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Kamelot Announce 2019 North American Tour

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Last month, we lined out some super awesome news about the band Kamelot (a many year personal favorite of the Metal Media Command HQ) and their exclusive one night only NYC appearance (discussed HERE). Well now it appears that a whole tour is happening and you can read about it below and find some editorial ramblings at the close. Let’s go.

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The Press Release:
What was originally announced as a one-off performance has now become a full blown North American tour! KAMELOT are pleased to announce the second North American Leg of “The Shadow Tour”. Dates begin September 10th in Silver Spring, MD and run through October 12th in Tampa Bay, FL. Support on the tour will come from Sonata Arctica and Battle Beast. A complete list of dates can be found below. Exclusive pre-sale tickets are available now at www.enterthevault.com.

“We’re very excited to announce we’re bringing “The Shadow Tour” back to North America again for another round. On the previous tour we missed some of our favorite cities due to logistics, we demanded to return to North America as soon as possible and visit these great cities, adds Guitarist Thomas Youngblood. Completing this amazing lineup is the addition of Finland’s Sonata Arctica and Battle Beast. Don’t miss this amazing package and once in a decade lineup.”
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Sonata Arctica Announces “Acoustic Adventures” Finnish Tour

The Press Release:
Sonata Arctica will embark on The Acoustic Adventures Tour in early 2019.
As one of the most famous melodic metal acts in the world, the band shows its
diverse talent by exploring their music acoustically. The Acoustic Adventures tour will take place in Concert Halls all over Finland.

Tickets will become available on Monday, October 29th.

And Now The Same Infornstation in Finnish:

SONATA ARCTICA “ACOUSTIC ADVENTURES” -KIERTUEELLE ALKUVUODESTA
Maailman suosituimpiin melodisen metallin yhtyeisiin lukeutuva Sonata
Arctica näyttää moniulotteisuutensa heittäytymällä akustisen
ilmaisun pariin talvisella Suomen kiertueellaan. Akustisen ohjelmiston
lisäksi Sonata Arctica laajentaa reviiriään keikkapaikkojen osalta,
sillä “Acoustic Adventures”-nimeä kantavalla kiertueella bändi
esiintyy normaalista keikkaympäristöstään poikkeavasti
konserttisaleissa ympäri Suomen.
Liput kiertueen konsertteihin tulevat myyntiin maanantaina 29.10.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Wow it looks like I need to get myself to Finland because not only am I a tremendous fan of the band Sonata Arctica and their incredible songs and delivery, we are also allies in this wild world of Metal Music Media. I always catch them when they come to town and strongly suggest friends do the same. Sadly a trek to this is hardly easy but I wonder what some of you closer to the country might think about it so please chime in down below.

Kamelot Returns to The Big Apple For One Night Only!

Now this is some news that a whole lot of Metal fans should be getting behind. The mighty Kamelot is heading back to the USA and its for a one night only stint at the Terminal 5 venue. Check out the press release below for the details.

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The Press Release:
After an epic sold out show earlier this year at the historic Irving Plaza, the demand for another New York City event was immediate. KAMELOT chose the venue Terminal 5 for the next appearance, along with bringing in some heavy hitters in the Symphonic and Metal scene. Special guests Sonata Arctica and openers Battle Beast have been added to the lineup to make the night one not to be missed. Watch an exclusive trailer for the tour below:


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Happy Halloween 2017: Rockers Divulge Their Favorite Horror Films

It’s Halloween and with this post I am giving you a treat that will not promote tooth decay nor lead you to issues with your waistline. In the spirit of my inquiries that featured “Music Resolutions”; I’ve polled a number of Metal and Rock musicians in my world and asked them “What is your favorite Horror movie and why”. So get some popcorn, dim the lights and sit under a cozy blanket as we learn of some awesome talents favorite creepy film. It’s a lengthy list but splitting this one into parts didn’t make sense. Let’s go.

Chris Caffery (Savatage/Trans-Siberian Orchestra): “Halloween”. Because it was the only movie that not only scared me in the theaters it scared me afterwards in real life. In my opinion it’s the best horror film ever made. In the sense of true horror. A real killer. There was no superhuman bs in the first one. Just pure evil.

Gogo Melone (Aeonian Sorrow): From old films was “Dracula”… I really like the atmosphere and as a kid I was a big fan of vampires. The movie that scared my ass off the most and had nightmares for days with, were “The Ring” and “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”…I don’t think I’ll ever see them twice again ??

Jimmy Kunes (Cactus): God there’s so many. “Fearless Vampire Killers”, I know it’s a spoof. But what a film!!!

Elise Ryd (Amaranthe): “The Shining”. Those two kids are the most scary thing I’ve seen. And I don’t like that dude Johnny towards the end. “Here’s Johnny” ? And this is true.. Every time I’m in a hotel with long corridors I expect those kids to show up in the end of the hallway. Haha, that image is haunting me, STILL! It’s Enshrined in my memory.

Archie Kuosmanen (Santa Cruz): Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining because it’s the undisputed heavyweight champion of horror flicks!
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“Closer To An Animal” (Single) by Sonata Arctica

Artist: Sonata Arctica
Title: “Closer To An Animal” (Single)
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 8/12/2016
Genre: Power Metal
Rating: 4/5

In a little over a month fans of those Finnish Metal sensations Sonata Arctica will get to enjoy the bands 10th studio album with “The Ninth Hour” which will come care of their longtime label Nuclear Blast Records. The band recently offered up a taste of the release with the first single called “Closer To An Animal” and here are some quick thoughts about the tune. The pacing of the tune is not your typical zooming melodies that we can occasionally find the band doing and its tempo while a little slower is still very steady. I think I can say it harkens back to the couple of years ago “Stones Grow Her Name” stuff if I could pick one out. That’s not a bad thing at all of course. Lyrically this comes across to me as an awareness piece where the band is telling us to be mindful of the Earth and its creatures around us. It’s not preachy at all of course which is very important to make mention of. We have truly come really far but at the same time we have not when it comes down to how we deal with the stuff that is actually important. I liked the chorus and feel in the live sense this will go over great.
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