In an interview published by finnish magazine, Iltalehti,on February 5th, Jonne Aaron, leader of emotional rock'n'roll band, Negative, announced that the band will be taking a year off. Though the decision was hard to make, Jonne believes that on the long run this will benefit the group, and they will come back even sharper next year.
The singer, which has gained enormous popularity after participating in the musical program Vain elämää confirmed via Facebook that he will be publishing a solo CD this spring, followed by a tour.
Created in 1997, Negative has published 6 CD's so far: War of Love (2003), Sweet & Deceitful (2004), Anorectic (2006), Karma Killer (2008), God likes your style (2009) and Neon (2010). The rock'n'roll group is currently made up by Jonne Aaron (voice), Antti Anatomy (bass), Jay Slammer (drums), Mr. Snack (keyboard) and Hata Salmi (guitar).
The band's last concert will take place in Salo, Finland on March 15th. All their shows for the summer of 2013 have been cancelled.
Love Metal band, HIM, have finally confirmed the release dates of their upcoming album "Tears on Tape". The CD will be released in Finland on April 26th and the rest of Europe on April 29th. USA and Canada will have to wait one more day, (April 30th), for the album.
The recording and subsequent release of "Tears on Tape" went through several setbacks as Gas Lipstick, the group's drummer, became ill and incapable of playing for several months. Furthermore, in 2011, the band severed ties with their long time record company, Sire/Warner.
Though Seppo Vesterinen, HIM's manager, assured that the band was still alive and looking for a new record label, rumours abounded about their termination. It wasn't until the summer of 2012 when Ville Valo, lead singer and composer, announced that they would start recording something new in September that the fans breathed a sigh of relief. A few months later, a compilation album, "XX – Two Decades of Love Metal", was released with a new song "Strange World", originally from american artist, Ké.
Recorded in the Finnvox Studios with the collaboration of producer Hiili Hiilesmaa and mixer Tim Palmer, "Tears on Tape" consists of 13 songs and will be released in Europe through Vertigo Berlin (Universal Music Group).
The group, currently made up by Ville Valo (voice), Linde Lindström (guitar), Migé Amour (bass), Emerson Burton (keyboard) and Gas Lipstick (drums) is the only Finnish band to have ever achieved Gold certification in the USA.
As of yet, no tour dates have been notified in Spain, though some festivals, such as UK's Download Festival or Germany's Mera Luna's Festival, have been confirmed.
Tickets to Sonisphere 2013 Spain are available for purchase at www.ticketmaster.es among other retailers. This year, the festival headlined by Iron Maiden will take place for the first time ever in two cities: Madrid and Barcelona. On May 31st the audience from Madrid will see the likes of Iron Maiden, Danzig, Avantasia, among others yet to be confirmed. Heavy metal fans from Barcelona will have the groups to themselves on June 1st.
Tilo Wollf and Anne Nurmi, aka Lacrimosa, will be playing at Sala Arena in Madrid on Friday January 18th and in Sala Salamandra I in Barcelona the next day.
Created in 1990 under their own record label, Hall of Sermon, Lacrimosa has been a pioneer in several musical styles throughout their more than 20 years of career. A mixture of poetic lyrics (sung mostly in German), that speak of loneliness, darkness, love and despair, along with classical influences and current trends has permitted the first independent German group to record at the Legendary Abbey Road Studios and work with famous orchestras such as the London Symphony.
Their new album, which released at the beginning of September, “Revolution” has been classified by powermetal.de as an exceptionally straightforward album. In an interview with Rock Revolt Magazine, Tilo Wolff explained what the album was about: “I think we are living in a world that is not really suitable for humans with all our needs and desires. We humans created this world and yet we don’t fit into it anymore. This is a tragic joke! We are guided by media that only presents us a version of reality. Most of us are stuck in a job that guarantees daily frustration; after all, we have to fight against our own species when it comes down to it. We hurt or disobey each other. No-one out there does this harm to us. It is ourselves! And therefore I think we should stop complaining and start working on a better world. And each and everyone can start within their own surrounding. And this is what this album is about.”
The group gave a stellar performance on October 18th at the Joy
Eslava venue in Madrid
In early September, Anathema won the award for best live
performance of the Progressive Music Awards. After seeing their show on October
18th at the Joy Eslava Venue, Madrid,
it is only natural that they won. The group from England, offered an amazing concert
which invited the viewer to explore and feel the music in the depths of their
Normally, people associate metal music with headbanging
and people jumping up and down waving fists filled with spiked bracelets in the
air. Few know the depths that can be found behind that music. Anathema is a
group that has gone beyhond traditional metal creating a unique progresive
atmospheric sound that invited refluction while seducing the listener.
The concert was an example of what the group who has been
working for more than 10 years, can achieve. At a quarter to nine, even though
there were still people coming in and a few asking for leftover tickets at the
door, the first chords introducing the group to the stage began to ring. Untouchable I and Untouchable II, two songs from their latest album, "Weather
Systems" were the first songs to fill the theatre.
The venue was packed but unlike other concerts in which too much people can be
a burden, here, Anathema created a sense of intimacy and closeness with the
It’s an impossible task to appease everyone, but Anathema
tried to satisfy as much people as possible going back in time to play songs
from older albums that date back as far as 1998. They even played songs never
before heard in a Madrid stage, such as two out of the three songs played from
their album"Judgment”, Deep, Emotional Winter, Wings Of God.
The set of stage lights, the powerful voice of Vincent Cavanagh mixed with
David Cavanagh and the angelic voice of Lee Douglas left the audience stunned,
listening and nodding to the rhythm of the melancholic sound of the music.
Lyrics were whispered and not shouted at full potential, almost as if the
audience were afraid of breaking the magic being created on stage. It was only
under the encouragment of Vicent or David when songs were chorused loudly, with
bodies writhing to the beat.
A Simple Mistakefrom the album "We're here Because We're
Here", was introduced as a song about the beauty of life, followed by Lightening, Storm Before The Calm and The beginning and the end.
Attendees were amazed with the show, but many gasped with Natural Disaster. The group called for public input to illuminate
the room with their phones while the mirror ball flashed through every corner,
giving the impression that the sky had dipped to Earth to listen to Anathema.
Since then, emotions seemed to overflow. Some wept openly with
"Flying", others concentrated on the stage, staring fixedly or
shaking their heads rhythmically while others closed their eyes, imagining only
they know what.
The encore brought two more songs, Fragile
Dreams and Internal Landscapes, as
well as more tears when Vicent thanked the audience for having bought tickets
that cost almost 30euros: "We know
the situation in Spain
and we appreciate you coming tonight."
Wrenching voices, emotional lyrics, beautiful music. The Anathema concert in Madrid was an experience
hard to tell in words for it was more than a sensorial experience, it was
extrasensory. Vincent Cavanagh which was signing along with the rest of the
group, records, shirts and stickers at the merchandising stand, said that the Madrid show was the best
so far. We don’t doubt that it was indeed something worth living.
Daniel Cavanagh’s last words were: "Adios Madrid, hasta
luego, hasta la próxima.” (Goodbye
you soon, until next time). See you soon, Anathema, we’ll be looking forward to it.