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EPICA Singer To Guest On New AYREON Album

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen, has revealed the identity of the second singer who will guest on the band's upcoming album, tentatively due late 2007/early 2008: Simone Simons of EPICA. Simone's recording session for the new AYREON CD took place on July 5 at the Electric Castle studio. An acapella sample of ...

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PRIMAL FEAR's 'Comeback' Show Attended By 4,000 'Maniacs'

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR played their first show with guitarist Henny Wolter back in the band on June 30 at the Rock Am Haertsfeldsee in Dischingen, Germany. "4,000 maniacs rocked with us to the limit and gave Henny a warm welcome," the group writes on its web site. PRIMAL FEAR's setlist was as follows: ...

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EPICA: New Audio Sample Available

An audio sample of a brand new EPICA track, entitled "Menace of Vanity", has been posted on the group's MySpace page. The song comes off the Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band's new album, "The Divine Conspiracy", due in Europe on September 10 via Nuclear Blast Records (September 7 in Germany). Check out the ...

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EPICA: New Studio Report Available

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA have posted another studio report on their official forum. "This time [guitarist/vocalist] Mark [Jansen] wrote some things about his vocal recordings and the writing process," the band writes on its web site. Check out the report at this location (scroll down). EPICA has revealed the cover artwork for ...

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EPICA: 'The Divine Conspiracy' Artwork Revealed

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA has revealed the cover artwork for its new album, "The Divine Conspiracy", due in Europe on September 10 via Nuclear Blast Records (September 7 in Germany). Check it out at this location. "The Divine Conspiracy", which was mixed by Sascha Paeth, features a session appearance by GOD ...

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EPICA: Final 'The Divine Conspiracy' Track Listing Revealed

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA has finalized the track listing for its new album, "The Divine Conspiracy", due in Europe on September 10 via Nuclear Blast Records (September 7 in Germany). "The Divine Conspiracy", which was mixed by Sascha Paeth, features a session appearance by GOD DETHRONED drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek. EPICA has yet ...

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EPICA Films 'Never Enough' Video

Nuclear Blast Records has set a September 7 German release date for the new album from Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA, entitled "The Divine Conspiracy". The CD will arrive in the rest of Europe on September 10. "The Divine Conspiracy", which was mixed by Sascha Paeth, features a session appearance by GOD DETHRONED drummer ...

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EPICA: 'The Divine Conspiracy' Release Date Set

Nuclear Blast Records has set a September 7 German release date for the new album from Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA, entitled "The Divine Conspiracy". The CD will presumably arrive in the rest of Europe on September 10. "The Divine Conspiracy", which was mixed by Sascha Paeth, features a session appearance by GOD DETHRONED ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Rejoined By Guitarist HENNY WOLTER

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have issued the following update: "Yes, after a long discussion about the future of PRIMAL FEAR, we've decided to bring Henny Wolter back to the band. After a four-year break, Henny takes over the guitar duties together with Stefan Leibing, who played most of the guitars on the new album ...

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EPICA: Dutch Tour Dates Announced

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA has announced several headlining dates in its home country for January 2008. The details are as follows: Jan. 05 - Doornroosie - Nijmegen, NETH Jan. 17 - De Kade - Zaandam, NETH Jan. 18 - Bibelot - Dordrecht, NETH Jan. 25 - Burgerweeshuis - Deventer, NETH Jan. 26 - ...

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EPICA To Support SONATA ARCTICA On European Tour

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA has been confirmed as the support act for SONATA ARCTICA on their upcoming European tour. The dates are as follows: Nov. 01 - Rockefeller - Oslo, Norway Nov. 03 - Lisebergshallen - Göteborg, Sweden Nov. 04 - Mejeriet - Lund, Sweden Nov. 05 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany Nov. ...

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EPICA Announces New Album Title

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA has set "The Divine Conspiracy" as the title of its new album, due August/September via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD, which is currently being mixed by Sascha Paeth, will feature a session appearance by GOD DETHRONED drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek. EPICA has yet to name a full-time drummer following ...

