Feb 252020
 

Gigant and Stichting Brainstorm Festival intensify their collaboration. In addition to the annual Brainstorm Festival in November, from now on concerts will be held under the name ‘Brainstorm Festival presents’. The joining of forces makes Gigant in Apeldoorn even more the place to be for the better metal concerts.

The first result of the deepening of the collaboration can be seen on Saturday 9 May. That evening, Ball Noir (medieval folk metal, NL), Scarlet Stories (dark prog rock, NL) and Askara (gothic prog metal, CH) play in Gigant. Three bands that are firmly committed to the road and that fit well into the concept of the annual Brainstorm Festival.

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Jun 152019
 

With the Swedish progressive metal band Darkwater, the Brainstorm Festival has brought in a great co-headliner for Saturday night. The band presents their new album “Human” in Apeldoorn. The Swiss gothic-doom rock band Askara will also be present at the festival.

Darkwater has a loyal fan base in the Netherlands. It was built up years ago with shows at ProgPower Europe and the Brainstorm Festival. Now the band returns to the Netherlands. Darkwater guarantees a high-quality live show that does justice to their great music.

The Swiss of Askara gained an international foothold last year. The band toured Europe that year as a support act for Sleeping Romance. The band was appreciated and a show at the Brainstorm Festival is the logical continuation.

With the arrival of Darkwater and Askara, the lineup of the Brainstorm Festival is almost complete. Three more artists will be announced in the near future. Continue reading »

May 072019
 

Askara is a progressive / gothic metal band from Switzerland. Their debut album “Horizon of Hope” was released in Oct. 2016. The band recently signed a booking deal with Desert Rose Agency. Read more about the band members, their debut album, the deal with Desert Rose Agency and more in the interview below.

TMR: Hey guys this is The Metal Resource from Holland, how are things going there in Switzerland ?

Things are going pretty much as usual. We spend our spare time with as much music as possible. Continue reading »

Mar 172019
 

The Swiss melodic gothic-rock band Askara signed a bookingsdeal with Desert Rose Agency from The Netherlands. The agency will represent the band exclusive in The Netherlands and Belgium and non-exclusive in Europe. During Spring the first results of this new co-operation will be made public.

During the last years Askara worked hard on their reputation, mainly in their homecountry Switzerland. Last September the band was introduced to the European audience, when Askara joined Sleeping Romance on their ‘Alba-tour’ through Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. The Swiss were received well and this resulted in a deal with Desert Rose Agency.

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Aug 152018
 

The Italian symphonic metal band Sleeping Romance will be touring Europe next month to promote their new album “Alba” (Napalm Records). As a special guest, the successful Slovak melodic metal band Within Silence will come along. One more German show in Niederaula was just added to the tour on September 15th!

Since the release of the debut album “Enlighten” (Ulterium Records), Sleeping Romance has been working hard. At the end of 2013, the band went through Europe as a support for Theocracy, and the Italians immediately made a reputation. As a result, several tours soon followed, with the band gaining a foothold, especially in the Netherlands and Belgium.

In 2016 Sleeping Romance did two shows (acoustic and heavy) during FEMME, Europe’s largest female metal festival. It meant the final breakthrough for the Italians in The Netherlands and Belgium. The band was picked up by Napalm Records, which presents “Alba” to a wider audience. Continue reading »