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On March 22, 2013, Dutch symphonic metal act Epica will celebrate the band's 10th Anniversary with a fully orchestrated extravaganza dubbed "Retrospect." With tickets nearly sold out for the event, the band is offering fans from across the world the opportunity to witness the show via livestream. "Retrostream" packages start at $6.00 (€ 5,00) to witness the event and $39.00 (€ 30,00) for the livestream, t-shirt, ticket and laminate. More information and orders can be found at this location.
"Retrospect" will feature a 70-piece Extended Remenyi Ede Chamber Orchestra and the Choir of Miskolc National Theatre and represents the band's most ambitious project to date, with special effects and unexpected guests. More...
System Divide has posted the following announcement online about canceling the band's upcoming tour dates with Epica:
"It is with great regret we have to announce that System Divide has to drop off our north american tour with Epica. Miri already had to leave earlier due to a health emergency within the family and things have complicated further so unfortunately I have to make the decision to go back and support my wife and family in these hard times.
"We have pushed through as far as possible to make this work and appreciate the support of the fans that came to the shows to see System Divide. It has been an utmost privilege and pleasure to tour with Epica, not only are they great at what they do, they have been amazing people to be on the road with and they deserve everyone's support at the shows and respect.
"It is with great sadness in our hearts that we have to say bye to them today but hopefully our paths will cross again in the future. Our touring brothers in Insomnium and Alestorm as well, we will all miss you and see you again soon!
"We apologize to all the fans/promoters who were looking forward to see the band, we will do our utmost best to come back to north america and play our hearts out for you all as soon as possible. We will utilize the time now to write the best album we possibly can and return in 2013 with a vengeance!" More...
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11:00am. After two full days of brushing my teeth with bottled water, “morning” and “night” (relative terms), without a sink, I have toothpaste streaked in white stains all over my army-green shorts. I’ve already lost count of people who’ve asked me how much I’ve been jerking it.
12:00pm. A bracing gust of wind pummels the gazebo. So far, the guy lines and tent pegs anchoring the flimsy metal stanchions to the ground have held (with some occasional coaxing), but they’ve taken a beating from the continuous breeze. We’re situated on the crest of a slope that scoops up the air and sends it hurtling into our camp. More...
Premiere pirate metal band and Napalm Records recording artist Alestorm will be setting sail to North American waters once again, touring the United States and Canada this month and next as direct support to Epica.
The 28-date tour begins on October 23rd in Washington, DC and concludes November 24th in Baltimore, with three headlining Alestorm shows along the way. Also joining the tour will be Insomnium, System Divide, and Destiny Potato. Dates are available below.
If there was ever an event for a first time festival goer, it would be ProgPower USA. Unfortunately, fans here are spoiled by the incredible privileges, some of which could never be properly duplicated by any of the huge European festivals. In Atlanta, you won’t find camping sites, 80,000 people and huge immense lines for signing sessions. What you will find is a community of about 1200 well-educated and well versed fans that throw an amazing party and represent some of the nicest people from all over the U.S. and the world. However, it is a party which also includes the many members of the best bands you can find in the world (not just those who are playing) all within an incredibly intimate setting of a venue that is as unmatched in sound quality as it is fan friendly. For its first 12 years, ProgPower USA seemed out of my reach for reasons I cannot fully explain or comprehend (stupidity comes to mind). However, lucky #13 consisted of a lineup which I personally felt was the strongest in its history (though called “weak” by progressive fan standards), and was perfect for my very first taste of the ProgPower USA experience. As soon as this lineup was announced last year, I drew up the battle plan to attend. The ability to see Serenity, Mystic Prophecy, Pretty Maids and so many others make their debut U.S. performances was something of a dream for this aging fan boi. Topping it off was a headline performance my current favorite Epica, so finding a way to get there became mandatory. What transpired exceeded all my hopes and expectations, a dream I wish I never woke from. (For complete reviews, check out Metal Underground.com's road reports on Day One, Day Two and the pre-show with Nightwish & Kamelot by colleague Progressivity_In_All.) More...
While the rest of the world went to work or whatever it is they normally would do on a Friday, the contingent of the lovers of loud and fast music down on Peachtree St in Atlanta were being awesome. The day that many metal fans were waiting for since Day Two of the 2011 festival had finally come around -- Day One of the 2012 festival had arrived, bringing with it headliners Epica and support bands Sinbreed, Kingcrow, Amaranthe, Serenity, Primordial, and Redemption. The night before, Nightwish and Kamelot had thrilled in the same venue.
With several levels of ticket options available to attendees, gold badge attendees were given early access to the festival's merchandise room. Like the gaping maw of a hungry beast, the doors to the merchandise room were opened at noon and soon swallowed absurd amounts of money with little effort from the wallets of attendees. For attendees who found the dilemma of "I just need ONE more CD," without having the money for it, there was an ATM around the hall so that "one more" could then turn into "ten more" without a worry. More...
Canadian band Blackguard is proud to announce a return to Europe, supporting Kamelot on an upcoming European tour beginning November 2nd in Eindhoven, Netherlands. See a full list of tour dates below.
