After the canceled North American tour, there has been much theorizing, but little hard facts surrounding the last minute decision by Roy Khan to return to Norway for “medical treatment.” In an interview last week with the Norwegian daily newspaper, Østlendingen, the KAMELOT singer opened up about his condition, a hasty English translation follows:
Broke down right before the tour started…
The vocalist of famous metal band Kamelot, Roy Sætre Khantatat from Elverum, is reported sick after a breakdown just before the start of the North American tour, and has decided to postpone the tour that would have started on Wednesday. “I am burned out, pure and simple. A breakdown a couple of weeks ago gave me a serious indication that something was wrong. Now I’m just glad and relieved that I got to the doctor,” says an honest Roy Sætre Khantatat to Østlendingen. Khan, as he’s also known, says that he’s been going completely “offline” lately. “I haven’t had the energy to check either my cell phone or my mail. It’s been difficult to keep up with my own and other people’s expectations of me,” he explains.
There has been a lot back and forth lately regarding Kamelot’s planned North American tour after the band’s frontman and vocalist, Roy Sætre Khantatat, became ill. First the plan was to continue the tour with the help of CIRCUS MAXIMUS vocalist Michael Eriksen. But on Tuesday this week came reports that the band had changed their minds. “No. Now, I haven’t talked much about that either, except supporting myself on my family. This whole thing is feeling very real. I need this break.”
Resting in Elverum…
The future is something Khan hasn’t thought very much about. “Most things has really been about getting back on my feet again, but I want to get back to Kamelot,” he says. The metal singer says he wants to spend time around his hometown as part of the restoration process. “I want to be around my family, my home region and the mountains,” says Khan.
Kamelot’s new album, Poetry For The Poisoned, was recorded at Gate Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro and features guest appearances by Simone Simons (EPICA), Gus G. (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND), Björn “Speed” Strid (SOILWORK) and Jon Oliva (SAVATAGE, JON OLIVA’S PAIN).
The album is available in three versions – Regular CD edition, Digipak CD with bonus DVD and 2LP gatefold vinyl edition.
DVD bonus material:
– Kamelot video ‘The Great Pandemonium’
– Exclusive and in depth Interviews with each Kamelot member
– Kamelot “Pick and Play” for the song ‘The Great Pandemonium’
– Poetry For The Poisoned background Images
– Exclusive video footage from Norway Rock Festival 2010
– Bonus song ‘House On A Hill’ (uncut version)
Marquee/Avalon Records will release the album in Japan (date TBC).
The Italian based power Metal band CRIMSONWIND has signed a contract with IceWarrior Records (Rock It Up Records). The debut studio album called The Wings Of Salvation will be released in spring 2011. The limited IceWarrior Edition comes with two exclusive bonus tracks.
News from one of 70000TONS OF METAL’s scouting parties in Germany: They made their way up North. When they passed through the city of Hanover, a young female fronted band by the name of CRIPPER caught their attention. Then they proceeded further north to the city of Hamburg where they got almost hit by a deadly ray: GAMMA RAY!
28 out of 40 bands on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival
The confirmed 28 out of 40 bands are:
Uli Jon Roth
70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.
Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!
NEW DVD/CD ‘MADNESS IN MANILA’ TO BE RELEASED IN OCTOBER, MORE DETAILS TO COME!
Massachusetts metallers SHADOWS FALL are pleased to announce a brand new slew of dates that will take them all over Asia in the coming weeks! SHADOWS FALL will visit Thailand, Taiwan, China, Philippines, and Korea! See below for all current dates.
SHADOWS FALL will be unleashing a brand new DVD titled Madness in Manila, scheduled for release this October! The footage seen in the DVD was shot at their recent Manila show in the Philippines, and includes over 60 minutes of live footage, as well as a live audio CD! Stay tuned for more information coming soon on this exciting package! The art for the set can be seen below.
