Keyboardist Michael Troy (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and guitarist Jonas Hrnqvist (TREASURE LAND) are the latest musicians confirmed to appear on "Damnation", the new album from Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS. Also making guest appearances on the CD are Roland Grapow (MASTERPLAN, ex-HELLOWEEN) and Andreas Olsson (NARNIA, ROB ROCK, STORMWIND).

GAIA EPICUS recently revealed the cover artwork (by J.P Fournier) for "Damnation", tentatively due this summer.

"Damnation" projected track listing:

01. Damnation
02. Masters of the Sea
03. Firestorm
04. The Wizard's Return (instrumental)
05. You are a Liar!
06. Cyborgs from Hell
07. The Saviour (Will Come)
08. A Hero in All
09. Salvation is Here

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GAIA EPICUS's video for the song "New Life" can be viewed below. The clip features home video footage taken during 2006, including from the recording sessions for the group's last CD, various live shows and from the band's visit to Minneapolis in August 2006. The track comes off GAIA EPICUS's third album, "Victory", which was released in January through the band's own label, Epicus Records.

GAIA EPICUS mainman Thomas C. Hansen is scheduled to release his debut solo album, "Like a Shadows", via Epicus Records. According to a press release, the CD contains 11 tracks, eight of which are instrumentals. All instruments on the album are played by Thomas except a few small guest parts with trumpets, flute and female vocals. The music is described as "melodic hard rock/metal with some progressive elements."


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