Battle Beast, Leaves Eyes
1003 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is all ages
Sabaton was formed back in 1999 in Falun, Sweden when the members of a band called "Aeon" reformed and rearmed for the upcoming first recording in Moon Music Studio. The founding members of Aeon: Rikard, Pär and Daniel Mullback had joined forces with Oskar and Joakim earlier during the year which had seen a few line-up changes and the guys decided on a fresh start and changed the name of the band to Sabaton. These are the same guys you see on stage today.
In 2001 the band was ready to record more material, and this time they turned to Tommy Tägtgren who were to play a part in the creation of the Sabaton sound, and together they recorded the second half of the bands demo compilation "Fist For Fight" that was released by Underground Symphony later that year.
When 2002 arrived the band returned to Abyss studios and Tommy Tägtgren to record the debut album "Metalizer" that was to be released later that year, but didn't end up in the record stores until 5 years later.
In 2004, after countless hours of rehearsals and dozens of shows the band got tired of waiting for the release of "Metalizer" that never came and decided to take matters into their own hands.
Primo Victoria – The Battle Begins
Without the support of a record label Sabaton returned to Abyss studios and Tommy Tägtgren and recorded the album "Primo Victoria" which loosely translated means: The first victory, or: The beginning of the victory.
A fitting name, considering it represents a new beginning for the band and also marks the start of the typical war themed Sabaton lyrics.
The band signed up with the label Black Lodge later that year and in 2005 "Primo Victoria" was released
In early 2005, just before the album was released, Daniel Myhr was recruited into the band to relieve Joakim of his keyboard duties and the band was now complete.
This year saw the first Sabaton show outside of Sweden and there were many more just around the corner.
In January 2006 the band headed back into the studio for 3 weeks of intensive recording sessions with Tommy Tägtgren and recorded the album "Attero Dominatus" just before heading out on Sabaton's first major European tour as supporting act for Edguy and Dragonforce.
Attero Dominatus – The Battle Rages On
Founded in 2008 on the southern edge of Finland, BATTLE BEAST stands for everything that is good and pure in metal music - crunching riffs, high screams, blistering solos and strong choruses. The sextet takes all the classical elements of traditional heavy metal without being afraid of adding its own flavor to the recipe. Already in the early stages of their career, BATTLE BEAST were to be noticed quickly by the international metal scene, especially after winning 2008’s Wacken:Open:Air “Metal Battle” and Finland’s “Radio Rock Starba” competition as well as after performing at the Finnish Metal Expo.
Fueled by its ever-growing fame, the combo soon caught the attention of Nuclear Blast which resulted in a record deal and the worldwide release of the highly acclaimed debut album “Steel” in January of 2012. Subsequently, BATTLE BEAST continued their triumphal march by touring together with NIGHTWISH for a total of 21 shows all across Europe, persistently extending their fan base through their tremendous on-stage energy and joy of playing. When former lead singer Nitte Valo quit the band in September 2012, BATTLE BEAST immediately got the chance to showcase new vocalist Noora Louhimo’s amazing skills live on tour with SONATA ARCTICA – over the course of 22 shows in 11 different countries, the renewed line-up proved that it was as strong, wild and hungry as ever!
After busy months of recording, producing and mixing in JKB Studios Helsinki (all of this done by the band members themselves) BATTLE BEAST’s eponymous sophomore release “Battle Beast” will strike the scene like a lightning on May 17, 2013, consisting of the Finns’ trademark mixture of extremely catchy choruses, epic heavy metal anthems, heavenly vocals and solos to die for - brought to a new level of intensity and sound quality. With new astonishing lead vocalist Noora on board and a record in their hands that literally is strong as “steel“, BATTLE BEAST are facing a future brighter than a thousand suns. Beware: The Beasts are back!!!
In 2013 an exceptionally talented band will release “Symphonies of the Night” and once again reclaim the coveted spotlight that will place them at the pinnacle of the symphonic- rock and metal genre. With “Symphonies of the Night”, multiple chart-breaker Leaves’ Eyes begins a new chapter of music history, telling enchanting stories of historical heroines.
