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STREAM OF PASSION Begins Recording New Album

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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GALEXIA: Debut Album Release Date Announced

GALEXIA, the industrial/progressive project led by Orange, Connecticut-based musician Kenneth Joseph Spaziani, will release its self-titled debut album on March 10, 2009. The CD features guest vocal contributions from Arjen A. Lucassen from AYREON, Damian Wilson from THRESHOLD, Marko Eskola of FARMAKON, Martyna Halas, and Gordon Tittsworth of IMAGES OF EDEN. In other news, Eskola ...

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AYREON's LUCASSEN Talks 'Timeline'; Video Available

A six-minute interview with AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen can be viewed below. He introduces vocalist Jasper Steverlinck (ARID), who is featured on the new track "Epilogue: The Memory Remains" from the recently released AYREON 3CD + DVD compilation album entitled "Timeline" Arjen Lucassen previously stated about "Timeline", "I've been asked many times before to release ...

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AYREON: 'Timeline' 3CD+DVD Compilation Due In November

Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen has completed work on a new AYREON 3CD + DVD compilation album entitled "Timeline". "I've been asked many times before to release an AYREON compilation album, but it just didn't feel right to present fragmented bits of story by lifting individual songs out of their greater contexts," Arjen explains. "However, my ...

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THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT Parts Ways With Touring Keyboardist

Dutch metallers THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT have announced the departure of touring keyboardist Carsten Altena. Commented Altena: "A few days ago I made a decision. As of 2009 I'm leaving THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT as a live member. It was a difficult decision. Things are going extremely well for the band: the third album has been heralded ...

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STREAM OF PASSION Signs With NAPALM RECORDS

STREAM OF PASSION has inked a deal with Napalm Records. Commented the band: "From the beginning, we had a very good feeling about all negotiations and talking to the nice people of Napalm; now it's the time to let you all know that a new chapter in the STREAM OF PASSION history is about to ...

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STREAM OF PASSION To Support EPICA In Holland

STREAM OF PASSION will support EPICA on October 16 at Paard van Troje in Den Haag, Holland. As previously reported, STREAM OF PASSION has posted several new demo teasers on its MySpace page. STREAM OF PASSION members Johan van Stratum (bass), Davy Mickers (drums) and Marcela Bovio (vocals, lyrics, violin) last year announced ...

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AYREON's ARJEN LUCASSEN Interviewed In Latest SPV Podcast

The fourth episode of the SPV podcast is now available. The podcast is hosted by "Freeman" and it features music, news, tour dates and more, from all the artists in the SPV and InsideOut family. The podcast is available on iTunes or you can view/listen to it on SPV's YouTube channel .This episode features tour ...

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AYREON Vs. AVANTASIA: 'Elected' EP Samples Available

Audio samples from "Elected" a collaboration between Arjen Lucassen AYREON and Tobias Sammet (AVANTASIA) are available at this location. On January 25, 2008 the rock operas of Lucassen and Sammet, respectively AYREON's "01011001" and AVANTASIA's "The Scarecrow", were released simultaneously. The music press, always eager for a story, called this event the "Clash ...

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EDGUY, AYREON Masterminds Collaborate On ALICE COOPER Cover

On January 25, 2008 the rock operas of Arjen Lucassen and Tobias Sammet, respectively AYREON's "01011001" and AVANTASIA's "The Scarecrow", were released simultaneously. The music press, always eager for a story, called this event the "Clash of the Titans," gleefully portraying the two musicians as bitter rivals and urging each to comment on the other ...

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AYREON: New '01011001' Vinyl Release Dates Announced

"01011001", the new rock opera from AYREON — the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen — will be released on vinyl. It will be a triple-album set on clear vinyl. However, the mid-March release date has been postponed. The new (but still tentative) release dates are as follows: Germany, Austria, Switzerland: April 11 Rest of ...

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AYREON: More '01011001' Chart Positions Revealed

"01011001", the new rock opera from AYREON — the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen — has registered the following chart positions around the globe: The Netherlands: #2 Germany: #18 UK: #26 (Rock/Metal chart) Norway: #42 Hungary: #54 Sweden: #54 U.S.: #68 (Indie chart) Switzerland: #85 Canada: #86 (Hard Music chart) France: #90 "01011001" sold ...

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STREAM OF PASSION: Dutch, Belgian Dates Announced

STREAM OF PASSION has announced the following dates: April 11 - Kasteel, - Alphen a/d Rijn, Holland April 12 - Tournai ProgFest - Tournai, Belgium April 13 - Spirit of 66 - Verviers, Belgium April 18 - De Kade - Zaandaam, Holland April 24 - Effenaar - Eindhoven, Holland April 25 - Fenix - Sittard, ...

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AFTER FOREVER Guitarist Completes Work On HDK Debut

AFTER FOREVER guitarist Sander Gommans — who suffered a seizure last November while en route to a gig — has issued the following update: "First of all, again, I'd like to mention that I really appreciate your great support the past weeks! I know [AFTER FOREVER's decision to take a] break was a surprise and ...

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AYREON's '01011001' Lands On European Album Charts

"01011001", the new rock opera from AYREON — the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen — has entered the Dutch "alternative chart" at position No. 1 and the overall Dutch album chart at No. 2 — the highest Dutch chart positions so far for any AYREON release! The album also entered the German album chart ...

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AYREON Mastermind Schedules Dutch In-Store Appearances

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen will make at least two in-store appearances this month. Joining him for a short acoustic set will be female singer Marjan Welman, whose powerful vocals are featured on the song "E=mc2" on the new AYREON album, "01011001". January 25 - 17:00 - Velvet Music in Breda, Netherlands January 26 - 17:00 ...

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AYREON: New '01011001' Preview Video Available

A preview video for AYREON's upcoming album, "01011001", can be viewed below. The CD is scheduled for release on January 28 via InsideOut Music. AYREON is the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen. The group will make its new rock opera, entitled "01011001", available in three editions: * a regular two-CD edition with a 28 ...

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