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Blackmore’s Night To Release 2017 Edition Of “Winter Carols”

As we step into Fall, there is no reason to avoid the subject of Holiday Music and since we’ve been fans of Blackmore’s Night for quite a few years, it was awesome to read this news about their spirited songs for Christmastime. Read on down below for the full press release and check out the image. I’ll be back at the close.

The Press Release:
Ritchie Blackmore has been known worldwide for his guitar shredding in Deep Purple and Rainbow. He has also shown hints of his penchant for medieval music in both of those bands. That 18th and 19th Century love, though, has only truly come to the fore within the acoustic context of his “renaissance rock” project, Blackmore’s Night. Together, with award-winning vocalist / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Candice Night, (often compared to Stevie Nicks and Karen Carpenter), Blackmore’s Night is currently celebrating the band’s 20th Anniversary.

Passionate about the musical melodies and styles of the past, combined with their love for the spirit of the holiday season, they recorded Winter Carols to share with their fans, friends and Blackmore’s Night families. Winter Carols is holiday music at its best, performed and sung as it was hundreds of years ago, when the peasants and royalty alike shared the jovial spirit of the holidays. For this very special re-release of their holiday album (out on digital formats on September 22, on CD October 13), Blackmore’s Night included three brand new recordings of “Deck The Halls”, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, and “Oh Christmas Tree”. Each song, arranged by Ritchie Blackmore, is lovingly filtered through the Blackmore’s Night prism, given an eclectic Renaissance touch topped with Candice Night’s ethereal vocals.

It’s this love of Renaissance-based and classical melodies that endears Blackmore’s Night to hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide. Their unique genre is classified as “fantasy music for all ages.”

“The holiday season has always embodied joy, love, peace and togetherness,” says Candice. “We are entranced by the magic of the season. The sentiments of the holidays are what we try to express in our music year round—so this CD is a natural progression. All the music we craft and create has always been about love, unity and friendship. These songs as a whole are beautiful unifying carols. Feel the warmth of friendship! Everyone can join in.”

“The origin of the word ‘carol’ means ‘dance’,’” adds Ritchie. “I am naturally attracted to these melodies. As a kid, I would go from house to house during the holiday time and sing them just to earn some money. As an adult, I thought I could play them and make more money!”

Celebrate the holiday season with Blackmore’s Night!

Track Listing:
1. Deck The Halls
2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
3. Oh Christmas Tree
4. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Come All Ye Faithful
5. I Saw Three Ships
6. Winter (Basse Dance)
7. Ding Dong Merrily On High
8. Ma-O-Tzur
9. Good King Wencesla
10. Lord Of The Dance/Simple Gifts
11. We Three Kings
12. Wish You Were Here
13. Emmanuel
14. Christmas Eve
15. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: When I saw this press release I knew that the album had sounded on the familiar side to me and that was because WAYYYY back in 2006 I had reviewed the original version of it. You can scroll page through the pages of time and see that legacy album review by clicking on THIS LINK. In looking at it today I can say that it’s in need of a revisit and possible expansion. If I get my hands on a copy you can count on that being discussed for you so let’s stay tuned on that. What about you fans of the Blackmore’s Night project? Do you own this album already or have you heard about it and always been on the curious side? Chime in down below. See you next time.

Official Website: http://www.blackmoresnight.com/
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackmoresnightofficial/

Watch “All Our Yesterdays” Music Video by Blackmore’s Night

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Sometime yesterday the new video by those Renaissance Rockers Blackmore’s Night made its first appearance and I wanted to make sure that we gave it a little love here on the website. For you newbies that is the band formed by former Rainbow guitar god Richie Blackmore and his Folk Queen Candice Night. It’s the title of the band’s new album “All Our Yesterdays” which comes care of Frontiers Records.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: As far as music video clips go this one was very simple in terms of its content. We find the group performing to the camera in a forest which totally goes with what is expected of them and there is some dancing here and there. That’s about it but I liked it since there is a lot of Candice Night who remains one of the most stunning of all the female lead singers I have ever enjoyed watching do their thing. Okay, relax I am not trying to gush here but it does add to the appeal of watching a clip such as this. The song is also a very straightforward rousing tune by the band and didn’t break any new ground for me personally but I will have a better handle on that once I get around to reviewing the full on album. It’s a nice taste of what is to come and if you like the band already I think they will keep you satisfied with it. If you have not yet been schooled on them then this lets you walk into the waters with ease. If you don’t like them I am afraid I don’t know what to tell you. Click another link on the site, find something you go crazy for. What do you readers think of this particular clip?

