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Formed: 1998
From: Athens, Greece
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Firewind 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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Firewind Posts New Studio Video Diary

Firewind has now posted a second studio video diary online chronicling the band's time working on new material, which can be viewed below. The first video diary is also still online here. The band commented on the new clip:

"Check out FIREWIND in the studio recording their upcoming new album, scheduled for a Spring 2012 release!!! Here is Part 2 - Petros Christo recording the bass. Enjoy!"

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Scar Of The Sun Lining Up European Tour

Scar of the Sun, which began writing new material for an upcoming album earlier this year, has checked in with the following update about lining up a European tour and supporting Firewind at an upcoming live show:

"Hello everybody! We got some cool news for you after an extended time of silence. The band will be the direct support for the forthcoming Firewind only date in Athens, Greece on the 14th of January 2012, at the Fuzz club. We are all excited for the fact that we will be supporting this legendary band and we're preparing for a great show!

"Bare Infinity will be the opening act of the show, so the bill is really interesting and multidimensional! This is the official facebook page of the event, please feel free to check it out here.

"Tickets can be found at Tickethouse, Puplic and also on www.ticketarena.gr. The price on the presale is 18€. On the day of the event the price will be 20€, so hurry up an get your ticket as soon as possible! The band would like to thank deeply Firewind and Elias Aravidis for the invitation to participate in this very cool concert.

"In other news, the band has confirmed its first European tour, for which there will be an anouncement very soon, so stay tuned! See you people on January the 14th!"

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Firewind Posts Studio Diary, Pt. I

Greek now Boston based power metal band Firewind is back in the studio recording it's seventh album and follow up to the successful "Days Of Defiance" LP and tour. The band posted the first of a series of Studio Diary videos, this one showing the drum recordings.

Check out the video here:

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Firewind To Record New Material

Guitarist Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne) has issued the following brief announcement via his Twitter account about Firewind gearing up to record a new album:

"Whats up everyone...I've been rehearsing this past week w/ FW like crazy. We're ready 2 start recordings, will keep u posted as we go along."

Further details on the upcoming Firewind release, which will follow the "Days of Defiance" album, will be released as they become available. In the mean time, you can check out footage of Firewind performing a live show in Cleveland by navigating over to this location.

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Firewind Live Footage Posted Online

Vidz-R-Us has posted footage online of Firewind performing live at Peabody's in Cleveland, Ohio on October 16th 2011. You can check out footage of Firewind playing "The Ark of Lies" and "Fire and the Fury" below.


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Arsis Posts New Video Inviting Fans To Tour

Melodic death metal artists Arsis posted a video of bassist Noah Martin of ARSIS inviting fans to the band's "Frets Of Fury" tour with Firewind, White Wizzard and Nightrage. Tour dates are posted below.

Check out the video here:


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Firewind Vocalist To Miss European Tour

Firewind has announced that singer Apollo Papathanasio will be forced to miss the band's European tour for family reasons. Amaseffer vocalist Mats Leven will fill in.

The official announcement reads:

"FIREWIND front man Apollo Papathanasio has been forced to miss the band’s imminent European tour due to family issues. Apollo will be back with FIREWIND for their North American 'Frets Of Fury' tourdates in October. Apollo’s replacement for the European 'Defiance Over Europe' dates is the hugely talented singer Mats Leven (Therion, Yngwie Malmsteen).

"FIREWIND’s European tour starts out next week on September 9th in the UK and will additionally cover The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy and France with support coming from Swedish metallers and labelmates Wolf. Here are the exact dates for both the European and the North American tours in support of the acclaimed latest FIREWIND album release “Days Of Defiance” so you can get your tickets NOW."

FIREWIND + WOLF - 'Defiance Over Europe' Tour 2011

Presented by: Blackstar Amplification, Rock Hard (Germany), Rock Tribune (Benelux) and Lords Of Metal (Benelux)

FR 09.09. Southampton, UK - Talking Head
SA 10.09. Manchester, UK - Moho
SU 11.09. Glasgow, Scotland - Cathouse
MO 12.09. Reading, UK - Sub 89
WE 14.09. Zoetermeer, NL - Boerderij
TH 15.09. Den Bosch, NL - W2
FR 16.09. Kerkrade, NL - Rock Temple
SA 17.09. Vosselaar, BEL - Biebob
SU 18.09. Cologne, GER - Underground
MO 19.09. Aschaffenburg, GER - Colos Saal
TU 20.09. Hamburg, GER - Knust
TH 22.09. Vienna, AUT - Szene
FR 23.09. San Dona Di Piave, IT - Revolver Club
SA 24.09. Pisa, IT - Borderline
MO 26.09. Paris, FRA - Le Nouveau Casino More...

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Firewind Posts Tour Teaser Trailer

Firewind has announced a European tour with Wolf in September and a subsequent North American tour in October with Arsis, Nightrage, and White Wizzard. A teaser trailer for the band's upcoming tour dates has now been posted online and can be viewed below.

The upcoming Firewind dates are as follows: More...