Lost in Love and Music
As made evident by the debut album “Lovelorn” (2004), Leaves’ Eyes came into being during a walk in the woods. From the very beginning, Thorsten Bauer established a remarkable guitar sound that has been a band trademark ever since. However, it is Liv Kristine’s unique voice that serves as the linchpin in Leaves’ Eyes. With this concept album, filled with mermaids, love and tragedy, the band not only enthralls the ears, but in particular the imagination of the listener. The spectacular and rapid success of Leaves’ Eyes does not happen without a reason. Every band member had already been gathering professional experience in other musical endeavors for years before joining Leaves’ Eyes. In the mid-90s Liv Kristine’s voice was like a beacon in the gothic scene, while being the female voice of Theatre of Tragedy. In Leaves’ Eyes, Liv is partially supported by the band members of Atrocity. The metal heavyweights earned top honors for being the “most diverse metal band”. Liv calls the members of Atrocity “the best musicians and friends in the world”, having the perfect partners at her side.
One year after “Lovelorn”, Leaves’ Eyes make waves with the follow up “Vinland Saga” (2005) and easily break the German album charts. The music on “Vinland Saga” invokes the mighty forces of nature and the fighting Vikings in the mind of the listener. Leaves’ Eyes is not just a studio band, despite numerous chart entries. Within only four years, the band travels through four continents, 34 countries and plays 222 concerts. The DVD “We Came With the Northern Winds / En Saga I Belgia” (2009) documents the exceptional history of the band. In addition, the DVD features the legendary concert at the Metal Female Voices Festival 2007 with their legendary Viking longship on stage. “Njord” (2009) continues the triumphs of the band and lyrically brings the listener aboard the Vikings’ journeys across the world. “Njord” is praised by fans and critics to be an epic masterpiece, moreover, this album made it to the top 30 of the German charts. Leaves’ Eyes perfects the union of classical and metal with the help of the Lingua Mortis orchestra directed by Victor Smolski.
The Sound of Black Waters
With “Meredead” (2011) Leaves’ Eyes releases a more than just diverse album, on which folk instrumentation, mysticism of past cultures, thrilling heaviness and classical orchestration unite into a captivating symbiosis. Leaves’ Eyes, along with a choir and an army of guest musicians, delivers top-notch entertainment. Maite Itoiz and John Kelly (Elfenthal), Carmen Elise Espenæs (Midnattsol), the Norwegian Anette Guldbrandsen, and the brilliant Lingua Mortis Orchestra serve to enrich this masterpiece furthermore. Refusing to be categorized, Leaves’ Eyes dictates its own direction, and with “Meredead” ultimately achieves symphonic metal perfection.
With a top-notch production by Alexander Krull, Leaves’ Eyes have come close to achieving perfection by combining all their best qualities into “Symphonies Of The Night” in 2013. Here, the epic feel of “Vinland Saga”, the direct approach of “Njord” and the unique folk touch of “Meredead” come together on to create this masterpiece. Yet, Leaves’ Eyes has always offered more than just a musical broadening of the horizon. Again, using a diversity of languages Liv Kristine narrates the stories of fascinating women in history and mythology – bringing them to life again. Be it Shakespeare’s classical drama of “Hamlet” (“Ophelia”) or the legend of Cecilia of Rome (“Saint Cecilia”) – all the songs tell of lion- hearted women battling ancient tragedies. Whether a gentle ballad (“Nightshade”) or an opulent opus (“Hell to the Heavens”, “Hymn to the Lone Sands”), the tracks are direct and to the point. With the band’s strength and courage, as well as an unorthodox variety, Leaves’ Eyes has unequivocally reinvented itself and is back at its best.
Elina Siirala – Vocals
Thorsten Bauer – Guitar, Bass
Pete Streit – Guitar
Alexander Krull – Vocals
Joris Nijenhuis – Drums
$23.00 - $25.00