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The Solace System - EPICA

If you've been following this act since "The Phantom Agony" and "Consign to Oblivion", you'll attest to how greatly the band has matured. It's been a joy watching EPICA not merely stand toe-to-toe against anyone within its symphonic metal ranks, but prove to be a viable leader. The core team—Simone Simons, Mark Jansen and Coen ...

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REDEMPTION Parts Ways With FATES WARNING's RAY ALDER, Recruits EVERGREY's TOM ENGLUND

REDEMPTION, the U.S. progressive metal band led by guitarist/songwriter Nick Van Dyk, has parted ways with FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder and has replaced him with EVERGREY's Tom Englund. REDEMPTION's current lineup — which is rounded out by Sean Andrews (bass) and Chris Quirarte (drums) — has finished recording its seventh full-length album, "Long Night's ...

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LACUNA COIL's CRISTINA SCABBIA: 'People Are Scared By Mental Illness Because They Don't Know Much About It'

Alex Haber of Heavy New York recently conducted an interview with frontwoman Cristina Scabbia of Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the record cycle for 2016's "Delirium": Cristina: "So far so good. Now it's been more than a year and ...

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Watch EPICA Perform In Montreal

Fan-filmed video footage of EPICA's September 1 performance at Metropolis in Montreal, Quebec, Canada can be seen below. EPICA has just launched the North American leg of "The Ultimate Principle" tour with support from LACUNA COIL. EPICA's new EP, "The Solace System", was released on September 1 via Nuclear Blast. With their latest masterpiece, EPICA ...

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EPICA Releases Video For 'Immortal Melancholy'

"Immortal Melancholy", the new video from Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's forthcoming EP, "The Solace System", which will be released on September 1 via Nuclear Blast. With their latest masterpiece, EPICA set new standards. 2016's "The Holographic Principle" is the most epochal, multi-layered, courageous and ...

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EPICA: Second Trailer For 'The Solace System' EP

The second trailer for "The Solace System", the forthcoming EP from Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA, can be seen below. With their latest masterpiece, EPICA set new standards. 2016's "The Holographic Principle" is the most epochal, multi-layered, courageous and successful record of the band, reaching top 10 chart position entries in the German, Dutch and Swiss ...

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EPICA: First Trailer For 'The Solace System' EP

The first trailer for "The Solace System", the forthcoming EP from Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA, can be seen below. The band comments: "Here's our view on the new upcoming EP, 'The Solace System'. We talk about the music and the lyrics of all the songs you can find on this record. Enjoy watching!" With their ...

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EPICA To Release 'The Solace System' EP In September

With their latest masterpiece, Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA set new standards. 2016's "The Holographic Principle" is the most epochal, multi-layered, courageous and successful record of the band, reaching top 10 chart position entries in the German, Dutch and Swiss album charts. Accordingly, all the tracks written for the album process are high quality, but not ...

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ARJEN LUCASSEN's AYREON Releases 'Run! Apocalypse! Run!' Lyric Video

AYREON, the highly acclaimed project from singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer Arjen Lucassen, has released the official lyric video for the song " Run! Apocalypse! Run!", taken from the recently released album "The Source". Check it out below. "The Source" is an exciting new chapter in the AYREON saga, with contributions from renowned vocalists ...

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EPICA To Tour North America With LACUNA COIL, INSOMNIUM

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA will return to North America this August and September for "The Ultimate Principle Tour" with LACUNA COIL, INSOMNIUM and ELANTRIS. EPICA frontwoman Simone Simons and EPICA guitar player Isaac Delahaye comment: "You asked for more, you'll get more! After all the great reactions we got on our latest album, 'The Holographic ...

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ARJEN LUCASSEN's AYREON Releases 'Star Of Sirrah' Lyric Video Feat. DREAM THEATER, NIGHTWISH, BLIND GUARDIAN Members

AYREON, the highly acclaimed project from singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer Arjen Lucassen, has released the official lyric video for the song "Star Of Sirrah", taken from the upcoming album "The Source". Check it out below. "The Source" is an exciting new chapter in the AYREON saga, with contributions from renowned vocalists like James ...

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New Song Premiere: LABYRINTH's 'Take On My Legacy'

"Take On My Legacy", a brand new song from Italian metallers LABYRINTH, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new studio album, "Architecture Of A God", which will be released on April 21 via Frontiers Music Srl. In the spring of 2016, the band's founding members, Andrea Cantarelli and Olaf Thorsen ...

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THE FERRYMEN Feat. RAINBOW Singer, PRIMAL FEAR Guitarist: Debut Album Details Revealed

THE FERRYMEN, the new project featuring guitarist Magnus Karlsson (MAGNUS KARLSSON'S FREE FALL, PRIMAL FEAR), vocalist Ronnie Romero (LORDS OF BLACK, RAINBOW) and drummer Mike Terrana (TARJA, RAGE, AXEL RUDI PELL, VISION DIVINE) will release its self-titled debut album on June 2 via Frontiers Music Srl. The songs for "The Ferrymen" were written by Karlsson ...

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LABYRINTH: 'Someone Says' Video Released

"Someone Says", the new video from Italian metallers LABYRINTH, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new studio album, "Architecture Of A God", which will be released on April 21 via Frontiers Music Srl. In the spring of 2016, the band's founding members, Andrea Cantarelli and Olaf Thorsen received a call ...

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LABYRINTH Releases Video For New Song 'Bullets'

After a seven-year hiatus, Italian metallers LABYRINTH will return with a brand new studio album, "Architecture Of A God", on April 21 via Frontiers Music Srl. The official video for the song "Bullets", taken from "Architecture Of A God", can be seen below. In the spring of 2016, the band's founding members, Andrea Cantarelli and ...

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ARJEN LUCASSEN's AYREON Releases 'Everybody Dies' Lyric Video

AYREON, the highly acclaimed project from singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer Arjen Lucassen, has released the official lyric video for the song "Everybody Dies", taken from the upcoming album "The Source". Check it out below. "The Source" is an exciting new chapter in the AYREON saga, with contributions from renowned vocalists like James LaBrie ...

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EPICA Frontwoman's Stage Makeup Tutorial (Video)

Spark TV, which is part of the Czech monthly magazine Spark, has uploaded a stage makeup tutorial with Simone Simons of the Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA. The clip, which was recorded on January 28 in Prague during EPICA's European tour with POWERWOLF and BEYOND THE BLACK, can be seen below. In between ...

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EPICA: European Tour After-Movie

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA kicked off 2017 with their most successful European tour to date. Along with POWERWOLF and BEYOND THE BLACK, EPICA played to thousands of fans every night and ended the tour with their biggest show so far: a sold-out concert at Zenith in Paris, France where the band performed in front of ...

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