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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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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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Brainstorm Cancel UK Tour With Saxon

Brainstorm guitarist Torsten Ihlenfeld has posted the following message at the band's official website:

"Hi Brainiacs,

Unfortunately, here's some bad news coming your way. Due to reasons beyond our control, we are not able to play the scheduled dates with Saxon in the UK as well as some other shows that are or have been (still) in the works for the next time. For all you people in South Europe and especially those that have seen some posted dates in the clubs and online already, there have also been some Brainstorm shows scheduled in Spain, France, Italy and Greece for end of October/ beginning of November, which we can not play as well. We feel totally sorry as we would have loved to play the UK together with the mighty Saxon and South Europe again for all you fantastic Brainiacs out there. We will try to re-scedule or set up new shows as soon as possible, keep on surfing by, we'll keep you updated.

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Metal Blade Completes Anniversary Party Billing

Metal Blade Europe has announced that Powerwolf will be completing the line-up for their 10th anniversary party, the METAL BLADE RRROOOAAARRR. The show will take place October 2nd at the LKA (Longhorn) in Stuttgart.

Set times:

Powerwolf 18:00-18:30 30min.
Cataract 18:45-19:25 40min.
Primordial 19:45-20:35 50min.
Brainstorm 20:55-21:55 60min.
Amon Amarth 22:15-23:30 75min.
All-Star Band 23:30-???

All bands will be performing special sets with a few surprises in their set lists. After the Amon Amarth gig a Metal Blade all-star band will be playing a few cover tunes.

Every visitor will get a free CD. There will be special event merchandise for fair prices available at the venue. In between the bands there will be presentations and lotteries – lots of goodies will be raffled among the visitors!

Tickets for the METAL BLADE RRROOOAAARRR are only available via www.metalblade.de – each ordered ticket includes a free poster. Tickets are only 20,00 Euros.

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Metal Blade Records Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Metal Blade Records Europe are celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year. To celebrate this birthday, they have organized an event, called "METAL BLADE RRROOOAAARRR", with a few bands playing and lots of extras.

The METAL BLADE RRROOOAAARRR will be held on the 2nd of October, 2005 in the LKA (Longhorn) in Stuttgart. A nice day for a big party as the 3rd of October is a National holiday in Germany!

Bands set to perform:
- Amon Amarth
- Brainstorm
- Primordial
- Cataract
- opening act TBA

Every visitor will get a free CD. There will be special event merchandise for fair prices available at the venue. In between the bands there will be presentations and lotteries – lots of goodies will be raffled among the visitors.

Tickets for the RRROOOAAARRR are only available via www.metalblade.de – each ordered ticket will be accompanied by a free poster. Tickets are only 20,00 Euros. Go to www.metalblade.de and click on the banner for further details!

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Watch Brainstorm's "All Those Words" Video Online

Brainstorm are out with the video to their new single 'All Those Words'. You can watch it online at Yahoo! Music.

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Brainstorm Cancels Bochum Release Party

There has been a slight change to Brainstorm's “Liquid Monster” Release Party calendar. Unfortunately, the party scheduled for April 1 at the Matrix in Bochum has been cancelled due to a major restructuring of the club’s musical program, and no replacement date will be set. All other dates remain unaffected by this change.

"Liquid Monster" will be available everywhere April 4.

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Brainstorm Update and Tour Dates

Brainstorm have issued a quick update between tour rehearsals and interview sessions. Their single, 'All Those Words,' is out and entered the single charts in Hungary at #5.

They have released new tour dates as well including a new festival date in the beginning of June in Italy and the re-sceduled UK dates in October supporting Saxon.

"Inside The Monster - World Tour 2005 / 2006"

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Saxon Reschedule UK Tour Dates

Saxon have re-scheduled those UK dates which they've been forced to postpone from March. The shows will now happen at Bradford Rio October 16, Dudley JB's 17, Nottingham Rock City 18, Edinburgh Liquid Rooms 19. Brainstorm will be the support act.

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Brainstorm Announce Listening Parties For New CD

The release of the new, long awaited Brainstorm album “Liquid Monster” is drawing near. It will be in stores on April the 5th! But you have the possibility to check it out earlier at release parties in Germany, Austria and France. In addition to the listening session, there will be “Liquid Monster” competitions with killer prizes like limited shirts, limited radio singles, posters, etc!

At a few selected locations, members of Brainstorm will be in attendance for signing sessions and meet & greets!

Brainstorm CD Listening Parties: More...

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Anvil, Exciter, Vicious Rumors To Play Tradate

Tris of aces from USA for Cultural Association Orpheus: Anvil, Exciter and Vicious Rumors confirmed their shows at Tradate Iron Fest 2005! Finally 3 so much appreciated bands are back in Italy for really awsome gigs!

Other bands confirmed:
Pink Cream 69
White Skull

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Gotthard Confirmed For Tradate Iron Fest

Veteran Swiss hard rockers Gotthard have been confirmed for the Tradate Iron Fest, a five-day event set to take place June 1-5 at Campo Sportivo in Tradate (VA), Italy. Gotthard will play on June 3rd.

