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News Round-Up: Epica, Tarja, Tuomas Holopainen, Arch Enemy


Epica have unveiled their latest release, an EP consisting of bonus tracks from The Holographic Principle recording sessions. Since the band's bonus tracks are usually high quality but difficult to get hold of without buying multiple editions, this is a welcome idea for most fans. The EP will be titled The Solace System and is due for release on 1st September 2017.

The tracklisting is as follows:
1. The Solace System
2. Fight Your Demons
3. Architects Of Light
4. Wheel Of Destiny
5. Immortal Melancholy
6. Decoded Poetry

The EP will be available in CD and Vinyl formats and will be released via Nuclear Blast. Stay tuned to the blog for a guide to the different bundles and prices. The band have already begun pre-orders on their webshop, and you can listen now on Spotify and iTunes.

A video for the title track has also been released, animated by Davide Cilloni. Check it out in the player below.



Tarja has surprised her fans with the release of a new song and digital single bundle. An Empty Dream is from the soundtrack of an Argentinian movie, which was recorded by Tarja after she reworked some of the lyrics. The release also includes some live tracks and the popular track Undertaker.

The tracklisting for the single is as follows:
1. An Empty Dream 
2. An Empty Dream (Movie Version) 
3. Undertaker 
4. House Of Wax (Live At Genelec Artist Room)
5. The Living End (Live At Genelec Artist Room) 
6. An Empty Dream (Video)

It is available to listen now on iTunes and Spotify.



Nuclear Blast have signed a new project from Nightwish main man Tuomas Holopainen. Auri consists of Tuomas alongside his wife - Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela - and Nightwish's multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley. All three previously collaborated on Tuomas's stunning The Life and Times of Scrooge album in 2014.

The group's music has been described as "ethereal" and "escapist", with a magical Alice In Wonderland inspired sound. You can read the full press release here.

They are working together with guest musicians and with sound engineer Tim Oliver at the Real World Studios in Box, UK. The album is due for release in 2018.


Arch Enemy have a new album on the way, their second with new vocalist Alissa White-Gluz and first with new guitarist Jeff Loomis. 

The album is titled Will To Power and features cover art by Alex Reisfar.

Will To Power will be released on 8th September 2017 via Century Media Records.

Amanda Somerville, Clémentine Delauney & Others Team Up In Exit Eden

Napalm Records announced the formation of a new all-female supergroup this week. Exit Eden features symphonic metal favourites Clémentine Delauney (Visions of Atlantis, Serenity, Melted Space) and Amanda Somerville (Avantasia, Epica, Kamelot,Trillium) alongside Marina La Torraca (Avantasia, Phantom Elite) and newcomer Anna Brunner. 

The band's debut will be titled Rhapsodies In Black and will consist of metal version of popular songs by the likes of Madonna, Depeche Mode and Adele. The tracklisting is as follows:

01. Question Of Time
02. Unfaithful
03. Incomplete
04. Impossible
05. Frozen
06. Heaven
07. Firework
08. Skyfall
09. Total Eclipse
10. Paparazzi
11. Fade To Grey

Rhapsodies In Black will be released on 4th August 2017 via Napalm Records (or via Starwatch in Germany, Switzerland and Austria).

Huge Tour News - Nightwish World Tour & Kamelot North American Tour

That's right, I'm bringing you not one but TWO pieces of amazing tour news today! First up, in an incredible surprise announcement (perhaps not such a surprise for those following the online rumours) Nightwish have announced a 9 month tour in 2018. The tour will kick off with 34 shows in North America before moving on to other parts of the world.

The celebratory tour will have a special one-off setlist, featuring old material with new twists, including rarely played songs. 

A 2CD Decades compilation will also be released on the first day of the tour (9th March 2018) via Nuclear Blast. It's not yet clear what this compilation will consist of, so keep an eye out for further details.

The North American tour dates are as follows:

 09.03. USA Atlanta, GA - Tabernable
10.03. USA Charlotte, NC - The Filmore
12.03. USA Norfolk, VA - The Norva
13.03. USA Baltimore, MD - Lyric Theater
14.03. USA New York, NY - Playstation Theater
16.03. USA Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
17.03. USA Worcester, MA - The Palladium 
18.03. USA Albany, NY - The Egg
20.03. CDN Montreal, QC - Metropolis
21.03. CDN Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
23.03. USA Niagara Falls, NY - Rapids Theatre
24.03. USA Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater
25.03. USA Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
26.03. USA Covington, KY - Madison Theater
28.03. USA Kalamazoo, MI - State Theatre
29.03. USA St. Louis, MO - Touhill Performing Arts Center
30.03. USA Minneapolis, MN - The Myth
31.03. USA Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
02.04. USA Omaha, NB - Sokol Auditorium
03.04. USA Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
05.04. CDN Edmonton, AB - Northern Alberta Jubilee Aud
06.04. USA Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
07.04. CDN Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theater
08.04. USA Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
10.04. USA Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
12.04. USA Ventura, CA - The Majestic Ventura Theatre
13.04. USA San Jose, CA - City National Civic
14.04. USA Anaheim, CA - City National Grove
15.04. USA Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
17.04. USA Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
18.04. USA Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
19.04. USA Mobile, AL - Saenger Theater
21.04. USA St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Landing
22.04. USA Miami, FL - Olympia Theater

Pre-sale tickets will soon be available here.


In further great news for US and Canadian fans, Kamelot have announced a North American tour to accompany the release of their next album in early 2018. The band have promised their biggest production yet, and are bringing along Delain and Battle Beast for the ride.

