On Sunday the May 17, 2020 Mark Jansen (leader and composer of Epica, MaYaN, United Metal Minds) and Alexander Osipov (leader and composer of Imperial Age) will meet online in a live chat on YouTube to discuss many interesting topics and answer questions of symphonic metal fans from around the world.
Unusually for rock stars, they actually have a scientific background: Mark has a master‘s degree in psychology (Maastricht University, Netherlands) while Alexander has a master‘s degree in history (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia).
On top of that, they are both interested in non-conventional disciplines, such as cold healing, bioenergy, esoteric, etc.
The discussion promises to be very interesting and highly intellectual. The approximate topics include:
- Music (obviously mainly Symphonic Metal)
- Music business (how to promote your band during lockdown)
- History (including alternative history and ancient advanced civilizations)
- Health (including alternative health practices)
- Magic & the occult
- The Current world situation
- And many other things
It is really hard to predict what two metalhead intellectuals might talk about…
FANS WILL BE ABLE TO ASK QUESTIONS IN THE LIVE CHAT AND GET ANSWERS IN REAL TIME.
This promises to be the most intriguing online chat during these interesting times - you surely want to be there! DATE AND TIME: May 17, 2020 at 7:00pm UK
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STREAM ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmJm0NpDoN0
The Dutch masters of horror Carach Angren are back with their 6(66)th full length 'Franckensteina Strataemontanus', which will see the light on June 26, 2020. In celebration, the horror outfit is now releasing the second new track from the album; 'Der Vampir von Nürnberg'.
The new offering can be seen, in the form of a lyric video, via the Season of Mist YouTube channel HERE. The link may be freely spread throughout your channels.
Carach Angren comment:-
"We proudly present you 'Der Vampir von Nürnberg', taken from our upcoming album. The song is a sub-story connected to the overarching horrifying concept on the album. Welcome to the world of a gruesome killer and vampiric necrophiliac dabbling in the wickedness of the occult!"
Please note that the release date was changed due to the COVID-19 situation. The new and correct release date is June 26, 2020
The Dutch masters of horror are back with their most flamboyant album so far. On 'Franckensteina Strataemontanus', Carach Angren resurrect the gruesome story of troubled soul ‘Conrad Dippel’; the inspiration of Mary Shelly’s novel 'Frankenstein'.
Carach Angren have extended all the sonic colours on their established palette to dazzling effect. Their trademark whipping guitars are weaving harsh melodies and sinister soundscapes, which are beautifully contrasted by opulent keyboards and majestic orchestrations. That Till Lindemann (RAMMSTEIN) and Peter Tägtgren (PAIN) have called upon the composition talent of Clemens "Ardek" Wijers is a telling sign of his outstanding mastery of the craft. Another signatory counterpoint is provided by Seregor's fierce rasping and shrieking vocals. Adding to the impact, Namtar has become a relentless driving force with his hart hitting yet intricate drumming. Each track on this album is a highlight on its own, while combined 'Franckensteina Strataemontanus ' simply shines.
International project Enzo The Glory Ensemble unveil new video from their new album "In The Name Of The World Spirit"
Enzo And The Glory Ensemble unleash new Video for "Try To Put In Pit The Fear" featuring Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land). Check it out below; new Album "In The Name Of The World Spirit" coming out this Friday March 27 via Rockshots Records.
Following up the previous albums ‘In the Name of the Father’ and ‘In The Name of The Son’, composer Enzo Donnarumma teamed up once again with Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery) for the production of the new record entitled ‘In The Name Of The World Spirit’.
Enzo and The Glory Ensemble’s stellar line-up includes Enzo Donnarumma, Marty Friedman, Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Warlord), Gary Wehrkamp & Brian Ashland (Shadow Gallery), Nicholas Leptos (Warlord, Arrayan Path), Derek Corzine & Amulyn Braught Corzine (Whisper from Heaven) , David Brown (Metatrone), Alessandro Battini (Dark Horizon), Maria Londino and Francesco Romeggini (S91), Mr Jack, Claudia Coticelli and Clara People.
In addition to this out-of-this-world line-up, bass player Philip Bynoe (from Steve Vai’s backing band) joined the Glory Ensemble for the new album.
Lasting over one hour across 13 tracks, ‘In The Name Of The World Spirit’ will be definitely a must-have for all those who are into progressive metal with ethnic influences. This final chapter of the trilogy is a bridge between the western and the eastern cultures, besides a huge step towards a top-notch production. The balance between the instrumental parts and the vocals are now improved, while the ethnic arrangements are driven by the magnificent Weza Meza Choir ensemble from Congo. Once again, thanks to the massive choir section, ‘In The Name Of The World Spirit’ sets a new standard into the so-called “Gospel Metal” scene.
"Nothingness (It's Everyone's Fate)" OFFICIAL AUDIO ➤ https://youtu.be/GX5jZNgY8Kk
"Last Weep" VIDEO ➤ https://youtu.be/elzcvzBDHpU
"In The Name Of The World Spirit" is set to be released on March 27 via Rockshots Records
ALBUM PRE ORDER / Digipak Deluxe Edition: ➤ http://bit.ly/InTheNameOfTheWordSpirit_CD
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Artwork by Nello Dell'Omo / Art For Music
Mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio
Dutch Symphonic Metallers Epica recently have entered Sandlane Recording Facilities to record their new album and follow-up to the successful 'The Holographic Principle'. The band will be recording again together with producer Joost van den Broek (POWERWOLF, AYREON).
In the studio, the band is joined by Panda Productions, who will record behind the scene footage of this recording process. The band just launched their first studio vlog on the band’s YouTube channel:
Simone Simons comments: "Welcome to the behind the scenes of the making of Epica 8. In this first video, we are working hard on the preproduction of our new album, making sure all details are perfect. It was like always a pleasure to spend time with the band and Joost. I am so happy with how to songs evolved and can't wait for you all to hear them!"
Epica new album is scheduled for release this fall through Nuclear Blast Records
Simone Simons | vocals
Isaac Delahaye | guitars
Mark Jansen | guitars, grunts, screams
Coen Janssen | synths, piano
Ariën van Weesenbeek | drums
Rob van der Loo | bass
Dutch Horror Metal purveyors Carach Angren unveil artwork and track-list of 'Franckensteina Strataemontanus'
The Dutch masters of horror Carach Angren are back with their 6(66)th full length 'Franckensteina Strataemontanus'! The new monster will be released on May 29, 2020 via Season of Mist. A first glimpse of music can be found in a teaser here!
Carach Angren comment:-
"We are very proud to announce the release of our upcoming sixth album, 'Franckensteina Strataemontanus'. On this album we resurrect the ghost of the infamous Johann Conrad Dippel and tell his story in a whirlwind of both horrible facts and fiction. Musically, there will be everything you have come to expect from us, taken to a whole new cinematic level. Get a taste of what is coming in the teaser below and prepare yourselves for the unearthing of our most ambitious album to date!"
Carach Angren are furthermore releasing the cover artwork, which is created by Stefan Heilemann, and track list of 'Franckensteina Strataemontanus'. Both can be be viewed above.
The Dutch masters of horror are back with their most flamboyant album so far. On 'Franckensteina Strataemontanus', CARACH ANGREN resurrect the gruesome story of troubled soul ‘Conrad Dippel’; the inspiration of Mary Shelly’s novel 'Frankenstein'.
CARACH ANGREN have extended all the sonic colours on their established palette to dazzling effect. Their trademark whipping guitars are weaving harsh melodies and sinister soundscapes, which are beautifully contrasted by opulent keyboards and majestic orchestrations. That Till Lindemann (RAMMSTEIN) and Peter Tägtgren (PAIN) have called upon the composition talent of Clemens "Ardek" Wijers is a telling sign of his outstanding mastery of the craft. Another signatory counterpoint is provided by Seregor's fierce rasping and shrieking vocals. Adding to the impact, Namtar has become a relentless driving force with his hart hitting yet intricate drumming. Each track on this album is a highlight on its own, while combined 'Franckensteina Strataemontanus ' simply shines.
CARACH ANGREN set out to tell ghost-stories with a set of paranormal cases recorded on the demo 'The Chase Vault Tragedy' (2004). This was soon followed by the official release of the 'Ethereal Veiled Existence' EP (2005) as a prelude to the haunting 'Lammendam' (2008). The Dutch had a clear vision of combining a dark baroque style of metal with horror based lyrical concepts. Their second full-length 'Death Came through a Phantom Ship' (2010) witnessed the band setting sail to bring their eccentric and capturing live performances to audiences and festivals all over Europe. In the wake of third album 'Where the Corpses Sink Forever' (2012), the haunting had reached the Americas and started to spread rapidly. This record added a serious side to the lyrics of CARACH ANGREN. While firmly remaining in the horror genre, their tales revolve around the evils of war. This mature streak was taken a step further with the fourth full-length 'This Is No Fairytale', which is on the surface a darker variation of the "Hansel and Gretel" story from the Brothers Grimm collection, but also deals with the too real topic of child abuse in a dysfunctional family. With ‘Dance And Laugh Amongst The Rotten’ (2017), the band returned to pure story telling with episodes that are centred on a girl playing a little too long with her Ouija board.