CURRENT TOUR DATES IN ASIA:
9/30 – Bangkok, Thailand @ SCB Park, Mahisorn Hall
10/2 – Taipei, Taiwan @ KHS Auditorium
10/4 – Zeng Jiang, China @ Shiye Island, Midi Fest
10/6 – Manila, Philippines @ Stellar Night Club
10/10 – Seoul, Korea @ Ye Hall
For more information on SHADOWS FALL, visit these sites:
Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH will be direct support to ROTTING CHRIST on their tour next March/April 2011. Joining them will be polish death metallers HATE, ABIGAIL
WILLIAMS, and LECHEROUS NOCTURNE. Reduced service charge tickets are now available through EnterTheVault.com. On sale at all other major ticketing services after October 6, 2010. ROTTING CHRIST have added a special event VIP ticket for a pre-show meet-and-greet to take place one hour before doors. Each night, fans will get to meet and greet ROTTING CHRIST for a special event. Fans will also receive a customized poster to get signed by the band. These special VIP tickets are on sale now at EnterTheVault.com.
ROTTING CHRIST, MELECHESH, HATE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, LECHEROUS NOCTURNE 03/09/11 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
03/10/11 Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ
03/11/11 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
03/12/11 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
03/13/11 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
03/14/11 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
03/15/11 Petite Campus – Montreal, QC – CANADA
03/16/11 Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
03/17/11 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
03/18/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
03/19/11 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
03/20/11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
03/22/11 The Republik – Calgary, AB – CANADA
03/23/11 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
03/25/11 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
03/26/11 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
03/27/11 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
03/28/11 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
03/29/11 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
03/30/11 Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
03/31/11 U.B’s Bar – Mesa, AZ
04/01/11 The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX
04/02/11 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK
04/03/11 Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
04/04/11 Emo’s – Austin, TX
04/05/11 Walter’s – Houston, TX
04/07/11 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
04/08/11 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
04/09/11 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
04/10/11 The Casbah – Charlotte, NC
MELECHESH have uploaded the track “Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin” to their Myspace page www.myspace.com/Melechesh. The track comes from the bands highly anticipated new album The Epigenesis.
The Epigenesis was recorded in the newly built first class Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey. The album was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper. In an unprecedented move in metal, the band chose to record the album entirely in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios is run by some of the most elite sound engineers in Turkey.
The artwork to their long awaited 5th album was handled by renowned UK based occult artist John Coulthart, whom the band has previously collaborated with before.
The Epigenesis will be released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
Southern doomsters KING GIANT have just recently completed and released the first video from their debut full-length Southern Darkness. Filmed on a mountaintop in West Virginia this past Spring, the video was shot and produced by Kevin Barkerand Doublekick Productions [http://www.doublekickproductions.com] and was built around the storyline to their song “13 To 1″, essentially about a lynching after a card game gone awry. Check it out here: http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=1382.
The band self-released Southern Darkness a year ago, and have been supporting the release heavily ever since through regional touring and massive self-promotion. The professionally produced album is a burly, blues-driven collection of ten whiskey-soaked originals, as well as a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Needle And The Spoon”, culminating in a thunderous, gritty, near hour-long monument prime for fans of Corrosion of Conformity, Kyuss, Clutch, Down and other quality, groove-heavy Southern doom rock.
With a new album being brewed now for release in 2011, the band will continue to promote Southern Darkness through the new year with more live shows in the planning stages, as well as two additional performance videos in the works, for the tracks “Solace” and “Hollow” from Southern Darkness. Both will be released in the coming weeks.
Also just announced is a brutal rock blowout in Brooklyn this October 30th when KING GIANT will come rock the Trash Bar with a killer cast of rock brethren:
10/30/2010 The Trash Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Solace, The Resurrection Sorrow, Motheater
TEXTURES 7-string guitarist Bart Hennephof has uploaded a second instructional video explaining “some of the coolest riffs used in the songs by TEXTURES” for his “Inside The Songs” series. This new video offers an inside look into playing “Laments Of An Icarus” from the band’s third album Silhouettes (2008).
States Hennephof: “It is a mid-tempo song, with some tricky rhythms that I tried to explain as clear as possible. Tune in for some heavy mathematical riffage that will break your strings!”
View the first instructional video for “Stream Of Consciousness” from the band’s second album Drawing Circles (2006) here.
