melodic power 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.

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.

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Black Sun signs with Rockshots Records and announces new EP “Still Alive”

Well known in their home country of Ecuador and South America for supporting bands like Judas Priest, Kreator, Firewind (Immortals Tour 2018), Edguy, UDO, and more. Rockshots Records is proud to announce their latest signing of heavy metal trio Black Sun for the release of their new EP “Silent Enemy” due out in Summer 2020. The EP follows the band’s three previous albums “The Pupetteer” (2017), “Dance of Elders” (2010), and “Tyrant from a Foreign Land” (2015).

Falconer to release new studio album “From a Dying Ember” on June 26th 2020

On June 26th, 2020, Sweden’s Falconer will release their new album, “From a Dying Ember”, via Metal Blade Records.

Listen to the first single, “Desert Dreams”, below.

Click here to pre-order the album in the following formats:
• jewelcase-CD
• ltd. digipak CD (incl. 3 bonus tracks - EU exclusive)
• 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)

Dark Sarah to release new studio album “Grim” on July 17th 2020

Finnish cinematic metal icons Dark Sarah have officially signed a worldwide contract with Napalm Records! Over the course of eight years and three epically conceptualized albums, the band has proven their standing in the scene.

As a classically-educated opera singer and experimental performer, Heidi Parviainen (formerly of Amberian Dawn), created her alter ego with Dark Sarah and fascinates listeners with their talent for unique soundscapes in symbiosis with truly magical worlds.

Riot to release “Rock World” rarities album on March 27th 2020

On March 27th, 2020, Riot will release the rarities compilation album, “Rock World”, via Metal Blade Records.

For a preview of the record, check out the “Rockworld Theme” below.

Pre-order the album, here, in any of these formats:
• ltd. Digipak-CD
• black vinyl (ltd. 400)
• iron grey blue marbled vinyl (ltd. 200)
• rusty orange brown marbled vinyl (ltd. 200)

Victoria K to release debut album “Essentia” on April 24th 2020

Australia’s Victoria K is sharing their new video “Forsaken”, featuring Sheri Vengeance in support of the forthcoming debut album “Essentia” due out on April 24th, 2020, via Rockshots Records.

The full length was produced by Lee Bradshaw and features special guest Michalina Malisz (Eluveitie).

Helloween announce Dirkschneider as special guest for upcoming Fall 2020 European Tour

Dirkschneider is confirmed as the special guest for Helloween’s upcoming “United Alive Part II” European tour 2020.

Udo Dirkschneider and his band will be performing songs solely from his era with Accept, the band he experienced his worldwide breakthrough with at the beginning of the 80s. His voice is the soul of such timeless hits as “Metal Heart”, “Princess of the Dawn” and “Balls to the Wall”.