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Australia’s VIRGIN BLACK are returning to North America this fall with AMORPHIS. The tour begins September 27th, 2008 at Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, NC. Also on the bill are LEAVES’ EYES and SAMAEL.
About the tour, guitarist Samantha Escarbe comments, "With Fortissimo unleashed, we become ever more focussed and ready to live and breath every moment of this tour. Virgin Black, circa 2008, equals unbridled passion."
The band just released the album "Requiem - Fortissimo" on THE END Records, the second installment of a trilogy, an album that exhumes the death/doom vibe of early Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride albums.
The tour latest tour dates are as follows: More...
SAMAEL is proud to announce their first US tour in nearly five years in support of their latest “Solar Soul” release. As previously hinted at, the band will be making the trek with headliners/labelmates AMORPHIS as well as LEAVES EYES and VIRGIN BLACK. Co-founder, Xy, had this to say about SAMAEL’s return to US shores:
“We haven’t played in the US since our last tour for ‘Eternal’ back in 2003. It has been far too long and the wait is over! We are happy to announce we'll be back in September to present material from not one but two albums, namely ‘Reign Of Light’ and ‘Solar Soul,’ as well as songs off our other records. We're excited about this tour and are looking forward to connecting with our American audience once again!”
The complete tour schedule is as follows:
Sep. 27 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Sep. 28 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Sep. 29 - New York City, NY @ BB Kings
Sep. 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
Oct. 01 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
Oct. 02 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Oct. 03 - Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
Oct. 04 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Oct. 05 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Oct. 06 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
Oct. 07 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
Oct. 09 - Spokane, WA @ Big Easy Concert House
Oct. 10 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Oct. 11 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 12 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Oct. 13 - West Hollywood, Ca @ House of Blues
Oct. 14 - Phoenix, AZ @ Brickhouse
Oct. 16 - Ft Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
Oct. 17 - San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
Oct. 18 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Tickets will go on sale today exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until April 23, at which point they will be made available through all normal ticketing systems.
SAMAEL's eighth album, "Solar Soul," was released in June 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records.
AMORPHIS appear to be planning a North American tour later this year with LEAVES EYES, SAMAEL, and VIRGIN BLACK. The first date to be released is as follows:
September 29 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
An audio sample of the new MIDNATTSOL song "Northern Light" is available at this location. The track comes off the group's forthcoming second album, entitled "Nordlys" (translated: Northern Light), which will be released via Napalm Records on the following dates:
Mar. 26 - Finland
Mar. 28 - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden
Mar. 31 - Rest of Europe
Apr. 01 - USA/Canada
The CD was mixed by Tue Madsen and was mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland with Mika Jusilla. More...
Leaves' Eyes have announced they will be performing at the Mandragora’s Fest in Mexico City on March 1st. The band will perform their live debut with Nick Barker (ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir) on drums and Alla Fedynitch (Eyes of Eden) on bass.
The new drummer of ATROCITY and LEAVES' EYES is Nick Barker, who has previously played with CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR and TESTAMENT. Says ATROCITY/LEAVES' EYES vocalist/producer Alex Krull, "It's with great pleasure that we can announce Nick Barker is joining the ATROCITY and LEAVES' EYES family! We always were great fans of his way of drumming, and we are happy that we will kick some ass in the future together! Nick was our No. 1 choice! When we heard he would join us, we invited him right away!"
Here's a short interview with Nick Barker about his decision to join the two bands:
Q: Nick, how long do you know Alex and the guys of ATROCITY and LEAVES' EYES?
Nick: "I've known ATROCITY for many years, I think the first time we met was on the DEICIDE/ATROCITY tour in 1992 when I was the drum tech for support band CANCER, and since that time we've always ran into each other on the European summer festival circuit during the years that followed. Whenever I would play in the Stuttgart area with any of my previous bands, some of the guys would always be there and show their support."
Q: How did it come about that you joined the two bands now?
