Nightwish Decades album and tour 2018

The band Nightwish, whom I am a big fan of, have announced a 60+ date tour this year in America , Europe and Canada. They are releasing an album of remastered tracks from their back catalog. I have pre-ordered the album already. In many ways I wished that they had re-recorded the songs with Floor Jansen’s vocals but I suppose the remastering will be enough.  The tour looks good, it starts in March. Floor is now the mother of a child of course. I wonder how she will adapt her life around the baby. Imagine if the baby eventually becomes a singer!



Delain: Live at Paradiso

Last year I contributed to a Pledge Music campaign by the Dutch band Delain to help them release a 10th anniversary concert recording staged and filmed in December 2016. The gig happened and it was very exciting to get news snippets. This month I’m super-excited because the Blu-Ray/DVD package is finally being distributed. I haven’t yet received mine in the UK but I can see from the Pledge Music website that some lucky fans have started receiving their copies.


Nervosa replace drummer


I heard this news the other week, the excellent all female Brazilian thrash band Nervosa have replaced their previous drummer Fernanda Terra with a new drummer Jully Lee. The only thing I’ve read about the change is that it was due to personal and musical differences, which doesn’t say anything really.

Addendum: OK, I got confused here, Nervosa did change drummer but Jully Lee had already been replaced by Pitchu Ferraz and this was old news from 2012 and I didn’t spot the dates. The news was that during 2017 Luana Dametto had replaced Pitchu Ferraz. 




Upcoming: Kroh

I have read about this band in Metal Hammer and have watched a few videos on YouTube. I am excited about the band, they have a unique sound largely due to their Polish vocalist Oliwia Sobieszek (I have no idea how she pronounces her surname but I assume Oli-via is how you say her forename). The band are from Birmingham and have a doom laden sound with ethereal vocals. Their album Altars is out. They are playing the UK’s Bloodstock festival in August. I look forwards to hearing and reading more about this band.

Arch Enemy announce live DVD

Good news for fans of Arch Enemy, like me, who have received the news that there will be a live DVD/Blu ray released in March of the band’s Wacken 2016 performance. It should be awesome quality considering the number of cameras involved and the sound is mixed by Andy Sneap. The film will be titled As The Stages Burn  and it will include extras like backstage footage and some songs filmed in concert in Japan. I will be pre-ordering it. A YouTube trailer for it is here.


Nightwish: Vehicle of Spirit

My Nightwish Blu Ray disk was waiting for me on Saturday and I couldn’t wait to watch it. I have to say it is an excellent live concert, brilliantly filmed with excellent audio and video. The editing is really well done, not like some music videos that keep switching far too often between cuts, this gives the concerts the perfect video treatment. I have seen a few reviews that moan about the lack of special features but for me there are enough of them. Afterall, we’re not going to get a documentary like “Learn the set list in 48 hours” again, so I don’t know what some people are complaining about. I was thoroughly entertained by the concerts.

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Sad news for ReVamp fans

I see that ReVamp have posted on their official Facebook page that they have officially closed the book. I really enjoyed the music the band wrote in their two albums together. They were a breath of fresh air. I will enjoy listening to the CDs and watching the concerts on YouTube. But I’m sad that the band haven’t planned something for the distant future: I guess it’s unfair to expect the other members. Not a great surprise given Floor’s pregnancy and then the album and touring commitments for a band as big as Nightwish.