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Below is our complete Mayan 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.

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Dutch Artists Collaborate For "The Power Of Love"

The Power of Love is a Dutch metal collaboration for the Red Cross, a very special large-scale collaboration between Netherlands-based metal artists to help gather donations and bring aid to victims of sexual abuse in conflict territories, featuring (amongst others) Floor Jansen, Simone Simons, Mark Jansen, Charlotte Wessels, Arjen Lucassen, and Ruud Jolie.

The Power Of Love comes on the occasion of 3FM’s Serious Request 2014 - a massive Dutch charity event that is organised every year by one of Netherland’s biggest radio stations.

From December 8th onward, fans will be able to give a donation and download a heavy cover of “The Power of Love,” originally performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, at this location. The lineup includes: More...

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Mayan Releases "Human Sacrifice" Lyric Video

Today marks the day symphonic death metal act Mayan drops the new album "Antagonise" in North America. To mark the occasion, the band has issued a lyric video for the new track "Human Sacrifice."
"Antagonise" is now available worldwide via Nuclear Blast Records. A review of the album can be read over here.

The full track listing for the album is:

1. Bloodline Forfeit
2. Burn Your Witches
3. Redemption ~ The Democracy Illusion
4. Paladins of Deceit ~ National Security Extremism part 1
5. Lone Wolf
6. Devil in Disguise
7. Insano
8. Human Sacrifice
9. Enemies of Freedom
10. Capital Punishment
11. Faceless Spies ~ National Security Extremism part 2 (see lyric video)

Check out "Human Sacrifice" here: More...

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Mayan Posts "Antagonise" Track-By-Track Video Pt 2

Symphonic death metal act Mayan released the second track-by-track video for the upcoming new album "Antagonise," the band's second. The video features Mark Jansen (vocals/guitars) (Epica) and keyboardist Frank Schiphorst (ex-Symmetry) explaining the rest of the tracks not covered in part one, which can be seen at this location.

"Antagonise" is set to drop January 31st (EU) and February 4th, 2014 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records. A review of the album can be read over here.

The full track listing for the album is:

1. Bloodline Forfeit
2. Burn Your Witches
3. Redemption ~ The Democracy Illusion
4. Paladins of Deceit ~ National Security Extremism part 1
5. Lone Wolf
6. Devil in Disguise
7. Insano
8. Human Sacrifice
9. Enemies of Freedom
10. Capital Punishment
11. Faceless Spies ~ National Security Extremism part 2

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Mayan Posts "Antagonise" Track-By-Track Video Pt 1

Symphonic death metal act Mayan, featuring Mark Jansen, Ariën van Weesenbeek and Rob van der Loo of Epica, posted the first part in a series of track-by-track videos leading up to the release of the second album "Antagonise." The video features keyboardist/composer Jack Driessen (ex-After Forever) and guitarist Frank Schiphorst (ex-Symmetry) explaining the writing of the tracks "Burn Your Witches," "Bloodline Forfeit," "Capitol Punishment," "Devil in Disguise" and "Insano."

"Antagonise" is set to drop January 31st (EU) and February 4th, 2014 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records. A review of the album can be read over here.

The full track listing for the album is:

1. Bloodline Forfeit
2. Burn Your Witches
3. Redemption ~ The Democracy Illusion
4. Paladins of Deceit ~ National Security Extremism part 1
5. Lone Wolf
6. Devil in Disguise
7. Insano
8. Human Sacrifice
9. Enemies of Freedom
10. Capital Punishment
11. Faceless Spies ~ National Security Extremism part 2

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Mayan Taps Merel Bechtold For Release Shows

Mayan will release new album "Antagonise" on January 31st (EU) and February 4th, 2014 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records. The band has now tapped Merel Bechtold to perform at upcoming release shows:

"We're proud to announce Merel Bechtold (Purest of Pain) as successor of Isaac Delahaye for the upcoming 2 release shows of our new album 'Antagonise' in January 2014. Check out the announcement video below!"

A lyric video for the new track "Faceless Spies" can also be found at this location.

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MaYaN Releases "Faceless Spies" Lyric Video

Dutch melodic death metal act MaYaN, featuring Epica guitarist/vocalist/composer Mark Jansen, released a new lyric video for the track "Faceless Spies." The song appears on the upcoming second release "Antagonise," which is set for release on January 31st (EU) and February 4, 2014 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Bloodline Forfeit
2. Burn Your Witches
3. Redemption ~ The Democracy Illusion
4. Paladins of Deceit ~ National Security Extremism part 1
5. Lone Wolf
6. Devil in Disguise
7. Insano
8. Human Sacrifice
9. Enemies of Freedom
10. Capital Punishment
11. Faceless Spies ~ National Security Extremism part 2

Check out "Faceless Spies" here: More...

