The Dutch symphonic metal stars EPICA are ready to release the second studio trailer for their upcoming masterpiece The Holographic Principle. In this new clip, the band shows its work and experimentation with many new instruments and how it affected the depth and diversity of their new sound: https://youtu.be/HzqHyRu1oSc
"Recording this album felt like being a kid in a candystore", states Keyboarder Coen Janssen. "Never before have we used more live-instruments. Recording them ourselves and hearing the music come 'alive' like that is an indescribable feeling! I'm sure these efforts make this album our best yet!"
In case you missed the first trailer, where EPICA spoke about their songwriting process and revealed their first song snippets, you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/LSlEVPjG7rg
EPICA's new masterpiece The Holographic Principle will be released via Nuclear Blast on September 30th, but you can already see the track-list here:
Don't miss EPICA on tour!
06.08. LT Zarasai City - Roko Naktys
The band's own EPIC METAL FEST:
01.10. NL Tilburg - Epic Metal Fest Netherlands
15.10. BR Sao Paulo - Epic Metal Fest Brazil
EPICA + POWERWOLF
12.01. D Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
13.01. D Cologne - Palladium
14.01. D Ludwigsburg - MHP Arena
16.01. CH Geneve - Salle Des Fetes De Thonex
17.01. CH Zurich - Volkshaus
18.01. IT Milan - Live Club
20.01. D Munich - Tonhalle
21.01. A Vienna - Gasometer
24.01. PL Warsaw - Progresja
25.01. D Berlin - Huxley's
27.01. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
28.01. CZ Prague - Forum Karlin
01.02. BE Brussels- Ancienne Belgique
03.02. UK London - o2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
04.02. F Paris - Le Zénith
More dates coming soon...!
Get your tickets here: www.epica.nl/tour
EPICA VIP upgrades are available here: www.epica.soundrink.com
Fresh, dark and extremely powerful are only a few of the best ways to accurately describe Lacuna Coil’s latest opus 'Delirium', which encompasses the strength and heavy approach of thrash metal from the 90’s twisted with goth elements into a modern style. Now, the group proudly presents the album’s first official music video for its gripping title track 'Delirium' which was directed by Michael Winkler (iconographic).
Cristina Scabbia states: "We filmed our parts for this video in one evening while we were on the US tour this past May. We used a Go-Pro against a black backdrop and we wanted something that would be purposely rough, something that could remind some weird lost videos found after years and years.
The whole video edited together with the parts filmed by the director with an actress turned out as a very strange sort of a trip, where a girl tries to tight up memories and details together to try to find her sanity back, somehow. I really like some of the scenes as they reminded me some kind of Korean horror movies vibe and it is totally fitting the ‘Delirium' vibe and concept. It also leaves a lot to the imagination, so thanks for checking it out and enjoy."
Catch Lacuna Coil on one of their many shows in 2016:
22.07.16 (IT) Vinci (FI) - Festa Dell’Unicorno
29.07.2016 (IT) Rapallo (GE) - Beer "Art" Rock Summer Festival
05.08.2016 (IT) San Benedetto del Tronto (AP) - Maremoto Festival (free entry)
13.08.16 (AT) Graz - Metal On The Hill Festival
09.09.26 (NO) Bergen - Edge: Nordic
08.-09.10.16 (J) Tokyo - Loudpark Festival
12.10.16 (AUS) Perth - Amplifier Bar
13.10.16 (AUS) Melbourne - Max Watt’s
14.10.16 (AUS) Sydney - The Metro Theatre
15.10.16 (AUS) Brisbane - Max Watt’s
20.10.16 (FR) Paris - Cabaret Sauvage
21.10.16 (B) Vosselaar - Biebob
22.10.16 (NL) Tilburg - 013
24.10.16 (DE) Cologne - Underground
