STRATOVARIUS: New Video Interview, Stripped Down Performance

STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto and keyboardist Jens Johansson recently took part in an interview and stripped down, piano-and-vocals performance with the German edition of Metal Hammer magazine. Check out video footage below.

STRATOVARIUS‘ new album, “Nemesis”, will be released on February 22 via earMUSIC. The CD will be made available as a standard 11-track edition as well as 13-track special edition. A taste of the new studio album can be enjoyed with the limited-edition EP “Unbreakable”, released on January 25.

STRATOVARIUS are hailed as one of the most influential and successful symphonic metal bands in the world and they have managed to establish themselves as one of the metal scene’s heavy names. The new album, “Nemesis”, unites all the best traits of the band’s melodic, powerful, fresh and technically elaborated metal, all spiced up with an incredible sense for melody.

The album was produced and mixed by Matias Kupiainen and mastered by Mika Jussila from Finnvox studios, who has a long history with the band.

“Nemesis” has a dark and more modern sound compared to the band’s last album, “Elysium”. It clearly shows how much the band has matured and grown as songwriters. At the same time, the band focused all their attention and work into creating and recording “Nemesis”. Singer Timo Kotipelto spent three weeks recording the vocals in a cottage in the Finnish countryside.

“Nemesis” track listing:

01. Abandon
02. Unbreakable
03. Stand My Ground
04. Halcyon Days
05. Fantasy
06. Out Of The Fog
07. Castles In The Air
08. Dragons
09. One Must Fall
10. If The Story Is Over
11. Nemesis

STRATOVARIUS in June 2012 announced the addition of drummer Rolf Pilve to the group’s ranks.

STRATOVARIUS: New Video Interview, Stripped Down Performance 

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Some of the guys from Skullfist performing in the Czech Republic. Great band.

Also some shots from the show.  Such a great time.  If you ever get the chance go visit the great Czech Republic

CAMPBELL On LAST IN LINE: ‘I Feel Like We’re Entitled To Go Out And Play’ Early DIO Material

Well for a guy that just bashed Dio every chance he got, despite Dio helping him launch his career,I guess Dio dying he sees as an opportunity to cash in…
Former DIO and current DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell revealed in April 2012 that he is planning to join forces with three other original DIO members to play “some gigs” that will see the musicians performing material from the early DIO records that Campbell appeared on. Dubbed LAST IN LINE, Campbell, Vinny Appice (drums), Jimmy Bain (bass) and Claude Schnell (keyboards) will be accompanied by singer Andrew Freeman, who has previously fronted HURRICANE and LYNCH MOB.Speaking to David “Gus” Griesinger of BackstageAxxess.com at last month’s NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, Campbell stated about reuniting with the original DIO band (see video below): “I’m excited about that. We’re calling it LAST IN LINE after the second [DIO] album. It’s the original DIO band — myself, Vinny Appice on drums, Jimmy Bain on bass, Claude Schnell on keyboards, and we found a terrific singer called Andy Freeman, who can totally do justice to the songs. Actually, he doesn’t sound anything like Ronnie [James Dio], which is great, [because] I don’t wanna draw that comaprison. Ronnie was a very unique singer, but Andy is a great singer in his own right, and he certainly sings the songs very respectfully.

“The original band, we actually wrote the majority of that material as a band, so I feel like we’re entitled to go out and play it. I don’t think we’re a tribute band or a cover band or anything like that.

“There’s obviously a big legacy of DIO music, and I think I’m right in saying that most people would think that those early DIO albums are the strongest, so we are just chuffed to play it.

“Right now we’re in the middle of booking a European tour. It looks like we’ll start in probably Bulgaria or somewhere like that in July. We’ll do a few regional warm-up shwos in Southern California and Nevada and Arizona, probably, in June or July.

“We just started rehearsing and it sounds fucking amazing.”

Campbell and Ronnie James Dio worked together on the first three DIO albums 1983’s “Holy Diver”, 1984’s “The Last in Line” and 1985’s “Sacred Heart” — before Irishman Campbell left to join WHITESNAKE in 1987.

Speaking to Rush On Rock in January 2011, Campbell had this to say about the passing of the iconic singer: “I was numb to the whole thing. I hadn’t talked to Ronnie in 25 years, so it wasn’t as if we were close. My mother died nine or 10 days before him, so I was preoccupied with that. And my father died nine months before that. It was a really tough year on a personal level, and I had enough to think about.”

He added, “The news about Ronnie James Dio just bounced off me. It was a difficult relationship on a personal level anyway. I was really proud of the music we made together but it was tough being in a band together. But he died way too young.”

In a May 2011 interview with Brazil’s Roadie Crew magazine, Wendy Dio stated about the controversy surrounding Ronnie‘s relationship with Campbell (in a 2003 interview Vivian called Ronnie “an awful businessman and, way more importantly, one of the vilest people in the industry.”), “[Vivian] always said that he hated all the albums that he played on with Ronnie, and that was very hurtful to Ronnie. Very hurtful. Would you like someone who said something like that about your albums? He said a lot of things in the press that I don’t wanna get into, because it really wasn’t Ronnie‘s feud at all. Ronnie didn’t fire him. I fired [Vivian]. He wanted as much money as Ronnie wanted. He thought he was as important as Ronnie was, and that was just wrong. But I don’t wanna get into that. It’s water under the bridge. It doesn’t matter.”

OPETH – Fredrik Åkesson Guitar Masterclass Footage Posted

OPETH guitarist Fredrik Åkesson is featured in a masterclass clip below. It was posted by GuitarMessenger.com:

Opeth’s upcoming North American tour will make two special stops, the first in Worcester, Mass. on April 20th where KATATONIA returns to play the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, then in Clifton Park, NY on April 28th where acclaimed PORCUPINE TREE frontman STEVEN WILSON will join for the night.

A full list of confirmed dates can be seen below.

April
18 – Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom
20 – Worcester, MA – New England Metal & Hardcore Fest
21 – Quebec City, QC – Capitole
23 – Halifax, NS – Halifax Forum
24 – Moncton, NB – Casino New Brunswick
26 – Guelph, ON – Guelph Concert Theatre
27 – Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
28 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall (with Steven Wilson)
29 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
30 – Norfolk, VA – NorVa Theatre

May
2 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
3 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
4 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
5 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
6 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
8 – Lexington, KY – Buster’s Billiards & Backroom
9 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
10 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
11 – Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s
12 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
14 – Fargo, ND – The Venue
15 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
16 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s
17 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
18 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
20 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
21 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
23 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
25 – Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon Club
26 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

GWAR are now movie critics of the highest caliber…

A year after their takedown of Steven Spielberg‘s “War Horse”, GWAR‘s Oderus Urungus and Balsac The Jaws Of Death are back to take on Oscar favorite “Lincoln” in NextMovie‘s hard-hitting review that makes one ask: why wasn’t there more Mary Todd nudity? Check it out below.

“Lincoln” leads nominees at the 85th Academy Awards, happening February 24, with 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Supporting Actress (Sally Field) and Best Director for Steven Spielberg.

 

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