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GUS G. GUITAR CLINICS IN EUROPE & JAPAN THIS FALL

Gus G has just confirmed guitar clinic tours in Greece and Japan as well as a special appearance in Malmo, Sweden @ the famous Swedish Metal Expo on October 26th!

Check out the dates below for further info!

18.10 - Thessaloniki, GR @ Radio City Theater // tickets: www.ticketarena.gr 20.10 - Athens, GR @ Antart Live Music Hall // ticket reservation: 210-8983604 26.10 - Malmo, SWE @ Rockmassan 06.11 - Tokyo, JP @ Ishibashi Gakki Shibuya at J-POP Cafe 07.11 - Osaka, JP @ Mikki Gakki Shinsaibashi 08.11 - Osaka, JP @ MI Japan Osaka 09.11 - Tokyo, JP @ Rock House Ikebe Ikebukuro 09.11 - Tokyo, JP @ Big Boss Tokyo Annex Ochanomizu 10.11 - Kawasaki, JP @ Shimamura Lazona 10.11 - Tokyo, JP @ Musicland Key Shibuya

APOTHEOSIS ACROSS AUSTRALIA TOUR ANNOUNCED!

Metropolis Touring and Tombowler Proudly Present - for the very first time on Australian shores, the Greek Power Metal Masters Firewind!

Gus G's Firewind Exclusive VIP Meet & Greet Packages

Only $199 + bf and includes

1 x Ticket (Please note you will not receive a physical ticket. Your name will be on an Oztix VIP List) VIP entry at the venue (no need to queue) Exclusive Meet & Greet with Gus G & Firewind Official Commemorative Meet and Greet Laminate Limited Edition A3 thick card stock tour poster (not for sale) 3 items signed by Gus G & Firewind A photo with Firewind on your personal camera

“FIREWIND always put on a balls-out and exciting show, and with the girls drooling over the dashing Greeks and the guys drooling over Gus G’s flashing fingers, it’s a good combo!” - Metal-Rules.com

Keep your heads high and don't go falling to pieces, Greek power metallers FIREWIND are hitting Australia for the very first time in October / November to unleash some of the finest European power metal known to man!

Known by many as the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and by his tenures in Dream Evil, Nightrage and as a touring player with Arch Enemy, Gus G and his FIREWIND crew have always kept the power metal flame alive with an arsenal of memorable and catchy tunes topped off with mind bending fretwork and solos that command instantaneous air guitar and dropping jaws from all who witness it. In their 15 year existence, FIREWIND have turned out seven studio albums with their latest being Few Against Many (Century Media / EMI), a live DVD called Live Premonition and their newest release, a live album entitled Apotheosis - Live 2012, so there will be no shortage of FIREWIND's unique brand of power metal on offer for all in attendance!

Renowned as a high octane live act and having toured Europe, the United States and everywhere in between over the years, Australians have waited and waited patiently wondering when it was going to be their turn to see the mighty FIREWIND live. Well, the wait is over! FIREWIND are finally making their long awaited pilgrimage down under to deliver their power metal stylings to their proud and dedicated legions of Australian fans!

31/10 Sydney Manning Bar 01/11 Brisbane - Hi Fi 02/11 Adelaide Fowlers Live 03/11 Melbourne Corner Hotel

"Apotheosis - Live 2012" out now!

FIREWIND, Greece's leading metal band spearheaded by guitar-wizard and Ozzy Osbourne band member Gus G., has just released a new live album entitled "Apotheosis - Live 2012", celebrating the 10th anniversary of the band in style.

