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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.
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:
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...
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...
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
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...
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
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.
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"
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."
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...
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...
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.
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:
1. AVENGED SEVENFOLD
2. DIMMU BORGIR
3. STONE SOUR
4. CHILDREN OF BODOM
Best U.K. Band:
1. IRON MAIDEN
2. BRING ME THE HORIZON
5. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
Best Live Band:
1. CANCER BATS
3. ROB ZOMBIE
5. MACHINE HEAD
Best New Band:
1. THE DEFILED
4. THE DAMNED THINGS
4. THE DEAD LAY WAITING
1. PARKWAY DRIVE
2. A DAY TO REMEMBER
1. Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE)
2. Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE)
3. Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
4. Marc Rizzo (CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SOULFLY)
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
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...
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
The organizers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that Black Label Society, Kreator, Duff McKagen's Loaded, Monster Magnet, and Legion Of The Damned have all been confirmed to play at the festival, which will take place in the town of Dessel from June 24th -26th. The lineup is now as follows:
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Heaven Shall Burn
The Black Dahlia Murder
When the day is finally over and the weekend has begun, there's nothing like a little head banging to get things started right. For all the button mashers out there, new metal tracks have been added to the Rock Band Network that are available to play this weekend. On the rock and metal side of the Xbox 360 edition comes new songs from Arkaea, Amberian Dawn, Firewind, Deadlock, Architects, Periphery, MyChildren MyBride, and Cephalic Carnage.
The complete list of newly added songs, including all the non-metal tracks, is as follows:
Raven Quinn - "Decadence"
Fiction Reform - "Whites In Their Eyes"<
Arkaea - "Years in the Darkness (2x Bass Pedal)"
Six-Stringed Flamberge - "Abrogator"
The Waking Hours - "New Revolution"
Mafia Track Suit - "Samiam"
Fake Problems - "5678"
Chaotrope - "XIV (2x Bass Pedal)"
Mystic Syntax - "Blasphemous"
Molehill - "On the Wall"
C&O - "Step on the Throat"
KickBend - "Goin' Home"
Daryle Stephen Ackerman - "One-Night-Stand Man"
Jeff Orr - "Hanging By a Thread"
Amberian Dawn - "Sons of Seven Stars"
Glitzy Glow - "Black and Sunny Day"
Poets of the Fall - "Lift"
Firewind - "The Fire and the Fury (2x Bass Pedal)"
The Pinstripes - "Come On In"
Deadlock - "The Brave / Agony Applause (2x Bass Pedal)"
Evile - "Metamorphosis"
Evile - "My Parasite"
Children of Nova - "The Order"
of Montreal - "An Eluardian Instance"
Architects - "Learn to Live"
Sleeping with Sirens - "If I'm James Dean, You're Audrey Hepburn"
MyChildren MyBride - "Lost Boys"
Slightly Stoopid - "Closer to the Sun"
Dark From Day One - "New Addiction"
Bright Midnight - "Hotel Saigon"
Bright Midnight - "Killers of the Worst Type"
Nova - "California"
Cephalic Carnage - "Abraxas of Filth"
Periphery - "Icarus Lives" More...
The organizers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting festival have announced that Cavalera Conspiracy, the band featuring Sepultura founders Igor and Max Cavalera, have been confirmed for the event. Also added to the bill is Russian folk metal band Arkona. Neither band's performance date has been confirmed as of yet however. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel from June 24th-26th.
The lineup is now as follows:
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Heaven Shall Burn
The Black Dahlia Murder
Firewind guitarist Gus G posted the following statement online in regards to the band's postponed Japanese tour:
"As you might or might not have heard, we were recently forced to postpone our upcoming Japan tour dates due to a scheduling conflict. However, the wait is over! Firewind will be back in Japan on March 3rd, 4th and 5th to play the announced shows in Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo! We want to thank you for your patience and loyalty you've shown us. We will play a very special set for you and we'll set your world on fire!"
The dates include:
March 03 - Osaka @ Club Quattro
March 04 - Nagoya @ Club Quattro
March 05 - Tokyo @ Club Quattro