The band’s follow-up to 2008’s Silhouettes is due out in 2011.
To mark the North American release of their new studio album Blood Of The Nations and in celebration of their first U.S. tour in over 14 years, Germany’s metal legends ACCEPT have scheduled an in-store autograph signing at The Exchange on Friday, October 8th from 6 – 7 p.m. Free pizza and soft drinks will be provided to all fans in attendance. The Exchange is located at 6271 Pearl Road, Parma Heights, Ohio 44130. The band will perform later that evening at The Agora Ballroom in Cleveland.
All fans are invited to participate in the FREE Meet & Greets that will take place after every show throughout ACCEPT’s co-headlining tour with King’s X, which launches next week in Poughkeepsie, New York. The members of ACCEPT have pledged to stay until the very last fan leaves happy, so grab your ACCEPT memorabilia & camera and get ready for a night of autographs and photographs!
Very few bands can effectively mix intelligence with intensity like Southern California’s INTRONAUT, who essentially walk a fine line between psychedelic brutality, captivating hooks and devastating yet unpredictable time changes. The much anticipated new album, Valley of Smoke, is set for an Oct. 12th release. This is the essence of thinking man’s metal and something so refreshing that it should serve as a vicious wake up call to masses forcing the entire genre to take notice.
INTRONAUT have compiled a comprehensive series of webisodes documenting their entire recording process. This in-depth, five part series was filmed and edited by Daniel Hague and click on the link below now to view the first installment. http://bit.ly/ct2Q6O
Pre-order package deals for Valley of Smoke is now available exclusively through CMDistro.com featuring the CD + Exclusive Shirt=$18 ($20 xxl); LP + Shirt=$18 ($20 xxl). Also, some special bundles combining the band’s debut album, Prehistoricisms, with the new offering are also available: Both CD’s +Shirt=$23 ($25 xxl); Both LP’s + Shirt =$23 ($25 xxl); CD=$10; LP=$10; Both CD’s=$15; Both LP’s=$15. Click the link below to order now. http://www.cmdistro.com/Search/valley_of_smoke
INTRONAUT is currently preparing for a North American fall tour with Helmet, so be sure to either see below or visit www.myspace.com/intronaut to view their tour itinerary. A few special headlining shows have also been added.
INTRONAUT took metal in a new direction with their Century Media debut, Prehistoricisms, but their sophomore offering, Valley of Smoke, will quickly solidify them as genre visionaries. This stellar new album, which Decibel Magazine praises as “One of the most anticipated albums of 2010” is set for a fall release and was once again produced by the acclaimed Josh Newell (Jane’s Addiction).
INTRONAUT w/Helmet 10/8 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
10/9 Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
10/10 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
10/11 House Of Bricks – Des Moines, IA (Headlining)
10/12 Chicago, IL – Double Door
10/13 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
10/15 Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
10/16 Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick
10/17 Toronto, ONT – Lee’s Palace
10/19 Montreal, QUE – Studio
10/20 Boston, MA – The Middle East
10/22 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
10/23 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
10/24 West Chester, PA – The Note
10/25 Velvet Lounge – Washington, DC (Headlining)
10/26 Charlotte, NC – Tremont
10/27 Nashville, TN – 12 and Porter
10/28 Downtown Music – Little Rock, AR (Headlining)
10/29 Houston, TX – The Scout Bar
10/30 Austin, TX – Red 7
10/31 Dallas, TX – The Loft
11/2 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
11/3 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
11/04 The Rogue – Scottsdale, AZ (Headlining)
In the fifth of nine installments, bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson and rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson of the progressive/psychedelic Norwegian black metal band ENSLAVED offer commentary on the songs that will appear on the band’s new album Axioma Ethica Odini, which is scheduled for release in Europe on September 27th and in North America on September 28th.
Grutle on “Axioma”:
“A little psychedelic island in the middle of the ocean of great riffs? Heh, heh… I like this little synth/vocal piece. It works out as a nice break right in the middle of the record. Me and Ivar wrote the lyrics together for this one and it deals in general with how one shall ignore everything but mere true sayings, i.e. axioms.”
