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Edguy/Advantasia vocalist Tobias Sammet was interviewed by Harmon Caldwell on Edguy's official website (Edguy.net). He talked about the writing process behind the band's forthcoming LP "Age of the Joker" (EU: 08/26/2011; NA: 09/13/2011).
When asked about the motivations for writing the LP's first single "Robin Hood," Sammet responded "Attila the Hun, Odin, the sons of Odin, Cinderella, Humpty Dumpty... I can hardly think of a more or less historically relevant swashbuckler who hasn't been the main topic in a song, sung by Heavy Metal men in furry loin cloths. Except from Robin Hood, maybe the story of Robin Hood is too complex, haha! I just thought it is so over-the-top, it embraces everything that Rock and Metal are all about. It's more Spinal Tap than Spinal Tap ever were."
Sammet also responded to the mixed criticism the band received on previous LP "Tinnitus Sanctus," stating "The fact that certain magazines bash whatever we do is no big news, we know what they'll write even before we enter the studio. As a matter of fact, we don‘t fit in their scheme, but down the line it really doesn't matter what some desk- or internet-hero writes. AGE OF THE JOKER seemingly has all our trademarks and is considered a back-to-the-roots album by some press guys, which theoretically could be a proof that we have our own signature sound which makes us proud, but nothing was forced. I also love TINNITUS SANCTUS, it is a great album, my favorite Edguy album to date. It's sad some people didn't understand it and I respect that. But this is not proof for inferior quality. What counts is that AGE OF THE JOKER is a great album, you know that, the EDGUYs know that, our producer Sascha Paeth knows that, and our fans will find out shortly. The rest of the world can kiss my ass!"
Read the full article at Edguy.net.
Edguy is set to release the new album "Age of the Joker" on August 29th, 2011 in Europe. The band is now streaming several song samples online. Head over to the band's Facebook profile to check out samples of "Robin Hood," "Pandora's Box," "Rock of Cashel," and "Nobody's Hero."
The band also recently posted a music video online for the song "Robin Hood," which can be found at this location. The "Age of the Joker" track listing is as follows:
1. Robin Hood
2. Nobody's Hero
3. Rock Of Cashel
4. Pandora's Box
6. Two Out Of Seven
7. Fire On The Downline
8. Behind The Gates To Midnight World
Edguy has posted a music video online for the song "Robin Hood," which is taken from the band's 2011 album "Age Of The Joker." The album's track listing and artwork, along with comments from the band about the "Robin Hood" video, can be found at this location.
Edguy has finished the video shoot for "Robin Hood," the opening track from Edguy's forthcoming Album "Age of the Joker" (release date August 26th). Video director Oliver Sommer (Avantasia, Nena, Helloween...) and the band decided to satirize the Errol Flynn version "The Adventures Of Robin Hood" for the clip. The miniature epic was shot in the forest with a large number of additional actors, starring German TV-comedian Bernhard Hoecker in two different leading roles.
Vocalist Tobias Sammet commented: "When you decide to do things like that of course you have to be aware that you will most likely make a fool out of yourself. We had to wear tights and looked a bit like four idiots and one transvestite. But we have come to a point we don't care so much anymore. We feel like being in a luxury position where the record label gives us a lot of money to waste for really silly things like sneaking through the forest and looking like idiots. The shooting was one of the funniest days in our career, and that means something. Although It was hard work - the rain, the mud, soaking wet tights, angry horses, carriage, a lot of travesty, sword fighting and hurting smile muscles. You gotta check it out!"
The single "Robin Hood" will be out on August 5th and will be available as download and on green vinyl. The video version of the song was cut down to 5 minutes, but the album version has a running time of more than 8 minutes. Fans at the Wacken Open Air festival will also be able to see it on the festival screen first. More...
