The Greek metallic powerhouse FIREWIND, led by the modern day guitar hero Gus G, is currently preparing for a slew of activity over the course of the next few months. The group are set to release a new digital single for the stunning song, “Embrace The Sun,” on March 15th, which will also feature the much anticipated video for the track shot by acclaimed director Patric Ullaeus (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames). This comes off their latest album, Days of Defiance, which is an epic, exhilarating rollercoaster of melodic metal proficiency coupled with a barrage of jaw-dropping guitar-work that will leave you breathless.
A special, behind-the-scenes look into the making of the “Embrace The Sun” and “World On Fire” videos can now be seen exclusively at the link below. In this clip you will get a glimpse into the many hours of work it takes to create such a visual masterpiece. This also features in-depth interviews with the band members on the set, so check it out below:
FIREWIND is currently working on putting together a massive North American touring package for the fall, so stay tuned to www.facebook.com/firewindofficial for a big announcement over the coming weeks.
Gus G’s guitar prowess was recently further validated as Revolver Magazine’s Golden Gods Awards has nominated him in the “Best Guitarist” category, which is decided upon by fan voting. Click now on the link below to cast your vote for Gus now and stay tuned as the winners will be announced live on April 20th at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. http://www.revolvermag.com/beta/goldengods/voting
FIREWIND have also recently been confirmed to appear with the song “World On Fire” as part of a new ten-song mega pack in February for Activision Publishing’s “Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock” alongside Children Of Bodom, Black Label Society and many others. For more information about “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock” and the entire line-up of downloadable songs and disc imports, please visit: www.guitarhero.com
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS will release a live CD entitled “RETURN TO LIVE: Loud Park 2010″ through their Japanese record label TROOPER ENTERTAINMENT on March 16. The disc features eight songs, capturing the bands high-energy performance at Loud Park 10 at Saitama Super Arena, Japan on October 17 2010.
The tracklisting of “RETURN TO LIVE: Loud Park 2010″ is as follows:
01. Left Brain Ambassador
02. Beneath The Skin
03. One Man Army
04 Wonderful World
05. Fools Gold
06. Star Born
07. Concrete Horizon
The live recording was mixed in Sweden by Staffan Karlsson and Rickard Bengtsson at STUDIO LANDGREN 5.3 and THE SWEET SPOT STUDIO, December 2010.
Artwork and design by Hippograffix.
“RETURN TO LIVE: Loud Park 2010″ is now available for pre-order at Amazon.co.jp
Furthermore, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS will play two headline shows in Japan in March.
Commented drummer Ludwig Witt: “We had a great time in Japan performing at the two massive Loud Park ’10 concerts in October alongside OZZY, MOTÖRHEAD, etc.
“Our first new album in five years (2010’s ‘Return To Zero’) has been really well received by the Japanese fans and we can’t wait to go back and play the full headline set at our own, more intimate, club dates in Osaka and Tokyo in March.”
FIREWIND – Special Gus G. guitar-contest presented by Guitar (DE) and Top Guitar (PL) launched online!
Greek melodic Metallers FIREWIND, lead by guitar-virtuoso Gus G., continue to promote their latest killer album release “Days Of Defiance” around the globe and have now launched a very special online contest:
Presented by the Guitar magazine (Germany) and Top Guitar magazine (Poland), Gus G. showcases some of his breathtaking playing techniques in a clip that invites other talented players to reproduce the piece as video recording on their own in order qualify to be handpicked by Gus to win one of his ESP Ltd. signature model guitars as well as a Blackstar HT 5S Ministack Amp. Additionally FIREWIND shirts will be given away too…
Gus G. checks in as follows: “Hi all, just wanted to give you a little update on what’s been going on in our world lately. Although I’ve been on tour in N. America rocking on Ozzy Osbourne’s side the past few months, FIREWIND have been working on our upcoming plans and we really need you to stay tuned for this one, cause this Spring super cool news are coming your way and they involve a new video & single, tourdates (I know our fans have been waiting for these…) + even more cool stuff!
