Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have updated their "tour diary" with another entry from their current European trek with NOCTURNAL RITES. Bassist Titus Hjelm's latest posting reads as follows:
"Another ’reunion' waited for us in Vienna. It was the first time there for us in four years. The venue was tiny compared to the previous ones, but the great crowd made us forget it right away.
Last night's bus party and the taste of Czech beer was still in our mouths, but even a hangover couldn't stop the party on stage. From Vienna we headed towards Nurnberg and Hirsch which is a familiar venue for us from the AXEL RUDI PELL tour in 2004. The Monday crowd was a bit sleepy but we still had a very good time, doing some 'ripaska' on stage and telling the usual quality THUNDERSTONE jokes.
"Next day was very strange since the town of the show was changed at the last minute. Instead of Losheim we were playing in Merzig. On top of that the venue was changed last minute too. However, despite the shortcomings, quite a nice crowd showed up. Our friends Alex and Vivian made sure that we were stocked with (terrible-tasting, might I add...) booze, and another party was on its way..."
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THUNDERSTONE's European tour with NOCTURNAL RITES wraps up tonight (November 11) in Hamburg, Germany.
STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson was unable to join THUNDERSTONE on their current European tour as a replacement for the recently departed Kari Tornack. According to the band, Johansson was forced to bow out of the tour "for personal reasons."
THUNDERSTONE's video for the song "Face in the Mirror" can be viewed below. The track comes off the group's fourth studio album, "Evolution 4.0", which was released this past March. According to the band, the CD is "a milestone, bringing in more of the heavier stuff that 'Tools of Destruction' already hinted at, but still retaining the landmark melodies of THUNDERSTONE. That's why we thought the title 'Evolution 4.0' best represents where we now stand."