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From: Athens, Greece
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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.
Guitarist Gus G. of Greek melodic metallers Fireweind has issued the following update:
"Even though we toured the U.K. hard in 2008 and are still planning to kick some serious ass at the Hellfire Festival next month, when the opportunity came to do this tour with STRATOVARIUS, we just couldn't say no.
"U.K. and Ireland have turned out to be some of the best places on earth for FIREWIND when it comes to our ever growing fanbase and on how dedicated our fans are in these countries. Teaming up with STRATOVARIUS makes this such a killer package. They are a band with quality, catchy melodic songs and a high level of musicianship. They are pioneers in their genre. They are definitely a band that has inspired us and we are honoured to share the same stage with them!!
"So what can you expect from FIREWIND on this one? a) your face melted by our Metal, b) a different setlist, and c) maybe even an exclusive brand new track? See you out there very soon!" More...
The following bands have now been confirmed for Germany's Summer Breeze Open Air Festival 2009:
Amon Amarth, Amorphis, Backyard Babies, Battlelore, Before the Dawn, Beneath the Massacre, Brainstorm, Callejon, Cataract, Corvus Corux, Dagoba, Entombed, Epica, Equilibrium, Evocation, Firewind, Ghost Brigade, Grand Magus, Grave, Hate Eternal, The Haunted, Katatonia, Legion of the Damned, Misery Index, Narziss, One Way Mirror, Opeth, Powerwolf, Raunchy, Sacred Steel, Unhelig, Unsun, Vader, Volbeat, Vomitory, Vried, Waylander, Wintersun.
The first batch of bands for Belgium's premiere metal festival, Graspop has been revealed. The event will take place on June 26th-28th in Dessel.
The initial bands are as follows:
Heaven And Hell
Legion Of The Damned
Keep Of Kalessin
Wolves In The Throne Room
Greek metallers, Firewind, have issued a statement regarding the cancellation of a few shows:
"Due to the complete anarchy, disorder and chaos that goes on in Greece at the moment, we"re in the unfortunate position to inform you that the upcoming shows in Greece and Bulgaria this weekend will not happen and are postponed."
"We feel that the situation is not safe for anyone right now and it"s beyond our control to make these shows happen. We appreciate your understanding and support." More...
Firewind guitarist Gus G. has posted the following tour report online:
"So, we're back from our UK tour! This was a very smooth nine date run for us and we are very happy with how the whole thing went down!
"To start with, we had two killer bands with us: KIUAS and DEAR SUPERSTAR. All very nice guys and good live bands! Our crew was top notch and amazing people. So if the foundation is right, the rest can be a piece of cake. Right? Well, actually our feelings were mixed up. Stressed and excited. We didn't know what to expect, as this is only the second time we were headlining in the UK and many of these places we visited for the first time. We didn't know if anyone would turn up for these gigs. More...
Greek metal band FIREWIND, who is just about to kick off their UK headlining tour next week and then follow it up with an extensive European headlining tour in November, is now premiering an exclusive cover-version of legendary US metallers NEVERMORE (who will release their first-ever DVD / live-album entitled "The Year Of The Voyager" on October 20th). To listen to FIREWIND's version of the song "Believe In Nothing" (the original version appears on NEVERMORE's "Dead Heart In A Dead World" album from 2000) head over to Century Media Europe's MySpace page.
This song is featured on a very special 2CD compilation entitled "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes," which was released on September 15th, 2008 in Europe celebrating Century Media's 20th anniversary. This fan-friendly priced compilation (2 jam-packed CD's for the price of one) contains 32 mostly exclusive recordings where Century Media artists cover songs from other acts within the label's repertoire and the result is a fascinating journey through the label's impressive musical spectrum. In order to share some of these stunning versions with all of you, Century Media will present you one song taken off "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes" rotating each week up to the end of the year every Thursday on www.myspace.com/centurymediaeurope.
Furthermore, FIREWIND is one of the first acts to be confirmed for 2009's edition of the prestigious Rock Hard Festival in Germany. The festival will be held at Gelsenkirchen's "Amphitheater" May 29th – 31st, 2009.
