Posts Tagged ‘power metal’

Battlebeast—how can that name not bring a smile to a metalhead’s face? The Finnish band combines power metal and traditional ’80s metal into something special: anthemic songs with big hooks and choruses to bring out that inner headbanger in us all. Formed in 2008 and originally featuring vocalist Nitte Valo, the band was left in a compromising position in 2012 when she had to leave the band prior to a coveted opening slot on a tour with Sonata Arctica. In stepped the wild-haired, big voice of a frontwoman, Noora Louhimo, who up until this point had never performed in a heavy metal band. Well, Noora (or as she had me pronounce it, New-rrr-a, with an emphasis on the tongue roll) now has become the heart and soul of Battlebeast, as the band prepares to release its third album with her as vocalist, Bringer of Pain (Feb. 17, 2017, Nuclear Blast Records). The band—rounded out by bassist/vocalist Eero Sipilä, drummer Pyry Vikki, guitarist Juuso Soinio, keyboardist Janne Björkroth and his brother, guitarist Joona Björkroth—will serve as openers, along with Leave’s Eyes, for Sabaton on a U.S. tour this spring. Live Metal’s Jeff Maki talked with Noora about Bringer of Pain, the interesting story of how she joined the band, it’s ’80s metal style and much more. (more…)

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Greek melodic Power metal masters Firewind, are releasing their eighth studio album, Immortals, on January 20th, 2017. In order to give you a next preview teaser for the upcoming album, a bombastic video clip, which was produced by the iCODE Team (Kamelot, Devin Townsend Project, Moonsorrow, etc.), as well as a digital single for the album track “Ode To Leonidas” are available now. Check out the video and read more info inside! (more…)

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American power-metallers Kamelot have released a new video for its song “Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy),” featuring an awesome guest vocal spot from Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy). The track comes from Kamelot’s new album Haven (May 5, 2015) available now on Napalm/Universal/ADA. Watch the video inside! (more…)

amaranthe-massive-addictiveReview by Jeff Maki
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When I first heard Amaranthe a short time ago, I immediately pegged them for a band that someone like Kerrang would be all over. Featuring three vocalists—the beautiful siren, Elize Ryd; the death metal guy, Henrik Englund; and a power metal guy who looks like he was plucked out of Linkin Park’s lineup, Jake E.—they would have been all the rage and graced every metal magazine cover at Tower Records years ago. They’re pretty, slick and polished. I don’t know about magazine covers, but I can tell you their music video for “The Nexus” has an astounding 6.3 million views to date on YouTube, and the band proudly boasts they have 50 million plays on Spotify. Yet here in the U. S., they are still unknown. Will that change with the release of its third album, Massive Addictive?

Following the debut 2011 self titled album and the 2013 breakthrough album, The Nexus, the new album title makes perfect sense, because even for fans that are drawn to the more extreme metal bands, Amaranthe’s Soilwork/Epica/Linkin Park combination of styles molds death metal, pop, techno and power metal into a sound that is indeed massively addictive. (more…)

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Bay Area Metal Titans, Machine Head, continue their live domination of North America with the announcement of their 21-show U.S. and Canadian trek in support of their debut studio album for Nuclear Blast Entertainment, due out this fall.

With a devastating line-up that features support from Finnish heavy metal powerhouse Children of Bodom, Dutch symphonic metallers Epica, and American melodic death/thrash openers Battlecross, this epic trek launches on October 4th in Denver, Colorado and includes five Canadian cities before closing out in Hollywood, California on November 1st. View tour dates inside: (more…)

edguy-space-policeReview by Jeff Maki
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Just seeing or hearing the name Edguy makes me smile. The band is kind of like a guilty pleasure, a breath of fresh air among all the extreme metal that rattles my head on a daily basis.  A band that always has played by its own rules, whether it’s the European power metal of the band’s early years or just hard rockin’ heavy metal. And Edguy’s 10th studio album, Space Police: Defenders of the Crown, has it all. (more…)

Edguy's Jens Ludwig alludes the Space Police for a Live Metal interview.

Edguy’s Jens Ludwig eludes the Space Police for a Live Metal interview.