"Apotheosis - Live 2012" can be purchased as limited edition Digipak CD HERE: www.cmdistro.de (Europe) www.indiemerch.com/firewind (N. America) and as Digital Download everywhere

Further options to pre-listen to live-tracks can be found here: "Head Up High": www.rockhard.de "Few Against Many": soundcloud.com

Here is the complete tracklisting for the release:

FIREWIND - "Apotheosis - Live 2012" (69:07) 1. Head Up High (4:21) 2. Wall Of Sound (4:04) 3. Allegiance (4:35) 4. Few Against Many (5:00) 5. The Departure (0:41) 6. Heading For The Dawn (4:04) 7. Losing My Mind (6:15) 8. World On Fire (4:45) 9. Guitar Solo 2012 (2:17) 10. SKG (5:26) 11. Between Heaven And Hell (5:13) 12. Piano Solo (0:53) 13. Edge Of A Dream (4:24) 14. Mercenary Man (3:47) 15. Glorious (3:41) 16. Maniac (4:32 17. Falling To Pieces (5:02)

The Digital Download version of the release additionally includes the following 2 live-bonustracks:

18. Cold As Ice (4:18) 19. Tyranny (4:05)

The live songs featured on this powerful sounding release were recorded at special anniversary shows in Greece as well as all over Europe during the band's "Few Against Many" tour in 2012 and comes with a playing time of 69 minutes, featuring a great overview of the band's 7-albums spanning career so far as well as quite a different track-listing than 2008's "Live Premonition" release. "Apotheosis - Live 2012" also marks the final FIREWIND release with longterm singer Apollo Papathanasio, who left the band by the end of last year. He has ever since been be replaced by Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Adagio, Beyond Twilight) as session front man for all 2013 live-activities. The cover artwork for "Apotheosis - Live 2012" was designed by FIREWIND's longtime partner in all design matters including the band's latest studio album release "Few Against Many" (2012), Gustavo Sazes / abstrata.net (Arch Enemy, Angra, Dream Evil, etc.) based on live photography by Hans-W. Rock.

Here is a list of all upcoming FIREWIND live-dates:

FIREWIND @ European Festivals 2013:

09.08 2013 Derbyshire (UK) - Bloodstock Open Air www.bloodstock.uk.com

10.08.2013 Berlin (Germany) - DRK-Rocks Festival www.drk-rocks.de

15.08.2013 Dinkelsbühl (Germany) - Summer Breeze Open Air www.summer-breeze.de

- See more at: http://www.centurymedia.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=13016&IdCompany=3#sthash.MOcAKJdh.dpuf

UK & IRELAND TOURDATES ANNOUNCED

Greek melodic Metallers FIREWIND, are soon to unleash their newest studio album effort “Few Against Many” on May 21st (Europe) and May 22nd (N. America). Having previously announced tourdates in continental Europe for September/ October together with Leaves’ Eyes to promote the new album, the UK leg of the tour has now been announced too with the following dates.

Here is a list of all upcoming FIREWIND shows to support the “Few Against Many”, including several prestigious festival appearances and the European tour with Leaves’ Eyes, for which also a new show has been announced for Denmark (September 29th, Konding @ Godset), next to the newly launched UK dates:

FIREWIND – Summer Festivals 2012:

08.-10.06. Donington Park (UK) - Download Festival

14.07. Vizovice (Czech Republic) - Masters Of Rock Festival

18.07. Thessaloniki (Greece) - Mylos Open Air *

28.07. Rotterdam (The Netherlands) - Roadgrill Festival

17.08. Dinkelsbühl (Germany) - Summer Breeze Open Airbreeze.de

FIREWIND - "Few Against Many" Asian Tour 2012

24.08. Beijing (China) - Star Live

25.08. Shanghai (China) - Mao Livehouse

26.08. Taipei (Taiwan) - Hwa Sha Auditorium

FIREWIND & LEAVES’ EYES – “Few Against Many” European Tour 2012:

13.09.2012 Cardiff (UK) - Clwb Ifor Bach *

14.09.2012 Manchester (UK) - Moho *

15.09.2012 Dublin (Ireland) - Button Factory *

16.09.2012 Belfast (Northern Ireland) - Spring And Airbrake *

18.09.2012 Sheffield (UK) - Corporation *

19.09.2012 Nuneaton (UK) - Queens Hall *

20.09.2012 Plymouth (UK) - White Rabbit *

21.09.2012 Southampton (UK) - Talking Heads *

22.09.2012 London (UK) - O2 Islington Academy *

23.09.2012 Margate (UK) - West Coast Bar *

25.09.2012 Paris (France) - Divan du Monde

26.09.2012 Colmar (France) - Le Grillen

27.09.2012 Bochum (Germany) - Matrix

28.09.2012 Hamburg (Germany) - Knust

29.09.2012 Kolding (Denmark) - Godset *

30.09.2012 Berlin (Germany) - SO36

02.10.2012 Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos Saal

03.10.2012 Ingolstadt (Germany) - Eventhalle

04.10.2012 Cologne (Germany) - Underground

05.10.2012 Zwolle (The Netherlands) - Hedon

06.10.2012 Vosselaar (Belgium) - Biebob

*Newly announced dates!

Stay tuned for more news on FIREWIND and “Few Against Many” In the coming weeks...

"WALL OF SOUND" DIGITAL SINGLE OUT NOW!!!

Greek melodic Metallers FIREWIND, lead by guitar wizard and Ozzy Osbourne band-member Gus G., are soon to unleash their newest studio album effort “Few Against Many” on May 21st, 2012 in via Century Media Records in Europe. The album release is preceded by a digital release of the album’s 1st single, “Wall Of Sound”, which is out NOW. As one of several digital retail platform options, you can get it via Itunes by clicking here: http://itunes.apple.com/album/wall-of-sound-single/id515523878

The final tracklisting of the upcoming album will be as follows:

FIREWIND – “Few Against Many” 1. Wall Of Sound 2. Losing My Mind 3. Few Against Many 4. The Undying Fire 5. Another Dimension 6. Glorious 7. Edge Of A Dream (Feat. Apocalyptica) 8. Destiny 9. Long Gone Tomorrow 10. No Heroes, No Sinners

The song “Edge Of A Dream” features a special appearance of Finnish cello-superstars Apocalyptica. While the album’s standard version will be available in the CD format as well as LP and also as Digital Download, “Few Against Many” will also be released as limited edition Digipak CD with two special bonus tracks: “Battleborn” and an acoustic version of “No Heroes, No Sinners”.

In the light of the upcoming new album’s release, the band has recently announced the first dates for their main European tour to promote “Few Against Many” for September/October together with Leaves’ Eyes and several appearances at prestigious European Summer festivals, including a freshly confirmed date for July 18th in the band’s Greek hometown Thessaloniki, at Mylos Open Air. Here are all upcoming FIREWIND shows:

FIREWIND – Live 2012:

10.06. Donington Park (UK) - Download Festival 14.07. Vizovice (Czech Republic) - Masters Of Rock Festival / 18.07. Thessaloniki (Greece) – Mylos Open Air 28.07. Rotterdam (The Netherlands) - Roadgrill Festival 17.08. Dinkelsbühl (Germany) - Summer Breeze Open Air 24.08. Beijing (China) - Star Live 25.08. Shanghai (China) - Mao Livehouse 26.08. Taipei (Taiwan) - Hwa Sha Auditorium

FIREWIND & LEAVES’ EYES – “Few Against Many” European Tour 2012: 25.09. Paris (France) - Divan du Monde 26.09. Colmar (France) - Le Grillen 27.09. Bochum (Germany) - Matrix 28.09. Hamburg (Germany) - Knust 30.09. Berlin (Germany) - SO36 02.10. Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos Saal 03.10. Ingolstadt (Germany) - Eventhalle 04.10. Cologne (Germany) - Underground 05.10. Zwolle (The Netherlands) - Hedon 06.10. Vosselaar (Belgium) - Biebob

In the meantime, pre-order links for “Few Against Many” have been made available by CM Distro (for Europe) now too. Check out the following pre-order options:

Ltd. Digipak CD: http://www.cmdistro.de/Item/Firewind_-_Few_Against_Many_-Ltd-_Edition_-/1214

Standard CD: http://www.cmdistro.de/Item/Firewind_-_Few_Against_Many/1213

Black LP: http://www.cmdistro.de/Item/Firewind_-_Few_Against_Many_-black_LP-/1216

