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Formed: 1998
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.

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Metal's Darkside Vol. 2 Details and E-card

On this the 2nd volume of Metal’s Dark Side, sexy host Jasmin St. Claire guides you through even more uncensored videos, intense interviews, and extreme bonus footage. From back stage at the Key Club in L.A., to the NAMM Music Conference and other major summer music festivals, St. Claire invades the minds of metal legends such as Rick Hunolt & Gary Holt (Exodus), Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy), Paul Romanko & Brian Fair (Shadows Fall), Trevor Strand & Brian Eschbach (The Black Dahlia Murder) and more.

The track listing follows:

  • Shadows Fall - Interview with Paul Romanko & Brian Fair

  • Suffocation - Interview with Terrance Hobbs & Frank Mullen Suffocation - Video: “Surgery Of Impalement”

  • Exodus - Interview with Rick Hunolt & Gary Holt Exodus - Video: “War Is My Shepherd”

  • Deconstruct - Interview with Vanessa, Joe & Skitz Deconstruct - Live Footage: “Deeper Down”

  • The Black Dahlia Murder - Interview with Trevor Strand & Brian Eschbach

  • Arch Enemy - Interview with Sharlee D’Angelo

Bonus Footage:

  • Fight Paris - Video: “Complete Heat”

  • Firewind - Video: “Tyranny”

  • Suffocation - Bonus Interview

The DVD, which runs 71 minutes total, was slated to hit the streets January 30. An e-card for "Metal's Darkside Vol. 2 - The Deeply Disturbed" has also been posted online.

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Firewind To Make Their US Debut At ProgPower

The Greek metal powerhouse Firewind are set to make their highly anticipated U.S. debut at ProgPower USA, which takes place in Atlanta on Oct. 5-6, 2007. Firewind are quickly making a name for themselves thanks to the young phenomenon known as Gus G. (ex-Dream Evil, Nightrage, Mystic Prophecy, Arch Enemy), who will be making a special appearance at the NAMM show in Anaheim, CA between Jan. 18-21,2007 to debut his new ESP guitars signature series. He also recently turned heads with his stunning "Betcha Can't Play This" feature in Guitar World, while Total Guitar magazine hailed him as metal's newest guitar sensation. Click here to check out a photo of Gus with his signature ESP guitar.

Firewind recently completed a massive European tour as direct support to Dragonforce, which marked the kickoff of the world tour in support of Allegiance. They will rejoin Dragonforce and All That Remains later this month for an extensive UK run. The group recently launched their own YouTube page (Fire TV), which features some exclusive material and their new "Falling To Pieces" video. Click here to check it out.

Gus G. further describes his excitement over NAMM and the ProgPower fest:

Having ESP, the best guitar company in the world, build me the guitar I always wanted is a big dream come true. But to be afforded the opportunity to release this guitar worldwide and make it available to everyone is something that is beyond my wildest dreams! I'm very excited to attend the NAMM show to debut my ESP Signature Series. Special thanks to Jose Ferro, Makoto Suzuki and everyone at ESP for making this happen and for believing in me.

We've also just confirmed our first-ever U.S. show at the legendary ProgPower festival! We're honored to be a part of such a highly acclaimed event, and you can count on us delivering a great and memorable show. We are definitely ready to strike. Hell yeah!

"Allegiance" peaked at #10 on the Greek album charts and spent six weeks in the Top 20, a further testament of the group's growing presence throughout Europe. The album is set for a January 23rd release in the U.S. and is a must for any fan of Dragonforce, Iced Earth, Hammerfall or anyone who claims to be a heavy metal fanatic.

After catching the metal community's attention with 2005's "Forged In Fire," the group has triumphantly returned with "Allegiance," which is a dynamic display of traditional heavy metal with more of an emphasis on speed, technicality and catchy songwriting. This effort marks the first album with new vocalist Apollo Papathanasio (ex-Majestic, Time Requiem) and drummer Mark Cross (ex-Helloween, Metalium), whose talents had a prominent impact on the creative process. Allegiance was mixed at the famed Studio Fredman with the acclaimed Fredrik Nordstrom (Hammerfall, Arch Enemy, Opeth), and the results are breathtaking.

Check out the blistering track "Falling To Pieces" at this location.

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Firewind Guitarist Comments On New Album

FIREWIND guitarist Gus G (ex-DREAM EVIL, NIGHTRAGE, MYSTIC PROPHECY) has commented about the news that their new album, Allegiance, will be issued in North America by Century Media on January 23rd. Says G: “I'd like to say that we're very happy that Century Media will release Allegiance in the US This will finally ensure that our music will have proper distribution and promotion. I've met lots of fans last year playing on Ozzfest with ARCH ENEMY and hopefully I'll be coming back with Firewind at some point. Hope to see you all again soon.”

