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ELUVEITIE - announce their complete new line-up!
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 06 2017 09:51:55

Waiting is finally over! Folk metal superstars ELUVEITIE have taken a lot of time with the search for new musicians to guarantee you the best possible line-up of all time and with the help of a countdown on their homepage they have presented little by little the new formation with wanted poster, videos and interviews. On the 1st of January, they finally announced the last new band member - so the complete new line-up is set! This happened just right before the band's own festival, 'Eluveitie & Friends', will take place at Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland on the 6th/7th of January! At this festival, ELUVEITIE will perform with their new line-up for the first time!

Welcome to the family of ELUVEITIE (at the picture from left to right): Jonas Wolf (guitars), Matteo Sisti (whistles, bagpipes, mandola), Nicole Ansperger (fiddle), Alain Ackermann (drums), Chrigel Glanzmann (vocals, whistles, mandola, bagpipes, bodhran), Fabienne Erni (vocals, celtic harp, Mandola), Kay Brem (bass), Michalina Malisz (hurdy gurdy) and Rafael Salzmann (guitars)!

The band states: "Above all we're super happy and thankful that we're complete again (even more than complete, actually) and given the chance to have such gifted musicians on board! What could be a better start into a new year? 2017 is our year! We cannot wait to enter the studios soon and finish »Evocation II«. And right afterwards we'll be back with full force to rock the summer festival stages. Cheers & sláinte."

If you want to get more information about the new members, check their facebook homepages:
Alain Ackermann:
Rafael Salzmann:
Jonas Wolf:
Kay Brem:
Michalina Malisz:
Nicole Ansperger:
Chrigel Glanzmann:
Fabienne Erni:
Matteo Sisti:
Or use one of the information links below.

Make sure you don't miss the 'Eluveitie & Friends' festival and catch one of the last tickets to enjoy ELUVEITIE live and in full strength with their new line-up! Get your tickets here:
2-day passes:
Friday, Jan 6th:
Saturday, Jan 7th:

You can also still get some Meet & Greet tickets here:
VIP Upgrades Jan 6th:
VIP Upgrades Jan 7th:

ELUVEITIE will also play songs of their current record, »Origins«.
Order it here:

Stick To Your Guns + Knocked Loose Tour - Local Supports Announced
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 06 2017 09:27:21

Southern Californian hardcore legends Stick To Your Guns are almost here! They are bringing some serious heat down under in just shy of two weeks' time on the 'Better Australia Than Dust' Australian Tour and Kentucky boys Knocked Loose and Aussie pals Relentless & Reactions will be with them! 

Now they are adding more heat to the tour in the form of stellar local supports - Vacant Home in Perth, Sleep Talk in Adelaide, Blinded play Melbourne's All Ages show, Honest Crooks in Canberra, Staunch in Sydney, Ill Natured in Newcastle and Vitals play Brisbane's AA Show.

The tour is on sale now at and 2017's hardest, fastest tour kicks off on January 18th in Perth! 

Stick To Your Guns have built a diehard following over the course of five full-length albums including 2012’s Diamond, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, and the John Feldmann-produced Disobedient in 2015. The latter garnered praise from Alternative Press, Revolver Magazine, New Noise Magazine, and Rock Sound who included it among the “Top 50 Releases of the Year.” Their brand new EP Better Ash Than Dust was released in 2016 in September via Pure Noise Records - and is the reason for this epic tour! Along the way, the band crushed stages everywhere from Warped Tour to sold out headlining gigs across the globe. The band’s last visit to Australia was in 2015 alongside Architects and fans have been waiting over five years for Stick To Your Guns to return on a headline tour so they can play by their rules on our shores!

Kentucky hardcore band Knocked Loose have just released their debut full-length album titled Laugh Tracks on September 16th with Pure Noise Records. Named one of’s “16 Bands To Watch In 2016,” Knocked Loose is on track to take over underground hardcore this year with one of the most intensely delivered records in recent memory. This will be Knocked Loose’s first time to Australia and promises to be something special – their explosive, interactive, sweaty and unique live show is second to none and gathering fans the world over.

Make sure you don't miss out on the ‘Better Australia Than Dust’ Australian Tour - Tickets now on sale at!


