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.
If you've heard any of Leah’s music, you know it is her passion. You may have heard about Leah as the female vocalist who featured Eric Peterson (Testament / Dragonlord) as a guest vocalist on her latest EP, "Otherworld", or perhaps you heard that Leah is singing all the female choirs on the new Dragonlord album. Obviously, Leah is always working on something new, so it’s no shock that Leah is ready for her next project.
The one thing that an artist really needs in order to produce a great sounding record, print merch, tour, etc. is money, and while Leah keeps her family as her #1 priority (she is a home-school mother), she is hoping to complete her full-length album soon, and needs help from her fans. Visit her Indiegogo.com page here
Leah states, “Already, I have much material to sort through and refine, and in the process I usually end up writing even better songs and nix a few others (this always happens!). I've begun to flesh out a theme for the album content, the visualization (which will affect the photography and art), and more. I'm very excited about where this next album will take me - and you!”
She adds, “My main thing has been along the lines of Symphonic Rock / Metal with Celtic and Folk undertones or overtones. I will be staying along these lines, but always pushing forward. There will be some interesting players on this next one, and I think it will take me into new territory!”
With only a few days into the campaign, Leah is currently around the $4,500 mark, and is looking to raise a total of $25,000. Perks offered for donation include digital downloads of the new album pre-release date, a CD + t-shirt, a super-duper merch pack, a personalized cover song, and more!
In many circles, Leah is described as a Celtic vocal goddess and the “Enya of Heavy Metal”. From the coast of British Columbia, Canada, auburn-haired symphonic metal artist Leah is drawing attention from all over the globe. Inspired by Celtic and world music influences such as Clannad and Enya to European symphonic and progressive metal influences, Leah creates something magical and refreshing.
Her debut self-released album "Of Earth & Angels" received international critical acclaim, including landing on “The Best Symphonic Metal Album” Metalstorm Awards for 2012. Leah’s currently available release "Otherworld" is a 5-song Celtic Metal masterpiece, mixed by Christian "Moschus" Moos at Spacelabe in Germany (Delain, Everon, Imperia, www.spacelab-studio.com), and mastered at Eroc's Mastering Ranch (http://www.eroc.de).
You can buy Leah’s recently released "Otherworld" EP now via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3, Google Play, Rdio and several other digital retailers. Take a listen to her single ‘Dreamland’ (featuring Testament / Dragonlord’s Eric Peterson) now at Leah’s official Bandcamp page.
Downloads of "Otherworld" and merchandise bundles are also available at www.leahmchenry.com and www.leahmusic.net.
Kent's most fabled Symphonic Black Metallers The Furious Horde are proud to announce the unveiling of their latest music video "For The Horde"
GMA spoke to Rachael Gater, guitarist of The Furious Horde to get the low down behind this sensational masterpiece:
"We at The Furious Horde are incredibly excited about "For The Horde", our new track and music video. The track / video is a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the band and the friendships surrounding it.
We filmed in two separate sessions; the first day, we filmed the band shots at the Red Lion in Gravesend. They have a bunker at the back of the beer garden which was perfect! There was water dripping from the ceiling and walls, and it was freezing. If you look hard at the video, you can see Ruptured_Souls' cold breath! (He wears the least out of the members, too!) The second day, we filmed with the incredible zombie (Colin Stubbs) and Ruptured_Souls in the basement of our friend Ryan Wigley (bassist / vocalist of Dark Theory - also another Kent band, who plays Symphonic Black / Gothic Metal). Filming was a lot of fun. There were a lot of shenanigans involved, but we worked very hard too!
Luke Foxwell (Alienated Films) was a pleasure to work with, and we are incredibly thankful to him for his great work. He captured our fabulous and sexy appeal superbly, haha! This new track is very special to us; a landmark of the distance we have travelled and a taster of what is to follow. We believe that our next album will be our strongest!
Thank you for taking the time to talk to us, GMA!"
Following the Finnish Metallers parting with their former label on mutual grounds, they decided to take their own path into their own hands and low and behold they have joined PledgeMusic.
You can help fund the band's upcoming album by pledging here:
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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:
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
The cover art of Kerion's new album "CloudRiders Part 1 : Road to skycity" is now revealed This is a concept album composed exactly like an adventure movie and the artwork itself was designed by Genzo (World Of Warcraft), of which is complete with this feeling of the characters in the story and the scenes of the story being drawn too. There are a lot of vocal guests (Raphael Dantas from Caravellus, Phil Giordana from Fairyland and Adrien Eyraud from Silent Fall), a choir of forty people (Rimiez Choirs), Violinists and Flute players, and much more. New concept, new sci-fi universe, get ready to enter into a world of dreams and adventures!
ALBUM : Cloud Riders pt I
RELEASE DATE: 25 September 2012
01. Rider's Theme (Intro)
02. The Map
03. Everlasting Flight EXTRACT ON SOUNDCLOUD
04. Bounty Hunter
05. The Sky is My Ocean
07. Tribal Vibes
08. Never More
09. Celticia's Song
10. Ghost Society
11. The Fall of SkyCity pt1
12. The Fall of SkyCity pt2
13. Rider's Theme (Outro)
Six Magics have renewed their deal with Coroner Records for the release of their brand new album "Falling Angels" scheduled for release on July 2nd 2012.Chilean metallers
The female fronted quintet presents a new long and intense chapter of classic heavy metal mixed with epic, symphonic, power and progressive influences, for an over 60 minutes trip into Six Magics' world.
The cover artwork was created by Machine Room Deisgn (My Dying Bride, Dawn of Ashes, Dope Stars Inc. and more).
1. Another Name
2. Falling Angels
4. Dreamer (B:O:M)
5. Do You Remember?
6. Sick & Tired
7. Icy Lips
8. Start Another War
12. How To Live
13. I Know
The live video of "Another Name" can be seen here
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.