Here are the latest Firewind tour dates: More...
Firewind have just premiered their brand-new video clip “Head Up High” at YouTube. The song comes off the band’s critically acclaimed new album “The Premonition.”
Firewind are just about to kick off their UK headlining tour in this very month and then follow it up with an extensive European headlining tour in November.
The newest and final addition to the European tour, is Vicious Rumours who will be the special guests on the Spanish dates.
Checking in from one of the band’s rare quiet moments at home, guitarist Gus G. comments about the upcoming tour activity: More...
2008 has become an extremely exciting year in the history of Century Media Records, one of the world's most respected independent homes for heavy music, as the label is celebrating its 20th anniversary!
The company's Anniversary year started off with an extremely successful, first-ever yard sale/party at the Century Media office in Dortmund (Germany) in June, where several hundred guests partied out on exclusive live shows by Angel Dust and Turisas. A video with impressions from the event can be seen at this location. A photo gallery for this event can be viewed here.
To further celebrate this anniversary Century Media Records will release the very special 2CD compilation "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes" on September 15th in Europe and on October 14th in North America. The various artists covers-release includes 32 mostly exclusive recordings and will be available in stores for the price of one CD. Sticking to the "keep it in the family" slogan, CM approached their artists about covering songs from other acts within the label's repertoire and the response from the musicians was overwhelming.
Some choices were obvious and homages to the bands that influenced them, others were inspired picks. This combination ended up leading to a heavily entertaining and truly special final result across all sub-genres of heavy music.
Here is the tracklisting: More...
French gothic metallers, Adagio, have announced the following tour dates:
09/27 - Switzerland (+ guests: Heavenly + Zekyel)
11/10 - Paris (w/Firewind + Kiuas)
11/12 - Lyon (w/Firewind+ Kiuas)
11/13 - Toulouse (w/Firewind+ Kiuas)
11/18 - Marseille (w/Firewind+ Kiuas)
11/20 - Colmar (w/Firewind+ Kiuas) More...
Currently touring the UK and Finland as part of the "Never Surrender Tour," UK grit-rockers DEAR SUPERSTAR checked in with a brief comment on how things are going. Lead Singer, Micky Satiar: "We're just winding down the 'Never Surrender Tour' right now, but to be honest were just winding up! We've had killer shows every night and several sell-outs so far, we just don't want this tour to end! Having recently signed to Demolition/DR2 Records, we've been celebrating every night and there is a really great vibe between the band and crew! Also, to share stages with Bullet for my Valentine and Kids in Glass Houses on this tour has been insane - meeting up with old friends, getting drunk and rocking out! What more could we want?!"
Meanwhile, DEAR SUPERSTAR have just announced their return to UK stages with Greek melodic metal masters FIREWIND this September. Micky Satiar comments: "Supporting FIREWIND is an honour, theyre a band we all admire. So we're really stepping things up for this tour, our fans can look forward to new tracks and new tricks - so watch out!"
DEAR SUPERSTAR will join FIREWIND on the following tour dates: More...
Greece's Firewind belong to the most impressing and hard-working melodic metal bands of our time and their new album "The Premonition" is sure to reinforce the band's unstoppable rise to the worldwide top within their scene. "Allegiance" managed to enter official sales charts in Japan as well as peaking at #10 in the band's home-country Greece, remaining in the charts for a solid 9 weeks.
The band has scheduled some meet and greet appearances in Germany in November. Dates of the meet and greets are as follows:
Nov. 04 Hamburg - Markthalle
Nov. 05 Essen - Turock
Nov. 07 Hannover - Musikzentrum
Upcoming Firewind European tour dates: More...
FIREWIND have announced a European headlining tour entitled "The Premonition". Special guest for the Spanish and French dates will be Germany's BRAINSTORM and Finland’s KIUAS (for the whole European tour).
