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Voodoo Circle

Formed: 2008
From: Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Voodoo Circle News

Below is our complete Voodoo Circle 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.

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ProgPower USA XV: Day 2 (Saturday)

The fact that Friday’s ProgPower events went off without a hitch despite numerous technical issues that the audience generally wasn’t aware of and bands weren’t very delayed from their assigned time slots was a real credit to the ProgPower crew. Unfortunately, Saturday would bring its share of more obvious challenges. Waking up on Saturday had Friday’s attendees feeling as if they’d just collectively experienced the same dream for the entire day before. For some, that dream had lasted until dawn clawed its way overhead. As difficult as it was to believe, the festival was already half over. A full writeup on day one’s shows can be read here.

Saturday’s shows were to kick off with two of Norway’s more progressive bands - the young upstarts in Withem and the veterans of Divided Multitude. Divided Multitude’s drummer wasn’t available to come to America due to postal delays in getting him his visa, which forced the band to cut down their set and bring in the talents of two experts playing off the cuff: Withem’s Frank Røe and Pagan’s Mind’s Stian Kristoffersen. Following them would be Germany’s Voodoo Circle, whose vocalist would cause instant pregnancy among several of the female -- and male -- fans in the audience. Germany’s MasterPlan would round out the last of the power metal for the festival in huge fashion afterward, followed by a passionate full album performance by Sweden’s Pain of Salvation. Jon Oliva’s Pain would close out the festival with rare fire and what will surely be noted as one of the strongest performances of Oliva’s second half of his musical career - Savatage’s “Streets” performed in its entirety.

First, however, as is the tradition at ProgPower each year, gold badge holders were treated to a special additional set of music -- this time, by Seventh Wonder, performing non-Mercy Falls songs exclusively bright and early. More...

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Thought Chamber Pulls Out Of ProgPower USA

Glenn Harveston, promoter for ProgPower USA, has announced that San Francisco's Thought Chamber has been forced to pull out of this year's festival to be held from September 10-13th, 2014 in Atlanta Georgia.

The following announcement was made by vocalist Ted Leonard: "Ted Leonard here….We regret to announce that, due to my scheduling conflicts, Thought Chamber will not be able to participate in ProgPower USA 2014. I feel terrible about this, but have had unforeseen commitments arise that unfortunately cannot be changed. We are truly honored to have been invited to perform at ProgPower USA. Glenn Harveston has built one of the best progressive metal festivals in the world, and we hope that Glenn will forgive our unforeseen cancellation and allow us to return in the future. This was totally unexpected, and evidence that I've completely overloaded my plate. I would like to personally and publicly apologize to Glenn Harveston, my band mates, and to any ProgPower USA fans that may have purchased tickets solely to see Thought Chamber."

Harveston has named the replacement act as Greek progressive metal band Need. The band released the latest album "Orvam - A Song for Home" in January. As a preview, check out the track "Mother Madness" from the album here: More...

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Sinner Announces 30th Anniversary Shows

AFM Records has issued the following announcement about Sinner performing special 30th anniversary shows:

"Three decades into the sign of the Sinner – what better reason to celebrate can one imagine? Mat Sinner and his band will play three special concerts in Germany (Sinner + surprise guests). Also joining the 'Sinfest' concerts are Voodoo Circle and The New Black." More...

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ProgPower USA XV Mid-Week Mayhem Show Revealed

The annual ProgPower USA festival announced the mid-week mayhem lineup for Wednesday, September 10, 2014. The lineup will feature Pain of Salvation (playing a regular set as opposed to the special set during the main festival comprising of "Remedy Lane" in its entirety), along with Atlanta's Theocracy and Oklahoma's Vangough. Ticket information will be announced soon.

The festival previously announced the kick-off show for Thursday, September 11th: Pagan's Mind (playing the debut LP "Celestial Entrance" in its entirety for the first time ever), Italian power/progressive act DGM and Indiana's Draekon. Tickets for the kick-off show will go on sale on November 1st.

The main festival, which is held from September 12-13, 2014, will feature:

Friday (September 12, 2014)

Thought Chamber (replaces Disperse)
Orden Ogan
Leprous
Overkill
Seventh Wonder (playing "Mercy Falls" in its entirety)
Stratovarius (Headliner)

Saturday (September 13, 2014)

Withem
Divided Multitude
Voodoo Circle
MasterPlan
Pain of Salvation (playing "Remedy Lane" in its entirety)
Jon Oliva's Pain (playing "Streets" in it's entirety) (Headliner)

Tickets for the main festival - as of this morning - are 70% sold after the first 24 hours, so head over to this location fast. More...

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ProgPower USA XV Lineup Revealed

The annual ProgPower USA Festival held in Atlanta, Georgia announced the lineup for its 15th year just after Soilwork's set On Friday, Sept 6th. The festival will be held from September 12-13, 2014.

The lineup was revealed to be:

Friday (September 12, 2014)

Disperse
Orden Ogan
Leprous
Overkill
Seventh Wonder (playing "Mercy Falls" in its entirety)
Stratovarius (Headliner)

Saturday (September 13, 2014)

Withem
Divided Multitude
Voodoo Circle
MasterPlan
Pain of Salvation (playing "Remedy Lane" in its entirety)
Jon Oliva's Pain (playing "Streets" in it's entirety) (Headliner)

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Voodoo Circle Posts New Album Preview

German hard rock act Voodoo Circle, featuring Primal Fear/Sinner bassist Mat Sinner, posted a preview of the band's new album "More Than One Way Home." The album is set to drop on February 22, 2013 via AFM Records. A video for "Cry for Love" can be viewed here and the track "Graveyard City" is streaming here.

