NIGHTWISH fans have had a busy year. Since October 2015, over 60 fans from 50 countries have been filming a crowdsourced NIGHTWISH fan documentary. During the past year, fans have answered questions about their fandom and the band and have performed weekly tasks presented to them in front of a mobile phone camera.

The webproject “To NIGHTWISH with Love” is active on the Yle (Finnish Broadcasting Company) website. Hundreds of hours of material was produced and sent to Yle by the fans. Yle‘s production team has used the material to create a number of web documentaries, including a full-feature documentary film, “To NIGHTWISH with Love“.

The documentary filmed by fans discusses the band, and the fans’ passion and fandom in the words of the fans themselves, in tens of different languages.

“In the end, fans from over fifty countries participated,” say the directors of the documentary, Kaisa Alenius andHarto Hänninen. “It has been an eye opening experience to see that people with completely different background can suddenly share similar ideas about life, identity and art. This is the power of fandom.”

In addition to the documentary, an online series with 18 episodes is published on the “To NIGHTWISH with Love” -website. It has been edited from the material produced by the fans where the fans learn Finnish, discuss the universe of music as well as the different vocalists the band has seen. NIGHTWISH‘s music has helped the fans through difficult times, but it has also connected people. One of the most important themes of the online series is love.

“This is a documentary that I’d like to see right away,” said Tuomas Holopainen of NIGHTWISH upon hearing about the crowdsourcing project underway at Yle, Finland’s national public service broadcasting company.

The documentary “To Nightwish with Love” was released online on Saturday 20 August, and it is now available to watch here:

To Nightwish With Love Documentary

Next Sunday, on 28 August there will be a whole night dedicated to the Finnish symphonic metal stars, on Yle Teema channel in Finland. Including an interview of Tuomas Holopainen, the documentary and a premiere of a concert, Yle Live: NIGHTWISH in Mexico City (2015). The concert will be available on the “To NIGHTWISH with Love” -website on Sunday 10 PM (UTC+3).

The band also announced a new release date for the DVD “Vehicle Of Spirit”. The two-concert-live-release will see the light of day on November 25th.

Catch the band live one more time on their “Endless Forms Most Beautiful World Tour 2015-2016”:

26.08.  PL       Straszecin – Czad Festival
03.09.  CZ       Havirov – Havirovske Slavnosti
08.09.  P         Lisbon – Coliseu
10.09.  E         Madrid – Barclaycard Center
12.09.  IT        Mantova – Palabam
14.09.  BG       Sofia – Arena Armeec
02.10.  KR       Seoul – Samsung Blue Square
05.10.  CN       Shenzeng – A8 Live House
07.10.  CN       Shanghai – QSW Culture Center
09.10.  J          Tokio – Loud Park

Order NIGHTWISH‘s current record, ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful‘, here:

More on ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’:
‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
‘Shudder Before The Beautiful’ OFFICIAL TRACK:

Nightwish Vehicle of Spirit



Dutch symphonic metal stars EPICA are ready to release the third studio trailer for their upcoming masterpiece ‘The Holographic Principle‘. This new clip reveals a glimpse into the drum and vocal recordings and a detailed look behind the scenes.

“Only one month to go until the release!!!,” the band states. “Here is the 3rd part of the EPICA documentary. Dealing with the acoustic sessions, artwork and the concept behind ‘The Holographic Principle’! We hope you’ll enjoy watching it as much as we did by making the album.”

