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The morning of September 15th was a bit hazy for most attendees, as the Artmore post-show celebrations had famously ensued when Epica finished up Day One's show at 2:30 in the AM. Really, where else were you going to go after getting 12 straight hours of show time, knowing that the bands you just saw on stage would be mingling with you in the courtyard? It just didn't make sense to go home. Nightwish and Kamelot were off on their tour after playing the pre-ProgPower show on Thursday.
One of the other fun things about ProgPower is that it brings out members of other bands who aren't playing, but just want to see a great show. In the courtyard later in the day, I would run into Pyramaze vocalist Urban Breed (ex-Tad Morose) as well as Oklahoma-based progressive metal band Vangough. I met the members of Vangough at a Mexican restaurant a block up from the venue for lunch and an interview about their most recent album, "Kingdom of Ruin," and their future. Festivities for Day Two kicked off at 2:30 in the afternoon. Brace yourselves, because this is going to be a long write-up. More...
Symphonic death metal opera Mayan has posted footage online from the band's performance at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium last month. Below you can find clips of Mayan performing the songs "Celibate Aphrodite" and "Bite the Bullet," both of which come off the band's debut full-length release "Quarterpast (reviewed here).
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...
Dutch symphonic death metal band MaYaN announced that Re-Vamp/Star One vocalist Floor Jansen (Ex-After Forever) will perform with the band as a special guest vocalist for the band's first performance in the U.S.A. at ProgPower USA this September along with Henning Basse (Sons of Seasons), Laura Macrì and Simone Simons (Epica/Sons of Seasons).
The ProgPower USA event this year (September 12-15, 2012 @ Center State in Atlanta, GA) will feature first ever U.S. performances for many of the acts including Amaranthe, Solution .45 and Beyond the Bridge.
The release date for the upcoming compilation “Monsters of Metal - Vol. 8” on DVD/Blu-Ray with 90 music videos and over 400 minutes of pure metal is postponed until March 16th, 2012.
The compilation includes two DVDs and one Blu-ray with clips from bands like Nightwish, Edguy, Dimmu Borgir, Amorphis, Hammerfall, Accept, Blind Guardian, Avantasia, Deathstars, Monster Magnet, Leaves' Eyes, Tristania, Nevermore, Lacuna Coil, Arch Enemy, Machine Head, Opeth and more.
The track list is as follows:
01 Nightwish - Storytime
02 Deathstars - Metal
03 Pain - The Great Pretender
04 Amorphis - You I Need
05 Opeth - The Devils Orchard
06 Lacuna Coil - Within Me
07 Therion - Kali Yuga Part 3: Autumn Of The Aeons
08 Leaves Eyes - Take The Devil In Me
09 Tristania - Year Of The Rat
10 Draconian - The Last Hour Of Ancient Sunlight
11 Saltatio Mortis - Hochzeitstanz
12 Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Dr. Pest
13 Monster Magnet - Gods & Punks
14 Graveyard - Hisingen Blues
15 Seventh Void - Heaven Is Gone
16 Chrome Division - Bulldogs Unleashed
17 Dream Theater - On The Backs Of Angels
18 Gotthard - Remember Its Me
19 Edguy - Robin Hood
20 Blind Guardian A Voice In The Dark
21 Accept - Pandemic
22 Sabaton - Screaming Eagles
23 Hammerfall - One More Time
24 Rhapsody Of Fire - Sea Of Fate
25 Avantasia - Dying For An Angel
26 Powerwolf - We Drink Your Blood
27 Grave Digger - Rebellion Live@Wacken
28 Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
29 Tarot - Wings OfDarkness
30 Bullet - Stay Wild
31 Steelwing - The Illusion
32 Enforcer - Midnight Vice
33 Skullfist - Head Of The Pack
34 White Wizzard - Over The Top
35 Cauldron - Chained Up In Chains
36 Huntress - Eight Of Swords
37 Battle Beast - Into The Metalworld
38 Armored Saint - Left Hook From Right Field
39 Nevermore - Born
40 Alestorm - Shipwrecked
41 Turisas - Stand Up And Fight
42 Heidevolk - Nehalennia
43 Trollfest - Die VerdammteHungersnot
44. Milking The Goatmachine -The Wolf Is Dead More...
Dutch symphonic death metal opera Mayan has posted a making-of clip online for the "War on Terror" music video. You can check out the behind-the-scenes footage below.
