Within Temptation Premiere New Video For “Shed My Skin” Featuring Annisokay

Within Temptation have premiered a new video for “Shed My Skin” featuring Annisokay. The clip offers fans a preview of the band’s “The Aftermath – A Show In A Virtual Reality,” which will stream on July 15-16.

Within Temptation’s Sharon Den Adel previously commented:

“‘Shed My Skin’ revolves around dealing with inevitable changes in life. It is about becoming the person we are meant to be — even if that means losing people we love, but have grown apart from. Real growth begins where comfort zones end and that’s exactly what the song is all about: If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”

“We like to expand and broaden our horizons, and constantly find new music and bands that inspire us. Annisokay bring a super refreshing sound to the table, which we absolutely love. We are super happy that these talented guys wanted to join forces with us for our new single!”

Annisokay’s Christoph Wieczorek added:

“Within Temptation is a band we love and have listened to for many, many years. You can imagine how stunned we were when they reached out and asked us if we want to feature on their next single — just because they love our music, as well! We’re beyond proud about being a part of this amazing song and really hope the people out there love it as much as we do.”

Within Temptation Postpone Immersive “The Aftermath” Virtual Reality Event

Within Temptation have postponed their upcoming immersive event, “The Aftermath – A Show In A Virtual Reality.” The livestream is now set to take place on July 15 at 8PM CEST / 7PM BST for European fans and on July 16 at 8PM ET / 5PM PT / 9PM BRT / 7PM CST for North and South American fans.

Sharon Den Adel commented:

“You all know we are absolute heroes in rescheduling dates and now we’ve reached a new milestone: our shortest postponement in our career so far! We’re working very hard on our VR-event, but as it’s something we’ve never done before – and definitely something you have never SEEN before, we sometimes experience a few hiccups in the process that are completely new to us and the crew.”

To smooth everything out and create the best possible, spectacular and mythical experience for you, we’ve decided to postpone The Aftermath – A Show In A Virtual Reality to July 15 and 16. It’s only one week and we know that it’ll be worth the short wait. We can’t wait for you to see it. It’s going to be a show to remember!”

She also previously said the following about the performance:

“During the whole pandemic, we weren’t keen on doing a livestream. The magic of seeing and hearing a band perform live — combined with the energy of the crowd — is something you cannot simply recreate with a livestream. So, for a long time we were clueless. One thing we knew for sure: we would not compromise on a livestream if we could offer something out of the ordinary, something jaw-dropping, intriguing, spectacular and mythical! Then we found it: a world that we could shape into our wildest fantasies and in which we, as a band, could perform while still maintaining the dynamics and magic of our traditional live show.

We are absolutely thrilled to invite you to ‘Within Temptation: The Aftermath – A Show In A Virtual Reality’. A show that takes place in different scenes of a post-apocalyptic world, in which we are witness of the aftermath of destruction of mankind. A world in which it is unknown if anyone or anything of the human race survived. It is a search for answers — about both its becoming as well as its legacy.”

Within Temptation Premiere New Song “Shed My Skin” Featuring Annisokay

Within Temptation have premiered a new song titled “Shed My Skin.” The track features Annisokay and you can check it out below:

Within Temptation’s Sharon Den Adel commented:

“It is about becoming the person we are meant to be — even if that means losing people we love, but have grown apart from. Real growth begins where comfort zones end and that’s exactly what the song is all about: If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”

“We like to expand and broaden our horizons, and constantly find new music and bands that inspire us. Annisokay bring a super refreshing sound to the table, which we absolutely love. We are super happy that these talented guys wanted to join forces with us for our new single!”

Annisokay’s Christoph Wieczorek added:

“Within Temptation is a band we love and have listened to for many, many years. You can imagine how stunned we were when they reached out and asked us if we want to feature on their next single — just because they love our music, as well! We’re beyond proud about being a part of this amazing song and really hope the people out there love it as much as we do.”

This news comes after Within Temptation recently announced a special immersive event called “The Aftermath – A Show In A Virtual Reality.” That livestream will take place on July 8-9.

Within Temptation Tease New Song “Shed My Skin”

Within Temptation have shared a teaser for their new song “Shed My Skin.” The full track, which features Annisokay, will be released on June 25. This news comes after Within Temptation recently announced a special immersive event called “The Aftermath – A Show In A Virtual Reality.” That livestream will take place on July 8-9.

