DVD REVIEW: Ayreon – Electric Castle Live and Other Tales

Come with me now; be joyful. It is time to enter The Electric Castle!”

After the wild success of the Ayreon Universe shows in 2017, where an audience of international Ayreonauts was treated to a best-of selection of Ayreon’s most popular songs, the Poppodium 013 once again opened its gates to the gentle hordes in September of 2019. 2018 had seen the twenty-year anniversary and the re-mixed and -mastered version of Into The Electric Castle, and thus it was a logical step that this new live show centered around that album, a favourite of many. To the great thrill of not only the fans but the artists as well, Arjen managed to gather most of the cast members of the original album, and the most admirable substitutes for those who couldn’t make it. Continue reading

Video: The Gentle Storm – The Storm (Live at Hedon Zwolle)

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The Gentle Storm is streaming a live video for “The Storm,” filmed at their Hedon Zwolle show at April 3, 2015, which is streaming below. The project features Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) and Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend Project) and released their debut album The Diary at the end of March via InsideOutMusic.

The tour dates and live band line-up are as follows:
Apr 22: Divan Du Monde – Paris (FR)
Apr 23: The Garage – London (UK)
Apr 24: The Musician – Leicester (UK)
Apr 25: The Roadhouse – Manchester (UK)
Apr 26: Prog-résiste Convention – Soignies (BE)
Jun 19: Dokk’em Open Air – Dokkum (NL)
Jun 20: Steengoed Festival – Willemsoord (NL)
Jun 21: Plaatpop – Bergen op Zoom (NL)
Jul 09: Masters of Rock – Vizovice (CZ)
Jul 10: Rockharz Open Air – Ballenstedt (DE)
Jul 12: Bospop – Weert (NL)
Jul 17: Night of the Prog Festival – Loreley (DE)
Jul 30 – Aug 01: Wacken Open Air – Wacken (DE)
Oct 17: FemME Festival – Eindhoven (NL)

The Gentle Storm live:
Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering) – vocals
Merel Bechtold (Purest of Pain, MaYaN) – guitars
Ferry Duijsens (Anneke van Giersbergen, ex-Dreadlock Pussy) – guitars
Ed Warby (Hail of Bullets, Ayreon, ex-Gorefest) – drums
Johan van Stratum (Stream of Passion) – bass
Joost van den Broek (producer, ex-After Forever) – keyboards
Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion) – background vocals

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City Rock Leeuwarden Line Up Complete, Combi-Tickets On Sale

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Dutch concert festival City Rock Leeuwarden has announced the completion of its lineup with the addition of The Answer, Peter Pan Speedrock, Kamchatka and Red Vultures. Previously announced was headliner Epica and opener Stream of Passion. The reasonably priced festival always has a diverse lineup of artists and always includes the free after party. The fest takes place August 7th. As previously reported, City Rock always runs alongside the Into the Grave Festival (August 8th), and combination tickets are available.

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Line-up CityRock Leeuwarden 2015 complete!

A must-visit festival this summer is the Dutch rock festival CityRock Leeuwarden. Few festivals manage to give rock fans such a varied line-up when there is only space for six bands. With additions such as The Answer, Peter Pan Speedrock, Kamchatka and Red Vultures alongside with the already confirmed bands Epica and Stream of Passion, the line-up of the festival is now complete.

With these names, CityRock Leeuwarden manages to present a line-up that any rock fan can enjoy. The festival will be held on Friday the 7th of August 2015, in the city centre of Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. The Irish hard rock and blues rock band The Answer has impressed many people with their albums. They’ve even toured with AC/DC in the past. Next month, The Answer will release their latest album ‘Raise A Little Hell,’ and that is exactly what they will do in Leeuwarden.

The line-up of CityRock Leeuwarden 2015 consists of the following bands: the Dutch symphonic metal band Epica is the headliner for the festival. Furthermore, The Answer (IRE), Peter Pan Speedrock (NL), Kamchatka (SWE), Stream of Passion(NL) and Red Vultures (NL) will perform. Tickets are available at the website and cost €15,-. without service fees. A ticket costs €20,-. at the box office. After the festival, visitors can visit the after party which will be held in café Fire Palace for free. Fire Palace is only a few metres away from the festival ground. The bands that perform here will be announced soon.

One can also buy combi tickets for CityRock Leeuwarden and metal festival Into theGrave that will be organized a day later (on the 8th of August) on the same location. On Into the Grave bands such as Sabaton, Sepultura, Cannibal Corpse, Obituary,Ensiferum, Avatar, Audrey Horne and Betraying the Martyrs will perform.

A local opening band will be added to be line-up of Into the Grave. There is also an afterparty after Into the Grave, which visitors can attend for free. This afterparty will also be held at Fire Palace. Two Dutch bands will perform here, namely MagnaCult and Edge of Serenity. A combi ticket for Into the Grave and CityRock Leeuwarden costs €25,- without service fees.