Taggat: 2017

The Storyteller – Heavy / Power Metal with medieval melodies. That is the band’s own characterization of the style they play. This is a trademark that really speaks to what the band delivers and together with fast, melodic metal with fantasy lyrics, The Storyteller became one of the major posternames in the Swedish Power Metal scene. TS is a seasoned band with six studio albums in the backpack, and over the years the band has been appearing with bands like Helloween, Blind Guardian, HammerFall, Stratovarious, Sonata Artica, GammaRay others … They have also played at the major festivals in the Nordic countries where their live performances have been very appreciated. L-G Persson Who is the singer of The Storyteller says: ”We are really looking forward to playing on Sabaton Open Air wich is one of the major festivals on offer within the metal scene. We’re just writing material for a seventh album, which will continue the story from album nr 1 & 2 and Sabaton Open Air will be a perfect opportunity to introduce some of the new songs – but we will also deliver all our old favourites that the audience loves.” So for anyone who likes fast and melodic metal in the style of Blind Guardian, this is the band that you do not want to miss out during this festival #2017

ShadowQuest, in its earliest form, was conceptualized more than two years ago. Ronny and Ragnar had been writing songs for a long while, when they came across a singer they thought would fit the music perfectly. Patrik, being a fan of both Dionysus and Sinergy, was very interested and happily accepted the spot as vocalist. Ronny and Kaspar had been collaborating since the years in Dionysus, and it was with honour that Kaspar grabbed the keyboard wizardry position. Both Jari and Peter had been involved in various projects with Ronny, and two phone calls later the band was complete. ”We are extremely happy to have found each other”, Patrik says. ”Six persons that are stable and easy-going, as well as dedicated and having the same taste in music and music writing. It simply is not easy to find. In addition, we all share the same rotten humour. Epic.” Coming up with the band name was a process. It is hard work to find a name that everyone can agree on and feel for. A number of names was discarded, sooner or later, until the band decided for ShadowQuest. Artwork magician Thomas Holmstrand, who is known for logotypes and art work for Dionysus, Sinergy and Saint Deamon etc., was hired to design an artwork concept for the band. Musically, ShadowQuest is a mixture of many influences. Traces of Dionysus can be heard, spiced with heavier guitar work signed by Widerberg/Huss. Ronny’s ambition was to create a musical landscape in the vein of ”Painkiller” and ”Keeper of the Seven Keys”. Patrik added scents and flavours of Avantasia, while Kaspar worked hard to go deeper into the lyrical well he had been exploring with Dionysus and later Ride the Sky #2017 http://www.shadowquest.se

NARNIA confirmed for Sabaton Open Air 2017! Narnia is a Christian neoclassical progressive power metal band founded by guitarist Carl Johan Grimmark and singer Christian Liljegren. The band formed in Sweden in 1996, disbanded in 2010, and reformed in 2014. Their album themes heavily reference The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. On January 31, 2014, the band announced they were active again, celebrating the 15th anniversary of their Long Live the King album by playing live shows and re-releasing the album as a deluxe edition. http://narniatheband.com @narniatheband #2017

Dirkschneider to Sabaton Open Air 2017! The former Accept singer and heavy metal icon Udo Dirkschneider tours with his self-named band Dirkschneider and performs only classic Accept hit songs nowadays. And this show is just magnificent! They have just completed a tour in Sweden with sold out shows both in Borlänge and Örebro, and we are sure that every single one that saw them went home with a big smile on their faces! This is a hard & heavy trip back memory lane! For die hard Accept fans, this is religion. We have actually had Udo Dirkschneider in Falun before making a guest appearance with Sabaton. That was back in 2011, and now he will be back for a full show on the 10:th anniversary of Sabaton Open Air! -Balls to the wall #2017

Please welcome Evergrey to Falun 2017! The Gothenburg based Evergrey was founded in 1995 and have since then released 10 studio albums including their last master piece “The Storm Within” that saw the morning light on September 9, 2016. Evergrey founder Tom Englund says: ”We are happy and eager to announce that we will play the Sabaton Open Air festival the summer of 2017! We look forward to a weekend of playing, but of course also watching great music together with some of our really close friends! We hope to see you there!” We are very happy to have Evergrey on stage for the 10:th anniversary of Sabaton Open Air in August 2017 #2017

Eternal (of Sweden) returns in 2017! These gentlemen, or brothers as we would like to call them, have played our festival a few times before and the last time was in 2014. Since then they have released a brand new full length album called “Heaven’s Gate” and helped Sabaton out in the studio with backing vocals on “The Last Stand”. Eternal (of Sweden) will deliver a great melodic power metal show in August @ Lugnet, Falun. Be there and support these fine gentlemen! http://www.eternalsweden.com #2017

Please welcome Thobbe Englund! Our dear friend Thobbe, the x-Sabaton guitar player, is confirmed to play the 2017 issue of Sabaton Open Air with his new band. We asked him for a short quote for this presentation, and this is his own words: ”Dear friends! I have to tell you all how happy I am, and we as a band are, to play SoA this coming summer. For me personally it’s connected to the best times in my life, and as a former member of Sabaton I of course have tons of wonderful memories from this festival. Coming back with my own band is going to be so ”#€%&!) great, and seeing all of you Sabaton fans out there again is going to be wonderful. So, please give us your support and come to the show, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for my upcoming album early next year! See you all! Yours truly, Thobbe #2017

Get ready for HAPPY METAL with Freedom Call! Freedom Call really don’t need much presentation. If you are a fan of Power Metal, you already heard them and probably liked them for years back! Freedom Call was formed in 1998 by front man Chris Bay and his old friend Daniel Zimmermann (ex Gamma Ray) and their debut album ”Stairway to Fairyland” was released in May 1999. Their 9:th studio album “Master Of Lights” was released november 11 2016 and it’s another master piece by the band! Freedom Call was supposed to play the 2010 issue of Sabaton Cruise, but got caught by the blizzards in Germany and had to cancel their show. Instead we re-booked them for the 2011 festival in Falun and since then they have not been back.. Until now for the 10:th anniversary in 2017! As we said then: – We can’t tell you how much we are looking forward to this awesome show #2017 http://www.freedom-call.net/

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