Within Temptation Announce Immersive “The Aftermath” Virtual Reality Event

Within Temptation have announced a special immersive event, which they are calling “The Aftermath – A Show In A Virtual Reality.” The livestream will take place on July 8 at 8PM CEST / 7PM BST for European fans and on July 9 at 8PM ET / 5PM PT / 9PM BRT / 7PM CST for North and South American fans.

Sharon Den Adel commented:

“During the whole pandemic, we weren’t keen on doing a livestream. The magic of seeing and hearing a band perform live — combined with the energy of the crowd — is something you cannot simply recreate with a livestream. So, for a long time we were clueless. One thing we knew for sure: we would not compromise on a livestream if we could offer something out of the ordinary, something jaw-dropping, intriguing, spectacular and mythical! Then we found it: a world that we could shape into our wildest fantasies and in which we, as a band, could perform while still maintaining the dynamics and magic of our traditional live show.

We are absolutely thrilled to invite you to ‘Within Temptation: The Aftermath – A Show In A Virtual Reality’. A show that takes place in different scenes of a post-apocalyptic world, in which we are witness of the aftermath of destruction of mankind. A world in which it is unknown if anyone or anything of the human race survived. It is a search for answers — about both its becoming as well as its legacy.”

The band added:

“We are absolutely gutted that the ‘Worlds Collide’ tour has been pushed back again and we cannot perform live in the same venue as our fans. With this digital show, we hope that the fans can still feel our energy, our love for — and above all: our passion for music. Take care and we hope to see you on July 8 or July 9.”

The show will feature newer and older songs, guest singers, and more. In other news, the group will also be releasing a new song titled “Shed My Skin” on June 25. That track is a collaboration with Annisokay.

Within Temptation & Evanescence Postpone European/UK Tour To 2022

Within Temptation and Evanescence have postponed their European/UK tour once again due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek will now take place in 2022.

2022 Tour Dates:

With Smash Into Pieces:

03/16 Leipzig, GER – Quarterback Immobilien Arena
03/17 Berlin, GER – Velodrom
03/18 Gliwice, POL – Arena Gliwice
03/20 Brussels, BEL – Palais 12
03/21 Brussels, BEL – Palais 12
03/23 Dusseldorf, GER – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
03/24 Esch-Sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
03/26 Munich, GER – Olympiahalle
03/28 Milan, ITA – Mediolanum Forum Milan
03/30 Paris, FRA – Accorhotels Arena

With Veridia:

04/01 Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena
04/04 Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena
04/05 London, UK – The 02
04/07 Glasgow, UK – The SSE Hydro Arena
04/08 Birmingham, UK – Arena Birmingham
04/11 Amsterdam, NET – Ziggo Dome
04/12 Amsterdam, NET – Ziggo Dome
04/13 Frankfurt, GER – Festhalle
04/15 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion

Within Temptation commented:

“This is definitely not what we’ve wished for, but reality tells us otherwise: we have to postpone the Worlds Collide Tour 💔. Although we can’t make the current situation better than it is, we hope to put a BIG smile on your faces again soon, because we have definitely not been sitting still and we have a LOT of cool stuff coming up for you! And you know what? Third time’s a charm 💫, so see you in March or April 2022.”

Evanescence added:

“Well guys, we have to push this back one more time. We hate to make you wait longer but we are absolutely determined to make this tour we’ve all been looking forward to happen, so check out the new dates. We will be counting the days till we finally get to celebrate all this new music together. In the meantime, stay safe, stay sane, and keep your head banging to The Bitter Truth! You will have no excuse not to know every word by next spring! We love you!”

Iron Maiden Postpone Summer European Tour To 2022

Iron Maiden have postponed their summer European tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The shows are now scheduled for 2022.

Tour Dates:

