With the release of “One Man Army“, the forthcoming new studio offering from Finnish folk metal collective, ENSIFERUM, now just ten days away, today German Metal Hammer offers up “Heathen Horde,” for public consumption.
Captured by award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland, the predominantly analog-recorded “One Man Army” wields eleven tracks of the band’s signature synthesis of Viking, folk and power metal swathed in fantastical themes of Scandinavian lore. Already reaping critical acclaim from media outlets globally, Metal Hammer gushes of the record: “ENSIFERUM have produced their most polished album to date; one that bulges with bombast and rages with frostbitten grit… these northern sword-wielders are close to finding the perfect recipe for taking folk into the mainstream of metal – all without losing a shred of authenticity.“
Sample “Heathen Horde” at THIS LOCATION.
Following recent performances at the 2015 edition of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, ENSIFERUM will pillage their way through Europe later this month, brandishing their swords alongside Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum.
Paradise Lost new album ‘The Plague Within’ will be released via CM on June 1st, 2015 in Europe and June 2nd, 2015 in North America!
Nick Holms, their vocalist, has deed that they have written a very dark, yet melodic album, but this time many songs definitely have a death metal edge, which is something we haven’t done for a long long time in Paradise Lost… The Plague Within is produced and mixed by Jaime Gomez Arellano from Orgone Studios in London (Ghost BC, Ulver, Cathedral, Angel Witch).
Beyond the Red Mirror will be the title of the highly-anticipated tenth studio album by Germany’s favorite sons and metal’s most epic storytellers Blind Guardian. Prepare to have your senses overwhelmed.
Four-and-a-half years in the making, the follow-up to 2010’s At the Edge of Time (which debuted at #2 on the German album charts and at #1 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart & #108 on the American Billboard Top 200 Albums chart) is scheduled for release in Europe on January 30, 2015 and February 3, 2015 in North America.
Recorded at Twilight Hall Studio in Grefrath, Germany and produced by Charlie Bauerfeind (Saxon, Hammerfall, Helloween), Beyond the Red Mirror showcases Blind Guardian’s long-awaited collaborative work with three different classical choirs: one from the Czech Republic (Prague), one from Hungary (Budapest), and one from the United States (Boston). Two grand orchestras – each featuring 90 musicians – also lend their brilliant talents to the new recordings with absolutely spellbinding results.
Transporting listeners via a mysteriously powerful red mirror into an otherworldly dimension that includes tyrants, gods, and the Holy Grail, the ten songs comprisingBeyond the Red Mirror’s story lines revolve around the young protagonist we first met twenty years ago in the 1995 tracks “Bright Eyes” and “And the Story Ends”.
“A story between science fiction and fantasy,” explains Blind Guardian vocalist & lyricist Hansi Kürsch. “The story begins with our 1995 album, Imaginations from the Other Side. The two worlds described therein have changed dramatically for the worse since then. While there used to be several passages between the worlds, there is only one gate left now: The Red Mirror. It has to be found at any cost.”
Asked to describe the band’s guiding principles for the creation of this new release, Blind Guardian guitarist André Olbrich shares: “We want to surprise and impress with our music. Nowadays, music tends to be arbitrary and predictable. But we want to keep developing our music.”
Opening with a tidal wave of surging emotion courtesy of a spine-tingling choirBeyond the Red Mirror unleashes its first gem, “The Ninth Wave”, a consciousness-expanding palette of landscapes and moods bearing the message of an urgent mission still seeking resolution. Closing with an explosion of heroic harmonies & choral glories with a nine-and-a-half minute, self-contained saga “Grand Parade” (called “the best song we have ever written” by Olbrich), the grandiose, uplifting, and ingenious storytelling in Beyond the Red Mirror is guaranteed to leave you breathless.
Come 2015, you will soon experience why Blind Guardian are so influential in their genre and without equal in the pantheon of heavy metal music.
