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Daybreak…..September 10th. Going out to the Artmore the previous evening was lame by comparison to the rest of the weekend. Though sold out, the Mid-Week Mayhem show after party just isn’t as big because many of the fans and musicians haven’t arrived to the area quite yet, so a 3:00am turn in time may as well have been midnight.
Waking at 7:00am, I trudged over to the Residence Inn’s quality free hot breakfast on floor 2. Today was the day….it would all hang on Dragonland – the band I’ve been lusting over since the announcement came a year ago. The Kick-Off event has always been a special occasion, but since Nathan Block of Swordlord took over, the bar has been raised dramatically…for me. That is, if you are a power metal fanboy, Nathan is your man. More...
Canadian label Test Your Metal Records is proud to announce the signing of internationally known Brazilian singer and composer Edu Falaschi for the release of his best-of 25th anniversary CD "Moonlight Celebration," where he will be singing acoustic versions of the most significant songs of his career.
Test Your Metal's Grant Truesdell comments: "I am beyond honoured to be working with Edu Falaschi for his 25th year anniversary album. Between Angra, Almah and any solo work he's done, I have been a fan of his music for a long time. I'm looking forward to bringing him to North America and welcoming him into the Test Your Metal family."
The album is slated for a November 20 release date and features older and more recent hits from Symbols, Angra and Almah. In addition to the CD's release, Falaschi will be hitting the road for a North American "Moonlight Celebration" tour (dates to be announced).
On that trek, he will be accompanied by Brazilian jazz / pop music pianist Tiago Mineiro and will also be joined by maestro and violinist Adriano Machado, creator and conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra Villa Lobos. More...
ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Andorra's Persefone is the latest band to be cancelled from the 2015 roster, in part due to visa issues. The USCIS has reared its ugly head causing the most issues since 2009 for the annual festival.
Harveston explains: "Unfortunately, this situation is not a simple as the Morgana Lefay cancellation, although the visa process is once again at the root of things. It is no secret now the USCIS center in Vermont is running 4-6 weeks behind their normal schedule assuming there is no RFE (request for evidence). We technically still have three weeks we can wait to receive these visas and then schedule the mandatory interviews. However, Persefone booked a European tour in June with the assumption they would have completed the interviews prior to kicking off their tour. They cannot complete any interviews while on tour. I requested they wait until after the tour and then complete the interviews as there was still possibly time. I was informed the day job of one of the band members prevents him from traveling to Madrid during that time frame, especially with no specific date to schedule currently. Thus, I am left with no choice but to cancel the band now.
"I know these types of explanations are frustrating to you, the fans. There is simply nothing that can be done. In the immortal words of the great American poet, Jimmy Buffett, 'Breathe in..Breathe Out..Move On.' Please know that there is no animosity between the band and myself. I truly understand and empathize with their situation. I wish the band nothing but the best and will continue to support them in the future."
Within hours of the announcement, Canada's Unleash the Archers was added to the bill. The latest roster list is as follows: More...
Legendary hard rock/metal vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, T.S.O., ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) has been confirmed for the sold-out ProgPower USA festival this year in Atlanta, Georgia, replacing Sweden's Morgan Lefay, who became the latest victim of the USICS Visa System. In a special performance, Jeff will celebrate his entire 30 year career at the festival performing songs from many of his bands along the way, including Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Axel Pell Rudi, W.E.T., Rock Star, as well as his solo releases.
Jeff stated: "Having known about the ProgPower USA fest for years, I'm proud to be invited to present the ONLY US show this year with my 30th anniversary show! Me and the boys couldn't be more excited to rock Atlanta!"
Promoter Glenn Harveston added: "I’m honestly still in awe Jeff has graciously stepped up to the plate to help us out at the last minute. I can say I have never had such an amazing and quick conversation with an artist when it comes to booking a band. That is not only a sign of a true professional, but someone wanting to perform for our festival audience. Nothing fires up this crowd more than knowing a legendary name like Jeff Scott Soto actually wants to be in Atlanta. I'd also like to thank Sun Hill Management for the great response time."
Jeff Scott Soto recently took part in the sold out T.S.O./Savatage two stage spectacle at Wacken this past weekend. His latest solo release "Inside the Vertigo," under the monikor Soto, was released by earMusic back in January. More...
D.C. Cooper, vocalist for Royal Hunt, has pulled out of the ProgPower USA Kick off show in Atlanta, GA, set for September 10th at Center Stage, citing an undisclosed reason. Just today, it was revealed on Saxon's Facebook Page that the band along with Armored Saint will replace Cooper and play with previously announced acts Dragonland and Almah. The official announcement from Swordlord Productions and ProgPower USA was expected for noon EST today.
