The Dark Element (Ex-Nightwish, Ex-Sonata Arctica) Working On New Album

The Dark Element, the band featuring Anette Olzon (ex-Nightwish) and Jani Liimatainen (ex-Sonata Arctica), have entered the studio to work on their second album. The effort is expected to be released in fall 2019.

Olzon commented:

“I’m so excited that me and Jani will make new music again! Our first album is still proving to be such an amazing ride for me and it turned out to be maybe the best thing I’ve ever done, so far. Great songs are in the works and of course me and Jani will have so much fun hearing how the album grows from simple demos to the final master. I’ve recorded some first vocal demos and can already say that this will be as fun recording as the first one! Great times ahead and I can’t wait for you to hear our album number 2!”

Liimatainen added:

“[My] journey with wonderful Anette and the excellent Frontiers label will continue. The first album turned out even better than I had hoped and the reception we we got from the fans was unbelievable. During this past spring, I started putting together some new material for us and now all the songs are written. I am writing this on Wednesday, 21st of November, and by this time next week we are already going to be in the studio laying down the drum tracks for what I am sure will be another excellent album. So what can you expect? Musically, I think the album picks up where the last album left off. It’s very heavy, but still hyper melodic, and this time we are even exploring new musical territories we didn’t on the previous album. Now that me and Anette have one album together under our belts, we have found the style we want to pursue and also the ideal way of working together. Given all this, I think it’s safe to say that with the next album you’ll get even more of what made the first album so good, only it’s gonna be bigger, better and bolder!”

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Nightwish To Re-Release “End Of An Era” In December

Nightwish will be re-releasing “End Of An Era” on December 7 as 3LP and Earbook formats including Blu-ray, 2CD and 3LP. That effort features the band’s final performance with Tarja Turunen, which took place at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland, on October 21, 2005.

Track listing:

Blu-ray:

01. “Dark Chest Of Wonders”
02. “Planet Hell”
03. “Ever Dream”
04. “The Kinslayer”
05. “Phantom Of The Opera”
06. “The Siren”
07. “Sleeping Sun”
08. “High Hopes”
09. “Bless The Child”
10. “Wishmaster”
11. “Slaying The Dreamer”
12. “Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan”
13. “Nemo”
14. “Ghost Love Score”
15. “Stone People”
16. “Creek Mary’s Blood”
17. “Over The Hills And Far Away”
18. “Wish I Had An Angel”
19. “Documentary: “A Day Before Tomorrow”

CD 1:

01. “Dark Chest Of Wonders”
02. “Planet Hell”
03. “Ever Dream”
04. “The Kinslayer”
05. “Phantom Of The Opera”
06. “The Siren”
07. “Sleeping Sun”
08. “High Hopes”
09. “Bless The Child”
10. “Wishmaster”

CD2

01. “Slaying The Dreamer”
02. “Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan”
03. “Nemo”
04. “Ghost Love Score”
05. “Stone People”
06. “Creek Mary’s Blood”
07. “Over The Hills And Far Away”
08. “Wish I Had An Angel”

Nightwish To Film São Paulo & Buenos Aires Shows For Upcoming DVD

Nightwish have announced that they will be filming their September 28 show at Tom Brasil in São Paulo, Brazil and their September 30 show at Estadio Cubierto Malvinas Argentinas in Buenos Aires, Argentina for an upcoming DVD. Keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen commented:

“The majority of these songs that we are doing on this tour are never gonna be played again, I think, so it’s a good idea to immortalize them.”

Mastodon, Soulfly, The Black Dahlia Murder, Overkill, Etc. Members To Guest On New Metal Allegiance Album “Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty”

Metal Allegiance, the supergroup featuring core members David Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Dream Theater, etc.), and Mark Menghi, have revealed the details for their new album “Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty.” The effort will be released on September 7 and like their first album, it will feature numerous special guests. The first single “Mother Of Sin“ feat. Overkill‘s Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth can be found below, along with the cover art and track listing.

“Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty” Tack Listing:

01. “The Accuser” (feat. Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder)
02. “Bound By Silence” (feat. John Bush of Armored Saint)
03. “Mother Of Sin” (feat. Bobby Blitz of Overkill)
04. “Terminal Illusion” (feat. Mark Tornillo of Accept)
05. “King With A Paper Crown” (feat. Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth)
06. “Voodoo Of The Godsend” (feat. Max Cavalera of Soulfly, etc.)
07. “Liars & Thieves” (feat. Troy Sanders of Mastodon, Killer Be Killed, etc.)
08. “Impulse Control” (feat. Mark Osegueda of Death Angel)
09. “Power Drunk Majesty (Part I)” (feat. Mark Osegueda of Death Angel)
10. “Power Drunk Majesty (Part II)” (feat. Floor Jansen of Nightwish)

As previously reported, the band will be performing at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City, NY on September 6. The following guests will join them at that show: Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), John Bush (Armored Saint), Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder), and Mark Tornillo (Accept). Venom Inc, Weapons Of Anew, Follow The Awakened and Terrorbyte will serve as support.

Nightwish Post Third Trailer For “Decades”

Nightwish have posted the third trailer for their new “Decades” compilation. It will be released on March 9, and it will be available as a 2CD jewelcase, 2CD digipak, 3LP box (different colors), and 2CD earbook. The release will coincide with their “Decades: World Tour 2018,” which will see the band performing special setlists, featuring earlier material with twists.

Nightwish Post Second Trailer For “Decades”

Nightwish have posted the second trailer for their new “Decades” compilation. It will be released on March 9, and it will be available as a 2CD jewelcase, 2CD digipak, 3LP box (different colors), and 2CD earbook. The release will coincide with their “Decades: World Tour 2018,” which will see the band performing special setlists, featuring earlier material with twists.

Nightwish Post First Trailer For “Decades”

Nightwish have posted the first trailer for their new “Decades” compilation. It will be released on March 9, and it will be available as a 2CD jewelcase, 2CD digipak, 3LP box (different colors), and 2CD earbook. The release will coincide with their “Decades: World Tour 2018,” which will see the band performing special setlists, featuring earlier material with twists.