Catch up on the first two trailers:
Epica talk about the songwriting process:
The band showcase the different instruments they worked with:

Pre-order ‘The Holographic Principle’ here:
Limited Edition Earbook, Limited Edition Blue Vinyl, Limited Edition Bi-Coloured Vinyl, Limited Edition Mail Order Boxset from the Nuclear Blast UK store:
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Track listing as follows:
01. Eidola
02. Edge Of The Blade
03. A Phantasmic Parade
04. Universal Death Squad
05. Divide And Conquer
06. Beyond The Matrix
07. Once Upon A Nightmare
08. The Cosmic Algorithm
09. Ascension – Dream State Armageddon
10. Dancing In A Hurricane
11. Tear Down Your Walls
12. The Holographic Principle – A Profound Understanding Of Reality

Don’t miss EPICA on tour!
10.08.-12.08.  Leyendas del Rock festival XII Vilenna, Spanien

The band’s own EPIC METAL FEST:
01.10.  NL        Tilburg – Epic Metal Fest Netherlands
15.10.  BR       Sao Paulo – Epic Metal Fest Brazil

12.01.  D         Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
13.01.  D         Cologne – Palladium
14.01.  D         Ludwigsburg – MHP Arena
16.01.  CH       Geneve – Salle Des Fetes De Thonex
17.01.  CH       Zurich – Volkshaus
18.01.  IT         Milan – Live Club
20.01.  D         Munich – Tonhalle
21.01.  A          Vienna – Gasometer
24.01.  PL        Warsaw – Progresja
25.01.  D         Berlin – Huxley’s
27.01.  D         Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
28.01.  CZ        Prague – Forum Karlin
29.01.  D          Hannover – Capitol
31.01.  D          Hamburg – Mehr! Theater
01.02.  BE        Brussels- Ancienne Belgique
03.02.  UK       London – o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
04.02.  F          Paris – Le Zénith

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More on EPICA:
Lyric video for the first single, “Universal Death Squad“:

Epica Album

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DUSKS EMBRACE Set To Release New Album “ReAwakening” This Autumn

(Photo Credit Stephan Partipilo)

Salem, Portland based Progressive Metal band, Dusks Embrace have announced their fourth studio album ReAwakening, which is set to be released this Autumn.

ReAwakening will be a milestone for the band in many ways. This record introduces a new vocalist, Aldo Arevalo, as well as a whole new sonic palette for the band. This record is the coalescence of years spent working on various metal, EDM, electronic and video game style music. The wide range of influences have led this record to be as much of a sonic journey as well as a musical one. Not content to follow in the trend of chugging metal, Dusks Embrace have worked to create a record that is strong in songwriting as well as sonic direction. The atmosphere of the synthesizers and catchy melodies along with a focus on songs over technicality will be a breath of fresh air in the sometimes stagnate world of progressive music.

Commented founder and guitarist Josh Brewer: “The creative process for ‘ReAwakening’ has been very different from previous Dusks records. In the past I have written the majority of the material but did almost all the finalizing and production myself. This time around was the first real collaborative effort. I still wrote all the standards for the material but as I put the band together we rehearsed and added parts. Having the input from the other guys as well as the new vocalist really helped push the material to be more of what I have always wanted.

He continues: “The biggest difference from our previous records is a lack of a  clear sense of stylistic direction. This was the first record that really felt like what I wanted to do and not what fit in to a typical genre. We have always had moments of progressive tinged music but it was always sandwiched in with the more metal over tones. This record feels more like a constant flow and nothing seems forced into the record. It manages to cover a wide sonic and musical palette without sounding like a gimmick.

Dusks Embrace is a band that will soon define a movement. One that focuses on being able to write catchy, musically and sonically dense music that still plays on enough pop sensibilities to keep people coming back for more. The band is a shining example of the ability of independent artists in the modern age to push boundaries musically and independently release professional quality material.

Dusks Embrace’s fourth studio album ReAwakening is out this Autumn. The exact date, as well as the album art and track listing will be revealed in the coming weeks. The band has previously released a lyric video for “Face Forward” taken from ReAwakening.

Dusks Embrace on the web:

Dusks Embrace line-up:

Josh Brewer – guitar, vocals

Aldo Arevalo – vocals

Myke Daniel – bass, vocals

Liam Manley – drums


Vader Iron Times

The new EP from Polish death metal legends VADER , ‘Iron Times‘, was released on August 12th. Today, the band has released the lyric video for the brand new track, “Prayer To The God Of War” via YouTube.

