Dutch symphonic metallers Epica have launched the first episode of their latest studio documentary. The documentary gives a behind the scenes look at the recording process of the band's sixth studio album, The Quantum Enigma. It also previews the first music from the upcoming album. Check out the clip over on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.
The band recorded "The Quantum Enigma" together with upcoming producer Joost van den Broek at the Sandlane Recording Facilities in the Netherlands. The album has been mixed by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Hatesphere).
Where the 2013 Retrospect performance reflected on a decade as one of the leading bands in the symphonic metal scene, the upcoming sixth studio album "The Quantum Enigma" marks the beginning of a new Epica: modern, heavy and without compromises.
Guitar player Isaac Delahaye had this to say:
"The whole process of writing and recording TQE was extremely refreshing for us. Instead of preparing the album in our home studios separately, we rehearsed the songs together in the studio. Just like any other band, you could say, but as Epica is located in 3 different countries this is a little more complicated for us. The direct interaction between us has certainly lifted up the quality of the songs, as no detail was left unspoken. Definitely worth taking some time off from touring! As far as songwriting goes, the main focus was groove and melody."
"The Quantum Enigma" will be released on May 2nd (Europe), May 5th (UK) and May 13th (USA) through Nuclear Blast.
Swedish death-glam quartet Deathstars have rescheduled their previously-announced March UK dates for November and also confirmed an additional 3 shows. The band issued the following statement - "We have been forced to re-schedule our upcoming European Tour "Claws Through Europe" due to a pushed back album release date. At the same time the tour will be extended to run for a longer period of time and cover more cities throughout Europe and the UK. Bought tickets be will valid for the new dates"
The full list of dates are now as follows and tickets will go on sale on Monday Feb 24th:
SUN 2nd THEKLA, BRISTOL
MON 3rd ACADEMY 3, MANCHESTER
TUE 4th CATHOUSE, GLASGOW
WED 5th O2 ACADEMY 2, NEWCASTLE
THU 6th SLADE ROOMS, WOLVERHAMPTON
FRI 7th THE GARAGE, LONDON
The band are also putting the finishing touches to their 4th studio album, due for release in June 2014, their first since 2009's 'Night Electric Night'.
Lacuna Coil's Cris "Pizza" Migliore and Cristiano "CriZ" Mozzati announce retirement ahead of album release
"Dear friends, It is with a heavy heart that we share this news with you today: our two brothers Cris 'Pizza' Migliore and Cristiano 'CriZ' Mozzati have decided to retire from Lacuna Coil.
Both Pizza and CriZ have had big changes impact their lives recently - we know how stressful and difficult it can be to balance both real life and the life of a professional touring musician, and we have nothing but total respect for their decisions to focus on their families and lives at home.
We have such incredible memories of traveling and exploring the world together with Pizza and CriZ, and we want to wish them both all the best as they begin these exciting new chapters in their lives. We will never forget the important roles they played in this band, or the incredible times we shared together.
THANK YOU PIZZA AND CRIZ! WE LOVE YOU GUYS!!
Cristina, Andrea, Marco, and Maus.
Cris "Pizza" Migliore expresses his thoughts:
“Dear friends, after over 16 years spent with the Lacuna Coil family, I decided to move on and begin a new chapter in my life. This hasn't been an easy decision, as you can imagine, but I felt like I needed to change some things around.
I'm glad and honored that I've had the chance to be able to embark on such an amazing adventure, with such wonderful people as "travel companions"! I will never forget my time in Lacuna Coil and I wish my sister and brothers all the best for whatever the future may bring.
I'm sure you understand! I would also really like to thank every single one of you for showing such amazing love and support for a small band from Milan, Italy, who would've never thought would become what it has during these incredible 16 years. Thank you all and enjoy this last record we did with me and CriZ as part of the line-up - it's some of the best music we've done and I'm sure you'll love it!
Keep on rockin'!!
Cristiano "CriZ" Mozzati adds:
“Hey Coilers, as many of you guys and gals know, during this last year lots of very important things happened in my life - something really amazing, and deep enough to make me sit in front of my laptop to write these bittersweet words...
I'm leaving my "second family" Lacuna Coil because I need this change in my life... this hasn't been an easy decision at all and I've come to it with pain in my heart, because together we laughed and cried; we fought and gave all our lives to this amazing band. Together we lived the dream for 16 wonderful, intense and unforgettable years. All you guys around the world gave me such positive and sincere vibes and emotions that will stay embedded in my heart for the rest of my life! I want to say thank you Coilers, friends, crew, partners, and people that listen to our music for being such an inspiration for me. To my brothers and sis I'd like to say the following: Never stop to kicking asses, you sure know how to!
The new record is the best thing we've done together. I have put all my passion and feelings into it and I'm sure you'll love it. I'll never stop playing drums - as we all know, if you were born with rock inside your veins, you'll die with it... and this is what I will do.