ProgPower XIII posted the band announcement video for the event in Atlanta, Georgia. The event lineup is:
ProgPower USA XIII
September 12-15, 2012 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia USA
Friday, Sept. 14, 2012:
Sinbreed (Germany) +
Kingcrow (Italy) +
Amaranthe (Sweden) +
Serenity (Austria) +
Epica (The Netherlands & Belgium)
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012:
Above Symmetry (Norway) +
Lanfear (Germany) +
Solution .45 (Sweden & Finland) +
Mystic Prophecy (Germany & Greece) +
Mayan - with special guests (The Netherlands & Belgium) +
Pretty Maids (Denmark)
Symphony X (USA)
(+ USA Debut)
Tickets are now on sale at this location.
Check out the announcement video here:
Dutch symphonic death metal band Mayan posted a second piece of footage of the band performing at Gigant Apeldoorn in the Netherlands on October 2nd, 2011. You can check out the clip below.
Symphonic death metal act Mayan has posted a video clip online of Mark Jansen and Laura Macrì discussing the band's upcoming shows in Mexico and Guatemala. You can check out the clip below. Footage of Mayan performing live in the Netherlands was also recently made available online and can be found here.
Footage has been posted online of Dutch symphonic death metal band Mayan performing at Gigant Apeldoorn in the Netherlands on October 2nd, 2011. You can check out the clip below. Mayan was performing in support of the band's debut full-length album "Quarterpast" (reviewed here).
ProgPower USA XIII is shaping up to be the event of the year in the United States in 2012. The current lineup for each day is as follows:
Symphony X (Headliner)
Symphonic metal bands Epica and Mayan, both led by Mark Jansen, have confirmed on the bands' Facebook pages that both will play ProgPower USA XIII in 2012.
Epica are currently in the studio recording its fifth LP, untitled as of yet, which is scheduled for release in March, 2012.
MEGADETH is confirmed to play the Hell and Heaven Metal Fest in Guadalajara, Mexico on Saturday, November 19, 2011. The Hell And Heaven Metal Fest is currently the only open air metal festival in Mexico. The festival had its first edition in October 2010 with three stages and 40 bands. The festival is dedicated to metal, but tries to balance genres such as heavy, glam, metalcore, thrash, speed, death, black and industrial metal.
This year the promoters expect to have a 20,000 audience and have confirmed 57 bands on four stages. The full line-up for the festival is as follows:
FEAR FACTORY (USA)
DARK FUNERAL (SUECIA)
WITHIN THE RUINS (USA)
VITAL REMAINS (USA)
LIZZY BORDEN (USA)
Plus the following Mexican bands: More...
Dutch symphonic death metal opera band Mayan, which recently released a music video for the song "War on Terror," has now announced a string of upcoming tour dates. The currently announced details are as follows:
29-9 Perron 55, Venlo, Netherlands
30-9 Tivoli de Helling, Utrecht, Netherlands
1-10 JOC, Ieper, Belgium
2-10 Gigant, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
22-11 Club Chocolate, Santiago, Chile
24-11 Teatro Colegiales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
26-11 Carioca Club, São Paulo, Brazil
27-11 Fundicao Progresso, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
28-11 Music Hall, Curitiba, Brazil
Mayan is touring in support of the band's new album "Quarterpast." You can check out Metalunderground.com's review of the album here.
Dutch symphonic death metal opera band Mayan, which recently announced plans for three more albums, has posted a music video online for the song "War on Terror."
You can check out the clip below. "War on Terror" is taken of Mayan's debut album "Quarterpast" (reviewed here).
PowerofMetal has conducted an interview with guitarist Frank Schiphorst of new symphonic death metal opera act Mayan, which just released its first album "Quarterpast" (reviewed here).
During the interview Frank revealed that the band, which also features Mark Jansen of Epica and a guest appearance by Jeroen Paul Thesseling of Obscura, has signed with Nuclear Blast for a total of four albums. An excerpt from the interview is available below.
PowerofMetal: What is going to happen when the band gets more popular than the bands some of you are now playing in? Could this give problems in the future?
Frank: We do our best to combine everything. Shouldn't give problems, only added positiveness!
PowerofMetal: Will there be a second and third album in the years to come?
Frank: We've signed with Nuclear Blast for four albums, so you can count on it! We've already written like four or five new songs now. Our music flows out automatically when we get together, it's something natural, we inspire each other big time, and this works really fast.