Sweden's Fullforce has announced it will be supporting Edguy on selected upcoming European tour dates. The currently announced details are as follows:
23.09.11 SE-Malmö - KB
24.09.11 SE-Göteborg - Trädgarn
25.09.11 SE-Stockholm - Tyrol
27.09.11 D-Hamburg - Docks
28.09.11 D-Berlin - Columbia Club
30.09.11 D-Essen - Grugahalle
Fullforce will be supporting the new album "One," which sees it's North American release on July 26th, 2011. The track listing is as follows:
1. Mythomaniac (4:02)
2. None Of Your Concern (3:35)
3. Heart And Soul (3:31)
4. Oblivion (4:53)
5. Open Your Eyes (4:25)
6. Rain (4:33)
7. Suffering In Silence (3:06)
8. Walls Of Secrets (4:33)
9. Father spirit (4:51)
10. Bleed (5:07)
11. Into The Cradle (5:01)
Edguy, which recently announced an upcoming European tour, has now revealed the cover artwork and track listing for the new album "Age of the Joker." The album is set for release on August 29th, 2011 in Europe. You can check out the artwork below, and the track list is as follows:
1. Robin Hood
2. Nobody's Hero
3. Rock Of Cashe
4. Pandora's Box
6. Two Out Of Seven
7. Fire On The Downline
8. Behind The Gates To Midnight World
Power metal act Edguy has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Europe. Support on the trek is set to come from Kottak. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.
Sep. 23 - SWE - Malmö, KB
Sep. 24 - SWE - Gothenborg, Trädgarn
Sep. 25 - SWE - Stockholm, Tyrol
Sep. 27 - GER - Hamburg, Docks
Sep. 28 - GER - Berlin, Columbia Club
Sep. 30 - GER - Essen, Grugahalle
Oct. 01 - GER - Fulda, Wartenberg Oval
Oct. 02 - GER - Bamberg, Arena
Oct. 04 - GER - Filderstadt, Filharmonie
Oct. 06 - CZE - Prague, KD Vitavska
Oct. 07 - GER - Langen, Stadthalle
Oct. 10 - ITA - Milan, Alcatraz
Oct. 11 - SUI - Pratteln, Z7
Oct. 12 - FRA - Lyon, Transbordeur
Oct. 14 - ESP - Madrid, Heineken
Oct. 15 - ESP - Barcelona, Apollo
Oct. 16 - ESP - Bilbao, Rock Star
Oct. 18 - GER - Saarbrücken, Garage
Oct. 19 - FRA - Paris, Bataclan
Oct. 21 - GER - Memmingen, Kaminwerk
Oct. 22 - GER - Straubing, Messehalle
Oct. 23 - CZE - Zlin, Rock Cafe
After a successful world tour with more than 100 concerts all over the globe, in support of the band's latest release "Tinnitus Sanctus" in 2008, Edguy has entered the studio to record a new album. Still under the influence of the arena tour as special guests of the Scorpions and the latest Avantasia world tour (featuring Tobias Sammet and Felix Bohnke), Edguy feels it's about time to squeeze the band's energy on tape in a recording studio again. This time the band has chosen the famous Peppermint-Park in Hannover (Scorpions, Phil Collins), according to the band "a recording temple with a tremendously great sounding room."
Tobias Sammet (also Avantasia) comments: "We have chosen the Peppermint Park to record the basics there. I had done a few little bits and pieces for Avantasia there, but it's so great to record drums and stuff like Hammond B3 with a big bad fat mean Leslie there. The room is big and the sound is mean! We were always striving for a powerful but natural sound. I guess we had a good sound recently, but I think there is always room to improve. The more I listen to what's going on in the Heavy Metal world these days, the more I long for drums that sound like drums. I want them to sound powerful without sounding like Atari. Sascha and I came to the conclusion that we have to start from scratch and do things the way they have to be done, not the fashionable way. I don't want a distorted master-copy, just so it is loud enough on an iPhone or on PC-speakers.
