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Volbeat Set To Tour With Nightwish
February 20, 2009
Danish rockabilly thrashers, Volbeat, unleash their 2nd U.S. album, 'Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood', on March 17th on Mascot Records U.S.A. This new rock-a-billy metal masterpiece arrives on the tail end of their successful 2008 release, 'Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil'. They will support this release with a month long tour with Multi-platinum Finish band Nightwish in May 2009. Tour dates are listed below.

The title 'Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood' refers to a story that connects seven of the thirteen (official) songs on the album: "Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood," "Find That Soul," "Maybellene I Hofteholder," "Still Counting," "Back To Prom," "Light A Way" and "A Broken Man And The Dawn." It’s a tale about a travelling band whose leader is a man that once got shot in the desert and left for dead. During the bands tour he went on a mission to find the mysterious killer that put seven bullets in his body. While travelling from city to city the band ends up in a small town called Ten House City performing for just a handful of people in the local bar. The songs offer observations of the people in the rundown venue, made by the bandleader. This storyline will continue to be a connecting theme and developed as Volbeat writes future albums.

Volbeat US Tour Dates 2009:
5/01 - Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
5/02 - Nokia Theater - NYC
5/03 - Crocodile Rock Café - Allentown, PA
5/05 - Sonar - Baltimore, MD
5/06 - Club Oasis - Louisville, KY
5/08 - Pop's - Sauget, IL
5/09 - Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK
5/10 - Scout Bar - San Antonio, TX
5/11 - Pavillion @ Concrete Street - Corpus Christi, TX
5/12 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
5/14 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA

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Volbeat To Join Nightwish On U.S. Tour
November 2, 2008
Danish rock n' metallers, Volbeat, will unleash their trademark rockabilly sound on unsuspecting Americans come 2009 as they tour the US with Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers, Nightwish, on their two-week May 2009 U.S. tour. Volbeat will be in support of their second U.S. release, 'Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood', slated for March 2009 on Mascot Records U.S.A.

The video for the song "Maybellene I Hofteholder", can be viewed below. The song is the first single from the forthcoming album, 'Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood'.

Original and different, classic and cutting edge, Volbeat is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Michael Poulsen, guitarist Thomas Bredahl, bassist Anders Kjølholm and drummer Jon Larsen. Already endorsed by Vans, Eastpak, Gibson, In Tune Guitar Picks, De Palma and Dean Markley, Volbeat is intent on earning the adoration of American fans from coast to coast.

Volbeat Tour Dates w/ Nightwish:
5/01 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
5/02 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theater
5/03 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
5/05 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
5/06 - Louisville, KY @ Club Oasis
5/08 - Sauget, IL @ Pops
5/09 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
5/11 - Corpus, TX @ Pavillion at Concrete Street
5/12 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
5/14 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

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Nightwish Announce Fall Tour, Digital B-Sides Only Release
July 29, 2008
Finland's Nightwish will once again tour U.S. soil, hitting all major markets and cities along the way. The band will bring its massively popular yet refreshingly unique blend of progressive Euro metal, fueled by the siren-like vocals of Anette Olzon, to North American shores for the third and final trek in support of last year's 'Dark Passion Play', which has sold nearly 75,000 copies since it's September 2007 release.

Coinciding with the tour, the band will also release a digital-only collection of demos and B-sides titled The Sound of Nightwish Reborn, available through all digital service providers, on September 2. This release, which clocks in at nearly 70 minutes of music, retains "must have" status for all Nightwish diehards, since it includes a bevy of exclusive material, such as demo versions of songs from the Dark Passion Play sessions that were recorded prior to Olzon joining the band and that feature Marco Tapani Hietala handling the vocals, as well as B-sides.

The track listing for The Sound of Nightwish Reborn is as follows.

1. "Eva" (Demo version) - Demo session, pre-album*
2. "Reach" ("Amaranth" Demo) - Demo session, pre-album*
3. "While Your Lips Are Still Red" - B-side, pre-album
4. "Escapist" - B-side, Album session
5. "The Poet and The Pendulum" - Demo version, pre-album*
6. "Bye Bye Beautiful (DJ Orkidea remix)" - Album session
7. "Meadows of Heaven" - Orchestral version, album session
8. "Amaranth" - Orchestral version, album session
9. "The Escapist" - Instrumental Version, album session

Songs marked with a (*) indicate pre-Olzon demo versions.

Nightwish Tour dates:
08/29 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
08/30 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
09/01 - Metropolis - Montreal, CAN
09/02 - Docks Nightclub - Toronto, CAN
09/04 - Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
09/05 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
09/06 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
09/09 - Showbox SoDo - Seattle, WA
09/10 - Roseland Grill - Portland, OR
09/12 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
09/13 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
09/14 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
09/16 - Palladium Ballroom - Dallas, TX
09/17 - La Zona Rosa - Austin, TX
09/19 - Meridian - Houston, TX
09/20 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
09/21 - Jannus Landing - St. Petersburg, FL
09/23 - Valarium - Knoxville. TN
09/24 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
09/26 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
09/27 - Nokia Theatre - New York, NY
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Sonic Syndicate: 'Sonic TV Pt. 3' Video Uploaded
December 3, 2007
The third enstallment of Sonic Syndicates Sonic TV is now online at this location. This episode documents the bands on hijinx while on tour in Europe recently with Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity and Caliban.

