Demons & Wizards, Threshold And More Confirmed For Progpower USA 2019 Lineup

The organisers of the ProgPower USA festival has announced the lineup for next year’s edition of the event. Among the bands performing over the four day show will be Demons & Wizards, featuring Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian and Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth, Swedish progressive metal outfit Evergrey and Finnish melodic death metal band, Insomnium. The festival takes place on September 6th and 7th. The complete roster is available below.

Tickets go on sale on Saturday, October 6th at 10:00am EST.

Day 1:
Pretty Maids
Insomnium
Secret Sphere
Iron Mask

Day 2:
Evergrey
Galneryus
MaYaN
Tomorrow’s Eve

Day 3:
Seventh Wonder
Orden Ogan
Psychotic Waltz
Barren Earth
Subsignal
Wind Rose

Day 4:
Demons & Wizards
Threshold
Poets of the Fall
Caligula’s Horse
Jag Panzer
Sorcerer

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Demons & Wizards, Sabaton And More Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2019

The first batch of bands for next year’s edition of Wacken Open Air, the thirtieth anniversary of the festivals, have been announced, including power metal supergroup Demons & Wizards, who have stated that it will be their only German festival show. Also announced for the event so far are Sabaton, Parkway Drive, Airbourne, Within Temptation, Rose Tattoo, Krokus, Powerwolf, Dark Funeral, Meshuggah and Avatar. The event is set to take place from August 1st – 3rd.

Demons & Wizards/Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer stated: “It’s a good pressure for Hansi and I, it’s a good kind. It’s the kind we like. We’re very excited about it. The thing is we wanted to continue the Demons & Wizards thing, but with Iced Earth and Blind Guardian, we’re very busy people, and our schedules… it’s just one of those times right now where the holes are lining up in the right way for us to be able to commit to shows next summer. So it’s cool.”

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Orphaned Land Posts Teaser Video, “We Do Not Resist” Online

Israeli metal veterans Orphaned Land has posted a video online, containing a spoken word version of a new song, “We Do Not Resist.” You can check it out below. The song, along with recent single, “Like Orpheus” which features Blind Guardian vocalist Hansi Kursch, are featured on the group’s forthcoming new studio album, “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs,” which will be released through Century Media on January 26th.

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Orphaned Land Posts New Video, “Like Orpheus” Online

Israeli metal band Orphaned Land has posted their new music video online for the song, “Like Orpheus.” You can check it out below. The song features guest vocals from Blind Guardian frontman Hansi Kürsch and will appear on their forthcoming new album, “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs,” which will be released on January 26th through Century Media Records.

We had the opportunity to speak with Orphaned Land frontman Kobi Farhi about the album, its concepts and the continuing pursuit of peace last year. The interview can be seen here.

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Orphaned Land Reveals New Album, “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs” Release Date And Tracklisting

Oriental metal pioneers, Orphaned Land, will release their new studio album “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs on January 26th, 2018 via Century Media Records. Jens Bogren once again took over mixing duties of what turned out to be the band’s best and biggest production so far. “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs” will feature a guest appearance of guitar virtuoso Steve Hackett as well as guest vocal appearances by no other than Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates). The great album artwork was created by Valnoir.

Singer and frontman Kobi Farhi comments: “We are thrilled and so happy to finally reveal you the great artwork of ‘Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs!’ Our music has always been a combination of anger, tragedy, protest and joy. We can’t wait for you to hear the 13 brand new tracks of this album. As always it will be very eclectic, no song sounds like the other and the whole album is a one big musical journey. We feel that this album takes our feelings to a new level of anger, protest and tragedy. The cover speaks for itself and it was made as tribute to the way governments design their money. Enjoy!”

Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs track-listing:
1. The Cave
2. We Do Not Resist
3. In Propaganda
4. All Knowing Eye
5. Yedidi
6. Chains Fall To Gravity
7. Like Orpheus
8. Poets Of Prophetic Messianism
9. Left Behind
10. My Brother’s Keeper
11. Take My Hand
12. Only The Dead Have Seen The End Of War
13. The Manifest – Epilogue

The release of “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs” will be followed by an extensive European Tour in early 2018. The tour dates will be announced soon.

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Preview Clip For New Album “The Great Brotherwar” Issued By Evertale

German power metal act Evertale posted a preview clip for the sophomore album “The Great Brotherwar.” The album drops on October 27th via NoiseArt Records. Check out the clip below.

“The Great Brotherwar” is the follow up to the 2014 debut “Of Dragons and Elves.” The cover art, created by the legendary Andreas Marschall (Rage, Running Wild, Blind Guardian, etc.), and track listing can be found here:

1. Battle for Mankind
2. Empire Rising (see lyric video here)
3. The Swarm
4. The Joining
5. For the King and the Crown
6. Oceans of Sand l
7. The Journey to Iskendria
8. Chapter 666 (We are the Hammer)
9. March to the North
10. And the Dragon Returns
11. All Hail the Crimson King
12. The Great Brotherwar
13. Take to the Sky (Van Canto Cover)

Check out the preview clip here:

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Lör Streaming “In Forgotten Sleep” Title Track

Power metal band Lör today just revealed the title track from upcoming new album “In Forgotten Sleep.”

