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EPICA: Rescheduled Colombian, Mexican Tour Dates Announced

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA have announced their rescheduled Mexican and Colombian tour dates. They are as follows: March 14 - Skyros - San Luis Potosi, Mexico March 15 - Country San Maunuel - Puebla, Mexico March 16 - Cafe Iguana - Monterrey, Mexico March 19 - Circo Volador - Mexico City, Mexico March 20 ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 14-16 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: ASP BORN FROM PAIN DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA ENDSTILLE ENSIFERUM EXODUS KATAKLYSM PRIMAL FEAR PRIMORDIAL SONIC SYNDICATE THE VISION BLEAK More ...

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AYREON: New Song Posted Online

A new AYREON track, entitled "The Fifth Extinction", has been posted online at this location. The song is divided in two parts due to MySpace limitations (the track is just over 10 minutes long). "The Fifth Extinction" comes off AYREON's new album, entitled "01011001", which is scheduled for release in Europe on January ...

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EPICA Postpones Mexican, Colombian Dates

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA have postponed their previously announced Mexican and Colombian dates due to an illness suffered by the group's lead singer, Simone Simons. A video message from the group announcing the postponement can be viewed below. The affected dates are as follows: Nov. 29 - Circo Volador - Mexico City Mexico Nov. ...

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AYREON: '01011001' Video Teaser Available

A video teaser for the forthcoming AYREON album, entitled "01011001", can be viewed below. 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 page booklet. * a Special Edition: a box containing the ...

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EPICA To Play Amsterdam Concert Without Singer SIMONE SIMONS

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA have issued the following update: "We are very sorry to announce that Simone [Simons, vocals] is very ill at the moment. She has been ill for a couple of days already, but unfortunately today it just isn't possible for her to perform on stage at Melkweg [in Amsterdam, Holland]. As ...

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WITHIN TEMPTATION Films Eindhoven Concert For Upcoming DVD; Video Available

WITHIN TEMPTATION's November 24, 2007 concert at the Beursgebouw in Eindhoven, Holland was filmed for an upcoming DVD, tentatively due next summer. The sold-out show at the 8,000-capacity venue included lots of special effects, an acoustic section, Broadway-style musical elements and guest appearances by Anneke van Giersbergen (AQUA DE ANNIQUE, ex-THE GATHERING) and George Oosthoek ...

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EPICA: Milan Concert Footage Posted Online

Fan-filmed video footage of Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA performing the song "Fools of Damnation" on November 19, 2007 at the Alcatraz club in Milan, Italy can be viewed below. Check out photos from the show at the Italian news blog Musica Metal. EPICA's new album, "The Divine Conspiracy", registered the following first-week ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: Haugesund Concert Footage Available

Fan-filmed video footage of German melodic metallers PRIMAL FEAR performing the song "Running in the Dust" on November 17, 2007 at at Byscenen in Haugesund, Norway can be viewed below (courtesy of "Lund666"). PRIMAL FEAR's new album, "New Religion", recently landed on the Swedish chart at No. 67. It also entered the German chart at ...

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EPICA: New Video Interview With SIMONE SIMONS Posted Online

France's Radio Metal conducted an interview with EPICA singer Simone Simons on November 14, 2007 in Lyon, France. Watch the chat in three parts below. EPICA's new album, "The Divine Conspiracy", registered the following first-week chart positions: Holland: #9 Switzerland: #29 France: #36 Germany: #41 Nuclear Blast Records released a limited deluxe CD edition in ...

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AYREON: Three '01011001' Editions Detailed

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen, will make its new rock opera, entitled "01011001", available in three editions: * a regular two-CD edition with a 28 page booklet. * a Special Edition: a box containing the regular 2CD edition and a bonus DVD. * a Deluxe Limited Edition, a DVD size fold-out case ...

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AYREON: '01011001' Cover Artwork Revealed

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen, has revealed the cover artwork for its new album, "01011001", due in Europe on January 28, 2008 (one day later in the U.S.). The track listing for the effort is as follows: CD1 - Y: 01. Age Of Shadows (incl. "We Are Forever') 02. Comatose ...

