US progressive metal band, Dream Theater have announced their Australian tour for early 2008. All scheduled dates will be "An Evening With Dream Theater" (which means no opening act and 2 sets with an intermission). The dates are as follows:
Jan. 25 - Perth, Australia - Showgrounds
Jan. 27 - Adelaide, Australia - Showgrounds
Jan. 29 - Melbourne, Australia - Festival Hall
Jan. 30 - Sydney, Australia - The Hordern
Feb. 01 - Brisbane, Australia - Riverstage
As posted on the band's website, Iron Maiden announce their most ambitious and extraordinary touring plans ever -- and are very pleased to announce that this will include Australia for the first time in 15 years!
The 'Somewhere Back In Time' World Tour 2008 will be in three sections, starting in February and March 2008 with the first leg encompassing major concerts in 20 selected cities on five continents in seven weeks including India, Japan, North America, Central and South America, and, of course, Australia, opening in Perth on Feb 4 and continuing through Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane:
Somewhere Back In Time, AUSTRALIA 2008
Monday 4th, Burswood Dome, Perth
Wednesday 6th, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Peter Lindgren has stepped down from his guitar wielding duties after 16 years in Opeth. Below is an open letter from Peter addressing the issue:
"It is with sadness I announce that Opeth and I are going separate ways after almost 16 years. The decision has been the toughest I've ever made but it is the right one to make at this point in my life.
The reason behind this is that I feel that I simply have lost some of the enthusiasm and inspiration needed to participate in a band that has grown from a few guys playing the music we love to a world-wide industry. The love of music has always been, and still is, our motive, but I personally have lost something along the way. The massive amount of touring has taken its toll. Opeth has worked extremely hard to get where we are right now and in order to persist and maintain the quality of the music, it is necessary that we continue to work hard and always stay focused. But in doing so, it means that we nowadays spend 18 or 19 months on the road and I don't feel the same enthusiasm for the upcoming world tour that I have felt earlier. I have come to a point where I realize I won't be able to give the band 100%, and from both sides this will not be good enough for what Opeth stands for. I will always love playing, listening to, and living music, but I will do it differently from now on.
"Imagine a time when warriors strode the earth. A time when battle-painted warrior-poets sang of battles and heady feats of heroism, myth intermingled with fact, and romantic notions of adventure on the high seas sparked the imagination. The time is now, because so-called battle metal maestros Turisas - named after their homeland's ancient god of war - are bringing back the old -school with the sophomore album "The Varangian Way". here for the artwork].
"We definitely have high expectations lined up after the success of our debut album "Battle Metal"", says vocalist and producer Warlord. "Quite often the second album is done in a rush and doesn't live up to the standards of the debut. We took three years to get it right, and there's no doubt about it: "The Varangian Way" tops "Battle Metal" with such ease I almost feel sorry for our debut."
Three months after the departure of former singer Messiah Marcolin, Candlemass have announced Robert Lowe of Solitude Aeturnus fame as new vocalist. The official statement reads as follows:
"After months of auditions it is now official who replaces Messiah Marcolin in Candlemass. Robert Lowe, well known for his work with Solitude Aeturnus, is the man who killed all the competition and showed that he beyond doubt is the most capable man for the job. A worthy successor!!
Robert will still be fronting SA, but since there's a whole ocean between the bands, we/Candlemass, feel that this is a great solution that is very beneficial for everybody. The mighty voice from Dallas Texas, is thrown into the fire immediately and is starting the vocal work on the new Candlemass album in a matter of days. Candlemass are sure that the words "amazing" and "incredible" will be used to describe the result! Candlemass would also like to thank all the gifted singers who applied for the job. Many talents from all over the world have been heard. We are sure that they will continue to be heard for a long time, but not in Candlemass. The band have finally found the ideal replacement for Messiah Marcolin - Robert Lowe! The new album will KILL!!"
Manowar has started to give away parts of the CD cover for the upcoming new album Gods Of War, which is set to be released on February 23, 2007 in Germany (February 26 for the rest of Europe and April 3 for the USA/Canada).
Next to this first taste of what the album cover will look like, the band also gives away a bit more info about the CD - concept, including 2 more song-titles. Gods Of War is Manowar's first entry in a cycle of concept albums; each a tribute to a different war god. Opening with the epic piece "Overture To The Hymn Of The Immortal Warriors", the tone is set for an album beyond anything Manowar has done before. This album honors Odin - almighty father of the Norse gods - and details the history and exploits of this storied character. His power and wisdom were unmatched among the gods and he is paid tribute with human sacrifice on the battlefield, as heard in the song "The Sons Of Odin", the stomping title track "Gods Of War" and the storytelling "The Blood Of Odin".
Taken from a recent MySpace blog written by singer Mikael Stanne:
"I can´t believe it....We made it! It´s done and there is nothing I can do about it. Just got back from the studio where everything is now shipped off to Denmark where Tue Madsen will perform his magicky magic on the things we´ve been working on these last 7 weeks.
I just finished the last vocal lines a couple of days ago and it feels sweet. As always with recordings there is alot of stress and selfdoubt but being in a more than familiar environment in Martins studio(Rogue) has helped tremendously. The recordings have not only been smooth and focused but the overall feeling that we are creating something amazing has really driven us through this.
Gamma Ray have announced two shows, part of their Australian tour fitting in with the "Hell Yeah! The Awesome Foursome (and the Finnish keyboarder who didn't want to wear his Donald Duck costume) Live in Montreal" DVD release.
Confirmed tour dates so far :
09.12.2006 - Melbourne (AU) at the Hifi Bar with Vanishing Point.
10.12.2006 - Sydney (AU) at the Gaelic Club with Lord.
Manowar will release a new DVD "Live At Earthshaker Fest 2005" containing their headlining performance on July 23rd of 2005 at Earthshaker Fest 2005. The DVD will be released on November 10th.
A cover of the DVD can be found here.
02. Brothers Of Metal
03. Call To Arms
04. Sun Of Death
05. Kings Of Metal
06. Sign Of The Hammer
07. Blood Of My Enemies
08. Kill With Power
09. Metal Warriors
10. The Glory Of Achilles
11. Metal Daze
12. Dark Avenger
14. House Of Death
15. Herz Aus Stahl
16. Prelude To Act III (Lohengrin)
17. King Of Kings
18. Warriors Of The World United
19. Hail And Kill
20. Black Wind, Fire And Steel
21. Battle Hymn
22. The Crown And The Ring