Destroy All Lines & Chugg Entertainment
in Association with Good Fight Management & Pure Noise Records Present


Local Supports Announced | Tickets Now on Sale
Tickets at


Wednesday, 18th January: Amplifier Bar, Perth 18+ 
With Special Guests VACANT HOME

Thursday, 19th January: Fowlers Live, Adelaide Lic AA
With Special Guests SLEEP TALK

Friday, 20th January: Corner Hotel, Melbourne 18+
*No Locals*

Saturday, 21st January: Phoenix Youth Centre, Melbourne AA
With Special Guests BLINDED

Sunday, 22nd January: The Basement, Canberra 18+

Tuesday, 24th January: Bald Faced Stag, Sydney Lic AA
With Special Guests STAUNCH

Wednesday, 25th January: The Small Ballroom, Newcastle 18+
With Special Guests ILL NATURED

Thursday, 26th January: The Brightside, Brisbane 18+
*No Locals*

Friday, 27th January: Phoenix Arts Theatre, Brisbane AA
With Special Guests VITALS

* Reactions not appearing

FROM THE WOLVES Announce 'Van Flip And Die Tour' Dates (BC/AB) w/ Shark Infested Daughters
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 06 2017 09:22:09

Hailing from Calgary, AB, the imaginatively named FROM THE WOLVES mix melody with metalcore, creativity with carnage, and intelligence with aggression, something they’ve nailed with their new EP 'Nightmares' produced by Rob Kukla (Arbitrator) with mixing and mastering done by Sacha Laskow (Every Hour Kills, ex-Divinity). Teaming up with fellow Calgaryians Shark Infested Daughters for the 'Van Flip And Die Tour', the metalcore tyrants are taking their self described sound of “an absolutely horrifying unnatural train-wreck” across British Columbia in February along with a hometown show.

Van Flip And Die Tour: From The Wolves + Shark Infested Daughters

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017 - Kelowna, BC - CHAOS w/ Nomessiah Radio Show - info
Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017 - Kelowna, BC - Fernando's
Thursday, Feb 9, 2017 - Vernon, BC - Record City (All Ages) - info
Friday, Feb 10, 2017 - Vancouver, BC - Smiling Buddha Cafe - info
Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 - Victoria, BC - Logan's Pub - ABP FEST - info
Sunday, Feb 12, 2017 - Port Alberni, BC - Rainbow Room (All Ages) - info
Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 - Calgary, AB - Broken City (All Ages) - info

'Nightmares' EP stream available via Bandcamp here plus digital download via iTunes.

Music Video - Calloused -

Less Than Jake will release new EP Sound The Alarm on February 3
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 05 2017 20:30:06

Influential Gainesville punk band Less Than Jake has announced plans to release a new EP titled Sound The Alarm on February 3rd with their new label Pure Noise Records.

Fans can pre-order the record and stream a brand new song called Things Change HERE.

Speaking about the new song, lyricist and drummer Vinnie Fiorello says "the only thing constant is change" is one of the lines in the chorus of the song and such a massive truth to me. The sooner you could realize this, digest it, and embrace it the better off you're going to be. Let it all move forward, at lightning speed. Everything and everyone changes, the world keeps on spinning like it or not.”

Less Than Jake’s new EP, Sound The Alarm, marks an exciting new chapter for the band as they celebrate 25 years together and a newly inked deal with Pure Noise Records. Featuring 7, ska infused punk songs that quickly remind listeners of the band’s incredible ability to craft memorable, hook-filled music.

“We started writing this set of songs, similar to our last record See The Light, sitting around a table in our warehouse with some acoustic guitars, lyrics scribbled on scraps of paper, and a constant barrage of ideas,” Fiorello explains. “Trying ideas as they would come out, sometimes chasing the idea, or getting connected or not connected to an idea right away. We had been writing and were planning on fleshing out the ideas while on Warped Tour.”

Sound The Alarm was recorded and produced by Roger Lima and mixed at the famed punk recording studio, The Blasting Room, in Fort Collins, CO. The band wrapped the record following their run on last summer’s Vans Warped Tour.

After years of releasing records through various major and independent labels Less Than Jake has found a new home at the Southern California based Pure Noise Records.

