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Video: Within Temptation - Raise Your Banner Lyric Video (plus blog update)

Within Temptation have released a lyric video for their new single Raise Your Banner, featuring Anders Friden from In Flames. The song is taken from the upcoming album Resist. Check it out in the player below.

And a quick blog update... I may be taking a bit of a break as I recently had a baby! Our daughter arrived around a week ago. Updates may be a bit irregular for the foreseeable future. 

Kamelot Adds More European Tour Dates

Kamelot's Shadow Empire Tour in support of latest album The Shadow Theory will continue in 2019 with further European shows, including 3 in the UK. The dates are as follows:

08 MARCH Nijmegen, NL - Doornroosje
09 MARCH Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg
10 MARCH Antwerp, BE - Trix
12 MARCH Mulhouse, FR - Noumatrouff
13 MARCH Monthey, CH - Pont Rouge*
15 MARCH Bochum, DE - Matrix*
16 MARCH Z├╝rich, CH - Komplex*
18 MARCH Nuremberg, DE - Hirsch*
19 MARCH Bremen, DE - Tivoli*

21 MARCH Manchester, UK - Club Academy*
22 MARCH Birmingham, UK - Academy 2*
23 MARCH Prestatyn, UK - Hammerfest

Dates with a star are not yet on sale but will be soon. Tickets can be found via Kamelot.com.

Re-Release For Nightwish's End Of An Era

Nightwish's classic 2005 live show End of an Era is getting a re-release in a special edition. The show concluded the Once tour with original lead singer Tarja Turunen famously being fired by open letter shortly afterwards. There are multiple formats of the new version including:

36 page Earbook - 3 black LPs, 2CD and Blu-Ray
36 page Earbook - 3 stone effect LPs, 2CD and Blu-Ray (Limited)
Vinyl - 3LPs in blue/lilac/purple
Vinyl - 3LPS in purple sparkle (Limited)

The tracklisting is as follows:

01. Dark Chest Of Wonders 
02. Planet Hell 
03. Ever Dream 
04. The Kinslayer 
05. Phantom Of The Opera 
06. The Siren 
07. Sleeping Sun 
08. High Hopes 
09. Bless The Child 
10. Wishmaster 
11. Slaying The Dreamer 
12. Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan 
13. Nemo 
14. Ghost Love Score 
15. Stone People 
16. Creek Mary’s Blood 
17. Over The Hills And Far Away 
18. Wish I Had An Angel 
19. Documentary “A Day Before Tomorrow”

The editions are now available to pre-order from the Nightwish shop, Nuclear Blast, Amazon and more. At time of writing you can also get a free CD of the movie soundtrack Imaginaerum - The Score with any purchase from the Nightwish shop.

End of An Era will be re-released on December 7th.

Video: Epica vs Metropole Orkest - "Beyond The Matrix - The Battle"

Epica have released an official lyric video for their collaboration with the Metropole Orkest. The song Beyond The Matrix has been completely re-recorded with the orchestra and a choir as a new 9 minute long battle version. It also features a new guitar solo from Ayreon's Arjen Anthony Lucassen.

The song can be bought now as a digital download or coloured vinyl: click here to see the shop options. Check out the lyric video in the player below.

Where To Buy Within Temptation's Resist

In this guide I will list all the editions of Within Temptation's upcoming album Resist that I can find. I will add more editions/stores if they become available.

As the blog is UK based, I will be focusing on mainly UK and European sites, though most will ship elsewhere in the world. US fans can also an eye on the Nuclear Blast US store.  Shipping rates may vary - check before buying!

Release date:

December 14th 2018

------------------------------------------ RESIST ------------------------------------------

------------------------------------------ CDs ------------------------------------------

Version: 1CD
Tracks: 10
Case: Digipak/Jewel case (check on site)
Extras: None
Limited: No

Currently available from:
EMP - £16.99
Amazon UK - £9.99
Nuclear Blast EU - €15.99 (sale price - RRP €17.99)
Napalm Records - €17.99

Version: Fan box set
Tracks: 10 + 10 instrumental
Case: Box set with digipak inside
Extras: Album on cassette, 2 guitar picks, 6 poker cards, doll/puppet
Limited: Yes

Currently available from:
EMP - £59.99
Nuclear Blast EU - €59.99
Napalm Records - €59.99

------------------------------------------ RESIST ------------------------------------------

------------------------------------------ VINYL ------------------------------------------

Version: Black Double Vinyl
Tracks: 10
Case: Gatefold sleeve
Extras: None
Limited: No

Currently available from:
EMP - £29.99
Amazon UK - £27.99
Nuclear Blast EU - €29.99
Napalm Records - €29.99

------------------------------------------ RESIST ------------------------------------------

------------------------------------------ MERCH BUNDLES ------------------------------------------

Version: Exclusive t-shirt and CD/Vinyl/Box Set bundle (mix and match)
Tracks: 10 (+10 instrumental with box set option)
Case: Choice of 1CD, LP or Box set
Extras: Choice of t-shirt or women's fit t-shirt
Limited: Yes

Currently available from:
Within Temptation Store - From £39.99

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.