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Nightfall

Formed: 1991
From: Athens, Greece
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Nightfall News

Below is our complete Nightfall 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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Nightfall Comments On New Album Release

Nightfall has checked in with the following update about the release of the band's new album and streaming the song "Ipsilon Lyrae" online:

"Hello dudes and thank you for the appreciation. The album is about a month old and feedback is awesome. We have here the 'Epsilon Lyrae' track for you; fast, furious yet dreamy and spacey like a journey to the stars, which we all wish to experience some day.

"Regarding the current status of affairs, the band members are evaluating Euro touring prospects. In any case, this is something to take place not earlier than second half of 2011. We'll keep you posted about developments.

"In the visual field, Achilleas Gatsopoulos, Ambassador of Mass marvelous video director is leading a research for the next video - track to be disclosed soon. Take care and don't forget Nightfall is about art and pain of creation."

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Nightfall Posts "Ambassador Of Mass" Video

Greek act Nightfall has launched the video for the song "Ambassador Of Mass," which can be viewed after the jump. Nightfall singer Efthimis Karadimas comments the clip: "The story depicted is inspired by the Greco-Persian wars in the 5th century BC. The video is purely based on the ancient technique of Shadow Puppet Theatre evolved and widely used in different areas of the world eons ago. Every character, ship, map, etc you see in it has been built from scratch especially for that motion clip. The video has been directed by Achilleas Gatsopoulos, a prominent master of visual arts, based in the city of Berlin. I am sure you haven't seen anything similar around!"

Comments director Achilleas Gatsopoulos: "After our initial talks and meetings with Efthimis, we decided to approach the video in a challenging and unconventional way. We chose to use shadow puppetry and push its boundaries through modern technology in order to create something really unique; something that could best convey the epic scale of our story. Considerable research ensued, and the storyline was constructed according to the structure and lyrics of the song, sprinkled with a touch of mythology, while staying true to the actual historical facts. The design and construction of the puppets were done in collaboration with fine artist Hara Kolaiti, referencing on the one hand the Ancient Greek vases' depictions of greek warriors of the time, and on the other, the numerous detailed reliefs of Xerxes and his warriors in Persepolis.

"In total, more than thirty meticulously detailed puppets and backgrounds were created for the video. These were shot one by one and then composited into scenes digitally. The aim was to take Shadow Puppetry as a traditional medium, and explore its cinematic potential. Thus, scenes were created both in two dimensional space, as well as in three dimensional epic camera shots. The result is a truly original and unconventional music video that best complements Efthimis' musical vision." More...

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Nightfall Streaming New Songs

Greek act Nightfall, in cooperation with Metal Hammer Greece, has launched an online player where you can stream two songs off the new album "Astron Black And The Thirty Tyrants." You can check out the songs "Astron Black" and "Astronomica/Saturnian Moon" at this location. The band commented on the album: "We have worked hard and we've put lots energy and effort in the details of the production. The outcome is massive and believe can attract any metal fan's attention."

The album's artwork was created by Travis Smith (Opeth, Death, Nevermore, Katatonia a.o.), who stated, "The front cover depicts the sea, the grand opposite of the sky-cum-space, and the means we humans are inventing to explore the unexplored. We are part of this universe and we use its planets to navigate, to tune our lives through the 'time' set by their motion, and who knows, may be to escape to some day in the future."

The album was recorded in various places with Soundlodge (Germany) being the main studio. It was produced by Efthimis Karadimas ('Athenian Echoes') and co-produced by Jorg Uken (known from his work with God Dethroned, Dew Scented, and Sinister). "Astron Black And The Thirty Tyrants" will be released on August 30th in Europe and on August 31 in North America. More...

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Nightfall Posts New Album Teaser Video

Nightfall has revealed the cover artwork for "Astron Black And The Thirty Tyrants" via a video teaser, which can be viewed below. The band commented on the new album, “We have worked hard and we've put lots energy and effort in the details of the production. The outcome is massive and believe can attract any metal fan's attention.”

The album's artwork has been created by Travis Smith (Opeth, Nevermore, Katatonia), who stated “The front cover depicts the sea, the grand opposite of the sky-cum-space, and the means we humans are inventing to explore the unexplored. We are part of this universe and we use its planets to navigate, to tune our lives through the 'time' set by their motion, and who knows, may be to escape to some day in the future.”

