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EPICA's SIMONE SIMONS Releases Music Video For Second Solo Single 'In Love We Rust'

EPICA singer Simone Simons has released the official music video for her second solo single, "In Love We Rust". The track is taken from her debut solo album, "Vermillion", which will be made available on August 23 via Nuclear Blast Records. Simone, who has been a pioneering force within the world of...
June 8, 2024
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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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EPICA's SIMONE SIMONS Says There Is 'More Pressure' On Female Musicians 'To Always Look Good And Be In The Best Shape'

Simone Simons of Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA was recently interviewed by Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio. You can now listen to the chat below. Asked how the metal world has changed in terms of its acceptance of women in metal from when she started out in EPICA to now, Simone said: "I guess wom...
March 10, 2021
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EPICA's SIMONE SIMONS Feels Like A 'Kitchen Slave' During Pandemic

In a new interiview with "The Metal Hammer Podcast", EPICA singer Simone Simons was asked what she misses the most about touring. She responded (hear audio below): "What I miss is definitely being on stage, singing, traveling. Ever since I was 17, I've been traveling a lot, and that was my lifestyle...
March 4, 2021
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EPICA Releases Music Video For 'Skeleton Key'

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA have released the official music video for the song "Skeleton Key". The track is taken from the band's new album, "Omega", which is being released today (Friday, February 26) via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2016's "The Holographic Principle" was once again produce...
February 26, 2021
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EPICA Drops Acoustic Version Of 'Omega' Title Track

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA have released a video for the acoustic version of the title track of their upcoming album, "Omega". Due on February 26 via Nuclear Blast, the follow-up to 2016's "The Holographic Principle" was once again produced by Joost Van Den Broek (POWERWOLF, AYREON) in part at...
February 15, 2021
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EPICA's SIMONE SIMONS: 'I Don't Believe In Coincidences'

EPICA singer Simone Simons spoke to France's Loud TV about how being a touring musician has shaped her worldview. "As you become older, you start to realize what is important in life," she said (hear audio below). "Everybody reaches that point in their life where they're trying to find the meaning o...
February 4, 2021
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EPICA's MARK JANSEN Relates 'Funny Anecdotes' Involving 'Grumpy' DAVE MUSTAINE

In a new interview with Australia's "Scars And Guitars" podcast, EPICA guitarist/vocalist Mark Jansen related a few humorous stories about his brushes with one of his favorite bands from his youth, MEGADETH. "Dave Mustaine, being the leader [of MEGADETH], [is] maybe sometimes also quite a difficult...
January 28, 2021
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EPICA Releases Official Visualizer For New Single 'Rivers'

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA will release their new album, "Omega", on February 26 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2016's "The Holographic Principle" was once again produced by Joost Van Den Broek (POWERWOLF, AYREON) in part at Sandlane Recording Facilities in Rijen, Netherlands. EPICA has re...
January 22, 2021
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JORN LANDE To Compete In Norway's EUROVISION National Selection Show 'Melodi Grand Prix'

Acclaimed hard rock vocalist Jorn Lande will compete this weekend in the first semi-final of Norway's Eurovision Song Contest qualifier, Melodi Grand Prix (MGP). According to NRK, the network responsible for the Norwegian national final and the country's representation in the Eurovision Song Contest...
January 14, 2021
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EPICA's SIMONE SIMONS Is 'Itching To Go Back On Tour'

Vocalist Simone Simons of Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA spoke to the "Scars And Guitars" podcast about what the concert industry might look like post-pandemic. She said: "You have to be realistic. Of course, we're all eager to go back on stage, but we all know by now that the art industry, the mus...
January 10, 2021
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EPICA Releases Music Video For New Single 'Freedom - The Wolves Within'

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA will release their new album, "Omega", on February 26, 2021 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2016's "The Holographic Principle" was once again produced by Joost Van Den Broek (POWERWOLF, AYREON) in part at Sandlane Recording Facilities in Rijen, Netherlands. EPICA...
November 27, 2020
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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