Celtic/Symphonic Metal Vocalist LEAH Calls on Fans to Help Fund her New Full-Length Album

If you’ve heard any of LEAH’s music, you know it is her passion. You may have heard about LEAH as the female vocalist who featured Eric Peterson (Testament/Dragonlord) as a guest vocalist on her latest EP, Otherworld, or perhaps you heard that LEAH is singing all the female choirs on the newDragonlord album. Obviously, LEAH is always working on something new, so it’s no shock that LEAH is ready for her next project.

 

The one thing that an artist really needs in order to produce a great sounding record, print merch, tour, etc. is money, and while LEAH keeps her family as her #1 priority (she is a homeschool mother), she is hoping to complete her full-length album soon, and needs help from her fans. Visit her Indiegogo.com page here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/full-length-leah-album

 

LEAH states, “Already, I have much material to sort through and refine, and in the process I usually end up writing even better songs and nix a few others (this always happens!). I’ve begun to flesh out a theme for the album content, the visualization (which will affect the photography and art), and more. I’m very excited about where this next album will take me – and you!”

 

She adds, “My main thing has been along the lines of symphonic rock/metal with Celtic and folk undertones or overtones. I will be staying along these lines, but always pushing forward. There will be some interesting players on this next one, and I think it will take me into new territory!”

 

With only a few days into the campaign, LEAH is currently around the $4,500 mark, and is looking to raise a total of $25,000. Perks offered for donation include digital downloads of the new album pre-release date, a CD + t-shirt, a super-duper merch pack, a personalized cover song, and more!

 

In many circles, LEAH is described as a Celtic vocal goddess and the “Enya of heavy metal”. From the coast of British Columbia, Canada, auburn-haired symphonic metal artist LEAH is drawing attention from all over the globe. Inspired by Celtic and world music influences such as Clannad and Enya to European symphonic and progressive metal influences, LEAH creates something magical and refreshing.

 

Her debut self-released album Of Earth & Angels received international critical acclaim, including landing on “The Best Symphonic Metal Album” Metalstorm Awards for 2012. LEAH’s currently available release Otherworld is a 5-song Celtic-metal masterpiece, mixed by Christian “Moschus” Moos at SPACELAB in Germany (Delain, Everon, Imperia, www.spacelab-studio.com), and mastered at Eroc’s Mastering Ranch (http://www.eroc.de/).

 

You can buy LEAH’s recently released Otherworld EP now via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3, Google Play, Rdio and several other digital retailers. Take a listen to her single ‘Dreamland’ (featuring Testament/Dragonlord’s Eric Peterson) now at LEAH’s official Bandcamp page.

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 Downloads of Otherworld and merchandise bundles are also available atwww.leahmchenry.com and www.leahmusic.net.

DELAIN to Release The Human Contradiction April 8th/ Altar Bar Pgh 9/14/14

DELAIN will not only enthrall Symphonic Metal Fans with their fourth albumThe Human Contradiction, but also will bring listeners new to the genre. Today the band revolving around the supreme Charlotte Wessels are revealing the cover artwork and track listing for their new masterpiece.

 

The album will be released in North America on April 8th via Napalm Records; pre-order opportunities will be made available soon.

 

In support of the album DELAIN will return to North America this fall for a tour with Sonata Arctica and label mates XANDRIA.  Tickets are on sale now.  A complete list of dates can be found below.

 

The Human Contradiction Track Listing:

1. Here Come the Vultures

2. Your Body is a Battleground

3. Stardust

4. My Masquerade

5. Tell Me, Mechanist

6. Sing to Me

7. Army of Dolls

8. Lullaby

9. The Tragedy of the Commons

 

DELAIN w/ Xandria and Sonata Arctica:

9/3: Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali Live

9/4: New York, NY @ Stage 48

9/5: Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

9/6: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

9/8: Montreal, QC @ Club Soda

9/9: Montreal, QC @ Imperial de Quebec

9/10: Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks

9/11: Toronto, ON @ MOD Club

9/13: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage

9/14: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar*****

9/16: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom

9/17: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes

9/19: Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater

9/20: Regina, SK @ The Exchange

9/21: Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Ballroom

9/22: Calgary, AB @ The Republik

9/24: Vancouver, BC @ The Venue

9/25: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

9/26: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

9/28: San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom at the Regency

9/29: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

9/30: Anaheim, CA @ The Grove

10/1: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red

10/4: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

10/5: Lawrence, KS @ Granada

10/7: El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls

10/8: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live

10/9: Dallas, TX @ Trees

10/10: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

10/12: Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub & Billiards

10/13: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

10/14: Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

10/15: Tampa, FL @ Orpheum

 

For More Info Visit:

http://www.delain.nl

https://www.facebook.com/delainmusic

https://twitter.com/delainmusic

http://www.napalmrecords.com

Happily Ever After: Nightwish Soar Higher With New Concert Film

Beyond the pseudo-aggro thrash metal and grinding nu-metal, Finland’s Nightwish were a surging new sound when they hit the scene in 1997. Influenced by dark gothic atmosphere, classical and symphonic musicianship and the heaviness of thrash metal, Nightwish blew the doors down and brought an epic and majestic sound to metal, all capped off with the angelic vocals of a female lead singer. For the time, it was unprecedented to hear such elegance in a heavy metal outfit, but 17 years later, Nightwish have gained a tremendous following in their home country and continue to rise in popularity overseas as well. Despite lineup changes, the band is still the go-to group for their iconic “symphonic metal” sound. With a new lead singer on board, Nightwish rocked Wacken, Germany and documented their performance on the concert film, Showtime, Storytime. Though it has some minor production flaws and a slightly reserved tracklist, Showtime, Storytime is a fine demonstration of Nightwish’s persistent appeal, while also showing off the talents of two brand new members of the Nightwish family.

Showtime, Storytime marks the first production for the band that features new lead vocalist Floor Jansen, who replaced Anette Olzen in October 2013. Like past Nightwish singers, Jansen provides ascendant melodic and operatic force. Her incredible use of soprano continues the band’s defining vocal vibe of siren arias and heavenly pitch. Jansen’s stage presence is very powerful, especially for the concert being her first production as a full-time member of the band. Her performance of “She Is My Sin” varies the rhythm a bit as the tone lowers slightly, while the onslaught of “Romanticide” lets her pipes blast off into the stratosphere. Bassist Marco Hietala also provides backup vocals with a snarling shout. His furious battlecry at the conclusion of “Wish I Had an Angel” brings a slightly rugged aesthetic to the table, but his fantastic performance during “Ever Dream” echoes the late power metal icon Ronnie James Dio with lengthy sustenance and surprisingly expansive range. Worry not, long-time Nightwish fans: the band hasn’t lost their black magic, even with another new lead singer running the front lines.

The band became famous for mixing cinematic and soaring female-fronted vocals with the heaviness of thrash and power metal. 17 years later and lineup changes across the board, Nightwish are still able to deliver some of the most atmospheric heavy metal tracks you’ll find. Many of the more ambient moments during the concert come from Jansen’s excellent vocals and the haunting synths of keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen. Like a church choir, Holopainen’s keyboards add resonance and atmosphere to the grinding guitars and pounding drums. Guitarist Emppu Vuorinen doesn’t demonstrate many intricate solos, but shares some nice virtuosity on “Nemo” and “Romanticide.” Another highlight is the work of newly inducted band member Troy Donockley, who offers incredible sounds on the folk woodwind instrument, the uillean pipes. His stellar performance on the instrumental “Last of the Wilds” is something spectral and otherworldly, but still natural and apropos for the band’s signature sound. Showtime, Storytime keeps the fans happy with the same awesome sound the band has been showing for years, but it also acts as a great demo reel of sorts for new members Jansen and Donockley, who have the potential to push the band to even greater heights in the future.

The concert itself digs into the band’s discography a respectable amount, but doesn’t go further back than the band’s 2000 album, Wishmaster. That might disappoint the long-time fans, but the selected tracks are definitely varied enough to keep viewers interested. Opener “Dark Chest of Wonders” is as energized as it is elegant, two qualities that have always made Nightwish stand out in their genre, while the superb “Ever Dream” darkens the tone further. The cinematic experience of Nightwish is alive in Showtime, Storytime, with haunting lighting illuminating the band and creeping into the roaring crowd. The cinematography, however, suffers a bit too much from abrupt camera cuts, especially in the first half. For a band so infused with elegance and majesty, the very brief shots stick out more than they would for the show of, say, a punk or alternative band. In addition to the concert film, Showtime, Storytime also features a two-hour documentary about Jansen adjusting to performing with Nightwish at live shows and eventually becoming the official lead singer. It’s a nice inclusion and that story of moving from replacement to full-timer is something that few bands have demonstrated publicly. The transition is a moment so overlooked to an audience, so seeing the awkwardness steadily dissipate for Jansen is enlightening whether you like Nightwish or not.

Showtime, Storytime may not be the perfect concert film for the long-running symphonic metal band due to its slightly reserved song selections and rather awkward cinematography, but the excellent introduction to Jansen and Donockley is definitely a sign of good things to come. If you’ve been listening to Nightwish since their inception and are curious to see how they sound with Jansen on board, rest assured that the band’s signature tone is not lost in the slightest. As a group that pioneered the symphonic metal genre, it’s remarkable that Nightwish’s music still sounds fantastic, especially with the roar of a crowd brewing in the background. Showtime, Storytime is a solid representation of the band and thanks to their lively stage presence and ambient gothic tone, it will likely make some new fans as well as satisfying older ones.

KAMELOT Releases North American Tour Trailer

Symphonic metallers KAMELOT will be touring North America this fall in support of their latest disc Silverthorn. The bands Delain and Eklipse will be opening all shows. Tickets for all shows are now available at www.enterthevault.com, and all other online ticketing outlets.

 

The band has created a trailer for the upcoming North American tour. It is available for viewingHERE.

 

For fans hoping to get a little more involved, the band will be offering up VIP packages at several of the tour stops. The VIP experience includes early entry to the show, a meet and greet with the band and an autographed commemorative poster.

 

Silverthorn is available in four exclusive formats. The LP and limited edition has one version of the art, while the standard version of Silverthorn has a different but equally exquisite version of the artwork. The standard version is presented as an Ecolbook. The limited edition contains the Ecolbook, a bonus CD with nearly 60 minutes of music, a 44 page book and an exclusive poster. The double LP version is a gatefold on colored vinyl. The digital version is available on iTunes.

 

KAMELOT have held their own, very special position in the world of rock and heavy music: their elaborate melodic metal has always opened itself in a remarkably clever way to like-minded styles, integrating progressive elements as well as cross-references to doom/gothic metal and classical music, which have allowed their songs to define their own genre. Two of their most successful releases in particular, namely the albums Karma (2001) and The Black Halo (2005), are prime examples of KAMELOT‘s multi-layered approach, intensity and outstanding musicality.Silverthorn, sees the band raise this demanding standard even higher, because Silverthorn is a masterpiece of grand gestures, gritty melodies and haunting atmospheres.

 

KAMELOT North American Headline Tour With Delain and Eklipse:

9/2: Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa

9/3: Baltimore, MD 2 Soundstage

9/5: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero

9/6: New York, NY @ Stage 48

9/7: Worcester, MA @ Palladium

9/8: Montreal, QUE @ Club Soda

9/10: Toronto, ON @ Opera House

9/12: Chicago, IL @ Mojoe’s

9/13: Kansas City, KS @ Granada Theater

9/14: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

9/15: Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue

9/17: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

9/18: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

9/20: San Francisco, CA @ Slims

9/21: Anaheim, CA @ The Grove

9/22: Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto

9/24: Dallas, TX @ Trees

9/25: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live

9/27: Louisville, KY @ Diamonds

9/28: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

9/29: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues

 

For More Information Please Visit:

http://www.kamelot.com/

http://www.facebook.com/kamelotofficial

https://twitter.com/KamelotOfficial

http://www.spv.de

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EDENBRIDGE Release Trailer For New Album The Bonding

Austrian Symphonic Metal Band EDENBRIDGE release the first trailer for the new studio album:

The Bondingwill be released on June 21st in Germany, June 24th in Europe and in the US/Canada on July 2nd through Steamhammer/SPV.

It will be available as a limited edition ecol book with a bonus CD and some exciting extras, double gatefold colored vinyl with printed inner sleeves, jewel case version and download.

For more information please go to:

www.edenbridge.org
www.spv.de

KAMELOT Debuts Lyric Video for “Falling Like the Fahrenheit”

Florida Symphonic Metallers KAMELOT have released a lyric video for the song “Falling Like the Fahrenheit”. The song comes from Silverthorn their breathtaking 2012 masterpiece. In its first week of release Silverthorn came in at #77 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, #9 on the Hard Music Chart.

 

The band is beginning to line up headlining North America tour dates for later this year. Four shows are confirmed as of now and more are expected to be announced shortly. Tickets are available now: http://enterthevault.com/artist.php?id=47

Silverthorn is available in four exclusive formats. The LP and limited edition has one version of the art, while the standard version of Silverthorn has a different but equally exquisite version of the artwork. The standard version is presented as an Ecolbook. The limited editioncontains the Ecolbook, a bonus CD with nearly 60 minutes of music, a 44 page book and an exclusive poster. The double LP version is a gatefold on colored vinyl. The digital version is available on iTunes.

 

KAMELOT have held their own, very special position in the world of rock and heavy music: their elaborate melodic metal has always opened itself in a remarkably clever way to like-minded styles, integrating progressive elements as well as cross-references to doom/gothic metal and classical music, which have allowed their songs to define their own genre. Two of their most successful releases in particular, namely the albums Karma (2001) and The BlackHalo (2005), are prime examples of KAMELOT‘s multi-layered approach, intensity and outstanding musicality. Silverthorn, sees the band raise this demanding standard even higher, because Silverthorn is a masterpiece of grand gestures, gritty melodies and haunting atmospheres. In addition, the album confidently and proudly features the band’s new singer: with his debut Tommy Karevik from Sweden has proved that he suits KAMELOT perfectly in every respect!

KAMELOT North American Tour Dates:

9/6: New York, NY @ Stage 48

9/8: Montreal, QUE @ Club Soda

9/21: Anaheim, CA @ The Grove

9/29: Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

 

For More Information Please Visit: 

http://www.kamelot.com/

http://www.facebook.com/kamelotofficial

https://twitter.com/KamelotOfficial

http://www.spv.de

 

 

 

LACRIMOSA New Album Streaming on AOL Music

Three years following their last studio release LACRIMOSA is back with their 11th studio album Revolution which will be released tomorrow in North America via End of the Light Records. This album will not only captivate listeners with its thematic elements, it also features a stellar guest lineup. Next to choirs and orchestras the band recorded their new album with Mille Petrozza mastermind of the thrash metal pioneers KREATOR and on drums Stefan Schwarzmann, from ACCEPT.

Today AOL Music is streaming Revolution in its entirety as part of their full album listening party series HERE. Be sure to check out Revolution and then order your copy on Amazon.

LACRIMOSA was established in November 1990 as an alternative band featuring rock music with poetical lyrics, mixed with classical influences. For over 20 years now the band has garnered a reputation as pioneers for several music styles including German Alternative and Symphonic-Metal.

As the first independent band with German lyrics LACRIMOSA visited Mexico back in 1998, followed by South America, Russia and China. At the present time LACRIMOSA tour all over the world. They have worked with the world famous London Symphony Orchesta, recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, and have topped the charts in over 25 countries worldwide.

Revolution Tracklisting:

01. Irgendein Arsch ist immer unterwegs
02. As the world stood still for a day
03. Verloren
04. This is the night
05. Interlude
06. Feuerzug
07. Refugium
08. Weil Du Hilfe brauchst
09. Rote Sinfonie
10. Revolution

For More Info Visit:
http://www.lacrimosa.com
http://www.endofthelightrecords.com