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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.

News Round-Up: Serenity, Xandria, Apocalyptica, Epica

Here's another round-up of the week's big news!


Austrian symphonic metallers Serenity have revealed that their new album will be called Lionheart. The artwork (above) was created by  Gyula Havancsák. As always, there is a historical theme (and it appears some Game of Thrones influences, too).

The band commented:

"Hear us roar! After we spread Da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus all over the world, which you made one of our most successful records ever, we will now feed your yearnings with another historical masterpiece: LIONHEART! Strong, powerful Symphonic Power metal hymns mixed with emotions from the depth of our souls - follow us into this new era and show us your Lionheart!"

The tracklisting is as follows:
1. Deus Lo Vult
2. United
3. Lionheart
4. Hero
5. Rising High
6. Heaven
7. King's Landing
8. Eternal Victory
9. Stand and Fight
10. The Fortress (of Blood and Sand)
11. Empire
12. My Fantasy
13. The Final Crusade

The record will be available in several different editions, including CD digipak, vinyl and a limited deluxe box set. It will be released on October 27th 2017 via Napalm Records.



Xandria have announced a string of tour dates across the UK and Europe in support of their latest album Theater of Dimensions. The band have had to cancel a few shows lately due to lead singer Diane being unwell, so let's hope she will be back in full force for these shows.

The dates are as follows:

03.11.2017 NL Apeldoorn, Gigant, Brainstorm Festival
04.11.2017 DE Köln, Jungle
05.11.2017 BE Roeselare, De Verlichte Geest

17.11.2017 UK London, The Dome
18.11.2017 UK Sheffield, Corporation
19.11.2017 UK Manchester, Rebellion

21.11.2017 NL Dordrecht, Bibelot
23.11.2017 FR Paris, Backstage By The Mill
25.11.2017 CH Nyon, Usine à Gaz/ Nyon's On Fire Festival
08.12.2017 IT Milan, Legend Club
09.12.2017 IT Mantova, Arci Tom Club
10.12.2017 DE München, Backstage Halle
16.12.2017 DE Karlsruhe, Schwarzwaldhalle, KnockOut Festival

Supports are yet to be announced. Tickets for all the upcoming shows can be found here.



Apocalyptica will be bringing their classic Metallica covers show to the UK in 2018, based on their 1996 debut record Apocalyptica Plays Metallica By Four Cellos.

The dates are as follows:

27/02/2018 - Brighton Dome
28/02/2018 - Bristol Colston Hall
01/03/2018 - Birmingham Symphony Hall
02/03/2018 - Cambridge Corn Exchange
03/03/2018 - Glasgow O2 ABC

Tickets for this leg of the tour as well as other shows around the world can be found here.



Epica have released the second part in their series of mini documentaries about The Solace System EP. In this clip, the band talk about the writing of some of the songs on the EP.

Check it out in the player below. Part 1 can be found here.

Epica - The Solace System - Behind The Music (Official Part 2)

Videos: Crimfall, Exit Eden, Epica, Wintersun

It's been a busy week for uploads on YouTube, so here are some of the best picks from around the symphonic metal world.

First up, the new video from Crimfall. The Finnish symphonic folk metallers are reunited and are back with their first music video ever! Until Falls The Rain is taken from their upcoming album Amain.

Next is Exit Eden with another video from their debut Rhapsodies in Black. This time it's a cover of Lady Gaga's Paparazzi.

Then we have Epica, who are continuing in their tradition of releasing behind the scenes videos for their upcoming EP. In this first part of The Solace System - Behind The Music documentary, the band discuss the decision to create an EP and the meaning behind the title.

And finally, Wintersun have uploaded their entire new album The Forest Seasons to YouTube. For those who weren't among the crowdfunding backers or who didn't buy the CD, the whole record can now be heard in one official video. 

You can check all of these out in the players below.