Ivar on “Axioma”:
“It had simply been too many years since we’ve had any kind of ‘intermezzo,’ one of the classic ‘tricks’ of pompous early-‘90s Norwegian Metal. Axioma Ethica Odini is a quite long album in terms of ENSLAVED’s music being intense and containing so much info in each song; it felt like a smart thing to split it in some way. Also, I got the chance to pay tribute to my synth heroes from the ‘70s: Klaus Schultze, Tangerine Dream, and Brian Eno. I used to handle the keys in ENSLAVED and I am still very much into that kind of keyboard usage: Eerie synths, mellotrons, organs, etc. Sampled orchestras are not my cup of tea, heh heh. The lyrics for the song are surreal and cold – as is the world for someone out to find truth at any cost.”
Click here to read the commentaries on “Ethica Odini,” “Raidho,” “Waruun,” and “The Beacon.”
Fans interested in creating an official entry for ENSLAVED’s video contest for the track “Ethica Odini” can obtain details here. Contest ends Thursday, September 30th.
ENSLAVED will embark on a 7-show “Circling Above and Within Tour” of Europe beginning October 15th and will return to North America in November as the direct support act for DIMMU BORGIR. All upcoming tour dates are available here.
View the four-part in-studio video series of ENSLAVED members answering fan questions on the making of Axioma Ethica Odini on the band’s official YouTube channel.
View Metal Hammer’s video interview here where Ivar Bjørnson & Grutle Kjellson shed some insight on the new album artwork by Norwegian artist Truls Espedal.
“Born Treacherous,” the second track released from the new album ABRAHADABRA by Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR, is now available for streaming on the band’s MySpace page.
A digital puzzle of the next promotional DIMMU BORGIR photo can be found here. (Scroll down. It takes a few seconds to load.)
View a four-part video interview recorded in Europe with DIMMU BORGIR founding member / guitarist / songwriter Silenoz and Norwegian composer and Berklee College of Music summa cum laude alumnus Gaute Storaas at the following links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.
ABRAHADABRA will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th. Fans who purchase a physical copy of the new album will find a coupon good for 2€ /$2 off any band merchandise redeemable at any upcoming DIMMU BORGIR show.
DIMMU BORGIR’s co-headlining tour with Korn launches September 19th in Amsterdam. The band’s headlining “Darkness Reborn World Tour” in Europe launches on September 21st in London with fellow countrymen Enslaved and Sahg as opening acts. Triptykon replaces Enslaved & Sahg at the following three shows: Milan on September 27th, in Zagreb on September 29th, and in Luxembourg on September 30th. Ticket links for European dates are available at www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR.
DIMMU’s 32-date run across North America launches on Friday, November 5th in Worcester, Massachusetts and ends Tuesday, December 14th in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Support will come from Enslaved and Blood Red Throne, plus Dawn Of Ashes. Advanced pre-sale tickets & VIP packages for this tour are now on sale via ArtistArena.com (User Name: dimmuborgir; Password: tickets). Ticketing widget is available here (same log-in).
Saturday night, from 5-7 PM EST, All Hail Hair is honored to welcome back original Anthrax and current DEATH RIDERS lead vocalist Neil Turbin to a special Saturday night edition. Turbin was the guest of All Hail Hair on Thursday night, but the guys barely scratched the surface on his history. Hosted by Bob Carroll and Frankie C., the guys will speak to Turbin about how he helped shape the Anthrax sound, his current band DEATH RIDERS and the album they are finishing up. A cut from the upcoming release will also be heard during the show. Listeners are encouraged to take part in the show by calling (347) 202-0832.