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AYREON: New Album Track Listing Revealed

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen, has announced the track listing for its new album, "01011001", due in Europe on January 28, 2008 (one day later in the U.S.). It is as follows: CD1 - Y: 01. Age Of Shadows (incl. "We Are Forever') 02. Comatose 03. Liquid Eternity 04. Connect The Dots ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Confirmed For UK's BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have been confirmed for next year's Bloodstock Open Air festival, set to take place August 15-17 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: AT THE GATES COMMUNIC DIMMU BORGIR MOONSORROW PRIMAL FEAR SWALLOW THE SUN PRIMAL FEAR's new album, "New Religion", recently ...

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AYREON: Complete List Of Guest Musicians For New CD Revealed

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen, has revealed the complete list of musicians who appear on the group's new album, "01011001", tentatively due in January 2008. It is as follows: Vocalists: Daniel Gildenlöw (PAIN OF SALVATION) Tom Englund (EVERGREY) Hansi Kürsch (BLIND GUARDIAN) Anneke van Giersbergen (AGUA DE ANNIQUE, THE GATHERING) Jonas Renkse ...

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EPICA On Dutch TV; Acoustic Performance, Interview Available

EPICA's Simone Simons (vocals) and Mark Jansen (guitar, vocals) appeared on the Dutch TV program "Goede Morgen Nederland" (GMNL) Wednesday morning (October 24) on the national TV channel Nederland 1. They took part in a short acoustic performance and talked about their latest North American tour. Watch the nine-minute clip below. EPICA's new album, "The ...

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EPICA To Appear On Dutch TV

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA have issued the following update: "Simone [Simons, vocals] and Mark [Jansen, guitar/vocals] will appear Wednesday morning [October 24] on the Dutch TV program 'Goede Morgen Nederland' (GMNL) on the national TV channel Nederland 1 between 7 and 9 a.m. They will talk about their latest USA tour and much more!" ...

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AYREON: Solo Guitarists For New Album Announced

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen, has revealed the identities of the three guitarists who play solos on the group's new album: Lori Linstruth, Arjen Lucassen himself, and Michael Romeo (SYMPHONY X). AYREON, has set "01011001" as the title of its new CD, tentatively due in January 2008. More information, including soundclips, is ...

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DGM Parts Ways With Singer, Seeks Replacement

Italian prog-metallers DGM have parted ways with singer Titta Tani due to "personal differences." Tani's final appearance with the band took place on October 6, 2007 at the ProgPower Europe festival in Baarlo, Holland. DGM is currently seeking a replacement vocalist. Interested parties can contact the group at [email protected] DGM released its fifth album, entitled ...

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AYREON: New Album Title Announced

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen, has set "01011001" as the title of its new album, tentatively due in January 2008. More information, including soundclips, is available at this location. "01011001" will feature guest appearances by Daniel Gildenlöw (PAIN OF SALVATION), Hansi Kürsch (BLIND GUARDIAN), Steve Lee (GOTTHARD), Bob Catley (MAGNUM), ...

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PAIN OF SALVATION Singer To Guest On New AYREON CD

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen, has posted audio samples of the next three guest singers who will appear on the band's upcoming album, tentatively due late 2007/early 2008: Daniel Gildenlöw from PAIN OF SALVATION (mp3); Wudstik, a Dutch hip hop and soul artist (mp3); and Marjan Welman of ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: 'New Religion' Charts In Japan

PRIMAL FEAR's new album, "New Religion", has landed at position No. 37 on the Japanese chart of international artists and at No. 116 on the overall Top 200 chart. The CD recently landed on the Swedish chart at No. 67. It also entered the German chart at No. 60. "[This is] the highest chart entry ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: 'New Religion' U.S. Release Date Confirmed

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR will release their new album, "New Religion", in the U.S. on January 29, 2008 via Locomotive/Ryko. "New Religion" recently landed on the Swedish chart at No. 67. It also entered the German chart at No. 60. "[This is] the highest chart entry since 'Black Sun' in 2002," says the band. ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: 'New Religion' Enters German Chart At Position No. 60

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have entered the album chart in their home country at position No. 60 with their latest effort, "New Religion". "[This is] the highest chart entry since 'Black Sun' in 2002," says the band. "Thanks to our new partners Frontiers Records, Soulfood Distribution and Undercover Promotion for their fantastic work. Even ...

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EPICA: Santa Ana Concert Footage Available

Fan-filmed video footage of the Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA performing the song "Consign to Oblivion" on September 26, 2007 at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, California can be viewed below. EPICA's new album, "The Divine Conspiracy", has registered the following first-week chart positions: Holland: #9 Switzerland: #29 France: #36 Germany: #41 Nuclear ...

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