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MaYaN Releases Second Video Studio Report

Dutch melodic metal act MaYaN released the second video studio report on the recordings of the new album "Antagonise," the band's second album. The release is set to drop via Nuclear Blast on January 31st (EU) and February 4, 2014 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.

About the album....the band explains that "it's dealing about the current state of the world in which a small group of elites have all the power and try to dominate humanity. The tension is rising and the outcome yet unknown."

The track list of "Antagonise" will be:

1. Bloodline Forfeit
2. Burn Your Witches
3. Redemption ~ The Democracy Illusion
4. Paladins of Deceit ~ National Security Extremism part 1
5. Lone Wolf
6. Devil in Disguise
7. Insano
8. Human Sacrifice
9. Enemies of Freedom
10. Capital Punishment
11. Faceless Spies ~ National Security Extremism part 2

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MaYaN Posts First Studio Report On "Antagonise"

MaYaN, the melodic death metal band formed by Epica guitarist/vocalist/composer Mark Jansen, has posted the first in series of behind the scenes studio reports leading up to the band's sophomore LP "Antagonise." The album will drop via Nuclear Blast Records on January 31, 2014.

The track list for "Antagonise" is:

1. Bloodline Forfeit
2. Burn Your Witches
3. Redemption ~ The Democracy Illusion
4. Paladins of Deceit: National Security Extremism, Part 1
5. Lone Wolf
6. Devil in Disguise
7. Insano
8. Human Sacrifice
9. Enemies of Freedom
10. Capital Punishment
11. Faceless Spies: National Security Extremism, Part 2

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MaYaN Unveils Album Art And Track List For New LP

Dutch symphonic extreme metal act - fronted by Epica guitarist/vocalist Mark Jansen - unveiled the album artwork and track listing for the upcoming sophomore LP "Antgonise." The album drops on January 31, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The artwork was once again created by Stefan Heilemann, who created the cover for the debut "Quarterpast."

The controversy surrounding the cover was explained by Jansen:

“The cover is based on the lyrics for our upcoming album Antagonise. Stefan doesn’t need any directions, he reads the lyrics and comes up with a phenomenal piece of art. That’s why we love working with this guy! When Snowden revealed the information about the mass electronic surveillance data mining program called PRISM, what quite some people already thought became a proven fact.

"We all have been spied on for many years and all our data has been backed up and safely stored. It can be used any time it’s needed. All of this in the name of ‘war against terrorism’, which, in fact, basically is a cover up and a way to bring fear to people in order to get them under control. This trick has already been used many times in the past. History just keeps repeating itself. The media were covering the story, but politicians around the world, and in Europe in particular, didn’t know how to react and remained silent. America is an ally, and not just a little one. Since it became clear that the NSA (and let’s not forget about their British partners in crime of the GCHQ) have also been spying on many world leaders, things have changed. Now it’s finally all over the news!

"Is this the beginning of a turning point in history? Or will we allow a small group of elites to take all our freedom away for their own benefits? The constitution, the basis of our democracy, is not being respected. Don’t get yourself fooled, this is not in our interest. If you want to see the truth, you’ll see the truth. We are what we eat!? A bunch of chickens, imprisoned and fully under control with no freedom whatsoever. This is what we will possibly become. If we let it all just happen… George Orwell, eat your heart out.”

The track list for "Antagonise" is:

1. Bloodline Forfeit
2. Burn Your Witches
3. Redemption ~ The Democracy Illusion
4. Paladins of Deceit: National Security Extremism, Part 1
5. Lone Wolf
6. Devil in Disguise
7. Insano
8. Human Sacrifice
9. Enemies of Freedom
10. Capital Punishment
11. Faceless Spies: National Security Extremism, Part 2

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MaYaN Reveals Name Of Sophomore LP

Symphonic extreme metal act MaYaN, featuring Mark Jansen, Rob van der Loo and Arien van Weesenbeek of Epica, has unveiled the title and release date for the upcoming sophomore LP. The album will be called "Antagonise," and is scheduled for release on January 31, 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records. Guest stars have also been announced.

The announcement came via Facebook and reads: "The new album is called 'Antagonise.' 'It's dealing about the current state of the world in which a small group of elites have all the power and try to dominate humanity. The tension is rising and the outcome yet unknown.'

"The album will feature 11 tracks and will be released on January 31st, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The album was recorded at 'Sandlane' studio, along with producer Joost van der Broek (ReVamp/Stream of Passion).

"Guests on 'Antagonise' are: Floor Jansen (Nightwish/ReVamp), Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion) and the Greek virtuozo violinist Dimitris Katsoulis. Henning Basse (Lingua Mortis Orchestra) and Laura Macri have joined MaYaN as permanent members.

