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Mega News Round-Up: Epica, Xandria, Arch Enemy, Wintersun + More

I'm back from holiday, so it's time again for a news round-up! And this one is massive... here we go.


Epica are to return to the UK and Ireland in 2018, after playing just one show in London last year. This time we're getting 5 dates, with supports yet to be announced. The dates are as follows:

April 6 - Nottingham - Rock City
April 7 - Glasgow - O2 ABC
April 8 - Bristol - O2 Academy
April 10 - Dublin - Tivoli
April 12 - Manchester - O2 Ritz
April 13 - London - O2 Forum

Tickets and VIP packages will be available from the band's website, starting from 10am this Friday 4th July.



Xandria have announced a US tour for October, featuring support from Kobra and the Lotus and September Mourning. The dates are as follows:

September 29 - Buffalo, NY - Waiting Room
September 30 - Clifton, NJ - Dingbatz
October 2 - Lousville, KY - Trixie's Entertainment Complex
October 4 - Detroit, MI - Token Lounge
October 6 - Newport, MN - Opinion Brewery
October 7 - St Louis, MO - Fubar
October 8 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
October 9 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Rooms
October 12 - Oklahoma City, OK - 89th Street
October 13 - Lubbock, TX - Jakes
October14 - Dallas, TX - Trees
October 15 - San Antonio, TX - The Rock Box
October 18 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
October 19 - Austin, TX - Come And Take It Live
October 21 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade

VIP tickets are available from TerrificTicketing and include a meet and greet, a laminate/lanyard, a tour poster and shirt, plus early entry to the show. The band's tour date page (including dates in EU and Russia) can be found here.

The band have also released a new lyric video for the song Queen of Hearts Reborn, taken from their latest album Theater of Dimensions. Check it out in the player below.



Arch Enemy are taking on the world with a huge tour in support of their upcoming album Will To Power. Support comes from Wintersun, Tribulation and Jinjer, depending on the venue. Since the list of upcoming dates is SO long (the poster above only lists dates for the second leg), we'll just link straight to the band's tour page where you can find all the details of upcoming shows.

Tickets for some shows are already available, others will be released on August 2nd at 11:00am.

The band also released a fierce video for the new single The World Is Yours. Check it out in the player below.



Wintersun are not only heading on tour with Arch Enemy, but also promoting the release of their much anticipated new record The Forest Seasons. Two songs have been released as official lyric videos so far: Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring) and The Forest That Weeps (Summer). Check them out in the players below.



Eluveitie have released another song from their upcoming acoustic album Evocation II - Pantheon, out on August 18th. The song is called Lvgvs, pronounced "ɭuʜus" and features the band's the new vocalist and other new musicians, along with a guest appearance from Netta Skog (Ensiferum/ex-Turisas). Check it out in the player below.

Eluveitie - Lvgvs (Official Video)



New metal covers supergroup Exit Eden (learn more about them here) have been busy releasing videos. The first is a cover of Rhianna's Unfaithful while the second is of Shontelle's Impossible. Their debut Rhapsodies in Black is out on August 4th. Check these unusual versions out in the players below.



Good news for Norwegian fans as Nightwish have been announced as headliners for Norway Rock Festival. This will be an exclusive performance in the country for 2018 and will feature the band's Decades setlist of old favourites with new twists. The Decades world tour kicks off in the US in 2018.


I really love Exit Eden's covers, especially Impossible <3 Queen of Hearts Reborn is a great song and I'm glad it got a lyric video!


By the way, ONLY, ONLY if you can and if you want... would you make a special image for my blog? I've just opened a poll in which one can vote 10 out of 20 singers there (these 20 are the winners of a "game" I did a while ago). Because I've seen some of your wallpapers in DeviantArt and they are really beautiful, and the few ones I did are horrible XD If you can do it, tell me, either on my blog or here :) Sorry if this bothers you!!


Oh, I forgot, this is the link to the list of singers: http://elsenderodeloselfos.blogspot.com.ar/2017/08/gran-final-de-la-dinamica.html


Thank you Elvenpath, apologies but I don't think I will have time to do a picture for you :( I never get time to make them any more because of work! That's why I've stopped doing polls on here as well. Hope you can find someone to help!


Oh, sorry, no problem :) Thanks anyway!


Maybe have a look at Canva? It's a website that can help you make nice graphics, could be worth a try :)


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