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Bjørn Riis to release mini-album “Coming Home” on February 20th 2018

With two critically acclaimed solo albums already to his name, Airbag co-founder, songwriter and lead guitarist Bjørn Riis will kick off 2018 in style with the release of a mini-album on Karisma Records in February.

Titled “Coming Home”, the five-track album will include a newly recorded semi-acoustic version of the title track from Bjorn’s 2014 debut album “Lullabies in a Car Crash”, as well as a duet with the Norwegian singer Sichelle.

Amorphis re-sign to Nuclear Blast and announce special 360° concert experience

Melancholic progressive metallers Amorphis recently finished their successful 18-concert “Under the Red Cloud” Summer tour where they played arena shows with Danish rockers Volbeat amongst others.

But before the Finns close the touring cycle in support of their latest album, there's great news from the band's camp: Amorphis have signed another record deal with Nuclear Blast.

Guitarist Esa Holopainen commented:

Bjørn Riis - Forever Comes to an End

Bjørn Riis, the mastermind of the Norwegian atmospheric rock band Airbag, returns with his sophomore solo release, 3 years after his debut. It is true that Bjørn has “mastered” the art of atmospheric emotional music all these years as he has been “taught” by the best of the best – Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons, Porcupine Tree and so on. Then again, some of the tracks here could have easily been on an Airbag album, but Bjørn knows better and he also keeps some fine tracks for his solos releases.
 

Amorphis part ways with bass player Niclas Etelävuori

Last week, melancholic metallers Amorphis returned from touring North America with their countrymen Swallow The Sun.

The band now prepare for several shows in Russia, European festivals as well as supporting Danish rockers, Volbeat across the continent.

To bridge the gaps between these open air shows, Amorphis have also announced eight headlining shows in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland and Denmark. The band's whole tour itinerary can be found below!

But sadly, there is also some bad news, as the band announces today:

Helfir to release new studio album “The Human Defeat” on June 30th 2017

After the release of “Still Bleeding” in 2015 on My Kingdom Music and the great tour together with Orphaned land, Luca Mazzotta's creature Helfir, is ready to confirm the act as one of the most interesting of the whole Gothic Dark scene.

The second album titled “The Human Defeat” is ready and it will be released on June 30th, 2017, once again on My Kingdom Music.

The beautiful cover of “The Human Defeat” was designed by Antonio Leo.

Tracklist:

Final Coil to release debut album “Persistence of Memory” on June 23rd 2017

Leicester-based alt-prog band Final Coil are pleased to announce that they have signed with WormHoleDeath records for the release of their debut album “Persistence of Memory”.

Phil Stiles statement:
“The label is the perfect home for us. Although they're known for heavier acts they have an amazing wealth of experience and they've been incredibly supportive of the musical direction we wanted to take on this album. That support included a huge number of conversations between label and band as Final Coil sought to develop the ambitious musical and lyrical themes of "Persistence of Memory".

Anathema to release new studio album “The Optimist” on June 9th 2017

After Anathema’s 2012 award-winning album “Weather Systems” and 2014’s spellbinding “Distant Satellites”, the ambient rockers are back with their eleventh full-length, “The Optimist”.

Due for release on June 9th, 2017, through Kscope “The Optimist” will soon reveal some of the darkest, most challenging and unexpected music the sextet have put their name to.

Bjørn Riis to release new studio album “Forever Comes to an End” on May 19th 2017

Norway’s Karisma Records have today revealed details of the sophomore full-length album from Airbag guitarist Bjørn Riis.

Titled “Forever Comes to an End”, the new album is follow up to 2014’s highly acclaimed, and award-winning, “Lullabies in a Car Crash”, and is set for release on May 19th, 2017.

My Dying Bride signs to Nuclear Blast Records

For 27 years, My Dying Bride from West Yorkshire have been the voice of the hopeless and broken, combining haunting sounds with crushing misery and melancholy. With their signature sound they've shaped the doom metal scene like barely any other act and integrated both soft violin melodies and violent death metal growls into their music, whilst always staying strictly loyal to themselves. And since the early Nineties, the band's masterminds and founding members Andrew Craighan and Aaron Stainthorpe forged beautiful grief into twelve studio albums with songs of epic length.

Katatonia announces May 2017 UK & Ireland Tour

Sweden’s much loved architects of dark progressive rock/metal, Katatonia celebrated their 25th anniversary as a band in 2016, a year that also saw them release their 10th studio album – the critically acclaimed “The Fall of Hearts”.

A special one off anniversary show took place at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire towards the end of the year but now the band has revealed that they will tour the UK & Ireland in May.

Guitarist Anders Nyström comments: