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Fistful Of Metal Issue 14

SAXON: FROM ’79 TO HELL, FIRE AND DAMNATION

NEW WAVE OF BRITISH HEAVY METAL SPECIAL!

45 YEARS OF NWOBHM WITH RAVEN, SAMSON, TOKYO BLADE, DEF LEPPARD, IRON MAIDEN, VARDIS, TYGERS OF PAN TANG, DIAMOND HEAD, TRESPASS, AND MORE!

PLUS:

BRUCE DICKINSON
SONATA ARCTICA
DRAGONFORCE
MOTORHEAD
IHSAHN
BAD NEWS
MAGNUM
THE RODS
SUN O)))
VANIR
MIDNIGHT
ANTHRAX
SKELETAL REMAINS
BRAT
DARKEST HOUR
DEVASTATOR
LUTHARO
SENTRY
& MORE!

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It’s a good job spring is on the way, because German happy metallers Freedom Call are bringing the sunshine back with a killer new album in ‘Silver Romance’, set for release on May 10th through SPV/Steamhammer. The band’s 11th album in a career that stretches back to the golden age of power metal with 1999’s epochal ‘Stairway To Fairyland’ is, according to singer/guitarist Chris Bay, one of the most diverse records they’ve ever made.

“Qualities such as clarity, freedom and lightness are attributed to silver as a precious metal,” explains Bay. “Silver is also said to strengthen your self-confidence and imagination. These are all features that also suit Freedom Call and that we’ve incorporated into our new material, both musically and lyrically.”

Chris Bay and bandmates Lars Rettkowitz (guitar), Francesco Ferraro (bass) and Ramy Ali (drums), the latter having returned from a private hiatus, have recorded more than a dozen new tracks for ‘Silver Romance’. Without giving too much away: The result is the most diverse and colourful album in the band’s history to date.

‘Silver Romance’ will be available on CD and for digital download on Steamhammer/SPV from 10 May 2024, and Bay and Co. are set to start their 2024 concert activities only a few days later. To ease the wait until then, four lead singles will be out ahead of the album release, starting from 21 February with the title track ‘Silver Romance’, including a making-of video, followed by ‘In Quest Of Love’ and ‘High Above’ on 20 March and 10 April, both of them complete with lyric clips. Two days before the album’s arrival, 8 May 2024 will see ‘Supernova’, supported by a superb video, round off the quartet of singles.

But for now, we have their brand new video for you, which just about leaps out of the speakers with rainbows and unicorns, as is the band’s custom, and shows a significant step up from 2019’s ‘M.E.T.A.L.’.

The artwork rocks, too!

Catch Freedom Call live throughout 2024 on the following dates:

09.05. DE-Munich – Backstage

10.05. DE-Memmingen – Kaminwerk

11.05. DE-Stuttgart – Im Wizemann

16.05. DE-Nürnberg – Hirsch

17.05. DE-Wacken – LGH

18.05. DE-Siegburg – Kubana

23.05. DE-Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal

24.05. DE-Leipzig Hellraiser

25.05. DE-Karlsruhe – Substage

30.05. DE-Augsburg – Spectrum

31.05. DE-Duisburg – Rage Against Racism

01.06. DE-Burglengenfeld – VAZ

17.08. CZ-Moravský Krumlov – Rock Castle

23.08. PT-Pindelo Dos Milagres – Milagre Metaleiro Open Air

30.08. DE-Wennedach – Rock am Glois

21.09. DE-Dotternhausen – Upper Saw Festival