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Visions Of Atlantis

Formed: 2000
From: Bruck an der Mur, Austria
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Visions Of Atlantis News

Below is our complete Visions Of Atlantis 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.

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Visions Of Atlantis Set To Announce New Vocalist

Austrian power metal band Visions of Atlantis has issued the following statement about finding a new vocalist:

"Let me tell you that the waiting-time is over soon :-)

"Within the next week we will present you the name and the face of our new Female Voice and Band member! At the moment she's at the shooting for her first Visions of Atlantis Promotional Pictures, which will be released on the homepage including her name and further information within the next week...

"From now on we won't keep you updated not only by words but also we're planning to do a Video-Blog from time to time where the guys and girl from VoA can tell you the most important news about the recording process and all other VoA-related stuff (and maybe also not just VoA-related stuff) so that all of you can get the news right from us, from face to face :-)

"We're also planning a few other things for the homepage but more on that later, at first we'll gonne have some very important updates within next week! So be sure to check out the homepage or our myspace-site more often the next days!"

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Visions of Atlantis Drop Off Kamelot Tour

KAMELOT have issued the following update:

"Due to personal changes in the band VISIONS Of ATLANTIS they will not be available as the openers on the upcoming Ghost Opera Europe 2008 tour with special guests FIREWIND. We are looking at several other options for the opener spot on the tour and hope to a replacement announced very soon."

As previously reported, vocalist Melissa Ferlaak and guitarist Wolfgang "Wops" Koch recently parted ways with Visions Of Atlantis. More...

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Visions Of Atlantis Search For New Vocalist

Austrian symphonic metallers VISIONS OF ATLANTIS have officially launched a search for a new female singer. The band says in an online update: "If you feel like having the talent, commitment and dedication for joining Visions Of Atlantis, please send a demo of your vocal abilities and two-three pictures to this e-mail address: thomas@listenup-management.com. We look forward to receiving your submissions and really hope to find a new singer soon!"

Visions Of Atlantis parted ways with singer Melissa Ferlaak, and her boyfriend, guitarist Wolfgang "Wops" Koch on November 28.

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Visions of Atlantis Rejoined by Guitarist

Thomas Caser, drummer for the Austrian symphonic metal band VISIONS OF ATLANTIS has issued the following statement regarding the recent announcement that the group's Minnesota-based vocalist, Melissa Ferlaak, and her boyfriend, guitarist Wolfgang "Wops" Koch, were leaving the band:

"In the past seven years, I have dedicated ALL my energy into VISIONS OF ATLANTIS. I have been responsible to bring the band up from scratch — got all the record deals, shows, tours, did ALL the work there is besides the music and put all my personal interests aside so I can focus on the band. For this time I also put my professional career behind in order to focus on the band... I have seen people join and leave the band, understood all of their personal/musical views and have never had any hard feelings about them. But if you commit to something where other people are involved with, may it be bandmates, fans, record label, then you also have some sort of responsibility towards them. That's my (our) point and that is why we are upset with this situation. Or should we be happy??? I cannot go out and say, 'All the best to you, and thanks for leaving us before such an important tour.' This was crucial for VISIONS OF ATLANTIS, we could have hit a bigger audience, the tour we have always dreamed about... If it was 'only' Wolfgang leaving, we could live well with the situation, but it is our singer — our 'face' — who has left. And she left because he left, that's a fact. Fearing that the musical direction could become more 'Cast Away'-orientated." More...

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Visions Of Atlantis Lose Singer And Guitarist

Austrian symphonic metallers VISIONS OF ATLANTIS have issued the following:

"Melissa (Ferlaak) and Wolfgang leave Visions Of Atlantis...

Yes, you read right, Melissa, as well as her boyfriend Wolfgang ("Wops" Koch) are not in Visions Of Atlantis anymore. We were as much shocked about that as you must be, but it is the sad truth. Some people just don't know what the word commitment means...