THE PREMONITION EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
11/12 - FR Lyon @ Marche Gare
11/13 - FR Toulouse @ Havanna
11/14 - ES Bilbao @ Santana 27
11/15 - ES Vigo @ A
11/16 - ES Madrid @ Ritmo & Compas
11/17 - ES Hospitalet/Barcelona @ Salamandra
11/19 - FR Paris @ La Locomotive
11/20 - FR Colmar @ Grillen
11/21 - IT Milan @ Zoe (special guest: Kiuas)
More dates and ticket information to be announced.
Firewind have changed the venue setting for their show in Dublin on September 22nd. The show will now be taking place at Whelan's, not Fibber Magees, however the date will remain the same.
Full tour dates are as follows:
18 - Nottingham, England - Rock City
19 - Glasgow, Scotland - Cathouse
20 - Leeds, England - Rios
21 - Wolverhampton England - Little Civic
22 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelan's
24 - Manchester, England - Jillys Rockworld
25 - London, England - The Scala
26 - Milton Keynes, England - The Pitz
27 - Peterborough, England - The Park
The Spring 2008 Century Media digital sampler is now available for DRM-free download here (requires free account/login). Included in the mix are artists such as Warrel Dane (Nevermore), Arch Enemy, Zimmers Hole, Suicide Silence, Terror, Stick To Your Guns, and many more.
Here is the complete tracklisting:
1. Suicide Silence - Green Monster (live from Paris)
2. Into Eternity - Time Immemorial
3. Warrel Dane - Messenger
4. Firewind - Mercenary Man
5. Zimmers Hole - When You Were Shouting At The Devil
6. Terror - Relentless Through and Through
7. Heaven Shall Burn - Endzeit
8. Embrace the End - Denim on Denim Hate Crime
9. Venomous Concept - Water Cooler
10. Despised Icon - A Fractured Hand
11. Stick To Your Guns - We're the Heart from the Heartless
12. Sworn Enemy - A Place Of Solace
13. Turisas - To Holmgard and Beyound
14. Warbringer - Combat Shock
15. In this Moment - Circles
16. Himsa - Unleasch Carnage
17. Arsonists Get All The Girls - Claiming Middle Age A Decade Early
18. Arch Enemy - Revolution Begins
19. Divine Heresy - Bleed The Fifth
20. Winds of Plague - The Impaler
Currently touring across North America as part of the "Tyranny & Bloodshred" tour, Greek melodic metal masters FIREWIND checked in with a brief comment on how things are going. Guitarist Gus G. comments: "We're on our 2nd week on the 'Tyranny & Bloodshred' tour and it's only been killer shows so far! The East Coast American and Canadian audiences have shown a lot of love to Firewind and it's a great feeling returning to America. Also the vibe between all the bands and crew is fantastic, like a big family! It's great to share the stage with kick ass bands like Dark Tranquillity, Divine Heresy and the mighty Arch Enemy! See you out there!"
Meanwhile, FIREWIND has already announced their return to UK stages directly upon returning from the North American trip, as they have now also been confirmed to appear on the famous Download festival in Donington (UK), which among others features acts such as Kiss, Judas Priest, Motörhead, Disturbed and Kid Rock.
You can catch them on the Friday 13th June at Download Festival, Donington Park.
Furthermore, FIREWIND is also confirmed for a comprehensive UK headlining tour in September and Gus G. adds: "It's no secret that in the UK we have loyal and hardcore FIREWIND fans. And we're extremely happy to announce our first extensive UK headline tour which includes 9 shows in England, Scotland and Ireland, for the first time!"
Here are latest Firewind UK tour dates planned:
18.09. Nottingham @ Rock City
19.09. Glasgow @ Cathouse
20.09. Leeds @ Rios
21.09. Wolverhampton @ Little Civic
22.09. Dublin @ Fibber Magees
24.09. Manchester @ Jilly's Rockworld
25.09. London @ The Scala
26.09. Milton Keynes @ The Pitz
27.09. Peterborough @ The Park
Thundering Records has announced the signing of KARMIC LINK. KARMIC LINK is the project/bastard child of Stathis Kassios (ex-keyboard player of Sweden's SYSTEM SHOCK and Greece's NIGHTFALL) who recruited the female entity Mina G. (ex-KINETIC, The RAIN I BLEED).
