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News Round-Up: Epica, Kamelot, Tarja, Serenity, Ex Libris

I'm back from my holiday so here's some of the top news highlights from the past couple of weeks...


EPICA: WORLD RELEASE FOR ATTACK ON TITAN EP


Many fans were excited at the prospect of Epica's EP covering songs from popular anime Attack On Titan, a show that had been praised for its epic music. Until now, the EP was unfortunately only released in Japan, although the songs could be heard on YouTube. Now the band's label Nuclear Blast have announced that the EP will be available worldwide from July 20th.


NEW VIDEO FROM KAMELOT


Kamelot have released a new video from their latest album The Shadow Theory. Check out the video for Amnesiac in the player below. 


Kamelot - Amnesiac (Official Video)


TARJA ANNOUNCES NEW LIVE DVD


Tarja is back with a new live DVD for us, a follow-up to Act I which came out in 2012. Act II was recorded at an intimate show in Metropolis Studio in London, UK, and a regular show at Teatro della Luna in Milan, Italy. Many songs from her latest album The Shadow Self are included as well as hits from throughout her career (including a couple of Nightwish classics).

Act II will be released on July 27th, 2018 on earMUSIC as 2CD digipak, 3LP Gatefold (180g, black), DVD, Blu-ray, Limited Mediabook 2CD+2BD (incl. two full live shows filmed at Woodstock Festival in Poland and Hellfest in France as bonus) and Digital formats. You can pre-order it here.

A video clip for Love To Hate has already been released. Check it out in the player below.



SERENITY TO GO ON UK TOUR


Austrian symphonic metallers Serenity are heading back to our shores in September, with support from Temperance and Alight. There are dates in France and Belgium either side. The UK dates are as follows:

01/09 - UK - Sheffield - Corporation
02/09 - UK - Newcastle - Trillians
03/09 - UK - Edinburgh - Bannermans
04/09 - UK - Stoke - Eleven
05/09 - UK - London - Underworld
06/09 - UK - Grimsby - Yardbirds

Tickets will be available soon.


EX LIBRIS CROWDFUNDING FOR NEW ALBUM

Ex Libris, the main band of ex-Xandria vocalist Dianne Van Giersbergen, have announced a crowdfunding project for their next album. The album will be released in three parts, with the first chapter "Anne Boleyn" being available as a reward for backers. Each part will tell the story of a different woman from history (presumably all named Ann).

The band need to raise €25,000. There are many perks available including CDs, signed merch, Skype sessions with the band and more.You can find the crowdfunding page here.


That's all for now, folks, more news coming your way soon!

News Round-Up: Delain, Sirenia, Roy Khan/Conception, Sharon Den Adel, Angel Nation

Lots of news the past couple of days! Let's take a look...


DELAIN ANNOUNCE NEW EP AND LAUNCH SHOWS


Delain have announced that they are working on a new EP to fill the gap before the next album. Although no further details have been given, we can expect the EP around October 2018. The band will be playing two special launch shows to celebrate the release. The dates are as follows:

Aside from the European festivals and South American tour with Nightwish, these will be the only club shows in 2018.


SIRENIA REVEAL NEXT ALBUM RELEASE DATE


Sirenia are currently crowdfunding for their second album with their new line-up. The band will begin recording once their tour is finished, and the record now has an official release date of October 26th 2018. You can view the crowdfunding page on Pledgemusic.


ROY KHAN REJOINS 90S BAND CONCEPTION

Roy Khan, best known for being the former lead singer of Kamelot, is finally making a return to music with his original band Conception. The Norwegian group had some success in the 90s before disbanding. They will be releasing a single in summer followed by an EP later this year, again crowdfunding on Pledgemusic.


SHARON DEN ADEL TO BE A JUDGE AT EUROVISION


According to reports, Within Temptation's Sharon Den Adel has been appointed chairman of the Dutch jury at the Eurovision Song Contest. Along with four other music industry professionals from the Netherlands, she will judge this year's entries. The judges' points count for half of the overall score, with the rest being down to audience votes.


ANGEL NATION ANNOUNCE UK TOUR


Angel Nation, the band fronted by Elina Siirala (new singer of Leaves' Eyes) will be touring the UK later this month. Support comes from Winter's Edge and others.