Check out the preview clip:

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Voodoo Circle Releases "Cry For Love" Video

Voodoo Circle has released a new music video of the track "Cry For Love," which is taken from the upcoming album "More Than One Way Home" (to be released on February 22nd through AFM). Voodoo Circle is:

Alex Beyrodt - Guitars
David Readman - Lead & Backing Vocals
Markus Kullmann - Drums
Jimmy Kresic - Keyboards
Mat Sinner - Bass & Backing Vocals More...

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Voodoo Circle Reveals New Album Artwork

Voodoo Circle's third album "More Than One Way Home" is scheduled for a February 22nd release via AFM Records.

The album artwork has now been revealed, which can be found after the jump, and you can also listen to the song "Graveyard City" in the player below. Voodoo Circle has just put the finishing touches on new video clip "Cry For Love," which will be released soon. More...

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Voodoo Circle Streaming New Track "Graveyard City"

German metal band Voodoo Circle, featuring Primal Fear/Sinner bassist Mat Sinner is streaming the new track "Graveyard City." The song appears on the band's forthcoming third LP "More Than One Way Home," which is scheduled for release through AFM Records on February 22, 2013.

Check out "Graveyard City" here:

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Voodoo Circle Announces New Album Title

AFM Records has issued the following announcement about extending its contract wtih Voodoo Circle:

"Their 'Broken Heart Syndrome' album was THE Classic Hard Rock masterpiece of 2011: after sensational chart success and a great tour with Sinner, Alex Beyrodt’s Voodoo Circle has now extended its deal with AFM Records and is working on a new album. It will be titled 'More Than One Way Home.' and is expected to be released in early 2013."

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AFM 15th Anniversary Festival Packs All-Star Card

AFM Records is celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year. In addition to a three CD compilation, the label has also put together an all-star lineup for a festival in Hamburg, Germany on November 26, 2011. The lineup for the show includes headliners U.D.O. along with Voodoo Circle, Orden Ogan, Kissin' Dynamite, Dark Age, The New Black, Lake Of Tears, A Life (Divided), Mob Rules, Byfrost, XStahlmann, Buried In Black, Black Messiah and Crystal Viper with a special act to be announced.

The special 15th Anniversary 3CD compilation will be released on October 28, 2011, but festival attendee's will receive the package free with a ticket purchase.

The track listing for the "AFM Records 15th Anniversary Compilation" is:

CD 1:

1. 24/7 (U.D.O.)
2. Avantasia (Avantasia) (Single Version)
3. The Black Mare (Dragonland) (Edit)*
4. Broken Hero (Iron Mask*)
5. Soulburn (Masterplan)
6. Temple Of Stone (Brainstorm)
7. Brotherhood Of Light (Morton)
8. Heavy Metal Never Dies (Iron Savior*)
9. Watching In Silence (Circle II Circle)
10. Night Of The Sin (Crystal Viper)
11. Dominator (Oz*) More...

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Voodoo Circle Announces Tour In Support Of Sinner

German rockers Voodoo Circle, featuring Primal Fear/Sinner bassist Mat Sinner, will support Sinner on a fall European tour, dubbed the "Sins And Voodoo" tour. Voodoo Circle is currently supporting its latest LP "Broken Heart Syndrome" and Sinner is on tour in support of its latest LP "One Bullet Left." Voodoo Circle are also in the studio completing work on the yet untitled Voodoo Circle III album.

Confirmed dates for the tour are:

26.11. D – Hamburg – Markthalle (Voodoo Circle @ AFM festival with U.D.O)
27.11. NL - Kerkrade - The Rock Temple
29.11. CH - Pratteln Galery
30.11. D - Bruchsal - Fabrik
01.12. D - Geiselwind - Music Hall Strohofer
02.12. CH - Buelach - Stadthalle (Sinner only, with Whitesnake)
03.12. AT - Woergl - Komma
04.12. D - Burglengenfeld - VA Zentrum
06.12. D - Augsburg - Spectrum
07.12. D - Stuttgart - Roehre
08.12. D - Recklinghausen - Vest Arena
09.12. D - Andernach - Juze
10.12. D - Karlsruhe - Knockout Festival (Voodoo Circle only with Saxon, Blind Guardian)

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Update On Kiske/Somerville Collaboration

Producer Mat Sinner checked in from the recording sessions of the highly anticipated album featuring vocalist Michael Kiske and American singer Amanda Somerville (Avantasia). "We finished the songwriting for 12 original new songs – no covers .... and a week ago, we’ve started the final recordings! Everything looks cool and the song material is amazing!"

Most of the songs are written by Mat Sinner together with Magnus Karlsson (co-producer & guitarist). More songwriting contributions come from former "After Forever" guitarist Sander Gommans, Amanda Somerville (Arise, A Thousand Suns, Set Afire) and two outstanding symphonic songs written by Mat Sinner with keyboard maestro Jimmy Kresic (End Of The Road, Devil In Her Heart). Some more song titles can be revealed for the moment: "Silence, Don't Walk Away," "Rain," "Nothing Left To Say," "If I Had A Wish," "One Night Burning" and "Second Chance."

"We’re recording in two studios at the moment" says Mat. "Magnus is recording guitars at his own Stuntguitar Studios in Sweden and I’m working at the Audiospezialist Studio in Germany with drummer Martin Schmidt (ex-Atrocity, RMC Band) and keyboarder Jimmy Kresic (Voodoo Circle). After the Primal Fear European Tour, we will start with the vocal and choir recordings and I’m really looking forward to be a part of this progress. This album is a big challenge and it sounds already like something really special for me, in a time when we face a so many releases every month. Sander Gommans will join the team and will add some lead guitars and we’re talking to two more prominent musicians for a guest appearance."

Achim Koehler (Primal Fear, Edguy) was chosen to mix and master the album at Indiscreet Studios for a spring release on Frontiers Records.

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