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Mayan

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Latest Mayan News

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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Mayan Posts "War On Terror" Making-Of Clip

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.

The full version of "War on Terror" is also still available online by heading over to this location. "War on Terror" is taken from Mayan's debut album "Quarterpast" (reviewed here).

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ProgPower XIII Band Announcement Video Posted

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) +
Primordial (Ireland)
Redemption (USA)
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:

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Mayan Posts Compilation II Video Footage

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.

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Mayan Issues Message To Mexican Fans

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.

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Mayan Performance Footage Available

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).

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More Bands Announced For ProgPower USA XIII 2012

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:

Friday:

Epica (Headliner)
Redemption
Primordial
Serenity
Solution .45
Kingcrow
Sinbreed

Saturday:

Symphony X (Headliner)
Pretty Maids
Mayan
Mystic Prophecy
Amaranthe
Lanfear
Above Symmetry

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Epica And Mayan To Play ProgPower USA 2012

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.

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Hell and Heaven Fest Lineup Announced

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:

MEGADETH (USA)
OVERKILL (USA)
FEAR FACTORY (USA)
MOONSPELL (PORTUGAL)
KATAKLYSM (CANADA)
DESTRUCTION (ALEMANIA)
MAYAN (HOLANDA)
DARK FUNERAL (SUECIA)
TRISTANIA (NORUEGA)
WEHRMACHT (USA)
WITHIN THE RUINS (USA)
VITAL REMAINS (USA)
LIZZY BORDEN (USA)
PROFECIA (USA)

Plus the following Mexican bands: More...

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Mayan Announces New Tour Dates

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.

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Mayan Posts "War On Terror" Video

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).

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Mayan Announces Plans For Three More Albums

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.

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Mayan Video Interview Available

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.

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Mayan Posts "Quarterpast" Preview

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.

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Mayan Posts Second Part Of Album Breakdown

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.

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Mayan Posts First Part Of New Album Breakdown

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

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Mayan Live Footage Available

New live footage featuring European progressive death metal act Mayan has been posted online. The performance includes the band playing its track "Symphony Of Aggression." The track is taken off of the band's upcoming full length, titled "Quarterpast," which will be released on May 20, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. You can view the album's tracklisting below.

1. Symphony Of Aggression
2. Mainstay Of Society
3. Quarterpast
4. Course Of Life
5. The Savage Massacre
6. Essenza Di Te
7. Bite The Bullet
8. Drown The Demon
9. Celibate Aphrodite
10. War On Terror
11. Tithe

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Mayan Reveals Debut Album Tracklisting

Progressive death metal act Mayan has revealed the tracklisting for its debut album. The full length, titled "Quarterpast," will be released on May 20, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. You can view the album's tracklisting below. The latest studio report from Mayan is available at this location.

1. Symphony Of Aggression
2. Mainstay Of Society
3. Quarterpast
4. Course Of Life
5. The Savage Massacre
6. Essenza Di Te
7. Bite The Bullet
8. Drown The Demon
9. Celibate Aphrodite
10. War On Terror
11. Tithe

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Mayan Posts More Studio Footage

Mayan, the new band that features Mark Jansen of Epica, has posted a third studio teaser trailer online, which can be viewed in the player below.

You can also check out previously uploaded studio footage by heading over to this location.

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Mayan Posts More Studio Footage Online

Mayan, the new extreme metal act that features Mark Jansen of Epica, has posted some new studio footage online. You can view the footage in the player below.

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Mayan Offering Free Song Download

Mark Jansen of Epica formed the project Mayan around tales of the Mayan culture predicting world wide change on December 21st, 2012. The band's debut album "Quarterpast" will be released on May 20th. The album includes guests such as Floor Jansen (Revamp) and Simone Simons (Epica), as well as musicians of the Dutch elite, such as God Dethroned, Pestilence, and others.

The band is now offering a free download of the track "Drown The Demon," which can be found at this location.

Mark explains why the band has chosen this track, "This is the song on which Simone and Floor sing together. Fans of After Forever and Epica have been asking for years about a cooperation on an album between both singers, and now it finally happened. Besides that 'Drown The Demon' shows what MaYaN stands for: heavy riffs, guitar solo's, lots of grunts and still enough room for melodic parts."

Clips of the band recording the new album are available at this location.

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