Def Leppard, Misfits, Rancid, Nightwish, Etc. Set For 2020 Domination Mexico Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Domination Mexico festival. The event will take place at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, Mexico on May 1-2 and the daily lineups can be found below:

May 1: Def Leppard, Rancid, Opeth, Sonata Arctica, Lacuna Coil, Dropkick Murphys, Krokus, Beast In Black, Scar Symmetry, Power Trip, After The Burial, Anima Inside, Bokassa, Dischord, Ego Kill Talent, El Chivo, Intronaut, Lack Of Remorse, Nunca Digas Muere, Qbo, Serpyants, Shiraz Lane, Split Heaven, Thrashock, Three Maze Stone, and Tygers Of Pan Tang.

May 2: The Original Misfits, Nightwish, Blue Öyster Cult, Testament, UFO, Motionless In White, Fever 333, Clutch, Resorte, Cenotaph, Agora, Angelus Apatrida, Anvil, Douchebagz, Exxocet, Finntroll, Floatsam And Jetsam, Gatecreeper, Knocked Loose, Lethal Creation, Marko Hietala, Rivers Of Nihil, The Anchor, The Warning, Uncured, and Unidad Trauma.

Hevisaurus Recruit Megadeth, Nightwish, Children Of Bodom, Battle Beast, Etc. Members For New Song “100”

Finnish dinosaur heavy metal band, Hevisaurus have premiered a new video for their new song “100.” This track serves as the group’s 100th song and it features tons of guests including: Marco Hietala (Nightwish), Noora Louhimo (Battle Beast), Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius), Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica), Daniel Freyberg (Children Of Bodom), Markus Vanhala (Omnium Gatherum, Insomnium), Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth), Anton Kabanen (Beast In Black), etc. “100” is from the band’s new album “Bändikouluun!,” which is expected to be released on October 25.

Sonata Arctica Announce Fall European Tour

Sonata Arctica have announced a fall European tour with Temple Balls and Edge Of Paradise. The band will be touring in support of their new album “Talviyö,” which will be released on September 6.

Tour Dates:

11/11 Stockholm, SWE – Kraken
11/12 Oslo, NOR – Parkteatret
11/13 Trondheim, NOR – Byscenen
11/15 Trollhättan, NOR – Folkets Park
11/16 Aarhus, DEN – Train
11/17 Berlin, GER – Bi Nuu
11/18 Mannheim, GER – MS Connexion Complex
11/19 Leipzig, GER – Hellraiser
11/21 Zvolen, SLO – Rates Arena
11/22 Cluj Napoca, ROM – Form Space
11/23 Sofia, BUL – Music Jam Club
11/25 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
11/26 Vienna, AUT – Szene
11/27 Pratteln, SWI – Z7
11/29 Padova, ITA – Hall
11/30 Milan, ITA – Live Club
12/01 Lyon, FRA – Le Ninkasi Kao
12/02 Paris, FRA – La machine du Moulin Rouge
12/04 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera
12/05 Barcelona, SPA – Salamandra
12/06 Limoge, FRA – Cc John Lennon
12/07 Izegem, BEL -Cultuurhuis De Leest
12/08 Pagney, FRA – Chez Paulette
12/11 London, UK – The Electric Ballroom
12/12 Tilburg, NET – 013
12/13 Hamburg, GER – Markthalle
12/14 Bochum, GER – Matrix

Sonata Arctica To Release New Album “Talviyö” In September, Premiere “A Little Less Understanding” Lyric Video

Sonata Arctica have announced that their new album “Talviyö” will be released on September 6. You can check out a lyric video for the first single, “A Little Less Understanding,” below:

Vocalist Tony Kakko said the following about the song:

“The song is lyrically somewhat a follow up for ‘I Have A Right’ and talks about the difficulty of making the right choices with the upbringing of a new human being.”

He also commented on the album:

“The idea was to create an album that is musically in line with at least the previous two albums. I am very happy with the songs and the general mood of the album. Some career highlights there, I feel.”

Keyboardist Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg added:

“We recorded a bunch of kick-ass songs and tried some new stuff as well. I’m really proud of how we managed to record the band sounding more live, playing together instead of just tracking everything one by one.”

“Mikko [Tegelman] produced the album and he really managed to push us to do our best, even with the more experimental stuff. Working with an outside producer was the biggest new thing we tried this time.”

