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AYREON Mastermind Working On New STAR ONE Album

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (also ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) is hard at work on what will become a new STAR ONE album. The instrumental demos are completed, and Arjen is now working on lyrics and melody lines. A few weeks ago, Arjen's former manager Yvette graciously hosted a demo listening party for the people on Arjen's message ...

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MAGION: Debut Album Out Now

Dutch symphonic metal act MAGION has just released its long-awaited debut album, "Close to Eternity". The CD was recorded in 2008 at Excess Studios (AFTER FOREVER, GOREFEST, AYREON, EPICA) in Rotterdam and was mastered by Dan Swanö. The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Tabula Rasa (2:38) 02. Thirteen (5:36) 03. Murder ...

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JORN LANDE: Solo Dates Announced

Norwegian powerhouse hard rock singer Jorn Lande has scheduled the following solo dates: Nov. 26 - Logo - Hamburg, Deutchland Nov. 28 - Masters of Rock Novesta - Zlin, Czech Republic Nov. 29 - Zoe Club- Milan, Italy Nov. 30 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland Dec. 01 - Splendid - Lille France Dec. 03 - ...

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AGUA DE ANNIQUE: New Album Title Announced

AGUA DE ANNIQUE, the Dutch band led by ex-THE GATHERING vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen, has set "In Your Room" as the title of its new album, tentatively due this fall. Anneke says, "URBAN DANCE SQUAD drummer Michel Schoots helped me organizing all of my ideas (I've seen an awful lot of URBAN DANCE SQUAD shows ...

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ARJEN LUCASSEN's GUILT MACHINE: Another Audio Sample Released

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen's new project, GUILT MACHINE, will release its debut album, titled "On This Perfect Day", via Mascot Records on the following dates: Germany, Austria, Switzerland: August 28 Rest of Europe: August 31 North America: September 29 The artwork was created by Christophe Dessaigne, a talented new artist whom Arjen discovered (quite by ...

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JORN's 'Dukebox' Collection Due In August

AFM Records has set an August 28 release date for "Dukebox", a 16-track best-of from powerhouse Norwegian hard rock vocalist Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN, MILLENIUM, ARK). The CD will contain "many highlights" from Jorn's previous solo albums and "will be an interesting item for all die-hard fans and 'newcomers' as well," according to a press release. ...

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ARJEN LUCASSEN's GUILT MACHINE: First Audio Sample Released

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen's new project, GUILT MACHINE, will release its debut album, titled "On This Perfect Day", via Mascot Records on the following dates: Germany, Austria, Switzerland: August 28 Rest of Europe: August 31 North America: September 29 The artwork was created by Christophe Dessaigne, a talented new artist whom Arjen discovered (quite by ...

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AGUA DE ANNIQUE Preparing To Enter Studio

AGUA DE ANNIQUE/ex-THE GATHERING vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen has issued the following update "It's been one hell of a week. "As you may know, I was in Canada, writing and recording with [Canadian multi-instrumentalist/producer] Devin Townsend [STRAPPING YOUNG LAD]. Forgive me if I speak too much about it, but that was absolutely a great experience. ...

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AYREON Mastermind's GUILT MACHINE Signs With MASCOT RECORDS

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen's new project, GUILT MACHINE, has inked a deal with Holland's Mascot Records. The band's debut album will be released later in the year. A photo of Mascot's Ed van Zijl and and Arjen formalizing the happy arrangement by signing the contracts can be viewed below. As AYREON fans have come to ...

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JORN: New Album Details Revealed

Frontiers Records has announced the release of JORN's brand new studio album, entitled "Spirit Black", on June 5 in Europe and July 14 in the USA. Considered by many fans and critics as one of the finest voices in hard rock to arrive on the scene at the end of the 20th century, JORN is ...

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STREAM OF PASSION Parts Ways With Drummer, Announces Replacement

Netherlands-based gothic/progressive metal band STREAM OF PASSION, which is fronted by Mexican female vocalist Marcela Bovio (AYREON), has parted ways with drummer Davy Mickers. The group says, "Due to personal reasons, Davy took this step as he needs to devote more of his time to his family. Thus, he could not longer give STREAM OF ...

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STREAM OF PASSION: More 'The Flame Within' Release Dates Announced

Netherlands-based gothic/progressive metal band STREAM OF PASSION, which is fronted by Mexican female vocalist Marcela Bovio (AYREON), will release its sophomore album, "The Flame Within", via Napalm Records on the following dates: May 27 - Finland, Spain May 29 - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, France, Italy, Sweden June 1 - Rest of Europe June 2 ...

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STREAM OF PASSION: New Album Details Revealed

Netherlands-based gothic/progressive metal band STREAM OF PASSION, which is fronted by Mexican female vocalist Marcela Bovio (AYREON), will release its sophomore album, "The Flame Within", on May 29 via Napalm Records. According to a press release, "The Flame Within" "leaves its predecessor in the dust, thanks to more mature songwriting. Carried by Marcela Bovio's fantastic ...

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ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN's AGUA DE ANNIQUE Covers MOONSPELL At Athens Concert; Video Available

AGUA DE ANNIQUE, the band led by former THE GATHERING singer Anneke van Giersbergen, performed a stripped down cover version of MOONSPELL's "Scorpion Flower" during the group's February 23, 2009 concert in Athens, Greece. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be viewed below. MOONSPELL's original version of "Scorpion Flower", which appears on the band's ...

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AYREON Mastermind Launches GUILT MACHINE

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen has announced the details of his new project, GUILT MACHINE. As AYREON fans have come to expect from Arjen, the music of GUILT MACHINE ranges from dark and heavy to atmospheric and melancholic. But GUILT MACHINE introduces some new twists as well, particularly when it comes to the vocals. Rather than ...

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STREAM OF PASSION: Studio Update

Netherlands-based gothic/progressive metal band STREAM OF PASSION, which is fronted by Mexican female vocalist Marcela Bovio (AYREON), has entered the studio to begin recording its sophomore album, due in early 2009 via Napalm Records. According to a posting on the group's MySpace page, "To stick to their traditional distributed and de-centralized way of working, the ...

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ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN's AGUA DE ANNIQUE Schedules More Dates

AGUA DE ANNIQUE, the band led by former THE GATHERING singer Anneke van Giersbergen, has scheduled the following dates: Feb. 12 - Melkweg - Amsterdam, Netherlands (semi-acoustic with special guests) Feb. 13 - Oosterpoort - Groningen, Netherlands (semi-acoustic with special guests) Feb. 20 - Eightball Club - Thessaloníki - Greece Feb. 21 - Club Stage ...

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