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As usual the biggest open air festival in the world, Wacken Open Air, announced the first bands for next year as this year’s festival is coming to an end. Firewind is part of the lineup for 2018, for their first time ever, along with Nigthwish, Running Wild, Doro, Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, In Extremo, Sepulura, Amorphis, Epica, Watain, Korkator, Belphegor, Desert Fear, Bannkreis, which are the first confirmed acts. The dates for next year’s Wacken is 2-4 August, while more than 150 bands artists will be joining. Pre-sale begins tonight at midnight (Sunday, August 6th) and unfortunately is going to sold out within hours… here’s an official video trailer to warm things up!

Sky Guitar met ESP, and the master met the best student. The deep, warm and passionate voice met the absolute metal and the generation that refuses to retire gathered with the younger one to show the road that will never follow, since nowadays that road is a high speed interstate. All that happened in one of the most historical venues in Athens, “Kyttaro”, last Tuesday.

Σιγά που δεν θα το γέμιζαν Παρασκευόβραδο! Εδώ το τίγκαραν Πέμπτη, με τις απεργίες και όλα αυτά τα σκατά… Απόψε ήταν η επίσημη επιβεβαίωση. Το συγκρότημα των FireWind άλωσε θριαμβευτικά την Αθήνα μας και της Αθήνας μας της άρεσε πολύ…

Greek melodic Power metal masters FIREWIND, the group led by guitar-wizard and Ozzy Osbourne band member Gus G., are proud to announce the release of their upcoming 8th studio album, ”Immortals”, which will be released on January 20th, 2017 via the band’s longtime label partner Century Media Records in Europe.

Gus G. checked in to comment about “Immortals” and its artwork (which can be seen above!) as follows: “Today we're very happy to reveal the cover artwork for our 8th studio album. It's titled "Immortals" and it's the first concept album FIREWIND has ever made. Since we're from Greece, we thought it would be a cool idea to make a concept of Greek history and heritage. So, on this album we focused on the legendary battles of Thermopylae and Salamis during the 2nd Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC. The artwork was once again created by our longtime collaborator, Gustavo Sazes and we feel it reflects the vibe we tried to capture on this album - Epic, Powerful, Glorious, Everlasting.”

“Immortals” marks the first time FIREWIND used an outside co-producer, working with Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69), who not only engineered, mixed and mastered the album, but also co-wrote it together with Gus G. The album’s tracklisting reads as follows:

 FIREWIND – “Immortals”:
1. Hands Of Time
2. We Defy
3. Ode To Leonidas
4. Back On The Throne
5. Live And Die By The Sword
6. Wars Of Ages
7. Lady Of 1000 Sorrows
8. Immortals
9. Warriors And Saints
10. Rise From The Ashes
 
Next to the standard jewel case CD and Digital Download formats, “Immortals” will also be released as LP on 180gr vinyl with a poster as well as the entire album on CD as bonus. Additionally, there will also be a limited edition Mediabook CD with expanded booklet, a bonus track and 3 stickers. Look out for more details and pre-order details soon…

A first album’s online single is set to debut on November 25th, but in the meantime you can already check out a few sample riffs in a play-through clip that Gus G. recorded in co-operation with Toontrack’s EZmix 2 and the Metal Guitar Gods 4 EZmix Pack expansion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E7SFBKYVcU

Gus G. and Toontrack have also launched a regular "Metal Month Masterclass" series of video lessons, of which the first two episodes can be seen here:

1. Arpeggios: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv4jKjnb5zM

2. Phrasing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3rJScx9nAk

3. Alternate Picking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAhtDn9Nco8

More to follow soon…

In order to support the release of “Immortals”, FIREWIND are set to hit the road across Europe and the UK. Those dates as well as some first festival dates confirmed for 2017 and also a string of GUS G. solo shows in Asia are as follows:
 
FIREWIND – Europe & UK Tour 2017

Special Guests: Manimal & Scar Of The Sun
15.02.2017 Glasgow (UK) - Audio
16.02.2017 Manchester (UK) - Academy 3
17.02.2017 Sheffield (UK) - Corporation
18.02.2017 Wolverhampton (UK) - Slade Rooms
19.02.2017 London (UK) - Underworld
21.02.2017 Southampton (UK) - Engine Rooms
22.02.2017 Paris (France) - Backstage by the Mills
23.02.2017 Strasbourg (France) - La Laiterie
25.02.2017 Vienna (Austria) - Szene
26.02.2017 Budapest (Hungary) - A38
27.02.2017 München (Germany) - Feierwerk
28.02.2017 Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal
01.03.2017 Bochum (Germany) - Rockpalast
02.03.2017 Vosselaar (Belgium) - Biebob

FIREWIND – European Festivals 2017

16.06.2017 Duisburg (Germany) - Rage Against Racism
13-15.07.2017 Balingen (Germany) - Bang Your Head
09-12.08.2017 Villena (Spain) - Leyendas del Rock
08.09.2017 Olen (Belgium) - Olensfest

GUS G – Live 2016/2017

10.12.2016 Maasmechelen (Belgium) - Maasvallei
20.01.2017 Anaheim, CA (USA) - The Grove (w/ Metal Allegiance, Marty Friedman)
22.03.2017 Tokyo (Japan) - Club Quattro
23.03.2017 Osaka (Japan) - Club Quattro
25.03.2017 Seoul (South Korea) - Vhall