06/04 Hyvinkää, FIN – Rockfest
06/11 Donington, UK – Download Festival
06/13 Belfast, IRE – Ormeau Park Belsonic Festival
06/16 Dessel, BEL Graspop Metal Meeting
06/18 Copenhagen, DEN – Copenhell
06/20 Prague, CZE – Sinobo Stadium (feat. Airbourne & Lord Of The Lost)
06/23 Oslo, NOR – Tons Of Rock
06/26 Paris, FRA – La Defense Arena (feat. Airbourne)
06/27 Arnhem, NET – Gelredome (feat. Airbourne)
06/30 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion (feat. Lord Of The Lost)
07/02 Cologne, GER – Rhein-Energie-Stadium (feat. Airbourne & Lord Of The Lost)
07/04 Berlin, GER – Waldbühne (feat. Airbourne & Lord Of The Lost)
07/07 Bologna, ITA – Sonic Park (feat. Airbourne & Lord Of The Lost)
07/09 Stuttgart, GER – Cannstatter Wasen (feat. Airbourne & Lord Of The Lost)
07/10 Wiener, AUT – Neustadt Stadium Open-Air (feat. Airbourne & Lord Of The Lost)
07/20 Bremen, GER – Bürgerweide (feat. Powerwolf & Airbourne)
07/22 Gothenburg, SWE – Ullevi Stadium (feat. D.A.D. & Airbourne)
07/24 Warsaw, POL – PGE Narodowy (feat. Within Temptation & Lord Of The Lost)
07/26 Frankfurt, GER – Deutsche Bank Park (Feat. Airbourne)
07/29 Barcelona, SPA – Olympic Stadium (feat. Within Temptation & Airbourne)
07/31 Lisbon, POR – Estadio Nacional (feat. Within Temptation & Airbourne)

The band commented:

“We regret to announce that the 2021 June & July dates on the Legacy Of The Beast Tour have been postponed due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on global live events and travel. The Legacy Of The Beast European Tour will now take place in the Summer of 2022 on the dates below. All tickets remain valid.”

The following was also added:

“-The Stuttgart 2022 show will now take place at the Cannstatter Wasen, not the Mercedes-Benz Arena, which is not available due to stadium reconstruction works. Tickets remain valid and ticket-holders will be notified by the local promoter/ticketing agency in due course.

-The Swiss show has reverted to Zurich Hallenstadion as was originally planned for 2020, as this venue is now available again for 2022. Therefore, there will be no rescheduled show for Basel St Jakobshalle (which never went onsale this year).

The postponement of the Legacy Of The Beast Tour does however bring the good news that Maiden can now return to headlining the European festival dates initially planned for 2020 which were cancelled due to the pandemic. This includes Graspop in Belgium so therefore the own-show date in Antwerp (which had also not gone onsale) will no longer take place.

Furthermore, we are in the process of finalising a further couple of own-shows in other European territories and will update you about those as soon as they are confirmed.

Manager Rod Smallwood comments; ‘Naturally the band are hugely disappointed, a second summer without touring, especially with this very special Legacy show, is very hard to take. They send their best wishes to you all, knowing full well you fans will feel the same. As we all know, realistically there is no alternative so we will all make the best of it and spend the time preparing for a very memorable and even more spectacular Legacy tour next year, we promise! Until then keep safe and keep smart’

The Zurich and Frankfurt shows will have exclusive Iron Maiden Fan Club pre-sales next week.

Confirmed supports for all own-shows can be found on the Tour information page at IronMaiden.com. Where possible these will remain the same as announced for this year.”

Metal-Inspired Video Game “Of Bird & Cage” To Be Released In May

The new “interactive metal concept album” video game “Of Bird & Cage” is officially set to be released on PC on May 20. The game will feature a number of rock/metal musicians including: Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria), Kobra Paige (Kobra And The Lotus), Davidavi “Vidi” Dolev (Gunned Down Horses), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Rob van der Loo (Epica), Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation), Casey Grillo (ex-Kamelot), Rocky Gray (ex-Evanescence), Mike Lepond (Symphony X), Tina Guo, and Snowy Shaw (ex-King Diamond, ex-Therion). Here’s a description of it:

“Gamers can play as Gitta Barbot, a 25 year-old drug addict who tries to escape the physical and mental prison of her captor — Bres Lupus. Make quick choices that will have dire consequences and watch how your actions reveal new paths while struggling to keep your sanity.”

Within Temptation Premiere “The Purge” Music Video

Within Temptation have premiered a new video for their latest single “The Purge.” You can check that out below:

Frontwoman Sharon Den Adel told Rock Antenne the following about the song:

“‘The Purge’ is about self-reflection; that’s the main theme of the song. It’s about the choices in life everone makes. And sometimes when you make the big choices in life — what kind of life you’re gonna lead; how you’re gonna lead it; what political choices you make — everything you do in life, all these big choices, they have a certain effect also, of course, on people around you. We take one road, and you exclude a lot of other roads. And that also has an impact on other people’s lives sometimes, and you have to deal with that when you get to a certain point in your life.”

“I think probably most people can relate to that, because the whole world has come to a stop, all of a sudden, in this roller coaster we’re all living in. So maybe people will be able to relate to that, because I think a lot of people had time for self-reflection. It’s more a mental cleansing than it’s actually a physical one.”