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Watch Pro-Shot Video Of MACHINE HEAD's Entire Bochum Concert During 'Burn My Eyes' 25th-Anniversary Tour

Professionally filmed video footage of MACHINE HEAD's entire October 14 concert at RuhrCongress in Bochum, Germany can be seen below. The show, which was part of the European leg of MACHINE HEAD's 25th-anniversary tour for the band's classic debut, "Burn My Eyes", was originally livestreamed via Nugs.tv. Building on the band's previous "An Evening With…" ...

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THE DARK ELEMENT Feat. Former NIGHTWISH Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist: 'The Pallbearer Walks Alone' Lyric Video

The official lyric video for the song "The Pallbearer Walks Alone" from THE DARK ELEMENT, the project featuring former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon and Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen, can be seen below. The track is taken from THE DARK ELEMENT's second album, "Songs The Night Sings", which will be released on November 8 ...

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INSOMNIUM Drummer: 'Heart Like A Grave' Is 'Easily The Strongest Record We Have Ever Done'

Gonzalo Pozo of Sonic Perspectives recently conducted an interview with drummer Markus Hirvonen of Finnish melodic death metallers INSOMNIUM. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On incorporating more "Finnish melancholia" into INSOMNIUM's forthcoming studio album, "Heart Like A Grave": Markus: "Basically it ...

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Video Premiere: SONATA ARCTICA's 'Who Failed The Most'

The official music video for the song "Who Failed The Most" from Finnish melodic metal titans SONATA ARCTICA can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's tenth studio album, "Talviyö" (English-language translation: "Winter Night"), which is being released today (Friday, September 6) via Nuclear Blast. "We were talking about having an album ...

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THE DARK ELEMENT Feat. Former NIGHTWISH Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist: 'Songs The Night Sings' Video

THE DARK ELEMENT, the project featuring former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon and Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen, will release its second album, "Songs The Night Sings", on November 8 via Frontiers Music Srl. The follow-up to 2017's "The Dark Element" was mixed by Jacob Hansen, who has previously worked with VOLBEAT and AMARANTHE, among ...

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Talviyö - SONATA ARCTICA

Nearly 20 years on from the release of their now-revered debut album "Ecliptica", SONATA ARCTICA are a permanent fixture in power metal's upper tier, both in terms of popularity and critical acclaim. Getting jaded metal hacks to say nice things about yet another big, shiny power metal record is never an easy task, but frontman ...

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Video Premiere: SONATA ARCTICA's 'Cold'

The official music video for the song "Cold" from Finnish melodic metal titans SONATA ARCTICA can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's tenth studio album, "Talviyö" (which means "Winter Night"), which will be released on September 6 via Nuclear Blast. "We were talking about having an album cover made from a ...

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THE DARK ELEMENT Feat. Former NIGHTWISH Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist: 'Songs The Night Sings' Album Due In November

THE DARK ELEMENT, the project featuring former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon and Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen, will release its second album, "Songs The Night Sings", on November 8 via Frontiers Music Srl. The follow-up to 2017's "The Dark Element" was mixed by Jacob Hansen, who has previously worked with VOLBEAT and AMARANTHE, among ...

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SONATA ARCTICA Announces Fall 2019 European Tour

Finnish melodic metal titans SONATA ARCTICA will embark on "The Raven Still Flies Over Europe" tour in the fall. Support on the trek, which will kick off on November 11 in Stockholm, will come from EDGE OF PARADISE and TEMPLE BALLS. SONATA ARCTICA will be touring in support of its tenth studio album, "Talviyö" (which ...

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SONATA ARCTICA's TONY KAKKO: 'There Are A Lot of Bands Who Always Did Power Metal Much Better Than We Did'

Since its 1999 "Ecliptica" debut, SONATA ARCTICA has gradually moved away from the zippy, speedy, if not wholly saccharine, power metal sound that so defined the Finnish band's early years. Inspired heavily by their fellow countrymen STRATOVARIUS, SONATA ARCTICA rode the late '90s/early 2000s melodic and power metal resurgence alongside EDGUY, HAMMERFALL and KAMELOT. But ...