But we thought we’d start out by giving away some gear, cause that’s how cool our camp & endorsement partners are! So, check out the video contest that Century Media put together. The idea is very cool, all you gotta do is just play one (or actually a few) of my licks as demonstrated on the video and post them online. I’ll check them ALL out and pick the winner who will get my signature ESP guitar and a very cool HT-5 Blackstar amp!
I’m always very flattered when I hear from guitar players that my music and playing inspires and influences them. I’d love to see your videos ripping on these licks and hopefully you’ll be the lucky one!”
FIREWIND have recently been confirmed to appear with the song “World On Fire” as part of a new ten-song mega pack in February for Activision Publishing’s “Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock” alongside Children Of Bodom, Black Label Society and others. For more information about “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock” and the entire line-up of downloadable songs and disc imports, please visit: www.guitarhero.com
Check out the furious opening track “The Ark Of Lies” from FIREWIND’s current masterpiece album “Days Of Defiance” completely free after you tweet or Facebook about the song. Go here for more details: www.centurymedia.com/specials/firewind/
The latest release from Rock House Method, one of the music industry’s leaders in innovative music tutorial DVD’s comes in the form of a 2 DVD set with instructor Gus G (Firewind, Dream Evil, Ozzy Osbourne). For fans of Gus G’s flashy brand of guitar pyrotechnics and his “take no prisoners” approach to soloing, this DVD set has been a long time coming. (Review here.)
According to an update from OZZY OSBOURNE / FIREWIND Guitarist Gus G., his Rock House Method instructional DVD, Lead & Rhythm Techniques, was awarded as the Best Instructional Video / Book of 2010 at NAMM 2011 this weekend. Go to this location to check out the package.
According to a press release for the DVD, which was released in October 2010, Gus reveals the secrets that have propelled him into the guitar stratosphere and shows you how to incorporate them into your playing. Learn the natural minor and Phrygian major scales, patterns, scale sequences and full neck runs he uses to take control of the fret board to form soulful leads that rip into shred masterpieces. Learn diminished sweep and chromatic arpeggios, emotional bending techniques and how to create a minor 3rd harmony lead. Gus reveals the chords, voicings, syncopated, pivoting staccato, interval, and clean picked rhythms that form the foundation of his style. He analyses many of his Firewind leads and song structures complete with full band backing tracks that you can use the apply what you learn.
– More than 40 lessons
– 46-page interactive tab book you print from DVD
– Free life-time web membership for online support
– Behind-the-scenes photos and video
– Interview, live performances and more
– iPod-ready video
Length: 120 minutes
Zones: The DVD is zoned to play anywhere in the world
Gus G.’s Lead & Rhythm Techniques is available for pre-order at this location.
FRIDAY JANUARY 7TH 2011 – RELENTLESS GARAGE, LONDON
Greek metal Gods Firewind return to the UK for an exclusive headline show before heading off to Japan.
The new acclaimed album release by Greek melodic Metallers FIREWIND, “Days Of Defiance”, continues to do extremely well all over the globe and consequently the band’s mastermind and guitarist Gus G. has appeared on the frontcover of several relevant print magazines like Burrn!, Guitar World, Young Guitar, Powerplay, Rock Hard Greece and many more in these past weeks.
Just recently, FIREWIND have recently supported The Scorpions in their Greek home and also just finished a short run of North American headlining shows to promote the release of “Days Of Defiance”. Their new album has entered the official sales charts in Greece on position # 24 and remained at # 29 for the second and third week of its release. In North America FIREWIND entered the “Billboard Heatseekers chart” at position #36.
Gus G checks in with the following message for all FIREWIND fans: “We really wanna thank our fans and press around the world for the great feedback we’ve received for “Days Of Defiance”!! We are continuing to promote our new album by playing some exclusive shows and so far we’ve confirmed Sofia (Bulgaria), Thessaloniki (Greece) and London (UK) before we head over to Japan for 3 headlining shows. Moreover, we’ve just confirmed our first summer festival appearance @ France’s Hellfest. Keep checking back with us because more will be announced soon!”
