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Kamelot Reveal New Album Details

Kamelot's upcoming album will be titled The Shadow Theory.

The band gave the following details:

"The new album features all the signature elements of Kamelot and also sees the band step out to add new and industrial elements along while combining amazing emotions that harken to the band's earlier days. Kamelot’s epic music is chock full of symbolism relating to how the band feels about the world and the current state of civilization. More news and details regarding The Shadow Theory will be made available soon - cover reveal next week!"

The band are heading out on a world tour starting with North America in April 2018, followed by European festivals in summer and a tour kicking off in September. Two of the European shows have been announced so far:

14.09.18 NL – Tilburg / 013
22.09.18 NO – Oslo / Sentrum Scene

The album will be released in Spring 2018.


An exclusive UK show has been added:
12.10.18 UK - London / Koko

Tickets on sale today (Monday 22nd Jan).

Leaves' Eyes Announce European Tour With MaYaN

The new lineup of Leaves' Eyes will be heading on a co-headline European tour this April with Dutch symphonic supergroup MaYaN - including one date in the UK. They will be joined by symphonic power metallers Almanac.

The tour dates are as follows:

18.04. FRA Paris - Petit Bain
20.04. ESP Barcelona - Sala Bikini
21.04. ESP Valencia - Sala Fussion
22.04. ESP Madrid - Sala Caracol
24.04. DE München - Backstage
25.04. DE Siegburg - Kubana
26.04. DE Essen - Turock
27.04. BE Vosselaar - Biebob
28.04. UK London - The Dome
29.04. NL Nijmegen - Doornroosje
01.05. DE Hamburg - Knust
02.05. DE Erfurt - From Hell
03.05. DE Berlin - Frannz
04.05. DE Weinheim - Café Central

Tickets go on the sale on the 15th of January.

Nightwish "Decades" Compilation Revealed

Nightwish are releasing another Best Of compilation to accompany their world tour this year. Titled Decades, the package contains remastered versions of a selection of songs from the band's history. It also features a 32 page booklet.

The tracklisting is as follows:

01. The Greatest Show On Earth 
02. Élan 
03. My Walden 
04. Storytime 
05. I Want My Tears Back 
06. Amaranth 
07. The Poet And The Pendulum 
08. Nemo 
09. Wish I Had An Angel 

01. Ghost Love Score 
02. Slaying The Dreamer 
03. End Of All Hope 
04. 10th Man Down 
05. The Kinslayer 
06. Dead Boy’s Poem 
07. Gethsemane 
08. Devil & The Deep Dark Ocean 
09. Sacrament Of Wilderness 
10. Sleeping Sun 
11. Elvenpath 
12. The Carpenter 
13. Nightwish (demo)

The compilation is now up for order on the Nightwish Shop in the following formats:

It will be released via Nuclear Blast on 9th March 2018.


Edit: to confirm, this is a compilation of the old tracks, they have been remastered but have not been re-recorded by the band with Floor. For more info, check this post by Mika Jussila who was responsible for the mastering.

Upcoming Symphonic Metal Albums in 2018

It's a new year and the list is back! To make things easier to read (and also for me to keep updated) I've decided to switch to the format that I use for my list on the on the SymphonicMetal subreddit, which means I can include everything on one list instead of keeping separate ones.

The format is "band name - album title (if known) - release date (if known) - recording status/any other notes". I've marked out things that are related projects or similar genres that might be of interest with a (+) sign.

Those with a ? after the date are rumoured/likely but have not had a date officially announced.

Upcoming in 2018:

Alissa White-Gluz (+) - Unknown Title - 2018?

Auri (+) - Unknown Title - Spring 2018 - Side project of Tuomas Holopainen, Troy Donockley & Johanna Kurkela

Crysalys - Unknown Title - Autumn 2018?

Dark Sarah - The Golden Moth - May 2018

Dimmu Borgir - Unknown Title - 2018?

Fairyland - Unknown Title - 2018?

Haggard - Grimm - 2018?

Heavenly - Unknown Title - 2018?

Imperia - Unknown Title - 2018? - Currently recording

Jaded Star - Unknown Title - 2018?

Kamelot - Unknown Title - Early 2018

Kull - Unknown Title - 2018? - Finished recording

LEAH - Unknown Title - 2018?

