Austrian symphonic metallers VISIONS OF ATLANTIS have been confirmed for the Metalcamp festival, set to take place July 2-8, 2009 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The group says, "[This] will be the last and only show before the band focuses a 100% on the recordings for the new album. So be sure not to miss this chance to see the band live with the new members and to get the chance maybe to hear one of the songs of the forthcoming album live already. Besides that, VISIONS OF ATLANTIS will also announce the title of the next album soon. This fourth chapter in the band's history will be recorded this summer and is set to be released by the end of 2009 or the beginning of 2010!"
Metalcamp festival billing is shaping up as follows:
DIE APOKALYPTSCHEN REITER
KEEP OF KALESSIN
LAMB OF GOD
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
MY DYING BRIDE
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS recently posted the second installment of the band's video blog. The 13-minute clip, which features Mario Plank (male vocals), Martin Harb (keyboards) and Joanna Nieniewska (female vocals) answering fan-submitted questions, can be viewed below.
The latest addition to the VISIONS OF ATLANTIS ranks, Joanna Nieniewska is described as a "20-year-old Austrian girl" who "offers a wide range and a strong soprano combined with a great natural feeling for vocal harmonies."
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS in 2007 parted ways with the group's Minnesota-based vocalist, Melissa Ferlaak, and her now-husband, guitarist Wolfgang "Wops" Koch, due to "musical differences." As a result, the band's previously announced participation in the KAMELOT European tour was cancelled. Koch has since been replaced by the returning guitarist Werner Fiedler, who was responsible for much of the songwriting on the group's first two records.
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS's latest album, "Trinity", was released in May 2007 via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded at Dreamscape Studios and was mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland. The CD's cover artwork was created by Anthony Clarkson, who has previously worked with BLIND GUARDIAN, HYPOCRISY and EXODUS, among others.