Live Metal has been around for more than eight years, and even though we are always out looking for new bands to cover, it’s fun when things come around full circle. Such is the case with Germany’s Edguy. When I first interviewed Jens Ludwig, the band’s guitarist, way back on March 19, 2006, for the Rocket Ride album release, we were barely a month old. Since then, we’ve been doing our thing, while Edguy has toured the world, released two more studio albums, a live album and, now in 2014, is about to release maybe its strongest effort yet, Space Police: Defenders of the Crown (April 29, 2014, Nuclear Blast). The band’s over-the-top style is a lot to take in, and its certainly had its critics and probably always will. But for me, Edguy is a breath of fresh air among all the extreme metal that rattles my head on a daily basis. The band has gone from a premier power metal band to more of a hard rock sound in recent years, but with Space Police they make a clear statement to the metal world: There are no limitations and music equals freedom. And for Edguy and its fans, the happiest band in metal also make things lots of fun. Just seeing or hearing the name Edguy makes me smile.

Live Metal’s Jeff Maki once again connected with Ludwig to talk about Edguy’s style and legacy and opening for the Scorpions as a special guest on their world tour. Most importantly, we answer the question: Just who are the Space Police? (more…)

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This one holds a special place in our hearts, as guitarist Jens Ludwig of Edguy was one of our first interviews posted (read) on Live Metal. Well, “Hair Force One” is back with a new album, with everything over-the-top and lovable that is Edguy. This first track kind of reminds me of Judas Priest’s “Painkiller.” Check it out inside and look for more Edguy on Live Metal real soon. (more…)

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Self-described as “heavy, melodic, tongue-in-cheek, and unfashionable,” German superhero heavy metal quintet Edguy have taken their trademarked sense of humor, packed it in a rocket, and headed for space – again.  The artwork for their eleventh studio album, Space Police: Defenders Of The Crown, has now been unveiled on the band’s website. Where does this artwork rank with the band’s past album covers? (more…)

gamma-ray-to-the-metalSince they’re gearing up for a new EP, and since we didn’t review it when it came out, I figured it was time to look back on last year’s album from German power metal heroes Gamma Ray, To the Metal!

While the title is really bad (seriously, To the Metal!? Even Spinal Tap wouldn’t have come up with that one) the music therein is pure Gamma Ray.  (more…)

Tobias Sammet of Edguy

Tobias Sammet of Edguy

Germany’s Edguy is stronger than ever. In the past year, the band has had several new releases—a new studio album, Tinnitus Sanctus, a DVD and live album called Fucking with Fire, and a compilation of singles and past EPs simply called The Singles. If that wasn’t enough, charismatic frontman Tobias Sammet also has another band named Avantasia—sort of an ongoing rock opera. Yes, he’s been to the opera, he’s a “Superhero,” a member of the “Hellfire Club,” and most importantly, he’s now been “fucking with fire” for parts of two decades, but now is the time for Tobias Sammet and Edguy.

Edguy is currently on a North American tour supporting Tinnitus Sanctus as the touring cycle draws towards a close for the album. Sammet checked in with Live-Metal.net’s Jeff Maki while out on the road to discuss the album, the flurry of new Edguy releases, life on tour and more. (more…)

Edguy: "Holy Ear Damage"

Edguy: “Holy Ear Damage”

You would be hard pressed to find a more entertaining rock band than Germany’s Edguy. Known mainly as a power metal band in the early part of their career, starting with 2004’s Hellfire Club and on through their last album, 2006’s Rocket Ride (review), Edguy showed a knack for comedy and ’80s glam rock flair. The style received mixed reactions from fans and peers, but Edguy remained successful nonetheless. It had reached the point where people were starting to wonder if Edguy was serious about anything anymore, or were they merely a parody of heavy metal?

With their new album Tinnitus Sanctus (review), Edguy has surprised everyone. Not only does the music take on a more serious nature, but they have virtually abandoned the over-the-top power metal in favor of a more straightforward hard-rocking, heavy metal album. Not long after its release, Edguy guitarist Jens Ludwig phoned in to Live-Metal.net’s Jeff Maki to talk about the album and Edguy’s musical direction. Despite Jeff’s somewhat negative review of Tinnitus Sanctus (much to the chagrin of Ludwig), Jens put his feelings aside and was still able to do the interview as scheduled. (more…)