The rest of the billing looks like this:

Eurosmith (Aerosmith tribute)
Pink Sream 69
White Skull

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"Armageddon Over Wacken Live 2004" Details

Armageddon Music have announced a March 21 release date for the "Armageddon Over Wacken Live 2004" 3-CD set. The package will feature more than 220 minutes and 38 bands, along with liner notes, photos and information about the annual German metal festival. Here is the complete track listing:

Disc 1:

01. ANTHRAX - "Indians"
02. ANTHRAX - "Only"
03. DESTRUCTION - "Nailed To The Cross"
04. CHILDREN OF BODOM - "Sixpounder"
05. CANNIBAL CORPSE - "Dormant Bodies Bursting"
06. MAYHEM - "Pargans Fears"
07. DEATH ANGEL - "Thicker Than Blood"
08. UNLEASHED - "To Asgaard We Fly"
09. ORPHANAGE - "Five Crystals"
10. EKTOMORF - "I Know Them"
11. EKTOMORF - "Destroy"
12. BAL-SAGOTH - "The Emperial Lexicon"
13. MNEMIC - "Ghost"
14. CATHEDRAL - "Stained Glass Horizon"
15. NEVERMORE - "Enemies Of Reality"

Disc 2: More...

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Brainstorm Finish Mixing "Liquid Monster", Tour

Brainstorm have finished mixing their long awaited new full-length album "Liquid Monster" at House Of Music Studios (Germany) with producer Achim Köhler.

"Some people were surprised about my enthusiastic comments on the new tracks, as I am usually the most critical part of the band right after the recording sessions...", quotes lead singer Andy B. Franck, "and I'm even more than enthusiastic now that I have heard the final versions. The more I listen to the songs, the more I realize what real 'monster' we have created here! It's definitely time for everybody to get their own picture of it!"

"Talking about pictures brings me to our bonus DVD, which will be included in the limited edition of "Liquid Monster"", says guitarist Todde, "it will contain lots of video footage from our last tour, the festivals, off-stage-footage, and some studio sequences for your viewing pleasure, as well as some bonus audio stuff. It will be entitled "Streets, Stages & Studios" and the title says it all, period!"

"Liquid Monster" (to be released April 4th, 2005) final tracklisting: More...

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Brainstorm's "Liquid Monster" Being Mixed

Andy of Brainstorm sent out an update recently about their their upcoming album that is in mixing now, and more:

So it's done: "Liquid Monster" (to be released April 4th, 2005) is now in the mix, and I'm really proud to say, that this album is maybe more exciting than everything else we've done before! Tracks like "Worlds Are Comin' Through", "Shades And Shadows", "Inside The Monster", "My Invisible Enemy" and "Lifeline" do REALLY kick ass and represent Brainstorm better than ever! A few days ago we also had our final fotoshooting and are now ready to shoot the next videoclip for the upcoming single "All Those Words" (to be released March, 7th.). Stay tuned for the final tracklist, some amazing infos about the single, the album and.... us :-), some pics... and be prepared for the most intense BS songs EVER!

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At Vance Announce Studio Drummer

At Vance is just about to finish the new album. The studio drummer will be Franco Zuccaroli. The band is still searching for a drummer.

In other news, At Vance has posted a pre-production sample of the song "Chained" here.

At Vance will be touring with Brainstorm and Mercenary in 2005. Tour dates are as follows: More...

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Mercenary Nominated For Danish Metal Awards

Danish Progressive melodic metal shooting stars Mercenary are nominated for the Danish Metal Award 2004 in four categories: Best album, best live act, best vocalist and best guitarist. Just get on http://www.danishmetal.dk/Awards2004.htm and vote via e-mail until December 31st 2004.

After their strong performance at German Summer Breeze Festival 2004 and several shows with Evergrey a lot of new tourdates already got in. The Rock Station Festival in Ankara, Turkey taking place in March 2005, the lengthy European Tour with Brainstorm & At Vance in April/May and Wacken Open Air 2005 are surely some highlights.

Upcoming Mercenary gigs: More...

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Brainstorm's New Release & Tourdates Delayed

Brainstorm have decided to postpone the release of their upcoming album "Liquid Monster". "We simply want to give the best possible album to our fans and due to some changes in the time-scedule of the recordings we got the chance to take some more time," comments guitar player Torsten Ihlenfeld. "Mark my words, it will be worth the wait!"

The single-CD All Those Words will be released the 7th of March, 2005. It will include new songs as well as unreleased tracks and video-clips and is meant as an appetizer for greater things to come. Talking about the full length album, the new Brainstorm longplayer Liquid Monster is due for release the 4th of April, 2005.

"This album will fullfill your high expectations," says Torsten. "We are simply overwhelmed by the new songs and the recording process which is running very smooth by now."

Because of the new release dates for single and album, the tour got pushed back a little bit. There's ALL NEW tourdates. The support bands are confirmed as AT VANCE (Germany/Sweden) and MERCENARY (Denmark). More...

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