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Formed: 1998
From: Athens, Greece
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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 Announces European Tour With Brainstorm

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).


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.

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Firewind Change Venue For Dublin Show

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

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Century Media Spring 2008 Sampler For Download

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

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Firewind Confirmed for Download, UK Tour Announced

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

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Karmic Link Signs To Thundering Records

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.

You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.

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Firewind Embarks On North American Tour

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...

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Arch Enemy Launchs New Video

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...

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Arch Enemy Singer Issues New Tour Diary

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!!!"

Read more from the diary here. More...

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Dark Tranquillity Reveal New Headlining Tour Dates

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...

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Firewind Enter Greek Singles Chart

FIREWIND check in with the following:

"The wait is over, Firewind’s new album The Premonition is finally available all across Europe throughout this weekend.

Supported by massive media acclaim and a stunning position at #6 in the official Greek Single charts for the album’s first single, 'Mercenary Man', Firewind are ready to reach a new level of success with The Premonition!!"

The band recently added some European summer festival dates:

26 - Bang Your Head (club pre-show) - Hechingen, Germany
27 - Grasspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium

19 - Rockweekend - Kilafors, Sweden
25 - Lagoa Burning Live - Algarve, Portugal

As previously reported, Firewind's new album The Premonition will see a March 25th release in North America. More...

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Firewind Update European Summer Festival Schedule

FIREWIND have updated their European summer festival schedule. It is now as follows:

26 - Bang Your Head (club pre-show) - Hechingen, Germany
27 - Grasspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium

19 - Rockweekend - Kilafors, Sweden
25 - Lagoa Burning Live - Algarve, Portugal

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Firewind Reveal New Album Special Edition Details

Century Media Records reports:

As the European release date of Greek melodic metal act FIREWIND’s new effort The Premonition is drawing closer, the content of the limited edition has been revealed.

The special version of the album comes with an O-Card packaging and a bonus DVD dubbed Live Premonition, which includes four brand-new songs from the album The Premonition, recorded live in Thessaloniki, Greece on January 12th, 2008 as well as interviews with all of the band members. Here is the exact tracklisting:

Live Premonition bonus DVD: 'Into The Fire', 'Head Up High', 'Mercenary Man', 'My Loneliness', + Individual interviews with all members of Firewind.

Firewind mastermind Gus G. comments on the bonus DVD as follows: “We worked very hard to be able to present you this bonus DVD, as we really wanted to put together a very special package for our fans this time around. The whole idea started back in late 2007 when we decided to play a show in our hometown Thessaloniki and present the whole new album live - from start to finish before it was even released. Looking back now, I realize that this was a big project to accomplish. But the night of January 12th made up for the whole work and stress. Over 1.200 crazy fans filled the Principal Theater and the vibe was just magical! We caught that on film and now we present you this bonus DVD with 4 songs from that show, fully edited and mixed PLUS in-depth interviews with each band member! Dig in and feel the burn of Firewind!”

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Dark Tranquility Comment On Upcoming Tour

Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY have issued the following update:

"We're very pleased to let our growing hordes of US fans know that we'll once again return to your shores to serve you in metal.

Starting in the beginning of May, we'll head out as main support for our long-time buddies in ARCH ENEMY. Also included on the bill are Gus G.'s FIREWIND and Dino Cazares' new band DIVINE HERESY, so it'll be a powerful and diverse package that will satisfy everyone.

We'll also do a couple of headline shows on the off-dates of the Arch enemy tours as well as continuing on the road for additional shows together with Divine Heresy and Firewind. Further information will follow in the near future, but the following dates are confirmed as of writing:

9 - Philadelphia PA - The Fillmore
10 - Towson, MD - Recher Theatre
11 - New York, NY - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
13 - Montreal, QC - Le Medley
14 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial
16 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
17 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theater
19 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
20 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
23 - Calgary AB - MacEwan Ballroom
24 - Edmonton AB - Starlite
27 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at The Market
29 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
30 - Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues

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Civilization One Announce German Tour Dates

German power metallers, CIVILIZATION ONE, the group featuring vocalist Chitral "Chity" Somapala (highly regarded for his work with AVALON, FIREWIND, FARO, MOONLIGHT AGONY and RED CIRCUIT), guitarist Christian Münzner (ex-NECROPHAGIST, MAJESTY) and bassist Pierre-Emmanuel Pélisson (MALADAPTIVE, ex-HEAVENLY) has scheduled the following dates:

Mar. 08 - Zum Quellenpark "Rock in der Scheune" - Bad Soden, Germany
Mar. 21 - Het Front - Overijssel, Vroomshoop, Netherlands
Mar. 22 - Titans of Power Festival - Nettetal-Kaldenkirchen / Germany
May 09 - Die Halle – Frankfurt, Germany
May 31 - Börsencrash Festival – Wuppertal, Germany
Jul. 18 - Dong Open Air - Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
Nov. 22 - Power of Metal Festival III - Multi Cult at Masperplatz – Paderborn, Germany More...