VADER‘s Piotr states:
“11 days ago VADER has released a new record ‘Iron Times’. This EP includes two new tracks and two bonus cover songs. Today we have the big pleasure of introducing to you the lyric-video for one of new songs – ‘Prayer to the God of War’!  The whole new album ‘The Empire’ will be out via Nuclear Blast in November and ‘Iron Times’ is the appetiser before the album. Enjoy and do not be afraid to visit us on tour in November/December!”

‘Iron Times‘ includes the following songs:

Side A
01. Parabellum
02. Prayer To The God Of War
Side B
01. Piesc I Stal
02. Overkill

The EP is available digitally here:

VADER have also announced the release of their new studio album, ‘The Empire‘. The follow-up to their highly-acclaimed 2014 album, ‘Tibi Et Igni‘, was recorded at Hertz Studios in Bialystok, Poland and produced byWojtek and Slawek Wiesawski.

‘The Empire’ will be released on November 04th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast.

VADER live:
26.08. SK  Terchova – Terchovsky Budzogan Festival PIRO
02.09. F    Torcy – Fall of Summer Fest

Transsiberian Blitz TOUR 2016
09.09. Rus    St.Petersburg – OPERA
10.09. Rus    Kazań – „Mayakovsky”
11.09. Rus    Moscow – Brooklyn
12.09. Rus    Samara – Zvezda
13.09. Rus   Yekaterinburg  – Nirvana
14.09. Rus   Novosibirsk – „R-club”
15.09. Rus   Krasnoyarsk – „Era”
16.09. Rus   Irkutsk – Rock’n’Roll Pub
17.09. Rus  Khabarovsk – Velicano
18.09. Rus  Vladivostok –  SanRemo Hall
20.09. RC  Bejing –  Yu Gong Yi Shan
22.09. RC  Hong Kong – Hidden Agenda
23.09.  T   Taipei – The Wall
24.09. J     Osaka – Shinsaibashi Paradigm
26.09. J     Tokyo – Harajuku Astro Hall

The Empire Rising Europe 2016 pt. ONE
(w/ Hate Eternal , Threat Signal)

04.11. D  Bad Oeynhausen – Druckerei
05.11. D  Andernach – Juz-Live-Club
06.11. B  Arlon – L’Entrepo
07.11.  TBA
08.11.  TBA
09.11. CH  Zurich – Dynamo
10.11.  TBA
11.11. I   Brescia – Circolo Colony
12.11.  TBA
13.11. NL  Rotterdam – Baroeg
14.11. UK  London – The Dome
15.11.  TBA
16.11.  TBA
17.11.  TBA
18.11.  TBA
19.11. D  Essem – Turock
20.11. D  Leipzig – Taubchenthal

22.11.  PL        Poznan – Blue Note
23.11.  PL        Torun – Od Nowa
24.11.  PL        Zabrze – Wiatrak
25.11.  PL        Wroclaw – Alibi
26.11.  PL        Katowice – Mega Club
27.11.  PL        Rzeszow – Life House
29.11.  PL        Krakow – Kwadrat
30.11.  PL        Bialystok – Zmiana Klimatu
01.12.  PL        Lublin – Graffiti
02.12.  PL        Warszawa – Progresja
03.12.  PL        Gdansk – B90
04.12.  PL        Olsztyn – Andergrant

More info:

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Review – Mary Reynaud – Make It Together – by Progradar

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As I travel though this world full of incredible highs and unbelievable lows my companion has always been music. The type of music has changed through the years but one thing has been constant, it is music written not to make money but to enrich the lives of those that would hear the notes.

Obviously, since I started writing about music, the vast majority has been progressive rock and all of its variants but every now and again I hear something that people would not expect me to listen to but which really moves me in many ways.

The little beauty that grabbed my attention this time was the solo EP by long time Franck Carducci Band member Mary Reynaud, a delightful little bluegrass/folk/singer-songwriter concoction called ‘Make It Together’.