From the Death Riders website: DEATH RIDERS singer Neil Turbin is the first powerhouse vocalist of Thrash Metal and original lead singer of Anthrax and the first vocalist on their groundbreaking debut album “Fistful of Metal”. “Fistful Of Metal” along with Metallica “Kill Em All” and Slayer “Haunting The Chapel” signaled the birth of “Thrash Metal”. One of the originators of “Thrash Metal”, Turbin penned such songs as “Metal Thrashing Mad”, “Armed and Dangerous”, “Deathrider” and “Gung Ho” which were on Anthrax’s first 3 releases and many subsequent live and greatest hits albums. Anthrax rose to #8 on the British charts with the release of “Fistful Of Metal” and The band “DEATH RIDERS” is named after one of Turbin’s songs and was formed in 2003 to support Turbin’s solo album “Threatcon Delta”. DEATH RIDERS have been touring in Japan and the US in 2008 and twice in Europe in 2009 in support of their debut album “Back With A Vengeance” which is slated for release in 2010.
At 6:30PM EST, we will be joined by Metal Sanaz, who is hosting the “Metal Revolution for Iran” benefit on Tuesday September 21, starting at 6:30 PM PST, at the Aura Nightclub in Studio City CA. She will be speaking to us about this event and her plans in the future. From the “Metal Revolution for Iran” press release: Millions of Heavy Metal fans in Iran who live their freedom on the internet and within the walls of their short lived concert farms will now scream with their strings and their voices: Free Occupied Iran or Face the Millions! To support this cause, we are putting on a Metal event on Sep 21st, at Aura Night Club at 12215 Ventura Blvd Studio City CA 91604, with amazing Metal bands such as Philm featuring Dave Lombardo of SLAYER, DEATH RIDERS with Neil Turbin, ex of ANTHRAX, and more who are supporting this cause with us and will be performing live sets.
All Hail Hair is usually broadcast every Friday Night from 8-9 PM EST on the Fightin’ Words Radio Network and from 8-10 PM EST on hardrockradiolive.com. All Hail Hair is the highest rated show on the Fightin’ Words Radio Network. To take part in Saturday nights show and any other nights show, dial (347) 202-0832.
British thrashers EVILE, who recently won a coveted Metal Hammer Golden Gods award, are currently preparing for a huge North American tour, which kicks off at the end of September and runs through until just before Christmas.
For EVILE, this will be their second mammoth North American trek in 2010, after the band spent two months on the road in the USA and Canada earlier this year.
EVILE vocalist and guitarist MATT DRAKE comments:
“For the second time this year, Evile are proud to be able to say we’re coming across the pond to play some more shows throughout America and Canada. Last time we were there for two months, this time we’re staying for three, playing at loads of places we never went to last time, but also revisiting many places we played at with the mighty Overkill and Kreator earlier in the year. We just can’t get enough of it!
“This time we’re joining up with Overkill, Forbidden, Early Man, Gama Bomb and Bonded By Blood for many different tours, also some headline shows of our own, so if you saw us play last time, make sure you come and see us again and bring everyone you know for some metal madness!” Read the rest of this entry »
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Triptykon, the group formed by former Hellhammer/Celtic Frost singer, guitarist, and main songwriter, Tom Gabriel Warrior, will follow its highly acclaimed debut album, Eparistera Daimones, with the release of ‘Shatter’, an all-new five-track EP, to be released on Century Media Records on October 25th.
Triptykon’s ‘Shatter’ EP will be available through Century Media Records (under license from Prowling Death Records Ltd.) as a CD, digital download, and 12″ vinyl. The EP will further contain the lyrics to all songs as well as detailed liner notes and credits.
The EP’s track listing is…
02. I Am The Twilight
04. Circle Of The Tyrants (live)
05. Dethroned Emperor (live) – Featuring guest lead vocals by Nocturno Culto of Darkthrone/Sarke
‘Shatter’ will consist almost entirely of previously unreleased music, and it will hit stores toward the end of Triptykon’s first ever North American tour, the “Weltenbrand Tour 2010”. Decibel Magazine and Stereogum/Haunting the Chapel have teamed up to present Triptykon’s headlining North American debut, set to kick off in New York City on October 6th. 1349 and Yakuza will round out the bill on what is sure to be this fall’s heaviest tour.
Tom Gabriel Warrior (vocals, guitars) describes his emotions of anticipation on this new undertaking:
“Ever since my earliest days in Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, I have been extremely fortunate to be able to count on the support, fanaticism, and immense loyalty of the North American metal scene. The recognition my work has received there eclipses anything I have ever encountered in my own native country. Of the 125 concerts performed on the final Celtic Frost tour in 2006 and 2007, for example, a full 71 were played in North America. Some of these performances rank among the most memorable ones in my entire career.”