Nick: "Alex approached me at the Metal Hammer award ceremony in London last June (2007) and said that he was looking for a drummer that could handle the complexity and savagery of ATROCITY as well as the softer, more groove-laden beauty of LEAVES' EYES, and he thought I could be the right man to do both jobs. I had some prior commitments and obligations to fulfil at that time, but we spoke over the Christmas period and arranged for me to come to Stuttgart and audition; everything was fantastic both musically and from a social and personal aspect."
Q: How do you like the music of both bands? They are quite different from each other.
Nick: "I absolutely love the diversity of both bands. With ATROCITY, you have such brutal songs from the 'Atlantis' album such as 'Reich Of Phenomena', 'Apocaplyse' and 'Clash Of Titans', which I can't wait to play live and sink my teeth into. Then, on the other hand, you have LEAVES' EYES, which for me is something very new and very exciting as a drummer coming from a mainly black/death metal background. Liv has the most beautiful voice in the whole world within this genre, and the music is very moving, beautifully crafted and almost spiritual."
Q: You just jammed the first time with the guys at Mastersound Studio. How was it? What are your impressions?
Nick: "When I first arrived at Mastersound Studios, my first impression was 'WOW!!!' I had no idea of the sheer scale of dedication, time, money and professionalism that had been invested into the studio itself. Over the years, I have been in many first-class recording studios myself, but I have to say, Mastersound is a cut above the rest.The whole band were extremely friendly and there was an overwhelming sense of 'family' among them all, which made me feel very relaxed and at ease almost immediately. We jammed some classic songs by METALLICA, SLAYER and MORBID ANGEL to warm up before concentrating on the more serious matters of LEAVES' EYES and ATROCITY, and like I said earlier, everything was fantastic, both musically and socially."
Q: What are you going to do next with the two bands?
Nick: "Next up is a video shoot with ATROCITY in Berlin next month for the 'Werk 80 II' album, and then in March, LEAVES' EYES will play in Mexico City. April we will be working our asses off writing songs for the new LEAVES' EYES record in the brand new, relocated Mastersound studios. In May, LEAVES' EYES and ATROCITY will tour Asia (China, Taiwan, etc) for the first time ever. Upon our return from the Orient, we will continue to work hard on the new record, which is planned for an autumn 2008 release."
As previously reported, the North American Tour together with KING DIAMOND, KREATOR, LEAVES’ EYES and CELLADOR in spring 2008 has been cancelled due to serious health problems concerning King Diamond.
Leaves’ Eyes mainman Alex Krull (ATROCITY) comments: "Hello everybody, we unfortunately have to say that the North American Tour from Leaves’ Eyes together with King Diamond, Kreator and Cellador had to be cancelled as many of you already know. King Diamond has got a serious problem with his back which makes it impossible for him to go on tour in the next time. We got this news with a heavy heart, all our best wishes for a fast recovery for the King!! Healthiness goes first and we can understand his decision 100%. Of course we would have loved to present a great show for our fans in the USA and Canada. We even wanted to surprise you with new material from the next Leaves’ Eyes album! We hope however seeing all of you very soon.
Leaves’ Eyes are currently working at their next album and the finishing of the first Leaves’ Eyes DVD. Furthermore, new musicians are being sought for the position of drummer and bass player for Leaves’ Eyes and Atrocity.
Says Alex Krull: "We were very pleased with the reactions so far. Many interesting musicians of all different genres and places have applied so far. A big thank you to all of you who already wrote to us. We are checking all applications and we are still looking for more potential candidates. We would like to have people around us that are somehow down-to-earth and reliable but very much committed to music. This is for sure very important for us because of the two different directions of both bands. On the one hand we need people that are able to play all the crazy stuff in Atrocity such as extreme (double-bass) drumming and bass patterns beyond 225 bpm. On the other hand we need people who can play the groovy and filigree mid-tempo-beats for Leaves’ Eyes. Not an easy job and a real challenge for every musician. People who want to apply for the job, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Guitarist Bill Hudson of the Nebraska-based power metallers CELLADOR has issued the following update:
Alright, we've been getting tons of e-mails asking us whether the tour with KING DIAMOND, KREATOR and LEAVES' EYES is entirely cancelled or only the King is out of it.
"My honest answer as of right now is: I DON'T KNOW.
