Sonata Arctica reveals artwork cover for new album

Finnish Power metal band, Sonata Arctica have unveiled the cover artwork for their forthcoming album, “Pariah’s Child” which sets to be released in 28th of March 2014.

Tony Kakko explains his thoughts behind the album title and its beautiful album artwork:
“As always it’s pretty hard coming up with a name for the new baby. I tried to approach it from many angles; how this is our 8th album and how easy it would be to abuse that fact. All the symbolism of figure eight, eternity and so on. But that just did not feel right as it’s been done so many times. Then I started to think how we’d in ways abandoned our “totem animal”, the wolf and all what comes with the territory. As the music on the album is bowing more towards the “old” Sonata, meaning more power metal style elements and wolves in many of the songs in one form or another, it was clear we need a wolf on the cover. An abandoned wolf. A pariah. Or Pariah’s child, actually. The new generation to bring the old logo back.”

The band will also be touring again in Europe starting this April 2014. Check the complete tour dates list here.

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Primal Fear’s Mat Sinner talks about “Delivering The Black”

Mat Sinner has been interviewed by Metalholic.com‘s Rustyn Rose, last 9th of January and talks about their new release “Delivering The Black”. (video below)

Primal Fear will be releasing their new studio album called “Delivering The Black” on 24th of January 2014. The band have also released their first single, “When Death Comes Knocking” accompanied with a music video that you can watch here.

Track listing:
1. King For A Day
2. Rebel Faction
3. When Death Comes Knocking
4. Alive & On Fire
5. Delivering The Black
6. Road To Asylum
7. One Night In December
8. Never Pray For Justice
9. Born With A Broken Heart
10. Innocent Man *
11. Inseminoid
12. Man Without Shadow *
13. When Death Comes Knocking (Single Edit) *
* Only available on deluxe edition

DVD (only available with deluxe edition)
– When Death Comes Knocking (video)
– King For A Day (video)
– Making Of The Album (video)

Listen to some samples here.

Primal Fear released samples from upcoming release

German Power metal band, Primal Fear will be releasing their new studio album called “Delivering The Black” on 24th of January 2014. The band have also released their first single, “When Death Comes Knocking” accompanied with a music video that you can watch below.

Ralf Scheepers stated these words in an interview with Jump Metal about their latest offering:
“It’s not so far away [from what we’ve done in the past], because we have our style, you know. It was hard for us to imagine… because [2012’s] ‘Unbreakable’ was a pretty tough… and really, in our ears, pretty great album, and for us, it was somehow hard to top it. But as soon as we started to write the new songs, and as soon as I heard what Mat and Magnus [Karlsson, guitar] did in the first place — because then they sent me some stuff and I added my ideas on it — I just thought, ‘Wow, this is amazing.’ And in the end, it really turned out to be a better album than ‘Unbreakable’.”

Track listing:
1. King For A Day
2. Rebel Faction
3. When Death Comes Knocking
4. Alive & On Fire
5. Delivering The Black
6. Road To Asylum
7. One Night In December
8. Never Pray For Justice
9. Born With A Broken Heart
10. Innocent Man *
11. Inseminoid
12. Man Without Shadow *
13. When Death Comes Knocking (Single Edit) *
* Only available on deluxe edition

DVD (only available with deluxe edition)
– When Death Comes Knocking (video)
– King For A Day (video)
– Making Of The Album (video)

To listen to the audio samples of Primal Fear‘s “Delivering The Black”, click here.

Sonata Arctica announced new tour dates

Finnish Power metallers, Sonata Arctica recently posted new tour dates all over Europe in April 2014, from their official website. The band is currently working with their upcoming album which sets to be release in March 2014.

Keyboard player, Henkka left some message: “Hello out there. It’s been a while since we last toured Europe, so I’m very happy that we can announce our first tour with our new album. Since the album will be out in March 2014, we don’t want to waste any time but will head out for a full European Tour. Our tour will start in Eindhoven, NL on April 10th, 2014. The whole band is really looking forward to play some new songs for you and introduce our new bass player, Pasi, for all our fans. He’s a monster live, you’ll see. Check below for the tour dates and we’ll see you in a few months!”

New tour dates:
10.04.2014 – Effenaar, Eindhoven (Netherlands)
11.04.2014 – Durbuy Rock Festival, Bormal-Sur-Ourthe (Belgium)
13.04.2014 – Melkweg, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
14.04.2014 – Markthalle, Hamburg (Germany)
16.04.2014 – Meier Music Hall, Braunschweig (Germany)
17.04.2014 – C-Club, Berlin (Germany)
18.04.2014 – Hellraiser, Leipzig (Germany)
19.04.2014 – Matrix, Bochum (Germany)
21.04.2014 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg (Germany)
22.04.2014 – Garage, Saarbrücken (Germany)
23.04.2014 – Bataclan, Paris (France)
24.04.2014 – Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg (Germany)
26.04.2014 – Hirsch, Nürnberg (Germany)
27.04.2014 – Z7, Pratteln (Switzerland)
28.04.2014 – Live Club, Trezzo (Italy)
30.04.2014 – Club 202, Budapest (Hungary)
01.05.2014 – Retro Music Hall, Prague (Czech Republic)
02.05.2014 – Szene, Vienna (Austria)
04.05.2014 – Transbordeur, Lyon (France)
05.05.2014 – Bikini, Barcelona (Spain)
06.05.2014 – Arena, Madrid (Spain)

For more info and for the latest band news, check out their official website.

Rhapsody of Fire’s upcoming album “Dark Wings Of Steel” details and trailer

Italian Power metallers, Rhapsody of Fire just recently announced the details of their upcoming full-length titled, “Dark Wings of Steel”, which sets to be released on 22nd November.

Track listing:
1. Vis Divina
2. Rising From Tragic Flames
3. Angel Of Light
4. Tears Of Pain
5. Fly To Crystal Skies
6. My Sacrifice
7. Silver Lake Of Tears
8. Custode Di Pace
9. A Tale Of Magic
10. Dark Wings Of Steel
11. Sad Mystic Moon

Bonus tracks:
A Candle To Light (extended version) [digipak and vinyl]

The official album trailer:

Read more news at the band’s official website