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UNISONIC confirmed as special guest for Edguy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sebastian Vollmer   
Thursday, 15 May 2014

UNISONIC have just been confirmed as special guest for Edguy's upcoming Space Police European Tour on the following dates:

27.09.14 GER - Bremen, Aladin
28.09.14 GER - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
30.09.14 GER - München, Backstage
02.10.14 GER - Bamberg, Brose Arena
03.10.14 GER - Filderstadt, Filharmonie
04.10.14 GER - Kaufbeuren, All Kart Halle
06.10.14 ITA - Rome, Orion
07.10.14 ITA - Milan, Live Club
09.10.14 GER - Saarbrücken, Garage
10.10.14 GER - Fulda, Wartenbergoval
11.10.14 GER - Langen/Frankfurt, Stadthalle
13.10.14 SUI - Pratteln, Z7

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 May 2014 )
 
Unisonic EP artwork unveiled PDF Print E-mail
Written by EarMusic   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Unisonic unveils the artwork for the upcoming EP "For The Kingdom“.

Created by graphic artist Martin Hausler (who has previously worked with Unisonic on the band´s debut album cover design), it constitutes only a very small excerpt of the futuristic album artwork.

Produced by Dennis Ward, the EP contains the fast album track "For The Kingdom“, the exclusive song "You Come Undone“ (only available on this release) plus four previously unreleased live songs: "Unisonic“, "Never Too Late“, "Star Rider“ and "Souls Alive“all recorded at the Masters of Rock Festival 2012 in Czech Republic (and to be found in their studio renditions on the band´s debut album).

The EP/mini album will be available on CD, strictly limited 12 inch vinyl EP and digital download on May 23rd 2014

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 April 2014 )
 
UNISONIC release dates announced PDF Print E-mail
Written by EarMusic   
Friday, 04 April 2014

Only two years later Hansen, Kiske and co. up the ante again with their sophomore album which is once more produced by Dennis Ward and will be released on July 25th. Heralding this eagerly awaited full-length album, UNISONIC will again offer a foretaste in form of an EP called 'For The Kingdom' which will see the light of day on May 23rd. The six song collection consists of the brand new album track 'For The Kingdom', which hymn-like chorus and it’s double-bass footwork extraordinaire will rush the blood to the head of all metal fans. Followed by the EP exclusive smasher 'You Come Undone' which could have been included on the first band offering as well but also gives a hint of what to expect from the near-by future plus four live recordings from their show at the Masters Of Rock Festival 2012 in the Czech Republic where UNISONIC performed a celebrated show (also exclusive to this EP).

The mini album will come as CD, strictly limited 12 inch vinyl EP and digital download on platforms like Amazon, iTunes etc. where it should be ready for preorder starting April 11th.

CD tracklisting
1 - For The Kingdom (brand new album track)
2 - You Come Undone (brand new EP exclusive track)
3 - Intro & Unisonic (Live from Masters of Rock Festival 2012 in Czech Republic)
4 - Never Too Late - (Live from Masters of Rock Festival 2012 in Czech Republic)
5 - Star Rider - (Live from Masters of Rock Festival 2012 in Czech Republic)
6 - Souls Alive - (Live from Masters of Rock Festival 2012 in Czech Republic)

12" tracklisting
A
1- For The Kingdom (brand new album track)
2- Intro & Unisonic (Live from Masters of Rock Festival 2012 in Czech Republic)
3- Never Too Late - (Live from Masters of Rock Festival 2012 in Czech Republic)
B
1- You Come Undone (brand new EP exclusive track)
2- Star Rider - (Live from Masters of Rock Festival 2012 in Czech Republic)
3- Souls Alive - (Live from Masters of Rock Festival 2012 in Czech Republic)

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 April 2014 )
 
The Worship of Evil in the Heavy Metal scene PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Kiske   
Friday, 04 April 2014

The problem about this idea that ‘heavy-metal glorifies evil’ is that, unfortunately, it is often true. It’s not just a “prejudice” from people outside of the metal world; it’s a fact that many within the scene either don’t want to see or admit because they are hypocrites, or because they really can’t see it anymore, having become completely desensitized and morally numb over the years by the brutality of the scene.

Instead of always denying the facts, the metal scene should finally start to do something about this problem and change its often very sick spirit. Instead of being a moral disease, it should become a moral healer! Of course being positive or “morally good” in art doesn’t mean that you have to paint the world in pink; after all, aggression can be quite positive when it’s justified by a good reason. To express some justified anger about something can be very refreshing, healing and positive; the problem happens when aggressions, frustrations or being negative become an “ideal”.

Thankfully, there are many idealistic bands within the metal scene that hold up good ideals. Helloween (at least during my years) was always very idealistic and rather funny, even if the stupid name would make you think otherwise (they named the band when they were teenagers and as soon as they became successful they were just stuck with it); they were never satanic (Michael Weikath is a Catholic, and I am a non-denominational Christian who believes in Good, God, Christ and the Spirit, and the general moral meaning of our existence). The same happens with Avantasia, which is also a very positive and idealistic band with uplifting lyrics; and with Unisonic, which although I consider a rock band, even when I (we) do metal, I (we) try to do this type of music differently, just as I believe that I always have done. While it is true that there are more bands like these, there certainly is a very destructive tendency and a sick satanic evil ghost within the heavy metal scene poisoning this music and the souls of many.