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Arch Enemy Announce More US Tour Dates

More dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring ARCH ENEMY, DARK TRANQUILLITY, DIVINE HERESY, and FIREWIND:

May 11 - New York, NY @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
May 16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
May 17 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
May 19 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 30 - Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

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Arch Enemy Announce Hollywood Date

A Hollywood date has been announced for the forthcoming North American tour featuring ARCH ENEMY, DARK TRANQUILLITY, DIVINE HERESY and FIREWIND. So far, the following three shows have been released:

May 11 - New York, NY @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
May 16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
May 30 - Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

Tickets for all three concerts are available through Ticketmaster.

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Firewind Announce New Album Tracklisting

The complete tracklist of FIREWIND's new album The Premonition has been revealed. It is as follows: 'Into The Fire', 'Head Up High', 'Mercenary Man', 'Angels Forgive Me', 'Remembered', 'My Loneliness', 'Circle Of Life', 'The Silent Code', 'Maniac', 'Life Foreclosed'.

As previously reported, 'Mercenary Man' is now available for streaming on Firewind's official MySpace page. The Premonition is set for a March 24th release in Europe (March 25th in the USA) through Century Media Records.

Firewind's tour schedule with KAMELOT and FOREVER SLAVE is as follows:

4 - London, UK - Carling Academy
5 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun
6 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
9 - Antwerpen, Belgium - Hof Ter Lo
10 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
11 - Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
12 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
13 - Milano, Italy - Alcatraz
16 - Athens, Greece - Fuzz Club
17 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Ydrogeios
18 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Hristov Botev
19 - Beograd, Serbia - SKC
20 - Budapest, Hungary - Wigwam
21 - Reichenbach/Vogtl, Germany - Neuberinhaus
22 - München, Germany - Backstage
23 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
24 - Essen, Germany - Weststadthalle
25 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
28 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
29 - Oulu, Finland - Teatria

1 - Stockholm, Sweden - Klubben
2 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Trädgarn
3 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene

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Firewind Post New Song Online

Greek melodic metal sensation FIREWIND will release "The Premonition", the follow-up to its 2006 acclaimed CD "Allegiance", on March 24 via Century Media Records. A track from the album, "Mercenary Man", can now be streamed on the band's MySpace page.

"The Premonition" track listing:

01. Into The Fire
02. Head Up High
03. Mercenary Man
04. Angels Forgive Me
05. Remembered
06. My Loneliness
07. Circle Of Life
08. The Silent Code
09. Maniac
10. Life Foreclosed More...

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Firewind Reveal New Album Title

Greek melodic metal sensation FIREWIND will release its successor to 2006’s Allegiance album on March 24th, 2008.

Guitarist Gus G. checks in with details on the programmatically entitled The Premonition:

“The Premonition is a strong title and our drummer Mark came up with the idea. A premonition means feeling something is about to happen. We’ve worked hard the past two years and we just have a premonition that 2008 is going to be a very fun and exciting year for us as we plan to visit again many places and countries and hope to play for our fans as well as make new ones!

Of course, you can interpret the album title in any way you want. Some people might read our lyrics and see that at times they’re about the course of mankind and the so-called “end of days”. So maybe this could be taken also as a warning or omen, because it’s definitely something that has been on our minds lately.

I feel that the new Firewind album is yet another step up in our career – musically speaking. Once again we aimed for a highly variable effort as I really don’t like those albums where you’ve listened to the first song and it’s like you heard them all! This doesn’t happen on a Firewind album and certainly not on the new one!

Regarding touring, we’ll start off in Europe right after the album’s release and we’ll spend about five weeks on the road with KAMELOT (we recently toured Japan with them and it was just fantastic!). We plan to return to the US right after that, but no dates are confirmed yet. Of course, a Japan and Pan-Asian tour is being planned currently as well as several appearances at summer festivals."

The artwork for The Premonition (pictured) was created by Brazilian artist Gustavo Sazes (www.abstrata.net).

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Arch Enemy Guitarist Scheduled For NAMM

Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott will be doing signings at this year's NAMM show, set to take place in Anaheim, CA on January 18-19.

Michael Amott comments: “I’ll be at NAMM doing signings for ESP guitars and RANDALL amplifiers... There is new awesome ‘Michael Amott signature’ gear coming in 2008 with both ESP and RANDALL, I am extremely excited about this! These amazing weapons of mass destruction will be on display at the NAMM show of course – if you’re at NAMM, come and check it out.

"The new Ninja V's will be available as both ESP and LTD versions. Fans have seen me playing the prototypes of these guitars live over the last few months with Arch Enemy. A lot of you have been asking me about them... Well, here they are - in all their glory!

"This is my third year in a row being invited to come out and hang in California and be a part of it all. I’d like thank ESP and RANDALL for supporting me and making it all happen”.

Signing schedule:

Jan. 18 3-4PM @ RANDALL Booth
With Gus G (Firewind), Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory), Dan Donegan (Disturbed) and George Lynch

Jan. 19 12-1:30PM @ ESP Booth
With Rob Arnold and Matt DeVries (Chimaira), Jon Donais (Shadows Fall) and Will Adler (Lamb of God)

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