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Video: Amaranthe - Countdown

Amaranthe have released another music video from their upcoming album Helix - this time for the single Countdown. The song is as catchy as ever and shows off some more vocals from the band's new male clean vocalist Nils Molin.

Check it out in the player below.

Ayreon Announce Special Into The Electric Castle Shows

The 20th anniversary of Ayreon's classic album Into The Electric Castle will be celebrated with four special shows in the Netherlands in 2019. The shows will take place at the 013 Poppodium in Tilburg on the 13th, 14th and two shows on the 15th of September. It will feature most of the original cast of the album - plus a ton of special guests from the world of Dutch metal - performing the record in full.

The original vocalists returning are:

Fish - The Highlander
Anneke van Giersbergen - The Egyptian
Damian Wilson - The Knight
Thijs van Leer - Flute
Ed Warby - Drums
Edward Reekers - Futureman
Edwin Balogh - The Roman
George Oosthoek - Death
Arjen A. Lucassen - The Hippie

Special guests:

Simone Simons - The Indian
Mark Jansen - Death
John Jaycee Cuijpers - The Barbarian
Marcela Bovio – vocals
Robert Soeterboek – vocals
Dianne van Giersbergen – backing vocals
Jan Willem Ketelaers – backing vocals
To be announced: Extra special guest - Forever


Bass: Johan van Stratum
Keys: Joost van den Broek
Lead guitar: Marcel Singor
Guitar: Ferry Duijsens
Guitar: Bob Wijtsma
Violin: Ben Mathot

Tickets go on sale to the general public on 26 October. Those who have pre-ordered the album reissue through the Ayreon store (via Mascot) will get emailed a code to buy pre-sale tickets on 24th October, while subscribers to their newsletter will get a code on the 25th October.

Amaranthe To Join Powerwolf On More UK/Europe Tour Dates

Following the largely sold out first half of their European tour, Powerwolf have announced more shows with Amaranthe and Kissin' Dynamite - including a further 4 UK dates.

Here is the full list of dates so far (UK in bold):


25.10.18 FR – Paris / Bataclan - SOLD OUT
26.10.18 DE - Wiesbaden / Schlachthof - SOLD OUT
27.10.18 DE - Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle - SOLD OUT
28.10.18 BE - Brussels / Ancienne Belgique - SOLD OUT
29.10.18 DE - Hamburg / Mehr! Theater - SOLD OUT
31.10.18 DE - Berlin / Huxleys
01.11.18 PL - Warsaw / Progresja
02.11.18 DE - Leipzig / Haus Auensee
03.11.18 CZ – Prague / Forum Karlin - SOLD OUT
04.11.18 HU – Budapest / Barba Negra - SOLD OUT
06.11.18 AT - Vienna / Arena - SOLD OUT
07.11.18 IT - Milan / Live Club
09.11.18 DE - Munich / Zenith
10.11.18 DE - Ludwigsburg / MHP Arena
11.11.18 NL - Eindhoven / Effenaar - SOLD OUT
12.11.18 UK - London / Koko - SOLD OUT
14.11.18 CH - Lausanne / Les Docks
15.11.18 CH - Zurich / Komplex 457
16.11.18 DE - Geiselwind / Event-Halle 
17.11.18 DE - Saarbrücken / Saarlandhalle


10.01.19 FR - Toulouse / Bikini
11.01.19 FR - Bordeaux / Le Rocher De Palmer
12.01.19 ES - Barcelona / Razzmatazz 1
13.01.19 ES - Madrid / La Riviera
15.01.19 FR - Lille / L'Aeronef
16.01.19 FR - Nantes / Le Stereolux
17.01.19 FR - Rouen / Le 106

19.01.19 UK - Manchester / Academy 2
20.01.19 UK - Glasgow / SWG 3
21.01.19 UK - Bristol / SWX
22.01.19 UK - Birmingham / Digbeth Mill

24.01.19 FR - Reims / La Cartonnerie
25.01.19 DE - Düsseldorf / Mitsubishi Electric Hall
26.01.19 FR - Nancy / L'Autre Canal
27.01.19 FR - Marseille / Espace Julien
28.01.19 FR - Lyon / Transbordeur
29.01.19 FR - Strasbourg / La Laiterie

22.03.19 UA - Kiev / Pochayna Event Hall
23.03.19 BY - Minsk / Re:Public
24.03.19 RU - St. Petersburg / A2 Club
26.03.19 RU - Novosibirsk / Podzemka
28.03.19 RU - Yekaterinburg / Tele Club
29.03.19 RU - Moscow / Stadium

Tickets are available here: https://www.powerwolf.net/tour/

Video: Within Temptation - The Reckoning

Within Temptation have released the music video for their new single The Reckoning, featuring Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach on guest vocals. The video features the band wandering a dystopian futuristic landscape and doing battle with a spaceship.

Check it out in the player below.

Within Temptation - The Reckoning (Official Video)

Within Temptation Reveal New Single & Album Details

Within Temptation's futuristic new album will be titled Resist. Following a teaser campaign with a mysterious website that rewarded fans with a short clip for browsing anonymously, the band have now revealed the album's details. You can see the album artwork and one of the band's space-themed promo shots above.

The dystopian-themed album has 10 tracks and three guest singers: Jacoby Shaddix from Papa Roach, Anders Friden from In Flames and Jasper Steverlinck from Begian band Avid. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. The Reckoning [feat. Jacoby Shaddix]
2. Endless War
3. Raise Your Banner [feat. Anders Fridén]
4. Supernova
5. Holy Ground
6. In Vain
7. Firelight [feat. Jasper Steverlinck]
8. Mad World
9. Mercy Mirror
10. Trophy Hunter

It will be released on 14th December 2018. There will be special editions available, including a box set and a deluxe digital version with the whole album in instrumental.

The band officially released the lyric video to the first single today - The Reckoning - after an accidental leak earlier in the week. Check it out in the player below.

Anneke Van Giersbergen To Release Live Orchestra CD

Anneke Van Giersbergen is releasing a live CD of her orchestral performance with the Residentie Orkest of the Hague. Titled Symphonized, it features 11 tracks taken from throughout her back catalogue.

The album will be available as a CD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP + CD & as a digital audio download. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Feel Alive
2. Amity (originally released by The Gathering)
3. Your Glorious Light Will Shine - Helsinki (originally released by VUUR)
4. Two Souls (originally released by Lorrainville)
5. When I Am laid In Earth (aria by Henry Purcell)
6. Travel (originally released by The Gathering)
7. Zo Lief (unreleased song in Dutch)
8. You Will Never Change
9. Freedom - Rio (originally released by VUUR)
10. Forgotten (originally released by The Gathering)
11. Shores Of India (originally released by The Gentle Storm)

Symphonized will be released on November 16th.

Northward (New Floor Jansen Project) Video & Album Details

Northward - the new hard rock project of Nightwish's Floor Jansen and Pagan's Mind's Jorn Viggo Lofstad - have released their first single and video. The song, titled While Love Died, comes from their upcoming self-titled debut album. The album has cover art (see above) designed by Chris Rörland and Floor's husband Hannes Van Dahl, and the tracklisting is as follows:

01. While Love Died
02. Get What You Give
03. Storm In A Glass
04. Drifting Islands
05. Paragon
06. Let Me Out
07. Big Boy
08. Timebomb
09. Bridle Passion
10. I Need
11. Northward

The album will be released on October 19th via Nuclear Blast and you can pre-order from here. Check out the single in the player below.