As a teenager I started to get excited about rock, hard rock and metal-music, but the older I got, the more problems I developed with the side of that scene that glorifies evil. Although for a number of years I even left the scene completely and got very angry at it, I discovered that to just condemn it and run away was not a solution. It’s always easy to do that, and many hypocrites love to point their fingers at the so-called evil, just so they can see themselves as ”the good ones” and feel better. In the end that’s just selfishness and hypocrisy. The right Christian way is not to condemn and run away, but to love our brothers and sisters, change the hearts and save the souls! We ALL have evil in us and we are ALL sinners; I am no saint either, I am no better than most people, but I have strong human ideals. I think that nowadays it is much better to try to stand for a different spirit as a rock or metal singer, and to start some constructive discussions within the scene, than to condemn it; anyone with a good heart and will can, and should, make a difference in life by standing for good ideals. If we don’t, we are nothing!

Even today I have big problems with what heavy metal so often stands for; it hurts when I see the typical satanic crap, since I can’t stand heart-stupidity and soul-decadence at all! When I look through certain metal-magazines, for example, I often feel that I could just throw up because of all the sickness there. Some people in that scene are very morally disturbed, and it seems like those magazines especially want to promote those evil-glorifying bands, which furthers the impression that metal is JUST that.

I still like hard rock music and also the metal-scene in festivals, etc.; most metal fans are also completely harmless, goodhearted and sweet, and I like them a lot! The problem is that although there is nothing morally evil about guitar-weighted rock music, Satanism and Fascism are definitely mind poisoning and evil diseases. While Fascism raises itself above other nations, claiming to be better and even “more human” than others, Satanism does it on an individual level.

Satanists won’t bow down in front of a God or anything higher than them, since they only respect themselves and accept nothing above them. The truth, however, is that if you can’t bow down in front of what’s greater or wiser than you, then you are very small, weak and unable to grow. If something truly beautiful and godly doesn’t make you fall on your knees in love and admiration, you simply have no sense for it. It takes greatness to respect or worship what is bigger and better than us, and it is always a clear sign of a small soul and a weak and honourless mind when a person is unable to respect the qualities of others and of higher beings. Although we should never bow down in front of dictators and tyrants that don’t love us and just oppress us, a good and strong person is always able to respect and love true greatness. Falling on our knees for what is greater than us doesn’t make us smaller or weaker, in fact it makes us grow and become stronger.

Satanism is spreading a lot of dangerous moral lies that really screw up young minds, and only an honest individual striving for a deeper moral understanding of life can develop a remedy. The more our heart is asleep, the more superficial we become concerning moral questions. Even friends I love often don’t understand these matters deep enough or take them as serious as they really are; and moral superficiality is extremely common within the heavy metal scene, which is precisely the work and the goal of the Antichrist.

The metal-scene needs to understand that there is absolutely nothing cool, sexy, free or individual about evil. If your sister or your brother gets murdered by an evil soul, what is cool about that? If you experience evil yourself, you will learn its moral reality. Some people really need to go through hell before they really understand that evil is NOT a quality, but a horrible weakness; it’s the absence of light and heart, it’s the death of the soul!

I am absolutely convinced that we, as human beings, are in a constant fight between darkness and light, hate and love, death and life, spirituality and materialism, good and evil. We all have both sides as potential realities in us; this is how God created us so that we all get to know good and evil. The question is what we are living for and what side rules us. What path do we chose? Who are we listening to? We are supposed to grow in good by the experience of evil, and not fall for it; through evil we should learn the value of good, and not become wicked. We learn from hatred the value of love, from betrayal the value of friendship and trust, from darkness the beauty of light, from materialism the importance of honest spirituality. We are responsible, and we will also be held responsible after death, for everything we do, say, think or feel in life, regardless of our personal beliefs or religion. Our souls will be saved by the way we live our lives, and not by institutions.

You don’t need traditional religions or Churches to find God; you don’t need to go to Church to be spiritual, nor do you need to be against science to be spiritual (and you don’t need to be a materialist to be a scientist either!); you don’t even necessarily need a God to believe in the value of good and love and compassion (even though our Father in heaven is more real than we all are).

If the metal-scene wants to react to the (very justified) claim of promoting evil, then it needs to change! It needs more positive bands with soul and moral intelligence, with decent energy and wisdom of the heart. The metal scene has way too many moral-losers that can only spread their moral sickness, inner darkness, soul-death and negativity. Metal magazines should kick themselves in their moral asses for good, and understand their responsibility to our society. It is NOT cool to promote evil, brutality and inhumanity; the only solution I see here is a moral change within the scene itself, rather than always trying to deny reality.

May the force be with you! ;-)

Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 April 2014 )
 
Michael Kiske sings Charity Duet PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 17 February 2014

Michael Kiske recently accepted an invitation to sing a duet with his long-term companion Sandro Giampietro on his new project called StarChild. The sales of the "Black And White Forever" entitled track go directly and completely into the cancer research. You can check out a sample of that song here

 
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