Freedom Call Announces "Ages Of Light" 2CD Release
Melodic metal act Freedom Call's balance sheet is certainly something to be proud of: the group surrounding vocalist/guitarist Chris Bay has released a total of seven studio albums and two live releases. Freedom Call is also ever-present live on the stage, having toured not only with the likes of Saxon, Edguy, Blind Guardian, and Hammerfall, but also having played successful tours on its own since 2010.
Freedom Call's exceedingly melodic songs are frequently referred to as "happy metal," with the group earning the title of "Happiest Metal-Band In The World." The release of "Ages Of Light" on April 29th, 2013 (USA: May 7th 2013) is set to mark the band's 15th anniversary. The following press release was issued about the upcoming collection:
"This full-to-the-brim best-of release includes 18 classics from their creative career to date, among them 'We Are One' from their 1999 debut, the anthemic 'Freedom Call' off Crystal Empire (2001), 'Warriors' and 'Land Of Light' from their 2002 release Eternity, a live version of 'Metal Invasion' and the topical 'Power & Glory' off Land Of The Crimson Dawn (2012). 'Those 18 numbers are usually celebrated at our gigs, or even requested with a vengeance,' explains Chris Bay, who has another real ace up his sleeve: the bonus CD Masqueraded presents six Freedom Call tracks in new and unusual guises: a ska version of 'Metal-Invasion', 'Mr. Evil' as a melodic reggae track, 'Hero On Video' as a speed ska number and 'Rockin' Radio' (which is also supported by a video clip) in a killerbilly version.
"Masqueraded is complemented by 'Freedom Call' in campfire strumming style (including music sheet/tablature) and 'Age Of The Phoenix' in a power swing outfit. It would hardly be possible to present these tracks more colourfully or diverse. Bay adds, 'Our intention with Masqueraded was to inspire musicians and music fans to create their own, personal version of one of our songs - irrespective of musical style - and send it to us.'
"Ages Of Light combines not only the essence of the best songs from the seven Freedom Call studio recordings to date, but also marks a meeting of various former and current band members. Along with Chris Bay and guitarist Lars Rettkowitz, three different drummers can be heard on the bonus tracks: founder member Dan Zimmermann, his successors Klaus Sperling, and Ramy Ali, whom fans know from the most recent Freedom Call tour. The two bassists, Samy Saemann and original band member Ilker Ersin, and guitarist Cede Dupont, who was part of Freedom Call between 2001 and 2005, are also featured."
"It was great fun to work with old and new friends alike at the studio, turning previously typical Freedom Call numbers into unusual songs," Chris Bay explains, stressing that the group will commence working on a new studio album after the tour in spring 2013: "But first we want to celebrate our anniversary in style!"
The "Ages of Light" track listing is as follows:
1. We Are One 04:57
2. Tears Falling 05:39
3. Freedom Call 05:33
4. Farewell 04:06
5. Metal Invasion (live) 07:10
6. Warriors 04:20
7. Land Of Light 03:54
8. Hunting High And Low 04:02
9. Mr. Evil 03:43
10. Far Away 03:19
11. Blackened Sun 04:39
12. Thunder God 03:31
13. Tears Of Babylon 03:38
14. A Perfect Day (live) 03:57
15. Hero On Video 03:42
16. Power & Glory 03:25
17. Rockstars 04:57
18. Back Into The Land Of Light 05:11
CD 2 "Masqueraded"
1. Rockin' Radio - Killerbilly Version 03:55
2. Metal Invasion - Metal Folk Version 04:13
3. Mr. Evil - Melodic Reggae Version 04:10
4. Hero on Video - Speed Ska Version 03:48
5. Age of the Phoenix - Power Swing Version 04:25
6. Freedom Call - Camp Fire Strumming Version 03:37
You can also catch the band live:
03.05. D-Munich - Backstage
04.05. I-Milano - The Theatre Club
05.05. I-Turin - Audiodrome Live Club
06.05. F-Lyon - Le Marche Gare
07.05. F-Paris - Le Divian de Monde
08.05. F-Colmar - Grillen
10.05. D-Michelstadt - Hüttenwerk
11.05. D-Nürnberg - Rockfabrik
29.05. SE-Gothenburg - Brew House
30.05. SE-Gävle - Maxim
31.05. SE-Borlänge - S2
01.06. SE-Norrköping - Dynamo
02.06. CZ-Plzen - Metalfest
29.06. D-Seefeld/Besenfeld - Harry`s Full Metal Party
26.07. D-Rotenburg/Wümme - Metal4Splash Festival
17.08. CL-Santiago de Chile - ProgPower South America
26.08. GB-Staffordshire - Scarfest 2013
11.10. HUN-Budapest - Club 202
12.10. A-Vienna - Aera
26.10. D-Bergheim - Bürgerhaus (special guest for Queensryche)
27.10. D-Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik (special guest for Queensryche)
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