Now, Carach Angren return with the monster ‘Franckensteina Strataemontanus’, where the Dutch have pushed their unashamedly theatrical style to a new intense height. You do not believe us yet? Press play and have your soul transferred with this new elixir of life!
Dutch Death Metallers Grim Fate have just revealed details for their debut album which will be entitled "Perished in Torment" and will be released on April 7th, 2020 through Xtreem Music on CD and 12"LP formats.
Grim Fate were born in 2017 with the intention of creating some dark, brutal and doomy Death Metal and thus the first demo "Decomposition" was released the same year, being followed by an EP entitled "Emerging From the Crypt" released in spring 2018, just when the band got in touch with Xtreem Music which shown interest in signing them.
"Perished in Torment" is a monumental opus of heavy death/doom, with cover art by Roberto Toderico. It features 6 songs of pure darkness for any lover of good old Finnish Death Metal in the vein of KRYPTS, PURTENANCE, RIPPIKOULU, with a good dose of BOLT THROWER, early ASPHYX, DISMA and INCANTATION, who will for sure love GRIM FATE!!
Eindhoven post-metal unit, An Evening With Knives, has finished the work on their hotly anticipated, sophomore album. Following the successful releases of their debut album Serrated and the Fade Out EP, March 6th 2020 will finally see the band return with their brand new, full-length studio album, titled Sense of Gravity, via Argonauta Records and Lighttown Fidelity. Today An Evening With Knives are not only sharing the album artwork and tracklist, but also a first single to the blistering track Endless Night! Get your ears on it and stream the song right HERE!
Once again recorded at The Void studio by Pieter Kloos (Dool, Monomyth, The Devil's Blood, Motorpsycho), the trio delivers the same intense, layered sound that the band has showcased in the past; yet taken to a whole new level!
The band states:-
“The songs on the new album just came out perfectly. Our producer Pieter Kloos really captured the raw and powerful atmospheric vibe An Evening With Knives is known for. We didn't dare to dream of a sound this huge and we can't wait to present our newborn to the world!”
Set for a release on March 6th 2020 with a grand show at the Effenaar in their home town Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Sense of Gravity will be available on both vinyl via Lighttown Fidelity and as CD and Digital formats on Argonauta Records. Watch out more news and tunes from An Evening With Knives to follow soon!
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After one month of voting, nearly 6,000 votes cast and countless sharing across all social media platforms by us and nominees alike, the time has come to announce the winners of the GMA Awards 2019.
But before that happens, there will be a change to how the nominees are cast. For 10 months of the year we will be running a series of rounds from which the 10 finalists will be recognised for the annual event.
The system will work as thus: nominees elected in the month of January are voted for in February... February nominees voted in March, etc and finishes with nominees in October being voted for in November - the finalists will then be voted for across the month of December and into early January 2021; finishing 8th January 2021.
Now that's put out into the open, we can finally reveal the winners of the GMA Awards 2019.
Release Of The Year
Best Live Act
Breakthrough African Metal Band
Breakthrough Asian Metal Band
Breakthrough European Metal Band
Breakthrough UK Metal Band
Breakthrough North & Central American Metal Band
Breakthrough Oceanian Metal Band
Breakthrough South American Metal Band
Breakthrough International Metal Band
Festival Of The Year
Music Video Of The Year
Global Metal Ambassador 2019
* Later withdrawn by request of nominee.
Finland’s multi-Platinum cello-rock band Apocalyptica have released the video for ‘En Route To Mayhem’, which will transport the viewer to a fantastical post-humanity future. This imaginary world is barren, dusty, and littered with broken pieces of things once considered essential to humankind such as bits of plastic, a teddy bear, crumbling structures, cell phones and computers, bleached bones, and long-forgotten musical instruments. The setting is devoid of mankind, but brimming with the hope of new life; and then one day, thunder, lightning, and one drop at a time, it begins to rain, and Mother Nature steps in. Check out the ‘En Route To Mayhem’ video HERE.
Apocalyptica’s Eicca Toppinen comments:-
“‘En Route To Mayhem’ is a journey of hedonic needs growing into greed and aggression, driving into inner mayhem and ending without satisfaction. This video underlines the fact that however we think we are in control by destroying things and life around us, life itself will take over in the end, always. We are not in control of the bigger picture, and we should be aware of it and raise our respect to life around us.”