"If you talk to your most fancy producer he will say something like: 'Well, it's the sign of the times, you have to be able to compete in the loudness war…' What the fuck?! If I want it to be loud I turn up the stereo. I want dynamics, room, a real big sound, not that distorted trendy compression. Why don't we all move back a little and record great sounding music, not loud sounding music? Do a Google search for 'loudness war' and you'll see what I mean. Whatever, the new songs sound great, we have thirteen of them, and we'll pick maybe ten and put them on the album. We have anthemic melodies, although it's not kitsch. When you record anthemic music, you tend to be dangerously close to kitsch, it's a fine line and I think we balance on that fine line pretty well. To cut a long story a little insignificantly shorter: I just think it is great, and that's what counts. Real music, you know? We'll keep you informed, if you want it or not!"
Taiwanese black metal band Chthonic has been confirmed for this year's edition of Loud Park, the biggest metal festival in Japan. The festival is set to take place October 16-17 at Saitama Super Arena.
The line-up includes: Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Motorhead, Angra, Dir En Grey, Edguy, Amon Amarth, 3 Inches of Blood and many more.
For more information, visit www.loudpark.com.
Arch Enemy are the latest band to be confirmed for the 2010 edition of the Wacken Open Air Festival. The festival will take place August 5-7, 2010 in Wacken, Germany. Arch Enemy will perform on the 6th of August. The list of currently confirmed bands is as follows:
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
The Devil's Blood
Frontiers Records has announced the signing of Bruce Kulick for the European release of “BK3,” his third solo album, on January 29, 2010.
Kulick, who first gained notoriety as a member of Meat Loaf's “Bat Out Of Hell” touring band, may be best known for his twelve years (1984-1996) as lead guitarist of KISS, during which time he appeared on nine gold, two platinum and one multi-platinum KISS albums. It is, however, the wealth of experience he has gained in his 13 post-KISS years that shines through on “BK3.”
The album takes listeners for quite a ride over its twelve songs... from the frenetic and anger-fuelled "Fate" (co-written by Kevin Churko, known for his work with Ozzy Osbourne), to the philosophical and uplifting "Life." Never one to mind sharing the spotlight with other talented musicians, Kulick invited several guest artists to appear on “BK3”, including Gene Simmons of KISS on the anthemic "Ain't Gonna Die," Doug Fieger (lead vocalist of The Knack) on the soon-to-be pop classic "Dirty Girl," Tobias Sammett (Edguy, Avantasia) and Eric Singer (KISS) on the fierce "I'm The Animal," Nick Simmons (son of Gene) on "Hand of the King", former Union cohort John Corabi on the moody "No Friend Of Mine" and guitar legend Steve Lukather (Toto) on the exciting instrumental "Between The Lines."
"Many albums lack cohesion with different vocalists, but I know that my guitar playing is the glue on BK3," Kulick says. "There was the clear goal of making absolutely the best record that I could put together. I feel like this is my Revenge."
“BK3” includes the following tracks:
Ain’t Gonna Die (featuring Gene Simmons)
No Friend of Mine (featuring John Corabi)
Hand of the King (featuring Nick Simmons)
Dirty Girl (featuring Doug Fieger)
I'm The Animal (featuring Tobias Sammet and Eric Singer)
And I Know
Between The Lines (featuring Steve Lukather)
Skydome (from the BK CD “Audiodog”) - Exclusive Bonus Track for Europe
Bruce plans to take “BK3” to his fans through as many avenues as possible, including live concerts, appearances at KISS Expos and media.
Mary Zimmer, vocalist of the Wisconsin metal band Luna Mortis, has issued the following pre-tour update:
"We are so excited to be getting ready for our North American tour with Edguy and Epicurean! Getting things off to a good start, so far, and we've got a couple of lineup changes to announce for the tour. First of all, our bass player, Jake Bare, wasn't able to hit the road with us this time, so we are very happy to have producer Don DeBiase filling in on bass guitar for the entire tour. He's an incredible musician and performer and has produced music for us as well as bands like Beneath the Sky (Victory) and Forever In Terror (Metalblade). He's a good friend of ours and we hope you will all enjoy watching him on stage with us this September." More...
