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EPICA, VISIONS OF ATLANTIS: More North American Tour Dates Announced

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA will embark on a North American headlining tour in September. Support at the shows will come from the Austrian/American "epic metal" band VISIONS OF ATLANTIS. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Sep. 05 - West Springfield, VA, Jaxx Sep. 06 – Hartford, CT, Webster Theatre Sep. 07 – Pughkeepsie, ...

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EPICA: U.S. Headlining Dates Announced

According to The Vault, Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA has lined up the following North American dates in the fall: Sep. 06 - Webster Theater - Hartford, CT Sep. 07 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY Sep. 09 - HighLine Ballroom - New York City, NY Sep. 18 - Pearl Room - ...

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EPICA Working On Its 'Heaviest' Album To Date

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA has issued the following update regarding the recording sessions for its as-yet-untitled new album: "We've just finished the drum recordings and we can only say that [session drummer] Ariën [van Weesenbeek; GOD DETHRONED] is one of the most talented drummers in the world. We are so happy to have ...

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EPICA Singer Offering Private Lessons

Singer Simone Simons (photo) of the Dutch symphonic metal act EPICA has issued the following update: "From the beginning of February on I will be giving private lessons to those who are interested in learning more about vocal techniques, breathing techniques and stage performance. It will vary from classical to jazz, metal to ...

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EPICA Confirmed For Belgium's METAL FEMALE VOICES FEST V

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA have been confirmed for the Metal Female Voices Fest V, set to take place Saturday, October 20, 2007 at Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AFTER FOREVER BATTLELORE DISTORTED EPICA HOLY MOSES IMPERIA SIRENIA THEATRE OF TRAGEDY VALKYRE For more information, ...

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Sagas of Iceland: The History... - REBELLION

Here's an album that probably won't get nearly the notice that it deserves. A traditional/power metal album with an in-depth concept about Viking tales will generally be very well done or fail miserably. Germany's REBELLION have accomplished the former in a big way, which is even more surprising considering that the whole Viking thing has ...

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WELTENBRAND Films New Video; Photos Available

Liechtenstein-based romantic gothic metal band WELTENBRAND was in Düsseldorf, Germany last week to film a new video. Check out photos from the shoot at this location. WELTENBRAND recently announced the addition of drummer Mario Jahnke to the group's ranks. "Adrian [Büchel] had to leave the band because of chronological problems," WELTENBRAND previously wrote ...

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EPICA Singer In Talks To Replace TARJA In NIGHTWISH?

According to the Finnish weekly celebrity gossip magazine Katso, NIGHTWISH leader Tuomas Holopainen and the group's manager Ewo Rytkönen have been in contact with EPICA singer Simone Simons possibly taking over the frontwoman position in NIGHTWISH. It is rumored that Tuomas and Ewo became convinced that Simone was capable of of being the ...

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WELTENBRAND Announces New Drummer

Liechtenstein-based romantic gothic metal band WELTENBRAND has announced the addition of drummer Mario Jahnke to the group's ranks. "Adrian [Büchel] had to leave the band because of chronological problems," WELTENBRAND writes on its web site. WELTENBRAND released its fifth album, "The End of the Wizard", in August via Napalm Records. The CD was issued as ...

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EPICA Parts Ways With Drummer, Seeks Replacement

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA have parted ways with drummer Jeroen Simons. According to a posting on the band's official web site, "Jeroen has decided to concentrate on another musical career and will therefore leave EPICA. We want to thank him for everything he has contributed to the band for the last four years and ...

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EPICA: Live DVD Delayed

EPICA's previously announced live DVD, which was filmed on May 4, 2006 at Paradiso in Amsterdam, Holland, has been delayed until next year, according to a posting on the group's official web site. "As you can imagine we feel really bad about this," the group writes. "We are now trying to work on a solution ...

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EPICA: 13 Songs Written For New Album

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA is currently working on material for its third full-length album. "We have about 13 songs which are growing every day," states vocalist Simone Simons. "Soon we will be able to play new songs live. Looking forward to it!" EPICA's sophomore album, "Consign to Oblivion", was released in April 2005 ...

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KAMELOT Hard At Work On New Songs

KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Greetings from Wolfsburg, Germany! Home of Volkswagen, they are everywhere here. We are here working on the new songs for the upcoming album and follow-up to 'The Black Halo'. It is going very very well on the new songs. It's ...

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KAMELOT Cancel RAGNAROCK Festival Appearance

American/Norwegian melodic metallers KAMELOT have cancelled their appearance at the Ragnarock Festival, set to take place August 17-19 at the Valle Hovin Sports Arena in Oslo, Norway. The group's manager, KMI Entertainment's Tim Norwood, states, "We have yet to receive a contract or deposits for this festival. It is unfortunate for the fans since the ...

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WELTENBRAND To Release New Album In August

Liechtenstein-based romantic gothic metal band WELTENBRAND will release its fifth album, "The End of the Wizard", on August 29 via Napalm Records (August 25 in Germany). The CD will be issued as both a regular jewel case and a limited-edition digipack, including two bonus tracks. The follow-up to 2001's "In Gottes Und des Teufels Namen" ...

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KAMELOT Complete Nine Songs For New Album

KAMELOT's official web site has been updated with a short interview the band's webmaster conducted with the group's guitarist/mainman Thomas Youngblood: Q: You have two shows this coming weekend, tell us more? Will there be some special guests? Thomas: "We are heading to Amsterdam for the Waldrock festival and a headliner show the Plato in ...

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ENSLAVED On A Rampage Through The Official U.K. Indie Chart

Norwegian prog-metal band ENSLAVED have broken into the official U.K. Indie chart at No. 38 this week with new album "Ruun". Fond of doing things in style, the band entered not one but two charts. Sandwiched between NINA SIMONE and EVA CASSIDY in the Indie chart whilst perched rather comfortably between COHEED AND CAMBRIA and ...

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KAMELOT Continuing Work On Live DVD, Planning Live Appearances

American/Norwegian melodic metallers KAMELOT are continuing to work on their first DVD, "One Cold Winter's Night", which was shot in Oslo this past February. "There is a lot of editing for our director Patric [Ulleaus]. We have 18 cameras on this shoot and the concert was nearly 2 hours long," stated vocalist Khan. The disc ...

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KAMELOT Working On First Anthology, Live DVD

KAMELOT guitarist/songwriter Thomas Youngblood has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Lots going on this year for the band. We are finishing the editing and mixing of our first DVD, 'One Cold Winter's Night', that we shot in Oslo this February. It was truly a night to remember for us and ...

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KAMELOT, EPICA: More North American Tour Dates Announced

American/Norwegian melodic metallers KAMELOT will be teaming up with the female-fronted Dutch outfit EPICA for a North American tour beginning in September. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Sep. 15 - Cuture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL (no EPICA) Sep. 16 - State Theater - St. Petersburg, FL (no EPICA) Sep. 19 - Jaxx ...

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KAMELOT Confirmed For Holland's WALDROCK Festival

American/Norwegian melodic metallers KAMELOT have been confirmed for the 2006 edition of the Waldrock festival, set to take place Saturday, July 1 in Burgum, the Netherlands. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): ALICE IN CHAINS DEICIDE DRAGONFORCE HELLOWEEN ILL NINO KAMELOT MOTÖRHEAD SOULFLY STONE SOUR TRIVIUM Y&T As previously reported, ...

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KAMELOT To Team Up With EPICA For North American Tour

American/Norwegian melodic metallers KAMELOT will be teaming up with the female-fronted Dutch outfit EPICA for a North American tour beginning in September. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Sep. 19 - Jaxx Nightclub - Springfield, VA Sep. 20 - B.B. King's - New York, NY Sep. 24 - Le Medley - Montreal, QC Sep. ...

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ROYAL HUNT: Swedish/Danish Dates Announced

Danish/American hard rockers ROYAL HUNT have announced two new Scandinavian dates to support their latest release, "Paper Blood". They are as follows: Mar. 23 - Jonkoping, SWE @ Sir Simons Mar. 25 - Copenhagen, DEN @ Amager Bio More dates will follow. ROYAL HUNT filmed a "live in concert" DVD on the historic stage of ...

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