Allegiance is currently out in Europe. The first single 'Falling To Pieces', can be heard here.

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Firewind Confirm German Release Parties

More release parties for FIREWIND's new album, Allegiance, will take place in Germany. Upcoming release parties now include:

July
14 - Ulm, Germany at Take Off
15 - Hirschaid, Germany at Funtower
15 - Ortsweiler, Germany at Distel
21 - Saarlouis, Germany at Vauban Insel
22 - Lübeck, Germany at Treibsand
23 - Athens, Greece at Wizard Club
24 - Ingolstadt, Germany at Café Durchbruch
27 - Karlsruhe, Germany at Katakombe
29 - Flensburg, Germany at Roxy Concerts
29 - Goslar, Germany at Tor 3

August
5 - Hannover, Germany at Labor
5 - Rübenau, Germany at WGS Open Air (Party) - Festival More...

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Firewind Post New Song Online

A brand new FIREWIND track, entitled "Falling to Pieces", has been posted online at this location. The song comes off the Greek melodic metallers' album, "Allegiance", due on July 24 via Century Media Records (July 10 in Greece). A video for for "Falling to Pieces" was recently filmed with acclaimed Swedish director Patric Ullaeus (LACUNA COIL, WITHIN TEMPTATION, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR). The clip was shot at the Revolver Ranch in Sweden and on the streets of New York City.

"Falling to Pieces" was released as a single on June 13 in Greece. It includes an edited version of the title track, the non-album track "Demon Nights" and the BLACKFOOT cover "Teenage Idol" (previously unreleased). More...

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Firewind Announce New Singer

Firewind guitarist Gus G. talks about the new line-up:

“Hell-o!!!

"Sorry to keep you waiting, but finally we’re in position to announce our new singer. And it’s none other than Apollo Papathanasio (x-Majestic, Time Requiem)!! He is a worldclass act and I’m very happy that the timing’s right now and we’re joining forces under the Firewind flag!”

The new vocalist Apollo comments:

“Hallo everybody this is Apollo. Since I met Gus in Gothenburg 4 years ago we became good friends and back then we always talked about working together in the future. Now here we are together, taking the Firewind music to a new level. I love Gus’ guitar style and it’s a pleasure to listen to their music. The guys in Firewind are real magicians and I’m happy that you’re letting me be a part of this machinery. STAY METAL!!!!!!!!!!!! CHEERS!!!!”

Gus continues:

“Also, for purely logistical reasons we’ve decided to get a drummer that lives in Greece. We’d like to thank Stian Kristoffersen for his amazing drumming and the great times we had together the past 3 years.

"So, out goes Stian and in comes the monster drummer Mark Cross (x-Helloween, x-Metalium)!! Although Mark is 50% German and 50% British, he’s been living in Greece for many years. This obviously makes rehearsals and preparations happen much easier.”

The new drummer Mark comments:

“Hello boyz and girlz!

"Life’s a spinning wheel and here I am aside to one of the few remaining great young guitareros…. The Gus G. Firewindo metal fuckin’ machine!

"Looking forward to their next album, a tour and Firewind heading your way!

"Cheers and greets,”

Gus' final comment on the new line-up:

“Welcome on board guys! A new, creative and very exciting time for Firewind has begun!”

The band is currently in pre-production mode with 8 new songs completed. The new album is expected to be recorded in early 2006 and Firewind plan to make their live debut with the new line-up at Prog Power UK festival on March 25th 2006.

Pictures of the new members can be found at www.firewind.gr/pic/apollo.gif and www.firewind.gr/pic/mark.gif.

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Firewind Working With New Vocalist

FIREWIND, the Greek power metal act led by guitarist Gus G. (DREAM EVIL, ARCH ENEMY), have posted the following message on their official web site:

"As many of you know by now from other online sources, Chity Somapala [vocals] has decided to leave FIREWIND due to 'personal reasons.' But this doesn't mean that FIREWIND stops right here! We're already working with an incredible new vocalist and have eight brand new songs that kick ass!!

"Due to Chity's sudden departure, our plans for an extensive European tour this fall had to be cancelled. But we will be back on the road as soon as the new album is completed.

Although nothing's confirmed by now, we're looking at entering the studio in late January/early February 2006.

"More details and new singer info to follow soon."

FIREWIND's third album, "Forged by Fire", received its long-overdue U.S. release in July via Magick Records (a division of Cleopatra Records).

Somapala originally joined FIREWIND in early 2004 as the replacement for Stephen Fredrick. Chity appeared on "Forged by Fire", which was produced by band leader/guitarist Gus G. and mixed by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. Guest musicians on the album included former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and ex-TESTAMENT/DEATH axeman James Murphy.