Take care and stay Coilers!
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Century Media Records would like to extend a massive thank you to Cris "Pizza" Migliore and Cristiano "CriZ" Mozzati, as they will be missed – “Broken Crown Halo” marks a new chapter in the ever-evolving history of Lacuna Coil, but the band will not be slowing down. In fact, they are currently packing their bags and gear to begin touring.
Lacuna Coil return to the road to introduce North America to 'Broken Crown Halo' as part of the Revolver Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock Tour (http://hottestchickstour.com), which launches February 20 and features Lacuna Coil sharing a stage with Sick Puppies, Century Media Records label mates Eyes Set To Kill, and Cilver. Lacuna Coil are currently working on European summer festivals. UK’s Bloodstock is already confirmed, so keep your eyes peeled for more festivals.
“Broken Crown Halo” is set for releases March 31st, 2014 in Europe, Australia / NZ and April 1st, 2014 in North America on Century Media Records. The album is the band's seventh studio effort, and the highly-anticipated follow-up to 'Dark Adrenaline', which was released in January 2012 and saw the band tour with acts including Paradise Lost, Megadeth, Motorhead, Volbeat, and Sevendust after debuting at No. 15 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.
Fans can get a taste of 'Broken Crown Halo' in the form of the album track 'Nothing Stands In Our Way', recently released via the Century Media Records Soundcloud page:
Swedish Industrial Gothic / Glam Metal quintet Deathstars are pleased to announce that their much-anticipated new studio album is set for release in February 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records, their first since 2009’s "Night Electric Night". The recordings will take place in Studio Bohus with Roberto Laghi who will co-produce the album together with 'Nightmare Industries'. Cat Casino had left the band for other ventures and naturally "Night Electric Night" is the only album he is featured on, meaning Deathstars have now reverted back to their original four-piece setup.
Lead vocalist Whiplasher Bernadotte shares his thoughts on the forthcoming full-length:
'Deathstars is an adventure for us. It’s as if it is a phenomenon of it’s own, and our forum for destruction, glitter and darkness. We are very excited about the new material and every time we hit the studio we never know what the outcome will be, i mean we have a general idea but we’re never a 100% sure how the final result will be until we’re done and can sit back and listen to it'.
This UK tour will be a showcase of everything Deathstars have achieved as a band so far, and also support their newly released material! Tour dates as follows (Ticket links included):
TUE 25 MARCH - LONDON - THE GARAGE
WED 26 MARCH - MANCHESTER - ACADEMY 3
THU 27 MARCH - WOLVERHAMPTON - SLADE ROOMS
Stay tuned for more info regarding their forthcoming album and supports to be announced soon!
Andreas 'Whiplasher Bernadotte' Bergh - Vocals
Emil 'Nightmare Industries' Nödtveidt - Lead Guitar, Keyboards
Jonas 'Skinny Disco' Kangur - Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
Oscar 'Vice' Leander - Drums
From the harrowing doom of their 1990 debut "Lost Paradise", to 1991’s genre-defining Gothic, to 1995’s break-out masterpiece "Draconian Times", to 1997’s electronically-tinged "One Second", to 2007’s return to a heavier form "In Requiem", to last year’s opus "Tragic Idol", Paradise Lost has continued to evolve since their inception in 1988, inspiring countless artists throughout the years. To celebrate their influence on the scene, a special compilation will be released this fall to commemorate the band’s 25th anniversary landmark.
Entitled Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities), this album will be released on October 21st in Europe (digitally on November 5th in North America) and features artwork by Parisian designer Valnoir (www.metastazis.com), who has worked with artists such as Orphaned, Morbid Angel, Watain, and more than 150 others. All tracks found on the compilation are previously released rarities — except the new track 'Loneliness Remains', and newly recorded 'Gothic 2013' and 'Our Saviour 2013'. These three tracks will also appear on a 10” Vinyl (CM Distro Europe exclusive white Vinyl; limited to 100 copies) that includes a CD booklet and CD insert.
To pre-order your copy of 'Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)' please visit CM Distro:
'Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)' track-listing:
1. Loneliness Remains*
2. Never Take Me Alive (SPEAR OF DESTINY cover version) – Bonus Track “Tragic Idol” Ltd. Edition
3. Ending Through Changes – Bonus Track “Tragic Idol” Japan Edition
4. The Last Fallen Saviour - Decibel Exclusive “Tragic Idol”
5. Last Regret (Lost in Prague Orchestra Mix) – Bonus Track “Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us” Ltd. Edition
6. Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us (Lost in Prague Orchestra Mix) – Bonus Track “Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us” Ltd. Edition
7. Cardinal Zero - Faith Devides Us - Death Unites Us – Bonus Track “Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us” Japan Edition
8. Back On Disaster - Faith Devides Us - Death Unites Us – Bonus Track “Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us”, Japan Edition
9. Sons Of Perdition – Bonus Track “In Requiem”
10. Godless – Bonus Track “In Requiem” Ltd. 7" Vinyl Box
11. Missing (EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL Cover Version) – Bonus Track “In Requiem” Ltd. Edition
12. Silent In Heart – Bonus Track ”In Requiem” Ltd. Edition
13. Gothic 2013*
14. Our Saviour 2013*
*=tracks that appear on the limited 10”
Paradise Lost is also pleased to confirm that their 25th anniversary 'Tragic Illusion' tour has been extended to now include a number of European dates! As with the UK shows, the band will be supported by both Lacuna Coil and Katatonia (who will be playing the entire 'Viva Emptiness' album at all shows). See below for all upcoming tour dates.