Official Website: http://www.blackmoresnight.com

“Shadow Of The Moon” by Blackmore’s Night

Artist: Blackmore’s Night
Title: “Shadow Of The Moon”
Label: Minstrel Hall Music
Release Date: 2/9/2010
Genre: Folk Rock
Rating: 4/5

Originally released on Steamhammer SPV records in 1997, the debut release by Blackmore’s Night “Shadow Of The Moon” has been remastered and now comes care of Minstrel Hall Music. The album is essentially the introduction to the world of the new phase in musical life that was being presented by former Deep Purple and Rainbow axe slinger Ritchie Blackmore who is joined by his then companion, the lovely Candice Night (the couple would eventually marry in 2009). Together they would play an interesting blend of Classical music with a very strong Folk and Renaissance flavor to it and depending on what your tastes are this might be just what you are looking for because it is very, very different from what the conventional Blackmore fans were expecting him to do. In today’s music realm I admit to being a fan of what the band does for the world, but I had to say that when this release was initially distributed I hardly cared what it was all about for my head was in a different place and of course twelve years younger as well. Since that time I have grown to appreciate all of the wonderful melodies and arrangements that they do so it was very interesting to hear the debut release so long after it first came to us. Blackmore plays all of the guitars, be they acoustic or electric, on the album and even offers up a little tambourine and some drums while Candice handles all of the vocals. The end result is a number of great songs that take you to a different place and time and that is very effective when the music can do that to you from just a single listen. There is a warmth to the style of Blackmore’s Night that is not easily duplicated and while the debut release is largely acoustic in nature there are some rocking moments and more up tempo pieces that work out rather well.
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Blackmore’s Night @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza (10/29/2009)

Gather ye Lords and Ladies fair, come with me to the Renaissance Faire, hurry now we’re almost ready to be taken on the Secret Voyage that only a band like Blackmore’s Night can take us on.  Don’t be tardy lest the oil in the Village Lanterne run out on you for we are ready to partake in mintrel’s playing and some dandelion wine.  Make haste my friends – for the clock ticks on.

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Artist: Blackmore’s Night
Venue: The Fillmore NY (New York, NY)
Opener: Minstrel Albert
Date: 10/29/2009
Label: SPV Records

This has been an interesting week for me so far and had begun with some crushing Black Metal at this very same venue courtesy of Satyricon. I followed it up with some Melodic Doom on Monday, a little Glam Rock on Tuesday and now here I was ready to experience for the first time in person the Renaissance Rocking might of Blackmore’s Night. This would probably be the most unique out of my experiences this week for while tomorrow would be the Dethklok show and a Halloween Haunting with The Misfits on Saturday, I had seen those acts before. That means tonight I would be walking straight into the past in some sense based on all of the period garb that was surrounding me. You might not know this but the audience all get suited up in lavish gowns, tights, kilts and ruffled puffy shirts like something out of a movie based on the olden days or “Ye Olden Days” for that matter. Sadly I’ve no kilt, because I probably would have gotten into the spirit of things and since I was dressed head to toe in black attire myself, I told those who raised a curious eye to me that I was playing the part of the Metal Black Knight this evening. It seemed to work. The show was held at The Fillmore NY and would be a seated show in the main level area and a standing room only set up at the back bar and upstairs region. It was my first seated show at this space so it was slightly tricky to navigate for the purposes of photos. Opening up the night’s festivities would be Minstrel Albert who played a wide variety of wind instruments. He would be preceded by Earl Grey who played a string instrument but I did not catch a single moment of his brief set.
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“Paris Moon” by Blackmore’s Night

Artist: Blackmore’s Night
Title: “Paris Moon”
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 11/6/2007
Genre: Renaissance Rock
Rating: 4/5

For just about a decade now Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night have taken their group Blackmore’s Night around the world to play wonderful shows at Concert Halls and Renaissance Fairs much to the delight of their ever growing fan base. The live DVD “Paris Moon” presents them in concert at the famed Olympia Theatre in Paris France during their 2006 appearance where the band was celebrating the latest album in their catalog, the SPV Records release “The Village Lanterne”. This DVD is actually the second such issue in a row from the group but there are some significant differences between the two that make each one something that the viewer can enjoy without finding too much in the way of repetition. The first one was called “Castles And Dreams” and on this we found them appearing at a Renaissance Festival in Germany. The band was performing under the stars in front of an audience that was largely decked out in traditional Ren-Faire garb while “Paris Moon” gives you the chance to see them do their thing in a beautiful theatre indoors. Having viewed both of the DVD’s I was happy to see a theatrical presentation of the band because I had not yet been able to attend a concert myself and felt that this was the next best thing until I can get around to doing so. While one can agree that a live DVD is not as good as actually being at the show you cannot argue about their effectiveness in reaching a larger audience than any one gig affords them to. Like the previous DVD this one does its job commendably and brings the viewer straight to the front row and center stage as the wonders of Blackmore’s Night unfold before their very eyes.
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