“When I met Jake at the San Francisco stop of Warped Tour, we talked about working together,” Fiorello adds. “He is a longtime fan, knows the history and the arch of LTJ and that's important to know where we have to go. It's always great to have a mutual respect between band and label and that is exactly what we have between LTJ and Pure Noise.”


Accept reveal 'Fast As A Shark' live clip!
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 05 2017 20:24:58

On January 13th, heavy metal titans ACCEPT will finally deliver their new live package called »Restless And Live«! This set will not only include the entire show that ACCEPT played at Bang Your Head!!! Festival 2015 on Blu-ray/DVD, but also two live CDs with different recordings from their most recent European tour. Today, ACCEPT release a new live clip to give you a last taste of »Restless And Live« - watch 'Fast As A Shark [Live]' here:

Have you missed the first three live clips? Then make sure to watch them here:
'Stampede [Live]':
'Restless And Wild [Live]':
'Pandemic [Live]':

You can also check the trailers for »Restless And Live«, here:
Trailer 1:
Trailer 2:
Trailer 3:

Pre-order »Restless And Live« now:
Pre-order »Restless And Live« digitally and receive 'Pandemic', 'Restless And Wild', 'Stampede' and 'Fast As A Shark' instantly or stream these songs now:
Listen in NB Novelties playlist:

»Restless And Live« will be purchasable in the following formats:

- Blu-ray+2CD-DIGI
(»Live @ Bang Your Head!!! 2015«)
(»Live @ Bang Your Head!!! 2015«)
(»Blind Rage - Live In Europe 2015«)
- Earbook
(Blu-ray + DVD + 2CD, 36 pages)
- 4LP Box
(»Blind Rage - Live In Europe 2015«; black sleeved + poster + 12" photo card)
- 4LP Box
(»Blind Rage - Live In Europe 2015«; red / white sleeved + poster + 12" photo card)
- Deluxe Earbook
(+ lanyard)

»Restless And Live« - Tracklisting:

Blu-ray / DVD
01. Stampede 
02. Stalingrad 
03. London Leatherboys
04. Restless And Wild 
05. Dying Breed 
06. Final Journey 
07. Shadow Soldiers
08. Losers And Winners  
09. 200 Years
10. Midnight Mover
11. No Shelter
12. Princess Of The Dawn
13. Dark Side Of My Heart
14. Pandemic 
15. Fast As A Shark 
16. Metal Heart 
17. Teutonic Terror
18. Balls To The Wall

01. Stampede 
02. Stalingrad 
03. Hellfire
04. London Leatherboys 
05. Living For Tonite
06. 200 Years 
07. Demon's Night
08. Dying Breed
09. Final Journey
10. From The Ashes We Rise
11. Losers And Winners
12. No Shelter
13. Shadow Soldiers
14. Midnight Mover 

01. Starlight
02. Restless And Wild
03. Son Of A Bitch
04. Pandemic
05. Dark Side Of My Heart
06. The Curse
07. Flash Rockin' Man
08. Bulletproof
09. Fall Of The Empire
10. Fast As A Shark
11. Metal Heart
12. Teutonic Terror
13. Balls To The Wall


ACCEPT live:

06.01.  D         Hamburg - Sporthalle
07.01.  D         Oberhausen - König Pilsener Arena
08.01.  B          Antwerp - Lotto Arena
10.01.  IRL       Dublin - Vicar Street
11.01.  UK       Glasgow - o2 Academy
13.01.  UK       Manchester - o2 Apollo
14.01.  UK       London - o2 Brixton Academy
15.01.  F          Lille - Aeronef
16.01.  F          Paris - Olympia
18.01.  F          Toulouse - Le Bikini
19.01.  E          Bilbao - Santana 27
20.01.  P          Porto - Coliseu Do Porto
21.01.  E          Madrid - Barclaycard Center
22.01.  E          Barcelona - Sant Jordi
24.01.  F          Lyon - Transbordeur
25.01.  I           Milan - Live Club
27.01.  A          Vienna - Gasometer
28.01.  D         Ludwigsburg - MHP Arena
29.01.  NL        Amsterdam - Heineken Music Hall
31.01.  D         Frankfurt - Jahrhunderthalle
01.02.  D         Saarbrucken - Saarlandhalle
03.02.  CH       Basel - St. Jakobshalle
04.02.  D         Bamberg - Brose Arena
05.02.  D         Munich - Zenith
24.02.  FIN       Helsinki - Icehall
25.02.  EST      Tallinn - Kultuurikatel
27.02.  PL        Gdansk - Ergo Arena
28.02.  PL        Wroclaw - Hala Stulecia
01.03.  PL        Warsaw - Torwar
03.03.  PL        Cracov - Wisla Hall
04.03.  CZ        Prague - Tip Sport Arena
05.03.  H         Budapest - Barba Negra
06.03.  SRB      Belgrade - Belexpo
08.03.  GR       Athens - Peiraios Academy
09.03.  GR       Thessaloniki - Fix Factory Of Sound
10.03.  BG       Sofia - Universiada Hall
11.03.  RO       Bucharest - Arenele Romane
13.03.  HR       Zagreb - Dom Sportova
14.03.  SK        Bratislava - Aegon Arena
15.03.  D         Berlin - Columbiahalle
17.03.  S          Norrköping - Himmelstalundshallen
18.03.  S          Sandviken - Göransson Arena
19.03.  S          Örebro - Conventum Arena
21.03.  DK       Copenhagen - Valby Hallen
22.03.  S          Lund - Sparbank Skane Arena
24.03.  S          Stockholm - Hovet
25.03.  S          Gothenburg - Frölundaborg
26.03.  N         Oslo - Sentrum Scene
27.03.  N         Haugesund - Byscenen
29.03.  N         Trondheim - Samfundet Storsalen
31.03.  S          Umea - Umea Energi Arena Vind
01.04.  S          Lulea - Lulea Energi Arena

Overkill first track-by-track trailer for 'The Grinding Wheel' launched!
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 05 2017 20:13:57

Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, have recently announced their upcoming eighteenth album, »The Grinding Wheel«, which will be released on February 10th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band have finally revealed the first track-by-track trailer! So if you want to know everything about 'Mean Green Killing Machine', 'Goddamn Trouble', 'Our Finest Hour' and 'Shine On', don't miss to watch this new video here:

»The Grinding Wheel« was produced by the band and mixed by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ACCEPT, EXODUS). The artwork was created again by Travis Smith (NEVERMORE, OPETH, SOILWORK, DEATH...).

Below is the tracklisting for »The Grinding Wheel«:

01. Mean, Green, Killing Machine
02. Goddamn Trouble
03. Our Finest Hour
04. Shine On
05. The Long Road
06. Let's All Go To Hades
07. Come Heavy
08. Red White And Blue
09. The Wheel
10. The Grinding Wheel

Did you miss the interview trailers? Then make sure to watch them here:
Trailer #1:
Trailer #2:
Trailer #3:

Recently, the band released 'Our Finest Hour'. Enjoy an impression of the mighty thrash inferno with this lyric video:

The 7" single is purchasable on black, clear, green, and splatter vinyl and you can order it in our Nuclear Blast shop:

In addition, the band already launched the lyric video for the wild hymn 'Mean, Green, Killing Machine'. This way to headbanging, please:

Pre-order »The Grinding Wheel« digitally and receive 'Mean, Green, Killing Machine' and 'Our Finest Hour' as IG Track instantly:

Pre-order »The Grinding Wheel« physically here:


14.02.  USA     Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theatre
15.02.  USA     Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom (w/ LORDI)
16.02.  USA     Columbus, OH - Park Street Saloon
17.02.  USA     Chicago, IL - Concorde Music Hall
18.02.  USA     Minneapolis, MN - The Cabooze
19.02.  USA     Lawrence, KS - Granada
20.02.  USA     Englewood, CO - Gothic Theater
22.02.  USA     Seattle, WA - El Corazon
23.02.  USA     Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
24.02.  USA     San Francisco, CA - Slim's
25.02.  USA     Anaheim, CA - City National Grove
26.02.  USA     Tempe, AZ - Club Red
27.02.  USA     Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
28.02.  USA     Dallas, TX - Trees
01.03.  USA     Houston, TX - Scout Bar
02.03.  USA     San Antonio, TX - Alamo City Music Hall
03.03.  USA     New Orleans, LA - Southport Music Hall
04.03.  USA     Ybor City, FL - The Ritz Ybor
05.03.  USA     Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse

06.03.  USA     Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
07.03.  USA     Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
08.03.  USA     Washington, DC - Howard Theatre
09.03.  USA     Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall
10.03.  USA     Worcester, MA - Palladium*
11.03.  USA     Sayerville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
* with NILE only

22. - 24.06.     DK       Copenhagen - Copenhell
09. - 12.08.     E          Villena - Leyendas Del Rock
10. - 12.08.     D         Schlotheim - Party.San Open Air
11. - 12.08.     NL       Leeuwarden - Into The Grave NEW!
01./02.12        D         Geiselwind - Christmas Bash NEW!
08./09.12.       D         Oberhausen - Ruhrpott Metal Meeting NEW!


SEPULTURA - first track-by-track trailer for »Machine Messiah« launched!
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 05 2017 00:32:16

Brazilian heavy metal icons, SEPULTURA, will unleash their upcoming studio album, »Machine Messiah«, on January 13th through Nuclear Blast. Today, the band unveils their first track-by-track trailer, in which they talk about the first five songs. Watch it here via YouTube:

Watch the previous studio diaries here:
Studio Diary #1:
Studio Diary #2:
Studio Diary #3:
Studio Diary #4:
Studio Diary #5:
Studio Diary #6:
Studio Diary #7:
Studio Diary #8:

To get another thrilling look into their 14th studio release, you should definitely check the new music video of 'Phantom Self' here:

The band has already released the lyric video of their first digital single, 'I Am The Enemy'.
Check it out here:

Pre-order »Machine Messiah« now:
Pre-order the digital version (incl. 'Phantom Self' and 'I Am The Enemy') here:

The album was produced by the band and Jens Bogren (SOILWORK, OPETH, KATATONIA, AMON AMARTH) of Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. The stunning cover artwork of »Machine Messiah« was created by Filipino artist Camille Della Rosa.

»Machine Messiah« - Tracklisting:

01. Machine Messiah
02. I Am The Enemy
03. Phantom Self
04. Alethea
05. Iceberg Dances
06. Sworn Oath
07. Resistant Parasites
08. Silent Violence
09. Vandals Nest
10. Cyber God

Watch »Sepultura Under My Skin - The Mediator UK Tour 2015« here:
Pt. I:
Pt. II:
Pt. III:
Pt. IV:
Pt. V:
Pt. VI:


01.02.  F          Metz - B.A.M.
02.02.  NL        Tilburg - 013
03.02.  D         Munich - Tonhalle
04.02.  D         Hamburg - Mehr! Theater
06.02.  DK       Copenhagen - Amager Bio
07.02.  N         Oslo - Rockefeller
08.02.  S          Stockholm - Fryshuset
10.02.  FIN       Helsinki - Black Box
11.02.  FIN       Tampere - Pakkahuone
12.02.  EST      Tallinn - Rock Cafe
13.02.  LT        Vilnius - Siemens Arena
15.02.  PL        Warsaw - Progresja
16.02.  A          Vienna - Gasometer
17.02.  D         Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
18.02.  D         Berlin - Columbiahalle
19.02.  CH       Pratteln - Z7
21.02.  I           Trezzo - Live Club
22.02.  F          Grenoble - Summum
23.02.  E          Barcelona - Razzmatazz
24.02.  E          Madrid - Riviera
25.02.  F          Toulouse - Bikini
26.02.  F          Paris - Bataclan
28.02.  UK       Manchester - Academy
01.03.  IRL       Dublin - Vicar Street
02.03.  UK       London - o2 Forum
03.03.  B          Torhout - De Mast
04.03.  D         Essen - Grugahalle
07.03.  RUS     Moscow - Bud Arena*

Andreas Kisser - guitars
Derrick Green - vocals
Eloy Casagrande - drums
Paulo Jr. - bass

More info:

PALLBEARER - sign to Nuclear Blast Entertainment; reveal details for "Heartless"
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 05 2017 00:29:12

Nuclear Blast Entertainment are incredibly pleased to announce the signing of ruminant Arkansas progressive doom quartet PALLBEARER for the territories of UK, Europe, Australia & New Zealand.

Initially formed in 2008, PALLBEARER grew from the fertile underground metal scene of Little Rock, Arkansas - releasing their debut full length »Sorrow And Extinction« in early 2012. The record made an immediate and immense impact on die-hard doom fans and metal critics alike, also forming the four piece fans outside of the metal scene. Their formidable sophomore record, 2014's »Foundations Of Burden« featured on countless critic's end of year lists and cemented their reputation as an unstoppable and emotive force - driving doom beyond its imagined limits, carving themselves an entirely original path through the realm of heavy music.

PALLBEARER commented on the signing:
"We are very excited to be working with Nuclear Blast on this record, as so many of the bands that have helped to shape our own artistic pathways have before us."

Monte Conner, Nuclear Blast Entertainment president adds:
"PALLBEARER continue to evolve and scale new creative and sonic heights with »Heartless«. I am very honoured to be working hand-in-hand with the band, Profound Lore and Oblique Artist Management, and look forward to Nuclear Blast playing a key role in exposing new fans to this incredible band."

PALLBEARER can also reveal today that their highly anticipated forthcoming third record titled »Heartless« is due for March 24th, 2017 release. »Heartless« will be released via Nuclear Blast Entertainment in the UK, Europe, Australia & New Zealand and via Profound Lore in North America.

The »Heartless« tracklisting reads as follows:

01. I Saw The End
02. Thorns
03. Lie Of Survival
04. Dancing In Madness
05. Cruel Road
06. Heartless
07. A Plea For Understanding

PALLBEARER commented on »Heartless«:
"This album finds us exploring new territories; instead of staring into to the void - both above and within - »Heartless« concentrates its power on a grim reality. Our lives, our homes and our world are all plumbing the depths of utter darkness, as we seek to find any shred of hope we can."

And on the ruminative album artwork, created by hugely talented Indiana based oil painter Michael Lierly: "Michael Lierly's indelibly expressive work perfectly captures the feelings of fear and heartbreak we hoped to convey as our world crumbles around us."

The album layout was handled by Chimere Noire.

»Heartless« was recorded entirely to analogue tape at Fellowship Hall Sound, Little Rock, Arkansas between June and August 2016. The record was produced by PALLBEARER, and mixed by acclaimed producer Joe Barresi (TOOL, THE MELVINS, QOTSA, FU MANCHU). Engineering was handled by Jason Weinheimer and Zach Reeves, and mastered by Grammy winning mastering engineer Dave Collins (BLACK SABBATH, ALICE COOPERSOUNDGARDEN, STING).

PALLBEARER were initially formed in 2008 by Joseph D. Rowland (bass) and Brett Campbell (vocals/guitars) – growing from the underground metal scene of Little Rock, Arkansas. A year later they were joined by guitarist Devin Holt and (since departed) drummer Zach Stine, the four members quickly recorded the band’s first impressive demo. These three tracks garnered the band well-deserved attention, with critics and fans taking notice of what could only be described as a wholly singular sound from the promising newcomers.

PALLBEARER's debut full-length »Sorrow And Extinction« was released in early 2012. At just under fifty minutes, the album's five tracks capitalised on the primal clout of the band's demo, but here the songs were freed from reliance on volume as the music wavered beautifully between subdued introspection and towering aural force. Released by respected Canadian underground label, Profound Lore, »Sorrow And Extinction« instantly made waves among listeners and critics who found PALLBEARER's compositional paradox of vulnerability and might unparalleled in a metal world replete with imitators. Hailed by Rolling Stone as the #1 metal album of 2012, the album also received the coveted "Best New Music" stamp of approval from Pitchfork and landed the band on end of year lists at SPIN and NPR. »Sorrow And Extinction« proved to be an unequivocal masterpiece and, most importantly, compelled PALLBEARER to reach even further creatively for what would come next. 2012 would also see the addition of drummer Mark Lierly, adding further depth to the already immense and mercurial sound the band had pioneered.

