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Dream Theater - Announce Australian Tour Dates

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

Band profile: Dream Theater
Event: Dream Theater: Australian Tour
Posted: 13.11.2007 by Hyvaarin | Comments (14)

Iron Maiden - Somewhere Back In Time Australia 2008

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

February :-
Monday 4th, Burswood Dome, Perth
Wednesday 6th, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Saturday 9th, Acer Arena, Sydney
Tuesday 12th, Entertainment Centre, Brisbane

The tour then continues with more concerts in North America in late May and June before finishing with a third leg in July and August encompassing major stadiums and festivals all over Europe. During the tour the band is expected to play to well over one and a half million fans and travel close to 100,000 miles.

For further comments by the band, click here.

According to a posting on the Iron Maiden fan site, Iron Maiden will headline the "metal day" at the Rock In Rio festival in Madrid and Lisbon as part of its recently announced "Somewhere Back in Time Tour 2008". Apparently those are the only shows the band will play in Spain and Portugal.

In other news, it has reportedly been announced that Iron Maiden will play a mega-concert at the Universitario de Caracas stadium in Caracas, Venezuela as part of its 2008 world tour.


Band profile: Iron Maiden
Event: Iron Maiden: Somewhere Back In Time World Tour
Posted: 06.09.2007 by Hyvaarin | Comments (24)

Opeth - Peter Lindgren Leaves; New Guitarist Announced

Opeth And Peter Lindgren Part Ways

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.

These years has easily been the best of my life and I will always cherish the memory of what we have experienced together. I would like to thank the band, our management, record label people, all the bands I've made friends with for everything. Most of all, I would like to thank the fans from the depth of my heart for the support throughout the years.

I wish Mikael, Martin, Per and Axe all the best and I am confident they will continue doing the greatest music in the world!! /Peter"

Replacement Guitarist Announced! Fredrik Åkesson (Ex. Arch Enemy, Krux) Becomes Full Time Member!

Fredrik Åkesson has been confirmed as being the new guitarist in Opeth. Visit his MySpace at:

Says Mikael Åkerfeldt: "Well, I think it's too soon right now to fully be able to explain what I feel. Peter and I had been working in this band together for almost half of our lives and we shared some unforgettable experiences together all over the world. We will obviously remain friends and this "break up" has been on very good terms from both sides. We all wish him the best of luck with his future ventures!


Band profile: Opeth
Posted: 17.05.2007 by Hyvaarin | Comments (37)

Turisas - New Song Medley And Artwork

Official press release:

"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."

In order to get a first taste check out a medley of two brand-new songs, 'To Holmgard And Beyond' and 'A Portage To The Unknown' at

Another small detail that still emphasizes the uniqueness of "The Varangian Way" is the fact that all solos were played on an electric violin instead of a guitar - and there are many more tiny details that you will notice while listening to the album.

Graphic artist, illustrator and designer John Coulthart (Cradle Of Filth; Hawkwind; poster and cover art for spoken word albums by writer Alan Moore ) did the stunning artwork for this special album that will give you further insight on the brave travelers' journey through the East.

With already confirmed slots at Download (mainstage), Graspop, With Full Force, Rock Hard Festival, Tuska, and plans for a relentless, take-no-prisoners tour already underway, 2007 is the year Turisas take the world by storm.

Grab the nearest sword and wench and join them on their quest - to Holmgard, and beyond!"


Band profile: Turisas
Posted: 24.04.2007 by Hyvaarin | Comments (8)

Behemoth - Studio Update Posted

Behemoth have posted the fourth instalment of their video diary covering the recording of their upcoming album "The Apostasy" on their official MySpace. Click here to view it.

Further video diary episodes are expected to be posted on Youtube and Behemoth's Myspace page soon.


Band profile: Behemoth
Posted: 15.04.2007 by Hyvaarin | Comments (7)

Candlemass - Announce Robert Lowe As New Singer

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!!"


Band profile: Candlemass
Posted: 23.01.2007 by Hyvaarin | Comments (5)

Manowar - Details On New Album Revealed

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".

Manowar will continue with revealing the cover in their upcoming E-Card, so keep an eye on to make sure you don't miss anything!

Besides the normal jewel-case version, "Gods of War" will also be released as a limited edition in an embossed metal slipcase containing a high grade mediabook bound in leather. Furthermore, this limited edition will feature a bonus DVD with unreleased material detailing the making of this album and some special behind-the-scenes footage. A double-vinyl LP in a gatefold sleeve will also be available.

Band profile: Manowar
Posted: 14.01.2007 by Hyvaarin | Comments (16)

Dark Tranquillity - Finish Recording New Album.

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.

It turned out so different and diverse that the hardest thing for me now is to find a suitable title for the whole thing. How can i sum up in a title something that is everything and nothing, grounded and out there, intorvert and extra-terrestial all at the same time?

Well, keep watching this space and I will let you know soon enough.

Right now I am just so glad it´s done. Anders did a fantastic job grinding and beating (off) in the studio, Micke has delivered some really crushing bass, Martin and Niklas have really outdone themselves with great riffs and truly outstanding solos and Martin B has poured alot of misery and anxiety into his soundscapes.

Now all we do is wait for the mix, and this being our first time mixing out of house so to speak we are really excited to hear what the hell we´ve been up to!"

Band profile: Dark Tranquillity
Posted: 22.11.2006 by Hyvaarin | Comments (12)

Gamma Ray - Australian Tour Announced

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.

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Posted: 25.09.2006 by Hyvaarin | Comments (3)

Manowar - DVD Details

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.

Track List:

01. Manowar
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
13. Outlaw
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

Earthshaker bonus disc :

23. Fan Convention documentary (long version)
24. The Day The Earth Shook documentary
25. Battle Hymn" - Geiselwind Rehearsal

A new EP called "The Sons Of Odin" will be released on October 6. Manowar's new studio album "Gods Of War" is tentatively scheduled for release in January via the band's own label, Magic Circle


Band profile: Manowar
Posted: 22.09.2006 by Hyvaarin | Comments (2)