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News Round-Up: Therion, Arch Enemy, Van Canto, Nightwish, Evanescence

Lots of news this week, so let's get it rounded up!

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THERION ANNOUNCE ALBUM AND TOUR


Therion are one of the symphonic metal genre's longest standing giants, and fans have long been waiting with bated breath for a follow up to 2010's Sitra Ahra (their 2012 release, Les Fleurs Du Mal, was a covers album). The delay had a good reason - the band were in the process of recording an epic rock opera.

Today the band took to Facebook to finally announce a date for the 3 and half hour rock opera. Titled Beloved Antichrist, it will be released on January 26th 2018.

The apocalyptic concept album is loosely based on A Short Tale Of The Antichrist by Vladímir Soloviov and contains 29 different characters. Familiar voices such as Thomas Vikström, Lori Lewis and Chiara Malvestiti will be present alongside new ones.

The band also announced a European tour for 2018 (with the possibility of bringing the entire production to the stage) including the UK and Ireland. The dates are as follows:
Thursday 01/02 Germany - Turock Essen
Friday 02/02 Holland - Melkweg Amsterdam

Sunday 04/02 UK - Rebellion Manchester
Friday 09/02 UK - Corporation Sheffield
Saturday 10/02 Ireland - Limelight Belfast
Sunday 11/02 Ireland - Tivoli Dublin
Wednesday 14/02 UK - Bierkeller Bristol

Friday 16/02 France - Trabendo Paris
Tuesday 20/02 Spain - Santana 27 Bilbao
Wednesday 21/02 Portugal - Hard club Oporto
Thursday 22/02 Portugal - Lisboa Oa Vivo Lisboa 
Friday 23/02 Spain - Sala Custom Sevilla
Saturday 24/02 Spain - Sala But 2 Madrid
Sunday 25/02 Spain - Razzmatazz 2 Barcelona
Thursday 01/03 Italy - Circolo Colony Brescia 
Friday 02/03 Italy - Orion Rome
Saturday 03/03 Italy - Zona Roveri Bologna
Sunday 04/03 Slovenia - Kino Siska Ljublijana 
Monday 05/03 Croatia - Tvornica Zagreb
Tuesday 06/03 Serbia - Dom Omladine Belgrade
Thursday 08/03 Greece - Principal club theatre Thessaloniki
Friday 09/03 Greece - Poraeus 117 Academy Athens 
Saturday 10/03 - Bulgaria Mixtape5 Sofia
Sunday 11/03 - Romania Arenele Romane Bucharest
Tuesday 13/03 Hungary - Barba Negra Budapest
Wednesday 14/03 Slovakia - Majestic Music Club Bratislava 
Thursday 15/03 Czech Republic - Meetfactory Praha
Friday 16/03 Poland - A2 Wroclaw
Saturday 17/03 Poland - Progresja Warsaw
Sunday 18/03 Poland - B90 Gdansk
Tuesday 20/03 Lithuania - Rock River club Vilnius
Wednesday 21/03 Latvia - Melna Piektdiena Riga
Tuesday 03/04 Germany - Backstage München
Thursday 05/04 Germany - F Haus Jena
Saturday 07/04 Holland - 013 Tilburg
Tuesday 10/04 Israël - tba Tel Aviv

Supports are Imperial Age and Null Positiv. Keep an eye on the venues for tickets. Therion's official website can be found here.
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ARCH ENEMY TO TOUR UK & EUROPE WITH WINTERSUN


Melodic death metallers Arch Enemy will be bringing their new album Will To Power to stages in the UK and Europe in 2018. Wintersun will also be joining them for the ride, alongside Tribulation and Jinjer (Europe only).

The dates are as follows:

12.01.2018 DE - Munich, Tonhalle
13.01.2018 DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
14.01.2018 CZ - Prague, Forum Karlin
15.01.2018 CH - Zurich, Komplex
17.01.2018 IT - Milano, Alcatraz
18.01.2018 FR - Lyon, Transbordeur
19.01.2018 ES - Barcelona, Razzmatazz 
20.01.2018 ES - Madrid, La Riviera
22.01.2018 FR - Toulouse, Le Bikini
23.01.2018 FR - Paris, Bataclan
24.01.2018 BE - Antwerp, Trix
26.01.2018 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
27.01.2018 DE - Geiselwind, Music Hall
28.01.2018 NL - Tilburg, O13
29.01.2018 DE - Hamburg, Große Freiheit
31.01.2018 SE - Malmö, KB
01.02.2018 NO - Oslo, Rockefeller
02.02.2018 SE - Stockholm, Arenan
03.02.2018 SE - Gothenburg, Trädgarn
05.02.2018 DE - Berlin, Huxleys
06.02.2018 DE - Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
07.02.2018 DE - Saarbrücken, Garage

09.02.2018 UK - Glasgow, O2 ABC*
10.02.2018 UK - Nottingham, Rock City*
11.02.2018 UK - London, Koko*
13.02.2018 UK - Manchester, O2 Ritz*
14.02.2018 UK - Bristol, O2 Academy*
*without Jinjer

Tickets go on sale August 15th, 2017. Ticket links for all shows will be available here.

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SLY LEAVES VAN CANTO


The world's biggest "a capella" metal band Van Canto have announced the departure of their lead singer and founding member of the band, Dennis "Sly" Schunke. 

The parting is on good terms. Sly commented:
"It was a hard decision to reach, I also had to make due to private changes. The spirit in every Van Canto fan and musician, will remain in my heart for eternity. I will not die in Battle.

As far as new Van Canto projects are concerned, I wouldn't say no to a guest appearance. It's all just a question of time management, how much I can be involved, and of course what the band's vision is.

I wish Van Canto and everyone involved all the best for the future, and fingers crossed that they have lots of new surprises and wonderful moments"

The band wished him the best and said they would be glad to have him back for guest appearances. Their new line-up will be announced on August 18th. You can read the full statements here.

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NIGHTWISH HEADLINING LEYENDAS DEL ROCK


Another headline festival date has been added to the list for Nightwish, this time at Leyendas Del Rock 2018 in Spain. The line-up will also feature a return for Doro's Warlock and Sonata Arctica among many others. Full details can be found on the festival's website.

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EVANESCENCE ANNOUNCE SYNTHESIS US TOUR


Evanescence recently announced Synthesis - an album that reworks their old tracks (plus two original compositions) with orchestral and electronic elements. This week they have revealed that they will be going on tour across the US with the record. Those who buy tickets for the shows will get a download code for the album, and receive some tracks early. There are also two tiers of VIP tickets available, that include such things as a pre-show experience, front row seats, meeting the band and signed merch.

You can find the full details and tour dates here. Synthesis is due to be released in autumn this year.

Nightwish To Headline Bloodstock 2018


Bloodstock Festival (UK) have announced at the festival today that next year's headliners will be the one and only Nightwish.

The band commented:

"We can't wait to hit the mighty Bloodstock festival in 2018. By then we'll be in full flight on our 'Decades' World Tour so expect an unusual setlist with a bit of nostalgia for the old fans, but some recent epics for the new. We will throw ourselves into it with everything we've got so be there!"

Joining them as headline acts will be French progressive/death metallers Gojira. The third headliner has yet to be announced.

Bloodstock takes place every August at Catton Park in Derbyshire. Early bird tickets are on sale now at the festival box office - keep an eye on the Bloodstock homepage for when tickets go online.

Amberian Dawn Announce New Album


Amberian Dawn have announced that their new album will be titled Darkness of Eternity. The album was recorded at the famous Finnvox studios (with some parts recorded at the studio belonging to Benny Andersson from ABBA) and continues in the tradition of the band's most recent couple of albums. It will be available online and as a CD digipak.

Band leader Tuomas Seppälä commented:
"Darkness of Eternity is one of the most emotional AD-albums so far. It’s got some really bombastic songs in mood of dark & symphonic melodic metal and in contrast to that also some really poppy songs too. For me it’s really hard to stick in one genre only and I constantly want to compose different kinds of songs!”

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. I’m The One
2. Sky Is Falling
3. Dragonflies
4. Maybe
5. Golden Coins
6. Luna My Darling
7. Abyss
8. Ghostwoman
9. Breathe Again
10. Symphony Nr. 1, part 2 – Darkness Of Eternity
11. Anyone (Bonus Track)

Darkness of Eternity will be released on November 10th, 2017 via Napalm Records.

Wacken 2018 Line-Up Announced


The world's biggest metal festival is coming back for 2018 with a whole host of bands - including some blog favourites - already announced. Wacken takes place in the village of the same name from the 2nd to the 4th of August in Northern Germany. Nightwish will be headlining once again on the Friday, while Saturday includes Epica and Arch Enemy, and metal legend Doro headlines the Sunday night. Many more bands are yet to be revealed.

Tickets and more info are available at the Wacken website, but you'll need to be fast as the festival usually sells out very quickly.

Mega News Round-Up: Epica, Xandria, Arch Enemy, Wintersun + More

I'm back from holiday, so it's time again for a news round-up! And this one is massive... here we go.
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EPICA ANNOUNCE UK TOUR



Epica are to return to the UK and Ireland in 2018, after playing just one show in London last year. This time we're getting 5 dates, with supports yet to be announced. The dates are as follows:

April 6 - Nottingham - Rock City
April 7 - Glasgow - O2 ABC
April 8 - Bristol - O2 Academy
April 10 - Dublin - Tivoli
April 12 - Manchester - O2 Ritz
April 13 - London - O2 Forum

Tickets and VIP packages will be available from the band's website, starting from 10am this Friday 4th July.