"Astron Black And The Thirty Tyrants" will be released on August 30th in Europe and on August 31st in North America. The track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Astron Black
3. Astronomica / Saturnian Moon
4. Astra Planeta / We Chose The Sun
5. Ambassador Of Mass
6. The Criterion
7. Asebeia
8. I-I
9. Archon Basileus
10. Proxima Centauri / Dead Bodies
11. The Thirty Tyrants
12. Epsilon Lyrae More...

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Nightfall Comments On Album Artwork

Greek metallers Nightfall have issued the following statement about the artwork for the upcoming album "Astron Black & the Thirty Tyrants:"

"Nightfall proudly announce Travis Smith as the man behind the artwork of the forthcoming opus Astron Black & the Thirty Tyrants! The band has already discussed and shared views with Travis and the outcome is expected to be unique and powerful, reflecting the epic tones and the raw anger of music through the deliberating range of elements Mr. Smith uses in his highly artistic works. His style and his perception is unique; promoting art with art is the key point here and makes us all feel great about it!”

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Nightfall Reveals New Album Details

Greek metallers Nightfall have returned with a new album titled "Astron Black & the Thirty Tyrants," which was recorded in various locations, with Soundlodge (Germany) being the main studio. It was produced by Efthimis Karadimas (Athenian Echoes) and co-produced by Jorg Uken (known from his work with God Dethroned, Dew Scented, and Sinister). The new album is 43 minutes long and consists of 12 tracks. A release date is expected to be announced soon. Nightfall also checked in with the following statement about the album:

"Mixing and mastering to follow right after promoting a Massive sound combining uniquely European roughness with US guitar expertise. Certainly an album not to miss. Official release planned for autumn 2010 worldwide, while an introductory video clip is expected to come forward in spring 2010 just to haunt your summer lull. Because the Tyrants were not dead, but only sleeping…

"Nightfall formed in 1991 in Athens and have released seven albums since then. After the temporary fold of their wings for a few moments-cum-years, they enter the scene again with a brand new opus under the magnificent title Astron Black & The Thirty Tyrants!"

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Nightfall Signs To Metal Blade Records

Greek gothic black metal band NIGHTFALL has announced their signing to Metal Blade Records. NIGHTFALL, who formed in 1991, will be releasing "Astron Black & The Thirty Tyrants" through Metal Blade Records later this year.

Mainman Efthimis Karadimas has announced the new line-up of NIGHTFALL as follows:

Efthimis Karadimas (vocals)
Evan Hensley (guitars)
Stathis Kassios (keyboards)
Jörg Uken (drums) More...

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Nightfall Checks In With Recording Update

Keyboardist Stathis Kassios of Greek metal act Nightfall has issued the following update about the recording of the band's new album:

"The timing felt right to end my long lasting relationship with previous sequencers and move on with confidence (thanks also goes to Chris ‘Rektor’ Ntaskas) to Digidesign’s Pro Tools and lay down the keyboards for Astron Black album. The first steps before jumping to the high speed Pro Tools train and its innovative built - in top - notch plug ins, were a bit uncertain as the use of my previous synth sounds of Novation KS - Rack did not quite satisfy the panorama of Efthimis goal for this album and a short period of intense discussions and almost Tyrannical guidance followed, which finally turned out highly creative

"The existential question always haunts keyboard players playing Metal music ‘How do I fit here?’ started troubling my mind, demanding for immediate planning; having a ‘strategy’ as a recording artist is like investing with the least risk taken and expecting the best result. So did I. In respect to the work done by previous keyboard players of the band and to the demands of Nightfall’s diverse and unique music, I had to spend time, a hell of a time actually, and artsy nights listening to the pre - produced guitar tracks recorded by Evan, while trying to figure out the best approach that would carefully follow there after as regard to the use of the sounds and orchestration throughout this prominent album. More...

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Nightfall Comments On New Album Title

Greek metallers Nightfall have issued the following statement about the title of their new album:

"As said in previous post Tyrants represent the punishment accrued from our own actions, the allegoric way. But what about the first part of the title, Astron Black? The Astron refers to the bearer of light, the sun, life itself and phos that allows no secret to remain hidden for ever, the hope, the hunter, the ray slashing the monotony of nothing, the effort to breathe to cry to understand to communicate and ultimately to create, the god, the gods, the man!

