December 23, 2020
Photo Credit: Peter Leukhard

W:O:A Acoustic Clash – The Lockdown Session: Four covers of ultimate rock and metal hits transformed into enchanting acoustic anthems!

Right in time for Christmas, symphonic/melodic shooting stars BEYOND THE BLACK are gifting their fans with a really special treat: their new EP, W:O:A Acoustic Clash – The Lockdown Session, available digitally now via Napalm Records.

The W:O:A Acoustic Clash began as a bet between BEYOND THE BLACK and Thomas Jensen (Wacken Open Air): In the course of 48 hours, the quartet had to arrange and record acoustic cover versions of four different all-time rock and metal favorites, chosen by the Wacken community. Each song is now being presented by the band via both the Wacken and BEYOND THE BLACK YouTube channels every Advent Sunday as a world premiere via FULL METAL GAMING‘s Twitch live stream and on BEYOND THE BLACK‘S YouTube channel afterwards. The symphonic combo already covered SABATON’s To Hell and Back, VOLBEAT‘s A Warriors Call and DISTURBED’s Down With The Sickness.

In an undeniably hard year for festivals and the entire music industry, Wacken Open Air challenged BEYOND THE BLACK to cover four songs, chosen by their fans and presented on every Advent Sunday. All tracks now culminate in an extraordinary EP featuring four covers of undeniable rock and metal hits, presented in a stunning yet tranquil manner: SABATON‘s To Hell and BackDISTURBED‘s Down With The SicknessVOLBEAT‘s A Warrior’s Call and last but not least, The Trooper by IRON MAIDEN are dipped in a new light. Jennifer Haben’s remarkable, bold voice weaves throughout every cover version and elevates them to genuine, unique stunners. The soft, acoustic cover versions of these all-time mainstays showcase the band’s musical talent whilst also emphasizing their soft and melodious side. Better be ready for another spark of their multifaceted universe!

W:O:A: Acoustic Clash – The Lockdown Session track list

  1. Sabaton – To Hell and Back
  2. Disturbed – Down With The Sickness
  3. Volbeat – Warrior’s Call
  4. Iron Maiden – The Trooper

2022 will get thrilling: BEYOND THE BLACK joins forces with modern melodic metal standouts AMARANTHE to kick off their joint co-headline tour, to spread the news of a new metal generation across the continent.

Beyond The Black 2022 tour

09.01.22 | BE – Antwerp | Trix
11.01.22 | FR – Bordeaux | Rock School Barbey
12.01.22 | ES – Madrid | Sala BUT
13.01.22 | ES – Barcelona | Razzmatazz II
15.01.22 | FR – Lyon | Ninkasi Kao
16.01.22 | FR – Paris | Elysée Montmartre
24.01.22 | CH – Lausanne | Metropole
26.01.22 | IT – Milano | Live Club
28.01.22 | HU – Budapest | Barba Negra
29.01.22 | AT – Vienna | Arena
31.01.22 | PL – Warsaw | Progresja
04.02.22 | CZ – Zlín | MOR Café
06.02.22 | NL – Utrecht | Tivoli Ronda
08.02.22 | DK – Copenhagen | Amager Bio
10.02.22 | SE – Gothenburg | Pustervik
11.02.22 | SE – Stockholm | Klubben Fryshuset
12.02.22 | NO – Oslo | Sentrum Scene


Jennifer Haben (Vocals)
Stefan Herkenhoff (Bass)
Chris Hermsdörfer (Guit./Backings)
Tobi Lodes (Guit./Backings)
Kai Tschierschky (Drums)