25.10.16 (DE) Berlin - White Trash Ballroom
26.10.16 (DE) Hamburg - Logo
28.10.16 (DK) Copenhagen - Vega (Small Hall)
29.10.16 (SE) Malmo - KB
30.10.16 (NO) Oslo - John Dee
31.10.16 (SE) Stockholm - Nalen
02.11.16 (DE) Essen - Zeche Carl
03.11.16 (DE) Munich - Strom
04.11.16 (CZ) Prague - Rock Café
07.11.16 (CH) Pratteln - Konzertfabrik Z7
08.11.16 (FR) Strasbourg - La Laiterie
10.11.16 (UK) Bristol - Marble Factory
11.11.16 (UK) London - Koko
13.11.16 (UK) Birmingham - O2 Institute2
14.11.16 (UK) Newcastle - Riverside
15.11.16 (UK) Glasgow - Garage
16.11.16 (UK) Manchester - Academy 2
18.11.16 (UK) Southampton - 1865
20.11.16 (FR) Cognac - West Rock
22.11.16 (ES) Madrid - But
23.11.16 (ES) Granada - El Tren
24.11.16 (ES) Barcelona - Razzmatazz
26.11.16 (IT) Pordenone - Il Deposito
27.11.16 (IT) Rome - Orion
28.11.16 (IT) Milan - Live Club
29.11.16 (IT) Bologna - Zona Roveri
02.12.16 (TR) Istanbul - KucukCiftlik Park
03.12.16 (TR) Izmir - Container Hall
04.12.16 (TR) Ankara - Jolly Joker Ankara
Dutch Doom Death Metal pioneers Asphyx are ready to announce their new studio album release, following up on 2012’s acclaimed 'Deathhammer' record, the new album is entitled 'Incoming Death' and will be released worldwide on September 30th, 2016 via Century Media Records.
Vocalist Martin van Drunen comments:
“Four and a half years after the release of 'Deathhammer' we finally managed to finish its long awaited successor. It will be out on September the 30th, as always on our beloved label Century Media. Expect 11 unmerciful battering tracks in the typical Asphyx death / doom style, but also the most varied Asphyx material up to date without losing our rawness, brutality and heaviness. The album will be entitled “Incoming Death”. And like “Deathhammer”, it's a phrase that doesn't really exist, but refers to what entrenched soldiers cry out when under severe artillery fire. Thus “Incoming Death” implies another relentless bombardment of monstrous Asphyx death / doom metal!"
He continues: "recorded on different locations throughout 2016 and once more mixed and mastered by the mighty Dan "The Man" Swanö. Serious ear bleeding is guaranteed! It’s also our first record also featuring "Husky" on drums, who is now with us for already two and a half years molesting the pig skins with the absolute perfect Asphyx attitude, passion, pride and mayhem. We are very proud of this best Asphyx album ever! And knowing our dedicated fans worldwide, they will be proud of us as well! Soon we will hit the stages on every continent to do what we do best; Intense, loud, sweaty, filthy and ruthless live performances!”
Swiss Melodic Death Metal band Xaon will release its debut EP "Face of Balaam" on October 16, 2016. The official video for first single "Discrowned," featuring vocals by Soilwork's Björn "Speed" Strid, can be viewed at here.
Brilliant melodies combine with the aggression of Death Metal throughout "Face of Balaam", yet that description doesn't quite do justice to the range of styles influencing the sound of Xaon. Consider the contributions of legendary acts like Anathema, Type O Negative, My Dying Bride, Soilwork, Demonical, Ulver, and even Finnish act Disgrace's early-to-mid 90s output, and you'll get the picture.
Face of Balaam was produced and arranged by band members Vinc and Flo, recorded between June and August 2015, mixed and mastered by Julian at Parallel Focus Studios. Vocals engineered by Rob Carson at Carsonian Sound Solutions. All vocals, except "Discrowned," by were performed by Franco-American singer Rob Carson. Samples on "How we become Ephemeral Birds" and "Discrowned" by J.-P. Lana. The album artwork was created by Californian artist and painter Erik Burton Kirchner.
