Tag Archives: symphonic metal

Bleeding Gods release Dodekathlon

Bleeding Gods release Dodekathlon – Good escapist fun that doesn’t disappoint

Dutch death metal five-piece Bleeding Gods have brought a feast of grandiose proportions to sink our teeth into, and by the gods is it juicy. Mythology and metal have always been well known bedfellows since the genre’s inception some 48 years ago. All manner of different cultures from across the globe have been interpreted via the metal curriculum but none ...

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Leaves’ Eyes – Sign of the Dragonhead

“Epic metal hymns, cracking rock songs, great choirs, powerful classical music, a top notch production and magic melodies” are promised on Sign of the Dragonhead by Leaves’ Eyes, due out January 12th 2018 from AFM Records. The symphonic metal band have been touring North America with Sabaton and said to have taken the energy produced during their latest live shows ...

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Interview: Within Temptation at Bloodstock 2015

When it was announced that symphonic-metal icons Within Temptation were announced to headline Saturday at Bloodstock-Open-Air this year, it got quite a mixed response. BOA purists may remember they headlined one of the first Bloodstock festivals in 2005 (when it was still in-doors!) and others felt they don’t belong on the same bill as Rob Zombie, Napalm Death and Cannibal ...

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Nightwish Announce One-off Uk Show At Wembley!

Nightwish have announced a headline show at Wembley SSE Arena on the 19th December 2015, which will be their only UK date this year. The band will be making history by being the first ever Finnish band to headline this famous venue. “Who would have thought about headlining at Wembley Arena one day when we were starting our UK touring history from the ...

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Nightwish New Album Trailer ‘Almost There’ Is Now Online

NIGHTWISH‘s yet-untitled record will be the band’s first studio album to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen and is set for release in Spring 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The symphonic metal maestros have been rolling out a series of trailers covering the new recording and today sees the release of the 7th trailer, titled ‘Almost There!’. Fans can watch the band recapping their summer of recording the new album at the NIGHTWISH summer ...

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Cradle Of Filth

Suffolk-ing Awesome News For Cradle Of Filth – Band Sign Worldwide Deal With Nuclear Blast Records

Having worked with the band for several years in the United States, this week Nuclear Blast Records have officially announced the worldwide signing of one of the UK’s most visionary, sickening and disturbing outfits: the inimitable CRADLE OF FILTH. Iconic vocalist Dani Filth commented: “Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger has been trying to snare the band ever since I flew over to see him way ...

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Richard Dawkins

NIGHTWISH Reveal British Professor Richard Dawkins As Very Special Guest On New Album!

Finland based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH are currently working on their upcoming new album. The currently untitled creation will be the first NIGHTWISH studio record to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen and is set for a release in spring 2015 via Nuclear Blast. Long-time drum maestro Jukka Nevalainen will sadly miss out on the recording sessions due to health issues so Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN a.o.) has been drafted in to ...

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Darkyra Black – Dragon Tears

Lands of ice and snow are where we typically think female fronted symphonic gothic metal music is spawn, but it’s to sunnier climes we must cast our ears for Darkyra Black’s debut ‘Dragon Tears’. Darkyra herself is based in Australia, while the nucleus of her band appear to be from Greece, for after connecting with Garry King who’s drummed for ...

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Epica – The Quantum Enigma

Fifth album in from Epica the symphonic metal band who hail from Holland, but the first I’ve had the opportunity to listen to. Increasingly I’m hearing bands, and predominantly European ones, whose albums tend to be what you might term concept orientated, that is to say there’s an overall story or theme behind them. Each of the five digi-pak versions ...

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Sonata Artica – Pariah’s Child

Fifteen years into a career, with eight full albums now released, Finland’s Sonata Artica deliver Pariah’s Child, a melodic power metal operatic odyssey in all but name. If, like me, you’ve only heard the band’s music fleetingly before, there’s much that reminds one of Styx and early Queen, not least because of the band’s use of harmony vocals; and even ...

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