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 XANDRIA REVEAL US TOUR DATES AND LYRIC VIDEO


Xandria have announced a US tour for October, featuring support from Kobra and the Lotus and September Mourning. The dates are as follows:

September 29 - Buffalo, NY - Waiting Room
September 30 - Clifton, NJ - Dingbatz
October 2 - Lousville, KY - Trixie's Entertainment Complex
October 4 - Detroit, MI - Token Lounge
October 6 - Newport, MN - Opinion Brewery
October 7 - St Louis, MO - Fubar
October 8 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
October 9 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Rooms
October 12 - Oklahoma City, OK - 89th Street
October 13 - Lubbock, TX - Jakes
October14 - Dallas, TX - Trees
October 15 - San Antonio, TX - The Rock Box
October 18 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
October 19 - Austin, TX - Come And Take It Live
October 21 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade

VIP tickets are available from TerrificTicketing and include a meet and greet, a laminate/lanyard, a tour poster and shirt, plus early entry to the show. The band's tour date page (including dates in EU and Russia) can be found here.

The band have also released a new lyric video for the song Queen of Hearts Reborn, taken from their latest album Theater of Dimensions. Check it out in the player below.


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ARCH ENEMY: NEW EUROPE TOUR DATES AND MUSIC VIDEO


Arch Enemy are taking on the world with a huge tour in support of their upcoming album Will To Power. Support comes from Wintersun, Tribulation and Jinjer, depending on the venue. Since the list of upcoming dates is SO long (the poster above only lists dates for the second leg), we'll just link straight to the band's tour page where you can find all the details of upcoming shows.

Tickets for some shows are already available, others will be released on August 2nd at 11:00am.

The band also released a fierce video for the new single The World Is Yours. Check it out in the player below.


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WINTERSUN RELEASE NEW LYRIC VIDEOS


Wintersun are not only heading on tour with Arch Enemy, but also promoting the release of their much anticipated new record The Forest Seasons. Two songs have been released as official lyric videos so far: Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring) and The Forest That Weeps (Summer). Check them out in the players below.



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ELUVEITIE RELEASE NEW SINGLE


Eluveitie have released another song from their upcoming acoustic album Evocation II - Pantheon, out on August 18th. The song is called Lvgvs, pronounced "ɭuʜus" and features the band's the new vocalist and other new musicians, along with a guest appearance from Netta Skog (Ensiferum/ex-Turisas). Check it out in the player below.


Eluveitie - Lvgvs (Official Video)

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NEW VIDEOS FROM EXIT EDEN


New metal covers supergroup Exit Eden (learn more about them here) have been busy releasing videos. The first is a cover of Rhianna's Unfaithful while the second is of Shontelle's Impossible. Their debut Rhapsodies in Black is out on August 4th. Check these unusual versions out in the players below.

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NIGHTWISH TO HEADLINE NORWAY ROCK


Good news for Norwegian fans as Nightwish have been announced as headliners for Norway Rock Festival. This will be an exclusive performance in the country for 2018 and will feature the band's Decades setlist of old favourites with new twists. The Decades world tour kicks off in the US in 2018.

"Female Metal Voices" European Tour Announced


A European tour has been announced for October featuring a lineup of bands with female metal voices. The Birthday Massacre are headlining, followed by Sirenia and The Agonist with guests yet to be revealed. There are no UK dates currently, but 9 other countries have dates so far.

The tour dates are as follows:
03/10 Budapest (HUN) “Durer Kert”
04/10 Ostrava (CZE) “Barrack Club”
05/10 Vienna (AUT) “Viper Room”
06/10 Ljubljana (SLO) “Orto Bar”
07/10 Prato (ITA) “Exenzia”
08/10 Brescia (ITA) “Crossroads Live Club”
10/10 Solothurn (SUI) “Kofmehl”
11/10 Ingolstadt (GER) “Westhalle Park”
12/10 Potsdam (GER) “Lindenpark”
13/10 Zwickau (GER) “Club Seilerstrasse”
14/10 Nijverdal (NLD) “Cult Art Shop”
16/10 Bochum (GER) “Matrix”
17/10 Mannheim (GER) “MS Connexion”
18/10 TBA
19/10 Cottbus (GER) “Gladhouse”
20/10 Pumerend (NLD) “P3”
21/10 Roeselare (BEL) “De Verlichte Geest”

Keep an eye on the bands' and venues' websites for tickets.

Video: Eluveitie - Epona


Folk metallers Eluveitie are back with their new line-up. New song Epona (not to be confused with their older song A Rose For Epona) is out now with the accompanying traditional folk-band-in-a-forest video. New singer Fabienne Erni is leading the vocals.

Epona is the first single from upcoming album Evocation II - Pantheon. The album will be released on August 18th via Nuclear Blast.

Check out the video in the player below.