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German power metal band
will release live album
‘The M.E.T.A.L. Fest’
The M.E.T.A.L. Fest
Union Of The Strong
Tears Of Babylon
Spirit Of Daedalus
111 – The Number Of Angels
The Ace Of The Unicorn
Power And Glory
Metal Is For Everyone
Land Of Light
Freedom Call are:
Chris Bay – vocals, guitars
Lars Rettkowitz – guitars, backing vocals
Francessco Ferraro – bass
Chris Widmann – drums on the ‘Metal Fest’ recordings
Kevin Kott – drums on the Regensburg recordings
Klaus Sperling – drums on the 70.000 Tons Of Metal recordings
If a survey was commissioned to find out at which shows audiences are at their most boisterous, Freedom Call would definitely be among the leading acts.
The southern German melodic power metal band surrounding frontman and founder Chris Bay regularly leaves euphoric audiences in the wake of its shows, carried away by the group’s catchy songs and inspiring stage performance.
Freedom Call have earned their large global fanbase through sweat and tears, so what could be more logical than to document one of their atmospheric concerts on CD and Blu-ray every now and again to preserve it for eternity?
Voilà, and here comes the latest version:
‘The M.E.T.A.L. Fest’ was recorded at two shows in Pilsen and Regensburg in summer/autumn 2022 and compiled into a diverse concert cut, available on Steamhammer/SPV from 14 July 2023 as a Digi-CD including Blu-ray disc and for digital download.
2 June 2023 will see the arrival of a brand-new studio song, namely the lead single ‘The Metal Fest’, which is also set to herald a hot festival summer.
“When we were invited to play the Metalfest in Pilsen in the Czech Republic, we heard on our way there that not only top-of-the-range recording equipment but also eight to ten professional cameras would be available at the festival, so we spontaneously decided to record the show. We then also recorded our show at Regensburg’s Eventhall Airport to get enough material for additional bonus material and interesting behind-the-scenes shots.”
The result is a versatile cross-section of both concerts, or, as Bay calls it,
“a patchwork in which authenticity was more important to us than some soulless, glossy high-end product”.
And indeed, ‘The M.E.T.A.L. Fest’ turns out to be anything but a sterile recording:
As Freedom Call fans have come to expect from their faves, the mélange of these two concert cuts presents a band working itself into a frenzy and, in addition to their most important classics ‘Warriors’, ‘Metal Is For Everyone’ and ‘Freedom Call’, as well as their festival staples ‘Power And Glory’ and ‘Land Of Light’, also holds a few entertaining surprises in store:
The bonus DVD features a road movie about the ‘70000 Tons Of Metal’ cruise, which took Bay & Co. to the Bahamas in late January/early February 2023.
The Blue-ray also includes a special treat:
a highly amusing metal version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’.
And last but not least:
Exclusively and to kick off their latest live release, Freedom Call have included a new studio song, appropriately entitled ‘The M.E.T.A.L. Fest’, which also highlights the band’s very special qualities, namely their focus on catchy melodies and driving grooves – a tried and tested mix that has worked for Freedom Call since they started out back in 1999 and is guaranteed to win the band plenty of audiences during the upcoming festival summer of 2023.
As Chris Bay puts it so aptly:
“Freedom Call are celebrating their 25th band anniversary next year, we don’t have to prove anything to anyone anymore, so we can concentrate on what we and our fans really enjoy.”
Naturally, their fans are guaranteed to enjoy ‘The M.E.T.A.L. Fest’.