The pull out does not affect Cooper's performance of Royal Hunt on the main festival roster. The statement reads: "It is with great disappointment and sadness the we are announcing the cancellation of the DC Cooper solo performance at the 2105 Atlanta ProgPowerUSA Kick-Off Party on Sept. 10th 2015.. Due to circumstances beyond his control, or anyone elses control, DC Cooper had to make this tough decision to withdraw from the Kick-Off Concert. Hopefully, we will be able to elaborate more on the situation in the near future. But,at this time, this is all the information we have.
"DC Cooper wishes to convey the following message,...'I want to thank everyone involved for their professionalism and enthusiasm that helped bring this together up to this point. Nathan Block and his festival team, Dave Watson, Kenny Porter Julian Nieser, and many others! Thank you, and my sincere apologies! Especially my warmest Thanks to the fans and friends who were to attend. Your support is never-ending and much appreciated!'"
"DCE/Studio747 wants to also convey. The ProgPower USA performance of Royal Hunt on Sept. 12th, 2015 WILL NOT BE AFFECTED!, in any way at all. Royal Hunt will perform their highly acclaimed and successful album, 'Paradox' in its entirety on Saturday night! This still will be a performance that should not be missed!
"One last note,....The DC Cooper solo cd with TEAM DC is in full swing and coming along nicely with incredible results! The TEAM hopes to have an early fall release if all goes well. The team has been working tirelessly on the production, and it has now become the highest priority!
"Thank you all so much once again to everyone! I will see you in Atlanta,...still,...for PPGUSA2015!" More...
Brazilian power/progressive act Almah, featuring ex-Angra vocalist Edu Falaschi, released a new music video for the track "Believer." The song appears on the latest release "Unfold," which is available via Scarlet Records.
Almah will appear in the United States for the first time on September 10, 2015 at the annual ProgPower USA festival's Kick off Show. The show will feature Almah as the opener, along with Sweden's DragonLand (first U.S. appearance) and headliner D.C. Cooper. Tickets for the event go on sale November 4th. Information can be found at this location.
The ProgPower USA XVI main festival sold out this past Friday, October 10th in just six days, marking the second fastest sell out in festival history.
Check out "Believer" here: More...
Just a day after the lineup announcement for ProgPower USA XVI was revealed to the crowd on Friday, September 12th, the annual kick off show was revealed. Headliner DC Cooper (vocalist for Royal Hunt) will play a solo set. In support is the U.S. debut of Swedish power metal act Dragonland, which features Amaranthe guitarist Olof Mörck and Destiny vocalist Jonas Heidgert, along with Brazil's Almah, which features former Angra vocalist Edu Falaschi.
Both the kick off and main festival announcement videos can be seen below. Tickets for the main festival will be available starting on October 4th with the kick off show tickets available in early November. More information can be found over at the official site at this location.
Check out the main festival lineup video here:
Former Almah guitarist Paul Schroeber, died at age 40 yesterday in Our Lady Mediatrix Hospital in Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil after he was hospitalized for several days for a ICU treatment.
Schroeber received a reconfiguration procedure cardiac device - similar to a pacemaker, which had no effect and a transplant was needed. Schroeber suffered from an enlarged heart, which caused accumulation of water in the lungs which caused difficulty in breathing.
The band released the following statement (translated using Bing): "We are deeply sad and Almah's shaken with the news that our brother Paulo Schroeber music died. Paul, as well as an extremely gifted musician was a single person, a kindness and a good mood genuinely special. The strength and the naturalness with which he dealt with his painting was one of many admirable characteristics. The man was prematurely, and as if adivinhássemos, we dedicate the show yesterday, in Florianopolis, to him. Get the lesson and the work, which proudly we recorded together on two albums. So little for what could still be done, but more than enough to ever be forgotten by us, ex-bandmates or by fans. Paul, thanks for the friendship and the music we share. Keep fingers in shape, one day we will have a sound again. ;)" More...
Almah has checked in with the following announcement about releasing an upcoming album and streaming a new song:
"We are proud to announce that Almah has signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of the new album 'Unfold.' The album to be out November 25th in Europe and December 3rd in North America. Also, check out our brand new single 'Raise the Sun' below."
The track listing is as follows:
1. In My Sleep
2. Beware The Stroke
3. The Hostage
4. Warm Wind
5. Raise The Sun
6. Cannibals In Suits
7. Wings of Revolution
9. I Do
10. You Gotta Stand
11. Treasure of The Gods
12. Farewell More...
Almah has now revealed that the band's new album "Unfold" will contain the following track listing:
1. In My Sleep
2. Beware The Stroke
3. The Hostage
4. Warm Wind
5. Raise of The Sun
6. Cannibals In Suits
7. Wings of Revolution
9. I Do
10. You Gotta Stand
11. Treasure of The Gods
The album was recorded in São Paulo/Brazil and mixed and mastered by Damien Rainaud at Darth Mader Music in Los Angeles, California. As was previously reported, the cover artwork for "Unfold" was designed by Nathalia Suellen (Lady Symphonia) from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More...
