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Imperia

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Latest Imperia News

Below is our complete Imperia news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Imperia Posts New Album Trailer Online

Imperia has posted a new trailer online for its recently released studio album Secret Passion." You can view the trailer in the player below.

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Imperia Streaming Samples From New Album

Imperia has posted several sample tracks online from the band's upcoming album "Secret Passion," which is set for release on March 25th. You can check out the songs by heading over to the newly redesigned Imperia MySpace profile. The artwork for the album is also available for viewing below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Touch Of Your Hand
2. Secret Passion
3. Fragile
4. Out Of Sight
5. Let Down
6. Violence
7. Like Rain
8. Suicide
9. Hold On
10. Greed
11. Missing It All
12. My Sleeping Angel More...

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Imperia Posts "Secret Passion" Trailer

Vocalist Helena of Imperia has posted a video clip online to discuss the band's forthcoming album "Secret Passion." You can check out the clip below.

The album will be released on March 25th and features the following track listing:

1. Touch Of Your Hand
2. Secret Passion
3. Fragile
4. Out Of Sight
5. Let Down
6. Violence
7. Like Rain
8. Suicide
9. Hold On
10. Greed
11. Missing It All
12. My Sleeping Angel

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New Imperia Song Available For Streaming

A new song is currently available for streaming from Dutch gothic metal act Imperia. The new track "Fragile," which is off the band's upcoming album "Secret Passion," can be heard through the Massacre Records MySpace page. The album was recorded at Spacelab Studio and will feature the following track listing:

1. Touch Of Your Hand
2. Secret Passion
3. Fragile
4. Out Of Sight
5. Let Down
6. Violence
7. Like Rain
8. Suicide
9. Hold On
10. Greed
11. Missing It All
12. My Sleeping Ange

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Imperia Enters The Studio

Dutch gothic metal act Imperia has recently entered Germany's Spacelab Studio, where the band also recorded the album "Queen Of Light." Steve has started recording the drums on November 8th. The yet untitled album will be released on February 25th, 2011 via Massacre Records.

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Imperia To Headline Mystic Fair

Although IMPERIA is currently in the middle of the songwriting process for the new album, the band has agreed to perform an exlusive show at the 2008 edition of the MYSTIC FAIR.

The gothic and fantasy fair will be held at the Ahoy (outdoor) in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. IMPERIA will be headlining the festival on Saturday, the 19th of July.

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Imperia Begin Writing New Album

Dutch/Norwegian goth metal band IMPERIA — which is fronted by Norwegian singer Helena Iren Michaelsen (the original vocalist of the Holland-based band SAHARA DUST, which later changed its name to EPICA) — has issued the following update:

"Right now IMPERIA is busy with writing songs for the new album, which will be released — as [was] the current [IMPERIA CD] 'Queen of Light' — through Massacre Records. The release date or the studio is not decided yet, but you will be surely informed about the songwriting progress."

IMPERIA's sophomore album, "Queen of Light", was released in March 2007 via Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2004's "The Ancient Dance of Qetesh" contains 13 tracks and is "heavier and more varied" than its predecessor, according to a press release. "There are fast and powerful metal songs, slow ballads, heavy songs as well as a lot of serious guitar leads and oriental keyboards. It is a diverse album with crystal clear sound!"

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Manowar To Play Romania In July

According to Metalfan.ro, MANOWAR will play in Bucharest, Romania on July 7. More information will be made available soon.

MANOWAR will headline this year's Magic Circle Festival, set to take place July 9-12 in Bad Arolsen, Germany. This year's event will feature four days of metal, 20,000 free beers, 20,000 free copies of the new MANOWAR single and four custom-built choppers owned by MANOWAR members to be given away. Also scheduled to appear are HOLYHELL, JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR, MAJESTY and STORMWARRIOR.

MANOWAR is scheduled to perform on the Friday evening of the festival, where they will play "Battle Hymns", "Into Glory Ride" and "Hail To England". On the Saturday evening, the band will play "Sign Of The Hammer", "Fighting The World" and "Kings Of Metal". This set will also feature, for the first time, a rendition of "The Crown And The Ring (Lament Of The Kings)", which will feature the original choir and orchestral performance that has never been seen before. More...

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Imperia Discuss Latest Effort, “Queen of Light”

Boasting the versatile, multi-dimensional voice of Helena Iren Michaelsen, Imperia has given birth to “Queen of Light.” While often put in the “atmospheric metal” realm, Imperia truly defies simple categorization. Its keyboard-laden music lends itself to a sense of grandiosity, while the guitars anchor the group’s music into a strong rock/metal base.

“I believe we have a lot of different elements in our music and that makes it hard to categorize,” said guitarist Jan “Örkki” Yrlund. “Quite often bands with female singers are described as ‘gothic metal’ but I don't believe that does any justice. In our music we do have fast and slow songs, atmospheric songs, but also fast up-tempo songs. The most recognizable part is the voice of Helena, which is truly remarkable. She can do everything from high soprano voice to deep grunts.”

During the recording of the album Michaelsen gave birth to a daughter, giving the title of the album a deeper meaning. “For Helena the album title has a symbolic meaning and refers to the birth of her daughter Angel,” said Yrlund. “Helena was pregnant while we were doing the first vocal parts, and later when finishing her parts she had already given birth. She wanted to record a piece of the crying of her daughter as well, so you can hear her on the intro to the song ‘Queen of Light.’”

Spread out through Europe – Michaelsen and keyboardist Audun Gronnestad in Norway, Yrlund in Finland, guitarist John Stam in Holland, drummer Steve Wolz in Germany, and bassist Gerry Verstreken in Belgium – the group does its songwriting in home studios.

