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EPICA Singer, KAMELOT Keyboardist Expecting First Child

Singer Simone Simons of Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA and her longtime boyfriend, keyboardist Oliver Palotai (KAMELOT, SONS OF SEASONS), are expecting their first child around the end of summer. To ensure the best possible pregnancy and to protect Simone's and the baby's health, EPICA has decided to take a break from all live activities starting ...

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MASTERCASTLE To Release 'On Fire' Next Month

Italian metallers MASTERCASTLE will release their fourth album, "On Fire", on April 19 via Lion Music. MASTERCASTLE has been honing its trademark sound since its debut, "The Phoenix" (2009), and refining it through "Last Desire" (2010) and "Dangerous Diamonds" (2011). Led by the powerful vocals of Giorgia Gueglio, the virtuoso guitar of Pier Gonella and ...

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On The Tour Bus With EPICA's SIMONE SIMONS

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA are featured in the latest episode of "Bus Invaders". Shot during the band's North American headline tour on November 4, 2012 in Joliet, Iliinois, the clip — which can be seen below — features vocalist Simone Simons giving a walk-through of the band's tour bus. EPICA will celebrate its 10th ...

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ATTACKER Signs With METAL ON METAL RECORDS

Metal On Metal Records has announced the signing of U.S. power/heavy metal veterans ATTACKER. The band's fifth album, "Giants Of Canaan", will be released on February 2 at the Metal Assault festival where the band will perform alongside other legendary traditional metal acts like MANILLA ROAD, BROCAS HELM and RAVEN, as well as their labelmates ...

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SYMPHONY X Bassist To Guest On New EPYSODE Album

SYMPHONY X bassist Mike LePond will make a guest appearance on the EPYSODE "II" album from Samuel Arkan, the guitarist of the Belgian band VIRUS IV. Also scheduled to appear on the CD are Tom Englund (EVERGREY), Léo Margarit (PAIN OF SALVATION), Julien Spreutels (ETHERNITY) and Simone Mularoni (DGM, EMPYRIOS). The effort is being recorded ...

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Video: Former CEREBRAL BORE Frontwoman's 'Death Metal' Cover Of AQUA's 'Barbie Girl'

Simone "Som" Pluijmers, former frontwoman for Scottish death metallers CEREBRAL BORE, has uploaded her brutal vocal cover version of "Barbie Girl", the 1997 breakthrough single from the Danish-Norwegian dance-pop group AQUA. Check it out below. Pluijmers left CEREBRAL BORE 24 hours prior to departure for the band's North American tour with DYING FETUS. She has ...

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Inner Monster Out - SHADOWSIDE

If you're not familiar with Brazil's SHADOWSIDE, the temptation upon greeting is to lump them in league with LACUNA COIL. A fireball frontwoman are about all they have in common. There are a few pop metal songs on SHADOWSIDE's third album, "Inner Monster Out", but there's little else to bridge this group to LACUNA COIL, ...

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THE MODERN AGE SLAVERY Signs With PAVEMENT ENTERTAINMENT

Pavement Entertainment has announced the the Italian death metal band THE MODERN AGE SLAVERY to a three-album deal. The group is putting the finishing touches on its new CD, "Requiem For Us All", for a spring release. Formed in 2007, THE MODERN AGE SLAVERY gained unanimous critical acclaim from the international press with its first ...

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EPICA: New Video Interview With SIMONE SIMONS

Bill Zebub recently conducted an interview with vocalist Simone Simons of Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA. You can now watch the chat in three parts below. The full interview will appear on the DVD "Total Metal Retardation", to be released through Bill Zebub Productions. EPICA last month kicked off an extensive North American tour. Support on ...

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CEREBRAL BORE Frontwoman Quits

Vocalist Simone "Som" Pluijmers has left Scottish death metallers CEREBRAL BORE and has been temporarily replaced by Shawn Whitaker. Commented the band: "Som walked out on us less than 24 hours before the U.S. tour, and we were forced to either cancel or go ahead with it as an instrumental, if need be. We didn't ...

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LACUNA COIL Singer To Design Piece For Custom Jewelry Company

Vocalist Cristina Scabbia of Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL will be designing a piece with Seventh Circle Artworks, the London, England-based hand-crafted custom jewelry company specializing in rock and roll jewelry. Cristina states, "[Iam] so happy I'll be playing with my creativity into a different territory." Recent Seventh Circle Artworks clients include SAINT VITUS and ...

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EVERGREY Frontman Guests On TWINTERA Debut

EVERGREY guitarist/singer Tom S. Englund will guest on the debut album from Italian metallers TWINTERA. Entitled "Lines", the CD is scheduled for release on November 16 via logic(il)logic Records (distributed by Andromeda Dischi). Englund can be heard in the song "Oversight". "Lines" track listing: 01. 71389 02. By Hand Of Justice 03. Where We Land ...