Ltd Red Coloured LP: http://www.cmdistro.de/Item/Firewind_-_Few_Against_Many_-transp-_red_Vinyl_-/1215

Ltd. Digipak CD bundle with Gus G. signed copy of “Forged By Fire” CD: http://www.cmdistro.de/Item/Few_Against_Many_-_Ltd-_Edt-_CD_- Forged_by_Fire_CD_signed_by_Gus_G/1217

N. AMERICA: Ltd. Digipak CD bundle w/ T-Shirt + Poster: http://www.indiemerch.com/firewind/item/14532 Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007IX0192

FIREWIND Launch album-trailer online & more!!

Greek Metallers FIREWIND, led by guitar wizard and Ozzy Osbourne band-member Gus G., have recently finished working on their newest studio effort “Few Against Many” and have announced release dates for May 21st (Europe), May 22nd (N. America) and May 23rd (Japan).

The album release will be preceded by a digital release of the album’s 1st single “Wall Of Sound” on April 23rd, 2012 worldwide!! Look out for the track via your digital retail platform of choice as of the following date per country:

GERMANY/AUSTRIA/SWITZERLAND/NORWAY/ITALY/AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND: Friday, April 20, 2012.

UK: Sunday, April 22, 2012.

USA / CANADA / MEXICO / BENELUX /FRANCE/GREECE/DENMARK/PORTUGAL/REST OF EUROPE: Monday, April 23, 2012.

SPAIN: Tuesday, April 24, 2012. SWEDEN/FINLAND/HUNGARY: Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

FIREWIND have now also launched a special online trailer as teaser for the upcoming “Wall Of Sound” digital single and “Few Against Many” album release dates. Check out snippets of the songs “Wall Of Sound” and “Losing my Mind” within the clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hS4-WQsNepg

The final tracklisting of the upcoming album can now also be revealed to be as follows:

FIREWIND – “Few Against Many” 1. Wall Of Sound 2. Losing My Mind 3. Few Against Many 4. The Undying Fire 5. Another Dimension 6. Glorious 7. Edge Of A Dream (Feat. Apocalyptica) 8. Destiny 9. Long Gone Tomorrow 10. No Heroes, No Sinners

The song “Edge Of A Dream” features a special appearance of Finnish cello-superstars Apocalyptica! While the album’s standard version will be available in the CD format as well as LP and also as Digital Download, “Few Against Many” will also be released as limited edition Digipak CD with two special bonus tracks: “Battleborn” and an acoustic version of “No Heroes, No Sinners”.

In the light of the upcoming new album’s release, the band has recently announced the first dates for their main European tour to promote “Few Against Many” for September/October together with Leaves’ Eyes and several appearances at prestigious European Summer festivals. Here are all confirmed upcoming FIREWIND shows:

FIREWIND – Live 2012:

08.-10.06. Donington Park (UK) - Download Festival / www.downloadfestival.co.uk

12.-15.07. Vizovice (Czech Republic) - Masters Of Rock Festival / www.mastersofrock.cz

28.07. Rotterdam (The Netherlands) - Roadgrill Festival / www.roadgrill.nl

16.-18.08. Dinkelsbühl (Germany) - Summer Breeze Open Air / www.summer-breeze.de

24.08. Beijing (China) - Star Live 25.08. Shanghai (China) - Mao Livehouse 26.08. Taipei (Taiwan) - Hwa Sha Auditorium

FIREWIND & LEAVES’ EYES – “Few Against Many” European Tour 2012:

25.09. Paris (France) - Divan du Monde 26.09. Colmar (France) - Le Grillen 27.09. Bochum (Germany) - Matrix 28.09. Hamburg (Germany) - Knust 30.09. Berlin (Germany) - SO36 02.10. Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos Saal 03.10. Ingolstadt (Germany) - Eventhalle 04.10. Cologne (Germany) - Underground 05.10. Zwolle (The Netherlands) - Hedon 06.10. Vosselaar (Belgium) - Biebob

FIREWIND Announce European tour with Leaves’ Eyes!