- The Ninth Wave
- Twilight of the Gods
- At the Edge of Time
- Ashes of Eternity
- Distant Memories (Bonus track)
- The Holy Grail
- The Throne
- Sacred Mind
- Miracle Machine
- Grand Parade
- Doom (Bonus track on Earbook version)
Hansi calls the album’s first single, “Twilight Of The Gods,” “a neck breaker… the pure definition of all that the band stands for: it is innovative, melodic and brutal.” The mini-CD single includes two live tracks recorded at 2011’s Wacken Open Air festival in Germany and can be pre-ordered as a digi-pack or in white, blue, green or black vinyl from this location: http://smarturl.it/BLIND-GUARDIAN-Gods
BLIND GUARDIAN are back with a vengeance, “Twilight of the Gods” out on December 5, 2014! The wait is over! Blind Guardian is back! The world’s most popular fantasy metal band gives us Twilight of the Gods; the first single from their long-awaited new album, to be unleashed upon the world in January 2015. “Twilight of the Gods”, the first creation of the Krefeld, Germany based band in more than four years will be released on December 5, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. Blind Guardian vocalist Hansi Kürsch assures, “this song is a statement about Blind Guardian. The pure definition of all that the band stands for: it is innovative, melodic and brutal.” And thus a perfect choice to get fans into the proper mood for the upcoming album. “Twilight of the Gods” is a “neck breaker” in the true tradition of Blind Guardian “that will captivate you with the most epic and catchy chorus we’ve ever written,” says Kürsch. In “Twilight of the Gods” Blind Guardian is singing about the deities’ waning power; no such times are in sight for the band. Blind Guardian is back with a vengeance; with an impressive single from an overwhelming record! ENSIFERUM have been locked away in Astia Studio (astiastudio.fi) in Lappeenranta in Finland with producer Anssi Kippo for three weeks. Drums, bass, and most of the guitar parts have been recorded. At the end of last week, guest musician Timo Väänänen tracked some takes with his kantele, and over the weekend, vocalist Petri Lindroos began tracking vocals! Bassist Sami Hinkka comments: “Hi folks! For last few days, Mahi and Pete have sweated their asses off while recording guitars. Songs sound, like our friends in UK would say, bloody awesome! Today (Friday, September 26) we recorded kantele and some special guitar tracks. Tomorrow it’s time to set up a microphone and start to record vocals. Things are proceeding as planned.“ The album is tentatively scheduled for release worldwide on Metal Blade Records in early 2015.
Swedish heavy metal icons, AMON AMARTH, have launched their brand new music video, the title track to their 2013 album, “Deceiver of the Gods.” The video features clips from the upcoming film,Northmen – A Viking Saga, which stars Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, Ken Duken, and features Johan Hegg as Valli. The film is scheduled for release this autumn. It’s no surprise, given the level of talent and eye-catching visuals of the film that this will be the most remarkable AMON AMARTH video to date. Watch the video now at Metal Hammer HERE! For more information about Northmen – A Viking Saga, visit northmen-themovie.com and facebook.com/NorthmenMovie.
About Northmen – A Viking Saga: In the 9th century a group of Vikings, commanded by captain Asbjörn, is approaching Britain, aiming to plunder the rich monasteries in the north of the island. But their ship gets caught in a storm and is smashed to pieces on the rocks off the coast of Scotland, the only part of Britain without any Viking settlements. When Inghean, daughter of the Scottish King Dunchaid, by chance falls into Viking hands, they see the opportunity for demanding a large ransom. King Dunchaid immediately sets his “wolfpack” – a group of mercenaries well known for their savagery – on them. The Northmen with their hostage now have to force their way through the rough highlands, where they meet the brave and mysterious Christian monk Conall. Having the wolfpack close on their heels, a desperate race against time begins. A battle over life and death…
AMON AMARTH will be sailing to Tokyo, Japan for KNOTFEST 2014! The festival takes place on November 15th and November 16th, with Slipknot headlining both days. AMON AMARTH will be performing on the 16th along with Korn, Trivium, In Flames, Five Finger Death Punch, and more. Tickets, the complete line up, and more information can be found at http://knotfestjapan.com.
The band will also be re-conquering North America beginning this month. This time around, they will be bringing fellow Swedes, Sabaton, along for the ride. Additionally, Skeletonwitch will once again be opening the show, except in New York where fans will be treated to the first ever, and exclusive North American performance by extreme metal super group Vallenfyre*. In February of this year, fans in Los Angeles were treated to an exclusive appearance of the Viking ship stage set up. New York fans will bear witness to the Viking ship spectacle at the Best Buy Theatre on October 18, which also happens to be one of two Decibel Magazine 10th Anniversary shows in NYC that evening! Tickets are available now – visit amonamarth.com/tour for details.
“Deceiver of the Gods,” was released in June of 2013. The album debuted at #19 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, making it the band’s highest-charting album to date. Fans can listen to music and watch the epic video for “Father of the Wolf” at http://www.metalblade.com/amonamarth.