Consisting of six tracks and featuring Dorian Ricaux and support from Manu Bertrand and Franck Carducci himself, from the first listen it has brightened my day and washed away the blues.


“Like a Polaroid snapshot, this record represents the capture of a moment in time. It was not conceptualized and prepared as one normally prepares an album. However, during one evening in March, there was Franck, Manu and Dorian reunited in my living room gathered around me and my songs. Notes began flying, musical arrangements were settled and the idea to seize the moment was born. Two weeks after being in the studio, all three of us in a room and we recorded. Everything was captured as is, our hearts, our respiration, the ideas that came, our voices broken with emotion, the movements, the tiny flaws … just like in my living room. We mad it, together. And now, all you have to do is take a seat with us.” – Mary Reynaud.

So, all we have to do is press play and immerse ourselves in these wonderful pared back songs of wistful beauty, longing, joy, love and remorse, go on then!

“Last night a comet crashed in my dream, I first thought it might be a real bad thing…”

Magic Passerelle is an upbeat, fast paced little toe-tapper with some excellent fret work on Mary’s 1974 Martin D18 guitar and her delicate, yet sultry voice is the only accompaniment required. Just let the music wash over you and enjoy the feeling of the sun and wind on your back, a song for the summer for definite. The guitar playing is an utter joy.

“Close your eyes and stop your cries cause I will always be there, To dry your tears and take your fears and keep you warm with me…”

We turn to wistful and winsome with Make It Together a soft hued and soft timbred delight. The guitar playing drips emotion and Mary’s vocal is full of melancholy and yet gives a feeling of hope. The guitar playing and the way this delightful troubadour sings give a real feeling of gallic bluegrass. A song for warm nights sat around an open fire with a fine red wine, French of course!

“The sky is blue and I”m in a cloudy mood, I say I’m cool but my face don’t move…”

A sort of jazz/folk track with a light blues infusion (well, to my ears anyway), Sad For Nothing really hit home with me as it mirrored my feelings exactly, going through a difficult phase in my life. Stylish guitar playing, polished and earnest vocals and yet a feeling of remorse or something similar lying in wait in the background. The wonderful guitar picking is a delight to hear, a song for those close to us, late nights and serious discussions.

“I think I have a crush on you, It seems like I am falling for you, I know I’m wrong, I’m so young, but there’s not much that I can do…”

A passionate song of love and longing, No Way You Can Guess is full of beautiful fragility from the compassionate vocals through to the dreamy and contemplative guitar playing. I feel summer days and grassy banks alongside a jewel like, burbling stream, sepia tinged and nostalgia filled, where there is love, there will always be hope.

“Let’s spend the afternoon under the figtree, I’m Alice in wonderland and you are a pixie, Undercover of the leaves, there is no distance…”

The upbeat feeling returns with the utterly charming bluegrass hues of Under The Figtree. A three minute ditty with clever lyrics, clever guitar playing and Mary’s knowing vocals. You get a feeling of the mystery that Mary shows when she is in character as Alice in the live Franck Carducci shows. One to stand up and dance to under the stars, carefree and happy with life and yourself. A song of pure good-feeling, happiness and an utmost joie-de-vivre, bravo Mary!

“Stuck in frontof that white page, Wondering what you’d want me to say, I’m lost in an ocean of question marks, Time to give a piece of me…”

I loved reading the lyrics to 3 Chords And The Truth, the never ending battle about whether the songwriter should write to please the audience or just give a bit of themselves in the hope that the honesty will strike a chord. It is a wonderful song, straight from the heart of Mary Reynaud and you can hear the inner turmoil in her voice, a creation of sheer charm, elegance and grace. This is music pared back to the basics with the refined guitar adding a subtle backing to Mary’s heartfelt lyrics. Always be true to yourself, give all of yourself and no-one can ask for anymore, a parable for modern times perhaps?

