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AXAMENTA To Enter Studio In May

Belgium's AXAMENTA, the former band of current EPICA bassist Yves Huts, will enter Hansen studio in Ribe, Denmark in May with producer Jacob Hansen (MERCENARY, RAUNCHY, ABORTED) to begin recording their new album, tentatively due in late 2005 via Holland's Karmageddon Media (formerly Hammerheart Records). Mixing and mastering will take place at Studio Fredman in ...

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KAMELOT To Collaborate With German Fantasy Author

According to a posting on their official web site, American/Norwegian power metallers KAMELOT will collaborate on new book with German fantasy author Harald Evers. Commented Evers: "After the success with my 'Caveworld-Saga', I was looking for an inspiration to create a new fantasy trilogy. At that time I love to listen to KAMELOT's music and ...

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EPICA Cancel German Dates

EPICA, the Dutch group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, have been forced to cancel their previously announced German shows in Cologne and Frankfurt "due to the lack of communication and organization from our former European tour agent," according to a posting on the group's web ...

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EPICA Name New Album

EPICA, the Dutch group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, have set "Consign to Oblivion" as the title of their sophomore album, tentatively due in March/April via Transmission Records. The follow-up to 2003's "The Phantom Agony" will be mastered next Tuesday (Jan. 25) by Peter van ...

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KAMELOT Complete Work On 'The Haunting' Video

American/Norwegian power metallers KAMELOT have completed work on their new video for the track "The Haunting" with director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES). The clip, which was shot in Sweden, also includes an appearance by EPICA singer Simone Simons. Mari also appears as Helena from the storyline of the "The Black Halo". ...

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KAMELOT: 'The Haunting' Video To Feature EPICA Singer

American/Norwegian power metallers KAMELOT recently travelled to Sweden to begin work on their new video for the track "The Haunting" with director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES). The clip also includes an appearance by EPICA singer Simone Simons. "The Haunting" come off the group's new album, "The Black Halo", due on March ...

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KAMELOT: Bonus Tracks Galore

KAMELOT's new album, "The Black Halo", will be released in Japan on February 16 and will include two bonus tracks ("Epilogue" and "Soul Society" radio edit), according to the group's management. The European version, which is scheduled to it stores on March 14, will be a limited-edition digipak with two additional bonus cuts ("The Haunting" ...

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EPICA, ENTHRONED, GOD DETHRONED Confirmed For Belgium's MONS METAL MEETING 3 FESTIVAL

EPICA, ENTHRONED, GOD DETHRONED and GOREROTTED have been confirmed for the Mons Metal Meeting 3 Festival on April 15-16 at The Wauxhall in Mons, Belgium. The two-day festival with feature hardcore and "nu-metal" acts on the first day (ETHS, BLACK BOMB A, L'ESPRIT DU CLAN, CALDERA, SOULBLEED, D'MAIJIRA, BOMBSHELL CREW) and black/death/heavy/thrash metal on the ...

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KAMELOT: 'The Black Halo' Release Dates Confirmed

SPV Records has set a March 15 North American release date (one day earlier internationally except Japan, where it's due on Feb. 16) for the new KAMELOT album, "The Black Halo". The first release for Europe will be a limited-edition digipak with bonus material. As previously reported, KAMELOT were recently scheduled to head to Sweden ...

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EPICA: In Mixing Mode

EPICA, the Dutch group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, have posted the following message on their official web site: "At this moment the new EPICA album is being mixed by Philip Colodetti and Sascha Paeth. You may already know Sascha from the work he did ...

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EPICA Singer Recovers, Resumes Touring

EPICA frontwoman Simone Simons is back singing for the group on their current tour of Mexico following an emergency appendectomy which nerly sidelined the vocalist late last week. Marivi, lead singer of the opening band THE LEGION OF HETHERIA, had stepped in to complete the dates with EPICA in Simons' absence. Commented Simone: "This week ...

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KAMELOT To Film Two New Videos

KAMELOT will head to Sweden to shoot the videos for "March of Mephisto" and "The Haunting" with director Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Films (LACUNA COIL, DIMMU BORGIR, IN FLAMES). "March of Mephisto" and "The Haunting" come off the group's new album, "The Black Halo", due on February 28, 2005 through SPV Records. The follow-up to ...