"I talked to our booking agent (John Finberg at First Row Talent, the guy who put the tour together) yesterday and he told me he's been working on a 'plan B' for three days and nobody more than him wanted this tour to happen. I can tell he's really bummed about it.
"It's almost funny, but ever since that happened, it seems like some of the bands are having problems. LEAVES' EYES has just parted ways with two members and we're having some problems I'd rather not talk about just yet. But what I CAN say is that we were supposed to be at the studio right now and the recordings were postponed.
"Now, another question we've been getting is: 'Is the January/February tour cancelled?' I do have an answer for that: NO, IT'S NOT.
"We will not cancel any shows on that tour. It starts on January 15th in Charlotte, NC and ends on February 10th in Houston, TX. About March 22nd - May 7th, please just sit tight. We'll announce something real soon. I really don't know what, but there will be something!" More...
LEAVES' EYES frontwoman Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull has posted the following message at the band's MySpace page:
"Dear Friends & Fans,
It's already a week since we played our last show for this year in Krefeld, Germany, with BLIND GUARDIAN, and now we're back in the studio, composing songs for our third album.
It was very, very nice to meet "the Guardians" again as we became close friends at our North-American tour earlier this year. Unfortunately I was feverish, struggling with the flu, however pain-killers are good in such a situation. The show has to go on, and yes, it was a good one.
Surprise: my sister Carmen Elise is having her vocals recorded for the next MIDNATTSOL album. It's good to have my sister around at our studio.
Today my son and I been busy packing 17 boxes of clothes and toys which will be sent to children living on the streets or in children's homes in Romania. If you can help somebody in any possible way - do it, and share your luck, love, fortune and happiness with other people!
Here's some love from me to you,
LEAVES' EYES — the German/Norwegian band formed by ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY singer Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull and members of ATROCITY (who are fronted by Liv's husband Alexander Krull) — has issued the following update:
"LEAVES' EYES played their last show of the year together with BLIND GUARDIAN and ASTRAL DOORS in the Krefeld Hockeystadium in front of 3,000 people. Moreover, this was the final concert of LEAVES' EYES with bass player Chris Lukhaup and drummer Moritz Neuner; Chris Lukhaup had to leave the band due to personal reasons and Moritz Neuner is taking another turn in his working career. The band wishes them both all the best in the future. At the moment LEAVES' EYES is checking out new musicians — if you are interested and a killer bassist or drummer, please contact email@example.com."
LEAVES' EYES filmed its October 20, 2007 concert at the Metal Female Voices Fest in Wieze, Belgium for an upcoming DVD. The stage set featured a Viking ship designed by LEAVES' EYES tech Leebee. A tentative March 2008 release is expected.
German thrash legends KREATOR have lined up a headlining show on March 31st at Jaxx in Springfield, VA. Also performing will be LEAVES’ EYES and CELLADOR. The band’s March 29th show at Jaxx with KING DIAMOND has sold out.
LEAVES' EYES — the German/Norwegian band formed by ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY singer Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull and members of ATROCITY (who are fronted by Liv's husband Alexander Krull) — will film its October 20, 2007 concert at the Metal Female Voices Fest on in Wieze, Belgium for an upcoming DVD. The stage set will feature a Viking ship designed by LEAVES' EYES tech Leebee. A tentative March 2008 release is expected,
Commented Liv: "We [Liv and Alex] travelled with our crew along the incredibly interesting and breath-taking west coast of Norway. Our journey started in Stavanger, my hometown. We filmed in sunny and rainy weather, which really shows the harsh climate of this region. We went through the fjords by boat and spent hours at the North Sea catching waves. We drove through the mountains, visited the old town of Stavanger, moreover, we did a lot of interviews, also with my family members.
"Most of the material will be presented on our upcoming DVD. However, it was also very important to gather nature shots for our special show at the Metal Female Voices Fest in Wieze, Belgium. We would like the audience to see that we are very close to nature and that Norway is part of LEAVES' EYES."
LEAVES' EYES' latest EP, "Legend Land", entered the German chart at position No. 75.
"Legend Land" was released in North America on July 28, 2006 via Napalm Records.
