new album, Downburst. Produced by Sascha Paeth (ANGRA, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, KAMELOT) and Miro, Downburst will be released as a regular jewelcase as well as in a limited edition jakebox (100% plastic-free) including 2 bonus tracks.

Tracklist: 'Falling Spiral Down', 'Fire Walk With Me', 'Stained With Sin', 'Redemption In Your Eyes', 'End In Sorrow', 'How Do You Feel', 'Protect Me From Myself', 'Surrounding Walls', 'Frozen', 'All Alone', 'Crawling In Chains' (exclusive European bonus track), 'Hold Tight' (exclusive European bonus track).

The album will be unleashed on January 25th (Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Italy) and January 28th (Europe) through Metal Blade Records.

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Brainstorm To Tour Europe With Pagan's Mind

German metallers BRAINSTORM will team up with PAGAN'S MIND and POWERWOLF for a European tour in March 2008. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Mar. 04 - DK - Copenhagen @ The Rock
Mar. 05 - DE - Hamburg @ Markthalle
Mar. 07 - NL - Weert @ De Bosuil
Mar. 08 - DE - Memmingen @ Kaminwerk
Mar. 09 - DE - Saarbrücken @ Garage
Mar. 11 - CH - Pratteln @ Z7
Mar. 12 - DE - Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
Mar. 14 - FR - Paris @ Venue tba
Mar. 15 - BE - Vosselaar @ Biebob
Mar. 16 - DE - Langen @ Stadthalle
Mar. 18 - DE - Bochum @ Zeche
Mar. 19 - DE - Nürnberg @ Hirsch
Mar. 21 - AT - Wien @ Szene
Mar. 22 - HU - Budapest @ A Zene Haza

More dates will be announced soon.

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Brainstorm Reveal Complete Downburst Album Details

After celebrating their tenth anniversary with the re-releases of their first two efforts (Hungry and Unholy) and the release of their first ever 2-DVD set Honey From The B's, German metallers BRAINSTORM are set to release their new album, Downburst. Produced by Sascha Paeth (ANGRA, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, KAMELOT) and Miro, Downburst will be released as a regular jewelcase as well as in a limited edition jakebox (100% plastic-free) including 2 bonus tracks.

Tracklist: 'Falling Spiral Down', 'Fire Walk With Me', 'Stained With Sin', 'Redemption In Your Eyes', 'End In Sorrow', 'How Do You Feel', 'Protect Me From Myself', 'Surrounding Walls', 'Frozen', 'All Alone', 'Crawling In Chains' (exclusive European bonus track), 'Hold Tight' (exclusive European bonus track).

The album will be unleashed on January 25th (Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Italy) and January 28th (Europe) through Metal Blade Records.

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Evergrey Cancel European Tour With Brainstorm

Swedish metallers EVERGREY have pulled out of their previously announced co-headlining European tour with BRAINSTORM which was scheduled to take place in February/March.

Commented EVERGREY in a statement: "Unfortunately we must infom you that EVERGREY not is able to do the planned tour with BRAINSTORM in March 2008. This is due to the fact that our next album not will be ready in time to be released before the tour. We feel it's not fair to the fans or to the promoters or to BRAINSTORM to do a tour without the new album out. If the circumstances aren't the best we shouldn't do a major tour like this. We are sorry for any problems this may cause but we will be back soon."

BRAINSTORM added: "As EVERGREY will not have their new album released in time, they can not take part in the planned tour. Due to this fact, we need to reschedule the dates for the tour that will now happen without EVERGREY. We are already discussing some very interesting special guests but as we are sure you understand, we need some days to come up with new dates and details."

As previously reported, EVERGREY is documenting the recording process for the follow-up to 2006's "Monday Morning Apocalypse" for a forthcoming DVD, to be released sometime next year. According to the band, the final result will be "an in-depth look on how the whole recording went, with all the fuck-ups, conversations etc. It's not going to be [EVERGREY's version of the METALLICA documentary] 'Some Kind of Monster' since we dont have the fundings, but nevertheless."

EVERGREY recently announced the addition of former STRATOVARIUS bassist Jari Kainulainen to the group's ranks. Jari made his live debut with the band at Fosen Rock festival in Fosen, Norway on August 25.

EVERGREY is currently seeking a new label home after splitting with Inside Out Music following the release of "Monday Morning Apocalypse".

