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AVANTASIA: New Video Blog Available

Vocalist Amanda Somerville has issued a new video blog (see below) from the AVANTASIA world tour, which kicked off on June 5 at the Rocksound Festival in Huttwil, Switzerland. The latest installment features footage from the band's late June stop in São Paulo, Brazil. AVANTASIA's touring lineup consists of the following musicians: Tobias Sammet Jörn ...

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REBELLION To Release New EP In October

REBELLION, the German band that features in its ranks former GRAVE DIGGER members Uwe Lulis (guitar) and Tomi Göttlich (bass), will release an as-yet-untitled EP on October 24 via Massacre Records. The group's new full-length album (the third part of the "History of the Vikings" saga) will arrive on January 9, 2009. REBELLION's last album, ...

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EPICA Singer Preparing For 'Equilibrio' Stage Musical

EPICA singer Simone Simons recently confirmed her participation in the rock/metal opera "Equilibrio", which is said to be a collaboration between the Dutch metal band XYSTUS and Holland's oldest symphony orchestra, the USConcert. XYSTUS' new album, entitled "Equilibrio", contains 12 songs from the opera which the band will perform with afformentioned orchestra in July of ...

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EPICA: Footage From 'Classical Conspiracy' Concert Posted Online

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA took part in a special concert dubbed "Classical Conspiracy" this past Saturday (June 14) at the Miskolc International Opera Festival in Hungary. The band performed a 45-minute set of metal adaptations of classical songs and movie soundtracks, accompanied by the orchestra and choir as well as symphonic versions of its own ...

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AVANTASIA: More Tour Video Blogs Available

Vocalist Amanda Somerville has issued the next two in a series of video blogs (see below) from the AVANTASIA European tour, which kicked off on June 5 at the Rocksound Festival in Huttwil, Switzerland. Amanda Somerville is the American singer-songwriter and vocal coach who was recently tapped to replace EPICA vocalist Simone Simons on the ...

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AVANTASIA: More Tour Video Blogs, ROCKSOUND Footage Available

Vocalist Amanda Somerville has issued the second and third in a series of video blogs from the AVANTASIA European tour, which kicked off on June 5 at the Rocksound Festival in Huttwil, Switzerland. Also available is more fan-filmed video footage from the Rocksound concert (courtesy of YouTube user "Sylvain44"). Watch the clips below. Amanda Somerville ...

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Singer AMANDA SOMERVILLE Releases First AVANTASIA Tour Video Blog

Vocalist Amanda Somerville has issued the first in a series of video blogs from the AVANTASIA European tour, which kicked off on June 5 at the Rocksound Festival in Huttwil, Switzerland. Watch the clip below. Amanda Somerville is the American singer-songwriter and vocal coach who was recently tapped to replace EPICA vocalist Simone Simons on ...

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EPICA: Partial 'Classical Conspiracy' Setlist Revealed

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA will take part in a special concert dubbed "Classical Conspiracy" on June 14 at the Miskolc International Opera Festival in Hungary. The band will perform a 45-minute set of metal adaptations of classical songs and movie soundtracks, accompanied by the orchestra and choir as well as symphonic versions of its own ...

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FORGOTTEN TEARS Announces New Rhythm Guitarist

Italian melodic death metallers FORGOTTEN TEARS have announced the addition of rhythm guitarist Simone Laruccia to the group's ranks. Commented frontman Faust Quaggia: "I'm really happy about Simone's arrival, because we finally found the right high talented guitarist we were looking for! Since Simone joined the band, we got new inspiration and we have already ...

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EPICA Getting Ready For 'Classical Conspiracy' Show

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA will take part in a special concert dubbed "Classical Conspiracy" on June 14 at the Miskolc International Opera Festival in Hungary. The band will perform classical pieces from Mozart, Dvorak, Verdi, Orff, Prokofiev, Grieg, Vivaldi as well as symphonic versions of its own songs. EPICA celebrated the five-year anniversary of the ...

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EPICA Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary Of 'The Phantom Agony'; Photos, Video Footage Available

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA celebrated the five-year anniversary of the release of their debut album, "The Phantom Agony", by performing the CD in its entirety last Friday (May 16) at Tivoli in Utrecht, The Netherlands. After the regular set, EPICA returned for a four-song encore: "Veniality", "Sancta Terra", "Fools of Damnation" and "Consign to ...