We (the remaining rest of VoA) want to appologize to all fans out there who believed in us and supported us, we hope you stay loyal with VoA. Of course we are trying to find a substitute for Melissa, we already have one for Wolfgang (to be announced soon). The show must go on...

At this point we do not know what happens regarding the Kamelot tour... It is surely not as easy as Melissa states below.

Well, please read their official blahblah about dropping out below.

Melissa: "This is the hardest decision I have ever had to make because its not something I necessarily want to do, but it is something I feel I have to do. I have decided to leave Visions of Atlantis. There are a few reasons why, but primarily it has to do with where my priorities are at the present time. This doesn't mean that I will stop making metal, but my preferences, needs, desires have shifted now. And honestly, I don't want to write music with a group that Wolfgang isn't a part of.

I want to also apologize for those who were excited for the Kamelot tour. But it sounds like the guys are going to find another singer to fill the slot. I feel most bad about this because I was looking forward to meeting so many of you and seeing our friends/fans again.

I want to thank everyone for supporting VoA over the last few years and thank the guys for everything! It's been a blast! To all the friends/fans, it has been great getting to know you. Thanks for everything!!"

Wolfgang: "After months of thinking about the pros and cons, I finally have decided to leave VoA. I wanna express that I leave VoA without any hard feelings or any fights involved, it's a personal decision, not really dealing with the relation to anybody else in the group. I know I owe VoA a lot, it has given me great tours, a great possibility, perfect support from Napalm, I saw places I´d never seen in my life and I´ve played crowds bigger than any crowd I'll ever play again. And I've met a ton of great people, and had a blast drinking with the guys ;)

I especially feel bad for Mario, who was already eager to start the songwriting for the next album, and has been my main partner for what turned out to be my songs on Trinity. Needless to mention all the improvements he brought for the Harbi tracks.

I don't feel creative in a VoA context any more. All the stuff I've written since Trinity doesn't fit to VoA at all, as naturally, I cannot go less heavy than let's say Wing Shaped Heart and I've found myself happier with heavier music. And I know that there's a certain limit to where you can push VoA music without being too far off from what was created by the previous line-ups. I analyzed Cast Away pretty well, and tried to discover the core of the music, without the production and arrangements & add my own style to forge my Trinity songs, which turned out well, and I'm still happy with them. But on the other hand, I cannot stand behind certain other parts of the VoA-Legacy or present with all I got, and with the labelling it brought with it. I guess even if we had written a Deathmetal-album, everybody still would label VoA a “version II” of some Finnish band I highly dislike, just because of the music composed on the first album and the promotion done on the second one. Trinity has no influence except our own, and certainly is no “version II” of something, but too many people are either deaf or still associate the current line-up with previous VoA recordings automatically, therefore I think that VoA might never get the attention/credibility it earned with great parts of Trinity.

So yeah, good luck to the guys & thanks to everybody cool I've met or the VoA-fans around the globe I've met."

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Sanctity Join Sonata Arctica Tour

SANCTITY has replaced VISIONS OF ATLANTIS as the support act for SONATA ARCTICA on their February 2008 North American tour. The dates are as follows:

Feb. 01 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
Feb. 02 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
Feb. 03 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Feb. 05 - Quebec City, QUE @ Imperial de Quebec
Feb. 06 - London, ONT @ Embassy
Feb. 08 - Winnipeg, MB @ The West End Cultural Centre
Feb. 09 - Regina, SK @ Exchange
Feb. 10 - Edmonton, AL @ Starlite Room
Feb. 11 - Calgary, AL @ The Warehouse
Feb. 13 - Vancouver, BC @ Plaza Club
Feb. 14 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Feb. 15 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Feb. 16 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
Feb. 18 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Feb. 19 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

Tickets are available through EnterTheVault.com and all normal ticketing outlets.

SANCTITY's video for the song "Beloved Killer" can be viewed below. The clip was shot in Asheville, NC with director Ramon Boutviseth. The track comes off the band's Roadrunner Records debut, "Road to Bloodshed", which hit stores on April 24.