Next up, FIREWIND will be playing a show in Bulgaria and a hometown show in Thessaloniki, Greece for December as well as a one-off date in London, UK before going to Japan in January 2011 for a headlining tour. A first Summer festival appearance in Europe for 2011 has also been confirmed with France’s Hellfest. See below for all coming dates…
For the London show, FIREWIND offer special VIP tickets costing just £45, which will entitle the lucky holder entrance to the gig, a FIREWIND T-shirt and a chance to meet the band and have a photo taken together prior to the show! There’s only a few VIP TICKETS available for this show, so grab your chance now to be the one of the lucky handful that get to meet Gus G. and the guys in London! For your chance to meet the band & grab this extremely limited VIP PACKAGE email: email@example.com
FIREWIND recently made waves across the US once again with their stellar new disc ‘Days of Defiance’ and the ensuing headline tour that rocked the states alongside Powerglove and The Absence. Now, as GUS G treks across North America playing with the icon OZZY OSBOURNE, he will take a break from his busy schedule and host tonight’s edition of Headbangers Ball on MTV2.
After last years successful debut release in 2009 and a busy year of writing, recording and performing just a few gigs, Chandler Mogel, Bob Katsionis, Mark Cross, Tony Kash and Sverd T. return with only one show in Greece for their fans on Friday, November 19th to the REVENGE OF ROCK in Athens, Greece! Recently the “Revenge of Rock” expanded its stage, added new lights and sound to it’s production and will ensure much greater live quality in the future!
Outloud will perform a full set of their first album’s material, as well as a few songs from the upcoming album which has recently been mixed, but not released yet!
Don’t miss that unique show, meet the band and rock away the night!
The mighty FIREWIND is just hours away from taking the stage in Raleigh, NC to kick off their short run of dates in North America. Anticipation for trek has been mounting for weeks, especially since these performances are on the heels of the release of ‘Days of Defiance’, FIREWIND’s latest opus. Now fans also have a chance to meet the man himself, the Greek guitar god GUS G has announced a meet and greet prior to the New York show at Sam Ash.
In conjunction with Blackstar Amps, GUS G will appear at Sam Ash on 48th St this Saturday (November 6) at 2PM. Later that night, FIREWIND will take the stage for an incredible headline set at Gramercy Theater with support coming from Powerglove and The Absence.
Make sure you catch FIREWIND on this run of dates, you will regret it if you don’t!
11/04 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
11/05 – Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
11/06 – Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
11/07 – Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
One of the most respected young guitarists in heavy metal, GUS G, has returned with an incredible slab of heavy metal. Today, FIREWIND releases ‘Days of Defiance’ in stores everywhere which features the incredible shredding of GUS G and the powerful, soaring voice of Apollo Papathanasio which had made FIREWIND one of the most talked about bands in their scene ever since signing to Century Media years ago.
‘Days of Defiance’ features the incredible single “World on Fire” (available here – and below): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4pRK7IMKR0), charged by some of the fastest and heaviest playing in the band’s history. While the CDs are in store everywhere, fans can take home special packaging such as digibooks, vinyl and more exclusively through CMDistro.com.
FIREWIND is also landing on American soil in a few short days for a special engagement of four shows. Featuring support from POWERGLOVE and THE ABSENCE, these shows will offer North America’s only chance to see FIREWIND in 2010. Don’t miss out!
Hot off the heels of GUS G’s recent campaign as the new guitarist for OZZY OSBOURNE, Gus’ longtime traditional heavy metal band FIREWIND is back with a new effort. ‘Days of Defiance’ is out on October 26 via Century Media and offers the most ferocious tunes yet from the Greek Gods of rock!