BRAINSTORM's new album, "Downburst" is scheduled for release on January 25 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy and January 28 in the rest of the world via Metal Blade Records. The track listing for the effort is as follows (not final sequence):

01. Falling Spiral Down
02. Fire Walk With Me
03. Stained With Sin
04. Frozen
05. End In Sorrow
06. Redemption In Your Eyes
07. How Do You Feel
08. All Alone
09. Surrounding Walls
10. Crawling In Chains
11. Protect Me From Myself

Commented the band: "We have spared neither trouble nor expense to deliver you the best-sounding, state-of-the-art BRAINSTORM album to date, can't wait to let you hear because this one will leave you with your jaw dropped, I'm sure! We are almost done with the mix and all I can say is that everything sounds f*#%ing amazing."

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Brainstorm Reveals New Song Titles

German melodic metallers BRAINSTORM recently entered Gate Studios in Wolfsburg with producers Sascha Paeth and Michael Rodenberg to begin recording their as-yet-untitled new CD, tentatively due on January 25, 2008 via Metal Blade Records. A single will precede the album sometime this fall. Song titles set to appear on the full-length CD include "Fire Walk With Me", "All Alone", "Protect Me From Myself", "Surrounding Walls", "Stained With Sin" and "Falling Spiral Down".

"This will become the strongest BRAINSTORM album so far!" stated singer Andy B. Franck.

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Brainstorm Begin Recording New Album

German melodic metallers BRAINSTORM have issued the following update:

"All systems 'go' in Brainland. We have entered the Gate Studios in Wolfsburg together with producers Sascha Paeth and Michael Rodenberg to record our new CD, which is due January 25th, 2008. Preceding the full-length CD will be a single CD release on October 19th, 2007 to give you a first shot of new BRAINSTORM tunes. Be prepared for a real BRAINSTORM from head to toe!

"Recordings are going extremly well so far and we are simply overwhelmed how impressive the new songs sound. These are definitely the best BRAINSTORM songs that have seen the light of day yet, no kidding, no blank phrases — this is the ultimate BRAINSTORM album so far. Really can't wait to let you hear!" More...

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Brainstorm and Bassist Part Ways

After more than 15 years, Brainstorm and long time bass player Andreas Mailänder have decided to part ways.

"Since my working situation is not going to ease up in the long run I won't be able to combine it with the upcoming touring for the new BS release. I'm left with no choice but to leave Brainstorm...". You can read his full statement here.

Brainstorm are now in search of a new bassist to fill the vacant spot. If you think you are right for the job, send your application to info@brainstorm-web.net or to Metal Blade Records, attn. Brainstorm, P.O. Box 1332, D-73054 Eislingen, Germany.

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Bang Your Head Festival Line Up Announced

The Bang Your Head festival has confirmed the following bands:

Mystic Prophecy

The Bang Your Head festival is a 2 day music festival that takes place in Balingen, Germany. The festival has been in exisistance since 1996.

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Brainstorm Surivives Summer Touring

I thought I'd share some long overdue Brainstorm news with you. First of all, really hope you all had an amazing festival summer - we for sure had one of the best festival runs ever and after so many wonderful shows during this summer we have almost reached the end of the summer festival season. One more to go - good times always go fast!

We had a lot of fun headlining the Römerstein Open Air, the Sägfestival and the lovely Eternity of Rock in Italy and definitely had a blast with all you people at the Rock Hard Festival & the Metal Dayz in Switzerland . We enjoyed the nice Rock Am Härtsfeldsee near our home base - it really felt like coming home, dudes; we rocked through and on the muddy fields of the Basin Fire Fest in the Czech Republic and for sure had our part of fun at the Earthshaker Fest. Hugs and kisses go out to all you people on the Sziget Festival in Hungary - it's always a pleasure to play one of the biggest and nicest festivals in the world with its very unique charm and character. You have to go there if you get the chance. Last but not least I for sure don't want to miss to send out a big hello to all you people in Spain and the Metalway Festivals we played end of July. This was without any doubt one of the most intense weekends we had yet. Starting with an amazing show in Gernika, followed by a "Spinal Tap" trip flying via Madrid to the south of Spain with lost instruments, lost luggage, delayed and missed flights followed by a late night show in Jerez and last but not least missing luggage and instruments again in Barcelona and back home as well. Rock 'n' Roll!

Next is the final festival show for this summer: today, on the Deichbrand Festival in Cuxhaven which we are really looking forward to and having said that, there's not much left to say than sending out a big "thanks a lot dudes!" for raising the horns with us on this years' festivals, see you soon either on the Bloodstock Festival in the UK in September or on some more upcoming shows in fall - stay tuned there's more to come.