Greek melodic Metallers FIREWIND, lead by guitar wizard and Ozzy Osbourne band-member Gus G., have recently finished working on their newest studio effort “Few Against Many” and have announced a European release for May 21st, 2012 via Century Media Records and May 22nd in N. America through DisManic / eOne distribution.

In the light of the upcoming new album’s release, the band has now also announced the first dates for their main European tour to promote “Few Against Many” for September/October together with Leaves’ Eyes. Here are the dates announced so far:

FIREWIND & LEAVES’ EYES – “Few Against Many” European Tour 2012:

Presented by ESP Guitars and Blackstar Amps

25.09. Paris (France) - Divan du Monde 26.09. Colmar (France) - Le Grillen 27.09. Bochum (Germany) - Matrix 28.09. Hamburg (Germany) - Knust 30.09. Berlin (Germany) - SO36 02.10. Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos Saal 03.10. Ingolstadt (Germany) - Eventhalle 04.10. Cologne (Germany) - Underground 05.10. Zwolle (The Netherlands) - Hedon 06.10. Vosselaar (Belgium) - Biebob

FIREWIND’s Gus G. checked in to comment on the tour as follows: “All of us in the Firewind camp are very happy to return to European stages, play for our faithful followers again and make new ones. Joining our "Few Against Many" campaign are the well-known and respected Leave's Eyes. We're all looking forward to this!“

Leaves’ Eyes vocalist Liv added the following: "Firewind and Leaves' Eyes is a killer live package! Moreover, we will be able to play at places where we haven't performed so far. I am really looking forward to this tour and to be on the road with the guys of Firewind."

Next to the previously announced festival dates, FIREWIND have now also been confirmed to perform at this year’s edition of UK’s prestigious Download Festival at Donington Park, where FIREWIND last appeared in 2008. This year’s stellar line-up includes heavyweights such as Metallica, Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Megadeth, The Prodigy, Machine Head, Slash and many more. Further details can be found here: www.downloadfestival.co.uk.

FIREWIND have also confirmed their participation at Roadgrill Festival in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on July 28th, next to Primal Fear and Picture.

Here are all confirmed upcoming FIREWIND shows:

FIREWIND – Live 2012:

08.-10.06. Donington Park (UK) - Download Festival / www.downloadfestival.co.uk

12.-15.07. Vizovice (Czech Republic) - Masters Of Rock Festival / www.mastersofrock.cz

28.07. Rotterdam (The Netherlands) - Roadgrill Festival / www.roadgrill.nl

16.-18.08. Dinkelsbühl (Germany) - Summer Breeze Open Air / www.summer-breeze.de

24.08. Beijing (China) - Star Live 25.08. Shanghai (China) - Mao Livehouse 26.08. Taipei (Taiwan) - Hwa Sha Auditorium

FIREWIND & LEAVES’ EYES – “Few Against Many” European Tour 2012:

25.09. Paris (France) - Divan du Monde

26.09. Colmar (France) - Le Grillen

27.09. Bochum (Germany) - Matrix

28.09. Hamburg (Germany) - Knust

30.09. Berlin (Germany) - SO36

02.10. Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos Saal

03.10. Ingolstadt (Germany) - Eventhalle

04.10. Cologne (Germany) - Underground

05.10. Zwolle (The Netherlands) - Hedon

06.10. Vosselaar (Belgium) - Biebob

FIREWIND – Unveil artwork for new album “Few Against Many”!!

Greek melodic metallers FIREWIND, lead by guitar wizard and Ozzy Osbourne band-member Gus G., have recently finished working on their newest studio effort “Few Against Many”. Mixed by Jason Suecof & Eyal Levi at Audiohammer Studios (Trivium, All That Remains, Death Angel, etc.) in Orlando, Florida, the European release date for the album has been announced for May 21st, 2012 via Century Media Records.

