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PRIMAL FEAR: Russian Dates Announced

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have scheduled two dates in Russia in September: Sep. 20. - RUS - St. Petersburg Orlandino Sep. 21 - RUS - Moscow - Tochka Club Commented the band: "For the first time in 10 years, PRIMAL FEAR will play two shows in Russia Moscow and St. Petersburg. We're really excited ...

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EPICA Stand-In Singer Posts Video Update

Amanda Somerville the American singer-songwriter and vocal coach who has been 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 following update: "My goodness, tomorrow [Friday, April 4] is the first show with EPICA in Cambridge, MA (near Boston). ...

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EPICA Singer: 'The MRSA Is Almost Out Of My System!'

EPICA lead singer Simone Simons who was recently infected with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), also known as the hospital bacteria has issued the following update: "One of the four tests was positive and we all decided that we shouldn't take any risks regarding my health and that Amanda [Somerville] should replace me [for the upcoming ...

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AFTER FOREVER Guitarist Issues Update

AFTER FOREVER guitarist Sander Gommans who suffered a seizure last November while en route to a gig has posted the following message on his MySpace blog: "Once more, I'd like to thank you all for all the messages we still receive supporting AFTER FOREVER! I've had good offers for gigs this year, but ...

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EPICA Plays One-Off Show In London; Photos, Review Available

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA — whose lead singer, Simone Simons, was recently infected with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), also known as the hospital bacteria — played a one-off show in London, UK last night (Thursday, March 6), supporting SYMPHONY X at the Astoria. Photos and a review of both bands can be found at the ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Announces New Guitarist

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR, who yesterday announced that guitarist Stefan Leibing was leaving the band in order to focus on family life, have issued the following update: "We've decided to continue with one of the most exciting and respected guitar player in the business — Magnus Karlsson from Sweden. Magnus is known from his ...

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PRIMAL FEAR To Play Final Concert With STEFAN LEIBING In April

According to a posting on PRIMAL FEAR's official web site, guitarist Stefan Leibing's final performance with the band will take place on April 26 at the 10th anniversary concert in Reichenbach at H2O. Says the band, "[Stefan] will be on stage for some special songs, including a meet-and-greet. This will be a very emotional and ...

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Guitarist STEFAN LEIBING Quits PRIMAL FEAR

Guitarist Stefan Leibing has announced his departure from German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR. His statement reads as follows: "Dear PRIMAL FEAR fans, after 10 years being in PRIMAL FEAR I have decided to take a time out from the music business for some time. I do this for my family, especially for my two little ...

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EPICA Singer Thanks Fans For Their Support

EPICA lead singer, Simone Simons — who was recently infected with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), also known as the hospital bacteria — has issued the following update: "I want to express my gratitude to the EPICA fans who have been supporting me through this difficult period. I have received numerous emails and presents. They really ...

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EPICA: Mexican/Colombian Tour Cancelled

EPICA — whose lead singer, Simone Simons, was recently infected with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), also known as the hospital bacteria — has issued the following update: "After having had a couple of weeks of rest we were very much hoping that Simone's situation would have improved already. Unfortunately the last MRSA test was still ...

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DGM Announces New Singer

Italian power-progressive metallers DGM have announced the addition of singer Mark Basile (B.R.A.K.E., MIND KEY) to the group's ranks. According to a press release, "Mark was chosen among several auditions throughout Italy, Europe and America. The band would like to thank all those who have sent their material for being so professional. DGM are excited ...

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KAMELOT: 'Ghost Opera' Reissue To Include Bonus Features

American/Norwegian melodic metal band KAMELOT will reissue its classic "Ghost Opera" album on March 28 (Germany), March 31 (rest of Europe) and April 8 (USA/Canada) under the title of "Ghost Opera - The Second Coming", enhanced with lots of interesting features. The album will be released as a double CD limited-edition slipcase design. This sophisticated ...

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EPICA: Promo Video For 'Classical Conspiracy' Concert Released

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA have released a promotional video for the band's upcoming "Classical Conspiracy" concert, which will take place on June 14 at the Miskolc International Opera Festival in Hungary. Watch the clip below. According to the band, "The 'Epica: The Classical Conspiracy Show' is going to be a very unique event, because ...

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AYREON's '01011001' Lands On European Album Charts

"01011001", the new rock opera from AYREON — the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen — has entered the Dutch "alternative chart" at position No. 1 and the overall Dutch album chart at No. 2 — the highest Dutch chart positions so far for any AYREON release! The album also entered the German album chart ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: More European Tour Dates Announced

German melodic metallers PRIMAL FEAR have scheduled the following dates: Apr. 25 - Berlin, Germany - K 17 Apr. 26 - Rechenbach, Germany - H2O Apr. 27 - Pirmasens, Germany - Quasimodo Apr. 29 - Augsburg, Germany - Spectrum Apr. 30 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix May 02 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebop May 03 ...

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EPICA: New Dutch Concert Footage Available

Fan-filmed video footage of the Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA performing the song "Sensorium" on January 11, 2008 at the Patronaat in Haarlem, the Netherlands can be viewed below (courtesy of "letthemetalflow"). EPICA lead singer Simone Simons was recently infected with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), also known as the hospital bacteria. She stated about ...

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EPICA: Rescheduled Dutch Tour Dates Announced

EPICA — whose lead singer, Simone Simons, was recently infected with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), also known as the hospital bacteria — has announced the rescheduled dates for its Dutch tour. The details are as follows: May 15 - Bibelot - Dordrecht - The Netherlands May 22 - de Kade - Zaandam - The Netherlands ...

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EPICA: More Shows Cancelled

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: "As much as we hoped to do the upcoming shows, after the shows last weekend Simone's condition just got worse and worse and therefore we ...

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AYREON Mastermind Schedules Dutch In-Store Appearances

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen will make at least two in-store appearances this month. Joining him for a short acoustic set will be female singer Marjan Welman, whose powerful vocals are featured on the song "E=mc2" on the new AYREON album, "01011001". January 25 - 17:00 - Velvet Music in Breda, Netherlands January 26 - 17:00 ...

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AYREON: New '01011001' Preview Video Available

A preview video for AYREON's upcoming album, "01011001", can be viewed below. The CD is scheduled for release on January 28 via InsideOut Music. AYREON is the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen. The group will make its new rock opera, entitled "01011001", available in three editions: * a regular two-CD edition with a 28 ...

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EPICA Singer Infected With MRSA; Band Cancels Shows

Singer Simone Simons of the Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA has issued the following update: "Since a couple of months I have been struggling with infections and had surgery many times. The doctors didn't know what was wrong with me. After a lot of tests at the hospital they found out that I am infected with ...

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AFTER FOREVER Joined By EPICA Members During Hardenberg Concert; Video Available

Dutch symphonic metallers AFTER FOREVER were joined by the group's former guitarist Mark Jansen (currently in EPICA) and EPICA singer Simone Simons for a special rendition of the AFTER FOREVER song "Beyond Me" on December 26, 2007 at the Podium in Hardenberg, the Netherlands. Watch fan-filmed footage of the performance below (courtesy of "afterforever87" and ...

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