The ‘En Route To Mayhem’ video is in support of Apocalyptica’s upcoming album, Cell-0, due out January 10th, 2020 via Silver Lining Music. Produced by Apocalyptica – cellists Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaakso, and Paavo Lötjönen, and drummer Mikko Sirén and mixed by Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Metallica and Black Sabbath), and recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki.
The recording of Cell-0 followed a four-year break between albums that gave the band a fresh perspective and affected the way they approached the new music. Cell-0 is the quartet's first instrumental album in 17 years and found the musicians challenging themselves to discover new flavours and colours in their respective instruments. For Cell-0 pre-order options, go to this location.
Perttu Kivilaakso comments:-
“Cell-0 has a concept which is to challenge the listeners to question themselves and ask “Am I doing the best I can for the environment, for other beings? Is there still something I can change?”
To highlight environmental issues, the band wanted to ask fans to do something for our planet; so to coincide with the release of the new video, they have launched a very special competition, which will give fans the chance to win the opportunity for Apocalyptica to play in their living room.
To enter, fans will need to show the band how they are making the planet a healthier place for everyone. Fans can head to their Facebook page and comment with photos/videos showing what they are doing to help the planet and telling the band why they should be picked as a winner.
To find out more information, head to the band’s Facebook page. The online contest is open to all European fans from now and will close at 7:00 pm CET Friday, January 10th, 2020. Full terms and conditions can be found here.
In concert, Apocalyptica are known for their moving live performances and will kick off the New Year as Special Guests on Sabaton's 15-country, 23-date European arena tour that begins on January 17, 2020 in Zurich, Switzerland. With a set list that will likely vary night to night, Apocalyptica's performances will be comprised of new songs from Cell-0 as well as from the band's rich catalogue. Tickets are on sale now; go to https://www.apocalyptica.com for all pre-sales, VIP packages, and ticketing details.
APOCALYPTICA 2020 TOUR DATES
17 Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
18 Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart, Germany
19 Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
20 Culture Factory, Zagreb, Croatia
21 Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
22 Arena, Budapest, Hungary
24 Torwar, Warsaw, Poland
25 Max Schmeling Halle, Berlin, Germany
26 O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
28 Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
30 Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
31 Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany
1 König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
2 Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
4 Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
5 Vistalegre, Madrid, Spain
7 Zenith, Paris, France
8 Wembley Arena, London, UK
9 Afas Live, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
11 Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
12 Forum Black Box, Copenhagen, Denmark
14 Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
15 Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
16 Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
12 Logomo, Turku, Finland
14 Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland
15 Musiikkikeskus, Kuopio, Finland
27 Tullisali, Oulu, Finland
28 Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki, Finland
3 The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
4 The Masquerade - Heaven, Atlanta, GA
6 Emo's, Austin, TX
7 House of Blues, Houston, TX
9 Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM
10 The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ
11 The Mayan, Los Angeles, CA
12 The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
13 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
14 The Showbox, Seattle, WA
15 Imperial, Vancouver, BC Canada
17 Midway, Edmonton, AB Canada
18 The Palace Theatre, Calgary, AB Canada
20 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
21 House of Blues, Chicago, IL
22 The Opera House, Toronto, ON Canada
23 MTelus, Montreal, QC Canada
24 Webster Theater, Hartford, CT
25 Webster Hall, New York, NY
26 Big Night Live, Boston, MA
18 Hant Arena, Bratislava, Slovakia
19 Amfithéater, Terchova, Slovakia
Eicca Toppinen – Cello
Perttu Kivilaakso – Cello
Paavo Lötjönen – Cello
Mikko Sirén – Drums
For further information visit: www.apocalyptica.com
Dutch Black / Death Metallers God Dethroned unveil details for new album, 'Illuminati'; dates announced
The immutable power of the Netherlands' greatest blackened death metal band, God Dethroned, rings true on new album, Illuminati - their most varied material to date. With a cover by Polish master Michał 'Xaay' Loranc (Nile, Evocation), Illuminati is conversant in the tenets of death metal - experimental where it needs to be, and indomitable in spirit. It's the kind of album that will bestow the Dutch heroes with accolades and push them across Europe (first with Obscura - see dates below) and then the rest of the globe (planning for North and South America is under way) throughout 2020.
