Jul 062018

The programming of the 11th edition of the Brainstorm Festival is steadily taking shape. Power Quest (UK), Angel Nation (UK) and Despicable Heroes (NL) have been added to the line-up of the event that will take place on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 November 2018 in Gigant, Apeldoorn. The headliner of the festival will follow, as will many other bands.

With Power Quest, Brainstorm Festival brings DragonForce‘s ‘brother’ into its home. The English band was founded by Steve Williams, who was active in the early years at DragonForce. Power Quest also knows how to play infectious power-metal. Since their come-back in 2016 it’s the band for the wind, as witnessed by the strong album “Sixth Dimension”.

Angel Nation (pictured) has no less than Elina Siirala standing behind the microphone. Nowadays we also know this Finnish singer from Leaves’ Eyes, but Angel Nation is her first love. Like Power Quest, Angel Nation has released a new album through Innerwound Recordings, and the hit single ‘Burn The Witch’ is driving the gothic-metal band to ever-increasing heights. Continue reading »

Jun 272018

The progressive metalband Pyramaze (DK/USA) will come to the 11th edition of the Brainstorm Festival. Last year the band performed at ProgPower Europe, and that convincing show was reason enough to invite the gentlemen to the Brainstorm Festival this time.

Their highly anticipated album “Contingent” has been released on April 28th 2017 in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings

With their milestone fifth album “Contingent,” Pyramaze have grown and matured into a band that is capable of satisfying their fans while simultaneously continuing to break new ground. The incorporation of modern cinematic film score elements mixed with progressive metal riffs and melodies will leave the listener breathless! Huge, sweeping, hard-hitting, and poignant, “Contingent” is an epic post-apocalyptic conceptual piece inspired by current events, the human spirit to overcome struggle and diversity, and the brotherhood that lies there in. Produced, mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen [Volbeat, Amaranthe, Epica, Evergrey]. Continue reading »

Nov 082017

Symphonic metallers Xandria made their live debut with singer Aeva Maurelle (Aeverium) on November 3 at the Brainstorm festival at Gigant in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.

On September 12, Xandria canceled its previously announced U.S. tour, which was scheduled to kick off on September 29 in Buffalo, New York and conclude on October 21 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The band also announced that it had recruited Maurelle to sing for Xandria at its European shows in November and December. Continue reading »

Nov 022017

As a concert organization you do not have everything in your own hand. It’s very annoying, especially so short for time: but Brainstorm Festival just received the following message:

“We regret to inform you that Within Silence is not able to play Brainstorm Festival 2017. Due to a voice-sickness of lead vocalist Martin Klein the band has to cancel their performance on doctors advice. Martin worked really hard during the past week to get better as he and the band really wanted to make it work, but unfortunately the recovery didn’t go fast enough. Within Silence are very sorry about this, and hopes to return to The Netherlands during 2018 to present their new album ‘Return From The Shadows’ to you.

“The fact that losing Within Silence has consequences for our programming on Friday night may be clear. We are considering a suitable solution, knowing that the limited remaining time is not in our favor. We hope for your understanding for this. Continue reading »