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STREAM OF PASSION Announces New Keyboardist

STREAM OF PASSION members Johan van Stratum (bass), Davy Mickers (drums) and Marcela Bovio (vocals, lyrics, violin) have announced the addition of keyboardist Jeffrey Revet to the group's ranks. More information about Jeffrey is available at this location. STREAM OF PASSION parted ways with founding members Arjen Lucassen (guitar), Lori Linstruth (guitar) and ...

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FARMAKON Singer To Guest On GALEXIA CD

FARMAKON lead singer/bassist Marko Eskola has been confirmed as one of the guest musicians on the self-titled album from GALEXIA, the project led by Orange, Connecticut-based musician Kenneth Joseph Spaziani. Also scheduled appear on the CD are Arjen A. Lucassen (AYREON), Joost Dan Ven Broek (AFTER FOREVER), Damian Wilson (ex-THRESHOLD) and Gordon Tittsworth (IMAGES OF ...

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AFTER FOREVER Keyboardist, AYREON Mastermind To Guest On GALEXIA Debut

AFTER FOREVER keyboardist Joost van den Broek and AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen are among the guest musicians who will appear on the self-titled album from GALEXIA, the project led by Orange, Connecticut-based musician Kenneth Joseph Spaziani. A 30-second preview of the track "Rose of Thorns", featuring a vocal contribution from Lucassen, has been posted on ...

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AYREON to Enter Studio In June

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen's official web site has been updated with the following message: "Arjen just finished recording the demos for his seventh AYREON album. "As previously reported, Arjen went through a difficult time last winter. Since then he's been doing a lot better. He discovered that music truly is the best medicine and also ...

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STREAM OF PASSION: In Writing Mode

STREAM OF PASSION members Johan van Stratum (bass), Davy Mickers (drums) and Marcela Bovio (vocals, lyrics, violin) have issued the following statement: "A lot has happened since our last news [update]. Currently we're extremely busy writing new material and we are happy to inform you that within a few weeks we've already gathered more than ...

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AFTER FOREVER: New Album Release Date Announced

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal outfit AFTER FOREVER will release its new, self-titled album on April 20 via Nuclear Blast Records. According to an article on the Dutch web site Metalfan.nl, the song "Discord" will feature the Prague Symphonic Orchestra, while vocalist Doro Pesch can be heard dueting with AFTER FOREVER frontwoman Floor Jansen ...

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AFTER FOREVER: New Album Pushed Back

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal outfit AFTER FOREVER has revealed via its official web site that the release date of its new, self-titled album has been pushed back from the previously announced March 23 (release date for Germany; the rest of Europe was due to receive the CD on March 26). A new release date has ...

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AFTER FOREVER Confirmed For PROGPOWER USA VIII Festival

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal outfit AFTER FOREVER has been confirmed for the ProgPower USA VIII festival, set to take place October 5-6, 2007 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. The final festival billing is as follows (in alphabetical order): AFTER FOREVER COMMUNIC FIREWIND PAGAN'S MIND PRIMAL FEAR RAINTIME REDEMPTION SONATA ARCTICA THRESHOLD VIRGIN STEELE ...

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AFTER FOREVER Confirms New Album Title

After four full-length albums and one mini-album, Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal outfit AFTER FOREVER has officially decided to make its upcoming album a self-titled affair. Commented guitarist Sander Gommans: "This album does not only show new elements of AFTER FOREVER, but it's also a reflection of the past. We wrote this album while negotiating with ...

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AFTER FOREVER: New Album Will Be A Self-Titled Affair

According to an article on the Dutch web site Metalfan.nl, the title of the forthcoming AFTER FOREVER album will be simply "After Forever" and NOT "Energized", as was previously reported. The song "Discord" will feature the Prague Symphonic Orchestra, while vocalist Doro Pesch can be heard dueting with AFTER FOREVER frontwoman Floor Jansen ...

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ANNIHILATOR's JEFF WATERS, DORO PESCH Guest On New AFTER FOREVER Album

According to an article in the December 2006 issue of Holland's Aardschok magazine, ANNIHILATOR guitarist Jeff Waters and German hard rock singer Doro Pesch make guest appearances on the new AFTER FOREVER album, tentatively titled "Energized", due on March 23, 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records. Waters reportedly makes an appearance in the song "De-Energized" while ...

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STREAM OF PASSION Announces European Tour Dates

STREAM OF PASSION, the new band featuring AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen, has issued the following update: "STREAM OF PASSION had such a blast playing for the fans during the last two tours and the Mexico gig that they immediately started looking for a way to get together again, and play live once again. There were ...

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AFTER FOREVER: Tentative Album Title Revealed; Studio Update Available

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal outfit AFTER FOREVER has almost finished the recordings for its new, album for a spring 2007 release via Nuclear Blast Records. Produced by Gordon Groothedde (Dutch studio luminary), the record is believed to be titled "Energized", although this has not yet been officially confirmed by the band itself. AFTER FOREVER has ...

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AYREON: New Album In The Works

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), has posted the following message on its official web site: "Finally, we are able to bring you some news about Arjen's next recording project. "At the end of September 2006, Arjen's new studio was finished and ready to use. The very next day, Arjen went ...

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AFTER FOREVER Frontwoman To Sing With Symphonic Orchestra

AFTER FOREVER frontwoman Floor Jansen has issued the following update: "On November 26 I will sing along with the great symphonic orchestra from The Netherlands on a special night called 'Games In Concert'. The orchestra will play music from video games and I will sing a song from 'Final Fantasy' with them. This exclusive event ...

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AFTER FOREVER Guitarist Comments On NUCLEAR BLAST Signing

Nuclear Blast Records has officially announced the signing of Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal outfit AFTER FOREVER. Commented guitarist Sander Gommans about the signing: "AFTER FOREVER has grown a lot the past years. We've done more and more shows and festivals worldwide and also experienced a lot of improvement musically. I feel that AFTER FOREVER is ...

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AFTER FOREVER Signs With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Although there has been no official confirmation by the band or the label, Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal outfit AFTER FOREVER appears to have inked a new deal with Nuclear Blast Records. An AFTER FOREVER page on the Nuclear Blast web site has been launched and is expected to be updated soon with details ...

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AFTER FOREVER Guitarist Comments On Label Negotiations

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal outfit AFTER FOREVER recently returned to the studio to resume recording its new album, tentatively due next year via an as-yet-undisclosed label. The group's guitarist, Sander Gommans, has posted the following update on the band's official forum: "Well, the recordings are almost finished (I'll be in the studio for about one ...

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AFTER FOREVER: Studio Footage Posted Online

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal outfit AFTER FOREVER has entered the studio to begin recording its new album, tentatively due next year via an as-yet-undetermined label. A brand new video shot in the recording studio has been posted online at this location (Windows Media). AFTER FOREVER's last album was "Remagine", which came out in ...

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VENGEANCE: More Tour Dates Announced

Dutch metal outfit VENGEANCE has lined up the following dates during the coming weeks: Sep. 15 - Zoetermeer, Netherlands at Boerderij (with ELEKTRO VAN KLOOSTER) Sep. 16 - Baarlo, Netherlands at Shiwa (with STORMRIDER) Sep. 19 - Paris, France at La Locomotive * Sep. 20 - Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7 * Sep. 21 - M√ľnchen, ...

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