More info and updates on FIREWIND and “Immortals” coming soon…

FIREWIND Line-Up
Henning Basse - Vocals
Gus G. - Guitar
Petros Christo - Bass
Bob Katsionis - Keyboards
Jo Nunez - Drums

FIREWIND Discography

Between Heaven And Hell (CD, 2002)
Burning Earth (CD, 2003)
Forged By Fire (CD, 2005)
Allegiance (CD, 2006)
The Premonition (CD/LP, 2008)
Live Premonition (CD/DVD, 2008)
Days Of Defiance (CD/LP, 2010)
Few Against Many (CD/LP, 2012)
Apotheosis - Live 2012 (CD, 2013)
Immortals (CD/LP, 2017)

FIREWIND online

http://www.firewind.gr
http://www.facebook.com/firewindofficial
http://twitter.com/firewindmusic
http://www.youtube.com/firetv

16 Jun

FIREWIND ENTER THE STUDIO

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According to Gus G Firewind has already entered Noise Factory Studios in Belgium with Denis Ward on production to begin working on their next album, beginning from tracking the drums. "We're super excited about it, as this is our first recording in four years, plus this will be our first album with our new singer Henning Basse” said the guitarist. Gus added: "as the schedule is pretty hectic for the next few months with recordings, finalizing everything, etc. we feel we need time to have a proper setup for the album release and give it the attention it deserves. Therefore, we have decided to postpone our U.K./European club dates to early 2017. However, Firewind will play their summer dates as scheduled, including the show in Athens, Greece opening for the Scorpions.

Following a busy year of promotion and touring for his solo debut album “I Am The Fire”, Ozzy Osbourne / Firewind guitarist Gus G. has now announced that the recordings

12 Dec

Apollo

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The news that Apollo was to release a solo album was rather sudden, but it turned out to be a very pleasant surprise since “Waterdevild” is an amazing album. What was that led the singer to come up with the decision to launch a solo album on his own? In a great chat with Apollo he answers all our questions and we learn a lot about his solo album, who is in it, his future plans, as well as his relations with his ex-band Firewind. Interview: Yiannis Dolas

13 Apr

FIREWIND BACK IN ACTION

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Firewind announced their European tour that kicks off on November 9th at Wolverhampton and concludes, at least at the moment, on the 25th of the same month in Breda, the Netherlands.. During the summer the band has confirmed its presence in two festivals, Grasspop in Belgium and Ostrava Festivan in the Czech Republic. At the moment no dates in Greece are announced, where the band haven't yet performed with the new singer, Henning Basse... at the same time the band is working on new material for its new album that is expected later in the year. Meanwhile, Gus G is touring the States promoting his second solo album "Brand New Revolution"  with a band that features Rob Rock (of Impelliteri) on vocals and  Patrick Johansson (ex-WASP, Yngwie Malmsteen) on drums & Taylor Nordberg (bass) both from The Absence.

Here are the upcoming FIREWIND dates announced so far:
FIREWIND – Live 2016:
09.11.2016 Wolverhampton (UK) - Slade Rooms           
10.11.2016 Glasgow (UK) -Audio           
11.11.2016 Manchester (UK) - Club Academy    
12.11.2016 Sheffield (UK) - Corporation            
13.11.2016 London (UK) - Underworld   
15.11.2016 Vosselaar (Belgium) - Biebob          
16.11.2016 Paris           (France) - Petit Bain
18.11.2016 Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal        
20.11.2016 Budapest  (Hungary) - A38   
21.11.2016 München (Germany) - Feierwerk       
22.11.2016 Vienna (Austria) - Szene       
24.11.2016 Bochum (Germany) - Matrix/Rockpalast       
25.11.2016 Breda (The Netherlands) - Mezz
 
FIREWIND – European Festivals 2016:
17.06.2016 Dessel (Belgium) - Graspop Metal Meeting
06.08.2016 Ostrava (Czech Republic)  - Ostrava v Plamenech

GUS G. – Live 2016:
13.04.2016 Daytona Beach, FL - Bank & Blues Club
15.04.2016 Rock Island, IL - RIBCO
16.04.2016 Westland, MI - Token Lounge
17.04.2016 Bradley, IL - The Looney Bin
19.04.2016 Clifton, NJ - Dingbatz
20.04.2016 Ottawa, Canada - Brass Monkey
21.04.2016 Toronto, Canada - The Rockpile
22.04.2016 Long Branch, NJ - The Brighton Bar
23.04.2016 Manchester, NH - Jewel
24.04.2016 Elmhurst, NY - Blackthorne 51

05 Sep

Firewind

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The release of the live recorded album “Apotheosis” is a good chance to talk with Gus G on a typical hot Greek afternoon with the temperature in Athens, and Thessaloniki threatening to break the thermometers. Gus is not in a loss of words, he answers all the questions about what kind of singer is Firewind after, his first solo album, Ozzy, even “13”…
Interview: Yiannis Dolas

25 Nov

FIREWIND'S NEW SINGER

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FIREWIND, the band led by Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock

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