The dates are as follows:

Tuesday 22nd May - Asylum 2, Birmingham

Wednesday 23rd May - Met Lounge, Peterborough

Thursday 24th May - Black Mass, Wakefield

Friday 25th May - Factory, Manchester

Saturday 26th May - Iron Road, Evesham

These shows are presented by Eddie Eales Events and Muses of Metal.

Video: Visions of Atlantis - The Deep & The Dark


Visions of Atlantis are back with another single and music video. This time, it's the title track from their latest album, The Deep & The Dark which was released back in February. Check it out in the player below.


Sirenia Crowdfunding For New Album


Sirenia have launched a crowdfunding page for their next album, due to be released later this year. This will be their second with new singer Emmanuelle Zoldan, who replaced Ailyn in 2016.

There are a whole host of rewards available, ranging from signed CDs and artwork to dinner with the band and a personal concert in your house. Further details about the album are yet to be revealed.

You can find the Pledgemusic page here.

Nightwish UK Dates Announced


Nightwish have announced three UK dates as part of their Decades world tour, celebrating the past 22 years of the band's history. They will be supported by Beast In Black, the new band from the guitarist of Battle Beast.

The dates are as follows:

Saturday 8th December - London The SSE Arena Wembley
Monday 10th December - Birmingham Arena
Tuesday 11th December - Manchester Arena

Tickets go on sale March 28th at 9am via Live Nation UK: https://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/nightwish-tickets

The band are also headlining this year's Bloodstock Festival.

Videos: Kamelot, Epica, Nightwish


Here's a round-up of some of the latest videos!

First we have the lyric video Ravenlight, the new single from Kamelot's upcoming album The Shadow Theory. Thomas Youngblood commented: “The album offers many diverse songs, here is one of the mid tempo tracks being offered as an IG* [Instant Gratification] for the fans, enjoy this one, more to come!!”

Then there's Epica's new video for Decoded Poetry, taken from The Solace System EP. As with the others from this EP, this video features animation by Davide Cilloni.

And finally we have another trailer for Nightwish's upcoming Decades compilation. In this clip, Tuomas talks about their song choices and how re-recording the songs was out of the question.

Check them out in the players below.



News Round-Up: Northward, AURI, Nightwish, Ayreon, Dimmu Borgir

Time once again to round up the latest news!


FLOOR JANSEN'S NORTHWARD PROJECT SIGNS TO NUCLEAR BLAST

Floor Jansen has announced the launch of her new project Northward, a collaboration with Pagan's Mind guitarist Jørn Viggo Lofstad. The two met in 2008 after teaming up at Progpower Festival, and decided to write songs together. Despite writing a whole album, they were then too busy to finish it until Floor had 2017 free due to Nightwish's year off.

Floor described the music as being inspired by classic rock. She commented:

"The music is melodic, but also in-your-face and kick-ass rock. Cool riffs, good melodies and tasteful arrangements. We would simply like to call it 'good music.' We wanted to explore a basic rock sound, with drums, bass, guitar and vocals. Not the heavy layers of keyboards, choirs etc.".

After finally recording the album, they signed to Nuclear Blast, and the details and release date of the album will be released soon.


AURI RELEASE NEW SONG AND LYRIC VIDEO

AURI (the new collaboration between Tuomas Holopainen, Troy Donockley and Johanna Kurkela) have released another ethereal song from their upcoming self-titled debut, out on March 23rd. The Space Between was released with an accompany lyric video.


AURI - The Space Between (Official Lyric Video)


NIGHTWISH: SECOND DECADES TRAILER


Speaking of Tuomas Holopainen, another trailer has been released for their newest greatest hits compilation Decades, set for release on March 9th. The trailer features more interview footage with Tuomas.


Nightwish - Decades (Official Trailer #2)


AYREON: VALLEY OF THE QUEENS LIVE


Another video has been released from Ayreon's live show Ayreon Universe. This time it's for Valley of the Queens, a ballad from his 1998 album Into The Electric Castle. The song features the impressive line-up of Anneke Van Giersbergen, Floor Jansen and Marcela Bovio.


Ayreon - Valley of The Queens (Ayreon Universe)


DIMMU BORGIR: FIRST NEW SONG FROM UPCOMING ALBUM


Dimmu Borgir have released a new song from their long-awaited upcoming tenth album Eonian. Interdimensional Summit is accompanied by a full music video. The album will be released on May 4th via Nuclear Blast.