Epic melodic death metallers Nothgard sign to Metal Blade Records

– April 10th, 2018 –

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Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the addition of epic melodic death metallers Nothgard from Germany to its roster! The Bavarian quartet has signed a multiple album deal with Metal Blade and is right now in the middle of recording their tentative new album, to be released during the second half of 2018!

Comments Nothgard singer/guitarist Dom R. Crey: “We are really happy to announce the signing with the renowned label Metal Blade Records. For years we have had an eye on the countless and fantastic releases Metal Blade has launched. Eventually we can call ourselves part of this family, something that makes us really proud. We are looking forward to a great collaboration and cannot wait to usher into a new era of Nothgard.”

Dom is also presenting us an outlook on the upcoming new Nothgard album: “This exciting chapter will be initiated by a new studio album! In the history of the band we have never worked harder on an album. And to be honest we never had a clearer view on our approach of composing and on our sound. We listened to both, our fans and ourselves. We have clearly analyzed our strength and how to transfer this awareness to our material. Right now tons of work are still laying ahead of us and in the end our fans will judge the result. But let me tell you: As a band we are more than happy about the outcome so far and can’t wait to present it to the rest of the World!”

Founded in 2008 by singer and lead guitarist Dom R. Crey, Nothgard dragged along the winning ways since their debut album, Warhorns Of Midgard, from 2011. The high technical quality of their guitar work and the epic orchestration of their melodic death metal is exciting to fans and critics alike. In 2014, the band released another epic milestone of deadly metal, memorable melodies and influences from both neo-classical and folk music called Age Of Pandora. After the release, Nothgard finally signed to Noise Art Records who released the band’s latest album, The Sinner’s Sake, their most serious approach yet to enter the melodic death metal throne. On The Sinner’s Sake, deadly riffs meet playful, catchy lead guitars, while the epic orchestration arranges for a cinematic atmosphere that will bring goosebumps to your skin! Completed by Dom R. Crey’s raw vocals, Nothgard‘s sound is both stormy-spectacular and full of a sublime atmosphere. With The Sinner’s Sake, Nothgard set off into the most spectacular chapter in the band’s history so far. And the best is yet to come!

Nothgard line-up:
Dom R. Crey – Vocals, Lead Guitar, Studio Keyboards
Skaahl – Guitars
Nico Kolja – Bass
Felix Indra – Drums

Nothgard live:
May 20 – Leipzig, Germany – Wave Gotik Treffen
June 14 – Uttenhofen, Germany – Aaargh Festival
July 5 – Ballenstedt, Germany – Rockharz Open Air
July 15 – Manrode, Germany – Fest Evil Manrode 2018
Aug. 24 – Cham, Germany – Mosh Open Air 2018
Aug. 31 – Nauen, Germany – Rock for Roots XV

Nothgard online:
https://www.facebook.com/Nothgard
https://twitter.com/nothgard
https://www.instagram.com/nothgard
http://www.nothgard.com

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New Live Release “Live Beyond The Spheres” Announced By Blind Guardian

There’s some big news today for Blind Guardian: the progressive power metal pioneers are proud to announce the release of a new 3CD package/4LP package entitled “Live Beyond The Spheres”! The release will include material recorded from various shows during the European tour in 2015 – and it will contain old classics, new tracks as well as songs that are played very rarely live. “Live Beyond The Spheres’ is scheduled to be released on July 7th via Nuclear Blast as a 3CD and 4LP Box.

Vocalist Hansi Kürsch spoke about the difficulties in creating such an ambitious album: “In general, I would say that we’ve had a really good run throughout this tour and that nearly every show was perfect. But at the end of the day, after every one of us had checked through every single song and concert of those 30 shows again and again, there was only something like two or three versions of each song that were suitable to be used for an album. We then had to decide between those final versions; which one the most impressive one was. This was a nearly endless task!”

But as we all know, Blind Guardian stands for perfectionism in every way: “The final songs chosen contain such an energy, that tiny mistakes appeared to be completely unimportant. As soon as you listen to the songs, you will know what I mean, they feel completely alive”.

But in the end, the effort was all worth it. Hansi sums up: “There is always something happening at each show, let’s call it ‘MAGIC’, that gives us all a shiver up our spine. We are really satisfied when people sing with us, have a good time and go back home happy.”

The CD track listings will read as follows:

CD 1:

1. The Ninth Wave
2. Banish From Sanctuary
3. Nightfall
4. Prophecies
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
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

Check out Blind Guardian live on these confirmed dates:

16.06 D St. Goarshausen – RockFels
28.06 IL Tel Aviv – Reading 3
30.06 GR Chania – Chania Rock Festival
02.07 I Milano – Battlefield Metal Fest
08.07 D Ballenstedt – Rockharz Open Air
02.08 H Székesfehérvár – Fezen Fesztivál
03.08 SK Bratislava – Majestic Club
05.08. S Rejmyre – Skogsröjet Festival
10.08 E Villena – Leyendas Del Rock
11.08 UK Derby – Bloodstock Open Air
12.08 A Graz – Metal On The Hill
25.08 PL Straszecin – Czad Festival
26.08 D Dresden – Alter Schlachthof

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New Album “1755” Expected From Moonspell This Year

The rumors are true! Moonspell is ready to release a new album this year. The band is currently in pre-production with John Phipps at the band’s home studios (Inferno) in Portugal and has recently posted online some pictures of videos of the daily work at the studio.

The album title will be “1755” and it’s a quite surprising twist of events and direction for the band. Versing the Great Lisbon Earthquake (1755), the band has developed a lyrical concept that looks into the death and rebirth of Lisbon and how the disaster changed religion, politics and philosophy in the whole of Europe. The surprise is that the album will be fully sung in Portuguese!

What was supposed to be just a 4-song bonus for the “Lisboa Under the Spell” DVD-Blu-ray (recorded last February in Lisbon with 4000 wild fans attending, to be released in 2018) evolved into a full length album that will be produced by Tue Madsen (Antfarm Studios, DK) who worked with the band in a few previous releases: “Under Satanae,” “Night Eternal” and “Alpha Noir/Omega White.”

In the band’s own words, Fernando (lead singer) explains: “We fell in love with the concept and made perfect sense to sing it in our national language, Portuguese. I guess we were just waiting for the right opportunity to work on such an album. Musically it will be heavier than Extinct. It will be earthshaking but also very detailed with orchestrations and percussion as we want people to relive the Lisbon of the 18th century. Singing it in Portuguese, allowed me to find a different expression as a vocalist and my job is to be the survivor of the Earthquake, roaming the ruins and telling you all about it.”

The band will tour Latin America soon and will play several festivals in the Summer. Find all dates listed below and make sure to catch Moonspell live on the road:

29.04.17 SE – Stockholm / Fryshuset
12.05.17 IT – Cagliari / Fabrik
13.05.17 IT – Borgo Priolo / Dagda Live

25.05.17 MX – Guadalajara / C3
26.05.17 MX – Monterrey / Cafe Iguana
31.05.17 SV – San Salvador / Cifco
02.06.17 CR – San Jose / Peppers Club
03.06.17 CO – Bogota / Revolution Bar
04.06.17 CO – Medellin / Teatro Matacandelas
10.06.17 AR – Buenos Aires / Teatro Flores
13.06.17 UY – Mentevideo / Music Box
14.06.17 BR – Sao Paulo / Clash Club
15.06.17 BR – Belo Horizonte / Granfinos
16.06.17 BR – Curitiba / Music Hall
17.06.17 BR – Recife / Catamaran
18.06.17 BR – Fortasleza / Armazem
20.16.17 BR – Belem / Botequim
25.06.17 BR – Rio De Janeiro / Imperator

Festival Shows:

04.05.17 NO – Karmoy / Karmoygeddon Metal Festival
01.07.17 DE – Muehlheim an der Ruhr / Castle Rock
05.-08.07.17 DE – Ballenstedt / Rockharz Open Air
11.-16.07.17 HU – Rockmaraton Fesztvál
16.07.17 CZ – Vizovice / Masters of Rock
16.-19.08.17 DE – Dinkelsbuehl / Summer Breeze
02.09.17 DE – Markneuenkirchen / ReeveLand Festival

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Korpiklaani Filming Tour Documentary With Kimmo Kusniemi

Finnish folk metal group Korpiklaani is currently touring Russia in support of latest album “Noita” (reviewed here).

Travelling with the band on these 15 shows is Kimmo Kusniemi, who will make a documentary for TV and DVD. Kimmo has previously produced a documentary on the Finnish Metal scene in 2008, the 90 minute long “Promised Land of Heavy Metal.”

Kimmo will also follow Korpiklaani on the upcoming Finnish Tour “V***u Soikoon.” Stay tuned for full documentary details, and for now you can catch the folk metal superstars live on these dates:

02.12. RUS Novosibirsk – Otpusk
03.12. RUS Kranoyarsk – Havana
05.12. RUS Irkutsk – Megapolis
06.12. RUS Khabarovsk – Velicano
07.12. RUS Vladivostok – Sanremo
09.12. RUS Yaroslavl – Gorka
10.12. RUS Moscow – Volta
11.12. RUS Nizhny Novgorod – Milo Concert Hall

V***u Soikoon! Tour w/ METSATÖLL*
17.03. FIN Tampere – Yo-Talo*
18.03. FIN Helsinki – Nosturi*
24.03. FIN Oulu – Hevimesta*
25.03. FIN Kuopio – Rauhalahden Kylpylä*
31.03. FIN Vaasa – WS-Arena
01.04. FIN Jyväskylä – Lutakko

05. – 08.07. D Ballenstedt – Rockharz Open Air
05. – 08.07. E Viveiro – Resurrection Fest
20. – 23.07. UA Dovzhanka – Faine Misto
12.08. P Vagos – Vagos Metal Fest

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Details Of New Album “Heroes Of Mighty Magic” Revealed By Twilight Force

Swedish adventure metal act Twilight Force, who recently signed a record deal with German metal powerhouse Nuclear Blast, announced the impending new sophomore album “Heroes Of Mighty Magic.” The album drops on August 26th.

“Hear ye! We can finally unveil the first mystical details of our next opus. Your thirst will be quenched even earlier than anticipated, for the album will be unleashed upon the world by Nuclear Blast on August 26th. The title of this monumental creation will be »Heroes Of Mighty Magic«. All the absolutely exquisite original artwork made for this album is conceived and forged by the mighty Kerem Beyit. Here is the glorious cover artwork.”

“This next opus of TWILIGHT FORCE will be a journey unlike any you have ever experienced. While we are still staying true to the essence of power metal, the songs, sounds and magic adventures have all evolved from the once drake hatchling into a colossal arcane arch-dragon. The time, effort and primordial wisdom that we have invested into this album is truly immeasurable, and we profoundly hope that this will shine through upon our venerated audience.”

The track list for “Heroes Of Mighty Magic” is:

1. Battle Of Arcane Might
2. Powerwind
3. Guardian Of The Seas
4. Flight Of The Sapphire Dragon
5. There And Back Again
6. Riders Of The Dawn
7. Keepers Of Fate
8. Rise Of A Hero
9. To The Stars
10. Heroes Of Mighty Magic
11. Epilogue
12. Knights Of Twilight’s Might

The band also will hit the road, with the following confirmed dates:

10.06. S Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
08.07. D Ballenstedt – Rockharz Open Air
20.08. S Falun – Sabaton Open Air

w/ Sonata Arctica
07.10. N Trondheim – Trondheim Metal Fest
08.10. S Borlänge – Liljan
09.10. S Huskvarna – Folkets Park
11.10. DK Copenhagen – Pumpehuset
12.10. D Hamburg – Markthalle
13.10. NL Haarlem – Patronaat
14.10. NL Tilburg – 013
15.10. UK London – o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
16.10. F Paris – La Machine Du Moulin Rouge
18.10. F Strasbourg – La Laiterie
19.10. CH Pratteln – Z7
20.10. I Milan – Alcatraz
21.10. D Mannheim – Alte Seilerei
22.10. D Bochum – Zeche

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