Gus G. recently toured with ARCH ENEMY on Ozzfest 2005 as the group's touring guitarist after Christoper Amott bowed out of that band in order to "fully concentrate on his studies at home in Sweden," according to ARCH ENEMY axeman Michael Amott.

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Firewind Vocalist Departs

Chitty Samapala, singer with Greek metalheads Firewind, has left the band due to 'personal reasons'. The future for Firewind must now be in doubt, as guitarist Gus G recently joined Arch Enemy, albeit on a temporary basis.

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Arch Enemy Get Touring Guitarist

Arch Enemy will have a new guitarist in their line-up when they hit the road. He's Gus G., of Firewind fame. He temporarily replaces Christopher Amott, who's taking time out for his studies. The latter, though, is on the band's new album 'Doomsday Machine', which is released at the end of July.

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Firewind To Support Yngwie Malmsteen In UK

Greek Power Metal act Firewind have just got confirmed to support Yngwie Malmsteen for 2 shows in the UK next week.

The dates are:
May 30 Hammersmith Apollo, London
Jun 1 Rock City, Nottingham

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Firewind To Tour Europe

After the release of their brilliant album "Forged By Fire" in January 2005 and a great show with their labelmates Nevermore in London / UK in March 2005, Firewind going on tour in Germany, Swiss and Sweden.

Firewind are support of the Swedish powermetal heroes Hammerfall on their Icebreaker Festivals and play next to Thunderstorm and Lordi:

Apr. 21 (CH) Pratteln Z7
Apr. 22 (D) Filderstadt Filharmonie
Apr. 23 (D) Lichtenfels Stadthalle Lichtenfels
Apr. 24 (D) Oberhausen Turbinenhalle
Apr. 30 (S) Göteborg Scandinavium Arena (with Hammerfall, Pretty Maids & Lordi)

Greek fans are lucky to watch the band Firewind around the wellknown guitar wizard Gus G. on their headliner shows before the festivals take place:

Apr. 15 (GR) Athen An Club
Apr. 16 (GR) Thessaloniki Mylos
Apr. 17 (GR) Larissa B-Live

Another festival with Firewind in Germany:

Jul. 23 (D) Trier Fabric Rock festival (with Rage and Freedom Call)

Gus G. will be on the Musikmesse Frankfurt, Germany, (from April 7th to 9th 2005) and visit the ESP booth on Saturday, April 9th at 13.00 CET to show people his new signature model. He would be happy about some chit chat, will do interviews and give the fans of guitar music tips and autographs.

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Mystic Prophecy Recruit Former Primal Fear Drummer

Mystic Prophecy have recruited former Primal Fear drummer Klaus Sperling to replace the departed Dennis Eckdahl. The band also announce that guitarist Markus Pohl (Symphorce), who played the last live shows beside guitarist Gus G. (Firewind), has become a member of the band as well. A posting on their official website reads: "Both members are crazy about playing the upcoming shows in April/May with Freedom Call. The whole band is also engaged in writing new songs for the next album which will be released in March 2006."

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Firewind Added To Hammerfall Tour

After the very successful release of the brandnew piece of iron called "Forged By Fire" in January 2005 Firewind come up with some more good news:

The band of the Greek guitar wizard Gus G. finally have another chance to perform their intense Power Metal live on stage. It starts off with a special showcase March 18th 2005 in London and continues with several support shows for HammerFall within the scope of the Icebreaker Festivals.

Here are the complete dates: More...

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Firewind Posts MP3 Sample Online

The Greek Power Metal band Firewind is set to release their third album "Forged By Fire" via Century Media Records in Europe. Firewind have actually just entered the official Japanese Oricon sales charts on position #90 with this impressing new album and the rest of the globe is now to follow. Get a taster of the album by listening to the online track “Tyranny” at this location. A video clip has been produced for the same song and you will be able to see it as special bonus enhancement on the final version CD of the album.

Firewind's next gig takes place in Norway at the Rjukan Rockfestival on December 26th and the talented guys surrounding ex-Dream Evil guitarist Gus G. and ex-Avalon vocalist Chity Somapala are also confirmed to support labelmates Nevermore at a special show in London’s Underworld club on March 18th, 2005. One day prior to that show, guitar virtuoso Gus G. will be performing a guitar clinic at London’s GIT (Guitar Institute) – Be there!

More live activity by Firewind is in the works for 2005, so look out for further announcements through http://www.firewind.gr.

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Bob Katsionis Joins Firewind

Bob has become an official member of heavy power metallers Firewind, the band of famous guitar virtuoso Gus G. and made his debut with them in their 3rd release “Forged By Fire”, already out in Japan through Toshiba-EMI with a release date for Rest Of World settled for January 2005 through Century Media.

Bob’s debut cd “Turn of My Century” was released in Japan following the success of “Imaginary Force” (entered BURRN! Magazine’s best selling cd charts for 2 months in positions 26 and 41), featuring previously unreleased video clip of “Scary Groovie” and 5 minute keyboard and guitar jamming/shredding by Bob, as well as new, amazing cover artwork made by Havancsak Gyula who also did the artwork for the latest Annihilator cd “All For You” as well as for their forthcoming DVD release.

Imaginery‘s second cd entitled “Long Lost Pride” is out in Japan through Avalon/Marquee records. Bob is now joined by two Swedish fellows, singer Bjorn Jannsson (Tears Of Anger) and bassist Olof Sundfeldt (System Shock) while drums are performed by producer Mark Adrian. This cd includes 11 tracks of Modern Melodic Heavy/Power Metal in the vein of Symphony X, Ark and Children of Bodom. European/R.O.W released will be handled most possibly by Lion Music, Finland. Guest performances/solos by Gus G, Marcel Coenen (Sun Caged) and Michael Harris(Chastain).

Bob has just finished editing Nightfall’s first promo video (also directed by him) for the track “Swollen” out of Greek gothic-deathsters’ new cd entitled: “Lyssa: Rural Gods And Astonishing Punishments” where he has recorded keyboards and guitars as in previous release “I Am Jesus”.

Jeff Waters, guitarist and main man of the legendary annihilator, has confirmed his appearance in Bob Katsionis’ next, 3rd studio album. Also featured in this next release will be once again guitar master Marcel Coenen.

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Firewind Sign To Century Media

Century Media Records has announced the worldwide signing of a multi-album deal with Greek melodic power metal band FIREWIND. FIREWIND's label debut and third album in their career will be entitled 'Forged By Fire' and is set for a January 24th, 2005 release date in Europe. The band's acclaimed previous two albums, 'Between Heaven And Hell' (2002) and 'Burning Earth' (2003), were recorded for guitarist David T. Chastain's Leviathan Records label and released in Europe via Massacre Records as well as EMI in Japan.

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Dream Evil Guitarist Leaves

Prior to hitting the road with Saxon, Dream Evil have to announce some bad and some good news: Lead-Guitarist Gus G. is leaving the band to focus some more on his own band Firewind.

Gus G. gave us a short statement:

Hello my friends! Hope this message finds u well. I would like to announce to you, that I've decided to leave Dream Evil for different reasons, mainly personal. I would also like to concentrate on my own band, Firewind. However, this doesn't mean that I'm not friends with the guys in the band. I split with them under very friendly circumstances. I wish them the best in the future. As for me, you can count on hearing my new releases coming up later this year. I'm sorry if I dissapoint some of you, but...the show must go on! Stay Metal!

The rest of the guys in Dream Evil are sad about the split, but are happy as well to have found a brillant new lead-guitar player. Here is thje band’s statement about the line-up change:

There are no hard feelings; we are still best friends and we wish Gus nothing but the best in his future musical carrier. Second! The good news: Dream Evil is happy to announce that guitar virtuoso and axe-swinger Mark U Black is our new lead guitarist. This guy rips and shreds like a maniac in a true 80's guitar hero style We feel that with Mark’s skills and his ability to give Dream Evil his full time attention, this change will bring Dream Evil to the next level. We have already played some festival shows with him in Europe, and he delivered! We are very much looking forward to joining Saxon on the road in September/ October as we continue to spread the word about our latest album "The Book Of Heavy Metal." All right in the night!

Next to the Saxon tour, Dream Evil are going to play a very special show in London this year. Together with their Italian label-mates Labyrinth they will set the “Underworld’s” stage on fire on November 13th, 2004. For those who can’t be there, check the latest Dream Evil video clip "The Book Of Heavy Metal" on www.centurymedia.de.

Saxon “Lionheart worldtour” 2004 with Dream Evil (and Metalium*): More...

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Firewind Announce New Singer

FIREWIND, the Greek/American melodic metal band led by DREAM EVIL guitarist Gus G., have announced that vocalist Chity Somapala (ex-AVALON, FARO) has officially joined the group for their upcoming tours and next CD. "We find that Chity brings to the band the perfect combination of melody, passion and power," Gus writes on the band's web site. "We feel that with Chity's close proximity and his ability to give FIREWIND his full-time attention will bring FIREWIND to the next level.

"In regards to [previous singer] Stephen Fredrick, we wish to thank him for his tremendous performances on 'Between Heaven and Hell' and 'Burning Earth' and wish him nothing but the best in his future musical endeavors. For more info on Stephen's music go to www.stephenfredrick.com

"FIREWIND hopes to do a few selected tour dates in Europe and begin writing and recording our new release later in 2004."

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