Folk metallers Midnattsol, which have three albums in their discography, Where Twilight Dwells, Nordlys and the latest The Metamorphosis Melody from 2011, are currently busy working on their next album. For that reason, their recently confirmed performance at Ragnarök Festival next April will be the band's only show this year.
Leaves' Eyes are happy to announce the dates of the upcoming shows in April and May 2011, headlining the tour with special guest Midnattsol, as well as being direct support for Tarja.
Singer Liv Kristine comments: "Both tours are just perfect for the release of our fourth full-length album Meredead. Firstly, I will finally share stage with my sister, Carmen Elise Espenaes (Midnattsol), which is like a dream coming true. Secondly, it's a great honor for us to go on tour with our friends and support Tarja Turunen and her outstanding band! We are really looking forward to this. It will truly be a special experience for our fans and us!"
At Nachtleben in Frankfurt the official release party of the new album Meredead will take place with some specials for the fans.
Midnattsol has released the following band statement:
"Many of you have been wondering lately when our third album will be released. Fortunately we are now happy to announce that the release date of The Metamorphosis Melody is the 25th of March 2011. In addition to 11 brand new songs with almost an hour playtime, we have made a Limited Edition for you as well, this time with both a Bonus DVD and a Bonus track, sung by Daniel Droste (Ahab). The exact content of the DVD and the titles of the new songs will be revealed in our next news. You can already preorder the Limited Edtion - and the Normal Edition on Amazon.de.
We have some good news regarding live activities as well: Midnattsol is going to play a great deal live in 2011; you can watch us on concerts, festivals and tours. We can't wait to show you the new songs and party with you. Watch out for more information!
Midnattsol are back home from Studio E in Germany and have issued the following update:
"We´ve done it! Our third album is recorded, including mixing and mastering. And we are really proud of the result - we think it´s amazing. Our feeling is, that everyone of us has developed as well as the band together. Nevertheless we are still Midnattsol.
We had an awesome time in Studio E and want to thank Markus Stock for his great work - also as a producer for us. But there are still thousands of things to do, until the CD will be released. In the next time, we will work on the cover and artwork for the CD. Of course we will keep you informed about the process.
And to shorten the time you have to wait, here is a small video of Carmen´s recordings for you. And for more information - once again the link to our studio report."
"After we have spent lots of time in our new rehearsal room during the last month, the time has come, we will enter the studio. We can justly claim that we have never worked so intensively on our material and also the work with our new guitarist Alex Kautz was like a rejuvenation for us. Thus we are extremely looking forward to record the songs now!
As we had been very satisfied with the recordings of Nordlys at Studio E, we have decided for the third album not only to let the recordings do by such an experienced producer as Markus Stock from Studio E (e.g. The Vision Bleak, Lacrimas Profundere, Secrets Of The Moon and Dornenreich), but also the mixing and mastering.
Midnattsol have issued the following update through their MySpace blog:
"Recently we told you the happy news, that our guitarist Fabian Pospiech became father of a little son. Such events always also bring some changes in life, thus Fabz decided to concentrate increasingly on his family and his new job. Unfortunately this also means that Fabz won't be able to play at Midnattsol any longer. We can understand his decision very well and wish him all the best and good luck for the future!
Thus it also means for us now: Midnattsol search for a new guitarist!
To complete the line-up and blast off again we are searching for a band experienced and creative guitarist. Do you already have live experience, are you motivated and ready for headbanging? Then please write to newguitarist midnattsol com and give us a short description about yourself (if possible with a picture) and what you have musically done so far.
"It is a great pleasure for us to announce that we have finally found a new guitarist for Midnattsol. We have been having a good feeling about it for a while now, but latest after our gig on the Summer Breeze Festival it was clear:
We welcome Fabian Pospiech in the Midnattsol-familiy!!
We are sure that Fabian is the right new guitarist for Midnattsol, he certainly gives the band a lot through his amazing musical skills and his cheerful personality.
Thanx a lot to everyone who applied for this position, we got so impressed by the fact that guitarists from the whole world were sending us their applications! We are very sorry if we haven't got the chance to thank each of you individually, so on this place: Thank you all so much for your application and your interest in Midnattsol, it means a lot to us!"
Midnattsol has posted the following update regarding Christian Hector's departure:
Hello Midnattsol folks,
three days ago we got a bad message. Our guitarist Christian Hector has decided to leave Midnattsol. Christian describes the reasons for this step in the following statement:
it's been some years since Carmen and me started out forming Midnattsol. Now it's time for me to move on and experience new musical directions. My decision is due to the musical development of the band, the lack of time for family and friends and last but not least my second band Ahab. I'd like to focus on the work along with my dear friend Daniel Droste and Cornelius Althammer. Nonetheless, I still call everyone in Midnattsol my dearest friends, too! And I guess we'll have too much beer together again quite soon .
Midnattsol has put a new song available for streaming at their newly-designed MySpace page. The song coming from the upcoming album "Nordlys" is called "En Natt I Nord", a song completely in Norwegian. You can listen to it at this location.
Midnattsol's second studio album will be out on March 28th, 2008.
The following album update was posted on the Napalm Records website:
"The German-Norwegian formation Midnattsol is currently running a recording marathon to finish the follow-up to "Where the Twilight Dwells".
Carmen Elise Espenaes will once again record her vocals in Mastersound Studios (Leaves' Eyes, Elis). The rest will be recorded with The Vision Bleak mastermind Markus Stock at Klangschmiede E Studios. Tue Madsen (Sirenia, Dark Tranquillity), one of Europe´s leading sound engineers, and the infamous Finnvox studios will guarantee a great production.
"Nordlys" will hit the streets in March 2008."
Guitarist Christian Hector from Norwegian Folk/Gothic Metal band Midnattsol - featuring vocalist Carmen Elise Espenaes (the younger sister of Leaves' Eyes singer Liv Kristine) - has posted the following update on the band's official MySpace page:
It's been very long time since we could announce something really sure about doing a new record. We are just about to write our sixth, seventh and eighth song. 5 are (let's say 99%) finished already.
We plan to enter the studio in the midst of November and finish with mixing and mastering in December.
In the meantime we're discussing possible album-titles, cover- and layout-artworks and so on. At the moment everybody's very busy!
Midnattsol have uploaded video footage their performance of a new song entitled 'Open Your Eyes' at this year's Metal Female Voices Festival, which took place in Wieze, Belgium on October 21st. It is the complete song, filmed by an in-house camera at the back of the room. Go to this location to check it out.
Midnattsol guitarist Christian Hector has launched an official MySpace page. Go to this location to check it out. In addition, a French Midnattsol fan forum has been launched at this location. It is also available in English.
Midnattsol are currently working on the follow-up to their 2005 debut, "Where Twilight Dwells". An early 2007 release is expected.