ReVamp shortened their Dutch Tour for 2014

One of the most kick-ass bands from Holland, ReVamp recently announced that they are forced to shorten their Dutch Tour in the first 2 months next year. The band posted on their Facebook page, that the reason is due to the band members’ conflict schedules or as they said “because the time doesn’t allow us to do all January/February shows”.

They also announced that the fans who already bought the tickets from the cancelled dates could be traded to one of the pursued shows next year! Here are the shows that will still be pursued and below it, are the cancelled dates.

10-01 – Patronaat, Haarlem
17-01 – Mezz, Breda
18-01 – Metropool, Hengelo
07-02 – Romein, Leeuwarden
13-02 – Paard, Den Haag
21-02 – Effenaar KZ, Eindhoven

Cancelled shows:
09-01 – Luxor, Arnhem
25-01 – Manifesto, Hoorn
15-02 – Underground, Lelystad
22-02 – Nieuwe Nor, Heerlen

However, American fans will be having the chance to watch ReVamp live in the US. The band will be supporting Iced Earth‘s “Worldwide Plagues Tour”, which will kick off at the 4th of March in 2014.

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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)
Floor Jansen (REVAMP, NIGHTWISH, ex-AFTER FOREVER)
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)

Trailer:

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

FestivalBlog interview with Floor Jansen

FestivalBlog has recently conducted an interview with Floor Jansen at the Metal Female Voices Fest last October. The interview discusses about Floor’s past year, about ReVamp‘s new album “Wild Card” and the bright future of her bands, Nightwish and ReVamp.

Interviewer: It has been a very busy year for you hasn’t it? How do you reflect on this?

Floor: Yes, you can say that. I haven’t actually thought about it yet, so much has happened. The whole stuff with Nightwish is just one of the elements, but of course the grandest. I suddenly went on tour with them and then you’re off from home again, meanwhile recording an album with ReVamp. Yeah, very busy!

Interviewer: And here you are again at the MFVF. For the second time with ReVamp. How does that feel?

Floor: It feels great! The organization has supported me from the start even though after I quit with After Forever, I hadn’t proven anything yet with ReVamp. They trusted me and said “it’s going to be allright, it comes from you”. That’s of course very nice to know and I’m glad about that, so I’m also glad to be here. It’s indeed the second time that I’m going to perform here with ReVamp, I’m looking forward to it.

Interviewer: What do you think about this year’s line-up? Any bands you prefer?

Floor: It’s a good and diverse line-up. I don’t like all bands, but I like Tarja for example, with whom I do a duet tonight during her show. I am really looking forward to it. But for me it doesn’t always need to be fully female fronted, I make female fronted music, but don’t listen to it a lot. I prefer heavier music and you can hear that in ReVamp. So if it concerns me, it can be a little harder, haha.

Interviewer: After what I’ve seen and heard on the CD release show in Bibelot, you’ll blow the roof right off the Oktoberhallen tonight. What can we expect of the show here?

Floor: Haha, thank you! Well, I don’t know very well what to expect, the people know me and ReVamp as well, but the new songs aren’t so known yet. The album isn’t released that long yet. It’s sometimes quite complex to hear, certainly for a first time, so we’ll have to see and wait how the audience will respond to it. This is always the case at a festival such as this, not everyone knows your music or will like it.

Interviewer: We can expect something special tonight, a duet with Tarja. How was this accomplished?

Floor: Tarja is a fantastic vocalist and I always wanted to collaborate with her. Now that we’re both at this festival, it was a great opportunity. We contacted each other about what we were going to do, but we didn’t really practice a lot. We were convinced it would work out fine, because we know each other and ourselves to say it like that.

Interviewer: I hope people will not make stupid remarks between the both of you, due to a history with a certain common band. What is your opinion about such stupid comparisons and did you experience those yourself yet?

Floor: You know, everyone has their own opinion in the end. But people shouldn’t talk about subjects they don’t know anything about. Everybody has their good and bad qualities and vocally everybody is often so different. So how can you compare I wonder? But such people will always be there. It would be better to focus on subjects that matter and just enjoy it or if not, just let it be. Me myself, I haven’t noticed so much about it and I rather keep it that way.

Interviewer: Can you already tell what song it will be?

Floor: No sorry, you’ll have to find out yourself, it stays a surprise!

Interviewer: So it’s official now, the new vocalist of Nightwish is sitting here in front of me. From what I’ve heard, you already know about this for a while?

Floor: Well, we first didn’t know how this would go on, but it was clear from the start that it worked out, the atmosphere was immediately good. It was only after the show at Sauna Open Air that we really talked about it. So that was June already, but we couldn’t announce anything officially yet for some reasons, we had to wait a bit too to see how all would go.

Interviewer: Can you tell me a bit about working and touring with Nightwish and therefore also Troy Donockley?

Floor: Yes, it was quite hectic in the beginning! I was called to fly to the USA to replace and finish the entire tour with them. But they are all nice guys and like I said, it worked out well between us from the start. It’s nice to tour with them, also with Troy!

Interviewer: The documentary that will be released soon is called ‘Please learn the setlist in 48 hours’… Was this really this literal for you?

Floor: Yes, you could say that! I had to take the plane immediately and had only a limited time to memorize the lyrics. I did know already the older songs because during my After Forever period I learned them for myself, but I wasn’t familiar with the newer material. It was a real challenge, but they said I did it very well.

Interviewer: How were those first shows for you with them in the USA?

