Headliner for the 11th edition of the Brainstorm Festival is the American metal band Tourniquet. Since 2009 the band hasnt been in Europe anymore, which makes this exclusive show extra special. Moreover, the band presents the new album: 'Gazing At Medusa'. Tourniquet managed to get singer Tim 'Ripper' Owens for this record. There is also a guest role for top singer Deen Castronovo (Journey).
For the only European show of 2018 at the Brainstorm Festival, Tourniquet will bring no less than singer Les Carlsen (Bloodgood) with them. Since the 80s he has had great successes with Bloodgood. The band was once on Dutch soil in 1993, so the reunion with Les Carlsen is also special.
Tourniquet needs no further introduction. The band made its debut in 1990 with the album 'Stop The Bleeding', followed by the equally successful 'Psycho Surgery' in 1991. Exactly 25 years ago Les Carlsen has already sung an album for the band, which over the years has been successful time and time again with their albums. For Tourniquet, the positive view on life and disgust on animal abuse were recurring themes.
On stage, Tourniquet has played in the Netherlands several times. Memorable was their first show on the Flevo Festival, where the experienced band had to stop after half an hour. To the anger of the fans. Later the band returned to the open air festival to win the audience again. Tourniquet also played in a packed Luxor, but after this the Dutch shows stopped there. Up to now. Don't miss the sequel to the Brainstorm Festival!
ERIC CLAYTON AND THE NINE (USA/NL)
epic gothic rock
As if the addition of Tourniquet isn't special enough, the Brainstorm Festival has also brought Eric Clayton And The Nine in. Of course we know Eric Clayton as singer of the American symphonic gothic-rock band Saviour Machine. Currently he lives in Europe and has formed a new band around him. Expect covers from Saviour Machine and David Bowie and much more.
The name has already been dropped: Saviour Machine. In a theatrical way the band brought the biblical book of Revelations to life. The band was founded in 1989 and debuted four years later with the album 'Saviour Machine 1'. The U2-like guitar skills, the David Bowie-like vocals and the gothic approach immediately turned Saviour Machine into a cult band.
Once Eric Clayton started to set the biblical book of Revelations to music, the band rose to unprecedented heights. This Legend series was never completed, because Saviour Machine fell apart. In 2012 the band did a series of acoustic performances in Europe, for which Brainstorm Festival organized a show in Theater Odeon in Zwolle. Since then, fans have been waiting with anguish for Eric Clayton's return.
Dear people, that moment has come now! Saturday evening 10 November Eric Clayton will write history again!
Immediately after its foundation in 2001 by drummer Morten Gade Sørensen (Wuthering Heights, Anubis Gate) Pyramaze managed to attract attention: Lance King (Balance of Power) took place behind the microphone. After two albums he handed the baton over to Matt 'Iced Earth' Barlow, who once again put Pyramaze in the spotlight.
After a break, the band returned strongly in 2015. A deal was made with Innerwound Recordings (Leah, Wind Rose, Angel Nation) and with 'Disciples Of The Sun' Pyramaze chose delicious melodic metal with a more progressive sound. This strong combination was continued in 2017 with 'Contingent', which resulted in a co-headliner show at Progpower Europe.
Oh yes, and as a guitarist the producer Jacob Hansen (Epica, Kamelot, Volbeat) joined the band. The chance to see him live at work alone is something for which lovers of progressive metal will be happy to travel to Apeldoorn. Moreover, the show at the Brainstorm Festival is the only chance to see Pyramaze on stage this year in the Netherlands. Don't miss it!
POWER QUEST (UK)
The story of Power Quest is closely related to that of DragonForce. Actually you can see Power Quest as the younger brother of the English power-metal superpower. This comparison is based on the fact that founder Steve Williams was once a band member of DragonForce. In 2001 he started his new adventure with Power Quest, and twelve years later he pulled the plug. For three years it is quiet, but then the English return.
Innerwound Recordings (Leah, Pyramaze, Angel Nation) released its new album 'Sixth Dimension' in 2017, with which Power Quest continues to be relevant. The catchy power-metal is very well received, and the band pulls through England as a support of - yes - DragonForce. Beautiful shows also followed in Sweden and even Japan.
At the Brainstorm Festival, Power Quest will show what they are good at: entertaining the public with a high quality portion of power-metal. Musically, the band is so well put together that fans of other genres still have to take a look. Extra special: this will be the first Dutch show of Power Quest since their reunion!
SIGNUM REGIS (SK)
Signum Regis is coming back to the Netherlands! In recent years the band has been seen several times on the stages in our country and has also performed at the Brainstorm Festival. Yet their last show on Dutch soil dates back to March 2016. Reason enough, then, for a repetition.
The Slovaks managed to quickly make a name for themselves in recent years with the help of Ulterium Records. There was also stability in the line-up, with the arrival of singer Mayo Petranin. Before that, the band used a variety of singers, including Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen), Matt Smith (Theocracy) and Thomas L. Winkler (Gloryhammer).
With their smooth power-metal and singable choruses, Signum Regis is a must-see band at the Brainstorm Festival. All the more so because the band succeeds in creating an excellent live show time and time again. And it is the only chance this year to see the band live at work in our country!