You can check out the entire interview by heading over to this location.
FaceCulture has posted a three-part video interview online with Mark Jansen of Mayan about the band's new debut album "Quarterpast" (reviewed here). You can check out the first part of the interview below, with the second and third parts available after the jump.
Dutch symphonic death metal band Mayan has posted a preview online of the band's debut album "Quarterpast," which can be heard in the player below. "Quarterpast" is set for North American release on July 12th, 2011.
You can also find Mayan's recent track-by-track breakdown of the "Quarterpast" album by heading over to this location.
In the second of three installments, members of the Dutch symphonic death metal band Mayan offer more insight into the tracks that comprise the band’s debut album, "Quarterpast," which is set for North American release on July 12th.
Track 05 | The Savage Massacre (In the eyes of the law: Pizzo) “Ariën [van Weesenbeek, MAYAN & EPICA drummer] was drenched after recording this one! He had no time to practice; he only listened to the pre-production in the studio and nailed it in no time! Laura [Macrì], the opera talent from Italy, has a big role in this song with her Italian lyrics. It's a heavy song with a atmospherical mid-part.”
Track 06 | Essenza Di Te “Just pressed ‘record’ and let Jack [Driessen, MAYAN keyboard player] play something spontaneously, then let [guest vocalist] Laura [Macrì] do her thing. This is what happened in the end. The demo version was called ‘Perfume.’ Check out the movie [http://www.youtube.com/movie?v=xRFvShphoGE&feature=mv_sr], as it inspired us for this song.”
Track 07 | Bite The Bullet “Only now did Frank’s guitar need a new set of strings. Used two sets for the whole album, didn’t need more. About 30 picks were used in total, though. This is the song where [guest vocalist] Henning [Basse of SONS OF SEASONS] shines. We call it, therefore ‘The Henning Song’ as well. He shows in this song what he's able to do with his voice: raw parts, soft parts and choir harmonies.”
Track 08 | Drown The Demon “First studio song ever on which Floor Jansen [REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER] and Simone Simons [of EPICA] sing together! [Drummer] Ariën’s voice got put after the song, recorded as a joke, but we decided to keep it. Sorry Ariën!”
You can also check out the band's previously posted first part of the track breakdown by navigating here.
In the first of three installments, members of the Dutch symphonic death metal act Mayan offer some insight into the tracks that comprise the band’s debut album, "Quarterpast," which is set for North American release on July 12th. The first part of the track breakdown can be viewed below.
01 | Symphony Of Aggression: “The most complex song, guitar-wise & the easiest to record. Frank [Schiphorst, guitarist] used a Bo-El MC7 with a Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge, and for the clean part a different MC7 with a thicker neck. We have Floor [Jansen of REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER], Simone [Simons of EPICA], Henning [Basse of SONS OF SEASONS], Mark [Jansen, MAYAN & EPICA guitarist/founding member] and Arien [van Weesenbeek, MAYAN & EPICA drummer] already singing in this opening track. During the recordings, we were very open minded and used all singers' qualities.”
02 | Mainstay Of Society (In the eyes of the law: Corruption): “Originated from the outro guitar lick of track one’s ‘Symphony Of Aggression.’ Frank jammed this lick at the end of ‘Symphony’ and Mark wrote the base of ‘Mainstay’ in just one afternoon, based only on this lick. This one also includes the hardest guitar riff to play. It's a track with mainly grunts, just some female vocals by Simone in the chorus.”
03 | Quarterpast: “The boys choir was recorded in London for our album, originally to be used in another song; however, the way they performed made us decide not to and put different music underneath, to give it an extra eerie feel.”
04 | Course Of Life: “Typical spontaneous song written at Mark´s place around the same time a multi-track fart-song was recorded. You don’t wanna know. Mark pressed ‘play’ on that certain recording later on, windows open. Great to see the faces on those people on their bicycles passing by!”
You can also visit the Mayan landing page at this location and listen to “Drown The Demon” and “Celibate Aphrodite” in their entirety. Mayan is comprised of:
Mark Jansen – Composer, Grunts & Screams
Jack Driessen – Keyboards & Screams
Frank Schiphorst – 7-String Guitars
Ariën van Weesenbeek – Drums & Grunts
Rob van der Loo – Bass
Isaac Delahaye – Guitars