The complete list of tour dates is as follows:

16 Louisville , KY Mercury Ballroom 
17 Charlotte, NC Fillmore Underground 
18 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore 
20 New York City, NY Irving Plaza 
22 Montreal, QC Metropolis
23 Toronto, ON The Opera House
25 Albany, NY Upstate Concert Hall
26 Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Music Hall
27 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
28 Minneapolis, MN The Cabooze 
29 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s

1 Denver, CO Ogden Theater 
2 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex 
4 San Jose, CA City National Civic 
5 Anaheim, CA The Grove 
6 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theater 
8 Dallas, TX House of Blues 
9 Houston, TX House of blues 
11 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
12 Orlando, FL House of Blues 
13 Ft Lauderdale, FL Revolution 

Pre-sale tickets can be found here. The VIP Meet and Greet includes Delain.


In a small bit of blog housekeeping: I have decided to temporarily remove the poll, as I no longer have time to collate the results due to my writing deadlines. The winning Sirenia album was At Sixes And Sevens with 25% of the vote. Let me know if you miss the poll, I may bring it back soon - just with a simpler format for the results!

News Round-Up: Lacuna Coil, Wintersun, Delain, Triaxis, Nemesea

I've been away the past few weeks, so of course there's some news to round up. Here we go...



Lacuna Coil have released a new video from their latest album Delirium. You Love Me 'Cause I Hate You is a music video thriller with a story that has links to their last release, Blood, Tears, Dust. It sees things go a bit Broadchurch, as lead singer Cristina Scabbia teams up with a partner to try and solve a grisly murder.

Check it out in the player below.



Wintersun fans will probably have been following all of the band's crowdfunding drama. After insisting they were unable to complete the follow-up to Time 1 without their own studio, the band decided to take things straight to the fans - by recording another album, and setting up a crowdfund where fans could buy it, in order to fund the studio to record Time 2. Confused yet?

Well, don't worry - Time 2 may not be on the horizon just yet, but the recorded album The Forest Seasons now has an official release date. The album will be released on July 21st 2017 via Nuclear Blast, with many different packages available to pre-order now.



Delain have revealed further details of their 10th Anniversary show DVD, recorded at the Paradiso last year. Another crowdfunding effort, you can check out the Pledgemusic page to order a copy or support the release. Originally there were separate perks for the CD, DVD and Blu-Ray, but the band will now be releasing all three as one package. You can still order just the audio as a digital download or a vinyl.

The t-shirt design has also been officially revealed, as you can see below.



Sad news for fans of UK metal band Triaxis, who have announced that they are to part ways.

The band commented:

"We hope you all understand our decision. With many line up changes over the last year, we would be due for a change in musical style and we feel this would not be the 'Triaxis' you all know. Please celebrate our final gigs with us for the wild ride it has been! We thank everyone who has supported Triaxis over the years, you have given us some amazing times and memories to hold forever!"

Their final performance will be at Hammerfest 2018.



Nemesea have released a video for Dance in the Fire, their first single with new vocalist Sanne Mieloo. As you can see, the band have headed further away from their original symphonic metal sound. Sanne is previously known for her work in musical theatre.

Check it out in the player below.

Videos: Epica Live And Seven Kingdoms

Epica have released a new live video, this time for the song Dancing in the Hurricane. The video features a great performance (and live audio, unlike the band's "aftermovies") of the song live at The Zénith in Paris.

Check it out in the player below.

And you're in for a treat today, because there's another great new video to watch!

Seven Kingdoms, the Game of Thrones inspired power metal band, have released a new single from their upcoming 10th anniversary album Decennium. The single is called Kingslayer, and those who are familiar with the books/show will recognise it as the story of how Jaime Lannister earned his nickname.

Check this one out in the player below.

Eluveitie And Amaranthe To Co-Headline European Tour

Eluveitie and Amaranthe have both been through tough periods recently, with the former losing a large portion of their line-up and the latter losing vocalist Jake E. But the bands are keeping on, announcing a co-headline tour together across Europe with support from The Charm The Fury.

There are several countries on the list, including one UK date, with a big focus on Germany.

The dates are as follows:

25.10.2017 IT – Parma, Campus Industry
26.10.2017 HU – Budapest, Barba Negra
27.10.2017 PL – Warsaw, Progresja
28.10.2017 CZ – Zlin, Masters of Rock Cafe
29.10.2017 AT – Vienna, Simm City
30.10.2017 DE – Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
31.10.2017 SI – Ljubljana, Kino Siska
02.11.2017 FR – Paris, Cabaret Sauvage
03.11.2017 UK – London, Assembly Rooms
04.11.2017 NL – Eindhoven, Effenaar
05.11.2017 BE – Antwerp, Trix
06.11.2017 DE – Frankfurt, Batschkapp
08.11.2017 DE – Berlin, Kesselhaus
09.11.2017 DE – München, Backstage
10.11.2017 DE – Leipzig, Hellraiser
12.11.2017 DE – Bochum, Zeche

Tickets go on sale Tuesday 2.5.2017 at 10.00am CET/9.00am UK time.

Epica And Lacuna Coil To Team Up For North American Tour

Fans in the US and Canada are in for a treat this September as Epica and Lacuna Coil have announced on Facebook that they are joining forces for a tour. The run will be part of Epica's The Ultimate Principle tour, and the line-up also features Insomnium and Elantris.

Dates are set to be announced soon - stay tuned for more details, and check out the teaser trailer in the player below.

Edit: Here are the tour dates (click to see the picture full size), and the pre-sale has already started for those who subscribe to Epica's newsletter.