Klingenberg also commented on the artwork:

“We were talking about having an album cover made from a photo and luckily managed to find this award-winning photographer Onni Wiljami who actually hails from a village not too far from our hometown and his pictures were just perfect for this album.”

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

The Dark Element, the band featuring Anette Olzon (ex-Nightwish) and Jani Liimatainen (ex-Sonata Arctica), have officially finished their second album. Olzon confirmed the news in the below Instagram post. The effort is expected to be released this fall.

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!”

Manowar, KISS, Tool, Etc. Set For 2019 Hellfest Open Air

The lineup has been revealed for the 2019 Hellfest Open Air festival. The event will be held in Clisson, France on June 21-23 and Manowar, KISS, and Tool will headline.

Here’s the daily lineups:

June 21:

Dropkick Murphys
Dream Theater
Demons & Wizards
Sonata Arctica
Last Temptation
Mass Hysteria
Ultra Vomit
No One Is Innocent
Tremplin Voice Of Hell
King Diamond
Hellhammer (performed by Tom G. Warrior‘s ‘Triumph Of Death‘)
Venom Inc.
Impaled Nazarene
Diamond Head
Power Trip
Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition
Cult Leader
Sum 41
Me First At The Gimmie Gimmies
No Fun At All
Hank Von Hell
The Interrupters
The Dwarves
The Rumjacks
Fu Manchu
Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats
All Them Witches
My Sleeping Karma
Radio Moscow
Valley Of The Sun
The Necromancers

June 22:

Def Leppard
Deadland Ritual
Richie Kotzen
ZZ Top
Within Temptation
Bohse Onkelz
Eagles Of Death Metal
Fever 333
Like A Storm
The Sisters Of Mercy
Cradle Of Filth
Mykur: Folkesange
Carach Angren
Punish Yourself
Dark Tranquillity
Dawn Of Disease
The Addicts
Le Bal Des Enrages
Les Wampas
The Living End
Mad Sin
The Creep Show
Banane Metalik
Cult Of Luna
The Ocean
Cave In
Will Haven

June 23:

Lynyrd Skynyrd
Slash feat. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators
Stone Temple Pilots
Blackberry Smoke
Nova Twins
Slayer (final French show)
Lamb Of God
Death Angel
Municipal Waste
Insanity Alert
Alien Weaponry
Carpathian Forest
Lucifer’s Child
Bliss Of Flesh
Cannibal Corpse
Embryonic Cells
Enter Shikari
Cancer Bats
Morning Again
Employed To Serve
The Amsterdam Red Light District
Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals
The Obsessed
Emma Ruth Rundle

Sonata Arctica Recording New Album, Announce “Acoustic Adventures” European Tour

Sonata Arctica have confirmed that they have been in the studio recording a new album, which is expected to be released in 2019. With this news, the band have also announced a European acoustic tour with Witherfall.

Keyboardist Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg commented:

“We’ve been locked up in the studio since the end of the summer working on our next studio album and decided we needed to take a break and go out and play some shows.

In the summer of 2016, we did an acoustic summer tour in Finland which was a lot of fun for both us and our fans; in fact, it was so great that we wanted to do it again and this time we’re not settling for just Finland — but taking this show all around Europe for the first time ever.

Now is a unique chance to hear our music in a completely different setting and we’re sure these evenings will be something really special. Our set will also include some stuff we’ve never played live before, and who knows — maybe even a new song from the upcoming album. See you at the shows!”

Tour Dates:

03/13 Oslo, NOR – Parkteatret
03/14 Stockholm, SWE – Södra Teatern
03/15 Gothenburg, SWE – Storan Teatern
03/16 Hamburg, GER – Fabrik
03/17 Eindhoven, NET – Effenaar
03/19 London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
03/20 Haarlem, NET – Patronaat
03/21 Aschaffenburg, GER – Colos-Saal
03/22 Paris, FRA – Le Trabendo
03/23 Lyon, FRA – Ninkasi Kao
03/24 Milan, ITA – Teatro Dal Verme
03/26 Pratteln, SWI – Z7
03/27 Nuremberg, GER – Hirsch
03/28 Prague, CZE – Roxy
03/29 Stuttgart, GER – Im Wizemann (Club)
03/30 Bochum, GER – Christuskirche