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Symphonic metal news with a sprinkle of fairy dust

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.

News Round-Up: Kamelot, Visions of Atlantis, Dark Sarah, Tarja

It may be the holiday season, but there's still lots of news to go around! Here's another round-up.



Kamelot are the latest symphonic band to be announced for the UK's Bloodstock Festival in 2018, which is being headlined by Nightwish. Symphonic death metallers Septicflesh are also joining the line-up. The festival takes place every August in Derbyshire.

Check out the festival website for tickets and info.



Visions of Atlantis have announced their seventh studio album The Deep & The Dark. The first single is Return to Lemuria - you can check out the music video in the player below.

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. The Deep & The Dark
2. Return To Lemuria
3. Ritual Night
4. The Silent Mutiny
5. Book Of Nature
6. The Last Home
7. The Grand Illusion
8. Dead Reckoning
9. Words Of War
10. Prayer To The Lost

The album will be released on 16th February 2018 via Napalm Records.



Dark Sarah, the theatrical metal project by Heidi Parviainen, have announced the guest line-up for their upcoming album. Joining them for The Golden Moth will be Nightwish's Marco Hietala, Ensiferum's Netta Skog and Diabulus In Musica's Zuberoa Aznarez.

The album is currently being crowdfunded over on Indiegogo, and has currently raised €17,647 of the band's €20,000 target.



Tarja has released a video for her cover of Feliz Navidad. The Christmassy video features the lyrics as Tarja sings the jolly song from her latest album From Spirits And Ghosts - Score For A Dark Christmas.

This is the solo version of the song: the charity version with 12 guests is out today and can be bought on iTunes and Spotify as well as a vinyl edition from Tarja's webshop.

Check out the solo version in the player below.


Tarja To Release Charity Single With 12 Guests

Tarja has announced the release of a special charity version of her Christmas cover Feliz Navidad. The single will benefit Barbuda Relief and Recovery, and features a stellar line-up of guests.

Tarja explains:
“The tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda has been devastated by Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storm recorded in history to sustain over 200 km per hour winds for 24 hours. Around 90% of the nation’s structures and vehicles have been destroyed.

Irma passed over Barbuda early on Wednesday, 6th of September 2017, as a Category 5 hurricane. 
Barbuda is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and forms part of the state of Antigua and Barbuda.

The island is now a near-deserted disaster zone. Almost all of its 1,500 residents were relocated to the sister island of Antigua. Critical facilities including roads and communications systems were ravaged, with the recovery effort set to take months or years.

I have had a home in Antigua, Caribbean for quite a few years now. I have friends there, but mainly, I have seen how the locals live and how unprepared they are for this magnitude of destruction. I had just finished recording my winter album “from Spirits and Ghosts” in Antigua before the hurricane hit the Caribbean. I was already immersed in Christmas feelings at that time and immediately it came to my mind that the people of Barbuda will have a very dark Christmas this year and in the years to come. I wanted to find a way to give them hope for a brighter future." 

The 12 guest vocalists are:

Michael Monroe
Doro Pesch
Tony Kakko
Elize Ryd
Marko Saaresto 
Timo Kotipelto
Simone Simons
Cristina Scabbia
Joe Lynn Turner
Floor Jansen
Hansi Kürsch 
Sharon Den Adel

The single will be released for download on December 8th, with all proceeds going to the charity and donations being matched by Tarja's record label. A special 7 inch vinyl version will be available from the webshop, limited to 1000 copies and featuring a B side of the album version of the cover.

Videos: Tarja, My Indigo, Epica, Dark Sarah

Here's another round-up of some of the latest videos!

First up is a new video from Tarja's Christmas album, From Spirits and Ghosts. This one is a dark cover of O Tannenbaum.

Last week we had the lyric video for My Indigo, the first single from Sharon Den Adel's new side project, also named My Indigo. Now we have the full music video, which doesn't feature any appearances from Sharon but instead is more of a short film with a story rather like a children's book. It's an interesting one, so take a look.

We then have two new things from Epica. The band released a live video of Consign To Oblivion at the Zenith in Paris. We also have a teaser of their upcoming EP Epica Vs Attack On Titan Songs, where they cover several songs from the soundtrack of the anime.

And finally, the new video from Dark Sarah for Trespasser. This one once again features JP Leppäluoto. The band's upcoming album The Golden Moth is crowdfunding now.

Check them all out in the players below.

Within Temptation Announce UK And European Tour

Never fear, Within Temptation fans - the band are back! They will be hitting our stages once again in 2018 in support of their upcoming album. Lead singer Sharon Den Adel commented:

 “When our last tour finished, I was having a rough time. I realized I needed take some time out with my family to deal with things and to rediscover myself. It took much longer than expected, but 2 years on, things have changed for the better. I created my solo album (My Indigo) which helped me deal with my issues. And afterwards I suddenly found myself with an aching hunger again for more heavy, epic music. Then the music started to come by itself. I knew for sure that our seventh album was coming after all.
So here we are... presenting our seventh tour and luckily it’s not going to take so long anymore because we are all more than impatient to get out there again!”

The dates are as follows (UK dates in bold):

October 2018

11 – Krasnoyarsk (RUS), Grand Hall Siberia
13 – Novosibirsk (RUS), House Of Culture
15 – Yekaterinenburg (RUS), Kosmos
17 – Nizhny Nivgorod (RUS), Milo Club
18 – Moscow (RUS), Stadium Club
19 – St. Petersburg (RUS), A2
20 – Espoo (FIN), Metro Areena
22 – Stockholm (S), The Annex
23 – Oslo (N), Sentrum Scene
24 – Copenhagen (DK), Valby Hallen
26 – Poznan (PL), Sala Ziemi
27 – Warsaw (PL), Torwar

November 2018

09 – Birmingham (UK), O2 Academy 
10 – Manchester (UK), O2 Apollo
11 – Glasgow (UK), O2 Academy 
13 – London (UK), O2 Academy Brixton 
16 – Paris (F), Le Zénith
17 – Antwerp (B), Lotto Arena
19 – Cologne (D), Palladium
20 – Luxembourg (L), Rockhal
21 – Zürich (CH), Samsung Halle
24 – Amsterdam (NL), AFAS Live
25 – Groningen (NL), MartiniPlaza

December 2018

08 – Berlin (D), Columbiahalle 
09 – Hamburg (D), Mehr! Theater
11 – Prague (CZ), Forum Karlin
12 – Budapest (H), Tüskecsarnok
13 – Vienna (A), Gasometer
15 – Milan (I), Fabrique
16 – Ludwigsburg (D), MHP Arena
17 – Munich (D), Zenith
18 – Frankfurt (D), Jahrhunderthalle
22 – Tilburg (NL), O13

The tickets will go on pre-sale on Friday November 24th, but you can purchase them early if you sign up (for free) to the fan club on the band's website.