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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.
FIREWIND's mastermind/guitarist Gus G. has issued the following update:
"Well, most of the recordings for the new album are done by now! We've been locked at Sweden's Studio Fredman for about a month now and I'm super-excited with the way things are shaping up! Killer sounds on the drums, guitars and bass. We've recorded 12 original songs and a few covers which will be revealed in time.
"I also want to set something straight since some people seem to be confused: Apollo is still in the band! Yes, he is singing on the new album (currently finishing up his vocal tracks — which in my opinion are his best performances ever!) and yes, he is going back on the road with us in 2008.
"Now onto something different and very special: Since we have gotten such a great response on our world tour 2006-2007 and have received so much love from our fans, we would like to give back by doing something special for them: We will play a one and only exclusive show in our hometown (Thessaloniki, Greece) on Saturday January 12th, 2008 at Principal Club Theatre, where we will perform our full upcoming brand new album LIVE! So consider this as a very special event since we don't plan on doing this again. Of course we'll play an extra set of other older material in addition to the new songs. What makes this even cooler is that we'll record and film this event for future DVD use, so we hope to see all our metal brothers and sisters at this special event!
"For those of you that don't live in Greece and plan to travel to see this show, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know of your participation. We'll get back to you and provide info on how to get to the venue, hotels, etc."
Songtitles set to appear on the new FIREWIND CD include "Remembered", "Life Foreclosed", "The Silent Code", "Mercenary Man", "My Loneliness", "Head Up High"."
FIREWIND will team up with KAMELOT and VISIONS OF ATLANTIS for a European tour in April/May 2008.
FIREWIND's 2002 debut album, "Between Heaven & Hell", was re-released in Japan on October 10 via King Records. The reissue includes new artwork, liner notes from guitarist Gus G. and producer David T. Chastain as well as two bonus tracks. Originally released with different cover artwork in Japan, this time the album includes the European cover which was created by legendary artist Kristian Wahlin (KING DIAMOND, DISSECTION, AT THE GATES)
FIREWIND's latest single, "Breaking the Silence" (featuring Tara Teresa), entered the national single chart in Greece at position No. 19 and moved up to No. 16 in its second week. The video for the single's title cut was directed by Patric Ullaeus (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL).
Frontiers Records will release the debut album from Markus Grosskopf's (HELLOWEEN) BASSINVADERS, entitled "Hellbassbeaters", on January 25, 2008.
BASSINVADERS was a creation of Markus' while sitting in a bar and enjoying a few drinks. It was there that he got inspired to produce a heavy rock record without any guitars at all. He presented this concept in early 2007 to Frontiers Records, which was intrigued by the idea and gave it a go.
According to a press release, "Hellbassbeaters" contains all the basic elements of a heavy rock record "and so much more. You got the strong vocals, rhythmic bass, intoxicating drums and even bass and twin bass solo parts. What you hear is what you get: 100% genuine heavy rock record with absolutely no discordant guitar note on it at all." To guarantee a great variety of different influences, Markus invited some well-known singing bass players from the German metal scene to join the band, including DESTRUCTION's Schmier, SODOM's frontman Tom Angelripper and RAGE's Peavy. He also managed to get a few of his bass heroes to lay down solos on some of the tracks, including Billy Sheehan, Rudy Sarzo and DD Verni.
Guest musicians include:
Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH)
Rudy Sarzo (DIO, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT)
Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, TED NUGENT)
DD Verni (OVERKILL)
Wyzard (MOTHER'S FINEST)
Dirk Schlächter (GAMMA RAY)
Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX)
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D)
Tobias Exxel (EDGUY)
Jens Becker (GRAVE DIGGER, RUNNING WILD)
Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69)
Peter Baltes (ACCEPT)
Jan S. Eckert (MASTERPLAN)
Michael Müller (JADED HEART)
Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND, TIME REQUIEM, EVIL MASQUERADE, MAJESTIC)
Jesper Binzer (D-A-D)
André Hilgers (RAGE, AXXIS, SILENT FORCE)
Stefan Arnold (GRAVE DIGGER)
01. Awakening the Bass Machine
02. We Live
04. Romance In Black
05. Godless Gods
06. Empty Memories (Breaking Free)
07. Boiling Blood
08. Far Too Late
09. The Asshole Song
10. Dead From the Eyes Down
11. Razorblade Romance
13. Eagles Fly Free (HELLOWEEN cover)
14. To Hell And Back (bonus track for Europe)
Gus G., mastermind of Greek melodic metal sensation FIREWIND, has issued the following update:
"Looking back on 2007 now I can say that I'm very happy with what we've accomplished with FIREWIND. We toured heavily for the 'Allegiance' album and our world tour passed through 22 countries and we did about 100 shows to promote it. We had great times touring with some of metal's premier bands such as DRAGONFORCE, ALL THAT REMAINS, ANGRA, KAMELOT, SONATA ARCTICA, etc. through Europe, UK, North America and Japan. We even got to play in Tunisia for the first time!"
