Secret Illusion Posts New Audio Video For “Neverland”

Secret Illusion uploaded a new audio video for the song “Neverland” from the new album “Awake Before the Dawn”, which will be released worldwide via Lion Music on Feb 1st 2018 in digital form. The physical form of the album will be available, exclusively via Secret Illusion, on Mar 1st 2018.

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Wolfheart Signs With Spinefarm Records To Release New Album

Spinefarm Records is pleased to announce that it has signed Wolfheart to the label’s worldwide roster.

Wolfheart will re-release the 2013 debut “Winterborn” with two additional bonus tracks on February 3rd of next year through Spinefarm. The album was initially self-released, with physical versions only available in Wolfheart’s native Finland. The additional tracks are titled “Isolation” and “Into the Wild.”

Wolfheart is also currently finishing up a new album and Spinefarm debut, titled “Shadow World.” The album is due out in mid-2015.

The band is shoring up plans to tour Finland and Europe in 2015, hitting the festival circuit, with a U.S. tour also tentatively planned for next year.

“After all the blood, sweat and tears poured into the self-released/self-financed debut Winterborn, it is truly amazing to have a worldwide release for the album and I could not think of a better label for the job than renowned Spinefarm,” Wolfheart said. “It’s super exciting times, since, while counting days for the re-release of Winterborn, the second Wolfheart album Shadow World is almost ready and 2015 will be a year of two albums out.”

Wolfheart was born in 2013 from the ashes of Before the Dawn and Black Sun Aeon. Sole member, songwriter, and producer Tuomas Saukkonen wanted to combine the musical elements from his previous bands and to embark on a fresh start after 14 years in music business and several albums.

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Stamina Inks Deal With WormHoleDeath For New Album “Perseverance”

Progressive rock/metal monsters Stamina have signed a worldwide deal with the WormHoleDeath publishing division for new album “Perseverance.”

Stamina will release the album through the German label Power Prog Records (digital) and My Kingdom Music (CD). Release dates are set for January the 17th (digital) and February the 24th, 2014 (CD).

The band’s mastermind and songwriter Luca Sellitto states: “I am glad to announce that I have signed this deal with Carlo Bellotti of Wormholedeath. After various conversations I realized that Carlo was the right person to sign a publishing deal with, specially for the songs that I wrote for Stamina’s new album. I am sure that his professionality will give a big contribution to our music career!”

The album’s trackl isting is as follows:

1. Higher
2. Breaking another string
3. I’m alive
4. Just before the dawn
5. Perseverance )
6. Naked Eye
7. Unbreakble
8. Wake up the gods
9. Winner for a day

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MyGrain Splits With Guitarist Resistor

Finland’s MyGrain has posted the following message online about parting ways with the band’s guitarist:

“Today we have sad news: Resistor is leaving MyGrain. The awesome sold out Nosturi show was his last one with us and now the time has come for him to step aside.

“We faced Resi’s decision with heavy hearts, but this is of course something that has to be accepted and respected. We have played together for nine years and grown to be a family, so the news was not easy to confront. Although our musical collaboration is now ending, the friendship with Resi will continue forever. He will always be a part of this bunch of monkeys and will be seen on our support group in the future.

“Despite of all the setbacks that have occurred this year, we will go full steam ahead, as Resi already mentioned. We have written a lot of new stuff during the long period of silence before ‘Planetary Breathing’ was released so the next album is already in the making. We are also lucky and overwhelmingly enthusiastic to welcome the new guitarist Joni Lahdenkauppi to join MyGrain team! Joni replaced Mr. Downhill on our European tour with Insomnium and Before the Dawn and instantly became a dear new member of MyGrain family. He is an extremely talented and musical guitarist so we feel that the sky is the only limit for the upcoming new material. With him we can develop our sound even further. You will meet him soon on the gigs next year but in the meanwhile, you can check his playing here.

“All the best to Resi! The awesome years with you will never be forgotten.”

Resistor also issued the following statement:

“Dear MyGrain friends, I am sad to tell you that I am going to leave MyGrain. To put it out simply, I just feel that I have given my everything to the band and now it’s time to concentrate on other things in my life. No big drama behind this decision.