In other news, Xaon be touring Europe with Sirenia, Tyr, Unleash The Archers, and Relicseed in November. Tour dates below:
Nov 10 Berlin, Germany @ Postbahnhof
Nov 11 Rostock, Germany @ Alte Zuckerfrabrik
Nov 12 Aalborg, Denmark @ Aalborg Metal Fest
Nov 13 Hamburg, Germany @ Logo
Nov 14 Gdansk, Poland @ B90
Nov 15 Erfurt, Germany @ From Hell
Nov 16 Prague, Czech Republic @ Nova Chmelnice
Nov 17 Wien, Austria @ Viper Room
Nov 18 Zug, Switzerland @ Galvanik
Nov 19 Monthey, Switzerland @ Pont Rouge
Nov 20 Weinheim, Germany @ Cafe Central
Nov 21 Cologne, Germany @ Essigfabrik
Nov 22 Leiden, Netherlands @ Gebr, de Nobel
Nov 23 Amstelveen, Netherlands @ P60
Nov 24 Arnhem, Netherlands @ Willemmen
Nov 25 Roeselare, Belgium @ De Verlichte Geest
Nov 26 TBA
Nov 27 London, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy Islington
Season Of Mist are proud to announce the signing of Kontinuum. The Icelandic-wave influenced ambient rockers will release their next full-length on this label.
Regarding their signing, Kontinuum confessed that they: "are very pleased to announce our signing with Season of Mist. To us it is important to work with people that we connect with. People that relate to our creative output and vision. This is why we look forward to our future cooperation with Season of Mist."
Kontinuum were conceived with the aim to create hypnotic and spiritual musical noise in Reykjavik, Iceland in the year 2010.
After sending demo tracks of their debut album 'Earth Blood Magic' to a few labels, a first deal was quickly struck. Kontinuum wasted no time and entered Sigur Rós' Sundlaugin Studio in the Icelandic town Mosfellsbær in order to begin record their first full length, which was released in 2012.
'Earth Blood Magic' received rave reviews across the board and was voted rock album of the year in Morgunblaðið, Iceland.
The band played numerous shows in 2013 and established a reputation as a powerful live band.
Kontinuum started working on their sophomore album in 2014. A first single titled "I Huldusal" was released the same year and received substantial radio play in Iceland, while even topping the charts of the island's largest alternative rock radio station.
'Kyrr' hit the stores in April 2015 alongside the brand new single "Breathe". Following the release of their second album, Kontinuum embarked on two tours in Germany and performed at several festivals including the prestigious Roadburn Festival (Netherlands), Eurosonic Festival (Netherlands), Icelandic Airwaves and Eistnaflug Festival at home, and Lithuania's Devilstone Festival.
Dutch symphonic metal stars Epica announced the release of their forthcoming record 'The Holographic Principle' (September 30th via Nuclear Blast), two weeks ago. Now the artwork has been revealed it is time for the band to announce the track-listing of this highly-awaited album. It racks up as follows:
The band commented:
"The Holographic Principle deals with the near future wherein virtual reality has taken off and allows people to create their own virtual worlds which can't be distinguished from "reality as we know it". This raises the question whether our current reality is a kind of virtual reality on itself, a hologram. This implies the existence of a higher reality which we currently do not have access to. The lyrics challenge you to think out of the box, to reconsider everything you thought to know for sure and to be open-minded towards recent revolutions in science. Fasten your seat belts and get ready for a ride as nothing appears to be what it seems in our holographic universe."
One of The Netherlands' greatest symphonic metal bands, Epica, have finally put the last touches on their new upcoming studio album entitled 'The Holographic Principle'. Once again it'll be released worldwide via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was produced with Joost van der Broek at Sandlane Recording Facilities. Mixing was handled by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Destruction, etc). The cover artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann (www.heilemania.de).
Epica had this to say about the new album:-
"Our highly anticipated seventh studio album is a fact. 'The Holographic Principle' feels to us like a true treasure, created by us all with blood, sweat and tears of joy. In the past year we have worked very hard to write and record this special album. We are all very eager to share it with you! Join us on our new musical journey."
To celebrate the release of Epica's brand-new record fittingly, the band will be playing on their own Epic Metal Fest at the 013 in Tilburg, NL on Saturday, October 1st. They invited Katatonia, their label mates Fleshgod Apocalypse and (also landsmen) Textures to take part in this special event.
Additionally, Stream Of Passion, The Agonist, Mayan, Myrath (Tunisia), Evil Invaders and last but not least Off The Cross will be attending Epica's release show. On Saturday 15th October the Brazilian edition of Epic Metal Fest will take place in Sao Paulo.
Paradise Lost, Finntroll, Xandria, and The Ocean will join Epica for this first edition.