“We send a lot of files around through the internet,” Yrlund said. “When we have decided which songs we will record, we get together and head for the studio. The songs on the latest album are written by me and our keyboard wizard Audun but everybody’s role is equally important in the recording process.”

“Queen of Light” is available through Locomotive Music.

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Manowar Make Big Promises For Magic Circle Fest

A five-minute video clip containing left-over fan interviews from the upcoming Magic Circle Festival DVD can be viewed below.

The Magic Circle Festival, which was organized by MANOWAR's Magic Circle Music, took place July 6-7, 2007 Bad Arolsen, Germany and was reportedly attended by 25,000 fans.

In addition to different sets by MANOWAR on each day, this year's Magic Circle Festival featured performances by GAMMA RAY, MAJESTY, HOLYHELL, MOB RULES, STORMWARRIOR, MESSIAH'S KISS, DAVID SHANKLE GROUP, LION'S SHARE, HEAVENLY, IMPERIA and SAIDIAN.

MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio reportedly announced at this year's Magic Circle Festival that the event will be held annually from now on. On the first day of next year's gathering, MANOWAR will sign as much stuff as they can and will give away "thousands" of free beers and copies of their new single as well as four custom-built chopper bikes, each belonging to one of the bandmembers. On top of that, MANOWAR will apparently play their first six albums in their entirety, from "Battle Hymns" to "Kings of Metal". More...

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Imperia, Saidian Confirmed For Magic Circle Fest

Two more bands have been confirmed for the Magic Circle Festival. IMPERIA and SAIDIAN will both perform on Friday, July 6th 2007.

Unfortunately GALAXY had to cancel their performance at the Magic Circle Festival due to visa and immigration complications. However Galaxy would like to say to all metal fans that they will find a way to make it up to them in the future.

IMPERIA is an atmospheric metal band who's sound is especially evident by the distinguished and remarkable strong voice of Helena Iren Michaelsen (ex-Trail Of Tears), who sings in a variety of styles from deep emotional feelings to extreme operatic expressions. The music is full of vivacity, it is heavy, bombastic and orchestral, but it also contains elements of pure metal. The band is a true cross-border unit of musicians originating from different countries: Norway, Finland, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. Through hard work and extensive touring the band has earned its reputation as a powerful live band.

SAIDIAN is Germany’s Melodic Metal sensation from 2005. They will be promoting their latest record "Phoenix," which features headbanging tracks, fantastic guitar work, an ass-kickin rhythm section and outstanding vocal performances of singer Markus "Angel" Engelfried.

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Imperia Post New Track, "Mirror," Online

A new MP3 called 'Mirror', from IMPERIA's latest album, Queen Of Light, has been added to their MySpace Profile.

In other news, Imperia is featured with the song 'Broken Wings' on a new double compilation CD called Gothic Spirits 5. This is a German release by ZYX Music and it features many known bands in the genre.

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Imperia Post New Song Online

Dutch/Norwegian goth metal band IMPERIA (photo) has posted its new song "Raped by the Devil" to the group's MySpace page. The track comes off the band's sophomore album, "Queen of Light" (cover), due on March 23 via Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2004's "The Ancient Dance of Qetesh" contains 13 tracks and is "heavier and more varied" than its predecessor, according to a press release. "There are fast and powerful metal songs, slow ballads, heavy songs as well as a lot of serious guitar leads and oriental keyboards. It is a diverse album with crystal clear sound!" The album will be released in two versions: as a regular CD in a jewel-case and as a limited-edition digipak. The digipak version will feature a "making of 'Queen of Light'" video documentary as a bonus.

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Leaves' Eyes To Headline Metal Female Voices Fest

LEAVES' EYES have been confirmed to be the headliner of the Metal Female Voices Fest V, which is due to take place on October 20th, 2007 at Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. According to the band the theme of their show will be "En Saga i Belgia", and it will be filmed for release on their forthcoming DVD.

Other bands on the bill include: AFTER FOREVER, BATTLELORE, DISTORTED, DRACONIAN, ELIS, EPICA, THE GATHERING, IMPERIA, INTERRIA, SERAPHIM, SIRENIA, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY and VALKYRE.

DORO has now been confirmed to headline the festival pre-show on October 19th, also at the Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. Other acts scheduled to perform on the night include HOLY MOSES, DARZAMAT and DYLATH-LEEN

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Imperia Confirm New Dates For The Netherlands

IMPERIA, featuring former TRAIL OF TEARS singer Helena Michaelsen, have confirmed two more shows for The Netherlands. On 20th of January IMPERIA will play in "Paard" in Den Haag and on 18th of March in "Peppel" in Zeist.

Also, check out some samples from the new album "The Ancient Dance Of Qetesh" in the Music Section on their official website.

Back to the live dates, the itinerary now includes: More...

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Imperia To Perform At Gothic Fair In Netherlands

IMPERIA, the new band fronted by former TRAIL OF TEARS singer Helena Iren Michaelsen, will play two shows at Archeon Midwinter Fair 2004, which takes place in the Archeon Themapark (Alphen aan den Rijn, NL) on December 18th and 19th. It is a Fantasy and Gothic Fair with a lot of acts, performances, lectures, presentations, workshops, exhibitions and a Gothic & Fantasy market. The musical performances will take place in the Middeleeuwse Klooster.

Imperia has also been confirmed for EuroSonic Festival 2005 (part of Noorderslag - weekend) in Groningen, Netherlands. The festival takes place on January 14th, 2005. There are more than 110 bands on 20 different stages participating.

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