Music truly is the food of love and you can’t help but adore this beautiful collection of songs from this talented lady. They lifted my soul from some very dark places and this EP should be on everybodys wish list. A natural feel-good lift for the body and mind and songwriting of the highest calibre, Mary Reynaud has released something true to her heart and we should all be thankful.

Released 14th September 2016

Orders will be available from 14th September from Mary’s website







Review – Children In Paradise – Morrigan – by Gary Morley


Another day, another new treat via cyber mail from the wallet emptier.

This time, I chose the album on the basis of the beautiful artwork.

See what I mean?

So, as per standard operating procedure, I magically converted the ones and zeros Mr WE sent me and stuck them to  shiny metallic disc, inserted said disc into a receptacle in a black box with a single glowing eye, pressed the arrow and…

It unfolded into a musical tapestry that beguiled and enchanted in equal measures.

What Children In Paradise sound like – All about Eve meet Panic Room. Bjork and Lisa Gerrard guesting with Opeth. Iona, Dead can Dance with guitars… Nightwish, Panic Room, that whole Symphonic Rock , female fronted Prog metal thing that’s a staple of the European Rock diet, but with a Celtic twist.

This is a recent area of Prog / Rock/ Metal that I’ve been dipping the metaphorical toe in.

There are the angelic voices and big guitar parts as seems to be the recipe for all of the above. But whereas Nightwish go operatic and Wagnerian on you, The Children take the folk / Celtic route. That’s where the charm of this album captured me. It’s haunting, mellow yet has bursts of Death metal growls and big guitar riffs. But it also has delicate keyboards, melody and a wide soundscape to get lost in

If I labelled albums by feel and vibe, then this would fit in with Arjen Luccasson’s “Ambeon” Devin Townsend’s “Ghost” album, Luna Rossa’s “Secret & Lies”, White Willow’s “Ignis Fatuus”, or the Nordic Giants albums.

It mixes elements of Prog ( lots of understated guitar , very Pink Floyd in places) , elements of folk , straight forward head shaking boogie ( Part 2 Cu Chulainn Is Mine has a middle passage that cries out for air guitar and good ol’ Headbangin’ !) added to the mix are a smatter of  Metal guitar and crashing drums. Live, this would sound magnificent, the orchestral parts sweeping you away.


So, for the 5th listen I put on my nice shiny new headphones, and was transported into the land of the Children.

Alone opens with a big drum sound and a pulsing bass, choppy piano and possibly a harpsichord? The singer intones words pure of tone .As with most mp3 files, the sound is compressed to the disservice of the words, but the feel of the track is cinematic and the strings swirl, leading to a guitar layered piece with acoustic and electric parts jousting and combining to build the epic soundscape.

Lyrically, it sounds like a song of unrequited love, her waiting for him, offering to help him, telling him she waits for him, all she has to give is her love… She’s waiting for him to acknowledge and reciprocate…

I wait opens with voice and acoustic guitar, a plaintive song of longing, the protagonist’s lonely view echoed by the music with flutes or Celtic pipes making an appearance.

I’m Falling opens with the sound of either a tuba underwater or a very very angry wraith playing saxophone. Intriguing sample! Here we have a “cookie monster” growl, but it doesn’t intrude, on the contrary, it adds a sense of narrative to the piece, whether this voice is a force for good or evil in the story I’m not sure, but we seem to be at a tipping point with the middle section taking on a much heavier sound, big big riffs, thundering bass and a great flanged guitar solo.

The atmosphere invoked in the next track I Will Follow You is one of menace, the promise of following you more of a threat than a promise if you’ll forgive the pun.


Battle is looming at least it feels that way with the snare drum echoing as the guitar crash through the mix. Far from being a song of devotion, the declaration of “I will Follow “slipping through the music and into the next piece.

Here it’s all about waiting, a sunny feel with the pure voice and melody slowly being enveloped by darker chords, the menace builds as the track grows, This is the core of the album, a trilogy with the Metal side coming through with a huge guitar sound, lush strings and orchestration conveying the power and majesty of a full throttle rock band.