Ensiferum have issued the following announcement about making an appearance at the upcoming Screamfest in Australia:
"Ensiferum are delighted to confirm their appearance at Sydney's Screamfest. The show is on New Year's Day 2010 (01.01.10) and the band share the stage with acts such as Sonata Arctica, Edguy & Destruction.
"For more info and tickets, please visit Screamfest here."
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.
Iranian thrash/death metal act ARSAMES has been confirmed for Metal Camp 2009 - talents stage (DARK DOG STAGE BANDS) set to take place July 2-8, 2009 in Tolmin, Slovenia.
The Metal Camp festival billing is shaping up as follows:
DIE APOKALYPTSCHEN REITER
KEEP OF KALESSIN
LAMB OF GOD
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
MY DYING BRIDE
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS
For more info, check the Metal Camp website at metalcamp.com.
Wisconsin progressive death/thrash metal band, Luna Mortis, has added the following off dates on their tour with Edguy and Epicurean:
6/26: Fort Wayne, IN
9/03: Louisville, KY
9/04: Detroit, MI
9/07: Rochester, NY
9/10: Virginia Beach, VA
9/14: Milwaukee, WI
9/26: Reno, NV
9/30: Mesa, AZ
10/1: Las Vegas, NV
German power metal band Edguy will be heading to North America in September of this year for a tour in support of their latest album, "Tinnitus Sanctus." Support on the tour will come from Luna Mortis and Epicurean.
The tour dates are as follows:
5 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON
6 - Club Soda - Montreal, QC
9 - The Blender Theater (at Gramercy) - New York, NY
11 - Jaxx - West Springfield, VA
12 - Peabody’s - Cleveland, OH
13 - The Pearl Room - Mokena, IL
15 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
16 - Royal Albert Arms - Winnipeg, MB
17 - The Riddell Center (at Univ. of Regina) - Regina, SK
19 - Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB
20 - Warehouse - Calgary, AB
21 - Plaza Club - Vancouver, BC
23 - Sugar Nightclub - Victoria, BC
24 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
25 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
27 - Slims - San Francisco, CA
28 - Jumping Turtle - San Marcos, CA
29 - The Key Club - Hollywood, CA
Eduy has announced two shows in the United Kingdom for next month.
The dates are as follows:
9 - Dudley, UK - JBs
10 - London, UK - Carling Academy Islington
Frontman Tobias Sammet is suitably excited: “It’s always a great feeling to tour England. England is not known for its appreciation of ridiculous Eunuch fronted European Metal, but if you don’t take yourself too seriously, have a good sense of humor and scarf-skin on your palate, England is the fucking place to be. Seriously, I love that country, I love castles, IRON MAIDEN, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Robin-Hood and British humor. And I am looking forward to set the clubs on fire and finally prove to the Brits - and even if only a few - that we are maybe the best, definitely the most entertaining band in the world! London and Dudley: Beware, the Krauts are coming!!!“
German power metal act Edguy has recently found success with their new album, "Tinnitus Sanctus" which has entered the German album charts at number 19. The album has also claimed the number 50 spot in Austria. A limited edition of the album is also available which contains a bonus CD of the band performing live in Los Angeles.
Edguy frontman Tobias Sammet has posted the following message online:
“Why should Hollywood fear us walking its unholy streets? You gotta ask Hollywood itself and it will tell you! Or better: What's left of Hollywood after we've played...
"For the Edguy tour with Kamelot, we'll mainly focus on older material as the new album (Tinnitus Sanctus) is not gonna be released at that point. People wanna come out, have fun, and sing along, so we'll focus on our classic material. Did we choose the set list via democracy or dictatorship? It's kind of both plus the principle of contingency: Every band member writes down his own list of songs he wants to play, we put ‘em into a voting box, and then I draw until I got the list I've written. Seriously, it's no big deal. Sometimes we sit backstage an hour before the show and throw song titles back and forth to keep it exciting to ourselves. We don't wanna impress people with complicated or extremely fast stuff… that's childish. We just wanna make ‘em have a good time, so the songs should have maximum impact. More...