More info & tickets: http://www.epicmetalfest.com/
04.06. BY Minsk - Re:public
05.06. CZ Plzen - Metalfest Open Air
07.06. SK Bratislava - Majestic Music Club
08.06. I Rome - Rock In Rome
10.06. S Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
24.06. DK Copenhagen - Copenhell
09.07. D Geiselwind - Out & Loud Festival
16.07. H Dunaujvaros - Rockmaraton Festival
23.07. MEX Mexico City - Heaven & Hell Festival
05./06.08. LT Zarasai City - Roko Naktys
01.10. NL Tilburg - Epic Metal Fest Netherlands
15.10. BR Sao Paulo - Epic Metal Fest Brazil
03.02. UK London - o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Tickets on sale now!
04.02. F Paris - Le Zénith
Majestic Dutch Aymphonic Metallers Epica will be back in the UK next year playing a one-off London show at o2 Shepherd's Bush Empire alongside German Power Metallers Powerwolf.
'We are excited to return to gorgeous London to promote our upcoming album which will be released later this year. On the 3rd of February, we will play an exclusive show at the legendary Shepherd's Bush Empire in London. We simply can't wait to perform the new songs and a wide array of the entire Epica discography for our English fans at such a beautiful location.' says Epica frontwoman Simone Simons.
The event will take place on Friday 3rd February 2017. Tickets go on sale this Friday 14th May at 10am and are also available as of today through O2's pre-sale.
Tickets available from myticket.co.uk / seetickets.com
VIP-upgrades are available from: www.soundrink.com
Epica have announced the follow up to 2014’s critically-acclaimed studio album ‘The Quantum Enigma’ will be released via Nuclear Blast this Autumn. Stay tuned for more info.
Dutch polyrhythmic metallers Textures are very pleased to announce that they will be supporting Amorphis on most of their upcoming UK tour in March.
Compelling front-man Daniël de Jongh said of the announcement:
“It's a great honour to tour the UK as main support for one of the biggest quality metal bands in Europe; Amorphis. The Finnish metallers are touring in support of their latest album ‘Under The Red Cloud’ (2015). We will be hitting the road to present material from our new record ‘Phenotype’ (out tomorrow!). See you on the road!”
You can purchase tickets for the Amorphis / Textures shows here:
March 18th – Bristol, The Fleece
March 19th – Manchester, Sound Control
March 20th – Dublin, Button Factory
March 22nd – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
March 24th – Glasgow, Cathouse
March 25th – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Textures will also play the London Underworld this month as part of their larger European Tour entitled the Oceans Collide Tour 2016.
You can purchase tickets here:
25th February 2016 – London, The Underworld
And so the fabled Bloodstock Open Air Festival is once again upon us, with just over a month to go and buzzing fans planning out their days takings, we at Global Metal Apocalypse thought about giving you all a helping hand with that with a handful of bands we have got our sights on - from the New Blood to the Ronnie James Dio stage, we have got you covered.
Giving each band a unique analysis on the style they play, what feats they've already achieved (some crazier than at first thought) and why you should check them out at Bloodstock, whilst linking you to their latest albums for purchase (for pre-listening and potential band-signing).
Metal is truly global and we are proud to be the forerunners of giving global metal the ultimate exposure, let the Bloodstock apocalypse begin...
1. Jasad & Burgerkill
This is a bit of a cheeky selection, by having two bands who both hail from Indonesia, it's like killing two birds with one stone. Both bands have been tearing down their native Indonesia for the last 2 decades, with Jasad forming around 1990 and Burgerkill in 1995. For the vastness of the scene, the sub-genres that dominate seem to be Thrash Metal and Death Metal, and these two bands are no exception, having recently picked up the Metal Hammer Golden God award for "Metal As Fuck" in 2013, Burgerkill will no doubt bring their gritty style of Indonesian Death Metal and westernized Metalcore. Jasad in contrast go a notch heavier with their own form of Brutal Death Metal and correlates with their band name meaning ('Corpse' in Indonesian; 'Soul' in Malay). Both bands will be performing on the Sophie Lancaster stage on the Saturday.
This is perhaps the first time any Indonesian Metal band has set foot ashore on British soil and so this will mark a hugely historic moment not only for said metal scene, but Bloodstock itself as the festival prides itself in giving international metal a platform to bring the party from the most far flung nations.