Almah has set “Unfold” as the title of its fourth album, which will be coming later this year. The CD is currently being recorded in São Paulo, Brazil at the Do It! Studio of Edu and Tito Falaschi.
The cover artwork was designed by Nathalia Suellen (Lady Symphonia), who has previously worked Dark Moor, Random House, Penguin Group, Harper Collins, Simon&Schuster, McCann Erickson, Scholastic, and others.
Further details on the album will be forthcoming. On September 19th, 2013 the band also will take part in the Rock In Rio Festival. More...
Brazilian power metal act Almah, featuring Ex-Angra vocalist Edu Falaschi, posted up pre-production footage of the band composing ideas for the follow up to 2011's "Motion." The footage features snippets of new material. Previously posted footage can also be seen over at this location.
Check out the footage here:
Almah has posted a pre-production teaser clip online as the band works on an upcoming album. Check out the clip below. Almah's Edu Falaschi comments:
"Hello guys, the new album is almost ready, we are finishing the last songs now! We'd like to show you one part of a new song: it's a guitar duel with tapping and right now we are working at this idea! Very soon the whole new material will be ready for the recording!"
Brazilian melodic metal act Almah, featuring Ex-Angra vocalist Edu Falaschi, posted a new music video for the song "Living And Driting." The song appears on the band's latest effort "Motion" (2011), which is available through AFM Records.
Check out the video here:
The AFM Records label compilation "All For Metal" now continues with part 3. This time "All For Metal III" includes 26 video clips on DVD and a bonus CD with 15 tracks. The compilation will see release on November 30th, 2012 and the track listing is:
01. Orden Ogan - The Things We Believe In
02. U.D.O. - Leatherhead
03. Kissin’ Dynamite - Money, Sex & Power
04. Masterplan - Time To Be King
05. Heavenly - Fullmoon
06. Shakra - Back On Track
07. The Last Vegas - Evil Eyes
08. Morton - Weeping Bell
09. Triosphere - Marionette
10. Brainstorm - In These Walls
11. Iron Mask - God Punishes, I Kill
12. Crystal Viper - Witch’s Mark
13. At Vance - Facing Your Enemy
14. Wolfpakk - Reptiles Kiss
15. Sinner - Back On Trail
16. Oz - Dominator
17. Elvenking - The Loser
18. Nightmare - Sunrise In Hell
19. Epysode - Obsessions
20. Stahlmann - Tanzmaschine
21. A Life Divided - Heart On Fire
22. Eisbrecher - Eiszeit
23. The Murder Of My Sweet - Unbreakable
24. Lake Of Tears - House Of The Setting Sun
25. The New Black - The King I Was
26. Lyriel - Leverage
27. All Hail The Yeti - The Art Of Mourning
28. Black Messiah - Windloni
29. Ektomorf - The One
30. Solution .45 - Gravitational Lensing
31. Fear Factory - The Industrialist
32. Ministry - Ghouldiggers
33. Suidakra - Dowth 2059
34. Korzus - Truth
35. Onslaught - The Sound Of Violence
36. Tankard - Rules For Fools More...
Brazilian metal act Almah announced that it will release its new music video for the song "Days of the New" on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 3:00pm EST/15-00 CET. The song is the fourth video for the band's latest LP "Motion" and it will come via the band's official YouTube Channel.
The clip was recorded by Valter Reis and Gildasio Chagas from DV Produções, edited and produced by Alex Milesi, who was responsible for the previous two videos “Trace Of Trait” and “Late Night in ’85".
“Motion” was released in October 2011 via AFM Records (Europe, North America) and through Victor JVC in Japan. This CD defined the proper style of the band with heavier elements and aggressive parts. In May 2012, Edu Falaschi announced his departure from Angra to concentrate on Almah. In addition, Almah previously welcomed guitarist Gustavo Di Pádua into the band for the outgoing Paulo Schroeber. At the moment, the band is composing new stuff for the next studio effort.
Vocalist Edu Falaschi announced that he has departed Brazilian power/progressive metal band Angra. He also announced that Felipe Andreoli is no longer with his band Almah. Falashi posted the following note on his official website:
"Dear friends, fans and partners,
"There comes a moment in a man’s life when it is necessary to make a radical decision in order to move forward with dignity and renewed energy.
"I’m in a very happy moment, where now, at age 40, I’m fulfilled and incredibly satisfied to have succeeded in making almost all my personal and professional dreams come true.