The voice is deep in the mix, centre stage but overwhelmed by the thundering battle all around it. The narrator still waits for them to come back to her through the battle and in part 3 it appears that even dying won’t stop the reunion, with her now pleading to come find you, never leave you, and that his is your nightmare – not sure if it’s being lost, being found or something worse, but the music drives on, a big big sound very nice it is too.


As you may have guessed, I like what is here.

I liked it so much that in the middle of writing this, I stopped, logged onto the Band’s website and ordered a bundle of both albums for 30 Euros…

Yea, the curse of Martin strikes again!

I also then discovered the nationality of the band, and thought C’est La Vie, a second Gallic Prog band, C’est Tres Bon!

I digress, tracks 9 & 10  , In My Mind  and He’s Dying are where the Celtic vibe comes to the front – For those of a certain age, think  Davy Spillane goes metal, or for those of you younger than the Century, the sound is very much in the feel of Troy Donockley (Iona & Nightwish)  . Uilleann Pipes mixed with guitars and a full throttle rock band. A Glorious noise indeed.

And then it stops, a cliff hanger ending. the song drives towards the cliff, the music fades and the haunting final phrase of I see the Light echoes and fades.

It’s not Prog in the pastoral Genesis lineage, this is darker, a twisted hybrid of Celtic roots, Hard Rock and Prog that takes  you on a journey through the landscape that’s more EM Escher or Tim Burton.

If “Game Of Thrones” was a concept album, these would be the people to make it.

Released 22nd February 2016

Buy ‘Morrigan’ from the band’s website



Swedish experimental heavy-rock pioneers OPETH have released the fifth instalment, “Studio Report – Episode 5,” of their in-depth, behind the scenes series on the making of their 12th studio album, ‘Sorceress‘. In this new trailer, frontman Mikael Akerfeldt talks about the vocal recordings in the legendary Rockfield Studiosand the writing process for his lyrics. The highly-anticipated record is due out on September 30th via the band’s imprint label Moderbolaget Records with Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Catch up on the previous episodes:
Mikael leads you through the Rockfield Studios:
speaks about the guitar recordings:
speaks about the drum recordings:
speaks about the bass recordings:

Opeth recently released a lyric video for the record’s title track “Sorceress“, which has has already received mass critical praise from fans and critics alike. Watch the video here:

‘Sorceress’ track list:
1. Persephone
2. Sorceress
3. The Wilde Flowers
4. Will O The Wisp
5. Chrysalis
6. Sorceress 2
7. The Seventh Sojourn
8. Strange Brew
9. A Fleeting Glance
10. Era
11. Persephone (Slight Return)

Sorceress cover

Pre-order ‘Sorceress’:
Nuclear Blast Store: (orders come with signed inserts – whilst stocks last):

Pre-order ‘Sorceress’ Digitally:




Meshuggah Album Cover

The Swedish extreme tech-metal pioneers MESHUGGAH recently revealed the title of their upcoming eighth album, “The Violent Sleep Of Reason”. Today, the band released the first trailer where Tomas Haakediscusses the title and cover artwork for the eighth album. Watch the video on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

Tomas Haake comments, “Basically, the whole idea of why we chose the title is it kinda connects with the lyrical content of the album. Which is to a fair degree about current events and what you see is going on as far as terrorism today, extremist views on ideals, and religious dogma and the violent implications that you get from being asleep so to speak and not acting/reacting to what is going on in the proper way”

The album was produced by the band and was engineered by Tue Madsen of Puk Studios in Kaerby,Denmark. For the cover, the band once again enlisted Keerych Luminokaya who created the artwork forKoloss and The Ophidian Trek as well as the new images for each of the 7 albums and 3 EP’s featured in the 25 Years of Musical Deviance box set.