God bless you all!

Todde & Brainstorm

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Blind Guardian Confirmed For Earthshaker Fest

BLIND GUARDIAN, GOREFEST, MENDEED and JUSTICE have been confirmed for the 2006 edition of the Earthshaker Fest, set to take place July 21-22 in Kreuth. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):


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Graveworm To Play Benefit Show

Italian gothic black metal band GRAVEWORM will take part in the fund-raising event “METAL FOR FAIRNESS” Festival set to take place Saturday, May 5th at the PLanet Music in Vienna (Austria). The earned profit will be donated to the ‘Amna Grenda Girl school in the region of Kosti / Sudan (Africa) and should help the children to renovate, improve the sanitary equipment and to finance serious teaching aids. GRAVEWORM will be co-headlining the event next to German BRAINSTORM. Be there and support this fantastic idea!

Doors will open at 18:30h


Final Breath
Perishing Mankind

More information on this event can be found here.

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My Dying Bride To Headline Bloodstock 2006

British Doom Metallers MY DYING BRIDE have been confirmed as the headliners of the 6th annual Bloodstock Festival to be held at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, UK on 29th-30th September 2006. MY DYING BRIDE are only the second UK band to have headlined the event, previously SAXON headlined in 2001 and 2003.

The current Bloodstock line-up is shaping up as follows:


Another 6 bands are to be announced over the forthcoming weeks, including 2 special slots given over to bands that have entered a raffle to play the show. Any band interested in entering the raffle should contact the organisers at the BLOODSTOCK festivals new website.

In related news, the second BLOODSTOCK OPEN-AIR festival is taking place on July 14th-15th 2006 at Catton Hall, South Derbyshire, UK. Currently confirmed bands are:


More bands will be announced over the forthcoming weeks. Tickets (which will be sent out during April) for both shows are available from bloodstock.uk.com.

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Brainstorm Announce 2006 Festival Appearances

Brainstorm has announced a first pack of festival dates for 2006. Their first show this year will see their live debut in Oslo, Norway on the Ragnarock Kick Off, followed by a trip to Granada, Spain for Atarfe Vega Rock and some German festivals like the Sägfestival, this years Rock Hard Festival and the Rock Am Härtsfeldsee. The band will also return to the UK where Brainstorm will play the Bloodstock UK Metalfest. More shows to be confirmed.

Brainstorm live appearances:

24.02.06 Ragnarock Kick Off Oslo (N) - http://www.ragnarock.as
10.03.06 Atarfe Vega Rock Atarfe-Granada (E) - http://brmusic.net/avr2006
19.05.06 Sägfestival Greding (D) - http://www.justforfun-verein.de
02/04.06.06 Rock Hard Festival Amphitheater, Gelsenkirchen (D) - http://www.rockhardfestival.de
16/17.06.06 Rock Am Härtsfeldsee Dischingen (D) - http://www.rockamhaertsfeldsee.de
30.09.06 Bloodstock 06 UK Metalfest Derby (UK) - http://www.bloodstock.uk.com

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Brainstorm Schedule First Live Appearances Of 2006

German power metallers BRAINSTORM have scheduled several dates in 2006 following a brief break to allow frontman Andy B. Franck to receive treatment for neuritis.

Commented Franck: "After some weeks of recovery, I'm feeling much better now. Everything developed in a very positive way so finally I'm feeling even better than ever! I received tons of e-mails for my recovery and this of course helped a lot. Big *hugs* for all your best wishes! You're fuckin' amazing and I fuckin' love you! We'll be back on the road to unleash the monster again, I am very looking forward to the upcoming shows — the monster is back on track!"

During the two-month break, Torsten Ihlenfeld (guitar), Milan Loncaric (guitar) and Dieter Bernert (drums) commenced the songwriting process for BRAINSTORM's next album. According to a posting on the band's web site, the new ideas "sound really incredible so far. Andi [Mailänder, bass] joined us on the rehearsals last week and was really [impressed by] the new stuff."

Upcoming BRAINSTORM shows:

Mar. 10 - Atarfe Vega Rock Festival - SPA
May 19 - Sägfestival – Greding, GER
Jun. 2-4 - Rock Hard Festival – Gelsenkirchen, GER

BRAINSTORM's latest album, "Liquid Monster", was released last spring via Metal Blade Records. The CD was mixed at House Of Music Studios in Winterbach, Germany with producer Achim Köhler.

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