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Winds Of Disdain

While symphonic metal aficionados will already be aware of TRAIL OF TEARS, over a decade has passed since the Norwegians last released new music, which means that "Winds of Disdain" will be many people's first taste of the band. With seven studio albums already on the books, they have a long-establi...
May 23, 2024
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Ex-DELAIN Singer CHARLOTTE WESSELS Reveals 'The Obsession' Album Details

After announcing the release of her new studio album for September 20, charismatic Dutch singer/songwriter Charlotte Wessels (ex-DELAIN) has unveiled the album's title together with the first single. Titled "The Obsession", the album marks Wessels's Napalm Records debut, and while her earlier solo e...
May 17, 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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SIMONE SIMONS: New EPICA Album To Be Released In 2025

In a new interview with Mexico's Summa Inferno, EPICA singer Simone Simons spoke about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the follow-up to 2021's "Omega" album. She said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "At the moment, we have quite a lot of songs for the new EPICA album. And I don't...
March 1, 2024
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SIMONE SIMONS On Being In EPICA With Her Ex-Boyfriend, MARK JANSEN: 'We Wanted To Preserve The Band Because It Was Special'

During a January 24 appearance on "El Hilo" on Honduras's Canal 5, EPICA singer Simone Simons spoke about what it's been like to work with guitarist/vocalist Mark Jansen for the past two decades after the breakup of their romantic relationship. She said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I think...
February 4, 2024
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APOCALYPTICA Releases New Single 'What We're Up Against' Featuring AMARANTHE's ELIZE RYD

Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA have released a new single, "What We're Up Against", which features guest vocals from AMARANTHE's Elize Ryd. The collaboration between these Nordic titans not only results in a dynamic musical fusion, but also boasts a visually mesmerising music video featuring bot...
December 15, 2023
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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Says '72 Seasons' Album Still Sounds 'Very Fresh, Weighty And Cohesive'

In a new interview with Steffan Chirazi of METALLICA's fan-club magazine So What!, Lars Ulrich was asked to reflect on the band's latest album, "72 Seasons", which came out in April. He said: "I think every METALLICA record has its own journey, its own story, its own path forward. They're all unique...
October 24, 2023
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APOCALYPTICA's EICCA TOPPINEN On Upcoming Album: 'We Have Challenged Ourselves In New Ways Once Again'

In a new interview with Tuonela Magazine, Perttu Kivilaakso and Eicca Toppinen of Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA confirmed that they have been working on material for the next studio album. "We've had already two sessions," Eicca said. "We are working in L.A on the new album and doing it in diff...
September 7, 2023
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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Performs Without IVAN MOODY At SoFi Stadium; PHIL LABONTE, HOWARD JONES Fill In

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH singer Ivan Moody was forced to sit out the band's concert Sunday night (August 27) at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California as the support act for METALLICA after coming down with a "terrible flu." He was replaced at the gig by Phil Labonte (ALL THAT REMAINS),Howard Jones...
August 28, 2023
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Watch: Actor JASON MOMOA Gets In The Mosh Pit During PANTERA Concert At SoFi Stadium

Actors John Travolta, Jason Momoa and Adria Arjona, along with "Vanderpump Rules" cast member Tom Sandoval, attended METALLICA's concert at SoFi Stadium last night (Friday, August 25). PANTERA and MAMMOTH WVH served as the support acts at the first of two METALLICA shows at SoFi, with FIVE FINGER DE...
August 26, 2023
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TESTAMENT's ALEX SKOLNICK Believes Pop Music Is 'Much More In Danger Than Guitar Music' When It Comes To AI

In a new interview with Ultimate Guitar, TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick weighed in on a debate about people using an AI (artificial intelligence) music generator as a tool to create melodies, harmonies and rhymes based on artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and machine learning (ML) models. H...
August 19, 2023
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EPICA's SIMONE SIMONS On Use Of AI In Music: 'Art Needs To Be Created By Actual Flesh And Blood'

In a new interview with EMP, vocalist Simone Simons of Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA weighed in on a debate about people using an AI (artificial intelligence) music generator as a tool to create melodies, harmonies and rhymes based on artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and machine learning (M...
August 17, 2023
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Watch: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Plays First Show As Support Act For METALLICA On 'M72' Tour

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH played its first show as the support act for METALLICA on the "M72" tour Sunday night (August 6) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Fan-filmed video of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's performance can be seen below. Additional support at the gig came from ICE NINE KI...
August 7, 2023
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Watch Pro-Shot Video Of METALLICA Performing 'No Leaf Clover' In Gothenburg

Professionally filmed video of METALLICA performing the song "No Leaf Clover" during its June 18 concert at Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden can be seen below. According to Aftonbladet, the show was attended by 57,430 fans — approximately 7,000 less people than were present during METALLICA's ap...
June 29, 2023