I've been super busy heading on a mini book tour this weekend, so now I'm back, here's a round-up of the latest news!
SIRENIA ADD NEW UK DATE TO EU TOUR
Sirenia have added a show in Bristol, UK to their upcoming EU tour. The additional date is on Saturday 26th November (2016) at the Bierkeller nightclub. The band will be bringing their new singer Emmanuelle Zoldan in support of the release of Dim Days of Dolor on November 11th. They are also appearing in London the following day, at the O2 Academy Islington.
Support on the tour comes from Tyr, Unleash The Archers, Xaon and Relicseed.
JAKE E TO "TAKE A BREAK" FROM AMARANTHE
Amaranthe's lead male clean vocalist Jake E has announced that he is planning to sit out the band's upcoming EU and US tours.
In a statement on his Facebook page, Jake commented:
"It’s been seven long, extremely pleasant, instructive and exciting years. During this time we have reached an almost unimaginable success with the band. I now feel that the time is right to take a break from touring and pursuit things I wanted to do for a long time. For how long I'll be gone is hard to say at this point."
We hope Jake will enjoy his break and return to the band in future!
AYREON ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM GUESTS
A whole host of guests have been announced so far for the 2017 Ayreon album. The project is the brainchild of mastermind Arjen Lucassen, who is well-known for his eclectic concept albums. Below is the current list:
James LaBrie (Dream Theater) as The Historian
Tommy Rogers (Between The Buried And Me) as The Chemist
Simone Simons (Epica) as The Counselor
Michael Mills (Toehider) as TH-1
Floor Jansen (Nightwish) as The Biologist
Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) as The Astronomer
Paul Gilbert - guest guitar solo
Guthrie Govan - guest guitar solo
You can hear snippets of each guest's appearance on Arjen's website.
SPECIAL EDITION OF TARJA'S CHRISTMAS ALBUM
A special 10th anniversary edition of Tarja's Finnish Christmas album Henkäys Ikuisuudesta (Breath From Heaven) is now available to pre-order. The limited edition consists of a red and silver double vinyl. You can order now from Tarja's webshop.
WINTERSUN'S JARI TO STICK TO VOCALS ON STAGE
Wintersun's leading man Jari Mäenpää announced today that he intends to only perform vocals on stage in future. Throughout the history of the band, he has performed both vocals and guitar at the same time, but has described this as a struggle for him both physically and mentally. He will continue to play guitar on the band's records, and says he hopes that he will be less limited now that he doesn't have to worry about how he will combine the two disciplines when songs are played live. Teemu Mäntysaari will now move to the solo guitarist role, while the band will recruit a second guitarist.
The full statement also mentioned that negotiations with label Nuclear Blast are going well, and that the band hope to be able to disclose more about what they've been working on soon.