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SONATA ARCTICA To Release 'Talviyö' Album In September

On September 6, Finnish melodic metal titans SONATA ARCTICA will release their tenth studio album, called "Talviyö" (which means "Winter Night"), including eleven new tracks. "We were talking about having an album cover made from a photo and luckily managed to find this award-winning photographer Onni Wiljami who actually hails from a village not too ...

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THE DARK ELEMENT Feat. Former NIGHTWISH Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist: Second Album Completed

THE DARK ELEMENT, the project featuring former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon and Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen, has completed work on its second album. The follow-up to 2017's "The Dark Element" was mixed by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT) and will tentatively arrive this fall via Frontiers Music Srl. Joining Olzon and Liimatainen in THE DARK ...

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KAMELOT Officially Welcomes Drummer ALEX LANDENBURG

KAMELOT has announced the addition of drummer Alex Landenburg to the group's ranks. He joins the band as the replacement for Johan "Jo" Nunez, who has been absent from KAMELOT's touring activities for most of the past year after suffering a leg injury that prevented him from performing live. Landenburg previously sat behind the kit ...

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NORTHTALE Signs With NUCLEAR BLAST

NORTHTALE, the new Swedish-American power metal band featuring guitarist Bill Hudson (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, I AM MORBID, ex-U.D.O./ DIRKSCHNEIDER), vocalist Christian Eriksson (ex-TWILIGHT FORCE), and drummer Patrick Johansson (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ex-W.A.S.P.) — has inked a deal with Nuclear Blast. The group, which is completed by bassist Mikael Planefeldt and keyboardist Jimmy Pitts, will release its debut ...

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KAMELOT: Lyric Video For 'Vespertine (My Crimson Bride)' Song

The official lyric video for the song "Vespertine (My Crimson Bride)" from KAMELOT can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's latest album, "The Shadow Theory", which was released in April 2018 via Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2015's "Haven" was helmed by acclaimed music producer Sascha Paeth and mastered by Jacob ...

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IMMORTAL GUARDIAN Shoots For The Stars In Epic 'Stardust' Music Video/Short Film

The Texas-based extreme progressive/power metal group IMMORTAL GUARDIAN has been described as "seriously epic" (MetalSucks), so it's only fitting that the group's new music video for the song "Stardust" fits that same description. A riveting, special effects-laden five-minute hybrid of an "Armageddon"-like action movie and a telenovela, the clip can be seen below. Featuring special ...

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WITHERFALL To Release 'Vintage' EP

In November 2018, U.S. dark melodic metal act WITHERFALL released its second studio album, "A Prelude To Sorrow". Never resting on its laurels, the group led by the creative duo comprised of vocalist Joseph Michael (SANCTUARY) and Jake Dreyer (ICED EARTH), has now announced the "Vintage" CD, LP, and digital release, to be available during ...

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THE DARK ELEMENT Feat. Former NIGHTWISH Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist: Recordings For Second Album Begin

THE DARK ELEMENT, the project featuring former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon and Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen, has entered the studio to begin recording its second album. The follow-up to last year's "The Dark Element" will tentatively arrive in the fall of 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl. Olzon says: "I'm so excited that me ...

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KAMELOT Guitarist Says Upcoming DVD Will 'Blow Away' 2006's 'One Cold Winter's Night'

Yvonne from Kamelot Germany recently conducted an interview with KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the band's recent live activities: Thomas: "It's crazy the way that things are growing. The Tilburg show [which was recorded for a live DVD/Blu-ray] and actually ...

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THE DARK ELEMENT Feat. Former NIGHTWISH Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist: In Pre-Production For Second Album

THE DARK ELEMENT, the new project featuring former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon and Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen, is about to commence pre-production for its second album. Anette wrote on her Facebook page: "Next weekend I go to the studio to start demo recordings for our new THE DARK ELEMENT album and just wanna ...

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STRIKER To Release 'Play To Win' Album In October

Champions in blending classic heavy metal, hard rock, and '80s hair metal, Canadian shredders STRIKER will release their sixth studio album, "Play To Win", on October 26 via their independent label Record Breaking Records. The LP features 10 fist-pounding shredtacular anthems produced by the band, with mixing and mastering by Hendrik Udd (FIREWIND, POWERWOLF, HAMMERFALL, ...

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