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EPICA Guitarist ISAAC DELAHAYE Quits MAYAN

MAYAN — the band featuring EPICA guitarist/songwriter Mark Jansen alongside Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) and Frank Schiphorst — has parted ways with Isaac Delahaye (EPICA). Said MAYAN in a statement: "As many of you have noticed, Isaac wasn't on our latest band photo. "We all enjoy being part of this awesome band, but we also ...

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XANDRIA Begins Recording New Album

German female-fronted symphonic metallers XANDRIA have entered the studio to begin recording their sixth album for an early 2014 release via Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2012's "Neverworld's End" is being helmed by Joost Van Den Broek (AFTER FOREVER, STAR ONE, REVAMP) and Sascha Paeth (EDGUY, EPICA, AVANTASIA), alongside the band's main composer Marco Heubaum. ...

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Video: CRADLE OF FILTH/MASTERPLAN Drummer Lays Down Tracks For New SYMPHONITY Album

Czech Republic-based classical symphonic metal band SYMPHONITY (formerly NEMESIS) has once again tapped CRADLE OF FILTH/MASTERPLAN drummer Martin "Marthus" Skaroupka to lay down the drum tracks on its upcoming album. The drums were recorded last month at the Gate studio in Wolfsburg, Germany with producer Sascha Paeth (KAMELOT, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, EPICA). Video footage from ...

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NIGHTWISH/REVAMP Singer FLOOR JANSEN To Guest On New MAYAN Album

MAYAN — the band featuring EPICA guitarist/songwriter Mark Jansen alongside Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) and Frank Schiphorst — recently entered the studio to begin recording 11 new songs for its sophomore album, tentatively due in January 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records. The concept for the CD is based on "the current state of the world ...

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LOVE.MIGHT.KILL: 'Too Big To Fail' Video Released

"Too Big To Fail", the new video from LOVE.MIGHT.KILL, the German/Italian melodic metal band led by drummer Michael Ehré (GAMMA RAY, FIREWIND, ULI JON ROTH, METALIUM), can be seen below. The song comes off the group's sophomore album, "2 Big 2 Fail", which was released last October via Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2011's "Brace ...

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LOVE.MIGHT.KILL: Trailer For 'Too Big To Fail' Video

A trailer for "Too Big To Fail", the new video from LOVE.MIGHT.KILL, the German/Italian melodic metal band led by drummer Michael Ehré (GAMMA RAY, FIREWIND, ULI JON ROTH, METALIUM), can be seen below. The full clip will be released on Sunday, September 1. The song comes off the group's sophomore album, "2 Big 2 Fail", ...

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MAYAN: First Clip From The Studio

MAYAN — the band featuring EPICA guitarist/songwriter Mark Jansen alongside Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) and Frank Schiphorst — has entered the studio to begin recording 11 new songs for its sophomore album, tentatively due before the end of the year. A one-minute clip of MAYAN drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek warming up for the recording sessions ...

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MAYAN Begins Recording Sophomore Album

MAYAN — the band featuring EPICA guitarist/songwriter Mark Jansen alongside Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) and Frank Schiphorst — has entered the studio to begin recording 11 new songs for its sophomore album, tentatively due before the end of the year. Professionally filmed video footage of MAYAN's June 24, 2012 performance at the Graspop Metal Meeting ...

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EPICA: New Studio Album Due Next Spring

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA have released the following message: "Our show at Graspop [Metal Meeting in Dessel, Delgium] on the 30th of June marked the end of the 'Requiem For The Indifferent' touring cycle. "We would like to thank all our loyal fans who have, once again, carried EPICA to the next level. "Our ...

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EPICA: New Video Interview With ROB VAN DER LOO

Marine Crepiat of Stalker magazine recently conducted a video interview with bassist Rob Van Der Loo of Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA. You can now watch the chat in two parts below. As previously reported, EPICA singer Simone Simons and her longtime boyfriend, keyboardist Oliver Palotai (KAMELOT, SONS OF SEASONS), are expecting their ...

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HOLLOW HAZE Featuring FABIO LIONE: New Album Due In August

Italian metallers HOLLOW HAZE, who feature in their ranks acclaimed vocalist Fabio Lione (VISION DIVINE, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, KAMELOT), have inked a deal with Scarlet Records. The band's new album, "Countdown To Revenge", will be released on August 27. The CD was recorded at Remaster Studio in Vicenza, Italy and was mixed by Sascha Paeth ...

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KAMELOT Guitarist Says New Singer Has Exceeded His Expectations

Paul Southwell of Australia's Loud magazine recently conducted an interview with guitarist Thomas Youngblood of American/German/Swedish symphonic metallers KAMELOT. An excerpt from the chat follows below. Loud: How has your new singer, Tommy Karevik, gone across for all the hardcore fans? Youngblood: He is absolutely amazing. He brings a different dynamic to the ...

