symphonic power metal

Epica enter studio to record their new album

Dutch symphonic metal giant Epica recently have entered Sandlane Recording Facilities to record their new album and follow-up to the successful “The Holographic Principle”. The band will be recording again together with producer Joost van den Broek (Powerwolf, Ayreon).
 
In the studio, the band is joined by Panda Productions, who will record behind the scene footage of this recording process. The band just launched their first studio vlog on the band’s YouTube channel - check it out below.
 

Beyond The Black to release new studio album “Hørizøns” on June 19th 2020

Just in time for international women’s day, symphonic metal outfit Beyond The Black – fronted by the exceptional Jennifer Haben – present their new single “Misery”, off of their upcoming album “Hørizøns”, to be released on June 19th, 2020, via Napalm Records.

Victoria K to release debut album “Essentia” on April 24th 2020

Australia’s Victoria K is sharing their new video “Forsaken”, featuring Sheri Vengeance in support of the forthcoming debut album “Essentia” due out on April 24th, 2020, via Rockshots Records.

The full length was produced by Lee Bradshaw and features special guest Michalina Malisz (Eluveitie).

Almanac - Rush of Death

I must say that after witnessing the serious lineup changes, which left only Victor Smolski (G, K) and his LGO partner Jeannette Marchewka (female vocals) in place, and included losing both David Readman and Andy B Frank as vocalists and some really poor reviews, I begun listening to this album with some trepidation to say the least if not a bit of a negative bias.

Epica and Apocalyptica announce Fall & Winter 2020 European co-headlining Tour

This fall Dutch Symphonic titans Epica and Finnish Cello masters Apocalyptica will join forces for the “Epic Apocalypse Tour”.

The tour comes in support of Epica’s upcoming album, which will be released later this year. Support on all dates will be provided by Helsinki prog metallers Wheel.
 

Amberian Dawn - Looking for You

I guess, I sort of have a weird ambivalent relationship with Amberian Dawn’s music. One of almost like love/hate proportions. I did like their debut, which came some twelve years ago with another singer, which was more pompous and early Nightwish like, with clearly cut operatic vocals, antagonizing clear symphonic tendencies. Members from a variety of Finnish bands came and went and this Heidi Parviainen era of the band produced some four albums in a more neoclassical inspired mode, they tried to evolve, rather unspectacularly.