Vocalist Paul Zinay comments “We had a blast conquering North America with Kamelot and now it's time to conquer some new territories. We are very honored that we were asked to join them on this tour and we'd like to give our deepest thanks and gratitude to Thomas and all of the Kamelot crew for extending us this invitation. This will be the last tour supporting our latest album Firefight and we can't imagine ending on a higher note than this.”
Blackguard is currently in the studio completing forthcoming album "Storm," due out Spring 2013. The band will begin a month long headlining tour starting October 7th in New York City before joining Epica on tour starting October 23rd. More...
On the 23rd of March, 2013 internationally renowned metal band Epica will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special performance entitled “Retrospect,” which will take place in the Klokgebouw in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. “Retrospect” will be see Epica joined by a 70-piece symphonic orchestra and choir, international guests, and lots of special effects.
Tickets will go on sale on the 15th of September at 10 AM (GMT+1) and will be available through the websites of Epica and Klokgebouw. This week the band will embark on a Latin American tour to promote latest album “Requiem for the Indifferent” (reviewed here), followed by a North American tour in October/November, and ending the year with a tour of France and the UK. More...
Hot on the heels of its March 2012 release of "Requiem for the Indifferent" (see Metal Underground.com's review here), Dutch symphonic metal band Epica is currently writing new material as the band prepares to invade North America this fall, including a headline performance at ProgPower USA on Friday, September 14, 2012.
In a post on its Facebook Page, the band added: "Already about 11 new tracks have been written for the next album. We don't know yet when we'll record it (somewhere in 2013) but this material sounds killer so far! Wouldn't be surprised if many people gonna like those songs."
The band will embark on the full North American tour on October 23, 2012 in Washington, D.C. with Alestorm, Insomnium and System Divide. Confirmed dates are as follows: More...
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica posted a video clip to air on the Dutch NTR TV show "Niks te gek," in which mentally challenged people can make their dreams come true. Ruurd Woltring's biggest wish was to record one of his songs with Epica, so the band took his music and lyrics and re-arranged it into an Epica song. They then invited him into the studio to record. The video airs on "Niks te gek" September 16th on Nederland 2.
Check out the video here:
Destiny Potato had previously announced the band would be hitting the road with Epica and Insomnium for a North American tour. The group has now issued the following statement about dropping off the tour:
"We have some bad and some good news ladies!! We are canceling October USA/Canada tour with headliner Epica. We realized that it doesn't fit our LP releasing plans and schedule atm so we had to do do it. It's a bummer, but it's probably better this way.
"Apologies to the bands... and of course fans who wanted to see us this fall and already bought the tickets, but...
"We already have a lot of touring planed for 2013 which will be announced sometime soon, we have a few songs coming out in this period and than the LP when we prepare the ground for it, which will be KICK FUKIN' ASS! Much love."
This year's Summer Breeze festival will be taking place from August 16th - 18th, with full details available at the festival's website here. The organizers of Summer Breeze have now issued the following announcement about confirming new bands:
"Since the release of their amazing breakthrough album 'Inwards', Dew-Scented have been at the forefront of European thrash metal. Since then, the cool bunch led by frontman Leif Jensen have been producing fantastic albums full of unstoppable riff power and overwhelming intensity at nicely regular intervals, cementing the band's excellent reputation time and again. In 2012, Dew-Scented aim at kick-starting their career with an entirely new line-up – with the exception of band boss Leif – and the fantastic new album 'Icarus', and are gearing up to shatter the Summer Breeze Open Air into small pieces. We are stoked to welcome the indestructible machine called Dew-Scented at our festival once more. Get thrashed!
"When Agrypnie played the Summer Breeze festival in 2008 for the first and only time so far, they were booked as consolation for all those who were mourning the recent disbanding of Nocte Obducta. Four years, one studio album and one EP later, the Hessians have made a career for themselves, having now reached the same level as the aforementioned group. Their new studio album is still being recorded as we speak, but their last EP 'Asche' was already an announcement for big things to come in the realm of post black metal. Expressive, multi-faceted, melancholic, dynamic – all these attributes fit Agrypnie like a glove and are underlined by the fact that their songs don't ever become predictable or interchangable. One of the most exciting bands our scene has to offer nowadays."
The Summer Breeze 2012 bill now looks like: More...
The ProgPower USA festival is approaching its thirteenth year, but if you were to look at the number of international bands who have made the Atlanta-based festival the site of their US debut, you would find that number even more impressive – a solid eighty-two. That number includes bands such as Nightwish, Blind Guardian, Edguy, Gamma Ray, Pagan’s Mind, Circus Maximus, Stratovarius, Riverside, and more. The US is not known for heavy metal festivals – at least not of the level that Europe is known for, with Wacken, Hellfest, and all sorts of other open-airs. In the US, ProgPower is the longest-running and most well-known of the handful of festivals we do have. Moreover, as evidenced by the title, this is a pointedly progressive- and power- metal themed festival, with performances by an average of 14-16 bands over several days.
