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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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DELAIN Wins ESSENT Award

DELAIN — the Dutch gothic rock project founded by ex-WITHIN TEMPTATION keyboardist Martijn Westerholt (brother of WITHIN TEMPTATION's Robert Westerholt) — were honored with the Essent award. Two times a year, the Dutch electricity company Essent distributes "Essent Awards" to five Dutch bands and acts. The award consists of a considerable cash prize (5,000 euros, ...

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AXAMENTA: New Album To Receive Japanese Release

Belgium's AXAMENTA, the former band of current EPICA bassist Yves Huts, will release its new album, "Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture", in Japan on November 22 via Soundholic Co. Ltd. "Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture" was issued in Europe in May via Shiver Records. The CD was recorded at Hansen studio in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (MERCENARY, RAUNCHY, ABORTED) and was ...

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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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DELAIN: 'Frozen' Video Posted Online

DELAIN — the Dutch gothic rock project founded by ex-WITHIN TEMPTATION keyboardist Martijn Westerholt (brother of WITHIN TEMPTATION's Robert Westerholt) — has posted its video for the song "Frozen" at YouTube.com. The track comes off the band's debut album, "Lucidity", which recently climbed from position No. 76 to No. 43 on the Dutch ...

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DELAIN: 'Lucidity' Reaches No. 43 On Dutch Album Chart

"Lucidity", the debut album from DELAIN — the Dutch gothic rock project founded by ex-WITHIN TEMPTATION keyboardist Martijn Westerholt (brother of WITHIN TEMPTATION's Robert Westerholt) — has climbed from position No. 76 to No. 43 on the Dutch album chart. In addition to Martijn Westerholt and Charlotte Wessels (vocals), the CD features guest appearances by ...

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WITHIN TEMPTATION, NIGHTWISH, LEAVES' EYES Members Featured On DELAIN Debut

DELAIN, the Dutch gothic rock project founded by ex-WITHIN TEMPTATION keyboardist Martijn Westerholt (brother of WITHIN TEMPTATION's Robert Westerholt), has just released its debut album, "Lucidity", via Roadrunner Records. In addition to Martijn Westerholt and Charlotte Wessels (vocals), the CD features guest appearances by the following musicians: Jan Yrlund (ex-LACRIMOSA) - Guitars Ariën van Weesenbeek ...

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EVERGREY, EPICA, CIRCLE II CIRCLE Confirmed For 'ProgPower USA VII Live' DVD

Promoter Glenn Harveston has confirmed that this weekend's (September 15-16, 2006) ProgPower USA VII festival in Atlanta, Georgia will be filmed for an upcoming DVD. The high-definition, multi-camera DVD shoot with 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound audio recorded on state-of-the-art digital equipment is expected to feature "2-3 songs" from each of the following bands: EVERGREY EPICA ...

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PRYMARY: Pre-PROGPOWER USA VII Autograph Session Announced

Huntington Beach prog rockers PRYMARY have announced an in-store autograph session that will take place prior to the band's appearance at ProgPower USA VII festival this year at Earthlink Live in Atlanta, Georgia. The band will be signing autographs at the Nightmare Records booth on Saturday, September 16 between 6:15 and 6:45 p.m. In addition ...

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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: 'Deluxe Edition' Of 'Consign To Oblivion' To Arrive Next Month

To celebrate EPICA's upcoming U.S. tour debut alongside KAMELOT, Candlelight Records will release a deluxe edition of the Dutch female-fronted band's latest album, "Consign to Oblivion". Recorded in early 2005 and featuring guest contribution from KAMELOT vocalist Roy Khan, the album will hit stores nationwide September 19. The CD packaging will include a special DVD. ...

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PYRAMAZE To Film DVD At PROGPOWER USA VII Festival

Danish/American metallers PYRAMAZE, featuring ex-BALANCE OF POWER singer Lance King, will record a live DVD at this year's ProgPower USA VII festival, set to take place September 15-16 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta, Georgia. The band's setlist is expected to be "an equal mix of songs from both of their releases, 'Legend of the Bone ...

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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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UNREST Replaces SAVAGE CIRCUS At Switzerland's METAL DAYZ Festival

UNREST has replaced SAVAGE CIRCUS on the billing of the Metal Dayz festival, set to take place August 4-6 at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: Friday, August 4: 17.00-17.30 AEONBLACK (open air) 17.45-18.15 DARK DAY DUNGEON (indoors) 18.30-19.15 DREAMSIDE (open air) 19.30-20.15 CRUCIFIED BARBARA (indoors) 20.30-21.30 DEADSOUL ...

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It's Official: DARK FUNERAL And ENSLAVED To Tour North America Early Next Year

Candlelight Records has announced its second North American label tour package. Set to kick off January 9, "Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising" will feature the long-awaited stateside return of DARK FUNERAL (Sweden), ENSLAVED (Norway) and introduce newcomers ABIGAIL WILLIAMS (USA). The tour will visit 20-plus cities before concluding on February 4. DARK FUNERAL guitarist/founding member Lord ...

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WASTEFALL Pulls Out Of PROGPOWER USA Festival; ZERO HOUR Steps In

Due to "unforeseen visa complications," Greece's WASTEFALL will not be able to perform at the ProgPower USA VII festival, set to take place in September at Earthlink Live In Atlanta, Georgia. "I sincerely apologize to those that were looking forward to their performance," ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston writes in a statement. "Everyone, including the ...

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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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AFTER FOREVER Slam Former Record Label Over 'One-Sided' Collaboration

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal outfit AFTER FOREVER have commented on the recent release of a two-disc compilation album by their former record label, Transmission Records, containing the best songs from the band's first ten years of existence, plus previously unreleased material, non-album tracks, alternate takes, rarities and previously unreleased remixed versions. The set, which includes ...

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AFTER FOREVER: Dutch TV Interview Posted Online

A four-minute video interview with AFTER FOREVER frontwoman Floor Jansen, conducted last month by the Dutch network L1, has been posted online at this location (Windows Media) (NOTE: The interview is in Dutch.) AFTER FOREVER's former record label, Transmission Records, recently released a two-disc compilation album containing the best songs from the band'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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AFTER FOREVER: Studio Brussel Radio Interview Available For Download

Belgian radio station Studio Brussel's interview with AFTER FOREVER frontwoman Floor Jansen, which originally aired last Tuesday (June 27), has been made available for download in MP3 format at this location. As previously reported, AFTER FOREVER's former record label, Transmission Records, recently announced plans to release a two-disc compilation album containing the best ...

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DEADSOUL TRIBE Confirmed For Switzerland's METAL DAYZ Festival

DEADSOUL TRIBE, the group led by former PSYCHOTIC WALTZ frontman Buddy Lackey (a.k.a. Devon Graves), have been confirmed for the Metal Dayz festival, set to take place August 4-6 at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland. The festival running order is now shaping up as follows: Friday, August 4: 17.00-17.30 AEONBLACK (open air) 17.45-18.15 DARK DAY DUNGEON ...

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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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