Floor:Very exciting! I didn’t know what to expect. But everyone tried to comfort me that it would work out and also the fans were enthusiastic, so that helped as well.

Interviewer: How do you see the future now, especially with combining ReVamp and Nightwish?

Floor: It will work out, it will switch a bit. When you look back, Nightwish mainly works in blocks of two years. So when that ends, I can focus on ReVamp, so it’s not nonstop Nightwish. Right now ReVamp has priority, but next summer there are the Nightwish recordings and starting from 2015 we will tour for about two years again. After that, I can focus on ReVamp again.

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And here we have the most anticipated duet of the year!

“There Will Be A Bright Future for REVAMP” – Floor Jansen

Image source: Dutch Distorion website

NIGHTWISH and REVAMP frontwoman Floor Jansen has posted the following words of optimism through her own blog about the current situation of the 2 bands.

“The news about Nightwish got a lot of happy and supportive reactions. Thank you for that!

But it also raised questions about the future of ReVamp.

The coming month ReVamp will tour Europe and in 2014 we will work on more tours, which we can hopefully announce soon

The summer of 2014 will be an exciting and full one with ReVamp doing festivals and Nightwish rehearsals and recordings. The new Nightwish album will probably come out in 2015 and we will rock the world in 2015 and 2016.

This doesn’t mean ReVamp stops existing however! It cannot be a full time band, but a band for sure that can still make albums and play shows. This with its own, typical super heavy and dark music, that I am so fond and proud of.

So there will be a bright future for ReVamp. I welcome you to celebrate this future at one of our shows! (check out the video about the tour ReVamp will start next week with Kamelot)

Hope to see you soon!!!

With love and in music,
Floor”

REVAMP just recently released their second full-length “Wild Card” via Nuclear Blast Records, 23rd August. The said album was widely acclaim as being aggressive, heavy, powerful and bombastic! It was also noticed that Floor got to show off her dynamic vocal works; from clean vocals to growls!

Buy the album and many other merchandise of ReVamp here.

Trailer for European tour with Kamelot:

Top 5 pick!

Hello guys, here I am again for a new post for my “Weekly Top 5”! I also decided to make a separate section on it, for easier viewing. Anyway, here’s the top 5 most played song on my playlist.

5. The Killers – Miss Atomic Bomb (Indie rock)

4. Ayreon – Valley of the Queens (Progressive Rock/Metal)


*there are also other versions: Stream of Passion cover & Floor Jansen cover

3. Agua de Annique & Anneke van Giersbergen – I Want (Triprock/Pop rock)

2. After Forever – Energized Me (Progressive Metal)

1. Foxboro Hot Tubs – Alligator (Punk rock)

 

I hope you enjoy this week’s pick! Happy weekend!

Excerpts from the Metal Female Voices Fest 2013

Last week, the 11th edition of MFVF or the Metal Female Voices Fest took place once again in front of thousands of attendees of the said festival. The said festival is a 3-day event featuring different female fronted metal bands started from 18th October up to 19th October at the Oktoberhallen, Wieze, Belgium.

The fest started in October 18 with Eve’s Apple, a band with more than 10 members featuring different female singers of different bands, including Charlotte Wessels (Delain), Ailyn Gimenez (Sirenia), Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion), Marjan Welman (Autumn), Manuella Kraller (Xandria), Carmen Elise Espenaes (Midnattsol) and a lot more.

Here’s the FULL acoustic performance of these amazing ladies:


 
Liv Kristine closed the first day of the festival with her 1,5 hr set, playing some songs from her previous band, Theatre of Tragedy.

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The second day of the fest was led by Lacuna Coil, Delain and Leaves’ Eyes. The 3 bands play a full set and were supported by opening bands like Magion, Azylya, Victorians, Imperia, Serenity, Chaostar, Kobra & the Lotus, Asrai and Kontrust.


 
Leaves’ Eyes played most of the songs from their upcoming album, “Symphonies of the Night”.



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Delain got more time to play in this year’s festival. They play bunch of songs from their 3 full-length and one song from their most recent release, “Interlude”. They also have Sharon den Adel to join them on stage and play 2 songs with the band.


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Lacuna Coil played a special “Karmacode” album show at their set. They have played all songs from the said album and played few more songs on the Encore including hit singles “Trip the darkness” and “Heaven’s a lie”.

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On the last day of the festival, we have Tarja, Revamp, Stream of Passion and Anneke van Giersbergen live on stage together with L’Endevi, Hell City, Dalriada, Eleanor, Cadaveria and Crimfall.


 
Stream of Passion started the show with one of the songs from their most recent album, “Dark Days”. The band is at its best and perform the fan favorites form their 3 albums.

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Anneke van Giersbergen own the stage by playing the title track of the same album name. She played most of the tracks from “Drive” and “Everything Is Changing”. She also played 3 The Gathering songs such as “You Learn About It”, “Saturnine” and the killer “Strange Machines”.

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ReVamp kills the silence with their headbanging and rocking performance. The songs from their most recent album “Wild Card” made it to the setlist that night and gave a mind-blowing performance. Too bad, they didn’t cover even one After Forever song, but still a great set!

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Last for that night? Here’s the ex-Nightwish singer, Tarja. She played a full set promoting most of the songs from her most recent solo album, “Colours in the dark”. She also covered a Nightwish song called, “Wish I Had An Angel”, and the most anticipated duet with Floor Jansen for the song “Over the Hills And Far Away”, Gary Moore cover.

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