The iconic front cover artwork for “Few Against Many” has now been revealed and can be seen at the App's Gallery section!! The artwork was once again by FIREWIND’s longtime partner in all design matters, Gustavo Sazes / www.abstrata.net (Arch Enemy, Angra, Dream Evil, etc.), who has been working with the band since the release of the album “The Premonition”.

Gus G. has checked in to comment on the artwork as follows: “Once again we worked with the amazing Brazilian artist Gustavo Sazes. He's one of the best out there and he really understands what FIREWIND’s all about. I feel he really captured the vibe and darkness of the new album and I love the different elements on it such as the Japanese samurai war flags and the flaming statue.”

FIREWIND have recently launched a fourth and last episode (“Keyboards”) of their in-studio videos from the album’s recordings session via the band’s YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/firetv). Check them out here:

Studio Diary Part Four – Keyboards: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMh-RLzJEbk

Studio Diary Part Three – Guitars: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9akBJCtFBms

Studio Diary Part Two – Bass: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKSbMGQR6R0

Studio Diary Part One – Drums: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DB1q7M7b2I

While more concerts and touring is soon to be announced, here are all confirmed upcoming FIREWIND shows:

FIREWIND – Live 2012: 12.-15.07. Vizovice (Czech Republic) - Masters Of Rock Festival / www.mastersofrock.cz

16.-18.08. Dinkelsbühl (Germany) - Summer Breeze Open Air / www.summer-breeze.de

24.08. Beijing (China) - Star Live *

25.08. Shanghai (China) - Mao Livehouse *

26.08. Taipei (Taiwan) - Hwa Sha Auditorium *

* Please notice corrected dates for China & Taiwan since last update!

FIREWIND launched their extensive worldwide touring schedule for the previous “Days Of Defiance” album, originally released in September 2010 via Century Media Records, last year with a well received tour in Japan, festival appearances at Graspop, Hellfest, Sonisphere UK, Basinfirefest and also supported Judas Priest in Greece. FIREWIND then continued with successful headlining runs in Europe throughout September (with support by label mates Wolf) as well as all over the USA and Canada in October (with support by Arsis, White Wizzard and Nightrage). Stay tuned for more FIREWIND news in regards to the upcoming album…

FIREWIND – Line-Up 2012: Bob Katsionis – Keyboards / Guitar Apollo Papathanasio – Vocals Gus G. – Guitars Petros Christo – Bass Jo Nunez - Drums

Firewind: New album "Few Against Many" to be released May 21st, 2012 in Europe!

Greek melodic metallers FIREWIND, lead by guitar wizard and Ozzy Osbourne band-member Gus G., have recently finished working on their newest studio effort “Few Against Many”. Mixed by Jason Suecof & Eyal Levi at Audiohammer Studios (Trivium, All That Remains, Death Angel, etc.) in Orlando, Florida, the band are excited to announce ‘Few Against Many’ will be released May 21st, 2012 via Century Media Records in Europe.

FIREWIND have also just confirmed shows in China and Taiwan for August, so Gus G. checked in to give a quick band-update as follows:

“Wow, China and Taiwan! That’s places we are truly looking forward to visit! We also just wrapped up the mixing of the new album and it’s sounding awesome! We can’t wait for you guys to get to hear this new monster…”

While more concerts and touring is soon to be announced, here are all confirmed upcoming FIREWIND shows:

FIREWIND – Live 2012:

12.-15.07. Vizovice (Czech Republic) - Masters Of Rock Festival 16.-18.08. Dinkelsbühl (Germany) - Summer Breeze Open Air 24.08. Beijing (China) - Star Live 25.08. Shanghai (China) - Mao Livehouse 26.08. Taipei (Taiwan) - Hwa Sha Auditorium

FIREWIND have recently launched a third episode (“Guitars”) of their in-studio videos from the “Few Against Many” recordings session via the band’s YouTube channel. Check them out here: http://www.youtube.com/firetv

FIREWIND – Line-Up 2012

Bob Katsionis – Keyboards / Guitar Apollo Papathanasio – Vocals Gus G. – Guitars Petros Christo – Bass Jo Nunez - Drums