Rather than settle themselves into the convenient safety of listener expectation, PALLBEARER delved even deeper into melodic contexts for their second record - 2014's »Foundations Of Burden«, working with legendary Bay Area producer Billy Anderson (SLEEP, SWANS, NEUROSIS). With Joseph D. Rowland adding his own impressive vocalisations to the sonic texture, this new vocal dynamic brought an authentically visceral component to PALLBEARER's music that, while giving credence to their metal foundations, added a new and compelling dimension to the music which has long since proved itself to be inexorably captivating. »Foundations Of Burden« charted in the Billboard Top 100, achieving Pitchfork's "Best New Music" accolade and Decibel's highly honoured "Album Of The Year" award.


24.02.  USA     Austin, TX - Barracuda

22.03.  USA     Little Rock, AR - Rev Room
23.03.  USA     Nashville, TN - The End
25.03.  USA     Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
28.03.  USA     Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
29.03.  USA     Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme
30.03.  USA     Indianapolis, IN - 5th Quarter
31.03.  USA     Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall

Brett Campbell | lead vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, synthesizers
Devin Holt | electric & acoustic guitars, vocals
Joseph D. Rowland | electric bass, vocals, synthesizers
Mark Lierly | percussion

More info:

NIGHTWISH - »Vehicle Of Spirit« enters DVD charts worldwide!
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 05 2017 00:26:12

Symphonic metal stars NIGHTWISH recently released their highly anticipated new DVD/BluRay set called »Vehicle Of Spirit«, which immortalizes the »Endless Forms Most Beautiful World Tour 2015 - 2016« on film. It shows the monumental trip through the discography of the Finnish visionaries now and witness two full shows from London and Tampere, as well as plenty of bonus material. In the first two weeks of its release, »Vehicle Of Spirit« already entered the charts worldwide and reached #1 three times! These are all chart results:

# 1       Finland
# 1       Germany 
# 1       Sweden
# 2       Switzerland
# 3       Netherlands 
# 5       Austria
# 9       Belgium
#10      Spain 
#15      France 

You can order the »Vehicle Of Spirit« in many different formats here:
or at the NIGHTWISH shop:

Have you missed the trailers of the DVD? Then make sure to watch them here:
Trailer #1 -
Trailer #2 -
Trailer #3 -

More excerpts from »Vehicle Of Spirit« :
'Shudder Before The Beautiful':
'My Walden':

»Vehicle Of Spirit« is available in the following formats:
(feat. Live @ Wembley Arena London & Live @ Ratina Stadion Tampere + extras)
(feat. Live @ Wembley Arena London & Live @ Ratina Stadion Tampere + extras)
(limited edition, content as above + 2CDs (feat. The Wembley Show))
Exclusive NB Mailorder BOX
(Earbook + 3LP vinyl (black, white, red vinyl) + 12” poster + 12” photo card)

Tracklisting of »Vehicle Of Spirit«:

DVD1 (The Wembley Show)
01. Shudder Before The Beautiful
02. Yours Is An Empty Hope
03. Ever Dream
04. Storytime
05. My Walden
06. While Your Lips Are Still Red
07. Élan
08. Weak Fantasy
09. 7 Days To The Wolves
10. Alpenglow
11. The Poet And The Pendulum
12. Nemo
13. I Want My Tears Back
14. Stargazers
15. Ghost Love Score
16. Last Ride Of The Day
17. The Greatest Show On Earth

DVD2 (The Tampere Show)
01. Shudder Before The Beautiful
02. Yours Is An Empty Hope
03. Amaranth
04. She Is My Sin
05. Dark Chest Of Wonders
06. My Walden
07. The Islander
08. Élan
09. Weak Fantasy
10. Storytime
11. Endless Forms Most Beautiful
12. Alpenglow
13. Stargazers
14. Sleeping Sun
15. Ghost Love Score
16. Last Ride Of The Day
17. The Greatest Show On Earth

DVD3 (Extras)
01. Weak Fantasy (Vancouver)
02. Nemo (Buenos Aires)
03. The Poet And The Pendulum (Mexico City)
04. Yours Is An Empty Hope (Joensuu)
05. 7 Days To The Wolves (Espoo, Barona Arena)
06. Sleeping Sun (Masters Of Rock)
07. Sahara (Tampa Bay)
08. Edemah Ruh acoustic (Nightwish Cruise)
09. Last Ride Of The Day (Rock In Rio feat. Tony Kakko)
10. Élan (Sydney)
11. Richard Dawkins Interview From Wembley

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