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EPICA Keyboardist Interviewed By 'Metalzone Podcast' (Video)

Metalzone Podcast recently conducted an interview with keyboardist Coen Janssen of Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA. You can now watch the chat below. As previously reported, EPICA singer Simone Simons and her longtime boyfriend, keyboardist Oliver Palotai (KAMELOT, SONS OF SEASONS), are expecting their first child around the end of summer. To ensure the best possible ...

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EPICA Singer, KAMELOT Keyboardist Expecting First Child

Singer Simone Simons of Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA and her longtime boyfriend, keyboardist Oliver Palotai (KAMELOT, SONS OF SEASONS), are expecting their first child around the end of summer. To ensure the best possible pregnancy and to protect Simone's and the baby's health, EPICA has decided to take a break from all live activities starting ...

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HELLOWEEN Guitarist Interviewed By METAL BLAST TV (Video)

Metal Blast TV conducted an interview with guitarist Sascha Gerstner of German power metallers HELLOWEEN on April 14 at the Power Prog & Metal Fest at Lotto Mons Expo in Mons, Belgium. You can now watch the chat below. HELLOWEEN will embark on a 10-date North American tour this fall. The band will travel across ...

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AVANTASIA: Video Footage From European Tour

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project kicked off its European tour on Friday, April 12 at the Power Prog & Metal Fest at Lotto Mons Expo in Mons, Belgium. The first two in a series of video blogs from the road from American singer-songwriter Amanda Somerville, who is one of the guest vocalists on the ...

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AVANTASIA: 'The Mystery Of Time' First-Week Chart Positions Revealed

"The Mystery Of Time", the new album from EDGUY mainman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project, has registered the following first-week chart positions: Sweden: #9 Finland: #9 Norway: #19 France: #51 Netherlands: #85 UK: #97, #6 (Rock Chart) Japan: #17 (International chart) "The Mystery Of Time" was released on March 30. The effort was made available as ...

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EPICA: Video Footage Of 'Retrospect' Anniversary Performance

On March 23, Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA celebrated their 10th anniversary with a special performance titled "Retrospect". Joining them on stage was a 70-piece symphonic orchestra and choir, making it the band's most ambitious project ever. People from over 45 countries attended the show, which was also broadcast live online in HD quality via ...

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BEYOND THE BRIDGE Pays Tribute To Late Keyboardist (Video)

German progressive metal band BEYOND THE BRIDGE has released a video tribute to its keyboardist/guitarist Simon Oberender, who passed away last September. Check it out below. Oberender, who was also the keyboardist for Amanda Somerville's band TRILLIUM, worked at the Gate Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany as a sound engineer and producer. He recorded, mixed, mastered ...

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HELLOWEEN Guitarist Interviewed By Japan's KUROSAWA TV (Video)

Kurosawa TV conducted an interview with guitarist Sascha Gerstner of German power metallers HELLOWEEN last October prior to the band's appearance at the Loud Park festival in Japan. You can now watch the chat below. HELLOWEEN's new album, "Straight Out Of Hell", sold around 4,100 copies in the United States in its first week of ...

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AVANTASIA: 'Sleepwalking' Video Released

"Sleepwalking", the new video from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project, can be seen below. The clip was filmed in a magical forest in Germany on a snowy winter's night and it features a duet between Tobias and female vocalist Cloudy Yang.. Comments Tobias: "It was far below freezing. And there we were, standing in ...

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AVANTASIA Films 'Sleepwalking' Video

On March 22, the single "Sleepwalking" from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project will be available as a digital download, featuring a duet between Tobias and female vocalist Cloudy Yang. A video for the song was filmed in a magical forest in Germany on a snowy winter's night. Check out photos from the video shoot ...

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AVANTASIA: 'Sleepwalking' Single Due This Week

On March 22, the single "Sleepwalking" from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project will be available as a digital download, featuring a duet between Tobias and female vocalist Cloudy Yang. "Sleepwalking" comes off AVANTASIA's new album, "The Mystery Of Time", which will be released on March 30. The effort will be made available as a ...

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AVANTASIA: 'The Mystery Of Time' Trailer Released

A trailer for "The Mystery Of Time", the new album from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project, can be seen below. Due on March 30, the effort will be made available as a regular CD, limited-edition vinyl and limited-edition hardcover book with a 28-page booklet containing ten regular songs and two bonus tracks ("The Cross ...

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AVANTASIA: 'The Mystery Of Time' Studio Reports

An 11-minute compilation of the studio video reports for "The Mystery Of Time", the new album from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project, can be seen below. Due on March 30, the effort will be made available as a regular CD, limited-edition vinyl and limited-edition hardcover book with a 28-page booklet containing ten regular songs ...

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