God Dethroned's Henri Sattler checked in with the following comment about Illuminati:
"Freemasons, occultists and conspiracy theory enthusiasts pay attention! God Dethroned is back to smack you in the face with our new album called 'Illuminati'. After finishing the World War One trilogy, it was about time to go back to dark side with songs about religion, freemasonry and the occult. Song titles like 'Spirit of Beelzebub', 'Broken Halo', 'Book of Lies' and 'Satan Spawn' leave very little to the imagination as to what to expect from us from a lyrical point of view.
But those of you who expected us to go back into a raging frenzy of endless blastbeats and buzzsaw blade guitar sounds better beware. 'Illuminati' is our most varied album to date with a heavy, yet in-your-face type of production. We managed to make our sound bigger and more orchestral than ever before with the use of both atmospheric keyboard parts and many additional vocal parts such as choirs and grunt-on-tone type of vocals. There is a lot to be discovered in the songs of this album because of the many details hidden in the music that will only reveal itself after many listens, and at the same time the tunes on 'Illuminati' are catchier than ever before.
Lovers of Rhandy Roads-meets-Marty Friedman type of melodic guitar solos should definitely give Dave Meester's spectacular leads a listen. Dave was welcomed to the band's line-up during the European tour with Belphegor and Suffocation and stayed within our ranks ever since. Former guitar player Mike Ferguson however contributed greatly to 'Illuminati' by writing several stunning songs and riffs as well as recording half of all the rhythm tracks on the album. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours."
On February 7th, God Dethroned will release their new full-length, Illuminati, via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of Illuminati, a clip for the album's title track (a first of three interconnected short movies) can be viewed at: metalblade.com/goddethroned - where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:
On the live-front, God Dethroned have just confirmed three special Illuminati album-release shows in Lingen (Germany), Hoogeveen and Rotterdam (The Netherlands), before the start of their European tour with fellow deathsters Obscura, Thulcandra and label-mates Fractal Universe. This tour will cover central and eastern Europe, the Baltic states, Scandinavia as well as Germany, to be followed by another tour across the western part of Europe. Afterwards, the Americas are on God Dethroned's agenda and several festival appearances, of which the first ones have been announced now too. Confirmed God Dethroned live shows so far are as follows:
God Dethroned tour dates 2020:
'Illuminati' release shows
Feb. 7 - Lingen (Germany) - Alter Schlachthof
Feb. 8 - Hoogeveen (The Netherlands) - Het Podium
Feb. 9 - Rotterdam (The Netherlands) - Baroeg
w/ Obscura, Thulcandra, Fractal Universe
Feb. 15 - Zug (Switzerland) - Galvanik
Feb. 16 - Bologna (Italy) - Locomotiv
Feb. 17 - Ljubljana (Slovenia) - Orto Bar
Feb. 18 - Graz (Austria) - Explosiv
Feb. 19 - Tuzla (Bosnia-Herzegovina) - Palma
Feb. 20 - Sofia (Bulgaria) - Mixtape5
Feb. 21 - Bucharest (Romania) - Quantic Club
Feb. 22 - Belgrade (Serbia) - Bozidarac
Feb. 23 - Budapest (Hungary) - Dürer Kert
Feb. 24 - Bratislava (Slovakia) - Randal
Feb. 25 - Prague (Czech Rep.) - Futurum
Feb. 26 - Krakow (Poland) - Kwadrat
Feb. 27 - Warsaw (Poland) - Proxima
Feb. 28 - Riga (Latvia) - Melna Piektdiena
Feb. 29 - Tallinn (Estonia) - Tapper Club
Mar. 1 - Helsinki (Finland) - Tavastia
Mar. 3 - Stockholm (Sweden) - Klubben
Mar. 4 - Oslo (Norway) - John Dee
Mar. 5 - Aarhus (Denmark) - Voxhall
Mar. 6 - Essen (Germany) - Turock
Mar. 7 - Landshut (Germany) - Rocket Club
Mar. 28 - Hirschaid (Germany) - Braincrusher Festival
Apr. 17 - Lichtenfels (Germany) - Ragnarok Festival
May 2 - Erica (The Netherlands) - Pitfest
Jun. 5 - Montagny (France) - Lions Metal Fest
Jul. 24 - Freissenbüttel (Germany) - Burning Q Festival
Jul. 25 - Ottobeuren (Germany) - Schlichtenfest
And more shows to be announced soon…
God Dethroned line-up
Henri Sattler - vocals, guitars
Michiel van der Plicht - drums
Jeroen Pomper - bass, vocals
Dave Meester - guitars
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