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EPICA's SIMONE SIMONS Releases Debut Solo Single 'Aeterna'

Simone Simons has been a pioneering force within the world of metal for over two decades as part of EPICA. Now, alongside her musical partner and longtime collaborator Arjen Lucassen (AYREON),she embarks on the journey of her debut solo album, "Vermillion". Arjen is no stranger to Simone's soaring...
May 7, 2024
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EPICA's SIMONE SIMONS To Release Debut Solo Album

EPICA singer Simone Simons will release her debut solo album, "Vermillion", on August 23. The LP's first single, "Aeterna", which was co-written by Dutch songwriter, singer, musician and record producer Arjen Lucassen (AYREON),will make its online debut on Tuesday, May 7 at 9:00 a.m. PDT / 12:00 p....
May 6, 2024
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Golden Age Of Music

Arjen Lucassen is a one-man phenomenon. A supremely gifted multi-instrumentalist and composer, he has amassed an extraordinary catalogue of music over the last four decades. Best known for the numerous, extravagant prog concept albums he has released under the AYREON banner, the Dutchman has pursued...
May 18, 2023
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GEOFF TATE Guests On New Single From Prog Rock Supergroup PROG COLLECTIVE

The prog rock supergroup PROG COLLECTIVE, spearheaded by much-heralded producer/musician and member of prog royalty YES, Billy Sherwood, returns with a timely and magnificent new studio album, "Worlds On Hold". This is the first release under the PROG COLLECTIVE moniker since 2013's "Epilogue", whic...
January 13, 2021
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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
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DEE SNIDER, JOE SATRIANI, MARTY FRIEDMAN Among Guests On AYREON's 'Transitus' Album

AYREON will release a brand-new sprawling and epic studio album, "Transitus", on September 25 via Music Theories Recordings. The LP will be available on 2CD, 2LP gatefold red transparent vinyl and a 48-page Earbook which includes five discs; 2CD album, 1CD instrumental versions, 1CD guide vocal vers...
July 16, 2020
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ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN: 'I'm Blessed With An Audience That Is Open To Everything I Do'

Jorge Fretes of Spain's Goetia Media recently conducted an interview with former THE GATHERING and current VUUR frontwoman Anneke Van Giersbergen about her forthcoming "Symphonized" orchestral album. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). O...
November 11, 2018
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EPICA Collaborates With Dutch Orchestra On 'Beyond The Matrix - The Battle'

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA have announced their unique collaboration with the Metropole Orkest. The Metropole Orkest is a world-renowned Dutch orchestra which has performed and/or recorded with the world biggest superstars such as Sting, Bono and Brian Eno. In the summer of 2017, with the help...
September 7, 2018
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Ex-THE GATHERING Vocalist ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN Credits DEVIN TOWNSEND And ARJEN LUCASSEN For Inspiration To Form VUUR

Rocker.sk spoke with VUUR singer Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-THE GATHERING) prior to the group's November 10 performance alongside EPICA and MYRATH in Zlin, Czech Republic. The full chat can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On VUUR's origins: Anneke: "I did T...
November 28, 2017
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Ex-THE GATHERING Vocalist ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN: 'Everything I Do From Now On That Is Heavy Is Going To Be Under VUUR'

The Prog Report recently conducted an interview with renowned Dutch vocalist Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-THE GATHERING) about her new band, VUUR. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the origins of VUUR: Anneke: "I've been doing a lot o...
October 15, 2017
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ARJEN LUCASSEN's AYREON Releases 'Run! Apocalypse! Run!' Lyric Video

AYREON, the highly acclaimed project from singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer Arjen Lucassen, has released the official lyric video for the song " Run! Apocalypse! Run!", taken from the recently released album "The Source". Check it out below. "The Source" is an exciting ne...
May 3, 2017
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ARJEN LUCASSEN's AYREON Releases 'Star Of Sirrah' Lyric Video Feat. DREAM THEATER, NIGHTWISH, BLIND GUARDIAN Members

AYREON, the highly acclaimed project from singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer Arjen Lucassen, has released the official lyric video for the song "Star Of Sirrah", taken from the upcoming album "The Source". Check it out below. "The Source" is an exciting new chapter in the...
April 18, 2017
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ARJEN LUCASSEN's AYREON Releases 'Everybody Dies' Lyric Video

AYREON, the highly acclaimed project from singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer Arjen Lucassen, has released the official lyric video for the song "Everybody Dies", taken from the upcoming album "The Source". Check it out below. "The Source" is an exciting new chapter in the...
February 23, 2017
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DREAM THEATER, NIGHTWISH, EPICA, BLIND GUARDIAN Singers Guest On New AYREON Album 'The Source'

"The Source" is an exciting new chapter in the AYREON saga, with contributions from renowned vocalists like James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER),Simone Simons (EPICA),Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH),Hansi Kürsch (BLIND GUARDIAN),Tobias Sammet (EDGUY, AVANTASIA),and Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X). "The Source" wil...
January 26, 2017
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NIGHTWISH, SYMPHONY X, BLIND GUARDIAN, KAMELOT Members To Perform With AYREON Next Year

Ayreonauts take notice and mark September 15 and 16 of 2017 in your calendars! These are the days that you can experience AYREON live. AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen has chosen the best songs from the AYREON albums and "Star One" to create an exclusive live AYREON show: "Ayreon Universe". The show...
November 21, 2016