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Video: Serenity - Lionheart

Serenity have released the first music video from their upcoming album Lionheart. The album continues with the band's traditional historical themes whilst also borrowing some inspiration from Game of Thrones. The video is for the title track, which tells the story of King Richard I of England (known as Richard the Lionheart).

Check it out in the player below.

News Round-Up: Serenity, Visions of Atlantis, The Dark Element, Tarja

More news! Here we go!


A special symphonic metal tour has been announced for Europe in 2018, including a date in London. The line-up will be topped by Serenity, in support of their upcoming album Lionheart. Also appearing are Visions of Atlantis, who are currently fronted by ex-Serenity vocalist Clementine Delauney - could we be seeing a collaboration there? And finally they will be joined by Sleeping Romance, plus Secret Rule for the first half of the tour and Evenmore for the second.

The dates are as follows:

09/02 - Austria - Worgl - Komma
10/02 - Germany - Kaiserslautem - Kammgam
12/02 - Germany - Frankfurt - Nachtleben
14/02 - UK - London - Underworld
15/02 - Belgium - Vosselaar - Biebob

16/02 - Netherlands - Nijverdal - Cult Art Shop
17/02 - Netherlands - Haarlem - Patronaat
18/02 - Germany - Bochum - Matrix
19/02 - Germany - Berlin - Bi Nuu
20/02 - Germany - Nurnberg - Der Cult
21/02 - Czech Republic - Prague - Nova Chmelnice
23/02 - Germany - Glauchau - Alte Spinnerei
24/02 - Austria - Lenzing - Pfarrsaal

There are more dates to come and tickets are on sale now. You can listen to the title track from Lionheart here.


Ex Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon has released her first music video with her new band The Dark Element. My Sweet Mystery is the second song to be released from their self-titled debut album after the title track. Check it out in the player below.

The Dark Element - My Sweet Mystery (Official Music Video)



Another former Nightwish singer is back with more music for us. Tarja has announced that she will be releasing an album of Christmas covers, titled From Spirits And Ghosts - Score For A Dark Christmas. Different editions - digital, LP and CD - will be available with different artwork. The songs have been recorded with an orchestra and given a dark twist by the singer.

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
2. Together
3. We Three Kings
4. Deck The Halls
5. Pie Jesu
6. Amazing Grace
7. O Tannenbaum
8. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
9. God Rest Ye
10. Feliz Navidad
11. What Child Is This
12. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

The album will be released on November 17th via earMusic. 

Dianne van Giersbergen Leaves Xandria

Although this news will not come as a surprise to many, Dianne van Giersbergen has announced today that she is leaving Xandria.

The band's fifth vocalist made a statement about the split on her Facebook page this evening. She cites "financial threats and emotional extortion" from the management and other band members as the reason behind the clinical stress that has prevented her from performing in recent months. She also accuses the band of not being transparent about the situation in their statement from yesterday, where they announced that singer Aeva Maurelle would be joining them for the time being (a fact that was seemingly unknown to Dianne).She also accuses them of removing her from all of their social media pages, amongst other transgressions.

Dianne will be continuing with her other band Ex Libris, as well as her jewellery making business. You can read the full statement here.

Lacuna Coil Announce 20th Anniversary London Show

Lacuna Coil have announced a special one off show in London for their 20th anniversary, taking place on Friday 19th January 2018. The date "1.19" is often celebrated by fans as Lacuna Coil day due to the band's song of the same name.

The epic concert will take place at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire and will include songs from throughout the band's career, including some that have never been played live before. It will also be recorded for a future DVD (and the band are also releasing a book in early 2018, titled Nothing Stands In Our Way).

Tickets go on sale this Friday 8th September at 10am - get them here.

Delain Reveal Details Of New Live DVD

Delain have revealed the artwork and tracklisting for their upcoming live release. The band's 10th anniversary concert at the Paradiso was recorded and will be released on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray on October 27th. There were numerous guest appearances including Alissa White-Gluz, Liv Kristine. Burton C. Bell and more, while Nightwish's Marco Hietala appeared on video. The artwork (seen above) will be finished with silver foil.

The tracklisting is as follows:


1. Intro (The Monarch)
2. Hands of Gold (featuring Alissa White-Gluz)
3. Suckerpunch
4. The Glory and the Scum
5. Get the Devil Out of Me
6. Army of Dolls
7. The Hurricane
8. April Rain
9. Where Is The Blood (featuring Burton C. Bell)
10. Here Come the Vultures
11. Fire With Fire
12. The Tragedy of the Commons (featuring Alissa White-Gluz)
13. Danse Macabre
14. Sleepwalkers Dream (featuring Rob van der Loo, Sander Zoer, and Guus Eikens)
15. Your Body is a Battleground (featuring Marco Hietala – video)
16. Stay Forever
17. See Me In Shadow (featuring Liv Kristine and Elianne Anemaat)
18. The Gathering
19. Pristine (featuring George Oosthoek)
20. Mother Machine
21. Sing to Me (featuring Marco Hietala – video)
22. Don’t Let Go
23. We Are the Others

DVD/Blu-Ray Bonus Content:
1. We Are the Others – A Decade of Delain documentary
2. We Are the Others – live at Masters of Rock 2015
3. Suckerpunch official music video

You can order various different editions as well as other perks from the band's Pledgemusic page. Pre-orders will also start from Napalm Records soon.

Videos: Epica, Arch Enemy, The Dark Element (Anette Olzon)

We have more music videos again! So here's a round-up of some of the latest.

Firstly we have Epica's latest, for Immortal Melancholy. The song is taken from upcoming EP The Solace System, but also featured as an acoustic bonus track on The Holographic Principle. The video is animated by Davide Cilloni and continues the story from The Solace System single. The EP is released this week.

Next up is Arch Enemy's new video for The Eagle Flies Alone. This is the second single from Will To Power, released on September 8th.

We then have something that some of you have been waiting a long time for - new material from Anette Olzon, formerly of Nightwish. Anette has teamed up with Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen to create The Dark Element. The self-titled album will be released on November 10th, and the first single also bears the same title.

Check them all out in the players below.

Video: Amaranthe - Maximize

Amaranthe have released another music video - this time for the song Maximize, taken from their latest album Maximalism. The video, directed by Ville Juurikkala, sees the band taking a less theatrical approach than usual with a straightforward performance of the song. They are currently on tour with new singer Nils Molin (Dynazty) who has replaced Jake E.

Check it out in the player below.