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Firewind Announces North American Headline Tour

Greek metallers Firewind have revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of North America. Support on the trek is set to come from Arsis, White Wizzard and Nightrage. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

Oct. 09 - St Petersburg, FL - The State Theater
Oct. 10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Oct. 11 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Oct. 12 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
Oct. 13 - Manchester, NH - Rocko's
Oct. 14 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electriques
Oct. 15 - Ottawa, ON - Maverick's
Oct. 16 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Oct. 18 - Joliet, IL - Mojoe's
Oct. 19 - St Paul, MN - Station 4
Oct. 20 - Winnipeg, MB - The Osborne Village Inn
Oct. 21 - Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop
Oct. 22 - Kelowna, BC - Sapphire Nightclub
Oct. 23 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
Oct. 24 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Oct. 25 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 26 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Oct. 27 - Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go

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Nightrage To Support Firewind On Tour

Nightrage has been announced as the supporting act for Firewind on the upcoming "Frets of Fury" North American tour, which starts on October 9th.

Firewind's Gus G. states: “We couldn’t be happier to announce our first full North American tour! It’s been over three years since Firewind toured from coast to coast across the U.S. and we’re coming back stronger than ever with a killer package. We put a lot of thought into who we wanted to go out with us and truly believe that each band on this bill brings something special to the table making this a very diverse line-up. However, shredding guitar driven metal remains the prominent feature across the board.

“In fact there’s more to it than just that, as this package is somewhat of a musical family tree. Not many people know this but Arsis’ guitarist James Malone and I went to Berklee together back in 1998. We had an instrumental band together for awhile, which later became Firewind. James is a kick ass shredder and I’m glad our bands are finally touring together.

“Also, most people don't know that I played in Nightrage for few years. I did two albums with them and their main-man Marios Iliopoulos is a phenomenal guitar player. He also filled in on bass for Firewind this year, when Petros was unable to tour. More...

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More Metal Tracks Heading To The Rock Band Network

In an ironic twist, most of the new metal tracks headed to the Rock Band Network will be hitting the PS3 edition of the game this coming week, while the Playstation Network remains down with no firm date in sight for a fix. Assuming the network becomes available, the PS3 edition will see new music from Nachtmystium, Terror, Heaven Shall Burn, Ayreon, Daath, and Architects on May 3rd.

The newly added Xbox 360 songs, including the non-metal tracks, are as follows:

"A Grim Struggle" - Nightrage
"Self Medicate" - Felsen
"Satisfying Angst" - The Blackout Argument
"River of Glass" - Rishloo
"Dawn of the Condoms" - Ultra Saturday
"Beat Fly" - Tiny Danza
"Leave Me Be" - Kylie D. Hart
"Dodgin Bullets" - Steve Fister
"Doll in the Dust" - Kurodust
"The Window" by Raven Quinn

The following songs will be coming to the PlayStation 3 edition of the Rock Band Network on May 3rd (due to outages of the Playstation Network, the content may be delayed):

"Your Petty Pretty Things" - The Get Up Kids
"World on Fire" - Firewind
"Stick Tight" - Terror
"The Omen" - Heaven Shall Burn
"Dawn of a Million Souls (Rock Band Mix)" - Ayreon
"N.A.T.G.O.D." - Daath
"Nightfall" - Nachtmystium
"Undead Heart" - Vampires Everywhere!
"If I'm James Dean, You're Audrey Hepburn" - Sleeping with Sirens
"Learn to Live" - Architects

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Gus G. Announces "Sessions" Event

Guitarist Gus G. (Ozzy, Firewind) is partnering up with Guitar Center for an upcoming “Sessions” event. This three hour instructional seminar will take place on Thursday, April 21st at Guitar Center Hollywood beginning at 7PM. This is a free event, but space is limited so be sure to get there early so you don't miss out on this very intimate evening. Fans can expect to see Gus perform his favorite riffs, participate in a Q+A segment, and autograph signing. For additional information visit this location.

Gus G. states: “I'm very excited about coming to Guitar Center in Hollywood later this month cause while I've done various clinics and workshops in Europe and Japan, this is going to be the first one in the U.S. for me! When they presented me with the 'Sessions' idea I thought it was a great way to meet some fans at a more intimate environment, play some stuff for them, answer questions and actually get to meet them. I will definitely be playing material from Ozzy and Firewind albums and hopefully I'll meet lots of you down there. Remember, this is going to be a free entrance event! See you soon.”

Guitar Center Sessions is a music and education based initiative that features informative and provocative discussions, along with hands-on tutorials by the industry’s most respected artists. Serving as an inspirational incubator for musicians, Sessions provides an opportunity to network with their peers and gain insight and knowledge from their musical influences in a comfortable and intimate setting.