“It is thus an immense honor for me to now bring my new group Triptykon to North America for the first time. Triptykon is further pursuing the path I once began with Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, and I am looking forward to continuing to forge this darkest of musical alliances with all of you. We shall all celebrate masses of unleashed heaviness and morbidity. Only death is real!”
The main purpose of Triptykon is to continue where Celtic Frost left off and to satisfy Warrior’s undying passion for extreme music. Next to Warrior, Triptykon features V. Santura (guitar, vocals), Norman Lonhard (drums, percussion) and Vanja Slajh (bass).
Some bands just don´t allow limitations or restrictions. Experiments are necessary for them to discover the depth of their visions. SYMPHORCE are one of those bands. The hard working group around singer Andy B. Franck (also Brainstorm) and guitarist Cede Dupont is known for only releasing first-class material as well as breaking stylistic borders and playing the hottest up-to-date Power Metal that one has heard in the last 10 years.
What better title could have been found for the new SYMPHORCE album than “Unrestricted”? It sums up the band´s attitude perfectly and is underlined by a scenario of breaking chains on the cover artwork. “Unrestricted” comes at you like a hammerfist wrapped into a velvet glove. Powerful, modern, melodic, traditional, angry and sensitive, all at the same time. Undoubtedly it is the most “catchy” piece of work that the band has ever created – and it´s all hits! This album is highlight-filled from start to finish, delivering a strong dose of gutsy Power Metal that whether lacks balls nor melody. Cleverly integrated electronic elements and the forceful executed and creative guitar work make SYMPHORCE something special amongst the Metal scene. “Unrestricted” was recorded in the Studio 22 (Ludwigsburg, Germany), mixed and mastered by Axel Heckert.
Already with their debut “Truth To Promises” (1999 – Noise Records) Andy and his band delivered a strong piece of work which immediately gained the band a lot of attention and fantastic reviews. Andy, guitarist Cédric “Cede” Dupont and bassist Dennis Wohlbold became the creative core of the band, producing razor-sharp riffs and catchy melodies as if there was no tomorrow. Following a tour supporting MERCYFUL FATE, the band released their sophomore album “Sinctuary” (2000 – Noise Records), which managed to spread the name SYMPHORCE even further. Both fans and press hailed SYMPHORCE as one of the most promising and hopeful bands of the future, and they were right… The last few line-up problems were solved when guitarist/songwriter Markus Pohl and drummer Sascha Sauer joined the band. After playing a number of shows and festivals, the band devoted itself to the creation of new songs.
Now working with Metal Blade as their new partner, SYMPHORCE recorded their following two albums, “phorcefulAhead” (2002) and “Twice Second” (2004) at the House of Music Studios with Achim Köhler (BRAINSTORM, PRIMAL FEAR etc.) producing. “Energetic”, “modern”, “with real bite” are just some of the descriptions that the worldwide press gave the band. Through tours supporting the likes of KAMELOT and GRAVE DIGGER, as well as several festival shows, SYMPHORCE established themselves as a first-class international live act. Despite the difficulty of following up the press’ and fans’ favorite “Twice Second”, SYMPHORCE delivered once again. Everybody, from the last few skeptics to the true “phorceheads”, was equally surprised: “GodSpeed” showcased a band that had become a staple in the music world of 2005. Working with producer Dennis Ward (ANGRA, PINK CREAM 69) at the House of Music Studios, the band created a modern yet timeless album, far beyond the confines of so called power metal. A tour with SONATA ARCTICA and SYMPHORCE’s US live debut followed, making the band a worldwide name. February 2007 was set for the release of “Become Death”, the sixth album, featuring new drummer Steffen Theurer. Produced by Dennis Ward and mastered by Achim Köhler once again, “Become Death” was a true and unexpected progression for the band. In 2009 SYMPHORCE then signed a new deal with AFM Records. With “Unrestricted” the band now ultimately climbs the metal Olympus!