symphonic metal

Sonata Arctica announce acoustic live stream shows on May 30th 2020

Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica will be performing an acoustic concert, titled “Acoustic Adventures 2020”, set to take place via live stream. This will be the only chance to experience the band’s acoustic show in 2020.

They will be playing two shows; the first one aimed for the fans in the Americas, the second one for audiences in Europe and the UK. Access to video will be possible for up to 48 hours after live stream, with a purchased ticket.

Leaders of Epica and Imperial Age will discuss everything and answer fans questions on May 17th 2020

On Sunday the 17th of May, 2020, Mark Jansen (leader and composer of Epica, MaYaN, United Metal Minds) and Alexander “Aor” Osipov (leader and composer of Imperial Age) will meet online in a live chat on YouTube to discuss many interesting topics and answer questions of symphonic metal fans from around the world.

Majestica announces live stream on Saturday May 16th 2020

Last year, Swedish symphonic power metallers Majestica, formerly known as Reinxeed, unleashed their debut album “Above the Sky”, via Nuclear Blast.

Now, since their spring tour has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the band have decided to do a live stream on Saturday May 16th, streamed via their Facebook page.

You can find the stream here.

Bassist Chris David comments: 

Imperial Age announces September 2020 UK Headlining Tour

Imperial Age have announced they have rescheduled their UK tour which was postponed earlier this year. 

Joining them will be the two bands hand picked by Imperial Age from tons of competition entries; Control The Storm and Midnight Prophecy!

UK Tour Dates 2020:
Sept 23rd  MANCHESTER – Rebellion
Sept 24th  LONDON – The Dome
Sept 25th  BIRMINGHAM – Asylum
Sept 27th  GLASGOW – Ivory Blacks

Powerwolf start working on new studio album - due out in 2021

The high priests of heavy metal, Powerwolf, have announced work on a brand new studio album, to be released in 2021!

The band is currently getting ready for the release of their upcoming special album, “Best of the Blessed”, on July 3rd, 2020 via Napalm Records.

Guitarist Matthew Greywolf has just commented the exciting news as follows:

U.D.O. to release new studio album “We Are One” on July 17th 2020

Metal legend U.D.O. will release their new album “We Are One” on July 17th, 2020, which was written in collaboration with the official Concert Band of the German Armed Forces (Musikkorps der Bundeswehr) under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Scheibling and is a wholly unique worldwide musical project.

Ad Infinitum - Chapter I: Monarchy

Well, Ad Infinitum is a four piece, Swiss, female fronted symphonic metal band debuting on Napalm. They sound like more recent Delain, with the odd aspiration to sound like Within Temptation, but far more pedestrian and cliché melodies, chord progressions you’ve heard before and without being bad, they’re far from being original or exceptional at what they do. Obligatory harsh male vocals, in certain places, sound at best unconvincing and don’t add anything.
 

Dynazty - The Dark Delight

Dynazty have been slowly growing even though having come out with some pretty seminal albums in the past, especially the latter part of the last decade. Despite being pretty busy with Amaranthe, frontman and all around cool guy Nils Molin seems able to dedicate enough time to his original band. It’s nice to see that he’s not forgetting where he’s coming from.