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A Marriage Proposal Of EPICA Proportions

An EPICA fan asked his girlfriend to marry him during the Dutch band's concert last night (Wednesday, September 26) at Teatro Caupolicán in Santiago, Chile. After performing the song "Sancta Terra", EPICA guitarist/vocalist Mark Jansen told the audience that something special was about to happen, and he called a fan from the audience named Roberto ...

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DREAM THEATER, SYMPHONY X Members To Guest On new LALU Album

DREAM THEATER's Jordan Rudess has contributed keyboard parts and co-written a piece for the new album from LALU, the heavy/progressive project led by French composer Vivien Lalu. Entitled "Atomic Ark", the long-awaited follow-up to 2005's "Oniric Metal" will feature cover artwork by Travis Smith of Seempieces (OPETH, DEVIN TOWNSEND, NEVERMORE, ICED EARTH, DEATH, AMORPHIS) and ...

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MNEMIC: 'I've Been You' Video Released

"I've Been You", the new video from Danish modern metallers MNEMIC, can be seen below. The clip was helmed by Swedish director Patric Ullaeus of the Revolver Film Company AB (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, EUROPE) in Gothenburg, Sweden. Commented MNEMIC guitarist Mircea Gabriel Eftemie: "Here we go, finally it's done — the 'I've Been You' ...

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MNEMIC: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From 'I've Been You' Video Shoot

Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "I've Been You", the new video from Danish modern metallers MNEMIC, can be seen below. The clip was helmed by Swedish director Patric Ullaeus of the Revolver Film Company AB (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, EUROPE) in Gothenburg, Sweden. Commented MNEMIC guitarist Mircea Gabriel Eftemie: "[Patric] did most of our ...

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MNEMIC To Film 'I've Been You' Video

Danish modern metal machine MNEMIC will team up with Swedish director Patric Ullaeus of the Revolver Film Company AB (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, EUROPE) tomorrow in Gothenburg, Sweden to film a video for the band's single "I've Been You". Commented MNEMIC guitarist Mircea Gabriel Eftemie: "Looks like we are hooking up with our old-time friend ...

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MNEMIC Guitarist Discusses Mnemesis Artwork (Video)

"Mnemesis", the fifth studio album from Danish/French modern metallers MNEMIC, was released on June 8 in Europe, and on June 19 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. Because of many requests regarding background information on the cover artwork, MNEMIC guitarist Mircea Gabriel Eftemie has now uploaded a video clip to YouTube in which he ...

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SONS OF SEASONS: 'Bubonic Waltz' Video Released

"Bubonic Waltz", the new video from SONS OF SEASONS, can be seen below. The clip was directed and produced by Maximilian Schwarz. The song comes off the band's sophomore album, "Magnisphyricon", which was released in April 2011 via Napalm Records. SONS OF SEASONS leader Oliver Palotai (also of KAMELOT) previously stated about "Magnisphyricon": "I guess ...

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KAMELOT Joined By EPICA, RHAPSODY OF FIRE Members At Bulgaria's KAVARNA ROCK (Video)

American/German/Swedish symphonic metallers KAMELOT were joined by Simone Simons (EPICA) and Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY OF FIRE) on stage during their July 15 concert at the Kavarna Rock festival in Kavarna, Bulgaria. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below. Simone — the longtime girlfriend of KAMELOT keyboardist Oliver Palotai — appeared on the ...

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MNEMIC: 'Mnemesis' First-Week Sales Revealed

"Mnemesis", the fifth studio album from Danish/French modern metallers MNEMIC, sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 38 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never ...

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REVAMP/Ex-AFTER FOREVER Singer To Perform With MAYAN At PROGPOWER USA

REVAMP/ex-AFTER FOREVER vocalist Floor Jansen will join MAYAN — the band featuring EPICA guitarist/songwriter Mark Jansen alongside Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) and Frank Schiphorst — on stage at the ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, Georgia in September. The ProgPower USA event will take place September 12-15 at Center State in Atlanta. MAYAN's debut album, "Quarterpast", ...

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MNEMIC: New Audio Interview With GUILLAUME BIDEAU

Vocalist Guillaume Bideau of Danish/French modern metallers MNEMIC was recently interviewed by Metal-Army.com. You can listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. MNEMIC's fifth album, "Mnemesis", will be released in Europe on June 8 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Antfarm studios in Aabyhøj, Denmark with longtime producer ...

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MNEMIC: New Song Available For Free Download

"I've Been You", the new single from Danish modern metallers MNEMIC, is available for free download at this location (e-mail sign-up required). The song comes off the band's fifth album, "Mnemesis", which will be released in Europe on June 8 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Antfarm studios in Aabyhøj, ...

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