Sonic Syndicate are currently making their US debut with Amon Amarth and Himsa. The band will be returning the U.S. next May as direct support to Nightwish! Confirmed dates with Nightwish so far are as follows:

05/05 - Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
05/06 - Webster Theater Hartford, CT
05/07 - Chance Theater Poughkeepsie, NY
05/09 - Centre De Foire Quebec City, QC
05/11 - Cowboys London, ON
05/14 - Garrik Centre Winnipeg, MB
05/15 - The Drink Regina, SK
05/16 - Starlite Room Edmonton, AB
05/17 - MacEwan Hall Ballroom Calgary, AB
05/19 - Sugar Victoria, BC
05/20 - Croation Cultural Centre Vancouver, BC
05/22 - The Boardwalk Orangevale, CA
05/23 - House of Blues San Diego, CA
05/24 - House of Blues Las Vegas, NV
05/26 - Ogden Theater Denver, CO
05/27 - Granada Lawrence, KS
05/28 - Pops Sauget, IL
05/29 - The Muse Nashville, TN
05/30 - Headliners Music Hall Louisville, KY
05/31 - The Pearl Room Mokena, IL

Sonic Syndicate's video for the song "Enclave" has been posted at Youtube, and can be viewed below. The track comes off the Swedish metal band's sophomore CD, 'Only Inhuman', which entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 64 an impressive feat considering the group had never performed in the country prior to the album's release. The CD also landed at No. 22 on the Swedish chart.

Sonic Syndicate's video for the first single off 'Only Inhuman', "Denied", can be viewed at this location.
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Sonic Syndicate To Support Nightwish On Spring 2008 Tour
November 14, 2007
Sonic Syndicate has been confirmed as the support act for Nightwish on their spring 2008 North American tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:

May 05 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
May 06 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
May 07 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
May 09 - Quebec City, QUE @ Centre De Foire
May 11 - London, ONT @ Cowboy's
May 14 - Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
May 15 - Regina, SK @ The Drink
May 16 - Edmonton, AL @ Starlite Room
May 17 - Calgary, AL @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
May 19 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar
May 20 - Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Cultural Centre
May 22 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
May 23 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
May 24 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
May 26 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
May 27 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada
May 28 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
May 30 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner's Music Hall
May 31 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room

Tickets are available exclusively through until November 26, 2007 at which point they will go on sale through all normal ticketing systems.
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HOME TOWN: Kitee, Finland
Anette Olzon - Vocals
Tuomas Holopainen - Keys
Marco Hietala - Bass & Vocals
Jukka Nevalainen - Drums
Emppu Vuorinen - Guitars

You may not know Nightwish yet, but the Finnish goth-orchestral-metal band is a phenomenon throughout the rest of the world. The group's fifth album, the platinum-certified Once, hit #1 over the Summer on the Pan-European charts, and stayed there for three weeks. Behind them? The Beastie Boys, Avril Lavigne, Norah Jones and Usher, among others.So who or what is this band? On first listen, Nightwish seems to fall into the same genre as Evanescence, Lacuna Coil and The Gathering � female-fronted metal band with symphonic and gothic overtones. But any similarities end there. First of all, singer Tarja Turunen may be the only trained opera singer in metal, and her vocal prowess and range prove it. Then there's the rest of the group, led by keyboardist and primary songwriter Tuomas Holopainen. Listen closely, and you'll hear a group that's equally influenced by opera, classical music, Euro-metal, early thrash and even Kate Bush.Nightwish formed as, of all things, an acoustic-based band in Kitee, Finland in 1997, though they quickly switched to a hard rock sound. Within a year the group had released its debut album, Angels Fall Fast, which featured the first hit single, �The Carpenter.� Their second release, Oceanborn, landed in the Top Five in Finland, and featured three hit singles. By the time Wishmaster came out in 2000, Nightwish was a top concert draw and one of the most critically acclaimed metal bands in all of Europe. Thanks to the on-going buzz, the group was also able to land U.S. distribution for the first time.Nightwish's 4th studio effort came in the form of Century Child, which was the product of one of the most tumultuous periods in the band's career. It marked the grand entrance of Marco Hietala, a metal icon in his own right in his homeland. With Hietala's dual contribution to the band (bass and backing vocals), they were able to put forth some of their darkest, most aggressive material ever. But Once is Nightwish's breakthrough, both in its epic scope and brilliant songwriting. Disgruntled Metallica fans may find a new axe-god in Emppu Vuorinen, who has quickly become one of the most brutal (and tech-savvy) guitarists in metal. Behind him is a seamless blend of top-notch musicianship and orchestral bombardment (much of which is provided by The Academy of St. Martins in the Field, who scored the Lord of the Rings trilogy). The chart-topping single �Nemo� is a monster, building slowly from a simple piano line and molten guitar riff into an over-the-top, orchestral breakdown. Thanks to Turunen's vocals, the song also possesses a haunted quality that modern-day metal often fails to achieve. Forget formula � the band doesn't have one. Subtle electronic beats color �Wish I Had an Angel,� while tribal drums shape the eight-plus minute �Creek Mary's Blood.� There's the aptly titled �Ghost Love Score,� which sounds like a great, lost Danny Elfman soundtrack. Then, on the other side, is the rough-and-tumble �Romanticide,� a violent kiss-off that ends with bassist / back-up singer Hietala scowling �Spit on me, let go, get rid of me / And try to survive your stupidity� over one of the most headbanging riffs of the last five years. So are you ready for Nightwish? Despite their underground status in the U.S., Nightwish recently finished a sold-out stateside tour (playing 1000+ seaters) in August and September, and plan to come back as soon as possible. A video for �Wish I Had An Angel� can already been seen on Headbangers Ball, and the album Once is set for release on October 5th.