In the absence of live shows as we know them, Dutch symphonic metal act Within Temptation have taken the idea of playing a simple online gig and moved it up a level, giving fans the full virtual reality sci-fi treatment. Instead of performing on a stage in an empty room, the band have produced something much more visually stimulating, creating not only a sequence of lavish futuristic sets but a fully functional wraparound storyline detailed ahead of each separate section by the disembodied head of a digitally constructed android.
Within Temptation has dropped a heavy new single, “Shed My Skin” featuring Annisokay! The song is an out and out Metal Anthrem with Sharon den Adel pairing with Annisokay frontmen Rudi Schwarzer and Christoph Wieczorek adding more layers of vocals! Check out the inspirational track now and order it today!
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Annisokay began their journey in 2007, evolving along the way. They released their debut in 2012, followed by the semi-successful Enigmatic Smile in 2015 and Devil May Care in 2016. The German quintet is ready to impress new and old fans with their fourth LP, Arms (Arising Empire). The 12-track record highlights deep emotion accompanied by energetic progressive metalcore to impress skeptics. Continue reading
This year’s Rockharz Open Air is sold-out, faster than ever before. As preparations begin to host the 25th edition of the festival, it will take place from July 4th to July 7th, 2018 in Ballenstedt. The fest is headlined by In Flames, Powerwolf, Kreator, Hammerfall, Eisbrecher, Paradise Lost, Amorphis, Knorkator, Schandmaul, Cannibal Corpse, Alestorm, Ensiferum, Exodus, Sodom, Equilibrium, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Finntroll, Battle Beast, Amaranthe, Bannkreis, Gloryhammer and many more. You can see the final poster below. Continue reading
Rockharz Open Air is celebrating 25 years as a festival in 2018. This year’s fest is already loaded with talent and grows all the time, now with six new bands. Joining the lineup headlined by In Flames, Powerwolf, Kreator, and Hammerfall are Bannkreis, Versengold, Winterstorm, Oni, Blind Channel, Manntra with special guest, Michael Rhein (In Extremo). The fest takes place from July 4th to July 7th 2018 in Ballenstedt, Germany. Tickets are on sale now and a sellout is expected. Continue reading
Rockharz Festival, celebrating 25 years in 2018, has completed their incredible line-up with the addition of Powerwolf, Cannibal Corpse, and Sodom. Tickets are on sale now and Ghost Cult has the full details. Continue reading
The 25th Anniversary edition of the Rockharz Festival has added Alestorm, Primal Fear, Ahab, Erdling, Letzte Instanz and Nothgard to the 2018 event. Rockharz takes place next July 4th to July 7th 2018 In Ballenstedt, Germany.
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ANNISOKAY said about the song and video,
“Like every other ANNISOKAY video in the past, we decided to produce this one by ourselves too, so our guitarist and singer Christoph took the part of the director. The story of the video is pretty much connected to the lyrics of the song. Everyone has to part with a loved thing at least one time in life, so everyone has to learn how to let go and look ahead instead of being stuck to the past. If someone leaves you or even passes away, you’re often scared to forget about him or even ‘hurt’ him if you start to go on with your life and maybe get to know new people. The long road of letting go is often difficult to pass and is visualized in the video of ‘Carry Me Away’ by showing the protagonist taking a long and dangerous travel. He is carrying a wooden, locked box with him, which contains all the past things and memories he’s cling to. The box needs to be taken to a safe, far and unknown place, before he’s finally able to leave it behind. We won’t tell you now where this place is, but we can already say that the shoot brought the whole team to their physical limits. We shot in places where one wrong step could have been fatally. The hard work was definitely worth it!”
6’7″ front man Dave Grunewald stands as the obelisk of this quintet better known as ANNISOKAY. His screams are unrelenting and guttural, perfectly interweaving with the heartfelt melodic vocals of guitarist Christoph Wieczorek. It’s a perfect juxtaposition, and with guitarist Philipp Kretzschmar, bassist Norbert Rose and drummer Daniel Hermann as the behemoth musical backbone. It’s only a matter of time until ANNISOKAY make the foundations of venues tremor worldwide.
ANNISOKAY grabbed the attention of metalcore production royalty Joey Sturgis and Will Putney (Miss May I, We Came as Romans, Upon A Burning Body, The Amity Affliction) who went on to produce Enigmatic Smile. The band headed to North America to record the album, where they recorded the album in two phases.. The album is home to 11 solid tracks by a band who are paving the way for a new generation of heavy music, and inevitably marking a new place for Germany on the musical map.