Liv Kristine and Alex Krull just returned from a Leaves' Eyes film shooting in Norway. Liv commented: "We travelled with our crew along the incredibly interesting and breath-taking west coast of Norway. Our journey started in Stavanger, my hometown. We filmed in sunny and rainy weather, which really shows the harsh climate of this region. We went through the fjords by boat and spent hours at the North Sea catching waves. We drove through the mountains, visited the old town of Stavanger, moreover, we did a lot of interviews, also with my family members. Most of the material will be presented on our up-coming DVD, however, it was also very important to gather nature shots for our special show at the Metal Female Voices Fest in Wieze, Belgium 20 October 2007. We would like the audience to see that we are very close to nature and that Norway is part of Leaves' Eyes. A warm thank you to hard-working Stefan Liebhauser (The Day After) and Gunnar Sauermann (Metal Hammer) who did a fantastic job, fixing this visually."
:eaves' Eyes has announced only a few more shows this year, with major touring (of the US) next year with King Diamond, Kreator and Cellador. The latest Leaves' Eyes tour dates follow: More...
Swedish metallers ASTRAL DOORS, who feature in their ranks LION'S SHARE vocalist Patrik Johansson, have posted the title track of their new album, "New Revelation", on their MySpace page. Due in Europe and the USA on September 14 via Locomotive Music and in Japan in October through King Records, the CD was recorded at Big Turn Studio and at The Darkside in Borlänge, Sweden and was mixed at the Abyss Studios in Sweden by Peter Tägtgren and ASTRAL DOORS.
"New Revelation" (view cover at this location) track listing:
01. New Revelation
02. Freedom War
03. Pentecostal Bound
04. Bastard Son
05. Waiting for the Master
06. Planet Earth
08. Cold War Survivor
09. The Gates of Light
10. Shores of Solitude
11. Mercenary Man
12. Lament of the East (bonus track Japan)
13. 21st Century Medieval (bonus track Japan) * More...
KING DIAMOND will be teaming up with KREATOR, LEAVES' EYES and CELLADOR for a 2008 North American tour. The complete itinerary for the tour is as follows:
22 - Ft lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
23 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
25 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
26 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
28 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Street Music Hall
29 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
30 - Philadelphia, PA - THe Trocadero More...
LEAVES' EYES will play a free open air show in their home town of Stuttgart, Germany on July 25th. The show will kick off the Henkersfest, which runs from July 26th to 29th at Wilhelmsplatz in the heart of the city. More show details will be revealed as the date gets closer.
Leaves' Eyes tour schedule is now as follows. All shows are with Kamelot unless otherwise noted:
9 - Cordoba, Spain at Viruta Rock Festival **
25 - Stuttgart, Germany at Henkersfest (free show) **
17 - West Springfield, VA at Jaxx
18 - Poughkeepsie, NY at The Chance Theatre
19 - New York, NY at B.B. Kings Blues Club
20 - Hartford, CT at Webster Theatre **
21 - Bedford, NH at Mark’s Place **
22 - Montreal, QUE at Medley
23 - Quebec City, QC at L'Imperial
24 - Toronto, ON at Opera House
25 - Cleveland, OH at Peabody’s
26 - Detroit, MI at I-Rock **
27 - Mokena, IL at The Pearl Room
28 - St.Paul, MN at Station 4
29 - Cedar Falls, IA at Reverb **
30 - Denver, CO at Bluebird Theatre
1 - Santa Ana, CA at Galaxy Theatre
2 - Los Angeles, CA at Key Club
4 - Tempe, AZ at The Clubhouse
5 - Albuquerque, NM at Launch Pad
6 - Austin, TX at Emo's **
7 - San Antonio, TX at White Rabbit
8 - Ft. Worth, TX at Ridglea Theatre
9 - Houston, TX at The Meridian
** Leaves' Eyes headline shows, no Kamelot
A three-and-a-half-minute video clip (set to the music of "New Found Land") containing footage shot on LEAVES' EYES' current European tour with KAMELOT has been posted online at this location (Windows Media).