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EPICA Singer Confirmed For 'Equilibrio' Metal Opera

EPICA singer Simone Simons has confirmed her participation in the metal opera "Equilibrio", which is said to be a collaboration between the Dutch metal band XYSTUS and Holland's oldest symphony orchestra, the USConcert. Commented Simone: "I am very excited about this new project! I am very proud to be part of this and I hope ...

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EPICA: New Video Interview With MARK JANSEN Available

Radio DJ Sheila Doki conducted an interview with EPICA guitarist Mark Jansen on April 27, 2008 in Ft. Worth, Texas prior to the band's show with SYMPHONY X. Among other things, Mark discusses his favorite songs to do live, his thoughts about MTV and the "music" played on it, what he feels makes EPICA different ...

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EPICA Stand-In Singer Releases Final Video Video Tour Diary Entries

Amanda Somerville the American singer-songwriter and vocal coach who was recently tapped to replace EPICA vocalist Simone Simons on the band's North American tour with SYMPHONY X due to Simons' ongoing health issues has posted the final updates to her video tour diary. Watch the footage below. Simons was recently infected with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus ...

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THY MAJESTIE: 'Dawn' Release Delayed

Italian "symphonic power epic" metal band THY MAJESTIE have had the release date of their fourth album, "Dawn" (Dark Balance Records), pushed back to September 1 from the previously announced July 2. "Dawn" (cover artwork) Chapter One: Trapasso - Exequies of the Formal Sphere 01. As You Fall 02. M.A.D. 03. Dawn 04. ...

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EPICA Singer SIMONE SIMONS To Make Her Return To Live Stage This Week

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA whose lead singer, Simone Simons, was recently infected with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), also known as the hospital bacteria have issued the following update: "Good news: Simone will perform with EPICA again! First show will be this upcoming Thursday [May 15] at Bibelot in Dordrecht (only 30 tickets left). The show ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: Singer's Illness Forces Czech Cancellation

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have cancelled their May 10 appearance at the Rockfest in Kurim, Czech Republic after the group's vocalist, Ralf Scheepers, was taken ill. Scheepers' official statement on the matter reads as follows: "To all fans in the Czech Republic who wanted to visit the festival in Kurim this Saturday: I am ...

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EPICA Stand-In Singer Releases More Video Footage From The Road

Amanda Somerville the American singer-songwriter and vocal coach who was recently tapped to replace EPICA vocalist Simone Simons on the band's North American tour with SYMPHONY X due to Simons' ongoing health issues has posted the three more updates to her video tour diary. Watch the footage below. Simons was recently infected with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: Working Album Title Announced

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have set "16.6" as the working title of the follow-up to last year's "New Religion" album. The CD will be recorded in November/December 2008 for a tentative early 2009 release via Frontiers Records. "New Religion" last year landed on the Swedish chart at No. 67. It also entered the German ...

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EPICA: Footage From Final Show Of North American Tour Posted Online

Fan-filmed video footage of the Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA performing the song "Consign to Oblivion" last night (Saturday, May 3) at Jaxx in Springfield, Virginia can be viewed below (courtesy of "unlaced2475"). EPICA utilized the services of singer-songwriter and vocal coach Amanda Somerville as the stand-in vocalist for the band's just-completed North American tour ...

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THY MAJESTIE Completes Work On New Album

Italian "symphonic power epic" metal band THY MAJESTIE has issued the following update: "We are proud to announce that the fourth THY MAJESTIE full-length has been completed. Recording, mixing and mastering are now finally over. We are enthusiastic about the final result. We think (and we don't say that only because it's the usual to ...

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EPICA Issues Update On 'Classical Conspiracy' Concert

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA will take part in a special concert dubbed "Classical Conspiracy" on June 14 at the Miskolc International Opera Festival in Hungary. The band previously stated about the concert, "The 'Epica: The Classical Conspiracy Show' is going to be a very unique event, because the Dutch symphonic metal band will play a ...

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EPICA Schedules California Signing Session

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA will take part in a signing session on Friday, April 18 at Rasputin Records in Mountain View, California between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The address is as follows: 630 San Antonio Ave. Mountain View, California 94070 In other news, Amanda Somerville the American singer-songwriter and vocal coach who has ...

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EPICA To Perform Debut Album In Its Entirety

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA will celebrate the five-year anniversary of the release of their debut album, "The Phantom Agony", by performing the CD in its entirety at Tivoli in Utrecht, The Netherlands on May 16. EPICA is currently utilizing the services of singer-songwriter and vocal coach Amanda Somerville as the stand-in vocalist for the ...

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