“The Violent Sleep Of Reason” will be available in the following formats:
Nuclear Blast UK Store:
– Mail-Order Exclusive Box Set*
Limited to 1,000 worldwide
Includes: Latex face mask, (2) stickers, (2) 1.25” buttons, poster flag, certificate    of authenticity
– Limited Edition Double Gatefold Gold Vinyl
– Limited Edition Double Gatefold Silver Vinyl
– Limited Edition Double Gatefold Light Blue/Orange Bi-Coloured Vinyl
Available here:
– Limited Edition Black Double LP
– Limited Edition Double Gatefold Picture Disc
– CD Digipack
Available here:

Track listing as follows:
1. Clockworks
2. Born in Dissonance
3. MonstroCity
4. By the Ton
5. Violent Sleep of Reason
6. Ivory Tower
7. Stifled
8. Nostrum
9. Our Rage Won’t Die
10. Into Decay

Visit MESHUGGAH online at

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New lyric video from The Tangent – article by Progradar

Progressive rock stalwarts and innovators The Tangent return, after main man Andy Tillison’s heart attack last year, with  a great lyric video for single A Few Steps Down The Wrong Road and you can watch it here:

Andy wanted to return to the more socially aware music that he has generally written since he was a teenager.

Andy told me,

” …obviously it’s something where we;ve beaten the punks, the independents, the Bonos and Stings to the post in having something to say about the Post Brexit racism. The song is NOT about Brexit itself… that wouldn’t interest me enough to write a song…”

In an announcement on the band’s facebook page he went on to say,

It’s a song from a man who loves his Yorkshire, his England, his Britain and his Europe more than the self serving hacks from the tabloid press seem to love anything.

This is The Tangent. We are a PROGRESSIVE ROCK BAND. This is our new song. Play as loud as you can – and make sure you listen to the very end.”

The track, and the band’s upcoming as-yet-untitled album, will feature artwork created by renowned UK comic artist Mark Buckingham, who has provided designs for both DC and Marvel as well as artwork for The Fierce And The Dead.


Sonata Arctica - Closer to an Animal

After announcing the new album ‘The Ninth Hour‘, due on October 7th, the Finnish melodic metal quintet SONATA ARCTICA now present the first in a series of album trailers. Check out the first one here in which the band talk about the first single, ‘Closer To An Animal’:

Pre-order the album digitally here:

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Limited Edition Light Blue Vinyl:
Exclusive Digipack CD + Canvas Artwork Print:

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‘The Ninth Hour’ full tracklist:
01. Closer To An Animal
02. Life
03. Fairytale
04. We Are What We Are
05. Till Death’s Done Us Apart
06. Among The Shooting Stars
07. Rise A Night
08. Fly, Navigate, Communicate
09. Candle Lawns
10. White Pearl, Black Oceans Part II – “By The Grace Of The Ocean”
11. On The Faultline (Closure To An Animal)

Watch the lyric video to ‘Closer To An Animal

Once again, the upcoming album was produced by SONATA ARCTICA themselves and mixed by Pasi Kauppinen.

Right after the summer festival season and the release of their anticipated record, the band will embark on a European tour together with their label mates TWILIGHT FORCE. Dates as follows:

Special Guests: TWILIGHT FORCE
presented by: Metal Hammer, Musix, Blast, Rock it + & Dragon Productions
07.10.16 NOR – Trondheim, Trondheim Metal Fest *SOLD OUT*
08.10.16 SE – Borlänge, Liljan
09.10.16 SE – Huskvarna, Folkets Park
11.10.16 DK – Copenhagen, Pumpehuset
12.10.16 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
13.10.16 NL – Haarlem, Patronaat
14.10.16 NL – Tilburg, 013
15.10.16 UK – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
16.10.16 FR – Paris, La Machine du Moulin Rouge
18.10.16 FR – Strasbourg, La Laiterie
19.10.16 CH – Pratteln, Konzertfabrik Z7
20.10.16 IT – Milan, Alcatraz
21.10.16 DE – Mannheim, Alte Seilerei
22.10.16 DE – Bochum, Zeche
Booking: Dragon