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WINTERDOME Confirmed For Germany's BATTLE OF METAL Festival

German metallers WINTERDOME have been confirmed for the Battle of Metal open-air festival, set to take place July 5-7, 2007 at Eventzentrum in Geiselwind, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): BEHEMOTH BELOVED ENEMY BLACK LABEL SOCIETY DEATHSTARS DISBELIEF DRONE EISHEILIG EISREGEN ELIS ENSIFERUM HAGGARD HOLY MOSES IMPERIA IN EXTREMO ...

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THY MAJESTIE: New Lineup Announced

Italian "symphonic power epic" metal band THY MAJESTIE has announced the addition of Dario Cascio (vocals) and Simone Campione (guitar) to the group's ranks. "We are so pleased to have them in our team!" the band writes on its web site. "They brought us life and new enthusiasm. They are officially in the band. We ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: Japanese Tour Dates Announced

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR will embark on a three-date headlining tour of Japan in December. The details are as follows: Dec. 03 - Tokyo, Japan - Shibuya O-EAST Dec. 05 - Nagoya, Japan - Bottom Line Dec. 06 - Osaka, Japan - Shinsaibashi Club Quattro As previously reported, PRIMAL FEAR has set "New Religion" ...

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EPICA Signs With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA has signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. Formed by guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Mark Jansen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) in 2002, EPICA has so far released three albums, among them a full-length soundtrack in the vein of Hollywood composers Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman. The Dutch metallers have already played ...

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THY MAJESTIE Announces More Lineup Changes

Italian "symphonic power epic" metal band THY MAJESTIE has parted ways with guitarist Giovanni Santini and vocalist Dario Grillo. Replacing Santini in the group's lineup is Simone Campione, "a very good guitarist from Palermo is to perform at our gigs in Holland [in May] and he's also going to record the next THY MAJESTIE album," ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: New Album Title, Track Listing Revealed

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have set "New Religion" as the title of their new album, due on August 31 via Frontiers Records. The complete track listing for the CD is as as follows (in no particular order): 01. New Religion 02. Drenched In Blood 03. The Curse Of Sharon 04. The Darkness a. Fighting ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: Studio Update

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have posted the following message on their official web site: "We had a great vocal/guitar session over the weekend! Stefan [Leibing, guitar] finished his guitar work for our new album at the U3 studio with our good friend Achim Köhler engineering. Ralf [Scheepers] recorded another vocal track. We're only a ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Putting Finishing Touches On New Album

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have posted the following message on their official web site: "Most of the recordings for the new PRIMAL FEAR album are done! Yesterday, we spent our final day at the House Of Music Studio and finished our work there. We worked 15 hours a day during last couple of weeks ...

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New PRIMAL FEAR CD To Feature Duet With EPICA Singer

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have posted the following message on their official web site: "Sorry for our delay in updating the page with news from the recording session, but a lot of things happened and today we're back with another round of studio news and pictures! The bass guitar recordings were finished last weekend ...

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EPICA Recruits Session Drummer For Upcoming Dates

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA have recruited Koen Herfst as a session drummer for their upcoming shows. "Koen is the drummer of Dutch urban metal band BAGGA BOWNZ, but is also known for his helping hand by filling in for Andre with AFTER FOREVER when they were in need of a session drummer," EPICA writes ...

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EPICA Guitarist Issues Studio Report

EPICA guitarist Ad Sluijter has posted a lengthy update on the recording sessions for the band's new album. An excerpt from his report follows: "As I mentioned in the previous report already, with the guitar recordings we've changed quite some things in comparison to the guitar recordings with the previous albums. Both of them I ...

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EPICA Confirmed For Greece's METAL DAY FESTIVAL

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA has been confirmed for the Metal Day Festival, set to take place April 4 at the Fencing Olympic Complex in Athens, Greece. Also scheduled to appear are MANOWAR, RHAPSODY OF FIRE and TIAMAT. EPICA will embark on a North American headlining tour in September. Support at the shows will come ...

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