Lyriel - Unknown Title - 2018? - Currently recording

Leaves' Eyes - Sign of the Dragonhead - 12th January 2018

MaYaN - Unknown Title - 2018? - Currently recording

Midnattsol - Unknown Title - 2018 - Now with Liv Kristine as second vocalist

My Indigo (+) - My Indigo - 20th April 2018 - Sharon Den Adel solo album

Nightwish - Decades - 9th March 2018 - 2CD Compilation

Seventh Wonder (+) - Tiara - 2018 - Album completed, release date TBC

Therion - Beloved Antichrist - 9th February 2018 - 3CD rock opera

Valkea Valo - Unknown Title - 2018? - New project of Manuela Kraller

Visions of Atlantis - The Deep & The Dark - 16th February 2018

Whyzdom - Unknown Title - 2018

Within Temptation - Unknown Title - 2018? - Currently at demo stage

Already released:

Meden Agan - Catharsis

Let me know if you have any suggestions for the list or additional details to add!

Liv Kristine Joins Her Sister In Midnattsol

Following Liv Kristine's departure from Leaves' Eyes last year, fans have been waiting eagerly for her return. Today it was announced that, along with her solo work, Liv will now be joining her sister Carmen Elise in Midnattsol. Liv was originally going to appear as a guest before the band invited her in as a permanent second vocalist.

The band commented:

"We have already recorded Liv as the second voice on some songs for the next album. Liv will also have her own parts in some songs, so these songs will be more like a duet of the two sisters. We think the results will blow you away.

As Liv is now a permanent band member we plan to play upcoming concerts together with her.
We are very happy and it means a lot to us to have such an amazing singer and fantastic person in our Midnattsol family.”

You can listen to a snippet of a new song here.

Amaranthe Join Powerwolf For European Tour

Amaranthe will be joining Powerwolf on their European tour in autumn 2018, including one date in the UK. The line-up will be completed by glam metal band Kissin’ Dynamite.

The dates are as follows:

26.10.2018 DE - Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
27.10.2018 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
29.10.2018 DE - Hamburg, Grosse Freiheit 36
31.10.2018 DE - Berlin, Huxleys
01.11.2018 PL - Warsaw, Progresja
02.11.2018 DE - Leipzig, Haus Auensee
06.11.2018 AT - Vienna, Arena
07.11.2018 IT - Milan, Live Club
09.11.2018 DE - Munich, Tonhalle
10.11.2018 DE - Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena
11.11.2018 NL - Eindhoven, Effenaar
12.11.2018 UK - London, Koko
14.11.2018 CH - Lausanne, Les Docks
15.11.2018 CH - Zurich, Komplex 457
16.11.2018 DE - Geiselwind, Music Hall 
17.11.2018 DE - Saarbrücken, Saarlandhalle

Tickets are available from Wednesday, 13th December 2017 at 11am. Further dates will be added in future.

Therion Reveal Details Of New Rock Opera

After many years in the making, symphonic metal pioneers Therion have announced the details of their new rock opera. The huge three part album will be titled Beloved Antichrist and is loosely based on Vladímir Soloviov’s "A Short Tale Of The Antichrist". It will be three hours long with 27 different character roles being played by the band's vocalists. Today the band revealed the cover art (above) which was designed by Thomas Ewerhart.

The tracklisting is as follows:

Act I

01. Turn From Heaven
02. Where Will You Go?
03. Through Dust, Through Rain
04. Signs Are Here
05. Never Again
06. Bring Her Home
07. The Solid Black Beyond
08. The Crowning Of Splendour
09. Morning Has Broken
10. Garden Of Peace
11. Our Destiny
12. Anthem
13. The Palace Ball
14. Jewels From Afar
15. Hail Caesar!
16. What Is Wrong?
17. Nothing But My Name

Act II

01. The Arrival Of Apollonius
02. Pledging Loyalty
03. Night Reborn
04. Dagger Of God
05. Temple Of New Jerusalem
06. The Lions Roar
07. Bringing The Gospel
08. Laudate Dominum
09. Remaining Silent
10. Behold Antichrist
11. Cursed By The Fallen
12. Resurrection
13. To Where I Weep
14. Astral Sophia
15. Thy Will Be Done!


01. Shoot Them Down!
02. Beneath The Starry Skies
03. Forgive Me
04. The Wasteland Of My Heart
05. Burning The Palace
06. Prelude To War
07. Day Of Wrath
08. Rise To War
09. Time Has Come/Final Battle
10. My Voyage Carries On
11. Striking Darkness
12. Seeds Of Time
13. To Shine Forever
14. Theme Of Antichrist

A single is set to be released before Christmas, while the album will be released on February 2nd 2018 via Nuclear Blast. The band are also heading out on a European tour next year.