SANCTITY formed in 2000 and is comprised of Jared MacEachern (vocals, rhythm guitar), Zeff Childress (lead guitar), Derek Anderson (bass) and Jeremy London (drums).

SANCTITY took part in last year's Gigantour alongside MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD, ARCH ENEMY and OPETH.

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New Photos In The Photo Gallery

I just wanted to mention that we've posted quite a few new photos in the photo gallery lately. Many of them have been posted after the initial tour report or without a special announcement so I wanted to draw some attention to the latest galleries including:

  • Epica, Visions Of Atlantis, The Agonist and Unexpect From their NYC show

  • Lamb Of God, Hatebreed, Behemoth, and 3 Inches of Blood on an Off-Fest 2007 date in Baltimore, MD

  • Dimmu Borgir's Invaluable Darkness Tour stop in Tampa, FL

  • Cthonic's Off-Fest date in St Paul, MN

  • The Summer Slaughter tour stop in NYC

You can check them all out at our photo gallery.

PS - I'm well aware that the gallery is due an update.

PPS - Coming soon - photos from the Viva La Bands tour in Baltimore with CKY, Gwar and Cradle of Filth

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The Agonist Tour Schedule

The Agonist will be touring in September and October. Here are the tour dates:

dates w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
9/6 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
9/8 Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
9/9 New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom

dates w/ Sonata Arctica, Firewind
9/12 Dallas, TX @ Palladium
9/14 Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
9/15 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
9/16 Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club
9/17 Santa Ana, CA @ The Galaxy Theatre
9/19 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
9/21 Chicago, IL @ Metro/Smart Bar
9/22 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's Concert Theatre
9/23 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
9/24 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
9/26 Quebec City, QC @ Salle Albert Rousseau
9/27 Montreal, QC @ Medley
9/28 Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
9/29 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (no Firewind)
9/30 New York, NY @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
10/02 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
10/03 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
10/06 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
10/07 Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
10/09 Houston, TX @ Meridian

dates w/ Overkill
10/11 Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
10/12 Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
10/13 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
10/14 Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
10/15 Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
10/16 Cedar Falls, IA @ Reverb
10/17 Sauget, IL @ Pop's
10/18 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under

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Unexpect Announce More Upcoming Shows

Canadian experimental metallers UNEXPECT have lined up the following upcoming North American tour dates:

August 17 - Toronto, ON @ The Metal Bar
September 9 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
September 14 - Oshawa, ON @ Royal Canadian Legion
September 30 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Sonata Arctica
October 13 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Rock and Shock Festival)
October 14 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
October 15 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
October 16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House w/ After Forever
October 17 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks w/ After Forever
October 26 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft w/ Prong
October 27 - Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Place w/ Prong
November 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Enslaved, Arsis

The band will also be taking part in the previously announced North American tour featuring TRAIL OF TEARS, CELLADOR, and ECHOES OF ETERNITY. You can check out the dates for that tour online here.

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Visions Of Atlantis Announce US Tour Dates

The Austrian symphonic/gothic metal band Visions Of Atlantis will be touring North America for the first time beginning in September. The band is supporting their recent album Trinity.

Here are the latest Visons Of Atlantis Tour Dates:

9.5.07 US - West Springfield, VA / Jaxx
9.6.07 US - Hartford, CT / Webster Theatre
9.7.07 US - Pughkeepsie, NY / The Chance
9.8.07 US - Bedford, NH / Mark's Place
9.9.07 US - New York City, NY / Highline Ballroom
9.11.07 CA - Montréal, QC / Club Soda
9.12.07 CA - Québec, QC / Impérial
9.14.07 CA - Toronto, OT / The Funhouse
9.15.07 US - Cleveland, OH / Peabody's
9.16.07 US - Detroit, MI / I-Rock
9.18.07 US - Mokena, IL / The Pearl Room
9.19.07 US - St. Paul, MN / Station 4
9.22.07 US - Seattle, WA / Studio Seven
9.23.07 US - Portland, OR / Roseland Theater & Grill
9.25.07 US - West Hollywood, CA / Whiskey a Go Go
9.26.07 US - Santa Ana, CA / Galaxy Theatre
9.27.07 MX - Mexicali / The Metro
9.28.07 US - Tempe, AZ / The Clubhouse
9.30.07 US - San Antonio, TX / Sanctuary
10.1.07 US - Houston, TX / Meridian

