03/10/28 Some news
Not much has happened in Shaman’s world lately, but there’s always something to say about the band, so here’s a bunch of news.
First, you might be glad to know that Shaman shot another videoclip! After the beautiful – yet weird – “Fairy Tale”, now it’s “For Tomorrow” that it broadcasted on MTV Brazil. No supermodel this time, the clip being just made of live scenes, as a forerunner to Shaman’s DVD. You can know more about this item in my previous news. By the way, Shaman’s success still seems to be rather great, since the Ritual Tour is not over yet, and some 13 new dates have been booked for the months to come.

On an IRC chat, Andre Matos announced that the second album, follow-up to “Ritual”, would be ready for mid-2004! Talking about patience again?
After Avantasia, it seems that Andre has now specialized in metal operas! Two albums featuring our favorite singer have been recorded, and were scheduled to be released at the end of the year.

The first of them is “Aina: Days of rising Doom”, a project gathering Sascha Paeth, Robert Hunecke-Rizzo, Amanda Somerville and Miro.

Just take a look at the amazing list of guests:
Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple, HTP)
Candice Night (Blackmore’s Night)
Tobias Sammet (Edguy)
Marco Hietala (Nightwish)
Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween)
Andre Matos (Shaman) – no kidding! J
Jens Johansson (Stratovarius)
Thomas Rettke (ex-Heaven’s Gate)
Olaf Hayer (Dyonisus)
Damian Wilson (ex-Threshold, Ayreon)
Simone Simons (Epica)
Emppu Vuorinen (Nightwish)
Thomas Youngblood (Kamelot)
T.M. Stevens (Steve Vai)
Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater)
Erik Norlander (Lana Lane)

Here's the tracklisting:

CD 1
01. Aina Overture - 2'01
02. Revelations - 5'29
03. Silver Maiden - 5'00
04. Flight Of Torek - 5'21
05. Naschtok Is Born - 4'40
06. The Beast Within - 3'16
07. The Siege Of Aina - 6'50
08. Talon's Last Hope - 6'11
09. Rape Of Oria - 3'04
10. Son Of Sorvahr - 2'59
11. Serendipity - 4'04
12. Lalae Amęr - 4'13
13. Rebellion - 4'01
14. Oriana's Wrath - 6'12
15. Restoration - 4'55

CD 2 (alternate versions and bonus)
01. The Story Of Aina - 15'09
02. The Beast Within (single version) - 3'44
03. Ve Toúra Sol -Rape Of Oria- - 3'05
04. Flight Of Torek (single version) - 3'34
05. Silver Maiden - 4'59
06. Talon's Last Hope (demo version) - 5'46
07. The Siege Of Aina (single version) - 3'54
08. The Story Of Aina (instrumental) - 15'08

The album will come with a DVD featuring a making of, some drawings and pictures, as well as the “Beast within” video.
This interesting project should be released in November.

Besides, Abydos, Stefan Glass’s project with Andy Kuntz, Andreas Lill, Ian Parry, and Andre, might come out as a CD before the end of the year. Of course we’ll tell you more about this as soon as we have some fresh news.

About Andre again, you could be glad to know that the singer came on stage as a guest during Helloween’s last show in Sao Paulo. He jammed on “Power” (from Helloween’s “The Time of the Oath” album). A nice way to thank Andi Deris & Weiki for their participation to the last Shaman show in this time – as will be featured on the DVD.

Now something funny. A Portuguese website about the Saint Seiya TV series is proposing a poll to figure out which singer should perform the opening song of the next series. You can even vote here: www.cavaleiroszodiaco.com.br

Last but not least, we’re happy to tell you that Henceforth – the Mariutti brothers’ other band – is still going on well. The guitar and bass parts have been recorded, and the band even appeared on a bass festival. The vocals are being recorded these days. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time for the guys to hurry a little, cos it’s been a while since we first heard about Henceforth!

03/10/27 Metallicancellation!
Too bad...
Shaman was to be the opening act for Metallica's show at Pacaembu stadium, Sao Paulo, on next November 1st, in the frame of the St Anger tour.
Unfortunately, the Frisco gang has just postponed the South American and Japanese legs of their tour. So our mighty Braz won't play in Pacaembu stadium (which would have been the biggest venue they ever played in!).
Let's just hope Shaman will till be the opening act when Metallica tours Brazil!

03/10/27 Latest news about the DVD
Here are some fresh news about Shaman's so longed for DVD, according to a message from the band.
The show was filmed with 9 cameras, 2 of them being on cranes. The picture will be in beta digital, and there will be Dolby 5.1, Dolby Surround and DTS mixes for the sound. There will also be English subtitles.
Guests Marcus Viana, Sascha Paeth, Andi Deris, Michael Weikath and Tobias Sammet will of course be featured on the DVD, as well as the covers they performed with Shaman.
As bonus, you will find a making of about the tour, video clips, and the usual photo gallery.
The audio live CD will be released on the same time, including a thick booklet and a multimedia track.
Now, when the hell are those coming out???
Not right now, as far as Europe is concerned. The production will be over around mid-November, which means the discs should be released in December in Brazil, and early 2004 in Europe. As Axl Rose used to say, "all we need is just a little patience!"

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