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SIMONE SIMONS, CHARLOTTE WESSELS And MYRKUR Come Together On New EPICA Song 'Sirens - Of Blood And Water'

EPICA has just released "The Alchemy Project", a unique collaboration featuring 13 bands and musicians who co-wrote and performed the seven new tracks with the Dutch symphonic metal titans. The official Patric Ullaeus-directed music video for a hauntingly dark track with a majestic chorus "Sirens -...
November 12, 2022

No Great Loss

When RITUAL DICTATES released their debut album, "Give In To Despair", two years ago, the biggest thrill was that they were so fiendishly hard to pin down. Although superficially rooted in a fizzing mix of thrash, death metal and classic rock elements, the Canadians were plainly determined to leave...
October 7, 2022

Norwegian Gothic Metal Pioneers TRISTANIA Call It Quits

Norwegian gothic metal pioneers TRISTANIA have called it quits after more than a quarter century as a band. Earlier today, TRISTANIA released the following statement via social media: "After 26 years on the international metal scene, the members of TRISTANIA have this week taken the heavy decision t...
September 17, 2022

EPICA Announces 'The Alchemy Project'

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA will release "The Alchemy Project" on November 11 through Atomic Fire Records. In the 20 years of their existence, EPICA has never shied away from challenges, twists and turns, weathering every storm and pushing the symphonic metal genre to heights no one even dared t...
September 16, 2022

EPICA Is Working On 'Secret Project': 'It's Something We've Never Done Before', Says SIMONE SIMONS

EPICA singer Simone Simons has confirmed to Canada's The Metal Voice that she and her bandmates have been working on new material during the coronavirus pandemic. "We have new music that will be released later this year," she said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). "And it's not an EPICA album; i...
August 20, 2022

EPICA Announces 20th-Anniversary-Show Livestream

Just one day after the release of their anniversary reissues "We Still Take You With Us" and "Live At Paradiso", Dutch symphonic metal titans EPICA will celebrate 20 years of existence live at Tilburg's 013, the same place where they played their first show (supporting ANATHEMA) back in 2002. Howeve...
July 26, 2022

U.K. Version of Official PARADISE LOST Biography To Be Released In March

Cult Never Dies and Crypt Publications will release the United Kingdom version of "No Celebration: The Official Story Of Paradise Lost" this March. Created by American author David E. Gehlke ("Damn The Machine: The Story Of Noise Records", "Turned Inside Out: The Official Story Of Obituary"),this m...
February 18, 2022

EPICA Launches Online 'Universe'

For their 20th band anniversary in 2022, Dutch symphonic metal titans EPICA have prepared a massive celebration from January to December, with plenty of surprises, new projects and of course some new music too that will all be revealed throughout the year. After announcing plans to re-release their...
January 12, 2022


It always seems a terrible shame that atmospheric / melodic doom metal (and its slower, scarier cousin funeral doom) is fated to be a solely underground concern. As CLOUDS prove yet again on "Despărțire", this is music that conveys universal emotions, with a grandeur and grace that set it apart from...
December 1, 2021

STEVEN WILSON Apologizes To WOLFGANG VAN HALEN Over Comments Regarding EDDIE VAN HALEN's Death

Former PORCUPINE TREE frontman Steven Wilson has apologized to Wolfgang Van Halen for offending him with his recent comments about Eddie Van Halen. Last month, Wilson was asked in an interview with FaceCulture if the passing of the legendary VAN HALEN guitarist affected him at all. He responded: "Ho...
February 3, 2021

STEVEN WILSON Wasn't Affected By EDDIE VAN HALEN's Death: 'I Was Never A Fan'

Former PORCUPINE TREE frontman Steven Wilson was asked in a new interview with FaceCulture if the recent passing of legendary VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen affected him at all. He responded (see video below): "Honestly, it didn't, because I was never a fan. I know he's an extraordinary musicia...
February 1, 2021

ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN Announces 'The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest' Solo Album

Anneke Van Giersbergen will release her new solo album, "The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest", on February 26, 2021 via InsideOut Music. Lyrically, and musically, the award-winning Dutch artist lays her soul bare with the most evocative record of her career — captivating song-stories told with acous...
November 16, 2020

The Secret Teachings

They may not ring too many bells for metal fans under the age of 40, but CELESTIAL SEASON were definitely a cool name to drop back in the '90s, when stoner rock and doom became dominant forces in the underground. The Dutch crew began as purveyors of morose, deathly doom, before morphing into bong-to...
October 23, 2020

ANATHEMA To 'Go On An Indefinite Hiatus'

British alternative rock masters ANATHEMA have announced plans to "go on an indefinite hiatus" as a result of the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe. The band broke the news of its upcoming inactivity in a social media post on Tuesday (September 22). They wrote: "Dear ANATHEMA family,...
September 23, 2020

PEARL JAM, THE ROLLING STONES, AEROSMITH Members Sign Open Letter Demanding Clearance For Campaign Songs

PEARL JAM, THE ROLLING STONES' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and AEROSMITH's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are among the dozens of high-profile musicians in pop, rock and hip-hop who have partnered with the Artist Rights Alliance in an open letter demanding that politicians get clearance on the music...
July 29, 2020