Anette Olzon to release her solo album on February 2014

EarMusic recently announced that they have Anette Olzon “on-board” and will be releasing her first solo record next year. The said label welcomed Anette with an official press statement posted originally from the website.

So let it be… Yes, Anette Olzon – as every metal fan knows – has been the front woman of Finnish symphonic-metal superstars Nightwish for five years before having to leave the band in late 2012.

Although the circumstances belong to the past and Anette is the kind of artist and person who only looks forward, it is a sure fact that those five years have established Anette as one of the highlight of the rock music map on a global scale.

“Does it sound like Nightwish?” It’s the question that everybody would probably like to ask… It doesn’t but it definitely does, would be the most accurate answer. Certainly more precise than denying it does or confirming Anette’s new songs sound like her previous band.

“Shine” has been produced with the collaboration of some of the most successful teams in rock and pop in Scandinavia: the producer Stefan Örn (songwriter and producer of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest winning track ‘Running Scared’), Johan Glössner and co-produced by Anette Olzon and Johan Kronlund. The album was mixed by Kronlund, Nicklas Flykt and Ronny Lahti (known for his work with Loreen and Roxette).

The album will be released on February 28th, 2014 by earMUSIC.

Anette Olzon stated: “I am so thrilled to finally release my first solo album. I’ve been working on it for a long time by now… The album is very personal with songs I have started writing already in 2009 but also very recent songs. The overall message of the album is that life can be really dark and filled with hardship and sadness, but you can always choose to see some light coming through, to make you stronger and full of life – making you SHINE… no matter what.”

And what about the musical direction? “In the end, it is a rock album,” says Anette. “Well, a pop rock album maybe, or would you call it pop metal?” We have heard this one before, didn’t we?

Whether we can define “Shine” a metal album, rock, pop or “pop rock” what would be hard to miss is how strong the songs are and what an extraordinary album it is.
It exceptionally masters the borders between melancholy and hope, between fragility and power, because it showcases an artist who doesn’t rest on her laurels but heads boldly into the future. Because it shines.

Anette’s video message here.

Top Favorite JFL Pranks

Some of my all-time favorite prank videos from Just For Laughs!!! Enjoy and have a great laugh!













You can view more videos at their Official YouTube channel.

Lake of Tears to release their first LIVE album!

Swedish gothic metal band, Lake of Tears will be releasing a live album, for the first time of their entire career. The upcoming release is titled, “By The Black Sea” which sets to be available on 31st January 2014 as a DVD/CD set via AFM Records. The said live album will contain the full concert held in Bucharest, plus bonus materials such as “Making Of”, band interview and latest official clips (“Illwill” and “House of the Setting Sun”).

The track listing will be revealed very soon.

Christmas Metal Symphony tours the Europe this year

Magnum Opum Rockestra (under conductor Marcel Heijnen), a 32-strong orchestra accompanied by the METALFORCE 1 rock band and led by singers/vocalists which influenced the metal scene in recent years and decades, are set to embark on the “Christmas Metal Symphony European tour”.

The following guest stars are so far confirmed:
Joey Belladonna (ANTHRAX)
Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT)
Joacim Cans (HAMMERFALL)
Udo Dirkschneider (UDO, ex-ACCEPT)
Michael Kiske (UNISONIC, ex-HELLOWEEN)

Musical director of the production is Joost van den Broek. The tour starts in December 2013, and leads the production in addition to Germany to Sweden, Belgium, Holland, Italy and the Czech Republic.

Tour dates:
Dec. 12 – Brielpoort (Deinze, Belgium)
Dec. 13 – Älvhögsborg (Trollhättan, Sweden)
Dec. 14 – Kristianstad Arena (Kristianstad, Sweden)
Dec. 17 – Royal Event Center (Würselen, Germany)
Dec. 18 – Ruhrkongress (Bochum, Germany)
Dec. 19 – Mala Sportovni Hala (Prague, Czech Republic)
Dec. 20 – Airport – Great Hall (Oberstraubing, Germany)
Dec. 21 – Volksbank Fair (Balingen, Germany)
Dec. 22 – Live Club (Milan, Italy)


To learn more and for more information, visit the official website here.

Monday morning workout

Woke up with stuffy nose due to allergic rhinitis, but that didn’t hinder me from going out for a run. I, maybe, 1 hour late from my assembly time. I did it great and I think better than any of my previous records.

My not so tired feet! LOL. I took this photo during my “cool down”.

After running, I make sure that I re-hydrate myself with water and cool down (thru some more exercise and stretching) since muscles are contracted after doing workout. Also, eating after running isn’t a crime. In fact, you really need carbohydrates after running! This time, my all time favorite post-running workout breakfast meal is: Sliced Boiled egg with sliced tomato!

Grilling in at Giligan’s

After dinner, we decided to go on somewhere to chill out. Unfortunately, most of cafes around were full, as well as, so my friend came up with an idea of having few bottles of beer here at Giligan’s.

We only got few bottles of SM Light and the Sizzling Pork sisig. The sisig is crispy and delicious. On the second half, we ordered for Chicken sisig and Lumpiang shanghai. Shanghai was okay, while the chicken sisig tastes even better. The customer service is okay, they’re all attentive and entertaining.

There’s also a band playing when we got here, they’re good at least playing some 90s rock music and not today’s shit. 🙂

Giligan’s Island Restaurant and Bar
Gf Mega Strip B, SM Megamall
EDSA corner Julia Vargas Ave., Mandaluyong City