"I have a beautiful family, many wonderful friends and fans who have followed me for over 20 years and a lasting career with more than 15 albums released, several world tours and thousands of copies sold worldwide.
"I am a lucky person to have made ?it this far, singing Heavy Metal and been around the planet playing the music I love the most.
"I've been thinking for some time now, about the path to follow and finally came to the conclusion that it is time to take the more natural road.
"It is with a mixture of relief, joy and sadness that I have to declare that from today on I am not the voice of ANGRA anymore, I'm leaving the band already missing a lot of what we built together, specially the happy times of Rebirth and Temple of Shadows. I will never forget everything that we experienced from good to bad times, after all we must always look at the good side of things, even when things are most difficult.
"I am eternally grateful for those 10 years of many victories and for all the opportunities given to me, I wish them luck on their journeys.
"Whenever they want or need I will be around and ready to support them! I am and will always be very proud of our history! My life is music and music is the food to my soul. I have many plans and projects for the future! Some of them are already well established, strong and generating excellent results and so, they demand and deserve my full dedication, and of all the people involved in it. That's why I also want to announce that Felipe Andreoli is not the Almah's bass-player anymore! He will keep working only with Angra and his other projects!
"I will go on with my ideals and my career as a singer, songwriter and producer. Thank you all, with love...
Brazilian metallers Almah have issued the following statement about the departure of guitarist Paulo Schroeber due to health problems:
"Dear Almah friends and fans! I think many of you already know about health problems that our brother, partner and member of the band, Paulo Schroeber, has recently faced. Due to these problems we had to call another guitarist to replace him at the latest Almah shows during Motion tour, but we always hoped that Paulo would be with us again very soon.
"Unfortunately, a very serious heart problem made it impossible for our friend to continue his work for a long term, and we received his message that he had to leave the band! All of us became extremely sad but at the same moment we respect his decision to stay with his family at such a delicate moment.
"For us, there remains only one thing: to keep public our eternal support, love and, most of all, gratitude for all the great moments we had together! We are very happy to know that his treatment is going on and the prognosis is positive. The band is here with all its energy and now it's even stronger because we do what we love and 'cos we respect all the dedication of our friend Paulo over these years of hard work and fun. More...
Brazilian metal band Almah, featuring Angra vocalist Edu Falaschi, has parted ways with guitarist Paulo Schroeber (Astafix/ex-Dies Irae/ex-Fear Ritual) due to health issues. Falaschi posted the following announcement on its official website:
Dear ALMAh friends and fans! I think many of you already know about health problems that our brother, partner and member of the band, Paulo Schroeber, has recently faced. Due to these problems we had to call another guitarist to replace him at the latest ALMAH shows during Motion tour, but we always hoped that Paulo would be with us again very soon.
Unfortunately, a very serious heart problem made it impossible for our friend to continue his work for a long term, and we received his message that he had to leave the band! All of us became extremely sad but at the same moment we respect his decision to stay with his family at such a delicate moment.
For us, there remains only one thing: to keep public our eternal support, love and, most of all, gratitude for all the great moments we had together! We are very happy to know that his treatment is going on and the prognosis is positive. The band is here with all its energy and now it’s even stronger because we do what we love and ‘cos we respect all the dedication of our friend Paulo over these years of hard work and fun.
The name of new ALMAh’s guitarist will be revealed soon, together with announcement of new ways of the band and tour dates for 2012. The band’s “philosophy” to create music for the sake of music in friendship and fun will always be our priority.
Thanks for all,
Almah has confirmed its first show of 2012: the band will play at Metal Open Air taking place in São Luís, Maranhão (Brazil) on the 20th - 22nd of April. The cast of the festival will include more than 40 bands from Brazil and abroad such as Megadeth, Anthrax, Blind Guardian, Fear Factory, Grave Digger, Venom, U.D.O., Obituary, Exodus, Destruction, Symphony X, Andre Matos, Shaman Korzus among others.
According to Edu Falaschi: "We are very happy to participate in the first Metal Open Air. Such event will be a milestone for Brazil and I'm very happy that all our great bands will take part in such an important event sharing stage with many cool international bands and having the same opportunities and conditions! It will be a unique moment for all of us and we'll show once again that our public is the best audience in the world!"
More information about Almah at Metal Open Air and other news of the band are coming soon. Check out the official website of the event here.
Almah released its third studio full-length "Motion" via AFM Records (October 14th 2011 / Europe, January 17th 2012 / North America). The album was recorded in São Paulo, Brazil at Norcal Studios in May-June 2011 and mixed and mastered at Split Second Sound Studios (Amsterdam, Netherlands) by Jochem Jacobs (TEXTURES) in July.