Their first release, "No Light but Rather Darkness Visible," was mixed and mastered in the famous TICO TICO studios (SENTENCED, IMPALED NAZARENE, SONATA ARCTICA, etc.) in Finland. It will be released later this year. Guest musicians on the CD include Bob Katsionis (FIREWIND), who recorded and performed all rhythm and lead guitars, and Jani Liimatainen (SONATA ARCTICA), who laid down leads on one of the two instrumental songs of the album.
The Greek metal phenomenon Firewind, makes their much anticipated return to North America this week as part of the “Tyranny and Bloodshred Tour,” which could be hailed as one of the best guitar-shredder packages of the year. This crushing, headlining trek kicks off on May 9th and also features labelmates Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity and Divine Heresy.
Gus G. comments on Firewind’s return: “So the time is finally here! We are just about to fly over to North America for the ‘Tyranny and Bloodshred’ tour and we're really excited. We're grateful to return to U.S. soil only a few months after our maiden tour, and this time Apollo (vocals) is on board with us. Since we're the first band on the bill, we're hoping that all of you will come down early enough to witness how the Greeks do it. We look forward to meeting you all soon.” More...
Arch Enemy have just released a video clip for "I Will Live Again" on YouTube. From their latest record "Rise of the Tyrant," the video was directed by Patric Ullaeus, who worked with the Swedish metallers on a previous video clip for "Revolution Begins."
If this isn't a big enough fix for you Arch Enemy fans out their, the band is about to kick off their North American tour with Divine Heresy, Firewind and Dark Tranquillity. Check out these dates for a gig near you:
May 09 Philadelphia PA @ The Fillmore
May 10 Towson MD @ Recher Theater
May 11 New York NY @ Irving Plaza
May 13 Montreal QC @ Le Medley
May 14 Quebec City QC @ Imperial
May 16 Toronto ON @ Opera House
May 17 Detroit MI @ The Majestic Theater
May 19 Chicago IL @ House of Blues
May 20 St. Paul MN @ Station 4
May 21 Winnipeg MB @ The Garrick Centre
May 23 Calgary AB @ MacEwan Ballroom
May 24 Edmonton AB @ Starlite
May 26 Vancouver BC @ Croation Cultural Centre
May 27 Seattle WA @ Showbox
May 29 San Francisco CA @ Slim's
May 30 West Hollywood CA @ House of Blues More...
ARCH ENEMY singer Angela Gossow has issued the following tour report:
"This tour has been an overwhelming success so far! Rabid Russian fans in Moscow and St. Petersburg, a completely sold-out show in Amsterdam, Holland (with bleeding hearts we had to watch the ticket office turn fans away!), a packed and RAGING French metal inferno in Paris (our best Paris show ever! Unbelievable!!). And now we are gonna hit the UK hard with the 'Defenders Of The Faith' tour! The Manchester Academy is already completely sold-out, London is going to go as well. There are few tickets left for Birmingham and Glasgow – go and get them if you are in the area – You do not wanna miss this package! Arch Enemy, OPETH, DEVILDRIVER and 3 INCHES OF BLOOD will crush all those, who do not believe in METAL! It's gonna be sick!!!"
Swedish melodic death metallers, Dark Tranquillity, announce another set of headline shows to take place after the Arch Enemy tour is as follows:
DARK TRANQUILLITY + Divine Heresy + Firewind + Local support (TBA)
May-31 Phoenix AZ Clubhouse
Jun-01 Las Vegas NV Jillian’s
Jun-02 Salt Lake City UT Avalon
Jun-03 Denver CO Marquis
Jun-05 Dallas TX The Door
Jun-06 Houston TX Meridian
Jun-07 San Antonio TX Scout Bar
Jun-09 Atlanta GA The Masquerade
Jun-10 Raleigh NC Lincoln Theater More...