"The new MaYaN line-up consists of:

"Mark Jansen - grunts & screams
Henning Basse - vocals
Laura Macri - soprano
Jack Driessen - keys
Frank Schiphorst - guitars
Rob van der Loo - bass
Arien van Weesenbeek - drums

"MaYaN will present the album within two dutch shows, live at the 30th January at the 'Mezz' Club in Breda and 31st of January 2014 at the 'Tivoli' in Utrecht." More...

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Mayan Splits With Guitarist

Mayan is currently working on a new album and follow-up to 2011's "Quarterpast" (reviewed here).

The band has now also split with guitarist Isaac Delahaye (Epica). Mayan issued this statement on the parting of ways:

"As many of you have noticed Isaac wasn't on our latest band photo. We all enjoy being part of this awesome band but we also realize that each band member has a busy career next to it... We all agreed to respect that from each other when we started this adventure. Isaac has decided to not take part in MaYaN anymore.

"We hugely thank Isaac for his amazing contributions, the funny moments and dedication. Possibly we'll share the stage again in the future. We're already working with a very likely replacement for the job, soon more news on that. For now we stay focused on mixing the upcoming album. We can't wait to share it with you!!!"

Isaac himself comments:

"Hi everybody, I recently decided to leave Mayan, because I want to concentrate on other things. For Quarterpast I got asked to join as a session musician, and I've gladly helped them out. Now I feel it's time to pass this on to someone else.

"It was absolutely awesome to be part of this, to help build up this band, and I wanna thank the fans, the band & everyone involved for the good times. Now all Mayan has to do, is finish that new album so I have some decent stuff to listen to!"

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Mayan Comments On New Album

Dutch symphonic death metal formation Mayan has entered the studio Sandlane to record a new, as-yet-untitled album, along with producer Joost van der Broek (Revamp, Stream of Passion). Nuclear Blast Records comments:

"The concept for the record critically concerns the current state of the world which is going totally insane. For example the explosive situation in Syria, governments who constantly accusing each other of lying, spying and using tricks to revoke their own population.

"The album will feature 10 or 11 tracks and is set for a release in January 2014 via Nuclear Blast. As a very special guest, Floor Jansen, vocalist of both Revamp and Nightwish will contribute her enchanting voice."

Vocalist Mark Jansen comments on the upcoming output: “I am very happy with the songs, the first album was one big (cool!) experiment but I have the feeling that the new material is more coherent and in balance. The philosophy of Mayan is to let things happen intuitively and be totally open minded for each other’s ideas. This resulted in music that I can't stop listening to myself!" More...

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Mayan Issues Album Update

Death metal opera Mayan is currently working on a new album and follow-up to "Quarterpast" (reviewed here). The band has now checked in with the following recording update:

"Frank is working his ass off to record the guitars for the new album and Rob is getting started soon! Henning and Mark are working on the vocal parts. We can't wait to present this album to you!"

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Mayan Working On New Album

Dutch symphonic death metal opera Mayan released debut album "Quarterpast" back in 2011 (reviewed here). The band has now checked in with the following announcement about working on a follow-up album:

"Studio update 1: At the end of this month Arien 'the beast' van Weezenbeek will enter the studio to start recording the 11 new tracks of MaYaN's second album. We will keep you updated so keep an eye on this page!"

Further details will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, check out the band's music video for "War on Terror," taken off the "Quarterpast" album, in the player below. More...

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Crowdfunding Campaign Launched For Rock Opera Game

Members of MaYaN, Epica, HDK and DragonForce will partake in a new rock opera video game entitled "Karmaflow." A crowdfunding campaign for the release has been established with various per packages over at this location. The soundtrack to the game will feature a band and orchestra featuring the likes of vocalist Marc Hudson (Dragonforce), vocalist Henning Basse (MaYaN/Epysode/L.M.O.), guitarist Sander Gommans (HDK/Ex-After Forever) and drummer Arien van Weesenbeck (Epica/MaYaN) and the Metropole Orchestra.

About the game: "Karmaflow is a third person puzzle/platform adventure, and the world's first rock opera video game! The game is aimed at immersion and experience, and brings a new take on the genre of "rock opera". We are pursuing to bring you a never seen (and heard) before experience through the medium of video game. In a rich fantasy setting, you take on the role of the Karmakeeper, who is responsible for maintaining the balance in different worlds. You will travel to these worlds and have to save the Guardian Spirits that live there, by finding and unlocking the long lost Karmaflows. Through puzzling, platforming and exploration, you will be treated to an extensive story told through interactive music. The Karmakeeper will gain new abilities while making his way through rich environments, and uses sources of Good Karma he can find in the world to drive out the Bad Karma that led to the Guardian Spirits' downfall." More...

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ProgPower USA XIII: Day Two

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...

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Mayan Posts Graspop Footage

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).

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American Heavy Metal Tradition: ProgPower USA

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...

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MaYaN Announces Special Guest Vox for ProgPower

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.

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"Monsters Of Metal - Vol. 8" Release Pushed Back

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:

DVD1
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...

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