SIMONE SIMONS will release a solo album in August
Markus Heavy Music Blog » Symphonic Metal
by mwie68
2M ago
Dutch singer Simone Simons has been a part of Epica for more than two decades, and her voice is a cornerstone of the epic metal outfit. With a busy schedule and focus on the musical mothership, it wasn't easy for Simons to find some time to work on a solo album, an undertaking that has ..read more
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Review BLACKBRIAR ‘A Dark Euphony’
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by mwie68
10M ago
The market for symphonic bands is not an easy one. Nightwish and Epica have been mentioned. Should it be more pop-oriented, then there are bands like Within Temptation and Delain. For the latter, Blackbriar opened in Utrecht in early 2020, which certainly helped the band to establish itself. At that time there was no debut ..read more
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EPICA to support METALLICA on stadium shows in May
Markus Heavy Music Blog » Symphonic Metal
by mwie68
1y ago
Symphonic metal titans Epica have been announced as direct support for Metallica at Paris’ Stade de France and Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion during Metallica’s M72 world tour. Vocalist Simone Simons comments: “We are beyond excited to share the stage with the legendary Metallica that has had a great influence on the whole music scene, including Epica.” Epica ..read more
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DELAIN will embark on a tour in spring 2023
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by mwie68
1y ago
Dutch metal outfit Delain will return to Germany for five shows during spring 2023. With Diana Leah the band has a new singer on board and the new album is in the pipeline ..read more
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Live report APOCALYPTICA, EPICA & WHEEL, Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg – January 28th, 2023
Markus Heavy Music Blog » Symphonic Metal
by mwie68
1y ago
Hamburg faces tonight a kind of ‘-ca’ night with Apocalyptica and Epica being in town. The third band, being part of the ‘The Epic Apocalypse Tour’ are Wheel from Finland. The first thing one notices is a 200m queue of fans, waiting for the opening of doors of the Grosse Freiheit 36. Such a line ..read more
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Review THERION ‘Leviathan II’
Markus Heavy Music Blog » Symphonic Metal
by mwie68
1y ago
Therion have undoubtedly delivered some great albums, if you think of longplayers like 'Vovin' and the outstanding 'Theli'. However, these times are long gone and what the band wants to show with their new album 'Leviathan II' remains their secret. In any case, it is noticeable that the latest output cannot keep up with the ..read more
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Review TARJA ‘Best Of: Living the Dream’
Markus Heavy Music Blog » Symphonic Metal
by mwie68
1y ago
Tarja needs no introduction, as the soprano is one of the icons of symphonic metal. Tarja became well-known, among other things, because of her successful years with Nightwish. After leaving the Finnish chart-stormers, the singer started a solo career, which impresses until today. With 'Henkäys ikuisuudesta' and 'My Winter Storm', Tarja set first standards. The ..read more
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TARJA announce her first ‘Best Of…’-album
Markus Heavy Music Blog » Symphonic Metal
by mwie68
1y ago
Tarja is undoubtedly one of the greats in her genre, which she demonstrated with a superb performance at this year's Wacken Festival. Now the singer announces with 'Best Of: Living the Dream' her first Best Of - album, which will be released on December 2, 2022 via earMUSIC. Photo: Tim Tronckoe/earMUSIC Here are the different ..read more
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Live report BEYOND THE BLACK, AMARANTHE, BUTCHER BABIES & AD INFINITUM, Zeltphilharmonie, Hamburg – November 5th, 2022
Markus Heavy Music Blog » Symphonic Metal
by mwie68
1y ago
Once you get through the Elbtunnel in Hamburg without a traffic jam and then you wait in line in front of the parking lot of the Zeltphilharmonie. The latter is a new location in Hamburg, located in the middle of the harbor area. It is the Cruise Center Steinwerder, on whose large site a tent ..read more
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Review BLIND GUARDIAN ‘The God Machine’
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by mwie68
1y ago
The futuristic artwork of the new record makes it quite clear; Blind Guardian are heralding a new chapter. But one thing after the other. The band from Krefeld released one of the best debut albums of German heavy metal in 1998. Battalions of Fear' is the title of this masterpiece, which found a decent successor ..read more
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