Last year, I had the privilege of attending the festival and contributed a series of write-ups about each of the days afterwards. The experience was much like a Comic-Con or anime convention, only geared around highly amplified sound aimed at rattling my brain and rocking my soul. It was like another world altogether, given that everyone I interacted with on that three-day stretch could talk for hours on end about the juxtaposition of synthesizer and guitar solos with no reservations. It felt like a family reunion. More...
Epica has issued the following announcement about appearing at the upcoming 2012 edition of the Metal Female Voices Festival:
"Epica is proud to announce their participation on the 10th anniversary of Metal Female Voices Fest! MFVF celebrates it's tenth year of existence and Epica will be headlining the Sunday (21-10-12) of this awesome festival.
"We have been a regular guest on this festival since the beginning and MFVF has meant a lot to the growth of Epica so that is enough reason to throw a big party!!
"We are currently working to create the most awesome show in the history of MFVF so be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible and prepare to be rocked out of your socks!! See you all there!"
The organizers of the upcoming Summer Breeze 2012 festival have issued the following update about confirming new acts:
"Italy is not exactly a hotbed for dark doom metal. Fortunately enough, there are always exceptions to confirm the rule. With the three albums they have released so far, The Foreshadowing have provided a master class in gloom and doom. Hailing from Rome, the band prove that it is indeed possible to write great atmospheric songs without falling into excessive pathos and kitsch. Especially singer Marco Benevento's clear, ear-piercing vocals take the group's material to a level which is only populated by bands such as Katatonia, My Dying Bride, early Anathema and even Opeth. Don't miss this black pearl of darkness! You will hardly experience anything bigger, darker and more epic at Summer Breeze 2012!
"Breakdowns aren't exactly the most innovative element in metal nowadays... However, if you use them with such conviction and vehemence as Bleed From Within, even the most athletically challenged of metalheads should soon mutate into pit fighter number one. The UK band have two albums out which should appeal to fans of As I Lay Dying, Bring Me The Horizon and Parkway Drive, while at times Bleed From Within are even more melodic than the aforementioned bands, only to dive into a brutal breakdown the very next second. All fans of metalcore and deathcore should highlight this band in their personal running order, as this is the perfect stuff for all of them!"
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica posted a new music video for the track "Storm the Sorrow." The song appears on the band's latest LP "Requiem for the Indifferent" (see Metal Underground's review at this location).
In addition to a headline performance at ProgPower 2012, Epica also announced a North American headlining tour for the fall with Scottish pirates Alestorm and Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium. For full schedule and venues, head over to this location.
Check out "Storm the Sorrow" here: More...
Insomnium, which recently posted a music video online for "Regain the Fire," will join forces with Epica, Alestorm, System Divide and Destiny Potato to tour North America this fall. The currently announced dates are as follows:
10/23/12 Howard Theater – Washington, D.C.
10/25/12 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
10/26/12 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
10/27/12 Palladium – Worcester, MA
10/29/12 Imperial – Quebec City, QC - CANADA
10/30/12 Metropolis – Montreal, QC - CANADA
10/31/12 Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
11/02/12 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
11/03/12 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
11/04/12 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
11/05/12 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
11/07/12 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
11/08/12 Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
11/10/12 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
11/11/12 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
11/12/12 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
11/14/12 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
11/15/12 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
11/16/12 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
11/17/12 Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ
11/19/12 Trees – Dallas, TX
11/20/12 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
11/21/12 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
11/23/12 Headliners – Louisville, KY
11/24/12 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica posted up a trailer for the European Tour in support of the new LP "Requiem for the Indifferent" (reviewed here). The next stop on the current tour is April 8, 2012 in Mons, Belgium at the Mons PPM Fest.
Check out the trailer here:
The current dates for the tour are as follows: More...
Dutch symphonic band Epica, who are in the midst of the world tour in support of "Requiem for the Indifferent" (reviewed here), has split with bassist Yves Huts. Huts was one of the founding members of the band and has decided to leave to pursue his own business. In an announcement on the band's website, it was stated:
"It is with sadness that we announce that Yves Huts and Epica have decided to part ways. Yves has been with us from the start and has been of great value to the band. We want to thank Yves for his contribution to Epica's success and wish him the very best in his future career, whether musically or in a different way. We will never forget the good times we shared together on the road!!"
Huts also made a farewell statement to the fans:
013 is the venue where we did our first show with Epica and, almost a decade later, also my last. I'm leaving the band because I have another career opportunity that is not combinable with the schedule of a world touring band. I've tried to live these two different lives simultaniously for as long as I could but in the end I just had to make a choice, one of the most difficult ones in my life. I look back to these 10 years in Epica satisfied and enriched with life experience. As a founding member I'm proud of what we've achieved so far and I'm sure the future has a lot more great things in store for the band.
"I would like to thank the band, crew, fans and everybody else involved for the good times and I wish my successor good luck.
"Those of you that might be interested in any possible future musical plans of mine can visit my artist page on facebook.
Yves Huts" More...
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica is offering the track "Serenade of Self-Destruction" as a free download at this location. Apparently, the instrumental version of the track found its way on the master of the first pressing of "Requiem for the Indifferent" (see Metal Underground's review of the album at this location). Pre-ordered copies of the physical CD were affected and as a result have become unintended collector's items.
The track can also be heard in its entirety here: