3/06/2013

Spring break with Gamma Ray, Iced Earth and Timo Tolkki

Looks like we've reached some sort of turning point - maybe Winter is about to say goodbye for some time. I like that - finally some sun and feeling way better now. So let's see what the metal universe has done in the recent Winter months.

Gamma Ray have announced that they will put out a new EP entitled "Master Of Confusion". Having just released their “Live – Skeletons and Majesties” DVD / Blue Ray the band already comes around with some new stuff for their dedicated fans. It's said to be released on March 15th 2013 featuring a packed CD containing stuff with a length of about 60 minutes. That's value for money in my eyes. The Tracklist for this nice package includes the following songs:

A Side
1. Empire Of The Undead (new studio track)
2. Master Of Confusion (new studio track)
B Side
3. Death Or Glory (Holocaust studio cover version)
4. Lost Angels (Sweet studio cover version)
C Side*
5. The Spirit / 6. Wings Of Destiny / 7. Gamma Ray
8. Farewell / 9. Time To Break Free / 10. Insurrection

*Recorded live in Bochum.

Here's the first teaser for the upcoming release:
The next one's are Iced Earth who have announced a fresh DVD under the name of  Live In Ancient Kourion. The band's set was filmed at the ancient Kourion Theater in Limassol, Cyprus, in December 2011. The band points out on their website that "(...) Filming and recording a 2 1⁄2 hour show in an amphitheater that is 6000 years old and is not set-up for a rock concert, paired with 40-degree Celsius heat, were just some of the obstacles to overcome.(...)". Take a look on what's coming up below...

Finally I've come around the news that Timo Tolkki has incinated a new project under the bannner of THE LAND OF NEW HOPE - The new Metal Opera. Featuring some great musicians like Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X), Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE), Rob Rock, Tony Kakko (SONATA ARCTICA), Sharon Den Adel (WITHIN TEMPTATION), Michael Kiske (UNISONIC, HELLOWEEN), Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS) and Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) the introduction of the vocalists has made me very curious on this one. More information regarding the upcoming release is said to be made available by Frontiers Records on Monday, Februry 25.  Up to this point take a look on what's been released so far.

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