Jasad's latest album: "Rebirth of Jatisunda" - get this from Severed Records here
Burgerkill's latest album: "Venomous" - get this from eBay international here
Black Metal vs. Hardcore? We know Deathcore caused a stir when it emerged but can 'Blackcore' avoid that fate? Hexis believe so, and going on the strength of their music video "Tenebris", this eccentric Danish unit have record-label-signing stamped right across their faces. Not much is known about this lot and so the thought of said genre combination making an appearance on the Friday on the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage will surely attract a sizable crowd. Combining Bloodstock with a short UK tour (5th-8th August - Bournemouth, Bristol, Bloodstock & Hull with Oblivionized; except Bloodstock), you would not want to miss this genre-bending bunch.
Hexis' latest album: "Abalam" - limited to a 1000 so be quick to get one from Musicfearsatan here
The Luxembourg Metal scene finally makes its mark on British soul with this Death Metal unit raring to unleash themselves upon the masses. Having made themselves a pedigree on the festival circuit via performances at Wacken Open Air and Metalcamp, they will surely not disappoint this time. Further to their Bloodstock appearance, they will be performing at Sonic Visions on 12th November with a host of other fantastic bands including fellow countrymen Retrace My Fragments of whom we reviewed their latest album. As for Scarred, this will be a historic moment too for the Luxembourg Metal scene, given it's small size. Be sure to make a note in your diary: Scarred @ Bloodstock, Sunday 9th August on the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage.
Scarred's latest album: "Gaia - Medea" - get this from Season of Mist here
4. Dead Label!
We've been championing this Irish trio for a long time now (see our post in 2013 here; and here) and we believed in them, low and behold they play in Japan and return to sharpen themselves for Bloodstock. Oh and Claire Percival used to be our Irish correspondent, small world eh? Having paid attention to this group for a good 2 years now, we are pleased to see them being selected to unleash their infectious Thrash Metal amongst the Bloodstock horde. The trio used to be signed to the now defunct Rising Records, and now are signed to Nuerra Records. Thus they released their debut album through the latter record label and their follow-up album is due soon, you ought to check this Irish group out seeing as they are going places. They will not disappoint you. Confirm this statement on Sunday 9th August on the Sophie Lancaster stage.
Dead Label!'s debut album: "Sense Of Slaughter" - get this from the band here directly.
5. Winter Storm
Another successful partnership, we had the pleasure of featuring this West Midlands Gothic Metal band on our 'Tea, Crumpets & English Metal' compilation in aid of raising funds for the Animal Health Trust (https://globalmetalapocalypse.bandcamp.com/track/worcestershire-winter-storm-dark-awakening) and now they are set to play Bloodstock. So we can assure festival goers that if they check this band out, they will be truly treated to. Bringing an icy blast from their native Kidderminster, this female-fronted quintet will ensure the Bloodstock grounds turn into a huge ice rink for all moshers to freeze at the sheer force this band musters. We dare you to prove us wrong by checking the band out on Friday 7th August at the Jagermeister Stage; perhaps their serving the ice for the Jager shots?
Winter Storm's latest album: "Within The Frozen Design" - get this from the band here directly.
6. Within Temptation
Of course we could not exclude perhaps the most exciting headliner this time round, for one reason only. Xzibit. Come on, when WT released the song 'And We Run' it garnered so much attention, positive and negative, it positioned itself as probably the most controversial song ever done by the Dutch symphonic veterans. Speaking of Dutch bands, do check out Delain who will be playing the headline slot on Friday on the Sophie Lancaster Stage. This is a real treat for two reasons, one there seems to be a healthy aroma of Gothic Metal going about this year and also this is a UK exclusive, which means that this is the only show they will be playing in the UK this year, oh do we hope they've managed to sneak Xzibit in, that will be one historic moment not only for metal music, but for Bloodstock Festival... in da hood brutha. Be entranced by the Dutch veterans on Saturday 8th August as they tear down the Ronnie James Dio stage.
Within Temptation's latest album: "Hydra" - get this from Amazon UK here
Now let the metal do the talking and watch out for more coverage from the GMA team as we lead up to the UK's best ever metal festival.
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