Twelve years after their last studio effort “Weiland”, Empyrium – the masters of natural ambiances set to music – return with a much-anticipated new album. Notwithstanding their creative break, “The Turn Of The Tides” is an Empyrium-album par excellence, although it bears strong testimony to the artistic and personal growth Schwadorf and Helm have undergone since 2002. The pre-published songs “The Days Before The Fall” (from the compilation “Whom The Moon A Nightsong Sings”, 2010) and “Dead Winter Ways (released in November 2013 as a limited vinyl-EP) have already implied that for their new material, Empyrium draw on different forms of musical expression more confidently than ever, yet do not shy away from the wide range their oeuvre has offered so far. Concurrently with the music, the conceptional aspect of “The Turn Of The Tides” attests to a mature and evolved elaboration on Empyrium’s essence. Nature and human emotion as reflected in it still remain subject matter of the songs, but here, too, Helm and Schwadorf choose a more abstract approach. “The Turn Of The Tides” adresses cycles, both within nature – the tides of the sea, the change of seasons, the eternal circulation of water – as well as human life, and insinuates how everything rediscovers itself in everything. Available editions: – CD in digipak – CD in hardcover book (ca. 18×18 cm, 48 pages) incl. liner notes and additional artwork; 777 copies available
There’s left around 40 days until we reach the new Wacken 2014. Many bands are already prepared to have their shows at Wacken festival ground, at the ground of the biggest Metal Festival in the world. Some bands will have their special shows at Wacken, one amongst them is Emperor. Come 2014, the band will celebrate the 20th anniversary of “In The Nightside Eclipse”, with a few exclusive performances. Beyond that, the future, as ever, is a mystery waiting to be unraveled…
Blind Guardian will be headlining the 2014 Metal Hammer Awards in Berlin, Germany on September 12, 2014. The show will be hosted by Doro Pesch and Martin Kesici and will feature two more, yet to be announced, live acts in addition to Blind Guardian.
All the details about the show can be found at www.metal-hammer.de/awards/.
At the above link you can also help choose the songs Blind Guardian will play that night. The band themselves have chosen 15 songs from which the fans can vote for 7. The seven most popular choices will be played that night (in addition to other songs). So, if you have ever wanted to tell Blind Guardian which songs to play live now is your chance! To go directly to the voting page just click HERE. Voting closes on August 6th and the results will be posted soon after.
Swedish Viking black metal-tinged act, KING OF ASGARD, have announced “Karg” as the title of their third album. “Karg” will be released the 22nd of July, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. Visitmetalblade.com/kingofasgard to stream the first single “The Runes Of Hel” and pre-order your copy of the album.
“Karg” is the third album of KING OF ASGARD, following “Fi’mbulvintr“, which was released in 2010 and “…to North” in 2012.“Karg” has again been recorded with Andy LaRocque at the infamous Sonic Train Studios. Comments Jonas Albrektsson and Karl Beckman: “After well over a year of intensive writing, we finally reached the point where everything is put into finish. When countless hours of hard work and careful consideration has been completed. This completion, being our third album which at an early stage was titled to “Karg”, in English, “Barren”.
A word which later on came to form the atmosphere of the whole album and a sense that meanders through more or less all the material. It’s darker, it is harsher and more stripped down than our previous releases. More mature, precise and well thought out. A challenge both for us as well as for the observer. Lyrically, we have come closer to our own immediate surrounding and ancestral heritage, based on old legends and tales from our home region, a tribute to our fair and historical countryside. Yet again everything was recorded and mixed in Sonic Train Studios with Andy LaRocque at the helm assisted by Olof Berggren. Even in the phase of recording we used the word Karg as a guideline… and thus, it is upon thee!”
“Karg” track listing: 01. The Runes of Hel 02. The Trickster 03. Highland Rebellion 04. Remnant of the Past 05. Omma 06. The Heritage Throne 07. Huldran 08. Rising 09. Total Destruction (Bonus Track) The band’s two previous, critically acclaimed albums are available worldwide on Metal Blade Records. Listen to the band on iTunes and Spotify to hear what Terrorizer Magazine called “intense blackened folk metal”. KING OF ASGARD: Karl Beckman – Guitar, Vocals Jonas Albrektsson – Bass Lars G Tängmark – Guitar Karsten Larsson –