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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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DELAIN Confirmed For Belgium's METAL FEMALE VOICES FEST V

DELAIN — the Dutch gothic rock project founded by ex-WITHIN TEMPTATION keyboardist Martijn Westerholt (brother of WITHIN TEMPTATION's Robert Westerholt) — has 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): ...

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Former ANGRA Frontman Records Guest Appearance With HDK Project

AFTER FOREVER guitarist/songwriter Sander Gommans has issued the following update on his HDK project: Just returned from Germany, where we recorded some vocal parts of André Matos (ex-ANGRA, SHAAMAN, VIRGO) for HDK!!! I'm proud to be able to work with this experienced and appreciated singer in the metal world, and he has certainly contributed a ...

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VISIONS OF ATLANTIS: New Album Ready To Be Mastered

Guitarist Wolfgang "Wops" Koch of the Austrian/American "epic metal" band VISIONS OF ATLANTIS has issued the following update: "The mix for 'Trinity' [the new VISIONS OF ATLANTIS album] was finished today and the files transferred to Finnvox [studio in Helsinki, Finland], where they'll master (finish) it. "I must say, most of us (haven't heard from ...

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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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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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LEAVES' EYES To Headline Belgium's METAL FEMALE VOICES FEST V

LEAVES' EYES — the German/Norwegian band formed by ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY singer Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull and members of ATROCITY (who are fronted by Liv's husband Alexander Krull) — has been confirmed as the headliner of the Metal Female Voices Fest V, set to take place Saturday, October 20, 2007 at Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. ...

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THE GATHERING Confirmed For Belgium's METAL FEMALE VOICES FEST V

Holland's THE GATHERING has 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 ELIS EPICA IMPERIA INTERRIA SERAPHIM SIRENIA THE GATHERING THEATRE OF TRAGEDY VALKYRE A pre-festival ...

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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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AFTER FOREVER Guitarist Recruits Outside Lyricist For HDK Project

Vocalist Amanda Somerville, who has appeared on the AINA rock opera "Days of Rising Doom" in 2003 and who has worked with EPICA and AFTER FOREVER as a backing vocalist and vocal coach, is collaborating with AFTER FOREVER guitarist/songwriter Sander Gommans on the lyrics for Sanders' HDK project. Commented Gommans: "As a musician, I always ...

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ELIS Confirmed For Belgium's METAL FEMALE VOICES FEST V

Liechtenstein-based gothic metal group ELIS — whose lead singer, Sabine Dünser, who suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on July 7, 2006 during rehearsal and passed away the following day in hospital — will make its live debut with Dünser's replacement, Sandra Schleret (DREAMS OF SANITY, SIEGFRIED), at the Metal Female Voices Fest V, set to take ...

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'ProgPower USA VIII' DVD: Complete Details Revealed

The "ProgPower USA VIII" DVD is now available for pre-orders with a confirmed shipping date of January 29, 2007. The DVD will be released as region-free NTSC in Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound with a running time in excess of three hours. It will also be available as two-CD set. The track listing is as follows: ...

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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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EPICA Taps GOD DETHRONED Drummer For Upcoming CD

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA have issued the following update: "We are very happy to announce that Ariën van Weesenbeek will be the drummer on the next EPICA album. For those who aren't familiar with him yet, Ariën is the drummer of the Dutch death metal band GOD DETHRONED (who, by the way, have just ...

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