‘Days of Defiance’ features GUS G at his best, playing fast and furiously with his bandmates as Apollo Papathanasio soars above it with his epic vocal performance, which has started to gain comparisons to the mighty Bruce Dickinson himself. Now, FIREWIND has posted a video to take you through a track-by-track breakdown of the new record. Gus and Apollo talk about their inspirations, playing techniques and recording process for each song on the album to give you a better sense of what is to come on October 26.
FIREWIND currently have pre-orders for the album available exclusively through CMDistro.com. Head over to pick up the CD or one of several bundle packages with bonus items ranging from t-shirts to posters and even a GUS G instructional DVD. Check these packages out here: http://www.cmdistro.com/Search/firewind_days_of_defiance
Catch FIREWIND on tour in the US with POWERGLOVE and THE ABSENCE!
11/4 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
11/5 – Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
11/6 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
11/7 – Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QUE
Greek metal Gods have announced a one-off London appearance at The Relentless Garage, set for January 7th 2011!
There will be just 20 VIP packages available for this show. Priced at just £45, this will include a ticket for the show, a Firewind t-shirt and a chance to meet and have photos taken with Firewind!
There are also two exclusive Firewind/Gus G giveaways in conjunction with Metal Hammer.
The Oct issue will be offering one lucky fan a chance to win a Blackstar HT5s mini-stack!
The December issue will be giving away an ESP Gus 200 guitar, signed by Gus G!
I’d be grateful if you could add the attached info to your news pages. There are two news items:
YOUR CHANCE TO MEET FIREWIND
GREEK METAL GODS FIREWIND RETURN TO THE UK FOR AN EXCLUSIVE ONE-OFF APPEARANCE AT THE RELENTLESS GARAGE IN LONDON ON JANUARY 7TH 2010!
THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO PICK UP ONE OF ONLY TWENTY VIP TICKETS FOR THIS VERY SPECIAL SHOW!
THE VIP TICKETS COST JUST £45, WHICH WILL ENTITLE THE LUCKY TICKET HOLDER ENTRANCE TO THE GIG, A ‘FIREWIND’ T-SHIRT AND A CHANCE TO MEET AND HAVE THEIR PHOTO TAKEN WITH THE BAND PRIOR TO THE SHOW!
THERE ARE ONLY TWENTY VIP TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR THIS SHOW, SO GRAB YOUR CHANCE NOW TO BE ONE OF THE LUCKY HANDFULL THAT GET TO MEET GUS G AND THE GUYS IN LONDON!
FOR YOUR CHANCE TO MEET THE BAND & GRAB THIS EXTREMELY LIMITED VIP PACKAGE
‘DAYS OF DEFIANCE’
in LONDON JANUARY 7TH 2011
Following hot on the heels of the release of their acclaimed new album, ‘Days Of Defiance’, Greek metal Gods Firewind head back to the UK for a one-off, exclusive London show at The Relentless Garage!
Firewind, featuring the explosive talents of world renowned guitarist Gus G, return to the UK stage for the first time in more than two years in support of their latest release ‘Days Of Defiance’, a record the critics are calling ‘the album of their career’!
To celebrate the return of the band, Metal Hammer will be running two exclusive Firewind competitions.
In conjunction with Blackstar Amps and Gus G, and to coincide with the launch of the album, Metal Hammer will be giving away a Blackstar HT5s mini stack.
The December issue will feature a chance to win an ESP LTD200 Gus G signature model guitar, signed by Gus G! And if that wasn’t enough the lucky winner will receive their prize from Gus G in person prior to Firewind’s London appearance!
Not only that but there will an extremely limited amount of VIP tickets available which will give the lucky fans a chance to meet the band and receive an exclusive Firewind goodie bag!
The Greek melodic metal phenomenon FIREWIND, led by the young guitar sensation Gus G., have returned with the scathing new studio album Days of Defiance, which is easily their defining musical moment. The disc is set for an October 25th release worldwide. Days of Defiance is a truly ambitious and dynamic opus featuring some of the most brilliant guitar playing the genre has seen in many years.
FIREWIND will celebrate the album’s release with a limited number of special North American headlining shows. The trek, which kicks off on Nov. 4th and runs through Nov. 7th, features Powerglove and The Absence in the support slots. Either see below or visit www.myspace.com/firewind to view all of the dates and these shows are not to be missed. Direct ticketbuy links are listed below as well.
Gus G. states: “The video for ‘World on Fire’ was shot entirely on green screen and I think this time Patric Ullaeus has outdone himself! The concept is based on the album cover artwork and it’s something we’re doing for the first time on a video of ours. There’s a barbaric vibe to it, lots of fire, metal warriors and even a Valkyrie. We’re very pleased with the final result and we believe this is our best video yet. Check it out and let the FIREWIND rage on.
“We are also very happy to announce four special album release shows in North America this fall in support of our new record, Days of Defiance. It’s been awhile since FIREWIND played North America, as our last tour was Spring/Summer 2008.
(New York, NY) — POWERGLOVE are pleased to announce their participation in a short run of tour dates with power metal titans FIREWIND led by the young guitar sensation Gus G (OZZY OSBOURNE) and THEABSENCE. Dates are scattered through out the northeast and Canada. “We’re very excited to go out on this run. We’re all big fans of Firewind, and the blazing guitar work of Gus G. And with a powerful band like The Absence on board, this should be a diverse and fun lineup. It will be our first time on the road after the release of our new album Saturday Morning Apocalypse, and we have some new shit in store for you!”says drummer Bassil Silver.
November 4th – Volume 11 Raleigh, NC
November 5th – Jaxx West Springfield, VA
November 6th – The Gramercy New York, NY
November 7th – Les Foufounes Electriques Montreal, Quebec, CANADA
The band recently released the morphing album cover and video teaser surrounding their next record “Saturday Morning Apocalypse” which is due out September 28th, 2010 via eOne Music. Combining power metal style with nostalgic theme songs of popular 80’s and 90’s cartoon and television theme songs, the band has tapped into the minds of generation X and Y with their most interesting release to date.
“Saturday Morning Apocalypse came out brighter and darker, faster and slower than our previous releases,” says Silver. This is the band’s first record with eOne Music and this time they’re taking their songs in a new direction. The band had previously stuck to 8 bit Nintendo game theme songs. However, this new release is their take on Saturday morning cartoons and movies that anyone who’s grown up in the 80’s will immediately recognize. Silver concludes with, “No matter what we write, we know all the comments will be about how bizarre we look, how ridiculous this track list is, and the fact that we somehow got Tony Kakko to sing the Pokemon theme for us. We would tell you how clown-rapingly awesome it is, but you can decide that for yourself when the album comes out in September.”
A full track listing of their power metal renditions can be found below.
2. Gotta Catch Em All
3. The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest
4. This Is Halloween
7. Inspector Gadget
8. Heffalumps and Woozles (Winnie The Pooh)
9. The Simpsons (Feat. Tony Kakko)
10. The Flinstones 11. Gotta Catch Em All (Feat. Tony Kakko)
“We are POWERGLOVE and we are here to f*ck with your childhood!” proclaims the band at the beginning of their live shows. After finding success mining the brains of the A.D.D. driven video game generation with songs like “Tetris,” POWERGLOVE have set their sights on the inner child in all of us. To this end, the band has set its blasters from stun to kill; it’s target: the world! The band has recently completed two separate, successful, tours with HAMMERFALL and SONATAARTICA. Watch for them this summer as they continue to add dates for video game festivals and live performances.
POWERGLOVE is composed of four battle-hardened rockers out of Boston, MA: Alex Berkson, Bassil Silver, Chris Marchiel, and Nick Avila. This band shreds metal renditions of everything from old school 8- bit video game classics to contemporary blockbusters, all with a heavy metal attitude – and there’s nothing you can do to stop them!