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News Round-Up: Therion, Arch Enemy, Van Canto, Nightwish, Evanescence

Lots of news this week, so let's get it rounded up!



Therion are one of the symphonic metal genre's longest standing giants, and fans have long been waiting with bated breath for a follow up to 2010's Sitra Ahra (their 2012 release, Les Fleurs Du Mal, was a covers album). The delay had a good reason - the band were in the process of recording an epic rock opera.

Today the band took to Facebook to finally announce a date for the 3 and half hour rock opera. Titled Beloved Antichrist, it will be released on January 26th 2018.

The apocalyptic concept album is loosely based on A Short Tale Of The Antichrist by Vladímir Soloviov and contains 29 different characters. Familiar voices such as Thomas Vikström, Lori Lewis and Chiara Malvestiti will be present alongside new ones.

The band also announced a European tour for 2018 (with the possibility of bringing the entire production to the stage) including the UK and Ireland. The dates are as follows:
Thursday 01/02 Germany - Turock Essen
Friday 02/02 Holland - Melkweg Amsterdam

Sunday 04/02 UK - Rebellion Manchester
Friday 09/02 UK - Corporation Sheffield
Saturday 10/02 Ireland - Limelight Belfast
Sunday 11/02 Ireland - Tivoli Dublin
Wednesday 13/02 UK - Bierkeller Bristol

Friday 16/02 France - Trabendo Paris
Tuesday 20/02 Spain - Santana 27 Bilbao
Wednesday 21/02 Portugal - Hard club Oporto
Thursday 22/02 Portugal - Lisboa Oa Vivo Lisboa 
Friday 23/02 Spain - Sala Custom Sevilla
Saturday 24/02 Spain - Sala But 2 Madrid
Sunday 25/02 Spain - Razzmatazz 2 Barcelona
Thursday 01/03 Italy - Circolo Colony Brescia 
Friday 02/03 Italy - Orion Rome
Saturday 03/03 Italy - Zona Roveri Bologna
Sunday 04/03 Slovenia - Kino Siska Ljublijana 
Monday 05/03 Croatia - Tvornica Zagreb
Tuesday 06/03 Serbia - Dom Omladine Belgrade
Thursday 08/03 Greece - Principal club theatre Thessaloniki
Friday 09/03 Greece - Poraeus 117 Academy Athens 
Saturday 10/03 - Bulgaria Mixtape5 Sofia
Sunday 11/03 - Romania Arenele Romane Bucharest
Tuesday 13/03 Hungary - Barba Negra Budapest
Wednesday 14/03 Slovakia - Majestic Music Club Bratislava 
Thursday 15/03 Czech Republic - Meetfactory Praha
Friday 16/03 Poland - A2 Wroclaw
Saturday 17/03 Poland - Progresja Warsaw
Sunday 18/03 Poland - B90 Gdansk
Tuesday 20/03 Lithuania - Rock River club Vilnius
Wednesday 21/03 Latvia - Melna Piektdiena Riga
Tuesday 03/04 Germany - Backstage München
Thursday 05/04 Germany - F Haus Jena
Saturday 07/04 Holland - 013 Tilburg
Tuesday 10/04 Israël - tba Tel Aviv

Supports are Imperial Age and Null Positiv. Keep an eye on the venues for tickets. Therion's official website can be found here.


Melodic death metallers Arch Enemy will be bringing their new album Will To Power to stages in the UK and Europe in 2018. Wintersun will also be joining them for the ride, alongside Tribulation and Jinjer (Europe only).

The dates are as follows:

12.01.2018 DE - Munich, Tonhalle
13.01.2018 DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
14.01.2018 CZ - Prague, Forum Karlin
15.01.2018 CH - Zurich, Komplex
17.01.2018 IT - Milano, Alcatraz
18.01.2018 FR - Lyon, Transbordeur
19.01.2018 ES - Barcelona, Razzmatazz 
20.01.2018 ES - Madrid, La Riviera
22.01.2018 FR - Toulouse, Le Bikini
23.01.2018 FR - Paris, Bataclan
24.01.2018 BE - Antwerp, Trix
26.01.2018 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
27.01.2018 DE - Geiselwind, Music Hall
28.01.2018 NL - Tilburg, O13
29.01.2018 DE - Hamburg, Große Freiheit
31.01.2018 SE - Malmö, KB
01.02.2018 NO - Oslo, Rockefeller
02.02.2018 SE - Stockholm, Arenan
03.02.2018 SE - Gothenburg, Trädgarn
05.02.2018 DE - Berlin, Huxleys
06.02.2018 DE - Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
07.02.2018 DE - Saarbrücken, Garage

09.02.2018 UK - Glasgow, O2 ABC*
10.02.2018 UK - Nottingham, Rock City*
11.02.2018 UK - London, Koko*
13.02.2018 UK - Manchester, O2 Ritz*
14.02.2018 UK - Bristol, O2 Academy*
*without Jinjer

Tickets go on sale August 15th, 2017. Ticket links for all shows will be available here.


The world's biggest "a capella" metal band Van Canto have announced the departure of their lead singer and founding member of the band, Dennis "Sly" Schunke. 

The parting is on good terms. Sly commented:
"It was a hard decision to reach, I also had to make due to private changes. The spirit in every Van Canto fan and musician, will remain in my heart for eternity. I will not die in Battle.

As far as new Van Canto projects are concerned, I wouldn't say no to a guest appearance. It's all just a question of time management, how much I can be involved, and of course what the band's vision is.

I wish Van Canto and everyone involved all the best for the future, and fingers crossed that they have lots of new surprises and wonderful moments"

The band wished him the best and said they would be glad to have him back for guest appearances. Their new line-up will be announced on August 18th. You can read the full statements here.



Another headline festival date has been added to the list for Nightwish, this time at Leyendas Del Rock 2018 in Spain. The line-up will also feature a return for Doro's Warlock and Sonata Arctica among many others. Full details can be found on the festival's website.



Evanescence recently announced Synthesis - an album that reworks their old tracks (plus two original compositions) with orchestral and electronic elements. This week they have revealed that they will be going on tour across the US with the record. Those who buy tickets for the shows will get a download code for the album, and receive some tracks early. There are also two tiers of VIP tickets available, that include such things as a pre-show experience, front row seats, meeting the band and signed merch.

You can find the full details and tour dates here. Synthesis is due to be released in autumn this year.


EDIT: Despite the date on the poster, Therion will apparently be appearing on the 13th of February in Bristol (probably to avoid clashing with Arch Enemy). The list of dates has been updated to correct this.


I'm really excited for Beloved Antichrist! Former singer Karin Fjellander will be a guest as well <3
Amy looks GORGEOUS in that photo! <3 I can't wait till Friday for Bring Me to Life! <3


It's almost a shame that Synthesis isn't a whole original album but I'm still so interested to hear it! The two new tracks will be cool to hear as well.


I know right, there's been even more announced since this as well! I'm going to have to do another round up!


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