"The Black refers to the endless, the eternal warm nest either within us or far above, the mystery, the epitome of arcane that asks to be conquered and the challenge that cannot be regretted, the deep, the soul attractor and fears the force’s being made of, the vessel of creation, the goddess, the womb, the woman!

"Astron Black is a fiction persona in human like body shape. Moving throughout centuries, being inspired and eventually driven by its needs and wills, this beast-cum-beauty and vice versa creature moves violently in harmonious circles known as Time. That Aenaon creature symbolizes the opposite natures in universe, the duality that characterizes every form of life and action whose motion generates aural waves, inking the pages of collective subconscious chronicles."

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Nightfall Issues Studio Update

Guitarist Evan Hensley of the Greek metal band Nightfall has issued the following studio update:

"DAY 3: Since we had the sounds already, today went faster. Blazed through two or three of the middle tracks on the record; the recording was going super fast and we were satisfied with the sound and playing. Most amusing of the day was doing 'The Thirty Tyrants' – I winged the solo for the most part on a really low gain amp setting. Sounded weird but we liked it so we kept it! Reminds me of Arabians…"

"DAY 4: Friday had rolled around so we pushed ahead. My other guitar for most of the leads is an Ibanez RG Prestige with replacement pickups – a Dimarzio Evolution in the bridge, and a Breed in the neck. The Evo makes for a punchy lead tone (a la Steve Vai, who helped design it) so I stuck with that pickup through the Rectifier for most of the leads. Almost all of the basic tracks were done by the end of today, including one of my favorites, 'Proxima Centauri!' Best guitar part of the album is at the end of that song, in my opinion." More...

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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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Rotting Christ To Embark On Extensive Euro Tour

Legendary Greek death metallers ROTTING CHRIST will embark on an extensive European tour in February 2007 beginning with the third edition of The Domination Tour, featuring 5-6 bands and consisting of 21-24 dates (only in bigger venues). Headlining dates in Scandinavia, the Baltic countries, Poland, Eastern Europe (also Russia, the Ukraine, Belarus) and the Balkans will follow in the spring 2007.

ROTTING CHRIST are currently working on material for a new studio album — the group's first for the Season of Mist label. The band recently announced the addition of NIGHTFALL guitarist George Bokos as a full-time member of the group.

ROTTING CHRIST recently recorded their two live shows in Larissa, Greece for an upcoming live album. The pioneers of the Greek metal scene put on two special two-hour shows featuring songs covering their entire catalog. These live shows were held on February 3-4, 2006 at Blive Music House in Larissa, and were the only concerts to be recorded for the upcoming CD. The shows marked the band's 18 years in the metal scene and fans from around the world were in attendance. The band also played a very special concert consisting exclusively of material from their first three albums — "Passage To Arcturo" (1989), "Thy Mighty Contract" (1992) and "Non Serviam" (1994) - on January 14 at An Club in Athens, Greece.

ROTTING CHRIST's "Passage To Arcturo" and "Non Serviam" albums were reissued in January with bonus audio and video tracks via Season of Mist.

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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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System Shock Records Video For "Devil Wish"

System Shock recorded a video for their song "Devil Wish," taken from the band’s debut album "Arctic Inside."

The band is also working on new material for their second album, which will become a concept album based on a science fiction story, written by 2 band members. Recordings are scheduled in the summer of 2005 in Tico Tico studio, Finland.

Drummer George Kollias (also active in Nightfall) has officially become the new drummer of Nile. As far as things look now he will still record the new System Shock album next year.

The band is planning a Scandinavian tour with some other Karmageddon Media acts.

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Nile Recruits New Drummer

Nile have hired George Kollias of Nightfall/Sickening Horror notoriety as the Nnw Nile Drummer.

"We would like to thank everyone that auditioned, sent videos and demos, and emailed us concerning the available position. We appreciate all of you. We would also like to thank Derek Roddy for his recomendation of George , as well many thanks to Pete Hammoura for being so helpful in so many ways.

"Sincere thanks also to the many people who have expressed their support and encouragement recently."

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Atreyu Parts With Bassist

Atreyu have parted ways with bassist Chris Thomson and have replaced him with Marc McKnight, formerly of Nightfall. The official word from the band is as follows:

"Chris thomson is no longer a member of ATREYU, he has chosen to leave the band to pursue other interests. marc mcknight (previously of nightfall) will be filling his position on bass. we will all miss chris and appreciate everything he brought to the band... the following is a statment from him regarding the situation:
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