Symphonic Metal legends Nightwish have announced a headline tour of North America next spring. The 10-date trek will kick off on May 6th, 2022 in Toronto with stops in New York, Chicago, and Denver before concluding in Los Angeles for two back-to-back shows at The Wiltern on May 20 and May 21. Opening all dates of the tour the tour will be special guests Beast In Black. Nightwish released their latest album, Human. :II: Nature. in April of 2020 (read our review here).
Slipknot has announced they will headline the debut of Knotfest Finland, set to take place August 12-13, 2022 in Turku. Finland. Also scheduled to appear at the event are Nightwish, Bring Me The Horizon and Arch Enemy, along with Stam1na and Blind Channel. The two-day Knotfest evolved from a Slipknot headlining concert initially scheduled to take place in Turku in August 2021. In the wake of ongoing restrictions with regards to international travel during the era of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the gig was postponed to August 2022 and ultimately evolved into a complete Knotfest experience. Slipknot has exp[anded their original festivals to an international affair with Knotfest Brasil, Knotfest Chile, Knotfest Japan, Knotfest Mexico, Knotfest UK, and Knotfest Meets Hellfest. in France.
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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.
Colorado Springs Symphonic Metal band Beyond Forgiveness has been on our radar for a while! Originally formed as a studio project as well as working through finding the perfect line-up, the band released their first EP, “The Ferryman’s Shore.” Featuring new singer Talia Hoit, the album was well received and the bands’ star is again rising! Reformed in 2014 by original guitarists Richard Marcus and Greg Witwer, the band is known for their creative songcraft featuring classical orchestras, choirs, and operatic vocals with hint of folk, colliding with extreme elements found in death metal and black metal which some have labeled as “Beautality.” In 2019, the band released their second full-length album, Live to Tell the Story (Sliptrick Records). Fans of Epica, Nightwish, Battle Beast, and Delain, but also more extreme styles will love this band. Check out this vocal-sing-through of their track by Talia Hoit, here at Ghost Cult!
New Jersey metallers Behind The Horror have been keeping busy in 2021. With a series of covers (recently Sepultura, Audioslave, and Nightwish), playthrough videos, and now their new Podcast series, the band has been keeping their fans entertained and themselves sharp, as they work on new music for their next release. In the first few episodes, which you can see below, the brothers Gabriel and Lucas Alves continue to explore their earliest years as fans, their first forrays into making music, and much more! Watch it now and be sure to like and subscribe on YouTube to support the band!
Nightwish has announced the replacement for Marco Hietala, who has retired from the band. Jukka Koskinen (Wintersun) will be the bassist for the band as their support their “Human. :II: Nature” album World Tour. Continue reading
It should come as a surprise to no-one that Omega (Nuclear Blast), the eighth full-length studio release from Dutch symphonic metal act Epica, is another concept-driven album. Formed in 2002, the band are widely known for their ambitious ideas and themes, covering everything from the Mayan civilization to religion, nature, quantum physics and the possibility that the universe is actually digitally created hologram. You know, simple stuff.
Having successfully navigated their way around the many obstacles and challenges thrust into their path by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Christofer Johnsson and his Swedish symphonic act Therion return with their seventeenth studio album Leviathan (Nuclear Blast).
Nightwish singer Floor Jansen has uploaded another cover to her popular YouTube channel. Watch her cover the holiday classic and religious-spiritual “Ave Maria”, written by German composer Franz Schubert.