Pre-order: Lacuna Coil: The 119 Show Live in London

2018 has been a very special year for Italy’s premier metal band, Lacuna Coil. It is the 20th anniversary of the band’s first release. So on 19th January they held a special party at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town London. In November they release it as a CD DVD double pack and I was lucky enough to be able to pre-order it this weekend. I am looking forward to it very much indeed.

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Auri: Tuomas Holopainen’s side project

Before I’d heard about Floor Jansen’s side project, I heard about this one. It’s actually 3 people: Tuomas Holopainen, Troy Donockley and Johanna Kurkela. The music is not rock apparently but I think I would still like it because Tuomas is involved. So, this is another one on my list – the album is due out on 23rd March but can be pre-ordered now.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Vehicle of Spirit: Nightwish

I finally pre-ordered my Blu-Ray copy of the Nightwish live concert film for the Endless Forms Most Beautiful tour. I am looking forward to the release on 16th December. It will tie in well with my annual leave this Christmas. I have bought a few CDs recently and a music DVD I should have posted about. I will endeavour to write something soon but life has been very busy lately!