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Epica Set 'The Divine Conspiracy' Release Date

Nuclear Blast Records has set a September 7 German release date for the new album from Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA, entitled "The Divine Conspiracy". The CD will presumably arrive in the rest of Europe on September 10.

"The Divine Conspiracy", which was mixed by Sascha Paeth, features a session appearance by GOD DETHRONED drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek. EPICA has yet to name a full-time drummer following the departure of Jeroen Simons in 2006.

As previously reported, EPICA has been confirmed as the support act for SONATA ARCTICA on their upcoming European tour in November. More...

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Visions Of Atlantis Post "Trinity" Song Samples

With their upcoming third offering, Trinity, the Austro-American sextet VISIONS OF ATLANTIS "takes Symphonic Metal to a new level as majestically powerful Metal songs complete with heavy guitars and unrelenting drumming meet emotional ballads and romantic soundscapes. The distinctive epic string arrangements compliment the multi-faceted compositions, superbly crowned by fantastic soprano vocals and the equally strong singing talents of the male counterpart. By masterfully merging their classic roots with powerful modern elements, VOA deliver an album that is not only mystic and heavy, but also insightful and bombastic."

Here are some song samples from "Trinity":

"Trinity" is due out in April 2007.

As previously reported, the band will be touring the US in September with Epica.

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Visions Of Atlantis and Epica N. American Tour

Austro-American Symphonic Metal Band VISIONS OF ATLANTIS will tour North America with EPICA. The two bands were on the road together before, when VOA supported EPICA for their European tour in 2004.

The current North American tour dates follow:

05.09.2007 USA - West Springfield VA, Jaxx
06.09.2007 USA - Hartford CT, Webster Theatre
07.09.2007 USA - Pughkeepsie NY, The Chance
08.09.2007 USA - Bedford NH, Mark's Place
09.09.2007 USA - New York City NY, Highline Ballroom
14.09.2007 CAN - Toronto ONT, The Funhouse
15.09.2007 USA - Cleveland OH, Peabody's
16.09.2007 USA - Detroit MI, I-Rock
18.09.2007 USA - Mokena IL, The Pearl Room
19.09.2007 USA - St. Paul MN, Station 4
22.09.2007 USA - Seattle WA, Studio Seven
25.09.2007 USA - West Hollywood CA, Whiskey a Go Go
27.09.2007 MEX - Mexicali, The Metro
30.09.2007 USA - San Antonio TX, Sanctuary
01.10.2007 USA - Houston TX, Meridian

Watch out for VISIONS OF ATLANTIS's new album "Trinity," due in April 2007.

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Mnemic Added To Japan's Independence D Festival

Denmark's futuristic metallers Mnemic will head on their first trip to Japan in March. They will be part of a three day festival/convention called "Independence-D", set to take place March 11-13 at Studio Coast Shinkiba in Tokyo, Japan.

Also appearing on the bill are The Dillinger Escape Plan, Heaven Shall Burn, Loudness, Misfits, Visions of Atlantis among others.

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Edenbridge To Join Angra For European Tour

ANGRA, EDENBRIDGE and MANTICORA will be teaming up for an European tour starting next month. Complete list of dates includes: More...

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Visions of Atlantis Sign with Napalm

Australian symphonic metallers Visions of Atlantis have signed a worldwide recording deal with Napalm Records.

The band will release their second album through the label in June, 2004. The release will be produced by Emppu Vuorinen and Marcelo Cabuli.

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