"After a successful Japan tour this October we're finally wrapping up our 'World Allegiance' tour with two final festivals in Europe — one in Spain (Senderos Del Rock) and one in Denmark (ProgPower Scandinavia)." More...
Classic NWOBHM act REKUIEM (formerly known as REQUIEM) check in with the following update:
"Rekuiem will be joined by special guest vocalist Chitral "Chity" Somapala (ex-FIREWIND) for the live dates to end 2007.
"Chity" and Rekuiem are very excited to be working together and are looking forward very much to the two dates so far confirmed: Wednesday, November 14th - Sheldon Marquee - Birmingham, England and Friday, November 16th - JBs - Dudley, West Midlands, England (supporting GOTTHARD).
Other dates are still awaiting conformation and will be announced shortly. For videos of both Rekuiem and "Chity" go to our MySpace page.
FIREWIND guitarist Gus G. has posted this message on the band's official website:
"Hello metalheads! The third part of our 'World Allegiance' tour came to an end with four very successful shows in Japan! It felt so good going back there exactly one year after our performance at Loud Park festival. This has been our longest Japan tour so far, visiting four major cities - Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Yokohama. All venues were good and packed with loud Japanese metalheads - exactly the way we like it!
We have some great memories of this tour both onstage and offstage. We were treated excellent by the people of Avex and Creative man (promoters), our Japanese crew was top notch and everything was on time and perfectly in place. That's the way the Japanese people work. Even though I've been there eight times so far, I'm still amazed by their professionalism.
On our off day we had the chance to do lots of promotion for various radios, TV interviews and of course the prestigious magazines Burrn! and Young Guitar whom I also shot two instructional DVDs for.
Domo Arigato to Avex company, Kaz & King Records, Nozue, Yuka, A2 and the whole crew, KAMELOT and their crew for being super cool to us - it was a pleasure sharing the stage with you guys!
Also, we'd like to thank the German Metal God, Henning Basse (METALIUM) for taking care of the vocal duties the past months and giving everything on stage with us each night. You're a friend for life and we already miss you!
Last but not least, thanks to all our fans in the Land of the Rising Sun for their never ending support and love! We'll be back soon!"
Greek metallers FIREWIND have cancelled their October 5th appearance at Jesters Pub in Fayetteville, NC. The band's live dates in support of their new album, Allegiance, are as follows:
2 - Philadelphia, PA at The Trocadero (with SONATA ARCTICA)
3 - Springfield, VA at Jaxx (with Sonata Arctica)
4 - Covington, KY at The Mad Hatter
6 - Atlanta, GA at Prog Power USA (sold out)
The Agonist will be touring in September and October. Here are the tour dates:
dates w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
9/6 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
9/8 Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
9/9 New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
dates w/ Sonata Arctica, Firewind
9/12 Dallas, TX @ Palladium
9/14 Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
9/15 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
9/16 Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club
9/17 Santa Ana, CA @ The Galaxy Theatre
9/19 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
9/21 Chicago, IL @ Metro/Smart Bar
9/22 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's Concert Theatre
9/23 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
9/24 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
9/26 Quebec City, QC @ Salle Albert Rousseau
9/27 Montreal, QC @ Medley
9/28 Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
9/29 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (no Firewind)
9/30 New York, NY @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
10/02 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
10/03 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
10/06 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
10/07 Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
10/09 Houston, TX @ Meridian
dates w/ Overkill
10/11 Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
10/12 Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
10/13 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
10/14 Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
10/15 Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
10/16 Cedar Falls, IA @ Reverb
10/17 Sauget, IL @ Pop's
10/18 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
After playing four successful shows this past March supporting ANGRA, FIREWIND will return to Spain as headliners at Zaragoza's Senderos del Rock Festival on November 3rd.
Greek melodic metallers FIREWIND have issued the following update:
"The promoter of the venue Night Owl in Cheltenham, UK has cancelled the Firewind show that was scheduled for August 17th. The reasons are not clear to us at this moment. We're sorry to the fans that were planning on catching that show, but it wasn"t our fault. We hope to see you all at JB"s Dudley the very next day (August 18) which is not very far from Cheltenham."
Upcoming Firewind live dates include:
22 - Thessaloniki, Greece at Metal Healing Festival
11 - Rades, Tunisia at Rock A Rades Festival (with Adagio, After Forever, etc.)
16 - Derby, England at Bloodstock Open Air
18 - Dudley, England at JB’s (with Man Of The Hour)
September (North American Tour)
19 - Minneapolis, MN at Station 4 (with Epica)
20 - Mokena, IL at The Pearl Room Mokena
21 - Cleveland, OH at Peabodys (with Edguy)
22 - Toronto, ON at The Funhaus
23 - Detroit, MI at I-Rock
24 - Reading, PA at The Silo
26 - Quebec City, QC at Salle Albert Rousseau (with Sonata Arctica)
27 - Montreal, QC at Medley (with Sonata Arctica)
28 - Poughkeepsie, NY at Chance Theater (with Sonata Arctica)
29 - Bedford, NH at Marks Showplace
30 - New York City, NY at B.B. Kings Blues Club (with Sonata Arctica)
October (North American Tour)
2 - Philadelphia, PA at The Trocadero (with Sonata Arctica)
3 - Springfield, VA at Jaxx (with Sonata Arctica)
4 - Covington, KY at The Mad Hatter
5 - Fayetteville, NC at Jesters Pub
6 - Atlanta, GA at Prog Power USA (SOLD OUT)
October (Japan Tour with KAMELOT)
10 - Tokyo, Japan at Shibuya O-East
11 - Osaka, Japan at Club Quattro
12 - Nagoya, Japan at Bottom Line
14 - Yokohama, Japan at Blitz
10 - Copenhagen, Denmark at Prog Power Scandinavia
After their very successful performance last year at Japan’s biggest Metal festival Loud Park, FIREWIND will now team up with KAMELOT and return to Japan for a four-date tour this coming October. Dates include:
10 - Tokyo, Japan - Shibuya O-East
11 - Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro
12 - Nagoya, Japan - Bottom Line
14 - Yokohama, Japan - Blitz
Tickets can be purchased online here.
The organizers of the ProgPower USA festival have announced a surprise headline set for this year's sold-out edition of the internationally renowned festival. Saturday night (October 6) will now finish with an all-star cover set featuring vocalists from both the showcase and the festival. Each vocalist will be given the opportunity to perform 1-2 cover songs of their choice with the music being provided by the members of PAGAN'S MIND. Additional guests will join them throughout the set.
"The fans have made this festival a success and it's time to give something back to them," said ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston. "I wanted to announce this after the sell-out as a reward instead of in advance as an incentive. It's going to be one hell of a party on stage."
As a result of the additional performance, there has been a major change in the schedule and door times. "I had to shake things up quite a bit to make this work," Harveston explained. "However, the fans can relax knowing that not one band will have a single minute cut from their previously announced set lengths."
Greek power metallers FIREWIND have lined up the following North American tour dates:
September 19 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4 w/ Epica
September 20 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
September 21 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
September 22 - Toronto, ON @ Funhaus
September 23 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
September 24 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
September 26 - Quebec City, QC @ Salle Albert Rousseau w/ Sonata Arctica
September 27 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley w/ Sonata Arctica
September 29 - Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace
September 30 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Sonata Arctica
October 2 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero w/ Sonata Arctica
October 3 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx w/ Sonata Arctica
October 5 - Atlanta, GA @ ProgPower USA
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
- 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.
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.
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.
More release parties for FIREWIND's new album, Allegiance, will take place in Germany. Upcoming release parties now include:
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
5 - Hannover, Germany at Labor
5 - Rübenau, Germany at WGS Open Air (Party) - Festival More...
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...
Firewind guitarist Gus G. talks about the new line-up:
"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!!!!”
“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.
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.
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.