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Video: Visions of Atlantis - The Deep & The Dark

Visions of Atlantis are back with another single and music video. This time, it's the title track from their latest album, The Deep & The Dark which was released back in February. Check it out in the player below.

Sirenia Crowdfunding For New Album

Sirenia have launched a crowdfunding page for their next album, due to be released later this year. This will be their second with new singer Emmanuelle Zoldan, who replaced Ailyn in 2016.

There are a whole host of rewards available, ranging from signed CDs and artwork to dinner with the band and a personal concert in your house. Further details about the album are yet to be revealed.

You can find the Pledgemusic page here.

Nightwish UK Dates Announced

Nightwish have announced three UK dates as part of their Decades world tour, celebrating the past 22 years of the band's history. They will be supported by Beast In Black, the new band from the guitarist of Battle Beast.

The dates are as follows:

Saturday 8th December - London The SSE Arena Wembley
Monday 10th December - Birmingham Arena
Tuesday 11th December - Manchester Arena

Tickets go on sale March 28th at 9am via Live Nation UK: https://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/nightwish-tickets

The band are also headlining this year's Bloodstock Festival.

Videos: Kamelot, Epica, Nightwish

Here's a round-up of some of the latest videos!

First we have the lyric video Ravenlight, the new single from Kamelot's upcoming album The Shadow Theory. Thomas Youngblood commented: “The album offers many diverse songs, here is one of the mid tempo tracks being offered as an IG* [Instant Gratification] for the fans, enjoy this one, more to come!!”

Then there's Epica's new video for Decoded Poetry, taken from The Solace System EP. As with the others from this EP, this video features animation by Davide Cilloni.

And finally we have another trailer for Nightwish's upcoming Decades compilation. In this clip, Tuomas talks about their song choices and how re-recording the songs was out of the question.

Check them out in the players below.

News Round-Up: Northward, AURI, Nightwish, Ayreon, Dimmu Borgir

Time once again to round up the latest news!


Floor Jansen has announced the launch of her new project Northward, a collaboration with Pagan's Mind guitarist Jørn Viggo Lofstad. The two met in 2008 after teaming up at Progpower Festival, and decided to write songs together. Despite writing a whole album, they were then too busy to finish it until Floor had 2017 free due to Nightwish's year off.

Floor described the music as being inspired by classic rock. She commented:

"The music is melodic, but also in-your-face and kick-ass rock. Cool riffs, good melodies and tasteful arrangements. We would simply like to call it 'good music.' We wanted to explore a basic rock sound, with drums, bass, guitar and vocals. Not the heavy layers of keyboards, choirs etc.".

After finally recording the album, they signed to Nuclear Blast, and the details and release date of the album will be released soon.


AURI (the new collaboration between Tuomas Holopainen, Troy Donockley and Johanna Kurkela) have released another ethereal song from their upcoming self-titled debut, out on March 23rd. The Space Between was released with an accompany lyric video.

AURI - The Space Between (Official Lyric Video)


Speaking of Tuomas Holopainen, another trailer has been released for their newest greatest hits compilation Decades, set for release on March 9th. The trailer features more interview footage with Tuomas.

Nightwish - Decades (Official Trailer #2)


Another video has been released from Ayreon's live show Ayreon Universe. This time it's for Valley of the Queens, a ballad from his 1998 album Into The Electric Castle. The song features the impressive line-up of Anneke Van Giersbergen, Floor Jansen and Marcela Bovio.

Ayreon - Valley of The Queens (Ayreon Universe)


Dimmu Borgir have released a new song from their long-awaited upcoming tenth album Eonian. Interdimensional Summit is accompanied by a full music video. The album will be released on May 4th via Nuclear Blast.

Video: Nightwish - Decades Trailer

Nightwish have released a trailer for their Decades compilation, a collection of the band's hits from throughout their career. The compilation celebrates 22 years of their history with the old songs remastered (not re-rerecorded, so don't expect any new versions here). In the clip, Tuomas talks about how he chose which songs to include. 

You can see the full details here. Check out the video in the player below.

Tuomas Holopainen Working On New Nightwish Album

In a recent interview on Finland's Rock Radio, Tuomas Holopainen revealed that he has been working on new Nightwish material, with six songs already written. The interview was for his new project AURI with Troy Donockley and Johanna Kurkela, but the inevitable topic of his main band came up. He spoke about struggling with writer's block after completing Endless Forms Most Beautiful, particularly finding it hard to top epic universe-spanning track The Greatest Show On Earth.

Tuomas then commented:

"But then, when we got the AURI album finished last September, I decided to give Nightwish songwriting another shot, and then all heavens broke loose. [Laughs] So that means, [for] about four months [now], I've been just immersed with Nightwish again, and I feel really happy and excited and inspired about it, because it's been lost for such a long time. 

"So I have six songs done now, and there's gonna be a lot more to come. But this year is gonna be spent touring with the 'Decades', and there's only so much you can do, songwriting-wise, while you're on tour. So it's gonna take the bigger part of 2019 to get the songs done, and then rehearse them, go to the studio. So 2020, maybe, the next album — it's not gonna happen before that. But things are looking really good, at least inside of my own head."

The band's Decades tour kicks off on March 9th alongside the greatest hits album of the same name, while AURI's debut is out on March 23rd.