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KAMELOT: 'The Black Halo' Track Listing Revealed

KAMELOT have finalized the track listing for their new album, "The Black Halo", due on February 28, 2005 through SPV Records. The follow-up to last year's "Epica" was produced by Sascha Paeth and Miro at Gate and Pathway studios in Germany and features guest appearances by Shagrath (DIMMU BORGIR), Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS), Simone Simons (EPICA), ...

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KAMELOT Set Release Date For 'The Black Halo'

KAMELOT have set a February 28, 2005 release date through SPV Records for their new album, "The Black Halo". The follow-up to last year's "Epica" was produced by Sascha Paeth and Miro at Gate Studio in Germany and features guest appearances by Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS), Simone Simmons (EPICA) and others. Songtitles expected to appear on ...

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NEMESEA: New Music Available For Download

Dutch female-fronted gothic metal band NEMESEA (Photo#1, Photo#2, Photo#3) have announced the final track listing for their debut album, "Mana", due on November 16 through Ebony Tears Records. "Mana" was recorded at Franky's Recording Kitchen and Studio Spitsbergen. The album's artwork was conceived by Caretaker Creations (AFTER FOREVER, EPICA). ...

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STRATOVARIUS Keyboardist Guests On New KAMELOT CD

STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson will appear as special guest soloist on two new songs on KAMELOT's upcoming CD, "The Black Halo", according to a posting on KAMELOT's web site. "Jens' unique style fits perfectly into KAMELOT's musical approach," the posting adds. "The band once again thanks Jens for stepping in and doing a great job ...

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AXAMENTA Sign With KARMAGEDDON MEDIA

Belgium's AXAMENTA, the former band of current EPICA bassist Yves Huts, have inked a deal with Holland's Karmageddon Media (formerly Hammerheart Records). The group will enter the studio next spring to begin recording a full-length album containing 13 tracks "spanning a dark variety of different styles," according to the band. Earlier this year, AXAMENTA completed ...

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COMMANDER To Begin Recording Debut Album

German death metallers COMMANDER will enter the studio in January 2005 with engineer Eric Gerlach (PANDEMONIUM, RAPTURE) to begin recording their debut album, entitled "World's Destructive Domination". The CD will contain the following 11 tracks: 01. Save One's Own Hide 02. Disharmony 03. Cowards 04. Drowned in Sorrow 05. Neverminded 06. M.D.D. 07. Suicide 13 ...

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KAMELOT: Preparing For A 'Monster Year'

KAMELOT are putting the finishing touches on their new album, tentatively entitled "The Black Halo". "This week we are heading to Morrisound Studios in Tampa to finish some vocals and special effects," KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood writes on the group's web site. "Mari will appear again as Helena, I will help engineer the sessions along ...

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KAMELOT Putting The Finishing Touches On 'The Black Halo'

Florida-based power metallers KAMELOT are putting the finishing touches on their new album, tentatively titled "The Black Halo". The follow-up to last year's "Epica" was produced by Sascha Paeth and Miro at Gate Studio in Germany and features guest appearances by Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS), Simone Simmons (EPICA) and others. Songtitles set to appear on the ...

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KAMELOT: More New Album Details Revealed

KAMELOT are scheduled to release the follow-up to last year's "Epica" in January/February 2005 via SPV Records. "Miro just finished the keys and orchestral arrangements and I am very happy," guitarist/main songwriter Thomas Youngblood writes on the band's web site. "Also I saw the final cover and it is killer, Derek has done his best ...

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Female Metal Singers Spotlighted In New Book

Angela Gossow (ARCH ENEMY), Anneke van Giersbergen (THE GATHERING), Floor Jansen (AFTER FOREVER), Simone Simons (EPICA), Sarah Jezebel Deva (CRADLE OF FILTH, THERION, MORTIIS), Cristina Scabbia (LACUNA COIL), Liv Kristine Espenaes (LEAVES' EYES, ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY), Nienke de Jong (AUTUMN) and Sharon den Adel (WITHIN TEMPTATION) are among the female singers featured in the book ...

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