The track is for fans of Amorphis, Eluveitie, and Blind Guardian – check it out below. You can also pre-order “In Forgotten Sleep” here ahead of its August 11th, release date.

Members of Lör are active in many other acts such as Ashen Waves, Top Hats and Effigies, and Botis. “In Forgotten Sleep” is just the beginning for Lör, as the band has already begun working on a sophomore release.

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Live Clip Of “The Ninth Wave” Posted By Blind Guardian

German-based progressive power metal act Blind Guardian issued yet another clip in celebration of the new live release “Live Beyond the Spheres” 3CD/4LP, which drops today via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out “The Ninth Wave” in the player below.

This is the first live record from the band in 14 years. The complete track listing is:

CD 1:

1. The Ninth Wave
2. Banish From Sanctuary
3. Nightfall
4. Prophecies (see clip here)
5. Tanelorn
6. The Last Candle
7. And Then There Was Silence

CD 2:

1. The Lord Of The Rings
2. Fly
3. Bright Eyes
4. Lost In The Twilight Hall
5. Imaginations From The Other Side
6. Into The Storm
7. Twilight Of The Gods (see clip here
8. A Past And Future Secret
9. And The Story Ends

CD 3:

1. Sacred Worlds
2. The Bard’s Song (In The Forest)
3. Valhalla
4. Wheel Of Time
5. Majesty
6. Mirror Mirror (see clip here)

Check out “The Ninth Wave” here:

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New Album “Return Of The Cosmic Men” Announced By Galderia

French power metal act Galderia has returned with the sophomore full length album “Return Of The Cosmic Men.” The album is set to drop on July 21st via Massacre Records.

The highly touted release comes five years from the debut “The Universality.” It was recorded by Seb Chabot and Bruno Pradel at Startchild of the Universe Studio and Yukio Estudio and was produced by the band. mixed by Mikko Karmila and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox. The artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Brainstrom).

The track listing is as follows:

1. Shining Unity
2. Blue Aura
3. Living Forevermore
4. High Up In The Air
5. Celestial Harmony
6. Wake Up The World
7. Legions Of Light
8. Return Of The Cosmic Men
9. Pilgrim Of Love
10. Wake Up The World 2.0

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Blind Guardian Posts “Prophecies” Live Video Clip

Progressive power metallers Blind Guardian recently announced the release of a 22 song package, entitled “Live Beyond The Spheres,” which will available in a variety of formats including a 3CD Digipack as well as a 4LP Box.

The new live offering will be in stores on July 7th, 2017 and includes all-time classics such as “The Bard’s Song (In The Forest),” “Valhalla,” and “Mirror Mirror,” as well as some rarely performed tracks like “And Then There Was Silence.”

Guitarist André Olbrich commments: “We compiled one ‘show’ out of the best tracks from more than 40 live performances, recorded during our European tour in 2015. That’s how we pinned down the most beautiful and atmospheric moments on this medium.”

Today, Blind Guardian unveils a live video for “Prophecies.” The video was created by drummer Frederik Ehmke using material shot with one single camera, which he had set up and recording at each show of the tour Check it out below.

Frederik commented on the production of the video: “Being a fan of the potential of the camera for my private use I decided to take my Hero4 Silver with me on our worldwide tour and recorded all of the shows. First I started with only angles around my drum kit cause they are pretty hard to get with common cameras and therefore special – then I had the idea of creating a videoclip to one song using the footage from all the different shows shot with this only one single camera and tried to find more different varying positions for my GoPro to record the show each night.

“The camera stayed basically in the same spot for the whole show and I moved it to try another position for the next show. Hereby I collected a huge amount of shows which I could pick from to put this video together. All toured territories and continents are finally represented. But there is no light without shade. Since I usually mounted my GoPro on a regular microphone stand, I asked every day for the stand and if I could put the camera in my desired spot without being in the way for anyone. I guess that annoyed some people of the crew – especially when on a busy day they forgot to have the stand ready for me and had to crawl into dark cases to get it.

“But I m happy to have insisted, because the video now shows some very rare and special angles – views direct and close to the band that you never saw before. It benefits from the GoPro´s ability to capture wide and narrow fields in a high resolution and especially high frame rate, which are absolutely necessary in the stage environment, that quickly changes from gloomy to sun bright and on top comes with fast movements. The camera itself is small and therefore not blocking the view for the audience, but at the same time can be placed very close to the performing musician.”

He also explained the choice of song: “‘Prophecies’ was the perfect choice for the song. It is an enjoyable one for us to perform and I guess that gets pretty obvious when you watch our stage acting. From the beginning it was very well received by the fans too, which always gives us a lot of the energy back that we put into our shows. And of course it represents the latest studio output of the band and is an important step in the saga of the Red Mirror. Watching the video brings back nice memories of the many venues and crowds we played for on this long tour.”

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