“The last 9 years have been so awesome and I am so glad that I have had this great opportunity to make music, play gigs and record four great albums with my good friends. It really has been an amazing journey and a dream come true! The highlight of this has always been the live gigs and playing music for you friends and I know that I’ll really miss that in the future.

“There are too many friends that I would like to thank but I’ll keep this short. Just to name a few, a BIG thank you obviously goes to my brothers and a sister: Janne, Teemu, Tommi, Jonas and Eve for all the great moments we have had on this bumpy road of MyGrain, all the fans I have met and who have been supporting our dear “little hobby”. MyGrain crew: Toni, Glen, Vilma, Mikko and Levytukku crew, Alec Hirst-Gee & Spinefarm, Ville Palmu, Timo Honkanen and everyone who has believed in us in a way or another. You rule!

“This definitely won’t be the end of MyGrain. New winds are blowing the ship forward as we speak, so there will be something totally new and exciting for you… I will miss you all and I hope you’ll keep on supporting the music of MyGrain!”

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Andy Winter Releases New Album “Incomprehensible,” Samples Streaming Online

Andy Winter is behind several noteworthy releases in the more progressive and avant-garde spectrum of the Norwegian post-black metal scene, and now he has released his own new album “Incomprehensible.”

The album was produced by Andy Winter himself, mixed by Shaun Thingvold, mastered by Maor Appelbaum, and features artwork by Travis Smith. Samples from all the tracks on the album are now available for streaming via Amazon here.

The track listing is as follows (guest musician appearances listed in parentheses):

1. Reversed Psychological Patterns (Agnete M. Kirkevaag of Madder Mortem)
2. My Illusions Are My Own (John Haughm of Agalloch)
3. Perfection Is The Blank Page (Kjetil Nordhus of Tristania, Trail of Tears & Green Carnation)
4. Somewhere Else To Disappear (Dan Swan

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Before The Dawn Posts New Album "Rise Of The Phoenix" Teaser

Before the Dawn has posted another preview from the band’s upcoming 7th album “Rise Of The Phoenix,” due out April 27th via Nuclear Blast. Watch the video clip below.

The album can be pre-ordered at the Nuclear Blast web shop here. You can also check out the previously posted video clip for “Phoenix Rising” at this location.

The track listing for “Rise of the Phoenix” is as follows:

1. Exordium
2. Pitch-Black Universe
3. Phoenix Rising
4. Cross To Bear
5. Throne Of Ice
6. Perfect Storm
7. Fallen World
8. Eclipse
9. Closure

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Before The Dawn Comments On Winning Finnish Metal Awards

Finnish dark/melodic death metallers Before The Dawn have come away big winners at this year’s Metal Awards of their home country.

The 8th annual Helsinki Metal Meeting took place at the Cable Factory in Helsinki from Friday, February 17th to Saturday, February 18th with about 3800 metal heads taking part in the festivities. Not only did Before the Dawn make it into the top 10 of every category, but main man Tuomas Saukkonen has also officially been honored as “Musician Of The Year” for the 2nd time in a row. The honoree proudly states:

“After over a decade of blood, sweat and tears for the art of song writing with the result of 14 albums and almost 200 songs recorded I feel deeply honoured by the Finnish Metal Awards “musician of the year” victory for the 2nd time in a row! It is easy to do well when you get to work with the best guys in the industry and have the best fans in the world!!!”

The band’s results in detail are as follows:

Band Of The Year 2011 – #7
Album Of The Year 2011 (Deathstar Rising) – #8
Vocalist Of The Year 2011 (Tuomas Saukkonen) – #7
Musician Of The Year 2011 (Tuomas Saukkonen) – #1
Album Artwork Of The Year 2011 (Deathstar Rising) – #7

Check out the full results at this location.

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Insomnium Announces New Album "One For Sorrow" Release Dates

Finland’s Insomnium has announced the band’s upcoming album will be titled “One For Sorrow.” The album is set to drop on October 12th in Finland, October 17th in Europe, and October 18th in North America.

Insomnium has announced a headlining European tour with Before the Dawn and MyGrain, which states on November 14th. The tour poster can be viewed below. You can also check out Insomnium’s music video for the song “Weather the Storm” by heading over to this location.

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