The list of acts who can be linked to Metal legends Helloween through their band members is really quite an impressive one. Masterplan, Running Wild, U.D.O., Krokus, Accept, Iron Savior, Savage Circus, and Freedom Call have all featured one or more of the German pumpkin botherers at one time or another, not to mention obscure side projects like Shockmachine and Palast, and a frankly ridiculous amount of collaborations and guest appearances. Continue reading →
German power metallers Primal Fear is streaming “Bullets & Tears,” off of their new studio album Rulebreaker in North America on January 29, 2016 via Frontiers Music Srl below. The band has also released their touring schedule for early 2016.
With Brainstorm & Striker Feb 05: Razzmatazz 2 – Barcelona (ES) Feb 06: Garaje – Murcia (ES) Feb 07: Arena – Madrid (ES) Feb 10: Divan Du Monde – Paris (FR) Feb 11: Kabana – Siegburg (DE) Feb 12: Nove Chelmince – Prague (CZ) Feb 13: LA Café – Cham (DE) Feb 14: Logo – Hamburg (DE) Feb 16: Musikzentrum – Hannover (DE) Feb 17: Garage – Saarbrücken (DE) Feb 18: LKA – Stuttgart (DE) Feb 19: Z7 – Pratteln (CH) Feb 20: Backstage – München (DE) Feb 21: Barba Negra – Budapest (HU) Feb 23: Szene – Vienna (AT) Feb 24: TBA – Cracow (PL) Feb 25: K17 – Berlin (DE) Feb 26: Posthalle – Wuerzburg (DE) Feb 27: Turock – Essen (DE) Feb 28: Biebob- Vosselaar (BE)
North American Co-Headline Tour With Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody: Apr 26: Webster Theatre – Hartford, CT Apr 28: Stage 48 – New York, NY Apr 29: Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA Apr 30: Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH May 01: Token Lounge – Detroit, MI May 03: Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL May 04: Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN May 05: Granada Theatre – Kansas City, MO May 06: Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO May 08: El Corazon – Seattle, WA May 09: Rickshaw – Vancouver, BC May 11: RockBar – San Francisco, CA May 12: The Grove – Los Angeles, CA May 13: LVCS – Las Vegas, NV May 14: Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA May 15: Club Red – Phoenix, AZ May 17: Trees – Dallas, TX May 18: Scout Bar – Houston, TX May 20: The Haven – Orlando, FL May 21: Orpheum – Tampa, FL May 22: Masquerade – Atlanta, GA May 24: Soundstage – Baltimore, MD May 25: Upstate Concert Hall – Albany, NY May 26: Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA May 28: Palladium – Worcester, MA May 30: Club Soda – Montreal, QC May 31: Imperial – Quebec City, QC Jun 01: Mod Club – Toronto, ON
Edmonton metallers Striker is streaming their music video for “Too Late,” off of their forthcoming album Stand In The Fire, out on February 6, 2016 below. The band will be supporting Primal Fear on an upcoming European tour.
Feb 05: Razz 2 – Barcelona (ES) Feb 06: Arena – Madrid (ES) Feb 07: Garaje – Murcia (ES) Feb 10: Divan Di Monde – Paris (FR) Feb 11: Kubana – Siegburg (DE) Feb 12: Nove Chelmice – Prague (CZ) Feb 13: L.A. Café – Cham (DE) Feb 14: Logo – Hamburg (DE) Feb 16: MusikZentrum – Hannover (DE) Feb 17: Garage – Saarbrucken (DE) Feb 18: LKA – Stuttgart (DE) Feb 19: Z7 – Pratten (CH) Feb 20: HM’s Calling – Munchen (DE) Feb 21: Barba Negra – Budapest (HU) Feb 23: Szene – Wien (AT) Feb 24: TBA – Cracov (PL) Feb 25: K17 – Berlin (DE) Feb 26: Posthalle – Wurzburg (DE) Feb 27: Turock – Essen (DE) Feb 28: Biebob – Vosselaar (BE)
Cinematic metallers Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody are streaming “Prometheus,” featuring Ralf Scheepers of Primal Fear, off of their forthcoming album Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus on June 19, 2015 (EU), June 22, 2015 (UK) and June 30, 2015 (US) via Nuclear Blast.
Prometheus: Symphonia Ignis Divinus Track Listing 01: Nova Genesis (Ad Splendorem Angeli Triumphantis) 02: Il Cigno Nero 03: Rosenkreuz (The Rose And The Cross) 04: Anahata 05: Il Tempo Degli Dei 06: One Ring To Rule Them All 07: Notturno 08: Prometheus 09: King Solomon And The 72 Names Of God 10: Yggdrasil 11: Of Michael The Archangel And Lucifer’s Fall Part II: Codex Nemesis I. Codex Nemesis Alpha Omega II. Symphonia Ignis Divinus (The Quantum Gate Revealed) III. The Astral Convergence IV. The Divine Fire Of The Archangel V. Of Psyche And Archetypes (System Overloaded)
North American Bonus Track: 12: Thundersteel (cinematic cover version of Riot featuring Ralf Scheepers of Primal Fear)
Some elements of life naturally appeal to our various senses; like the aroma of bacon in our nostrils or like a striking sunset in our vision, so Michael Kiske’s warm, velvety optimistic tones are an aural hot chocolate to our ears. It’s hard to hear his voice, whether it be over a racing Metal speedster or a lush acoustic ballad, and not feel some kind of affirming action has taken place. If Kiske and Devin Townsend were to record together, negativity as we know it would be evacuated from this ball of rock.
Kiske/Somerville is a bit of an unusual but oh-so-grin inducing proposition that is rock, Jim, but not as we know it, with its origins almost Simon Cowellesque. Basically Frontier Records have employed Mat Sinner (Sinner, natch, and Primal Fear) to write a bunch of songs for two people who are quite capable of writing their own, and who have been paired up to record together for the second time (Sinner also penning the self-titled debut of 2010).
Since his banishment from Helloween Kiske, the greatest and most distinctive voice in Euro Metal, has nomadically wandered from project to project, including various solo albums, a reoccurring lead cast role in the theatre of Avantasia and (finally) his own heavier project Unisonic. Meanwhile Amanda Somerville has appeared with the glitterati of the Power Metal world in Kamelot, Edguy, Avantasia, and After Forever.
And, perhaps due to the oddity of the nature of its creation, in the main, it works. Most enjoyably, too. While the majority of the music beneath is uptempo Hard Rock (of the tinged by Power and Classic Metal variety), above the surface soar unconstrained, with unrefined joy clearly displayed, the twin voices of our protagonists, usually by means of call and answer; a verse for he, a verse for she, and a chorus where they meet to continue their tales of love.
While the backing music may, like the dodgiest of petrol gauges, swing from average to bloody good, and it all sits very comfortably in the type of garden we are well acquainted with, surprises are, well, nil. City Of Heroes, though, does what too few albums do and, like boobs in the hands, makes us feel good about ourselves.