FEDERICO TRUZZI (ITA)
Together with singer Federica he forms the face of the Italian gothic-metal band Sleeping Romance. But guitarist Federico Truzzi has a lot more to offer. Whether it's classical or epic film music, Federico is not afraid to show what he can do. This year he released his solo album 'The Great Grey Ocean'.
At the Brainstorm Festival Federico takes place behind the piano to show his solo work in the theatre. He is accompanied by the ladies of 2Strings, which will emphasize the classical component in his music. In between the guitar violence at the Brainstorm Festival, Federico Truzzi promises to be a spectacular resting point!
The Greek heavy metal band Diviner will return to the Netherlands. In 2016 the band already visited our country for some gigs to promote their successful debut album 'Fallen Empires'. And that visit was very much appreciated. Everyone who saw Diviner live at work, was immediately convinced of the qualities of this band.
Since then Diviner has been on the wish list of the Brainstorm Festival. So in November it's time. At Brainstorm Festival, Diviner will present some new songs from the second album on which they are still working hard. That CD will also be released via the Swedish quality label Ulterium Records. The concert promises to be a nice foretaste!
What can you expect? Diviner plays aggressive, riff-oriented heavy metal with the inspired vocals of Yiannis Papanikolaou. In the band we also find Franky Samoilis of InnerWish and then you know that the bar is high. If you want to enjoy solid quality metal, don't miss Diviner's show!
ANGEL NATION (UK/FIN)
With Angel Nation we bring a special band to the Brainstorm Festival. Behind the microphone of this English gothic-metal band stands no less than Elina Siirala, the current singer of Leaves' Eyes. That fact alone is reason enough to come and see Angel Nation. But there is more reason: the band is just very good.
The band was founded in 2011 by singer Elina. At the time she chose the name EnkElination, where the Finnish word 'enkeli' stands for 'angel'. Only in 2016 the name was changed to Angel Nation, after which the band signed a contract with Innerwound Recordings (Leah, Power Quest, Pyramaze). There's no lack of live experience, as the band already performed on Camden Underworld and Bloodstock Open Air.
After Liv Kristine's departure from Leaves' Eyes, Elina was asked to perform as a singer for the popular gothic/viking metal band. In 2016 she toured the United States with the band. A tour with Sabaton followed in 2017. But now Elina is back with her own band Angel Nation. And the Brainstorm Festival has the only Dutch show this fall. A must see!
Anyone who attended the Brainstorm Festival in 2016 and was present at the main stage in time on Saturday afternoon, saw a gem at work on stage: Leonov. With their post-rock combined with penetrating black and white images, the band immediately brought the audience to a standstill. And it remained so throughout their set. A loud applause was their part.
Last year Leonov came back to our country, this time for a show at the female metal event FemME in Eindhoven. There, too, the band was able to attract many new fans. And now that Leonov has new work available, a show at the Brainstorm Festival is a logical sequel to it.
To make it another special experience, the concert will be held in the theatre. In a relaxed atmosphere, the atmospheric music and clear vocals of Tåran Reindal can impress even more. This will be unforgettable!
DESPICABLE HEROES (NL)
They are real heroes, the guys of Despicable Heroes. In recent years the band has worked very hard and this year they were rewarded: the band won the Metal Battle! Both the public prize and the jury prize went to the men from Barneveld and the surrounding area. Suddenly, Despicable Heroes was on the map. The list of festivals where the band is welcome grows with the passing of the week. Stonehenge, Freakstock, Baroeg Open Air, all invited these heroes.
We have known for a long time that Despicable Heroes has a lot to offer. They have already played on stage at the Brainstorm Festival before. And now that they have won the Metal Battle, we are happy to give them the chance to shine again. Musically, this promises to be a beautiful party. In 2018, the metalcore of the past is increasingly interspersed with death-metal, creating a wall of sound. Get ready for some headbanging and give these heroes a true hero reception!
OPUS IRAE (DE)
With Opus Irae we have a surprising band that will pamper lovers of extreme, symphonic metal. This autumn, the long-awaited debut album of these Germans will be released via the Swedish cult label Endtime Productions. So quality is guaranteed!
Opus Irae has been on the metal scene for a while, and have also played twice in the Netherlands. This earned the bands their first loyal fans in the Low Countries. And with their show at the Brainstorm Festival, the gentlemen and lady will win a lot of new souls.
What is special is that the band - besides their black-metal show on the mainstage - also will perform in the theatre. There no black metal, but the emphasis here lies on the classical and symphonic aspect of the band. That too will be an experience!
Classic, jazz, blues and pop, the ladies of 2Strings are not afraid to show what they're all about. Armed with a violin and a cello, they give popular songs a new look. In Italy the duo is increasingly successful with this. Their collaboration with Federico Truzzi (Sleeping Romance) offers them the opportunity to show their skills at the Brainstorm Festival.
2Strings will perform twice on Saturday 10 November. The duo will perform their own show and later in the day support Federico Truzzi in his show in the theatre hall of the Brainstorm Festival. This promises to be very good!
J'Accuse is back, and how! On their new album 'Every Battle Leaves A Scar' the riffs are harder, the choruses are bigger and the music sounds almost danceable according to their own words.
Besides hardcore and punk the band plays with stoner and post-rock, which makes J'Accuse more and more interesting. Not surprising to find the gentlemen at the Brainstorm Festival, where the band can open the Saturday at the mainstage. Come and support them!