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Video: Lacuna Coil - Blood, Tears, Dust

Lacuna Coil have released a new video for the song Blood, Tears, Dust, taken from their latest album Delirium. The video sees the band involved with some dark dealings in an abandoned asylum.

The band commented:

"Right now we can't tell you everything about ‘Blood, Tears, Dust’, as this video is part of something bigger... This is the core of who we are as a band: the sweat, the dirt, the raw energy. It's our insanity and all of us feeling comfortable with it. We love how Cosimo Alemà filmed this, the photography, the colors and the hints in the story are perfectly placed and it's the first time we're really ‘acting’. This video is only a part of a much bigger plan... stay tuned. Hope you enjoy this video as much as we do!"

This could be part of the band's 20th anniversary plans, as they revealed to Brazilian metal channel Heavy Talk that they are planning something special that may involve a DVD and is "not a typical release".

Check out the video in the player below (and please note that this video contains some disturbing scenes.)

Xandria Announce North America Headline Tour

Xandria have announced their first ever headline tour of US and Canada in support of their new album Theater of Dimensions. Completing the line-up are Canadian heavy rockers Kobra and the Lotus and American melodic death metal band Once Human.

The dates are as follows:

May 9 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
May 11 - Québec City, QC - La Source De La Martinière
May - 12 Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques
May 13 - Toronto, ON - Garrison
May 14 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
May 16 - Joliet, IL - The Forge Club
May 18 - Denver, CO - Moon Room
May 19 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
May 20 - Salt Lake City, UT - Metro
May 22 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
May 24 - San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
May 26 - Las Vegas, NV - Adrenaline
May 27 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
May 29 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater
May 30 - Phoenix, AZ - Club Red

Keep an eye on the band's website to get tickets.

Dames Of Darkness Fest Announces Special UK Show

Dames of Darkness Fest (UK) has been quiet recently, with no edition of the festival taking place last year. But in a surprise announcement, the festival is presenting a day of metal bands with female vocalists this August.

Austria's Edenbridge are heading up the line-up, alongside other bands including Enemy of Reality, A Sound of Thunder and Darkest Obsidian.

The show is taking place in the festival's usual venue, The Robin 2 in Bilston. It starts at 2pm, and tickets will be available soon from the venue's website and SeeTickets/TicketWeb.

Delain To Tour With Nightwish's Marco Hietala

Delain have announced a special string of European tour dates featuring Nightwish's Marco Hietala, including a UK date. Marco has been a frequent guest vocalists on the band's albums since the beginning, appearing on numerous songs including The Gathering, No Compliance, Control the Storm, Your Body Is A Battleground and more. Marco did not appear at the band's recent 10th anniversary show but is instead taking part in this celebratory tour, titled Danse Macabre. 

The band commented:

"These shows will feature a specially selected set list of rarely heard Delain songs, a sneak preview of new material, special effects and much more. ‘Danse Macabre’ promises to be a spectacular evening with Delain!"

The dates are as follows:

26/10/2017 - FR - Paris Alhambra
27/10/2017 - CH - Pratteln Z7
28/10/2017 - DE - Bochum Zeche
29/10/2017 - DE - Munich Backstage
31/10/2017 - NL - Utrecht Tivoli
01/11/2017 - UK - London KOKO

Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 3rd 2017.

Crimfall Are Back, Announce New Album & Label Signing

Finnish symphonic folk metallers Crimfall have announced their return to music. After an uncertain few years working on their third album and losing and regaining vocalist Helena Haaparanta, the band have announced their signing with Metal Blade Records.

The band commented:

”We are beyond excited for this opportunity to work with the legendary Metal Blade. It makes all these years we wrestled with the third album worthwhile as we can finally share the fruits of our labor through the most dedicated and respected label. Crimfall never does anything half-assed so be sure we go all in with this album as we see this as a massive opportunity to raise the stakes to the sky-high level.”

The new album will be called Amain and will be released in August this year. Check out the teaser in the player below.

Review: Epica, Powerwolf & Beyond The Black In London

My live review of Epica featuring Powerwolf and Beyond The Black in London is now up on Muses of Metal! It includes my thoughts on getting the VIP experience.

Video: Epica - A Phantasmic Parade Aftermovie

Epica have released another "aftermovie", this time for the song A Phantasmic Parade, taken from their latest album The Holographic Principle. The video features clips from various performances on the band's European Principle tour (including London which I attended - review coming soon). Check it out in the player below.