PARADISE LOST 'Tragic Illusion 25th Anniversary' Tour w/ LACUNA COIL and KATATONIA
Oct. 30th - Wolverhampton - Wulfrun Hall (www.wolvescivic.co.uk)
Oct. 31st - Glasgow - ABC (www.ticketweb.co.uk)
Nov. 1st - Manchester - Ritz (www.kililive.com)
Nov. 3rd - London - Roundhouse (www.kililive.com)
Nov. 4th - Cologne, Germany - Essigfabrik
Nov. 6th - Herford, Germany - Club X
Nov. 7th - Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos Saal
Nov. 8th - Dordrecht, Netherlands - Bibelot
Nov. 10th - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli Oudegracht
Nov. 11th - Nuremberg, Germany - Hirsch
Nov. 12th - Vienna, Austria - Arena
Nov. 13th - Solothurn, Switzerland - Kofmehl
Norwegian Symphonic Gothic Metallers Tristania are pleased to reveal the artwork for their
upcoming masterpiece "Darkest White". The new album will be released on the 3rd June and so leading up to the release, fans can expect more updates regarding this Gothic Metal jewel in the coming days! Check out the band's website for the full background behind the artwork! Furthermore, Anders has finished the extensive first part of the studio report which can be viewed here:
Explosive sextet Motionless In White are thrilled to announce their first North American headline tour for this fall.
"We couldn't be more excited to be heading out on our first full headline tour this fall" notes lead singer Chris Motionless. "We've spent a long time waiting for this moment, and can't wait to kick off 'Infamous' and the next phase of Motionless In White in the best f*cking way possible. I won't give too many things away, but I will say that you will definitely leave knowing you just witnessed a true SHOW."
The Infamous Tour, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, kicks off on November 8 in Burlington, VT, and will hit 31 cities across the country, more dates to be announced soon. The tour includes support from Chelsea Grin, Stick To Your Guns, Crown The Empire, and label mates Upon This Dawning. The tour follows a huge summer on Vans Warped Tour, headline dates in Japan and a sold out tour of the UK this September.
The tour comes in support of forthcoming album 'Infamous'. Produced by Jason Suecof (August Burns Red, The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel) and Tim Skold (Marilyn Manson), 'Infamous' is the band's second full-length, and is set for release this fall.
Rockstar Energy Drink presentes The Infamous Tour Dates:
Motionless In White w/ Chelsea Grin, Stick To Your Guns, Crown The Empire, & Upon This Dawning
11/8 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
11/11 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
11/13 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos
11/15 - St Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
11/17 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
11/20 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
11/21 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
11/24 - Montreal, QC @ Le Tulipe
11/25 - Toronto, ON @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club
11/26 - London, ON @ London Music Hall
11/27 - Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom
11/30 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
12/2 - Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
12/4 - Tempe, AZ @ Nile Theatre
12/5 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
12/6 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
12/7 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
12/8 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
12/11 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
12/12 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
12/13 - Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
12/14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Ironworks
12/15 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
12/16 - Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
Stream of Passion will join Epica on seven UK dates in December 2012, as part of their "Requiem for the Indifferent" tour.
See them here:
11th NOTTINGHAM – Rescue Rooms
12th SHEFFIELD – Corporation
14th NEWCASTLE – Academy 2
15th GLASGOW – Classic Grand
16th MANCHESTER – Ritz
18th WOLVERHAMPTON – Robin 2
19th LONDON – Electric Ballroom
Leaves' Eyes will join Firewind on their European tour in September including 10 UK and Irish dates
13th CARDIFF - Clwb Ifor Bach
14th MANCHESTER - Moho Live
15th DUBLIN – Button Factory
16th BELFAST – Spring And Airbrake
18th SHEFFIELD – Corporation
19th NUNEATON – Queens Hall
20th PLYMOUTH – White Rabbit
21st SOUTHAMPTON – Talking Heads
22nd LONDON – O2 Islington Academy
23rd MARGATE – Westcoast
Leaves' Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine has just finished recording her brand new solo album ‘Libertine’ at Mastersound Studios. It will be out on Napalm Records later in the year.