Tag Archives: symphonic metal

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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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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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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