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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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Amberian Dawn reveal new album details

Finnish symphonic metallers Amberian Dawn have revealed their brand new album. The group will be releasing Magic Forest as a follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed opus Circus Black and will be the band’s first album with new vocalist Päivi “Capri” Virkkunen as well as their debut release with new label Napalm Records. Founding member Tuomas Seppälä commented: ”New album Magic Forest is AD’s first studio ...

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Delain post new preview for ‘The Human Contradiction’

Symphonic metal favourites Delain have posted a brand new teaser for their upcoming new album, The Human Contradiction. The new album is said to not only to please dedicated fans of the genre but also appeal to new listeners not quite so familiar with the music. Check out the new teaser video below! Delain will also be embarking on a UK ...

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Xandria announce new vocalist

German symphonic metallers Xandria have announced they are taking on a new vocalist. The group have revealed that Ex Libris singer Dianne van Giersbergen will be replacing now ex-vocalist, Manuela Kraller who has left the band to “follow other musical challenges”. Dianne commented: “Thinking of all the beautiful things I am yet to do, people I  am yet to meet ...

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Epica debut new live track from ‘Retrospect’

Symphonic metal titans Epica have released a new live track, Unleashed, from their upcoming live release, Retrospect. Guitarist Isaac Delahaye commented: “We hope you enjoy watching this first Retrospect song. ‘Unleashed’ is just a killer live track, and it contains all the Epica elements you’re looking for. I still enjoy playing it night after night and it keeps my headbanging skills ...

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Epica reveal ‘Retrospect’ DVD details

Dutch symphonic metal titans Epica have revealed the details for a DVD release of their 10th Anniversary concert, titled Retrospect. The concert, which took place earlier this year in Klokgebouw, featured the 70 piece Extended Reményi Ede Chamber Orchestra and the Miskolc National Theatre Choir playing alongside the band through some of their greatest hits. Guitarist Mark Jansen commented: “Retrospect ...

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Within Temptation postpone 2014 UK tour

Within Temptation have announced they will be postponing their UK tour till April of next year. The delay has been caused by the production of Within Temptation’s upcoming sixth studio album which is due for release in late January 2014. The band have decided to continue with production of the album in place of the originally scheduled tour dates. Guitarist Robert ...

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ReVamp release track-by-track videos for ‘Wild Card’

Dutch metallers ReVamp have released two new videos giving a track by track analysis of their brand new album, Wild Card. The video’s are hosted by the band’s lead singer and current stand-in vocalist for Nightwish, Floor Jansen, as she shares some of the meanings behind the lyrics of track on the new album. Check out the video’s below! Part ...

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Sirenia ‘Perils of the Deep Blue’

Sirenia’s most recent album prior to the release of Perils of the Deep Blue, The Enigma of Life, left the band in uncertain territory in public opinion. Whilst there’s no doubt it impressed in some places, there were certainly fans and reviewers who generally felt the band had lost their original touch. So, an album cycle later, have Sirenia been ...

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