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New Songs Coming To The Rock Band Network

After a brief hiatus while the program was upgraded to a new version, the Rock Band Network is now back on schedule releasing new tracks. The metal is a bit light this week, with new songs from Firewind, Amberian Dawn, and Evile coming to the PS3 on the 12th. The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 songs, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:

Bloom - "Fight For Greatness"
Arcadia - "Slaughterhouse, Obituaries and a Love Story"
Rose of Jericho - "Buried Cold (RB3 version)"
A Silent Film - "You Will Leave a Mark"

New to the Rock Band Network on PS3 on April 12th:

Attack Attack! - "Sexual Man Chocolate"
Of Mice & Men - "Those in Glass Houses"
Mayday Parade - "Jamie All Over"
Chiodos - "Lexington (Joey Pea-Pot With a Monkey Face)"
Firewind - "The Fire and the Fury"
The Main Drag - "Love During Wartime"
The Main Drag - "What's Your Favorite Dinosaur?"
Woe, Is Me - "[&] Delinquents"
Amberian Dawn - "Evil Inside Me"
Evile - "Devoid of Thought"

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Tank Announces New Drummer

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Tank has announced that Mark Cross, known for his time with bands such as Helloween and Firewind, has been recruited as their new drummer. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Massive news from the War Office this morning - Mark Cross, formerly of Firewind, Helloween, Ian Gillan, Kingdom Come and more, is the new drummer of Tank. We are delighted to welcome Mark into the trenches and everyone connected with the band feels that his addition to our ranks will move the band into a new dimension."

Mick Tucker, Tank's longest serving member (28 years), said the following about this exciting development: "We have now assembled some of the finest metal musicians Tank have ever had. We are now prepared to unleash this awesome lineup on Europe. We hope to see you all on tour."

Mick's guitar partner, Cliff Evans, second longest serving member of the band (26 years) said: "To have someone of Mark's calibre join the band shows just how far we have come this last couple of years. Mark is one of the very best Metal drummers around and will really add something to our sound. This is a big move for us and we cannot wait to introduce Mark to the fans on the road later this year."

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Six More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's largest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that six more bands have been confirmed for this year's edition of the event. Atlanta based metal outfit Mastodon will be performing, as will Gwar, Moonsorrow, Kylesa, Protest The Hero and the recently reunited Corrosion Of Conformity. The festival will be held in the town of Dessel from June 24th - 26th and now features the following lineup: More...

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Firewind Announces European Tour Dates

Greek power metal outfit Firewind has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of Europe this September in support of their latest studio album, "Days Of Defiance." Joining them on the trek will be Century Media labelmates Wolf. A message from Firewind guitarist Gus G. reads as follows:

"While we"ve done one off shows, mini tours and played open air summer festivals in Europe, we haven"t been on a proper tour across Europe in 3 years. Firewind has returned and we're looking forward to this one more than anything! We can't wait to play a full set again for our crazy fans all over the continent and play songs from Days Of Defiance as well as older fan favorites! Get ready for an ass-kicking night full of Fire and Fury!

"We're also pleased to have our buddies from Wolf on board for this tour. We've known them for years and we did a one-off show together in the UK back in 2007. They're a killer band and great bunch of guys who just like us, live for metal! See you out there!"

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Firewind Posts New Music Video Online

Greek power metal outfit Firewind has posted a new music video online for the song "Embrace The Sun." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's latest studio album, "Days Of Defiance," which is out now through Century media Records.

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2011 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Nominees Revealed

The nominees have been revealed for the forthcoming edition of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. The 2011 event is set to take place on Monday, June 13 in London, England. The list of nominees and the award categories can be viewed below. You can vote for the award nominees at this location.

Best International Band:

Best U.K. Band:

Best Live Band:

Best New Band:

Best Underground:

Best Breakthrough:

2. Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE)
3. Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
5. Synyster Gates (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)

Metal As Fuck:
4. Zakk Wylde

Event Of The Year:
1. Rob Zombie's return
2. Manowar's return
3. System of a Down reforming
4. The "Big Four" U.K. announcement
5. "Beavis And Butthead"'s resurrection

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's premier heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced three more names for this year's edition of the festival. Thrash metal super group Dublin Death Patrol, which features Testament frontman Chuck Billy and Hatriot/former Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza, will be performing at the event, as will Rise To Remain, which includes Austin Dickinson, the son o iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, as well as All Shall Perish. The festival will take place in the toen of Dessel from June 24th-26th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Firewind Announces New Single Details

The Greek metallic powerhouse Firewind, led by Gus G, is currently preparing for a slew of activity over the course of the next few months. The group is set to release a new digital single for the song “Embrace The Sun” on March 15th, which will also feature the video for the track shot by director Patric Ullaeus (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames). The single comes off the band's latest album, "Days of Defiance."

A behind-the-scenes look into the making of the “Embrace The Sun” and "World On Fire" videos can now be seen in the clip below.

Upcoming Firewind shows are as follows:

03.03.2011 Club Quattro - Osaka, Japan
04.03.2011 Club Quattro - Nagoya, Japan
05.03.2011 Club Quattro - Tokyo, Japan
19.06.2011 Hellfest Open Air - Clisson, France
25.06.2011 Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium

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