Commented male vocalist Alexander Krull: "We had a lot of fun with KAMELOT and FAIRYLAND. Many magic moments we will keep forever in our mind. The European fans deserve our biggest THANK YOU! You made this tour such a fantastic happening! We are really looking forward to the upcoming concerts in Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and the Baltic States. We will visit some places where we have never played before with LEAVES' EYES, we are really excited about that.
"It was the right decision to continue touring for our fans this year!" Krull added. "We will start to work on our new record in the summertime before we play in the United States and Canada again. We will take our time to record a killer album for our fans! The release of the new CD is planned for 2008. Before the new record will come out the DVD shall be released."
Leaves' Eyes confirm the following tour dates:
17.08.2007 USA - West Springfield, VA / Jaxx
18.08.2007 USA - Poughkeepsie, NY / The Chance Theatre
19.08.2007 USA - New York, NY / B.B. Kings Blues Club
20.08.2007 USA - Hartford, CT / Webster Theatre*
21.08.2007 USA - Bedford, NH / Mark's Place*
22.08.2007 CAN - Montreal, QU / Medley
23.08.2007 CAN - Quebec City, QC / Imperial
24.08.2007 CAN - Toronto, ON / The Opera House
25.08.2007 USA - Cleveland, OH / Peabody's
26.08.2007 USA - Detroit, MI / I-Rock*
27.08.2007 USA - Mokena, IL / The Pearl Room
28.08.2007 USA - St.Paul, MN / Station 4
29.08.2007 USA - Cedar Falls, IA / Reverb*
30.08.2007 USA - Denver, CO / Bluebird Theatre
01.09.2007 USA - Santa Ana, CA / Galaxy Theatre
02.09.2007 USA - Los Angeles, CA / Key Club
04.09.2007 USA - Tempe, AZ / The Clubhouse
05.09.2007 USA - Albuquerque, NM / Launch Pad
06.09.2007 USA - Austin, TX / Emo's*
07.09.2007 USA - San Antonio, TX / White Rabbit
08.09.2007 USA - Ft. Worth, TX / Ridglea Theatre
09.09.2007 USA - Houston, TX / The Meridian
*Leaves' Eyes & support
Lacrimas Profundere have announced new tour dates. On April 27 and 28, Lacrimas Profundere will join their labelmates Leaves' Eyes on their highly successful "Vinland World Tour 2006" for two dates. Here are the Lacrimas Profundere tour dates:
8.04. D- Berlin / Dark Eastern festival
15./16.06. D- Glauchau / Woodstage summer open air
27.04. D - Bad Salzungen / KW 70*
28.04. D - München / Metropolis*
16.-18.08. D - Summerbreeze Open Air
Also, Napalm artist Fairyland will be part of selected concerts of the European Leaves' Eyes / Kamelot tour:
29.03. NL - Zoetermeer / Boerderij
30.03. NL - Plato / Helmond
03.04. D - Bochum / Zeche
05.04. F - Paris / Elisee Montmartre
06.04. B - Antwerpen / Hof Ter Loo
07.04. CH - Pratteln / Z7
08.04. D - Langen / NOISEGATE-Festival
10.04. D - Nürnberg / Hirsch
12.04. CZ - Zlin / Masters Of Rock Cafe
In addition to this tour, Leaves' Eyes use every day off for even more concerts, being joined by Atrocity on these new tour dates:
01.04. IRE - Dublin / Voodoo Lounge
10.05. LAT - Riga / Melna Piektdiena
11.05. EST - Tallinn / Nõmme Cult
12.05. LIT - Vilnius / Mulen Ružas
LEAVES' EYES have been confirmed to be the headliner of the Metal Female Voices Fest V, which is due to take place on October 20th, 2007 at Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. According to the band the theme of their show will be "En Saga i Belgia", and it will be filmed for release on their forthcoming DVD.
Other bands on the bill include: AFTER FOREVER, BATTLELORE, DISTORTED, DRACONIAN, ELIS, EPICA, THE GATHERING, IMPERIA, INTERRIA, SERAPHIM, SIRENIA, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY and VALKYRE.
DORO has now been confirmed to headline the festival pre-show on October 19th, also at the Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. Other acts scheduled to perform on the night include HOLY MOSES, DARZAMAT and DYLATH-LEEN